December 23rd, 2009
01:10 PM ET
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Reggie

    Immediate increase in taxes, that's for certain.

    Obama and his fellow dems really got us good on this one. Shame on us for electing him!

    December 23, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. Brian from NJ

    How many people truly and honestly believe that anyone in Congress, or the President, won't spend all of these new taxes they collect over the next three years on things other than healthcare? I don't trust these crooks in DC for a second... if what they did to the Social Security Trust Fund is any indication, hide your wallets and purses, because I gaurantee they will spend every penny of the new taxes before the bills start coming in... they can't help themselves! They're politicians and that is what they do!

    December 23, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  3. Read the Bill

    Sorry, but the US constitution does not mandate national health care.

    December 23, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  4. mary

    Why are so many of you against mandate insurance.
    When a uninsured person gets sick or in an accident they go to the hospital. Who do you think will pick up the bill when they walk out and not pay.
    The hospitals will be hurting. Doctors and nurses will not get paid.
    Something has to be done here.
    Everybody feels sorry for insurance companies yet the raise the rates at 30% a year.
    Maybe with public option (I hope it passes) at least they will have to compete with goverment insurance.
    Didn't republicans protest in 1965 when medicare was first introduced?

    December 23, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  5. SocialismBad

    The BIGGEST change this healthcare train wreck brings will occur in November of 2010 and 2012. That's when the Democrats ALL get thrown out of office in complete humiliation.

    Ignoring a majority of Americans and destroying our healthcare system will spell the end of their party for years to come. They were warned and spit in the face of the people. So the unemployment rate for Democrats will sky rocket in 10 months. It can't come soon enough.

    December 23, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. RealityKing

    This bill will be "rolled back" by the 112th, more conservative, congress voted in next year.

    December 23, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  7. Gerry NH

    I am suppost to believe that taking out $500 billion out of medicare and there will be no changes in my health care services. Who ever said this is a lier.

    December 23, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  8. so rich even obama couldn't hurt me but you middle class folk should worry

    it could but its gonna be so bad I think well wait till 2014 for reelection reasons, I am so sick of ignorant liberals I hired one today just so I can torture him! gonna be a great year!!!!!!

    December 23, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  9. tarheel

    How dare the Republicans try to undo the hard work that the Democrats has put in. Because of the Democrats, everybody will get to purchase insurance now, no matter whether they want it or can afford it. And what nerve the old people have in complaining just because the Democrats want to cut half a trillion dollars out of Medicare. They'll still have a few benefits left, including end of life planning so they won't be such a burden on the rest of us. In addition there are some unpatriotic people complaining about having to pay higher taxes to support this reform. We should jump at the chance and be proud to help get insurance for those who either don't or want work. Yes, these Democratic Senators should really be proud, especially Ben Nelson who got such a great deal (Blackmail,Bribery, take your choice) for the people of Nebraska. Maybe, WE the People, can express how grateful we are for this bill when the 2010 election comes around.

    December 23, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  10. Felly

    The GOP is ignorant and unpatriotic. Healthcare should be a moral issue. Most of their automobiles have better insurance than they do.

    December 23, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. barbara

    Healthcare reform won't start until 2014. Taxes to cover it will begin immediately. The government needs this money to be collected over the next 4 years so they can say see – see, this is great, look how right we were to say this reform will not increase the deficit. Of course not, you morons, the U.S. taxpayer will have paid for NOTHING for 4 years so when those shiney new policies roll off the presses the money will be there to pay for them. Problem is, did you account for the 18 million and counting (cuz we welcome all to the U.S. for whatever free-ride they can get) that haven't been figured into your calculations and that will not be covered – they'll be screaming for coverage in 4 years – WHERE'S THAT MONEY COMING FROM cause I'll be broke!!!!!

    December 23, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    "Sorry, but the US constitution does not mandate national health care.'

    Nor did it (as originally written) mandate interstate highways, subsidies for the coal industry, federal money for medical research, the electoral college, womens' right to vote, the 60 vote senate majority needed to override a fillibuster, the phrase "in God we trust" on our money, and a whole laundry list of other stuff. Maybe we should just get rid of all of those things. Have a nice day!

    December 23, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  13. Hammerer

    The Democrats have given the American public a vivid picture of the corruption in the federal government.
    They passed a bill that is so bad they had to pay Senators a minimun of $300 million per vote. At least 10 Senators received payment for their vote. The president praised the senate for doing what they had to do, bribes, threats, and all of the corruption that had to do to ram through anything that he could hold up as a victory.
    An event is an example of the corruption in Congress that should make every AMERICAN should be ashamed!

    December 23, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  14. Reggie

    If the midterm elections were next week. Then, we would have an immediate end to the democrats control of congress. They along with Obama are making Bush like a GREAT PRESIDENT.

    December 23, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  15. JS

    I AM IN FAVOR OF THEM, AND THEY SHOULD BE IMMEDIATE. WHY WAIT?

    December 23, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  16. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Not that this justifies the cost of this health care bill, nor lessens the fiscal impact, but...
    Why is THIS cost (deficit raising bill) bad/evil, when it helps average/working American citizens, but the deficits created under the Bush administration with an illegal, immoral war, tax cuts for the rich and no bid contracts with Republican insiders (Halliburton in Iraq) "no big deal...
    Is it REALLY just because the hard working American who pays a much higher percentage of their income to get a lesser standard of living is getting the benefit for a change?

    December 23, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
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