GOP leader suggests vote might be pending on health care repeal
February 1st, 2011
11:54 AM ET
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GOP leader suggests vote might be pending on health care repeal

Washington (CNN) - Senate Republicans have vowed to force a vote on repealing the health care law, but when should we expect it to occur?

Well, Sen. John Cornyn suggested Tuesday morning it might happen soon.

"Vote on HC repeal could come as early as this week in the Senate," the Texas Republican wrote on his Facebook page. Why is it significant that Cornyn made the prediction? He oversees the campaign efforts for Senate Republicans and is a member of the GOP leadership team.

So far, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has not offered a specific time and date, but the Kentucky Republican has said it will be soon.

Filed under: Congress • Healthcare • John Cornyn
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Pat from Texas

    25% of Texans are without health insurance making Texas number 1 in the country as having the highest number of uninsured. It's sickening, literally, that Cornyn would rather play politcs than help the people of his state....disgusting!

    February 1, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  2. Liberal Liars

    SCOTUS 5-4. This is what happens when you pass something and don't even read it.

    February 1, 2011 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. scott

    Name one non-government product everyone is forced into buying!?!

    Don't say auto insurance – not eveyone drives &

    Medicare & social s are taxes paid to the GOV – Now name one product you're forced to buy?

    Don't let the cat out of the bad on this one!

    February 1, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    Promises, promises, yes GOPers? This entire debate has become ... well ... boring. I doubt the GOPers really want to force this issue, and as usual spend an inordinate amount of time grandstanding HealthCare repeal as it becomes increasingly more apparent they have absolutely zilch to add to the financial well being of our country. We are now into the 2nd month of the GOPers raise to power, exactly the same time frame of when GOPers were demanding *where are the jobs, Obama*. While there has been an increase of job growth under President Obama (exceeding even that of GWB's entire 8 year reign) one so wishes one could credit both Dems and Reps alike for said increase ... but, one can only give credit where credit is due, and that my friends does NOT include the GOPers, or their policies.

    February 1, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  5. Shari from Madison

    Wow what a surpise!! ha ha ha. The republicans do not give a damn about health care for anyone but themselves. It seems they believe that only those who have tons of money should be able to have decent health coverage. Anyone else is a lazy bum who doesn't deserve any benefits. Here's the Republican's stand: If you have money great! if you don't, just die!

    February 1, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Because Republicans can't fulfill their pledge to Americans, like jobs which is most important, they revive the HC debate. No one ever fought against the insurance companies when they forced auto insurance on Americans. Something is wrong in America when it's against the law to drive a car without auto insurance but it's okay for Americans not to have health insurance.

    February 1, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  7. Liberal Liars

    Without the mandate this law can not sustain itself as they said it would. The debt/deficit will go up and even exceed the entitlement programs we have now. The country would collapse.

    February 1, 2011 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    Oh Lord - to CNN, every republican is a Top Senator or Leader - no grunts. Maybe that is the problem. Maybe that's why they can't keep their pledge to create jobs FIRST before all the social things they are bringing up. (Abortions and funding have been settled for years, guns are NOT being taken away, etc)


    February 1, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  9. Alina77

    Do you believe that what was happening to the people of this country was constitutional? The way the insurance companies were treating them, us? I cant imagine to go back on that pass, just so Republican would have big donations from grateful insurance companies. DO YOU WANT IT BACK?

    February 1, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    Simple strategy: Make promises you can't keep and then blame the Dems for it. This is designed SOLELY to get their base more angry, scared and volatile, not to make progress OR CREATE JOBS.

    February 1, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  11. Protect and Defend Freedom of Speech in the USA

    So how many of the Democratic Senators want to lose their jobs in 2012 to vote for an unconstitutional law? They saw what happened in 2010. The question is will they follow the will of the people or the will of Obama, Reid and Pelosi?

    February 1, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. Patchw3rk

    As I understand it the Dems have control over what is brought up for a vote in the Senate... So unless the Dems have even less of a spine than one would otherwise think I'd say this guys is delusional.

    February 1, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  13. John/kc

    Whatever happened to the republican push for more jobs? It seems like they are more interested in killing health care and defeating Obama than in creating jobs. Where are their priorities? I am really sick of ALL POLITICIANS.

    February 1, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  14. Nick , California

    @ Sniffit.. well said! That's the Republican strategy! Funny how the GOP Exempted the repeal of health care from their new rules that don't allow adding to the deficit.. hmmm I wonder why that is?? Can you say HYPOCRITE! WHERE ARE THE JOBS!!!!

    February 1, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |

    I agree w/ the mandate to buy health insurance.......It is enforcing personal responsibility........Those who choose not to buy healthcare, yet go to the emergency room, force all americans with health care insurance to pay hidden taxes for that care.....As far as the poor....if the gov. gives them a stipend for hc, w/o the mandate they may spend it elsewhere.....However w/ the mandate, they must purchase health insurance w/ that stipend/check/money or it's void.....Good grief America it's healthcare not a tv or a food, or a sex change, or whatever else would be obscene to mandate......lazy people who take advantage of the current hc system, should not be able to take advantage any longer!

    February 1, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. Cher

    If there is no mandate then we can't cover children and adults with pre-existing conditions. If there was no mandate, but pre-existing conditions had to be covered, then no one would buy insurance until they needed it. Thus insurance companies would only get premiums from people when they got sick. The industry would go bankrupt as they have to the premiums of healthy people as well to make this work. Consequently, if the Republicans say no mandatory insurance, then they are forcing both children and adults with pre-existing conditions to go without insurance forever unless they are fortunate to get a job that provides insurance and doesn't require a physical exam.

    February 1, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  17. Paqrat137

    Over and over again Republicans told us the JOBS JOBS JOBS is the first order of business and that the President was going off in the wrong direction on health care. Well, last week the President made it clear that he was back to JOBS JOBS JOBS and it is the Republicans who now to seem to be out of touch, except with their base and their lobbyists. Can the law be fixed, yes, Obama invited working together to do it, WHILE we are doing the JOBS JOBS JOBS thing. So, Republicans, get back to helping the country and let your health care vindictiveness take a back seat for a while.

    That won;t happen...their base loves to be angry, not solve problems

    February 1, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  18. Republicans = Fascists

    Stop wasting taxpayer time and money. WHERE ARE THE JOBS? WHERE ARE THE JOBS? WHERE ARE THE JOBS?

    February 1, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    And the national debt goes up another $2.3 billion, and now, there will be 80 million uninsured. Thanks republicans.

    February 1, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  20. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Whatever happened to getting 60 votes to bring this to the floor?

    February 1, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Am I correct in presuming that the right wingnut who posted that social security is not a mandate, and that I don not have to have it withheld from my pay?

    February 1, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  22. Pretzel Logic

    Uh, and when it comes up it will be shot back down. Pander to your base some other time Cornyn. Get to work on the JOBS!

    February 1, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  23. GOP liars

    before the election "we hear you, we'll work on jobs & the economy"

    after the election: abortion, health care, foreign policy ...

    February 1, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  24. al in memphis


    Name one non-government product everyone is forced into buying!?!

    Don't say auto insurance – not eveyone drives &

    Medicare & social s are taxes paid to the GOV – Now name one product you're forced to buy?

    Don't let the cat out of the bad on this one!
    Scott– your point is that anything the government requires you to do exceeds government authority. Most of the things - I'll buy into that. However, if a person can be born and go through life without the need of any medical treatment, that is a person qualified to be exempt from the health care program. Would you suggest we stamp them so if they are trapped in a car accident, we just leave them on the side of the road.
    Recently, a rural family watch their house burn to the ground while pleading with the fire department who stood next to them. Reason - fire department could not intervene on behalf of people who did not pay county fire fee.

    Here's answer to your question - a child has to be given access to education in this country.

    February 1, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  25. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    I'm sorry, when did the Senate Minority get the right to set agenda and schedule votes? By a total fluke, the House passed over into Tea Party (oops, sorry, I mean Republican because the old timers are only giving the Tea Party folks lip service) control. That does not mean the Senate must cower under their blankets because Michelle Bachmann is still trying to figure out what color the drapes in the Oval Office will be when she takes over!

    February 1, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
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