March 29th, 2010
09:54 AM ET
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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. Jin

    As soon as the ignorance spread and fostered by Repugnican politicians is overcome by people finding out what is actually in the health care bill, there should be a backlash that will assure a democratic congress in November. These corporate mouthpieces will find that spewing lies is different now than it was when McCarthy started the practice. Fear is always overcome by education. Agent Orange and Turtleman will find that burning witches is no longer possible [sadly, too late to include Palin].

    March 29, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  2. steve

    Why can't any health care reform be reformed at the state level rather at the federal level? Mass. has theirs.

    Tort is regulated at the state level, the ability to practice medicine is at the state level, and insurance regulation is at the state level.

    The last I checked, this country is a Republic with independent state's rights, not a federal totalitarian regime...that we're slowly becoming.

    March 29, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  3. MikeH

    So, as part of CNN's 'Fair and Balanced' approach, they post a picture of a Tea Klux Klan wacko for this article, not a picture that may serve to unite America, but one to fan the flames of divisivness.

    You and your masters lost this one CNN, why don't you drop the 'agenda' and just report the news without the pro-right wing slant.

    March 29, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. Independent

    Im sorry he had to make this about winning and not about what the American people need. This pass anything mentality is wrong headed, and completely political, it helps no-one and hurts many.
    As we finally get to read this broken plan we find there is more to dislike about it, which goes to show that 2700 pages of sweatheart deals for Ins companies and big pharma proves this administrations hypocrisy and how it will lie, cheat and bribe to get what it wants.

    March 29, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  5. Steph

    The president could cure cancer and these folks would still be waving their signs, shouting obscenities and claiming that he killed democracy.

    March 29, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. jim

    I love seeing these idiots with their signs saying they didn't vote for whatever Obama gets done. Well morons you may not have voted for him but the MAJORITY of Americans did. Sit down and have a can of shut up. I didn't vote for the chimp but I had to live with his village idiot mentality when running this country. Your party lost get over it and start pushing the Retardlicans to give some ideas instead of no to everything presented.

    March 29, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    The same old arguments that were used against Social Security and Medicare are being used now against the Health Care Bill. Yet how many of these protesters are prepared to give up their benefits under these two SUCCESSFUL programs?

    March 29, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  8. John

    Nobody can convince me that the Federal Government can make "mandatory" the purchasing of a product or service from a private for profit company is right, or that the IRS being an enforcement arm for the same, meets with American ideals of freedom and liberty. It is a horrible precedent we will all pay dearly for in the future if not over-turned.
    I'm not against health care, just this government abuse of power and control. I'd rather be destitute and living free, than insured and ruled by tyranny.

    March 29, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  9. Bill

    The protestor holds a sign saying he didn't vote for this. As Bill Maher says, "Yeah, but you're not the only one voting." Do you believe in democracy = rule of the majority?

    March 29, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. laughorcry

    Regardless of the sour grapes of the Republicans and their political operatives this fact remains, for the millions of Americans who are suffering the hardship of health problems and the unjust practices of the health insurance industry, the Democrats who voted for the health insurance reform legislation are the heroes. They saw the urgency of the need and delivered help and hope. Nothing will change that.

    March 29, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  11. Jack Fl

    Does anyone understand this bill?

    March 29, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  12. Enough

    another Democratic entitlement program, compliments of the tax payers. Enough coddling everyone, people need to take responsibility for themselves and their families, not put the burden on the tax payers. The governments job is to make sure health care is affordable and available for everyone to purchase it on their own.

    March 29, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. Jim W.

    "I didn't vote for this Obamanation". Gee, that's nice. It's a good thing you are in the minority or we'd have President McCain and Vice President Dummy right now. We'd be bombing Iran, cutting taxes on the rich, and we'd be looking forward to 4 more years of bad Bush policy. Sit down and shut up.

    March 29, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  14. T'SAH from Virginia

    Democrats need to get out in their communities and explain what Health Care Reform is all about. Once their constituents truly believe that Health Care Reform IS NOT about what they were hearing in the media from the Tea Party and RepubliCAN'Ts, it will all come together!! THEN, get them out to VOTE!!!

    We ALL need to keep in mind that although the Tea Party is 'crossing' state lines and BLABBERING about taking back THEIR country, their VOTE does NOT count in MY DISTRICT!!

    March 29, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  15. CF

    If you didnt vote for this "Obamanation," that's fine. Just be sure to turn down any medical treatment you might need in the coming years, and don't take advantage of any of the stimulus funds your state has received.

    A lot of us didnt vote for your "Bushnation" in 2000 and 2004 either, but we still recognized that he was the president, and still tolerated it.

    "I didn't vote for him, but he's still my president and I hope he does a good job." Remember that quote from history? What happened to that attitude? The Republican/Teaparty/Libertarian crowd should be ashamed of themselves.

    March 29, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  16. Stacie

    I support Our President! Many of these protesters are on social security and/or medicare. Yet, they show up at rallies to protest against "big" government. Proof that freedom is alive and well. God Bless America!

    March 29, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  17. Rick McDaniel

    Everyone knows this bill does little to nothing to control costs, in the health care industry, and indeed will increase costs, as has already happened in California, in anticipation of the bill passing.

    This amounts to a travesty on the public, and not a benefit. Everyone is going to pay more for health care, and more for taxes to expand the coverage of a more costly health care system, transferring the costs for the poor to the backs of the middle class, yet again.

    The Dems are basically accomplishing nothing but stealing from the middle class, to fund services for the poor, who still can't afford to pay for them, in spite of the fact they will be mandated to pay.

    March 29, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  18. jane

    The Republicans created this "heat"; they must be congratulating themselves as they observe these crowds they've managed to gather and whip up. Republicans are masters at creating fear and anger in a certain segment of the population, often large enough to make a difference, unfortunately.

    March 29, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  19. Adalbert

    What we desperately need is an intelligent discussion on the issues. Unfortunately today, lies and treats are dominating American politics fueled by despicable propaganda on TV and talk radio. These irresponsible agitators should be held responsible for their actions in stead of allowing them to make millions off of their misleading statements and lies.

    March 29, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  20. sinna mani

    Those who had doubts about Obama not moving fast enough to keep his electroral promises must by now realise what he is up against. His supporters must now show the same verve and enthusiasm seen in the presidential election to defeat the Republicans in the forthcoming elections. The GOP will live to regret their negative politics.

    March 29, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  21. ThinkAgain

    The Democrats need to speak loudly and often about all the very specific benefits of the health care reform legislation.

    There will always be flat-earth people who won't accept reality, but the vast majority of Americans will listen to and accepts facts.

    Fox, Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck and Palin will, of course, continue to spread lies, fear, hate and division, being the bully jerks that they are.

    The best defense is a strong offense. So get 'em, Democrats, and spread the word!

    March 29, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  22. Randy, San Francisco

    The challenge for Democrat politicians in explaining the Health Care Reform Law is the continuing strident opposition of the GOP and Tea Party Supporters. Although the details of the new law are available for inspection, the vocal opposition continues to drown out the debate with their distortions, lies, and half-truth talking points.

    March 29, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  23. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Now why would the elected officals talk about this health bill anymore. It has been passed hasn't it? All those Evils have already escaped from Pandora's Box. We are in the fire now.

    I hear that Big Companies may have to reduce the work force even further to accomidate the requirments mandated in this Bill. But Nanny knows best. It's what people voted for. Now live with it.

    March 29, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  24. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Is that Glen Beck in the photo,what a jerk.hahahaha

    March 29, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  25. Wmscot

    Compared to the hundreds of thousands of folks that took to the streets that were against the Bush Iraq this minority of LOUD teabaggers , whom they say was about 2000 people, this should not be called anything but a republican rally and not the Majority of the American people.

    March 29, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
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