House gearing up for ObamaCare repeal vote
Pennsylvania Congressman Jason Altmire weighs in
- Duration 4:55
- Date Jul 10, 2012
Pennsylvania Congressman Jason Altmire weighs in
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All right you're looking alive at the house floor where debate is going odds of -- on lawmakers could make his or repudiating.
What those Supreme Court justices decided just across the street.
The Republican dominated body is expected to vote in favor of repealing the health care law but it probably ends there.
Because the democratic controlled Saturday even take it up there even though some Democrats and -- key races of their own.
Are expected to join in the -- vote and say well get rid of it.
-- let's just say this outgoing blue dog Democrat will not be Hamas.
That's because even though Pennsylvania congressman Jason -- -- voted to repeal the law regionally.
He won't be following up with a similar vote tomorrow why not congressman.
There are things in the -- that are worth doing that are making a difference for people in my district I oppose the bill as a whole I don't have the line item veto when you vote on a piece of legislation you can't say I like this part but not this part but in repeal.
I can say look the closing -- the doughnut hole for Medicare recipients with prescription drugs that's making a difference for people in my district.
The limitation on preexisting condition exclusions for people with chronic health conditions that's a good thing.
Coverage of people up to age 26 on their parents' health plan tax credits for small businesses to afford health care.
For their employees those are all good things and I think as a whole the bill did more harm than good but I don't see in repeal any reason why you have to also threw the baby out with the bath water.
But is not what does voters about tomorrow it's a baby you're the best war.
-- this bills the this vote -- on the entire bill and again there are things everything I've mentioned has already taken effect it's already implemented making a difference for real people in the district that I was elected to represent so why.
I -- -- getting -- in the beginning and didn't.
Do you do -- I can understand yea or -- it was not so simple but effectively tomorrow that's -- -- your -- it is that simple.
I oppose the bill when we had to vote on the bill as you know -- but again in repeal there's no reason you have to do away with the things that are good that are making a positive impact.
To do away with the things that aren't so it.
When this comes up and likely -- is that that is the repeal effort if -- really.
Unless America Robbins doesn't go anywhere in the senate Nancy Pelosi even animated as much as -- today.
On where this whole process okay I apologize that the authors on her but her take was that this doesn't -- -- incentives and it doesn't take it up.
Because it would it would -- -- anyway she says.
Maybe they're afraid of a vote that might go the other way because is that tight and and there -- that many vulnerable raises.
But then where does this go where does this go if you want to repeal it it was Republicans do.
Where does Disco.
The only way that the law's going to be repealed is if you have.
Mitt Romney is president a Republican senate probably needing sixty votes there's some dispute about that.
And continuing Republican leadership in the house and then you have to have the vote and have the president sign it.
After his substantial Republican take over the senate right because just to close.
Vote or would even if it -- ever so slightly to Republicans that's not enough time.
Well you need sixty votes to bring a bill to the floor you only need 51 to pass and I know.
Majority of minority leader McConnell has said that he believes he only needs fifty votes because of a procedural.
Move in the senate but regardless you're gonna need to retake the senate -- minimum to have any chance of repealing and and there are a long way from that right now.
Your Pennsylvania and I wanted to get your thoughts on what's going on its -- right now with the mayor's effectively.
Not declare bankruptcy but acted like the city is bankrupt and that at all public workers or 380 plus of the -- Scranton.
Including himself paid the minimum waged.
There are raising holy hell what do you make of what's going on there.
The district that I represent -- is way on the other side of the stayed on the Ohio border I heard a little bit of the story that you were talking about before I came on but I don't know enough about the specifics of what's happening in that municipalities.
There -- a wildfire you're going on though congress and that may be if it goes back to what happened in Wisconsin and then happened in San Jose and San Diego.
And now -- LA's.
Generally liberal union friendly mayors saying yes to cut Andrew Cuomo in New York saying yes to cut.
-- -- -- -- -- I don't think there's any question -- what happened in Wisconsin has emboldened people.
Who are having trouble negotiating with unions suit to show that the unions don't have the ability in situations like Wisconsin to make that kind of difference in.
Maybe that's what's happening in Scranton again I don't know enough about the specifics of that case but there's probably something to that.
You know you always honest answer question one of the few -- just says I don't know.
And I've never but never fathom that on congress have always -- see you thank you very room thank you -- thanks for having me.