Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Health Care Law - #2613 - GOP Repeal Vote on Obamacare Fails in Senate 47/51 - Hot Air (2) Jim Webb Continues to Ignore Virginians on Heath Care (3) Robert Hurt Comments on Judge Vinson's Ruling - Martinsville Bulletin

All Republicans voted yes and every last Democrat voted no (Lieberman and Mark Warner missed the roll), which is a credit either to Reid and Durbin in keeping the caucus together or to the nutroots in intimidating vulnerable Dems with the prospect of primary challenges in 2012. For cripes sake, even Ben Nelson voted against it. Nebraskans couldn’t so much as eat in his presence last year, such was their disgust at his legislative bribe-taking to support O-Care.......In classic Senate fashion, the vote on the repeal measure was anything but straightforward. The repeal measure was actually in the form of an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, and the vote was actually on a “budget point of order” and needed 60 votes for passage.......Another amendment to the health care repeal law did see passage, however – an amendment to repeal a provision that requires businesses to file a 1099 form with the IRS for every vendor with which they’ve done $600 worth of business or more. Both parties were sympathetic to complaints from the business community that the provision would create onerous paperwork requirements, and the amendment passed easily and with bipartisan support, 81-17. Read more......

Jim Webb Continues to Ignore Virginians on Health Care - Rejects Repeal, Cast Deciding Vote to Pass Bill in 2009. George Allen issued the following statement regarding Senator Jim Webb’s vote against repealing Obamacare:  “Jim Webb has once again ignored the voices of Virginians outraged by the federal health care law to side with his liberal friends in Washington. By voting against the repeal of the government run health bill he has ignored the concerns of the courts, the American people and Virginia’s job creators who believe this bill needs to be repealed and replaced with common sense reforms.   Read more...... He can't be running in 2012, isn't raising big money, votes  against Repeal two days after Judge Vinson rules the Health Care Law unconstitutional, other than a brief visit to Piedmont CC a few weeks ago, who has seen him among his constituents in the last 4 years?AW

Robert Hurt Comments on Judge Vinson's Ruling on Health Care Law - Martinsville Bulletin - Robert Hurt commented Tuesday on U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson’s recent ruling that the health care reform law is unconstitutional. The judge questioned whether the government was reaching beyond its power by requiring citizens to buy health insurance because everyone needs medical care.  “I was pleased to see that Judge Vinson ruled the entire law unconstitutional,” said Hurt, who has opposed the health care reform measure. “I think it’s the correct ruling. Obviously, that’s my perspective.”  However, Hurt said he felt the reform law did raise some issues that are important.  “I agree with the premise that we want to lower health care costs. I agree with that desire,” Hurt said. “The problem is that health care law as it’s written and been adopted does not do that. All it’s going to do is raise costs of health care and raise taxes.”  Read entire article.......

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