February 25th, 2010
10:30 AM ET
12 years ago

John King: Why health care summit matters to you

Washington (CNN) - What's in it for you? CNN's John King tells us why the White House health care summit may be more than just political theater.

King will provide analysis during CNN's live coverage of the summit from 10 – 4 p.m. EST. During the broadcast, text your comments to John at 22360 (Standard message rates apply) or tweet to @JohnKingCNN and he will read some on the air.

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  1. Robert Harris

    A salution for all those without healthy Insurance.
    Rob a bank !
    If you succeed you have money to pay for your medical needs taken care of free.
    If you get shot and killed in the process you will no longer have any medical needs.

    February 25, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  2. The Other Michael in Houston

    This debate should matter to everyone.

    February 25, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |

    I will not agree with obama cause he is keeping on dangerous
    Thanks you

    February 25, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  4. demwit

    Is John King going to discuss "Plan B"??

    February 25, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  5. Dave

    It is easy to tell whose side you are on; because you fail to ask -Can the President convince his own party members? They couldn't get the votes from their Party, when they had the 60, but you libs continue to pound the Repubs for saying no.

    February 25, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    This will be known as "Obama Masterpiece Theater". Pure fantasy.

    February 25, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  7. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    No one ever talks about the huge bonuses insurance companies pay out to doctors and employees, which is common practice.

    February 25, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  8. haren

    Only difference between two party is Democrats are talking about HEALTH CARE and Republican are interested in INSURANCE CO. CARE.

    February 25, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  9. Lynn

    Nobody has mentioned all the kids born with life long diseases that will grow up to adulthood, but never have health care coverage. We worked for Make A Wish, and saw hundreds of kids, from cancer to diabetes, who will grow up, lead normal lives, but always have preexisting conditions. We are the grandparents of such a child, and infuriates us to hear some say, but we won't have enough doctors for all those that aren't covered by insurance now. So in other words, kick these kids to the curb, they don't deserve medical care.

    February 25, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  10. Stallion

    I have a healthcare plan that I am very happy with and 2 supplemental plans also. I understand the value of health insurance. I can pick and choose my own doctors and pharmacies. I have worked extremely hard for these coverages and a high degree of choice in my coverage. Why should I want to be penalized for having a Cadillac plan after all my efforts. Why should I want to be forced into a government run plan? Why would I be happy that the government wants to give non citizens and illegal aliens? Why would I want to be cGontributing to abortions when my faith does not? Why should I want government to be fixing healthcare when it cannot even fix social security or prove that they can get the deficit under control?

    February 25, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  11. southerncousin

    I don't know why CNN wants comments. It seems like the only ones they publish are the libertards beating up on Sarah Palin for existing. Here is the big news the idiot in the White House is still pushing for the phony, corrupt health care insurance reform, while the jobless rate rose sharply and unexpectedly. Yes, he will have some legacy, won't he, the man who ruined this country. The father of a third world state.

    February 25, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. Jerry

    A socialist goverment take indeed matters to all, wake up America

    February 25, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. Kag12450

    Something needs to be done about health care by the President Obama and the Democrats, the Republicans have no intention of doing anything, they had eight years and health care was never even discussed, it is never a priority to them, it has never been, and it will never be.
    We spent nearly $800 billion in a war in Iraq, Republicans did not worry about deficits then, now they want us to believe that we cannot afford to spend any money for health care for American People.
    Dick Armey thinks we have the best health care system in the world, it is amazing that he will say that, especially he represented Texas. I am a health care provider, I have practiced in Texas for 7 years and Mr Armey what does it mean if you have the best health care system in the world but your people do not have access to it? Obviously he does not know his State very well when it comes to health care.

    February 25, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  14. proud democrat for Obama

    someone tell Fred Thompson to go back to being a 3rd rate actor and leave the policies to the democrats because the party of NO isn't any help LOL 🙂

    February 25, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  15. JLM

    The healthcare summit will prove that the GOP work for the Insurance Industry and not for the people.

    February 25, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  16. inofritzn

    It means we get a free show woohoo!!!

    February 25, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  17. demwit

    Higher premiums.., for most of us non-government employees.

    February 25, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  18. vig

    No start over fix the bill what we have

    Its look like another political circus

    February 25, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |

    Have you ever been to the wards in the UK's NHS hospital system? I have – it sucks beyond belief. Horrific conditions and unbelievably poor service (if you get any at all). Yet this is what Obama and his loony libs want for us in their socialistic takeover of the medical and insurance systems. NO WAY!!!!

    February 25, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. Doug,lib jersey

    I trust the republican doctors over the democrat lawyers, all the libs here who say otherwise are just out to screw over hard working Americans and get stuff they don't deserve for free. That's the bottom line, slimmy hate filled libs making comments about "hick" states and other Demo-hate think they can get away from the facts and pollute the conversation with their lies, but the American people realized the real truth about the left quickly, Scott Brown and Chris Christie prove that. There is a reason why you see such kindness, decency, and hospitality in the red areas, and hate, selfishness, mean-spiritedness, and hostility in the blue. It is never too late to become a better person, find a conservative friend or neighbor and live by their example!

    February 25, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  21. Steve

    You know, I while back under a Republican administration, we were told, (and rightly so) that elections have consequences. Why is this SO difficult for the Republican crybabies to accept now? The election results were due to their crappy policies, midnight votes, reconciliation, and the fact that they moved the country in a direction in which the majority of Americans didn't want to go. They were rejected- voted out of power and are now having a hissy. Yet they think somehow, that 41 votes is a majority (....and the Democrats let them!) AND they are trying to convince us that NOW they speak for the AMERICAN people (which is a crock!) What they are is good marketers, big whiners, and crappy governors.

    Stop this circus! We need health care reform. Pass it through reconciliation, because any talk of bipartisanship with these guys is a waste of time. They're interested only in regaining power and seemingly will throw anyone and anything under the bus to do so.

    February 25, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  22. chris24

    Interesting the Republicans want to "start over".

    They have had every opportunity in the world to be involved and have only said "no" to actually being involved.

    The posturing is buying time for the insurance companies to do just what Anthem did in California. Raise the rate by 39% while profits rose 50-something percent.

    The American people should consider this when voting until they fix the problem of profit-taking over the needs of the people themselves.

    February 25, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  23. Bob in Pa

    Why ? Because it will show that Pelosi and Obama have no intention of changing a thing. If BO had been serious, he would not have released his revised plan this week prior to the summit.

    This Presidents whole agenda has been about saving and growing big Unions from the pension and health care promises they can't keep. The GM and Chrysler purchases to bailout Unions. SEIU pressure for health care. Going after non union Toyota (Does anyone know someone who has had a acceleration problem in a Toyota?)

    Freedom means personal responsibility, but the more this crew talks about it, the more restricted we become. We need to get the unions and political control freaks off Capitol Hill and on the road home.

    February 25, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  24. Ohio Dem

    It doesn't matter. The White House will try to use it to their advantage. The Republicans will try to use it to their advantage. The Democrats will try to use it to their advantage. Same old, same old... It won't get anything done except waste more taxpayer money to host the summit!

    February 25, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  25. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    The health care summit matters to me because the idiot Dems in Congress just don't seem to get it that Americans aren't going to tolerate socialist tyranny.

    February 25, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |