September 8th, 2009
12:58 PM ET
5 years ago

Blue Dog will vote against bill with public option

Ross is splitting from many of the liberal members of his party in Congress who have said they will oppose any bill that does not include a public option.
Ross is splitting from many of the liberal members of his party in Congress who have said they will oppose any bill that does not include a public option.

(CNN) - A key member of a group of conservative House Democrats announced Tuesday that he will vote against a health care bill if it includes a government-run insurance option.

Arkansas Rep. Mike Ross, a leading member of the Blue Dog Coalition, called a public option the "wrong direction for health reform" and said he decided to oppose it after speaking with his constituents at home.

"If House leadership presents a final bill that contains a government-run public option, I will oppose it," Ross said in a statement. "I will also oppose any bill that provides federal funding for abortions or illegal immigrants and I will never vote for a bill that rations care for seniors or anyone else."

Ross is splitting from many of the liberal members of his party in Congress who have said they will oppose any bill that does not include a public option.

In July, Ross urged congressional leaders to slow down the pace of health care negotiations and said reform "needs to be done in a deliberate, bipartisan and common sense way."


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soundoff (225 Responses)
  1. smokesignals

    A republican in blue dog disguise.
    How dare he! Coming from one of the poorest states in the Union.
    "Common sense" says that he should be representing the people who need his help and the majority who voted for him. Not the insurance and pharma lobbies.

    September 8, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. Jeff in Virginia

    The paid shill for the insurance industry comes out on record opposing the American (public) Option.

    Big surprise!!

    September 8, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. Blue Dogs???

    The Blue Dog Democrats are Rethugs, Democratic Pretenders
    3 Blue Dogs Democrats
    +3 Republicans =6 Republicans... the Party of No !!!!!
    We want Health Care Reform with Public Option Now !!!

    September 8, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. sue

    can you buy me prescription medication that i cannot afford because i have no insurance and i work forty hrs a week for a major company that cannot afford insurance for every employee. any possibility this moron could read this blog.

    September 8, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. Independent

    If the congress does not pass a health reform bill the demos will be out in the cold in 2010 that includes the Blue Dogs

    September 8, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  6. Matt

    Good, strike down the public option...

    Want to know what will happen... My mom comes home from vacation and she has a check in the mail from Medicare saying this is for her son who is blind. My brother is autistic, but not blind. She has to then provide 3 years of medical history to proove that he isn't blind. this is after waiting 4 hours in line to just get those directions...

    This is the public option, red tape, mistakes, slow process, and rediculus unreasonable regulations.

    Now think what will happen with your medical bills, you might be given cancer with out even seeing a doctor, only to waste your time and hopefully you kept the medical records for the past 3 years to proove you don't have cancer..

    September 8, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  7. David

    Ross said in a statement. "I will also oppose any bill that provides federal funding for abortions or illegal immigrants and I will never vote for a bill that rations care for seniors or anyone else."

    Wow, this guy is so uninformed. Sad when we have undereducated people in Congress.

    September 8, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  8. Greg

    I love how the extreme left demonize their own when they won't tow the radical party line. This is a representative doing his JOB... representing the wishes of those who put him in office. You don't see too many conservatives react this way when our members vote against party lines. Snowe and Collins from Maine both vote a moderate agenda regularly... they get a lot of respect from BOTH sides for working across party lines. Then you have idiots like Arlen Specter who switch parties with the political wind... precisely calculated moves designed ONLY for their own survival. But as the saying goes, "when a Republican converts to a Democrat, the average IQ of both sides increases"

    I'm SURE I wouldn't agree with much that this Rep stands for on matters of policy, but I respect him for LISTENING to the people.

    September 8, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. th

    Did he try to explain to his constituents that they could keep their health care they have now. Probably not. People have got to take the blinders off and look and listen to what exactly is included in the health care bill.

