December 19th, 2009
12:19 PM ET
10 months ago

McConnell: Health care bill a 'legislative train wreck'


Washington (CNN) – Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, said the latest version of the Senate health care bill "is a legislative train wreck of historic proportions."

"If they were proud of this bill they wouldn't be doing it this way," McConnell said, referring to the reform bill fashioned in the Senate, where Democrats hold the majority. "They wouldn't be jamming it through in the middle of the night on the last weekend before Christmas."

Democratic senators on Saturday reached their goal of rounding up 60 votes supporting the health care legislation after U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson, who had been the lone Democratic holdout, reached an agreement that eased his concerns about abortion.

"Change is never easy, but change is what's necessary in America today. That's why I intend to vote for cloture and for health care reform," Nelson told reporters. Cloture means the Democrats needed the 60 votes to end debate on the health bill and send it to the Senate floor for a vote.

McConnell said the legislation "will have a profound impact on our nation. This is not renaming a post office. Make no mistake, this bill will reshape our nation and our lives."


Filed under: Mitch McConnell
soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. victim of the false prophet OBAMA

    it's amazing how liberals can fold like a lawn chair and at bottom dollars too. AFRAID of 'dirty harry' ? what a buch of spineless cowards.

    December 19, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    Ahh, the jamming it through in the middle of the night defense, eh, Mitch?

    Welcome back from your nine month coma, buddy.

    December 19, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  3. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Health care reform, like social security and medicare, will have a profound impact on our nation. We are one of the few civilized nations who that have ignored the needs of our citizens far too long. Mitch and his cronies will once again be on the wrong side of history, and they will pay for their lies and fear mongering over several election cycles.

    December 19, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. KO

    McConnell is a big whiner because his "delay, delay, delay" tactic has failed. The Democrats aren't "jamming" anything through...this bill has been analyzed and debated for months. If it was 2 pages long the Republicans would still be against it–all they care about is hurting Obama and gaining seats in 2010, not the millions of Americans who are victimized by the current system. He's just a sore loser.

    December 19, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    When the republicans held the presidency and both houses from 2000-2006, the only were interested in tax cuts for the wealthy and wars. The republicans had their chance, and chose to ignore the 45,000 deaths annually of uninsured Americans. Republicans are not the solution to America's problems, they are the problem.

    December 19, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. Kevin in Ohio

    AMEN! The liberals have finally done it. Get ready for the worst, America....it won't be long now before we are all growing our own food and actively protecting our property. The economic windfall of this last straw will be horrific.

    December 19, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. carol

    the GOP party of NO chose not to participate. they had their chance to work with the majority party to solve a major problem and they decided they would rather concentrate their efforts on bringing down the democrats.now that it appears that the MAJORITY party is going to get things done without them, they can't stop whining. the GOP could have participated and we probably would have a better bill. but this "starter house" is certainly better than allowing millions of americans to live out in the cold, with thousands of unnecessary deaths each year. in the short run it is revenue neutral and in the long run it will improve not only our health, but also our economy.

    seems they may have shot themselves in the foot. but of course they have very generous government health insurance, paid for by the taxes of all those people who don't have health care of their own, so there will be medical care for the injury...

    December 19, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. D. Tree

    Wishful thinking, McConnell and his allies have been trying to derail healthcare reform all year, but its steaming right along!

    December 19, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  9. Mario, KS

    Mitch McConnell is right to say that this is meaningful legislation, but I get really perplexed when he talks about the bill being a train wreck. Someone out there explain to me what the repubicans have done for the last 60 years to bring about meaningful change to peoples lives concerning health care? This is a sixty year arguement, how much longer should we debate, until next year when the economy inproves, maybe next few years when we pull out of Afghanistan, or maybe the next election cycle when the conservatives have the majority? We all know once conservatives get control of the house and senate, government will shut down because they aint doing nuttin under Obama!

    December 19, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  10. mandala

    mitch mcconnell is a 'legislative train wreck'!

    December 19, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  11. Another Reformed Republican

    McConnell, you are nothing but a senile, angry, old Republican hypocrite. You need to sit down and shut up and quit displaying your ignorance.

    December 19, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  12. jrzshor

    how would he know. like he read it!

    Oh, never mind, no has.

    December 19, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  13. Liberla wingnut

    We will spend the next ten years trying to clean up the gov't mess.

    December 19, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain

    McConnell, you're so full of it! But then again, you're a Republican whose sole mission is to bring down President Obama and our country.

    Yes, this legislation will have a profound impact on our nation. But since the impact will be positive to many millions of Americans, you're against it.

    All you GOPpers care about is giving more and more money to the wealthy so they can continue shipping jobs overseas and lining their pockets. Oh, and you all want to regain power so you can continue the destruction of our country that happened under GW Bush.

    GOP = Party Before Country

    December 19, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. Harvey

    Surprise!! McConnell says "NO!"

    December 19, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. Craig

    However, apparently Republicans were super proud of Republican nominees for various posts, including The Walrus, who had to be seated via executive privileges. Mitchie M., please go away now. Thank you.

    December 19, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  17. Jacob

    Mr. McConnell and all Gopers,
    You still have time to support this bill and let hard working American know that we care for you peoplei and join with Democrats. You all looks from your face that you lost this healthcare reform fight and few of you will loose in the next election. Keep in mind that from January 01/10 Mr.President OBAMA will work hard on economy and Job creation,help President to turn around what previous administration mess up, It is still not late for you to support and become the party of " YES"

    December 19, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. aware

    Dem demagoguery will be their demise! :)

    December 19, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  19. Mark NJ

    The real train wreck is the republican party, who has done everything possible to dismantle the working class and disfortunate in this country. Just like civil rights the republiican party is the party of big business and lilly whites. The disinfranchised in this country will at some point rise as like another civil war to finally put an end to this blatant ideology of government for the rich and for the white. Beware this war is not far off and the rage and diaster is going to be more than anybody could imagine.

    December 19, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  20. www.twitter.com/whybs

    Yes Mitch, it'd be history if we could get it done by year-end! Though, we'll take end of Q1 2010.

    When looking back, we'll know who deserve the credit and who are thugs. I'd be funny if we (pro health care reform folks) are thugs! :) But I don't think so!

    Let's stay humbled and get more Dem senators elected in 2010!

    December 19, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. riffenberg

    Change is easy, if it is good. For example, If I someone gave me $20,000 that would be easy.,,

    December 19, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  22. MVDCT

    Welcome everyone to the restoration of the American Welfare State. I shutter to look 20 years into the future where the seeds of disaster are being sown today by the clueless Congressional Democrats who are motivated only by their unsatiable desire to control all us like we're little chidlren. In November, all of them must be held to account !

    December 19, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  23. Death Panel Sarah

    ....and for the better, McConnell!!!!

    December 19, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  24. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    McConnell inadvertently acknowledge that the economy is good or either he is completely out of touch when he said "the Democrats are trying to push healthcare reform through while people are busy "shopping for the Xmas holidays". At last a Republican acknowledges the economy is coming back, way to go President Obama.

    December 19, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. m jeff

    Those are strong words coming from a party with no plan and no clue.

    December 19, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
1 2 3 4 5