Reminder: Obamacare passed without a single Republican vote

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by NW Spotlight

Back in 2009 and 2010, Democrats controlled the White House and the U.S. House and U.S. Senate. President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rammed Obamacare through without a single Republican vote.

The Washington Post said of the Obamacare fight at the time “It has inflamed the partisanship that Obama pledged to tame when he campaigned for the White House and has limited Congress’s ability to pass any other major legislation.”

In December 2009, the U.S. Senate voted 60 to 39 for Obamacare. The Washington Post reported “The Senate bill passed without a single GOP vote.”

In March 2010, the U.S. House voted 219 to 212 for Obamacare. 34 House Democrats and all of the House Republicans voted against Obamacare. The NO votes were the only bipartisan votes.

President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) on March 23, 2010.

Pres. Obama embraces HHS Sec Kathleen Sebelius, left, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after signing the health insurance reform bill, March 23, 2010. (White House photo)

President Obama embraces HHS Sec Kathleen Sebelius and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after signing the health insurance reform bill, March 23, 2010. (White House photo)

Democrats ignored the plans offered by Republicans at the time – including the House GOP plan drafted by Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) and The Patients’ Choice Act of 2009 introduced by U.S. Senators Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) and Richard Burr (R-NC) and U.S. Representatives Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Devin Nunes (R-CA).

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  • keithsmustache

    Okay, what’s your point? The republicans were right, And Ted Cruz was absolutely right.

    • .

      Well, what comes from what’s left of US is patently wrong and should be placed into a fug-et bucket and tossed back to the geek pretenders Marxing in lockstep with narcissist Barack Hussein Obama, an impeachable tapeworm bending and twisting our sovereignty any way he shmoozes. Sheesh!

      • Pop Culture Whore

        @keithsmustache:disqus What’s he done that’s impeachable?

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  • Bob Clark

    Now we got Nesbitt (former SEIU front like man) touting how the Oregon Health Plan is performing admirably because the bureaucrats moved food stamp recipients onto its Medicaid system. Billions in new requested budgeting to provide for these folks, but more probably, funding comes up way short and OHP reverts back to being a lottery system (with most hopefuls standing in the breach waiting for healthcare some long way off day).

    I am o.k. with reversion back to OHP being a lottery system, but my biggest fear is OHP morphing into denial of doctors to practice privately and folks being forced into single payer only health supply. Nesbitt offers the illusionary free public good, when most of us know the problem with such socialism is it eventually runs out of other people’s money.

    • DavidAppell

      Single payer is inevitable. It is the most efficient system known — lower costs, better quality, universal coverage.
      Bob Clark is in favor of socialism when it rewards him, but not if it rewards anyone else. (=hypocritical)

      • .

        Appell, you’re such a left wing thingamajig. Now that he’s back in town, suggest you make an appointment with Dr. Jayant Patel to possibly finger out a cure for your future.

        • DavidAppell

          Re: “thingamajig” — love your vocabulary. Definitely impressive.
          Keep up your good work.

          • .

            David AppellAlexander the dourGrape. Suggest you stomp on your IDeaolgy and return to your hone locale of Mastadonicus and truncate your spiels up the arse of some Fauning geek god.

  • voterid

    Obama still hasn’t figured out that he is and will continue to be a laughing stock because every chance he gets, he still tries to blame the Republicans for the website failures and the failure of his treasured Obamacare. Must we remind him, that there were ZERO votes from the Republicans for his healthcare bill and by not swearing in the new senator from Massachusetts (Brown R-MA) who would have been the defeating vote, Reid kept him from voting and instead passed the bill behind closed doors with only 51 votes – 100% of the Democrats voted yes – 100% of the Republicans voted no. . We must also remind him, he didn’t want the Republicans amendments and in fact he didn’t want any input at all from the Republicans therefore, he gets no help from us now.

    • Jack Lord God

      You are right on this one. When I hear “The reason Obamacare isn’t working right is because of Republican obstructionism” I know I am dealing with a hive mind idiot.

      This one is all the Democrats baby.

      Enjoy it, savor it and please…..pass the Grey Poupon!

      • DavidAppell

        Rupert Huse of Rupert Huse and Son ( of Springfield, Oregon wrote,
        This one is all the Democrats baby
        Thankfully, Obama, Kitzhaber, and the Democrats had the courage to do something about America’s sinking health care system. In the long run that will be far, far more important than any Web site.

      • DavidAppell

        Rupert, how is the sex business? Is daddy keeping you in line?

        • DavidAppell

          Is it true that you sit around all day boxing up orders from
          Nice use of a college degree.

          • .

            You’re certainly not of odor, you heaping pile sheep scat equated on the anal mule farm of manure-ings.

    • Pop Culture Whore

      @voterid:disqus There’s no failure of Obamacare. With rates lower then expected and a higher sign up rate than expected, it’s been a success!

      Like the other things you’ve said, you’re also wrong on 100% of the Democrats voting “Yes”. The ACA was crafted with Republican input. They threatened to block the bill totally if there were certain things in there -which were taken out.
      Get to know your facts, bud. Then you won’t sound so dumb on things so easily accessible.

  • Jack Lord God

    The thing to bear in mind is this time is the best time for Obamacare. Damage control now views the problem is viewed as a web site problem.

    However fixing the web site is the easiest problem of the entire thing.

    What will be done with insurance policy cancellations running at least 10-1 ahead of Obamacare sign ups? What about skyrocketing insurance rates? What to do with the first person to make national news for dying because their insurance policy was cancelled under Obamacare? Does anyone think 20 year olds are signing up? Because without them insurance rates skyrocket.

    These are all big questions, but the biggest one is coming up.

    What about this time next year, when the employer mandate comes into play and what is largely a problem restricted to the self employed now starts affecting the entire populous?

    The answer is absent some massive reworking of the bill, or postponement, you will see falling poll numbers for the president start turning into outright hostility.

    And all that begins next year, just in time for the 2014 elections.

    Please dear God, let this go on forever. Never in my life will conservatives have a better “I Told You So” moment than this one.

    • DavidAppell

      Rupert Huse of Rupert Huse and Son ( of Springfield, Oregon wrote:
      What to do with the first person to make national news for dying because their insurance policy was cancelled under Obamacare?
      Open your eyes — tens of thousands of people have already been dying every year because they were unable to purchase health insurance.
      You, in your pervy cold-hearted way, seem just fine that. Many are not.

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  • DavidAppell

    Reminder: Obamacare passed without a single Republican vote
    Yes, we are all well aware that Republicans couldn’t care less about the dismal state of the US health care situation.
    But thanks for the reminder.

    • .

      Fingeratively string this dude up for his constant insurgent social spasmry that divides US.

      • DavidAppell


        • .

          And you slur, a left wind dildo.

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  • lemang01

    Thanks for this post. Today I caught the NYT lying about it. Ashley R Parker says and I quote “passed almost entirely by Democrats”, almost meaning some republicans voted for it and therefore she is implying that it was by-partisan when it was not. I sent the writer a tweet lets see if she corrects her misrepresentation.

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  • maaz qazi

    Nice article i think he should read about this

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  • mrv

    Thank you MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber for your “transparency” exposing the greatest deception in American political history. The ACA built entirely on a foundation of lies; can we ever trust this White House again…ever?

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  • Dave in Colorado

    Obama Care…the Democrat Plan…the Un-affordable Health Care act is showing the reality and consequences of being on the wrong side. They fooled me. Now, my dear dis-abled wife, and I have lost our home, our business, our doctor, and her life saving prescriptions totally un-affordable. Our coverage has gone from premiums of $703. to $1840. (yes that’s per month). Two disabled people just trying to eek out a living, and we are obligated to pay THAT MUCH! So lie if you want, make it sound like its working, make it sound like everyone can get coverage now….you KNOW its a lie! It is no exaggeration that we are, thank you Obama care, deciding monthly between seizure medication, and electricity. (Her medicine wins the challenge, since she wouldn’t last more than a couple of days without). So, if you think its great, if you think you’ve got some fantastic plan, I am begging your help. I have invested hours, days, months of time, and it seems to me that you’re plan is to rid the world of my fantastic wife through Obama care. (Serious! if you’ve got any real answers, willing to humbly listen)

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