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Mitch McConnell's health-care harassment

There is a point in which parliamentary devices become pure and simple harassment. That point was reached today when Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ken.) prevented the Senate from waiving a rule, as is custom, thus requiring the Senate clerk to read every word of Majority Leader Harry Reid's 300-plus-page amended health reform bill.

The reading is going on as this is written and before a near empty chamber staffed with bored Senate pages, stenographers, assorted clerks, and one or two senators guarding the floor to prevent any Democratic attempt to suspend reading of the bill.

McConnell knows that his maneuver achieves nothing in the long run. The health-reform bill, as successfully negotiated among the Democrats, is going to pass. He's only irritating the bill's proponents and further alienating viewers watching to see their leaders in action. No matter to McConnell. Pulling the cat's tail is too much fun to stop.

By Colbert King  | December 19, 2009; 12:52 PM ET
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Mr. King, I couldn't care less whether Sen. McConnell's procedural tactics irritate "the bill's proponents." They deserve it for passing a bill that (a)raises EVERYONE'S TAXES, (b) increases EVERYONE'S HEALTH CARE COSTS, (c) weakens Medicare, (d) puts an exceptional amount of stress on America's rural hospitals & nursing facilities & (e) IGNORES THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

They've got the authority to pass this bill. Next November, we'll have the constitutional authority to give them pink slips.

Only in Washington, DC, can legislation raise taxes, increase health care costs & ignore the will of the people & still be called reform.

Brace yourself for the coming (electoral) revolution.

Posted by: gmg425 | December 19, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Sending a bag of coal and a bundle of switches which with to Senator Mitch McConnell's Christmas stocking. That isn't where I'd like to put them, but I am too much of a lady to say otherwise.

Thank you and Merry Christmas, Mr.King.

Posted by: martymar123 | December 19, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Correction to previous post, in which I left something out. It was meant to say: "...a bag of coal and a bundle of switches with which to stuff Senator McConnell...etc." Sorry.

Posted by: martymar123 | December 19, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

mcconnell and the republicons PUBLICLY stated that their strategy going forward was to bloick anything and everything that the majority of the nation voted for in electing a huge majority of Democrats and a Democratic president. They announced this in early February. That was right araound when ayatollah limbaugh issued his fatwah to all the true believers that their duty to the republicon party and to the conservative movment was to make America fail.

mcconnell has given the exact same lie filled tirade about the health care bill for six months. The contents and scope of the bill have changed, but his rant has not altered one iota. He is leading a party that knows it must lie lie and lie some more to get anyone to think about supporting it because their agenda is one that has already proved so destructive that it came within months of destroying the nation.

There is under construction a special place in hell reserved for the leaders of the conservative movement. It will be filled with tortures they deserve for eternity for what they have done to foster misery and death to so many in our nation and around the globe.

Posted by: John1263 | December 19, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are scum. I wouldn't consider trying to have a rational discussion with them, any more than I would with Hitler, if he were still around (even if it is in the guise of McConnell).

Posted by: daweeni | December 19, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

McConnell can't hold a candle to "Sheets" Byrd and Richard Russell's attempt to stonewall the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Seems the libtards have extremely short memories, especially in case of inconvenient truths.

Posted by: jpost1 | December 19, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

The will of the people was expressed last November. One of the things Democrats promised was health care reform. The majority supported this bill until the insurance industry and the gop spent millions on commercials that spread pernicious lies about it. Then there is always the fux crowd lying about absolutly everything. A simple rule is if you want to know if something is good for the country see if ayatollah limbaugh is against it. If so, it is good for the American people.

The thing that is lost in all of this is that there always has been majoroty support for the health care reform package in congress. The 40 republicons taking the tacitc of saying no in unison has prevented the majority from having a chance to vote. This bill would have passed four months ago with at least 56 votes in the senate. But because republicons do not believe in democracy or our system of government functioning in a way that expressed the will of voters they have made sure that they blocked and blocked soi they could point fingers. They are the most disgraceful bunch of thugs ever to crawl the earth. They make Preston Brooks seem like a downright gentleman.

Posted by: John1263 | December 19, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

"...viewers watching to see their leaders in action."

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
How's that ganga, mon? That's the best one I"ve read/heard in a LONG time. Thanks for making my day.

Posted by: silencedogoodreturns | December 19, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

With any luck, we'll be able to get rid of poot-butt McConnell and his neck soon.

Posted by: binkynh | December 19, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

"...a near empty chamber staffed with bored Senate pages, stenographers, assorted clerks, and one or two senators guarding the floor."
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Yes, so how is that any different from a typical day on the Senate floor?

Posted by: silencedogoodreturns | December 19, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Why does the Republican party hate the American middle and lower classes so much?

Why are its leaders so mean? Why do they engage in such puerile gestures as demanding the protracted reading of the bills?

Why have they no plan of their own to fix the broken and dysfunctional health care delivery system which is one of the worst, if not the worst, in the developed world?

First they preside cheerfully over the near bankruptcy of the nation and now they would perpetuate a corrupt health care delivery system for the benefit of a few rapacious insurance companies at the expense of their fellow citizens.

Why are they able to do nothing but preach hate and discord all the time and still get their people elected in such large numbers? What does all this say about the American electorate?

We have a dysfunctional and undemocratic Senate that makes a travesty of government to the point where we are governed little better than Pakistan.

The system of congressional fund raising is well organized bribery by another name.

The inner framework of the nation is becoming increasingly rotten and impotent.

Does no one worry that it appears headed for collapse and destruction?

David A. Jewell
Philadelphia, PA

Posted by: dajewell | December 19, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

PRESIDENT OBAMA TO THE REPUBLICAN CONGRESS:

AND I STOOD ARROW STRAIGHT
UNENCUMBERED BY THE WEIGHT
OF ALL THESE LOBBIES AND THEIR SCHEMES
HIGH ABOVE ALL
I STILL BELIEVE IN MY DREAMS
HEALTH CARE REFORM NOW

Posted by: TinMarin | December 19, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

It is just the GOP personality. Let nothing get done. Health Reform in long run will cut deficit. Will they admit that? They were against Social Security and Medicare. There are two programs that keep the elderly in America ( of which I am one) able to live with some dignity at life's end. They do not care about that just are really a great club of old white men (for the most part) who have become souless and heart hearted. I am praying that some bill passes for those young people like my neices and nephews who now lack health care through no fault of their own. They are desparate for something they can afford and maintain their families.

Posted by: patisok | December 19, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

"...a near empty chamber staffed with bored Senate pages, stenographers, assorted clerks, and one or two senators guarding the floor..."


And how is that different from any other day on the Senate floor?

Posted by: silencedogoodreturns | December 19, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

This is NOT about harassment. It is NOT targeted at Democrats.

Senate Republicans are using these weird tactics for defensive purposes, so that no other Republicans can say "You didn't do everything possible to try to stop the health care bill". These futile gestures make it less likely that Rush Limbaugh or someone Republican will blame Senate Republicans for what happened.

Posted by: ChukStake | December 19, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

McConnell can't hold a candle to "Sheets" Byrd and Richard Russell's attempt to stonewall the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Seems the libtards have extremely short memories, especially in case of inconvenient truths.

