December 24th, 2009
04:45 PM ET
soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. GJ

    Sore losers much? The mandate has been on the table for YEARS and now they complain. Now they want to punt it to their friends on the Court, talk about judicial activism...

    And go Ali! Way to catch him in his lies. More reporters should learn from you.

    December 24, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  2. Rickster

    The latest Rasmussen Reports weekly tracking update shows that 41% of voters nationwide favor the bill and 55% are opposed.

    Ok, it's not "two-to-one" but it certainly isn't "evenly split".

    December 24, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  3. Bedtime 4 Bonzo..........

    He's dreaming delusionally. The argument posed that the constitutionality of this Health Care bill mandating health insurance by suggesting citzens private possesions would become used for public usage is ludicrious. Based on such a delusional premise....there would no IRS who daily collects private possesions from individuals unable to pay taxes. And it will continue to be done....because our Federal Government has the right by law to collect taxes from private for the public better of our country. Republicans are too "caught up" in the constitution for hopes those days will return....for them. But....those days are long gone...forever...

    December 24, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  4. Bedtime 4 Bonzo..........

    He's dreaming delusionally. The argument posed that the constitutionality of this Health Care bill mandating health insurance by suggesting citzens private possesions would become used for public usage is ludicrious. Based on such a delusional premise....there would be no IRS who daily collects private possesions from individuals unable to pay taxes. And it will continue to be done....because our Federal Government has the right by law to collect taxes from private for the public better of our country. Republicans are too "caught up" in the constitution for hopes those days will return....for them. But....those days are long gone...forever...

    December 24, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  5. unemployed by Obama

    Maybe, They are, fines are Unconstitutional, charges are Unconstitutional, and ObamaCare is Unconstitutional which makes all Obama and the Senate Democrates do is Unconstitutional. They all took oaths to defend and protect based on the Constitution and they have broken that oath. Obama and all Democrates in the Senate and House all need to be charged with deraliction on duty and treason.

    December 24, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. JLM

    GJ , why don't you sit down and read this bill instread of lettin a reporter doing your thinking for you. You might fine out the true facts!!!

    December 24, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  7. President Obama's "porkulus" package is bringing home the bacon!

    And Rasmussen is on Fake the New 3 times a week, so his objectivity is to be deeply questioned as being impartial in his polling and just another con mouth piece, like Focus whatever polling turned out to be, that Fake used so much. The "pollster" made up statistics and was sanctioned by the pollster professional organization..

    December 24, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  8. billy123

    Another load of BS from the GOP. It is amazing how this guy can look at the camera with a straight face. He has great health care coverage by the US tax payers. However, he will not allow the US taxpayers to have great health care insurance.

    December 24, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. Last Dem Standing

    Oh my, If feel for anybody named Crapo! LOL

    December 24, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  10. Ex-NC-Pub

    at least this Republican has the correct name CRAPo!

    December 24, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  11. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    @Bedtime 4 Bonzo

    The government has the power to collect taxes because Article II, Section 8 of the Constitution, and the 16th Amendment, say they have that power. There is no provision on the body of the Constitution, nor in any Amendment, giving the Federal government the power to meddle in health care. To give them that power, the Constitution would have to be appropriately amended.

    December 24, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  12. CNN afraid of a liberal post

    So the only way the full of crap republicans think they can undermine this bill is to take it to the supreme court. There were their republican buddies, they think, can deny it to the country. Won't happen.

    Because the Supreme Court republicans are not stupid. If they do this then any bill that is not liked can be taken to the court and nothing will ever get done. this is one time they will say NO>

    December 24, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  13. Jc Ohio

    Sooooo ... was it just as un-Constitutional for George W Bush to mandate that all seniors, unless otherwise comparably covered, sign up for Medicare-D ... otherwise be penalized.

    You know the HUGE gimme to the pharms!

    Hmmmm... that happened under an all Republican Administration didn't it???

