November 21st, 2009
02:35 PM ET
13 years ago

Senate Democrats assured of 60 votes to debate health bill

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senate Democrat Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas said Saturday she will support bringing the Senate health care reform bill to the floor for debate, giving Democrats the 60 votes they need to prevent a Republican filibuster.

"Although I don't agree with everything in this bill, I believe it is important to begin this debate," she said. "This issue is very complex. There is no easy fix," she said in making her announcement on the Senate floor, just hours before Saturday night's 8 p.m. procedural vote.

Earlier Saturday, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana, became the 59th lawmaker to agree to vote for debate.

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  1. Emma


    November 21, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  2. Simmy

    THIS IS IT....Either you're with US or against US.......We'll be counting heads...Any Demo nay will mean NAY at the polls......Peace.....Still with my president.....No fair weather friend here......

    November 21, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. Mark L.

    THANK YOU Senator Lincoln of Arkansas, THANK YOU Senator Landrieu of Louisiana and THANK YOU Senator Reid of Nevada !! Now, Let's Get the Great Debate Going and then LET'S GET THIS HEALTHCARE REFORM LEGISLATION, WITH A PUBLIC OPTION Passed !! THANK GOD FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY !! As for ALL The GOP Republican whom are NOT IN FAVOR of this Healthcare Reform Legislation with the Public Option – I say to ALL OF THE GOP MEMBERS – Pass your version of healthcare reform. You know which one I am referring too, correct?? I think it's called H.R. "Die Quickly" ??

    November 21, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. Barbara

    Please Democrats-Stick together on this very, very important issue. Remember the history that you are taking part in; remember how long it has taken to get to this pivital moment-confronting the massive problem of having so many citizens witthout what should be their right-HealthCare. Please-Please stay united Democrats in Congress. This is why you were elected by the People-to make a difference for the People and not for self-interested lobbysits. Please vote this into action and get it to our President to Sign into Law!
    Despite the lies and spin Americans stand behind President Obama. We believe in him and all that he is trying to right-after the "Right" destroyed our economic structure; brought us into two wars and continue to spread Hate about the President at every possible turn.

    November 21, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. John in ny

    a sad sad day. a wasteful attempt at a noble concept. This must be defeated and fixed. NO GOVERNMENT PLAN.

    November 21, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  6. The Truth

    I hope Blanche and Mary enjoyed their run as politicians because they have just assured that they will be voted out in the next election.

    November 21, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  7. Jeanne

    Wonder what she got in return for her vote.

    November 21, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. Michigan patriot

    What they promised her for her vote??
    I cann't believe they can be that dumb....The mayority of this country don't want this bill... Cann't wait for 2012..........

    November 21, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  9. robert diogenes

    Why are the large savings in a single payer health plan being ignored?

    There is another important step we can take to reduce cost by an estimated $40 billion annually or $400 billion over a 10 year period.

    According to Drs. David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler (PNHP) Physicians for a National Health Plan the public option misses at least 84 percent of the administrative savings available through a single payer, gov’t, healthcare plan. The public plan option would not do anything to streamline the administrative tasks (and costs) of hospitals, physicians offices, and nursing homes. They would still contend with multiple payers, and hence still need the complex cost tracking and billing apparatus that drives administrative costs. These unnecessary provider administrative costs account for the vast majority of bureaucratic waste. The Physician group research in California showed that now 31% of every health care $ was paid for administrative costs. This compared to 3% of medicare administrative costs. .

    Why not introduce a single payer healthcare reform bill with a gov’t plan. for those that want other insurance plans.

    November 21, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  10. dan smith

    Yeah! After Democrats pass this monstrousity of a bill on their own they'll get kicked out of office the next two election cycles. Way to go Dems.

    November 21, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. JJ

    Today is a good day!

    November 21, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  12. Joe C

    She waited until she received her $100 MILLION provision payoff to Louisiana. UNBELIEVABLE, ,, Harry Reid the Democrat Senate Chairman, had to pay this woman 100$ MILLION to get her to vote YES. OF COURSE she will deny it, LIKE she would readily admit to a federal crime! This could be the most criminal ct the US Senate has ever engaged in. Let's see HOW they cover it up. And, CNN you can try to suppress this comment as you do with all NON-Pro–Obama comments on your blogs, because it is already permeated most all other mediaa outlets.

    Is this classified as Bribery or Blackmail?

    November 21, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  13. Linda C

    Shame on the 60 who are voting for this! Evil people!!!!!!!!!

    November 21, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  14. Gary


    November 21, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. Wise Latina

    We're rapidly sliding down the Obama path to socialism and destruction. Shameful.

    2012 will prove to be quite a day of reckoning for many of these Dems. Enjoy it while you can (and grab as much cash as you can stuff in your freezer) because your days are soon to be history.

    November 21, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  16. indy

    Wow, I wonder how much pork was added to the bill to get the votes Reid needed. It's reassuring to know that everyone has a price. Do you think any will be like Judas and regret there decision once they see the outcome? I know my Representative and Senator have lost my vote. My respect they lost a long time ago.

    November 21, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. Jerry-Dallas-Tx

    This party NO is gone ROGUE ! Guess what? If I told Republicans the current President of Scotland is Tony Blair and I repeat it time and again they will accept it.
    How did the party of Lincoln end into such shame? Do we start to blame Reagan and Bushes? GOP,MATURE PEOPLE DO NOT FEAR TO DEBATE. THAT IS WHAT DEMOCRACY IS ALL ABOUT.

    November 21, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
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