June 24th, 2009
12:05 PM ET
12 years ago

Health care battle intensifies for Obama, Congress

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/06/24/health.care/art.capitol.cnn.jpg caption=" President Obama says he wants Congress to send him health care legislation by fall."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - The struggle over health care reform is expected to reach a fever pitch Wednesday.

President Barack Obama, putting a significant chunk of his political capital on the line, will take his case for change to the airwaves while congressional negotiators tackle politically explosive proposals relating to coverage and cost control.

Overhauling the health care system is Obama's top domestic priority, but the initial proposals to reach Congress last week received a rocky reception. House and Senate Democrats are responding by intensifying their efforts.

They are holding four separate hearings Wednesday focusing, among other things, on the question of how to pay a price tag that may exceed $1 trillion.

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  1. Alfred E. Neumann

    Battle? More like a group of juveniles throwing marshmellows at each other, a show for the public.

    In the end – no change and that's audacity!

    June 24, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  2. James M. Holmes

    Anything less than a public option is a failure!

    Any Democrats in Congress that oppose one need to be replaced since they are obviously bought and paid for by the health insurance lobby and don't work for YOU... 76% of the America public want this... let the Republicans try to fillerbuster it!

    I implore anyone who cares about a REAL health care option, to call and hound your state's Senators and make sure they vote for a public option! If they wont, demand that they give up their FREE single payer health care and to buy some of the junk we all have to deal with!

    I don't want a bi-partisain compromise on this issue – the GOP has been doing the health insurance industry's bidding for decades now! Anything with their finger prints on it will be a waste of money and probably another taxpayer giveaway to insurance companies and BIG Pharma!!!

    June 24, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. Moe NY

    Health care for ALL AMERICANS....No negotiations. If health care for ALL AMERICANS is not passed, then I think the taxpayers should stop paying for the Senate and Congress health care policies....see how our elected officials like being without health care coverage.

    June 24, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. Dave

    I refuse to watch or listed to the Obama infomercial on ABC the (All Barack Channel). What a joke.

    June 24, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. phoenix86

    If anyone wants a glimpse into what Obamacare will turn into, read the CNN article about Steven Jobs' liver transplant. Obamacare will make Jobs' incident into an everyday occurance.

    June 24, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. Bill

    When well connected bankers (aka campaign contributors) need unlimited access to the Treasury to bail themselves out of their own messes, well, they are too big to fail and the checks fly out the door. When the American people (71%) want the government to assure them access to affordable, long term health care like every other civilized western society, well, the cupboards are bare. If the American people put up with this nonsense, then they deserve everything they get (or in this case, do not get).

    Don't be suckers, again, folks. The big insurance companies that prosper by raising premiums, by denying coverage when you are sick, or might get sick, and refuse to pay legitimate claims, are very involved in this fight today. Don't just watch from the sidelines, or you will lose again.

    June 24, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Dawn in Pa

    Of course the Republicans say about family values and human rights, but will refuse to help with Healthcare. They want to give $5,000 dollars for couples and $2,500 for singles, so this is one time payout. So if you pay this one time payout, and what will that cost and how much will it cost the American people a year.

    I have asked many health care providers what they think and they have said, "Something does have to be done. It is not a cost to them, it's the one who is insured. You go to the ER and what kind of care do you get.

    I remember when I went to the ER with Bronchitis, usually when you cannot breath you get looked at immediatly, not anymore, you get a breathing test and you wait up to 8 hours in my area, and that is on a good day.

    June 24, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  8. Proud Member..Party of No

    Premier Obama needs to keep his filthy mitts off the best health care system in the world. During the campaign Obama said that America was a great country and that he was going to change it. He is.

    June 24, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. kishen c.rao

    It is the time to fix health care mess. It took all these years, people are suppressed by these private health insurance groups, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies and their greedy lobby, Even if we have health insurance, it is sky rocketing cost with high deductions. Senators and congress men who oppose need to be taken off of the health care benefits. Pres. Obama, please make sure it passes through congress. Government run health care is needed. It will not jeopardize private insurance business. To cut costs, just use PAs, NPs in General Medicine rural area practice settings, giving all these health care providers autonomy, and make pharmacy companies produce more generic medicines.

    June 24, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  10. C White

    Why does it matter what it costs? The American people want health insurance. If you can spend one trillion on a war why not on the people's health? How much does it cost to insure the politicians?

    June 24, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  11. Fair is Fair

    "President Barack Obama, putting a significant chunk of his political capital on the line, will take his case for change to the airwaves while congressional negotiators tackle politically explosive proposals relating to coverage and cost control."

    This is laughable. Taking his case to the airwaves? Let's see... he's going to be on ABC, facing people chosen by ABC, and fielding soft questions pre-selected by ABC.

    Ohhhhhhhh... THOSE airwaves.

    June 24, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  12. girlymen love the GOP

    Just shove it down their throats President Obama,just like they did for eight years.I want it passed,and soon.

    June 24, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  13. James M. Holmes

    Sorry Phoenix 86, but your lies, accusations & SCARE tactics wont fly this time...

    On one hand we have the GOP and it's NeoCon fools like Phoenix stating that a single payer option would mean terrible coverage & care... then we hear from these same fools that a public option would cause everyone to rush to it and put private insurance companies out of business...

    If the coverage and care would be so horrible, why would the public all rush to it?

    Seems to me, you guys need to get your scare tactics straight!

    June 24, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  14. Fair is Fair

    @ James M. Holmes:

    So 76% of the American people want a public option? Please tell me, then, what are the terms of this option?

    Covered services?
    Yearly maximums?

    The outline for a public option has not yet even begun to be discussed. Which tells me that:

    A. 76% of Americans think it's going to be free,
    B. 76% of Americans know nothing about health insurance
    C. Both A and B

    June 24, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. Bill Sampson

    To "phoenix86"

    May I ask what on Earth you are talking about and how the two issues are related? Are you possibly implying that only the very wealthy should have access to liver transplants in this country? What is your point?

    By the way, the only thing at this point that will increase the number of liver transplants is an increase in liver donors. A shortage of vital organs is currently the limiting factor in transplants, not necessarily cost. But when cost IS the sole limiting factor, well everyone should be on the same playing field, don't you think?

    Again, please help me and other readers to understand the point of your comment. It is not at all clear.

    June 24, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  16. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    72% of Americans want a public option. That's non-negotiable.

    June 24, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  17. Kate in SW Fla

    The fearmongers are out in full force. This is not about socialized medicine. It is about revamping the system we have. Insurance companies have way too much power over health care decisions. They drop people at whim, deny coverage to others, and competely get away with it. This change is about trying to give people MORE choices, not fewer.

    June 24, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  18. Right Leaning Independent

    Go get an education or a job that will help provide you with your own insurance! I am tired of paying your bills....

    June 24, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  19. xavier

    Fair is Fair,
    Like Chenney, Palin, Rush and the rest of those idiots would ever go on MSNBC. Nope, they prefer Fox news and their motherly touch. Its time for this rich SOB republicans to shut up and give regular Americans a break. They cry foul about the cost of Healthcare, but they sure werent outraged about Bush's tax cuts for the rich and the bill they left for our children.

    June 24, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |