July 20th, 2009
03:55 PM ET
soundoff (63 Responses)
  1. Karl in Charleston,SC

    "Act Now" Let's not understand what we're acting on, just pass something. No debate, no inclusion of other ideas just pass it because Obama says so.

    And how come congress is exempt from this plan and why won't Obama say if he will cover his family under this plan.

    July 20, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. Ohio D

    Let's see... Today's CNN poll question is "Do you approve of how President Obama is handling health care reform?"...

    And 59% said they DO NOT approve. This is even a heavily democrat news outlet. Not to mention that his overall approval ratings are going down quickly in other polls.

    Even as a Democrat, I think he is going overboard.

    July 20, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. Dan

    Hey Peter C., shut your pie hole! Why don't you become more informed rather than just being opinionated....

    July 20, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  4. "sigh"

    It doesn't really matter what any of us on these blogs write. Half of the posters blogging are 1 person with 5-6 various names, resulting in only one vote per person anyway. We will vote in the 2010 mid elections and I am fairly confident that many will be, well, surprised at the out come.

    What matters is that Obama has his pollsters out in full force. I imagine that those polls are less skewed than say Rassmussen or CBS.

    I never underestimated him during the election and I certainly don't underestimate him now. He is doing what needs to be done.

    July 20, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  5. Dont blame me

    Why the hurry?????

    It is BETTER slow down and get it right than to rush through it and make a big mess of things.

    July 20, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. annie s

    We support the President's plan 100%. My husband and I just received an increase in our insurance plan – $18000 per year to have a $5000 deductible per person. Our sin? Being self employed and over 55 (and in excellent health, thank goodness). Before we became small business owners, I spent 20 years as a health care administrator, so I know first hand how the for profit system can ration and deny care and bankrupt hard working Americans. While we'd prefer a single payer system, a public health option will at least force the for-profit insurers to be more competitive and will ensure that all Americans have access to affordable care. We stand with the President and will fight for real reform NOW.

    July 20, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. Tom in Delaware

    It's Obama Doom & Gloom Hammer Time!

    Don't hurt'em Hammer.

    July 20, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. jm for sc

    The difference in Bush urgent plan and Obama's is that the Obama urgency will save people lives while Bush's took thousands of lives.

    There should be no comparsion in rushing people into a war that has lead us into a depression and a plan that so many people need. Heathcare is a need in this country. There all millions of people who need healthcare. How many people needed this war? The were no weapons found. Our current president have proof of the need he is pushing.

    July 20, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. Jackie

    I'm confused...are we hearing that all these changes and dollars spent will not cover everyone? I thought making sure everyone having access to healthcare was the purpose for turning our system upside down. Or am I understanding what this new bill is all about and what it provides?

    July 20, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. phoenix86

    Yea, Act Now. Because you will no longer be in office in 2010 and 2012.

    July 20, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  11. Waiting for 2010

    Keep your panties on Obama, the sky isn't going to fall if you slow down and do it right!! The economy isn't in the toilet because of Health care. Quit crying Chicken little. Force companies to provide Health coverage, Tax the employee on the benefit, tax rich people to pay for everyone else. BAD ideas.

    July 20, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  12. RR

    Mr. President, please stop the "act now!" scare tactics to ram through a bad bill. The NON-PARTISAN OBM said your bill will NOT reduce health care costs.

    Slow down and do it right. No bill is better than a bad bill.

    Also, quit blaming the GOP. They don't have enough votes to obstruct anything.

    July 20, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  13. phoenix86

    Question for Peter G:

    Just what is your proposal?

    July 20, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  14. Henry Miller

    Yes, indeed, act now!

    Contact your Congress critters and tell them absolutely no way in hell will Americans tolerate socialised medicine!

    Congress itself–the CBO, Congress's research department–has concluded that Obamacare will not work! It will cost trillions, kill private insurance companies and put us all on a form of that that morass of wildly ineffective bureaucratic idiocy, Medicare.

    There are only two groups who want Obamacare to happen. The first group is of the whiners so lacking in pride and self-respect as to think it's anything other than utterly contemptible to freeload off the rest of us. The second group consists of politicians trying to buy our votes with our own money and who think we're too dumb to notice that's what they're doing.

