March 24th, 2010
08:54 AM ET
8 years ago

GOP starts effort to block changes to new health care law

Sen. John McCain has introduced an amendment striking 'sweetheart deals' for Democrats in return for their votes.

Sen. John McCain has introduced an amendment striking 'sweetheart deals' for Democrats in return for their votes.

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 "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 of the bill Sunday night, the House sent it to President Obama, who signed it into law Tuesday.

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

Democrats say they're concerned that Republicans may be able to change the delicately balanced package. Any changes would force the bill back to the House for another vote.

Republicans are expected to propose numerous amendments to the fixes bill in an effort to hold up progress and force Democrats to vote against provisions they might usually support.

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  1. JA/TN

    the GOP should change its name to ROUNDBLOCK party

    March 24, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  2. Charlie in Maine

    Hey GOP. You say the bill is "FLAWED" (I heard it said that way during the debates) Are you sure you want to be blocking measures to improve a flawed bill? That is not leadership. That is petty vindictiveness. Do what you want, I am sure this kind of slash and burn stuff works with your base but most of "We the People" are in the middle. Good luck attracting independents with that.

    March 24, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  3. Rick

    It just shows how pathetic these politicians are.

    March 24, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    You won't hear from John McCain when it comes to finance reform for banks. He's responsible for his part in Keating 5, never served prison time while Charles Keating and son went to prison for him. Then in 2008 McCain's son did a repeat, took his bonus one month before Silver Bank of Arizona crashed, Bank of America took over Silver Bank of Arizona and we the tax payers bailed out Bank of America. John McCain has no credibility and is the biggest crook in Washington.

    March 24, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  5. CEE

    This is nothing more than do nothing stall tactics for the Republican party. They only care about elections and November.

    March 24, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  6. catmomtx

    Republicans have spent the past 14 months opposing President Obama and doing everything they can to see that he fails and now they plan to spend the next 2.5 years doing absolutely nothing. Way to go Republicans, country first !! Republicans you must be proud that your leaders have done absolutely nothing for you besides scare you to death.

    March 24, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  7. Milissa

    McCain is a nasty, bitter, old man who needs to crawl under a rock and lick his wounds in private. Be a man and do your job. And to thimk this man ran for President...shameful.

    March 24, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  8. Christine

    "Sen. John McCain, who promised Monday that there would be no cooperation from Republicans for the rest of the year..."

    Of course, Mr. McCain. You made that vow the day you lost the election. Now you have the "perfect platform" to make good on your filibuster plans.
    Who cares more about people than politics? You sir, have violated YOUR oath of office by playing personal politics and not cooperating, in essence, refusing to govern. Last I knew, refusing to do your job results in termination of employment.
    You let the people of The U.S. down, and are promising to do more of the same.
    One of the reasons that this bill is so "imperfect' is because there were so many concessions made to appease the opposite end of the aisle; yet still you're playing the politics of "no". When are you going to look at the United States as ONE NATION, and not in terms of TWO PARTIES?
    Hell of a patriot you are..shame on you

    March 24, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  9. Annie, Atlanta

    Read the story. John McCain said there would be no cooperation from Republicans for the rest of the year. Get that? This is March. And we pay this guy, plus? And more importantly, what makes us continue to elect them? Are there any adults left in the GOP? They lost seats in the last two elections so they aren't going to work? Kind of like taking their ball and going home, huh?

    To the Senator from AZ: Grow up McCain, or retire. You're destroying your good name and any legacy you may have claimed.

    March 24, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  10. The Other Michael in Houston

    Teh Republican Jihadist are at it again. It would make perfect sense if the Republican Jihadist had their own version of Healthcare reform drafted and introduced the bill to congress and the American public but they don't. So they continue intheir quest to destroy America. And no big surprise that soon to be ex Senator McCain is refusing to do his job. The is the Republican Jihadist way, "I don't get my way so I quit". I cannot wait until November when we finally will phase the rest of the Republican Jihadist Establishment out of American politics. Say bye bye to the American Arm of the Taliban, the Republican Establishment.

    March 24, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  11. Laurie

    The Republicans are going to propose amendments in an effort to hold up progress...tell me something NEW. Isn't that their whole agenda, they held up progress for 8 years. While many think that health care reform may jeopardize Democrats in the fall, just perhaps enough will recognize the reality by then and see what the real alternatives are. I give Americans more credit – they will see through the lies and finally figure out that that the "sky is not falling" and just maybe the fear tactics will stop working. Americans said in Nov. 2008 – invest in us, don't spend trillions on unjust wars, we need help – the Party of No does not respond. Now President Obama, let's move forward – JOBS, JOBS, JOBS and the economy.

    March 24, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  12. Dr.George James

    John McCaine....You are old enough to understand that you are on the wrong path.No wonder, people defeated you in the Presidential election.You can only bark,never bite!!!

    March 24, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  13. An 8 year old ELEPHANT dung heap, does not transform into compost in just 1 year!

    Memo to the Orange Oracle and his party of Reds

    Subject: Why?

    1. Why did you and the other Reds vote YES in 2003 for Prescription drug coverage for MEDICARE Part D when the CBO score said it would ADD to the deficit an additional 394 BILLION dollars?

    2. Why did you and the other Reds vote YES in 2003 for Tax Cuts for the rich when the CBO score said it would ADD to the deficit an additional 349 BILLION dollars?

