September 5th, 2009
04:15 PM ET
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Jeff in Houston

    Pointless. You are explaining quantum mechanics to people who have yet to discover fire. Push the plan through, let them find out that anything is better than the current private isurance companies on their rape and pillage tour. Put don' think things will get better. They (Republicans, Big Business, and the American Taliban) will find another reason to stir up the reaming neanderthals.

    September 5, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. Stella

    Support Obama's plan!!! He is right, we can't wait!! Republicans are wrong!
    They are a NO- MACHINE of our time, CNN, please don't make false, sick
    propaganda! You should underline, first, what is good, what is working for people and then start your attacks on our President!

    September 5, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  3. Bill

    Total US Population: ========================== 305 Million
    Below 18 YRS: 25% =========================== 76 Million
    Over 65 YRS: 12.5% =========================== 38 Million
    Labor Force 62.5% =========================== 194 Million
    Unemployed: 9.7% of labor Force ================= 19 million

    Actually working: 175 Million = 4.4 Persons out of 10 are not working.

    Trade deficit: (Imports more than Exports) ==== $ 1.5 Trillion ==== Each American under debt $15,000 ==== Each Labor force person under debt: $28,000

    Expenditure on Wars: $ 50 Billion every month ==== Taxes paid by 1 Million labor force persons goes into wars expenditure every month ==== Taxes paid by 175 Million (Total labor force) is good for only 175 months or 14.5 years. ==== We are already in the 7th year of wars. :(

    September 5, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    Barack Obama: Snake-oil salesman in chief.

    Obama and the far-left nuts just don't seem to get it that most Americans aren't interested in shelling out a trillion bucks a year on something 80% of the population doesn't think is that big a problem.

    Now if Obama were to undertake to do something for that 80%–like putting an end to the pre-existing condition rip-off the insurance companies do, or that pernicious practice of theirs of canceling coverage of people who get hit with serious medical bills–that's something more people could support. Tort reform, putting an end to insane malpractice judgments and the correspondingly insane malpractice insurance premiums physicians have to pay and pass on to their patients, would be a good thing. Increasing competition among insurance companies, another good thing.

    September 5, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. Jane/Seattle

    My feeling is that President Obama needs to get on Nat'l TV and the Net and speak heartfelt words in the form of 1, 2, 3's and A,B,C's. It is The failure to articulate this matter becomes the impetus for the HMO lobbyists/ others to slander the intent of this goal. This is what he needs to do. Speak from the heart after consulting the Dem leaders. and just DO IT! Just say, "NO" to the Republican/and some Dems. partners in league with continuing to destroy America as they continue to attempt to build Bush Daddy's New World Order, ya know, "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalim" Model. Naomi Klein. Look at it for yourself. This book opened the eyes of so many. Then google Naomit Wolf and Thom Hartmann. :)

    September 5, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  6. OBSERVER

    There are so many people that suffer from the way health care is rationed now. If you are too costly your coverage will be terminated and that means that the insurance company not only terminated yhour coverage it TERMINATED YOU TOO.

    Most of the stupid things you hear people say about the Planned reform are just to scare people and confuse them. The Tea Party express is really a SMALL GROUP of WHITE PEOPLE that fear the fact that a BLACK MAN is telling them what to do. It is not the tea party express it is really the Archie Bunker fan club.

    To move forwrd this country must put FEAR and HATE behind us.

    September 5, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  7. cheryl

    I support Obama!
    He will get this thing right and get it passed with or without the republicans.
    He deserves respect because this country elected him, he is the leader of our country.

    September 5, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. Chuck

    Republicans said no to Social Security, said no to Civil Rights, said no to Medicaid and Medicare, etc etc.....The Democrats now have the power to reform the health care system of this courtry and should use that power to get it done....YES WE CAN!

    I've seen my health insurance rates increase by more than 120% in the last ten years and will probably more than double again in the next ten years. Folks, something has got to be done and right now, don't you think? The insurance industry has been immoral and criminal for several decades by not paying claims and letting people die and it's time to put a stop to it and make them behave to the benefit of their insureds.

    September 5, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. Denna

    President Obama needs to just go ahead and put into law his ideas. The Republicans will never get on board and they are, effectively, wasting this country's time. We have a president who is actually trying to keep his campaign promises and the little rats in the background, Limbaugh, Hannity, et al are trying to undermine him at every turn. Oh, listen up conservatives, these people are USING you to make themselves rich. Open your eyes, why don't you? Do you think that old Rush cares if you have health care? Do you think Hannity, O'Reilly or Annie Coulter care whether or not you get sick and/or die? No, not really. You make them rich, they use you. Seems like a fair deal for them. You, however, are toast.

    September 5, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  10. Brian in California

    I think there needs to be some far reaching polling done on this issue and others. The polls I've seen are miniscule. 800-1000 people surveyed? How is that even close to a representative sample of the US? This ends up averaging 16-19 people per state (including DC). Those numbers cannot even get at the views of people between parties (Democrat, republican, independent) let alone give an accurate view of the overall population. People want quick results of where the country stands on these issues but accuracy is being sacrificed and these results are being used to fuel the political debates and to base decisions on. There needs to be a serious effort to get a representative sampling of the US on these issues so that lawmakers and citizens can make informed decisions.

    September 5, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  11. Patriot

    If President Obama's approval ratings on healthcare are dropping, it's because he' s not standing up to the right-wing crazies and delivering on his promises.

