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Do you think he should at least READ the bill first?

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) admitted this week that he would vote against health care reform without reading the bill, or knowing what was in it.

At a town hall meeting Wednesday Sen. Jim Inhofe told Chickasha residents he does not need to read the 1,000 page health care reform bill, he will simply vote against it.

"I don't have to read it, or know what's in it. I'm going to oppose it anyways," he said.

Inhofe said he was able to form such a strong, yet uninformed opinion through polls and the media.

Republicans challenged Democrats to read the whole bill this summer -- even though Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell later admitted that he hadn't.

In July, Inhofe said that stalling or blocking health care reform would be a "huge gain" for Republicans in the 2010 election.


Asked by sweet-a-kins at 8:13 PM on Aug. 27, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • They should ALL have to read AND understand it enough to explain it to their constituents. WTF is wrong with people anymore? This is what they get paid for. Nowhere else but a government or union job could you get away with not doing your job without getting your ass fired. No one representative represents constituents of only ONE party. It is their duty to read everything that they are voting on.


    Answer by QuinnMae at 10:21 PM on Aug. 27, 2009

  • This dem hasnt read it either

    Marshall started the meeting by explaining that if we didn't do something to reform our health care system, by 2030 or 2040 we'd have so much health care related debt that we wouldn't be able to pay the interest on any other government debt. The rest of our tax revenue would only cover current health care expenses, federal retirement obligations such as Social Security, and nothing else: no defense, no education, no highway projects... nothing.

    Regardless, Marshall said he was against the current bills floating around in the Congress. Marshall added that he hadn't read H.R. 3200 because he knew it didn't meet his criteria for health care reform and therefore he wasn't going waste his time.

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:14 PM on Aug. 27, 2009

  • Of course they should ALL be required to read it before they vote on it! If they were required to read each and every bill before each and every vote, maybe we wouldn't end up with badly written bills full of loopholes and pork.

    Answer by mancosmomma at 8:19 PM on Aug. 27, 2009

  • I think every person in Congress should have to read every Bill they vote on. If not, what good are they? We end up with things like the Patriot Act when they don't.

    Answer by LolaCherryCola at 8:19 PM on Aug. 27, 2009

  • How does Marshall know what criterion is being met or not if he refuses to read it? He doesn't--he is only refusing because it isn't a Republican congress and this is his public admission of a temper tantrum. Typical, typical, typical Repube.


    Answer by PsWifey at 8:20 PM on Aug. 27, 2009

  • Well, people have been opposing health care reforms before they were even written, this is no change!

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 8:59 PM on Aug. 27, 2009

  • Just as soon as the dems read it. yes it should be read by all. But then again even your average lawyer can''t make heads or tails out of it.

    Answer by Carpy at 9:09 PM on Aug. 27, 2009

  • I can only see that If he is from an area where the constituents are completely against it have been vocal, and he has proper documenentation that is how they want him to vote. Otherwise he should be voted out, too.

    Answer by lovinangels at 9:13 PM on Aug. 27, 2009

  • Typical, typical, typical Repube.

    Guess that behavior is only acceptable in Democrats.  They are voting FOR something they haven't read, he is voting AGAINST something he hasn't read.  Since there are more Dems in Congress than Repubs, that makes this TYPICAL DEM BEHAVIOR. 


    Answer by Anonymous at 9:30 PM on Aug. 27, 2009

  • If his constituents are against it why should he waste his time reading it?

    IMO though, they should all be reading everything. Gosh, I would never put my name to something I had never read!

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 9:33 PM on Aug. 27, 2009