June 21st, 2009
03:13 PM ET
13 years ago

Senators raise doubts about health care reform

WASHINGTON (CNN) – For the second time in as many weeks, leading senators on both sides of the aisle are raising doubts about the viability of President Obama’s ambitious plans to reform the nation’s health care system.

Indiana Republican Richard Lugar said Sunday that changing the nation’s health care might have to wait a while.

“What I would suggest is that we hang on now for a period of study so that we find, literally, what the alternatives are,” Lugar told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King Sunday on State of the Union.

Lugar said health care reform might not happen in 2009.

“Not this year, because the president is trying to solve the economic crisis in our country and the world. We already have a $1.8 trillion deficit projected quite apart from all of this,” Lugar said.

“To be candid with you,” California Democrat Dianne Feinstein told King, “I don’t know that [Obama] has the votes right now. I think there’s a lot of concern in the Democratic caucus.”

Last week on State of the Union, a bipartisan group of moderate senators also expressed reservations about the health care reform proposals favored by the White House and more liberal Democrats on Capitol Hill.

Updated: 3:13 p.m.

Filed under: Health care • State of the Union
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Wanderer

    What will Mr. McCain say about Obama 7 months from now, then 7 months after that, and so on …? What will GOP presidential candidate, whoever they may be, say about Obama in 2012? I think they should wait until November 2012.

    June 21, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. John in WV

    There is not a US senator or congress person that could not afford to pay for a private health care plan of their own. Any lawmaker that is against health care reform should be willing to give up what they get from the govt. and find their own coverage.

    June 21, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. Weltenbummler

    Sure – let's wait another 8 years. Is that all the Republicans have to say? Democratic senators should get a spine instead of playing politics and support President Obama – otherwise we will never get adequate health care. Why don't we just wait until America is seen as a third country regarding health care? It won't take long anyway, in parts of the world it is already seen that way.

    June 21, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. Jasmine in Germany

    Every US American, rich or poor, should have mandatory health insurance. There will be abusers who rather buy an electronic gadget instead of health insurance, this mentality costs the taxpayer and the health system too much. The US is too sophisticated to be living in the Middle Ages. Reform has to start now, with improvements along the way.

    June 21, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  5. C Spurgeon

    If they can't make headway on this issue they all need to go home. Term limits for both sides.

    June 21, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. Sue, RN from Michigan

    Health care should be a right, not a privilege. We've been studying the alternatives for years- the last thing we need to do is put off the decision any longer! As every other industrialized country knows, health care is not a commodity that can function in a free market. We need a public health care plan and we need it NOW!! Congress needs to acknowledge that this is what the people want, and work for them instead of the pharmaceutical and insurance companies for a change!

    June 21, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. Luan Isuffi

    There is not much to comment.
    US is behind all industrialised nation in health care and big bussiness tries to keep it this way.Without one payer health insurer this nation will become third grade nation with people paying the most and getting the least.

    June 21, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. A Real American

    Health care as it stands will bankrupt this nation. We can't afford to wait. And, yes, government SHOULD be spending money in an economic downturn. They're the only ones who can! Throttle back and you deepen the recession and lengthen the time we'll spend there.

    What don't these senatorial geniuses get about that?

    Oh, I guess it doesn't matter when you have the (free, no less) primo Cadillac of health plans and Big Pharma and the insurance companies lining up to slip you a few hundred thou to kill single payer as an option.

    Once again, money talks and the people get the shaft.

    June 21, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. Post always rejected by CNN

    I know what would hurry the senators and the representatives on on this health care issue. Do away with health care, paid for by taxpayers for them, until they give all Americans the type of health insurance they have.

    That would be very simple wouldn't it.....if the citizens of America don't get health insurance THEN THEY DON'T. And they make enough money to pay for it themselves. But see how hard it would be for them to get it.

    June 21, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  10. Snowbird

    FREE Healthcare for illegals but Americans don't get free health care. Thanks Congress for selling our futures away to get votes. Vote out all current Congress members in 2010 and 2012.

    June 21, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  11. JonDie

    How Republican! When asked about health care refore, Indiana Republican Richard Lugar said Sunday , "No."

    June 21, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. Kathy

    The senators need to listen to the people they represent and not just the well off ones! CNN you need to do a census on how many have lost their insurance recently. I think you will find more and more uninsured even though states are working like crazy to try and cover the newly unemployed. The states are going broke doing it! I know I have one daughter and one step-daughter who have lost coverage. One just had a child so she is covered but not the other one. She is on her own and we pray she does not get sick. These are working daughters also!!! Not the way the Republicans say these are not lazy people they are hard working but cannot afford insurance with cut hours and no raises.

    June 21, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  13. truthsayer

    Feinstein et al need to be voted out of office. How long will Americans be complacent and idle while our representatives serve only their corporate masters. They are there to srve us. Remember!!!!

    Its time to get off out behinds and call for a national march on Washington for public health care plan.

    June 21, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
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