October 23rd, 2009
12:50 PM ET
soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. Jon

    It would be nice if government could get SPENDING UNDER CONTROL.

    October 23, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. Bertin Evina-Ze

    I went to Ohio State a fine public university. My daughter went to Harvard. Yhis is America FREEDOM

    October 23, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  3. my crystal balls

    i see sarah palin with a very successful career, she will hook up with the president of hustle magazine and become a famous porn star.

    October 23, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. Ron In California

    If as described by the commentator, if the public option is medicare for everyone else....why do we need 1500 pages just to ok if you are not insured sign up for medicare. AND why does it cost $900 Billion.

    So divide 900 Billion by 47 million divide that by 10 and see how you could pay for insurance for every uninsured person/famity and save a bunch.

    October 23, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. P.Y. Los Angeles

    Dear Lou,you seems to be forgot,that people was paying all they're life for this "Government program" if they want to or not ,and if senate and congress will not use this money as private Piggy bank it would not be
    as you call it 'Substandard care"
    P.S. Same go for social security

    October 23, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  6. sara-fl

    Can we change the name to Heath Options- so we can stop repeating everything the Republicans says...death beds, death panels, socialzed care, if you notice the comments on here most are getting medicare and loving it. So stop with the nonsense and realized we've been had from the insurance companies, lobbyist and senators who profit from them. We voted for change and change is comming!

    October 23, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  7. hanes

    I don't mean to be cruel but what a bunch of foolios. Is this the best that CNN can do in answering the question "what is the public option"?....by giving generalized definitions to terms like 'public' and 'healthcare exchanges"? oh please, how about do the public a real favor and explain that the details will mean to the public as in the major differences the public may encountered with the public option healthcare vs. private healthcare....such as how under public healthcare, your dr will be FINED$$ if they run more tests on your possible cancer diagnosis then the government mandated. And by the way, you also forgot to mentioned when you compared the public option to medicare that MEDICARE IS BANKRUPT!!! another thing you forgot to cover CNN is how no healthcare bill ever ever has come in budget. Try reminding the public that medicare was meant to cost 10 billions but the final cost was more then trippled and again...it is bankrupt!!!

    Please save the high fiving each other for the quick left wing bent irrelevant segment you did in this video for when you have explained all the crutial details that will have real impacts to an average person in their day to day healthcare needs.

    signed....very dissapointed not so regular CNN viewer....anymore.

    October 23, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. Swampdweller

    phoenix86 October 23rd, 2009 12:54 pm ET

    The public option is the governments preferred means to nationalize the health insurance industry and subsequently introduce socialized medicine. Nothing more.
    You say that like you think it's a bad thing ...

    Nobody seems to remember that the insurance companies do not provide health care; they just pay for it (or not, depending on their whim). Whether or not it actually reduces costs by eliminating the profit motive - a supposition that is up for debate - government-run coverage through the public option levels the playing field and provides protection for a greater number of citizens, while providing an incentive to the insurance industry to contain costs and reduces our dependence on the ridiculous notion that the level of health care you receive is determined by where you work.

    October 23, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. JonDie

    Although I personally could live without a public option, a public option, along with tripping the insurance industry of antt-trust protection, are the ONLY ways to bring insurers to the table so that everyone is covered.

    October 23, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  10. Indiana Mike

    This video clip explains it so simply that anyone should be able to understand:
    The Pubilc Option is not available if you have insurance through your company, therefore it is not going to replace your insurance.
    The Public Option is just like Medicare for everyone else, which hasn't replaced insurance for Seniors.

    Outside of the clip:
    People who keep screaming about "Socialized" anything; explain to me what the difference to this program is to Medicare, the Postal Service, the Fire Department, the Police Department or the Military? Are these "Socialized"? They are ran by the goverment.
    With the exception of the Postal Office, they are paid for with tour tax dollars. And like the Post Office, the Public Option will generate some (or all) of it's owner revenue.

    October 23, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  11. Jim

    I just hope my Doctor speaks English well enough that I can understand him.

    October 23, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. Linda

    I feel like I should get the same coverage that Congress gets and pay the same amount that they pay for premiums and deductibles that they do – which means I pay nothing. Amazing that they like their insurance quite fine but don't want the rest of us Americans to get the same as they do. Easy for them to sit up there making big bucks in their jobs, making speechs and promotional visits for even more money on the side while those of us unemployed we stay at home and are just sick without the ability to go to a doctor or hospital to get the care we need.

    Pretty easy for them to shove their fingers in the Presidents nose while they come up with no plan of their own. Canada has a pretty good plan – why reinvent the wheel – follow their guidelines. I don't care how it is done Medicare works and I would be happy for insurance even if it is government run – oh yeah like Medicare.

    October 23, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  13. maria

    Fifty-five republicans against the public option are on medicare. Talk about the height of hypocricy!! It's the, 'healthcare for me, but screw everyone else' mentality.

    October 23, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  14. Rose

    To Lou, unless you are currently on Medicare you just don't understand. You don't think we have to wait? You would be wrong, Medicare regulates how often we can have mammograms, we must wait one year and one day, the same holds true with many other tests. The Government can't run the post office (Obama said so) and you expect to be great at running your health care. Now they want to cut Medicare benefits, things will only get worse.

    October 23, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. Speaking for Liberals

    The public option means medicare for everybody. An insurance program run by the government to help pay for your medical care. It will not mean long lines nor will it mean the end of quality care. It's not like we have quality care now. Contrary to what you would like to believe, USA is not #1 in healthcare. We rank very low on the list of industrialized nations. This is not one the best healthcare systems in the world it's one of the worst.

    October 23, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  16. MikeH

    To "Enough";

    How much is the Health Insurance Industry paying you to post your lies?

    How much are Fat Cat investors in America's 'Disease-Industrial Complex' paying you to post your lies?

    How much is the Republican National Committee paying you to post your lies?

    October 23, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  17. Observer

    Just reading some of these comments I realize how stupid some of us Americans are.

    The Public option is not for you or me who have health care (and pay a bomb for it). Its a big stick for those HealthCare companies that are getting richer than bankers and you and I pay for it.

    Give them competition and guess what, they will figure out a way to reduce costs. If you shop at Costco or Target, you know why they are cheaper....does the quality suffer? On the contrary.

    Wise up and do your own research, don't read the politicians on this and make silly comments, its about you and your family. Do your leg work!!

    October 23, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  18. Mia & Mike

    Those fortunate enough to have good jobs with adequate health care are lucky and should count their blessings, But there are millions of Americans-especially those in their early adulthood years-who don't. These folks need healthcare now, as these are the years when preventative measures make the most difference. I don't understand people who seek pleasure in holding others back. When are you all going to realize that the health of this nation's citizens is vital for national security?
    No one is better than the next person and I'm so sick of seeing all of these tea party fanatics stomping their feet and demanding that this nation not help those less fortunate. It could very well be your child or grandchild who benefits greatly from the passage of this option, so quit being selfish! You don't see a mob of young people out here protesting social security and medicare for seniors now do you?

    October 23, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  19. Jeff

    I wish more people would actually become informed with the truth and not listen to hate radio or Fox News. When your radio/tv line-up is full of radical right-wing lunatics who only want to support the position of the ultra-wealthy corporations, you know the truth is no where to be found.

    October 23, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  20. The Party of No = The Party of Nobody

    The public option is a way for people who don't have employer provided health insurance to be able to have affordable health insurance and a way to provide some competition for the health insurance industry to keep their costs down . . .that's all. Now, all of you crazy nut-wings who think it's the socialist-paved-road-to-hell . . .don't sign up for Medicare when you reach age 65 because if you do, YOU ARE A HYPOCRITE! And while you're at it, stop taking advantage of all of the other tax-payer paid services this country offers. Don't put your kids into public schools, don't use the post office to mail anything, don't call a police officer to help you, don't call the fire department if your house catches on fire and if you're a federal employee STOP using your government paid for health insurance and either pay your health costs out of pocket or, like you want the other uninsured to do, DO WITHOUT!

    October 23, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. LacrosseDad

    no socialism

    October 23, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  22. Kitchen Police

    No health care for anyone but the wealthy. Right, Phoenix86?

    October 23, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  23. Jane wants the truth

    BHO needs to be explaining EVERYTHING! Didn't he promise "transparency"? Well, where is it? I don't believe a word this man says. Watch out folks, you are in for a big ride you may not want to be on.....

    October 23, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  24. Susan

    Term Limits for Congress!

    This healthcare reform is a disaster in the making! We can't afford a TRILLION dollars, we are already borrowing and printing money now so fast it makes your head spin! People seem to think the public option makes it free healthcare, but we are all going to pay with higher taxes, fees, and other hidden costs.

    We do need reform, but a huge, complicated, politically motivated, expensive bill that is being written behind closed doors is not the answer! They probably won't even read it before they pass it anyway.

    October 23, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  25. Chris From TX

    @Ralph Kramden you speak of Obama as he is God or a King. He works for the Government and I for one don't trust the Government. Question everything boldly. Take the blinders off and see the burning of our foundation

    October 23, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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