March 29th, 2010
09:54 AM ET
12 years ago

Lawmakers take health care debate home

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The heated debate over health care reform shows no sign of cooling down."](CNN) - President Obama is expected to sign the final health care legislation into law this week, but while the action wraps up on Capitol Hill, the heated debate over reform shows no sign of cooling down.

With lawmakers back in their districts for the spring work period, the conversation just moves to a different platform.

For Democrats, the two-week recess is an opportunity to highlight the immediate benefits of a law the public is not yet sold on. Democrats say the health care law provides all Americans with the opportunity to receive health care and prevents insurance companies from denying coverage to those who need it most.

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  1. Mark

    You know they're really grasping at straws when they have to make some point with an Obama-themed pun just to support their ideas. These people are lucky that he isn't going to sue them for using his name without permission.

    March 29, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  2. Enough is Enough

    Anyone who says that this bill will save money is a liar or a fool. The bill was mis-sold as reform its really a giant new entitlement program.

    March 29, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. Ruth

    Republicans--GET OVER IT. Act like mature adults instead of kindengartners. Americans are FED up with you acting like spoiled brats.

    March 29, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. Josef F

    Visit the website in this idiot's sign for a good laugh. These people are mentally deranged.

    March 29, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  5. Bill

    Anyone who would wear a hat shown in the related photo has a well below average I.Q. It is highly unlikely this person has the slightest idea what healthcare reform means. All he knows is the president is not white and he is mad about that. Period.

    March 29, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. Richie in Mass

    Unless the employment picture gets better, Democrats will really be embarrassed in November. If the jobs improve people won't focus as much on this horrible bill. A week later we are hearing more and more of whats in it. Stuff that even the people who voted for it didn't know was in it. 12 billion for jungle gyms ( that will help lower my health care costs?). There is even funds to treat sex offenders on Native American lands. How does treating sex offenders lower my costs or save medicare? This bill is bad. Obama wanted anything he could call a bill passed regardless of the content.

    March 29, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. GOP = "I hoe he fails"

    I know yu didn't vote for it you fat, hairy, ignorant, slob!! However, 52% of the rest of us DID!! In other word "YOUR LOST GET OVER IT!!"

    March 29, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  8. Wisconsonite - Repeal & Replace the Republican Party!

    I think it's time for President Obama and the Democrats to stop trying to "sell" the health care reform bill which is now law. It's done, it's good and in a few weeks the poll-tide will start to turn in favor of the new law. Let the Party of Obstructionism keep trying to "sell" the lie that the new law is bad. They will ultimately fail because they are on the wrong side of history. It's time for the President & his party to move forward to more historic change & progress for the country and for us, working class Americans!

    March 29, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  9. Steve from Oregon

    The real problem is that people are relying on talking points from the Republican leadership and just aren't listening to the facts. The biggest lie they're listening to is that they won't have a choice on their doctor or keeping their current insurance coverage. They will make the decision on both; not the government. Since the Republican leadership has no option to provide; I can only assume they are so worked up over this because the Dems did what they failed to do in eight years.

    March 29, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  10. toughlove

    We wanted positive change, not a new country. This is terriblly frightening and most of us are just hoping Obama doesn't ruin us before we can make a change.

    March 29, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  11. Samuel

    Health care reform has passed and it's the law of the land. There's nothing to take back home unless you want to listen to the cranks, crackpots, birthers, racists, and uninformed dimbulbs who put on a show of ignorance and stupidity for all to see at their so-called "tea parties". This small but very vocal minority of the electorate needs to go away and shut up.

    March 29, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. scott oneill

    This health care plan is nothing more than a political play. Never in the history of the country has anything worse been done to America. The smart Americans know that it is crap, it just won't work. The rest of the dummies are like lemmings to the slaughter – what idiots. The real reason for passing this bill is for votes. Thier next move will be immigration, for the same reason, votes. Its a sad day when a country like ours, the envy of the world, has the best immigration laws in the world, AND THEY'RE NOT ENFORCED!!!!!!! ITS MORE IMPORTANT TO FILL THE COUNTRY WITH ILLEGALS FROM MOSTLY ONE AND ONLY ONE POOR COUNTRY – MEXICO. What about all the Europeans and Asians that are waiting paitiently to get here leagally who could really add benefit to this country?

    March 29, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  13. Right Leaning Independent

    I hope they will talk about the facts they do not mention! That the government is going to move more folks off medicare and on to medicaid which will cost the states more money since they are responsible for paying a percentage of Medicaid. States that are already going bankrupt WILL raise everyones taxes to cover this added cost! Lets also talk about the truth that congress will never cut medicare payments to doctors and hospitals because they will both refuse to accept medicare patients!! This was the instrumental part of the reform bill that showed the plan cutting the deficit and it WILL NEVER happen! Parts of this reform are very good but some parts are unsustainable from a cost standpoint and folks need to understand it because we are all going to pay more – not just the rich....

    March 29, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
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