July 11th, 2012
02:26 PM ET
2 years ago

Voters sick and tired of health care debate

Washington (CNN) - Thomas Dean is sick of all the congressional bickering over the health care law.

Sure, the small town doctor understands the law's technical nuances and what's at stake for the millions of people covered by President Barack Obama's biggest policy achievement.

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  1. Dumb Lefty

    Since when did Thomas Dean become all voters?

    July 11, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  2. PaulieWalnuts

    No kidding. Move on people.
    Lets see, maybe the GOP wants to fight Roe v Wade again? Maybe bring back Pat Robertson, eh? Do they not have a campaign strategy, but to just attack laws already in place that majority of people are ok with? Jeez, talk about a losing plan. This conservative nonsense needs to go away. Here's hoping all GOPs in every political position, lose jobs in November. Then they will appreciate Obamacare. -PW

    July 11, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Debate? What debate? There has not been any sort of discussion or debate on health care. The GOP didn't even want to attend the committee meetings when the law was being written. They boycotted them because "we don't want to participate in the destruction of our economy" and other ominous nonsense. Since then, all they have done is give us an overdose of sloganeering; death panels, repeal and replace, job killing legislation, etc.

    There has been no debate. The Republicans simply said, "No". And then started a war of misinformation.

    July 11, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. tellin it like it is

    of course democrats want to move on and keep obamacare in place even though a majority of americans want it repealed. that is the democrat party way. lie down, shut up and take it american people. the democrats will tell the american people what is good for them and we just need to stop thinking and do as they say. it doesn't matter that you will lose your healthcare plan, though you were told that wouldn't happen. if doesn't matter that you'll lose your doctor, though you were told you would keep them. it doesn't matter that it will cost 10 times more than they said it would just pay it and shut the heck up.

    July 11, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. DorisV

    All that the republicans in congress can do is attempt to back-pedal and stall. Hope the American voters see through their lies in their advertising and watch what they are doing in congress. They just voted not to discuss an act to bring back jobs to the US and rehash the ACA. Vote them all out in November.

    July 11, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. JustSayin

    I'm sick of it too. Stop whining and get insurance like everyone else.

    July 11, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  7. Hammerer

    Yes, the Dems want to get Obamacare out of the news and off the tv networks. The longer it stays in front of the voters the more they understand how bad the bill really hurts every area of America.

    July 11, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. Darryl

    Why are they useing ourtax dollars and waisting them? The ACA is the Law of the Land and that's that. Can we PLEASE move on and get people back to work.If they do NOT stop this their going to lose their jobs and have to go to being a Factory worker, punching a time clock somewhere like the rest of us.We are sick of this moaning and complaining and wasting OUR money .No wonder Pres.Obama doesn't invite them to the W/H. Who wants to listen to that stuff.I wonder what their wifes feel like and have to listen to.I'll bet they avoid them as much as possible. I would and i'm a MAN ! LOL..LOL...

    July 11, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  9. Myviewis

    Voters are not sick and tired of health care debate, people are just taking time now that the Supreme Court gave its ruling to start reading the details of it and how it will impact their lives financially. Most voters did not fully understand:

    1.Mandate Tax – tax paid by those that do not purchase an insurance policy. If an employer decides to no longer carry health insurance for employees than employees will have to purchase their own policy or pay a tax and it changes employer and employees tax bracket. (explanation is given in the government website)
    2.Medicine Cabinet Tax- prohibits being reimbursed for over-the-counter medicines from an employer's pre-tax dollar funded account such as HSA,FSA,HRA.
    3.Flexible Spending Account (FSA): now imposes a cap of $2500. per year, which used to be unlimited, on the amount of Pre-Tax money that could be deposited into this account (this account was good for special needs kids education because it can run very high)
    4.Medical Itemized Deduction: was 7.5% of adjusted gross income, it will be raised to 10% in 2013 which means people will be getting less back
    5. Health Savings Account: withdrawal tax hike (HSA)-increases the additional tax on Non-Medical early withdrawals from HSA account from currently 10% to 20% starting in 2013.
    6. Indoor Tanning Service Tax: 10% excise tax on people using tanning salons.
    7. Excise Tax on Comprehensive Health Insurance Plans or known as "Cadillac" health insurance plans: These plans provide extensive coverage, largely paid for by employers – 40% excise tax on the employer-paid premium. Starts 2018.
    Most Unionized Workers are covered by plans such as "Cadillac" so Unions asked to spare their members from this tax until 2018.
    8.Tax on Medical Device Manufacturers: A 2.3% Tax will be imposed beginning 2013 to anything with a retail value of $100 and up. This tax will drive the cost up on medical devices, testing supplies, etc... that people have to buy.

    There's more to list but I think this pretty much covers it as to why Obamacare is not the biggest policy achievement for the middle class. I suggest everyone take time to read it and do your math.

    July 11, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. B.

    Everyone knows that the healthcare law was designed by Romney and his cohorts and is successful in Massachusetts l,so can we get on with JOBS now?

