July 17th, 2009
08:26 AM ET
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House panel passes health care bill after marathon session

The House Ways and Means committee passed the House Democrats health care bill out of committee early Friday.

The House Ways and Means committee passed the House Democrats health care bill out of committee early Friday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The House Ways and Means committee passed the House Democrats health care bill out of committee early Friday morning after a marathon markup that started Thursday morning.

The vote on the so-called "tri-committee bill" was 23-18, with three Democrats voting with all of the committee's Republicans against the bill. The three Democrats voting against the bill were: Ron Kind of Wisconsin, Earl Pomeroy of North Dakota, and John Tanner of Tennessee. Pomeroy and Tanner are blue dogs and Kind is a leader of another group of moderate Democrats, the "New Democrats."

Two other House committees are still marking up the bill. The Education Labor Committee is expected to vote Friday. But a key challenge will come next week at the Energy and Commerce
Committee where a group of blue dogs who oppose the bill could block it.

Rep Mike Ross, D-Arkansas, said Thursday the group is drafting several amendments to make major changes to the bill. He also said right now leaders do not have enough votes to pass the bill on the House floor.

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  1. Independent in Virginia

    Why not post who voted for the bill? Those are the ones we need to kick out of office next elections.

    July 17, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  2. Dave in Illinois

    These keeps up and pretty soon the liberal Democrats will have to learn how to work together and fashion compromises with the moderate and conservative Democrats. It's nice to see that some in the Congress and think independently and not just march in lock step with Nancy Pelosi. (I didn't reference the President because he has abdicated responsibility for the his legislative agenda by letting Pelosi and Reed call all the shots.)

    July 17, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  3. Fla.

    Good job, Committee! Implement the necessary amendments, keep the public option, and let's get this much-needed healthcare reform passed for the American people.

    July 17, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  4. NVa Native

    Watch out here comes the fear mongering from the right wing radicals – "health care for everyone will kill you".
    It is so amazing how many fools there are in the right-wing bizarro world. Claims of Obama not being a citizen, the TARP is an Obama program, stimulus money is bad for your state, all this foolish chatter is believed by so many of the Fox viewers and Rush minions- it's very sad. And then people actually buy books written by "Cry-Baby" Beck and "Bill-O-the Clown" and their ilk, as if there is any reality to these bundles of poop? Sad little people who constantly look backward in fear.

    July 17, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  5. Welcome to The BoBo Show

    Let me quote a wise liberal "We have to spend money to keep from going bankrupt" WOW, what can you say to that, it scares me to death that clown is next in line to be president. I am very scared of BoBo the clown but this guy is just scary.

    This administration makes Bush look like the smartest administration ever. Way to go lib's you may want to scrape those stickers off your car now

    July 17, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  6. Audra Dietz

    What we need to focus on in Insurance Reform and eliminating elmpoyer benefit care – forcing all policies on the open marketing making price points subject to supply and demand. Policy coverage and price point should be basedon supply and demand, not pre-set by insurance companies based on "group numbers" and "medical histories". Our current system does NOT offer choice or freedom and is not based on authentic free enterprisal capitalistic principals.

    July 17, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  7. Randall in Torrance - Desert Storm Veteran - Heaven and Earth Against Palin and Limbaugh

    Here it comes Limbaugh . . .. Universal Health Care. We are gonna cram it down your big fat throat until you gag on it so we won't have to hear your poopy pants tiraids any longer. You're gonna need some health care when this gets passed in the Senate by the Dems super majority. You dimwitted clod. Oh, and Sarh, rumor has it that you're changing your political stripe to Independent. Good step – good start. Why don't you join the real thinking intelligencia and become a Democrat like Specter and others did? By doing that you will show the entire world that you aren't so dumb after all. I am not kidding. You should really consider this.

    July 17, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  8. Robin

    One small step for Congress, One huge step towards socialism.

    Yes, you will have healthcare, but will you be able to see a doctor?

    July 17, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  9. Thomas Arteaga

    A Request To CNN......

    Is it possible for you guys to elaborate what exactly the proposed bill contains?!? You know, "translate" it so that an average person can understand. It would be nice if you did a long detailed story about it like BBC would... I can't comment on it without the facts...

    July 17, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. keep the names coming

    We will take the dogs names and hand them woof tickets.They will be driven out of town, tar and feather style.No more Mr.Niceguy.

    July 17, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  11. Capt. SNarKy

    Way to go, Congressmen Kind, Pomeroy, and Tanner! Stand up!

