September 7th, 2010
03:21 PM ET
4 years ago

Democrats start touting health care reform 'no' votes

Some House Democrats are now using their no votes on health care reform in campaign ads.
Some House Democrats are now using their no votes on health care reform in campaign ads.

Washington (CNN) – House Democrats who voted against one of the Obama administration's signature policy initiatives – health care reform – are now cashing in on their no votes by using campaign ads to highlight their opposition to the legislation.

In March, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic House leadership scrambled to find the votes necessary to ensure the passage of the health care bill, one of the most important parts of the political calculus was which of the most vulnerable Democrats would be allowed to cast their votes against the legislation, thereby increasing their chances of reelection in 2010.

And now a few of the no voters – there are 34 Democrats in total who voted no – are starting to highlight their votes against the health care bill, a position that is likely to pay dividends amid a tough political climate and the president's declining poll numbers.

The latest Democrat to do so is Rep. Walt Minnick, the conservative Democrat running for reelection in Idaho's 1st district.

"A lifetime of business has taught me to count every penny and worry about passing on debt to our kids," Minnick says in his latest ad. "These values are rare back in Washington these days. I've had to say no far more than I've had to say yes. I've said no to big government spending, I've said no to President Obama's big health care plan and no to Wall Street bailouts."

Minnick defied the odds in 2008, winning a string of counties that backed John McCain over Barack Obama, and is facing state Republican Raul Labrador this year in a contest likely to test the Democrat.

Reps. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin of South Dakota and Glenn Nye of Virginia have also touted their opposition to the health care bill in recent ads.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll conducted in August suggest the health care bill remains unpopular, partly because of the new mandate that all Americans must have health insurance (56 percent oppose the mandate).

Other provisions in the new bill are popular, however. Nearly six in ten, for example, favor restrictions on insurance companies that require them to cover people who become seriously ill or who have a pre-existing condition.

Overall, 56 percent oppose the new law, but not all of that opposition is likely to turn into votes against Democrats in November. Among those who oppose the legislation, 41 percent oppose the health care law because it is too liberal. But another 13 percent oppose the law because it was not liberal enough.


Filed under: 2010 • Democrats • Health care • issues • Walt Minnick
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. barbara

    doesnt matter if you voted no,...ALL Dems out this November!

    September 7, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. Naqib

    Oh this is just getting funny...

    Get your popcorn... and watch the Dems start to explode from within.

    I am loving it... "I voted against this attrocity"... Go Dems Go!

    Glad to see Obama brought the country together... and destroyed the Democrat party whild doing it... at least that's something useful... lol

    September 7, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. Pat

    Health Care is one of the best things that will happen to the American people. The Democrats that voted "No" should be voted out of office.

    September 7, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  4. Dean

    I'd consider voting for a Democrat if they voted aginst both 'healthcare' and TARP.

    September 7, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  5. Andy

    I don't know how smart running from the health care bill will be, there may well be millions that are thankful that as a result of the legislation, they are no longer uninsurable. As a recently diagnosed cancer patient, I see, more so than ever the need for the health care legislation. I'm lucky, we have good jobs and insurance coverage, but that could change any time – I can't help but imagine the horror those who are sick and unable to obtain coverage. Heck, even with good jobs and insurance, a major illness can be devastating. I would not cast a vote for anyone claiming to support repeal of hcr – it's a necessary component to the safety net for working people, and talks of repeal is just another con.

    September 7, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. Montanan

    This is what's so annoying about being a democrat! You people should be bragging about voting yes! Everyone who voted no should be ashamed. Go be a damn Republican if you don't care about real people.

    September 7, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. President Obozo: On vacation and OUT TO LUNCH

    This is hilarious! Re-elect me because I voted no because my other crazy DemocRAT lackeys already had enough votes to force this mess on you without my vote. But if they needed me I would have been there to shove it down your throat. Yes, re-elect me because I care about you... but will do as I'm told by the Pelosi.

    September 7, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. We have Cowards in Congress

    I am a Democrat, i have to admit we have some spineless cowards in congress right now. This should let you know that no one in congress is for you it is all about a legacy. You have a opposition party that does not care about america's agenda. Let's just hold out long enough to make the President look bad so we can get back in office so we can get richer. And then comes my party who will jump ship to try to save there own political career. And you wonder why America is mad with you and why you guys never stay in office..........COWARDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GROW SOME BALLS DEMOCRATS. Fight for the people who voted you in and quit letting the Republican party scare you into a corner like a school bully. America wake up you are mad at the wrong people because you are not brave enough to stand up to what it right. As long there is enough opposition to the president then we will be stuck in this mess we are in do not hand america back to the corrupt people that have put us in this mess in the first place

    September 7, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  9. Bob The Banker

    If this weren't the most ridiculous thing I have ever read, it would be funny. The long & short of it is:
    The Democratic Party demanded votes for The Health Care bill KNOWING that the American people did not want it or support it! So they only let their WEAKEST members vote NO for it so that they could campaign as Congressmen(and women) who "listen to the people" and who "do things that makes sense". But those they felt were strong enough were told to fall on their swords and vote for something that the VAST majority rejects. Tell me again who these idiots work for?? I thought it was for the will of the people..... apparently not if you are in Pelosi's camp....

    September 7, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. katiec

    These blue dogs should not be allowed to call theirselves Democrats as they have followed the republicans in their war against middle class America and the survival of our country.
    Is the Health Care Bill perfect? By no means, partly due to the republicans demanding it be watered down, which it was, and still
    voting against it.
    How can one put a price tag on peoples lives? How can anyone want the insurance companies to remain in complete control? How can one not feel compassion for those who have had to file bankruptcy due to medical costs or cannot afford medical care?
    The selfishness and discriminating of some never ceases to amaze me.

    September 7, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. BeverlyNC

    Traitors! Healthcare is one of the greatest accomplishments for the People passed this year. No, it is not perfect yet but it has tremendous benefits already in effect right now.

    No more denying treatment for pre-existing conditions. College kids up to age 27 can be covered under the parents policy whereas they went without coverage before. No more insurance clerks interfering between what you and your doctor deciding what is the best treatment for you.

    There is much more to come and all of it favors the patient.

    Just because Republicans lied so much about what the healthcare law really offers doesn't make their lies true. They refuse to let President Obama have any unchallenged, uncriticized accomplishments. They are bitter and hateful and have NOTHING to offer America.

    THANK YOU President Obama for giving us our first step into a fair, everyone-covered, human decency healthcare. I certainly appreciate it and am proud of it.

    September 7, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  12. Dave

    This is too funny! Abondoning ship already.

    September 7, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Don't forget to remind your electorate of the Death Panels and where they are housed; and to stash away their grannies lest we round them up for the next round of 'eliminations'.

    I say this sarcastically of course. It is beyond regrettable and quite dissappointing to see some of these DINOs step fully out of the closet and act like the Nazis on the Right side of the aisle.

    Shame on you Democrats. You get what you get this November, and it won't be the results you desire if you don't pull yourselves together.

    September 7, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    Let's make it simple - everyone who voted "no" on the healthcare plan, take away their health insurance. THEN, we'll get to see them deal with severe illnesses and accidents without any way to pay a hospital or the doctors.

    Then see what happens to their "no" votes.

    September 7, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. tonya

    All of the conservative Democrats and Republican Representatives and Senators need to give up their GOVERNMENT insurance and get insurance on their own. Not one of the "no" votes have given up their "socialized" insurance – not one!!!! People who vote for Republicans in fall are crazy! They are the reason for this mess. It took EIGHT years for this economy to tank and it will take more than TWO years to restore. Republicans have stated openly that they want to go back to the Bush years – madness. What happened under Bush: the GDP growth was smaller than what it now (during the recession), the rich got richer, economy tanked (remember fall of 2008), two wars, and jobs out-sourced. That is what Republicans want to take us back to. R (Republicans) is for reverse and D (Democrats) is for DRIVE FOEWARD!!!!!!!

