June 8th, 2009
03:53 PM ET
13 years ago

Health care debate heats up

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(CNN) - Republican senators urged President Obama to say no to a government-run health care plan, cautioning in a letter Monday that the public expects Congress to tackle an overhaul of the system in "an open, honest and bipartisan manner."

Obama told Congress this weekend that it's time to deliver on health care reform, and he wants a bill on his desk by October at the latest. But as the debate heats up on Capitol Hill, it's clear lawmakers don't see eye to eye on the issue.

Republicans are pushing for a private system while some Democratic proposals include back a public, or government-sponsored, option. Some proposals also include a mandate that would require Americans to get insurance.

"This is going to be a long, hot summer when it comes to the debate on health care, because, as you know, there are so many proposals floating on Capitol Hill, some that include the mandate, some that [have] a public option, of course, and many Democrats would like to have the single-payer option," Democratic strategist Donna Brazile said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."

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  1. P. Y.

    With 46,000,000 Americans uninsured, I think it is critical to get something done to help all Americans.

    @ Andy-The problem is that all of the complainers never do any homework to checkout how other countries insure their citizens. They would rather listen to idiots like Rush Limbaugh, and all of the other jokers on Fox News, who the Insurance companies are paying off, in one way or another, to prevent something being done. They don't even check it out on their own to see that President Obama IS NOT even talking about a health program like you have in England. It will happen. All we can hope is that it happens soon.

    June 8, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  2. Melissa

    Of course it does, because the Republicans just want to protect their rich selfish buddies in the insurance industry so they can rob people more, so the people can stay alive. Its despicable.

    And to those idiots that say "you need to do more research on how public health care is bad", I'm a Canadian living in the US and Canadian health care has US health care beat hands down. It is infinately better in Canada than it is in the US.

    June 8, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  3. Lanae

    We need a SINGLE PAYER PERIOD!!! I am a witness of how good it is to have this. My sister lives in California and is a professional dancer who was on tour with a recording artist in New Zealand last year. While in New Zealand her appendix ruptured and she had to have major surgery on it and was in the hospital for a week . After she checked out of the hospital, she was given good bill of health, and told what to do to get back on her feet. The price of all this?? $65,000. Guess how much she paid? ZERO!!!! Also she was given free medication for the pain and rehabilitation. Even though she wasn't from there, her surgery, hospital stay and medication was F R E E!!!! Why? They have universal health coverage over there. So all this garbage about having single payer or pubic option being bad or OFF THE TABLE according to republicans is HOGWASH.. We dont' need their votes. After what happened to my sister, I am 1000% for Single Payer.

    June 8, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  4. stkyrce

    We're all jumping the gun. we don't even know the details of the plan. Based on what Obama said in his campaign, his reform will reduce the premiums you currently fir your health insurance. I get to keep my same doctor and pay a lower insurance premium. So what's the problem? And also, people without coverage would have the opportunity to enroll in a gov't plan similar to the one Dick Cheney uses for his heart condition.

    June 8, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  5. John from California

    The republican just don't "get it", we have had the republican system and it doesn't work!

    The real republican health care plan is to delay and changes and use media misinformation to preserve the system that we have today.

    The republican plan is the one we currently have, do you like it?

    My 89 year old father-in-law just went into a nursing home in Meriden,Ct at a cost of $11000/month and the republicans think this is a good system, what about the rest of you?

    The republican party is preaching conservatism which they really mean to say is preserve the wealth to the few and let the rest of "us" eat the crumbs left over.

    June 8, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  6. phoenix86


    Go back to Canada then. Promise never to return and I'll pay for transport.

    June 8, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  7. phoenix86

    P.Y. There are NOT 46 million Americans uninsured. The majority of that number are illegal immigrants.

    June 8, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. JT

    Health care in this country has been accessible to the wealthy and well off as a luxury service for years now, and is trending more and more in that direction. We have a huge percentage of Americans permanently excluded from health care and medicines, or who only can seek it through 'non-emergency' Emergency Room visits, and/or when their condition has reached its latter stages. Businesses increasingly can't afford to provide health care for their employees.

    We have to face it – The current system may've appeared to work for a different generation in a different decade, but is broke now, and does not serve our country as a whole. I support Obama's efforts. More transparency has been displayed in his administration than any in recent history, but more is needed however for this mammoth problem.

    June 8, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  9. democrat no mas(Independant now)

    I wonder if obama buys power ball tickets. If he can win every day-forever -he can pay the interest on part of what this costs. I hope my kids want to be politicians instead of doctors. At least then they can go through life spending monopoly money.

    June 8, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
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