March 22nd, 2010
10:02 AM ET
4 years ago

Romney on health vote: Obama 'betrayed his oath to the nation'

 Mitt Romney is calling for President Obama’s health care plan to be repealed.
Mitt Romney is calling for President Obama’s health care plan to be repealed.

Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney, who as governor of Massachusetts implemented a health care plan that some liken to the legislation just passed by Democrats in Washington, is calling for President Obama's plan to be repealed.

Romney, a potential 2012 presidential candidate, responded on Monday to the new health care legislation on the National Review's Web site. The president, he wrote, "has betrayed his oath to the nation" by failing to attract any Republican votes for the bill.

Romney's full statement after the jump:
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Filed under: Health care • Mitt Romney
March 22nd, 2010
09:55 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama campaign adviser will not challenge fellow Democrat

 Steve Hildebrand will not challenge South Dakota Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin in a primary.
Steve Hildebrand will not challenge South Dakota Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin in a primary.

Washington (CNN) – Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin will avoid a primary fight for her South Dakota seat, sidestepping a potentially divisive Democratic battle with a top campaign official to President Obama.

Steve Hildebrand told CNN last week he was seriously considering challenging Herseth Sandlin if she voted against health care reform or if the vote was close.

Herseth Sandlin did vote against the bill, which passed late Sunday evening by a 219 to 212 margin. But Hildebrand said Monday morning that the margin of victory was wide enough, and that Democratic leaders could have called in more Democratic votes but chose to allow some lawmakers to oppose the measure because of "their own politics."

"I am not going to run," Hildebrand, Obama's deputy national campaign manager in 2008, said in an interview. "I made a commitment to myself and to others that if we lost the health care battle because of Stephanie Herseth's opposition that I would have challenged her in the primary. Even though she voted no, it passed. I will continue to encourage her to support progressive legislation, and I will encourage others to use their voice loudly in South Dakota to move her votes into the Democratic column."

Hildebrand, a liberal, is often at odds politically with Herseth Sandlin, a leader in the conservative "Blue Dog" coalition.

Hildebrand said he received strong support for a potential bid from within his state as well as Democrats nationwide. A White House official did contact him, Hildebrand said, but only to ask "was I serious."

March 22nd, 2010
09:15 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama to sign health care bill Tuesday

 President Obama will sign a health care reform bill into law at the White House on Tuesday, according to two Democratic sources.
President Obama will sign a health care reform bill into law at the White House on Tuesday, according to two Democratic sources.

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will sign a landmark $875 billion health care reform bill into law at the White House on Tuesday, according to two Democratic officials familiar with the planning.

The bill passed the House of Representatives late Sunday night. It was approved by the Senate in December.

A separate package of changes passed by the House on Sunday still needs to be approved by the Senate. The officials noted that the Senate cannot begin debate on the package before Obama signs the underlying bill into law.


–CNN's Ed Henry contributed to this report


Filed under: Health care • President Obama
March 22nd, 2010
09:00 AM ET
4 years ago

Vicki Kennedy sits down with CNN's John King

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 Vicki Kennedy talks with John King Monday about her late husband’s legacy and the passage of health care reform—a goal Sen. Edward Kennedy worked toward for nine terms in the U.S. Senate. (PHOTO CREDIT: CNN)


(CNN) – Vicki Kennedy, wife of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, sat down for an exclusive interview Monday with CNN's John King for the premiere edition of his new primetime show, "John King, USA."

The interview is Kennedy's first since Republican Scott Brown was elected to fill her husband's former seat in the Senate. Kennedy discussed her late husband's legacy and his signature issue of health care reform - less than 24 hours after sweeping health care legislation was passed by the House of Representatives.

Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts passed away in August. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1962 and was serving his ninth term. He called health care reform "the cause of my life."

"John King, USA" airs weeknights at 7 p.m. ET on CNN.


Filed under: JKUSA • John King USA • Popular Posts • Vicki Kennedy
March 22nd, 2010
08:05 AM ET
4 years ago

Health care vitals: Taking one for the team?

Washington (CNN) - Many of the 15 House Democrats who are not seeking re-election in November were under pressure to "take one for the team" on the Senate health plan Sunday night by casting what might have been an unpopular "yes" vote back in their districts.

In the end, 11 retiring Democrats voted in favor of the measure; four voted no.  Six of the soon-to-be retirees are seeking other elected office.


Retiring House Democrats Who Voted Yes
Brian Baird	WA-3
Bill Delahunt	MA-10
Brad Ellsworth*	IN-8
Bart Gordon	TN-6
Paul Hodes*	NH-2
Patrick Kennedy	RI-1
Kendrick Meek*	FL-17
Dennis Moore	KS-3
Joe Sestak*	PA-7
Vic Snyder	AR-2
Diane Watson	CA-33

Retiring House Democrats Who Voted No
Marion Berry	AR-1
Artur Davis*	AL-7
Charlie Melancon*	LA-3
John Tanner	TN-8

*seeking other office

Filed under: Health care • Health care vote count
March 22nd, 2010
08:04 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama speaks after health care reform passage

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 President Obama and Vice President Biden put their arms around each other after President Obama spoke late Sunday night after the House of Representatives passed landmark health care reform. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)



Filed under: Health care • Joe Biden • President Obama
March 22nd, 2010
08:01 AM ET
4 years ago

Health care vitals: Blue state Republicans who voted No

Washington (CNN) – Thirty-two of the 178 House Republicans who voted against the Senate health care reform plan represent districts that President Obama carried in the 2008 presidential election. They are listed below:

Judy Biggert          	IL-13
Brian Bilbray          	CA-50
Mary Bono Mack          	CA-45
Ken Calvert          	CA-44
Dave Camp          	MI-4
John Campbell          	CA-48
Anh "Joseph" Cao		LA-2
Michael Castle*          	DE-AL
Charles Dent          	PA-15
David Dreier          	CA-26
Randy Forbes          	VA-4
Elton Gallegly          	CA-24
Jim Gerlach          	PA-6
Mark Kirk*               	IL-10
Leonard Lance          	NJ-7
Tom Latham          	IA-4
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March 22nd, 2010
07:58 AM ET
4 years ago

Health care vitals: Red state Dems who voted yes

Washington (CNN) - Several House Democrats who voted in favor of the Senate health care plan represent districts that Republican John McCain carried in the 2008 presidential race.

Democrats who voted “Yes” in districts won by McCain in 2008

John Boccieri	OH-16
Allen Boyd	FL-2
Chris Carney	PA-10
Kathy Dahlkemper	PA-3
Gabrielle Giffords	AZ-8
Baron Hill	IN-9
Ann Kirkpatrick	AZ-1
Suzanne Kosmas	FL-24
Betsy Markey	CO-4
Harry Mitchell	AZ-5
Alan Mollohan	WV-1
Tom Perriello	VA-5
Earl Pomeroy	ND-AL
Nick Rahall	WV-3
John Salazar	CO-3
John Spratt Jr.	SC-5
Charles Wilson	OH-6

Filed under: Health care • Health care vote count
March 22nd, 2010
07:55 AM ET
4 years ago

Pelosi, House Dems hold midnight press conference

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 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democratic leaders hold a press conference just after midnight Monday morning to tout their health care reform victory. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)



Filed under: Health care • Nancy Pelosi
March 22nd, 2010
07:52 AM ET
4 years ago

Health care vitals: Vote Switchers, Part II

Washington (CNN) - Three representatives, all Democrats, voted differently on the Senate health care reform bill than they did on the subsequent reconciliation plan. A total of 34 Democrats voted against the Senate bill, while 33 voted against the reconcilation package.

Members who switched votes on the reconciliation plan

Member		Party/District	Senate	Reconciliation
Jim Cooper	D	TN-5	Y	N
Daniel Lipinski	D	IL-3	N	Y
Stephen Lynch	D	MA-9	N	Y
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