Welcome to part five of the liveblog on the House of Representative’s health insurance reform vote (live on C-Span). With the announcement of a deal with Bart Stupak (D-MI) it seems very likely that the bill will pass.
8:41 pm – Brett Guthrie (R-KY) focuses on the “unfunded mandates” in the bill.
8:42 pm – Raul Grijalva (R-AZ) focuses on the increased resources for Indian health care.
(Democrats are talking a lot about the ability of children to stay on their parents’ policies until they are 26. It is one of the few deliverable people will actually feel before 2014.)
8:52 pm – Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX) is focusing on the benefits of the student loan reform. (Which is the best part of the reconciliation package.)
8:55 pm – Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) is going through the greatest hit of republican complaints. Special deals, Medicare cuts, rationing, big price tag. Calls the CBO letter on the bill is “garbage in garbage out.”
9:00 pm – Scott Garrett (R-NJ) says the bill will be found unconstitutional because it forces people to buy a product from a private company. (This will be a big deal in the midterm election.)
9:08 pm – Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) says the bill has a government takeover of the student loan business (I guess Republicans proudly defend a program which has become a massive bailout of an industry which has become a great example of lemon socialism.)
9:17 pm – Mike Pence (R-IN) “we are breaking history.” He calls Obama the most pro-abortion president in this nation’s history. (Funny because he will soon sign one of the biggest roll backs of abortion in decades. It is amazing that even without the public option Pence is still calling this a government takeover of health care. Democrats get all the blame of socialism without the benefits of producing a popular public program like Medicare.) Says we are on a pathway to socialized medicine.
9:25 pm – James Clyburn (D-SC) “This is the civil rights act of the 21st century.