Minnick opposes health care reform — and still draws fire from the GOP

Rep. Walt Minnick may well have alienated some of his Democratic allies by opposing the health care reform bill that passed the House Saturday.

Yet the 1st District congressman still drew heat from Republicans Saturday night. Minnick opposed an amendment that would restrict federal funding of abortions.

Passed largely with the backing of Republicans — including 2nd District Rep. Mike Simpson — the amendment passed 240-194.

In a statement Saturday, Minnick said abortion should be "safe, legal and rare," and a decision that should be made by a woman, her family, her doctor and her pastor. And he wound up pushing an interesting argument: the amendment, like the overall bill, threatens to take health care decisions out of patients' hands. “I do not want a government bureaucrat denying a medical procedure ordered by a woman’s physician. I do not want this Congress to give an anonymous insurance executive an excuse to gut coverage for women’s health."

National Republican Congressional Committee spokeswoman Joanna Burgos called Minnick's vote "a sneaky move."

"Walt Minnick, little by little, is showing his conservative district his true colors. Now his constituents have yet another reason to vote him out of office next November."

The overall health care bill passed 220-215, with both Minnick and Simpson opposed. Ultimately, I think this is a much riskier vote for Minnick. The first-term congressman — who has already voted against the Obama administration on economic stimulus and cap-and-trade — will now have one high-profile vote to explain to his Democratic base. And his vote on the anti-abortion amendment could be a sensitive issue in a socially conservative congressional district.

More reading: Northwest political blogger Randy Stapilus has a good take on Minnick's votes.

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Minnicks only hope it that Crazy Sali wins the nomination...

The R's who couldn't stomach Sali anymore, will vote for the real R the next time.

Minnick could solve world hunger

and the Republicans would still have an issue with him.

Correct

In fact they would be mad since the poor tend to vote Democratic! Rep. Minnick's base is eroding, but the right sees him as vulnerable and want a Republican to count and to caucus. Minnick's best hope is to change parties or for Sali to gain the Republican nomination.

Israel allows free abortions

to:

anyone under the age of 18
anyone over the age of 40
anyone who is a victim of violence
anyone who would be injured physically by
the pregnancy
anyone who would be injured mentally by the pregnancy

How did the far right wing ever get such a powerful grip here?

It's that time and it will go for a while and return.

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Nice hat trick

no stimulus, no cap & trade, no health care.

As an ultra conservative for over 40 years

I can count on one hand the number of democrats I have voted for. Minnick is one of them. So far, he appears to be reflecting the desires of his constituency, regardless of party affiliation! This stupid "all or nothing" position of both parties is what has given us all these wackos in government. Local to national.

Agree

I think Cyclops has it right here.

Minnick is not exactly a rep from a 'democrat' district. It is a republican district. His support is a mix of R and D. And he is voting with sensible conviction instead of party lines.

KR, seems to think only democrats voted for Minnick and if he doesn't vote straight party ticket he won't be reelected. I think that's incorrect (other than if R can actually put up a good candidate- doubtful).

stapilus

When Stapilus uses a quote from Idaho Chooses Life people, it show his interest in writing a sensational piece instead of a thoughtful piece.

Idaho Chooses Life = the fringe= not a good source for reasonable journalism.

Wham! They had those T-shirts in the 80s, right?

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There is no life in Idaho...it is a mirror site on god's server. You were dreaming but it is over. Go to your residence and await our commands and THEN we will restore control...