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House subcommittee votes to repeal healthcare reform law’s ‘death panel’

Bipartisan legislation to repeal the healthcare law’s cost-control board sailed through a House panel on Wednesday, raising pressure on the Senate to take up the bill and dealing President Obama a political blow.

The Energy and Commerce Health subcommittee vote was 17-5, with ranking member Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) and Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) crossing the aisle to vote for repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board. There were no amendments.

Votes in the full committee and on the House floor have not yet been scheduled but are expected to happen by the end of next month, in conjunction with Supreme Court arguments on the healthcare reform law.

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  • JMJ

    Obama the child-killer. Obama the senior-citizen-killer. Obama, the killer of the handicapped. Obamacare is called the healthcare reform law. It is really Murdercare. How to murder more unborn Americans! How to murder the elderly, the very sick and the handicapped! That’s why the so-called “Independent Payment Advisory Board” needs to be repealed. That’s why the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Health subcommittee voted to repeal this part of the law. See website:

    • daves

      Whatever. There has always been a board to decide what procedures Medicare will cover – just like private insurance companies have their own boards to decide what they pay for.

      If this board is removed it will go back to the previous decision makers.

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      • RENEGADE


        • daves

          I tried to get a job on one of those death panels. It turns out they do not exist.

          The healthcare law didn’t change anything, this is a bunch of political hoo haw to get people to oppose the law and vote Republican.

  • Dark_Archer

    JMJ , you forgot to mention the two American border patrol agents he has killed and the hundreds of Mexicans obama has murdered by selling guns to the Mexican drug dealers by way of the DOJ with the stupid operation holder named Fast and Furious, obama has been a murderer all his life, muedering is easy ti him …he gets a kick out of it, its a power trip

    • daves

      I thought it is always a Republican argument that gun control doesn’t keep guns out of the hands of criminals. Are you saying that those murderers wouldn’t have been able to buy guns if it wasn’t for fast and furious?

  • AJP

    Let’s see how much Balls Congress has to repeal the Health Care Bill or Law what Ive seen is a Old Hen Party just a bunch of Hot Air flowing around.

    • Bob202

      AJP, I can answer how much balls Congress has to repeal the HealthCare bill. None. I wrote my congresswoman about the question of Obama’s eligibility under Article II, Section 1, of the constitution to be president and she answered by saying she believed in the process, plus the voters voted him in so the case is closed as far as she is concerned. Her answer is not an isolated answer because I have heard other congress persons answer the same way. They have all banned together and sworn they will not investigate whether Obama is eligile under Article II, Section 1 of our constitution to be president. In short, if our representatives will not investigate Obama’s eligiblity to be president, then what do you think they are going to do to his pet bill? He has all of them shaking in their shoes that he is going to call them a “racist,” and everyone knows this word is worse than being a murderer. We must stop this politically correctness crap and do what is best for all Americans; not just a certain category. I, like you, want ObamaCare repealed. But reality is, until the Republicans gain control of both the House and Senate, it is not going to happen. Vote all Democrats out of office in November.

      • howe

        Bob, you are right in many ways. The House of Representatives has a republican majority but not two thirds and the Senate is controlled by a slim margin by the Democrats. It take two thirds of both houses to impeach a sitting President and although there are grounds for that Speaker Boehnor will not start this process without a two thirds majority in both the House and the Senate. The numerous constitutional violations like violating the war powers act by using our troops to engage Libya, issuing an illegal executive order to prohibit abortion in the Obamacare bill, etc. Impeachment is a political hot potatoe and most democrats as a majority would never vote for impeachment because they have supported Obama through many of his failed policies simply because its an ideology thing and they pretty much stick together and vote along party lines 97% of the time on everything. The democrats without a sinle republican vote passed what most people consider an unconstitutional health care bill. The only way WE THE PEOPLE can break the gridlock is to vote against all the socialist democrats and there are 70 sel acclaimed in the house and 40 in the Senate. Thats a tall order since most people are not engaged with where these commies are taking us. By the time an impeachment could be processed it would be election time so lets vote them all out.

