March 13th, 2010
10:30 AM ET
12 years ago

More Democrats come out against health care bill


Washington (CNN) - As House Democratic leaders advised their members Friday to prepare for a legislative battle over health care that could stretch through next weekend, four additional rank-and-file Democrats have come out against the Obama administration's signature domestic priority.

Reps. Ben Chandler of Kentucky, Luiz Gutierrez of Illinois, Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin of South Dakota and Heath Shuler of North Carolina say they will vote against their party's health care plan, which may be headed to a final vote late next week.

"At this time, I am a 'no' vote on health care," said Gutierrez in a written statement. "It's no secret that I have been critical of proposals that would exclude our nation's hardworking immigrants from the health care exchange, and I would find it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to vote for any measure that denies undocumented workers health care purchased with their own dollars."

According to an ongoing CNN survey, 21 House Democrats have now indicated they will vote against the Senate bill when it comes to the floor, though six of those members say they would consider voting for it if it were significantly modified. Opponents of the bill need a total of 38 Democrats to vote against the measure to ensure its defeat, assuming that all Republican members remain unified in their opposition.

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soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Michael from Ventura

    There are many things wrong with the bill- but can be fixed in reconcilliation- don't stop progress!

    March 13, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. Richie in Mass

    I don't see it passing but even if it does that means all those backroom deals pass with it. Then the House has to count on the 60 votes that voted yes for those backroom deals to change their minds. I don't see it happening. They will ultimately blame it on the Republicans. Like they are the ones that put all those payoffs in the bill.

    They are wasting so much time, money and effort to pass a bill that is unpopular. If they simply wrote a bill with the things that both sides agree on they could pass it and it wouldn't need to be 2700 pages. Then if the Republicans didn't go along they would pay for it in November. Right now the party of "No" is actually doing what people want to this bill. Kill it. They get to carry that popularity and momentum into November. If they scrapped this bill and wrote a good one then the Democrats could take the credit and carry momentum. They think Obama will help them in the fall if they pass this mess. Has he helped anyone with getting elected yet? No.

    March 13, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  3. HypocriCNN...And Again, And Again!

    By Your Own Numbers, You Have 21 Out Of 38 Democratic Congressman Against Health Care. By That Admission, All That You've Proven Is That You Have 21 Democrats Who "Say" That They'll Vote Against Health Care.

    March 13, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. J.C. - Independent 4 Public Option

    Rep. Luiz Gutierrez of Illinois is right about the foolishness of denying undocumented immigrants purchase of policies from the exchange. But just like those that are anti-abortion, this shouldn't be the reason for not supporting the health reform bill. He was elected by citizens of his district, and he should do his job by approving the bill for the citizens.

    In all other industrial countries, visitors are allowed to participate in health insurance policies. Why would we reject full premium-paying subscribers and rather pay for their ER care at higher costs? I agree that subsidies for illegals is wrong, but prohibiting illegals from buying health insurance policies is stupid.

    March 13, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. Ron Wisconsin Dells WI

    Heath Shuler could not succeed as a nfl footall player and he will not succeed as a politician as he lines him self with the wrong people that are not working for the people that sent him there.Those are the same people that makes government work in the wrong ways for america,Pass healthcare NOW!

    March 13, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. New Age Independant

    Yet most liberal fanatics on these boards will continue to blame the Republican party. Of course the Democratic Health Care plan couldn't possibly be seriously flawed...

    March 13, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. Elibrun Pierre

    If some democrats go against the health care bill 'It's wrong.

    March 13, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. Willy Brown

    You democrats better WAKE UP! Barry, Harry and Nancy are not your friend.

    March 13, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  9. Marie MD

    MD democrats better stick to their guns or they will be out looking for new jobs come November.

    March 13, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. ib

    I hope they are serious. It's nice to see some democrats listening to what the majority of people want instead of trying to cram this phoney bill down our throats.

    March 13, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  11. whybs

    Obama rolled up his sleeves and now, the GOP is toasted!

    It'll be great - we'll hear the GOP moans & groans, or they might go quietly just like the 3 ocean pirates!

    The House will pass its health care bill! Just watch!

    March 13, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. Denna

    The way I see it, if this health care bill doesn't pass, it won't be President Obama's fault. It will be the fault of the idiots we voted for to assist him in doing the people's will. I expect this kind of backstabbing from Repubs, but not Democrats. Ironically, all of these people, on both side of the aisle, have great health care and good salaries thanks to us. Thanks for nothing!

    March 13, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  13. Let's Make A Deal

    I hope these Dems remain opposed to it and are not just waiting for a handout or bribe for their votes. I'm encouraged to see opposition even if it may be for the wrong reasons. Just a note to Gutierrez...immigrants receiving free health care IS what is driving up costs.

    I don't want to see our nation become a welfare state which this bill will do. It will add to the deficit, tax employees who are lucky enough to have jobs and prohibit corporations from hiring those they may plan to hire because of mandates or fines. As for the "fixes" there are none. It won't solve a thing. It will more damage than good.

    March 13, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  14. aware

    Wisdom says, kill the bill, and choose an incremental bipartisan plan!

    Politics says, go for the seriously flawed bill for Obama's sake! 🙁

    March 13, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  15. vette gal

    Once again, these politicians are voting for what they personally want, not what the majority of the people they represent want. Vote these guys out of office during their next election.

    March 13, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  16. Marty, FL

    Please report the full story. All but one of the Dems listed here voted against the original bill, and President Obama is working with the one legislator to address the issue in the next set legislation taken up by Congress.

    March 13, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  17. Time to waterboard the Republicans (and a few Democrats)

    Let the Civil War II begin.

    March 13, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  18. GoRicky

    I say GOOD SHOW to Stupak & the rest of the moral people voting NO. He can't be bought out by "Gimmees" or threatened by "Gotchas"

    March 13, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
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