July 27th, 2009
08:32 AM ET
13 years ago

King: What will triumph in health care push - reform or recess?

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/07/26/john.king.monday.memo/art.nancy.pelosi.health.care.gi.jpg caption="U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi predicts a health care reform bill will go the House floor and pass."]
(CNN) - Something old and something new to watch this week: The continuing - some say languishing - health care debate, and the launch of the "Cash for Clunkers" program designed to improve the nation's fuel efficiency, not to mention Detroit's bottom line.

"Busy week," was the understatement of a top House Democratic leadership aide as he looked ahead.

Passing health care reform by the end of this week "remains our intention," said the leadership aide.

Translation: the once firm House deadline is in danger, despite Speaker Nancy Pelosi's outspoken confidence.

"When I take this bill to the floor, it will win," Pelosi told us on "State of the Union."

Just when she will take it to the floor is THE question.

Energy and Commerce Committee Democrats meet Monday in another attempt to resolve differences between liberal and conservative Democrats, and the plan is for the committee to "mark up" legislation Tuesday with an eye on committee passage later in the week.

Moderate Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper of Tennessee predicts Pelosi won't get her wish of House action before the August recess.

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Filed under: Health care • State of the Union
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    A deadline is a deadline. If these congress people were working in the private sector and didn't meet a deadline, they'll be getting a pink slip. Listening to Sen. McConnell yesterday, he wants negotiations to start over. I think that is the wrong move when clearly some in the GOP are trying to scrap the President's agenda and make this his Waterloo.

    July 27, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  2. Esco

    I guess we will just have to wait patiently while the liberals and conservatives try to get along...

    July 27, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  3. phoenix86

    Before you ask your congressman to vote in favor of this bill, ask yourself the following:

    1. Do you think that the government program will result in reducing health care costs?

    2. Do you believe that taxes will not have to increase to cover the costs of the government program?

    3. Do you agree that funding for abortion should be mandated as part of the government health care program?

    4. Do you believe that your doctor requested examinations should be limited based on statistical evidence gathered by the government?

    If you say no to any of these questions, you should tell your representative not to support this bill.

    The choice is yours.

    July 27, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  4. Hugo

    What a joke this has turned into, our tax dollars going to help people buy a new car! Can't I just keep my money and by myself a new car instead? This whole nightmare is due to Washington DC and the bureaucratic idiots thinking that America can't DO without them, I have the feeling they are going to be getting the wake up call soon and many of the LIFERS will be seeking gainful employment! REGULATE LAWYERS AND INSURANCE COMPANIES, NOT PHYSICIANS AND THE AMERICAN PUBLIC!

    July 27, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  5. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    If These WEAK BULE DOGES Democrat don't pass this health care plan i'm voting Republican next time. I want to be a part of a team that stick together. Go President Obama

    July 27, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  6. RR

    Even though the GOP doesn't have the votes to block anything, the dems will still blame them.

    The democrats need to stop the blame game and stop trying to rush a bill through.

    No reform is better than bad reform.

    July 27, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  7. Ken in NC

    The "Triumph" from the Health Care efforts will be delay. As Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats have said, this cannot be rushed. Itneeds to slow down and be properly debated. One must give consideration to the fact that to take only 61 years to push through Health Care Reform could be harmful to our people. We should slow down and take another 61 years to look at this reform before voting on it. Yeah that's right. Take another 61 years and get it right. It has to be perfect when it is passed. If that was to happen it would be the first and last thing done by our congress. They cannot decide on when is the right time to recess.

    July 27, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  8. Alan

    If Pelosi's plan is so good for the "people" why is she trying to cram it down our throats before the bill can even be read.

    There are major problems with this bill that need to be fixed.

    July 27, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  9. God bless America

    To those who need health insurance and live in conservative places:

    Contact your senator and tell him/her that you need health care reform. We DO have say over what our congress votes on, all we have to do is SPEAK UP.

    This isn't about politics, this is about EVERYONE getting a fair shake when it comes to YOUR HEALTH.

    STAND UP AND LET THE POLITICIANS KNOW WE ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN INSURANCE LOBBYISTS!

    July 27, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  10. Bill NY

    Until their constituents have affordable healthcare all members of Congress and Senate should forego their own health benefits, but we all know that will never happen. They could truly care less about those without. They are not public servants, its the other way round.

    July 27, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  11. Bob in Pa

    Cash for Clunkers" program designed to improve the nation's fuel efficiency.

    What a great idea, the only problem is by the guidelines, I want to see the results of this program. The program eliminates a lease 80% of the people that could actually afford to purchase a new car because their existing cars perform better than the guidelines. This will turn out to be yet another Govt program that was well meaning but accomplished little.

    My opionion is they are just a little too far out of touch with reality to be trusted with heathcare.

    July 27, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  12. Larry

    The Blue Dog Democrats better get behind a reform bill that includes a public option or they'll be kicked out of their seats in the next election.

    The public option is what will take the control of health care from the insurance companies and give it back to us.

    To all the Democrats and Republicans: We're watching all of you. Your voting records, campaign contributions and political connections are posted on the Web and are real easy to look up.

    July 27, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. Luke

    Don't you love it how Obama just passes off the writing of the healthcare bill to Pelosi and friends. Can't think of anything worse. I guess we will hear again this week from Obama about the fallacies of capitalism and how those doctors are striking it rich. The more they talk the worse it gets and thats why ramming it through prior to the August recess was a horrible idea.

    July 27, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  14. Save America

    It took obama longer to pick out his dog than it's taking to get this crap and lie cramed down our throat.
    America, are you awake yet?

    July 27, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  15. carlo

    I was cooking yesterday morning and my daughter already had the television on. From the commentary and dialogue, I could have sworn I was watching Fox, but it was you, Mr. King.

    Boy do I miss journalists like Cronkite. People who reported and allowed us to form our own opinions, not people like you who try to play God and shape opinion.

    You know you suck when Jon Stewart is voted anywhere as the most trusted newsman.

    July 27, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  16. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    What's the hold up? Just do what Nancy wants, don't read it, who cares how much it costs, and God forbid who cares about what the Constitution says...

    July 27, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  17. The Party of HELL NO!

    Pelosi-o is off her meds. The writing is already on the wall.
    She'll be handed her hat, coat and posterior in Nov 2010.

    2010 = 1994

    July 27, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  18. as in most subjects

    King you have nothing to add, you are a waste of time

    July 27, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  19. Open Your 3rd Eye

    Oh, the suspense!!

    This soap opera madness is getting ridiculous with the media. I mean seriously, this is going to be a pretty complex bill. Of course it's not going to happen at light-speed but you can bet your bottom dollar it will happen, that's a give-in.

    Just stop with the media politics for a moment here and return to planet Earth.

    July 27, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  20. Coy

    We need to get rid of the rest of the republicans and the Blue Cross Dems. Conservatives are an ingorant, dying group. They hate America because they are blinded by their racism.

    Obama needs to play hard ball. If the Blue Cross Dems think they are going to be reelected by voting with republicans, then I surely hope they plan on getting Republican votes in their re-election bids. Obama needs to move to convince the under 30, Aftican American, and Latino voters, who everwhelmingly put him in office, to NOT vote for the Blue Cross Dems. THey need to go.

    July 27, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  21. Kevin in Ohio

    Queen Pelosi is adopting Chicagoland tactics and is dead set on passing this on a rush basis. The only reason is so Congress won't be able to hear the truth first hand from their constituents in August. Lets's hope she fails. We do not need this plan, and it will surely bankrupt the country.

    July 27, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  22. Stephanie

    John King and his other Republicans seem to take glee i the fact that health care reform may not pass...such concern for their fellow Americans!! Why no headline that tells of the lies that the Republicans are constantly telling to the American people??

    Why is there always blog after blog from John King and his show and nary a word about GPS which has to be the best NEWS hour on CNN?

    July 27, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  23. Enough

    Cash for clunkers is another waste of tax payer dollars and they totally blew it by not making it good on the purchase of an AMERICAN car only.

    The current healthcare bill is a disaster and needs to be taken off life support. They need to start over with some real ideas that include a little common sense, if anyone up there has any of that.

    Love the chatter of how they can't pass it without Republican support – Baloney, translation is – We don't want to be responsible for the crap we are dishing out.

    July 27, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  24. Hugo

    Anyone smell a dead fish yet?

    July 27, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  25. jpspec

    To date, we the voters have no idea as to what is in any of these bills. Consequently, we have no way of knowing if we are for or against these bills. More time is needed for our elected officials to read and inform the public. Stop playing politics and trying to tell us that 5 and 5 = ?
    Presently the total will be different depending upon which media one reads/watches. Just give us the FACTS. Most of us have common sense and are capable of coming up with the "right" answer.

    July 27, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
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