Health care message wars heat up on anniversary of law
March 19th, 2012
11:23 AM ET
3 years ago

Health care message wars heat up on anniversary of law

Washington (CNN) – Two years after President Barack Obama signed health care reform legislation - and with the U.S. Supreme Court about to consider a challenge from several states trying to overturn it - supporters and opponents of the controversial law are gearing up for a message war like it's 2009.

At that time, Democrats, emboldened by a new president and big gains in Congress, pushed sweeping legislation to expand coverage for uninsured Americans, clashing with Republicans who branded the bill "Obamacare" and warned it would trigger an unprecedented intrusion by Washington into people's medical decisions. Raucous crowds at town halls across the country that summer, many focusing on health care, captured the intensity of the debate. When Democrats muscled the final version of the bill through the House of Representatives in a late-night vote, not one Republican voted for it.

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  1. The Real Tom Paine

    @Ray E. (Georgia): Georgia uses more federal dollars than it sends: by your definition, you love the Nanny State more than Personal Responsibility. Pot, meet kettle.

    March 19, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. Len

    What we really need is: THE GOP out of our lives!

    March 19, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. Fair is Fair

    The Real Tom Paine

    @Ray E. (Georgia): Georgia uses more federal dollars than it sends: by your definition, you love the Nanny State more than Personal Responsibility. Pot, meet kettle.
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    Not fair, Tom... just because Ray E. lives in that state doesn't mean he agrees with the Nanny state.

    March 19, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. w l jones

    If some people sturdy the history of insurance in country they would find out Colored and poor White could not buy full healthcare.. care in country at one time. Bless.

    March 19, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. R

    @ Dvet
    "We need the republicans to lead by example. We pay for your healthcare so you need to purchase your own from now own. How would you vote on that"

    Good question. Don't forget to ask the Democrats that as well, since they have access to that same healthcare package too.

    March 19, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. Malory Archer

    The repubs are always whining about how poor people should pay Federal income taxes to ensure they have "skin in the game", and yet they don't want to take responsibility for their own skin when. Why should I and other responsible Americans have to pay for YOUR medical coverage. One guy on the other thread was whining about how being forced to pay for medical insurance is unfair to him and will ensure he won't have $$$ to spend on his farm. Farming is one of the most dangerous jobs one can have. Medical insurance should be compulsory for those in such dangerous professions. I recently had to have a ligament reattached to my thumb following a skiing accident. The doctors/medical treatment facilities have billed my insurance company $35k so far. Do YOU have $35k lying around for medical emergencies? No, then you need to buy insurance so I and other RESPONSIBLE Americans don't have to pick up the tab for you when you get hurt!

    March 19, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. Malory Archer

    Marie MD, same thing happening to my mom. She was taking diabetes meds for several years, and the insurance company has determined that they aren't going to cover her meds because her numbers aren't bad enough to cover it. Guess she has to pass out and llapse into a diabetic coma before they'll cover her. I just hope she doesn't hit her head on the way down and suffer a debilitating brain injury, or heaven forbid, have one of her grandchildren in her arms when she drops.

    March 19, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    @Ray E.(Georgia): Nearly all of the states that take in more federal dollars than what they pay in taxes are so called red states. All of the top states that pay more taxes than what they recieve in federal dollars are blue states.

    The stronger that a state is in the red column the bigger the difference. Those states are staunchly conservative. I can understand your frustration when you look around at all of the deadbeats. But, realize this. Most of those deadbeats that you despise every day are probably conservatives.

    You want to talk about people taking personal responsibility. Look no further than your own surrounding communities.

    March 19, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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