    First, he was all for it, know that Obama’s name is on it, it is – All Wrong.. Romney, King of the Flip Floppers.

    July 11, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  11. Fair is Fair

    Not me... I really, really want to hear Obama campaign on this turd of a law.

    July 11, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  12. chris

    With a bad jobs showing are the Repubs going to help creat jobs or waste time on B S .If the jobs creators are not creatings why should they get more lower taxes? No jobs no tax brake. Job creators yeah right.

    July 11, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  13. tellin it like it is

    could the democrats be afraid the american people are sick of the healthcare debate like they were in 2010 when the american people tossed out all of those democrats for passing obamacare? everybody i know isn't sick of it and is chomping at the bit to elect people that will repeal it. but those are just average working people that don't want to see their healthcare system wrecked. they are voting in their own self interest and that of their families.

    people agree that there are problems that must be addressed but the democrats didn't need to wreck what 85% of the american people were happy with while trampling on our individual freedoms. yes, obamacare is the last thing democrats want to talk about which is why oabama and the democrats avoid it like the plague. for a signature accomplishment, you'd think they would be advertising it like crazy. yet there are no commericals bragging about obamacare. that should tell you all you need to know.

    July 11, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    tellin it like it is

    of course democrats want to move on and keep obamacare in place even though a majority of americans want it repealed. that is the democrat party way. lie down, shut up and take it american people.
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    I'll put up the ACA against the Bush Tax Cuts on the wealthiest Americans. Let's deep six them both. Deal?

    July 11, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "people are just taking time now that the Supreme Court gave its ruling to start reading the details of it and how it will impact their lives financially"

    Maybe ignorant Republican true-believers who thought understanding the law wasn't important becauase they were so sure they could kill it with their demagoguery and misinfromation...but the rest of us informed ourselves from the get-go.

    July 11, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  16. vic , nashville ,tn

    Past 30 days GOP or Mitt Romney in somber mode, they try to spin Tax and Penalty to attract votes it’s not working. Move On GOP
    To win the election GOP and Mitt Must come up with long term clear Jobs Plan

    July 11, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  17. chris

    By the way I pay about 7,000 a year for Ins. I'll take the tax it's a better deal then what I have now

    July 11, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  18. IF YOU VOTED FOR HUSSEIN OBAMA YOU'RE A COMMUNIST

    What people are sick of is democrats whining and whining until they get their way then stating they're tired of the debate and it's time to move on.

    Democrats are whining pathetic little babies. Parasitic at best.

    July 11, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Myviewis

    Voters are not sick and tired of health care debate, people are just taking time now that the Supreme Court gave its ruling to start reading the details of it and how it will impact their lives financially. Most voters did not fully understand:
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    Mitt Romney has written a few op-eds that will define his loss in November. Don't forget. He was full of "good advice" for the new President. All of the Republicans were. They were already trying to paint President-Elect Obama as a guy who didn't iknow what he was getting into. Mitt Romney advised Obama to use the MA health care law as a model for a national law. Much to the horror of Romney and the Republcans, Obama followed that advice.

    July 11, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "so can we get on with JOBS now?"

    No, I'm sorry, but we can't. The GOP/Teatrolls wll not do anything whatsoever to help create jobs...i.e., they will not release the hostages...unless and until they have control over all branches of gov't...i.e, their demands are met. Once they do, they'll use the same old tactics they always use: tax cuts and deregulation to create a bubble economy that eventually bursts, causing a recession that reminds all the middle-class out there to be happy with the pittance their employers give them because they could lose their jobs and homes at any moment.

    July 11, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. IF YOU VOTED FOR HUSSEIN OBAMA YOU'RE A COMMUNIST

    The majority of the public 2/3 didn't care for this bad and disgraceful piece of (chit) legislation.

    July 11, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  22. IF YOU VOTED FOR HUSSEIN OBAMA YOU'RE A COMMUNIST

    Hussein Obama has passed the biggest tax increase on the middle class ever.

    CONGRATS!!!!!

    July 11, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  23. Mario

    Attention REPUBLICANS!!! Start working with Obama on JOB BILLS. Get over the health Care Law. JOB BiLLS JOB BILLS JOB BILLS

    July 11, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  24. rob

    Typical bogus article from CNN. Their use of TWO poeple to make their point is exactly why CNN is losing readership and viewers. I wonder how many people they interviewed to find these two? We may be tired of the subject but REAL polls show that most people want either most of or all of the ACA overturned. The CBO just released findings that show after the smoke and mirrors about the $900 billion of costs associated with the ACA are actually as much as $2.1 TRILLION taking into account the real costs after 2014 when the real onerous parts kick in.

    July 11, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  25. Curt

    Too bad the Republicans can not move on and stop wasting congressional time trying to stop something they have no chance in doing. Wait until the next election, and should you have the numbers to do something about it, then worry about it. Lets worry about jobs and the economy for now. Personally I think everyone of them that insist on wasting time on this should be voted out of office.

    July 11, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
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