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That was a long time ago. I have not forgotten but these men surely changed as they aged esp. Senator Byrd. He admitted his wrong doing and the Southern Cacaus that caused the problems then joined the GOP for the most part. It was a racial thing then for sure....but most of us have grown and moved on...thanks for the reminded though. It is never right to block the wishes of the people and if we were to have a vote of all the people eligible...Health Care would pass in a landslide.

Posted by: patisok | December 19, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

John1263 and dajewell, are exactly right in their comments and questions.
Lately I have been reflecting on the difference between the health care "discussion" and the "discussion" that lead the Congress and our people to war in Iraq.
The health care "discussion" has consumed enormous amounts of time and energy and time and energy over a long period of time.
The "discussion" about going to war lasted what? 3 months? Maybe a little more?
Is there not SOMETHING wrong with this picture? Yeah, there is.
War makes a LOT of money for certain people. Making sure that Americans pay through the nose for their health care also makes a lot of money for certain individuals.
And, guess what? The ones who make the most money off of war and off insurance turn out to be in the same class: rich people who get richer off the backs of innocent Americans.

Posted by: cms1 | December 19, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

FUNNY - when it comes to partisan antics in Congress, seems like the Dems really, really, really dragged their feet on Bush's appointments to ANY bench. They would pull any trick to delay voting, leaving bench seats open for months, years. Please, this is politics, so when the other side tries to delay the pillaging of the American taxpayers, shut the hell up and take it. It's not like the liberals never used their weight in Congress to get what they wanted, no matter what the people want.

Wait til the District puts "gay marriage" on the ballot and the voters overturn it, like has happened in EVERY jurisdiction that has voted on it, all 32, and it is no longer "lawful". One gay councilman imposing his will in the city council got this done, and approved by Congress - to heck with the will of the DC residents who were overwhelmingly against it. Guess they don't know what is best for them, but a white, male gay does. Now THAT makes sense - only to a liberal.

Posted by: gamiller1 | December 19, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Mr. King - I'm self-employed, and pay the full cost for health insurance for my young family. I consider it harassment that I'm going to pay thousands more in health insurance premiums because of this. My family will have to skip vacations, put off needed home renovations, or maybe I'll just have to spend more time away from my family working to pay for somebody else's free insurance. Message to Messrs. Reid and Obama: Merry Christmas, jerks.

Posted by: nick_kasoff | December 19, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Consider yourselves "harassed". Consider us as satisfied to be exercising the American form of government and democratic principals. Consider that we don't give a damn if you like the freedoms in America or not. If you guys want a Stalinist form of government, and of course that is what you want, then move elsewhere.

Posted by: C0rrupt_0_Crats | December 19, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

i'm not a republican, but i like their point. we are being asked to trust what's in this bill -- and we have no hope, as average voters, of reading and assessing it for ourselves. whoever is in charge of strategy treated us like children, not citizens.

this will be obama's "mission accomplished" unless the congress and white house thank us for our patience and announce that they will henceforth present each item fully and clearly for us to consider in personal terms.

and obama needs to get out here to the hustings and "fill our pain."

Posted by: revelz | December 19, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Howard Dean was right. We need to change the procedural rules to prevent gridlock in Congress. It doesn't matter what party is in power, using these silly little rules--that are not guaranteed by the Constitution--so that an insignificant twerp like McConnell (what do you expect from someone who doesn't believe in evolution?) can feel important has got to end.
The problems of the modern age are too great for obstructionism to continue.
If the Democrats create more problems with their legislation than they solve, boot them out of office. But when the people have spoken, then let the party in power set the agenda and get down to business. Our democracy is being strangled by obstructionism.
When the Republicans get their next chance, let's see if THEY keep their promises. They claim to be the party of fiscal restraint, but Reagan and George W. have passed on the biggest deficits of the modern era to their successors.
And did the Republicans keep their promise to the American people about term limits? Of course not.

Posted by: dzukijason | December 19, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I have problems with the bill Democrats want to pass, but I have more problems with McConnell, a truly inept man who has long ago risen to his level of incompetence. Why Is the man so unhappy? His buddies in the health-care industry have managed with Democrat help to shape the bill pretty much the way they like it. It's the consumer who'll continue to take it in the ear. Thus it is and thus it will always be --thanks to your friendly Congress person.

Posted by: Diogenes | December 19, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

The bill will pass - the compromise will get done - the President will sign it - just wait and see how long it will take before the people realize that this thing is a total disaster that they can't wait to change before it ruins thousands or millions of lives. It should never have gotten to this but it is on a liberal steam roller that we will regret for many years - just wait and see.

Posted by: puma791 | December 19, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Wrong. Every precious second is another infinite opportunity to implore the Almighty for a miracle that will spare our great republic from this horrendous crime.

You never know. Sen. Byrd could croak. Sen. Franken could be recalled by the lunatic asylum. Sen. Stabenow might... no, that would be unkind.

Posted by: thebump | December 19, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Harassment is this health care fiasco that is being forced on the American people although the majority do NOT want it. An additional 111 new government bureaucracies just to oversee and implement the monstrosity will be nothing but a harassment. The taxes imposed will be a harassment. Forcing the elderly to endure end of life counseling is harassment.

Posted by: inmanorj | December 19, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Conservatives always try this nonsense when historic legislation is being passed. They fought civil rights. They fought Medicare. They're fighting health care. They are always on the wrong side of history.

Posted by: Ladyrantsalot | December 19, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Last guys don't finish nice.

Some things are wonderfully consistent. From Gingrivitis to Hammer-handed Delay to the pale pack of hangers-on and left-overs that is today's republican party, the objective is to get power and favor their moneyed friends.

I don't think they hate the middle class any more than a lumberjack hates the forest. The just see us as a way to enrich themselves, and they think that nothing that they do will hurt us enough to matter. There are always more trees - and there is a sucker born every minute.

What would really fix things - which is not impossible, but unlikely - is to curb the rights of corporations. The legal basis for giving corporations the rights of persons under the law is stale dogmeat. Let's rein in corporations before they make serfs of us all.

Posted by: Rozinante2 | December 19, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Long after this bill is passed, signed, implemented, and over time improved until it does everything asked of it and more, the naysayers will be screaming "socialism", praying for miracles, objecting to its existence, and encouraging their conservative candidates to run against it.

That is how they responded to Social security, that is how they responded to medicare, and for the next hundred years it is what they will demand for health care.

Republicans believe that no political contest is ever over until their side prevails, so wwe can expect this rant to have a long, loud, and unproductive life.

But, fellahs, in fact, you lost, live with it, ok?

Posted by: ceflynline | December 19, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Just like the dog faced republicon cry ass babies, they have had their way the last eight years under the dumbest presdident this country has ever had. So now they'll act like the spoiled little brat kid in the neigborhood who has the only basketball and is getting beat by the other kids on the block so he is going to take his ball and go home. But in this case baby mitch can't take the ball and go home so he'll just act like the horses rump he is and try to stall which hasn't and is not going to work, so he just makes someone else's job harder.Where is the repubilcan health care reform bill? I'll answer that myself, they don't have one, just like 7-UP they never had it and never will.Sorry DOS!

Posted by: rmilton | December 19, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Just like the dog faced republicon cry ass babies, they have had their way the last eight years under the dumbest presdident this country has ever had. So now they'll act like the spoiled little brat kid in the neigborhood who has the only basketball and is getting beat by the other kids on the block so he is going to take his ball and go home. But in this case baby mitch can't take the ball and go home so he'll just act like the horses rump he is and try to stall which hasn't and is not going to work, so he just makes someone else's job harder.Where is the repubilcan health care reform bill? I'll answer that myself, they don't have one, just like 7-UP they never had it and never will.Sorry DOGS!

Posted by: rmilton | December 19, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

At least the Senators voting on this bill wil have been made to read (listen) to the 300 page amendment.
To the people who are bemoaning the stalling tactics I must ask you. Do you actually know what this bill is going to do??? If you do, then you have a hand up on the rest of the Senate, because they have not seen the bill that they are supposed to vote on by this Thursday.
You really need to ask yourselves what is in this bill that Harry Reid does not want the Public to see before they vote on it?
What happened to the open coverage on C-SPAN of the drafting of this legislation? What happened to the putting it on the internet at least 72 hours before it was voted on? Why is it now a secret? Why? Why? Why?

Posted by: nosuchluck | December 19, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

stop blaming the republicans and direct your ire to Obama for his foolish believe that he can get along with these rabid dogs. Not even Jesus could unite every body and this fool is not Jesus.

Posted by: bluelagoon21 | December 19, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Mitch McConnell doesn't give a rat's tail for anyone but himself, his wife, the former Chiang Kai-shek, and the rich lobbyists who have kept him rolling in dough.

His net worth climbed from $4,410,999 in 2004 to $31,955,998 in 2008. He did pretty well for himself during the lean bush years. But then again, most of the repulicons are crooks.

http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/candlook.php?CID=N00003389

Posted by: rcubedkc | December 19, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Mitch McConnell is a disgrace and embarrassment to Kentucky and the U.S. Senate.

Posted by: m_richert | December 19, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Harassment? Come on!

Mitch is a hero in my book for trying to stop this Health Care bill that will tax us all to death and ration care.

Posted by: Revcain777 | December 19, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

I think it's wonderful that the "transparency" policy of Obama is being so diligently observed by Mr.McConnell, et al. Gosh, is there something in the amendment that Americans should not know? Good for you, Mitch!

Posted by: keyboard1 | December 19, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

"I watched and listened to Senator McConnell( looking like Jabba the Hut with no neck) this morning spewing hate and disdain for the majority of Americans who desire healthcare reform. McConnell and his GOP cohorts live in a very small house. When he/they talk about the majority of Americans, they only speak about those who are under their roof. McConnell has time to change his mind and take the "high moral ground" and contribute to the passage of the bill. However, if he does not ( and the legislation is a success) he and the GOP will continue shrink in size.

Posted by: lanlysh55 | December 19, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Imagine the gall and utter depravity of a family member who would insist that the doctor read aloud the textbook on a certain surgery mandated by their loved one's and his patient before performing the life-saving surgery and you have clear picture of the moral failure that is McConnell. Americans die every day because they cannot secure health care. Americans go broke every day because they cannot afford medical bills. That's old people and children who actually get sick and die while the Republicans, unable and unwilling to come up with any idea other than defending those who get wealthy off sick people, piddle in the United States Senate.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | December 19, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

These Representatives have been so sneaky in the selling of the remnants of their soles that it is little surprise that no one trusts them. Senator McConnell like many of his brethren and sisters have seen their best days and even then those may not have been best for those they pretend to represent. It is sad to see something as important as healthcare coverage being "discussed" in the manner that these putative Reps appear to be doing it. We must grin and bear it for after all, it is the American way. It's improving. Less than 150 years ago we were fighting to "free" slaves. Less than 60 years ago segregation in schools, hospitals and other places was legal. Inter racial marriage was a crime and the killing of Black people for the crime of being black seems to have been okay (1950 Harry T. Moore in Florida NAACP). We are getting there. Many will continue to die needlessly...that still seems to be okay.

Posted by: Draesop | December 19, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Why is just about everything used as arguments by Republican posters to support their case simply not true? The public does support health care reform. It will reduce the deficit. The bill has been analyzed and results published by many news agencies.

It will be impossible to accomplish anything in this country when a significant portion of the public gets their information from partisan sources who will make up whatever they want to convince their followers.

Posted by: dwhitebread | December 19, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Call it what you want . . . just keep it up Mitch. Every day it is delayed is one day less we must endure this socialist healthcare manifesto.

Posted by: rplat | December 19, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe the Republicans don't realize how juvenile and impetuous they are looking to the American people. It is SO transparent that they simply don't want the Democrats to get anything done to help people.

Prediction here is that the GOP loses more seats in 2010, and is cast further into the wilderness than they already are. Even with that in mind, I wish they would straighten up and have some maturity and constructiveness, as people are suffering with each day of gridlock.

Posted by: B2O2 | December 19, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

McConnell showed his poker face when he said democrats were operating in the middle of the night while the people were doing their Christmas shopping. What a dodo this guy.

Posted by: truth1 | December 19, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

McConnell needed to have been sent on a walk to the white house...naked..walking through the snow shoeless until he was frozen stiff....

Posted by: FletcherChristian1 | December 19, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

With none of the lies/spin working Senator Coburn used his 10 minutes to report on the wasteful/fraud report of 2007, even pointing out how the DOJ wasted billions in tax dollars and how friends of Law Makers got contracts, Law Makers got pork for their States. Coburn looked like the fool he is because it was the Republicans and Bush doing the waste/fraud in 2007. Now Senator Coburn knows the American people believe what their told so he knows they will believe it was Obama who was President in 2007. Law Makers don't read as the entire Health Care Bill in online and you can downloan it from pdf. Like the lazy children freeloaders they are our Law Makers had to have the Health Care Bill read to them, someone should have given out cliff notes to help them along.

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | December 19, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Republicans had a chance at some significant "blowback" gains in the upcoming 2010 elections.

What they fail to see or acknowledge is that everyone is watching and will remember all this "No" obstructionism from republicans in the house and senate,
and it will impact in a negative way any potential gains they would have made in the next election.

Republicans refuse to see or admit that although Obama and Congress and Dems ratings are down, mostly due to the economy -
republicans overall ratings in the polls are even lower.
Nov 2010 will tell the story.

Posted by: daveque | December 19, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm so surprised you didn't use the "race card" Mr. King. Perhaps you are waiting to use it later on, no?

Posted by: trippermeow | December 19, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

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No, trippermeow, looks like you just did. You were the one to bring up race, which is irrelevant here. Apparently that's the lens you see life through. In a way, I feel sorry for you, as I do other bigots.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | December 19, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Senate are a disgrace to the U.S., of America.

Their refusal to participate in the political process with a level of civility goes beyond childishness.

Grown men acting liking temper tantrum throwing toddler's is sickening and grotesque. As a matter of fact, my two year old niece has more sense than these foolish people.

And just to think, these are the same folks that ran the country for the last eight years.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | December 19, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Is it me or does this stunt by McConnell cost us taxpayers money for wasting time in the senate for no other reason but politics? Come to think of is, McConnell and the republicans have done nothing but waste time in the senate since Obama became President. It's bad enough bozo's like McConnell don't have any ideas or anything constructive to do at there "job," but they have to waste millions in taxpayer money to do so. We ought to demand these republicans pay for there own stunts starting with McConnell.

