November 10th, 2009
07:45 AM ET
13 years ago

Bill Clinton to address Senate Democrats on health care


[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Clinton will address Senate Democrats Tuesday."]Washington (CNN) - Two senior Democratic sources that former president Bill Clinton will attend the Senate Democrats' weekly luncheon Tuesday to address the caucus on health care.

"All Senators should be aware that former President Clinton will be making a presentation on Health Care at tomorrow's caucus lunch," said a notice sent to all Senate Democrats. "Senator Reid has requested that all Democratic Senators attend."

Democratic leaders have consistently cited what they call a lesson of the Clinton administration: fail to pass health care, and congressional Democrats will suffer on Election Day.

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soundoff (91 Responses)
  1. S M R

    Thank You Mr. President.

    November 9, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  2. No Incumbents 2010

    Bill Clinton is the best politicial strategist in history. His genius cannot be denied.

    November 9, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  3. Eric

    yea, cause he was so successful the first time....

    November 9, 2009 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  4. msav

    The majority of people dont want this, and still they're gonna ram it down our throats. They wiil pay dearly at the polls if it does pass. Washington is out of control. The people need to take back the govt. It seems all like a bad dream. Wake up people....

    November 9, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  5. concern denver Co

    make ure Leaderman is there . He is the main one having a major problem. But I would truly like to know how the hell Leaderman plans on controling cost .. and making saving .. becasue crossing stae lines is not enough saving or enough control of cost .. So does Leaderman think a promise note fromthe insurance companies will do the trix LOL

    November 9, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  6. Barbara

    Tell them it is now or never President Clinton. Tell them to have some backbone and pass Healthcare for all Americans. Ask them how they'd like it if they or their children were denied coverage. Tell them to stand with President Obama instead of caving to those horrid teapartying wingnuts.

    November 9, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  7. Karen

    Calling in the big dogs now! 🙂

    November 9, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  8. John NY Independent

    All options I have heard proposed for health care so far are simply a waste. BAD idea.

    November 9, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  9. Minnesotan

    I hope that Mr. Clinton can show these rabid liberals some sense. We need health care reform. We're very close to fixing the failed system the GOP endorses. Issues like abortion can always be amended or added as insurance riders. They AREN'T deal breakers. Fix the system! We voted you in to have some spine to stand up to the lies and abrasion from the rightie-tighties. Now DO IT!

    November 9, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  10. IndyVoter

    Get 'em Bill!

    November 9, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  11. Carole

    Sooooo LIEberman won't be attending....considering he is a Republican.

    November 9, 2009 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  12. chubby

    NO, the lesson is pass health care and you will suffer on election day.

    November 9, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  13. Limbaugh is a liberal

    It's a bit too late for that. It's not just democrat senators they need to convince, but that turncoat Lieberman! Why do democrats keep codling him? That man parrotted Cheney's talking points against democrats for years, supported McCain and continues to undermine the people he supposedly caucuses with. On most issues his votes are more right wing than the average republican! He should have been thrown out!

    November 9, 2009 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  14. Jayden,FL

    Hit it outta the ball park Mr President!

    November 9, 2009 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  15. New Father

    So wait Clinton said here is the plan and the American people hated it. So today the same garbage is in the bill but no one can really see what is in it. If these idiots could decide to pass tort reform this week, across state line next week, and just continue to get things done. We would have a better system already. Nope not in Washington here is 2000+ of trash all or nothing. Sorry America the good news we get nothing.

    November 9, 2009 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  16. phoenix86

    "All Senators should be aware that former President Clinton will be making a presentation on Health Care at tomorrow's caucus lunch, therefore all Senators should send their female interns to Taco Bell until the former President has left the Hill".

    November 9, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  17. Reza

    I think Bill Clinton could play a constructive role in the health care debate. The Democrats need to effectively convey how this expensive bill will slow healthcare costs. I do not think that regional exchanges will cut it, and I am weary of the Feds regulating something that is regional. There should be a Federal Exchange, allow consumers to purchase health insurance accross state lines, this would prevent the need for a public option because costs would be reduced. Now my support for a public option is based on the idea that by law it does not become an expensive entitlement program, as we have seen these programs eventually become unsustainable, difficult to contain and impossible to dismantle. Healthcare should not by moral standards mean support health insurance industry who profit, but lets make it unique and limit government as only a support measure. Please remember government is not always the solution, but it should place the mechanisms for consumers and businesses can go about their business.

    November 9, 2009 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  18. Ramon

    What we need to send a message to our senators is a march in washington to pass Health care reform

    November 9, 2009 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  19. Reed K

    I hope they listen to him. If anyone can share some insight on this matter it's Bill Clinton.

    November 9, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  20. nathan smith ga

    dems need to really learn that lesson too. we are counting on you to get this done for your country

    November 9, 2009 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  21. Travis

    Democrats are surely making history. It wont be kind unless freedom of speech is hindered. Don't be fooled, in a 100 years these fools will be looked at as the death of America as we know it. See you all in the bread line.

    November 9, 2009 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  22. Joyce

    I would be interested in seeing a report showing how many dollars each senator/congressman that is opposing this health bill received received from the insurance industry. Let's name names!!!

    November 9, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  23. IS IT 2012 YET ??

    Ohhh Bill. Go away already.

    November 9, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  24. Hendrik

    My appeal to Democratic senators is, "Please, please, please listen carefully to President Clinton." Understand that your inability to pass health care reform will cost you and your party during next year's election. You are at a critical point in history. You can be part of a huge step of how we take care of the people of this great nation. It will be easier to bail out and let this fail or you can rise to the occasion and do what is right. It may not be perfect and meet all that you want; compromise is what we need, not stubbornly standing by your "principles". Let Sen. Liebermann be the only one to do this.

    November 9, 2009 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  25. Dave

    When Clinton failed with his health care initiative, the result was balanced budget! We need balanced budget and reduced deficit NOW!

    November 9, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
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