December 14th, 2009
11:44 AM ET
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Dr.Vishwa RP Sinha

    Unfortunately, I have been hearing the total cost of I trillion dollars,one trillion dollars over and over again in ten years on health care reform. However, none has ever talked including the President Obama that how much will the country gain in terms of enhanced national productivity through healthy nationals who otherwise when sick will be a liability for them, their family and for the nation. So besides other ethical, social or emotional considerations, let the economists assess the monetary value of the enhanced human productivity with proper health care reform. I pity of the poor thinking of the senators and the members of Congress who do not see the picture as a whole and the resource economists who never raise this point .

    December 14, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  2. diridi

    if there is no public option, no health care at all...listen to this wise....we need public option in it...or else, insurance guys rob the nation as strong on it...god bless...

    December 14, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  3. Pete

    Of course, Israel has universal health care. In Lieberman's mind, something that's good enough for Israel is too good for the United States.

    December 14, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  4. Enough

    We can only hope so!! This rushed health care bill is a disaster. We need reform to lower insurance premiums, but this mess will only raise them. Now they are planning on pumping billions into medicare and medicaid, but yet they plan to finance health care by cutting billions from how does that work? Fuzzy liberal math never adds up. Democrats get to work on REAL reform.

    December 14, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  5. Silence Dogoode

    Good, no fed funded health care.

    December 14, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  6. Lucullus

    How can it not be doomed. The weenie democrates have proposed a bill that will take money from the rabid right's constituency, namely the health care industry. In order for the bill to succeed the weenies would have to fight for it but to do that they'd need a pair which they don't have. Now join us as we sing God Help America

    December 14, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  7. Moderate Voter

    Joe Lieberman is holding our country hostage right now. Why would he single-handedly ruin these chances to make life better for hard-working Americans, especially the middle class? I just don't get it Joe. You could have helped our country achieve so much and now you are the guy with the knife in America's back.

    December 14, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  8. EDDIE

    I can't believe the democrats cant get this done and they have the majority.Without a strong public option what good is this bill?If there is no competition there to force insurance companies to offer better coverage at lower rates,why would they do it.And then to top it off they are going to require by law for everyone to carry insurance.That only play's into the hands of the insurance companies not only do they have no real competition they will be able to charge you whatever they want and cover what ever they want.I just can't believe they cannot get this done.Some how the big insurance companies are winning this battle and the democrats are in control?This is a Repubs dream.Amazing,just Amazing!

    December 14, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  9. Annie, Atlanta

    When this whole thing started I was hoping that the 50M or so who didn't have insurance would. I was hoping that the obscene costs of medical care, pharmaceuticals, and health insurance would be lowered. I was hoping that our representation in Congress would do the right thing, seeing as how we provide their salaries and health care coverage with our tax dollars. I was wrong about it all. We are going to be forced to buy horrible coverage from an unregulated industry in the business of making as much money as they can, any way they can, with Congress' blessing. Even Medicare at 55 would cost. Then you have to purchase a supplemental plan in addition because Medicare covers so little. This whole thing is obscene. Basically, Republicans and Democrats alike are protecting the medical industrial complex, without any consideration for the rest of us. Lovely.

    December 14, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. billy123

    Yes if the Dems are counting on the trator Senator Liberman for the 60th vote they can forget it.

    December 14, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  11. Bob in Pa

    I believe Americans are tired of having Washington invade our lives and wallets and are very leery of Government involvement. Our career politicians in Washington are far too removed from the reality of the average Americans life to truly understand what’s at stake. They are reacting to manipulated statistical numbers.

    They have done little over the years to encourage competition in the Insurance marketplace. The first steps to reform should be to tort reform and allowing providers to cross state lines. Then maybe a little tinkering on provider guidelines to insure that plans don't abandon their subscribers.

    December 14, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  12. unemployed by Obama

    just like all the republicans and democrates, Vote THe BUMS out.

    December 14, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  13. Bob in Pa

    Only when Washingto can reform itself should they be allowed near Health Care.

    December 14, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  14. Kevin in Ohio

    Lets hope so. PRAY for this Health plan's failure, or else America will be bankrupt.

    December 14, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  15. Concerned Democrat

    Let's hope so....

    The majority of Americans are against this piece of trash.

    There aren't any significant changes in this bill, if anything we are going to be worse off.

    December 14, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  16. juge

    HA This from a Senator so pre-disposed to Israel. Israel HAS universal Health Care – so why is Joe Lieberman so against the same rights for American citzens. Where is his moral compass?

    December 14, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  17. Ron in California

    Hail Dorothy the witch MAYbe dead!. The man behind the curtain can't solve the problems in the land of OZ. Trying to do so will not get us back to Kansas. I hope these capitol hill munchkins will listen o the American people and stop the madness.

    December 14, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  18. yuri

    Somebody ought to do something regarding health care reform, because the status quo ante, has apparently, left millions uncovered. The oft-repeated statement is that 66% of bankruptcies are in some way related to medical expenses, and this may likely worsen. The GOP fatcats, abetted by the insurance companies, seemingly, don't give a diddly darn do about it.

    December 14, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  19. Sniffit

    One can only hope. I see we're already giving pledges of big money in Copenhagen...can't wait to see the final tally on that fiasco.

    December 14, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  20. Jeff from Chicago

    Now that's hope I can get behind.

    December 14, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. Bob in Pa

    Has anyone seen recent stories about Venezuela rationing water and having rolling black outs ? I would say that's proof that a socialist government can't run something they know nothing about. It further emphasizes that we do not want our government standing between us and those we have chosen to be our doctors.

    Sit back and enjoy the show Nancy. It's a great flick, it's called Freedom !

    December 14, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  22. ran

    Mr. Reid should use the 51 vote option and get the bill passed so it can go to conference and then use the 51 vote option again to give us health care. The Republicans, blue dogs, Nelson, and Lieberman will never go along with any plan.

    Enough of the insanity. Enough of theses guys playing with peoples' lives.

    December 14, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  23. jude

    I live in CT. I will never vote for Lieberman–never. It's shameful that he enjoys a comprehensive health package as a senator and is standing in the way of giving insurance to the rest of us.

    December 14, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  24. Laura from Texas

    Joe Lieberman makes me sick. I think the Medicare at 55 is a make sense start to help people at that age who may retire early, get canned from their jobs, or lose their health insurance, or cannot get it because of private only offerings. I am sure people who buy into this would initially have to pay through the nose to get it, but it is a start. What are his reasons for being against it???? Just because he is old and has his health care taken care of for life, does not mean that there are not millions of people in different circumstances. I thought of the Medicare at 55 idea that a person could buy into years ago. It does not take a PHD to figure that one out.

    December 14, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  25. T'SAH from Virginia

    Why would Lieberman OPPOSE medicare at age 55???? Most Americans are still working until they are 70 because we have NO CHOICE.

    Dropping the age to 55 will take care of MOST individuals that DO NOT have health care – KILL two birds with ONE stone!!!

    December 14, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
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