        • Red

          Good explanation. The real point being that we need to rid the Congress of the growing number of socialists. There are currently 70 who are registered members of the Socialist Party of America. They are all democrats and most are in the House. Their ranks include such notables a as Henry Waxman. Shelia Jackson Lee, Jesse Jackson, Jr., Gwen Moore, Charles Rangle, Mary Kaptur, Jerrold Nadler, and Maxine Waters. VOTE against our dictator and all the Democrats in the House.

    • don

      ajp-it want happen. never get through the senate. might not even make it to the floor. tell me one thing that me liked that made it even to the floor in the senate. none u. we are all just rolling marbles around unless we win the senate in nov.

  • howe

    While we are speaking of using the office of the President for murdering people, lets not forget about the drones in Afghanistan and Pakistan while in the process of targeting Al Qaeda leaders for missile annilation, hundreds of innocent people have been killed on the ground with these so-called surgical strikes. I am all for wiping out these heinous women and child killers who claim to be doing the work of ALLAH, but to use a method that kills ten innocent civilians for every thug in my book is lousy strategy. The Whitehouse calls this collateral damage. This is not a world war where all war tactics are on the table. We are not fighting countries, we are fighting a handful of criminal Jihadists. Many of our soldiers have been murdered for retaliation to the drone strikes that kill innocents, its insane strategy.

    • Red

      War is war, my friend. We do not fight to win anymore, so we get bogged down in endless political posturing and squander more lives and spend our treasure.

  • pilot

    Once again I am surprised,– so far the comments have referred to the article!.. By now my representatives should know me by name, as I sign every petition that I do not have to pay to be on! … Only stipulation is that it is against ANYTHING our president and his henchmen are for! It is pretty apparent they are the enemy!! Now “Obamacare” is a wonderful “control” program which can be used in any and all cases to eliminate anybody that thinks, or (“GOD forbid”) – does anything opposed to the “standard liberal government line”!! …. If you look back in Germany’s history, you will see that as the German war machiine “ramped” up and started destroying other countrys freedoms (theirs was already destroyed by Hitler at home).. The “old Schnickelgruber” ordered all “useless people destroyed”… All the disabled. retarded, aged, (and otherwise proclaimed usless people), don’r forget teh Jews too– were rounded up and killed! This made more recources available for the army and government agencies. Why should “useless people be eating and using government facilities to remain alive anyway?? WE have already murdered milions of babies through the years, so they can not be productive (and pay SS & income-taxes)! Now those that are now aged, and have worked all thier lives, and accumulated a little extra money in the process (hopefully), –well lets kill them and take that money!! They already contributed their money, hopes, and lives to the furtherment of America, and many like me served in armed forces,– (though now I am beginning to wonder why?)

    Yes I know I’m bitter! I am on that “death list” at age 72! Should I be overjoyed?? I was thinking more of my children, grandchildren, and now great grandchildren… Is our “himmler” going to execute most of them too??

  • martin

    The two democrats who crossed over in this vote did so so they can say they voted to repeal obamacare. Why didn’t they vote against it two years ago? If they had wouldn’t have to read it after they pass it to find out what was in it. Those two need to be voted out in November along with a lot of others.

    • martin

      I would like to know what time this site is on. It was 9:56 am where I live when I posted my comment not 3:56 pm.

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    • doc

      We have to pass the bill to find out what is in the bill is the answer to you question.
      Obama Care 2700 pages can be summed up in two words taxes and control.

  • doc

    Amendment passed 51-48 in favor of Dems. Obama care is all about Taxes and Control.
    Sen. Snow the only Republican (no surprise) supported the Dems on this amendment.
    Disgraceful leadership or lack of in Washington. The voice of majority has been placed on ignore.

  • http://Yahoo Joanne

    As a senior I am afraid of this healthcare mess, do not believe we will be able to keep our insurance and find our country in a terrible mess.