December 19th, 2009
11:08 AM ET
6 months ago

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. Gene

    This bill is a disaster for the American economy.

    Vote NO!!!!!!

    December 19, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  2. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    This bill is a good start, and I commend these two dedicated senators for their hard work on behalf of the American people.

    December 19, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. Willy Brown

    No surprise here. We are tired of you giving it all away to the lazy and illegal aliens.

    Democrats do you hear the faint sound of drums? That’s the sound of change coming in 2010. You ignored the legal tax payers long enough.

    December 19, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  4. Albert K. Esq.

    This health care scheme puts the worst of capitalism and socialism in cahoots creating a Federally enforced corporate takeover of our wallets. Good old American competition for acceptance of a private contract offer is replaced with a legal duty to sign it. American Due Process of Law and public approvoal of tax increases is replaced by rate hikes at the whim of a greedy corporate mob who has no public option competition keeping prices honest and guaranteed sales musseled by a thug-like Uncle Sam - Fed Extortion!

    Imagine compulsory education with no option to attend a public school or compulsory Social Security payments made only to a Wall St. corporation. Medicare, public education and social security never resulted in a government takeover and neither will a health care public option, but even that would be more desireable than this government enforced corporate takeover of our paychecks.

    December 19, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. New Yorker

    A good first step into more government intervention and control. Way to go comrades!

    December 19, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. A True Centrist

    Great, there goes the insurance offered by my company. It will now be much cheaper for them, as a self-insurerer, to just drop us and pay the fine. I guess I will now be forced to take the government program, thanks for the "options" Dems.

    I'm not sure how I am going to vote in 2010 but the dislike and anger with the Republicans from the Bush era is quickly fading, I'll tell you that. The terrible administration I knew was better than the one I am stuck with now.

    December 19, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  7. phoenix86

    60 democrats and all democrats in the House. A democrat as president.

    Voters, remember this next year when your taxxes begin to rise; unemployment tops 11%, inflation returns, health care shortages begin to appear.

    This is the democrats FU America Christmas present to the voters.

    11 months and counting....

    December 19, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. Concerned Democrat

    They aren't holdouts ......they are participants in EXTORTION, PAY TO PLAY, CORRUPTION AND GREED.

    Shame on my fellow Democrats......I am so disgusted with this whole process and they can count on me doing ZERO to help Democrats get elected in 2010 and 2012.

    This was not Health Care Reform.

    December 19, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. lila

    Well thank Goodness. Sanity wins. The far left and far right are like big babies willing to hold there breath until they die.

    December 19, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  10. Pragmatic

    No one will be completely happy with this bill: It's call "compromise" and it is how laws are made. It's a start ... unless Rush and his flying monkeys don't manage to scare them into changing their minds ...

    McConnell is blabbering at the podium ... talking about the bill being read ... wonder if any of the republicans are there to listen to it ... after 40 years ... republicans still think we're moving too fast ...

    December 19, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. Four and The Door

    Neither of the men are totally pleased, but they told CNN it's a good first step.
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    Yeah, a good first step for bankrupting the US Treasury and handing off a more expensive health care system to future Americans that is just a collection of political compromises! I've never seen so many people willing to stand up for mediocrity and second and third best. Don't these Senators have any self respect?

    December 19, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  12. mary

    Great !

    December 19, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. sifto77

    anyone but crooked dems in 2010/2012! we will get the drums rolling after christmas. Cheers all you "history making" obama lovers.

    December 19, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  14. Bugl3t

    McConnell today is complaining about how this bill will be signed in the middle of the night; how it doesn't offer savings; how it does this or that... all the while ignoring that each and every one of these things are the direct result of the PARTY OF NO – no solutions, no effort, no to helping Americans, no to stuff they agreed with just last year, no to doing their jobs.

    And THEY have the nerve to be outraged? I am a voter. I AM OUTRAGED by the GOP's behavior.

    I think we should just drop this whole thing and put a single-payer system in place and let the Republicans and their favorite lobbies - Insurance Companies, Pharma, Banks and Wall Street – go straight to hell in the handbasket that they've put America in!

    December 19, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  15. Disgusted Democrat

    Did we just witness in public television a shameless action of Pay to Play.

    Did the final Senator just get paid to vote for the bill?

    What has happened to our nation?

    I am starting to feel ashamed to be called a Democrat......I guess I will be joining the ranks of those who are becoming Independents.

    This is not the Democratic party that I have worked for all my adult life......it's a shadow of what we once were and a warning of what is to come.

    December 19, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  16. Dean

    You want government funded and controlled health care....Look at the financial status of California. This is what is coming to us all.

    December 19, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  17. Dean

    While I'm not happy with this bill it is a start.

    December 19, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    Not good enough for you righties? Rather than spending the summer tea bagging, perhaps your party members could have actually rolled up their sleeves and worked to help make the bill better.

    December 19, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  19. Kim

    I'm upset that the bill does not contain the public option.

    December 19, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  20. 60's survivor

    good job. wanted more. but first step is better than stepping BACKWARDS again ! despite all the name calling and lies from the sore loser wingnuts.

    December 19, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  21. Moderate

    The bill is not perfect (nothing is in politics), but it is a step in the right direction.

    Pass it in the Senate, and let's iron-out the improvements during conference with the House bill, which is a better version.

    December 19, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  22. Michael

    It's a start – the Liberman Litany for Lobbyist will be changed dramatically someday- the sooner the better.

    December 19, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  23. Ancient Texan

    Oh goody! All the holdouts have now decided to go ahead and ruin the best healthcare system in the word. Anything the government gets involved in is a disaster and financially insolvent. Yes I know the government runs the Postal Service, Medicare, Social Security, and Amtrak. All Are BROKE. The Voters are against this debacle by 57-41% and will remember the dolts that made this mistake in 2010.

    December 19, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  24. donald

    since gov't healthcare is soooo bad, and insurance companies has been so good to you all, why don't you all tell grandma and granddad to cancle their medicare/medicaid and go buy humana, bcbs or atena and see how that workout for them.

    December 19, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  25. victim of the false prophet OBAMA

    2010...the year of liberal losers and the democraps demise...a cause for celebration.

    December 19, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
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