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. Superhiro

    Hooray for time wasting. Hooray for money wasting. Hooray for pointless, money sucking health care repeal legislation.

    January 26, 2011 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  2. Palin: Like Coulter ... Minus the Manparts

    ZZZZZZZZZ. I'm sorry, did I miss something? ZZZZZZZZZ. And, you'll have to remind me, again, who's Jiim DeMint? Oh, him: that self-promoting, mindless, right-wing nut job who actually thinks the mere handful of people who agree with his extremism matter.

    January 26, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  3. dave

    1. Senators can KEEP their taxpayer funded healthcare, but they need to pay a "stipend" of $25,000 per month. 2. Senators can repeal their OWN healthcare first, to show that they are serious about cutting spending. OK now...how many Senators are onboard?

    January 26, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  4. Oregon Calling

    And I thought that JOBS was the priority.......... silly me 🙂

    Peace 🙂

    January 26, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    Well certainly a succeesful repeal is against the odds, but I am glad to see them putting in as much effort as the Democrats put in to cram it through. This bill does not need small adjustments as Obama had suggested. It needs a complete rewrite. I am sure the Democrats are beholden to their special interest groups and they are being pressured to keep, for instance the $60 billion nod to the unions, but America cannot afford such a high price for a bill that does nothing to lower the cost of health care or improve quality. We can do better.

    January 26, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  6. Diane

    Well, for a moment there I thought your headline said "Tea Party Favorite Introduces Health Care REFORM". I should have known they don't FIX anything, they only complain about spending but they don't even know how to fix THAT.

    January 26, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  7. Proud Member of Global Zero

    They have the best insurance ever...on our dime or dollar for that matter. My son is 23 working full time at a job that does not offer health care. He is also in school full time trying to realize the American Dream. Please do not kick him off my insurance that I was just last month able to put him back on. Oh, and by the way, my husband with a chronic illness now can get back on a policy. Just put a public option in to make that premium go down and we will be good. DON"T TOUCH MY OBAMA CARE. It seems he is the only one in office right now that cares!

    January 26, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  8. paul.cos

    please tea party morons dont speak for me,i dont want this repealed,the only reason why you idiots do is because you all get kick backs from big insurance companies that you grovel to.You people only go into bat for corporations you have never been about anyone else.Your the worst thing yet to happen to american politics

    January 26, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  9. Aezel

    So, the Republicans, which ran on "we're going to get stuff done" are in power in one house of congress now. So far, they have spent nearly 100% of that time, wasting time and money on something that has zero chance of happening, and they know it. Thanks for wasting money. Good job.

    January 26, 2011 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  10. Debbeie

    DeMint = Joe McCarthy. Anything associated or with his name on it is an immediate NO vote.

    January 26, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  11. Raul

    It's ok to dream.

    January 26, 2011 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  12. GOP has a Tea Problem, not a Tea Party !!!!!

    Hey, where's that quitter Palin hiding? The Tea Party is like a ball and chain around the neck of the GOP. And the GOP treats the Tea Party like a child with a disability.

    January 26, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  13. Reggie from LA

    Well, well, well. If it ain't ol' WATERLOO his own self. Couldn't sink healthcare on the front end, so he's going for it at the back door (and he's not alone). "Get your name up in lights." These folks seem to drawn to fame like moths to a flame. They don't have another plan except to hoodwink you. I don't understand why citizens support this foolishness. It's really bizarre. They are robbing us blind so we give them more money and attention and of course, votes. Someone said to my wife, "Because of Obama, my insurance rates went up". So Obama roams around telling insurers to raise rates. Here's news. Insurance lobbyists tell your representatives keep you dumbed down so everyone (but you) makes good money. LOL!! We must really HATE President Obama, because we will let any old thing represent us in our states and in Washington. Don't lie. It's hate. The only other alternative reason is rank stupidity.

    January 26, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  14. jerome

    some people just have no respect !
    barack has worked in the community alongside people. he should know whats best for the american people.

    January 26, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  15. texdave

    We have GOT to bring back pre-existing conditions. Insurance companies could lose millions of dollars of profit caring for people who really need it.

    January 26, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  16. Britannia

    This American person person isn't demanding a repeal. Come on DeMint – where are you getting your info from?

    January 26, 2011 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  17. phoenix86

    Vote to repeal Obamacare. Get this albatross off the necks of working Americans.

    January 26, 2011 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  18. Britannia

    This American person isn't demanding a repeal. Come on DeMint – where are you getting your info from?

    January 26, 2011 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  19. Pretzel Logic

    That will really get eh economy moving! It's a stunt by the GOP to rally their base and it won't work.

    January 26, 2011 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  20. Gil

    I'd like to hear what DeMint has to tell the 40,000,000 people without health care what the reason is to throw them in front of the bus? Republicans are Repulsives!

    January 26, 2011 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  21. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    400 bills that were passed in the house, held up in the senate by the republicans that did not get a vote. But this republican stupidity moves forward? Republicans are the lowest form of life.

    January 26, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  22. Russ

    What part of "its not a governmental take over of health care" doesn't this idiot understand. He has governmental health care we don't.

    January 26, 2011 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  23. Tired of the nonsense

    Take away his health care and do NOT let any health care company sign him up. Then let's see what his stance of taking away health care for us ordinary folks is.

    IIn fact, anyone who votes to repeal healthcare should have their healthcare revoked.

    January 26, 2011 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  24. Justin

    We already know, who supports the Health-care law, and who doesn't. Why bother with this gibberish, everybody knows that a repeal will never reach Pres.Obama's desk. The President, said we should move beyond parisan politics, and do what's best for the country, but these damn Republican's make no sense at all. Why repeal a bill that is already saving lives? I would love to see what kind of health-care proposal the Republican's can come up with, that will cover all American's, which is RIGHT!!

    January 26, 2011 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  25. Lolo

    We know who opposes the bill. The republicans and tea partiers. They are so thick skinned that they do not have a clue what the American people want. They are only concerned about the corporations and themselves. I am so sick and tired of their stone-walling. Please quit trying to blame this administration for your previous mistakes. You caused all of these problems that we are facing today. Get a grip. I hope President Obama vetos everything that the republicans and tea partiers send across his desk. Such Hypocrites. Just admit that you do not like the idea of a black man being president. I know that DeMint definitely feels this way and all of his cronies from the south and small town America. The Real American people see your true colors.

    January 26, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
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