December 16th, 2009
03:43 PM ET
8 months ago

Landrieu to support health care reform bill

Washington (CNN) – Barring any major changes stemming from the awaited Congressional Budget Office score, longtime Democratic holdout Sen. Mary Landrieu told reporters Wednesday she had decided to vote for the health care reform bill


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  1. Sniffit

    Hey Fake Sniffit, love the stupid. It IS 45,000 per year. mjm didn't make the number up, she just engaged in horrifying illogic to abuse it.

    December 16, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  2. Dean

    Give me $300,000,000.00 and I'd vote for even Al Gore. Got to love those liberals who support a bill they won't even take the time to read to actually learn what they are voting for.

    December 16, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "Hey Sniffit why dont you work a little harder and quit whining and maybe buy your own health insurance and not depend on the tax payers to do it for you."

    Hey genius. I know it's hard for you to imagine, but there are a great many of us who are quite gainfully employed and satisfied with their own health insurance, yet who still fervently believe that a public option (single-payer in fact) is indeed the only way to ensure that everyone is covered and save our economy from the health care industry's spiralling costs and the insurance industrys' blatant abuses.

    It's called information and education...get some.

    December 16, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  4. Barbara from Canada

    Frankly, the world is watching these ant-hill antics surrounding health care reform with wonder. We wonder why there is such opposition to providing you with the health care that every other industrial nation enjoys. In spite of the lies you have been told, we appreciate our system here in Canada, whereby we DO choose our own doctors, we DO go to the specialists of our choice, we DO receive timely and appropriate diagnostic tests and follow ups. We DO NOT face bancruptcy or foreclosure over medical expenses. We DO have a longer life expectancy than you, We DO NOT spend as much of our GDP as you do on your present system. Our system has been in place with continual enhancements since 1959 and is one we treasure!! So, it has become apparent to the rest of the globe that the backlash against what your PRESIDENT originally envisioned as true health care reform, is not against the idea itself, but more to the point, is against your PRESIDENT. Since we share a common border, I certainly hope that lunacy is not contagious!

    December 16, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. Who Cares

    Who cares what she supports now. She hijacked the government for 300 million dollars, and now she wants to support a bill that basically has zero elements for Dems. How nice.

    Trust me, if Louisiana ever needs help again, I'm not helping. I'm not sending one dime to that state because their government is corrupt.

    Shame on Landrieu.

    December 16, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  6. Dwayne

    Sniffit I think that call us humane.

    December 16, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. Ben Carlisle

    Of course she does. She got the Louisiana Purchase for supporting the health care bill.

    December 16, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  8. J

    ANYONE WHO IS AN INCUMBENT-REGARDLESS OF PARTY-NEEDS TO GO NOW! That is what i find so amusing about all of these discussions. WE actually hold all the cards folks-WE can impose term limits by REFUSING to vote for these absolute morons-and lets be honest-D or R-if you are a member of Congress or the Senate, (or in certain cases like the past 8 years-the White House too) YOU ARE A HOPELESS MORON. Why would ANYONE agree to vote for these losers even ONCE MORE??? And remember-when voting-try to vote in the PRIMARIES to ensure these idiots lose then-and can't even be on the ballots in the general elections. And it IS your guy-and it IS my guy too-many folks seem to think its legislators from OTHER states; NOPE-YOURS TOO-so take heed, and ensure you VOTE EVERY LAST HOPELESS MORON OUT in 2010 or the very next time ANY Of them are up for re-election. You want real change? Start with voting YOUR representative out first. Maybe for once-the American people can show them WE call the shots-NOT THEM. If any good is to come from the past 8 years of horror (and i am not admitting to being an R-or a D-it WAS HORROR)-its that the average American citizen will be FAR more engaged in the political process from here-to fore. We see that happen-and you may start to see some VERY interesting things happen over the next 10 years...if not-then we will sink farther down the toilet bowl-which sickens me beyondf belief as someone who can see the great promise the country offers its citizenry...

    December 16, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. Dwayne

    Vets4Obama Very well stated. Thank you For your service. From another vet. (USMC VietNam Veteran)

    December 16, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. File under "Sarcasm"

    "health economist", I think you better rethink your theories on insurance being socialistic. It sounds like pretty good capitalism to me to sell a product to millions of people by spreading the risks and costs over that large group to keep average price down and to therefore maximize profits. Any "transfer of wealth" is based on the costs incurred, not the assets of the insured.

    If insurance companies didn't manage the risks by limiting coverage or varying prices to make a profit but instead insured everyone at a fixed price regardless of each individual's expected medical cost then it would be socialism, aka the Obamacare public option.

    December 16, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  11. What about us?

    Well Miss Mary,,,,,

    I guess you heard the call. The call to arms by your Democratic President. Follow me, vote yes and I will behold upon you the greatness of it all.