    He owes Republicans nothing–he's reached out to them, and all they've done is spread fear and lies about the healthcare proposals. They've also shown hatred and hostility toward him personally.

    It's time for President Obama to do the right thing and forget about the Repubs in Congress, as well as the wing-nuts and health insurance companies that support them.

    I personally would like to see all of these right-wing crazies move to Texas, where they can secede from the Union and form their own narrow-minded, hate-filled, fear-mongering republic. Good riddance!

    September 5, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  12. jpspec

    Like most people I believe that real health reform is needed. Unfortunately, within the 1,000 + pages there are far too many things that have little to do with reform. Also, the way the health bills are being prepared they all reveals too much government control.

    True reform should not require 1000+ pages that few can understand. Can anyone disagree that we should know what any health plan would involve.? Yes? No?

    September 5, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  13. Chuck

    I don't mind paying additional taxes if it means reforming our current health care system with a public care option. A benefit of increasing taxes so that more of our citizens could afford coverage would result in a corresponding decrease in the current health insurance rates by the private insurance industry. We may find ourselves with a higher take home income.

    September 5, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  14. BoBo

    If enacted, government healthcare will kill the private healthcare industry. How can a private, for profit industry compete with a government system that can operate at a loss endlessly because they have an endless stream of revenue (taxpayer's money)? Where will the hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people who work in the private health care industry work when their companies fold? Government run healthcare, thats where. Now we have hundreds of thousands or millions more making their living as government employees. Who do you think will pay their salaries? Thats right! U.S. taxpayers! Thanks, but no thanks!

    September 5, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  15. dac

    I am 46 years old and had a heart attack just last June 2009. I had some complications ended up in the hospital for two weeks and 3 surgery's. my point in this is that I am one of the uninsured, I now owe the hospital two hundred and eighteen thousand dollars also another 15 grand on top to doctor's. I owe more than I will ever make in my lifetime. But listening to the right there is nothing wrong with the health care industry. I can not get insurance because I have a preexisting condition. The left better pass a bill that included a public option. To Jeff in Houston, it's nice to hear form someone in that state who sees the truth.

    September 5, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  16. Deuce

    Why do you keep trying to save him CNN. He's finished! He was before he began. He has no idea what it takes to be a President.
    He is a little boy playing "King of the Hill" But without the Skills: he needs. Confidence is gone. Some will pretend because they dont want to feel let-down. But it is over for Barack Obama. It should have never begun..

    September 5, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. Hugo

    Just remember, the Devil is in the details of the healthcare Bills proposed by the Democrat House and Senate. Remember what Sen. Conyers (D) said, what good is reading the Bill without two lawyers to explain all the open ended legislation that these liberal nuts have inserted to take away more of your individual freedoms. You can keep your healthcare plan if you like as long as it is not terminated by your employer or through loss of your job, then you are REQUIRED to go on the public option plan. Rationing will occur because the government can no possible way fund this crap or manage it in an efficient manner, look at Medicare, Social Security and the Postal system. Do you want government bureaucrats privy to you private and personal medical information? REGULATE LAWYERS, REGULATE POLITICIANS, REGULATE INSURANCE COMPANIES BUT DO NOT TREAD ON ME!

    September 5, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  18. sam

    Obama/Van Jones 2012

    September 5, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  19. Philly

    Funny about you Dems talk about Republicans. It's your own DEM party that couldn't pass the reform.

    September 5, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  20. BoBo

    Chuck said:
    "Republicans said no to Social Security, said no to Civil Rights, said no to Medicaid and Medicare, etc etc….."

    To be truthful, Republicans voted 80% to the Democrats 63% in favour of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Also on a side note, The Civil Rights Act of 1875 was also authored and passed by Republicans. Stop drinking the Kool-Aid.

    September 5, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  21. GI Joe

    The GOP isn't against healthcare reform AS MUCH as it wants to destroy President Obama.

    The lies and scare tactics displayed by the GOP this past month have convinced me that THEY are dictators that have lost their 8 year reign of fear and terror they held us under.

    It's time to stand up. We need CHOICES in affordable healthcare, not the Insurance Companies raising our rates and denying our benefits we paid for.

    September 5, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. Hall for Obama

    I can remember when Gov. George Wallace of Alabama stood in the door of a university and said no negro would enter into that university. But they enter any way.
    Guess what a black man had to hand him his last drink of water because a black man had to take care of him for the rest of him life.
    One day all of us will have to meet our maker. I hope some of you can live with your self.

    September 5, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  23. BoBo

    Actually when I think about it, Medicare and Medicaid are both in huge debt. Social Security is a massive Ponzi Scheme that we as tax payers are by law, forced to pay into. You don't think that the money you put into Social Security is actually put into an account with your name on it do you? The money you put into it now pays for the people who are using it right now. Thats why the government is saying that Social Security will be broke in the near future, too many people to pay out to and not enough paying in. Gee, thanks Democrats! 3 great programs!

    September 5, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  24. John in WV

    The rich have danced for 8 years. Now it's time to pay the band.

    September 5, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  25. Neutralizer

    Obambi isa pathological liar and a socialist at that. I'm Obamafied, I can't listen to him anymore, I can't even stand looking at his face. The American people elected a LIAR-IN-CHIEF. When he called my fellow Americans who attended Townhall meetings as MOBS, Obambi have lost the little respect I had for him. Is it 2012 yet?

    September 5, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
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