North Alabama's 2 House Reps to vote "no" on healthcare bill

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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - North Alabama will have two votes to cast in Sunday's healthcare overhaul vote in the House of Representatives.

The men behind those votes are Congressman Parker Griffith, (R-AL 5th District) and Congressman Robert Aderholt, (R-AL 4th District).

WAFF 48 News spoke to both representatives from Washington, D.C. Saturday.

Both plan to vote no on the measure.

"Don't do it for me. Don't do it for Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid. Do it for all those people who are out there struggling," President Barack Obama said Saturday.

Democrats said the bill will cover 32 million people who are currently uninsured, and it will ensure that 95 percent of Americans have access to health care coverage.

But Rep. Griffith said it gives the government too much power over healthcare.

"We're trying to fix it for 30 million [people]," he said. "We can do that without this huge, overreaching government control of healthcare."

Several undecided house members said they won't vote for the bill unless there are tight restrictions on abortion coverage -- also a sticking point for Rep. Aderholt.

"We have tried to put language in the bill, that would outlaw any kind of abortions being covered by taxpayer dollars and the Democrats have not allowed that to happen," Aderholt said.

There are talks that Democratic leaders are working on an executive order from the president that would bar abortion coverage except for cases of rape or incest or if the mother's life is in danger.

But only time will tell if that will be enough to sway votes.

"I would say to them, we have time to do this right," Griffith said. "We need to step back from this."

Until the eleventh hour, both Democrats and Republicans said they will continue to rally.

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