June 17th, 2009
02:26 PM ET
13 years ago

Health care bill postponed

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Overwhelmed by problems trying to write a bill overhauling the nation's health care system, the Senate Finance Committee will postpone votes on the legislation until after the July 4th recess, two Democratic Senate sources confirmed to CNN.

The decision, which one source described as not 100 percent final, is a setback for Democrats who wanted the bill out of committee before the recess so the full Senate could have the entire month of July to debate health care reform.

Key stumbling blocks for the Democrats who control the committee include the high overall cost of the bill and the lack of any solid Republican support for the measure in its current form, one of the sources said.

The bill is different from the one the Senate HELP Committee took up Wednesday. But those two bills are expected to be merged in hopes of getting a final bill to President Obama by Oct. 15.

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soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. Charles

    I wonder if this could be from the latest study that showed the Democrats plan would cost $1 trillion over 10 years, and provide health care to a NET total of 16 million people after factoring in those that will lose their health care.

    June 17, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  2. Sylvia

    CNN, why are you so bias? You choose which articles we can comment on and close others. The readers should be allowed to comment on all the stories not only the ones you want us to comment on. The FOX News article, why are the comments closed? You don't want us commenting on your cousin network?

    June 17, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  3. southerncousin

    Nobody except Killer Kennedy wants their name associated with this atrocity.

    June 17, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. Jo

    I am so sick and tired of reading these blogs on how Obama didn't or not doing this. People if you just take your head out your butts and realize that Rome wasn't built over night then you would appreciate the things that this President is trying to do. Now the main reason everyone is so against this administration is because and I must repeat because he is an Africian American and that is the problem.

    CNN may not print this but people Obama is the best thing to this country because he cares and listen and don't rush to judgement. Everything is done for a reason and with a careful thought of the outcome. So please be respectful and learn to deal with a lot of issues just like the President. Patience is the key to success, not a rush to judgement and get things wrong. This is what this country is use to but we need a new route to the new beginning.

    June 17, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Stop procrastinating.

    June 17, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Good job, the Senate Finance Committee will postpone votes on the health care bill. The Republican want support anything. Congress needs to do something

    June 17, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. John

    Great... the longer this takes the less chance of any real change.

    June 17, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. Qui-Tam Relator

    What will it take for our representatives in Washington DC to understand that if they do not fix this problem and remove the corporate entity out of the picture and put the patient back into the middle again this country will rebel against the very people in our government and in the private insurance sector. We as a people need to get the Greed out of health care by elimiating the health insurance companies and putting a leash on the drug companies and telling all parties involved in this greed rest enough is enough! Our representatives forgot who they work for and have bowed to the corporate entity long enough and now it's time for them to go! ***

    June 17, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. Janice

    Personally, I think the delay is being manufactured by Dems so they can use the drama to raise campaign money. I just got another solicitation email from the DNC today all about health care reform. I voted for Democrats to have health care reform. Why do they now need more campaign money right now to get it done? This is not a huge campaign year. So what gives?

    They don't need Republican votes and they aren't going to get any. Elections have consequences – so drop that idea of getting their help and or creating fund-raising drama and just get this done.

    June 17, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    The Greedy Obstructionist Party can expect to lose more seats next year.

    June 17, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. Jerry

    The American people deserve Social Security and medicare solutions BEFORE creating any more Ponzi scheme messes!

    June 17, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. TCM

    I heard it was postponed because Obama's adding new wings to the White House; one for NBC, CBS and CNN...

    The health plan's on life support, and the conservative's are reaching for the plug! Good thing for the country though; sometimes conservatives remind me of responsible parents and the liberals are the irrational teenagers...needing to be kept in line to avoid hurting themselves. The stimupork pkg, along with this healthcare fiasco are two prime examples of self-inflicted wounds for libs. Healthcare enhancements and improvements to reduce cost are needed, but not by the hand of Obama....

    June 17, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. Rush Von Brunn

    Just ram it down the republicans throats,like like Bush and his criminals did.

    June 17, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. Melissa

    Of course. Because all the Republicans want to do is fight. They will do anything they can to try to force no decision at all or that only their proposal goes through. Republicans arent interested in bipartisanship.

    June 17, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. Patrick

    Here is the way to fix the problem. Tell those that are healthy enough to work and get health insurance, but do not have it, to cut off their cell phones, cable TV, get an affordable car, stop eating out, stop wasting money and get health insurance. That would take care of 75% of the uninsured. Imagine that, ACCOUNTABILITY. That is a word that has been forgotten about.

    Now, we need to talk about the elderly, sick, and children.

    Listen to this and you will stop Barrack from destroying the best health care system in the world.

    June 17, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. Dawn in Pa

    To bad for the people who desperately needs Healthcare... shame on you, Congress... Shame on us, the Amercian People who did not call for this decades ago...

    June 17, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  17. Paul from Phoenix

    The GOP does not have the numbers to sustain a filibuster on any legislation. This is not their fault.

    This is the dems not being able to get their act together. DON'T BLAME THE GOP ON THIS!

    June 17, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  18. TCM

    @ CHARLES – here, here! And I believe you may be generous with your numbers!

    @ SYLVIA – they didn't post my response to the FOX article...it was scathing, but truthful. Just like Obama, they censor what they want the world to see!

    June 17, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  19. Bob in Pa

    This needs to be postponed for another 10 years !
    I think Nancy and her cohorts should take a pledge that they will not enact any new legislation other than to manage a balanced budget for the next 3 years.

    June 17, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  20. TCM

    @ DAWN IN PA –

    Move to Florida where I live...heck, everytime I have to go to the doctor, or hospital, it's LOADED with illegals and minorities with no insurance...no, that's not racist, it's a fact. So, if you don't mind the trip, come on down to Florida, pop in your local ER and they'll treat you, and spread the cost the the honest taxpayers. By going to some sort of gov't dictated program...well, will kill competition, and it'll be similar to standing in line at the school cafeteria....you'll end up getting something you hate, and you'll still have to pay for it!

    PS – Juan sez' "ello...

    June 17, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  21. John

    The republicans don't care about healthcare for us common folk. They have great insurance and could'nt care less about us. They did nothing to adderss healthcare costs in the last 8 years other than to protect insurance companies agains malpractice suits, for which they were well paid by the lobbyists...and now that somebody is trying to address the issue, they are trying to block everything to do with it. And why, becasue they want Obama to fail. The fact that us common folk need healthcare is not an issue for the republicans. Their only goal is to work to stop whatever Obama tries to do. This will backfire on them and they will loose even more seats next election.

    June 17, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  22. matt

    The calculator kept showing an error. The display wasn't large enough for all of the zeros.

    June 17, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  23. TCM

    @ PATRICK – exactly!!!!!!! Everyone, read Partick's post...remember the dude in the soup kitchen..? Taking photos of Michelle Obama with his NEW camera phone? I bet not only was he getting a free meal, he also strolls into the local ER when he has a hangnail....

    Libs – face it, the healthcare agenda is a cover for Obama to obtain more power. He could give a rat's ass if you receive medical care or not...why? Because he, Curella Diville and their offspring will! It's all about the democratic power play! Now, we conservatives hear your cries for healthcare reform...that costs are too high...we're right there with you...BUT!!!! Placing it in the hands of an already PROVEN TO BE incompetent administration...is not the answer!

    June 17, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  24. Gordon Newman

    Anyone who doesn't want health care reform should talk to citizen from England, Canada, Germany, Holland etc.etc.etc. whether they'd like to return to big business health care and drop their free health services.

    June 17, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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