December 16th, 2009
03:43 PM ET
11 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. File under "Sarcasm"

    Barbara from Canada, if things are so wonderful north of the border then why are there so many stories of Canadians coming to the US to pay for care they can't get in a reasonable time frame under your healthcare system?

    And, thanks for deciding that those of us who oppose the government take over of healthcare are doing it because we are just opposed to President Obama, not because we have any intelligence to see the effects that the costs and bureauracy in the healthcare bills will have on our economy. (I bet you wish you lived here just so you could have voted for him.)

    December 16, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  2. Dwayne

    Chris D. Very well stated. I agree with you; But Joe still makes me sick to my stomach. I have the B'ham VA. It is great and I really wish everyone could have the same great health coverage.

    December 16, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    I am quite happy to see this bill passed. Thank you Sen. Landrieu.

    Biting off my nose to spite my face has never been a consideration I would be fond of doing.

    Too bad so many from both sides of the aisle are less restrained than I.

    December 16, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  4. Ric

    She was paid off. I guess all leaders in LA are corrupt! Of course most government officials are corrupt now!

    December 16, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  5. Randy

    to Chris D.

    We don't support the bill becuase it is unconstitutional, just like 90% of everythign the fed currently does.

    December 16, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  6. Dwayne

    IndiePA The reduction to Medicare is getting rit of the over payments to insurance companies. Don't you want to save your precious tax dollars?

    December 16, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. Vets4Obama

    File under "Sarcasm" December 16th, 2009 5:25 pm ET

    The reason there are so many 'stories' (good way to put it, because that's exactly what they are, STORIES) is because there are republicans out there 'making up' stories. They fabricate lies and tell them, then some moron comes along and believes them.

    The only question is: Do you believe the 'stories'. I hope not, because that would make you a moron.

    December 16, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. No More Incumbents

    Pork, pork, pork. It's not their money, why would they care? If the Dems hadn't illegally replaced Kennedy they wouldn't have the 60 votes anyway.

    December 16, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  9. MatthewDetroit

    SHE IS BEING PAID. PERIOD.

    That is all these leaders do on both sides of the aisle.

    They are a bunch of thieves.
    This is just high end black mail, bribery, and corruption.

    JUST LIKE CHRIS DODD WITH HIS GREAT LOAN FROM THE BANKS.
    This is illegal and wrong.

    December 16, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  10. Dwayne

    Randy I dare guess you must be a Constitutional Law Professor.

    December 16, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  11. Al - Calif

    This legislation is no different than any other multi-page legal document that nobody reads, but signs away with trust that the seller is being honest! Remember the last time you financed a new car? bought your home? Be honest, how many actually took the time to read the entire set of documents? If one reads "the fine print" you likely would not leave the sellers office until you've had time to dissect the contract and understand what you're signing. I get the impression that the democrats voting for this legislation do not have the slightest idea what they're signing (for us!). In the end, the bottom line is the entire thing is going to be financed with tax increases (broken promise) and cuts in medicare (broken promise). And, Obumba will sign anything in his ugly face that in his mind he can use to claim a "victory." He'll get his victory, but the people will get a bill in the mail.

    December 16, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  12. Moderate Democrat

    I agree with those who say that the majority decides. Right now, that means RECONCILIATION is the process to use.

    FIFTY ONE is a majority. PASS THE BILL WITH FIFTY ONE. We even have some republicans here agreeing that majority rules. FIFTY ONE IS A MAJORITY on this matter.

    PASS IT. RECONCILIATION

    December 16, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  13. Barbara from Canada

    @politicaljules.... If your post about "faux Canadians" was aimed at me, I need no further proof of your hatred and bias. I am indeed a Canadian, and a Christian, and as such, wish for the best in health care for ALL (even you) – Barbara – ONTARIO CANADA.

    December 16, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  14. gt

    the reason canadians have health care is that america provides there security and defense,,, they have such a small military ,,,, it save them money...

    December 16, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  15. Dwayne

    Lynda/Minnesota Another well worded statement..

    December 16, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "We don't support the bill becuase it is unconstitutional, just like 90% of everythign the fed currently does"

    Someone needs a ConLaw class. It's not unconstitutional in any way, shape or form (other than, potentially, the equal protection concerns inherent in this attempt to prevent people on the public option from obtaining abortions). Why don't you stop simply believing what the Limbaugh mommy bird vomits into your brain every morning and then regurgitating it here and actually go learn something instead.

    December 16, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  17. Randy

    Isn't it great how the folks in congress are already saying if they will or will not vote for the bill, even before it is finalized. I guess for everyone it is party before people. Our democracy has ended. The time between votes is to long and does no good. It's time for the people to stand up and do everything necessary to get our country back.

    December 16, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  18. MatthewDetroit

    I am very happy with my Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
    Maybe everyone that wants better coverage should work harder and get a better job.

    Maybe when you make choices every day in life you should accept the responsibility of your choices.

    Maybe nothing is for free and you have to work hard. Think about that.

    December 16, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  19. Tom L

    Isn't it wrong to fundamentally change America when only 1 party feels that way? Shouldn't there be some bi-partisan support?

    December 16, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  20. mjm

    45000 IS completely made up. It was a BS study and junk science. That should have been obvious from my post and my point was very clear. This bill leave 13 million uninsured so Grayson can stuff it.

    "That happened on the day that America was convinced by Reagan and his Republican party to believe that if we'd all just do whatever we can to help the small percentage of us who are rich get even richer, they'd for some reason deny human nature and not seek to consolidate and hoarde all their wealth and power."

    Who do you think is behind you being gainfully employed? Someone who is broke? I know many self made millionaires. They never horde their wealth, they invest.

    Give a Republican a tax break and he'll start a business. Give a tax break to a democrat and he'll buy video games....Right SNIFFIT?

    December 16, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  21. MatthewDetroit

    The funniest part about this whole bill is the blame game the Dems are playing with themselves.

    You have 60 votes and you cant get it done. Do you want to know why.

    Because it could be a liberal movement and it would get the votes.
    The problem is Nancy, Harry, and Kenya boy want an extreme money grab, socialist movement.

    Even the Dems...some of them...are against the bill.
    It is extreme and it is wrong.

    They worry about Republicans, or Independents., heck they cant even get the people in their own party to agree, WHY... because it is a BAD BILL.

    December 16, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "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........."

    Indeed this is true. As I've said before, the bill is really just a messy handjob for the insurance industry now that the GOP has forced all effective provisions out of it thru fear mongering, misinformation and rabble-rousing people dumb enough to think that misapplication of the pseudo-epithet "soshulism" is a rational argument.

    December 16, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  23. Tom L

    You do realize that we pay into this for FOUR years before it goes into effect, right? That means 10 years of collection and 6 years of service. What happens when we have 10 years of collection and 10 years of service?

    Any answers that are honest out there?

    December 16, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  24. Barbara from Canada

    @ Sarcasm... Indeed... let us talk about "health care tourism"... about Americans (happy with their health care?) travelling to India, Thialand, Phillipines, Mexico and, indeed, to Canada. Yes – to Canada, where they are charged $60.00 for a doctor visit (this reported by an American on these blogs). Our health care system pays for some procedures to be done in bordering states when there is an emergency need that cannot be accommodated quickly. These procedures are indeed rare and done for the immediate benefit of the patient. – can you say as much? I have a friend (Canadian) who has been living in Michigan for years... She lives only a few hours from the border, and clutches her Ontario Health Card (which she passionately kept) and her passport close to her bosom, and RUNS back to Canada to receive her free care!!!! As for your PRESIDENT – yes, certainly I would have voted for him happily. He has vision, compassion, intelligence and a thick skin. The latter he certainly needs. I, for one, would have told the country to stuff it, long ago.

    December 16, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  25. Vets4Obama

    Matt in Detroit. When you stop sucking from the gov't teet by denouncing the military, then you might not be a hypocrite. Go get a gun and protect yourself, unless you are too cowardly to do it and need to rely on a socialistic practice such as a military to do it. Get rid of that darn police force too. It's YOUR job to protect your family, you "do nothing but depend on the government to protect you coward."

    I have no clue if you are a yellow tailed sniveling coward or not, only you do. The way to find out is if you say you support the military and the police department, but then go and say not any other 'social' programs. That, would make you a yellow bellied socialist, as WELL as a COWARD. Just saying. Cheers to you if you are not a little reject that depends on the military to protect your pathetic existance.

    December 16, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
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