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that some liken to the legislation just passed by Democrats in Washington, is calling for President Obama's plan to be repealed.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:
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."
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
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.
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
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)
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 FULL POST
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
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)
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