Indiana GOP candidates for U.S. House unanimously pledge to repeal health reform

September 8, 2010
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If you're harboring doubts about the grouchy electorate, the unpopularity of health care reform and the rising power of the Tea Party, consider the press release issued yesterday by the Indiana Patriot Coalition, an organization of Tea Party types and “liberty groups.”

All nine Republicans running for the U.S. House have signed pledges to repeal reform, the coalition trumpted. (The individual campaigns confirm they’ve signed the coalition’s pledge or have stated publicly a commitment to repeal.)

As would be expected, the four incumbent Democrats—all of whom voted for reform—haven’t signed the pledges. Another, Brad Ellsworth, voted for reform but is leaving his seat to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Evan Bayh.

The pledge goes beyond promising to vote for repeal to calling for sponsoring or co-sponsoring repeal legislation.

How many of the candidates would have signed without pressure from activists is a good question. How many take the pledge seriously is another.

Nevertheless, the unanimous support communicates something. What is it? Do you have any other thoughts?
 

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  • Rage disguised as politics
    Ah, but emotional sound bites based on misinformation generate so many more 'clicks' than reasoned discussion based on facts.
  • typical
    The republicans have said nothing except "NO" for so long I'm surprised anyone is surprised. How I would love to hear just ONE reasonable idea from them; but lo, it is not to be.
  • No commitment
    If the Republicans want to show how much they really want to do away with health care reform why don't they really commit and do away with Medicare and Medicaid?
  • Healthcare reform
    See Article.
  • GOP
    ...if they really want to do away with health care reform why don't they really commit and do away with Medicare and Medicaid?

    If they have their way, not only would Medicare and Medicaid go away, so would social security, FDIC insurance on savings, all regulatory requirements in food, medicine, safety,

    Republicans are all about WHAT IN IT FOR ME ONLY and if they are somehow omitted (except for the tax breaks and confluted deductions) then nobody should have it. GOP = Goverment of Privileged.
  • This is leadership?
    The pledge proves that they can march in lockstep, and it demonstrates who is calling the cadence.

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