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December 8th, 2009
04:00 PM ET

Could Reid's support of health care reform cost him Senate seat?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Majority Leader Harry Reid is the top cheerleader for health care reform in the Senate... and this support for the bill might just wind up costing him his Nevada Senate seat.

Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) pauses while speaking after a meeting with Pres. Obama and other Senate Democrats as they consider their version of health care reform legislation.
Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) pauses while speaking after a meeting with Pres. Obama and other Senate Democrats as they consider their version of health care reform legislation.

That's because a growing number of Nevadans don't support health care reform...

A Las Vegas Review-Journal poll shows 53 percent of registered voters oppose the president's health care plan while only 39 percent approve of it.

Majorities of Nevadans are also opposed to a public option, believe that the reform plan would raise taxes, and that it would lead to the rationing of health care. Worse yet - ahead of his re-election bid next year, only 39 percent approve of Reid's efforts to get a bill though the Senate.

Evidence suggests that although most Democrats support Reid's efforts... that probably won't be enough to outweigh the disapproval of most independents and Republicans. One pollster says Reid is carrying the flag for this reform and "You remember what happened historically to flag bearers in war. The flag bearer gets shot first."

Meanwhile Reid managed to get both feet in his mouth when he compared Republicans' opposition to health care reform... to people who opposed ending slavery. That bit of stupidity was delivered on the floor of the senate. Republicans call Reid's comment "an ignorant moment" and they're demanding an apology.

Here’s my question to you: Could Harry Reid’s support of health care reform cost him his Senate seat?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Jim writes:
Yes, I think Senator Reid's seat could be in jeopardy, and I hope it is. And also for any other elected official in Washington that thinks we can afford this health care bill, I say throw all the bums out. There is no "cake" to be eaten.

Rob from Nevada writes:
Jack, Sen. Reid's days have been numbered since he took the side of the resorts and supported an open border; I can only hope that our Governor (Gibbons) doesn't decide to run for his job. Honestly, they both have made such a mess of things here, that after 35 years of being proud to tell people where I live, I am moving out of the state.

Marta from Henderson, Nevada writes:
No, Harry Reid's support of health care will not cost him his Senate seat. Most Nevadans, like me, are aware that we have a champion for ordinary people in Senator Reid. Why would we ditch a senior statesman like Harry in favor of electing someone with considerably less clout and understanding of how to make real changes happen for this country?

Brian from Las Vegas writes:
As a Nevadan, I can tell you the climate here is that Harry Reid's support of health care reform is only one issue in a long list of issues that will cost Harry Reid his Senate seat. While Nevadans were proud that the Senator worked his way up as the majority leader, he has ignored his home state and instead entrenched himself in partisan politics instead of solutions.

Ernie writes:
Yes, Harry Reid will probably lose his Senate seat. But it appears he's prepared to pay the ultimate political price for doing what for most politicians would be the unthinkable: Doing what's best for his country and not what's best for Harry Reid. Too bad his attitude isn't contagious.

D. writes:
I wouldn't bet against anyone who worked his way through college by being a boxer and wound up being the Senate Majority Leader. Reid's a fighter.

Dennis from Boulder, Colorado writes:
Jack, Are you the only person on national TV that knows how to correctly pronounce "Nevada"?


Filed under: Health care • Senate
soundoff (181 Responses)
  1. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, I can only hope it will cost him his seat. I hope I can get moved to Nevada in time to vote against him next year. If the seniors in Nevada realize how badly he and the Democrats are lying to them, they will vote him out for sure.

    December 8, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  2. RichP the Pocono's

    I sure hope so, time to go Harry.

    December 8, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  3. BILL

    I sure hope so. He's a dope.

    December 8, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  4. Allen L Wenger

    Yes and we need more men and women who have the courage to put their country first. In an age of lies and misinformation, doing what is right for the country can cost Senators and Congressmen their jobs. It's nice to know that the lobbyists cannot buy them all.

    Mountain Home ID

    December 8, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  5. Pablo in Arlington Texas

    Jack,
    yes it may cost the Senator his seat, but his comparison of the opponents of health care reform to the pro-slavery element was not entirely wrong.
    In both instances you have groups that regard a marginalzed class of individuals as being unworthy of consideration or help.
    Likewise both groups oppose interference of national power in "a purely private matter of commerce".
    And both the anti-reformers and the pro-slavers resent anyone in or out of government trying to effect changes in what they regard as their "peculiar institution".
    Pablo
    Arlington Texas

    December 8, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  6. John from Alabama

    Jack: Senator Reid support might cost him his senate seat, but he knows this an is willing to take the risk for the common good. People fron Nevada are not all that smart anyway. Jack, do you know anyone from Reno, Nevada?

    December 8, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  7. Marcus

    Everything is divided Left and Right. Most Republicans don't want health care just spite Obama, As everyone's healthcare climbs without a healthcare Bill anyway! What are people thinking? Crazy Politics Conservatives are throwing in the public's faces now.

    December 8, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  8. T.J. Tampa

    Not if you are one of the milions who don't have coverage and he is fighting for you. Those Nevada unions will do him more harm than the public ever could if he abandons this moral fight.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  9. Daniel Gard

    Only if the Republicans can get a really good candidate. People have begone to realize that they have to pay attention or there are politicians who want to take away our right to chose.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  10. john ... marlton, nj

    Reid is an idiot ... He grew the product of drunks and abuse who blamed their shortcomings on those who did succeed... It 's probably to late but Reid needs to flush those foul thoughts from his small mind.... and do what is right for the country ..abort the health reform rip-off ...

    December 8, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  11. OBDAG in Appleton, WI

    Yes, I do think that it may be possible for Sen. Reid to lose his seat in the Senate as a result of his pushing of the health care reform issue. Although I have disagreed with the senator on many occassions I feel he has taken a courageous stand on this matter and in this case feel he is definately doing what's best for the people even if they disagree with his views.in this matter. I for one would not vote for him but do appreciate his stand and I wish other politicians started doing what's best for the people rather that what's best for themselves in terms of getting reelected. If he does lose his seat I hope he feels proud to have done the right thing rather than taking the easy way out.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  12. J W

    Of course not. Don't you know that we are lead in the halls of Congress, per the constitution, of the special and privileged people, by the special and privileged people, and for the special and privileged people. Once these guys get the office, they stay until their drool smears the ink on the populist bills they vote against. Then their offspring gets the seat.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  13. ken, NJ

    Health care is the least of his problems. He is a weak leader. They say he is a good vote counter. Wow!. Computers can count votes better than reid.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  14. Ken in NC

    Harry Reid didn’t put his foot in his mouth. He told the truth about how Republicans are treating Health Care Reform and in his home state I suspect that he will lose his seat in the next election. I admit to that I am not convinced that Reid has been so strong in his desire for Health Care Reform.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  15. Mitch Brown

    The way it's looks on the hill, the whole batch of them should lose their seats, both Dem. and Repub., it's a shame how those folks are running this country. All of them are sad and I'm a Dem. from Stl.MO

    December 8, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  16. Michael H. in Albuquerque, NM

    If Hearry Reid loses his seat on the issue of Healthcar Reform it will be because his support was too conservative, too weak, too slow. He should have gone for the single payer plan and rammed it down the Senates throat while Ted Kennedy still lived. While he had sixty solid votes. But, in the pattern of behavior that has become common among democrats, he was spineless. He caved into a minority of loud mouthed republicans. I hope that he loses his seat to another democrat. Someone that has backbone.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  17. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    You're kidding me! You mean to tell me that people in Nevada don't get sick and die? The obvious move is for the whole country to Nevada where no one needs health care.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  18. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    No. It's the only thing that can SAVE him, depending on how successful he is at getting a bill with real reform passed.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  19. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    The health care issue has to many risk just fix the original bill untill every one can get on board.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  20. Sue From Idaho

    Jack if Reid knows his seat is in jeopardy for supporting this bill and does it anyway then he has the job for the right reason. If all elected officials that way our country would be ahead in the game. The Nevada residents are full of prunes.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  21. George Holman

    Senator Reid is a fighter and a very astute politician. My money is on him returning to the Senate.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  22. peter gartner

    Hope so – Harry is so far left he has forgotten to represent the people in his home state

    December 8, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  23. Joe in Tennessee

    Reid is an idiot for the most part, I have never had any real respect for him. But, what he said about the lame excuses of the anti-health care republicans was spot on. It is the twisting of his words by the GOP and the media that is unacceptable.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  24. Dick

    Will it cost him his seat.... from your lips to God's ears

    December 8, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  25. GWTripp, Mch'sburg, PA

    I agree whole-heartedly with Senator Reid's comments. The Republican Party should be ashamed of itself for standing on the throats of the poor and middle-class. They also stand in the way of American businesses to compete world-wide. We are the only nation in the world that requires it businesses to provide health car coverage for its employees. Jack, you and many Americans are just plain ignorant. No wonder our nation and society are in decline–electing George Bush for two terms should be evidence enough. You and the Republicans are WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!!!

    December 8, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  26. Balazs Schreil

    It very well could. I want Univeral Health Care and the Public option. So do majority of Americans (as the polls go), so in a way Harry Reid is representing the American People if not the citizens of Nevada.

    If he lost his seat for this, it would be sad.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  27. Chris

    I sure hope so, along with the rest of them too...Republicans and Democrats!

    December 8, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  28. Gigi Oregon

    The Price poll collected each Monday, here in Springfield, shows that his statements will not cost him his seat. The poll states 67% of the Media are ignored by the people and 90% believe government hasn't seen the voting public of any consequence in years. Business as usual will continue in Washington DC.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  29. Dan, Chantilly VA

    I think his incompetence as a Representative will cost him his seat. As minority whip, he let the Republicans do whatever they wanted. As majority whip and now majority leader he's consistently pushing far left-wing issues and abandoning reason in favor of hypocrisy and hyperbole. If the Democrats take a big hit in 2010, they can start blaming at the top with Pelosi and Reid.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  30. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Jack,

    hopefully, people will get to see the short term benefits of Healthcare reforms being passed since it will give tax breaks to small businesses and will stop discrimination by no longer refusing people with pre-existing conditions to buy healthcare insurance plan.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  31. Woody, Blytheville AR

    its not so much that his constituents dont' want healthcare reform, they just don't want his healthcare reform plan. Mr. Reid is a true blue liberal and his constituents are not, he will go the way of former Senator Daschle, and Speaker Tom Foley. Hasta luego Senor Reid.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  32. melsey

    Senator Reid is in need of retirement, indeed.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  33. Sherwin

    Republican oposition to Health Care is the same as opposition to women's right to vote and support of slavery. This country needs a public option to health insurance and coverage for all citizens.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  34. Kristin, Danville, CA

    Jack,

    Yes, Harry Reid could lose his Senate seat, for doing the honorable thing by representing the whole country, who overwhelmingly support health care reform. I don't know his constituency, but, I doubt they represent everyone in the United States.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  35. jeff smith

    Sen. Reid has worn out his welcome, even with the liberals in Nev. He is toast and is willing to take down the country with him. This is what the liberals have to look forward to in 2010 and 2012,,,, pass health care, spend more than ever in history and your all going to lose in 2010... Their fate has already been written, as well as our African President, at least he's a one term and done loser.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  36. Carnell From The Motorcity

    If It Were Left To The Optics Of Media Spin And Unreliable Sources, I Would Believe This Poll To Be The Truth. However, Since I Don't Believe Most Polls Anyway. My Perspective Is This, Until Election Day 2010 Is In The History Books, I'm Not Going To Prejudge Nevadians And How They Plan To Vote. In Any Case, I Wish Senator Harry Reid All The Best!

    December 8, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  37. tod from RENO

    As a Nevada resident, AND a registered VOTER, the only thing i'm waiting for about Harry Reid is for his name to appear on a ballot so I can cast a vote for WHOMEVER is running against him.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  38. Gail, Plano,Texas

    It shouldn't Jack, but it probably will. Seems like doing the right thing in Congress, ends your career. I applaud Senator Reid for having the guts to stand up for health care reform. At least, unlike the Republicans, he can live with his conscience.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  39. Chad

    Say goodbye to the senator; he is speaking on behalf the government and not his states citizens.... He is suppose to be a representative not a dictator socialist or communist..... Nevada born, California controlled.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  40. Frank Milano

    Not, "Could Harry Reid’s support of health care reform cost him his Senate seat?" - should - and the answer is YES. Congress needs to run government the same way every American is being asked to run their household during this economic downturn...do less...spend less. Reid - and every other politician that wants to raise our taxes to fund more government - needs to go. The 'right' answer is to lower taxes and encourage small business owners to create new jobs - those are the means for us to rebuild this nation's economy.
    FX

    December 8, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  41. Ernie Ellingwood, New Brunswick, Canada

    Yes, Harry Reid will probably lose his Senate seat. But it appears he's prrepared to pay the ultimate political price for doing what for most politicians would be the unthinkable: Doing what's best for his country and not what's best for Harry Reid. Too bad his attitude isn't contagious.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  42. Anthony Palombit

    Senator Harry Reid will one day be an American hero for leading the charge on national health care. Tommy Douglas is canada's Greatest hero for starting health care for all Canadian citizens. American conservatives are mis-estimating and mis-understanding what the American public really wants and needs. The Republican party will slowly disappear.

    Anthony
    Jamul, CA

    December 8, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  43. Jerry Clarke

    Yes!This guy gets a big pork barrel project choo-choo train to Disneyland from his state.Now he makes a horrendous statement on the senate floor.He spits on the great momemts this country has come through by his slavery remark.If this is quality leadership by his remarks,it makes sense to me he is part of the problem this country struggles.His comments only continue to destroy the merits and graces this country gives to all by his actions.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  44. Joanne from Medina

    Good for Harry Reid for standing up for what he believes despite the polls. It's really calling the kettle black for the Republicans to be incensed by his comments on the floor about slavery.... after all the
    dirt they've spewed in opposing health care reform..

    December 8, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  45. Vince

    If the Health care bill doesn't sink Reid, his support for amnesty for the illegals will. He's toast, good riddance!

    December 8, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  46. Anthony Palombit

    Senator Harry Reid will one day be an American hero for leading the charge on national health care. Tommy Douglas is canada's Greatest hero for starting health care for all Canadian citizens. American conservatives are mis-estimating and mis-understanding what the American public really wants and needs. The Republican party will slowly disappear.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  47. Antonia

    Reid is putting the people's dignity of having accessible Health Care before politics, just as Lincoln did to abolish slavery. In 20 years we will all understand the similarities.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  48. Karl -Elko - Nv.

    I certainly hope so as a native nevadan of 48 yrs.. I am embarassed by Reid! He is the apitomy of out of touch politicians!

    December 8, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  49. William of Michigan

    Yes, hopefully. Actually, I'm still stunned as a citizen, a veteran and a businessman, that we didn't vote out every single senator and representative after 9-11.

    They just continue to "not get it." They do not do what the majority of people want. Our "representatives" forget that the "majority" is what elects them, not the "minorities" they cater to.

    Wouldn't it be nice, if we could literally just start over. And, make it a requisite, no attorneys allowed in congress?

    December 8, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  50. Tommy

    The rest of the developed world has universal health care. America is the most powerful nation on the planet, but 50 million americans lack health care. 50,000 has already died due to a lack of health care. This is crazy. No healthcare plan will ever be perfect, but this doesn't mean people should go without healthcare. The health care industry likes things the way they are. This is abundantly clear if you look into which lobbies gives more to Washington politicians to protect their political and economic interests–it is the health care, legal and pharmaceutical lobbies, bar none.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  51. Pete Ampuero

    Harry is not a charismatic leader, he is fighting an uninformed public that believes in me first. We do need politicians that stand on principles. Good luck Harry..

    December 8, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  52. Kevin L. / Omaha, NE

    Those who barter their vote for what's right for the people are doing the right thing until reform happens. Mr. Reid has been through worst and still gets elected, so no threat to his seat.
    Any opposition against what's good for the people of this COUNTRY, not Republicans, not Dems, not capitaliist (moneymen), is good. That statement comparing it to opposition against slavery, to me is on point. Anyone that's getting ANY money over this debate about healthcare should now just stay out of it.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  53. Toumi Mondésir, Quebec, Canada

    Yes, Jack, it might. So what! We need people like Senator Reid who can sacrifice self interest to the common good. Because of what it suggests, your question is shameful and makes me lose hope in the so-called American elite,

    December 8, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  54. Pat Strickland

    I hope that the people in his home state wake up and put him out
    of office next year, he is one of the worst things to happen to this
    country along with Obama and his gang of lying, theiving, and
    cheating Congress. If they want to help the American People
    then they need to listen to what we are saying. Wake up America
    they are trying to govern everything that we hold to be Freedoms.
    Gainesville, GA

    December 8, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  55. James Allen

    Harry Reid will WIN his seat because of his work in passing healthcare reform. With 45,000 Americans dying each year for lack of healthcare, over 600,000 families filing bankruptcy because of healthcare costs and premiums scheduled to double in 10 years Nevadans will, or at least should, realize that that is the fate of being governed by Republicans.

    James Allen
    Euless, TX

    December 8, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  56. Melissa

    Yes. Because Americans don't like good men. They like men that pretend to be good while stabbing everyone around them in the back.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  57. James Johnson

    No Jack,

    Majority Leader Harry Reid is a true American Patriot. Americans should stop looking at who they vote for and look at themselves to see why America is suffering. If they continue to listen to the R.I.Publicans this country will continue to suffer.

    It is time for a citizen uprising; kick business and politics out of running our government.

    James Johnson Virginia Beach

    December 8, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  58. Elissa

    Very Possibly. But THAT is the problem. Doing the right thing comes at such a high price. How will our elected officials every find the bravery to stand up for their constituents if that spells political and career suicide? Furthermore, doing the right thing should be void of ramification. Senator Reid should do what is right regardless of wether or not he loses his seat. He needs to MAN UP!

    December 8, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  59. Lloyd Essmann

    Hi Jack, I trust the average Nevadean that they will throw Mr. Reid out on his ear. He deserves this. He is showing his frustration by saying the stupid things he does.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  60. Brian

    As a Nevadan, I can tell you the climate here is that Harry Reid's support of health care reform is only one issue in a long list of issues that will cost Harry Reid his senate seat. While Nevadans were proud that the Senator worked his way up as the majority leader, he has ignored his home state and instead entrenched himself in partisan politics instead of solutions. Meanwhile, our other Senator, John Ensign, was missing in action worrying about his own affair and ethics isues. It is Nevada which has lost, and fortunately two new senators will be gracing Congress come January of 2012.

    Brian
    Las Vegas, Nevada

    December 8, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  61. dnd

    I wouldn't bet against anyone who worked his way through college by being a boxer and wound up being the Senate Majority Leader. Reid's a fighter.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  62. Dan - Saratoga Springs UT

    The latest Gallop Polls have the American people in a dead heat over the issue of Healthcare, slightly more opposed than in support. His voting constiuents are more opposed to THIS reform than in support of it. Is that in and of itself enough reason to oust him? Maybe. For me it would be his divisiveness. He's the typical political zit we're so fed up with from both parties. How many times have we heard him say he wants bipartisan support but then if it isn't Republican's bending over to his will, they are simply obstructionists who won't play nice. Then to assert any of us who don't want THIS reform must espouse pro-slavery, anti-civil rights, anti-women's rights beliefs? This childishness wasn't acceptable from Republicans and isn't acceptable from Democrats.

    Everyone out in 2010!

    December 8, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  63. Everett Beights,Miami OK

    Sen Reid losing his seat is what you are hoping for – right Jack????

    December 8, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  64. Jim Smith

    Yes, I think Senator Reid's seat could be in jeporady, and I hope it is. And also for any other elected offical in Washington that thinks we can afford this health care bill, I say throw all the bums out. There is no "CAKE" to be eatten.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  65. jim Blevins

    Certainly, don't forget that Nevada is a product of the Mafia. The polls prove that the people in Nevada are much more concerned about their own pocketbook than they are about what is right - a hallmark of the Mafia philosophy. Reid's comment was right on - the philosophy behind rejecting health care for everyone is the same philosophy that was behind slavery - people concerned about their own well being with absolutely no concern about how much they hurt other people (also the same philosophy used by the Mafia).

    Jim, Craig, CO

    December 8, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  66. Tom in Atlanta

    Harry Reid deserves to lose his senate seat for sitting on his rear for 7 years and letting Iraq happen, doing nothing and then, only at the LAST POSSIBLE MINUTE showing a tiny bit of spine. Do you think he's going to do anything to the democrats that destroy health care reform? No. THAT is why he should lose his senate seat and why I will donate to his Republican opponent when he fails to do so.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  67. claytonARTSTAR

    It appears to me more of us should act out of what's necessary insteadf of what's popular. If his commitment causes him to lose his seat, it would send a message about the job he holds..his occupation is about the people not his position. Norfolk, VA

    December 8, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  68. Rob

    Jack,
    Senator Reid's days have been numbered since he took the side of the resorts and supported an open border, I can only hope that our Governor, (Gibson) doesn't deside to run for his job. Honestly, they both have made such a mess of things here, that after 35 years of being proud to tell people where I live, I am moving out of the state.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  69. Steve in California

    Don't bet on it, Jack. Reid will emerge stronger once this bill gets passed. He will be called "the Father of health care reform." What we're hearing now used to be called "labor pains."

    December 8, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  70. Jeff

    So good-bye Harry the only one worse that you is Pelosi.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  71. Alban from Canada

    Reid won't be the only one loosing his elected seat if the public option is shoved through. If you want to know what your health care will be like after the liberals give you the public option, just take a look at Canada. Not enough doctors, eight hour waits at the few medical clinics there are, a year plus wait list on the most common medical procedures , rationed health care and people dying while on wait list. The politicians just talk about how they are going to "fix healthcare" but it just keeps getting worse while costing us more. (Doesn't that sound just like government to you?) If you think your tax rates are hight now, just wait and see what will happen. It isn't just the "Rich" that will pay for this public option. God bless America. You are going to need all the help you can get until you wake up and kick all the liberal democrats out of office.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  72. Dee Wills

    I absolutely do not think this will hurt his re-election bid because I believe Mr. Reid will go down in history as a great humanitarian who fought against the greedy insurers and those politicians who protected them. He will be remembered as someone who truly represented the people, not special interests!

    New Orleans, La.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  73. DON IN WESTPORT, MASS.

    What if it does. If he did lose his seat he would be added to the list of very few politicians who stuck to what he thought was right instead of going with the flow like most politicians who just want to hold thier positions and status.
    He is a brave and dignified man.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  74. robert

    jack
    don't count Harry Reid out to soon. anybody that could work their way thru college boxing will not go down easy.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  75. gus

    Concerning the Health Care bill. Republicans never miss an opportunity to miss and opportunity to work for the American people. They'll stick every cent they have into defeating Reid.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  76. Angie

    If Reid's support does cost him his senate seat then it proves the ignorance of the Navadans.
    First the Health care reform is about bringing health care to everyone and making health care 'Affordable.'
    If the public option was a Free-bee then it would mean raising taxes.
    But Public Option is suppose to be an AFFORDABLE insurance option. Which means I would be paying out of pocket.
    If however someone does not qualify because their income is too high, then the Health Care Reform will make sure that the other health insurances are AFFORDABLE and NOT too costly.
    So what is wrong with that.
    As far as Republicans go - Let's face it
    Republicans were the ones who said – Slow down when it came to ERA
    Republicans were the ones who said – Slow down when it came to Civil Rights
    Republicans were the ones who said – they wanted to do AWAY with the Civil Rights
    Concervative Republicans were the ones who told women that their having ERA destroyed men's chances for jobs
    Conservative Republicans were the ones who told women that they belong in the kitchen
    What am I talking about
    I am talking about the reason I am NO longer a Republican
    Because that was what I was told.

    SO THERE!

    December 8, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  77. George, Montrose,PA

    I don't think so, Jack. Many people support health care reform, and given a state opt out, state's like Nevada could do just that. If Harry Reid loses his seat, it will be because he is a butt head and that's that.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  78. Ron

    I sure hope it does!

    December 8, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  79. Tim in Texas

    If Reid is a man who is willing to lose his Senate seat in return for getting 30 million people health care insurance which will save tens of thousands of lives every year then he is a man of principle and courage - a rare treasure in this day and age.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  80. Scott Walker, TN

    If people like Sarah Palin can get elected and then bumble through everything she touches, then surely Reid will keep his seat trying to do something for the American people.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  81. Lisa

    Should it matter? If doing the right thing costs him his seat then something is strangely wrong. I hope he does not worry about that.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  82. Ryan

    He should go for it. He is supposed to be representing these people, and they don't want it.

    Also, someone should remind him that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican... you know, the party that ended slavery.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  83. BOB-LAS VEGAS,NV.

    The R-J is is a newpaper version of Fox News. The editorial group have been trying to beat Reid for many years. I find most of the editorials of a political nature are neocon or annrandite in nature. The polls every 6 years by the R-J, show Reid is beatable until the republicans put up their sacrificial lamb for the actual senate race. The R-J still supports Ensign. Go figure!

    December 8, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  84. Anita from Nevada

    As a Nevadan, I sincerely hope not. I don't think it's health reform, but the label LIBERAL that conservative are trumpeting long and loud. Nevada, especially in the cow counties, tends to be conservative. My thoughts about losing Reid . . . does anyone know who replaced Daschel? And what has he done for South Dakota? The system stinks, but as long as it's in place, Nevada needs Reid.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  85. Al

    Jack,dont you think that Reid is aware that this issue might cost him his senate seat? Of course he does. I guess that he considers hanging on to his Senate seat less important that trying to get better health care for ALL US citizens-I find this to be a refreshing change from "cover your butt" politics.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  86. Larry

    Yes, it probably will. However, he will be defeated by those who need healthcare the most. I'm a Vietnam ex-pow. I was in the VA hospital and was chatting with a nurses assistant who told me he didn't like the government involved with anything. "They only make things worse and will raise taxes if health care goes through", he stated. I explained to him that only those making 250K plus would be taxed, and asked what did he think the VA was? His response, "What if I hit the lotto"? He had no response for working at the VA which is in my humble opinion is one of the world's best social healthcare systems.That's the mindset which, will defeat Senator Reed.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  87. Thomas

    Also, Abraham Lincoln was a republican, or did Read forget about that. He just spews stuff that he knows isn't true to obtain power and control over the american people.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  88. Audior07

    It is time for this man to go home. He and Congresswoman Polesi have accomplished absolutely nothing since winning the majority in the House and Senate in 2006, except to complain about, and vote to pass, each and every Bush was spending bill loaded with pork. Total ineptitude. It is a sad state of affairs we are in now, and these two have not helped.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  89. tom

    Since Nevada is ranked 49 th in education, I know Senator Reid will be defeated in 2010. I think it's got something to do with all that atomic bomb testing in the 40's. It's sad, the 2nd most dumbest state will ruin Heath Care Reform for the rest of us. What this country really needs, is a literacy test for voting. With that in place, all the people who get their news from Fox ( entertainment) News won't be able to cause the rest of us any harm.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  90. chaney, La.

    It may cost Sen. Reid his seat, thats up to Nevadans. With members of Congress greedily filling up campaign coffers with anti healthcare forces money, they need to all be voted out..... period.....at least Reid is satanding up for what is right......

    December 8, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  91. Birddog in Mississippi

    So Reid isn't a sell out to the insurance lobby and for that he will lose his seat. Our country seems really screwed up sometimes.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  92. lynne from nc

    Only if he supports a weak bill that is with a watered down or no public option. Other than that, I think he is fine.

    You know the way a person acts has a way of making their perception less than what it seems to the general public. Because he doesn't come off as a tough customer in public, like President Obama, doesn't mean he isn't one in private. Sometimes the mouse only roars when needed.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  93. Courtney

    I hope it will cost him his job. Anyone that thinks he is speaking on behalf of most Americans have obviously not been looking at the polls. We elect Senators to represent the people in that state according to that poll he is not presenting his state.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  94. Terry

    Yes he will lose his seat. REAL reform would include state to state portability and tort reform and no public option (read no govt interference). Wait a minute, republicans have already stated that fact.

