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. Michelle

    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.

    March 21, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    Concessions have been made, and yet not one single Republican is going to vote for this bill.

    Why? Because they have no intention of helping anyone but their corporate constituents.

    Republicans want our President and our country to fail – PERIOD.

    I, for one, will not succumb to their hate-filled, ignorant, fear-mongering bully tactics.

    Stand up to the GOP! They are a shameful disgrace to our great nation!

    GOP = Party Before Country

    March 21, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. DaveT2009

    I don’t understand why republicans think democrat will pay the price on November. Who said there aren’t people who are supporting this bill? This bill will pass and democrats will also come back on November for more work. It is time to care for our neighbors. Democrats, we got you back on November.

    March 21, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. Ancient Texan

    The libs are not smart enough to realize that this "pig in a poke" Obamacare bill won't go into effect for 4 years, but your taxes go up Monday morning when Obama signs it. They also seem to think just the Republicans are against this smelly piece of garbage, but 55% to 70% of the American people don't want this passed. Independents were the folks that put Obama over the top during the election. 53% of those independents are strongly against this bill. November is going to be interesting.

    March 21, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. Patriot

    Just a correction on my previous post: In regard to the 2008 election, I meant to write: "...the MAJORITY of those who took part overwhelmingly voted for change." In a democracy, the majority rules, whether Pence and other House Repbus like it or not.

    March 21, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. David M. M.

    One thing both sides is good at is fear mongering. Get people worked up and thinking becomes difficult. Time and time and time again each side proclaims doom and gloom if the other side passes this or that bill or if this or that party gets elected. And time and time again they say "wait until November."

    Parties and ascend and descend, replacing each other and each other again, each time acting like its the final battle. They make so many bills sound like the end of time, forgetting we are a flexible democratic republic (oh, I forget, each party is trying for one party rule – which is more like communism, tyranny, fascism, than it is democracy or republicanism). Usually the gloom and doomers are not right.

    But even if this bill isn't so great after all, it would be quick to fix – ah yes, another November, another change in seats by an easily whipped up public, and flip-flopping politicians twisting to the new political wind.

    America is resilient, despite its politicians (who actually try to convince us America is not resilient so that we can fear all the more).

    America is a community, despite the politicians (who try to divide us, who exacerbate any division all while acting as if they are trying to help, the two-faced conniving liars most of them are).

    March 21, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. Larry

    The GOP has no "means" left. It's a dead party that will be removed from Washington in the next election cycle.

    March 21, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. Josh Henderson

    Lets stayed tuned for the clowns, all you need is three rings and Mike Pence to be the head of the circus. I am from Indiana and am emberssed for this clown representives us

    March 21, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. Jim

    To my Republican friends: your mindless uncompromising opposition to healthcare reform will make the GOP a minority party for generations to come! Just like the GOP's opposition to Roosevelt's New Deal and Social Security.

    My daughters will benefit immediately from the reform package; I can now keep them on my insurance plan until age 26! Do you think they will ever vote for a GOP candidate in the future?

    March 21, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  10. Ben

    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!!"

    You are Queen of Denial!!! LOL!! If you honestly think passing this bill won't hurt your beloved Dems in November you are truly delusional. Get it through your thick skull: The majority of Americans DO NOT want this bill. Period.

    March 21, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  11. Dlj1965

    I agree with the comments comparing this to riots and battles in the 1960's. based on the history books (I wasn't quite there yet to witness it). This health care reform and the atmosphere around it is very frightening. I'm a Democrat, and always will be, but even I need more information about this healh care bill before people vote on it. PLEASE STOP...don't vote yet, the American poeple need more information. Change is hard, people need to know about this bill, not just the talking points, but what it will actually cover. Will it allow the same services for the elderly? Will the services that were once availble be denied? More insured people with less services avaialable is the equivelent to everyone being underinsured.

    March 21, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  12. Ann from Ohio

    dirty bag......maybe you will be the one to get voted out for "just saying No" all the time..........

    March 21, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  13. Becky

    I think it is about time to put all the great lawmakers in Washington,DC on the same health insurance that the American public has today. You will then see some drastic changes to health insurance real fast.They have no idea what a lot of the American families are going through without a fair health insurance and it is qwuite obvious they don't care,especially the the Republicans with all their lies against this Health care bill.They are a sorry bunch.Many will remember come November electrions just how sorry they are.

    March 21, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  14. acfaber291

    Kouzmas our member of congress has been playing a coy game.

    she never mentions she's a DEM. there is no mention on her web-site she's a DEM

    well now she's DONE.

    everyone now knows what party she's in and that Emanel/Obama own her ol' butt.

    March 21, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  15. forty

    Bottom line. We pay for the uninsured every time they visit an emergency room. We pay for them with higher premiums etc. We might as well get everyone documented on a plan. This will also give us a look into how many are here as visitors/living without documentation. This plan has is advantages. FOX news as twisted this bills intentions so bad that most people haven't a clue what it's about!

    March 21, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  16. bubba

    Bring on the revolution in November !!!! Get jobs you lazy democrats...

    March 21, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  17. elana

    STALL!! That's one of the tactics!! The "fun" has just started in the house!! What a bunch of disrespectful, ignorant GOP die-hards!!!

    March 21, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  18. Ann

    In other words... stay tuned!
    The Repubs will do anything to kill healthcare, just like they kill kill kill everything else!

    March 21, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  19. bco

    re:

    "“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.”"

    And where do you think we got the votes? We won them in a landslide election. This is exactly how our democratic system is supposed to work.

    But I know that you prefer your process: 1) People choose in election, but then 2) Corporations buy congressmen and disinformation media campaign.

    March 21, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  20. TC OHIO

    Ken – What gives us the right?

    Well it's a democracy, that's what gives us the right. It's the same thing gave your guy the right to spend a billion dollars of OUR money on a war we didn't agree with. Remember when Bush was the Decider?

    Taking food off your table, for crying out loud. How about taking gas out of your Hummer – be honest.

    The votes of the poor and middle class each count as much as a vote from a wealthy man. When there are more of us than there are of you, this is what happens. I sincerely don't care if you like it or not.

    Thanks for the scratch, man. Now go and cry about it.

    March 21, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  21. Walter

    Sounds like a man who knows that he's playing a losing hand. "Just wait, I'll get you sooner or later."

    We can only hope that in November people will remember who the obstructionists and hate-mongers were.

    March 21, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  22. haas31

    If the bill does not pass, everyone who voted against it should be held accountable for the death of every person who dies because of lack of health coverage.
    Also, the "people" who I see on TV every day who don't want any "government run" program should be denied Social Security, any sort of Disability, if needed, and any Medicare coverage.

    March 21, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  23. Ben

    Becky – "They have no idea what a lot of the American families are going through without a fair health insurance and it is qwuite obvious they don't care,especially the the Republicans with all their lies against this Health care"

    Who are the REAL liars here? Seems Obama and his minions have told nothing but lies from Day 1. But, hey, why let the facts get in the way of a good story?

    March 21, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  24. alamgir

    God Bless Dem.Keep the good work and the American will follow u.All of the GOD books Abortion is a sin and glad that abortion bill will not come from fed.I am a great Supporter for Health Reform.

    March 21, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  25. Joe in the Midwest

    If our health care system is so great, then let all the elected officials buy their health insurance on the open market. If I cannot have a "public option" then neither should any member of Congress. I want any Senator or Representative who is against this to give up their taxpayer funded health insurance if this does not pass.

    March 21, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
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