July 20th, 2009
03:55 PM ET
soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. single mom

    Considering the large numbers of retirees from the Baby Boom generation, I would rather see the government take care of those who have put so much into our country.

    July 20, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. Trade Freedom for Security, Lose Both

    Are things really going to get that much worse if Washington spends 90-120 days really making sure they get this right? With so much at stake for so many Americans for years to come, doesn't it make sense to take the time to do it right? I just don't understand why Obama says all his legislation must be approved right away. It's like he doesn't want to give the legislative branch of our government any time to do their job.

    July 20, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  3. Peter C.

    Stupid Republican's! Man- up, offer alternatives of of substance or shut-the-hell-up! I'm so tired of the Republican drivle and their 19th century political tactics and thinking. You lost, you're old and you're out of ideas. Now go away and let progress happen in America for Americans instead of for your special interest ass jockeys.

    July 20, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  4. scooter

    Sounds alot like Bush Fear tactics to me. We need to do it now. or should I say his favorite its the urgency of Now.

    July 20, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. Barb

    If this was a good policy Obama would not be afraid too let the American people read it, instead he wants too rush it through because he knows the longer it takes the greater the chance american's will see the truth..........the devils in the details.

    July 20, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  6. Mississippi Mike

    It's almost like he wants this legislation passed before the White House releases its budget report and before the public can comb through the details. Why would he want that? Why can't this wait a few months? Is he trying to hide something?

    July 20, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  7. Mike b

    The Republicans want to put healthcare on the back burner so we can forget about reform, like they did with Hillary and Bill Clintons plan. Not this time.

    July 20, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. Keith in Austin

    Just like the Stimulous bill, Obama is in a big hurry to push his Healthcare bill through Congress before the American people know the fine print. I hope the GOP and bluedog Dems stop him in his tracks before he spends our Country in to certain disaster!

    July 20, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. Trade Freedom for Security, Lose Both

    Is there a list of Congressmen and Senators who have actually read the whole bill somewhere?

    July 20, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. Independent

    Just push it through. Everyone will be up in arms about it at first, but in the long run, people will be saying "thank you", one less thing to worry about.

    July 20, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. Simmy

    Most of you have no clue what you're talking about......You've become professional ventriloquists' dummies (Limbaugh, McConnell, Boehner, McCain, and even Palin), are pulling your vocal strings.....

    Harry and Louise didn't succeed in their comeback and neither will the old tactics that defeated Clinton's plan.....Times have changed....It's time to give big insurance lobbyists and their bosses a massive black eye.....Public Plan Option now....Single Payer in 4/6 years......Peace.....

    "The only thing wehave to fear is fear itself" – FDR......

    July 20, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. a little sad

    Much as the Reps stalled Franken's being sworn in as the rightful Senator, all the Reps are trying to do with this is stall hoping that something will happen to prevent healthcare reform.

    The amount I and my employer spent last year for my health insurance (of which I used about $400) was a little over $5,000. This coming year it jumped to over $9,000, even though the co-pays are higher and there are more exclusions.

    And the plan is for a large, homogeneous group (about 200,000 employees), so they are not making adjstments for old or young or any health problems. The $9,500 is for any single person from 21 to 65.

    We need reform now! My insurance money is not going to pay for healthcare, it is going to pay for health insurance bureaucrats and investors.

    July 20, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. Samuel

    Rob from the rich and give to the poor Obamahood. You have been a liar from the time you got in office. This country cannot sustain your reckless spending habits. It would be nice if you had a clue about operating within a budget.

    July 20, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. Aunt Bea and Opie

    We WILL get this bill.Let the republicans cry all they want.Rememeber the names of those opposed to it ,they will be remembered and taken care of in the future.

    July 20, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  15. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    I am still waiting to hear WHAT the Obama health care plan entails.

    I am not talking about what it will cost.

    I want to know–is it like Medicare for seniors like we have now? Is it like my kids have for their entire household in Australia? Like in Canada and other western countries?

    We need DETAILS, Prez Obama and Congress! How do you expect us to support this plan if we don't know what it entails?

    PS–I love Medicare and my kids love family medicare in Australia.

    July 20, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. Jeff - Texas

    Here left wingers
    answer these questions for me
    1. How many people today have the opportunity to get health insurance but opt not to?
    2. How many people are here illegaly that can't get it because they are not U.S. cititzens?
    3. How many don't get it because it is not a priority to them because they would much rather buy a car or house they can't afford?

    I guarantee you if you take these people out of the mix, health care is really not an issue, the issue is these peoples standards and and priorities. These are the people that are increasing the cost of health care since they are going to the emergency rooms without insurance, this increases the overall cost of everything.

    I do think healthcare should be more affordable to senior citizens.

    July 20, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  17. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    @ Mississippi Mike

    The reason he needs to push this so hard is because if this debate goes into the 2nd or 3rd year of his term, it won't get accomplished. That's what happened to Clinton. He waited too long. All the major policies need to passed within his first year.

    July 20, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  18. RealityKing

    Sad how progressive Democrats are willing to push tort reform when its associated with goverment controled healthcare.
    ie.., when Americans will need it most.

    July 20, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  19. Melissa

    I agree. Don't allow the Republicans to play stall tactics until it dies. No more playing politics with peoples lives.

    July 20, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. Jon H

    The Republicans HAVE offered alternative ideas for healthcare reform! You just don't know about it because the MSM doesn't care to report it.

    July 20, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  21. worriedmom

    What happen to Obama and his thugs stating they would let the American public read the bills before they were passed. I find his words boring! Everytime he opens his mouth, it is always we need to do this right now or else! didnt we hear that with the stimulus, (are you any better off from the stimulus??? not me???) , then one moment he is saying our country economy is terrible and that is why we need to pass things and then when people criticize him that he is so negative he tells us that everything is starting to look good. look around you, people are out of work, people are not spending money like they use to, people are getting sick and tired of the Govt trying to run their lives. The Govt is what got us in this mess, yes Democrats, Liberals and Republicans!!
    So take off your shades and stop drinking the Kook-Aid this man does not know what he is doing except to spend, spend , spend us into where we rely on him completely.

    July 20, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  22. DaBird

    Why is everything a hurry with this administration. They don't read trillion dollar bills filled with pork. They have to hurry it along because it is NOT a good bill. I'm still waiting for my handout and my shovel ready job.

    July 20, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  23. Jon

    Health care should have been first on the spending list...as usual people's health takes a back seat to spending on corporations, election backers, ACORN, Goldman Sachs, unions, etc, etc, etc...nobody really cares about the health of those who can't afford it...congratulations, Darwin would have been proud.

    July 20, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  24. jm for sc

    It is easy for people who have heath insurance to fight against a plan that would include others. Republicans are fighting every plan President Obama has in order to cry, "Broken Promise" for the sake of regaining the white house in the next four years.

    July 20, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  25. Gator

    If they think this healthcare reform is going to work, then they are fools.They are pushing to get this idiotic legislation passed through quickly before anyone realizes what the devastating effects will be. Thats why obama won't release the mid year reports, they are so bad that he is afraid that citizens will not back it any more. He's putting commercials on tv now in the states that blue dogs are representing,trying to get their constituants to put pressure on them. If anybody falls for these sympathy ads then they are not too bright to start with. I also heard obama had put together a committee to try to make websites responsible for what their bloggers write in. The man he put in charge has already written a book on censoring blogs. So what do you think of the change now. Eh, comrades

    July 20, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
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