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More Republicans Defect on Medicare Veto Override

UPDATE 7:05 PM: The Senate has now also voted to override the veto, 70-26. Four Republicans switched from voting against the measure previously to voting in favor of the override today: Kit Bond (Mo.), Thad Cochran (Miss.), Roger Wicker (Miss.) and Richard Lugar (Ind.).

ORIGINAL POST: The House just voted to override President Bush's veto of a bill to block cuts in payments to doctors under Medicare, and the caravan of Republicans moving away from the president on the issue turned into a stampede.

The chamber voted 383-41 to override the veto, with 153 Republicans joining all 230 Democrats present to vote "aye." That's an increase of 24 Republicans in favor since the bill's original passage last month. The administration and GOP leaders did their best in both the House and Senate to prevent the measure from passing the first time around, urging their members to vote "no" so they could try to negotiate a better bill, but many rank-and-file Republicans didn't listen. Even more ignored Bush's wishes today.

The Senate vote to override is scheduled to happen within the hour.

By Ben Pershing  |  July 15, 2008; 5:25 PM ET
Categories:  Agenda , Branch vs. Branch  
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Even the Repukes are running from the stench of Bush and the NeoConMen.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 15, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

It is so wonderful that all these free enterprise, free market moralists have finally realized that the public is fed up with the self-serving crooked manipulation of government policies in order to sustain the GOP in power. Why should the US Govt. pay private insurers 17% higher payments than the government pays Medicare for the same procedures? Because the GOP needs to receive donations and lobbying support from the insurers for the GOP's increasingly Soviet Union-like reign of terror. THE Bush/Cheney/GOP government has all those characteristics that the dying USSR had - excessive secrecy, castrated legislature, govt. propaganda, domestic spying, no adherence to its laws or its own official political philosophy, use of government funds to fund political activity, courts packed with crony judges, false prosecutions for political enemies, no bid contracts, xenophobia, etc. So now the GOP will claim credit for helping the quality of healthcare? Too funny for words...

Posted by: enough3 | July 15, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm more than happy to see the cracks developing in the GOP's "conservative" facade. The Republican party has come to represent nothing but big business and the farthest of the far right paranoids, and many of the policies they've pursued are much closer to fascism than they are to conservatism.
I wonder how many of today's "conservative" talking heads have even a passing acquaintance with the ideas of the late William F. Buckley Jr.?
Too many of our Republican leaders in DC have been at the beck and call of special interests, aka big money, much to the detriment of those who elected them and the nation as a whole.
There's nothing free-market about these people, they're the best money can buy!

Posted by: Michael | July 15, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

I hope no body got trampled over.

Still, the GOP/Conservatives are going to have a November surprise and squash these little communist Liberal Democrats.

We may come up with a whole bunch of numbers, but Karl Rove knows THE NUMBER, as he said back in 2006.

1. McCain winning by a margin bigger than Ronald Reagan;

2. The GOP taking back the Senate, holding a 60 to 40 seat margin;

and,

3. The House taking it back --- put real American patriots in charge --- winning by a margin of 250 to 185!

4. This Liberal Democratic Socialist Party is ready to be disbanded!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 15, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

I hope no body got trampled over.

Still, the GOP/Conservatives are going to have a November surprise and squash these little communist Liberal Democrats.

We may come up with a whole bunch of numbers, but Karl Rove knows THE NUMBER, as he said back in 2006.

1. McCain winning by a margin bigger than Ronald Reagan;

2. The GOP taking back the Senate, holding a 60 to 40 seat margin;

and,

3. The House taking it back --- put real American patriots in charge --- winning by a margin of 250 to 185!

4. This Liberal Democratic Socialist Party is ready to be disbanded!


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Posted by: Anonymous | July 15, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

It's an election year-why would we expect anything different from the elected. These people have proven time and time again--they have no guts and are spineless. As our economy flushes down the sewer-our elected officals stick fingers in the cracks hoping for stop gaps to get them through another key election year. Dear Congressmen and women-you are the laughing stock of the civilized world-and the uncivilized world also.

Posted by: Chas | July 16, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

The entire congress should be voted out and term limits installed.Two terms for both houses should be the limits for both houses same as the presidency.Then maybe they will accompolish something besides getting reelected.TEd kennedy,Robert Byrd,Ted Stevens and all the old dinosaures should have retired years ago.

Posted by: Nannie Turner | July 16, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

To Nannie Turner clamoring for term limits....My dear, we already have them...it is called Election Day. If enough people are 1-sick and tired about your electeds, then get off your butts and vote them out and 2-passive agressive democratic tactics like imposed term limits are an affront to democracy itself.

Posted by: DC John | July 16, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

If term limits are necessary for the president I am not sure I see any reason for them not to be there for Congress.

Posted by: Ian | July 16, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Thanks to all you Congressmen and women who voted to overturn Bush's veto. I have a Medicare Advantage plan and it does offer more than medicare or I wouldn't have it. I'm a senior and I'm thankful to doctors and hospitals that will treat seniors. Lots of doctors will not treat seniors...period. Thanks again this is one of the only perks seniors have left in these hard times.

Posted by: Martha | July 16, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

We are lucky we had Bush as President! Republicans represent our only hope for the future. Business is our only strength in an ever increasingly competitive world economy. Bush rid the world of a hideous dictator, sent the Taliban running, until the bank debacle gave us a strong Stock Market, and unemployment is still small!

Our negative newscasters and liberal press are the real enemies of America. The Obama they want to put on the throne with a phony "change" menu, changing us to a two bit European like Nation, with Socialized everything, a system that has never worked. Just ask the poor pregnant women in England who at best hope for a mid-wife to deliver their children for lack of OBGYNs, or someone who needs a root canal and can at best hope for a pulled tooth!

When Obama pulls the plug on Bush's tax cuts, we will be looking at a Trillion in new taxes, and when we double the capital gains tax, look for a Market Crash like you have never seen before. Who would keep their money in the Stock Market with that kind of punishment. We will never bounce back, as in Barack! Change always sounds good. Someone else is bound to do better. Hah! Like a left wing loon with 100 days in the Senate who has never led anything in his life, married to a militant racist who hates American. Yep, that sure is change alright!

Posted by: David N. Viger Jr. | July 16, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

What is needed to prevent overspending on Medicare ... is for the FBI to investigate for fraud the charges that are paid by Medicare. Corruption is not tied to any particular party... it's pure GREED.

Just like you will see when the FBI completes it's investigation of failed banks.

Posted by: soria35 | July 16, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

I realize that it sounds great, but all that Bush was doing is following the rules and regulations as written.
This is a great example of how entitlement programs grow by 12-15% every year.
In the next 4 years, 77 million additional people will be added to the Medicare and Social Security rolls. How long can this continue?

Posted by: genomega | July 16, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Earth to David N. Viger Jr.:

You are lost. Perhaps you can come to truth if you listen to news instead of Republican propaganda from Fox and Rush.

Posted by: Chuck | July 17, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

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