March 29th, 2010
09:54 AM ET
4 years ago

Lawmakers take health care debate home

The heated debate over health care reform shows no sign of cooling down.
The heated debate over health care reform shows no sign of cooling down.

(CNN) – President Obama is expected to sign the final health care legislation into law this week, but while the action wraps up on Capitol Hill, the heated debate over reform shows no sign of cooling down.

With lawmakers back in their districts for the spring work period, the conversation just moves to a different platform.

For Democrats, the two-week recess is an opportunity to highlight the immediate benefits of a law the public is not yet sold on. Democrats say the health care law provides all Americans with the opportunity to receive health care and prevents insurance companies from denying coverage to those who need it most.

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  1. Chut Pata

    Yes you did not vote for Obama but the sweeping majority did. Just like the majority voted for Al Gore but Bush screwed this country for 8 years and we tolerated.

    March 29, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  2. Patriot

    Elections have consequences--deal with it.

    March 29, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  3. Vivian

    I am finding all the nasty behavior really disgusting. Republicans are stirring the pot, and spinning the facts into huge distortions. Remember when we used to be a CIVILIZED country?

    March 29, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. Michelle

    This is so dumb. How can so many people who call themselves "christian" and 'conservative" be so against a bill that will help so many people? The cost is irrelevant in light of the crap they all support: more unneeded outdated weapons, more troops at a million a year per soldier in places we are not wanted, more missiles...if they truly believe in God, why are they so angry and willing to wage war over this issue? Beck and Hannity are wrong...Palin is just a mouthpiece for anti-government talking heads. If they would examine the motives of these uneducated millionaire cheerleaders, they would never support them for a second.

    March 29, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  5. barbara

    the health care law provides all Americans with the opportunity to receive health care and prevents insurance companies from denying coverage to those who need it most.-- The people that "need it most"
    already receive medical care. It is called medicaid and it IS given to those that need it most, namely the physically disabled and the mentally challenged. It has always been my view, as a social worker, that these two groups of people are the ONLY ones that the government SHOULD BE giving health insurance to. ALL others need to get a job, or two, and pay for your own insurance. Laziness should never be rewarded and supposed victimization is never an excuse..

    March 29, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. Robert

    It cracks me up to see photos of people stating they didn't vote for Obama.

    Why would anyone care? Because you didn't vote for him that is somehow supposed to set him up as Him against Us?

    Plenty of us did that he won a majority of votes and was elected.....

    That means he gets to work toward implementing the agenda we elected him to implement, just as Bush and Reagan and Republicans were able to do the same when they won their elections (well, Reagan won his election anyway)...

    So get over it.

    March 29, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  7. Dano

    Once Americans get to see what the health care reform bill really contains as opposed to what the GOP & the teabaggers told them (no death panels, no government takeover, etc...) they will begin to appreciate what President Obama and the Dems have accomplished for them. Then you'll see polls improve and there will be a backlash against the liars and the haters!

    March 29, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  8. j

    IMO, The problem with the health care reform law is the mandate. It forces people to buy insurance whether they can afford to or not. If there'd been a public option, this might have been acceptable but with no public option, this is just a win for the insurance companies.

    I supported putting this bill throw Congress hoping that the lack of a public option can be fixed at some point down the road. Plus I wanted a win for the Obama administration, because of the unreasonable tactics by the Conservatives and Republicans.

    I consider the mandate to be a Republican addition to the law because it's a Republican idea.

    March 29, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  9. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    All these complaining idiots need to forego Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid before they blast the new health care program.... Otherwise they are being hypocritical.

    March 29, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. zazzle.com/TheProgram

    how sad that these people are fighting against insurance reform; heaven forbid we should help the sick and the poor.

    March 29, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Sheer willful ignorance. Who can be against something like healthcare reform? Really? Yet everyone stayed home when we were spending TRILLIONS on the Shrub's war, and our men and women were dying in the WRONG country needlessly? What kind of freaking sense does any of this bullcrap make? NONE!

    March 29, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. Welcome Home

    Thank you Democrats for passing healthcare reform.

    March 29, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  13. dennis

    You can't tell me that with this bill our taxes will not be raised. I'll bet any one of you that our taxes will and then who will have to choke on there word.

    March 29, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  14. Doug,lib jersey

    HealthCare stocks went up big time when Obamacare was passed. Sure, lib Obama-bots who are controlled and manipulated by their lies and hate may ignore the facts but most Americans wont.

