November 7, 2009 was a sad day for the United States. HR 3962 passed 220-215. Only 218 votes were needed to pass.
One of the 3 votes came from the recently elected NY Congressional District 23, who was sworn in on Friday and voted yes on Saturday. Rep Owens broke his campaign promise of not supporting a bill with a public option, when he announced the same day he was sworn in that he would be vote yes on the bill. How arrogant, beyond amazing!
There was one lone Republican vote, Rep Anh Cao (R-LA).
The Arizona vote was along party lines and we have 5 Democrats and 3 Republicans. We have our work cut out for us to switch those seats.
Dick Morris & Eileen McGann write about the deals that were made behind the scenes to get the HR 3962 bill passed sometime around Saturday at midnight. Read the article here: Obamacare Endorsements: What the Bribe Was
The Stupak amendment also passed, which would restrict abortions. However, there was a testy back-n-forth exchange on the floor between Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY). Boehner wanted a guarantee that the pro-life language would remain in the bill through conference committee with the Senate. Rangel stated, that giving a guarantee “might be a violation of our ethics law.” Nice, from the man under an ethics investigation. Boehner called the amendment vote a shell game, since it now allowed Democrats to vote yes on HR 3962 since abortion is not included, while it will most likely be stripped out in the conference committee. If the Stupak amendment was not included, there were about 40 Democrats that would not vote for the bill.
Oh, that is not all. Sometime after midnight an email was sent out from the White House to celebrate and of course ask for more money. He writes about all the effort everyone did, but he needs more:
Winning will require each of us to give everything we can, starting right now.
Please donate $5 or whatever you can afford so we can finish this fight.
Tonight’s vote brought every American closer to the secure, affordable care we need. But it was also a watershed moment in how change is made.
Even after last year’s election, many insider lobbyists and partisan operatives really thought that the old formula of scare tactics, D.C. back-scratching and special-interest money would still be enough to block any idea they didn’t like. Now, they’re desperate. Because, tonight, you made it crystal clear: the old rules are changing — and the people will not be ignored.
More arrogance–the people will not be ignored. What people is he talking about!? So is he telling us that there was not any back-scratching, scare tactics, or money. That is hard to believe. You can read the entire email at Michelle Malkin’s blog.