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. ThinkAgain

    Hey, all you anti-health care reform bill folks, I've got some questions:

    What has the GOP ever done for you? And don't give me that, "They kept us safe" line of BS.

    9/11 happened under Dick and Georgie's watch – in part, because they ignored the August 6, 2001 President Daily Briefing entitled, "Al Qaeda Determined to Attack the US Using Airplanes."

    Again, what'd the GOP ever do for you? How's your retirement savings doing these days? How are your health care costs doing? Did your wages go up during 2000-2008?

    How about the value of your house? Did you get laid off because your job was outsourced to overseas? Were you able to carry your insurance with COBRA? Pretty nifty Federal subsidy of your COBRA payment, don't you think? Don't forget that was thanks to President Obama; the Republicans didn't want to extend it or unemployment benefits!

    You followers of Fox and Limbaugh and Palin and Beck and the Republicans are a bunch of patsies who are jerked around by fear, hate, division and lies – and you fall for it every time! You go into the voting booth, and vote for some idiot Republican who says the right code words – anti-abortion, anti-gay, pro-gun. And then as your life continues to get worse, you fall for all the "blame the Liberals" BS.

    You are all a bunch of fools! Do you honestly think that any of those Republicans you're voting even think TWICE about you once you've voted them in?

    Wake up and smell the coffee, folks!

    March 21, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. cspurgeon

    He looks.acts and talks like a thug. If he ever smiled the face would crack.Wish these ugly types would fade off the screen. They are only promoting hate and their own wallets.

    March 21, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. American for hc

    In other words, the Republicans intend to thwart the process and obstruct a straight-up majority vote. Talk about tyranny ...

    March 21, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  4. shawn m

    Democrats this, Republicans that!

    Really? Grow up and become an American. America was NEVER about tax money handouts via the Federal Government.

    It was about FREEDOM. Freedom which being ripped from our hands because we are too lazy to do what is right, uphold the constitution and limit the government.

    There is no health care crisis. The problem is that lawyers are allowed to sue and get money from the deep pockets of insurance companies, insurance companies have too much power and both insurance and credit have allowed for extremely high medical expenses.

    What average worker can afford $300 for a 10 minute doctor visit? Hello! People!

    Quit playing the party games and focus on guarding our fragile freedoms that are being taken away.

    Masters of illusion...all of them.

    March 21, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  5. AJ

    Has everyone forgotten the "sage" words of Scott McClellan? Politics have regressed to the "perpetual campaign", not the business of the people. I used to hear the word "statesman". I cannot remember the last time I heard this term was used.

    March 21, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  6. Brian

    Disrupt and delay... could Republicans maybe come up with something other than obstruction in the way of strategy? Seriously, this is becoming childish. Rep. Pence is right about one thing, though: voters will remember, and I hope they remember how Republicans did NOTHING on health care for decades when they had the White House and/or congress. Now that the Obama administration is trying to help the American people Republicans can't seem to do anything but spread misinformation, fear, racism and homophobia. How is it possible this party has ANY supporters left?

    March 21, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  7. Randy

    The repubs are always saying, "oh, just wait until November". Who's going to vote for a bunch of thieves? They haven't done anything useful since they have been in Washington.

    March 21, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  8. Disgusted Democrat

    What part of democracy don't you republicans understand? The majority of members of congress and senate represent the majority of Americans. Just because you are loud and insulting does not mean you are the majority! Notice how the states with the least educated people and some of the poorest states are the one most opposed to the reform? Dummies, you stand to gain more from this bill than the's like talking to a wall.

    March 21, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  9. todd

    The poeple will be wondering where is my tax return?....oh yea the goverment took it to pay for the illegals health care!

    March 21, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    If you want to know what Congress and Senate members get for health care, go to the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program Web site.

    According to the FEHBP Web site, "Federal employees, retirees and their survivors enjoy the widest selection of health plans in the country." (This Web site also has a link to the various plans offered and the details of those plans.)

    We subsidize their health care by 75%.

    It's only fair we should enjoy the same coverage.

    March 21, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  11. Jilli

    Michelle March 21st, 2010 1:11 pm ET

    All i have to say is get a job! I work for my healthcare and am sickened at the amount of money taken from me already for those of you sitting on your rear drinking beer and watching tv while i bust my butt at work.

    Here's the teabagger republican mentality on display. Big on bravado, short on brains. They're so dense that they don't even realize that the republicans are using them to cause turmoil, while working to benefit, not them, but those willing to screw them (the insurance companies, banks, etc.). Just ask the evangelicals, they were throroughly screwed by the republican party – it's like de ja vu, but with healthcare.

