March 16th, 2010
07:23 PM ET
11 years ago

Health care foes 11 votes shy of defeating bill


[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Opponents of health care reform need just 11 more confirmed ‘no’ votes to defeat Democratic health care proposals."] Washington (CNN) - Five more House Democrats said Tuesday that they will vote against Senate health care legislation, which puts opponents of reform just 11 votes shy of the 216 needed to prevent President Obama from scoring a major victory on his top domestic priority.

An ongoing CNN analysis shows that opposition in the House to the Senate health care plan has reached 205 members.

A total of 27 House Democrats, including nine who supported the House plan in November, have indicated that they would join a unified Republican caucus in opposing the Senate plan, which passed in that chamber December 24 with the minimum required 60 votes.

Nonetheless, House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson of Connecticut said Monday after a meeting with rank-and-file Democrats that "the votes are there" to pass the health care bill.

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  1. Jeff

    WHY are they WAITING!!!

    March 16, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  2. JB Sullivan MD

    Then these democrats should be targets for defeat this election cycle. they are no better than republicans.

    March 16, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  3. Cindy

    ok then... let's do it!

    March 16, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  4. michael

    this is unreal we as a wonderful country is 37th in heayhcare in the world. wow

    March 16, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    5 more smart House Democrats. Thank you for thinking of the American people and what they are saying.

    We are a country already in economic hardship. Do not spend another $1 trillion ( or, likely much more than that really ) on bad legislation that even makes our already high insurance rates go higher. Go back and do health care reform correctly and with the support of more Americans, not just the Democratic leadership.

    March 16, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  6. Andy

    The dems are imploding at record speed over this WONDERFUL BILL,guess O GREAT ONE needs to bribe a few more,he is an absolute disgrace to America and still his sheep follow to the slaughter house.

    March 16, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  7. henriettap

    The Democrats that are not supporting the bill seem to have one thing for sure on their minds and that is reelection.To me they seem to be a little to easy to be intimidated.I don't think that I would vote for them next time around if they are so afraid of losing their seats.To me the ones that are for the bill are the stronger in character.

    March 16, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  8. Jake

    WELL WELL even the DUMOCRAPS are abandoning the SS OBAMA,the lying impostor socialist egotistical socialist can not fail soon enough for me.Worst excuse for a president ever.A real phony.

    March 16, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  9. Candi

    Keep marching GOP,can we defeat this disaster bill,"YES WE CAN".

    March 16, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  10. Margaret Newest

    How can a bill be passed when one has not read it. How can Nancy say "we must pass this bill to find out what is in it"? Then it will be too late. Not doubt the insurance companies will raise premiums since those that must buy it, will not buy it. The bottom line is this: we will all pay for this regardless. And to think that abortion is included. Why can't this administration make competition available across state lines, prevent pre-existing medical be a concerned to get something..but don't take the whole elephant in one swallow. This will be a nightmare..jsut like SSN, Medicare/Medicaid, and now healthcare. God Help Us.

    March 16, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  11. joel palmer

    Woe betide the Democrats who vote against this bill. I am a lifelong Democrat and will financially support the opponents of the these Blue Dog traitors who sold out country, people and party!

    March 16, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  12. Bear

    How on earth can this be considered a VICTORY for Obama if it passes? The majority of Americans are against this current bill and yet the Democrats think all they need is a passing vote and everyone will think they are wonderful. Passing a crummy law does not constitute success, it constitutes ignorance in mass and I hope all America will vote those who vote for this bill out of office at the earliest availability. Obama should be impeached for forcing this bad legislation. He is dangerous for this country and careless with his party politics.

    March 16, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  13. Illinoistom

    If the votes were there to pass it, they would have voted already.

    March 16, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  14. LacrosseMom

    Been praying for Congress to do the right thing, pass the Healthcare Bill. The greatest nation on Earth, the United States of America is 37th in the World in healthcare for its citizens!

    This is not about a hand out to low-lives, it is about doing the moral and Christian thing.

