November 22nd, 2009
02:03 PM ET
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Freshman Dem: Passing health care reform worth losing my seat

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Colorado Democrat Sen. Michael Bennet said Sunday that he is ready to lose his seat if that's what is necessary to pass a health care reform bill."]
Washington (CNN) – A freshman Democratic senator said Sunday that he will support his party’s efforts to pass health care reform legislation even if that means losing his seat in next year’s midterm elections.

“If you get to the final point and you are a critical vote for health care reform and every piece of evidence tells you if you support the bill you will lose your job, would you cast the vote and lose your job?” CNN’s John King asked Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado on Sunday’s State of the Union.

“Yes,” Bennet bluntly and simply replied.

Bennet was appointed by Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter to replace Sen. Ken Salazar, who stepped down from the Senate to serve as President Obama’s Interior Secretary. Bennet, who was superintendent of the Denver public school system prior to his appointment, will have to seek election to the seat for the first time in 2010.

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soundoff (299 Responses)
  1. Start packing Bennet.........

    the people do not want Obamacare and therefore they don't want you...ADIOS!!!

    November 22, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  2. offwallst


    You must be very proud of have similar qualities to a suicide bomber....destruction of a country worth taking for the price of your life or career...

    November 22, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. Greg Dayton

    In Japan, you can get an MRI for $100, and an overnight stay in a hospital for $10. Doctors, pharma and insurance execs aren't all multimillionaires. You know who has a problem with it? Probably doctors and industry execs here in the USA.

    You people need to do some serious homework. Right now, America has the healthcare it deserves based on voter apathy, misinformation, and campaign finance laws.

    November 22, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. Aida CA

    I am already a proud Democrat....but Senators like this make me even prouder! God bless you because you put caring over politics! This to me shows you have "values"!

    November 22, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. Bev

    "John King never ask such blunt questions to Republican. I wonder why?"


    Because all polls are saying that the MAJORITY in the country do NOT support this health care disaster being forced down our throats by the Democrats--ESPECIALLY the public option!!!

    Therefore, it is going to be the Democrats who are going to be in trouble during the 2010 and 2012 elections--because they voted for this Bill and shoved it down the throats of the MAJORITY, even when they said that they did NOT want it.

    Republicans will benefit from the 2010 and 2012 elections-–as they will take the seats of the Democrats who are booted from office!!!

    November 22, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  6. otis

    It's nice to see how elected officials or appointed cronies represent their constituents. I have no problem if this bill passes both the House and the Senate, provided they EXPLAINED everything in that bill to us. What ever happened to our official coming down from their arrogant perch in Washington, explain the bill to their state (or district) and show why this would be better for us in the long haul?

    Am I asking too much here?

    November 22, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. The Artful Dodger

    Both sides of the political spectrum are wrong when they say Senators should vote according to how their constituents want them to vote. A Senator's role,and it's why they get six years, is to represent POLICY, under the assumption that they have more time to read the details than the average person, who is busy with other matters. House members are more beholden to their constituency because they're limited to 2 year terms and smaller districts. That said, those who are against health care reform are typically just Rushbots who take all their talking points from talk radio.

    November 22, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  8. Ron in Raleigh

    Global Zero makes a point about costs already increasing. Just wait until this legislation passes and EVERYONE will be REQUIRED to have health insurance, with absolutely nothing to control the increases in premiums that insurance companies will charge. Think you dodge this? No way. There are penalties for not having insurance. Low costs in the first couple of years, but increasing year over year. There is/was even talk of jailing people who didn't buy insurance.

    November 22, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. Do you hear what you are saying......?

    You are saying you are in the Senate for some other reason than to represent your constituents.

    November 22, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  10. jkm

    I would like for all of the democrats who do end up voting for this bill to lose their seats. That way,we can get some "intelligent" thinkers in there who will reverse this ridiculous health care debacle. America, we do not need to follow the downslide of Obama and his henchmen! Obama desires to destroy the U.S. and make our standard of living to the level of the third world countries (to make himself feel better). Let us not go quietly into the night!

    November 22, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  11. CG

    So much for representitive government!

    November 22, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  12. JT the show me state College Freshman

    I seriously doubt that you voted for president Obama looking at your statement that you posted. At least admit the truth before you spew your spit. I thought that the republican party were supposed to stand for Christian principles like, oh, I don't know, like,"THOUGH SHALL NOT LIE." Have a good life sir, and good riddance to your party. I really hate to say that, but the republican party has just proved themselves a party of devils and cowards. If you are too cowardly to even debate the issue that you feel like should be "changed", then you are truely a spineless coward. I got a question for you, WWJD, he would support a non-profit healthcare system. Remember, he healed them for free, and he rejected NO ONE. The church has become a place of self worshipers, not worshipers of God. That is why God owns me, and never the church. Have a good life sir.

    November 22, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  13. Right wingnuts are the darlings of dementia

    You wingnuts have to get away from "Extreme Media."

