June 13th, 2009
01:39 PM ET
13 years ago

Extensive health care coverage on 'State of the Union'

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - As the debate over health care reform intensifies on Capitol Hill, CNN's "State of the Union with John King" takes on the subject from both inside and outside the beltway Sunday.

President Obama's top official on health care policy, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, joins the show to discuss how the administration will move forward with its promise to reform health care.

Then, three senators who will play a critical role in passing health care legislation, Sens. Ben Nelson, D-Nebraska, Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Kent Conrad, D-North Dakota, debate what the future of American health care will be.

And finally, in a report from Orlando, Florida, John King speaks directly with doctors, patients and ordinary Americans about the current state of our country's health care.

Tune in at 9 a.m. ET to watch this special "State of the Union with John King."

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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Who Cares?

    John King's strategy is to invite guests who will attack President Obama.

    It's time for him to join the GOP as a politican and not an anchor – he has lost ALL objectivity and credibility with many CNN viewers!

    I have yet to see a positive slant – why is he not covering all of Obama's great efforts????

    June 13, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. Ted Tartaglia

    John King is so obviously biased in favor of the Limbaugh (Repiglican) Party that most of his program is a waste of time.

    June 13, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  3. erika morgan

    Health care in America has been a cash cow for health insurance, pharma business and medical supply companies. They will fight for the continuation of this cash flow to the detriment of Americans, as though their life depends upon there being no public option, because the life they have built up consists of taking cash from Joe Q Public and stashing it in their pocket and the pockets of their CEOs. I think we have seen this pattern in action, with the Wall Street Bankers but the business of medicine has had a much longer and much more intrenched history of this behavior; so it will be a more difficult cartel to break, but break it we must as the middle class as well as business can no longer afford to give money and not get its full value in return as actual delivery of medical care to the ill patient.

    We can no longer afford a medical care that includes huge campaign contributions, bankrolls for sporting events, "free" samples and continuing education and luxury vacations for doctors and nurses as well as huge stock portfolios for CEOs and the companies themselves and real-estate and commodity ownership as a side business.

    June 13, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    Imagine $10 Billion a month, for the last 6 years, toward our health care and infrastructure instead of W's WAR !!

    June 13, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  5. bsmith171

    however you approach this, the 87% who have some type of covreage will get "LESS" under Obama plan.

    the 13% get 'it all'.

    it's that simple.

    June 13, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. Paul J. Mendoza

    We are all ignoring the fact that doctors, nurses, and all other staff in the health profession have been idealized for centuries because of their dedication to saving lives.
    A large percent of those in health care now however are in it for the money, doctors, insurance companies, and hospitals being forced to hire cheap labor.
    Too much is said about cost and failures in Canada or other countries with no thought to doing the morally right thing to do.
    Creating health coverage for everyone will make it affordable and force everyone to take care of each other and allow us to turn away from those who just want to make money off the masses or let them suffer until they die.

    June 13, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. Danny Avelar, Sacramento,Ca

    In my dream world health care reform would be somewhat like medicare. But the best thing would be caps on compensation of insurance executives. the proposed no exec can earn more than the pres of USA. now that would cut costs the most, Why do these ceo's who are not doctors, nurse's radiologists, or even the cooks or house keeping staff, why do they earn 20+ million a year?

    June 13, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  8. bob in LA

    If group insurance is profitable for insurance companies, then why is individual coverage 200-300% higher? If all the rates were set in the same way they set them for groups,premimums could and would be low enough for every employer to ffer insurnce, every individual to afford insurnce and they woudl STILL make money! Why to small gorups get fewer benefits than large groups for higher premiums and why do individuals get even higher premiums than small gorups with less benefits? This is such non-sense!
    The solution is way too simple to be this big a deal!

    June 13, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  9. Sharon D Squires

    Also, I left out something very important. Doctors pay a hefty price and toil long and hard in their respective schools and residencies to become physicians. Medical education should now be free of charge. They should be paid based on an escalating scale with a cap. For example:
    new physician – 5yrs practice – $100-150,000/yr
    6yr-10yr- @200-300/yr
    10yr – 15 300-500 cap
    This is just hypothetical. The details could be figured out by brains much brighter than mine.

    Sharon Squires

    June 13, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  10. Zero.

    Your Government needs a Brain Operation.

    June 13, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. Bernard Pasquet

    I was watching CNN about Healthcare and a lady mentioned she didn't want to wait in line for to see a doctor. Where did she get this information from. In Europe people see their own doctor, there is no waiting in line.

    Most Americans think that government healthcare will be totally free, but that is not true. For example, in France you pay a percentage of your salary for healthcare.

    Americans need more explanations for government run healthcare.

    June 13, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. Brian in Florida

    The largest hurdle in health care reform is the fees charged by doctors for their services. Doctors today are just as greedy as Wall Street executives. A friend of mine recently had minor surgery and was charged $15,000 by the surgeon. For a 30 minute procedure?!!!! That did not include the costs by the hospitals and other people involved. This is outrageous.!!! Doctors are more interested about charging large amounts to their patients, so they can invest the money for a profit. They no longer care about the health of people, they only care if you have enough to cover their charges. Doctor's charges should be regulated and controlled by a national plan. Maybe then we will get doctors who are true doctors and not investment brokers in white coats.

    June 13, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  13. cvianna

    One of your guests stated health care is not a right. I guess he hasn't read the preamble of our Constitution lately, "...insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, ....." Maintaining a healthy populace is directly related to "promoting the general welfare." Perhaps a basic package could be offered to everyone just like we do with public education. Than those who can afford it can pay extra to jump in line, or get extra care, just like the wealthy do with education. And while we are at it we should reform the definition of what constitutes health insurance. Why are our teeth considered separate from our bodies, or our eyes for that matter. Bad teeth can affect other things like heart health.

    June 13, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. DaBird

    Why is Obama going to tax everyone to pay for health care when he promised that 95% of the nation would NOT BE TAXED MORE? Why does Obama lie constantly?

    June 13, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |