Saxby Chambliss joins effort to repeal health care law

Saxby Chambliss is one of a dozen senators who have signed onto Republican legislation that would repeal the new health care law.

The measure is sponsored by Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, says USA Today, which also notes:

The phrase “repeal it” has become a Republican/Tea Party mantra in recent days. There’s even a website, repealit.org, which displays Senate and House candidates who have pledged to repeal the new law.

Whatever you think about the health care fight, it’s important to acknowledge that Republican rhetoric has turned a significant corner in the last few days.

Back in January, during a session with reporters in Atlanta, former House speaker Newt Gingrich said this:

“If they stay inside those two bills, I think every Republican candidate in the country is going to say that they want to replace the bill with something better.

“I don’t think they’ll use the word ‘repeal.’ I think they’ll use the word ‘replace.’ We need health reform.”

Democrats indeed stayed within those two bills. But shortly after Sunday’s vote, Gingrich showed how much the Republican mood had changed. These are a few lines from an article now up his web site:

“The American people will not allow a corrupt machine to dictate their future. Together we will pledge to repeal this bill and start over. Together we will prove that this will not stand.”

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136 comments Add your comment

Jon

March 23rd, 2010
3:40 pm

Saxby never misses a chance to jump on the bandwagon.

Juan McMexicain former presidential candidate

March 23rd, 2010
3:47 pm

I’m sure he’ll also jump on the amnesty bandwagon with Lindsey Gramnesty.

Tom

March 23rd, 2010
3:49 pm

Every time you underestimate Saxby Chambliss’s potential to become even LESS influential he always proves you wrong by advancing to the next level of irrelevance.

RetiredSoldier

March 23rd, 2010
3:52 pm

Don’t agree with Saxby all the time, but this time I say…go getem Saxby!

retiredds

March 23rd, 2010
3:53 pm

Saxby who? Does he still work up there in Washington. You never hear his name on anything of significance so I thought he had retired. Oh, well, I guess we will continue to have taxation without representation till he retires.

Alphare

March 23rd, 2010
3:53 pm

Since most of the un-insured live in the south like Georgia and South Carolina, you are right on with this move, Sax!

Sandra M

March 23rd, 2010
3:54 pm

Forget it. The Republicans should be spending time on the bank bailout, jobs and unemployment. The health care reform benefits way too many people. They’re doing nothing but blowing smoke!

Independent

March 23rd, 2010
4:01 pm

A total waste of time, Senator Chambliss. Of course, this nonsense is going to suck up air time, but some of us are pleased to be able to stop holding our collective breaths over grown children who do not work in jobs that provide access to group health insurance. I’d much rather our legislators spend time trying to figure out how to get more people back to work and solve real and immediate problems. Why not try for some vision instead of just being one of the Predictable Knights of NO?

Tom

March 23rd, 2010
4:03 pm

Yeah, Saxby has retired in place. Got pretty good healthcare coverage too!

Karen

March 23rd, 2010
4:08 pm

Wishing some of these comments were intelligent points rather than insults. I can’t decide whether we’re headed toward a nanny state or a bully state!

RetiredSoldier

March 23rd, 2010
4:16 pm

Tom that health coverage is available to you. The Dems don’t have a candidate to run against Johnny yet. Throw you hat in the ring, be a person of conviction instead of bellyaching. What ya say? Tom for U.S. Senate, you heard hear first.

Jim, did you get that?

Used to be Disgusted

March 23rd, 2010
4:17 pm

Saxby is a useless piece of crap: always has been, always will be.

RetiredSoldier

March 23rd, 2010
4:17 pm

Nanny state Karen.

RetiredSoldier

March 23rd, 2010
4:18 pm

that should be here…I am typing challenged

The Elected One

March 23rd, 2010
4:18 pm

I had no problem with Saxby, until he cancelled two meetings I had with him. I traveled all the way to D.C. to see the Senator and he has never met with me. I just don’t understand his purpose if he isn’t going to listen to the people.

wesleywhatwhat

March 23rd, 2010
4:21 pm

saxby never misses a chance to embarass georgia.

Hazel

March 23rd, 2010
4:23 pm

Ask him to repeal the car insurance mandate as well! I don’t need no stinkin’ car insurance! What about my freeeeedom?

Jessica

March 23rd, 2010
4:23 pm

To: The Elected One It’s because elected officials think they’re royalty! They are no longer there to serve the people. They are more interested in serving their party not to mention themselves

The Elected One

March 23rd, 2010
4:24 pm

Amen Hazel!!!

RetiredSoldier

March 23rd, 2010
4:24 pm

Wesley, Saxby embarasses Georgia because he doesn’t hold the same political opinion as you do. Wow, that must be a mighty long nose you are looking down.

