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. WoW

    Go for it Pence. Get this country back on track to small government and low taxes.

    March 21, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  2. shelly

    I have health care but when you get a raise and because of your health care premiums raising to the point that you lose money on your raise it's time for a change. After HCR lets work on the cable, the utilities and everyone other entity that raise their rates on a yearly basic to make sure that the little person never get ahead. get them living paycheck to paycheck.

    March 21, 2010 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. Chuck

    Without any doubt, racism and bigotry represent the soul of the GOP and the Tea Party Baggers as evidenced by the following:

    – racial slurs and spitting at our congressmen yesterday in D.C.;

    – white, professional tea baggers yelling at, insulting, and, demeaning an old white man with Parkinson's Disease sitting near them at a tea party rally this past Friday;

    – a total absence of minorities at tea party baggers' rallies.


    March 21, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. Kevin in Ohio

    @Randy, San Francisco March 21st, 2010 11:50 am ET

    The GOP was wrong to oppose Social Security and Medicare. They are wrong now to oppose Health Care Reform. Isn't it ironic that Tea Party members benefiting from Social Security and Medicare consider these two programs as entitled rights and not socialistic programs?

    Randy, look it up.....both Medicare and Social Security passed with bipartisan support. And there was a realistic funding mechanism involved with both - at the time they were passed. And now, many decades later, people like me are so heavily invested in these programs thrrough years and years of confiscatory payroll taxes, that we hate to see the demise of these programs and the loss of our investment. And surely, the health care bill will have a HUGE adverse impact on both.

    I see you are from San Francisco.... Pelosi is a BIG problem. Do the right thing and get rid of her in November. Thats what the REAL America needs.

    March 21, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. IlikeSandwiches

    “but I guarantee you the American people know they have the votes in November.”

    Just because striking fear into the hearts of your own voter base works well doesn't mean it's going to be just as easy with intelligent people. Classic GOP, tell someone why to fear something and keep hammering away at the paranoia that they've created.

    March 21, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  6. WoW

    "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.”

    Great! Both Social Security and Medicare are broke. Good job Liberals.

    March 21, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. An 8 year old ELEPHANT dung heap, does not transform into compost in just 1 year!

    To all the tea baggers ranting about President Obama and Dems "ramming this down the throat of the American people".

    How many days did the shrub post his "declaration of excessive force in Iraq" on the internet for all the American citizens to review?


    March 21, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  8. Stuman

    The US government is out of control and it is being led further don the path to hell by Obama. Criminals Reid and Pelosi are just as bad and need to be outsted from their jobs and this WILL HAPPEN in November. The republicans are not much better but it is the democrats who have singlehandedly destroyed their party. They are for the most part, criminal scum and they will be on the bread line that they created after the November election. Hopefully the republicans will learn from the democrats failures. Can't say that I hate the demos though; to hate someone or some institiution you first have to respect them and I have ZERO respect fro these criminal clowns.

    March 21, 2010 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  9. Bill - an Independent

    The Democrats say removing waste, fraud & abuse will help pay for this bill. The GOP say 'what waste, fraud & abuse?'. How about a doctor's ordering $4,000 worth of unnecessary tests, at the hospital he's connected to, on me (which I canceled), or my son having to get a $400 medical apparatus that's available all over the internet for $20? I'll bet you didn't know ibuprofen costs $40 a pill in the hospital. And all that drug research? Mostly for "me too" drugs to fight the competition. Get real, GOP! Our health care system is a MESS! We, the little people, need protection from the Health Care insurance industry and the greedy pharmaceutical industry – NOW!

    March 21, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. charles bowen

    Mike , vote yes on health care or pack your bags your heading home!

    March 21, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  11. leonardo

    Go dems! Do what is right for the people. Pass Healthcare Reform.
    Do what Jesus Christ actually told people to do.
    Do unto others as you'd have them do unto you. Social justice.
    A fact which self professed Christian Republicans always seem to brush under the carpet and conveniently forget.

    – A centrist Catholic

    March 21, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  12. Fed Up

    Would not mind it so much if the GOP had presented an alternative other than their hackneyed, "tort reform" etc., etc., etc.

    The fact that they presented no alternative does not give the American public much of a choice, does it?

    March 21, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  13. Jon

    Just because Obama won the election doesn't mean we have to adopt his entire socialist agenda. C'mon Americans, let's read the bill and debate it prior to voting on it. These Chicago style politics of voting on Saturday at midnight when no one has even read the bill have to stop. What happened to Obama's promise of "transparency"? What a great lie we have been told!

    March 21, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  14. steph

    If the Republicans and Democrats, believe too many items are left out of the bill, I hope they step up to the plate and start a new bill with malpractice reform, insurnace industry reform, and medical fraud and waste reform. I would like to see those changes. Please leave out the pork and special interests. If we want to pay for these items, lets review the sugar tax. Obesity is such a huge issue, and the cost is very high.

