Washington (CNN) - Amid conflicting and heated rhetoric, a political pragmatism began to emerge Sunday as senators prepared for a debate on a sweeping Democratic health care bill.
Senate Democrats barely won a vote Saturday night to open debate on the 2,074-page bill. The debate on amending the proposal is expected to last for weeks and won't begin until after Thanksgiving.
Some legislators got a head start Sunday, reciting well-honed arguments for and against the bill and offering perspectives on the political realities facing Congress.
Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the chamber's second-ranking Democrat, acknowledged he was open to changing the bill's controversial government-run public health insurance option favored by the left.
You Dems better not sell out the American people....HEALTH CARE FOR ALL...it is the right thing to do, and you best do it!
We have your backs as long as you do the right thing and support a real public option.
The silent majority
It's about time they start the discussions and debating on what all is going to be included and excluded from this bill. There needs to be debate, reasonable and workable alternatives offered and discussed, and then changes made to the bill to make it acceptable to the most people. Enough of the "defeat the bill at all costs" rhetoric and more of the bipartisan "let's get this done and right for the American people" attitude among our elected leaders. It's time they earn their pay and do some serious work to fix our horribly broken healthcare system.
Shove it thru already and tweak it later.
Just get ON with it! Get to the vote and reconciliation. There's so much important business to attend to!