    If Democrats were good honest people who just had a different view, then they wouldn't need to make up stories about being spit on, and they wouldn't need to pose as the racist republican who in reality doesn't exist at tea party protests. Libs are all lies, and that is why each and every decent American is in opposition to them.

    March 29, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  15. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    "...the two-week recess is an opportunity to highlight the immediate benefits of a law the public is not yet sold on."

    Why the editorial inclusion of the word "yet?" Is it Ms Keck's considered opinion that the only reason Americans aren't yet "sold" on Obamacare is that we're too dumb, too ignorant, too something, to fully appreciate the glories of requiring working people to pay the medical bill of welfare bums?

    And "immediate benefit?"

    Yeah, that's right, " highlight the immediate benefits"–most of which won't kick in for four more years, even for a small fraction of the population, and never kick in at all for most of us–and utterly ignore the immediate costs–which really do kick in immediately, mostly on people who will never receive any benefit at all from what they're required to pay–as well as utterly ignoring the long term economic disaster this law represents.

    March 29, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  16. Ben in Texas

    To the guy holding the "I didn't vote for this" sign:

    I didn't vote for Bush. Actually, less than 50% of those who voted in 2000 voted for Bush. I didn't vote for the 2 horrendous wars we've been fighting endlessly, or the tax cuts for the rich, or the waterboarding or the Abu Graib or illegal domestic surveillance or the bank bailout or deregulation or any of a thousand other crimes of the Bush regime.

    Did you vote for those? Did you happen to mention it in the past 9 years if you didn't? Do you really think eliminating pre-existing conditions, keeping insurance companies from denying coverage and getting millions more of your fellow Americans covered by insurance is something worse than all those crimes of the Bush regime that you let slide by without a comment?

    March 29, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  17. gt

    c-span had some tea party people calling out rep. lewis to idenify the ones who so call him the n -word , and even offer a 100,000 reward,,, humm i smell a cover up from the media,,, did they lie to make the tea baggers look bad... please check this out cnn....

    March 29, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  18. realtips

    Wonder how many in the crowd do not have healthcare? There is something to be said about riding the bandwagon on the bridge to nowhere.

    March 29, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  19. JC

    I wonder, if or when these people get sick and their insurance dont deny them with care, would they come after the politicians with a pitch fork and ask "Why didnt they deny my coverage?"

    March 29, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  20. Brink

    Good luck trying to talk to the guy in the picture with the cardboard sign wrapped around his head or his ilk. He just does not look like the type that facts and new information would have any chance of penetrating his preconcieived AM radio and cable induced opinion. The only chance is for the Dems to lay this lay this law out in simple terms and those who have brains will either accept it or reject it. The rest, like cardboard man, forget them.

    March 29, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  21. JR

    If only people were as passionate about getting us out of Iraq and Afghanistan! We'd have the billions in money and other resources to make the this work...

    March 29, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  22. mother in Pa

    I do hope those who would not face their constituents before the vote have a chance to see their wrath now. They did not listen to the voice of the public. Everyone wanted health reform but not a bill so absent of tort reform or cross state line purchase opportunities. The cost of health care was not changed other than to our seniors on Medicare who will see rationed care more than ever. Did our politicians even consider that just because 33 million will now be added to medicaid that they will have accessibility to doctors? I doubt it. A person doesn't spend $300K and invest 8 years of their lives to have a government dictate their earnings.

    March 29, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  23. Liz

    You can't fix stupid! Dick Armey's Dick Army will be protesting this as long as they get attention from the media and egging on by the likes of Limbaugh, Beck, and Hannity. the politicians voted against this bill, the statesmen voted for it. the right thing is not always the popular thing. as people begin to see the benefits of this bill, and armegeddon doesn't happen as promised, the saner ones will come around to the conclusion that maybe they were wrong. as for the others, see first sentence.

    March 29, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  24. NC

    Healthcare should be available to all Americans......obamaCare is not the answer to our healthcare problems......get rid of obamaCare, and start over with a bill put together by both parties, put nothing in the bill except for healthcare, NO EARMARKS.......

    March 29, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  25. al in memphis

    Individuals position on this really depends on where you are at this point in time. If you have good insurance, you don't want the health care bill to touch it, nor do you want to pay more to help someone else. If you don't have insurance or is a small business that can't get insurance for your employees, then the bill gives you some hope.
    Smart people know you are just a job loss away from needing this program, and they also know that health care cost are out of control.

    You think because you have the power to switch insurance carriers that you are in control of health care cost– think again. Always follow the money, who is going to gain if this program is not successful.

    March 29, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
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