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. Healthcare bill stinks BAD

    Clinton and Gore (as well as Obama, Biden, Rangle, Frank, Pelosi....) have gotten so rich using the free market system. If they are so concerned about the poor, why don't they donate more like the rest of us?

    Obama donated 1.6% of his wealth up until election year (6.4%). Biden doesn't donate money–just $300 in used clothes. Clinton donates to his charity (to elect Hillary). Gore pockets the money. Rangle steals it, Pelosi uses her power to push it to her husband, Frank hordes it....

    The Healthcare plan is so bad that I'm amazed that even 36% of Americans support it (60% oppose). Before we let this monster pass, please visit a VA hospital, read up on the corruption and unsustainability of Medicare, social security, and then wait in line at the DMV....

    November 10, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. Adalbert

    The democratic senators must listen to Mr. Clinton. We must have a strong public option to limit the power of the insurance cartels.

    November 10, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  3. LacrosseMom

    America is watching closely. Those of us who want Healthcare for ALL Americans, who need it, will be watching the Senate.

    45,000 Americans die every year because they lack healthcare. Its hypocritical of the Pro-life-far-right to not care about 45,000 American Citizens that die every year!

    Healthcare with a Public Option is needed. No one cares about having healthcare as long as they have it! Its when you are dropped by Insurance because you are sick, you lose your job, or you have a preexisting condition ...... that lack of healthcare matters very much!

    And about Small Business, they wont be affected by the law unless they earn over a million dollars every year! That is very few small businesses! My brother-in-law who owns a small machine shop (welding) and has two employees is thrilled at the prospect of having his family and employees insured.

    Healthcare is a matter of life and death. We know what side the GOP is on!

    November 10, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  4. Enough

    After his failed attempt to reform health care, what could this narcissist do to help? Enough of these Democrats trying to shove their socialist agenda down our throats. Countries fight for freedom, yet many here want to throw it away to become a nanny state.............too lazy to earn a living and support yourselves?

    November 10, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. Joanna in PA

    Senate- pass the reform. BUT do not add the GOP amendment that restrict a womens health care choice. Thats irony for you. The GOP has been saying for months that the dems want to ration care, but the GOP are the ones that are trying to do it. This ONLY affects women and there CHOICES. Choices people, the GOP is ANTI choice when it comes to womens health! NOT THE DEMS! They want government intervention and government restriction. Why do women have to be second class citizens?

    November 10, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  6. Four and The Door

    The DNC knows this is going to die on the vine. Their desperation is showing. They know it's a bad idea, the RNC knows it's a bad idea and the American public knows it's a bad idea. Except those who think they are getting something for nothing. They love it.

    November 10, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  7. Mark

    Big gov't one more trillion in debt won't matter!

    November 10, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  8. Kevin in Ohio

    I wonder if he will repeat his prior criticisms of the Obama Health Care Plan....... or will he offer the platitudes that democrats are accustomed to?

    November 10, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  9. Ken

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

    This is a gross misread of history! A more accurate account of what actually happened may be stated as – attempt to violate the Constitution through the subjugation of 18% of the economy in a Government takeover of health care, while ballooning the federal debt and saddling future generations with malicious unfunded debt, and congressional Democrats will suffer on Election Day.

    November 10, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  10. billy123

    Please Senate Dems listen to President Clinton this may be the last chance to fix a broken syetem that has been broken for years!

    November 10, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Here AGAIN, "stupid" Dumbocrats ADMITTING that they have done things wrong...
    How dumb can you be? Showing weakness, showing IMPERFECTION?

    OK, OK, I SUPPOSE you could make the argument that by looking at your thoughts and actions from the past and dealing with how things happened and looking for ways to overcome obstacles from the past (including those that we have placed in our own paths) we can do better...
    I SUPPOSE you COULD make that argument, and you might actually make changes and get closer to your goals, but...

    REALLY, do you want to show that kind of "weakness?? Look at Republicans, they never admit ANY mistakes, they NEVER do anything wrong. They set their course and go there, no matter what! Look how well they are doing, look how well that is working for THEM! Get with the program Democrats, you are making America look weak, BAD.

    "Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it." Sir Winston Churchill

    November 10, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  12. Rob

    That ought to be fun. Have at it Billy Boy! Roust up them Dems, and maybe the dumb ones will support this piece of trash and you all can take another step in the destruction of America.

    November 10, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  13. dk

    Can we forget about Hilary and have him in the White house after Obama?
    Guys?
    Please?

    November 10, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. Tony

    Yeah... you don't have nearly as much clout as you used to, Clinton. Senators are usually much more seasoned political veterans than house representatives, with the occasional exception like Barack Obama for instance. They don't care what you have to say, they care about keeping their constituents and their campaign donors happy. The Senate will not pass a bill that socializes health care in America.

    November 10, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. Ken in NC

    I certainly hope those “Dumbocrats” will listen to the former president. They seem to fail to understand that by dickering among themselves, they are doing just what the health care industry and Republicans want them to do.

    It really saddens me to say this but the worst enemy of all Democrats is not the Republican Party but other Democrats. While Republicans for the most part will fall in line behind their appointed leader and follow him right off the same cliff, Democrats are free thinkers. They will fight each other and each will develop their own cliff to jump off.

    November 10, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  16. Doug

    This clearly depends on the the definition of what IS is, in other words, it is the economy stupid. The government is broke, congress is getting rich just being there and people are losing their homes and jobs in record numbers. So now health care Which is not deficit neutral must pass so they can stay in public employment and get richer. Senators should pay cash out of their own pockets for this lunch.

    November 10, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
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