March 22nd, 2010
08:05 AM ET
8 years ago

Health care vitals: Taking one for the team?

Washington (CNN) - Many of the 15 House Democrats who are not seeking re-election in November were under pressure to "take one for the team" on the Senate health plan Sunday night by casting what might have been an unpopular "yes" vote back in their districts.

In the end, 11 retiring Democrats voted in favor of the measure; four voted no.  Six of the soon-to-be retirees are seeking other elected office.

Retiring House Democrats Who Voted Yes
Brian Baird	WA-3
Bill Delahunt	MA-10
Brad Ellsworth*	IN-8
Bart Gordon	TN-6
Paul Hodes*	NH-2
Patrick Kennedy	RI-1
Kendrick Meek*	FL-17
Dennis Moore	KS-3
Joe Sestak*	PA-7
Vic Snyder	AR-2
Diane Watson	CA-33

Retiring House Democrats Who Voted No
Marion Berry	AR-1
Artur Davis*	AL-7
Charlie Melancon*	LA-3
John Tanner	TN-8

*seeking other office

Filed under: Health care • Health care vote count
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Minnesotan

    Every "Yes" vote came from an American Hero!

    March 22, 2010 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  2. Liz

    They took one for the American people! That's what we sent them there to do. they overcame enormous pressure from the fearmongering lizard-brains and did the right thing. i'm proud of every Democrat who voted yes on this historic bill.

    March 22, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  3. T'SAH from Virginia

    Last night was the greatest moment for Congress because they STOOD UP to the Party of NO and passed a bill that would go down in history as another HISTORICAL event of all times!!!

    It was another "tear-jerking" moment last night and I enjoyed every bit of it with my Coffee Party friends online in Facebook!!!

    Thousands chatted and we posted every moment as it happened. I guess "SILENCE is GOLDEN" and it does take SHOUTING, CURSING, SPITTING and calling people the N-WORD to get a point across!!

    We did it and we will do it AGAIN!!! YES WE CAN!!!

    March 22, 2010 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  4. adisu

    No one expect from these retired Demo who vote No against the bill. These from south were and are suckers until they go forever. They are part of the people who amassed welth from slavery trade and cotton production. Still sometimes they bost taht their grandfather had several slaves at house doing sheet for them. Still they dream to have that kind. Whenthey see a black President at the top thier eyes will be red and sometimes they spit N word like they did yesterday during the House Bill. Hell all those!!!

    March 22, 2010 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  5. It's time for another change!

    "Take one for the team" instead of representing your district? Not exactly ethical becoming a traitor to those that you are supposed to represent. More kickbacks? Offers of jobs after? Any bets that they will find a cushy corporate or political job for themselves or their family?

    March 22, 2010 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  6. Jim

    I am an independent voter and have voted republican for 2 presidents and several senators. but due to the incivility ( use of n word, barney franks sexuality, and calling stupak a baby killer) I will not vote for a Republican this fall. i can't subscribe to a party that uses tactics such as those.

    March 22, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  7. dan smith

    Time to vote out all Nazi Democrats.

    March 22, 2010 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  8. Will-South Dakota

    Herseth Sandlin voted from South Dakota as well, and as a result I'm voting NO against her and will join to defeat her re-election bid. She did not vote the will of South Dakotans who need health care coverage. she voted no to keep the poor poor, she voted no to keep the uninsured unhealthy, she voted to keep insurance companies raping America. Time to throw the bum out of of office.

    March 22, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  9. dan smith

    Bye bye Nazi Democrats. The American people will remember that you passed this monstrousity of a bill against their will come election time.

    March 22, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  10. dan smith

    Yuck it up while you can Pelosi,Reid,Obama and all the rest of you welfare nazi's America will remember come election time.

    March 22, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  11. Marcus Tate

    The majority of Democrats are about to become retirees in November....