    I am disturbed with the number of Republican who claim to be Christian, who claim this is a Christian nation and will deny American citizens healthcare!

    Thousands of Americans die ...... every year........ because they lack healthcare. These people are not all low-lives who do not work, the majority are like my brother-in-law and blue-eyed-red-blooded-American who owns his own business and whose wife must work to provide healthcare for their family. God forbid she loses her job!

    Healthcare is not about politics, its about SAVING AMERICAN LIVES!

    March 16, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  15. It WILL be repealed......

    Dems will be voted out in November' Obama will be voted out in 2012: it will be repealed in 2013 which is a year before benefits even start.....

    He who laughs last laughs best.

    March 16, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  16. jules sand-perkins

    What is bipartisan about this bill is its opposition.
    We really do not want it.

    March 16, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  17. MVDCT

    This bill is an absolute joke and the Congressional Democrats are power-hungry, tone deaf morons who care only about their looney left base. Leave the rest of us freedom-loving Americans alone!!!

    March 16, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  18. Can't Wait For November!

    The democrats in Congress took the phones off the hook is why they are perpetually busy. Nice responsiveness to the American people, Dems!

    Sad that such a badly flawed health bill, such an obscenely expensive health bill (with the add-ons like student loan amendments) is getting pumped down the American taxpayers throat like this. Now we know what it feels like to have a Democratic super majority in both houses of Congress and a Democratic president. Pretty much just brutish dictators frankly.

    And why do American Jews always vote Democratic? I can never understand that. Democratic administrations never fail to p*ss all over Israel at the first opportunity. It's the Republicans who are Israel's chief allies in America. Ask any Israeli. Doesn't that matter to American Jews? I can never figure this one out.

    What a crappy government we have.

    March 16, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  19. Justin

    Vote already. Get it done so we can get on with other issues.

    March 16, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  20. cspurgeon

    If the dems join with Republicans We need to donate dollars to their defeat. They are traitors to their party and country and only worrying about reelection so they can keep their payola and benefits. They are truly disgusting and I am an independent but will only support those who vote for health care reform....

    March 16, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  21. Bob44

    If it DOES pass let's see if Rush Limbaugh really does leave the country as promised. Here's hoping!

    March 16, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  22. cspurgeon

    If the dems join with Republicans We need to donate dollars to their defeat. They are traitors to their party and country and only worrying about reelection so they can keep their payola and benefits. They are truly disgusting and I am an independent but will only support those who vote for health care reform....Hopefully this is just CNN Spin.

    March 16, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  23. tony

    The Democrats who are against the bill are mistaken if they think voting against the bill will help them in the midterm election. If they can't pass a bill with 59 votes in the Senate and a clear majority in the House, they are going to be punished in the midterm election. The conservative Democrats will bear the brunt of the voters' anger. If they think they can start over on health care reform, think again. They won't have enough time before the midterm election. The Republicans know this and are trying to run out the clock. Once they seize power there won't be health care reform for another generation, and by then the Social Security and Medicare will have gone bankrupt.

    The Republicans will vote against them no matter what. The independents will vote against them if Obama does not address the issue of the national debt, even though Republican administrations were responsible for most of our 10-trillion-plus debt, and the Bush Administration left him with a 1.3-trillion budget deficit. The Democrats will vote against them if they fail to pass health care reform. Pass the bill. The CBO says that the bill will cut the federal deficit by 100 billion in the first decade and over 1 trillion in the second decade. Force the Republicans to argue against cutting deficit.

    March 16, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  24. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    If the votes were there to pass it, it would already be passed. Obama is using extortion, calling Democrats and telling them to support him or he won't support their reelection. Of course given the 'help' he was in MA, VA and NJ, that's probably not a big threat.

    March 16, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  25. cryUncle

    If the Dems show the backbone to do what is right and vote yes, we will have finally made a giant step in reining in a health care system that is one of the most inequitable in the world. It would be a start.

    March 16, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
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