Posted by: kubrickstan | December 19, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

I think the Senate rules should be changed. If you demand that the bill be read, then you should be required to stay there and listen to reading.

Posted by: cmpgm | December 19, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

I would love to go to Kentucky and explain to some of his constituents what he's doing. Not solving problems - indeed, making it harder for problems to get solved. Too bad he isn't up for re-election for a while.

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | December 19, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

King's objections would be valid only if they were trying to prevent a health care reform bill. But the Obama/Reid bill is not health care reform. For King, Obama, Reid, Pelosi or anyone to describe a bill that has a few reforms, but denies twenty three million or more people health care coverage, allows health insurance companies to continue their most blatantly immoral, unfair practices four years, is financed on the back of people on Medicare, increases taxes on millions of middle class people who do not purchase health insurance, as overall being "reform" is being Orweillian.

Obama, most Democrats in Congress and the meek sheep who follow their party line need to read "1984."

McConnell, all Republicans in Congress and the meek sheep who follow their party line need to read the teachings of Jesus, as reported in "The New Testament."

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | December 19, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

gmg425

You are the same person that would be against it if a democrat was doing it while the republicans were majority in congress and the white house. I am so tired of lame republicans who did a terrible job as government leaders for 8 years whining and obstructing as if they did not have the opportunity to fix the problems that the democrats are left to deal with. Its as if republicans have fooled themselves into thinking that they were not in charge of government the last eight years prior to the Nov 08 elections. It was republicans who made messes or allowed issues like health care to get this bad where we need reform. Now you are worried about taxes? Give me a break. All republicans are really worried about is regaining congress and the white house to finish screwing the country into the ground. Dont worry, Obama cant fix all the messes you made so you will get another chance in 2012 to get your precious white house back and complete the job of ruining the country completely. Who cares as long as you are in power right?

Posted by: ged0386 | December 19, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Mitch McConnell has merely established a new lowest common denominator. What his party wants to kill not only this bill, and the citizenry be damned: That party wants to kill (remember "starve the beast"?) Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the VA (let those vets fend for themselves, just like the rich!), the USPS, and every regulatory agency.

Posted by: woodfordmac | December 19, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

You are a marxist just like your messiah Obama.

Posted by: doakwinston | December 19, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

McConnell can't hold a candle to "Sheets" Byrd and Richard Russell's attempt to stonewall the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Seems the libtards have extremely short memories, especially in case of inconvenient truths.

Posted by: jpost1
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Or you're really really old. 1964 is really more about history than it is the current "libtard" or "republicon" party. Back then the itarwebs really was a series of tubes.

Just FYI to all you bloggers who come up with clever names like "libtard" and "republicon". You're not being original. It's been said before and it's really not that clever.

Posted by: kevnet | December 19, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

gmg425

Do you really think voters want the republican party back in charge? Thats why the democrats and Obama were voted in. Stop kidding yourselves. People will not forget for a long time how lousy the country was run while republicans were in charge no matter what happens. You may not like the democrats but we know we dont want the republicans back. They havent changed enough to be any different. Kind of like leaving your new wife to go back to the one you divorced.

Posted by: ged0386 | December 19, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

And doing this childish stunt, during a frickin' blizzard in D.C., REAL NICE republicans. During the frickin' Christmas holidays. Jim Carry's got nothing on Scrooge compared to McConnell. Talk about a rich, arrogant P.O.S. republican. What a waste of taxpayer money!!

Posted by: kubrickstan | December 19, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Somebody suggested here that the Republicans are doing this so they won't be blamed for not stopping the legislation. The fact is, they have failed in their stated aim. That is because they chose to say no,no,no rather than act like adults and participate in the process which they were sent to the capital to join. If they had participated, but still lost, it would have been honorable. The Republican senators (except two) are an utter disgrace to their supporters, their states, and their country.

Posted by: larry9 | December 19, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

I agree with you Mr. King. The Senate should amend its rules so that if a senator requires that a bill be read, all members of that party must sit through the entire reading. I bet this tactic wouldn't be used again.

Posted by: akimbo3458 | December 19, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

McConnell can't hold a candle to "Sheets" Byrd and Richard Russell's attempt to stonewall the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Seems the libtards have extremely short memories, especially in case of inconvenient truths.

Posted by: jpost1


If you have to go back to 1964 to make a counter argument to the article should I still complain about racist acts by whites towards blacks back then as being relevent to today? Ok lets play your game. Did you know that Richard Nixon wanted not only a government option regarding health care, he wanted it to be mandatory that all businesses provided it to their employees? That was nixon, the republican wanting a government option. Interesting what you discover about both parties leaders when you go back 25 or 50 years. Why dont we go back to the 1800's then you can take credit for a republican freeing the slaves and the racist southerners being democrats. Did you know Ronald Reagan use to be a democrat? George Wallace use to be a segregationalist? Strom Thurmond had a black daughter? Get my point?

Posted by: ged0386 | December 19, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Ohhhh, poor Mr. King! Maybe you should withhold this silly criticism of republicans for actually having the most secretive bill in history read into the record and lay some blame on your own democratic sweethearts who, contrary to what you wrote above:
" The health-reform bill, as successfully negotiated among the Democrats, is going to pass.", should be that after months and months of Obama changing his mind on what he will or will not support, and Senate democrats not getting their own act together because they have always had the 60 votes to pass anything, just bribed the 3 holdout Democratic senators with taxpayer dollars to get their support.
Landrieu from Louisiana gets 300 million for her vote.
Sanders in Vermont gets 10 billion for his state to get his vote.
Nelson gets phony abortion language, billions in tax exemptions for 2 insurance companies and Nebraska's shortfall for all the new Medicaid enrolee's costs paid for FOREVER by the other 49 states to get his vote.

So if McConnell can hold up this farce of a bill, then I hope he can think of some more before this gets voted on.

Posted by: justmyvoice | December 19, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

For claiming to be so "Christian" Huckabees are the epitome of "I got mine and the fact you don't have is Our Lord Jesus Christ's castigation for your sloth and pre-existing conditions."

McConnell and his Republicans will never be part of the solution and, like the 6th grade school yard bullies they are, will go out of their way to stop any progress for the rest of us.

Posted by: coloradodog | December 19, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

It's a good thing that I'm not President as I realize that i have SERIOUS anger management issues. I would call out every single one of these obstructionist SOB's! (Think Lucy Liu in Kill Bill at the council meeting)

The GOP had control and plenty of time to do right by the electorate. Instead, they lined their pockets and led us into this abyss.

I'm with the Rep. from Florida that told FORMER veep Cheney to STFU! He needs to relay that message to his colleagues in the Senate. Especially Lieberman. Weasily little F*ker!

Posted by: tradervic1313 | December 19, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Passing a bill while the majority of Americans oppose it is as stupid as it gets. They represent us they do not rule us but they seem to have forgotten that. Well, in November they should be made to pay for it. Supporting this bunch of incompetents is just as Un-American as voting for it.

Posted by: staterighter | December 19, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

so the party of Bush/Cheney are proving that if they can't have their way they will stop at nothing to throw road blocks into the passage of legislation. They had years of complete and total control of Washington DC Bush/Tom Delay and the Senate they crammed thru the Medicare Part D that was totally unfunded and has a trillion dollar price tag attached to it, then made it illegal for seniors to go to canada or Mexico to get their medications cheaper, or even for Congress to negotiate better prices for medicines like DOD and the VA do. But that was a "good bill" don't make me laugh. The democratic party does not have any lawmakers that even begin to approach the tactics that the "Hammer" used during republican control, tax cuts for the wealthy during 2 wars, one of necessity due to the attacks of 9-11, and that was really done quick and cheap until they then turned and then made a "choice" to invade Iraq and take ot Saddam regardless of evidence or cost, Jospeh Stiglitz and Linda Blimes claim the total cost of the Iraq war will be close to 3 TRILLION dollars in all when the VA health care and compensation bills are done being paid about 60-70 years from now, there are hundreds of thousands of veterans that have TBI injuries and PTSD that will cost this nation billion upon billions in the damaged lives this misadventure has cost. Let alone what the Republicans have done to American freedoms, wiretapping all phones and computers with the Patriot Act, Gitmo, torture, the politcs of fear this nation has lived with due to VP Cheney's desire to maintain control and his daugthers Liz continuing to preach her fathers bitterness and need to continue torture, and spying on Americans and using the Bill of Rights as toilet paper. The republicans could have fixes "health care" they didn't care to tax breaks for the rich were more their style. Now just being the party of NO is enough for them, we have them openly rooting for the failure of President Obama and thus in his failures the nation fails, yet this is what they want so they can then claim we need them to protect us from government, only in a Republican mind does this make any sense. They want 1984 to become real, and instead of fiction they are working to make it reality, now that is the scary part. In 2010 all Americans if they can NOT support the democratic candidate for elected office need to suppport anyone other than a republican that will join the party of "NO" we need real law makers and people that care about real lives of hard working Americans, not wall street or rich people they are less that 2% of this nation, so why are laws being written to protect them at the expense of the 98%? Wake up and smell the roses, please

Posted by: mikey30919 | December 19, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Obviously, Mr King is in the Obama black caucus and is greedily anticipating his share of the wealth distribution that will come with this act. It is one more nail in the coffin of what founded this once great country. I recent an arrogant, noncontributing idiot berating a patriot.

Posted by: GordonShumway | December 19, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

If an intelligence test was a pre-condition to vote, the Democratic Party wouldn't exist.

Posted by: island1 | December 19, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Yonkers, New York
19 December 2009

Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's obstructionist tactics on the Senate health-care reform bill only serves to unite the Democrats.

What pisses me off no end is that all Repubican senators are obviously united in their nefarious strategy of thwarting, opposing, demonizing and defeating health-care reform knowing, as they all do, that without reform, the present system will go bankrupt in just a few years.

Republican Senators Olympia Snow and Susan Collins of Maine are known to be "moderates." Unfortunately for America, however, they seem to be going along with the Republican fixation, which is for President Barack Obama to fail.

Mariano Patalinjug

Posted by: MPatalinjug | December 19, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Well, Mr. King, obviously you don't want any obstacles to your black bretheren to get more free stuff and be able to sit back on their black fat fannies in their taxpayer subsidized housing, eating their taxypayer subsidized meals, going to their favorite fat food palace to gorge themselves on yet more fat laden foods to now be able to avail the;mselves of the healthcare they will need on my nickel to care for them for the rest of their lives for their slovenly way of life.

Posted by: sandynh | December 19, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Mr. King, I couldn't care less whether Sen. McConnell's procedural tactics irritate "the bill's proponents." They deserve it for passing a bill that (a)raises EVERYONE'S TAXES,
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No, it does not!
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(b) increases EVERYONE'S HEALTH CARE COSTS,
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No, it does not!
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(c) weakens Medicare,
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I sure hope so. After all, we should eliminate socialism, and weakening Medicare which is socialized medicine, is a good thing.
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(d) puts an exceptional amount of stress on America's rural hospitals & nursing facilities
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No, it does not!
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& (e) IGNORES THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.
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No, it does not!
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They've got the authority to pass this bill. Next November, we'll have the constitutional authority to give them pink slips.
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No, you won't! You are a tea bagging goober in a red state who voted for the candidate from the party of No. You won't vote him out!
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Only in Washington, DC, can legislation raise taxes, increase health care costs & ignore the will of the people & still be called reform.
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No, that is simply incorrect
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Brace yourself for the coming (electoral) revolution.
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You mean the "angry mob" that will be bussed in by billionaire funded "grass roots activists" who carry misspelled signs
and carry NO ACORN and OBAMA=HITLER signs?

I am bracing myself for the side-splitting laughing fit I am bound to have watch a bunch of misshaped, overweight white goobers littering a lawn
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Posted by: HumanSimpleton | December 19, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Please explain how Republicans are obstructionists when they only have 40 members and couldn't stop anything the democrats want to do? Democrats are the obstructionists here because they said they would pass this before their Spring break. What has taken them so long to finally figure out that all they had to do was bribe their own members to get their vote and pass this thing which they could have done months ago?
I would suggest that many here finally realize that democrats have been their own worst enemy, not the republicans.

Posted by: justmyvoice | December 19, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Lets face it, only lunatics (aka Republicans) or those who are making 100s of Billions of Dollars extra per year from the current health care system in US (big insurance, big pharma, wall street gang) or those who have been
brain washed by their agents (aka the right-wing media such as Talkradio, Fox (aka Fix) News, Wall street journal, etc.) can be for the current for profit health care system in US and against the Universal Nationalized health care that they have in ALL, I repeat ALL, European countries, Canada, Japan, Australia, China, in fact in all developed countries, including Israel the beloved nation of the right-wingers.

After all consider these FACTS about how horrible the current for profit private health care in US is compared to the (not for profit) Universal Nationalized health care that they have in ALL European countries, Canada, etc.

1- 50Mill Americans have NO health insurance so their only choice in case of illness is death or bankruptcy and usually both, while every European, Canadian, Japanese, Chinese, Australian, etc. has access to the same health care for the Taxes that they pay plus a nominal fee such as $59 per month per person in Canada.

2- 2Mill+ Americans go bankrupt each year due to health care costs WHILE in Europe or Canada that have Universal health care ZERO person or family goes bankrupt each year due to health care costs.

3- In Europe or Canada that have Universal health care health care is taking about 9% of GDP while in US where as noted above Millions do not have health care or Millions go bankrupt each year due to health care costs, health care is taking 18% of GDP.

Due to lack of space here, u can read full:
anoox.com/blog/real_news.article=34590

Posted by: RealNews1 | December 19, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

"Senator McConnell has taken $523,000 from health insurers....

To learn more about Sen. McConnell's insurance money and the Fair Elections Now Act, visit http://www.insurancepuppets.com.

Posted by: lindarc | December 19, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

As someone from Kentucky, let me express how embarrassing it is to have the prissy McConnell the only Ky. public official who gets camera time. Of course, it could be worse - I could have been born in Connecticut.

The Republicans are basically at the point of being nothing but nihilistic bomb-throwers. The recent announcement that the John Birch Society was welcomed back into the good graces of the party cemented that. Maybe flouride treatments would cure McConnell and his ilk.

Posted by: jonthes | December 19, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

I support Mr. King's comments. There really is not a lot of productive efforts on McCon's behalf. I think it shows what poor leaders, and poor losers, the Republicans are.

Posted by: WindyDC | December 19, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Cramming a vote at 1AM on the Monday before Christmas when the VAST MAJORITY of Americans are opposed smells like the garbage it is.

Posted by: BlueMax1 | December 19, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse

McConnell, his 40 Republican senators and others in the party have become irrelevant and of no sensible ideas. Tell me: what has become of their own proposal on health care reform? It has been barnished into historical oblivion.

I am only surprised by the actions of the few like Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe both from Maine. I thought they would be more reasonable in their actions. But they have chosen not to. Shame on them. Tactics or no tactics, the party is of no consequence!

Posted by: midas20874 | December 19, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

If this bill was the harbinger of disaster the Republicans claim, the best thing to do would be to let it pass, gain a majority because of negative effects of the bill, and then repeal it. Of course, they're not going to do that because they know their fear mongering is fraudulent, they fear that it might make things better, and it might be the basis for ever more action against their insurance company buddies. The Grand Obstructionist Party has nothing to offer but gridlock.

Posted by: twm1 | December 19, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

That which saves you from disaster should hardly be called harassment.

Posted by: clankie | December 19, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Hey Colbert. So McConnell's "harrassment" got you ticked off? Good. Get used to it. Cuz it's not going to stop anytime soon.

Posted by: rg019571 | December 19, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Let's hear from the ~40 million uninsured Americans on what they think of this bill. I am certain they are pleased. Or, all the Americans who have been routinely denied coverage. We don't hear their voices because the big corporate lobbyists are hogging up the airwaves with distortions paid for by the millions of dollars extracted from OUR paychecks via the heath care insurance providers. For those who think this is a bum health care deal, here's a news flash for you: YOUR HEALTH CARE COSTS HAVE BEEN RAPIDLY RISING FOR LESS SERVICE for the past decade, which you would know if you look at your pay stub deductions and the fine print of your existing health care premiums. The present health care system is UNSUSTAINABLE. Kaput. Both parties know it. Reform is essential. American health care costs are among the most expensive in the world and getting worse, and we don't even insure everyone like most wealthy countries. The sad part of this story is that both parties are equally guilty, and both put special interests, earmarks, campaign paybacks and pork before everything else. The reason this bill is 2,000 pages long is because of all the deals thrown in. It's like gold mining in 1850 California. It's sad, but the middle and lower middle class get hosed once again. The HMO's will get rewarded for all the lobby money they invest by congress removing the cost control measures.

Posted by: citizen4truth1 | December 19, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

McConnell is the type who's gone through life sucking on a lemon, unable to see any value in shared responsibility. Shame on this country for still allowing anyone to be without health care. McConnell wouldn't understand that. He has the best health care in the nation. If only all of his ardent supporters could experience just one day of medical crisis with nowhere to turn.

Posted by: AnnArborGuy | December 19, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

The Republican bill (which is to do absolutely nothing to cover the uninsured) raises taxes on everyone with an insurance policy. Underwritten into each policy is the cost of covering the uninsured.

Hey Repubs, when your insurer gives you the middle finger and you have no consumer protections to help you, make sure you smile and thank your GOP for doing nothing. :)

Posted by: mikebythesun | December 19, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Mitch McConnell is a milk toast kind of a guy who looks like he will need health care very soon. He is a skinny sick looking Senator from a state full of obesity.

Posted by: MikeV2 | December 19, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

The republicans are for big business and the rich. Most of them need to retire.They gave George Bush everything he wanted questions asked,but the they only worked three days a week when he was in office. Most of them are out having affairsthey don't care about anybody but themselves until they want your vote. It would be nice to just spit in there face

Posted by: hotbarb | December 19, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Voters sent Republicans packing in November 2008. That doesn't mean we don't crave their input on an issue as important to America as health care reform. However, Republicans, ever the Authoritarians, have with military discipline opposed any change at all the status quo that heavily contributes to inefficiencies and unearned profits in Health Insurance Land and Pill Manufacturing Land. Yeah. It IS a big chunk of the Gross Domestic Product. It shouldn't be trifled with lightly. But price fixing, influence peddling, and exemption from anti-trust laws have produced an anti-consumer environment. (They talk about increasing competition among health insurance companies as if there is any now.) It may be true that efforts to compromise with the right wing has produced an imperfect piece of legislation. But, once it is finally signed into law, the flaws can be fixed. The flaws include the continued existence of health insurance companies and the continued permission to fund R&D at pill manufactories on the backs of those, in America only, who cannot afford to take their physician-recommended medicines. I don't care what causes mental illness to happen out in Kentucky, Kansas and Oklahoma. And I support an amendment to exclude those states from health care of all of kinds. The effort to reform health insurance is intended to reduce costs and improve the delivery of health care -- and not just to those who can afford it. Junking health insurance companies is an idea whose time has come.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | December 19, 2009 9:00 PM | Report abuse

To Mr. Jewel from PA:
Great Post!
I agree with you 100%. The Republican Party is in business solely for rich people. (or faux rich people )

Posted by: bobnsri | December 19, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

lindarc wrote:
"Senator McConnell has taken $523,000 from health insurers, and given more than 50 floor speeches spouting their talking points," said David Donnelly, Public Campaign Action Fund's national campaigns director. "As the Senate begins its second day of debate on health care reform legislation, the insurance interests are getting their money's worth from their 'Insurance Puppet,' Mitch McConnell."

The insurance industry has donated $17.7 million in campaign contributions to the Senators taking part in the current debate, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.

Insurance companies buy our politicians...
Look at Lieberman (independent), his wife is an insurance & Pharmac Lobbyist...Sen. known to cultivate the insurance and pharmaceutical industries, which provide jobs in his home state and contributions to his campaign fund has long been known to cultivate the insurance and pharmaceutical industries, which provide contributions to his campaign fund. But he has literally been sleeping with one of their Washington representatives.

For decades, Mrs. Lieberman has worked for the insurance-pharmaceutical-lobbying complex. Like Newt Gingrich, Dick Gephard and Tom Daschle she never registered as a lobbyist to avoid the official taint, but nonetheless worked at the powerhouse lobbying shops Hill & Knowlton and APCO. She also did stints at Pfizer and Hoffman-La Roche."
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Posted by: lindarc | December 19, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

McConnell is not from my home state, so I haved not followed his career carefully. Can anyone provide a list of his accomplishments that have improved the lives of the middle and poor classes of his fellow Americans? I have never heard of something good coming from his "hard" work for the people of America as he loves to state. Everytime they try to prove their point of opposition to anything beneficial to the middle class, they always claim that is what the American people want.
In truth,the American people really want to see an end to the mighty white racist holdovers from the days of treating people of color like, well, like slaves or not worthy of being treated like humans. This is really where McConnell and his ilk are coming from. It gags them to think that their tax dollars might be spent helping people who don't look like them. I gagged learning that our tax dollars were being given as a grant to the C Street Brothel that houses a bunch of horny white men who pretend they are moral, and their leader uses Hitler's philosophies on white power as a subtext of God's desire for them as the real leaders.
I'd really like to know what programs McConnell has authored that have directly benefited the lower classes and not the greedy robber barons who fund his lifestyle. And why haven't the Republicans ever felt empathy for their poorer America citizens who's Sons and Daughter they are so willing to send to war while shielding their own children? fritz

Posted by: papafritz571 | December 19, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

go Republicans, the smash things up party.

