December 19th, 2009
11:08 AM ET
10 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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  1. Todd

    I guess democracy no longer works, time to get the guns out!

    December 19, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. T'SAH from Virginia

    This bill will be VETOED by President Obama. There is NO Public Option and there is language that is in there that still benefits the insurance companies and they have loopholes that will allow them to raise cost…………WE HAVE LIEBERMAN TO THANK FOR THAT…. He ‘should not’ be the person to have the final say…Case and POINT! Preexisting illnesses will be covered but ONLY if you are UNDER a certain age – If you are OVER the age set by the insurance companies, you will pay over 3 times the amount for coverage – thank Dean for pointing that out.

    I am still backing President Obama. I still blame the RepubliCAN'Ts because from day 1, they could have been a part of making this bill work and they chose the path to instead DISRUPT IT – NO Suggestions – NO Solutions............ Now, it will backfire.

    This is NOT the end on the debate – both the Senate bill and the House bill will merge.......I think at that time, all will iron out!!!

    December 19, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  3. donald

    it's really sad to read some of these posts.. you people are saying the same thing the repubs are saying on tv. hardly any of you don't know how you will be affected. and so what if you can afford your insurance, as the president said, you can keep, but what about your neighbor, niece, uncle or brother who can't wouldn't it be nice for them to atleast have an option. and by way, what the hell will buying insurance cross states lines do?? you buy insurance at a high rate from an insurance in another state, that's really smart, lol. also every wonder why conservatives don't press their leaders to come up with alt ideas?? b/c their aren't any.. did any one see that BS they submitted to the CBO, lol.

    December 19, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. steve AK

    The bill is so watered down – who cares. This is not even close to the change we need. Thank you GOP for AGAIN screwing the US.

    December 19, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  5. Kevin in Ohio

    Too bad we have to wait so long to get Brown out of office in Ohio. He is a complete and utter failure, and this magnifies that. Get ready, America, for a financial debacle that will make 2008 look like a picnic. Thanks Obama, Thanks Liberals. Thanks Democrats. You've finally accomplished your goal of ruining this once great nation.

    December 19, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  6. Yay.. Health.. Lobbyist eat you heart out!

    yayyy.. Health care .. it's coming closer. I am an Obamba supporter Yay!!! You lobbyist love scumming individuals who rob the poor to make yourselves rich off our hard working backs of Americans." Poor people have nothing to lose.. only THE rich or want to be rich people do. This health care is not a disaster...its a new beginning..
    Thanks to the last Administration(Bush) We are in failing economy we're in today (Republicans).. it takes a lot longer than almost a year to clean up that mess out of a country. It wasn't a big package Obama had at his door when coming into office.. it was a huge disaster handed off of 8 years of greed. Divided we fail, but united we stand.. how true eh?

    December 19, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. carol

    it's about time!

    December 19, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. welches, oregon

    CNN again – nothing for the people – everything for the rich and corporate.

    Are we just gonna sit here and take it people? Just like the Jews did under Hitler – not meaning our government is like Hitler, but the unwillingness of the people to rise up other than on Political Tickers and back and forth hate blogs?

    Are we? Why aren't all those YES WE CAN people marching on Washington right now (well after the storm :) with so many downgrades to us over the years, why aren't we organizing and sending a strong message to our elected leaders about where WE want the country to go?

    Both parties of the Country are absolutely ridiculous and seem to care nothing for the country, it's citizens, it's soldiers, it's future, nay the future of the planet.

    What's it gonna take people?

    Why are we just sitting back and doing nothing?

    Is that what the tea baggers are doing? Are they more right than wrong?

    December 19, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    Senator Sanders is a thoughtful, intelligent man who has the best interests of the Middle Class at heart.

    I share some of his reservations about this bill, but I agree it must be passed.

    Vote YES!

    December 19, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. granny

    Does anyone really believe any of the MARXIST followers anymore. They only stall, pimping for perks. Please dont ANYONE forget those liars tricks 2010. Even the Lord is trying to shut DC down, to stop them. Free choice of idots is going to destroy this great country.

    December 19, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain

    Willy Brown: Turn off Fox and read the bill. Illegal aliens (most of whom do extremely hard and dangerous work) are not covered by this bill.

    Another thought regarding illegal aliens: Reagan relaxed the laws to allow more immigrants in, at the behest of big agribusiness.

    If employers didn't hire these people illegally, they wouldn't come.