    You threaten anyone who supports the President; you threaten anyone who takes a stand to help the 45 million being uninsured, you call anyone who tries to help people a socialist, nazi, communist, or a fascist; you covet the cover of "Newsweek," you are against killing the unborn, but love war and killing doctors who advocate 'planned parenthood.' You are against taxes for the rich, because Rush, Glenn, Bill, and Sean would have to pay more. You support a foreign billionaire's attempts to destroy the president.

    And all this is done in the name of Christianity?

    November 22, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  14. FALSE NEWS...not really the news .. just propaganda from hate mongers to the no brainers

    This senator is speaking from his gut and for his constituens; knowing that the the time has come to pass healthcare reform for ALL AMERICANS!!!!...NOT based on some political calculation like the republiklans are fond of doing by being obstructionist and saying "NO" at every turn when they are called upon to do the work the American people elected them to do!

    BTW, John King is still carrying water for republiklans with his nonsensical line of questioning!!!!

    November 22, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  15. Jeff Roe

    You can try to paint yourself as some kind of hero, taking the high road, but we are on to you and this tactic.

    If you know something is extremely unpopular with your constituents, and you are supposed to be a REPRESENTATIVE and SERVANT of your constituents, and you vote the opposite of what your constituents want simply to be a "team player" within your party, YOU DESERVE TO BE VOTED OUT OF OFFICE and WILL BE VOTED OUT OF OFFICE. All our best to you back in the real world when we throw you out of office for being Nancy Pelosi's boot boy. Maybe someday you'll grow a spine.

    Good luck with all of that.

    November 22, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  16. Peace

    He is very sensible. He understands why people should not reject public services like: food regulations, transportation, police, emergency and why reject health care reform for all!

    November 22, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. T'SAH from Virginia

    That is what he's supposed to do!! And you know what? His constituents elected him the first time – now, they SHOULD elect him the second time... If they don't, then NO LOVE LOST!!

    If ALL democrats – who got in office because of other democrats – think like Bennett, we WILL NOT have problems in 2010 and 2012!! Case and Point!

    November 22, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  18. Greg

    Isn't he supposed to represent the people? If he feels the majority is agsainst this and it may cost him his job, then the reason he will loose his job is because he didn't do his job!

    November 22, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  19. rasabu

    Congratulations to the senator for standing up for the American people. All public representatives should be thinking and doing the same.

    I wonder how many more Senators would support the legislation if they were to have to leave office due to term limits. I don't support term limits, but this fact raises the question of how many senators are voting for their convictions and how many are going to vote to save their hides!


    November 22, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  20. ilene

    this is what it means to be a true democrat--thank you.

    November 22, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  21. Sandra

    There have been several posts that seem to indicate that if one is not in favor of the democrats plan for healthcare that one is 1) a Republican and 2) doesn't want healthcare reform.

    These are both incorrect. While that may be true for some people by and large the majority of people want healthcare reform. We all realize the system isn't perfect. News-flash, it never will be. But lets put that aside. There are many things that can be done to reform the system that do not require such drastic change and turnover of such a large portion of our economy. Also many of those who disagree with the Democrats are not Republicans, but rather independents or Libertarians.

    We need to get away from these Lib/Con Dem/Repub mentality. It is leading us all down a bad road. We must remember we are all Americans and we have a representative REPUBLIC.

    November 22, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  22. tom

    We have a representative form of government. So,why in the world would this idiot vote against the will of his constituency?

    November 22, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  23. charlie in Maine

    Good for you Senator,

    Ironically that is exactly the kind of leadership on this issue that will get him re-elected. Have a spine Dems the worst thing you could lose is your job meanwhile if you do your job a lot more Americans will find and keep theirs.

    Hey tea partiers,

    If it is about the money where were you when George W thought it would be a great idea to spend 12 million dollars an hour occupying a country that never attacked us?

    I get why the health insurance companies are against Obamacare. After all wouldn't Federal Express or UPS do better if they could get rid of the Post Office and they could charge whatever they wanted to send a package.

    I get why the GOP leadership is against it considering how long they were out of power after they failed to stop Social Security or Medicare. But what I can't believe that any regular person would be against this.

    So who is paying you guys. The GOP leadership the insurance companies or both?

    Patriots??? Thomas Jefferson is rolling over in his grave at the likes of you.

    November 22, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  24. Fed Up

    Why should you be any different than anyone else? It's about time a few of you lose your jobs. All of you would be great. Term limits! Vote 'em in. Vote 'em out. One term, that's it, regardless of party.

    November 22, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  25. Montana

    Sen. Bennett, THANK YOU! I wish Senator Mazx Baucus believed the same way unfortunately, he takes too much money from insurance companies to vote for Public Option.

    Going forward under public option, doesn't mean that there will be a huge influx of people running to the hospital because they now have coverage. The 32 % of American that don't care abou their health, probably 1/2 of them already have health insurance, so what will that change? The other half doesn't care enough to get off the couch and know what the doctors will say.

    Public option will open the doors for those that do care about their health, that are willing to call and make a doctor's appt!

    I tired of people proclaiming their Christian values in one breath and in the next trying to deny ANY man, woman, or child health coverage. REAL CHRISTIAN values!

    November 22, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
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