Posted by: realadult | December 19, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Mitch McConnell and John McCain are two old men who believe they now have a mission in their pitiful little lives.

One, who was stabbed in the back by his own party, and the other whose party felt was so insignificant he never held a chairmanship of any significance on a Senate committee.

Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | December 19, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Well, Mr. King, obviously you don't want any obstacles to your black bretheren to get more free stuff and be able to sit back on their black fat fannies in their taxpayer subsidized housing, eating their taxypayer subsidized meals, going to their favorite fat food palace to gorge themselves on yet more fat laden foods to now be able to avail the;mselves of the healthcare they will need on my nickel to care for them for the rest of their lives for their slovenly way of life.

Posted by: sandynh | December 19, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

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You are the perfect example of an uneducated, overt RACIST, and every word you write is a lesson in how not to raise our children. This is the year 2009 and by now you should have at least tried to get rid of your hatred of people of color. I would imagine that you never put your white butt on the line of defense for this nation because you are simply a coward. Look at the faces of our soldiers and see many shades of their skin, from white through shades of tan to brown. I guess the only color you are comfortable with is your own color, YELLOW. It is my wish that people like you be encouraged to transplant your filthy racist and hate-filled soul to somewhere filled with your kind, maybe North Korea. fritZ

Posted by: papafritz571 | December 19, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

"Harassment" is an unnecessarily loaded term used by the quota-industrial complex to imply that McConnell is some kind of racist. this is the way the Dems want to take the debate-- away from substantive policy discussions and again towards race baiting. The typical Dem modus operandi is: Keep it under a shroud of secrecy, negotiate it in a back room, pay off everyone for the necessary votes, force it down the taxpayers throats with a late, last-minute vote in the dead of night during the holiday season when voters are otherwise distracted with other matters.

As far as the race-baiting goes, in fact, McConnell is a party to what may be the only interracial marriage among sitting Senators.

Personally I hope they read the entire bill into the ground just to save our existing health care system from people who would seek to socialize it by killing it with further regulation.

Posted by: djett1 | December 19, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

I bet this weasel gave his secretaries $5.00 gift certificates to McDonald's for Christmas too. McConnell is the poster child for the republican party. Arrogant, heartless, rich, white, and worthless. And by the way, where is the news about Palin being threatened by the tomato thrower? Bush had the shoe, Palin has the tomato, McConnell? Maybe a big pile of shi#. That's about all this bitter old man is worth.

Posted by: kubrickstan | December 19, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

OBSTRUCTION! OBSTRUCTION! - That is what CONGRESS is good at, when it concerns WE-the-People's Needs, Wants, Life-Necessities, JOBS, HEALTH, RIGHTS, and Our CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC!! - In other words,-- Our so-called CONGRESS has turned "Turn-Coat"!-- And the majority of the time "OBSTRUCTS" Our Priorities, Demands, and actual Orders to them (supposedly Our Congress)!? - But, in Reality, is NOT Our Elected Congress,-- but mostly a Gang of Rogue Renegade Traitors toward the U.S. CITIZENRY!! -- This Has to End Immediately!!! - The Tyranny, Obstruction, and Acts of being TRAITORS has gone way too far,- by Power / $money hungry 'turn-coats in Congress1- Both RED & BLUE Violators of their'OATHS-of-OFFICE!- And Insider Elected Thugs,- whom are supporting, backing, & $Bailing the anti-American Special-Interst Global Corporations,-- including Globalist Crooked $Banksters & Wallsters!!! -- Enough of this "CRAP"! - From now on WE-the-People will call them "BROWNS"!!?? - "BROWNS", made up of BLUE & RED Traitors in OUR CONGRESS!! -- These 'turn-coat' RIPublicans & DemoCRAPsare no longer honorable or repected members of their' parties,-- for they have shown their' True Colors to the American People,-- and that Is "BROWN"!! - BROWN,- the Color of "CRAP"!! -- CRAP = (C)ongress (R)aping the (A)merican (P)eople!! -- jward52

Posted by: jward52 | December 19, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

What will be even more fun is to unseat most of these traitors democrats come election...as the American people will enjoy restoring a measure of sanity to Washington...that will be truly fun!!

Posted by: huntyrella | December 19, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone even know what is in this bill and how it will affect them. I am amazed that so many people are jumping to conclusions like my taxes are going to go way up or I am going to be paying much more. I personally have no idea how this bill is going to affect me. I think I am just going to have to wait until I can find out the particulars. I do want every citizen to have health care but do not want to have my services cut or what I pay to go up very much.

Posted by: gvelanis | December 19, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Hey, King, I'm calling you out. You're a Fascist pig who doesn't believe in Democracy.

Posted by: muawiyah | December 19, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

mcconnell is just a simpleton redneck from kentucky. he's an MT head. Over 17% of his constituents live below poverty, the national average is 13%; median household income is $40,000, the national average is $50,000; high school grads age 25+: 70%, national average is 80%; age 25+ with a bachelor's degree or higher: 17%, national average: 24%.

mcconnel is a real idiot, his constituents really need assistance... healthcare, education, etc... you would think this guy would have half a brain and help them. but his actions help support corporations and rich folk who don't need it.

kentucky needs to ditch this guy in the next election -- before the lose everything.

Posted by: FranknErnest | December 19, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

This is the way it works. Democrats would be doing the EXACT same thing if they were in the minority. Please do not cry about it and pretend to hold some kind of moral high ground on the issue.

Posted by: ArlingtonMiller | December 19, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

We're gonna stall on seizing our property, too. And we're gonna stall on Arne Duncan making our kids pledge allegiance to Barack Obama. And we're gonna stall on letting Black Panthers stand in front of polling places with clubs. And we're gonna stall on somebody messing with what we can do within the borders of our own states. And we're gonna stall on clowns calling CO2 a pollutant. And we're gonna stall on sending tax dollars to Obama's shadow campaign committees. And we're gonna stall on the Federal government extorting money from us and calling it an "insurance Policy". You want stall? We're gonna stall this puppy til we can find the 'reverse' lever.

Posted by: chatard | December 19, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand how McConnell gets re-elected. He is such a tight-lipped mean little man. I don't ever recall seeing him smile. I can't think of anything he has done for the common good of his fellow Americans except enrich the corporations and Wall Street, and oh yes, the insurance and drug companies. He probably brings home a lot of bacon to his state also. This was a stupid stunt and done only to bring further chaos to this debacle.

Posted by: sharronkm | December 19, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

When the Democratic Senate passes a bill that Americans have clearly indicated they do not want, stalling is the least those who have heard Americans can do. It is shameful that Democrats are thinking only of 'their' side and not about what the consensus wants. Can you imagine the ruckus the Dems would raise if Republicans did what they are doing - passing a bill that will have a major impact against what most people want? The Dems talk about "power to the people" but only if they can control it and have it in their own pocket.

Posted by: Lynne5 | December 19, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

The Globe and Mail reported the story of Sen. McConnell rising in the US Senate and listed a litany of supposed horrendous wait times for surgeries in a small town Ontario hospital supplied by someone less than familiar with the truth of the matter. What McConnell did not know was that it was the hometown of the Senate Leader of the Conservative Party in Canada who fired back with correction after correction and noted the long wait times for gall stones surgery was amusing in that his hometown hospital used ultrasoud to smash the stones before being passed. He then went onto say that in Ontario the average life expectancy is 81 vs 74 in Kentucky and that all his constituents we 100% covered with health insurance vs 65% in Kentucky. I do not know if Mr. McConnell ever thanked his Canadian counterpart for the note. True story.

Posted by: sjag1 | December 19, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

From now on, I'll be voting a straight Democratic ticket due to 1. The Republican party's policy of lying and 2. Its obstruction of all initiatives started by Democrats starting with health care and combating climate change. First Republican to lose my vote for the first time will be Illinois Congressman John Shimkus for his slavish devotion to his Republican pals who are doing their utmost to make this country fail.

The health care system in the U.S. is so bad I bought a condo and moved to Thailand 4 years ago. Here's an article I just wrote on my web site http://www.alphapro.com/novemberlooking09/pattayabangkok.html about the Bangkok Pattaya Hospital just 8 minutes from me. I hope most of you reading my post read my article and watch the video (which is from the Bangkok Pattaya's hospital web site. I would think all Americans should be very embarrassed that its health care is grossly inferior to that of a still developing nation such as Thailand.

Posted by: jackcorbett | December 19, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

An earlier comment cast aspersions on the intelligence of Democrats. The data run in the other direction. I recently looked at data on average income and the number of college graduates state by state. Looking at the election of 2008, poor, poorly educated states voted for McCain and better off, better educated states voted for Obama with very few exceptions. It is clear that Republicans are being kept in office by angry, white, working class men with less than a college education. They, of course, are usually the people who need health care reform the most.

Posted by: rawebb1 | December 19, 2009 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Thank you to the Republicans for defending American values and ideals against this horrendous assault.

Posted by: thebump | December 19, 2009 11:23 PM | Report abuse

It's great seeing the Republicreep response to this bill's imminent passage. No doubt these are the same clowns who crowed with glee every time W and his posse of incompetents got their way in Congress or frustrated the Democrats.

Guess what? Your side LOST. McConnell can pull whatever pathetic tricks he pleases; it won't matter.

Know why? Your side LOST.

The American public does not trust you with the reins of power. They do not agree with your vision. In short, they do not want YOU.

There are Republcans out there who aren't psychotic; I happen to know some. But the party as a whole has gone insane. You will not beat the Democrats in '10 by relying on saying no. You will not scare the American people with lies and slander. And you will not intimidate us by showing up at political events carrying guns and sloppily made signs that show how ignorant you really are.

Face it--you lost. Enjoy the next few years, wingnuts. I know I will.

Posted by: dbitt | December 19, 2009 11:34 PM | Report abuse

So what did McConnell and the gop offer in their way of health care reform? Does anybody know? I do...nothing. Not one thing. If they truly believed they had a legitimate policy, where was it? Why didn't they present it to the American people? The only one I heard make any statement was Rep. Issa (CA). On Bill Maher's show he said (quote) we could all have the same health coverage as Congress and it would not cost a dime. So where is this miraculous, cost-free plan? McConnell and his House counterpart, Mr. Sun Tan Boehner are an embarrassment to the memories of Goldwater and Dirksen. While I could disagree with them, I knew they had the country's interest at heart. These tools only care about where their next contribution comes from.

Posted by: mikel7 | December 19, 2009 11:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad the bill is being read. And I'm glad that the Republican's aren't there to hear it being read - demonstrating once and for all that they have no interest in what is in the bill, despite their many claims that they haven't been given the opportunity to read the bill.

They've had plenty of opportunities. But then they leave the room so that they can complain.

But now it's clear, by their own actions, that they have no interest in hearing what is in the bill.

Posted by: drossi2 | December 20, 2009 12:07 AM | Report abuse

The reality is that the American people need to realize that time has come to start thinking about a third party and take control of the political process, get informed and elect or get rid of representatives that do not represent his/her constituency.

Posted by: maureliomaciel | December 20, 2009 12:08 AM | Report abuse

I will refrain from pluses or minus of the bill in question. But Murky Mitch should have to be sitting there if they are wasting time and money reading it aloud. No point of reading it if nobody is required to listen. That rule needs changing. Much complaint was made by him of rushing the bill. Maybe rushing would not be necessary if time was used more efficiently. But then, again, maybe Repubs are too stupid to read it for themselves?

Posted by: waawaazaire | December 20, 2009 3:42 AM | Report abuse

"...a near empty chamber staffed with bored Senate pages, stenographers, assorted clerks, and one or two senators guarding the floor."

I hope Mitch has to set through the whole reading. In fact, perhaps Reid would be well placed to demand that Mitch be one of the readers.

Posted by: ceflynline | December 20, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

From now on, I'll be voting a straight Democratic ticket due to 1. The Republican party's policy of lying and 2. Its obstruction of all initiatives started by Democrats starting with health care and combating climate change. First Republican to lose my vote for the first time will be Illinois Congressman John Shimkus for his slavish devotion to his Republican pals who are doing their utmost to make this country fail.

The health care system in the U.S. is so bad I bought a condo and moved to Thailand 4 years ago. Here's an article I just wrote on my web site http://www.alphapro.com/novemberlooking09/pattayabangkok.html about the Bangkok Pattaya Hospital just 8 minutes from me. I hope most of you reading my post read my article and watch the video (which is from the Bangkok Pattaya's hospital web site. I would think all Americans should be very embarrassed that its health care is grossly inferior to that of a still developing nation such as Thailand.

Posted by: jackcorbett | December 19, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse
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Mr. Corbett has the right idea.

American health care is atrocious. Basically, the "private" health care insurance industry has destroyed it beyond repair since has reduced the medical "profession" to a bunch of stooges for the insurance industry by rewarding volume rather than value. The lousier and more inefficient the treatment, the more the insurance companies and the doctors who work for them (basically all doctors) make.

Any sensible person should refuse to purchase "health care" insurance in this country, which is a complete fraud and total ripoff, and seek care in other countries.

Posted by: mnjam | December 21, 2009 3:13 AM | Report abuse

HUSSEIN OBAMA LIES WHEN SAYING HIS HEALTHCARE PLAN WOULD NOT COVER ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS!!

Obama never wants to enforce immigration laws so illegal immigrants can keep receiving welfare and healthcare benefits as in the case of Obama's aunt Zeituni Onyango, an illegal immigrant from Kenya yet lived in taxpayer-funded public housing complex in Boston for many years and contributed $260 to Obama's presidential bid. In fact, Obama, with his immigration reform, wants to naturalize twelve million illegal immigrants so they can get healthcare insurance and vote for his Democratic Party.

Posted by: TIMNGUYEN1 | December 21, 2009 4:43 AM | Report abuse

I am very much in favour of healthcare reform, and I dislike Senator McConnell a good deal. Nonetheless, I hope he is successful in blocking the bills in Congress. They are not good bills, and they do not start or end as a means of helping the American people. Democrats should be ashamed of themselves for this mess, starting with the President. Republicans? Them, too, but they were largely ignored in the process of framing this legislation.

Posted by: sailhardy | December 21, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

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