August 19th, 2009
02:12 PM ET
13 years ago

Reid spox: 'Patience is not unlimited'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid insists to CNN that a decision to go it alone on health care has not been made, but Jim Manley also warned that Democrats are ready to use "any legislative means necessary" to pass health care.

"The White House still prefers a bipartisan bill, and neither the White House nor the Democratic leadership has made a decision to pursue reconciliation," he said Wednesday. "We will not make a decision to pursue reconciliation until we have exhausted efforts to produce a bipartisan bill. However, patience is not unlimited and we are determined to get something done this year by any legislative means necessary."

Filed under: Harry Reid • Obama administration
soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. Kevin in Ohio

    Rahm it through, Harry..... but it will cost you.

    August 19, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. ConcernedCitizen

    Forcing an unpopular bill through without bipartisan support would be political suicide. Reid and Pelosi love to blame the Republicans for everything but this is on them...not the Republicans. You can't have the majority and blame the other party. It is the American people who are winning this battle. This is a flawed bill. The language is so confusing even the President can't understand it. It's full of legal goobly-gook on the Democrats can exploit and abuse the system. The American people are not going to stand by why the far-left of the party take over this country. Who is in charge? Iraq is falling apart...Afghanistan is falling apart....Our secretary of state is in exile somewhere because heaven for bid she upstage the messiah. The Democrats change their message every day. One day the liberals hate them, the next the GOP hates them...the American people hate ALL of them. Washington is falling apart right before our eyes. This is what happens when you watch David Letterman for political guidance.

    August 19, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  3. Greg

    Why does this bother so few people?

    August 19, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. Enough

    Obviously they have no patience to do anything right. Everything is rush, rush and worry about the details how are we going to pay for it?

    August 19, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. John H

    If a bipartisan health care plan leaves health care in the hands of private enterprise only, then for God's sake, the Democrats should go it alone.
    How stupid for Americans to believe that private insurance companies will do the right thing! These greedy self-serving companies are the scourge of the earth – they should not even be allowed to be in the health care business!
    For- profit health care companies are the number one reason are system is failing and failing miserably. Eliminate them or tightly regulate them. Its the only way!

    August 19, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  6. Dennis

    Sen. Reid and Rep. Pelosi seem bent on getting "something" through and to the President's desk. It wouldn't suprise me if they rammed another piece of poorly written, incomprehensible, full-of-holes legislation down the throats of the American people just because they can. I'd say the power has gone to their heads–but if you look into their eyes, instead of fire, you only see the wall behind them.
    These two seem to evaluating their performance on what gets done, not what gets done correctly. A common misconception about performance is that all performance is good. The recent actions of the Congress/Senate render their performance as valueless annd an ever-increasing burden to the American people.

    August 19, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  7. Raymond Burgoon-Clark

    Do it, and do it NOW! THE AMERICAN PEOPLE want a public healthcare option; the wealthy fat-cat Rethuglicriminal legislators, doctors, Big Pharma, Big Insurance, etc. do not.

    May the Powers consign them to the ninth circle of he!! ... you know, the one with the boiling equine excrementa ...

    August 19, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  8. D. A. Reuter, Bremerton, WA

    The only "death panel" is the health insurance companies who deny coverage, with the support of the GOP, due to pre-existing conditions and family medical histories. This happened to me.

    August 19, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  9. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    I think I read an article where Carville said "put the bill you want to a vote and let the Reps filibuster it if they want."
    Then point out all of the things where the Reps hae a problem and where in the bill those problems AREN'T located.
    They, including blue dogs, will then be exposed for not being truthful to the American people. And in fact, outright lying to the American people.
    So, I hope Reid and Pelosi to a lesser extent remember what happened in November. They won, and with a big enough majority to do what they want with a President from their same party.
    NO. Don't go overboard. But get a good piece of legislation that will drive down costs to President Obama's desk – this year.

