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. Matty K in NJ

    The GOP is a tumor on the system. And ironically, we need a good healt care plan to get it removed.

    March 21, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. Bill P.

    As Harry Reid said, fouling during the last minute of play will only stop the clock for the Republicans for so long. They are just delaying the inevitable and making themselves look petty, cheap, and dishonest. We already knew they were first rate hypocrites.

    March 21, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. Dems...pack your bags..take down the drapes....

    suggest you look on monster.com for your next job in November....

    It was a bad idea to give up your cushy job and benefits just for the sake of Pelosi and Obama......they will still have jobs while you are out pounding the pavement.....

    Bon chance!

    March 21, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. Socrates

    As a registered Republican, I can categorically state that I intend to change my registration and I will never vote for a Republican candidate again.

    March 21, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. How are you paying for it???

    Oh, SOCIAL SECURITY was a success?

    Hmmm,
    Is it solvent? NO.
    Is it bankrupt? YES

    Will I see a 1/4 of the money I've paid in? NO

    Did I like Bush's plan to privatize it, so my money is my money. YEPPER

    DUMocRATS = Spend OPM (Other Peoples Money)

    March 21, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. Joe

    Keep on spending America! Just continue to throw the wealth that you had down the drain for programs that will continue to cost more and more and more and more and more. But at least we will all have free health care and the government will take care of every single person in our country because this is the right thing to do even if we really don't have the money to pay for any of it becasue WE ARE BROKE! But we must take care of all the people because that is what kind, decent, and intelligent people do – they give everything they have and when they don't have anything left to give, they borrow from their neighbor in order to continue helping those in need. This may not make our nation very smart, but at least we look good and we are doing the right thing. We can always continue to borrow from our new daddy – CHINA. The question becomes, do we really think CHINA will continue to loan us billions and billions in the future? Will they do the right thing by us and have the heart to give to a country in need? We will be in need and we will need their funding to continue to exist but for some reason, I just don't think that CHINA will be as kind, decent, and caring as we are when it come to helping fellow human beings. We are in serious trouble.

    March 21, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. Bill - a SENIOR Independent

    My, oh my. Pence, you sure have kicked a hornet's nest. Unfortunately, I think you are the one to be stung. But you do have a few supporters, like the woman who has a serious problem with the English language, and the "former health care worker" (how did he become "former"?) who obviously doesn't know what he's talking about (ever take a poll in an ER as to how many don't have insurance because they either can't afford it, or have a pre-existing condition?). How about a poll of THESE comments to find out what percentage of these good Americans are FOR the Health Care Bill? What? You don't like some of its clauses? Don't spit on a congressman; instead, ask your representative to sponsor an Amendment after the Bill passes. What a novel idea! That's called "democracy".

    March 21, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  8. Larry

    A vote against this bill

    Is a vote against the better well being of the American people

    The GOP is a disgusting bunch ....

    The Party Of NO ... To the American people

    March 21, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  9. Hannah

    Where were all these people when bush was passing the Medicare prescription drug debacle that was a giveaway to big pharma. Drug prices rose 40% after it was passed. They lied about its cost didn't fund it. Seniors had 100 plans to sort through and needed help in doing so. There was the donut hole where seniors had to pay our of full price out of pocket for their meds. it was/is a mess. This health care bill will fix it among other things.

    March 21, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  10. Health Insurance Stocks were up big Friday........

    so I guess we know who won.

    March 21, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  11. Jack518

    You know what? I want universal health care for this country.

    March 21, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    "John in NY" says we shouldn't vote for the bill because it's "2000" pages long. What, you think Congress and the Senate are slow readers?

    They've had a year to read the bill and debate it. Discussion have been held and concessions have been made – and yet, no Republican will vote for it.

    The problem is the Republicans swore this would be President Obama's "Waterloo" (and John, google it if you don't understand that reference ... I get the feeling you don't read much ...).

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

    GOP = Party Before Country

    March 21, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  13. Fed Up

    So let me see the Corporate Socialist’s (The Ruplican Party) want to keep the status quo. That is 35 million people getting free health care from our states and federal government, being paid for by our taxes in a system that is wrote with waste and corruption. Yeah that sounds like socialism. I think the Corporate Socialist (The Ruplican Party) has it all wrong they are the real socialists in disguise. Wake up America these fools will not be happy until the middle class is making $15 an hour for sixty hours a week no overtime.

    March 21, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  14. Independent

    You know Republicans even my 10 years old say every time you are on TV talking none sense " Those guys are very mean" .. no more words are needed here. Ask God for for forgiveness because you guys are really mean.

    March 21, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  15. David/Kissimmee FL

    This is to all the tax payers out there Bush gave/paid for universial heathcare to all Iraqs in 2005. Now does that sound like the republicans care about you?

    March 21, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  16. Bill Wilfong

    The Republican party has been continually referring to the health care bill now before the House as a "government takeover" of health care. I would like to point out that approximately 113 million U.S. citizens already are covered by a federal health care plan. The breakdown is: Medicare recipients: 45 million (2008 data), Medicaid recipients: 53 million (2009 data), Veterans Administration health care recipients: 5.5 million (2008 data), and Tricare (active and retired military and dependents): 9.4 million (unknown date). This represents a whopping 34% or so of all Americans. I know that some surveys exist that show that the vast majority of recipients of care under these programs are satisfied. The media, and, as far as I know, no member of congress has pointed this out. Why not??? If the public was aware of this, it could make a significant difference in the polls.

    March 21, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. Aspen Professor

    The Republican Health Care attempted blockage will blow up in the Republican faces as none of the dire expectations come to pass.

    2011 may actually be the final straw that will flush the right wing extremists down the toilet of history.

    March 21, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  18. Lian

    Any opponents of this bill are selfish idiots. They are the same people who oppose immigration legislation and same people that think losing their jobs to Mexicans means we need to socially cleanse America.

    You are the walking contradictions about what it means to be American. When you have made it to a tax bracket the only thing you care about is holding on to your money. How about you give back to your country some time?

    March 21, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  19. Bill - a SENIOR Independent

    Uh, Bubba, don't look now, but those people who are unemployed aren't just Democrats. And the unemployed aren't unemployed just because they are lazy. Being a Republican doesn't keep you from being laid off either. And if you're a Republican (which, obviously you are) who has a pre-existing condition, are you going to be able to get insurance when others can't? Don't be an ass! You just insulted millions of good Americans who aren't afraid of hard work and who just want to go back to work.

    March 21, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  20. Gerry NH

    After all of the real dirt comes out about what the democrats pulled to get this this will open up allot of closed mines. I don't think politics was ever ment to be this corrupt.

    March 21, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  21. commentor

    Note that the prior two programs, of which the Democrats are proud, are those programs that are threatening to bankrupt the country...and are those programs that are compelling Democrats to attempt to reign in the cost of healthcare...

    Expect extensive follow up legislation to this monstrosity; this is just the beginning of the problem, not the end, by any measure.

    March 21, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  22. YANNI

    I wish all of the people on this blog and the Political Figures that come on TV stop saying that "THE AMERICAN PUBLIC" doesn't want this Bill. NO ONE PERSON ON THIS BLOG OR NO ONE REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT SPEAKS FOR ALL AMERICANS. SOME AMERICANS WANTS THIS BILL AND SOME AMERICANS DO NOT WANT THIS BILL. THIS IS WHY THE PRACTICE OF"PEOPLE" BEING CALLED NAMES AND BEING SPAT ON ONLY PROVES THAT SOME PATHETIC PEOPLE SEEMS TO BELIEVE THAT THEIR VERSION IS GOSPEL. EVERYBODY DOES "NOT" WANT THE SAME THING BUT AS AMERICANS WE "CAN HAVE OUR OWN OPINIONS" AND WE ALSO HAVE A RIGHT TO CHOOSE WHAT WE INDIVIDUALLY WANT. THAT IS THE AMERICAN WAY SO IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT AND CAN NOT RESPECT IT THEN IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO GROW UP.

    March 21, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. Luke Brown

    Democratic plan versus republican no-plan.

    Easy choice.

    BTW ... every vote against this bill will be cast by someone who has government subsidized health insurance.

    March 21, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  24. Mo

    I completely agree with Lou's comment "I'm sure the Republicans will do everything they can to stop this vital legislation! They are the party of "NO" and are obstructionist. They are nasty and breed the nastiness demonstrated by the TEA PARTY. They have lied, and lied about the health care legislation. They incite lies about President Obama. The shame of it is that the tea party and others like them believe the lies. We need to vote all of the Republicans out in November and straighten out this country."

    These republicans even with Health Care most likley going to pass will say NO to every single thing. The Republicans are on a mission to do absoltuely nothing except sit sit sit sit LIE LIE LIE and try and make Obama look bad. Guaranteed Democrats will win most of Midterm election now because people are so sick and fed up with Republicans that are the party of NO and LIES!!!

    I am in favor of this Health Care package being passed and glad it will force people to buy insurance. Why wouldn't you want the insurance. He** the next thing you know without it the ones that are always complaining and moaning then they are the ones that are going to get sick and then it's the oh why didn't my company help or give me the insurance now that I am sick I can't afford to pay my medical bills. Oh but wait you did have insurance but you had a pre existing condition so without this bill, Insurance can just up and deny you and you are still sick, can't afford your meds or treatment you despeteraly need, your insurance says they cant help you anymore and so they kick you out of the hospital, your sent home, insurance did help you a very small amount then decided they don't want to help you anymore now your too sick to go to work anymore. NOW WHAT???? Scr** that I want to have health insurance even if I don't get sick and rarley visit the doctor it's the WHAT IF IN LIFE. Yes pass this bill we need reform.

    March 21, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  25. Jilli

    Yeah, the party that brought us two very costly UNFUNDED wars and a very expensive and UNFUNDED medicare drug benefit is fighting hcr – it fits.

    If it benefits the majority, republicans will be against it. They're clearly representing big business, the banks and the insurance industry. They failed. Doing what's right for the majority won today. Thank the democrats once again for moving this country forward.

    March 21, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
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