November 22nd, 2009
02:03 PM ET
4 years ago

Freshman Dem: Passing health care reform worth losing my seat

Colorado Democrat Sen. Michael Bennet said Sunday that he is ready to lose his seat if that's what is necessary to pass a health care reform bill.
Colorado Democrat Sen. Michael Bennet said Sunday that he is ready to lose his seat if that's what is necessary to pass a health care reform bill.

Washington (CNN) – A freshman Democratic senator said Sunday that he will support his party’s efforts to pass health care reform legislation even if that means losing his seat in next year’s midterm elections.

“If you get to the final point and you are a critical vote for health care reform and every piece of evidence tells you if you support the bill you will lose your job, would you cast the vote and lose your job?” CNN’s John King asked Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado on Sunday’s State of the Union.

“Yes,” Bennet bluntly and simply replied.

Bennet was appointed by Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter to replace Sen. Ken Salazar, who stepped down from the Senate to serve as President Obama’s Interior Secretary. Bennet, who was superintendent of the Denver public school system prior to his appointment, will have to seek election to the seat for the first time in 2010.

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soundoff (299 Responses)
  1. buckwheat

    You voted for change, now you have it.Welcome to a Third world government and soon to be country.

    November 22, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  2. Orion

    "If you get to the final point and you are a critical vote for health care reform and every piece of evidence tells you if you support the bill you will lose your job, would you cast the vote and lose your job?” CNN’s John King asked Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado on Sunday’s State of the Union.

    “Yes,” Bennet bluntly and simply replied."

    As I recall, that's how we lost the space shuttle Challenger. We elect representatives to make the tough calls for us, yes. But really to PUT THE BRAKE ON POPULAR IDEAS, to think twice before jumping off the cliff, to control passion, not get out in front of it and charge blindly.

    This moron wasn't even elected; He was APPOINTED as a shill for the Democrat Party. It's no skin off his nose if he loses the seat; they'll just appoint him to some other post as a reward for being a Good Dog.

    November 22, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. buckwheat

    Obama will be elected again if ACCORN is still in business.

    November 22, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. Citizen

    Of course he doesn't care if he loses his job, he's set for life. He will get healthcare for free for the rest of his life thanks to the taxpayers.

    November 22, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. annie s

    Thanks to this Senator for standing up for the American people!

    November 22, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  6. Brehte

    The problem with the healthcare debate is that there is far too much equivocation. All Americans want healthcare reform; but when reform includes the government's creeping control over the system without addressing important issues that could improve coverage in common sense ways, then that is the type of reform I do not support. Even more so, it is what most Americans do not want; therefore, Senator Bennet could lose his seat for supporting legislation the people do not want. On a side note, a democratic republic we are; but always ignorant, we are not.
    Also, it is not the government's job to care for its citizens, only to protect their rights. It is when government becomes a nanny that those precious rights are lost.

    November 22, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  7. RunningAmok

    People – wake up – this isn't a Lib, Dem or Repub thing – it's an American thing.

    People are slowly getting the message – that politicans work for the people, unfortunately, like this Administration or not – they're all working for the betterment of themselves, not us. DO NOT VOTE IN ANY ENCUMBENT – NOT ONE! NOT AT YOUR STATE LEVEL, NOT AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL, DO NOT RE-VOTE ANY ENCUMBENT BACK IN OFFICE! Let someone else give the job a try, most in office today, all across the U.S. have failed miserably.

    Taxing us is not an answer to every state's financial woes. Taxing us should not be the answer for something the federal government wants that MOST Americans did not want (stimulus, bailing out auto industry, and now health care, etc.). It's not happened yet – but we will all start paying for these follies very soon.

    We should all be revolting together over higher taxes, worthless politicians and this soicalization agenda!

    November 22, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. JW

    Right wingnuts are the darlings of dementia November 22nd, 2009 11:36 am ET

    Bennet knows that the health insurance industry will spend millions to make sure he is not elected. We are all going to see increased health insurance premiums to pay for their anti reform media blitz.
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    Are you dumber than a bag of hammers? If this guy doesn't get elected, it will be because he explicitly stated that he is prepared to not represent his constituency.

    And let's say, for the sake of argument, the health care industry does throw big time money into media ads in an attempt to keep him from being elected. To keep it simple, let's say they spend a whopping $300M (of course that is way more than they'd ever spend). This amounts to a passed on cost of $1 per American that we'll pay via our health care premiums. However, and oh so coincidentally, the $300M would be the exact same amount the Harry Reid gave to the Louisiana senator to secure her vote for this health care reform. One has actually happened, yet is probably okay in your book, while the other is an outlandish hypothetical which you surely think is a reasonable argument.

    November 22, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  9. Dan Tantalo

    KIM: The problem is you think this is about saving lives....and you probably think Global warming is about the weather. Neither is true. Both are about a progressive movement taking away liberty / free choice and imposing an elitist governing body. Please understand when you think conservatives are heartless, you are missing the point. We care so much for people that we want liberty and freedom to reign not progressivism.

    November 22, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  10. Bryan

    Ready to lose your job? Good, because we're ready to fire you.

