House Democrats Go On The Record In Support Of Obamacare
The State House took a couple interesting votes at the end of this week with regard to the mandates in the new healthcare legislation and the Tenth Amendment. Posting on his blog, Rep. Greg Snowden (R-Meridian) talked about HCR 101 and HCR 73.
HCR 101 was introduced by Rep. Alex Monsour (R-Vicksburg) along with 47 co-sponsors. It would amend the state Constitution to prohibit mandatory participation in any healthcare plan. As we have talked about on many occasions, the individual mandate is a central feature of healthcare reform. Snowden called this a vote “either for or against Obamacare.” The Democrats prevailed and it was defeated by a vote of 63 to 55.
Not long after HCR 101 was killed, Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Biloxi) introduced HCR 73. This bill, which enjoyed 50 co-sponsors, affirmed the inherent sovereignty of the people in Mississippi as outlined in the Tenth Amendment. This was also defeated, this time by a 62-58 vote.
In the same day, House Democrats went on the record in supporting the new federal healthcare legislation- mandates and all- as well as rejecting the principles outlined in the Tenth Amendment.
We are trying to find the roll call so if you have it send it our way. That said, it is obvious the votes extended beyond the Black Caucus and included the so-called conservative “rural, white Democrats.”
Update: I received e-mails from Representatives Monsour and Snowden and they confirm that no Republicans opposed this. There support was unanimous in the caucus.
Update 2: Here is the official roll call:
The following voted Not to withdraw HCR 101:
Arinder, Bailey, Banks, Bell, Blackmon, Broomfield, Brown, Buck, K, Buck, KC, Burnett, Calhoun, Clark, Clarke, Cockerham, Coleman,L, Coleman,M, Compretta, Dedeaux, Dickson, Eaton, Ellis, Evans, B, Evans, J, Flaggs, Frederricks, Gardner, Gibbs, Hines, Holland, Holloway, Huddleston, Johnson, R, Jones, W, Lane, Malone, Mayo, McBride, Middleton, Moak, Moss, Myers, Norquist, Parker, Patterson, Peraich, Perkins, Pukett, Reynolds, Robinson, Scott, Smith, F, Straughter, Stringer, Sullivan, Thomas, Walley, Ward, Warren, Watson, Whittington, Wooten, and Speaker McCoy
Not voting: Duvall, Espy, and Harrison
For HCR 73, all voted the same with the exception of Bell, Sullivan, and Ward. Duvall did not vote. Harrison voted not to suspend the rules.