December 19th, 2009
11:08 AM ET
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Two health care bill liberal holdouts to say 'yes'

Two liberal U.S. senators have said they will vote 'yes' on the health care bill.
Two liberal U.S. senators have said they will vote 'yes' on the health care bill.

Washington (CNN) – Two liberal U.S. senators who had not committed to supporting the health care reform bill said Saturday they will vote "yes."

The holdouts were Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, an Independent who caucuses with the Democrats, and Sen. Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democrat.

Sanders said he will vote for approval because the measure now contains provisions for new community health centers. Brown said he favored the insurance reforms in the legislation.

Neither of the men are totally pleased, but they told CNN it's a good first step.

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soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    If you vote for this current Senate bill, you better not give up the public option or some compromise that will give competition in the market for the millions you are now forcing to buy health insurance in conference!

    December 19, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. sensible Cape Coral FL

    @ Four in the Door:

    How come it never occurred to you that failure to pass the Health Care Bill will result in bankruptcy? American workers have one of the lowest productivity rates in the world because of absenteeism. Adequate health care can cure that to some degree.

    You have what I call One Dimensional thinking. (aka stupid)

    December 19, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  3. MVDCT

    The only saving grace from this debacle is that the Congressional Democrats will be out of power for a generation. They are systematically leading our country off a cliff. 61% of Americans oppose their cabal and yet, they don't care less about public opinion. Well, they will get the message LOUD AND CLEAR next November.

    December 19, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  4. Doug-Dallas

    McConnell has the gall the to stand there and talk about reading the bill publically and saying it's the first time most have heard what's in it. If that's the case, they should be fired for stupidity and not doing their job. How can they vote on a bill they haven't read and how can they object to it if they don't know what's in it. Talk about a bunch of hypocrites!

    By the way, in case y-all forgot, we are in this mess because of Bush & Cheney's refusal to follow the Constitution, enforce the laws and their ability to increase the deficit by 500% in less than 8 years. If McCain and the barbie doll had been elected, unemployment would be worse and we would be in a depression worse than the last one. There would be more troops in Iraq, the deficit would be higher and we'd all be scratching our heads wondering how we could have been so stupid.

    December 19, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. sensible Cape Coral FL

    Hey – Willie Brown:

    For your informnation it is NOT the illegals who are bankrupting the Health Care System . It is the uninsured Americans. Do your homework BEFORE you blog.

    December 19, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  6. 2PACOLYPSENOW

    This bill as it is constructed is garbage and P.R. Fluff. Thanks Democrats for doing in 2 years what the Republicans managed to do in 8 years, and that's bankrupt this country. And you have now managed to get a bill that with bankrupt middle class america even further and make the rich insurance companies even richer and more powerful like the banking industry. Getting rid of you in 2010 would be my pleasure, but then we'd have more Republicans with no new ideas, no ideas at all and just continue this endless cycle.

    December 19, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  7. Debbie

    I don't totally like the bill either but it will save millions of American's from financial disaster. I worry about the deficit but sick people and/or dead people cannot help pay down the deficit. It's a necessary evil. Anger should not be directed at the GOP or Dems but the greed of the insurance industry (financials, health, drug companies, etc.) Without their greed and glutony the US would not be in this position.

    December 19, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  8. WAW

    I was not alive when Social Security was passed. I do remember the Civil Rights Act. The Health Care ranks right up there with those. The United States survived the Civil War and became "one nation", Dwight Eisenhower added "under God" and now we can truthfully say that "with liberty and justice for all".

    There has always those who would use their wealth and power to promote their ideological belief in a ruling class. Sorry folks, I have lived to see a black president and I have lived to see equality in care for the infirmed.

    Now you can put this aside and work for bipartisan RE-regulation of the financial system. But my guess is that those who own you are not in favor of that either.

    December 19, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  9. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    if they are smart they will join the party of YES and vote in a health care bill . then america can watch the republican party drift out of sight and a new day of truth will amerge and fair cost of coverage will begin to happen :)

    December 19, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  10. Fed up Monority

    Phonix86
    Grew tired of you many many moons ago.....any solutions?

    December 19, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. Gerry NH

    Goodbye America as we know it. Health care will go to hell an so will our country.

    December 19, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  12. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    the simple thing is do any of you want to keep paying insurance companies fopr the CEO'S bonus's and rape us and denie most claims just for the profit of our health .. makes me sick to hear anyone think the insurance companies are working hard for you .. hard for the amount of money they can ripe off .. lets see how stupid you sound when it all begins to work . LOL :) merry christmas to those who vote yes on the health care bill and to the president for putting his job on the line trying to make it happen . and for moving forward to eliminate 2 wars of the Bush Cheney Rove era . thank you :)

    December 19, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. German,Irish American

    Now the rest of the counrty is going to pay for the state of Nebraska's health-care just so Nelson will vote for the bill? Rod Blagojevich didn't do 1/1000th of the pay to play that Obama and the Democrats are now deeply, and more than likely illegally, involved in. Where is the outcry from the media on the Obama Chicago thug pay to play politics?

    December 19, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  14. Michellefrom IL

    once a dem voter – my ticket will be straight republican next year!

    December 19, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. Michellefrom IL

    hey cnn; how about a poll seeing how many people want health care to pass?!

    December 19, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  16. jj123

    Wonder how much their bribe was

    December 19, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  17. Howie

    How sad it is that Reid has to buy yes votes, and the democrats say the GOP are hipocrits???????????. Wonder where he gets this money, hope it is from the democratic party and not the tax payers.

    December 19, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. Right Leaning Independent

    Stop acting like there was ever really any question about their support! These Dems including Nelson were just trying to get the largest payout from Reid that they could extract! The Dems and Obama are the biggest Hypocrites to grace the halls in Washington!

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

    To all the naysayers with their bickering and hatered SHUT UP unless you can come up with better solution. Do you ever wonder what would happen if you had a pre-condition and lost your job or your children or grandchildren had pre-condition. You & they will have no coverage like millions of people who was layoff and now have no courage. Did you ever stop and think what would happen? Tomorrow future holds to noone. This could happen to you and than what? By then it's too late because you said NO. I guess you don't mind paying the rising cost of healthcare. Did you know the Govt approve 362 Billions of dollar (your money) for more military jets and museum but yet they won't approve healthcare. Will someoneplease tell me what is wrong with picture? Waiting for intelligent response.

    December 19, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  20. Annie, Atlanta

    sifto 77 – why do you have to be so ugly? We all live here, not just Rs or Ds. We need to figure out a way to make this work. Tearing into each other is tearing our country apart. Maybe instead of dealing with political issues on an emotional level (I know – that's a hard one because it is partly emotional) we should deal with it intellectually. Leave out the social issues, for starters. They're personal. Remember that we're neighbors and sometimes friends. My life is filled with conservatives even though I'm liberal. I'm married to a man who considers himself independent, and leans right. We learn from each other. It broadens our viewpoints. We don't really have the right to beat each other over the heads with our beliefs, do we? The personal stuff makes us who we are, but it doesn't mean we're bad, just different. That's a good thing. We need to find the positives and work together. And politicians and radion/tv personalities need to stop mugging for the cameras and fueling this hate. It's hurting us all.

    December 19, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  21. vette gal

    About time the democrats came together instead of all the normal infighting. This, at least, is a start and can be expanded on in the future.

    December 19, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  22. greenfish

    The right wing was for many of the proposals in this bill, until the possibility that it would pass under a democratic president and democratic Congress. The republicans are the party of NO, just interested in obstructing in the hopes of regaingin power. Shameful. Anyone remember the nuclear option???

    December 19, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  23. ha

    This isn't compromise, it's bribery! They bribed the few that were holding out so they would have the votes. This is NOT the way to fix our healthcare system. I'm not saying there is nothing wrong, I honestly think that something does need to change. BUT THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO DO IT. I also feel that if there are people out there that DON'T want health insurance, then they shouldn't be forced to get it or face penalties.

    December 19, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
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