March 23rd, 2010
05:30 PM ET
5 years ago

Republicans start all-out effort to block changes to health care law

Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus, D-Montana, said one or two potential problems were identified in the changes bill.
Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus, D-Montana, said one or two potential problems were identified in the changes bill.

Washington (CNN) - The Senate launched debate Tuesday on a House-passed bill to make changes in the hours-old health care reform law, with Republicans promising to use every parliamentary tool available to undermine or defeat the measure.

The so-called "fixes" bill was necessary to get reluctant House Democrats to approve the Senate's version of the health care reform bill. By approving the Senate version Sunday night, the House sent the bill to President Obama, who signed it into law on Tuesday.

However, House Democrats only agreed to support the health care bill if the fixes measure accompanied it to make some changes in the Senate version. Now the Senate must approve the fixes bill so Obama also can sign it.

Democrats admit they have concerns that Republicans may be successful in changing the delicately balanced package. Any changes would force the bill back to the House for another vote.

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soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Dave

    so the party of "No Action" decides to take against blocking fixes to a bill they don't like? No wonder why 50% of Americans want to fire the entire congress, they are jokes who talk in circles

    March 23, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. Stacie

    So, the Republicans don't want to completely close the donut hole....hear that seniors. Hey grad students, the Republicans want you to continue to go without health insurance OR to go further in debt paying for a graduate degree and individual health insurance. Hey parents, better start praying your kids don't develop any medical conditions, no matter how small, because the Republicans want to make sure your have a horrible time keeping your insurance policy.

    Look at these rich people with government run health care trying to make sure you can't get affordable, reliable coverage. You go GOP, stand firm to your beliefs that you should obstruct everything this administration wants to do. Let all of the American people see just how petty you are.

    March 23, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  3. beevee

    It is disgusting to see how the GOP leadership is hellbent on causing more problems in the passing the healthcare reforms bill that is already signed by the president. While the rules may permit for such nonsense maneuvers it is a waste of time for the congress and senate members to keep harping on the healthcare issue any more. I hope the GOP leaders have the good sense of accepting the healthcare bill and focus on other important things – economy and jobs. That is what all aemricans want of you for voting you to represent them.

    March 23, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  4. LacrosseMom

    Good luck with that Party of NO.

    March 23, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  5. Jay

    That's all the Republican party is good for i.e. obstructionism. Good luck in your effort because come November, contrary to what you and your network buddies think, you are going to loose more seats.
    CNN, stop being bias because you're fast becoming another FOX news, no Fox Liar!
    Hail to our Commander-in-Chief, President Barack Obama.
    God Bless our country and our President.

    March 23, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  6. jb

    These states have my support. I pray that NC joins them and they win. This is the biggest miscarriage of justice since slavery. My prayer is that this is stopped now. I wish that people who want to live under a socialistic government would move to countries where this exists rather than try to make our country socialistic. This is the saddest and dumbest day in our history.

    March 23, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  7. Ruth

    GROW UP republicans. YOU LOST.

    March 23, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    Go for it, but the odds are against you, with that method.

    March 23, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  9. TOTUS 4 PRESIDENT

    With Witch Woman Pelosi (11% approval) and Count Dracula Reid (8% approval), it is obvious that they had a complete mandate to shove health care down America's unwilling throat.

    March 23, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  10. John

    I talking to you Bid brother .You was in charge in the house for a decade.Now you want PELOSY to get fire?Why so abset?Do you have interest in those giant companies?A young "MOSES" already fix .You should fire yourself."LOOK 2012

    March 23, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  11. ib

    Please do anything and everything possible to stop this healthcare rationing bill. This bill will destroy our healthcare system. It is not an improvement it is a disaster. Remember in Nov.

    March 23, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  12. Bonnie

    Let's all roll back to 1999, shall we?

    March 23, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  13. A Kickin' Donkey

    This is a colossal waste of money

    .... who is paying for this crap? Why should state budgets pay for attacks to help national Republicans?

