March 22nd, 2010
07:45 AM ET
4 years ago

Health care vitals: Dems who voted no

Washington (CNN) - Thirty-four House Democrats voted against the Senate health care reform bill Sunday night. In November, a total of 39 House Democrats broke ranks with their party to vote against the House health care bill.

Democrats who voted no on Senate health plan
John Adler	NJ-3
Jason Altmire	PA-4
Michael Arcuri	NY-24
John Barrow	GA-12
Marion Berry	AR-1
Dan Boren    	OK-2
Rick Boucher	VA-9
Bobby Bright	AL-2
Ben Chandler	KY-6
Travis Childers	MS-1
Artur Davis	AL-7
Lincoln Davis	TN-4
Chet Edwards	TX-17
S. Herseth Sandlin	SD-AL
Tim Holden	PA-17
Larry Kissell	NC-8
Frank Kratovil 	MD-1
Daniel Lipinski	IL-3
Stephen Lynch	MA-9
Jim Marshall	GA-8
Jim Matheson	UT-2
Mike McIntyre	NC-7
Michael McMahon	NY-13
Charlie Melancon	LA-3
Walt Minnick	ID-1
Glenn Nye 	VA-2
Collin Peterson	MN-7
Mike Ross 	AR-4
Heath Shuler	NC-11
Ike Skelton	MO-4
Zachary Space	OH-18
John Tanner	TN-8
Gene Taylor	MS-4
Harry Teague	NM-2
soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. normajean

    Unless every one of these people have proven themselves valuable in some other way, I think their state should make sure that they are voted out. This health care bill was probably one of the most important bills that they would ever be expected to support in their tenure in office and they could have led to failure of a health plan that has been in the making for over 40 years. This need has gone down to defeat too many times to be taken lightly and could have been a terrible loss at this time. for the Democratic party and the people. This was bigger than any of them.

    March 22, 2010 02:44 am at 2:44 am |
  2. Careccia

    How many actually would have voted yes but were allowed to vote no since the Dem's had the votes.

    March 22, 2010 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  3. Tony - FLA

    The only reason why most of these guys voted no was to try to protect their political arse. I wait to see if the Supremes can protect us from this farse.

    March 22, 2010 03:04 am at 3:04 am |
  4. Kimberly

    Good for them, those 34 democrats– looking for what is best for our country, and standing up to their beliefs, and not just the pressure of the party, and not just settling for what works for now. I expect more from our political leaders than settling for mediocre. Lazy, un-creative, and selfish. Where are the real leaders in this country? (No, I am not a Republican or a Libertarian.) "United" States??? Please! We all couldn't work together to come up with something better? Stop your political bickering and look at the real issues. Do you people even know why these 34 would have voted that way? If you don't, you should. Shame on you, if you don't.

    March 22, 2010 03:26 am at 3:26 am |
  5. glarn skeebleman

    Thank you, President Obama, for fulfilling one of the key campaign promises on which you were elected.

    And thanks for asking, former half-term Alaska Governor Palin, the hopey changey thing is working out just fine!

    And to the haters: this business-friendly conservative bill IS bipartisan in many many ways. It's just that for cynical political reasons no Republican was permitted to vote for it.

    March 22, 2010 03:31 am at 3:31 am |
  6. timothy

    look at em bye far the most are from the south or extream right wing states , they will loose their seats .and good job two , the dems wont come out and vote for these loosers , shame on them , thanks mrs polosi ant president obama . now on to finance reform .

    March 22, 2010 03:35 am at 3:35 am |
  7. Sgt. Flagg T. McLiberty, Superpatriot

    I wait to see if the Supremes can protect us from this farse.
    +++++++++++++

    No silly, they protect the corporations, not us.

    March 22, 2010 03:39 am at 3:39 am |
  8. Patrick of Honolulu

    Catastrophic legislation. Truly a black day for what the United States is all about. A giant expansion of government I fear will ruin us in the world market. Why do so many lefties feel the government can run health care, or anything else, more efficiently than private enterprise. Regulate against the crooks, and let our natural innovation (what made this country great) take over. Obama, Pelosi, and Reid are a cancer upon all of us.

    March 22, 2010 03:43 am at 3:43 am |
  9. Lewis

    Dems who voted against the HC reform are stupid if they thought that a "no" vote would somehow help them garner moe votes come election time.

    Republicans won't vote for them because they would rather vote for a real Republican.
    a HUGE majority of democrats won't vote for them because they don't want to elect a Democrat that votes like a Republican.

    so, basically they alienate their base voters without gaining any additional voters from the other side.

    Just look at Stupac... He held up everything in order to pander to pro-lifers in his district, only to be labeled a "baby killer" only seconds after the legislation passed.

    These Democrats who went against the healthcare bill for the sake of political gain have made an error in judgement; they went agianst the Democratic base that elected them in the first place in order side with people who will not support them in any election against a Republican candidate regardless of their vote on healthcare reform.

    Politically speaking. it's smarter to vote with the people who got you into office in the first place than to pander to people who probably wont support you no matter what you do.

    I am STRONGLY in favor of primary challanges for every Democrat who voted "No" on healthcare reform.

    March 22, 2010 03:52 am at 3:52 am |
  10. Anonymous

    This is a very good day for me. I don't need insurance, but I have a heart problem and I am a diabetic. Just think of all the people who do not have insurance and can not afford insurance what are they doing to get the treatment they need. If you have diabetic you must take medicine every day. I am happy this bill past, it could be better but a little is better than nothing.

    I just hope those Blue Dog Dem know it will take a Republican to get them in office.

    March 22, 2010 03:57 am at 3:57 am |
  11. FM

    These guys have committed a Political suicide. They do not deserve any help from not even a single Dem!

    March 22, 2010 04:18 am at 4:18 am |
  12. Alex Padilla

    dems did it, great news for America!

    March 22, 2010 04:23 am at 4:23 am |
  13. Big Al

    Just goes to show a few Demcrats have the good grace to know you can't pay for something when there is no money in the till. Everyone would like a better health program, but where is the money going to come from?

    Oh, I know all you young librels will be paying for this when you mature and have graduated from collage. Look for your taxes to be in the 60% bracket, that is the average figure with countries with these kind of benifits. either you pay government now or later. And beleive me the IRS is already checking the dots over the i's and crossing the t's.

    Good luck and good night america!

    March 22, 2010 04:26 am at 4:26 am |
  14. Nancy

    When did it happen that Americans traded being responsible free citizens of a republic for being whimpering dependents of a nanny state? The government that is big enough to give you "everything" (see the projects and VA hospitals) is also big enough to take everything away.

    Wait and see how "compassionate" the government run, IRS enforced health care system is, when the insurance companies start to fold and all we're left with is bureaucrats deciding if you're productive enough to warrant medical attention.

    The fact is that people were already getting health care in this country, insured or not; now everybody will get the same crappy low level care with long waits and tons of red tape- oh, except for the members of Congress and occupants of the White House. They'll get whatever they need.

    Fools.

    March 22, 2010 04:38 am at 4:38 am |
  15. Duane Duncan

    Reform reform reform...blah blah blah. This is monumental? How about we stop spending $750 billion a year on this stupid war on terrorism. Spend $700 billion instead and put the other $50 billion into the healthcare system. Is it just me or do the politicians make running the government harder than it really is.

    March 22, 2010 04:38 am at 4:38 am |
  16. Jeffc6578

    I want to spit on these dems, but it's a complicated thing. Ike Skelton would have lost his seat in his very conservative district, and his seat would have gone to a republican, but with his vote he may see another day to vote for reason. It does suck, though.

    March 22, 2010 04:41 am at 4:41 am |
  17. Peggy Lucas

    I am ashamed of the two Democratic Congressmen in PA who voted against Health Care. Their vote was not only against the President, but the millions of Americans who don't have health care.

    March 22, 2010 04:45 am at 4:45 am |
  18. diridi

    who said no on it are stupid...ok...we needed this health care for long time...

    March 22, 2010 04:47 am at 4:47 am |
  19. CBH

    What a day. It is sad to see that so many Democrats broke ranks and voted no against the healthcare bill. But come Nov I will vote against any Senator, Congressman, or Representative who voted no against healthcare for all. Time for all non-democrats to go. They can run has Republicans.

    March 22, 2010 05:11 am at 5:11 am |
  20. GI Joe

    Schuler wasn't even a good football player. He's looking for the cushy position with all the benefits while he denies his constituents what they elected him to do.

    March 22, 2010 05:28 am at 5:28 am |
  21. jr

    Benjamin Franklin said that the US Constitution would be the second greatest text ever written behind the Scriptures – but that ultimately it would fail because of the the corruptness of the people (today we call them politicians) and when the people become totally corrupt they would turn to despots because only despots can govern the corrupt. Despot is just an ugly word that describes someone who will not listen to others. He used this argument to get term limits into the constitution. Tell me, is Atlanta, Tallahassee, Washington D.C. ect, corrupt now? Who did George Bush listen to, who is Obama listening to? Vote against incumbency – these politicians – both republican and democrat do not believe you will vote them out of office........they are up there for one thing ........to spend your money somehow in hopes that they will benefit........Vote against incumbency...........The folks we send back up there may not me any more morally fit than the one we replaced ...but at least they will fear the vote.....and the vote is all we have..Lets take this country back one seat at a time ....Vote against incumbency........

    March 22, 2010 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  22. Stewart

    Thank God for the Democrats who did what was right, and finally stood up againsts the Health Insurance thugs! I hope their party finds progressive alternatives to run against every single one of the sorry lot of them that voted against it. The entire Republican congress should be voted out on their collective arses too.

    March 22, 2010 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  23. Tom in Delaware

    Love the comments from the loving and tolerant Liberals....and you criticise Republicans for not having a 'Big Tent'....hypocrites.

    March 22, 2010 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  24. rogerwv

    it's a sad day for America when the your freedom to choose health care is taken away,some people just can't afford it, this bill is complete nonsense, and all though i voted for oboma , i will not b voting for him or anyone who helped pass this huge error, bout time some dems start waking up.

    March 22, 2010 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  25. matt pierce

    As a Dr, I want you to know you have ruined the quality of healthcare in this country. When you look your grandchildren in the eyes, please apologize. At least these 34 had the courage to try to prevent this farse.

    March 22, 2010 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
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