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Roll call: Washington delegation votes along party lines

Post by John Henrikson / The News Tribune on March 21, 2010 at 8:21 pm with 13 Comments »
March 21, 2010 8:23 pm

Despite earlier questions about whether Reps. Adam Smith and Brian Baird would go along with fellow Democrats, Washington’s congressional delegation voted along party lines in the 219-212 vote on the health care proposal. Here’s how South Sound lawmakers voted.

VOTING YES
Rep. Brian Baird
3rd District Democrat
“At the end of the day, this will be much better for the American people than what we have now. … On fiscal grounds this is sound, on humanitarian grounds it’s sound. I have been in the room when people died who didn’t have health insurance.”

Rep. Norm Dicks
6th District Democrat
“This is a major reform and something that should have been done a long time ago. If we didn’t do it, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security would be threatened.”

Rep. Adam Smith
9th District Democrat
“This bill will cover an estimated 30 million additional Americans and save more than $1 trillion in the long term. These are huge steps forward in the reform process.”

VOTING NO
Rep. Dave Reichert
8th District Republican
“The American people have spoken loud and clear: They don’t want government takeover of health care. The Democrat’s latest plan is still a government takeover.”

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  1. RBCharger says:

    Thank you, Norm Dicks. This is why I vote for you.

  2. Taildragrrr says:

    It is sad that the majority of Democrats blindly following the lead of Pelosi followed her off the cliff and into the foaming sea below without even reading the bill they followed party lines to vote for. What do we need them there for? It would be nice to have a thinking person instead of a brain-dead rubber stamp. What’s next for Obama? Take all our guns away? Nationalize all private industry?Control what we produce? Censor the news? Encourage you to report your neighbor to the state? Tax us into bankruptcy? Special vacation homes for the ruling class Democrats? Oh, silly me, we already have those things, comrade. Wake Up America – before it is too late.

  3. Faceplant says:

    Yes taildragrrr,

    Why don’t people see the warning signs? Gauranteeing health care to 30 million uninsured is clearly the first step toward totalitarianism.

    Glenn Beck is that you?

  4. lovethemountains says:

    The flaws in this bill are disastrous but something that is even more frightning is the precedent that this has set. It has given the ruling class confidence that they can continue to pass laws over the objections of the citizens.

    Our only hope now is that the lawsuits to be filed with respect to the constitutionality of government forcing citizens to purchase some identified product will be sucsessful. Hopefully at least the major parts of the bill will be declared unconstitutional thereby castrating and de-horning this bill. The other possibility is that the purge of democrat office holders in the next two election cycles will be sufficient to allow the new Congress to repeal this monster and allow wiser heads to frame a new, true and and honest health care reform bill.

  5. getALife996 says:

    Hahaha, Faceplant. Guaranteed medical to 30 million, you are correct. At a cost of 1 trillion dollars (thanks to the generous loans of the Chinese government – where the US can always sell more of it’s soal). Run by non other than the machine that has not yet efficiently, or successfully, run anything. Now they have your health in their hands, also! Can you say Social Security Vol. 2! It will only take time before this fails (and not that long, either). Just like all the others. Oh, and also, I wonder how going 1 trillion dollars farther in debt creates more jobs? Heh, only time will tell, but I’m going with 2010 US House of Representatives = EPIC FAIL!

  6. getALife996 says:

    Hahaha, Faceplant. Guaranteed medical to 30 million, you are correct. At a cost of 1 trillion dollars (thanks to the generous loans of the Chinese government – where the US can always sell more of it’s soal). Run by non other than the machine that has not yet efficiently, or successfully, run anything. Now they have your health in their hands, also! Can you say Social Security Vol. 2! It will only take time before this fails (and not that long, either). Just like all the others. Oh, and also, I wonder how going 1 trillion dollars farther in debt creates more jobs? Heh, only time will tell, but I’m going with 2010 US House of Representatives = EPIC FAIL! Is it November yet?!

  7. Thanks Democrats we will never forget; perhaps Let’s Remember Historic Health Care Reform Legislative Votes today for my citizens representative votes tomorrow. And, how did all this health care reform really work out as now approved?

  8. Brian Baird, and the other YES voters, did the right thing. They voted their conscience. When it came to the right thing to do, they ignored threats of “fallout” and the lies of the conservative talking heads and did what is best for the American people. Wish they would they vote with such thought on every issue, Democrats and Republicans alike. I am proud of my representaives and of my President today!

  9. David1964 says:

    It is sad all of the of Republicans blindly following the lead of Limbaugh and Beck followed them off the cliff and into the foaming sea below without even reading the bill they followed party lines to vote for. What do we need them there for? It would be nice to have a thinking person instead of a brain-dead rubber stamp.

  10. emily3264 says:

    Thank you Democrats for passing a fiscally unsound bill that will explode the deficit, continue to tank our economy, increase the tax burden on our children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. This generation will go down as the most selfish and self-serving generation in the history of this country. Fortunately this bill will never see the light of day – we still have a Supreme Court that actually believes in the Constitution.

    Brian Baird, you should be ashamed of yourself. You knew this bill was fiscally unsound from the beginning and still is. You are leaving office a disgrace to your country to be a puppet to your party.

  11. curmudgeon3 says:

    Here are a few points to ponder…

    Those who take issue with Adam Smith, wrongly labeled as a Democrat, may be comforted by knowing that, despite his occasional attempts to sound like a populist, during the 110th Congress, actually had a more Right Wing voting record than Republican Dave Reichert. In fact, his voting record falls to the right of at least half of the Republicans in Congress, including a number from red states, such as one from Idaho.

    If you’d like more detail, you can go here: http://progressivepatriots.com/house/byranking.html

    You’ll find Smith’s name in the bottom section, which is labeled: Not at All Progressive. To find his “Right Wing Index” score and a description of the issues included in the rating, click on the hypertexted “Progressive Action Score” verbiage that appears next to Smith’s name. You’ll find that his Right Wing Index score is higher than any other Democrat in that section. In other words, if Smith is your representative, you have the proud distinction of having the most Right Wing Democrat in the House of Representatives representing your interests.

    So, do any of you die-hard right wingers feel any better now?

    I would be the first to agree that the bill passed yesterday represented a huge wet kiss, planted fiirmly on the (well, you designate the location) of large health insurers, Big PhRma, and corporate health providers. Despite including almost everything in this bill that Republicans had recommended in times past, not a single Republican voted in favor of it.

    Do you take comfort in believing that if the Republicans take control of Congress and maybe even the Oval Office in 2013, that they will repeal this huge giveaway to large corporations? Don’t hold your breath. They would not dare interfere with the already locked-in profits that some of their largest corporate benefactors will be enjoying, and sharing with them in the form of huge, unlimited (thanks to the recent Supreme Court decision) campaign donations, and cushy, lucrative jobs awaiting them once they leave office.

    They Republicans are only upset because they wanted this bill to look like their idea.

  12. I am terribly disappointed in the Republicans on this one.

    Not so much their vote, but the fact that they dusted off talking points from the Medicaid/Medicare fight in the 1960s.

    You would think that 40-50 years of progress would lead to better tactics rather than fear mongering and falsehoods. But hey, fear worked well for American Heroes ™ Joe McCarthy, Lee Atwater and Karl Rove.

    Why bother with facts when you can just scare people into doing what you want.

  13. curmudgeon3,
    Good point.

    Compared side-by-side with the Republican proposal for Health Care Reform (back when they had these things) in 1993, there are many similarities.

    That was wrong for me to say the Republican had no ideas on this. This did, actually enact a reform act to enrich Wall Street through the Health Savings Accounts. That worked well, I guess, maybe?

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