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PolitiFact Truth-O-Meter: Political scorecard

Editor's Note: PolitiFact.com is a project of the St. Petersburg Times that aims to help you find the truth in politics. Every day, reporters and researchers from the Times examine statements by members of Congress, the president, etc. They research their statements and then rate the accuracy on their Truth-O-Meter.

At 6-month mark, Obama has long to-do list

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By Bill Adair – PolitiFact.com

At the six-month mark of his presidency, Barack Obama has made progress on some of his biggest campaign promises. Of the Top 25 we're tracking with our Obameter, we've rated two as Promise Kept, one as a Compromise and 10 as In the Works. (The rest: one earned a Promise Broken, one Stalled and 10 No Action.)

But when you step back and look at all 515 promises that we're tracking, it's clear that Obama still has a huge to-do list: Of the 515, we've rated 32 Kept, seven Broken and 10 Compromise. A whopping 376 are still rated No Action.

Monday (July 20, 2009) will be six months since Obama took the oath of office. He has wrestled with the most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression, but as we noted in February, he used the crisis as an opportunity to fullfill many of his campaign promises through the $787 billion economic stimulus bill.

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Health care reform bill jolts the Obameter

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By Angie Drobnic Holan – PolitiFact.com

We've heard lots of talk about health care reform over the past few months, but this week we got the actual bill to look at. On Tuesday, Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced major legislation to overhaul the nation's health care system. The 1,000-plus page bill, called America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009, includes most of President Barack Obama's key proposals on health reform.

That kicked off a flurry of activity on our Obameter. We moved 10 of the president's campaign promises from No Action to In the Works. We'll likely find a few more to move as the legislation works its way through the process.

Obameter says: IN THE WORKS

Promise Broken

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Bennett says stimulus is spending too much on road signs promoting stimulus
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/20/bennett.getty.art.jpg caption="Sen. Robert Bennett (R-UT) speaks during a news conference on the economic stimulus package on Capitol Hill January 29, 2009 in Washington, DC."]

"The Obama administration has spent millions of taxpayer dollars for roadside signs to tout the economic stimulus." Robert Bennett on Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 in a news release.

The Truth-O-Meter Says: HALF TRUE

False

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  1. Limitgovt

    to cousin from up-north:

    "The only reason people go to the states to get Health Care they know if they have the cash they can get to the front of the line. Do Americans want that to continue? No? Well open your minds then and quiet the bickering"

    now....just how long is that line?

    July 20, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
  2. Voters Remorse

    The comment that no one was monitoring Bush- so are we doing it with Obama- comes from a person is is obviously uniformed, clueless, or has been living in a cave the last 8 years. Every move Bush made was scrutinized, critized and amplified. I did not agree with him most of the time but I would love to have him back. I am an independent and voted democrat in the last election. I will not make that mistake again. My money and my vote will be going back to the Republicans.

    July 20, 2009 at 2:52 pm |
  3. Tom Mc

    If there not a mandate that any elected federal official and all government employees use the public option during employment and retirement, then I would be for this bill. I am a fiscally conservative person. I would pay into this option if and only if the elected officials plan was the same and cost me the same. My wife is a heavy user of medical insurance and she is not in favor of this bill. As an small business owner, I am looking into what options I may have to pay people who work for me more, but issue then 1099s instead of paychecks. My actions will depend on what this bill mandates me pay for each employee. What levels of medical insurance, I am mandated to provide for them. I have not seen any discussion around what a small business owner ~$2M revenue ~$200,000 net income will required and how much they might alter their business based on these intiatives.

    July 20, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  4. keith A. sillsbury

    I don't see what the problem is that some people are whining about.
    515 promises. 376 haven't been started yet, 7 couldn't be kept and 132 are or have been worked on keeping, All in just over five months. It looks to me he's working harder than anyone else thats been in the white house. and He's still got three and a half years to go. The health care system needs to be overhauled, we all knew it and we all know its going to take lots of money and time. The only people that are crying foul are those making mountains of money from insurance, which if you all would remember claimed they didn't make any money at it and needed government assistance. That turned out to be a lie now didn't it.

    July 20, 2009 at 2:43 pm |
  5. Neal

    Concerned Citizen

    The world changed on Sept 11, 2001 and now you want Bush blamed for that too? If Obama were president at that time, we would still be talking about sanctions 8 years later the way that Clinton did after the USS Cole and other terrorist attacks.

    Your comment "all in the name of OIL" is also wong. Iraq isn't even in the top 5 of where we get our oil!

    Typical numbers from 2007:
    CANADA 1,919 BPD (thousands of barrels per day)
    SAUDI ARABIA 1,530 BPD
    MEXICO 1,484 BPD
    VENEZUELA 1,227 BPD
    NIGERIA 1,215 BPD
    IRAQ 508 BPD
    ANGOLA 408 BPD

    July 20, 2009 at 2:42 pm |
  6. John

    W/O the USA medical research and health-related R&D of the past 30 yrs, where would the advanced life-saving/life-improving technology come from? Canadian research? British research? French research? Yeah, dream on if you think a system is in place elsewhere on this planet that would have given us MRIs (and the wealth of other medical imaging technologies), Crixivan (and other drugs to control HIVAIDS), and numerous other advances. OK, it is obvious we need to change the system in the USa, but somehow, we need to keep from killing the golden goose.

    July 20, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  7. Marcia

    Cnn fails to report that Obama will not allow budget report to be realeased before the middle of august. Cnn fails to report that government watchdog group estimates bailout costs will top $23 TRILLION. Hmmmmmmmmm. Why would they keep all this a secret?

    July 20, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  8. Dawn

    Hey D'wan – if you think President Bush's actions and inactions were not monitored with the same intensity as BHO, then you must have been living in a coma for 8 years! President Bush was blamed for EVERYTHING and criticized for EVERYTHING regardless of the role he played! It's very different when the love fest is over and the shoe is on the other foot isn't it?! Watching BHO and his gang govern is very frightening – it's too bad the media isn't reporting that...I guess they aren't fond of egg-on-the-face!

    July 20, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  9. Concerned Citizen

    JayG

    what did bush have to deal with in his presidency that was more than Obama? he inherited a healthy economy, reduce government spending, lower taxes, etc. etc. then he created a war based on made up reports on saddam. decided to over throw another countries leader by fabricating intelligence reports, killing...yes killing thousands of our troops and at the end didn't find anything that his intelligence reports had provided. a war we didn't need to be involved in. all in the name of OIL.....exactly what happened the last time some one from texas was president.

    he also took the US to the lowest depths it has been in since the carter era.

    July 20, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  10. Jay Baum

    If a single one of Obama's blind legions of followers could do simple math or understand basic economics; they would understand that the country is on a fast track to bankruptcy. George Bush and Bill Clinton both had policies that damaged this country. The scary thing about Obama is that he is an arrogant idea-log who truly believes that his vision and ideas MUST be forced upon the people of America. Stop listening to his smooth delivery and start really questioning his empty ideas that stifles initiativeand free will . Obama penalizes hard working Americans.

    July 20, 2009 at 2:25 pm |
  11. Concerned Citizen

    ramataz,

    what we know is that in 8 years we went from economic prosperity to bein darn close to a depression. what took 8 years to screw up, isn't going to get fixed overnight, unless you expect all those billions to be spent over night, and for it to reach your wallet at the speed of internet. and yes in fact it has been only 6 months and no one said the world's largest ecnomy is going to turn around this quickly. in fact they did say it will get worse before it gets better. so realistic expectations is what's in order. if you want to blame, point finger, find fault, then just do so, but don't try to disguise under logic.

    July 20, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  12. Kristin

    I agree with those of you who point out that we didn't monitor any other president the way we are monitoring Obama, so how can we say he's done too little when there is nothing to say how much other presidents got done in their first 6 months.

    Everyone is complaining about the cost to themselves for nationalized health care. What they aren't taking into account is that we are all playing for those people who don't have health care already, because our premiums are more because we are all paying for all of those people who go to the ER and can't pay. So, if it were spread through everyone, rather than those of us who are paying right now, the cost would actually be less per person. Those people who are complaining about the cost to them forget that they are already paying for those people.

    July 20, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  13. AnyoneButBarack2012

    Are you kidding, the media destroyed Bush daily. The media worshiped Obama in the election and now they're eating their liberal words as support for Obama is declining rapidly. Wake up son, Obama is the ultimate T.V. pitchman, he's a dynamic speaker trying to sell crap that's only going fall apart in a couple years.

    July 20, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  14. Josh

    27% of the promises have had some action taken on them when he's only 15% into his Presidency...Seems like he's ahead of the curve to me.

    July 20, 2009 at 2:21 pm |
  15. Penny

    For the first time in my life I have paid attention to what our government is doing and I must say I am very disappointed that our Country is heading in the direction of government control. This health care is just one more step. If you pay close attention with AN OPEN MIND you will see what I am talking about. This has nothing to do with what President is in office at the time, it has to do with greed and control. We the people have allowed it. Most of you wanted change and that is exactly what you are going to get. Unfortunately, when you do finally wake up, it will be too late.