    I will pay for my health insurance (which I am sure will go up), but I do not want to pay for everybody elses'.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  95. HD

    I'm just tired of politicians putting party first and country second. Harry Reid has not proven to be a strong leader or a man interested in fixing the problems of this country. His Repbulican counterpart is just as bad and is also putting his party first and the country last. We need politicians that can guide this country back to health and not children playing games with our future. I would be shocked if Nevada votes for Reid to return to Washington. Not just because of the healthcare bill, but because he had the chance to do something great and he blew it playing politics. It's just a shame and he should be ashmed.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  96. Steady

    The sooner this dope Harry Reid is gone the better off the country will be. I'm not sure who is dumber, Reid or Stretch Pelosi. Neither of these two clowns could make it in the private sector.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  97. Danielle

    Reid will loose his seat because he is, and always has been a whimp. As a democrat I've wanted Reid to be demoted for a very long time. Dasshle lost for the same reason. The democrats need to stop caving in to the republicans, there is very litlle left in the healthcare reform bill that actually qualifies as reform because the Dems have given in to what the republicans want, and that is "no change". To anyone who thinks the Republicans care about healthcare for the people, I have a bridge I want to sell you.
    San Diego

    December 8, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  98. Joan

    No Reid won't lose his seat, but McCain and Kyl will lose big time and other "DO NOTHING" Republicans.

    Joan

    December 8, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  99. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Assumptions and speculation of what might or could happen and then to form a judgment have become the American way of life. And is really asinine.

    If we are going to pretend lets say health care reform passes and is a rousing success and every American loves it, is Harry Reid the new messiah then?

    Reid is doing what is best despite the criticism, he is not selling out to Washington's two staples, greed and power. Maybe that virtuousness should be applauded.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  100. Robert in Saginaw

    It is going to cost the Dems both Houses next November. You do not abuse the American people the way they have and remain in power. January of 2011 will mark the end, forever, of the Democrat party and their propaganda sources such as CNN.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  101. freddy d

    i'm sorry, but it still boils down to the fact that the Congress and federal employees will be exempt from this plan makes me angry. if it is so good, why doesn't it apply to them?

    December 8, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  102. Jim Green, TX, www.Inclusivism.org

    Jack....every other major country in the world finds it unseemly, immoral for their health insurance companies to "profit" from basic healthcare-why aren't we talking about what is relevant, here, rather than pander after the lunatic right that is drooling over the possibility that Reid [or any good and decent American] will lose their re-election--let's focus on the real culpirts!

    December 8, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  103. Jeff

    Either health care reform gets passed (preferably with a public option) and Senator Reid gets re-elected or I will scratch off Nevada as a state for my families vacations. So to ignorant Nevada obstructionists blinded by propaganda...get with the program a majority of Americans support or be prepared to be boycotted.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  104. Dave

    He could lose his job.....and he SHOULD lose his job. A Senator's obligation is to represent the interests of his constituency, not to press ahead his personal agenda for his own benefit. It's a long time coming, and he should go.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  105. Margi in Ky

    Both Harry and Nancy should lose their jobs. They are quick to slander and slow to listen and they don't seem to hear what we Americans are saying.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  106. richard

    harry ried has messed up las vegas so bad that his own people from searchlight nev want him out . i dont think that he has a chance in hell with winning a senate seat ever again i am from las vegas but now live in new mexico because of harry and not supporting the vets and alot of other issues

    December 8, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  107. obamongoloid

    Jack,

    He most definately will lose his seat as he should. He's spewing dangerous rhetoric because he knows he doesn't have the votes to pass his health deform, and he's starting to lose it.

    The American people don't support this legislation and its becomming more apparent by the day (by the way, Gallup shows Obama's approval rating dropped to 47%, lowest in history for any president this early in their administration).

    Reid and most other Dem senators up for re-election will be out on their butts. Pelosi will still be speaker of the house though since her constituency is all nut-job libertards. She's really creepy-looking and off her rocker for sure.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  108. JOHN in LA

    If Harry Reid accomplishes health care he ought to given the medal of honor. If he is defeated it will be because the republican mean machine has no scruples whatsoever. Which brings me to the slavery cimment – have you ever tried to exist in today's world without health insurance? In addition I haven't noticed any republicans rushing to the defense of Mary Landriue when their leader called her a prostitute for trying ti correct a wrong in federal funding to LA>

    December 8, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  109. Theresa White

    How could Neveda not want an Universal health care for employees. IBecause 90% of the people employed in Neveda is part-time and the hospitality industry is paying them below the minimum wages in some hotels. The homeless rate in Nevada is horrible. The social service agencies that supposed to help the people of Nevada is not doing their jobs. The World needs to see the true Nevada the long lines trying to get a medical, rental and food assitance and told everyday no money to help you. If I was an employer in Nevada health care would be a problem for me to because the money would no longer go into my pocket to keep me rich. We are suppose to be the most powerful country but we do nothing to help people gain help to do better. Mr. Reid told the truth and that somethng that the Republican do not want to hear they are for the rich and not for the working people. They want things to stay the same because they not that alot of their time is up. Mr Reid comment on slavery and the rights for women to vote no not now. Why, because it would hurt the planatation owner's pockets and give women a voice fear is very powerful. Get over Republicans your time is over a new day.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  110. Jeff in Las Vegas

    I have a problem with some of the above comments. One states, "he is definately doing what's best for the people even if they disagree with his views.in this matter." The problem here is, Reid is the peoples representative in government. It is not up to him to decide what is best for the people, it is up to him to represent his constituents and be their voice in the Senate.

    Others say he is representing the whole country with his support. That may be, but again, that is not his job. He is elected by Nevadans to represent Nevadans. Each state has their own Senators, and those states need to communicate to their Senators what they want.

    If 53% of Nevadans (including myself) feel that the President's Health Care plan is bad for Nevadans, then he should not be supporting the plan. If the majority of Nevadans supported the bill, then even though I am against it I would support Harry Reid for representing the collective voice. However, he is not doing that.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  111. Kooky in CA

    The Republicans should know "ignorant moments" whjen they see one. John Boehner has been having them all day witrh his TARP speech. Harry Reid needs to do whats right for America. If Nevadans can't see that, then they are the losers. Maybe they will give us another John Ensign.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  112. Nevada39

    The review Journal does the same poll every election and always claim he will lose, yet he wins. because as a Nevada Repub I myself will vote for him, he is for guns, againest abortion and he is the most powerful Senator in the land.
    This is his next term will be his last I am sure, and then we will elect a conservative whatever party that he /she happens to be.

    We are not stupid in Nevada...The RJ is owned by out of state right wingers, not our voice in that paper.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  113. Donald in CA

    I respect Harry Reid because he is making decisions thats best for the people instead of worrying about getting relected. Thats whats wrong with Washington now. It might cost him his seat but he will always have my vote and respect.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  114. Reggie Harris

    Yes .. i could and probably WILL cost him his seat! Never underestimate the ability of power and money to get people thinking and voting against their own interests! Big Pharma and the healthcare corporate lobby have spent their money wisely! Reid has not helped himself with bonehead moves like yesterday but he is trying to do a greatly admirable thing in the face of a public that takes the bait and swallows the most riduculous claims!!
    History will not be kind to US for falling ourselves as millions die and go bankrupt!

    December 8, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  115. Dave O, Milwaukee

    Any senator's job is to be the voice of the people that they represent. It appears that the people of Nevada have spoken.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  116. A.T.

    I live here in Nevada and It probably will cost him his seat because the majority of people most likley to vote next year, such as people over 65 who have medicare and casino workers who have some of the best health care on the planet, are drinking the Republican/Health Insurance industry cool-aid. (There has been 2 commercials against healthcare since I started writing this.) Even though a public option would break the insurance companies monopoly and make medicare stronger. As for the casinos they are well on there way to cutting benefits or jobs or both! He's probably going lose because even if he gets it passed it won't take effect soon enough for Nevadans to feel it.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  117. Roger, Idaho Falls, ID

    Old Harry could save his 'seat' by giving some serious thought to reopening Yucca Mt. Otherwise there isn't a chance.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  118. Dave

    One can only hope since the Senators and Representatives are supposed to represent the people from their disctricts and states.

    Poll after poll shows most states and most districts and most people DO NOT WANT government to spend a trillion in order to control the health industry.

    Did you know this bill creates over 100 new federal agencies. This alone is reason to abolish the thing.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  119. Jeff

    Want to reform healthcare, Harry? Then start in your own state by taking down the 'Las Vegas Medical Mafia' Las Vegas, the spinal surgery and insurance fraud capitol of the world.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  120. Jack

    I certainly hope so. I hope the people of Nevada finally realize that they elected an incompetent.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  121. Travis

    As leader of the Senate he is the flag bearer whether he likes it or not .

    If he truly thinks health care reform is what people want then Leadership isnt a popularity contest (something someone should tell the President) .

    If he reads the polls - he would find the vast majority of people dont think its a good idea to pay more for the same existing services and when he went against the will of the people he dug his own political grave

    December 8, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  122. speely

    yup, sure could, jack. he's out of synch with nevada, which historically is anti tax, and not mormon...

    December 8, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  123. Steve Canada

    It may very well happen..If Nevadans don't like the bill, they will throw him out..Very simple. These could be the most entertaining mid-terms in years..There is going to be more crap flying around than ever.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  124. Abe

    If this poll were indeed true, I am left wondering who are the stupid Nevadans that don't understand that they'll benefit more than anyone if the health care bill gets passed. Considering the high unemployment rate 12.6% and devastated real estate market coupled with the fact that the east coast have decided not to go gamble away our fortunes in that dumb state, I guess someone needs to explain to them that their unemployed and uninsured asses will somehow be insurable if this bill passes.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  125. frankie

    God Bless Harry Reid.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  126. Katja in Florida

    Reid needs to go, and I honestly don't care how. Please let him take Pelosi with him when he goes.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  127. Jaycie, Los Angeles

    Probably. Americans are consistently rated as the most undereducated, ignorant people in the industrialized world. Nevadans will probably prefer a god fearing, anti-abortion, anti gay, anti science, creationist who believes that our tax dollars should never be used to actually benefit tax payers, but instead be used to fund our mega war machine and its mission to destroy other countries and the people therein (see PNAC foundation documents). And of course, to greatly benefit corporations at the expense of average citizens like me.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  128. Hope M

    His poll numbers were bad before the healthcare debate.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  129. Olivia, Atlanta

    Reid's flag-brearer support of healthcare shouldn't by itself cost him the seat. However, the GOP is feeding the fire of hate and he might well become unemployed by 2011. If we have a a healthcare reform this coming January people could turn around and give him a second look. Alfter all he is on the right side of the history. It is a crossreoad for him but it takes some courage to do the right thing despite the costs. If we don't have a healthcare reform independents and democrats coould have no argument to keep him in the capitol and he woulld have wasted his seat for nothing.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  130. Michael Roepke - Dallas, TX

    Sen Reid is pushing 70. If doing what is best for our citizens were to lead to a comfortable retirement, isn't that called a win/win scenario?

    December 8, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  131. WG

    I'm amazed that so many "intelligent" people think that health care is a right. I'm sorry that some of you don't have it, but I worked hard for the ability to pay for mine. I personally don't want the government subsidizing another entitlement program. I planned my life to get a good education, so I could get a good job, so I would have the money to pay for things like healthcare and a nice home. What's next? That everyone should have the right to a home like mine. This will sound extremely crass, but some of you got what you deserved in life. Nobody but you created your life and the rewards or consequences of the decisions you made.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  132. Will

    Reid will lose his seat regardless of his support for Health Care. The home values in Nevada have been absolutely crushed while unemployment in the state has skyrocketed, and the billions in government spending have done little to help the situation. His constituents should rightfully be upset and looking for new leadership.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  133. Jason

    Jack,
    I'm a new Nevada resident. I agree with Senato Reid's efforts to pass
    a Healthcare Reform Bill. However, if his bill turns out to be another Medicare Part D (RX program), he sure won't get my vote in the next election. Here is why I say that.
    I pay $36.90 per month ( $442.80 per year!!) and I find the prices for the two prescriptions I need every month cost more than I can afford. I get the same drugs with each pill seal-packed individually from a source out of the USA for about half the Part D price.
    Oh, by the way, I am cancelling my Part D for 2010 ( new price of $44.50/month=$534/month a 17.08% increase!!!). I thought there was no increase in the cost of living since we get no COLA for 2010!!

    December 8, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  134. Loretta Coleman

    I have been reading comments posted. I don't blame Bush or republicans or democrats for the state this Country is in. I blame the people who voted for Bush and put him in office for two terms. They are the blame for the state this Country is in and they are the very ones who are trying to blame someone else for the situation right now. If they had not voted for Bush he never would have been able to make the decisions he made!

    December 8, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  135. Rick Jones

    Harry Reid never met a tax he didn't like. My take on him, and all politicians in general is this: See what they want to do and then do exactly the opposite. Or do nothing at all.
    Every law these guys create does one thing-cost us money. And high taxes and over-regulation push the price of everything up so that we are unable to compete in the global economy.
    Government should not be a growth industry. It should be a facilitator, not a destroyer. When you add up all of the sales taxes, income taxes, social security, etc, those of us who actually work for a living end up paying over 50% of what we make to the government. That is just lunacy!

    December 8, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  136. carl

    I certainly hope it costs Reid his job. Neither Reid, Obama or AARP have explained exactly how you cut billions from Medicare without effecting the quality or availability of medical care for myself and other seniors who are dependent on this program. The same holds true for Medicaid; how do you expand it to the proposed numbers without effecting quality or availability for those truly in need? This is an experiment in Socialism that will have dire consequences for many, if not most Americans.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  137. Tom

    Jack,

    I think this Health Care reform is going to cost many-a-democrat their jobs in the upcoming years.

    One in particular stands out - his name begins with a giant "O".

    Obama and the Dems have multiple problems associated with their health care bill:

    1) The majority of Americans are against it (every polls suggests this).

    2) The enthusiasm gap is weighed heavily against Obama. (With those STRONGLY opposing the healthcare bill far larger than those STRONGLY supporting it).

    3) The wrong demographics. Support for the health care bill comes from largely young Americans, while the elderly are the demographic group most strongly against it. (And who would you want more "on your side" on election day?).

    4) The economic realities of the plan. Even Obama's most rosiest projections do not foresee any increased savings or drastic improvements to health care (even if the Dems' bill passes) for several years. (Not sure if America's patience will last long - especially as America's debt continues to mount).

    In all - I think many a Democrat is in deep trouble regarding this Bill.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  138. vince

    I am sure he will get voted out. All the politicians like him have lied to their constituencies and misrepresented the truth. If he is really 'brave', as some people think, may be he is just misguided, which could be true because I doubt if he has even read the bill - in which case he doesn't belong in the office anyway!! Public has seen through their cover ups in this health care debate. There is a resurgence of American principles and that means 'out' for the guys like Reid.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  139. Ronald Schwenger

    Fighting for social justice can be costly. Maybe Senator Reid will loose his senate seat fighting the good fight but the real losers in all of this will be the people of Nevada and everyone in America looking for real health care reform.

