July 21st, 2009
03:29 PM ET
5 years ago

Hoyer: House could leave without health care vote

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer signaled Tuesday that the House could leave for its August recess before it votes on health care reform.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer signaled Tuesday that the House could leave for its August recess before it votes on health care reform.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer signaled Tuesday that the House of Representatives could leave for its month-long break in August without voting on health care reform.

"If we can get consensus, we're going to move. If we can't get consensus we're going to continue to work on creating consensus," Hoyer told reporters.

He added that he doesn't think it is "necessarily necessary" for the House to stay in session into August to continue working on health care legislation.

His words were in contrast to those of Rep. Henry Waxman a week ago, when House Democrats unveiled their version of the health care bill before sending it to three committees for consideration. "We quite frankly cannot go home for a recess," said Waxman, chairman of one of those committees, "unless the House and Senate both pass bills to reform and restructure our health care system."

Hoyer said Democrats still want to pass a bill next week and will continue to discuss changes to the proposal. "We'll see," he said. "I'll make that decision next week, I'm not going to make it now."

The majority leader also conceded that concerns about the current House bill are not limited to a group of conservative "Blue Dog" Democrats who have publicly stated their opposition to the bill.

"It's not just Blue Dogs. I want to make it very clear - progressives, Blue Dogs and everybody in between has expressed concerns, and we're working on that," Hoyer said.

– CNN's Lisa Desjardins contributed to this report.


Filed under: Health care • Steny Hoyer
soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. Larry

    How much money have you made from insurance lobbyists Hoyer?

    Look how red his nose is. Someone get that boy another vodka tonic.

    July 21, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. single mom

    Read a bill? Why would we think this Congress would do that? I mean they passed all the TARP stuff without bothering or having the time to read those.
    I'm sure others can come up with all sorts of other stuff, but the stimulus bill is what really ticks me off!

    July 21, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. Good/Bad

    Before I forget here is a simple item few realize.

    60% of all private bankruptcies are the result of medical bills. This includes a significant portion of people who have and are paying for insurance in the current system

    July 21, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  4. Zero.

    Anything is fixable in the USa to save it's embarasment. Did they really loand on the Moon? You bet they did. Is barack Obama legally a President. You can bet your life hes not...

    July 21, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. Texas hopeful

    bet all the folks on Champus, Tricare for Life, ,edicare/ medicaid etc sure dont want to lose thier govt health ins ! I know I dont..and I think whats good for govt employees in washington, from president on down is good enough for everybody ! I hope this passes !

    July 21, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. FEMALES FOR FEMALES

    Why should they do anything. They're on an immoral gravy train at the expense to the tax payers dollars. They have indulged into our money in Social Security by giving it to Illegals, using it for war, and vacations. This is a sickening affair our politicians. That is the only thing they are is politicians certrainly not workers.

    July 21, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. Texas hopeful

    am SURE, next election, more than half of these senators and congressmen will NOT be voted back in by anyone in my family ( which is Texas large!)

    July 21, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. katiec

    Health care reform is too crucial for the American people to walk away from it.
    Our politicians do not seem to understand we will no longer allow or tolerate big business, lobbyists, special interests and those who support them run our country and make decisions for us.
    Politicians who make decisions due to campaign funding, their personal goals or interests or not acceptable.
    We need health care reform and public option now. The insurance companies, drug companies etc do not have our interests at heart
    and should no longer have control.
    Politicians are elected to represent us. Do you job!!

    July 21, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    @Wake-me-when-it's-over
    Why in the world would I ever trust the GOP again? They tax and spend just as much as the Democrats. The differance between the two major parties is No Differance.

    July 21, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. Waiting for 2010

    And they should........go home and think about it, come back refreshed and make some common sense decisions. The worst decisions are made on a whim!

    July 21, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Bob

    For those of you who think you'll get to keep your health care plans, think again.

    Under the proposed bill, employers will only pay an 8% payroll tax if they decide to not offer health insurance. Health insurance currently costs employers 15-18% on top of payroll, so guess what? Many companies WILL drop their own health care plans and save money by forcing you to go to the public option. Think about it. And if you're currently in any kind of a state job (including public education, college teaching, etc.), you can sure bet that all states will go to this system in a heartbeat to ease their financial troubles.

    Bottom line: Anytime somebody wants you to buy off on something in a hurry, it's a SURE sign that you need to take your time and think about it. There is a renewed sense of needing to offer some kind of low-cost option for some health insurance...let's just hope that the liberal Democrats, in their zeal for headlines, don't create a monstrosity that ultimately kills us.

    The CBO says the bill won't pay for itself.

    The Massachusetts public health care option isn't paying for itself and is way more costly than traditional insurance.

    What part of this don't some of you get????

    July 21, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. Independent_me

    COWARDS!
    COWARDS!!
    COWARDS!!!

    That's what you Democratic Senators are!!!

