GOP steps up health care offensive
February 1st, 2011
01:17 PM ET
7 years ago

GOP steps up health care offensive

Washington (CNN) - Top Senate Republicans introduced legislation Tuesday that would allow states to opt out of key provisions of the new health care law - part of a broader GOP effort to repeal the measure.

Specifically, the bill would allow state governments to opt out of the so-called "individual mandate" requiring everyone to obtain health care coverage by 2014 or face penalties. It would also allow states to ignore new mandates regarding employer-based coverage, insurance benefits, and an expansion of Medicaid.

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  1. anotherGDlefty

    Sweet. That will get the economy rolling AND bring those jobs the republicans were elected to create. Oh, wait, it won't do any of that. What was your election platform again besides repeal, repeal, repeal? Any real plans in the works? Anytime soon?

    February 1, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  2. Protect and Defend Freedom of Speech in the USA

    Repeal it or pull it apart piece by piece butg GET RID OF IT! For those Senators and Reps that continue to support this violation of the Constitution and their oath of office, removal from office in 2012 will be the result. Disregard the will of the people and you're gone!

    February 1, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  3. Corvettes of the USA

    What a waste of time. GOP please stop the maddness.

    February 1, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  4. Republicans = Fascists

    Pretty much, the fascists republicans are saying, drop dead if you don't have insurance. Republicans don't care about healthcare reform. They just want to repeal it because a black President passed it and it's the biggest achievement of his administration. If the fascists were so concerned about healthcare reform, they would've tried to pass a bill a long time ago. They had no problem passing an unpaid for prescription drug plan. Just put it on the grandkids credit card. The only job killers are the republican fascists in Congress.

    February 1, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. T'sah from Virginia

    ["...the bill would allow state governments to opt out of the so-called "individual mandate" requiring everyone to obtain health care coverage by 2014 or face penalties..."]

    President Obama has already stated that he was willing to work on this part of the bill – NOTHING NEW HERE!!! The RepubliCAN'Ts, at this point, is only working on the issues where most democrats may agree on........Jeez!

    Let's support our current leader, President Obama, as he continues to MOVE AMERICA FORWARD in order to WTF!!! (I am rubbing in the WTF because of Sarah Palin's ignorant response to an important matter that she was not able to handle otherwise!!!)

    February 1, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. anthony

    Didnt these guys just campaign on JOBS PLATFORM?
    Why are they going after Health Care? Seriously?
    First it's NO NO NO, then its JOBS JOBS JOBS, then once elected, its back to NO NO NO....
    Also, no matter what they vote on, it still WONT get past the President... so they are essentially wasting ALL OF OUR TIME and MONEY.

    I do commend the Republicans that are forfeiting their government health care since thet are against the bill. Too bad they all wont do the same.

    February 1, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    Simple: Insurance companies make more money if they can keep about 40 million of us uninsured in order to cause health care costs to's the justification they've been using for decades for raising premiums at 3-4 times the rate of inflation....all while their profit margins have been fantastic anyway.

    February 1, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. Haren

    Defeat all republican in 2012 for repealing health care bill.
    Let us target and put fear in their mind for going agaist 55% of american citizen.

    February 1, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  9. Michelle

    Let me know where I won't be able to have healthcare to I can know where I want to live.

    February 1, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    Woooooah Nelly...slow down there fellas...if you create too many jobs all at once the Earth will stop spinning....

    February 1, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  11. Name king

    Let menask the repugn who is going to pay for the people that can't afford health insurance the government, I thought the state governments were bitching that they're states were going bankrupt because of budget disaster, now they are willing to fit the bill for the poor and desalated people, hey I hope you guys put your money where your mouth is and take up the repugs offer to forgo mandates that. Every one pull their weight in paying for health insurance, but you better not lay off any first responder, or teachers and you certainly better not file for state bankruptcy either, relying on Obama to save you guys while you spew your garbage won't work too much longer because the american people are slowly waking up to your empty political rederics.

    February 1, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    Anyone who doesn't realize that this laundry-wish-list of GOP priorities, like getting rid of the employer-based mandate, is driven by giant corporate special interests trying to roll back the clock to the late 19th/early 20th century with respect to their ability to completely and utterly abuse the labor force...if you don't realize this, you are a moron and deserve what we get.

    February 1, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  13. CTinDC

    So this means any state that opts out will not receive or any government subsidized health car. Case Closed.

    February 1, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Since 18% of Americans want a full repeal, I think maybe Harry ought to let the republicans commit political suicide.

    February 1, 2011 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  15. nobodys fool

    Let's not forget how this law was passed. Obama strong armed his fellow damnocrats that were not in favor or were fence riders. Betcha Blanche Lincoln wishes she would have listened to the people of the state of Arkansas and not voted for it. She was a fence rider who is now out of office.

    February 1, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  16. Blake

    GOP where is your plan? Where are the jobs? Don't expect the Americn people to be idiots in 2012.

    February 1, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. Patriots Salute the Flag! Traitors don't!!!

    Don't only step it up stomp it out and Impeach the Worthless Obama.

    February 1, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |