December 19th, 2009
12:19 PM ET
9 years ago

McConnell: Health care bill a 'legislative train wreck'

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, said the latest version of the Senate health care bill "is a legislative train wreck of historic proportions."

"If they were proud of this bill they wouldn't be doing it this way," McConnell said, referring to the reform bill fashioned in the Senate, where Democrats hold the majority. "They wouldn't be jamming it through in the middle of the night on the last weekend before Christmas."

Democratic senators on Saturday reached their goal of rounding up 60 votes supporting the health care legislation after U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson, who had been the lone Democratic holdout, reached an agreement that eased his concerns about abortion.

"Change is never easy, but change is what's necessary in America today. That's why I intend to vote for cloture and for health care reform," Nelson told reporters. Cloture means the Democrats needed the 60 votes to end debate on the health bill and send it to the Senate floor for a vote.

McConnell said the legislation "will have a profound impact on our nation. This is not renaming a post office. Make no mistake, this bill will reshape our nation and our lives."

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soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. IKHAN

    Without a Public Option or expansion of Medicare to include 55 yrs old, or allowing cheap import of medicines, the Bill is indeed a train wreck at least for those millions of uninsured Americans and those who are going bankrupt paying hospital bills & expensive treatment.

    To make Health Insurance mandatory without making it affordable to all is just a win win for the Insurance Cos. It seems that we the American people have again lost to big business & its lobbying. Thank you all those lawmakers who work for them & not us who elected them in the first place.

    December 19, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. nancy

    McConnell! It's time for you to retire! While you're at, can you please the rest of the GOP with you?

    December 19, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  3. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    Mitch McConnell got run over by the health reform express. Kinda like Grandma got run over by a reindeer. But if you can't lead Mitch, get the heck out of the way.

    December 19, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. Gary's Christmas comments

    We need malpractice reform, insurance companies competing across state lines and elimination of pre-existing exclusions. What we don't need is a 2000 page healthcare bill that takes money away from Medicare, breaks our budget and creates new entitlements and new taxes. The Democrats have not been listening to us over the last year and this bill is a disaster....I vote about 50/50 republican and democrat and for independents at times but not next couple elections...I'm against every Democrat running at every level! This is pathetic.

    December 19, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. alvaro gomez

    What other can you expect from the people that opposesd social securyty and medicare? (the republicans, of course). Their preferred policy for those without means to get insurance would, as a representative correctly put it, "die quickly".

    December 19, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. Willy Brown

    2010 is the end of the democrat control in Congress

    December 19, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    If you cons had not being playing politics with the defense funding bill in the middle of the night, this bill would not have to be passed in the middle of the night, moron.

    December 19, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  8. alvaro gomez

    What other comment can you expect from the people that opposed social securyty and medicare? (the republicans, of course). Their preferred policy for those without means to get insurance would be, as a representative correctly put it, "die quickly".

    December 19, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  9. hongli

    Then Republicans will pay the price for trying to shut down HEALTH CARE REFORM. All Republicans who votes no to Health Care Reform should be voted out by their states immediately. God bless the Democrats.

    December 19, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  10. Moderate

    Sen. McDonnell's Iraq diversion/debacle was "...a legislative train wreck of historic proportions."

    The health legislation seems a constructive step to get the bill in conference where improvements can be reconciled for the American people.

    December 19, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  11. hongli

    Mitch McConnell is a TRAIN-WRECK.

    December 19, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  12. katiec

    McConnell does not mention that the last eight years they ran this country produced the worst train wreck in history.
    The party of NOthing is against anything and everything, regardless of the merits, benefits to us and our country. They have totally sold the American people out to big business. They are out to destroy our president regardless of the consequences.
    I have never seen a political party so evil, hypocritical and resorting
    to the sewer tactics they are using.
    They are on the road to becoming our countries most dangerous domestic terrorists.

    December 19, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  13. alvaro gomez

    The republicans main concern is how to make the country fail under Obama. They couldn't care less about the american people as long as they regain power to pursue their selfish ambitions.

    December 19, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  14. stevetall

    You've got to start somewhere. This healthcare bill may not be perfect, and it won't fix everything right away. It will need to be tweeked, but it is definately a step in the right direction. Ultimately, it will need a public insurance option because we have seen what the insurance industry considers to be most important–Exorbitant profits at the cost of quality provided to our citizens, and that has to stop. Screw those jerks!!

    If we wait for the "perfect legislation", we'll never get anything fixed.

    December 19, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. Jacks

    Unlike some people McConnell, some of us do not receive free healthcare. Thus, shut your face and support something that 94% of the population crave...

