February 2nd, 2011
06:26 PM ET
9 years ago

Senate Democrats block GOP bid to repeal health care law

Washington (CNN) - Senate Democrats on Wednesday blocked a Republican effort to repeal the health care reform bill passed last year.

The 51-47 vote, along party lines, meant the procedural motion failed to get the necessary 60 votes to pass.


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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    If you can come up with something better, PROPOSE it, and THEN replace. Until then, get to work on JOBS!

    February 2, 2011 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  2. Name king

    Lesson when the mandates comes and every one have to pay for health insurance, imagine 300 million people paying 100 dollars a year for insurance that will be 30 billion dollars a year, for the insurance companies which only take certain amount of that pot then pushing billions back to the customers driving premiums down into the ground, now multiply that by 10 years that will be 300 billion, which the the government will get a cool 100 thousand to put toward the budget, my numers are factoring in children and under estimating.

    February 2, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  3. Jeff in Virginia

    Feel that Rs? That's what it feels like when it takes 60 votes to get what you want.

    February 2, 2011 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  4. megan

    way to go dem for stand up for the people. god has a reward for you guys for wanting to help the people that can afford the high cost of heath care god bless you for standing against these demons.

    February 2, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  5. Tish

    NUH DUH!!! the Repubs are such a joke to waste so much time and effort on something that they know will FAIL!!!

    February 2, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  6. S. In California

    IF they want to keep their jobs they will keep on blocking ANY repeals to this healthcare law. Republicans are such sick individuals. They ONLY care about rich, white people. Period. If any middle class or poor person votes for them – you are only voting for them out of hatred and spite. Please don't even try to deny it.

    February 2, 2011 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  7. obama2012

    Now the gop can say they voted to repel when they knew damn well it was impossible to repel the law. But their nut cases will still cheer, until gop shoot down govt and they dont get that SS check, lol

    February 2, 2011 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Thank you democrats. I have had enough of the republican's unfunded mandates and spending money we don't have. By repealing health reform, they want to add $2.3 billion to our debt, and along with the republican tax cuts for the wealthy, republican unnecessary wars, republican TARP

    February 2, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  9. FM

    Everybody knew what will be the outcome. I do wonder what the old blood like (Mitch McConnell) were pressuring the vote for. It was totally wastage of precious time. It is time for fresh blood to take over and do the work which they know is beneficial for the future generation! We are tired hearing the word "It was symbolic" for what use!!!!!

    February 2, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  10. Albo58

    The Supreme Court needs to take this issue up soonest so we can move on to REAL health care reform! The Dimwits have already proven that they stand by their party vs. their constituents so this issue is at a legislative stalemate...until 2012!

    February 2, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  11. Four and The Door

    I guess for the Democrats, shoddy is good enough. Verification again that they do not care about the economy, about debt, about the American taxpayer, about quality healthcare, about increasing healthcare costs to consumers, about jobs, about 2012...

    February 2, 2011 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It appears that the democrats are still on the side of the middle class, children, the uninsured, and 82% of Americans. The republicans, on the other side, are still on the side of billionaires, big business, and foreign corporations.

    February 2, 2011 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republican senators have caused more trouble for America than Taliban extremists. Frank Gaffney appears to be leader of the republican party.

    February 2, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  14. Conspiracysrus

    Okay – now can we get onto the business of getting the US out of this economic mess and move on. And while we are at it, this garbage about calling law's Obama's, he is our President and he did these things for us. Not for himself. When I see that Darrell Issa of CA is working to dismantle the mortgage modification law, I have to ask myself, does he have nothing else to do!!!! California is failing apart and all he wants to do help the banks....shame.

    February 2, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  15. vic nashville tn

    We know it will fail Republicans move on focus on jobs

    February 2, 2011 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  16. once upon a horse

    Thank God for that, now the Republicans can get on with creating jobs for the American people like they claimed they would. (but DON'T hold your breath waiting for that, either!)

    February 2, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  17. Son of CSM.Wiggins

    Lol waste of tax payers money, Orange man and mconnel you underestimated dirty Harry. He was not scared of you two fools. Now to the real work where are the Damn jobs. The rich got there tax cuts where are the jobs

    February 2, 2011 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  18. T'sah from Virginia

    They BETTER had!!! Now the Democrats need to get out there and push the product like they're supposed to!!

    February 2, 2011 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  19. Peace

    The repeal has taken its natural death. Let us all go for the funeral, bury it, grieve and forget all this kind of madness!

    February 2, 2011 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  20. scott

    And with this vote the Dum- O – Craps destroyed any hope of getting back the majority next year. They decided to ignore the will of the people and press forward with their socialist agenda. In 2012 we will see a republican majority rule in the House and Senate, along with a Republican President.

    February 2, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  21. GonzoinHouston

    Wow, wotta surprise. It died a quick death in the senate. To McConnell's credit, he was able to get a vote on a procedural motion to waive a budget requirement if the bill were ever passed. Face it both fringes are not going to be happy. For the next two years nothing extreme is going to be passed into law. It has to satisfy the GOP house and the Democratic senate. And that, when you get down to it, might be a Good Thing.

    Can we start on a budget now?

    February 2, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |