January 19th, 2010
11:10 PM ET
13 years ago

Democrat: Suspend health care reform until Brown is seated

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/08/15/senator.visits.myanmar/art.myanmar.webb.afp.gi.jpg caption="Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia said it would be 'fair and prudent' to suspend health care reform legislation."]Washington (CNN) - A moderate Democratic senator is calling on his colleagues to shelve health care reform legislation until Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown takes his seat in the United States Senate.

"In many ways the campaign in Massachusetts became a referendum not only on health care reform but also on the openness and integrity of our government process, Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia said in a statement Tuesday after Brown defeated Democrat Martha Coakley in the special election for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy's seat.

"It is vital that we restore the respect of the American people in our system of government and in our leaders. To that end, I believe it would only be fair and prudent that we suspend further votes on health care legislation until Senator-elect Brown is seated."

Filed under: 2010 • Extra • Jim Webb • Massachusetts • Popular Posts • Scott Brown • Virginia
soundoff (212 Responses)
  1. Patty

    Senator Ted Kennedy was loved by his constiuents in Mass. He fought so many years for Health Reform and now his state has literally forgot all he has done. It is a sad day and I am glad the Senator is not here to see his work was all for naught!!!!!

    January 20, 2010 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  2. F L Hunt

    Jim Webb is our fine Senator from Virginia and a man I have always admired for his unwavering stand in his beliefs–Sen. Webb is a true breath of fresh air in the stagnant arena of D.C. politics-

    January 20, 2010 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  3. Anonymous

    No, Mr. Webb! It's about acting like a Democrat and making the changes happen as promised to voters. Pass health care because it's the right thing to do for the people of the USA. Get the lobbyists and their money out of your decision making. Create jobs, pass health care, deal with illegal immigration, and end Wall Street bonuses, etc. Get a clue......We don't want status quo moderate policies; we want to move forward. And moderates like you are holding us back. Now we're being pulled back to the old Bush and Republican ways because voters are losing their trust in Democrats. Start doing what's right for the people or more Democrats will be losing their congressional seats.

    January 20, 2010 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  4. German

    I agree with you 100%. I have always liked Jim Webb.

    January 20, 2010 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  5. solo75

    Yeah, good idea. What about you giving up your health insurance that is paid with the tax payers money? No more health insurance for federal employees paid by the tax payers!!!!

    moderate Democratic? What the hell is that? Could you please tell me a bill signed by you that has improved the life of the American people?

    January 20, 2010 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  6. Joe in Vega$

    Why? So they can derail it? They've PROMISED that that is what they will do! That's the republicans ONLY agenda!

    January 20, 2010 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  7. kred

    I am sorry for the middle/lower income families who have lost out on Health Care.I guess the Private Insurance companies had too much $ to Lobby! Rich wins again!!

    January 20, 2010 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  8. kred

    I'm so sorry that the lowere/middle income families have lost.again.I'm sure all the private Insurance Co's are toasting w/ champaign tonightThey were running scared.The rich get richer.Again!So Sad.

    January 20, 2010 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  9. kred

    I'm so sorry that the lowere/middle income families have lost.again.I'm sure all the private Insurance Co's are toasting w/ champaign tonightThey were running scared.The rich get richer.Again!So Sad.Good Luck,Dorothy,You'll be in Canada(trying to get rid of independant Health Care)soon.

    January 20, 2010 01:39 am at 1:39 am |

    This should be a wake-up call for Obama not to stray too far to his
    left. He needs to get rid of Clintonites like Rham Emmanuel, Janet Napolitano, and David Axelrod advisors. Forget about amnesty and
    gays in the military. Such issues are clearly divisive.

    January 20, 2010 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  11. jules sand-perkins

    Senator Webb called it "fair and prudent" to suspend this bill.
    "Reasonably decent" was the description I had in mind before I read Senator Webb's.
    Of course, the truth is that suspending ObamaCare is the only way any Democrat can expect to continue to live in Washington without getting a job outside of politics, unless he has a good trust fund.
    After President Obama's extraordinary and unexpected contribution to this nation, the majority of American citizens are out for blood.

    January 20, 2010 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  12. Normal in NH

    Sen. Webb, you display intelligence, integrity and old fashion common sense...your fellow democrats are going to disown you.

    January 20, 2010 03:26 am at 3:26 am |
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