December 26th, 2009
01:03 PM ET
soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. John Patterson

    It is difficult for me to understand the logic of cutting reimbursment rates paid to providers, when according to all that I have read and heard, rates are already below where they need to be for providers to break even, let alone make a profit. As a senior, I fear that it will become even more difficult to to obtain care in the future if the 500 billion cuts stay in the final bill.

    December 26, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. vwrtb

    Republicans are always on the wrong side of history.. Dinosaurs living in the past...

    December 26, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. ArtistBarbaraGarro

    I am a senior who would like to know, but cannot hear videos on the computer I use. Can you let me know? Thanks for your consideration.

    December 26, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  4. Hugo


    If the Democratic Congress considers $50 billion a year as related to the costs regarding tort law reform chump change then why are they so intent on raising hell when a CEO gets a million dollar bonus?


    December 26, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. Robin in Tampa, FL

    Since there probably won't be a public option or a Medicare at 55 buy-in in the final bill ... then can we at least put in Sarah Palin's proposed "Death Panels"? If people under 65 can't get Canadian-style socialized healthcare...oops I mean Medicare ... then nobody should!

    Lets finish what the great President Ronald Reagan would have wanted .... It's time to privatize Medicare!

    December 26, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. jules sand-perkins

    This bill is Obama's grand slap at seniors, who are not likely to vote for him again, although he conned them royally one time.

    Seniors know what the current liberals-on-steroids Democratic party is: senior citizens were educated before the death of the US public education system.

    December 26, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. renee

    sanjay, just get off TV!!!!!! you partisan so called doctor...

    December 26, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. dorseywilliams

    tellrverybodykeep out of our heath care forsenior ciizens thak you

    December 26, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  9. dorseywilliams

    let us have a good life for the rest of our life

    December 26, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  10. Perusing-Through


    CNN and Sanjay Gupta are sewing seeds of confusion regarding the passage of health care. CNN and Gupta know very well seniors are the biggest benefactors of healthcare reform, but Gupta sew seeds of doubt by questioning whether seniors loose with reform, when its truly the opposite – – seniors are the greatest winners.

    Shame on you, Gupta. And you call your self a doctor? Shame on you! 😦

    December 26, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  11. What do you mean........

    "how will it affect seniors"? They have already said they are taking $ 500 billion out of medicare.....can't you read?

    Also they are going to withhold care depending upon how old you are?
    If you are eighty, forget about that new hip or that expensive cancer'll just lie there, suffer, and die.

    And for those of you who are young, remember, old age is coming to you too. No one escapes.

    December 26, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  12. Perusing-Through

    CNN and Sanjay Gupta pose the question whether seniors loose with healthcare reform, but they never answer their own question. That tells me CNN and Gupta are trying to sew seeds of confusion about healthcare reform. Gupta put the question out there to make people doubt healthcare reform, when he knows very well seniors are the biggest benefactors of new health reform. Shame on you, Gupta. I didn't think you would let CNN 'spin' you the way they have during the past 6-months. 😦

    December 26, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  13. Gerry NH

    Taking $500 billion out of medicare and telling me that I will have the same level of healthcare that I am now getting is a lie. Some states were bribed and now 17 states will get special consideration and 33 states will be paying therie portion. So the president an majority members of congress have lied to me and the American people. Time to vote them out.

    December 26, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  14. Jimmy Cahtah

    With all of the money to be gutted from Medicare, the future is not bright. And with death panels being created to pick and choose who gets health care, our senior citizens will be quickly and quietly marched to the end of the line.

    December 26, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  15. Beverly in NC

    Healthcare would mean better treatment, affordable treatment, no more abuses by the greedy insurance monopoly, and better access to primary doctors to stop problems before they worsen out of control.

    We would already have had this in place for Seniors, Children, and hard-working Americans months ago had it no been for all the political game playing with our lives by the amoral Republican party of NO.

    Republicans in the Senate have used "procedural" delays of old Senate laws to delay legislation on EVERYTHING almost 200 times this year! For the days they actually spend working, that is almost 2 delays per vote. That means legislation to extend unemployment benefits, give our troops a pay raise, send more protective gear to our troops, stopping foreclosures on homes was ALL held up by weeks while Republicans sat around laughing and purposefully delaying votes on items like this that our nation and our soldiers needed.

    Some if it they even voted FOR but they did everything they could to obstruct the vote to deliver this much needed help to Americans so Democrats would not be able to accomplish as much this year.

    How's that for being American, caring about the People Republicans were supposed to be serving, and caring for the troops???

    Republicans are traitors to America. They all took bribes from the insurance industry to try to kill healthcare reform. They were totally uninvolved in the whole healthcare reform bill. Oh, they were invited to participate but most did not even bother to show up for the meetings, yet they stand on the floor of the Senate and tell outright lies about how "they were shut out". They CHOSE not to participate because they would rather sit on the sidelines and criticize than do any real work to help the American People.

    Democrats are the Party of the People and have worked hard all year to give us many important laws to help us recover and to stop abuses from the credit card industry, and now, with healthcare for ALL Americans that will stop the outrageous abuses of the insurance industry. Democrats and President Obama care about us and the state of our lives.

    Republicans only care about themselves, power, holding onto their wealth, their elitist corporate buddies who have abused Americans, and only people who are white, rich, and will pay Republicans to protect corporate and insurance and banking so there are no regulations to stop their abuses of us.

    We need to look at what Republicans have done for betterment of American this year. NOTHING and worse. They have lies, spewed hate speech, encouraged violence, called for the failure of our government and our people, and openly supported racist lunatic groups who have threatened the President, carried weapons, and horribly racist signs to issueless "rallies" put on by members of Congress like John Boehner, Michelle Bachman, the fools at Fox, and funded by Republican support groups.

    it's time to rid our Congress of Republican traitors who have not upheld their oath to serve the People. The more Republicans we get rid of in November, the more beneficial legislation for the People we can get passed in 2011 and the faster our country will be restored.

    Democrats are ready to get back to work. Republicans are getting ready for another year of lies , hate, fear, and obstruction of laws to benefit the People. Republicans cannot be trusted.

    December 26, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. Dean

    How is any program going to be effected if you cut spending in this program by 460 billion dollars?
    Really kind of a stupid question!!!!!

    December 26, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. old timer

    If the congressmen can make deals about medicare for some states then they can do it for all states Nebraska now has free I REPEAT Free medicare/medicade Every body move to Nebraska and the other states that were in on the back room politics over the health program that is trying to be forced on the American Public

    December 26, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. Tim

    Well, if you believe Obama, they'll get more service for less costs, and the doctors will beging home visits.

    If you believe Palin, the death panels will beging to decide what services we can afford to let them have.

    Believe in the former if you believe in hope and change. Believe in the later if you have common sense.

    December 26, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. Biased

    Cutting so called reimbursement fees to doctors and hospitals will mean, as many doctors have already said, they will take less and less medicare patients and many have said they will not or have already stopped taking medicare patients altogether. Less doctors and hospitals involved in the system mean less patients having access as they used to. The CBO also said that this will force many hospitals and health centers into bankruptcy in the future because of it.
    And why is it acceptable to take a system that already has problems, cut payments to doctors and hospitals and use it to pay for adding more people to the system that they are robbing from?

    December 26, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  20. ST

    Hey Dr. Sanjay, you are a doctor and not an economist. Talking about the cost is not your job. Why can't people doubt your motives?

    December 26, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  21. Silence Dogoode

    Not as bad as it will the future generations that will be enslaved with debt

    December 26, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  22. Barry In Las Vegas

    Why would you even put something on? There was no information about the effect to seniors. A complete waste of time and misleading headline.

    You want to know why CNN is in third place. It is because you air stuff like this. I don't need to watch 3 minutes of fluff to have someone finally say "we are not sure what will happen to senior health care."

    December 26, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  23. John

    Any version of health care that taxes existing benefits is just plain wrong. People like myself worked all our lives at jobs where we balanced benefits against salary giving up higher career earnings to "earn" long term health care benefits.

    Changing the game now after I'm retired is just plain wrong. Other non-salaried workers like the country's union workers have negotiated long term contracts also giving up wages for long term benefits.

    December 26, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  24. John

    If the republicans have their way, we will have seniors dying for lack of health care.

    The republican health care plan for Americans is "you can have all the health care that you can afford" at the Insurance Industries Price.

    December 26, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  25. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    I will raise their taxes, and add to the costs and diminish the quality of their medical services, just like it will for the rest of us, all to give a bunch of dead-beat losers "free" health care they've neither earned nor deserve.

    December 26, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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