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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  1. TCM

    @ JOHN –

    that's a flat out lie, Sir. Republicans care more about choice and free markets than the "need a crutch," liberal dems. Free markets, since the dawn of time, have driven prices...the reform needs to come from the free market, not some ignorant politicians. The COST problem lies with lawsuits, illegals getting medical care, and excessive ER visits by uninsured...for non-ER purposes. Once there are so many out of work, that cannot afford the doc, the doc will have to get creative and offer treatment plans, or reduce their fees...it's that simple. Pricing will only bring what the market will bear. The government should not interfere, because history has shown each time they do, they screw it up.

    June 17, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. luke

    Wow look at al of left wing lemmings trying to blame this on the GOP. What do republicans have to do with this? Grow up.

    And to the guy who said the country is going to rise up to take the greed out of healthcare, get real. Most liberals don't even own guns, or are afraid to even touch one. How do you plan to rise up? With sticks and rocks?

    June 17, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  3. sensible Cape Coral FL

    For all you idiots that can't – or won't – read: It is NOT the illegal immigrants that are overwhelming our health system. It is the overwhelming number of uninsured AMERICANS.

    June 17, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Well, at least that gives more time for debate, so both parties can propose detailed plans that they honestly think make sense...instead of both rushing to blather whatever they can at the American people in hopes of winning a majority of converts. Who knows, maybe in the interim, they'll find a way to work together on incorporating each others' ideas (and monkeys might fly out of my...ears). No matter what, it's gonna be expensive, so we might as well get it right: peoples' lives are at stake.

    June 17, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    If anyone read about the GOP's alternative health care reform......it fizzles out before you get to the end of the article. Completely a non-starter and weak, at best.

    June 17, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  6. D.Tin

    Republcans need to remember that for years Private Sector Health Care Companies, did NOTHING to keep costs down. Now that Pres. Obama has a plan to overhaul the system, they suddenly have a plan to make health care more affordable. We are not buying it.

    June 17, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  7. katiec

    It is time for the Democrats to tell the party of no to go fly a kite.
    They will never support a health care plan that benefits the American
    people over big business. Or anything else for that matter.
    They have become our most dangerous domestic terrorists.

    June 17, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  8. Rush Von Brunn

    Get it right Mr. President,then ram it down the republicnas throats,just like Bush did.Please put a smirk on your face when you do it to.hahaha.Dont be fooled,TCM uses many names on here,he even talks to himself.Hes just a teenage cellar dweller without a clue.

    June 17, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    @ Paul from Phoenix, who said "This is the dems not being able to get their act together."

    Now now...if they pushed the bill thru like they originally intended, you'd be whining that they forcefed it to everyone by abusing their supermajority. You can't have your cake and eat it too.

    Fact is, recognizing that it needs more work before going to the next stage is a responsible decision and gives both sides more time to work on their ideas. That's all this really amounts to.

    June 17, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  10. Glennis

    So the Republicans don't care about healthcare? What garbage. I happen to pay for insurance for both myself and my husband.....my company does not contribute. It is not cheap. That said, I would do anything I had to to avoid having my health care depend upon this government which has proven time and again that is incapable of fairness, competence, efficiency and cost effectiveness. I am all for helping people who truly need help, but government programs are already rife with fraud and overexpenditures. There are already programs in place to help the poor; perhaps streamling them so that they are more effective is the answer. Unfortunately, the president and his minions seem unwilling to explore rational alternatives and determined to ram another fiasco like TARP down our throats. After they've finally bankrupted us, I don't know who will have healthcare. Certainly not the middle class.

    June 17, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  11. Paul from Phoenix

    @ Jo,

    I love your optimism. Now here is the reality:

    Obama, and every politician in office, cares just enough to get himself elected again. If you really think he gives a crap about you, then you are living in a dream world absent of politicians, lawyers, sports agents and Rosie O'Donnell.

    June 17, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  12. donttreadonme

    Don't empower us to choose our own health care we need the government to run it for us. We can't think for ourselves.

    June 17, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  13. Proud Member..Party of No

    Here's the correct answer to ObamaCare.............NO.

    June 17, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  14. DavidinCA

    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.

    Yes! The system does work. These are two very good reasons to go back to the drawing board.

    June 17, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  15. J.S.

    It's about time the Democrats woke up and has some backbone. The American Medical Association sees problems with his plan and family medical doctors in our rural areas definitely disagree with it. Health Care reform should not be RUSHED into and fear mongoring comparing it to GM is absurd

    June 17, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  16. donttreadonme

    While some of the uninsured are poor many are not. They are the self employed and can't afford an individual policy and some who choose not to make the required lifestyle changes in order to afford it.

    Why not allow us all to purchase our own insurance like we do with our cars? The government will still pay for the poor just like they already do.

    June 17, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. RealityKing

    America thanks you 1.6 trillion times over..

    June 17, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  18. cedgar

    Maybe Congress is waking up!
    cost over 1 trillion over 10 years and does not cover every one
    I just as soon the Government to stay out of health care (this is the best congress has planned) Please just stay out of health care!!
    I as a tax payer can not afford government mending!!
    I m over 21 and do not need the US Government to be my parent!
    Thanks, but no thanks, my own parents are doing a great job.
    One golden rule-your word is who you are. looks go, money comes
    and goes and you are always learning.

    June 17, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  19. demwit

    Its BUSH's fault!!

    June 17, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  20. John Clark

    It is truly sad when 62% of Americans are politically ignorant. The public has no clue what the corrupt politicals do behind all the closed doors. I lived in the U K and France for 4 years and when Americans find out the socialist medical plan Obama is pushing they will explode. If a person in the U.K. has renal failure and is over 70 they die. Dialysis is available to people with plenty of money. Also a hip replacement may take 2 years etc: You Americans really think you want that kind of medical service?

    June 17, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  21. Texas Teacher

    Rush Von Brunn June 17th, 2009 12:49 pm ET

    "Just ram it down the republicans throats,like like Bush and his criminals did." I AGREE THIS IS WHY WE ELECTED OBAMA... WE WANT HIS AGENDA... IT IS OUR AGENDA!

    June 17, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  22. demwit

    Geeee, what will ABC do with its free one-hour political special report next Wednesday? Let Obama spout more beautiful words as Charles Gibson looks on all glassy eyed??

    June 17, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  23. Totally turned off ex-democrat

    Huge costs being attached to this healthcare bill are not about insurance for everyone. This is only about covering those in our country who have no insurance. If everybody switches to a public plan, then the costs will be in the range of 1.6 trillion a year, not a decade. We can accomplish this with a long term approach, just like we need to do with energy. It will require taxation and creating a system beginning now, for results in years down the road. If we had stepped up to the plate in 1978 and begun an energy plan for our future, we would be energy independant. I only hope that whatever involvement the government has with healthcare is better thought out than Medicare and Medicaid. They are a mismanaged disaster, and the availability of care under these plans is diminishing quickly.

    June 17, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  24. Dawn in Pa


    Look whatever insurance we would get, it is better than Nothing. My daughter who has a lot of back problems, deteriorating disk, and she HAS to go to a clinic, her Doctor gets in a very bad mood when she sees her. Like I had said, it is about thirty years too late...

    P.S. I knew a Juan when I worked at TRU, is this the one in the same?

    Wow small world....

    June 17, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  25. Greg from MA

    I'm disappointed in Congress waiting on this issue. There are millions of Americans without health care options today due to it's high costs, and you're going to go on recess?

    Democrats, you need to do what you need to do to get this passed, and ASAP, Republican support or not.

    To the naysayers about how a public option will destroy the private insurance industry: good! Please explain to me how an industry trying to make money will adequetely care for someone with preexisting conditions at a reasonable cost, as an example. I can tell you this – my wife has Type 1 diabetes (which means it is genetic, and not the result of overeating, lack of exercise, etc), she is 28, and we pay over $2,000 a month after insurance for her medical needs. How is $14,000 a year, just for her (not including me or the children), reasonable?

    June 17, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
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