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. bj

    I anticipate that this wil be censored, like almost all my posts are, but here goes anyway.
    The problem is that a large majority of the people in this country don't want universal health care, they want FREE universal health care. It doesn't work that way. Whatever is worked out, in order to provide everyone in this country with insurance is going to cost a lot of money that the government does not have. That means that EVERYONE will need to pay, not just the extremely rich as Obama has suggested. It also means the end to spending thousands upon thousands of dollars to extend a persons life at the end. This is where a very large portion of the health care dollars go. Blowing an extra $100K to extend a person's life for 3 months is ridiculous, but that's whats happening today.
    If you don't want to pay, you don't get insurance, it's that simple.

    June 17, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  2. Kevin - Albany, NY

    I say let them take the time to get it right. Measure twice, cut once. Quit harping on the Dems because they haven't reformed healthcare yet. We're not even 6 months into the new administration. The need for healthcare reform has been decades in the making. We've waited this long–what's a few more weeks?

    June 17, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. wn

    Obama needs to stop pretending these current healthcare "reform" bills will address the real problem with our system – out of control costs. We overutilize and overpay. Obama's solution to all this? Give more people healthcare on the government's dime.

    June 17, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. Kathy

    I say a bigger problem than healthcare is people who are too lazy to work and have lived off the government and the taxes of hard working Americans too long. Get a job and then you could pay for health care. I pay enough for mine and our employees. I don't mind helping the elderly or the children but for all those living off the government when they are able to work...Get a job!!! Leave the taxpayers alone.

    June 17, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  5. minan59

    I think congresses healthcare should be eliminated. That may help to motivate them to work on health care reform.

    June 17, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  6. RobK

    Stop with the fraud about universal insurance. Just have the government pay the doctors directly. Eliminate the middleman. What with all the restrictions on the companies and the required insurance for everyone, that is what it boils down to.

    June 17, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  7. Reggie

    The bill is a disaster and it will further damage the US economy. This president simply doesn't understand economics.

    June 17, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  8. Maryland Dem

    oh, heaven forbid! Actually working on making a bill more effective instead of rushing through it!

    Oh wait – that makes sense!

    Everyone wants the healthcare problem fixed – but there are legitimate concerns, both the cost of changing the system, and the cost of keeping things the same (that's right, both systems are too much).
    How many people will be covered? Who won't be? Who should or should not be?

    With so many questions, can't we be glad that before it's being voted on, it is being worked on? Deliberated? Made better?

    That sounds to me like the way government should work. Quickly, yes, but only quickly where it does not harm the end product. Let them finish the bill before criticizing it.

    June 17, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. Why do same people get multiple posts and I cannot get one!

    CNN- why is it that the same bloggers get to post several times on one story and I cannot get a single comment posted??? I do not write nasty notes. I write truthful data to get others to think for themselves and really look at an issue. Are only bashers allowed to post? We need some intelligent discourse or these blogs are worthless.

    Stop "moderating" me and then never post me. I do not write nasty posts nor attack posts. Is that what you actually want?
    Why not block the nuts and let those of us who want to really discuss an issue get through?

    Also – why do you put up controversial stories and then immediately cut off discussion and within an hour remove all comments and make it "Permalink". What is the point of comments if you do not let others read them and discuss them????

    I spend a lof of time writing blogs that never get posted or get deleted by permalink within an hour. Why should I waste my time if you are not going to run a real discussion blog??

    June 17, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. MD


    Amen... I couldn't have said it better myself...

    June 17, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  11. rob

    @Paul from Phoenix

    You are right on the money. The Dems controll everything, they can pass anything they want. The problem for the Dems is that their own people know how much this thing is going to cost without even knowing all the DETAILS and they won't go along with ramming this through.

    The more DETAILS we learn the less we'll want this monstrosity.

    June 17, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. JK Ashburn, VA

    An optimist would suggest that perhaps common sense is prevailing here and that the Democrats are realizing that the lofty goals set by Comrades Obama and Pelosi will be too expensive by several orders of magnitude. But, I should not confuse optimism with naivete. It's simply taking Comrades Pelosi and Reid a little longer to bribe their members with pork for their districts to go along with the program.

    Hardworking Americans: As the doctors say, you'll feel a little pressure. But what will initially feel like Congress reaching for the wallet in your hip pocket will soon be evident - they want to get you from behind but the wallet isn't the only target of their passion.

    June 17, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  13. nom deplume, esq.

    It's not too late to renounce your U.S. citizenship at lower tax rates, folks. Anyone nearing retirement with over 10MM in assets should give it serious consideration.

    June 17, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |

    its amazing to me that people still think Medicare is more cost effective than private insurance. The 20% cost of admin in private insurance vs the 2% of Medicare. It would be nice if they included the $60 billion per year of Fraud.

    You know who is just loving the single payer adovcates,

    Medicare fraud providers and hospitals. They must be salivating at the NEW revenue streams to come.

    Continue to waste. 9 TRILLION and counting.

    Change in 2010 and 2012.

    Change our great-great-great grandkids can afford

    June 17, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  15. Dawn, Ada, Ohio

    Well after 15 years what's another 2 1/2 weeks, huh? Get off your duffs and get this done. People are losing their homes and their lives waiting for this and for all you Democrats in the house and senate who run away every time a Republican brings up Socialism..........please ask them if France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Britain, and so on and so on are all Socialists. They aren't but they manage to put human lives before corporate greed. GET to Work folks or I will help vote you out as quickly as I helped vote you in.

    June 17, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  16. Willy Brown

    GOOD. It's crap anyway.

    June 17, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  17. Chuck, Tennessee

    Some of you are unbelievable, blaming the Republicans for this. Did you read the story before posting a comment? It says there are two reasons for the Dems lack of action: no support from Repubs and THE HIGH COST OF THE BILL. Even the Dems, with their little, teeny-weeny, spend-happy brains, realize that this health care bill costs too much for our country to handle.

    June 17, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |


    I agree 1000%. I have many clients whose employees who are young 25-35 years old have dropped their health insurance due to cost reasons. Then when they get sick they expect everyone to take care of them.

    It doesn't work that way people. Its called a risk pool, not pay for everything for us whenever we like it and we don't want to pay into it.


    June 17, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  19. Stephen

    I don't care about the cost the GOP keeps yiping about. They would spend all of that and more to support their war machine! How much did Iraq cost us? Afganistan? I would rather see my money going towards heathcare.The GOP just don't want President Obama to suceed!

    June 17, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. Post always rejected by CNN

    Couldn't the republicans get the congress to listen to their version of tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts which would benefit the super rich and big business. Golly they must have so much of this crap about tax cuts they have barrels full.

    June 17, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  21. Lynn

    Poeple who supported Pres. Obama keep saying he isn't getting things done need to look at the real culprits: the spineless, coporate owned Democrats in the Congress .

    Voters who want real helth care reform and not a republican masquarade of the same old same old need to flood these people's e mails, phone calls, twitter...whatever.

    The same with gay and lesbians who are rigthtfully upset with the lack action on their civil rights. Pres. Obama can not change the law without Congress and those are the people that need to be leaned on. Instead of whining about the Pres., why isn't Barney Frank putting forth legislation to end "don't ask, don't tell"?

    June 17, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  22. Mississippi Mike

    I love the contrast between the bills of the competing parties. The GOP wants to lower taxes, offer tax credits and loosen up restrictions that hamper competition – all of which are proven ways to lower prices and increase investment which will probably lead to INCREASED tax payments long term because this massive sector of the economy will more profitable and more heavily used. Democrats, as usual, want the government to take control of every aspect of health care and fund what will become an endless bureaucracy with massive tax hikes and borrowing. If you were looking at massive government taxation and borrowing versus lower taxation as your two options in a weak economy, which one would you choose? No sane person support massive tax increases in an already floundering economy.

    June 17, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  23. Andrew, Buffalo NY

    Where does this article even mention the GOP? The DEM party has become the party of "blame the other guy".
    A new CBO report says this plan will cost 1.6 TRILLION for only 16 Million people. That's $10,000 per person per year. My plan is only $5,000 a year, cheaper yeah right. You libs need to start paying some taxes and take your head out of Obamas....

    June 17, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  24. Reformed Republican

    Hey dems – Who cares if your health care plan has the support of the GOP obstructionists. They are going to be against anything you come up with anyway because it won't cut taxes for the rich, authorize the teaching of creationism as science, put prayer in public schools or take away a woman's right of choice.
    Get a spine dems – You won, remember? Just "gitter done" already....

    June 17, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  25. Peter E

    Let's put it in perspective. The democratic bill would cost $1 trillion over 10 years. The nation spends over $2 trillion EVERY YEAR fattening the pockets of private insurers and health care providers. How come you never protested THAT? How come people only protest government costs, but hypocritically never apply the same standards to private companies? The government is non-profit AND you get representation! The private industry costs a lot more, is for profit, and you get zero representation! If anything you should constantly be protesting the insurance companies and your doctors! This is double-standards and hypocrisy!

    June 17, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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