March 16th, 2010
07:23 PM ET
4 years ago

Health care foes 11 votes shy of defeating bill

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Opponents of health care reform need just 11 more confirmed ‘no’ votes to defeat Democratic health care proposals.
Opponents of health care reform need just 11 more confirmed ‘no’ votes to defeat Democratic health care proposals.

Washington (CNN) - Five more House Democrats said Tuesday that they will vote against Senate health care legislation, which puts opponents of reform just 11 votes shy of the 216 needed to prevent President Obama from scoring a major victory on his top domestic priority.

An ongoing CNN analysis shows that opposition in the House to the Senate health care plan has reached 205 members.

A total of 27 House Democrats, including nine who supported the House plan in November, have indicated that they would join a unified Republican caucus in opposing the Senate plan, which passed in that chamber December 24 with the minimum required 60 votes.

Nonetheless, House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson of Connecticut said Monday after a meeting with rank-and-file Democrats that "the votes are there" to pass the health care bill.

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  1. Anonymous

    Democrats need to grow a pair already!!
    WIMPS!

    March 16, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  2. Minnesotan

    If Health Care Reform doesn't pass because of these sorry excuses for human flesh, then they'll be out on the curb with a tin cup after the November elections. We want Reform with a Public Option! Not more of the same, corrupt, conservative system that's crippling us!

    March 16, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  3. Onn

    Only 11 more votes needed to put it down, come on guys!

    March 16, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  4. j

    Come on Democrats – vote FOR it and then AMEND it. Get the ball rolling, set a starting point. Sure it's not perfect but if Congress waits for a perfect bill, nothing will get done. So PASS IT ALREADY!

    March 16, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  5. Mickey

    Git 'er DONE!

    Republican Politicians = Domestic Terrorist

    March 16, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  6. West Coast Conserv

    Yeah!! Now there is bi-partisanship!! Conservative Democrats joining the Republican ranks to 'shoot down' this Socialist Health Care Bill. There are some sensible Democrats in the House.

    March 16, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  7. EDC

    Of course this idiot is praised by the Republicans. They gave up civil discourse quite some time ago in favor of rude, inarticulate, obstructionist practices that get nothing done for the American people. If you're a corporation or in the wealthy top 2% of Americans then you love this guy and whatever it is he so rudely and inarticulately stands for.

    March 16, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  8. stop pelosi

    Hopefully they get the votes they need to stop this idiotic bill. This congress is a major danger to America's well being.Pelosi has no clue about the economic disaster looming ahead if this bill passes, or does not care.All she is interested in is getting this thing passed so she can say look what I did.Pure arrogance,ignorance and ego is what the whole bunch in washington is all about. If it does pass, get ready for higher taxes and health care rationing due to medical system overload.Lack of managment experience sure shows with our so called leaders.

    March 16, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  9. normajean

    Personally, I don't agree that these Democrats will vote against this bill. In the final analysis, with this being so very important to their constituants I believe the members of the party are smart enough to know, that a vote against this much needed medical help will in the long bite back and they might find themselves voted out in the next election. Just how much do you think the voting public can stand before they fight back? We've had it`!

    March 16, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  10. Paul Lennon

    I'm not even going to comment.
    Lable this one THTH
    To hot to handle

    This vote as trouble written all over it.

    People are going to lose seats over this.

    March 16, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  11. Patriot

    Those who vote against this bill...particularly the Democrats...will be relegated to the dust bin of history.

    March 16, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  12. Sue

    I have to admit CNN.........

    Ed Henry did a GREAT job of questioning Gibbs today during the White House press conference today.

    I was very impressed that he asked "real" questions-–NOT softball questions.

    Great job Ed Henry!!!

    March 16, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  13. David

    I'm so confused now as to whether this will pass or not.

    I'm 100% convinced that if most Democratic politicians had any concern for the rights of idealogical minorities, they wouldn't be trying to pass legislation of this magnitude, opposed by a majority of the American public, by a slim majority of Congress, WITH the odd steps of reconciliation and possibly the Slaughter rule. It's nuts. It's a raw power grab they will stop at nothing to achieve.

    March 16, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  14. leonardofru

    Another story structured in a convulated fashion.

    The Obama administration ends if the bill goes down. CNN knows it and can't accept the reality of that. CNN has worked hard for the last two years to help install their Progressive toady and all of that work will go done the urinal.

    March 16, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  15. Sue

    If Obama, Pelosi and Reid would have handled the health care issue differently, they would not be facing the anger/scorn that they are now facing.

    The only thing that they had to do-–was work on health care solutions in a transparent, bipartisan manner with Republicans.

    However, solutions to the health care problems is not the real reason that the Democrats are trying to shove this down the throats of US citizens--Obama, Pelosi, Reid and the rest of the liberal Democrats--want to get total power/control over the lives/money of every US citizen in the country.

    The Democrats are going to get clobbered in the 2010 elections.

    March 16, 2010 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
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