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February 3, 2011 Print

Check Out the Senators Who Bucked Their Home States on the Health Care Repeal

by CitizenLink Staff

As expected, the Senate voted on but failed to pass a repeal of President Obama’s health care law.  The vote tally was 47-51 in opposition.  Sixty votes were needed.   As my colleague Bruce pointed out here and here, the health care law fight isn’t over.  A federal judge recently declared the health care law unconstitutional, and a whopping 26 states had joined in that lawsuit.  Virginia has filed a separate lawsuit and Oklahoma plans to.

So, if your state is filing a lawsuit to have the health care law declared unconstitutional, wouldn’t you, as a U.S. senators make sure to vote in favor of the law’s repeal? Well, 18 U.S. senators said no, and bucked their state’s lawsuit to make sure that the behemoth health care train keeps charging ahead.  (Did I mention a majority of Americans want the law repealed?)

The following is a list of senators (all Democrats but trust me, had there been any Republicans, they’d be there too), whose states are currently fighting against the health care law but who voted against repealing it anyway (I’ve also included the only two non-voting senators):

  1. Alaska — Begich (D)
  2. Colorado — Bennet (D), Udall (D)
  3. Connecticut — Lieberman (I) ** did not vote**
  4. Florida  — Nelson (D),
  5. Iowa — Harkin (D)
  6. Louisiana — Landrieu (D)
  7. Michigan — Levin (D),  Stabenow (D)
  8. Nebraska — Nelson (D)
  9. Nevada — Reid (D)
  10. North Dakota — Conrad (D)
  11. Ohio — Brown (D)
  12. Pennsylvania — Casey (D)
  13. South Dakota — Johnson (D)
  14. Virginia — Webb (D),  Mark Warner (D) ** did not vote **
  15. Washington — Cantwell (D), Murray (D)
  16. Wisconsin — Kohl (D)

Of the 18 senators who voted against the repeal and their state’s lawsuit position, nine are up for re-election in 2012.  Remember their names:

  1. Ohio — Sherrod Brown (D)
  2. Washington — Maria Cantwell (D)
  3. Pennsylvania — Robert Casey, Jr. (D)
  4. North Dakota — Kent Conrad (D)
  5. Wisconsin — Herb Kohl (D)
  6. Nebraska — Ben Nelson (D)
  7. Florida — Bill Nelson (D)
  8. Michigan — Debbie Stabenow (D)
  9. Virginia — Jim Webb (D)

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  • http://Waltmarjmcc@gmail.com Walter McCulley

    IT IS SAD BUT TRUE, THEY DON’T KNOW OUR CONSTITUTION. IT’S JUST LIKE THE HEALTH CARE BILL, THEY HAVEN’T READ IT!!! MAKES YOU WONDER ABOUT THEIR QUALIFICATIONS TO BE IN THAT SENATE OFFICE!

  • Alice Click

    Every Senate Democrat just went on the record in support of ObamaCare EVEN AFTER it was declared unconstitutional! What does that say about how seriously these politicians take their oath to defend and protect the Constitution? The voters deserve better, said Gary Bauer.
    Don’t be discouraged by this vote. It should drive each of us to redouble our commitment to educate our friends and family members about the importance of public policy and voting. Elections have consequences. And as many Democrats learned last year, their votes have consequences too. Unfortunately, some Democrats have yet to learn that lesson, but they will.
    So West Virginia has Washington Joe and Washington Jay — for now anyway.

  • Alice Click

    West Virginians for Life director, Karen Cross, was such a loyal supporter of Senate Candidate Joe Manchin. But Sen. Manchin went against WVFL …

  • Patricia Penley

    You forgot to mention that Senator Udall from Colorado is also up for re-election in 2012!!! Remember his vote on the repeal of the Health Care Bill!!!

  • James Gillia

    So, one judge out of four decided that the health care law is unconstitutional! What of the other federal judge that declared the law constitutional? Do we suuport tose senators that followed that judges ruling? Oh, we only follow the judges we agree with and try to diminish the other judges.. This is what is wrong with this country! It’s constatntly an “us-verse-them” mentality. How about a discussion about what in the health law needs to be fixed. This blanket decision will affect children on their parents insurance, people with pre-existing conditions and those that simply can’t afford insurance. Yeah, those things are good, so why don’t we tweak the law, like the president has said to do, so that way more people are covered under a cheaper plan. Or… how about simply making it a single payer system that way everyone has equal access… Yes, I know, that’s a crazy idea…

  • Magnum Serpentine

    I will be sure to vote for those senators (Above) who voted to make insurance companies accept those with pre-existing conditions and to allow people’s children to keep their parents health insurance coverage till age 26.

    The polls I have seen say that there is a even split on healthcare for everyone.

  • Pat Gideon

    Senator Nelson Nebraska did not learn his lesson. After his Christmas Eve vote to pass Obamacare he came back to Nebraska and was booed out of a pizza place in Omaha because of his vote ( article in Omaha World Herald). His office won’t answer the phone most of the time and now he doesn’t vote to repeal his very bad unconstitutional mistake. I will be extremely surprised if he even runs in 2012. I’m sure he has already been promised some cushy job in Washington DC for his support of the Dems and Harry Reid.

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