    March 21, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  15. IMissTheBannerPlane

    Jerseyites were taught a good work ethic and dignity .. passed onto them from ancestors who arrived at Ellis Island in the 1920's .Many Europeans worked in the Paterson silk mills to provide a better life for their children. Blue collar towns voted for the moderate maverick putting country first .. ( check the towns voting chart,,, you may be surprised ). Jerseyites don't need the gov. food chain 24/7 . The state has provisions as a safety net when residents hit a bump in the road of life. Family Care has been provided .. and the fact that modest income parents/parent may not have read the materials sent home from their kids school guidance counselors giving families this information needs to be addressed by families themselves. Jerseyites don't need mandates through their adult years. Many follow the golden rule and were given the tools by their parents and teachers to make decisions for themselves.Jersey communities are a charitable no matter what their financial situation.To our Jersey leaders voting on this mandated health bill that no one wants.. " Do You Hear The People Sing ? " ..The Republican and blue Dog Democrats have put in place a plan MONTHS AGO.. which include affordability .. preexisting conditions..and common sense reforms but the gang of misfits have turned a blind eye and pretend it doesn't exist. Jerseyites still have that good work ethic.. but with this gang of broken toys running washington.. dangling that carrot in front of kids.. it's like trying to intercept a daily hail mary in trying to continue that philosophy .

    March 21, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  16. Ken in PIsgah Forest

    He may be right about Stephen Lynch, but IMHO, the American people are going to love this bill once the fear factor resides and the bad things the Republicans have said about it don't come true. If this thing goes through, I know one Republican who will be looking down and feeling proud about America, and that is Teddy Roosevelt. One hundred years in the making, and now it may finally happen.

    March 21, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  17. thinksformyself

    Dems label everyone who doesn't support Obama as "racist" and point at these teabag fools as proof.
    And Reps point at everyone who does supports Obama and label them "un-American".
    My turn.
    Reps and Dems alike are racist un-americans. Why don't you brain-dead automatons all go away and leave the problem to us unaffiliated THINKING types?
    Brains are needed, not politcal misrepresentation and factory produced points of view.

    March 21, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  18. Bill - and Independent

    Way to go, Stuman! Call all the Democrats criminals. But don't mention all the Republican congressmen who are on the take from big business, and the medical insurance and pharmaceutical industries. Shhhh! Let's keep this secret to us. We wouldn't want anyone to think that you were ignorant, would we?

    March 21, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  19. theophilus

    this guy is right ... omg he is right ... it will be an intresting day

    All US Citizens you are bearing whitness to the Republican party being LAYED TO WASTE ...., like the lies and fear they use to scare the american people

    March 21, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  20. kathy

    "GOP" stands for "Grumpy Old Pricks". These losers don't care about the folks that are without Health Insurance and don't stand a chance of survival if they get sick. I wonder what they would feel like if members of their own families were without insurance. They are in cohoots with the Insurance Industry and all they care about is how much money all of them can make. What a despicable bunch of jerks!!!

    John Boehner and the rest of his cronies should all go to hell!!

    March 21, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  21. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    When the Afghan and Iraqi people vote for health care the Republicans will be first in line to cast a vote for Americans to support and pay for it. Republicans believe in human rights alright, but not here at home.

    March 21, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  22. David

    If am correct, I read more that 75% of the is in favor of health Care Reform. This tell me a lot about how many Americans is in favor, especial knowing CNN is more conservative.

    March 21, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  23. DB TX

    Other problems I have with this bill include:

    ** Page 50/section 152: The bill will provide insurance to all non-U.S. residents, even if they are here illegally.

    ** Page 58 and 59: The government will have real-time access to an individual's bank account and will have the authority to make electronic fund transfers from those accounts.... See More

    ** Page 65/section 164: The plan will be subsidized (by the government) for all union members, union retirees and for community organizations (such as the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now – ACORN).

    ** Page 203/line 14-15: The tax imposed under this section will not be treated as a tax. (How could anybody in their right mind come up with that?)

    ** Page 241 and 253: Doctors will all be paid the same regardless of specialty, and the government will set all doctors' fees.

    ** Page 272. section 1145: Cancer hospital will ration care according to the patient's age.

    ** Page 317 and 321: The government will impose a prohibition on hospital expansion; however, communities may petition for an exception.

    ** Page 425, line 4-12: The government mandates advance-care planning consultations. Those on Social Security will be required to attend an "end-of-life planning" seminar every five years. (Death counceling.)

    ** Page 429, line 13-25: The government will specify which doctors can write an end-of-life order less

    March 21, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  24. maf

    There will be a vote in November, and once the Health Care bill starts to do what it is intended to do, all of you party of NO obstructionist naysayers should be shaking in your boots, as you will be the party with NO voice!!

    March 21, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  25. I Am The Narcissistic Wizard of Rush and I Say . . .

    The Republicans can run on a "Repeal" platform in 2010 and 2012.
    They can pattern this on the "campaigns" of the g.o.p in 1934 and 1936, when the ran to "Repeal Social Security".

    That should work?

    March 21, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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