    Whining freeloaders and slimy politicians didn't make this country as great as it once was, but they're sure doing a great job of ruining it.

    July 20, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  15. annie s

    @Jeff in Texas, you are clueless as to the real problem here. More than the uninsured, the problem lies with the under-insured, with denials and rationing of care by insurers, with the fact that 50% of all bankruptcies in America are due to medical bills, with the fact that many people over age 50, self employed or with pre-existing conditions can not find an insurer at all, and with runaway costs. Our tax dollars already cover the poor; we're trying to get affordable care for everyone else.

    July 20, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  16. makesUwonder

    THE SKY IS FALLING, THE SKY IS FALLING............Seems that's what Obama yells a lot these days.

    July 20, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  17. pkc

    President has the heart of the American people. The GOP is so eager to trash him that they are saying anything to discredit him. EVEN LIES!!! This is not socialism. President Obama has always stated that he will fund health care by taking away the tax breaks that President Bush gave the rich. THAT'S ALL!!! The rich didn't need those tax breaks! MAIN STREET NEEDS THEM!!! The GOP is distorting President Obama's healthcare plan because they want him to fall! SHAME ON YOU GOP!!!

    July 20, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  18. Randy

    Mr. Obama, You are doing a Great Job.

    I support you. Keep up the Good Work.

    July 20, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  19. Operation Crush Rush

    It will get passed,I have already seen big money shifts under the radar.The rich are trying to hide their bagmoney in time and earn a little more.They are running out of hiding places though,the Swiss Banks are going to publish the names of the tax cheats.

    July 20, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  20. beevee

    I dont' get it. Why are the GOP leaders and some democrats ae being pigheaded and hellbent on opposing President's healthcare plan. As I understand it It seems like a reasonable plan. Certainly it is much better than what we have now. If the current healthcare system is so good why are so many americans are unable to afford it?

    July 20, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  21. Zero.

    You never learned anything Obama, otherwise Hillary would have been your Number-Two. You compeated together, then you got too big for your Trousers. No woman is going to advise me.

    July 20, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  22. bill

    All, please listen. Take one second from th erants on both sides. There are alternatives, lets look at them all. What Obama has consistently done that I think is his biggest mistake is he took the rhetoric of (its me alone against every other idea because they all represetn the status quo) tha wokred in the elction and try to apply it to complex issus in a harsh economy to a generally fiscally conservative public.

    The poin tis no that anyone wants to do nothing, but rather that the plan on the table for a Huge Govt Beuarcracy and unsustanable cost that woudl require milking the rich is EXTEREME.

    85 % are happy with the coverage, lets figure out a way to make it cheaper, require those that can afford it to get in, incent companies to accept pre existing conditions, and make it portable (owned by the individual) I am fine and most Rep are to with money to assist those hardship cases, but not blow everything up.

    There are alternatives, Obama is smart. I thnk he is doing himself a disservice by continueing to try to tell the public its either this monster plan or do nothing. People are smarter than that. Its no longer YES WE CAN, but down to what makes sense to do.

    July 20, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  23. Fair is Fair

    "sigh" said:

    "It doesn't really matter what any of us on these blogs write. Half of the posters blogging are 1 person with 5-6 various names, resulting in only one vote per person anyway. We will vote in the 2010 mid elections and I am fairly confident that many will be, well, surprised at the out come."

    "sigh" – many would be surprised to know that the CNN moderators are posting use 5-6 various names as well. But we won't name names.

    July 20, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  24. Jann in Denver

    I'm alarmed at how the GOP is trying to kill healthcare not because they don't believe it needs to be fixed, but because they have their own selfish, self serving political agenda to derail Obama himself.

    For all of you who believe the GOP cares about you and your family, you are delusional. Its time to wake up and smell the injustice of having so many americans who do not have access to health care. Lack of access to healthcare is whats killing us financially.

    We have to act on health care NOW! We cannot afford to contiue to go down the same misguided path that got us in this mess in the first place.

    July 20, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  25. mjm

    Ever notice that the sky is always falling with this guy?

    July 20, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
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