December 24th, 2009
06:31 PM ET
soundoff (229 Responses)
  1. lou

    This is a clear cut case of conscience acting. His conscience convicted him of doing the wrong thing in the bill and he tried to vote against it, which would have been the right thing to do. Then his political mind took over and he decided to continue on the NObama path of selling America out, and he voted yes. This tells me that even Democrats know in their hearts they are ruining America, but when push comes to shove, they cave in to political choices. It is a shame America was so stupid as to have allowed one party to rule for 2 years. Then again, when the Republicans had the same power some years ago, they also turned their backs on America and let us all down. Seems like our political system has a bad batch of people in WDC. Perhaps its time to DUMP ALL OF THEM one election at a time, and start over. We certainly can't do worse than we are now.

    December 24, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. Bob in Fla

    I suspect he was just trying to wake up John McCain.

    December 24, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. Stradia

    Change we can fix! 2010!

    December 24, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. Keith in Austin

    It is very commical reading the giddy blogs from the Obozo kool aid drinkers today. All the uninformed comments still spewing hate against conservatism. Guess what Sherlock, here's what you bought.

    A national debt that now equates to $111,000 per American taxpayer! (I know, most of you don't @ay taxes but just so you know anyway)

    $500 BILLION cut from Medicare. (Skrew your Parents and Grandparents right?) Despicable!

    Mandatory payment for your own healthcare or face a fine from Bozo.

    A Liberal bend- over to the Insurance lobby guaranteeing them billions in additional profits throughout the next decade.

    Complete bend-over to Lawyers by not endorsing tort reform.

    More lost jobs as a result of the negative impact levied to Small Businesses.

    Higher costs w/reduced care from Drs, and Hospitals.

    Years of upfront payments with nothing in return.

    Unless you are completey on the Government dole, your blind sheeplike following of this President and his
    thirsty ambition to socialize the USA will hopefully give you a stern wakeup call very shortly. Right now you're all looking like a big fat all-day sucker! Merry Christmas

    December 24, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    If the people posting negative comments about Senator Reid and health care reform worked half as hard as he has for the betterment of our country, we'd all be a lot better off!

    All the Republican Party has given our country the last 30 years is failed economic and military policies. Wake up and smell the coffee!

    The GOP took budget surpluses in 1980 and 2000 and squandered them by cutting taxes on the wealthy while ballooning military spending. If giving the wealthy more money actually created jobs in this country, that'd be one thing; but all it's done is financed the wealthy building factories overseas and shipping American jobs there.

    The GOP only cares about the wealthy; and its more than willing to suck up to supposed Christians with their anti-gay, anti-choice, supposed pro-military, pro-American, pro-"family values" while the reality of their actions is the GOP has harmed our country greatly.

    December 24, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain

    Dear Senator Reid and all the senators who voted for this bill:

    Thank you very much – and my family wishes you and yours have a very happy (and restful) holiday!

    December 24, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. Gary C

    Sounds like John Kerry....I voted no before I voted yes....what a fool

    December 24, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. Greg

    I'm glad to see that our 100 Senators can have such a laugh. I continue to be amazed at the frivolity with which the entire body, both Democrats and Republicans alike, are treating this entire fiasco. Both parties have sold out, and we the people will be paying the price. Since the Democrats inserted language into the bill that prohibits changes in the future (a violation of current Senate rules), I hope a future Congress can attack the problem another way and force all members of Congress to get their healthcare the same way as everyone else in the country. At least if the system is broken, they can suffer along with the rest of us. Let's see how they like rationed healthcare, exponentially increased taxes, and a ruined economy.

    December 24, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  9. Connie

    His FIRST vote should be the one counted! Hello!!

    December 24, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  10. b franklin

    So the Dems push thru an inferior bill just to try to score political points and the Republicans are called irresponsible.
    If this bill becomes law costs will go up, health care will become rationed, the deficit will go up, and this action will lead to even more takeover attempts of parts of the economy.
    Let's use the US postal service as an example. How much more did it cost you to send your Christmas cards this year than it did 5 years ago?....10 years ago?

    December 24, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  11. Wacko

    He did it this way so when the thing turns into a complete flop (next year) he can say he voted against it, just before he voted for it.

