February 25th, 2010
01:51 PM ET
13 years ago

Live blogging Obama's health care summit


President Obama's bipartisan health care summit follows months of heated debate in which substance has often been drowned out by partisan rancor. CNN.com provides live updates of the talks. You can also watch the discussions live on CNN.com/live.

Full live blogging here

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  1. William Grabowski

    We ,me and you, need health care change now. If nothing gets done today, then the dems should and have to do what they have to pass the bills that are on the floors now.

    February 25, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. karen

    these democrates are so overboard with their rhehorics. Did i actually hear a dem comparing the current health care system to racial and disability segregation? where is his common sense?....why not add in housing segregation where some are living in a 100sq 40 yr old house vs others living in a 10000sq mansion. why not add in automobile segregation where some are driving a 20 yr old chevy while others are driving a 2010 50k volvo. these type of weak on non-substance rhrehorics are what i dislike so much about the democrats. the fact is, everyone would like for everyone to have everyting that everyone else has that is better and newer but who will pay for it ?and...........what's more important. THIS COUNTRY CAN NOT AFFORD IT AND WE DO NOT WANT TO LEAVE THESE BILLS FOR OUR CHILDREN!

    February 25, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  3. RealityKing

    Your tax dollars at waste..

    February 25, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. sam5445

    February 25th, 2010 12:41 pm ET
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    These so called statesmen all need to grow up. Our country is in crisis, they need to vote for what is good for the country and not just what is going to get them reelected in their state. They need to seperate their religous views and seperate church and state. We need a public option to care for all of our citizens. As far as paying for it, make all towns have 24hour urgent care centers to cut down on people going to the ER with a cold. Start a raise in taxes for everybody 16 years and under, this will allow future funds without dramatically effecting our citizens present budgets. The privledges of our country cost money it is time that we get realistic about what these benifits cost.

    February 25, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  5. Debbie

    I've watched all morning and this is my take:

    1) GOP came out of the gate with let's start over. And never offered a plan.
    2) GOP then began to stall almost a talking fillibuster. Bringing up issues we have heard over and over. They were not there to talk about anything meaningful.
    3) Cantor played big theater with bringing in the bill. What person thinks any bill is not thousands of pages or that each representative has a legal staff to go over the bill for them. It was dumb.
    4) The DEMS on the whole seem to have a script of lets talk about what we can agree upon. At least its positive.
    5) They all agree that the costs of health insurance is out of control but it appears the GOP doesn't care because they want to stop, slow down or take this in bits.

    So for me: whoever takes ACTION today gets my vote. Right now the GOP needs to get on the stick and do something! Otherwise lose votes.

    At this point the only person there I would vote for is Obama, at least he is trying!

    February 25, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. Dorothy Hall

    Why are we listening to comments by these reporters (which I must admit I normally enjoy) during this important presentation???? I would rather listen to the congressmen and the President, and THEN listen to their summing up. I am even amazed that there are commercials too. These are VERY important history making proceedings !!!!!!

    February 25, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. Irma

    This summit was a good idea but too late to accomplish bi-partisan cooperation. The GOP is too happy with their tactics blocking an up or down vote to give the president even modest reform.

    Too many deals and concessions have been made already to start over or remove obstruction. I expect only reconciliaton will succeed in getting significant expansion of coverage and ready to see tht happen.

    Of course those who have are prepared to sit content. Only with everybody in can we cut average cost and regulate inflationary costs.

    February 25, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. Jamie

    Thursday, February 25 at 2:40 pm


    Why am I listening to comercials on IRS problems, Marie Osman about loosing weight and your so-called high-paid politcal specialists?

    I've waited all week and so have over 200 off my college students to listen to the HEALTH CARE SUMMIT. Between your commercial breaks and breakss for your politcal experts" to explain what someone said – you – CNN – have managed to deprive us of this coverage.

    I'm a fan of CNN – but you folks really blew this. And someone should get a serious spanking for wasting what is (was) an opportunity for Amiercans to see their representatives live – very transparently – share in a defining moment in our history. CNN gets "C" in my course.

    February 25, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. James T. Yocum

    A couple of points regarding the health care debate.

    1. I don't see any particular reason for the Democratic congressment to object to medical litigation limitation. The idea is that it will reduce liability insurance for doctors & medical professionals and then trickle down to lower health insurance premiums. This may be true, but in my state (Georgia), the legislature passed a medical litigation reform package a few years ago which limited malpractice awards, but it never reduced premiums to the medical professionals and I have heard thee have been sizeable increases.

    2. Another point I don't hear expressed very often if at all is the fact that we taxpayers and medical policy holders subsidize the uninsured now. The idea taxes will go up to cover these folks under health reform legislation doesn't stand up. Our taxes partially cover them now one way or another. Mandatory coverage from all (including the ones who purposely evade insuring themselves) will actually give the ones paying for them now a break. The larger the premium pool, the cheaper the cost.

    3. One Republican proposal I support is spreading health insurance across state lines. Auto insurance doesn't have boundary limitations and it is quite reasonable and manageable.

    Thank you,

    James T. Yocum

    February 25, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. Ghazi Kashmolah

    Business leaders make cost reduction decisions every day to run a profitable enterprise based on facts and data yet here we have politicians making decisions without data and facts just personal opinions. I am very disappointed that when they discuss cost of paying for the health care reform it appears that the focus has been only on Tax payers have to carry all of the load of paying for the reform but individuals such as Ben Stein and some republicans seems to overlook the other option of reducing and controlling the massive profits made by insurance companies to partially pay for this reform. Hire a supply chain executive from industry and the first thing they will tell you to reduce your cost is to leverage your purchasing power by pooling all of your volume with 1-2 suppliers “DA”. We need leadership that can provide solutions and put the interest of the people of the United States above special interest and political gain. Vote every incumbent out Democrat, Republican, Pretend Independents and hire business leaders with a can do attitude. Doing nothing is not an option.

    February 25, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  11. Dennis Turpin

    What America needs is a common Health Care Tax, lets say two or three dollars every pay check to cover everyones health care. If you are not employed and pay no taxes and receive some type of heath care then after one finds employment your health care tax will be prorated or adjusted for a period until you are fully vested into the system again. From this system the cost of Medicare will be reduced by 50%.

    February 25, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. Dorothy Hall

    Well, you just blocked off the President answering an accusation !!!!
    I was a BIG fan of CNN , but I am really getting angry !!!!!!

    February 25, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  13. ggs

    Now this is hilarious–Ryan of Wisconsin says he speaks for all the people in America but if I as an American people, try to email him his response is that he can only answer people from Wisconsin. amazing double standard

    February 25, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  14. Boston

    Both your television coverage and pundits are very partisan.

    February 25, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  15. Michael Egan

    Could we ask why they have not addressed the cost of medicine in this country, it is a huge cost to the Medicare recipients. They are going over the border to canada to buy drugs so they can stay alive!


    February 25, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  16. ggs

    I have always such high regard for Mr. Gergan but I must say that I am very disappointed with some of his comments today. He complains that having the President sit at a table with Congresspeople diminishes the stature of the President. That comment sounds so much like a desire to maintain the old way, the status quo. He ignores the President's goal of changing the way Washington does the people's business so that by defintion means that folks like David have to think outside the box and outside the old ways

    February 25, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  17. BeverlyNC

    Republicans are refusing to talk substance. They are making speeches with the same old lies and rhetoric. President Obama is doing a great job trying to keep the meeting on point but everytime he brings up a healthcare point to discuss, the Republicans go off and just start whining and criticizing everything.

    It's very obvious they do NOT want any healthcare reform and are total hypocrites. They are going to continue to be obstructionists and offer nothing in solutions or ideas – as always.

    They are NEVER going to compromise and it is time for the Democrats to stand up for the People and pass the healthcare bill by any means necessary. Republicans are standing with the insurance companies and against us and the only way to end the abuses of the insurance companies is for Democrats to do what is right and moral and human for the People. Republicans sure aren't going to do it.

    They sure do hate the American People to always put their own self-serving political games first ahead of what the country needs to move forward.

    February 25, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  18. Steve Hadsall

    Those folks need to remember who they work for..... I believe most americans are not interested in which party is right or wrong they work for the american people period..... if they cannot or will not perform with the peoples best interest at the forfront then time has come to overhaul the system... they need to do their job or be terminated just like anyone else who cannot perform the assingned job.. this applies to all not just democrat or republican.... Clean up your act or the american people will.....

    February 25, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  19. Mitch McConnell

    looks like he needs a high colonic.

    February 25, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  20. Hal

    Your coverage of the Summit sucks !!! Get your “talking heads” off the air and show the summit……let the “TH’s” yak later…..not during the process….. Your ridiculous !!!!!!

    February 25, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  21. Fred Riek

    The Republicans are not honestly interested in making progress on oue health care crises. Instead they all drag out their talking points and they are sticking to their guns of making sure nothing gets done that would appear to be a victory for President Obama. The Rebuplican Pary does not desrve our votes and I would hope that every one of them with the exception of Senator Snowe be defeated in this next election cycle. What is abundantly clear is that the Republicans place Pary interest over those of Americans and our Country. The only good Republican is a defeated Republican.

    February 25, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  22. Tuan from FL

    John Boehner should just resign. His whole approach to this thing just went against alot of his whole Party's assessment today. "Let's scrap the bill." So many of his colleagues said there were good points in the bill that they could live with already. But Boehner wants to just waste the American people's time and money by starting over. Waste more of our time over and over again and still get paid for over priced salary to do nothing...

    February 25, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  23. Marie

    Is Boehner INSANE?!!!!!??????? His constituants must all be elderly!!!!!! OMG lets save 500 Millons dollars on Medicare and put it back into Medicare??!!!!! Yeah that is going to fix all our problems. Entitlements need to be phased out or we will all fail and so will this country. It is time for families and individuals to pay thier own way. They eat up too much of our budgets. Its funny Republicans state they don't want Socialism but man we want Medicare and Social Security and all the while big business and insurance companies are getting so wealthy while we all are dying of poverty. By the way I have two insurance policies so I don't need it but I see many who don't have many options. Mr Boenher has plenty of insurance so no we do not want to save 500 Million dollars to then put back into Medicare. Those programs were good for the time but like new technology so does our society it is time to move forward let these programs phase out.

    February 25, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  24. Marie

    Republicans have no reason to help anyone but themselves!!!!! It is so sad to see how removed they are from MainStreet America!!!!!! I am hoping America will do something about this.

    February 25, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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