    August 19, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. AstroTurf This

    The Democrats can't decide what to do. They have this opportunity to do something that is for the good of the people but instead they are GREEDY and want it all. It's all about power and has NOTHING to do with helping people without insurance. This is socialism. The American people are not going to stand for this being rammed down their throats and if the Democrats do that it's done. They will be out of office on their collective rear ends and can kiss any kind of come back goodbye. The American people will NOT support socialism. Period.

    August 19, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  11. alvino

    We are so lucky to have said "No!" to the right wing nuts and liars that ran this country for the last 8 years.

    August 19, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  12. alvino

    Just say "no" to the dittoheads and pinheads from Fox entertainment who lead the GOP.

    August 19, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  13. Sf guy

    Thank god. Old white people behaving badly cant be allowed to stop needed reform

    August 19, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  14. Jeff Brown

    Let's go it alone, the GOP is a DEAD PARTY anyway!

    August 19, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  15. Rick

    In other words be prepared to have legislation shoved down our throats whether we like it or not.
    Who cares if it's actually well thought out.

    August 19, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  16. Julia

    What is wrong with my fellow Americans? They are more concerned about the bottom line of insurance companies than with their friends and neighbors. What's wrong with me (or anyone else who chooses) getting a 10 to 20 % break on their insurance premiums (which the public option would do?) The American people are shooting themselves in the foot as well as the rest of us. I want a public option and those who don't should shut up and continue to pay the higher premiums. It serves them right.

    August 19, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    I hope the mealy mouthed, spineless, lying, cheating leader of the Senate Majority makes the decision to go it alone. It will make it so much easier to get rid of the slime that runs Congress in 2010.

    August 19, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. When push comes to shove.....Dems will vote for Dem bills before a Refiblican one...........

    Unless Private Health insurance companies are "brought down a notch", Reconciliation is totally indicated. Because Private health care insurance policy is what has entirely broken our health care system into what we see today.

    August 19, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  19. Carl

    Hey Harry...go ahead with your mono-partisan health care takeover bill. We conservatives (note, not Republican, not Democrat, but CONSERVATIVE) would welcome yet another nail in the coffin of this Congress. Go ahead and ramrod another slipshod, unread, wasteful bill that panders to those you hope will vote for you. Please...go ahead. More and more of us conservatives, particularly those of us who are listed as "Independents" are waking up. No longer will ACORN be able to sign up enough Democrats to keep you liberals in office. No longer will you be able to get a majority simply because too many of us conservatives unwittingly placed trust in you and didn't bother to even vote so you incumbents could stay in office. 2010, "incumbent" will be a title to be avoided. Please...pass the bill!

    August 19, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  20. Jim Stafford

    The banks are given money, the automakers are given money, the uninsured get health insurance, those that bought houses they can't afford get money, drivers of clunkers get money, the unemployed get money, the Congress gets new airplanes. What do I get? The bill.
    Hard to believe our politicians and the media don't inderstand why the middle class is angry. But Reid is right, "Patientce is not unlimited". I think the American people are about tired of it.

    August 19, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  21. I am The Great and Powerful Wizard of Rush

    Pamela Pilger, the woman who said "seig heil" to an Israeli in Vegas yesterday can be reached at her facebook page.
    Give her a piece of your mind.

    August 19, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  22. RealityKing

    What goes around.., comes around.

    August 19, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. lmj

    Wake up Democrats. There will be NO bi-partisan bill. The republicans have already said (Grassley) that they would vote NO on any bill brought out of committee.

    Let them go. As my Dad used to say, "they would gripe if they were going to be hung with a brand new rope." In other words, nothing will satisfy them. They are truly the party of NO__NO__NO!!!

    August 19, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  24. Minnesotan

    Some unexpected balls!!! Hopefully they aren't all hot air and hold the GOP to it.

    August 19, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  25. Dave

    Come on Harry. Get 'er done.

    August 19, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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