    Sounds strangely familiar...buffoon blood runs deep in Congress.

    December 24, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  12. Todd

    Funny. A sign of how much effort Senator Ried and many others put into getting this landmark reform passed. no thanks to the nattering nabobs of negativity, the party of no – no ideas, no solutions, no compromises, just plain old no. They are like david spade in those stupid credit card commercials.

    December 24, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  13. Patrick, Honolulu HI

    You think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! Coverage doesn't start for several years, but gt ready for the taxes next year that start immediately. I'm guessing all the people on here that are all for this pay little to no taxes as it stands. All this bill is, is legalized theft, just like social security and medicare are legalized ponzi schemes. Cannot wait to get to the polls in November, it's going to be a loooong year.

    December 24, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  14. J. Brown

    This shows how strongly they've been fighting and how worn out they are! They were voting at 7 this morning after many long nights. Thank you gentlemen for your very hard work.

    December 24, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  15. Rob

    What a moron and looser Reid is.... I can't wait for 2010 so Nevada can vote this idiot out of the senate....

    December 24, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  16. todd

    We should challenge the legality of what was offered Nebraska and no other state. So... if I have health insurance already, I will have to incur more taxes and fees for a program I will not be using. Is this a mandatory thing to raise revenue to keep from defaulting on the government debt under the guise of health insurance. If the major win of this is to protect people from pre existing conditions, just legislate that. Make it law. It would cost nothing. All of this should cost nothing. I really think this is a plan to shore up big government we really can no longer afford.

    December 24, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  17. SF Serg

    Wouldn't that be something, if the enemy was the one leading the pack. So when does the conference start so they can put the public option back in the bill?

    December 24, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  18. Joycehelene

    Senator Reid accomplished what many before him have tried and failed, he was very tired and not thinking properly for a moment, it has happened to all us. Congratulations to all of the Democratic leaders for their hard work getting HealthCare for the American people, the bill may not be perfect, it is a good start and no doubt will be improved in time. Better than anything the Republican party of NO ever can or will achieve. When it is better understood by the people and no longer demonized by the Right, it will stand along with Social Security and Medicare. those great social programs that helps so many people.

    December 24, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. Chris

    We've been sold down the river by these swindlers called Democrats! They have no purpose in life except to get every working person's hard earned money and spend it on themselves and those too lazy to work! The working man will soon have to fight for his freedom and his money.

    December 24, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  20. Kathy

    To the person who says Nevada is embarrased by Harry Reid, what about Ensign? You want embarrasing he's your man. Immoral ad unethical, I would take Reid any day over that scumbag Ensign!

    December 24, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  21. Dean

    Just like Kerry......I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it.” ...
    Both losers.

    December 24, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  22. Dean

    J. Brown December 24th, 2009 4:04 pm ET

    This shows how strongly they've been fighting and how worn out they are! They were voting at 7 this morning after many long nights. Thank you gentlemen for your very hard work.

    Wondering how much you will be thanking them when your insurance costs go up and your quality of medical service goes down.

    December 24, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  23. Kevin

    Those of you Republicans against this bill and mentioning that Medicare and Social Security are not right, you will only be taking enough benefits when you retire up until you get back what you paid in, right???????? Those of you Republicans who are so angry that this is an inferior bill were totally pleased when Bush signed the totally unpaid for Medicare Part D and the un-funded No Child Left Behind bills, right????? So-called logic in many of these arguments does not exist. This has not vene been close to a fair and honest debate.

    December 24, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  24. dave48

    It simply shows what he was really thinking. He really meant to say "No" to this crazy bill.

    December 24, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. K. Parks

    The majority of the American people are NOT against health care reform. Many more people who have found themselves without any coverage since they lost their jobs or because the greedy insurance companies have found a way to disqualified them know reform is needed. This reform has been stopped by the party of NO for over 16 years so when people say that this bill is being rushed I have to ask how many more years have to pass before this isn't called a RUSH. This bill and all the amendments has been read. In fact the amendments were read out loud thanks to the Republicans so if they don't know what is in the bill who's fault is that?

    December 24, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
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