    And you honestly think you can regain a majority with that mentality?

    Good luck.

    March 21, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  12. Tammy

    I cant believe what Im hearing, Certain Republicans are stooping so low as to threaten any one in congress who votes for health bill, is that what is comes to..bullying and threats, The same thing happened when medicare and soclal security were needing Republican support.
    Why are these intelligent men (GOP) thinking backwards?

    March 21, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  13. Brian

    Since when republicans have started worrying about Dems paying the price in elections. We all know it is the republicans who are worried that with the passage of this bill its they who will be paying the price.

    Lets say even what he says comes true, as as citizen of this great country I would rather loose doing something right than doing wrong or nothing.

    March 21, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. Tex

    I work very hard everyday and my employer paid benefits are a HUGE help to me and my children. They are also the reason that I make not that much money. If I have to start paying taxes on my employer paid health care too, I may as well just quit and sit at home like most of the people we are going to be paying for with this bill. We are taxed to death and just can't afford any more taxes!!! Is Obama going to pass a bill to feed our kids and pay our mortgages when we don't have enough money because of all the taxes we have to pay? I guarantee you that will NEVER happen.....GO REPUBLICANS!!!!! I am ashamed to say that I have always voted Democrat.....I will not make that mistake again!

    March 21, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. CR

    The GOP is on the wrong side of history. Their fear-mongering, distortion, and hate may rile their base in the short-term, but they are finished as a respectable political force. They have chosen near-term partisan interest over what is right and decent.

    March 21, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  16. kathy1031

    The time for health care reform is now. The local hospital emergency room has stopped accepting BCBS of AZ because the insurance company will not pay the rates requested by the ER. ER states losing too much money. How much of that is lost because people are not insured? How many will now wait till their Dr. office is open instead of getting needed immediate care?

    March 21, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  17. Redman

    This is the party (Repub) that created a tax cut then borrowed money to start two wars then ignored bubble warning signs leading to the near depression that then caused them to loan billions to our almost defunct banking system.

    Why do i care what they say ? they don't have enough experience doing the right thing.

    March 21, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  18. judith schwager

    Note to the Republicans: we voters will know who had the courage and guts to stand up and do the right thing for the vast majority of Americans. Scare tactics won't work. Either will name calling. I am going door to door next election time for Melissa Bean who has more courage in her little finger than all the Republicans combined.

    March 21, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  19. Robin in Tampa, FL

    I find it funny that the Republicans have been so concerned about the Democrat's keeping their seats in November that they are telling them to vote "No" on the bill. If this were the case Republicans should have been pushing them to pass their own legislation.

    March 21, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  20. steve in York

    This government is becoming the biggest enabler of all. "Free" stuff for everyone....we'll take care of you....what a bunch of nonsense. All we're teaching our people is you no longer need to work hard or strive for greatness – just let the government take care of you. We become weaker with every new entitlement.

    March 21, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  21. Joan D. Conahey

    Of COURSE we can't afford this health care bill. Neither can we afford to not begine the painful process of redoing our broken health care system. The little chicken of long-time inaction by all of the previous administrations and congresses is coming home to roost. One way or another, the people are going to have to pay for everyone's health care, be it directly, through taxation, through "hidden" business maneuvers or by continued cost-shifting. Begin the process!

    March 21, 2010 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  22. Mark

    I wish we had more in congress like Pence. Our country is being harmed by all the left wing liberals. BUT, most of them wil go down in their reelection bids.

    March 21, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  23. The Unsub

    I am finally proud of my country.

    March 21, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  24. Jim

    I am proud of Pres. Obama and our Democratic leaders who have shown "profiles in courage" (the title of Pres. Kennedy's famous book) to implement this critical healthcare reform.

    I am ashamed of a few Democratic holdouts (Stupak and others) and the US Catholic bishops who have opposed healthcare reform due to their single-issue focus on abortion.

    I am proud of the Catholic Health Association and the leaders of 50,000 religious sisters who support healthcare reform because it does not expand abortion funding.

    I am ashamed of the Republican party's blind ideological opposition to healthcare reform that will expand coverage to 30+ million Americans, lower the federal deficit, and strengthen the US economy!

    March 21, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. Ken

    Yeah "Bubba" the Democrats should get real jobs...just like the Republicans had to after riding the tax payer gravy train for so many years before the dems got the chance to actually do something! The dems have only been the majority for a little over a year. The republicans had several years to create this might want to sit down and be quiet long enough for "us" to get something accomplished.

    March 21, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
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