Tea Party favorite introduces health care repeal
January 26th, 2011
06:22 PM ET
12 years ago

Tea Party favorite introduces health care repeal

Washington (CNN) - Republican South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint introduced legislation Wednesday to fully repeal the health care reform legislation passed last year and signed into law by President Obama.

DeMint's action comes on the same day Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, began procedural steps to force a vote on a separate repeal bill in the coming weeks.

DeMint, a leading force in the Tea Party movement and founding member of the Senate Tea Party Caucus, said Republicans are "standing with the American people who are demanding we repeal this government takeover of health care."

"American families and businesses are struggling and it's our duty to respond quickly to their calls to repeal this bill and push for solutions that will make health care more affordable," DeMint said in a statement.

The DeMint bill proposed in the Senate has 38 Republican co-sponsors, and is the latest step by the GOP to keep promises made during the midterm election, which included a vote on health care.

A repeal bill passed the Republican-controlled House in January, and both political parties are now jockeying for control of the issue ahead of the 2012 elections. While Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch who is up for reelection in the next cycle is a co-sponsor of the DeMint bill, Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar, who is also up for reelection, is not.

If Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid refuses to bring DeMint or McConnell's repeal bills to a vote, Republicans will likely introduce amendments attached to other bills aimed at altering various aspects of the health care law, Republican Senate aides have said.

Republican Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson urged Reid to schedule a vote soon.

"The House of Representatives has overwhelmingly voted to repeal Obamacare," Johnson said in a statement. "The Senate has an obligation to vote on a straightforward repeal bill as well, so the American people can see who opposes this destructive legislation, and who supports it."

- CNN's Ted Barrett and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

Filed under: Congress • Health care • Jim DeMint
soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Jeetu

    So, let me understand this clearly. The senate should vote on the repeal of the healthcare bill so that people are on the record as to who voted for or against it. Well, we do know the answer to that already. Republicans are for repealing it and democrats are against it. Therefore, NO VOTE is neccessary.

    I think the US House of Representatives have too time and resources at their disposal and they are wasting tax payers resources. Perhaps there should legislation to decrease their time and resources. In addition, perhaps in the tweny-first century with the use of technology, we need fewer senators and congressmen, may be half of what we have now. That will save money and reduce the deficit. Republicans why don't you act on this plan rather than wasting time on things that won't pass, like healthcare law repeal.

    January 26, 2011 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Just add $230 billion to the federal deficit. What to go republicans! You are worthless, brain dead, and un American.

    January 26, 2011 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  3. DC

    Oh yea lets repeal it, So what are you going to replace it with ? I guess the repugs will come up with something to make sure 30 Million Americans are insured, shucks, I have them mixed up, If they had a plan they would have presented it by now. Another make it seem like they are working for the American Citizens tactic, also known as distraction from what they should be doing, Jobs! Jobs!. Wakeup America!!

    January 26, 2011 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  4. Oy Vey Az

    It's called playing a fiddle for fools.

    January 26, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  5. kyle

    any kind of bill coming from Demint and the GOP will be totally worthless.

    January 26, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  6. T'sah from Virginia

    ["...Republicans are "standing with the American people who are demanding we repeal this government takeover of health care."]

    What American people??? The American people DO NOT want the Health Care Reform repealed!! daMINTY-freshness and his sidekicks TPs are only talking to their OWN!!!

    Please American people I know – let's support our current leader – President Obama – as he continues to MOVE AMERICA FORWARD to WIN THE FUTURE!!! Yes We Can!

    January 26, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  7. jrm03063

    Let's start by repealing Jim DeMint's health care. After that, we'll get some committees working on what we really want to do....

    January 26, 2011 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  8. Marcus

    In 2012 the Republican candidate 9whoever he or she, she?, may be) will come out and say:
    'Americans! LOOK!!! We tried!!! We really really really TRIED!!! But it was all useless since a) The Senate killed this law, or b) Obama DARED to vetto this law!!!!' or something like that.
    And what would be Obama's answer to this?
    'Ladies and Gentlemen, the number of people who dies because they are uninsured went down by X% in these two/three years since ACA was approved. And the numbers of families who went bankrupt because of Health care related bills went down X%. It's not much I agree, but if we had not need to fight those useless laws and lawsuits against the ACA that my opponent's party filed the House and the courts with... who knows?'

    January 26, 2011 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  9. Nick

    Impeach this guy first.

    January 26, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  10. Oy Vey Az

    The current salary (as of 2010) for rank-and-file members of the House is $174,000 per year. And there are 438 US Representatives. That’s $76,212,000 a year in congressional salaries. And these folks are only at work for an average of 151 days a year. That’s $504,715 a day to keep these guys working to try and repeal legislation that they all know good and well is in vain ... excuse the pun.

    $500,000 a day up in smoke because our beloved Republican congressmen have to take out their newly anointed sticks and wave them around. Do you feel intimidated? … or are you just still poor and unemployed because you all sent these jerks to Washington.

    January 26, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  11. Donovan

    Republicans always have to add their lying jabs at the healthcare legislation ... from introducing it as a "job-killing" bill in its official title .... to this article quoting Johnson as calling it "destructive legislation". Lie. Lie. Lie. Stop with the lying and misrepresenting republicans!!!!!!!!!! Go back to your Saudi-funded Fox News.

    January 26, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  12. T

    I got an idea Deminted- focus on jobs and turning the economy around! You lost Waterloo (you said it not me). You are a two faced Southern Nazi who is more into Fascism( my way or else) than Democracy.

    January 26, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  13. GaryB

    When DeMint gives up his taxpayer financed healthcare and the bloated defense projects that keep his state afloat, I might take him seriously.

    January 26, 2011 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  14. jake

    This health bill is the single most important transformation of the greedy self-indulged atrocity called private health care. Never never never should people have to suffer due to the greed of the criminals running private health care. Lets bury private health care and give birth to a system where all americans can get affordable health care, where all americans can get healthy and stay healthy. The rebublicans want you to stay ill and pay high prices to the drug companies, the republicans want you to suffer so they can be heros and look like they are saving you. Health care for all, isnt that what it means to be an american? I guess we all agree the republicans aren't American.....the republicans are not american.

    January 26, 2011 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  15. ingrid

    De Mint is only out for himself and his attack on health care is based only politics and as a means to galvanize a certain section of our country who still believe that health care reform is about socialism.

    January 26, 2011 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  16. michaelam

    Repeal your own healthcare, Demented!

    January 26, 2011 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  17. Jim

    Go ahead. Repeal it. If you think the cost of Health Care is high now, try removing the restrictions on it and see what happens. See what happens when your diabetic child can't be covered because some insurance company has deemed it too expensive to pay for their insulin. Go for it.

    January 26, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  18. rickfro

    Which Americans are demanding repeal? According to the latest numbers only18% favor repeal.

    January 26, 2011 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
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