February 25th, 2010
11:49 AM ET
12 years ago

Politicians to answer health care questions on YouTube

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Washington (CNN) - Are there still questions about health care unanswered? YouTube is now going to let people ask those questions directly to the politicians.

YouTube is live streaming the White House health care summit on CitizenTube, and providing a platform where users will be able to submit questions to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader John Boehner, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

On Friday, the congressional leaders will then take the top-rated questions and upload their own videos answering a selection of the top-voted questions.

"YouTube has become the place where leaders can consistently connect directly with citizens around key events in the political process," Steve Grove, head of news and politics at YouTube, told CNN. "That opportunity for meaningful dialogue makes politics feel more personal, more democratic, and opens up Washington in exciting new ways."

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Mark L.

    My Sole Question would be to Speaker Pelosi & Senator Reid – When are you going to get underway with the reconciliation process? March 26th, 2010 is a very tight deadline proposed by President Obama. There's just NO WAY we're going to get a bipartisan bill passed through Congress by the end of March, and you can take that to the bank. The Republicans will let HealthCare Reform Legislation CRASH and BURN before meeting such a stringent deadline. WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE RECONCILIATION PROCESS NOW !!

    February 25, 2010 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    It's only as "open" as the person/people selecting what is to be asked and the politicians deciding which few they will allow.

    Not quite as open as YOU suggest.

    February 25, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  3. Squigman

    What makes the population more inclined to believe these lying pieces of trash, if they are on youtube. Lying is their profession, being devious their nature and self preservation of their health care job No:1. Think about what you have seen since 2000. Have you seen any of your elected officials giving up their perks? If you answer yes to this question,you must be from another galaxey, and another dimension. Or elso the news has been doing a complete disservice to the nation by reporting falsehoods and lies.

    February 25, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  4. J.P.

    I have a simple question.

    Specifically, which clause or amendment in the constitution grants Congress the constitutional authority to mandate Americans purchase any product or face a tax/fee/penalty? (in this case, medical insurance, tomorrow it will be beef jerky, the day after that it will be green sticky notes)

    My copy of the constitution apparently is missing that page.

    February 25, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. th

    I would love to see all that are opposed to health care reform lose their insurance and see what happens to them. They will be running faster than anyone else to get benefits from the government.

    February 25, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. rosey petals

    What is wrong with CNN? We don't want to see cnn commentators, they are too bias. One of the older cnn men said republicans pay more taxes. Take that Ben Stein, I think that's his name, no more of his evil thoughts against Donna who is a reasonable wonderful person and professional. He's too old and arrogant not affective. The people want to see the summit and the president not old tired faces we see everyday. The uninsured needs insurance, like car insurance and homeowners, a mandate but not American people?

    February 25, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. Bob in Pa

    Of course they know they are up to no good and frankly they're too scared to face the public eye to eye. They can't sleep good at night when their conscience bothers them.

    February 25, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |