March 21st, 2010
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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. Chuck

    Tea Baggers = GOP= LOSERS.

    March 21, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  2. johnrj08

    Mr. Pence, don't you think that everybody is already aware that the GOP will do ANYTHING to prevent this bill from happening? Tell us something we're not tired of hearing.

    March 21, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  3. Patriot 2011

    The productive people are on your side Congressman Pence...giv'm hell! Don't just kill thes bill, drive out the useless liberals that are solely interested in creating a european-style welfare state...and bankrupting the land of opportunity.

    March 21, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  4. theophilus

    To utter the words of my President Barack Obama .. Change has finally come to America... Thank God,,..
    Eight years of misery, tyranny , hate , fear ....has finally come to an end ...
    The republicans must acknowledge that they take part in wrecking this country, they played a big role in the fear, the hatred that is seeing in the protestors..
    cruelty breeds cruelty ..

    March 21, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  5. mel

    Pass the Bill !!!!!!!!!! HEALTH CARE IS A RIGHT NOT A PRIVILAGE!!!!!!!!

    March 21, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  6. Jon

    Tea baggers – c'mon can't you left wing dorks come up with something better than that?

    March 21, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  7. Pass The Bill - Who Cares - We can make Our Own "History"

    Let them pass the bill.
    Americans should just ignore it.
    What can this facist administration do? Jail the whole country?
    IF THE BILL PASSES-THUMB YOUR NOSE AT IT.
    And that, my fellow Americans will REALLY make history.
    Go to hell Obama and take that ugly witch Pelosi with you.

    March 21, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  8. matt

    The one thing I hope that's in this bill is the exclusion of illegal aliens from being able to take advantage of these benefits. There better not be any loop holes in which they can continued to eat up out tax dollars while not contributing to the tax base...

    March 21, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  9. John

    To those in favor:

    What makes you entitled to my hard earned money? It's not my fault you don't have healthcare. Why should I be forced to take food off of my table to pay your bills?

    March 21, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  10. annie against biased news

    Bye-Bye demon-craps. Today will be the last day you drink from the obama kool-aid cup. Passing this government rationed hellcare bill at the cost of over another trillion dollars to our deficit is your self-destruction!

    March 21, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  11. Rod from Indy

    I'd just like to take a moment to say thank you to the Republicans and the Tea Partiers. Thank you for fighting health care reform while thousands have died for lack of insurance. Thank you for fighting it while my prescriptions have doubled in cost and my wife is no longer allowed on my work coverage because she has coverage, albeit horrible, at work. Thanks for fighting it while my premiums went through the roof during open enrollment. Thank you for lying and distorting the facts so you can get as many people as possible to believe that reform means government takeover, and explosive costs when the independent fact check groups prove otherwise. And most of all, dear Republicans, thank you for putting your party's and your lobbyists' wants over the needs of your country. You have always proven where your hearts lie.

    March 21, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  12. Another Reformed Republican

    Pence, how do you know what I want? I have never told you and yet you claim to know. Are you clairvoyant or what?

    March 21, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  13. Kevin in Ohio

    I'm praying today..... praying that some democrats can see the horrible effects this bill will have on our country. I've already lost my own doctor.... I can't imagine what will happen to my insurance should this bill pass.

    March 21, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  14. fscott58

    It appears that the GOP is doing everything is using every means at their disposal. In addition to scare tactics, it is now resorting to having its members spit and yell racial slurs at our african-american representatives. What's next? Hair-pulling? Makes me so proud to be an American.

    March 21, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  15. Jeff

    The opponents to this bill either think it is too liberal or not liberal enough. By no means are they all Republican voters. Come November those that side Democratic will either vote Democratic or stay at home (unlikely if that will benefit the Republicans). To imagine that they will all suddenly vote for the GOP is simply wishful thinking on the Republican side.

    March 21, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  16. Jacob in Houston

    The fact is that the healthcare (insurance) industry has needed reform for decades. The Republicans, who controlled for years, did not promote their own plans for healthcare reform while in power. Now that the Democratic leadership is in power, the Republicans are staunchly opposed to their proposal. As an independent voter and small-business owner in American that is somewhat – but not absolutely – opposed to the current proposal, I see this as the way that the political process works.

    The Republicans got away with imposing the Patriot Act on us; now the Democrats will likely get away with imposing this healthcare plan. If I had to choose between the two – and I do – I'd vote for the Democrats.

    March 21, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  17. martin

    Pass or not pass, blood will run in the streets. The Republicans will reap what they sow, and be prepared for their denials of responsibility.

    March 21, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  18. richeyrich

    Hey Pence, where do yo keep your white robe and hat?

    March 21, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  19. annie s

    How proud we Americans must be today....the rest of the world has seen us protesting against saving up to 44,000 American lives each year, against protecting countless Americans from forced bankruptcies due to medical bills and against drastically reducing the debt we will leave our children. They've seen racists and homophobes calling themselves the "true Americans", and they've seen the Republican party spread fear and anger in order to defeat one man's Presidency. What an absolute disgrace.

    March 21, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  20. John

    Here's what it boils down to.

    Are you for insurance companies or aren't you? Why isn't this argument being framed like this? Insurance companies have completely run wild over the middle and lower-class in America for decades and it's about time they were reined in. Republicans love to talk about how the US has the best healthcare system in the world. This is patently false. The United States certainly has the best healthcare facilities and healthcare practitioners in the world, but the system leaves much to be desired. Maybe if more of their members weren't ultra-rich and able to afford healthcare, they'd understand. Sadly, they don't.

    March 21, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  21. Phil

    So what are the Republicans going to use to stop it, more spit and slurs?

    March 21, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  22. LoveThyNeighbor

    " ...his caucus will do whatever it can to try to stop passage of a Democratic health care reform plan." DUH!? OF COURSE THEY WILL! It's NOT THEIR idea! They are not going to be praised for HELPING Americans, just because they DON'T WANT TOO! They are a sad bag of worms and all they want is money, money and more money going INTO their pockets, not the Americans. Who cannot see that? If you believe otherwise, then you too, are part of the problems facing us today...Sam

    March 21, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  23. Dean

    To all you liberals out there talking about this bill and insurance companies....Can you name one thing this bill has in it that will hold the cost of your premiums down or will ensure that you will receive better health care than is available today?
    One thing is sure, medicare will lose $500 billion dollars worth of services, social security will lose $100 billion, Fees and goods provided by medical supply, pharmaceutical and health services companies will go up because the government is going to raise their taxes. And you will pay more taxes either directly or indirectly. The rich person who will have his taxes raised to pay for this who owns the businesses you frequent or the apartments where you will will raise his rent and costs to pay for these taxes.
    We do need health reform but not with this bill and the dirty way Obama has gotten it this far. Wonder how the people or New Jersey feel about paying for the medicaid services for their state and also for Louisiana and Nebraska.
    America needs to quit listening to paery line hate and think for themselves for a change.

    March 21, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  24. Audrey in Georgia

    The only mean at the republican's disposal is the tea party that
    has become a national disgrace.

    March 21, 2010 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  25. Clay

    Obstructionists to the end, but then that's what the health care lobbyists payed them for, now isn't it... As the health care initiative kicks in and people start to see things getting better, the republicans will be the ones feeling the backlash at the polls for siding with the insurance industry in protecting their outrageous profits at the expense of the welfare of the public in general.

    March 21, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
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