    December 24, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  14. Sherrie

    Since the majority of taxpayers don't want this Health Care bill, I applaud the Republicans for staying in DC and giving it their best try. I supported Obama, but no longer. I'm against the Health Care bill. I think it's a mess and it shows we need to turn over the majority in Congress if they think their jobs is to TELL us what we'll get. They have forgotten they represent the Americans, and if they voted against their constituents, they should be fired. I'm for HONESTY and common sense, I don't feel I'm getting that with Obama or the majority in Congress. I vote differently in the next elections.

    December 24, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  15. Dr Matrix

    His name says it all. He's had the last 400 pages for 6 days and has a staff and yet has no idea what's in it? Maybe if all of these turds we elected would work for us instead fo grandstanding we could get something accomplished. By the way, where is the Republican Health Care Reform bill they kept promising us?

    December 24, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  16. chubby

    nobama says he can make the hard decisions. Anyone child can do that, nobama just cannot make the right decisions as proved almost every time he makes a decision after weeks and weeks and weeks, you get the idea.

    December 24, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  17. Sherrie

    And yes in most all the polls the majority of Americans are against the Health Care bill....here's from the CNN poll article..."Nonetheless, a majority of people questioned in the survey, 56 percent, oppose the bill."

    If Senator's constituents wanted the HC bill, then I believe the Senator should vote for it. HOWEVER, if the Senator's constituents overwhelmingly didn't want the HC bill, then the Senator should vote against it. Any Senator or Rep voted against their constituents should be fired. They work for the taxpayers and they should probably be reminded of that even more often!

    December 24, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  18. Ian

    The Republican party has lost its mind. When is voting no on everything the right way to move our country forward? Republicans had eight straight years and squandered it. President Obama is trying to fix the mess the Republicans left behind.
    God bless our President, Obama! And may God continue to Bless the United States of America!

    December 24, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  19. Ed

    Since when do Democrats value the Constitution? Their continuous assault on our country's greatest values and way of life comes as no surprise anymore. It's become a country run by elitist statists and liberal intolerance to any beliefs but their own.

    December 24, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  20. Michelle

    Do you really want me to take advise from someone with the name Crap-O?

    December 24, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  21. Steve

    Listen, everyone in this country needs to have health insurance whether you want it or not. Let me use an example of mandated insurance that is beneficial to everyone: Car insurance. In California, we are required by mandate to have car insurance. Why? Because too many accidents were occuring with people without car insurance, causing much higher costs for repair and damages. What happens if we all have car insurance? Costs are significantly reduced for everyone involved in an accident or cause damage. Same thing goes with the health care industry. Too many people who are uninsured are dragging the health care industry down because they have the inability to pay for health care, causing the hospitals involved to eat the costs for those patients because they cannot turn them down, causing higher costs for the hospital, which in turn will raise costs in health care. If everyone has health insurance, all those costs to the hospital will go down, health care costs for the hospitals will go down, therefore costs for health coverage will go down. We need to stop the bleeding of health care for patients who go to hospitals withough health insurance and increase costs for everyone else who do have health insurance.

    December 24, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  22. DM

    I'm in favor of the health care bill, but I think the Republicans have a point. As written I suspect the provision mentioned is unconstitutional. The simple correction to the bill, which would not change the effect, but would be politically bad for the Democrats would be to call it a tax. E.g., you are taxed the amount currently designated as the "penalty" and you are refunded that amount if you have healthcare. Constitutional issue avoided. I've seen polls that say a slim majority are in favor of the bill, so everyone take your favorite poll and claim it _really_ represents how Americans feel.

    December 24, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  23. OzarksWisdom

    If this travesty can be held up on constitutional grounds until we sweep this pile of Bolsheviks out of D.C. then that would be the best of all possible resolutions to this situation.

    December 24, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  24. vwrtb

    I can't believe how lazy the republicans have become... I wish my taxes didn't pay for their salaries... Its like having to pay an ex for their lawyer...

    December 24, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  25. Tom

    Anyone who thinks this will not cost us all more for less is in the ozone.......

    December 24, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
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