GOP Plans Stall Tactics for Health Bill Fight

Opponents hope long debate will force voters to 'understand this thing'
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2009 1:02 PM CDT
GOP Plans Stall Tactics for Health Bill Fight
Graphic shows the process of making the health care reform bill into law.   (AP Photo)

Lacking the votes for a filibuster and increasingly resigned to the fact that Democrats will stand united, GOP senators have a novel strategy to stall the health care reform bill: They’re going to stall it however they can. The Democratic plan “is inconsistent with the American people,” says Richard Burr of North Carolina. “So I’m not sure it’s as much about us as it is about making sure that the American people express their deep concern over this.”

In addition to a focused campaign of speeches on the evils of a bill another senator says “raises premiums, raises health care costs, raises taxes, and cuts Medicare for seniors,” Republicans hope to drag out the floor debate, reports Roll Call. They can also insist on full votes for every amendment, slowing it further. “The votes are the reality, so the only way you win this thing if you’re in our camp is if the American people are completely on your side,” an aide says. (More health care reform stories.)

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