March 20th, 2010
09:15 AM ET
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. j

    It's only risky because the Republicans have become obstructionist. This health bill isn't that much different from the one proposed during the Clinton administration. There was bipartisan support for the bill then. It will not increase the deficit but reduce it.

    The Democrats are working for America. The Republicans are working for their own political ambitions. The Republicans should be the ones at risk, not the Democrats.

    March 20, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  2. Nur

    During the 2008 election campaign we really didn't see huge policy difference between McCain and Obama, except for only one thing – health care. At the time Obama's proposal was to drastically reduce the number of uninsured and would require children to be covered; McCain's proposal would have little effect on the uninsured population. Obama proposed to allow individuals who have employer-paid health insurance to keep their benefits, while McCain proposed to begin the dismantling of the entire employer-paid system. Obama proposed to create a public health plan that would give people without access to insurance through an employer or entitlement program, while McCain did not favor safety nets, instead, he proposed to place a $3.6 trillion tax on workers over the next 10 years and use revenue from that tax to give people a credit ($2,500 for individuals and $5,000 for families) to purchase insurance on the open market. The problem is, the average family policy costs more than $12,000, and it's much harder for an individual to negotiate good prices than an employer. In the end, the majority of Americans rejected McCain's proposal

    March 20, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. Marty, FL

    Risky for Dems? What about the risks for my former GOP voting against health care for Americans and against Republican provisions in the bill?

    Unwillingness for reasonable compromise will be held accountable and not forgotten. The GOP has unfortunately demonstrated they are not negotiating in good faith for the American people.

    March 20, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  4. Kevin in Ohio

    Its not just risky.... it is INSANITY!

    March 20, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  5. Suncatcher

    Why are the Democrats so afraid of this President that they will sell their souls – and votes – so easily? All of us out here who pay their salaries are really curious about this...

    March 20, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  6. dan smith

    Bye bye dems people know now that your just like the Taliban.

    March 20, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. Hot Dog

    The caption of this article should read, Why the health care vote is risky for the country? It is pathetic to say the least where we are as a nation concerning our health care system. If nothing is done premiums will continue to sky rocket but I guess that's acceptable. Look at where we are ranked with regards to health care amongst the other nations in the international community. This is also unaceptable. We are quick to invest our tax dollars towards the latest military gadget or conflict but not towards improving our health care system. The greed of the insurance companies have impacted the quality of service of our health care system. Health care reform has nothing to do with socialized medicine, death panels or any of the other foolish talking points that the Republicans contrive.

    March 20, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  8. Tom in Va

    Oh stop baiting people.

    The vote is risky for Dems AND GOP.

    But you miss the point.... No matter what...Liberals will vote for Dems. and Conservative will vote for GOPer's.

    Independents vote for WINNERS.

    Healthcare passes... Then on this issue, the Dems are the WINNERS. And the GOP are the LOSERS.

    Why do you think the GOP is running scared out of their minds? Look at them!? These are not the actions of politicans secure in their standings. The GOP is acting EXACTLY like a group of people that is SCARED to death of their own demise.

    Frankly.. the GOP is acting like the biggest bunch of babies we've ever seen.

    So CNN...stop with the baited headlines of "Risky for Dems!" Be fair..it's risky for BOTH parties. I perfer that one that acts with courage.

    March 20, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  9. NC

    the democrats are voting for obamaCare in a way that will benefit themselves when re-election time comes up.......they aren't voting the way the people want them to vote.......which is NO on obamaCare......this bill will destory America........lets concentrate on the economy and jobs first........vote for a Republican in 2010 and 2012.....

    March 20, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  10. Michael

    CNN, the more you concentrate on stirring contoversy and sensationizing news, your future will look like Foxnews! John King is a closet repuglican! Where is the reporting of how the repuglicans could possibly lose more seats in the fall! In their last eight years in office, these repuglican obstructionist left the country on the brink of a depression and economic callapse! President Obama inherited 11 trillion deficit, 2 Wars, 2 nuclear conflicts, Mortgage, Wall Street, Banking, Auto, Education and Healthcare crisis! WHY DO YOU THINK THIS FALL ALL AMERICANS WILL NOT REMEMBER WHAT THEY DID! YOUR SUBLIMINAL INFLUENCE AND INTERJECTIONS TO SWAY AMERICANS POLITCALLY ARE BEING DEDUCED! REPUGLICANS HAVE MORE TO WORRY ABOUT THAN DEMOCRATS, BECAUSE THEY ARE CLEANING UP THEIR MESS!

    March 20, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  11. Fed Up

    It may be dangerous because their employers don't want it. Time to face the real world.

    March 20, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  12. jon

    The DamecRats will soon destroy American's ways of life with their bid government spending, entitlements, socialist welfares, and high tax agendas. Any conscious voter will have to decide what they want for America: capitalism or socialism? If you want socialism, then continue to vote Obama and damecRats. If you to keep capitalism in America, throw these socialists out in 2010 and 2012!

    March 20, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    It is so risky, because even Dems, who possess some basic economic skills, know the plan is a lie.

    The public is going to take their revenge, in November, and again in 2012.

    March 20, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  14. Pragmatic

    Taking risks is what courageous people do. It should be about people, and their needs, rather than politics.

    A "no" vote will buy you 15 minutes of fame. Then the seniors in the doughnut hole will remember, as will those with pre-existing condition (if they live long enough) students who didn't get Pell grants also vote – and the 30 million who will have a better chance of getting health care will all remember the "let them eat cake" attitude of the GOP and their flying monkeys.

    March 20, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  15. Preston kathy

    If it does pass you will have thousands of new voters who will go dem if it does not pass obama may not get help from either party

    March 20, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  16. johnnie w

    Cnn john King is RISKY for your GOP NETWORK, every TIME he OPENS his Republican MOUTH, the only RISKY PARTY ,is the GOP, and they are making a STAND ,for the 32 MILLION American People without Health Insurance,Cnn we all know JoHn King is A PUPPET for the GOP.RNC, TEA BAG ,RIGHT WING, what else he going to say, The risk for the GOP is , when this BILL IS PASS , tommorow, and when the AMERICAN PEOPLE , get to see what an ADVANTAGE they PROFIT from a BILL,that has taken a LIFETIME to pass, and FINALLY put these CORRUPT INSURANCE CO ,in Check, the RISKY PARTY is Already the GOP CLOWNS. John KIng , the AMERICAN People have been LIED TO,from your Party the NO PARTY, ang they are SHAKING in their GOP BOOTS, trying to KILL the BILL, when they just KILLED THEMSELVES,for the MIDTERMS for 2010 and 2012. John King the Democrats still and will HOLD the MAJORITIES in the 3 HOUSES,do the MATH, it is a GOOD NAME for the GOP ,the RISKY PARTY, John KIng ,i got NEWS for you and CNN, it is RISKY for your NETWORK to be SPINNING these RISKY STATEMENTS. Health Care Reform PASSES this SUNDAY,and the RISK will be on the GOP HEADS. Got that John King?The GOP is making a STAND for their COWARD SELVES,and the , INSURANCE COMPANIES, it all POLITICAL for them ,they do NOT CARE about what is GOOD for the American People, they are so GREEDY,and John king you better WORRY about how RISKY your new show is going to be, We are FED UP with GOP PUPPETS.

    March 20, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  17. MikeH

    John King is a Republican-boot-licking sycophant. He is about as impartial as the Faux Spews toadies. What King has to say is about as important as mud drying in the sun.

    March 20, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |