July 17th, 2009
04:50 PM ET
5 years ago

Democrats splinter in contentious health care reform debate

President Obama says health care is at the top of his domestic agenda.
President Obama says health care is at the top of his domestic agenda.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The fight over health care reform took center stage on Capitol Hill on Friday, as the House Democratic leadership stepped up its push for passage of a bill before the August congressional recess.

An influential group of Senate moderates, however, broke with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Obama by releasing a letter urging a slower timetable.

Obama, who has put health care reform at the top of his domestic agenda, pushed Congress to get the job done.

"Now is not the time to slow down, and now is certainly not the time to lose heart," the president said from the White House.

"Those who are betting against this happening this year are badly mistaken," he said. "It will happen this year."

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  1. Cnn please post my comments! 1 love!

    According to Republicans its ok for corporations to to have their paws out beggin for govt aid and they say thats ok....but when everyday Americans need help and the govt responds its called socialism? The Republicans aree gonna keep losing elections....their logic is flawed!

    July 17, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  2. ib

    At least some democrats are finally waking up to the fact this country cannot afford Obama Health Care voodoo style. Thank you smart ones.

    July 17, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  3. cjr

    names – please-! we need to know who these folk s are! bet they are taking money from thei insurance companies. we need health care reform! if any of your congressional folks are among these democrates – remind them that their insurance is very very good – they have no problems =and apparently they are not concerned about the quality of your life don't care about the quality of your health care. Contact them today and remind them they serve at your pleasure.!

    July 17, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  4. RealityKing

    Only the very rich and very poor will have healthcare under this progressive plan to backrupt America...

    July 17, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  5. annie for Palin

    If obama & his family, biden & his family and all of congress use this stupid health rationing plan they have come up with for 3 or 4 yrs and if my some miracle of God it does work then maybe and maybe only we taxpayers MIGHT get on board. ted kennedy should be the first one put on the government rationed health care plan and we can see how it works.

    July 17, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  6. democrat no mas

    Every time I read these comments it strikes me that an awful lot of people are expecting free healthcare or at least greatly reduced premiums. They don't seem to get it that they will be paying more taxes, eventually, for the people who will get insured under this plan, and their own premiums will rise in cost, whether they are paid to an insurance compay or the government.

    July 17, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  7. John in WV

    I just checked numerous quotes because at the end of this year, I will be among the nearly 50 million without health-care. These quotes, along with the federal taxes I pay so politicians can have govt. provided heath-care, will take 50% of my fixed income and push me into bankruptcy within 6 months. And I'm supposed to believe politicians that say the US has the best health-care system in the world.

    July 17, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  8. m smith

    all you people are complaining but let you be unemployed and you want your unemployment benifits and you want your medicare and social security so shut up .The government is already carring you. Let's make sure we all have health coverage. Not just a few. Hope you never have trouble getting coverage and that you all can afford your insurance and perscriptions. Lots of us work and pay into the system and still can't afford our health insurance.

    July 17, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  9. tlh

    "Those who are betting against this happening this year are badly mistaken," he said. "It will happen this year."

    No, you are badly mistaken. We will NOT let you spend any more of OUR hard earned money. Who do you think you are, Stalin?

    July 17, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  10. John

    Some of the comments on here are really stupid but what can one expect from people who are uneducated. I watch what is happening in your country and I have to laugh at some of you. Your health care sucks. Your economy is down the toilet and soem of you are sitting there like you have no cares in the world while sewing your garbage about republicans and democrats. Its really amazing to see Americans so stupid when it comes to benefitting themselves. You would rather cut your own noses off to spite your faces. I love it. Just to watch some of you throw such hatred at each other over party loyality is entertaining Yet not one of you have the intelligence to even support someone who is trying to better your lifestyles by bringing in a health care program that all Americans can benefit from. What a joke America is. But keep it up. You are at least, good for a laugh.The rest of us in the modern world already have a health care program that makes sure we are all covered and do not have to go broke paying for. Simply amazing how stupid some Americans really are.

    July 17, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  11. RealityKing

    45 million unisured

    -15 million illegals
    - 5 million young that don't want/need it
    -10 million that are elgable for current assistance programs
    =
    15 million unisured that will cost 1 trillion dollars we don't have..

    July 17, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  12. spencer

    Uh oh. If the Democrats are afraid to raise taxes on the successful, how will the unsuccessful ever make it? Something has to be done! Otherwise, those people who can't wear big boy pants and make it in the real world without a check from Uncle Sam are in big trouble.

    July 17, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  13. Julie

    One thing to think about, as more and more people loose their health insurance, they go to hospital ERs for treatment knowing by law they cannot be turned away for inability to pay. You need only do the math to figure out how long some of our small hosptials can continue giving free care with no payment for services. The hospital I work at was over $3.6 million in the red for the first quarter of 2009. How many hospitals are we willing to have close their doors before someone realizes this needs to be address now. Those elected officials in DC have some of the best coverage for healthcare so they see no need to act now. We need to send them a message...............fix healthcare for all citizens or we, the citizens, will cut off your healthcare benefits. They do work for us afterall.

    July 17, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  14. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Single payer,period!

    July 17, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  15. Jeanne

    Someone posted,it is better to get this healthcare bill right than do it fast. This is my big fear, that in the heat to do something, we will have something shoved down our throat which we not solve the main issues:

    1. Affordable
    2. Coverage for preexisting conditions.
    3. Competitive.
    4. Choice, including a single payer OPTION.

    We have Senators lik Grassley, who basically said that if you want my health care, go work for the government???? How arrogant is that??? We are paying for his healthcare when hundreds of thousands of us can't get affordable health care. I think it is time that Americans stop footing the bill for these people's health care and let them go out and purchase individual policies, like I have, which because of pre-existing conditions costs me $1,000.00/month, $2500 deductible, $500.00 prescription deductible and only 79 people in my state are on the policy.

    July 17, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  16. BJC

    Make Sure You Read The ENTIRE Bill!

    Remember, We Vote You In or OUT!

    July 17, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  17. M. Felder

    I suggest that the Centrist get a copy of the bill, find a room to work, look through the bill and start pointing out the faults they see. We pay you people to get through this complicated stuff. I guess you won't be able to take those weekend breaks. Get to work Centrist.

    July 17, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  18. Henry Miller

    That's gotten to be kind of a tired trick, inventing a panic and trying to scare everyone into signing off on immensely complex legislation they haven't even had time to read, let alone think about. It's like those "offer good only for the next ten minutes!" things designed to make you do something stupid.

    I observed a few days ago that Obama would probably make a good used car salesmen. I apologise for that remark–it was remarkably offensive to used car salesmen everywhere.

    July 17, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  19. Reinstate Darwinism

    PLEASE, stop using the term "healthcare reform" as synonymous with "nationalized healthcare." They are not the same. The VAST majority of Americans want healthcare REFORM! They do NOT, want a government RUN health care system or even worse a government run insurance company. The governments job is to enforce and regulate certain industries. NOT RUN THEM!

    July 17, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  20. Neutralizer

    Obambi in your interview with ABC when you were asked if you and members of Congress will take the same RATIONED HEALTHCARE you're forcing down the throat of every Americans, you REFUSED to answer the question. So, what's the deal bro? BAD MEDICINE for us common folks, backbone of this country, the best medicine for you and everybody in Congress thru our tax money?

    If you want us to suffer in RATIONED HEALTHCARE, your healthcare too must be RATIONED, after all WE THE PEOPLE are paying for your HEALTHCARE.

    July 17, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  21. bozo the obama

    the mascara is starting to come off this clown

    July 17, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  22. Neutralizer

    NOT a penny would be save in Obamacare, it will increase spending, which means increase in deficit. NO SAVINGS TO BE MADE.

    July 17, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  23. Henry Miller

    @Kelby In Houston, TX: "I sad it befor and I'll say it again
    Univeral healthcare is the will of the people."

    And universal everything was the will of Californians and the state is $26 billion in the hole now, with no obvious way out.

    Actually, universal healthcare is the will mostly of parasites who think the rest of us ought to be forced to pay their medical bills.

    July 17, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  24. cm

    Let’s do this we the American people would wait for Congress to put their acts together as long as each one of the ones opposing a Health Care reform or trying to stop the reform stop using the super good health care they have pay with our tax money, if we The People can not have health care why they can? Anyway is our money and the life of a politician and their families has the same value as the ones waiting for them to pass a health care reform.

    July 17, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  25. canadian

    Americans don't need health care like Canadians and other developed countries, the just need a k-47 shut gun.

    July 17, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
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