    Obama has handed the opportunity to create historic changes in health care and you are buckling under Republican lies, misinformation and attacks!

    Their plan is to pretend that they want health care reform while obstructing progress in this area, and making this effort "Obama's Waterloo".

    Democrats are STUPID COWARDS!!!!
    And Republicans are betting on it!

    God help this poor President who just wants to help the average folk to get a break...

    July 21, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. Me in Big D

    Listen to the crazy libs trying to rush this thing through. Why don't they just do like the majority of REAL working people and get an education where they can get a position (notice I didn't say job?) that provides benefits like HEALTH CARE! That's what I did! I never stood around with my hand out expecting someone else to fill it!

    July 21, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. Mike O

    Yes, Pass it, Pass it! Even if those demanding it have absolutely no clue of what's in it (especially since large chunks of it are still being written).

    Do it before going on break! (because, you know, you might actually be exposed to your constituents and find out how horrified they are at the prospect of this rushed disaster). If they 'get it done', there may not be a single Blue Dog Democrat left by January 2011.

    In one of my neighborhood's Obama Healthcare support meetings, the leader of it stated- 3 times- "we must blindly follow Obama" and that actually settled the crowd down; a reaction of sheep. Unfortunately for them, there was one individual there who dared to ask questions about what exactly they were supporting. The meeting devolved into chaos when questions such as this actually entered the conversation.

    If that's the kind of government you want, possibly Cuba or Venezuela would be more to your liking.

    July 21, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  15. Doug, New Jersey

    First things first, we need to get mental health care for each and every Democrat in this nation first, then maybe we can have a rational discussion on the issues without the lib clinging to lies, hate, double standards, bigotry, and narcisism. Every person should feel remorse for lying, yet for almost every Democrat in America, lying is their greatest and favorite high.

    July 21, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. Alan

    The only health care plan our fickle electorate will "approve of" is one that pays for everything and charges nothing.

    I applaud Obama for placing our long term interest over short term politics.

    July 21, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  17. Think again blue dog bozo...........

    Just remember Mr. Hoyer...if you don't get er' done....yer political career will done....

    July 21, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  18. Think again blue dog bozo...........

    Just remember Mr. Hoyer...if you don't get er' done....yer political career will be done....

    July 21, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. Jimmy Spencer

    This bill can be simplified and summed up in 2 Pages:
    1) Force current Insurers to provide benefits to those with pre-existing conditions.
    2) Limit Malpractice lawsuits to reasonable amounts (Tort Reform).
    Savings in Item 2 pays for Losses in Item.
    End of Bill

    July 21, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  20. Joseph, Los Angeles

    Wow, vacation for a whole month while our tax dollars continue to pay for their health care. What a caring congress we have.

    Let's vote next time around to send them all on permanent vacations. We need new blood in Washington. These old-timers are just that; old timers.

    July 21, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  21. Barbara Battaglia

    This bill is too important to rush through until every one has had time to read it, think about it, refine it. There is no reason to put any made up time limit on it. How about letting the public know what is in the bill. The house and the senate represent us, we should all be given enough information to evaluate the bill All we hear is hints and evasive answers. If you asked the average American what is in the health care bill, I doubt anyone could tell you with clarity.

    July 21, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  22. Zero.

    CNN. You can fool some all of the time, etc. CNN tell the truth.

    They can't both be right...

    July 21, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  23. Stuffit

    Candy West Virginia July 21st, 2009 4:28 pm ET

    Jimmy the Greek – but the biggest gaffe of all rethuglicans LYING to the world about a war so Haliburton (cheyneys ex company) could get billions in no contract bids…the result hundreds of thousands of people died over a lie = typical rethuglican politics. Now that's priceless!
    =========================================
    Actually, Clinton used the same intelligence and claim of WMDs to attack Iraq in 1998. He also gave no bid contracts to Halliburton during the Bosnia 'effort'. That Bill Clinton, typical Republican political hack. Now that's priceless!

    July 21, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  24. Yahbut

    There should not be any health reform bill passed during this year's sessions of congress because nothing has been said about QUALITY of care and RATIONING of care.
    Also, in any bill that is passed congress must be required, by law, to accept the lowest health care offered because they don't pay for it we do!!!
    It would be nice if everyone had insurance, if they wanted it, but because some people do not have insurance does not mean that they do not receive health care because they do.
    It would, also, be nice if President Obama read the bill so that he would have an idea of what he is talking about when he goes around the country talking to the people because he is misleading them and actually being untruthful because he doesn't even know what is in the health reform bill.

    July 21, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    @ Obama Victim, who said "seems hey are looking for a way out from this diaster"

    How unsophisticated of you. The reality is, they're trying to find a way to do something 100% necessary, but 50% popular, in the least politically damaging manner possible. It's gross, because it shows that they're slightly more concerned with their careers and power positions than doing what needs doing, but it's not because they "know the plan is a disaster" as the Limbaugh Choire is singing.

    July 21, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
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