Dem: Health care repeal will lead to 'more dying'
January 7th, 2011
11:02 AM ET
12 years ago

Dem: Health care repeal will lead to 'more dying'

(CNN) – Congressional Democrats are going on the offensive against GOP efforts to repeal the Democratic-back health care bill that was passed last year.

In a moment of particularly heated rhetoric on the House floor, California Rep. John Garamendi suggested the Republican effort will directly lead to "more Americans dying."

"The repeal of it (health care) is actually a killer of human beings," he said Friday. "Some 40,00 Americans die every year for lack of health insurance. That's the reality. Repeal this bill and you are going to find more Americans dying. "

Minutes earlier, Vermont Rep. Pete Welch implored Republicans to "admit what it is you are doing."

"This is not a campaign, we are playing with fire," he said "We are taking away health care benefits that make a real difference to our families."

The comments come hours before a test vote will be held to officially begin proceedings to repeal the controversial measure that President Obama signed into law last spring. Given the GOP's new majority on the chamber, the motion will most certainly pass.

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  1. rs

    I hope that each and every Republican member of the House of Representatives who votes to repeal Healthcare Reform first un-enrolls themselves and their families from their federally provided healthcare plans given them as members of Congress. To do otherwise reveals them to be lying hypocrits bent on blowing the national budget, and furthering the destruction of the poor and middle classes.

    January 7, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. malabar

    suddenly dems are pro life? i thought it was my body, my choice. the mandate will die, just like Obamas aura of inevitability did in 09

    January 7, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. JDD

    I notice that the reporting on this subject – and the politicians in opposition – continue to leave out the second part of the platform: "Replace."

    The Democratic party can take credit for bringing the overhaul of healthcare to the table. They cannot however claim to tbe the first to do so – Bush most recently called for it directly and from both parties during one of his State of the Union addresses – and they also cannot claim to be now suddenly not playing politics with the issue.

    The Republican party has articulated a position to "Repeal and Replace." And on that platform the Country voted them into 63 new seats in the House.

    January 7, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. john, PA

    The American people want this disastrous health care bill repealed ! Democrats better learn; we the American people are going to vent again in 2012 when we will vote you and Obama out of office!

    This midterm election was a mandate to stop Obama and the Democrats in charge.
    You better learn to agree on a lot more of what the American people want:
    Repeal Obama care!
    Cut taxes!
    Close the border!
    End ear marks!

    Senate Democrats, when the vote to override Obama’s veto come up,

    January 7, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    That is a bit dramatic, but it is better than the lies that the Republicans are saying. Health premiums have gone up because the health insurance companies and not because of the law. The requirement for employer to have health insurance hasn't gone into effect yet and can't be a job killer.

    January 7, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. GOP Taliban Victim

    How are those death panels working out for you Gov Brewer? Republican politics at its worst.

    January 7, 2011 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  7. LGNY

    There are many good elements to this law including ending the cap on payments, and coverage for students.

    While the law also has problems, let's amend it instead of repeal. Going back to square one is a silly waste of time that just encourages mischief.

    January 7, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
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