January 28th, 2010
04:36 PM ET
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Landrieu takes swipe at Obama over health care

Landrieu takes swipe at Obama over health care.

Landrieu takes swipe at Obama over health care.

(CNN) - President Obama is taking heat from a Senate Democrat over how he dealt with the issue of health care in his first State of the Union speech.

"I think the president should have been more clear about a way forward on health care last night," Sen. Mary Landrieu told reporters on Capitol Hill Thursday. "I'm hoping in the next week or two he will be, because that's what it's going to take if it's at all possible to get this done."

"Mailing in general suggestions, sending them over the transom is not necessarily going to work," the Louisiana Democrat added.

Obama didn't address the signature issue of his first year in office until about halfway through the 71-minute speech, and then only discussed it for about five minutes. But he urged Congress not to abandon the effort that now appears in limbo following the Democratic Party's recent loss of its supermajority in the Senate.

"Do not walk away from reform. Not now," Obama said. "Not when we are so close. Let us find a way to come together and finish the job for the American people."

Landrieu, one of the last members of her party to agree to the final Senate health care bill, also suggested the president erred in allowing three separate Senate and House committees to pass various versions of the bill.

"As far as I know, the president thought it was a good idea to have three different bills debated," she said.

"No wonder people got confused. So it's not completely our fault that that was the plan."
Landrieu also said she felt the president unfairly blamed the Senate during his speech for holding up a series of initiatives that had already cleared the House.

"I thought he was pointing his finger at the Senate a lot throughout the speech last night … no I do not think its fair," she said. "Moderate Senate Democrats, who give the Senate the 60 votes, come from states that have to appreciate a broad range of ideas and since the president ran on a bipartisan, change, working with Republicans, [he] doesn't do a great service to then say everything the House passes without any Republican votes is something the Senate should just take."

- CNN's Ted Barrett and Alexander Mooney contributed this report

soundoff (180 Responses)
  1. MikeMc

    To the Dems-

    Bipartisanship? Forget it on this one. The Republicans will not cooperate until the bill is effectively neutered.. Just pass the dang thing and move on! You may suffer in the polls temporarily but the future generations will be grateful..look to those who passed the Medicare bill for guidance and an example of putting the country before themselves or their immediate political futures...I know its an old fashioned idea but you might want to try it..

    January 28, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. all the news that's fit to omit

    Mary, you are totally and factually correct, see that bus, the fraud threw you under it last night.

    Obambi is a gutless narcisist who thinks he knows all and if you don't do all that he beckons, you are wrong and a racist.

    Maybe if the gutless fraud actually sat down with ALL sides at the table, PUT IT ON C-SPAN and hashed out WHAT WE ALL AGREE ON, we could have gotten something done.

    Nope, not this loser, if your basement has a leak do you fix the leak so that it never happens again or do you do like Obambi and USE MY MONEY to tear down the WHOLE house and rebuild instead?

    I look forward to him and Shelly being out of office in 2013, a DVR moment if there ever was one.

    Two shout outs to Shelly, but NOT ONE to the Fort Hood heroes who were sitting with her, WHAT A FRAUD.

    January 28, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. matt

    Thanks Obama, you have single handedly split congressional democrats right down the middle. It is becauase of Obama that nothing is getting done. All talk and no experience will sink this nation.

    January 28, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  4. About time

    will another $300 million convince you? pleeeease...just shut up and pass the bill already. you got what you wanted in the bribe. get on with it or shut up and fade away.

    January 28, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  5. LIP

    Last night turned into the "blame game". Blame the democrats for this and the Supreme Court for that and the Republicans for this and that and Bush for this and that and this and that. Whatever happened to taking responsibility for failures to get anything accomplished, for not explainig to "the people" up front what his health care was all about. What happened to reaching out to get help, rather than biting the hands you want help from. None of this makes any sense. If you are going to sell something, you have to make people want it, you can't threaten them like some mobster from Chicago and expect results.

    January 28, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  6. Andy from NYC

    Looks like Mary would like to know what became of her Louisiana purchase. Your deal is dead Mary!

    January 28, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  7. Jim

    This is hardly a"SWIPE". The Headline writers at CNN need to tone down their inflamitory and divisive garbage. In every second headline, someone "SLAMS" someone else. This is exactly what the President refered to last evening.

    It's too bad that there are "no" proper news services in this country anymore, where facts are delivered without biased, rating driven opinions of the 'talking heads'. No wonder the average American doesn't have a clue what the truth is. This crap is Anti American by sowing division. A free press is responsible to report truth, not opinion or blatant lies.

