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."


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soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. Fairplay

    Mandates without price control or public option is immoral.

    December 19, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. Bob C

    Dear Senator McConnell:
    If and until you and your colleagues return to being the loyal opposition instead of hoping the President and the country fail, please keep your ignorant remarks to yourself.

    December 19, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  3. Dick

    Speaking of train wrecks, how about them Republicans?

    December 19, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. Steve in Kentucky

    I must apologize on behalf of the commonwealth of Kentucky and the many good people who live here for failing to defeat this jerk in the last election.

    He and his Rethuglican underlings have done a great disservice to America.

    They always act like they support the military but as soon as it was convenient to stall the health care debate, the Rethugs cut and ran on funding the troops. They are a national disgrace.

    December 19, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  5. Lee in Oregon

    YES.......McConnell..... this bill WILL reshape our nation and our lives......for the GOOD. And with any luck this bill will only improve once a PUBLIC OPTION is in it and it is then signed into law.

    You Republicans can't stand the idea that finally a healthcare reform bill will be passed and you had absolutely NOTHING to contribute to it.
    Your only contribution has been to STALL, STALL & STALL!

    December 19, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  6. Annie, Atlanta

    It's only a legislative train wreck to the chief Obstructionist in the Senate because if it actually works, and real people get a break on their insurance and not get refused coverage, his party will look foolish. They're trying everything they have to stop health care reform, including fillibustering a bill on funding the troops; the troops they seem to only care about in campaigns, apparently. Pay attention people. Our government has not been working well for most of this past year because of this obstructionism.

    December 19, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. winstone

    It is disgusting that Sen Mitch McConnell and the Republican party have not contributed to the discussion of the Health Care debate except to critique any proposal that is brought to the table.The Republican party have never been a contributor and always opposed any social program that benefit all Americans,they have tried to block the implementation of Social Security,Medicare,Medicaid,and all social programs which they themselves now enjoy.Their latest push is to deny the,working poor,the unemployed,and the down and out American citizens the opportunity to obtain health care

    December 19, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. Raul

    The comunist Obama needs to be defeated at all costs. We rebelled from the British and it is time to take up arms again and fight these bastards that are trying to destroy this great nation of ours.

    December 19, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  9. drj

    Praise the Lord and the Dem's for sticking to their principles.

    December 19, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. sensible Cape Coral FL

    If the Health Care bill is a train wreck, McConnell has no one to blame but himself and his selfish sycophants.

    December 19, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  11. Randy, San Francisco

    The same old GOP mantra dating back to their opposition to the New Deal, Social Security and Medicare.

    December 19, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  12. John

    You left out all of the best parts of his statement. Please post the full version so you don't slant the story.

    Thanks and Happy Holidays,
    John

    December 19, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  13. Better than Nothing....

    This is the DEMS way of thinking...just like Obama's so-called agreement in Copenhagen is "NOTHING" not-not-not binding and not verifiable...an agreement worse than "NOTHING" WHY? The bragging about nothing.....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 19, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  14. Bobby

    Mitch McConnell represents everything that is wrong with "career" polititions. A bloated blowhard with no solutions, just words and a constituancy that obviously needs better schools.

    December 19, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    it makes me sick to watch the republican pupet to insurance industry stand infront of america and boldly lie through his teeth .each day thay we wake up the republicans gain access to a new low in morals and truth . what a day it would be to find america holding people like McConnel Lieberman and the such accountable for the lies an fear spreeding . just like good old Cheney , Rove and the Bush pupet .
    I am in hopes that the Predident will be able sign into law a health care program and then in short order the congress will tweek it and add a puplic option much like social security . any money put into the fund will be used for health care and not bonuses for CEO'S and cash back to republican senatores and congressmen and women .. wake up america .this is a very important moment in our history . the democrates will actually get togehter and vote a bill in favor of US . the republicans have always counted on the democrates to fall apart when doing something jointly but this time it is going to work LOL :)

    December 19, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  16. Terry from West Texas

    It is indeed a train wreck, and Sen. McConnell has pulled as many spikes from the rails and disabled as many switches as he could to ensure that it would be a train wreck.

    The GOP's unpatriotic strategy is to stall, block, delay, and prevent action for as long as possible so that their lies (death panels, socialism), exaggerations and distortions would have an accumulating effect on citizens weary of the endless arguing.

    Americans are very susceptible to the old stall tactic. They become impatient very quickly. Here we are trying to resolve a problem that we have struggled with for a century. Conservatives have learned to postpone progress indefinitely. America's Conservative leadership is a greater threat to America than Al Qaeda by far.

    December 19, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  17. Ready for 2012

    I hope when the public learns what a horrible bill this is that they will have the sense to vote anyone who said yes to it out of office, and that includes Obama.

    December 19, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  18. Barbara

    It will be very interesting, when this comes to an actual vote, to see if ANY Republicans are on board. After all, the things they said bothered them the most have been taken out of the Bill. Perhaps Ms. Snowe will sign on, and give the finger to the rest of her party who's agenda it is to bring the President down. Guess what?.... they fail... America wins!

    December 19, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  19. Sean

    Wrong, Mitch. Republicans are the real trainwreck!

    December 19, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  20. steven harnack

    "this bill will reshape our nation and our lives", Good! That is what it is intended to do!

    December 19, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  21. renobill

    Good!! Our health care system is already a wreck, it needs reshaping. Just for once I'd like a Repuke to say "We hate the poor, and minorities. We're for big money, anything that might help the average American, and in any way hurt the rich and powerful we're against." That would be the truth, so a Repuke will never say it.

    December 19, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  22. annie s

    Jamming it through? We've been waiting for health care reform since 1912. This is a grossly imperfect bill and more of a handout to the corporate masters than real reform for the American people...but as it will reduce the deficit greatly, why exactly are Republicans against it? Oh yeah, I know, because their ONLY agenda is to destroy the President.

    December 19, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  23. vegage

    What to expect from republicans to say? The just do not want health reform to happen and they will go as low as any can imagine to block the bill. They are just interested in helping the insurance companies keeping their control on the health care of americans so they can continue having exorbitant profits. I am so happy that finally history is being made. Republicans will be judged by the history as the main roadblock that stood before heath care reform until the very last moment.

    December 19, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. W l Jones

    The conitution were a train wreck :freedum liberty and justice for all " but they past it, other wise we would not have a peacful tranfer of power as we have now. Enough said.

    December 19, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. SY

    Yes, Mitchy, this bill will reshape our nation and our lives and we need reshaping after the Bush/Cheney/Republican nightmares! You don't like the bill because it isn't putting any money into your pocket and you just can't stand to see every day, average people helped.

    You Republicans will fight anything proposed by this President and the Democrats, even if you know in your heart it will be good for this country. Party of NO.

    December 19, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
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