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. Mike, Albany

    Many of the republican leaning postings on this blog are whining about having their money taken away to pay for someone who is uninsured. This is the party of Christian values? It seems to me this is the party of "dog eat dog" and "screw or be screwed". What you don't realize is how much you are already subsidizing emergency room visits for people who have no other means of obtaining treatment. This bill might not be a panacea, but it has a lot of good in it, and by using "every means at their disposal" to stop it, the republicans are showing just how little they care about average Americans.

    March 21, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. Jordan in Indiana

    I believe that Congressman Pence is right that the passage of this bill will hurt Democrats in November. This bill, while we do need health care reform badly, is not right for the American democracy. It's too long, too confusing, and too expensive. We must find a way to insure all Americans that doesn't hurt our pockets too badly. That's the reason we're doing this in the first place, right?

    March 21, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. Jay from Atlanta

    What makes the Repbulicans think they are going to win in November? LOL!

    March 21, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. Joann C. Phelps

    Ever since Richard Nixon signed the abortion bill, the Republicans have used it against the Democrats in every election. Now they are trying to use abortion against the healthcare bill. My husband and I have healthcare coverage, but we care about our fellow citizens who don't. The Republicans were in control for eight years; they didn't do anything to stop abortion, but they did pass big tax brakes for the wealthiest people in this country. It is time for our country to pass healthcare reform and to cover all citizens of this country. J & J from Kentucky

    March 21, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. waltinAZ

    Mr. Pence, your arsenal is inadequate and your troops are depleted!

    March 21, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  6. Adelita

    Pence has health insurance for life, on our dime; apparently that's the only thing that matters to him – "I've got mine; hell with you!"

    March 21, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  7. ran

    Yes we do have the votes in Nov.2010 and 2012 to kick out ever fear/hate/obstructionist/purity Republicans.

    History is not going to repeat it self this time were the majority party in a mid term election loses seats. Not this time we true Democrats/Independents may not be out in force yet but we will be by election time.

    All the political pundits and Republicans/Blue Dogs are in for a rude awakening when even more seats go to the Democrats or Independent with few if any wins for the Republicans.

    March 21, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  8. hampster

    Translation of the statement; We (republicans) will use every underhanded and distasteful method we can come up with!

    March 21, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  9. l king

    Tom Daschle just noted the most onerous problem with this health care bill when his said the reform is completely dependent on "paying physicians based on quality of healthcare and not quantity". Who determines quality? Is it the patient and the doctor or is it a panel as set up by politicians

    March 21, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  10. bobby

    all i can say is that the GOP is disgusting PERIOD

    March 21, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  11. SuZanne

    If the republicans spent 1/4 of the time speaking concrete ideas instead of puking party rhetoric, more than half the american people would finally know the difference between their idea of hcr and the dems idea of hcr. We aren't speakin on who gets a new coat this winter with tax dollars, we are literally speakin to who lives, and lives well vs. who dies, and who suffers.

    March 21, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  12. Gregg

    It's funny watching the Republicans on the floor trying to gum up the works, trying to use any and every stick to stop the initial vote, whats also funny is, the Republicans had 8 years to deal with this, yet , they had nothing, except running America into the largest deficit this country has ever seen, they are trying to continue the GOP tacticts through Pres. Obama, and its not working, some Americans have been brainwashed by the GOP, to make us think this bill is awful, glad to see it isnt working, and it will indeed pass, Republicans had there chance, and they blew it, its time for real Democracy, Go Obama...

    March 21, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  13. Derek

    This maybe the first time in history when the opposition party goes begging the ruling party not to lose the next election. What a nice guys, GOP, what an ungrateful bunch, the Democrats.

    March 21, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  14. Zenzender

    Medical charges have to come down somehow.
    Once a Dr. asked me a question, he charged me $225 to ask for information that was in the computer in front of him.
    Recently, I turned on a CARELINK monitor in my home. I was charged $376 dollars FOR TURNING IT ON. This was a setup situation.
    I was also charged for a "clinic visit". I was in my bedroom.
    The same Dr mentioned above charged my wife $2000 for removing 2 suspicious moles in a hospital surgery room" which was really his office.
    The Med folks coupled with insurance, including Medicare, are totally out of control.