    You heard it,,,, too bad your not hearing what the public is saying. The majority do NOT want this will passed.

    But you hear what you want,,,,,,,,

    December 16, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  12. Gene

    What did Harry buy her off with this time?

    Harry, that's taxpayers money that you are paying bribes with.

    December 16, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  13. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    Sure she supports it now, it does nothing but would mandate insurance with no affordable option.

    She should be a con she shares their value system that it is acceptable for 45,000 people, and many children to die every year.

    Just keep those insurance company donations pouring into Landrieu's coffers.

    December 16, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  14. Dwayne

    Barbara from Canada I have great coverage @ the B'Ham VA – a lot like the great health coverage people in Canada have.

    December 16, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  15. Melissa

    YES! The many emails I've sent to her had at least a tiny impact. Good girl. She's doing whats needed.

    December 16, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  16. Mike Dallas

    Since health insurance reform has been watered down with no effective reform, I hope it fails and they pull her 100 million for her miserable state.

    December 16, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  17. politicaljules

    I dont have to explain to any demo libero progresso nimrod anything.

    This is the only thing you need to know:

    We dont want a government plan. We dont need a government plan. It goes against our constitution and the majority of Americans are against it.

    That is how our government works by the majority deciding, not the little sob stories and faux Canadians trying to sway public opinions in little comment posts. How pathetic can you get.

    Our representatives in office are breaking the law every single day and they will pay very VERY soon. Especially when things start to fall apart. I have a feeling they will be pulled from their cushy lives and end up in jail. Maybe not now but later.

    Americans will stand up and fight for our liberties and our freedoms. Just keep pushing and you will find out.

    December 16, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  18. Chris D.

    Everybody on this page w/ negative energy should go read the bill..........There is no accused government takeover any longer......The public option is gone, the buy in for medicare is gone, so all the I'm fearful of government rhetoric should be thrown out the window as of now.........
    Basically Sen. Landrieu will support the bill now b/c the contraversial parts of the bill are gone..........the shame in all of this is, that the contraversial parts of the bill (i.e. public option, medicare buy in) really would have given even more help to us as a nation........However the bill still remains strong.....Not kick ass, but strong.

    December 16, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  19. Jane/Seattle

    Well, thanks, but NO, thanks! Now that the fake "negotiations" have gutted it of much value, vote to change on our own and kill this bill and start over for a true Public option. Just when some of us were getting a good feeling about this, you send in Lie-berman to kill it! That's why the Dems keep him around! he does the Dirty work for them! Then everyone goes to lunch, toasts their selfless efforts, and laughs all the way to the Banks! Ya know, the ones we paid to save from their own reckless FRAUD! Further slaps in our collective faces as the Money keeps Changing Hands! Then you all want to force us right into the arms of the corporate traitors in healthcare? Amazing that Revolution (non-violent, of course!) is not here, Yet! The blood is on your collective hands! Who cares what you do now, lady! Do it right or don't bother!

    December 16, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  20. Dwayne

    What about us? WHY ARE YOU SO GREEDY?

    December 16, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  21. IndiePA

    Chicken!!!! I had hoped that there would be a number of Democrats who could stand up to the "boss". Don't misread me...I'm neither a far right conservative, a troublemaking naysayer, nor a foul-speaking anti-liberal. There should be no government option, no reduction to Medicare (citizens have paid into Medicare and Social Security for a long, long time and deserve better treatment), proof of American citizenship for eligibility, no barring treatment based on medical history, Subsidization should only be available to American citizens who do not have healthcare coverage through employers. (COBRA costs are outrageous...this could be brought into line.)

    Kudos to Senator Lieberman for his stance on this issue.

    December 16, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  22. tarheel

    Was there ever a doubt? She was always going to vote for this bill, even before she was bribed in the beginning. And BTW, apparently bribery and blackmail is legal if you work for Congress. Seems almost unfair how they are treating Ex-Gov. Blago of Illinois for selling a Senate seat. And the Liberal Senators who say they may not vote for the bill with a Public option are lying their teeth. They will vote for ANYTHING that has the name Health Care Reform attached to it.I've never seen so many gutless blowhards in my whole life. One little Senator from Connecticut had them crying and giving in like little schoolgirls over the early entry into medicare portion of Health Care. I may be a lifetime Democrat but God I'm ashamed to admit it after what I've seen lately from the so-called Liberal Lions of the Senate.

    December 16, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  23. aneanderthal

    Why are we paying 10 years worth of taxes for 7 years worth of Obamacare and being told that it won't increase the deficit? More deceit from the liar in chief and the libertards?

    December 16, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  24. phoenix86

    Last term for her as a Senator. Hopefully, when she is defeated, she will not be entitled to any retirement benefits. Then she can take full advantage of Obamacare as an impoverished American like the rest of us.

    December 16, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  25. Slider

    $300 million buys a lot these days.

    What price dignity?

    December 16, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
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