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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  1. Preston kathy

    Pass the bill then you can make changes the gop will not vote for this bill they will not make money off it

    March 21, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. Deceive?

    Take heed GOP, you defeat this bill and you will share in the blood already on the hands of the Insurance industry. How can you bastards sleep at night?

    March 21, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  3. Adam

    Republicans know they can't block the healthcare from passing the house. This is just a tactic to get votes in november. Republicans need to understand they're just a minority, as proved over and over. They don't represent the values of the american people but just the values of a few ignorant.

    March 21, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. MsDp

    Yep, the GOP will use every means to bring this bill down and I'm not surprised. The GOP will use any means for obstructing a decent peice of legislature that will benefit the American People; right down to calling on teaparty groups to induce fear in a nation via lies, lies and more lies. I don't understand how the GOP get away with purposely spreading lies to their constituents (even those of us who are not a part of their party). It should be aganist the law for a congressional party to incite violence and hide their hands. If the GOP is not responsible for the actions of this teaparty group, I want to see them stand before this teaparty group in an open televised session to the American people and tell them to stop with the ignorance and fear tactics! I also want a complete, not a partial, televised session of the close door session that was held by the GOP on yesterday; especially since transparency is their main concern when it relates to the DEMs. I wonder what the rest of their meeting was about? Maybe their discussion surrounded teaparty events?

    March 21, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. vic, nashville tn

    GOP is very generous but not genius

    They were so generous to fight Iraqis freedom from Sadam Hussein spending billions and sacrificing 5000 Americans life

    But they don’t like to give health care for 30 million Americans

    They don’t count $ when its come war but they will count Penney for health care for 30million Americans

    Give us a break

    March 21, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. Rick from Portland

    Based on what we saw yesterday, I wouldn't be surprised if Pence's "Every means at our disposal" including having his Tea Bagger Brown Shirts kidnap Democratic congressmen to keep them from voting. What is next from these people? And they have the gall to compare Obama to Hitler? Look in the mirror you jerks, you are the Nazi's!!!

    March 21, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  7. Anonymous

    This will be Obama's legacy, he will have destroyed the country's health care system, it's economy, and the moderate wing of the Democrat party in one bill.

    March 21, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. TJK

    November is coming.

    March 21, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  9. usualone

    Today I heard on TV that Mitch McConnell told his party to never vote for what the Democrats want two weeks before the President took office in 2009. That is really a good way to illustrate the Republican Party's actions. Why in the world should this administration even ask for Republicans to join them in any causes as it is apparent McConnell's talk to those folk worked. How sad that these people don't have minds to think for themselves. They are sheep and it is awful to think that their their education didn't give them enough courage to make judgments on their own. By the way, they keep on using the mantra that most Americans don't want the health care law passed; I know too many people who were never polled. It is shocking also that all the Republicans offer is fear. As President Roosevelt said, " the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Shame on the Republicans as that is all they have to offer....fear.

    March 21, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  10. CNN=corporate non-news

    I don't necessarily trust a republican to recommend what the democrats should do to avoid annihilation at the mid-term elections or in 2012. In fact, as a left-leaning independent, formerly a democrat, I'm delighted to hear Pence say what he said.

    Now, if the Republicans were instead gleefully confident of the democrats losing control of congress over this, they'd all be smiling and happy right now.

    Well, they ALL look and sound scared to me.

    March 21, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  11. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Do these hateful, anti-American Republicans ever give up?

    It's unbelievable that they have no ideas, no answers, no compromise, and yet they rage on against what is best for the country.

    The Republicans and their lunatic tea bags are anti-American racists and liars.

    USA FIRST

    March 21, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  12. Trollmaster

    Every Republican is warning doom and gloom for Dems some the 2010 elections. A talking point they got from the health insurance lobby no doubt.

    If this is really gonna hurt Democrats, they'd keep their mouths shut instead of warn them over and over again. It's one of the worst bluffs ever.

    And with HC reform, it's clear (for the most part) that Democrats are looking at the long term future of America, where the GOP is so short sighted and can't see past the next election.

    And let the GOP try to run on repealing the worst abuses of the health insurance company as a campaign issue. I can't wait.

    March 21, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  13. harold

    Do you and your family have Health Insurance MR. Pence?.....By the way thanks for the concern you have for getting Democrats elected next November.. why are you worried about Democrats getting elected in November? Strange.....You should be cheering the Democrats on to vote yes.. as you say it will defeat them.. Is that not what you want to do?.. Also.. campaign on repealing the Health Insurance Law plus Medicare...will you?

    March 21, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  14. Scott

    That's right, the Dems could pay a price at the polls in November for doing what the citizens and the majority of the nation elected them to do. I feel certain Congressman Mike Pence, like his colleagues continue to resort to scare tactics and fear mongering.

    The GOP continues to be the party of NO through obstructionism, fear mongering, misleading by misstating the facts over and over (death squad, etc.) and generally resisting everything this administration attempts to do in order to reverse the damage brought on by their own former president.

    March 21, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. Independent One

    I'm ashamed of the racism that exist among the repubs and the tea party...To oppose policy is one thing but this hatred I see is down right unbelievable

    March 21, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  16. TBA

    The GOP and RNC model to all those who are in the middle class or lower class is "Live with health insurance on the streets or live in a home without health insurance. If you don't like that you can go die." Thats the true model of the GOP and RNC on health care, reason being is they are getting PAID OFF by Health Insurance Companies, notice when this subject is brought up the GOP and RNC TOTALLY DENY IT.

    March 21, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  17. darrent123

    What a Fool!

    March 21, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  18. sensible Cape Coral FL

    Pence claims that the Democrats will pay the price in the next election but he neglects to say that the American people will be the ultimate winners when the Health Care Bill passes.

    March 21, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  19. Claudia

    Nothing like passing what the public doesn't want. Way to go!! Too bad our elected officials don't have our insurance then they'd understand why the insurance companies need to be reformed first. Also as someone who works with insurance everyday, I'm still trying to understand how the insurance companies get away with not paying the providers and in a couple of cases it has taken me over a year to get one payment for one patient on one claim – it keeps going back for reprocessing even though it was correct the first time! Insurance companies just don't like to pay the providers and unfortunately get away with it – this is one of the things that need to change – hello Congress – but then you don't care because you get everything paid for, for life, unlike the public! You will never understand and you don't care!!!

    March 21, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  20. badger

    If this is going to cause the Republican's to win the house in November why don't they just let the Democrats pass health care? Or are the Republicans worried that if it passes after all the obstruction they have raised, people may find that it's what American really wanted after all. Republicans will be seen for what they really are, fear mongers of the worst kind, and that the tactics they use to raise money are the same that they use to fight against the best interest of the American People.

    March 21, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  21. KathyC in MInnesota

    Oh yes!! The vote battle in November will be fierce and it will be the Republicans who will be a the short end!!

    Why?? Because the Republicans who have opposed Health Insurance Reform are the ones who are in the pockets of Big Pjarma and the Health insurance Lobbies!! They DO NOT want uninsured Americans to have a chance to have what is needed for their own Economic security!!

    The Republicans have opposed every measure put forth by President Obama just because they can be in opposition!! Those Americans paying attention to the crap Republicans are throwing out there.

    The PARTY of NO will be seen for who they are!! NO compassion for those suffering in this Economy. NO guts to actually Govern. NO spine to stop their constant LYING!!!

    March 21, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  22. mark

    Man, I hope they pass it today! In addition to the needed reform, I won't have to listen to all the rabid hate spewing from the mouths of the republicans, tea partiers, etc over this issue. I kind of think the repubs are desperate to stop it, because they know that NOT passing it is the worst thing that could happen for the dems in the mid-term elections. They are trying to make it sound like this bill is against the will of the people. Well last time I checked, a democracy represents the will of the people, and if this bill passes, that is democracy at work.

    March 21, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  23. bitterpolitics

    Fear mongering, do nothing Republican.....

    To all those opposed.. what happens when you insurance rates go down? When you realize you insurance coverage is no worse then it was before? When you realize you were wrong? Will you hold Republicans accountable for being wrong? Will you hold them accountable for being the party of no?

    March 21, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  24. joel palmer

    Bitter to the end; having learned nothing at all from losing os Socila Security (over and over again) and Medicare (and again) they are stoinewalling to the very end.

    I hope Americans who benefit from healthcare reform will remember who "stood in the door way and blocked up the hall" when November rolls around and send these troglodytes packing.

    March 21, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  25. Steve Marks

    Representative Pence ..Don't tell me what I want or don't want.

    March 21, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
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