    3. Why did you and the other Reds vote YES in 2001 for Tax Cuts when the CBO score said it would ADD to the deficit an additional 1.3 TRILLION?

    Then a black man was elected as President and now these same cons have had a “Come to Jesus” meeting on “fiscal responsibility” and are sorrowful about “loading years of debt on the backs of our grandbabies“.

    1. Why did you and the other Reds vote NO for health care reform in 2010 for 32 MILLION Americans when the CBO score said it would SUBTRACT 1.3 TRILLION from the deficit.

    I thought the Party of NO was for working class Americans AND deficit reduction?

    Sorry, but these pesky facts have me confused.

    Please explain!

    March 24, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  14. GOP: sour grapes and sore losers

    Go ahead, take away our rights.

    The GOP is the posterchild for BIG & SELFISH GOVERNMENT.

    March 24, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  15. Barricades of fear block the mind

    Not surprised that the same Repubs who overlooked their jobs and just crossed their arms in hopes of barricading any changes in this country now have to try and play catch-up with revisions to this bill. It's as if they tried to ignore the bus, were then run over by it, and now want to hobble and chase after it. I am hoping that it circles back and they are under it come November. Silly clowns that they have become don't know that they should be shopping for a car, 3 rings and an MC to go with their elephant.

    March 24, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  16. Brink

    Now let me get this right. The Grand Obstructionist Party, to a man (and (woman) voted against the health bill because they did not like what was in it. Now that it has passed, they are trying all their childish tricks to prevent parts of it from being changed. Talk about statesmanship. How long will it take for the American people to realize that the behavior of the GOP is irresponsible and indefensible. They serve no purpose in Congress, by their own choice, so send them home.

    March 24, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  17. John

    According to a Gallup/USA Today poll conducted the day after health care legislation passed the House of Representatives, 49 percent of the respondents think the passage of reform is a "good thing," compared to the 40 percent who think it is bad.

    March 24, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  18. JOHNSON oklahoma

    To the party of no this health bill was all about helping the A merican people but the party of no set out to do one thing and that was to try and cripple President Obama's presidency sorry repub. you now have no CREDIBILITY

    March 24, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  19. Ken, AZ

    What a bunch of losers the GOP are!

    March 24, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |

    I saw a video on Bill Mayer's show. A man with Parkinson's disease was sitting with obvious tremors infront of some tea baggers. The Tea Baggers were spitting, throwing money, saying get a job, I am tired of paying for you... You get the picture.

    I am guessing most of the Tea baggers say they are Christians. I am guessing they have not taken this same amount of energy to ask John Boehner(for example) how much the insurance lobby is paying for his strong words, and actions. It is my strong feeling that many of the tea bag people are on Medicare, Medicaid some form of government help. It is also my opinion that race may be a factor in the anger these folks feel. However the most striking thing is the failure of those tea bag folks to realize what a thin line it is between themselves and the possibility they could be in the same circumstances as this unfortunate man they were ridiculing.

    Just FYI, I am white, and our income will be targeted for increase in taxes.

    March 24, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  21. hobart

    Gee, while CNN keeps harping on its outdated poll from BEFORE the health care bill was passed (Dems in trouble, etc.,), a new USA Today Gallup poll taken AFTER the bill was passed shows a huge turn around: 49% in favor versus 40% oppose. So Republicans can obstruct at their own peril.

    As for McCain's threats of even less cooperation, the Party of No decided on day 1 that it's strategy would be do anything and everything to keep us in economic chaos, so the that their failed policies that brought us to the brink of the next Great Depression might be blamed on Obama instead. This obstructionism has included such blatant lies and loathsome hate mongering that we now have overt death threats being made on Democrat politicians, racial slurs, obscene posters, machine guns at political rallies, militia bloggers threatening civil war, sitting governors threatening to secede from the union, and other forms of treason. The Republican strategy has clearly backfired. They made their bed with the hate mongers and have transformed themselves well beyond the Party of No to the Party of Hate, the Party of Heartless Bastards.

    Why do Republicans hate America?

    March 24, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  22. Robert

    The Republicans are playing games... no surprise there.

    Well if they obstruct this bill and force it back to the House, the Democrats SHOULD add the public option back in before it goes over.

    That will teach them to play politics.

    And it will add back to the healthcare reforms the one thing that made the public stop backing the effort. Yes, when they removed the public option THAT was the only reason a majority of citizens no longer supported Heathcare reform..

    March 24, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  23. ED FL

    Somebody give this old man a lollipop and send him to school to learn to spell BINGO. That will be achallenge for him as well as all other challengers he has screwed up on. The folks in Arizona are fed up with his all over the place inolvment and accomplishing Nothing.

    March 24, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  24. Ramses

    Another Cry baby. Stay on the job until your term expires & retire. Why are Tax payers paying your salary? I wish we could fire you & replace with a Democrat.

    March 24, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  25. katiec

    The republicans have certainly shown their true colors these last few months. To try to destroy, sabotage what the American people want and need to further their goals of destroy our president, party first, sacrifice us and our country for big business and win at any cost proves that they have totally put the survival of us and our country on the back burner.
    With their actions they are on their way to becoming our country's most dangerous domestic terrorists.
    How sad and how frightening.

    March 24, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
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