June 19th, 2009
05:40 PM ET
11 years ago

Health debate: A little clarity, please

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) – There's a lot of talking going on about health care reform and urgent warnings of what will happen if it doesn't pass. But for all the talk, there's very little clarity for the public about what kind of reform has a serious chance of passing and how lawmakers intend to pay for it.

The reason: Legitimate disagreement about how the country should overhaul the health care system. And it's not just between Democrats and Republicans. It's within the parties as well.

Vigorous debate is inevitable and necessary. After all, health care reform would be the biggest and most complex undertaking that lawmakers have dealt with in decades, and it would have consequences for every American.

But President Obama has set a tight deadline. He wants both the House and Senate to pass their health reform bills by Aug. 1.

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soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Dan, TX

    Let's have people from the different interest groups make their case, show it on CSPAN.

    June 19, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  2. MomofFour

    This is a very serious, serious change for our country. While I agree it is necessary to put measures in place to control healthcare costs and protect people who are uninsured, I do not agree that it is necessary for the government to take over the entire system and overhaul everything. I personally do not want to see the quality of healthcare in this country ruined by the government. There is no organization run by the government that runs efficiently and cost effectively. None. The Democrats have to work with ALL politicians to take baby steps. Put systems in place on a phased basis that address the real needs instead of being greedy and party-focused. This is not just a Democratic issue. This is an issue that affects all Americans. It should be debated fully and done properly.

    June 19, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  3. sara

    Pass the Healthcare Reform Bill........... and Do Not Water it Down. Americans take notes, and kick em out later.

    June 19, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  4. ib

    Obama thinks people are supposed to bow down to his every wish. Were is all the money coming from to pay who knows what amount for this? I agree we need to do something about health care but not turn everything over to the gov. especially since Obama himself doesn't know how much money he is talking about. I bet Obama doesn't know what it contains or how many people will be left out or covered. Wake up people Obama needs to serve the people not the people serve King Obama.

    June 19, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  5. dreamer

    Even i think that is too fast.Like many things in the universe,somethings that are so big,that we should take our time and do it right the first time.So Mr Oboma I for one don't mind we take our time and get it right and try to make almost everyone happy with health care options to be presented to the nation and do remember you have promise(though broken twice)to post bills before you sign them so we the people of the USA can take a look and see all those admendments they have tacked and boy their are going to be some dozzies on this one.I'm am very sure on that one.

    June 19, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  6. Jon in CA

    "But President Obama has set a tight deadline."

    If I recall... the mantra of the Obama Administration is "Never waste a good crisis", hence why hear the crowing from Obama and friends.

    This isn't about making good policy... this is about pushing a political agenda and creating more welfare.

    Democrats = Robinhood Party

    June 19, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  7. Ricky

    we will never get any meaningful health care reform until the health care lobbyists go away.

    June 19, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  8. Willy Brown

    Barry's up aganist the wall so slow down the real Obama is coming out comrade.

    June 19, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  9. Zero.

    It's Sedimental my dear Homes.

    June 19, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  10. decent american

    you have to kidding. pass a crazy bill in the middle of the night .. again... no thanks. been there did that, worng , wrong and wrong again. since this is so important i think we can all agree we take a few months and get it right,, THAT IS NOT TOO MUCH TO ASK. all obama is doing is passing another bunch of untested crap. same as the stimulus. its OUR money, OUR healthcare and OUR LIVES at stake.. for god sakes, this one is a matter of LIFE AND DEATH in some cases, can we take time to do it RIGHT?


    June 19, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  11. Emil, Franklin, TN

    Would someone in favor of the health care changes Obama wants please explain where economies will be made? No one has explained just how savings are imagined to occur. It seems we have "hope" again.

    It seems to me that we are talking about less care when someone has a difficult to treat condition. But maybe I am wrong.

    June 19, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  12. The Party of NO is only “pro-life” to save a zygote now, so it can then kill the “babies” 18 years later as soldiers in an elective religious war.

