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"Obama Care" Opt Out Fails in Alabama House

by: mooncat

Thu Mar 24, 2011 at 17:18:40 PM CDT

Surprise and a belated happy birthday to "Obama Care"! 

Apparently health care reform isn't as unpopular as we're led to believe, even in Alabama.  Even with a 65 to 39 majority in the Alabama House of Representatives, HB60, the Republican constitutional amendment to opt-out of the Affordable Health Care Act did not muster the 63 votes it needed to pass today, failing on a 59-28 vote -- 60 to 28 if you believe Howard Sanderford actually intended to vote yes.

For those familiar with ALISON, the vote is Roll Call 76.  Here are the basics:

  • 2 Democrats voted for the opt-out.  They were Elaine Beech of HD65 and Richard Laird of HD37.
  • 9 Democrats voted "Pass*."  They were Barry Forte (HD84), Dexter Grimsley (HD85), Laura Hall (HD21), Alan Harper (HD61), Joe Hubbard (HD73), John Knight (HD77), Johnny M. Morrow (HD18), Charles Newton (HD90) and Demetrius Newton (HD53).
    * Pass means "not present" or "not voting."
  • 8 Republicans voted "Pass."  They were Daniel Boman (HD16), Owen Drake (HD45), Todd Greeson (HD24), Arthur Payne (HD44), Bill Roberts (HD13), Howard Sanderford** (HD20), Elwyn Thomas (HD34) and Lesley Vance (HD80). 
    **Sanderford had machine problems and may have intended to vote "Yes."
  • Zero Republicans voted "No."

Meanwhile, the American Constitution Society's blog posts Why the Health Care Law's Individual Mandate Matters, and Why It's Constitutional.  Gutting the individual mandate is the crux of HB60.

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And Martha Roby, (4.00 / 2)
who is supposed to be in Washington working on national legislation, got on the evening news somehow, commenting negatively (of course) on Healthcare and that we "have to get the Federal government out of our lives."

That I did not expect (4.00 / 3)
 Whaddya know? They new guys did something right. Quick, while they have thinking caps on, someone explain climate change to them and maybe they can get a green business or two to set up shop here. :-D

October 2012 was the 332nd consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average. The last month with below-average temperature was February 1985. - N.O.A.A.

I don't have too much faith in their so-called "thinking caps" (4.00 / 3)
Somebody explain climate change to them while their minds are all ahoo, and maybe we can get good policy out of the confusion...

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
- John Adams

[ Parent ]
Thinking caps (4.00 / 3)
Those "thinking caps" are made out of tin foil.

[ Parent ]
Republican thinking cap (4.00 / 2)
Republican thinking cap

Work harder and work smarter!

[ Parent ]
FAIL (4.00 / 1)

Pres. Obama throws down the gaunlet and says, "If you can come up with a better plan within the given parameters, PLEASE let us know!"

the silence is deafening

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. -Churchill

I still think the individual mandate is unconstitutional (4.00 / 1)
without a public option. It is unprecedented at the federal level.



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