    December 19, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  16. Ann Marie Fry

    Get over it Mitch McConnell! Shame on the Republicans for being the "just say no" to any bill that comes up!! Where in the heck was you Republicans anyways, when you had the rein almost for eight years and done nothing????....... Nothing but spend the taxpayers monies!! I didn't see not one of you try to lift your hand to try and pass some kind of reform for the hard working people of our country and help them and our country threw this crisis on health care. Do you even care for hard working Americans???I say Kentucky, he needs to go! He should have went last election but squeaked thru it.

    Sick and tired of the whining Republicans.......
    Where was all of you when Bush put the deficeit up like he did anyways?
    Ann Marie

    December 19, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  17. Doug-Dallas

    The only "wreck" is McConnell, who is so far behind the times and in the pockets of big business, it's ridiculous. The republicans did the same thing when Medicare was passed but now defend it like it was their idea. Irony is lying through your teeth, getting caught and still trying to defend the lies. They're not very good at it.

    December 19, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  18. Dave

    Take a look behind the scenes at how Ben Nelson was "persuaded" to vote for cloture. Threatening the closure of Offett Air Force Base would have resulted in thousands of jobs lost in Nebraska. So for Nelson to "save" jobs, he had to vote this way. The Democrats are the most disgraceful lot on the planet.

    December 19, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. Ckaster

    Congress has always been sleezy. But seeing this process that the majority of Americans don't want pushed through by these Liberal/Socialists is going overboard. Making Americans beholden to an Industry by mandating insurance for all is criminal and unconstitutional. Where are all the Lib's that were squawking to the treetops when Bush was trying to tap phones of Terrorists? What is the bigger intrusion..? Listening in on your phone or stealing even MORE money from your paycheck? Now we have these criminal Senators taking direct Bribes from thier party and the White House...Nebraska won't have to pay medicare costs to get Nelsons vote? Landrieu got what again? Where are all the Senetors that said no Govt run option no vote? What did they get for thier votes? Criminals and Liars ...Government run by them for them ...not for the People

    December 19, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. JC

    Ram it through in the middle of the night????? The Republicans could use a little of work ethic the the Democratic leadership has shown. I just saw where McCain said the the bill has nothing of what is needed. Well if the Repbulicans get back in let's see how long it takes for them to put in the things that are not there they are talking about. NOT going to happen, all talk, all hot air... the party of NO for the interest of big business, bought and paid for. Shameful.
    America first, and always.

    December 19, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  21. GI Joe

    Go back to Kentucky and enjoy the Farmer's Market you got stuffed into the defense bill, idiot.

    Republicans MADE the bill bad, shut up – we'll fix it once we get rid of a few more of you obstructionist marxist. (John Birch Society can't hide YOU at C-PAC).

    December 19, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  22. Bill or Vin from Philly

    Mitch you are on the wrong side of History,

    December 19, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  23. Jimmy James

    Where is the CBO score? They are ramming this through even though all polls say voters are against it. This will seal their fate and Obamas on election day. This isn't health care reform. Its a bill with massive spending and new taxes. Obama said my health care plan wouldn't change. I am in a union so either myself, my company or my insurance company will be paying significantly more. They will either pass the cost onto me, tax me or change my plan. Probably all 3. I don't make anywhere near 250k, I don't even make 100k. Obama lied about that and now I will lose my plan on top of it. Way to go. As a union member I am fed up with democrats saying they are for the working man. They are for themselves. WE NEED TERM LIMITS!!! These out of touch fossils need to be thrown out.

    December 19, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  24. Libtarded America

    Only liberals see it valid as to destroy 20% of this nation's economy, rip up and destroy what 84% of Americans have (A HEALTH CARE PLAN), and turn it over to government fascist control so that a mere 16% with no health insurance can have it too. It's also pathetic how these Democrats are ignoring the will of the people who overwhelmingly are against government takeover of health care. I find that almost as disgusting as these Democrats ramming something through so quickly just to squeak it in before Christmas break. But the only possible good news that can come out of this is that a lot of Democrats are going to lose seats in 2010 and the way Obama's ratings keep falling, the White House in 2012. Let the chips fall where they may starting with Dirty Hairy Reid.

    December 19, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. CNN afraid of a liberal post

    McConnel the weasel of the senate is the train wreck. all the republicans should be ashamed of themselves. Denying our military funding just for spite to the Democrats. And wanting to deny health care to needy Americans. I think we should all get together and declare the republicans in congress "enemies of the state" and treat them accordingly. The deserve no less. The first thing that should be done is they and THEIR families have THEIR health care taken away.

    Another post to hot for CNN to post.

    December 19, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
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