March 21st, 2010
03:48 PM ET
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Pence: House GOP 'will use every means at our disposal'

'It’s going to be an interesting day,' Republican Mike Pence said of Sunday afternoon's vote on health care reform in the House.
'It’s going to be an interesting day,' Republican Mike Pence said of Sunday afternoon's vote on health care reform in the House.

Washington (CNN) – A prominent House Republican said Sunday that his caucus will do whatever it can to try to stop passage of a Democratic health care reform plan.

“Well, I don’t know if they have the votes,” Rep. Mike Pence, R-Indiana, said on State of the Union, just minutes after Rep. John Larson, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said Democrats had lined up the 216 votes necessary to pass the legislation. “House Republicans are going to use every means at our disposal,” Pence said.

Related video: Larson, Pence on health reform

When asked by CNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley exactly what House Republicans intended to do, Pence was coy. “Well, stay tuned, Candy. It’s going to be an interesting day.”

The House is set to take up the final Democratic package on Sunday afternoon.

The Indiana Republican also suggested Sunday that Democrats could pay a price at the polls in this year’s midterm elections if they succeed in passing health care reform.

“I don’t know if they [Democrats] have the votes today,” Pence told Crowley as he looked at Larson, “but I guarantee you the American people know they have the votes in November.”

Earlier on State of the Union, Rep. Larson, D-Connecticut, declared that his party has enough votes to pass the reform package.

“We’ve got the votes,” Larson told Crowley.

The Connecticut Democrat also said, “This is a historic day and we are happy warriors. We are so proud of the Democratic caucus that we will be a part of history, joining Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s passage of Social Security, Lyndon Johnson’s passage of Medicare, and now Barack Obama’s passage of health care reform.”

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soundoff (340 Responses)
  1. martin

    The 2012 Republican campaign slogan- "Keep your hands off my government health care!"

    March 21, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. jim

    why can't they help make the whole thing better ... why do they insist on stopping, quite literally, everything?

    it's time the republicans try to be part of the solution instead of being part of the problem

    March 21, 2010 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  3. Will Work for Health Care

    Use every means at your disposal?? are they kidding. The only means they have used is intelligence. They're not collectively smart enough to come up with any ideas... at all.
    One of the first works a baby learns is ...NO. These childish ploys without any creative input is just political CRAP!
    Back to the cribs... BOYS!

    March 21, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  4. Angel

    Of course they are going to use every means possible. The only way the Republicans will vote yes on anything is if they have a Republican president. They will NOT vote yes to anybody else. That I can guarantee.... They said it as soon as Obama became president that they were not going to work with him and they meant it. Period. I have to give it to them. At least they were honest about it. They continue to claim that we the people don't want this healthcare plan. Well we the people voted for Obama and we accept his plans. You Republicans gonna have to face it. We ARE sick of you all .......

    March 21, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  5. southern cousin

    Gosh, with all the demonstrators and name calling, it kind of reminds me of the Democrats or what happens anytime a conservativfe speaker tries to express his views. I guess the Tea Party is giving the libs a taste of their own hateful, bitter underhanded and corrupt tactics.

    March 21, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. Bob, SC

    The American people will remember how the rpeublicans tried t stifle Democracy with their delays and negativity. The party of NO needs to GO!

    March 21, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  7. welches, oregon

    Hey if these republicans are so sure this Health Care reform will destroy America, why aren't they encouraging the Dems to vote Yes? Then, when this health care reform actually does destroy america (she say sarcastically) they can use that talking point to get elected!

    LOL!

    March 21, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  8. AK Steve

    Thank you GOP for sticking up for the insurance companies. I really don't think their $80M worth of commercials against health care have done enough. Please help them, the are so weak and feeble – it is a pity how middle class Americans unjustly accuse them of raising premiums beyond affordability.

    Please, let's win one for the insurance companies, the lobbyist and the pharmacutical companies. Thanks GOP, you are the real party of the people!

    March 21, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  9. Keepin It Real

    For those of you who oppose the HCR DON'T use it. If your child have a pre existing medical condition..........ask the rethugs to provide care. If your child just graduated college and need medical coverage because your coverage does not allow you to carry them.............ask the rethugs for benefits. SIMPLE!

    March 21, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. John

    The funny part about this whole heath care mess is almost half of you on this board pay 0 federal income tax yet you think it is fair of the rest of us to cover your expenses. You don't contribute one penny to roads, schools, military, aid to other countries, and last but not least healthcare.

    Having paid nothing into all of these programs you probably also expect the government to cover your healthcare expenses as well. You seem to being under the impression you deserve all of these services without paying anything for them. Currently the people and companies you despise (Big Pharma, big oil, hardworking america who pay taxes) cover all of these entitlements for you.

    At what point do you start to contribute something to this country other than you point of view and opinions. If you want all of these people covered, I suggest you all start paying something into the system.

    For the record both the Dems and Reps are idiots. They are very much in the minority when compared to Independents.

    March 21, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  11. debinaz

    gee folks who do you think is going to pay for this big spending? not the folks in washington, you, me and everyone that gets a pay check. i already pay about 200.00 a month and my employer matches that amount. i have had one pay deduction after another since this president has taken office. now what tax will i being next? i dont make that much money as it is.. what next should i let my car go back so that i can take the bus? i have insurance because i choose to have it.. we should not to be forced to purchase it...this is not about the american people, this is about money and power...we have just lost a little more freedom today. i do not feel that we the people should be forced to insure all the folks that should pay for their own insurance and dont...i can tell you this, here in az there will not be one progessive elected to office come nov....

    March 21, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. CAW in MD

    @southern cousin,

    It's not that Democrats necessarily oppose conservative speakers - it's when conservative speakers tell blatant lies (death panels, government takeover of health care, there's weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, slam dunk, shall I go on?) that Democrats object, and rightly so. In this current debate, they've been objecting a lot because conservatives have been doing a lot of lying...

    And since you seem to be of a conservative bend, then maybe you can answer me this - if conservatives are all about listening to the American people, then why did conservatives opposed the public option in this debate? After all, the American people said they wanted that, by a healthy margin...

    March 21, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. EDR

    This bill is the biggest fraud perpetuated on the American people in U.S. History!!! Liberal air heads have baught the fraud hook line and sinker, and this bill will come back to bite everyone of them!!!

    March 21, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    I knew when I voted for Obama that he was a winner, a man of unusual qualites including integrity, vision, and incredible intellect. I am so happy that he found a way to get health care reform started. The Republicans should truly be ashamed of their behavior throughout this process. It is soooooooooo obvious that their only goal was to defeat the democrats with NO concern for the right or wrong of their actions.
    How shameful! Congratulations President Obama!

    March 21, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  15. Kim

    This is a historic day! Thanks to all who voted yes! I'm sooo glad we have the government controlling health care instead of insurance companies, no organization has ever been more greedy and heartless than the insurance companies and I'm glad they will no longer hold our lives by a string for money!

    March 21, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
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