    January 28, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  8. Fuhgeddaboudit

    The senate bill is a garbage can full of special interest deals (Nebraska, unions, etc.) and is the result of entirely too much back-room horsetrading. Quit your whining, Landrieu, and get back to the business at hand – hammering out a solution that is equitable to everyone, not just the lobbyists that are lining your pockets. By the way, exactly what were those "telephone repairmen" looking for in your office? Got some cash in your freezer?

    January 28, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  9. muffy

    She should talk, She was one of the biggest holdouts and ended up getting her lion's share. What a disgusting hypocrite she is.

    January 28, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  10. Grrr-Awful-O

    Mary Landrieu thought Obama was pointing his finger at the Senate a lot last night? I thought he was pointing his finger at the Supreme Court. Everyone gets thrown under the bus with this administration. What a carnival that was! BTW, has Biden asked the Supreme Court if they like beer yet?

    January 28, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  11. Pathera.Pardus.Pardus


    What do you want? Why don't you call some house members and try to convince them to accept the Senate bill as it is, under the promise of additional measures they support being added later through reconcilliation (i.e. Public Option & Medicare-Buy-in)

    Let the Bush Tax Cuts expire to fulfill the Pay-Go requirement, and get on with the business by starting to work on financial regulatory reform, why do you guys need the President to cover for you doing the people's business?

    January 28, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  12. eolufemi

    The Senate is holding up progress.

    Get on board or get out of the way.

    Simple as that.

    January 28, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. Dex, Houston TX

    Isn't she one of the Democrats who voted to keep the Bush Tax Cuts for the wealthy.....I don't find Landrieu honorable...at all!

    January 28, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    hey STUPID, WE THE PEOPLE do not want it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what part of that do you not understand? i think you have been hanging around D C too much. maybe we need to get someone to replace you too. so is it Husseins fault, or gearge bush. we know you're not responsible for any mistakes. or that your deaf!! starting to worry about that cushy job? i;ll contribute. to your opponent~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~`

    January 28, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  15. Debra

    She just mad because if health care goes down, her back room deal goes down with it. Get over and get to work.

    A Democrat that voted you in and a Democrat that will vote you OUT

    January 28, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  16. Jeremy

    Wow shes right! He lied and and continues to lie. the liar

    January 28, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  17. Bostonian123

    This woman is a republican in disguise. She's one of the major culprits as to why the bill didn't pass, along with disgrace Lieberman and Nelson. These three are the perfect example of WIFM.

    Like the great Commonwealth of Massachusetts, every state should get their own health care plan. It is evident the federal plan is not going to work or pass. Every state on their own, we're not a real union. It is interesting to note that the bluest of the blue state is the only one with universal healthcare covering 97% of its people. Not one red state can make the same claim. Go figure!!!

    January 28, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  18. Bo

    Sen. Mary Landrieu/Senate Democrat, contradiction in terms?

    January 28, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  19. Chris@Atascadero

    Of course she has no special interest, that is a 300 million dollar special interest, in getting the health care pork bill passed.

    You got a pair on you lady.

    January 28, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. Right Leaning Independent

    "Do not walk away from Healthcare". Run as fast as you can!!!

    January 28, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  21. Jason

    Who cares what this closet republican has to say. She wont win reelection.

    January 28, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  22. Pathera.Pardus.Pardus

    Since there wasn't a comment section for the PAYGO poitifact section, I will post my comments here:

    Since when does a comparative analysis between the (non-partisan ) Congressional Budget Office and the (Partisan) Heritage Foundation begin to constitute the full spectrum of honest opinion as to the reality of a policy decision.

    That's like saying Ben Nelson and Dick Cheaney are representative of the entire spectrum of political opinion in the country.

    January 28, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  23. JT the Show Me State College Freshman

    I forgot to add something; times $373,248 by the total workforce in the United States; about 150 million. That is $55,987,200,000,000 a year if healthcare reform is enacted. So, again, I do not understand how the people who claim to be a fiscal conservative, are against this. Do the math; it starts out small, but the savings will add up to a huge amount over time, and by looking at this number, we could pay off out debt within a decade or less. So my fellow fiscal conservatives, how about it; let me hear what you think about that savings amount above due to the type of healthcare reform I described above?

    January 28, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  24. MikQuick

    Landrieu should stop adding to the confusion. If you're not part of the solution you're part of the problem. We elected him and the rest in the last election. I say he ramrods his ideas and the rest of the Dems either get on board or get out. Bush was allowed to pass all kinds of idiotic crap, why can't Obama? The proof will be in the pudding. As much as I hate to quote GW, "let history be his judge". I hope he opens the can of whoo-behind he eluded to, including veto for waterred down faux reform.

    January 28, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  25. lind

    the big companies buy her. stop pretend your re protect the people.

    January 28, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
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