    There are actually people on this board that want poor people to die. Infants born to poor parents are now expendable, just throw them out with the trash? You wash dishes for 40 hours a week but your employer does not provide health care and you are somehow considered to be a dope smoking liberal with his/hand out?

    All of you arrogant self-righteous, holier than thou, "citizens" who have insurance now but will not when your laid off, may change your minds since death will be knocking at YOUR door.

    For the record, I am white and make north of 65K and willing to do my share to see that all Americans have affordable health care.

    This board makes me very sad for the condition of my country, that once cared for the less fortunate, but now they are just seen as a "drag on the economy".

    It is indeed a sad day in America.

    June 19, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  13. Heading for the hills.

    Looks like the lobbyists are starting to give out bags full of money to stop the reform.

    June 19, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  14. John in WV

    And the politicians that are against it get govt. funded healthcare themselves. One way to help pay for health care reform would be to let the lawmakers and everyone else who gets govt. funded healthcare and are against reform give it back and pay for their own private plan. See how many times that fish bites.

    June 19, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  15. Reggie

    It's doomed to fail. The cost does not justify the means.

    June 19, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  16. Kevin

    Healthcare reform is needed. Having a timeline in which to accopmlish a project is important to ensure that progress is being made. I believe having a tight deadline of August 1 for passage of a healthcare reform bill with staggering economical impact is a setup for passage of a bill that will be similar to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Most of our Congressional Representatives did not read the bill before voting yes or no on spending $787 billion and there is uncertainty and concern as to the amount of positive impact this bill will actually have on the American economy. For healthcare reform to have a chance of accomplishing the goals we all want it to, there must be dissolution of political party lines and time for true debate and collaboration with all parties, medical and nonmedical. If this sense of urgency is not tempered by a higher call of being responsible from both a fiscal and health perspective, then we will have a medical system frought with problems, a larger deficit, and worst of all a deepening sense that our lawmakers have lost their integrity to put forth legislation that has been well thought out and meaningful.

    June 19, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  17. Michael Freedland

    If Obama ends 'tax breaks' or decreases charitable contribution tax credits or demands that 'insurance companies' pay for the poor's health care, it all comes down to increasing taxation to pay for the ever-decreasing health of America. The waist line increases. The lungs and heart get clogged and the alcoholics continue to get liver transplants. Why should I have to pay for it? Force the people that cannot control their behavior to pay for their healthcare before they inevitably need it. Create an indulgence tax (Calorie, Tobacco, Liquor and bullet tax).

    June 19, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  18. joe m

    passing any bill without clarity on the cost and overall scope is just asking for trouble.

    June 19, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  19. Keith in Austin

    Simple answer, Barry's plan will cost us over 1 trillon dollars and still leave 2/3 of uninsured Americans.
    Tort Reform is key not more spending and even-bigger Government.

    June 19, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  20. annie s

    Doesn't anyone realize that if we don't get serious health care reform, costs will continue to rise, businesses will continue to be choked, and the number of uninsured will continue to grow? Frankly, I don't care how we pay for it, because doing nothing will ultimately cost us much more.

    June 19, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  21. Voter

    Raise your hand if you know any detailed information concerning what the proposed health care plan is all about.

    June 19, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  22. RR

    by Aug 1? Why the rush? I'm sick of this mentality that everything must be rushed through. The stimulus bill was rushed through before anyone, public or congress had a chance to read it, and Geitner and Dodd used the panic to slip in an amendment protecing AIG bonuses, not to mention all the other silly pork thrown in.

    Slow down, debate, discuss, and let the public read the bill and have their say!

    June 19, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  23. Gerry

    We need health care reform. We do not need government run health care.

    June 19, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  24. Jim

    The problem is that the lobbying money is pouring in to scuttle the main reforms necesary to get something doneAnd they are spending a lot of money trying to obfusticate the issue. We need election reform so that our representatives can ignore the lobbyists once in a while.

    June 19, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  25. No Hillary = No Obama

    Obama commands, but does no work. Camerflies only live in the light.

    June 19, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
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