    I still can't fathom how this admistration feels it can put together a plan that will cover everyone efficiently and at a low cost. One only need look at ANY government legislation or program to see that government can't do ANYTHING cheaply or efficiently. To think otherwise is just a pipe dream, not to mention ludicrous. You'd have to be an idiot to believe that this would work.

    July 17, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. Linda C

    I just don't understand why the liberals are constantly praising the healthcare system of Canada and UK? Are they aware that the population in the U.S. is 4-5 times larger than Canada and UK?

    I also think that the pundits at CNN are underestimating the American people and the Republican Party.

    July 17, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  13. Bad Idea taxes coming to the middle class

    Get ready for some taxes Middle Class as your health insurance benefits will soon be taxed.

    For the rest of you, get prepared to wait fo doctors; get ready to have to change priomary care physicians; get ready for some real paperwork nightmares as Obama's government goes into the health insurance business.

    Oh, and get ready for a giant Depression - more job losses - more losses in your retirement accounts - cuts in social security and medicare – and an overall decline in your standard of living.

    July 17, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  14. RR

    yeah, let's just totally forget what the NON-PARTISAN Congressional Budget Office said about this: it won't save any money over the long term. Let's just rush it through!

    July 17, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  15. Rob

    If anyone with at least 1/4 a brain (which unfortunately takes out 99.9% of you libs) would read this thing you'd be shocked, disgusted, and appalled by what Kommisar Pelosi is trying to sneak past us. Why do you think they want to rush the vote? Because if they don't vote on it before the break, Dems who actually care about this country will hear from the people they're supposed to represent and find out more about this bill, and then actually do their job (being a representative of the people) instead of stooges for Pelosi and Obama.

    Hey, this farce of a bill passes and NOBODY is allowed to take private healthcare. THEY MUST TAKE THE GOVT. PLAN. This will force healthcare providers to go broke, which will eliminate more jobs (eliminating jobs, something this administration is good at – unless you are an Obama czar).

    Anyone who votes for this should be voted out of office.

    July 17, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  16. Gator

    The idiots are pushing this fiasco on through, just saw one of obama's pathetic adds on tv, totally inept just like him,pelosi and reid.Americans can say goodbye to decent healthcare and hello to more taxes.Rapidly becoming a welfare society, eh comrades.

    July 17, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  17. sifto77

    Good for those Democrats–they will be voted back in in their next election. It is great to see a few democrats with minds of their own–and not Pelosi puppets!

    July 17, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  18. Adam

    The Democrats have wasted no time shoving through 1,000+ page megabills without giving anyone time enough to go over them. This bill will cost another trillion dollars! Obama has already quadrupled the deficit and he wants to add another trillion? This bill also would not allow private insurers to write new business after the bill goes into effect. People on plans currently can keep their coverage, but as time goes by and everyone covered by private plans get older, the rates will become unsustainable. This also goes for people covered through their employers, new employees won't be added to the group plan and it will become too expensive for your company to provide coverage. This is our miserable government's backhanded way to monopolize healthcare. There is no way this will result in better coverage for anyone! Count this as another Obama lie. No tax hikes, better care, transparency, etc. ALL LIES!

    July 17, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  19. Welcome to The BoBo Show

    Can someone tell the liberals in office that Robin Hood is not a documentary, I think they are confused.

    July 17, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  20. Tate

    The only person saying this will work is Obama and this is a man who has been wrong on everything he has ever done. If somebody can give me an example of any accomplishment this man has done, other than reading speaches written for him. Again could not get his foot in the door at my firm but we are suppose to listen to this clown!

    July 17, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  21. Hopeful Optimist

    I don't know how much the RNC is paying these so-called Blue Dogs, but they may as well go ahead and switch parties now. At least the voters would get to see who the imposters really are.

    July 17, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    This bill needs to be killed now....I applaud the 18 representitives who stood up for freedom and liberty.

    July 17, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  23. mk

    Why are we always ready, willing, and able to find money for wars and bombs but when it comes to providing health care it costs too much money.
    What does that say about us as a country? We will always fund bombs and killing but when it comes to taking care of people's health well now, wait a minute that might cost too much!!! What a sad commentary on the priorities we have established, or maybe it is priorities that have been established for us.
    Every american should sit down with themselves and think about the number or human beings that have been maimed or killed with money from this country. Then think about how many people have been provided basic health care with the money from this country.
    Why aren't all of the right to life, pro life folks up in arms over the fact that we willingly fund the killing of more people than we are willing to assist with healthcare.

    July 17, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
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