August 31st, 2009
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What's next for the health care reform debate?

Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy was a staunch advocate of health care reform.
Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy was a staunch advocate of health care reform.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – As Congress prepares to come back from its August recess and tackle health care reform, the question arises whether lawmakers will do something in honor of the "Lion of the Senate" - or should Congress simply start over?

Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy, who died last week, was a staunch advocate of health care reform.

Following his burial over the weekend, Democratic lawmakers said they hoped Kennedy's memory will inspire legislators to start looking for compromise on stalled reform plans.

One of Kennedy's best friends in the Senate, Chris Dodd of Connecticut, urged legislators to bring civility to health care negotiations.

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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. J.P.

    What's next for the unconstitutional government annexation of the medical industry?

    How about a funeral, because this thing is already dead.

    August 31, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. DonnaLee

    It's time to move past the Rethuglicans and leave them to the side of the road and do what those who won the election want. Health Care. Not republican double talk.

    August 31, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. rich

    More lies and scare tactics from the republicans. Does anyone know is the repbulicans have found their next "great white hope."

    August 31, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  4. Trade Freedom for Security, Lose Both

    Mass Dems will do what they need to do to install a puppet Senator for the sole purpose of voting for health care and cap & tax before the special election in January. Somebody dropped the ball – Mass should have changed their Senate replacement law when Romney left office.

    August 31, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. Nothing 'Stand Up' about Sen. John Ensign (R-NV)

    I think it's great that Republican leaders and candidates for office like Steele, Cheney and McDonnell are saying so explicitly and frequently what they really think and believe in this election cycle.

    Remember Grassley (R-Iowa) saying that Americans are right to fear that the government would "pull the plug on grandma" a couple of weeks ago? That nonsense was so clear and obvious that you almost could believe that he's ashamed of himself for saying it. Almost. And this is the guy that the Republican Party sends to be a key bargainer on health care reform in our Democratic majority Senate?

    it's a real eye-opener for the American people, who are seeing just how shameless, reckless and hypocritical the current leaders of the Republican Party really are.

    Let's elect more Democrats to the Senate in 2010!

    August 31, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. LacrosseMom

    The Democrats in Congress need to step up and DO the right thing! They need to pick up the the slack and get to work!

    WARNING TO BLUE DOGS: YOU WILL BE VOTED OUT OF OFFICE IF YOU DO NOT SUPPORT HEALTHCARE REFORM!

    August 31, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. Bush_Low_IQ

    England, Canada, Germany, France all have Excellent Health Care Systems.

    USA has Health Care Mafia, Which is HEALTH CARE BY PRIVATE COMPANIES.

    USA Health Care Mafia consists of GOP.

    USA Health Care Mafia wants the US healthcare to remain in PRIVATE CONTROL, rather than Government control, because, so that:

    1. They can Earn Unscruplous Profits and Embezzle Money.

    2. They can become Rich by Plunder and Extortion of the Middle Class.

    3. They can Defaud the Public to deprive them of the Health Services.

    4. They can Control and Deny the Doctors Independent Judgment.

    HEALTHCARE MAFIA consists of People like MADOFF.

    FBI should investigate into this.

    August 31, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. Tim, Memphis TN

    To everyone that is a Democrat, Republican, Independant, or whatever:

    True health care reform will never happen with the lawmakers we have today. Here's why:

    The Democrats are too loyal to the trial lawyers (check into the groups that spend the most on lobbyists and where 80% of that money goes).

    The Republicans don't want the rich to pay for the less fortunate.

    The Independents are split between the two groups above.

    Until the "PEOPLE" put their lawmakers on waivers and demand they start acting with OUR best interest, reform of any kind will be a new name on the pig.

    August 31, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. Nancy

    Leave it to the dems to use a man's death as an excuse to push their liberal agends. It's disgraceful. Honestly, is there nothing they won't use?

    August 31, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  10. smokey

    Start over for what..That is just what the GOP and their followers want..They have tried to stall this long enough and it is time for action..The American people demand reform with a public option, and its time Congress delivers ..

    August 31, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. Deuce

    Borack Obama's "Hole in one". Was a Boomerang-Shot. Now he's choking from his own words..

    August 31, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. William

    I don't see or expect civility in this debate or any other debate! With the out & out lies & tactics promoted by the Republicans & their hate filled henchmen, How Could I?? EVERYTHING they do & say is for 1 purpose... to make the opposition (Obama & Democrats) look & sound bad to the American public & to win back The White House & Congressional seats. What's right or in the best interest of the American People & America is, to them, a secondary, minor issue. Unlike many, I haven't forgotten how we consumers & the less than ultra rich citizens were treated under the past Republican White Houses & Republican majority controlled Congress. That's when I changed my 25 year+ voter's registration from Republican to Democrat. From "Swift Boating" Kerry to their holding up the "morning after" pill to changing govt. scientists' reports to their version of "truths", to all the financial scandals, etc. etc. I've found their tactics Despicable!! They have indeed become the "Party of NO" .... No to Progress, No to improvement, No to protecting consumers from big business, No to Health Care Reform, No! No! No!

    August 31, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  13. John

    The Republican's have offered nothing that will actually address the health care problems our Nation confronts, pretending we have the British parlimentary form of government. The House bill is a patchwork of bandaids. As Dole suggests, it is now time for the White House to propose legislation that will fix a badly broken system. No more bandaids. Time for surgery.

    August 31, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. Farrell in Houston

    Are private insurance companies guaranteeing they will not increase your rates if you don't support healthcare reform? The CEO's of big insurance companies voices haven't been hearded because they haven't been asked as long as the misinformed aren't asking the right people the right question. ASK THE CEO'S OF BIG INSURANCE NOT TO INCREASE YOUR RATES.

    August 31, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  15. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    Kennedy spent his whole political career manipulating the poor and ignorant, making promises he KNEW were not in the budget. He was obsessed with taking money away from hard-working people so he could buy votes from the poor to preserve his own power. (Apparently he thought only Kennedys should be be wealthy.) It's because of power-hungry politicians like Kennedy that we are 11 trill in debt. The suggestion that we should convert to total socialism in this HYPOCRITE'S memory is ridiculous. The democrats must really be getting desperate.

    August 31, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  16. Tina

    I don't really care if they start over – as long as we get the public option! At first I was wary about "paying for other people," but then I realized that we cannot survive by the mantra of "each man for himself." The greed and selfishness that has been exhibited in this health care reform debacle is despicable. It's time to stop and give us what the rest of the world has – health care for the people. It's an issue of morality.

    The American Dream is the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness – it isn't just a coincidence that life is the first on the list.

    August 31, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  17. Bluebonnet

    He was a staunch advocate of illegals too but that didn't make him right!

    August 31, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  18. Sam Sixpack

    As Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, Obama's Special Advisor for Health Policy, puts it, "services provided to individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens are not basic and should not be guaranteed. An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia."

    August 31, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  19. Choose life

    Apparently Sen. Kennedy was not subject to the proposed health care reform plan. For which he and his family members are grateful.

    August 31, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  20. Alfred E. Neumann

    What's Next?

    From what cave did you emerge?

    Health care reform will succeed only with a public option.

    Passing it would be the right thing to do. However, Democrats value their own re-election more than serving the public good. While they contol the White and Congress by large margins it is the Republicans and corporate America who are calling the tune.

    Barack Obama has no spine.

    See also – Money Driven Medicine as to why health care is so expensive.

    August 31, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  21. Idiot_Pelosi

    Next for the HC debate is to start over.

    Start with reform against trial lawyers who go over board and drive up insurnance costs.

    Start with allowing insurance companies to COMPETE across state lines.

    Start with stopping any free HC for illegals (except in emergency life or death situations).

    ANd to the fools who adore the HC systems in England, France, and/or Canada, don't let the door hit you in the "rear". You're free to leave tomorrow.

    August 31, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  22. Gary

    Please start over..we need:

    1. Serious medical malpractice reform.
    2. Train more doctors/nurses/physical therapists.
    3. No more insurance pre-condition exclusions.
    4. Tax incentives for employers to provide health insurance.
    5. Tax incentives for people to buy their own health insurance.
    6. Agressive Drug price negotiations
    7. No government option, no single payer, no government co-ops.
    8. No health rationing (especially controlled by the government!)
    9. No new taxes!!!
    10. No new entitlement programs
    11. No more trying to make old people feel guilty about their care.
    12. Comprehensive immigration reform

    We need to start from scratch and come up with a bipartisan solution that incorperate the above elements! That is what the people want!

    August 31, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  23. phoenix86

    Somewhere, Teddy is looking up at all the liberals here with anticipation of a future reunion.

    August 31, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  24. Jann in Denver

    Whats next is Health Care reform will get passed and then we can all move on.

    August 31, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  25. Four and The Door

    How about starting over with something that just addresses costs and doesn't compromise quality for that? If anyone took notes at the Town Hall Meetings, that's what Americans were saying.

    Actually, John McCain must have been taking notes because these are actually the things he addressed with his health care proposals last week.

    August 31, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
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