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March 17th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

Health care debate erupts into 'March Madness'

(CNN) – The battle over health care reform in Washington is erupting over the possibility a bill could be passed without a direct vote. The uproar is coming from the House, where Democrats may vote on a rule that would deem the Senate's version of the bill to be passed.

Both sides of the aisle are playing hardball politics. Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski used a basketball metaphor to voice her opposition, saying Congress is giving new meaning to March Madness. Our Jim Acosta reports on the war of words breaking out on Capitol Hill.

Read more: House Dems weigh controversial rule in health care vote

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  1. samme brady

    I do not trust the democrats to be honest in their voteing for
    health care. They need to be more transparent .We need to get
    our finances in line like us regular people have to do. therefore I want
    to vote "NO" on health care.
    Austin, Texas

    March 19, 2010 at 2:50 pm |
  2. A. Smith, Oregon

    The Health Care debate began and quickly ended with the Republican lawmakers flat refusal to offer any meaningful reduction plan on their mega-corporation masters in Big Pharma, Big Medicine and Big Insurance corporations profit margins.

    All that remains from the Health Care debate is now Republican soundbites of 'sleezy and demonic' as merely their callous and crass descriptions of the first meaningful Health Care laws in the past 40 years.

    I sincerely hope American voters remember the Republican self-attached labels of 'sleezy and demonic' come election time and vote for all Democratic party members across the board.

    March 18, 2010 at 12:03 am |
  3. bob

    I'm sick of CNN being so one sided. Just look at the wording at the bottom of this add. "Tea Party protesters RALLY". There were only about 300 Tea Baggers there, lol. This morning, on the morning news, you said an " Army of Protesters", give me a break. I guess you are against health reform because everyone at CNN has good health insurance. Well, I'm one of the 47 million you never talk about, or interview, that does not. If there were a rally in Washington, of 300 people, for health reform, you would not give them the time of day. Thank you CNN, for being such a balanced news station. BULL

    March 17, 2010 at 9:20 am |
  4. Steve Hula

    The City Engineer came to my house to do any energy audit yesterday. He said this Government subsidized health care bill is communism! I asked who pays his health insurance premium? He said the city pays 85% of his premium.
    A man from church said they are strongly opposed to the health care bill. I asked who pays his insurance premiums? He said he is on Medicare.
    A Republican said he is against government subsidized health care. When asked who pays his insurance premiums, he said the Government. When asked if he is happy with his program, he said very happy!
    Most of these people seem to think their insurance premiums would increase, even though all Independent studies show the cost of health care will go down and also help reduce the deficit.

    I have come to the conclusion that, like the wall street bonus issues, we have a lot of uneducated hypocrites in our country who are not interested in helping anyone but themselves!

    March 17, 2010 at 9:12 am |