    March 21, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. Denna

    The Republicans just amaze me. They are acting like President Obama was just given the presidency. ATTENTION: President Obama was elected! The things he is trying to do are what he was elected to do. Do you Rethugs really think you own this country and that no other party, whether Democrat or Independent, has a right to rule? I pray that you will get a major face slap when the next election comes. But since your followers are thugs and racists and louder than the decent people in this country, this will probably never happen. Too bad for the good people in this country. Seriously, if you are a Rethug, you need to reexamine your sorry life.

    March 21, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  16. vette gal

    ...and don't be surprised when we vote the obstructionist republicans out of office Mr. Pence.

    For all those saying fix the bill before it passes....there is no perfect bill. Pass the bill first, then make amendments to change the items that need changing, but first make it law.

    As the only industrialized nation in the world that doesn't have national health care, we should be ashamed of ourselves.

    ....and for all those people saying our costs will go up, they are going up now and have been because of all the uninsured people going to the ER rooms. Who do you think has been paying their bills/ We, the people that have insurance, that's who. My premiums just went up 35%. I'm tired of paying more and more for insurance and receiving less benefits. Pass the bill!

    March 21, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  17. Norm

    The GOP did nothing for the people for eight years, and they'll do anything they can to see nothing gets done for the next eight. The GOP is a party of do nothing negative jerks!

    March 21, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  18. Denna

    I think the laziest people around right now are fat, lazy Rethugs. All you do is whine, moan and complain without actually doing anything to help this country. I am an unashamed liberal who as worked and paid taxes in the country for over 40 years. Yes, that's right, I paid taxes and I would be will to bet that you and your ilk haven't paid any taxes for years. How can you when you sit on the internet sending out insults all day?

    March 21, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  19. Brandon

    I love how people conveniently forget how much republicans screwed up the country in the past eight years. Granted, democrats are awful at getting things done and getting them done right, but at least they have decent logic behind what they're doing.

    Where's that third party choice when you need it?

    March 21, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  20. Perusing-through

    QUOTE from Republican Congressman Mike Pence:
    “I don’t know if they [Democrats] have the votes today; but I guarantee you the American people know they have the votes in November.”
    – – – –
    Nothing but a grade-school scare tactic. If Mike Pence is so sure the Democrats will suffer in November, than why not shut his mouth and allow Democrats to walk into an ambush.

    The reality is that Americans will see the overwhelming benefit healthcare reform have brought them, plus they will see significant Iraq and Afghanistan withdrawals by then, plus the economy will have clearly made a course correction and job hiring will return. It is the Republicans that are afraid of Democratic success and how more GOP members will be voted out in November.

    March 21, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  21. BILL, WI

    The Dems own this one. If it does reduce the deficit like they predict, and if it does lower health care costs like they predict they will come out winners. But if not they are going to loose a lot more than this next election. After all they will own it all.

    March 21, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  22. Sha

    Someone made a comment I would rather have cancer than debt.......You obviously have not seen someone suffer from that disease and what an IGNORANT thing to say. I don't agree with every thing in this bill but something needs change about this healthcare system what I will say is NO ONE LISTENS TO US THE WORKING AMERICAN PEOPLE !!!!! The right nor the left what can we do.....Keep praying I guess. (TN DEM)

    March 21, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  23. Lynne in CA

    People will definately remember who voted against health care reform in November. We will remember those who voted to continue the status quo of insurance company abuses. We will remember those who voted against health care for all and not just the privileged few. We will remember it is the Rethuglican Party of No who spread lies and distortion of facts.

    Thank you President Obama and Speaker Pelosi for standing up for what is right in providing health care for all Americans.

    March 21, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  24. gatormom7

    Stupak on on board...let's GO!!!! History is made today in America!!

    March 21, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  25. anti-bubba

    dont worry... i will cancel out your vote come november :)

    March 21, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
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