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. peakarack

    I have no problems with the government run healthcare as long as they can come up with the money for pay for it and doesn't bankdrupt this country.

    My prediction the cost will be 300% greater than their estimate cost for next 10 yrs.

    Remember the original cost of Iraq war?

    June 17, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. lynn in NM

    Why do they need Republican support? They control both the house and the senate. Are they saying that there are actualy Democrats that think (Oh no. Gasp! Horrors!!) before they do something that will impact millions of people and their pocketbooks? That just can't be. They are all in Obama's pocket, according to Nancy.

    June 17, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  3. Limbaugh is a liberal

    This isn't a sprint race, people! It is a very big problem to tackle and rushing it through is counter-productive. Let's take a few more weeks/months to think it over instead of wasting resources on an incomplete, faulty solution!
    Oh, and that time can be used by the republicans to actually come up with a viable alternative instead of just whining and complaining and coming up with one-liners (that they stole from Rush Limbaugh) they try to pass off as 'alternatives.'

    June 17, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. Johnny DC

    Go ahead Liberals, find a way to blame this article on Republicans. You have the majority, you are basically filibuster-proof, and yet your moron commenters here on your biased media outlet will find a way to slander the GOP as "getting in the way" here. This is 100% about Democrats not being able to come together on a decision.

    That being said, God bless them for it. Rushing to push our health care system from 97% effective to 35% effective just to try and provide better support for the 3% that are troubled is assinine at best and will be the downfall of our futures.

    June 17, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. J.C.

    The health care cost for illegal immigrants is best shared by legalizing the illegals. How? Expand our guest worker program to millions. If their jobs are legalized, we can charge them health care premium or copay for health care. We can then refuse to pay health care for those illegal immigrants that are not registered guest workers.

    However, any path to citizenship has to be fair. Only registered guest workers can wait for their visa number or a green card just like legal immigrants do. It takes about ten years to get a family based green card if you were to apply for it today. There is no reason why our government should give a special speedy pass to guest workers.

    June 17, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. The Original No Incumbents 2010

    If you can't get your act together blame the republicans.
    I'm sure we won't march to socialism at least that's what they will say, but we will take small baby steps and wake up one morning wondering where the shackles came from.
    Remember views are extreme until they come to fruition.

    June 17, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. U.S. Common Sense

    "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."

    Any bill that resembles a nationalization of the health care industry will obviously lack "any solid Republican support." And there is no reason for the government to even consider such a sweeping change to begin with. Fix the existing regulations on the books that allows the health care providers to limit independent groups from competitng in local and interstate markets. Fix the legal process that gives victims disproportionate awards for minor medical mistakes. Start small and work your way up.

    June 17, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. John in Binghamton

    Grand Obstruction Party is doing the only thing they know how. All they want is power, but who will the blame and yell at when they have power?

    June 17, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. Laura, Boston MA

    I was all for health care especially since the President said I could keep my own healthcare and doctors if I wish.

    Then all of a sudden I hear that my company would have to pay tax for me paying for my health insurance huh?

    This is asking companies to drop offering insurance by either laying people off or demoting them to part time and thus causing the person (who can't afford it) to pay more.

    I think the dems are trying to win the 2010 elections not help the 45+ million people who need them to step up to the plate now while the dems are in control. Reid and Pelosi don't know how to run Congress and Obama is young, naive and inexperienced and I wish Hillary had gotten in instead. Oh well!

    June 17, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. RJN

    The delay is called finding Loop Holes for the politicians.
    All the none taxpayers( Most of Washington) are explaining how to get away without paying their health care premiums and passing it on to the taxpayers.

    June 17, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  11. lori

    Of course the bill is stalled.God forbid something passes that helps all Americans, not just the rich.

    June 17, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  12. LacrosseMom

    @ GI Joe......... Agree with you 100%.

    GOP= Grand Obstructionist Party

    "FAUX NEWS ARTICLE": Good for President Obama! Faux News is just propaganda news for the extreme-far-right, and they are doing a lot of harm to our Nation.


    June 17, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  13. sifto77

    people are so naive when it comes to Obama and the democrats. They are NOT for the common guy–they are just using the so-called common guy to gain power. You keep slamming the capitalists–where do you think you are going to get your jobs? from Obama? he only gives jobs to his insiders–he is using all of you for votes only. wake up.

    June 17, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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