November 23rd, 2009
11:57 AM ET
soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Aunt Bea and Opie

    These two women are toast nomatter what they do now and they know it.Guess their bags are full of payoff cash and they will live large and high off the hog long after they are gone from office.Lets hope they dont get too sick some day.

    November 23, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  2. DJ

    AR and LA Senators are holding-up progress for the rest of the country. Give support or join the Republican party. Quit putting your finger to the wind and grow a spine.

    November 23, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. Mike in LR

    Blanche Lincoln represents my state (although she appears to be more for her party at this point). She is taking a shellacking here for her vote Saturday. 70% are against the public option in this state. Of course now 58% are opposed nationally (according to Rasmussen). Ms. Lincoln is in trouble for next year and this will not help. I suspect many democrats (especially southern democrats) will take a lot of heat if this thing passes into law.

    November 23, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. Pee Wee

    Maybe if they make it cover everyone, reduce costs, start in 2010 and not 2014, and make it deficit neutral (You know, fulfill all of the promises they made about what it will do), then get the 100 million of pork for Louisiana out of it. Then they'll have a good bill. The way it stands right now, all I see is a bunch of circus entertainers trying to put on a pathetic and costly show. Maybe that's what they mean by 'big tent"?

    November 23, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    If any senator needs to be supporting this legislation, it's the senator from Louisiana(Landreau). Her constituency is amongst the poorest in the nation. A Yes vote for her should be a no brainer. As for Blanche Lincoln, she is in a conservative right leaning state. She'll take heat for it, but she's doing what's best for the nation as a whole.

    November 23, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |

    Watering it down so the voters don't get mad.

    November 23, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  7. Bluebonnet

    Depends on how many more states can be "bought" like Louisiana's vote was! Shameful!

    November 23, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. strong

    What's next for health care? NOTHING !

    It has all been a farce onto the American populace.

    November 23, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  9. diridi

    passing with public option, thats it..............

    November 23, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  10. dwayne

    Godless Rich joe $(cash)$ lieberman ($Connecticut$) says he will support Palin $(having voted for her to be vice president in 2008)$ and republicans to keep health care from the poor, disadvantaged, and helpless people.

    November 23, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  11. Ridgeway

    Priceless. This is a perfect statement regarding Dems concerns for what the American people may want. Listen, now, pay attention.
    Michael Bennet, freshman Democratic Congressman from Colorado says, (sic), " If it means losing my seat in Congress I'm voting for the health care bill."
    Translation, so even though I could be voted out, knowing his fellow Coloradians are enough against it he will lose the election, he will vote the will of the party rather than represent what he suspects is the will of the people. You sir are an idiot.

    November 23, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  12. Enough

    Cram it down our throats and we vote out all that passed it. We do NOT want a government take over of our health care, we want health care reform. Democrats are taking this in the WRONG direction.

    November 23, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  13. Michael

    The republiCANTS have done a great job with their fear & smear campaigns-Will Americans ever learn that with them its all about the money, and they couldn't care less about their countrymen....SAD.Healthcare Reform NOW!

    November 23, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  14. tommygunn

    OK, since you both have done you bartering for your votes on HEALTHCARE, here's what you are going to get.

    The same as all the other AMERICANs if you VOTE "YES"....quality care that can be truly used in the US.

    If you VOTE "NO"....DEFINITELY a DEFEAT next year come re-elections.

    The majority of AMERICANs want the government to fix HEALTHCARE, so at this point there is no major screaming, especially since the balance budget approach is in play. GET A GRIP DEMOCRATs PASS the BILL with a PUBLIC OPTION and move on.

    CLINTON balanced the "budget and left a surplus" and he was a DEMOCRAT.

    BUSH "wrecked the budget surplus" using CAPITALISM, GREED, WAR, MORAL VALUES and he was a REPUBLICAN. You see where we are now fighting tooth and nail to come out of a Depressed/Recession.

    Pass the HEALTH CARE BILL this year and MOVE ON or ELSE PREPARE TO BE DEFEATED next year.

    November 23, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. dionleblanc

    Those of you who feed at the Fox/Rush/Beck trough, you people will never learn after a decade of lies and misdirection you still listen to those clowns. Hard-headed is no substitute for intelligence. Have you even read the bill? I have. YOU ARE BEING LIED TOO AGAIN. But what do you care you would follow those people if they led you off a cliff........oops already happened. If your gonna be commenting do it from what you have read not what some idiot has fed you...............signed a former Republican(since 18yrs old.never again)

    November 23, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. neon

    I'm tired of the Republicans complaining that they have no say so in crafting health-care legislation and that it is being rammed down their throats. They say they agree the system needs fixed but they are being left out of the process. If they really believe it needs fixed then why didn't they fix it when they had control of both houses of congress?

    November 23, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  17. SocialismBad

    Nobody trusts government to run ANYTHING competently anymore, let alone their personal healthcare system. The dismal record of government programs costly ten times more than they were estimated and requiring constant tax bailouts is there for all to see. Social security, medicare, medicaid, post office, Amtrak, and on and on. I'm from the government and I'm here to help is the standard JOKE.

    Now are supposed to believe the current group of Democrat buffoons will "reform" one sixth of our economy while not adding to the already massive deficits and national debt? Any American citizen dumb enough to believe this should be committed to a psychiatric institution immediately!

    This country is already facing a financial disaster in the years ahead WITHOUT this healthcare "reform" train wreck. Read the latest articles out there today on the skyrocketing interest costs of the national debt in the years ahead. This is over and above $106 TRILLION of unfunded obligations this government has.

    The Democrats don't seem to care if they send this country over the cliff to financial ruin but the American people sure care. Mark my words, if the Democrats pass this fiasco, they will GUARENTEE their departure from power in 2010 and 2012 and then this train wreck can be REPEALED.

    November 23, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  18. Donna Stayman

    I cannot wait until fall 2010, when smart voters will clean out the liberal rats' nest on Capitol Hill & in the State Gov. mansions. I hope the "LAP DOGS" do vote for the health care fiasco. They will be history soon enough. By the way, Landrieu was paid off to the tune of 100 million by scumbag Reid. That's your tax dollars at work, folks!

    November 23, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  19. joan Winsor

    With all the resources at your disposal, why hasn't an estimate been made of the savings from a public option, when the incredible amount of money that flows into the insurance companies is subtracted from overall health care costs. This is a saving DIRECTLY into the pockets of middle class consumers.
    That figure HAS to destroy the estimates of the cost of the plan, and thereby the argument of cost. (This ignores, of course, the $ trillions spent on wars, while Americans go without health care or go bankrupt because of its cost, or go hungry.)

    November 23, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  20. Biased

    Maybe someone can address what I heard on TV as to whether they are including a lot of those not covered by changing the rules of Medicade, but only covering it for 2 years and then leaving the states to hold the bag for billions in costs in the third year and forever. What other little goodies are they saying they will include but leave to the states to pay thereby coming under their budget limit because they are setting rules for states now they didn't have before.

    November 23, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  21. haren

    Pass it with 51 majority and include robust public option.
    Hell with southern democrats and stupid southern republican voters.
    For them abortion and gay marriage is more important than 45000 people who are killed for lack of health insurance.
    Shame on them on Jesus Christ's name.

    November 23, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  22. NTFla

    The insurance lobbist have congresses spine and privates in their hands. they will do as they are told by the insurance companies.

    The will pass a law they everyone American has to buy health insurance or go to jail. Insurance will tell the American people when and where and if they get health care.

    American is the land of free we are controled by insurance companies, from our autos, homes, lives etc........... and they want will
    millon dollars bonus and we the American people pay them as they want Congress will force us or we will lose everything.

    November 23, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  23. Spirit of America

    next for health care? bankruptcy.

    November 23, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. Dan, TX

    If there were an alternative to health care reform that the Republicans preferred, it would have been done in 2001 to 2006. I guess they were just more interested in spending many $Trillions to try to bend the Middle East to their will instead of using that money to solve the medicare deficit and pay for health care reform.

    If you oppose the democratic bill, the republicans are not the answer. There has to be a third way.

    November 23, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  25. phoenix86

    What's next for healthcare?

    Bernie Madoff Accounting policies to show it's "deficit neutral".
    Tax increases.
    Increases in unemployment.

    That's what is next.

    November 23, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
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