November 10th, 2009
07:45 AM ET
5 years ago

Bill Clinton to address Senate Democrats on health care

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Clinton will address Senate Democrats Tuesday.
Clinton will address Senate Democrats Tuesday.

Washington (CNN) - Two senior Democratic sources that former president Bill Clinton will attend the Senate Democrats' weekly luncheon Tuesday to address the caucus on health care.

"All Senators should be aware that former President Clinton will be making a presentation on Health Care at tomorrow's caucus lunch," said a notice sent to all Senate Democrats. "Senator Reid has requested that all Democratic Senators attend."

Democratic leaders have consistently cited what they call a lesson of the Clinton administration: fail to pass health care, and congressional Democrats will suffer on Election Day.

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  1. Dwayne

    Go Billy!

    November 9, 2009 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  2. 30 Year Veteran

    Bill you better tell the truth. Tell the Elderly just where they're going to set in this affair. OBAMA'S Plan and AARP have sold us down the river. your better not be a part of it. I always thought beter of you and Hillary. But now I'm giving all that second thoughts if I was wrong about being a Democrat. Now was I wrong in belivin' in you too?

    November 9, 2009 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  3. Danny in NJ

    I wish Hillary would get involved. I know it's not her job, but come on...she is SO passionate about this.

    November 9, 2009 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  4. On the other hand...

    Certainly he will follow the Democratic Party line:

    Talk about what another wonderful historic opportunity they have here but don't say a word about the cost, how it's paid for or what it does to any effort to rein in health care costs in the US. Let someone else worry about the details.

    November 9, 2009 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  5. DF

    Great!!!!! You tell them Bill. America needs healthcare reform and America needs a "PUBLIC" option or it won't work.

    Private insurance is all about PROFIT FIRST and does not or never will have the best interest of the general public as its first priority. The only way to ensure that the government keeps them honest is to, as an expression, have a sharp knife at the throat of Private Insurance.

    If the Private insurance companies do not want to provide service to the general public in a way that makes full coverage and affordable healthcare with a Public option competing with them then they should be excluded from offering any coverage and America should then go all PUBLIC just like all the other advance countries, period.

    November 9, 2009 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  6. GOPer

    I never thought I hear myself saying this but the Dems need to listen to Clinton on health care. We cannot let the insurance companies run health care, they are too greedy and don’t care about life or death, they care about profits.

    Go get em Bill.

    November 9, 2009 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  7. david -

    The senate shouldnt be the stubling block to the health care bill they should vote for it.As for the GOP they should stop scaring people about the health care cost ,for there is nothing important like being not afraid to go to hospital for fear of huge bill.They should give Americans a chance to enjoy their basic rights, after all how much money do we spend in unnecessary wars. Americans deserves the best health care.Our health should not be dettermined by the insurance or how much i have.

    November 10, 2009 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  8. Johnny DC

    More pressure from people not elected to legislate. It's wrong when Karl Rove does it, but it's okay for Executive Branch members and retirees to do it, provided they are Liberals.

    November 10, 2009 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  9. J.V.Hodgson

    Go to it Bill and make them realise that passing bill is not just about them and thier seat its about a democratic and stable administration and any chance of an 8 year democratic presidency.
    Remind them all as well that it took 8 years of bush to get into this mess and it will take at least that long to fix it.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    November 10, 2009 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  10. Nea

    You had an Republican that broke rank and went against his Party for the good of the People in his district and now it comes down to the Democrats and you tell me they cant get together and pass a bill that will be good for the country, sure its not perfect and it will never be perfect . We dont care whats good for the party we wants whats good for the country and thats health care reform.

    November 10, 2009 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  11. texasgreenacres

    SENATOR"S LISTEN UP! IF ANYBODY KNOWS WHAT"S BEST, TO BE RE-ELECTED, YOU'D BETTER LISTEN TO SLICK WILLY HE KNOWS WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT.That is the voice of experience listen to it.Get your hand out of the deep pockets.pull the ear plugs and pay attention.If you don't it might be your last chance.(for real)

    November 10, 2009 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  12. Tony T

    There is a big whoop de doooo!!!!

    November 10, 2009 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  13. Reaganomics Leads To Feudalism

    I have to laugh every time one of Rush's or Beck's disciples posts a comment claiming that Democrats will be voted out in 2010 for voting YES on healthcare reform.

    Don't these ideologues realize that one of the main reasons Barack Obama was elected is because the majority of the American people WANT healthcare reform?

    Sorry Dittoheads...but...you guys are in the minority. Keep dreaming...

    November 10, 2009 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  14. Wade

    "fail to pass health care, and congressional Democrats will suffer on Election Day. "

    More proof that the bill is about getting re-elected and not actually helping Americans by passing REAL reform.

    Bill needs to put a sock in it. He had his chance and he failed.
    Obamacare will fail too. This bill does nothing to actually control costs.

    November 10, 2009 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  15. kenyatta

    This is a great move and this democrat senators should be aware we the have put them on a scale and found them wanted, its about time the listen to the cry of the majority who are being helplessly drowned by coporate insurance thats owed by rich antisocial unamerican republicans who cannot take credit for social security or medicare programe but resposible for costly wars abroad that has destabilized our economy.

    November 10, 2009 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  16. Betty

    Not a great fan of Clinton but I hope democrats and true Americans understand the importance of the health care reform bill.

    November 10, 2009 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  17. Ryan

    Bring out the big guns!

    November 10, 2009 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  18. kenyatta

    WAY TO GO! YEHAAAAA!!!!! good job billy!

    November 10, 2009 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  19. R

    this will bring the Republicans to vote no for this. oh wait... they've always voted no. I hope Bill can bring all Democrats to vote for this.

    November 10, 2009 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  20. Michelle

    What is important is that health care reform must pass because the American people need it.

    November 10, 2009 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  21. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    Let us all hope that he has the same luck in this that he did in campaigning for Deeds in Virginia. Another confessed criminal and liar stumping for Obamacare. Obama, one and done.

    November 10, 2009 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  22. GI Joe

    Religion has entered out government.

    C-Street is infiltrating as we speak. Separation of church and state has been forgotten.

    Health care bill should not be an abortion bill. Vote the idiots out.

    November 10, 2009 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  23. jj

    over a trillion in debt, over 10% unemployment, car industry bankrupt, banks closing down, jobs moving overseas, manufacturer becoming extincts, home values under water........................yet, the whitehouse wants to spent over a trillion of borrowed money to rebuild a healthcare system run by the government to put another million people out of work and raise taxes on already strap citizens. what's the benefits? i still do not know..only that it will not lower my healthcare bills and will mandate me to buy health insurance with the threat of fines and imprisonment. I never signed up to pay for this healthcare plan and box myself into a government mandate!!!!!!!! what happened and how did we get here?

    November 10, 2009 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  24. mike

    Bill Clinton is right if the Democrats do not past health care don't come
    back to the senate and the republicans will win and you think it is bad
    now just wait get your boots on we will be in iran

    November 10, 2009 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  25. victim of republican greed

    Maybe President Clinton can talk to the Blue Dogs, and get them to embrace common sense, and help Harry get this done.

    November 10, 2009 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
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