Washington (CNN) - House Democratic leaders hoping to pass a health care reform bill by the Easter congressional recess face increasingly difficult odds, as several of the party's rank-and-file have come out against the plan passed by the Senate in December.
According to an ongoing CNN survey, 17 House Democrats indicate that they would vote no on the Senate plan as currently written, including six members who voted in favor of the House bill passed in November.
Several of these representatives indicated that they would consider voting for the Senate bill if it were significantly modified. However, the lack of support among these members for the underlying plan passed by the Senate on Christmas Eve illustrates the challenge party leaders face in winning over enough votes to pass what has become the Obama administration's signature legislative priority.
Some members made clear that their votes are not negotiable.
Josh Taylor, a spokesman for Texas Rep. Chet Edwards, said the congressman "voted no on health care the first time around and will vote no the second."
"Majority of Americans don’t want it", it's a bad bill", "socialism", "lazy and not willing", "we can't afford to pay"....... I agree there are bad apples but there are also some genuine unfortunate souls too. Most of the small business can’t afford to offer healthcare. Do you really believe we don’t have a healthcare problem? Do you really believe by saying “we can’t afford it” the healthcare problem will go away?
I believe most of us are 1 serious illness away from bankruptcy? Have you ever felt “helpless” when you or your children had to endue the pain of diseases because you couldn’t afford to see a doctor while you were employed?
I think healthcare needs to be reformed. The success of it lies in “implementation” where there should not be any connotation of “entitlement.”
Repugnants and Dems in the pockets of insurance companies, who all have a vested interest in the status quo, will never allow a public option, or single payer, which is the correct way to go. So why not allow everybody to buy into Medicare, which is a proven program that could benefit from new members and would not require a new bureaucracy?
Pass a bill that gets rid of the insurance company anti-trust protection, requires everybody to get insurance, with subsidies for the needy, eliminates pre-existing conditions, disallows dropping coverage, and opens up Medicare for everybody. Even Repugnants will have a hard time voting against a Medicare bill, since so many of their base depend upon it.
Watch those private insurance companies trip over themselves to offer lower rates. Watch the number of uninsured drop to zero. Watch financial disasters due to health care expenses disappear. Watch the health care crisis ease.
VOTE NO! No to communism in America! Stay out of our private lives and health! Kill the healthcare Bills! America is speaking! Listen to us Washington!
At this point they have no choice other than to vote for the Senate bill and then try to include some of the measures needed but not included in the Senate bill in a separate bill. While I wish one could vote no for the Senate bill on the grounds that it fails far short of even beginning to provide an adequate health care system, the moral requirement that a state provide health care to its citizens demands that the bill be passed so that even if there is still no public option and no competition for private insurers that at least minimal measure including that it is illegal to refuse coverage due to pre-existing conditions will pass. Still, without a public option, the bill provides coverage for only the rich (my friends pay $1,550 per month for insurance for a family of two and $850 per month for a single individual); most people tell me that if they make only $50k gross that they cannot afford this.
@phoenix86 – you're back! Must be letting you out for day trips, as long as you stay on the meds. Oh, and I wouldn't hold my breath for so many 'monthys' if I were you, not conducive to long 'lifey'....
At this point, the only option is to pass the Senate bill and then come back with an additional bill which provides measures not included in the Senate version.