Most Mississippi, Alabama Congressmen Vote 'No'

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Alabama's delegation voted unanimously against the health care legislation approved by the U.S. House.

Democratic Rep. Artur Davis, of Birmingham, said the bill would cost too much money and was for too much change.

The second Democrat in the delegation, Rep. Bobby Bright of Montgomery, never publicly considered voting for the bill.

Alabama's five Republicans joined the rest of the GOP members around the country in voting against the measure.

In Mississippi, Republican Rep. Gregg Harper of the third district opposed it from the beginning. District 4 Rep. Gene Taylor and Rep. Travis Childers, of District 1, both Democrats, voiced their opposition several days before the vote was taken. Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of the second district voted to approve the bill.

All of the 219 affirmative votes came from Democrats. The 212 who voted against the measure were 34 Democrats and 178 Republicans.


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  • by Anonymous on Mar 23, 2010 at 07:24 AM
    Some of you that are happy about this need to spend a little time looking into the facts. How about this fact: if you are single, work 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year, at minimum wage, then you make too much to qualify for free health insurance. And if you don't get insurance, you will be fined $695 a year! Good job their Mr. President.
  • by Pam Location: Philadelphia on Mar 23, 2010 at 05:02 AM
    I wonder how many ppl that so wanted this bill...realize that they now HAVE To buy insurance..whether they can afford it or not. This is NOT FREE. Just talk to any senior citizen that pays for drug coverage..and they acted like it would bring down prices for seniors. It may for some that have only two medications but not for most.Voting complete republican I dont care who is running.
  • by realist Location: laud. co. on Mar 23, 2010 at 02:52 AM
    It's high time we change the voting laws. Nobody votes if they have a vested interest in the government. In particular, none who live their lives on the taxpayer teat. 3rd and 4th generation "system dependent" people are what's killing this Nation, not hardworking Citizens who are being bled dry to support their sorry *sses. You want insurance?? Get a job and buy some like everyone else cause I'm not paying for it. And BARRY SOETORO can stick his bill and spin on it.
  • by Don Location: Marion on Mar 23, 2010 at 02:46 AM
    With opposition to this horrible bill running 60% to 75%, I think it's time to remove some deaf politicians from office. Send them home and replace them with real representatives of the people who will do as we want them to. While we are at it, maybe we can elect some who believe as the Founders did???
  • by unhappy Location: Meridian on Mar 22, 2010 at 07:09 PM
    Why should hard working people have to pay for insurance for people that are not willing to try and get a job. If you want insurance bad enough you can and will get it. It's not the government that should take care of people, they should take care of themselves.The president does not care about the American people just wants to be recognized.
  • by RC Location: Meridian on Mar 22, 2010 at 05:53 PM
    Now we have given another government program to those who don't contribute to the system. I have worked hard all my life to get where I am, and now the government wants another pound of flesh from me to take care of those who won't take care of themselves. Maybe I should quit my job and live off the system like all these other people. The only problem is that I was raised in the Midwest by parents who gave me a strong work ethic, made me get an education, taught me the value of a dollar, and taught me that I should be ashamed if I was a leech on society. I guess they don't teach that in Bennie Thompson's district. And for those of you who think Obama did this because he cares about you, you have a lot to learn. This is about power and control not about helping people. If it was just about helping people that don't have insurance, then why is it mandatory that people purchase it? Why is the IRS responsible for enforcement? Marxist Lennonist Communism is just over the horizon, beware.
  • by DEATH OF THE OLD COW Location: MS on Mar 22, 2010 at 04:38 PM
    Just wait until election time rolls around....Suddenly, a cow jumps out into the road, the car hits it full on, and the car comes to a stop. Nancy, in her charming manner, says to the chauffeur, "You were driving; you get out and check." So the chauffeur gets out, checks, and reports that the animal is dead, but it seems pretty old. "You were driving; you go and tell the farmer," says Nancy. Two hours later the chauffeur returns, totally plastered, hair ruffled, and a big grin on his face. "My God, what happened to you?" asks Nancy. The chauffeur replies, "When I got there, the farmer opened his best bottle of malt whisky, the wife gave me a slap-up meal, and the daughter made passionate love to me." "What on earth did you say?" asks Nancy. "I just knocked on the door and when they answered I said to them, "I'm Nancy Pelosi's chauffeur, and I've just killed the old cow."
  • by sigh... Location: Meridian on Mar 22, 2010 at 04:10 PM
    Thank God for a caring president? He showed how much he cared by going against what the majority of American citizens wanted, which was NOT this bill.
  • by an american Location: meridian on Mar 22, 2010 at 04:10 PM
    For those who are on goverment/welfare income and wanted/thought health care is a good thing. Think again,the legs of your income has just been cut out from under you .Which means less jobs then less taxes ( going to the govt. )less your income.Remember , you didnt get a increase this year and you want next .year. The third year,you may not be a check at all.
  • by Happy on Mar 22, 2010 at 03:43 PM
    Thank you Bennie Thopson. I am not in your district but am proud that you stood up for those of us who work full time jobs and have a hard time paying medical bills. Everyone needs to look at how much a heart attack or major surgery cost even when you have insurance.
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