October 29th, 2009
10:42 AM ET
11 years ago

House Democrats unveil $894 billion health care bill


John Dingell wields the gavel used when he chaired the committee that passed Medicare legislation in 1965 during an event at the U.S. Capitol unveiling the House of Representatives' Affordable Health Care for America Act (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Washington (CNN) - House Democratic leaders unveiled a sweeping health care reform bill Thursday that includes a more moderate version of the government-run public health insurance option.

The bill - a combination of versions passed by three House committees - includes what is termed a "negotiated rate" public option. It will cost $894 billion over 10 years and extend insurance coverage to 36 million Americans, according to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office.

The bill guarantees that 96 percent of Americans have coverage, Pelosi's office said. The figure is based on an analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

"Today, we are ... laying the foundation for a brighter future for generations to come," Pelosi said on Capitol Hill.

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  1. Obama is a Socialist

    984 billion dollars the USA doesn't have.

    More like $984 billion over 5 years.

    October 29, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. Pee Wee

    I just saw portions of this farcical staged event. One would think it would be incumbent upon a "Speaker of the House" to actually have the ability to speak. Instead, poor San Fran Nan stumbles, bumbles and mumbles her way through a set of typed one-liner, bumper-sticker sloganesque comments meant to caption 1,000+ pages of so-called "legislation".

    October 29, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. Proud Member..Party of No

    If the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats passes, 57% of voters nationwide believe it will raise the cost of health care, and 53% believe the quality of care will get worse. That’s part of the reason that just 45% support the plan.

    October 29, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. Four and The Door

    This is precious. They are going to help pay for the new too expensive bureaucracy by clamping down on the rampant fraud on the old too expensive bureaucracy.

    October 29, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. George

    Great and it has a public option. Now let's get it passed and forget the republicans. They will not be happy until America fails.

    October 29, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. Will in Carson City

    So wait... which is it? This article says $894 billion. Yet, an AP article covering the exact same story says the bill tops $1 trillion.

    October 29, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  7. Amazing

    Would really believes this will NOT increase the deficit? Maybe the first 10 years, considering the healthcare won't start becoming available for 5 years, but the taxation starts right away. Everything the government gets involved in is always running broke and lousy. They couldn't even get enough H1N1 vaccine out like they promised, but yet people think they can actually take over healthcare?

    October 29, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. Ryan

    We need this bill so bad it hurts.....

    HURTS INSURANCE COMPANIES that is – which is about time since they've been denying people with pre-existing conditions that were so minor it was criminal!!

    October 29, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  9. Bev

    Don't get too excited Obamabots--there is still a loooonnnngggg way to go.

    First, the Senate Bills and the House Bills have to be merged. And, the way that it is looking now-Reid does NOT have the votes to pass a health care version that includes the public option. Therefore, there might not be any votes/progress-as long as the Bill contains the public option.

    As usual, Pelosi is just trying to make herself look important and powerful-–but this Bill is still a LONG way from passing.

    October 29, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  10. Unbelievable


    WE NEED TO VOTE THESE NUTS OUT IMMEDIATELY. It's economics 101 that raising taxes is not a free lunch – raising taxes never translates to more money collected. By not addressing any of the underlying reasons causes of high health care costs, you are throwing this money into a pit. Pelosi calls the insurance companies' profits "outgragrous" – their profit margin last year was 2%!!!!!! – why doesn't CNN report on this "fact check"????

    October 29, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  11. BLM

    To start, the $894b has already been proven to be wrong.
    Next, Ms. Pelosi will want be crowned Queen of America.

    October 29, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  12. mark

    tax the sucessful...how about pay attention in school and get a good job that offers healthcare...

    October 29, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  13. red state Tenn

    As a senior on S/S who got a cut in payments and will receive less service from medicare to pay for aborations and illeagles while the lawers and courts will run rough shod over our Dr's. Thanks DEMS see you 2010..........

    October 29, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  14. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Thanks for bringing it in under $900M!

    October 29, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. Dad of a Diabetic

    The Democrats are at least trying to reform health care. From 2001-2009, the Republicans didn't even try to help the uninsurable. I looked up my local conservative newspaper's response to the medicare debate from 1962-65. Back then conservatives wrote letters saying that medicare was communism, and that the Government would own the our souls if medicare passed. Today, those people would be broke or dead without medicare. Those conservatives are now grateful for medicare. In the future, if reform passes, many of those conservatives who oppose reform will find themselves or a loved one with a deadly disease that makes them uninsurable, and they will be grateful that they or their loved one can get health insurance.

    October 29, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  16. Ethan

    Thank you Speaker Pelosi for doing good bye the people of the USA.

    October 29, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  17. Fair is Fair

    As the fraud in chief once said... "it's still a pig".

    October 29, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  18. LacrosseMom

    We need Healthcare for every American who needs it.

    We need competition for Big Pharma & Big Insurance, so that We, the People NOT the lobbyists have some power!

    Let me remind everyone of the list of programs that the GOP claimed to be communism or socialism:

    Social Security
    Unemployment benefits
    Minimum wage (!)

    Every day we read comments on these blogs telling us that President Obama is a "socialist, a Marxist, the devil, etc." these are the comments of ignorant, frightened people! People who do not know the meaning of what Marxism, i.e., communism is!

    IF President Obama were a socialist/communist we would not have a free press, Faux News would have been shut down, you could not voice your opinions in blogs or worse, in public! The Tea-Party-haters would have been rounded up and jailed!

    Socialism? Communism? NO....... Justice & doing the Moral thing!

    October 29, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  19. Randolph Carter, I'm no anorak, but....

    Ruh Roh. Here come the cries of socialism, government takeover fiscal irresponsibility and death panels. So predictable. You neoclowns need some new buzzwords. Have a nice day!

    October 29, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |

    They act like this is gonna pass. I cant believe the stupidity of these so-called lawmakers. They set themselves up to look bad when this fails to pass. LIberals make me sick when i hear them talk. Pelosi is a criminal. Wake up you idiots, this is not reform, this is govt expansion. nothing more. THIS WONT EVEN PASS THE HOUSE NEVER MIND THE SENATE. Transparent my ass! This is a nail in the liberal coffin in 2010. Watch out, the Tea Party is comming!

    October 29, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  21. Caesar the Great

    And where exactly is the money coming from? Oh, and you cant say Medicare savings cuz that isnt happening and we all know it.

    October 29, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  22. New Age Independent

    "Pelosi's office says the bill would not increase the federal deficit. "


    "spending constraints in Medicare and Medicaid."

    So the republicans were right that they were going to cripple these programs.

    October 29, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  23. John

    cutting medicare and medicaid......and raising taxes.....

    no thanks.....

    redistributing wealth is not the answer, morons..... reform the insurance companies.....can you not see what is going on here?

    a government run health care system is the worst idea EVER..... it will fail miserably......you can book that..... name a country it has worked in? NONE!!!!

    with the state of our economy..... do you really want the government to be responsilbe for 1/6th of our economy? NO WAY!!!!

    October 29, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  24. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    What about the other 11-15 million uninsured???? Should we just croak? Give us a strong public option or give me death.

    October 29, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  25. Kevin in Ohio

    Obviously, Pelosi and the democrats once again failed to listen to the American people. And the pricetag is highly questionable..... it will more than likely cost trillions if this is passed. Wake up America. Stop the insanity of the left-wing fringe!

    October 29, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
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