    September 7, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. Willa-PA

    You know, the change from 19 to 26 yrs of age coverage for children/young adults is already in effect with a lot of insurance companies. and that is only one item of the ins. bill. Also, no pre-existing condition is going to go into effect in 2014. This bill is not perfect but better then what was and can only get better with time. What if that is going to be repealed? You'll have a lot of angry parents and children. Angry now, wait until the republicans are in power again.

    September 7, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  17. Orlando Patriot

    The people are NOT THAT STUPID!! You politicians might THINK this is a game but it is our LIVES!! You don't CARE about us and are simply trying to play us for fools!! Many of us saw what you were doing and a few others now realize what you were doing and it is the Democrat Party that has created this catastrophe. Whether a Democrat voted "for" or "against" is irrelevant. You are ALL part of the problem. We need some balance in Washington D.C. so you Democrats are as good as gone. Good day/Bye Bye/Adios/etc. Now you will find out what it is like to work in the REAL WORLD!!

    September 7, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  18. Richie in Mass

    For the " Landmark" legislation it was touted as, nobody is running their campaign even mentioning it. We are still finding out what is in the bill. Nancy promised that we would find out what was in it after it passed. Lovely logic. They can blame the party of "No" all they want. They have had super majorities and can't get things through. When the get them through it is without Republican support. They can't blame Republicans when their plans and ideas fail. The Stimulus was nothing more than a state government bailout. Now he wants another stimulus but thinks the public is stupid. They wont call it a stimulus but claim the 50 billion will create jobs and STIMULATE the economy.

    Obamas only chance at re election is for the Republicans to win both the house and senate so he can blame them. Otherwise this economy is now his. He spent almost a trillion dollars and nothing really changed.

    September 7, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  19. JANUARY 20, 2013 - THE END OF AN ERROR

    Good news!
    When the Republicans take over the House and Senate in January maybe these Democrats will help to repeal the abortion called Health Care Reform.

    September 7, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  20. MR AMERICA

    Don't strain your arms pulling those knives out of your backs from those "conservative democrats"

    September 7, 2010 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  21. Gordon Shumway

    "Fathom the odd hypocrisy that Obama wants every citizen to prove they are insured, but people don't have to prove they are citizens".

    ~ Ben Stein

    September 7, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  22. TSgt JSL

    If they knew it was going to be so unpopular that being able to say you voted against it in 2010 would be a PLUS, why did they cram it down our throats in the first place? If it was such a great plan, you would think that voting FOR it would have been a plus.

    September 7, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The Democraps have a message for the President, I have a message for them: circle the wagons. You Dems need to start protecting yourselves as a Party that has in fact averted a total economic meltdown., You are instead running around like people that haven't accomplished anything in the past 18 months. Nothing could be further from the truth, but you're so self-absorbed that you're playing defense vs. offense to the GOP's line of bull. What is THAT all about?

    The GOP is rupturing from within with NO real leader, NO ideas, NOthing to show for 18 months of "work", and NO adherence to FACTS. You Democraps have just the opposite of all this but you're choosing,instead, at the elventh hour, to disband and head for the hills like chickens with their heads cut off.

    You're asking the President to get clearer on his message, let me ask you a question: FOR WHAT? The President has always been clear on his campaign promises (and he's kept them in spite of you and the GOP), and what his priorities are amongst the multitudes that face him. You DINOs have only been clear in ONE thing: sticking your head out to bask in the glory when his numbers are up, and abandoning camp when the going gets tough.

    Here's another question for you: Who needs "friends and associates" like you? Get YOUR stuff together before you place yet ANOTHER demand on our overworked, and under appreciated President. I can vote independent at the drop of a hat if you keep going this way.

    Except for November 2012, of course.

    September 7, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  24. JES

    I would have voted no too and I told my Senator's and Representatives to vote no too.

    I will not vote for anyone who voted yes. Thebill is a joke and I bet not one of them read the bill.

    With the money that was set aside for this program we could have insured everyone in the US.

    Nothing but a bunch of BS and wasteful spending wth money we don't have.
    I blame every DEM who was bought by Obama with some kind of back room deal.

    September 7, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  25. Dave

    The party of "NO"??!
    Actually, which is the party of "NO":
    No jobs,
    No recovery,
    No listening to voters!
    The real party of No is in power nowadays!

    September 7, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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