RetiredSoldier

March 23rd, 2010
4:26 pm

Car insurance laws are state laws Hazel, not federal. Gotta know the law Hazel!

Monroe Burbank

March 23rd, 2010
4:27 pm

They want to replace the bill with something better? Great. Let’s here their ideas. Oh that’s right, they don’t have any.

Also, message to Newt Gingrich: Will you go away, already?

B-fan

March 23rd, 2010
4:28 pm

Please save us, Saxby!

Insurance companies should charge women higher rates, just because they’re women.
And deny anyone coverage because of a pre-existing condition.
And place lifetime caps on our care.
And drop us from coverage if we get sick.

Those Republicans sure know how to make our lives better!

RetiredSoldier

March 23rd, 2010
4:28 pm

Message to Monroe, yes they do have ideas and Newt may be the pres in 2012. What do you think of that?

AF

March 23rd, 2010
4:37 pm

Newt also said, regardingthe Democrats health care reform: “They will have destroyed their party much as Lyndon Johnson shattered the Democratic Party for 40 years” by passing civil rights legislation.” (Krugman column, 3/22/10, New YOrk Times)

Yep. The Dems will do what is right if it kills them.

The Thugs? Only if it will get them more campaign contributions.

DannyX

March 23rd, 2010
4:43 pm

Of course Chambliss is on the WRONG side of the American public.

Hot off the presses. Gallup poll taken Monday, one day after passage.

49%…said they are glad the bill passed.

40%..said it is a bad thing.

Now watch as Chambliss tries to block financial reform. Which 77% want now!

Full Steam Ahead

March 23rd, 2010
4:44 pm

Having so many progressives trying to convince Saxby that he is wasting his time or going in the wrong direction should be a sure indicator that he is doing the right thing.

Cutty

March 23rd, 2010
4:45 pm

Has he ever been the primary sponsor for any piece of substantial legislation since he won the nasty campaign against Max Cleland?

rdh

March 23rd, 2010
4:46 pm

This law will not be repealed until it becomes painfully (financially) obvious that it is going to break the U.S. In 10 years, the savings will not only NOT have occurred, but we are likely to be in a $500billion hole looking up… and the average person will be spending more on healthcare than ever. In 20 years, the hole will have widened another Trillion, and people will be tired of waiting 6 months to see a specialist. THEN something can be done.

Chicken Little

March 23rd, 2010
4:48 pm

Funny how they think that there are so many people against this bill. I guess we’ll find out in November. This is a good bill for the vast majority of Americans. The Dems are helping a lot of people who have fallen on hardtimes because of the Recession caused by 8 years of Republcan leadership and their failed economic policies. We haven’t forgotten. Reublicans can’t win people back by simply screaming “the sky is falling” everytime the government wants to spend a buck on a citizen.

Churchill's MOM

March 23rd, 2010
4:50 pm

RetiredSoldier 4:16 pm

Why don’t you run in the Republican Primary against Johnny the Socialist. Atleast we would have 1 Conservative senator assuming you wouldn’t sell out to the LOBBYIST.

Churchill's MOM

March 23rd, 2010
4:53 pm

RetiredSoldier 4:16 pm

Left out, you have my vote if you run, too bad you didn’t run against Saxby, you would have easily won.

losersville

March 23rd, 2010
4:56 pm

The Party of No (no solutions, no ideas, no class, no respect for the individual) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the insurance companies. Chambliss is and always has been a tool of corporations. He has never done one thing to help the citizens of Georgia. When I questioned him on why he refused to support the SCHIP program that the Great Sonny was begging for, he refused to answer. It should be obvious to everyone that the Party of No only represents the rich and powerful and Corporate America. Georgia has one of the worst health care systems in the nation and is one of the states with the highest uninsured rate. Why even to listen to someone like Chambliss who wants to take health care coverage away from you. People wake up. What has Chambliss ever done to improve your life. What has the Party of No ever done to improve your life. Absolutely Nothing.

GaBlue

March 23rd, 2010
5:01 pm

Ask not whom your Senator represents. It ain’t you.

That's why we call him

March 23rd, 2010
5:03 pm

Suxby Shameless! He has done NOTHING to help working and middle class families with health care access or affordability. To call him a worthless waste of human flesh is to insult worthless wastes of human flesh.

losersville

March 23rd, 2010
5:06 pm

To Retired: You’ve got your health insurance from Tri-Care, a government program. Why do you want to deny health insurance to others? It sounds like you’re saying “I got mine, the heck with you.”

Hazel

March 23rd, 2010
5:07 pm

“Car insurance laws are state laws Hazel, not federal.”

Since we already have had the freedom, off my back, no nanny state party in power for 8 years, why ain’t it gone already?

RetiredSoldier

March 23rd, 2010
5:09 pm

Wow Mom I am touched. It is the best offer I have had in years. But to be truthful and blunt I am a person of modest means. I couldn’t hope to raise the money required to run that type of race.

I will say my hat size has grown just a bit with your kind words.

Sandy Spring For Roy Barnes

March 23rd, 2010
5:09 pm

Look if Geogia residents dont like the Health Care Reform move to Alabama or move to Iran.

Georgia residents sound like socialist

RetiredSoldier

March 23rd, 2010
5:11 pm

Loser-

I earned my health insurance, no different than anyone else could do. Including you!

losersville

March 23rd, 2010
5:20 pm

RetiredSoldier But why do you want to deny others the opportunity to have insurance and applaud Chambliss for his stand. Both you and Chambliss have government supplied health insurance. I earned my health insurance too, but it doesn’t make me want to deny someone else the opportunity.

Loss of Freedom

March 23rd, 2010
5:20 pm

The problem that I have with this bill is that it takes away from our freedom. This is the first action the government has taken to force us to purchase a product. I also object to the incrediable cost that is associated with it. I am not saying that health care needs overhaul, but not at the expense of our personal freedom.

Wesley

March 23rd, 2010
5:21 pm

You do not have to have auto insurance if you have a car and drive it on your property. The roads that you drive on are goverment property, so they can set the rules. Healthcare mandates are a completly different balgame.

Churchill's MOM

March 23rd, 2010
5:25 pm

RetiredSoldier 5:09 pm

You can do it, the people are tired of our 2 big spending, big government, pro amnesty SOCIALIST Senators..All you have to be is none of the above and a Republican to beat Johnny like a drum.

RetiredSoldier

March 23rd, 2010
5:25 pm

I am opposed to Obamacare. I am not opposed to anyone having health insurance. I don’t want as much federal intrusion, make changes like expanding across state lines. End pre-existing denial and have real tort reform. There is a reason 20% more of Americans opposed this bill including every single republican. Major social legislation has never been jammed down like this, ever.

One example, why should the taxpayers help pay for the health insurance of someone earning 88k (family of 4). That’s nuts.

RetiredSoldier

March 23rd, 2010
5:28 pm

Mom, I undersatnd politics pretty well. I have very involved since I retired. I understand grassroots and how they can substitute to a degree for money. But to run any type od senate race in Ga would require at least 2 million to even be a serious candidate.

Native Georgian

March 23rd, 2010
5:28 pm

What an absolute joke. Saxby has to be one of the worst Senators in the country. Has he accomplished anything, ANYTHING, meaningful since he’s been in office?

The most disingenuous thing is that he knows this won’t be repealed, he’s just trying to stir up the base of the GOP. Assuming things go as planned in the Senate, the Republicans would have to win back both chambers of Congress (which won’t happen), ignore their phony concerns about House/Senate rules and pass a bill (with only a simple majority) along party lines. Even if they overcame those hurdles, the bill would then be presented to Obama who would swiftly veto it. Republicans won’t have enough votes to override his veto, so instead they’d have to wait until they control both chambers and the White House again, something that seems very unlikely in the short term. In the meantime, Americans will grow accustomed to not being dropped from their insurance plan when they get sick, not excluded from coverage if they have a pre-existing condition and covered if they’re among the estimated 30 million who this bill will cover. Repealers would have to also tell seniors that they’re returning to a system where the so-called donut hole for prescription drugs exists and tell employers that they can forget about those tax incentives in the bill which help offset the cost of coverage. I guarantee you, even the most ideologically extreme conservative Republican will think long and hard about going down that road when push comes to shove.

Sure they’ll yell about repeal and try to sucker a few of you into contributing to their campaigns over the issue, but none of them will actually vote to repeal if and when repeal becomes possible.

Churchill's MOM

March 23rd, 2010
5:30 pm

RetiredSoldier 5:28 pm

Get your name on the Republican primary and you’ll beat Johnny, look at how Sonny beat King Roy Barnes.

RetiredSoldier

March 23rd, 2010
5:30 pm

One other thing I disagree w/ Loser. I don’t believe health care is a right. Can’t find that anywhere in the constitution, can you?

RetiredSoldier

March 23rd, 2010
5:33 pm

Mom, I deal in reality. If Johnny was really vulnerable to a primary challenge, candidates would be lined up to run against him. They are not lined up because the vast majority of republicans are angry at Johnny, the are angry at BO.