    What is so wrong with public health care anyway? The rest of the civilized world has it and, even with its warts, they are better off as a result.

    They should give people with illness double the say on this issue as they are more sensitive to the implications – then watch how the poll turns out.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  140. Melissa

    At least he'd lose his job doing whats right. The people that are against health care are the people that are against their own country's success.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  141. Anthony.....Swedesboro, NJ

    Isn't it refreshing to see a politician more worried about America than his next election? The Right has so demonized him that he may be in dire straights but he pushes on to enact legislation long overdue to help the least fortunate. This is called compassion which trumps ambition anytime. The republicans have a lot to learn from this altruistic leader.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  142. Michele

    I grew up in Nevada, worked for government and have met Reid. Dump the jerk

    December 8, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  143. Ed

    Most of the people commenting in this column continue to deny the truth that this 2000+ page monstrosity is nothing but a huge entitlement program and that roughly 55% of Americans and 53% of Nevadans are strongly opposed to it. All you liberals should get your news from a more reliable source than from where you currently get it.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  144. Nicholas

    Seriously when will the majority of people wake up? I'm seriously tired of hearing about Democrat this or Republican that. I work in the medical field and a question that I find myself and doctors asking is; who says it is your right to health care? Honestly modern medicine is just that modern. If we were all back over a hundred years ago, you'd get treated as well as possible and then hopefully you recover. I know for myself and several others we are tired of hearing people say that they cannot get health care. That is absolute BS. If you truly are sick than take yourself to the ER like everyone has done for who knows how long and you will be treated. If you really want to cut down on health care expenses than how about you start by deporting millions of illegals who go to the ER and place stress on the hospitals and insurance companies because they don't pay, which that in the end raises the prices for us all. Just a thought and a pretty good start.
    If people don't open their eyes and take a look at where this country is heading we will all be truly sad. We are heading in a direction where we are afraid to stand up because we may offend some group. We lose what made this country great. Take God out of everything and relinquish our rights.
    We descended from free men who were English speaking God loving people, to mindless sheep who follow without second guessing.
    This is not about right or wrong, Democrat or Republican. It is about keeping this country around and strong for the future generations and not letting greed and stupidity destroy what millions died for to secure.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  145. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Shooting the messenger will not kill the message of healthcare reform with or without Senator Harry Reid.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  146. Rosemary

    I hope Not. The unspoken thing about Health Care Reform in his State and everyone other State, that if the Democrats stick to their guns and put Liebermann and Nelson out to Pastor, Health Care Reform will be a win for the American Consumer. That is the secret that Republicans and those fence-sitting Democrats don't want you to know.

    It will be a win for the Corporations. They will be able to buy Health Insurance cheaper for their employees. You think they are going to keep paying a high cost when they can get it cheaper?

    Of course, no one is going to say it. Why are the Republicans FIGHTING so hard against the Democrats on it, saying lets scrap it and start over. If the Republicans really thought it would hurt the country and the Democrats, they would sit back and let the Dems pass it and be assured of 2010 victories and the Presidency in 2012.
    The Republicans know in their heart of hearts that people in their States need Health Care Reform. They would rather confuse them then say so.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  147. Guy Konig

    Reid's comparison was insightful, not stupid: for healthcare and freedom from slavery are both members of a small set of HUMAN RIGHTS. And those who oppose healthcare for all, like those who opposed ending slavery, are enemies of universal human rights. It's the latter, not Reid, who owe an apology–to all of us but especially to the millions of uninsured U.S. citizens.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  148. Lisa in Ga

    Jack, Nevada is just a state, what we are taliking about is something on a national level. It is good to know that Reid is just " going with the flow of his state"... they are actually lucky to have him... I wish we had him here in Georgia because our Representatives are some sorry suckers!

    December 8, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  149. Garrett

    Yes, it's over for Dirty Harry. Especially after he compared the Reps to those who opposed freeing slaves and blocking civil rights when, in fact, 80% of those who filibustered the civil rights legislation were Dems – including Sen. Byrd. Ouch.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  150. Linda

    God help us all. I sincerely hope Reid loses his job along with Nancy Pelosi. They are taking us down the wrong road, pushing their agenda through Congress without allowing sufficient time to study the bill. They continually exclude Independants and Republicans from discussions. Health Care Reform should be about fixing what is wrong with our system, not throwing it out the window and building an entirely new system. We need a thorough examination of our current system, and then start to implement changes such as Tort Reform, allow individuals to purchase insurance across state lines, etc. We need to SAVE money, not SPEND $1 Trillion dollars and place additional taxes on Americans.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  151. william fitzwater

    I hope he does his job and gets real reform accomplished. sometimes the ballot box must take a back seat when something of this importance is going on.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  152. mike in northern ca

    Inasmuch as Reid is the elected representative of the people of the State of Nevada, he should lose his seat if he defies the will of the voting majority of his constituents. Our Founding Fathers had experienced the yoke of an unchecked centralized sovereign and wisely put the People between the those who seek power and those who are elected to have it. Which is less moral, ignoring the will of the majority of your electorate, or usurping extraconstitutional authority to act as a "national" representative to those who presumably may vote in their own districts?

    December 8, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  153. Joe Unger, San Francisco

    It's unfortunante the people generally care only about themselves and the rest of the country can lump it. It is that attitude that has this country in trouble. We overspent on programs because there were good times and now, in bad times, when fiscal balance is in order, we have a lot of people who do not want to make a sacrifice. I can hear it now...I pay my taxes, I work every day and so on. But it's not enough. As a country we are headed for bankruptcy and people don't want to help out if it means a reduction in their benefits.
    Reid may be right or wrong but our problems will destroy us if we just oppose all change. Would it be better if Reid totally championed the cause of Nevadans at the expense of the country? Let someone else sacrifice?

    December 8, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  154. Cindy

    Reid wants to be on the right side of history. If he loses the next election because of it, so be it. It's worth the sacrifice.

    You go, Senator Reid!

    December 8, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  155. norah (Boston, MA)

    I hope that it does not cost Reid his seat. He is a very courageous person – putting the welfare of the American people before his political considerations. I hope that people appreciate his efforts more when the
    craziness and lies concerning health care reform die down. Maybe when the insurance industry stops funding the huge misinformation campaign people will realize just what Reid has done for his country. I think that he is a hero.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  156. Kellie in Cleveland

    If he does lose his seat, it will be because he is going to be primaried by progressives for not doing enough to get a strong Health Care Reform bill passed in the Senate. Harry is under fire right now from both the right and the left. If he can get strong Health Care Reform passed through the Senate, there will be more people willing to help him get re-elected than if we end up with compromised, watered-down, spineless legislation disguised as actual reform.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  157. James

    It really doesn't matter if you are for healthcare reform or against it. Doesn't matter if you are republican or democrat. Reid should lose his seat for 1 reason... he's not listening to the people he is there to represent.

    People talk about do what's best for the country, and I get the concept as we all want a strong USA but that's the president's job not the senates. The members of the house and senate are there to represent the best interest and collective will of the people in their district/state, not their party or the country at large.

    Any person in congress that is not following the will of their constituents needs to be replaced. Reid has forgotten he should be loyal to the people of Nevada not the democrats.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  158. Eric, Atlanta GA

    Several Democrats may lose their seats and they know it. This legislation is so important to them that they are willing to lose their jobs. Are there any Republicans willing to lose a nickel over their "beliefs"?

    December 8, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  159. mickey

    I guess I am behind the times. I thought when you elected someone to office from your state that they went to work for you not for some grand cause. If the people of Nevada don't want this bill Mr. Reid you shouldn't either.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  160. Chris

    Yes, both he and Nancy Pelosi both need to be standing in the unemployment line. This guy has no clue and lol, saying the Republicans would oppose ending Slavery when it was the Democrats that actually opposed ending is just funny. History forgotten...

    December 8, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  161. Tom

    Sen. Reid is trouble.

    He is already associated with the disaster that is the "Stimulus Package." (See the latest poll numbers on that debacle?)

    I am not sure he can be associated witht his controversial bill - that by all polls is disfavored by not only his local Nevada constitutents but the nation as a whole.

    You know that music in the Godfather Part II - that plays when Frado is the boat fishing about to be shot. That's the music I hear every time I see Sen. Reid on TV.

    His days are numbered - and it is only a matter of time.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  162. jeff jackson, alabama

    No Jack. His politics want cost him anything.
    It's his mouth that will cost him his senate seat.
    He has made bizarre comments and over the
    edge accusations about his opponents for years.
    And just to set the recod straight on his last
    debacle.... REPUBLICANS ENDED SLAVERY
    IN AMERICA !

    December 8, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  163. Bob

    Reid and any politician who FAILS to provide the representation his constituents want should be run from office. His seat does not exist for him to pursue his “lofty ideals”; his seat exists to represent the will of his constituents – nothing more.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  164. GLigh

    Does it really matter that Reid might lose his seat? Most of those against health care reform, are not really against health care, they just want to see the current government fail. They are not smart enough to realize that if our government fails, it will affect us all. They don't have a problem with letting an additional 44,000 die each year due to not having any health coverage. Shame on them.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  165. Richard Rowe

    Jack , I can only hope that the people of Nevada get Harry Reid out of office so that he won't be able to embarrass the Democrats with his thoughtless remarks and a lack of a comprehensive health care plan.
    Rich, N.C.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  166. Dennis

    In Harry's own words..."The war is lost". Good riddance Harry.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  167. Felicity Cantrella -NYC

    "The War Is Lost" Reid knows he's outta there next Nov, so he is throwing the hatchet at his state and the country for being so mean to him. He cares nothing for the good of the country, just cares for his politics. Shame! This goes for the other shameless cowards in the Senate who stand behind one another to screw the financial condition of the taxpayers of the US, democraps all! Outta there!!!

    December 8, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  168. John

    I think Reid knows exactly what he is doing.. why? Cause he ALREADY lost his senate seat, there is no hope of keeping it... so he is doing whatever he can to push the bill cause that would be his "last" legacy in the US government... he is frustrated cause he is fighting a losing battle and using retarded comments as a result of the frustration...

    December 8, 2009 at 5:55 pm |
  169. Greg

    We need more men like Harry who support this country and work to make it better despite the threat of bitter retribution from insurance hate mongerers and rented tea party half wits.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  170. Naate

    Reid has been a force of great balance in my life. He he loses his job, then I will have to remove him from the list of "People I hope go all Amelia Earnhardt." Reid, Pelosi, Palin, Huckabee, and Romney– just disappear, please, forever.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  171. gary morton

    Not only will it cost him his seat, a Gallup poll released today shows Obama at 47% approval rating, the worst in history at this time in office. Problem is that these Elitist will still try and cram their (not the American peoples) agenda down our throats, one step closer to their socialist agenda.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  172. Palermo

    I blame Reid for his poor framing of the bill and its debate. There were too many initial compromises to special interests, and now the bill is so watered down and weird that even his own party won't vote for it. It should have been proposed as Medicare-for-all, which everyone could have understood. When this healthcare initiative fails, as I believe it will, a lot of the blame will have to go to Reid's style and bumbling. This project needed an articulate, charismatic spokesperson who could explain it to the people, and it certainly didn't get that with Reid or Pelosi. The Democrats lost control of the conversation.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  173. Lance

    Jack, Harry Reid is far more liberal than his district, where almost half of the electorate already has a negative opinion of him. Cap and trade, stimulus, bad economy, majorty leader a target for Republicans, Obama more left than he appeared, Harry Reid was never going to retain his senate seat regardless of healthcare reform. In fact, I think that he is willing to act as a "standard bearer" because he knows he won't be reelected rather than the reverse.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  174. Dale Butler

    Hi, I'm from Las Vegas, Nv., Harry Reid's not going to keep his place in the senate, if I have anything to say about it. Theirs just to many of us that think this is a hugh mistake, especially with the economy and deficit being what it is. See ya! Harry

    December 8, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  175. Larry Wisc Rapids, WI

    His job along with a heck of a lot of others as well! Unless he wises up and put's something out there that we can benefiot from, and not simply something taht we have to live with!

    December 8, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  176. Tom - Washington, D.C.

    Jack... this is what democracy is all about. When you don't honor the wishes of the voters, you get voted out. As far as I'm concerned, it seems our entrusted politicians rarely carry out our wishes; unless of course your wish is tied to a hefty campaign contribution. Health care may be one of those issues that needs to be solved by each state individually. It seems that once an issue is put in the hands of federal bureaucrats it ends up being passed around like a hot potato until it lands in the hands of someone not smart enough to get rid of it. Not until the tides truly shift, will we see health care take on any real reform. I'm not a Romney fan, but maybe once other states tackle health care the way they did, it may get reform on track. And if it doesn't, we'll see popluations shift to those areas where it is once again affordable to live.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  177. Cody from Berkeley

    I suppose then, we should just pass a final decree of the senate, maybe bludgeon him to death like a Gracchi? It's ok to disagree with his political outlook – thats the basis of democracy – but why demonize him, why make it a personal quarrel, when it should be one of national interest? If the majority of Americans really disagree, then they will show that. If you think that the majority is dumb if they do so, then look elsewhere. Should any minority's views be expressed (left or right) in lieu of the public will. There is misinformation on both sides, but i don't sincerely believe that anyone in the senate is acting out of anything but genuine desire to better the nation.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  178. Jim from Denver

    The Republicans are waging a Maoist strategy by trying to disable our government until they gain power again. They are setting records for using the filibuster and next year they will be claiming that the Democrats haven't accomplished anything. If people vote for this nonsense and against Senator Reid, then our society has no hope.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  179. Brad

    Was it a mistake for him to make the comment on slavery? yes.

    Is it wrong to support the health care bill? No.

    I really hope those who oppose the health care bill once again enjoy their 18% increase with few benefits and decreasing coverage. I know I wont.

    This is a chance to help millions and it's being squandered on pointless bickering and self-righteous abortion rhetoric.

    December 8, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  180. D Smith

    Yes it will cost Reid his seat and every other democrat that votes for this bill too. They forget that they are there to serve the people,not their own agenda...... Most americans are opposed to their version of health care reform and the run away spending...it's time for a change like Obama said.....and the change is to vote out all those that vote for this bill and to vote in new people that are willing to serve the people

    December 8, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  181. Voter

    I think it will. This will be a repeat of 1994, only the democrats are still in denial. I will not vote for my senator again because of her support of the healthcare bill, and I live in California, imagine what will happen in other states!

    December 8, 2009 at 6:00 pm |