    November 22, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  11. jeffrey root

    Government run health care is a good temporary fix. More people are dying every day we have this debate. Shouldn't something be passed temporarily so that these people can get help until we find a better solution? These things take time and if the Democrats think this is a perfect bill they are mistaken but I applaud their efforts and I hope this gets passed and used until a more lengthy debate can be done to perfect the system. I am a true fence sitter. I just want to see people not suffer because they cannot afford their meds.

    November 22, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  12. Life is good

    For you Republican bashers, I cannot wait to see how this country is doing two three year from now. The Government owns the auto industry, healthcare and you. Yay for Bolshevik.

    November 22, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. Jesse

    Being a leader means realizing that your followers don't always know what is best for themselves. Just because the people you represent are ignorant and scream "socialism! no health care reform!" doesn't mean you should do exactly what they say. A lot of Americans are, to be quite honest, little more than mouth breathers. As a result, the people who represent us need to act a bit like the parents of a toddler–guiding us to enlightenment even if we're kicking and screaming the entire way.

    So yes, he's voting for health care reform. It's the right thing to do even if some of his constituents disagree.

    November 22, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  14. Independent

    Well good for him.....

    I get so mad at McConnell standing there saying it isn't what the American people want....NOOOOOOOOOO, that isn't true Mr. McConnell, it is the Republicans who don't want it....who do you think you are fooling....

    November 22, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. Scott L

    seek and ye shall receive.

    November 22, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  16. haren

    Let us look at the history, people who are writing in this tickers to oppose to health care bill are all enjoying good thing passed by only democrats like social security,medicare unemployment insurance,civil right, voting right,creation of SEC, financial regulation etc.
    What is the party of No's input in all this bills is big ZERO.
    THEY ARE ON WRONG SIDE AGAIN.
    Those who oppose this bill should give up all above help which they are getting from Govt.

    November 22, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  17. Big John

    Thank you Sen. Bennett, in the long run you'll be a winner as well as the rest of Americans who won't have to face the republican party of no, who are the "death panels"

    November 22, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  18. RLA

    To the writer KIM of Nov. 22.

    You label all Republican's as heartless war criminals. That's about as much nonsense as my proclaiming ALL people named KIM as being as narrow minded as you seem to be by virtue of your very own posted words.

    I am a Republican. I give of my time, money and energy to my church, my community and to those who have less than I have been blessed with. I detest war. I am not heartless. But I will say that people such as yourself seem to have something wrong with them when they lump everyone together just because they have different views.

    Open your mind and heart Kim and find some way to get out the anger and hate that seems to be festering within you. America needs better than that kind of thinking.

    November 22, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. Rdanck

    Senator... Anything I can do to ASSIST you in losing your job, I'd be happy to do!!!!

    November 22, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  20. cho in Denver

    man all these people saying that he is going against his constituents make me giggle a bit. unless you ARE one of his constituents you have no idea, you silly people. as I am one of his constituents, I am proud that he is being so bold on his stance as are most in my area. he was wishy washy when first appointed but has taken a firm position and so long as he keeps going in this direction, dude will have my vote. and honestly, he doesn't have to answer to anybody at the moment because he wasn't elected. I am proud to have him representing me both as a delegate and as a trustee.

    November 22, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  21. buckwheat

    Democrats power came with the giveaways of the sixties that created the perpetual welfare that is now the norm and expected.

    November 22, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  22. texasgreenacres

    At least he's not afraid of doing what he thinks is right.Give him a ribbon for having guts.That more than can be said about the rest of the chickens.Joe Liberman is not a democrat, he's a independent closet republican.REMEMBER PEOPLE WHEN THE REPUBLICANS WHERE IN POWER THEY WALKED LOCK STEP WITH EVERY THING GEORGE BUSH WANTED. TAKE NOTES DO THE SAME OR ITS GOOD BYE!

    November 22, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  23. The Truth Is!!!

    @Bev November 22nd, 2009 11:17 am ET
    Republicans will benefit from the 2010 and 2012 elections-–as they will take the seats of the Democrats who are booted from office!!!
    ***YOU LIE***All American do not listen to Beck and Sean and we are not Tea Baggers or should I say Street Preachers*** We want the same Insurance that Congress has paid by Tax Payers ****

    WE the People thanks and supports you Senator Bennet!!!

    November 22, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  24. Tim Lowndes

    I am not one to write comments or be all that active in politics normally but I can not believe that Congress is even considering adding this tax and spend bill. If you can't show real savings (not the smoke and mirror so called savings found in this bill) I will work for those who will not saddle us with this bankruptcy creating bill. I have never seen the mood of this country so mad at the grass roots as I have seen this past six months. Congress watch out, we will not forget your recklessness. Reform not destroy our health care now!

    November 22, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  25. Phil

    I love all the people on this site lauding this guy for saying he'd vote with disregard to the outcome of the next election. Consider, dear fools, that if he's voted out of office, that would probably represent that the majority of his constituents do not want this bill. Thus, the act would be highly un-democratic.

    Unlike those of you who encourage this kind of behavior, I find it repugnant and reprehensible.

    November 22, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
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