    September 8, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  10. James

    He is such a mad mad man, look at his face in the picture. I feel like there is a goat dressed as a sheap in the room

    September 8, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. TCM

    Ross is a man listening to his constituents; and knows the majority of the people do not want a public option. Reform yes, public option is just another entitlement cookie for the slacker welfare recipients that make up the majority of Obama's support base.....Stand firm Ross, the right thing to do is to vote against any bill that has a public option, or creates any intrusion into the lives of private citizens...we need tort reform, and malpractice insurance reform....not another nanny entitlement that's a freebie for the loathsome nonworking at the expense of the hardworkers of this country.....

    September 8, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. Kevin in Ohio

    Good for him! He is LISTENING to the American people...unlike Pelosi. His voters WILL remember this....favorably.

    September 8, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  13. Karen

    I am one voter who will remember Ross along with all other congressional leaders who speak out about reasonable health care reform. I am also watching to see which congressional leaders keep their word to their constituents. This includes Marion Barry, Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor from Arkansas. As a voter, it is my responsibility to make sure that my elected officials represent how I feel about all important issues. If they do not represent my feelings, then I should vote for someone else when election time comes!!

    September 8, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. Glenn

    you held onto the Presidents coat tail now you want to stab him in the back

    September 8, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. JDM

    Sad that his stance will not get him relected for or against the bill. Blue dogs are going down in those swing state because he is a Dem.
    Just aonthe sucker move for the short term that will cost him anyway. It is sad that Dems know how to lose so well. Just Sad.

    September 8, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  16. jamila

    Why is this guy a Democrat? He mine as well be a Republican. There is no bipartisan, do you get it. The President has bent over backwards to work with the Republicans. They are not interested just like you. Just switch parties, please.

    September 8, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  17. jwrother

    Republicans can get us to go to war in the wrong country.

    Democrats can't even get us healthcare – should we lose our jobs or get denied by private insurance companies.

    PATHETIC!

    September 8, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  18. Chipster

    So, Rep. Ross, what will you vote for?

    The proposed Bills say nothing about funding abortion and illegals are excluded. In fact, people will pay into the program for their coverage. Haven't YOU even read the proposed Bills. Surely, you've had time by now!

    President Obama was elected for his commitment to a public option for health care. If you fail to vote for the plan, voters will almost certainly remember than and the fact that you didn't even know what was being proposed! Nor did you offer any viable solution.

    What a sorry excuse for a representative!

    September 8, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  19. Frank Stanton

    This group should be call "Blue Rats", not Blue Dogs. This group is no different from conservative Republicans which is what they really are. They feed at the pork barrel and block any positive, progressive legislation which would improve the lot of every day Americans. They waive the flag and declare themselves Christians, but are in reality mean-spirited, corrupt individuals. They are an embarassment to the Democratic party and always seem to come from areas of the country which are representative of racist views and anti-urban bias. In short, they are useless at anything but lining their own pockets with lobbyist money.

    September 8, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  20. Kim in mpls

    Oh I am sure everyone in Arkansaw can afford health ins so there is no need for a public plan. Why I am also sure that they have the best education money can buy so no need of any inspirational comments from the President. The only problem that Arkansaw might have is from Meth, not enough beds for drug recovery... Wake up Mike Ross

    September 8, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  21. tidho

    thank you Mr. Ross.

    A public option is not a requirement for health care reform, and the progressive agenda isn't supported by the majority of Americans.

    This can be done without legislating ouselves into another calamity that will burden generations with more unmanagable debt.

    September 8, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  22. Billy J ..Texas..

    Well the current proposals specifically state they are for legal U.S. citizens, doesn't say anything about abortions or rationing care for old people, so... this worm is just trying to keep the lie going. Amazing that we haven't figured out a way to lock these kind of politicians (of all stripes) up for being so darn close to treason with their duties to the citizenry.

    I know they get a lot of dough for re-election from insurance companies, but I promise.. I will give money to his primary opponent and the republican that runs against him, just to see him OUT of office. What a spineless waste.

    September 8, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  23. Juge

    You are NOT a DEMOCRAT by any means – You couldn't care less about your fellow Americans.

    September 8, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  24. DAISHI

    Follow the money trail.

    September 8, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  25. Kevin

    So?

    September 8, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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