    Your beef is with all the employers, not with the people who are working here under trying circumstances to take care of their families.

    December 19, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. Jenn, Philadelphia

    How do we know whether this bill is good or not. Harry Reid put it together in the privacy of his own office, let only a select few fellow politicians (Democrats) see it and has sent it to the Congressional Budget Office under seal so the results of their audit will only go to him. If the bill is so great, why all the secrecy? This is the new "transparent" government we were promised after 8 years of secrets?

    December 19, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. Pam from Tn.

    I don't know how good or bad this bill is..or do I.. I feel assured that each and every repub. and demo. made sure they had their own wants in it. I guess that makes it really, really bad doesn't it? Both parties make me extremely sick!

    December 19, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. Mike

    I am truily amazed at the American voters! We are still talking in meanless and outdated terms. (I.E.) Republician, Democrate. these terms tell us nothing about how they will govern! Case in point, Bill Clinton was a democrat, George Bush a republician.
    During the CONSERVTIVE last 6yrs. of Clinton we prospered. During the 8yrs. of, LIBERAL Bush, well you see the point. Think in these terms, and reserch history, you can easily see a pattern.

    December 19, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  15. this black liberal hates Obama

    Hey, If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge, your commie Democrooks just signed their death wish for next november.

    Either you don't know that or you must the most retarded person I've ever come across.

    You must take after "YOUR MAMA!"

    December 19, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. this black liberal hates Obama

    The same goes for you, mary!

    December 19, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain

    phoenix86: The mess President Obama inherited was created by GW Bush.

    GW and his cronies – including the person who really ran our country for 8 years, DICK Cheney – are the ones who made naive, arrogant and stupid decisions about everything, from ignoring pre-9/11 intelligence briefings about al Qaeda, to

    – not listening to our generals in the lead-up to the Iraq invasion

    – letting bin Laden escape into Pakistan

    – an abysmal response to Katrina

    – de-regulating Wall Street

    – irresponsibly cutting taxes to the wealthy during wartime

    – not addressing spiraling costs of health care

    So Phoenix86, the real FU goes out to you and everyone else who wants our President and country to fail! :)

    December 19, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    Concerned Democrat: Like anyone believes you're a Democrat! You're a typical Republican, probably on the dole for Fox, to write posts in an attempt to make it look like the Democrats are losing the confidence of their party members.

    To you, I say: Nice try, buddy, but your sorry attempts are soooooo transparent.

    Signed,
    Concerned Republican

    December 19, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. MaryJo

    I cannot believe none of these comments are praising the step that has just occurred. You are not going to support a Democrat in the future because they have just been able to work in this tedious system to get something passed? We have learned over the last many months how many different kinds of Democrats there are, but in the end it looks like for real they are going to carve out a centrist bill that all of them can agree to. Seldom do we get to see all of the machinations that occur on Capitol Hill in order to get a bill passed, but having watched this process step by step, I am deeply grateful to the Democrats in the House and Senate who have worked to make this happen. And they have been able to stay focused despite all of the tactics of the "No" Republicans, up to the very end demanding a full reading of the bill just to try to make passage occur after the New Year. To all of you Chicken Littles who are expecting the sky to now fall in, I hope when it does not you will be able to look at yourselves and see that you were wrong and then figure out why you were wrong. We Democrats are so inclusive that we will probably forgive you for the error of your ways and wecome you into the tent!

    December 19, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  20. m jeff

    What we really need is the public option.

    December 19, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  21. TCM

    I wonder if Hospice makes house calls for a nation; because the liberals have sentenced our once great nation to a slow death...via taxation, control, and spoonfeeding lazy minorities and illegal aliens.....all to have votes! This is a classic case of treason against this once great nation.

    December 19, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  22. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans have never done anything positive for the American people while we've supported their continued greed and wealth. Enough is enough, we have a President who cares about the American people, all of us.

    December 19, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  23. Gary's Christmas comments

    Using taxpayer money to bribe Democrats to vote yes....Democratic corruption to the core. We need to "recall" congress and vote every single person out! Is there any constitutional mechanism to do that?

    December 19, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  24. Willy Brown

    Senator can you tell us how it cost to buy you?

    December 19, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  25. Don

    Fantastic! While the bill doesn't do everything it should, it is a major step in helping all of Americans... It is so unfortunate that the Republicans have politicized everything and put their party before the people. We can all be proud of the 1st step in real health care reform.

    December 19, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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