    March 22, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  12. Delores Wilson

    Good thing you Democrats are "retiring" at full cost to the American taxpayer, because you would never have won a re-election in November. You caved in under White House pressure rather than voting the way your indiviual states mandated. You are neither entitled to any respect for having served your country, nor retirement benefits payed for by people like me whose grandchildren will be burdened with paying for your out of control spending and record setting debt. Good riddance to all of you.

    March 22, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  13. jm for sc

    Republicans will feel more heat than they think in upcoming elections. Any voters with common sense will realize that there are more benefits in the health care plan than Republicans are admitting.

    The Democrats who placed their own political agenda before the needs of the voters will and probably need to get voted out of office by a real Democrat that will not allow Republicans to bully them into voting to protect insurances companies.

    How can a Democrats be unsuccessful when 95% of Americans will have health care, 32 million people will recieve heath care and people with pre-existing illinesses will now be able to get insurance? Who would vote for a party that are trying to find ways to repeal those positives?

    March 22, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  14. The Other Michael in Houston

    Nice of you CNN to still label it as taking one for the team. Laughable.

    March 22, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  15. Dennis

    I live in Dennis Moore's district and after this vote, there is no way he would be re-elected. I guess he knew when he showed his true colors that he was out of touch withe the 3rd district of Kansas. I think there is going to be a huge shift in the House come November.

    March 22, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  16. Kenny

    Wake up! Americans ! How soon we forget? Our dems balanced budget only to see it destroyed by repubs.

    March 22, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  17. jp,michigan


    March 22, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  18. liberal wingnut

    The retiring dems that voted yes still have to go back and live in their areas they voted for.

    March 22, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  19. Anonymous

    These Democrats didn't only take if for the TEAM they took it for Americans.......for the less fortunate, for the people who have lost their jobs and lost their Health Insurance, for those who can't get Health Insurance because of pre existing conditions.........the republicans don't care whether anyone has Health Care just as long as they have their Health Care that we the people pay for them to have........isn't that called Government paid Health Care?.......the Party of NO is not for America or the people of this country they are for themselves, for their PARTY and nothing and no one else........they are the Party of Stonewalling, Fillabustering, Lying, Hate and eveyone one of you are a disgrace to this Country

    March 22, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  20. Gale Shipman

    So many more democrats should announce their retirements now rather than cost taxpayers and supporters money for a failed attempt to run again.

    March 22, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  21. rob

    The liberal Obama cheerleading media will not report the truth about this plan ie, the three years untill most provisions take effect, the tax increases that start immediately, the huge increases in health Ins premiums that are inevitable because of the new rules about pre existing conditions and no caps on life time coverage etc. Businesses will either pass on premium increases to their employees or lay them off, dumping them into the "Exchanges" that will morph into Government Plans as soon as no private Ins will cover them. This will cause a brand new Gov't entitlement and huge new public debt on the backs of generations to come.

    This 50 year dream of the Dems and their supporters in the Media may have come true for them yesterday but the National Nightmare will have just begun for the majority of Americans.

    March 22, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  22. The Unsub

    At least Dems. have a diverse enough group that allows people to think on their own not like the Repubs. They are lock-step with the party line, no diversity whatsoever. John Boehner actually said that passing of this bill will be like "armageddon.".......Wow

    March 22, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  23. Tami in Colorado

    I have been a Democrat for as long as I can remember. I am ashamed to say that now. To do what the party wants instead of what your constiuents want is just dead wrong. I will never vote Democrat again. Don't get excited Republicans cause I most certainly would not vote for any of you either. Both parties are in it for their respective parties. Forget what is best for the country and ALL Americans.

    March 22, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  24. jeannee

    Isn't that nice...I wish I had another "office" to go to when I get laid off.
    Very convenient that these lawmakers have such great choices and the ability to vote in or out anything they want.. Guess we will have to take a second look at the results after the next election won't we....

    March 22, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  25. Brian Paul

    Enjoy your remaining three years fella's

    March 22, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
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