November 18th, 2009
07:50 PM ET
5 years ago

Senate Majority leader unveils chamber's health care proposal

Senate Majority leader unveils chamber's health care proposal.
Senate Majority leader unveils chamber's health care proposal.

Washington (CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday unveiled a sweeping health care bill that would expand health insurance coverage to 30 million more Americans at an estimated cost of $849 billion over 10 years.

Reid and other Senate Democrats cited an analysis by the non-partisan
Congressional Budget Office for the coverage and cost figures. In addition, they told a news conference, the CBO estimated the proposal would reduce the federal deficit by $127 billion over the next 10 years and by more than $600 billion in the following decade.

The proposal drafted from two separate bills approved by Senate committees now goes to the full Senate, where Republicans have vowed to try to block it.


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  1. soulstar

    HRC would "...reduce the federal deficit by $127 billion over the next 10 years and by more than $600 billion in the following decade."

    let's see the conservatives and republicans spin this into a bad thing for the country. they are quick to quote the non-partisan CBO when is puts out figures supporting their stance, but quick to ignore it when it goes against their arguments. Instead, they will go to the public and say the exact opposite (i.e. "HRC will increase debt...") without supporting evidence and without any guilt or shame.

    how the republicans are still a semi-viable party, i have no clue! unfortunately, they have followers who don't care to know the truth and are easily influenced by hyoperbole, half-truths, and total lies.

    November 18, 2009 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  2. Lia, Denver

    I don't understand how the people who oppose the bill can be so selfish, uncompassionate, and individualist to put themseves against giving healthcare to millions of Americans. What happened with us?! Where is the idealism, the joy, the charity, the compassion, the sympathy that made this country so great? Nowhere in the world, and I mean NOWHERE, the health industry is so aimed for profit...

    November 18, 2009 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  3. N

    Some day these fools will see that they are selling our souls... History will tell... at least whatever version of history our dear leaders choose to allow to be printed...

    November 18, 2009 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  4. Debbie

    Let the GOP block it and then all will see they are obstructionists.

    November 18, 2009 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  5. Jim Carroll

    We need to pass some kind of health-care now. We can improve it later.
    Internetfreepress.com has a health-care plan that even a republican
    could support. Are all republicans as useful ,as they say down on the farm, as tits on a boar hog. Why do the do nothing republicans have no
    shame? I wonder if God Knows. Ask Pat Robertson.

    November 18, 2009 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  6. nathan smith ga

    this is a great day in america. come on congress lets get this done. those who oppose we will vote out.

    November 18, 2009 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  7. Gary

    Interesting plan but guess what....WE CANNOT AFFORD IT!

    No more entitlement programs!
    No more government healthcare!
    No more public options!
    No more deficit spending!

    Everyone needs to get jobs, save money, pay taxes and stop expecting free stuff from the government. Food, housing, a job, healthcare ARE NOT RIGHTS!!!!! Appreciate them, work for them don't expect them.

    November 18, 2009 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  8. Stop The Spending

    Since when in the history of the United States a Government entilement program has "reduced the federal deficit." I think it is insulting to any taxpayer and voter to think you can ensure more people, at public expense, without costing a dime. I thought the CBO was nonpartisan, but to come up with these numbers is a lie. They should have said more truthfully, "we cannot estimate the true cost of this bill to the American Taxpayer over the next 10 years."

    Anyone, liberal, independent, republican, etc who things you can create a thrid type of government sponsored/subsided health care system that is budget neutral or will not add to our debt must think that 2+2 is 5. There is NO FREE LUNCH AMERICA.

    November 18, 2009 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  9. Marty, Grand Rapids MI

    Finally. Lets see if they can pass it now and keep their jobs.

    November 18, 2009 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  10. Lee in TN

    This is no suprise that Republicans intend to block this health care reform plan. Their party motto is "Politics over People"!

    November 18, 2009 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  11. Greg, MN

    Health care "reform" will destroy the dollar (more debt=weaker dollar) the government can not afford a weaker dollar because no other country (aka China) will buy our debt anymore.

    This plus all the other reasons it really won't lower costs. Every time I mention to someone that my premiums I pay for my family is so much cheaper than pools, I hear ya me too... We are obviously going to get screwed in this deal.

    November 18, 2009 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  12. Nea

    No mattter whats in the bill the Republicans will try to use scare tastics against it and somebody will complain about it so come on Democrats pass Health Care Reform.

    November 19, 2009 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  13. Teejay

    My great advise for the Senate Democrats is to come together plus the two independents to make sure this health bill is passed. The game playing by senate republican, really they quite know it is a good bill that will be good for Americans, but if it is passed, their chance of gaining majority in the coming midterm election is very slim. So they want to remain party of NO and put the blame on senate democrats,

    November 19, 2009 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
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