    .... when will Republicans in Congress do something to help the people?

    ... where are all those "fiscally conservative" GOP'er's now.

    March 23, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  14. Save 'em in the womb, so a "christian" war can send 'em to the tomb

    So, now you Reds are FOR the "Cornhusker" and "Louisiana Purchases"?

    The recon package will REMOVE those from the NEW health care reform LAW.

    You consmight have a hard time explaining to Bubba in the Bacalounger back at the trailer park, why NOW you want these two "sweetheart" deals to REMAIN in the NEW health care reform LAW(WOW, it feels good typing that out, not to mention the frothing fit that it causes Bubba in the Bacalounger to have every time he is reminded the tea baggers LOST).

    But then Bubba is not the brightest bulb in the bar.

    March 23, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  15. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Figures the jerks want to stop anything that helps Americans.

    March 23, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  16. ran

    That 's right Republicans continue your fear/hate/obstructionist/purity ways.

    Either by 2010 or the 2012 elections you will be gone if you do not change your ways.

    We want our elected officials to find solutions to our problems and the President and Democrats did on this issue in spite of you.

    March 23, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  17. lila

    And the health care bill is already The Law of The Land. Without the fixes. House dems might get burned.. but it's a lot better than the democrats failing to reform anything. They already did. The House dems will not retract there vote. They can't. It's a done deal. This New Law of The Land.

    March 23, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  18. Enough

    Go for it, the MAJORITY of Americans did NOT support what was crammed down our throats and then told it was for our own good. Gee, I thought this was a free country and we are adults allowed to make our own decisions. Obama would prefer a socialist run government where he decides what we need.

    March 23, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  19. Fitz In Texas

    GO REPUBLICANS.....and thank you for stopping this bill that will destroy this great country of ours....Remember you have the support of 83% of Americans that DID NOT WANT this health care bill.

    March 23, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  20. Robert

    Please spend your time doing something useful for a change.

    March 23, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  21. Brian

    According to a poll today from Gallup, 49% think it's a good think that Congress passed the bill while 40% think it's a bad thing. 11% have no opinion. This is only the first poll out post passage of the bill and it's from one pollster, but I thought it was worth pointing out since polling data was used so heavily as a reason to oppose.

    March 23, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  22. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    If republicans were tied to polls, they would see that the Harris poll today puts the approval rate for passing of the health reform at 49% while 40% are not happy. Do the right wingnuts know that 40% is not a majority?

    March 23, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  23. hobart

    Leave it to Republicans to literally threaten Civil War over this bill. They decided since day 1 to obstruct this bill calling it Obama's Waterloo. Since then, they've lied, obstructed, incited violence (carrying machine guns to their rallies), death threats on the president, racist and anti-gay epithets directed at members of Congress who disagree with them, and now they literally want to initiate the beginnings of another Civil War.

    Why do Republicans hate America?! It's time to tar and feather the whole lot of them.

    March 23, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  24. American Patriot

    As long as the Republicans are so determined to dig themselves an even deeper political grave, it would only be gentlemanly of me to inquire as to whether they need a shovel.

    March 23, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  25. CByrd

    Republicans never cease to amaze me. Because they did not defeat Obama in the presidential election, they have done nothing to support his administration. The hatred is so great that they will stop at nothing! I am an American who supported the Health Care bill recently signed by President Obama. I have my own health insurance, but I am willing to think beyond myself. There are people dying daily because of our health system. Why do Republicans feel the need to act like playground bullies? Temper tantrums, racial slurs, law suits, etc. My own state governor, Rick Perry, has been an embarrassment to our state. Why would you want to secede from the union? And now I hear he is involved in the lawsuit to repeal the health care reform. I am so tired of Republicans telling me that we have the best health care in the world. Yes, we have good health care if you have the money. The have-nots are not be considered.

    March 23, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
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