June 11th, 2009
11:58 AM ET
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Obama to take on health care at town hall

 Sen. Max Baucus listens as President Obama speaks during a meeting on health care.

Sen. Max Baucus listens as President Obama speaks during a meeting on health care.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama on Thursday will step up his role in the health care debate, discussing the issue at a town hall meeting in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

The White House has increased its pressure on Congress to pass comprehensive health care legislation no later than October, but key aspects of Obama's health care wish list have met resistance with Republicans and even conservative Democrats.

However, a new proposal to create privately operated health-insurance cooperatives as an alternative to a government-run health care plan is gaining steam in the Senate, several key senators said Wednesday.

The plan is shaping up as possibly the most viable way to bridge a key difference between Democrats and Republicans negotiating a health care overhaul, senators said.

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  1. Back to Simple Life

    Insurance companies have the biggest buildings in any town or city. They also run more ads on TV than any other company.

    How do they pay for these things?

    PROFITS from our premiums.

    June 11, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  2. Lowell

    If the rest of the country can't get as good a coverage as the folks in Congress, then force the folks in Congress have the same coverage as we do.

    June 11, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. Donna from Colorado Springs

    I'm sure that the Republicans started whining and complaining about the presidents speech and its content even before he opened his mouth! They don't like ANYTHING! People are really tired of their constant negativity, and if they don't start moving a little closer to the center in their way of thinking, then they can kiss their party good-bye! I guess nobody has told Eric Cantor that his party is in serious trouble as he confidently spun a tale yesterday about the Republicans taking over control of everything again in 2010! What planet do these morons live on?

    June 11, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  4. shepherd

    One think i really don't understand, why is health care considered a consumable commodity and treated as a profit making activity by the insurance campanies? Health is not a porfit making commodity, it is one of the basic human rights and birth right of any human being. the whole system is basically wrong. first we have to say there is going to be no profit making activity out of the health system. Insurance or what ever form of sevice should be based on Not for Profit Scheme. Every thing on this Earth does not have to be for Capitalism!

    June 11, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. Medicare and Social Security

    I think that a government would run health care plan would be a great idea. It has worked so well for us.

    June 11, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. Veronica

    I think a government-run plan should be an option. After all, isn't one of the GOP value's 'healthy competition in the market place?"

    Since we're the one's any health insurance legislation will effect, ALL options should be on the table, giving us the ability to choose what health insurance plan benefits us and our families, not for the benefit government, and not for the insurance industry.

    June 11, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. Mississippi Mike

    Nowhere in the Constitution is health care listed as a right. Also, how can we afford this system? Finally, if Canada, the UK and our European allies can't make their systems work as well as our private health insurance system, shouldn't they change their systems to be like ours, not the other way around?

    June 11, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. Cooperatives shouldn't act as Health Insurance arbitrators/advocates........

    Just understand,
    Cooperatives doesn't mean Insurance company advocate. Because if it does, we're right back where we started. This would mean Insurance companies with free "reign" on higher priced policies, and more expensive perscriptions enforced by lobbyists working for pharmaceutical companies with Insurance company dollars to block a cheaper "open" International market.....pre-existing conditions leaving ill patients with no treatment. If it was up to health Insurance companies; they would choose to be in the business of selling policies, not paying for their benefits....

    June 11, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. Kimberly from Houston, Texas

    All Americans deserve and need health care...it's a basic human right!

    June 11, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. fed up

    With Government's stellar record of cost overruns, abuse, lax controls, bureaucratic inertia and layers upon layers of useless and conflicting rules, I am sure they'll do just fine delivering the world's best, most efficient and most cost effective health care. Get out your Form ID10T's everyone.

    June 11, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. wishing

    Mr. President, please read Ed Rollins piece about his daughter's future. Then, invite him to the White House to discuss making your plans for health care, and America's future truely bipartisan.

    June 11, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. The black spider

    Single payer Now or never.
    I am sick and tired of the discrimination of the insurance companies when it comes to coverage. It's like you don't have insurance.
    You sign up for insurance, they want you to wait 6 months before they start to pay.
    You go to emmergency and the bill is less than the deductible they don't have anything to do with it but they keep deducting every month of your checking account.
    Some of them have not only deductibles but also co payments very high and you wonder what the hell do they even pay.
    We need to reform the deaseas care system we have now.

    June 11, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. LacrosseMom

    Its time that the wealthiest country in the world offered healthcare to all its citizens. Its a shame that 62% of Americans file for bankruptcy because of the high cost of healthcare.

    Please, folks, beware of the fear-mongers that will lie and say anything to scare you into believing that national healthcare is wrong, etc.

    Do your own research. And remember if you have your own healthcare, and are happy with it you can keep it.

    As a mother of a child with asthma, we live with the fact that our college educated son, will be denied healthcare because of a preexisting condition that he was unfortunate enough to have been born with.

    June 11, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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