December 19th, 2009
12:19 PM ET
8 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. Chris

    Tthe Republicans have become the modern day equivalent of the "Boy Who Cried Wolf" – they keep repeating the exact same empty, self-serving remarks to the point where you completely tune them out and stop caring entirely about what they say. Whatever the topic, you already know their response will be a negative one made up of fear, hate & hypocrisy.

    The HCR could have been passed months ago, the only reason why they are "jamming it through in the middle of the night on the last weekend before Christmas" is because of the Republicans' obstructionist tactics. From the very beginning the GOP has played a dirty game made up plants at Town Halls with orders to disrupt and yell, a campaign of misinformation and outright lies (e.g Death Panels) and pointless delaying tactics, like insisting the entire bill be read out. The Republicans are like a bully who trips you and then taunts you for being clumsy.

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

    Guess Mr. McConnell just can't get it through his head - IT'S THE REPUBLICAN PARTY THAT IS A COMPLETE TRAIN WRECK!!!

    December 19, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. Alan in Marietta

    Mr. McConnell, it's time for your 5 o'clock nap.

    December 19, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. Gary

    This blowhard is what is wrong with america today. Until the american people grow a pair and get rid of the mcconnell's,becks,palins limbaughs and the other hateful obstructionist your country will lag behind the rest of the world.

    December 19, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. Annie

    Just another Republicans who has great health insurance coverage....so what's the hurry??

    December 19, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. PAUL

    The GOP is American's train wreck.

    December 19, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. normajean

    As part of the Republican Party , Mitch McConnell should easily recognize a "train wreck" when he sees one except he's looking in the wrong direction. Considering his partys attitude for the last year, I wonder how many voters are going to think twice before voting Repub. knowing that their party is willing to sit back and do nothing to even help THEM when they need it.If I were a Republican, I would think long and hard before I'd vote for the "Part of no", a term they brought on themselves.

    December 19, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. Jack

    Republican McConnell hasn't even read the bill. Typical Republican, goose-stepping along.

    December 19, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. Bethie

    Republican McConnell has his health insurance...but yea everybody, the GOP wishes you a Merry Christmas!

    December 19, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. ED

    Just another Republican nut-job.

    December 19, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. Rob R

    While I wished there was a public option in it, I believe the bill will be very beneficial to Americans so McConnell is right, it will impact Americans – but not in the negative way he suggests.

    Let's face it, the Republicans have nothing to gain and everything to lose if health care reform is successful so of course they will vehemently block it. If the bill starts reducing deficits and gives more Americans quality coverage than the Repbulicans will certainlly look like nothing but arrogant obstructionists and will cost them dearly at the polls.

    December 19, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. kk

    The Republican party is the train wreck.

    December 19, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  13. unemployed by Obama and now a TPN member

    the people KNOW, but the liberal DEMONs from the osamaObama group are hell bent on the destruction of America as osama Obama wants to be the black dictator when he is nothing but a lier.

    December 19, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  14. Tony T

    He couldn't be more right. Sad part is the country will suffer since the pays off to buy votes will help pass this POS. Its actually probably the best thing that can happen though, because this bill will ensure the GOP takes both houses back in 2010. Then we can get to the work of repealing this embarrassment on our government's history.

    December 19, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  15. kuriya

    This republican should be ashamed of himself. Health care bill is a train wreck because it is helping people. In the eye of the republicans in the house and the senate that is a lose to them.

    December 19, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  16. Pragmatic

    To the GOP – who always find it easier to complain than to govern.

    β€œIt is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood and comes up short again and again … who spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly.
    Teddy Roosevelt

    December 19, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. FM

    McConnell, why can't you sir take your ball and head home instead of name calling!

    December 19, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    NEEDS to crawl back uner the rock with mccain and the rest of the liers ..and take Mr. MaGoo( Lieberman ) with you :)

    December 19, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  19. Howie

    It is really sad that Harry Reid has to buy votes to get his health bill passed. How sad is it that the democrats are accepting these bribes. And the left talks about how bad the GOP is. This is a sad day in america.

    December 19, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  20. Ken, Arizona

    I suppose that old Mitch can see clearly now but he couldn't see the disaster that his party was making of our economy when they rammed through massive tax cuts with no way to pay for them; and a massive, unfunded prescription drug bill that they did not pay for. He can't see the GOP's mistakes of the past but now he can see, and predict the future. How convenient.

    December 19, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  21. Benjamin

    It's been six months since they began work on reforml. Claims that it's being "rushed" are ridiculous at this point - Republicans will keep claiming it's rushed till midterm relections are over!

    December 19, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. caron

    I really think McConnell hates America and the middle class people.

    December 19, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  23. Preston

    Trainwreck? All Sen. McConnell needs to do is to look in the mirror.

    Jamming it through? The Senate has been working on this for months.

    He is right about one thing, though. The legislation "will have a profound impact on our nation". It could have been more profound, had the Republicans not been so intent on destroying everything in their pathetically transparent effort to bring our wonderful President down, but it'll serve.

    By the way, does anybody out there know if there is any truth to rumors that Sen. McConnell is a pedophile?

    December 19, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  24. jane

    It is sickening to listen to these Republicans begrudge the slightest help for the American people.

    December 19, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  25. RTB

    McConnell is a human train wreck.

    Like so many of his Republican peers and some Democrats buddies they are cross dressing -acting as if they are for the people when in reality they goffers for the insurance industry and pharmaceutical giants.

    December 19, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
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