    July 20, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  16. Angie

    He promised us hope.......but about the only thing most of us are left hoping is that his term will soon be over 🙁

    July 20, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  17. Concerned Citizen

    to Judith,

    you mention the country is broke. we can't afford healthcare. but what about the 43 million americans without health care? what's their lives and health worth? should we just look the other way? perhaps most will die and be under ground and we don't have to think about it.

    facts are, that the number of americans without health insurance has gone up. facts are that health care costs have gone up. facts are that affordable health care is a myth and no longer exists. facts are that all those who are insured are paying for the cost of the uninsured. so taking no action is your solution?

    the end result will be that they will meet somewher in the middle. in a system that's not perfect but overtime will be adjusted. we all pay for lack of healthcare for the 43 million (and increasing) people without insurance. no action is not the answer, because facts are that it will only get worse.

    July 20, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  18. Neal

    First off, I am a Republican, my wife and I together make about $50k a year, we own no guns, paying for 2 kids in college, we live in a modest home, and we drive used cars that are 6 and 13 years old. That separates us from the majority of the stereotypes some people seem to have about republicans.

    I agree with Swish, I was not happy with everything Mr Bush did during his term but I respect that he took action where it was needed. There are so many issues to address here but I am sick of how many call this Bush's war and that he had sole responsibility to do it. You might like to know how many democrates held the same beliefs as Bush about WMDs in Iraq. Of course, now they say that they never supported it.

    Here are just a few:
    "I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force– if necessary– to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security." (Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002)

    "We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country." (Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002)

    "We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction." (Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002)

    "He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983." (Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998)

    There are many, many more that include quotes from both Bill and Hillary Clinton, Pelosi, Dashle, and Albright to name a few. Just for once, I want a democrat to acknowledge that they were just as responsible as Bush! By the way, if you look back to 2001, you will see that Bush often had a higher approval rate than Obama does. I wonder how low it will get in his 4 years. And by the way he is going, that will be about it.

    July 20, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  19. Jon

    I think all of you, both Rep. and Dem. need to learn grammar and spelling before you try to debate anything. Bush was a criminal, Obama may not be much better, that remains to be seen. I didn't vote for either, and will never vote. Do right by yourself, and quit waiting for the government to fix everything, it never has and never will be capable to do so.

    July 20, 2009 at 2:16 pm |
  20. K821367

    Regardless of who started keeping track when, it is long past time that we started paying closer attention to the details of what is going on and not just the slogans. Health care for everyone sounds great but how are we going to pay for it? It's easy to say tax the rich but what happens when they cut their losses by hiring fewer people resulting in larger unemployment and even less tax revenue to pay for all these programs?

    July 20, 2009 at 2:15 pm |
  21. Steve

    "Wow. I sure wish we in Canada were as passionatte about our politics. With all the c/o what your President is getting wrong, then what does one propose he do. Nothing? I think not? Continue in the Rebulican way, showing the world buffoons. No?
    Beleve those ads about the poor Health Care Service in Canada? OH PLEASE!!!!!!! We have THE best. and can prove it. There is no Beurocrat saying we can not get life saving tests, treatments, drugs. The only reason people go to the states to get Health Care they know if they have the cash they can get to the front of the line. Do Americans want that to continue? No? Well open your minds then and quiet the bickering"

    We can appreciate your opinion and if you like it the way it is in Canada, our best to you. Unfortunately, others see it different and here in the US, we never developed the French roots of socialism, that's why up to now, we prospered.

    July 20, 2009 at 2:13 pm |
  22. gary

    Obama was dealt a challenging hand to deal with – terrible world economy, broken education and healthcare system, impending failure of social security and medicare and a huge national debt problem.

    He needs to stop the stimulus rhetoric –that bill was full of pork.
    He needs to balance the budget - we can't borrow from our children.
    He needs healthcare solutions that have people paying for their own.
    He needs to hold the line and not raise taxes on anyone.
    He needs to raise the social security age to 75
    He needs to stop promising people free stuff!!!

    Wish him the best of luck.

    July 20, 2009 at 2:12 pm |
  23. Wingnuttia-Free Zone

    HA!

    If anyone/thing needs to be tracked with a Truth-O-Meter it's CNN!!!

    Instead of reporting the TRUTH, all CNN does is REPEAT the LIES.

    July 20, 2009 at 2:12 pm |
  24. Steve

    "bet every person who is on here bad mouthing the Health Coverage plan has access to insurance. Be careful what you wish for my friends, if you lose your job to this recession you may reap what you are trying to sow. COBRA is out of sight in cost to consumer and it will be your only option if you can afford it. I pray you never know what it’s like to be without any options for health care. If you don’t like part of the plan, write your congress and give them ideas, God knows the GOP could use some new ideas!"

    That is life. You either pass through on someone else's coatails expecting others to pick up your failures or you can carry your own weight. Tough talk on the GOP, when all your talking about is how someone else is supposed to pay for you.

    July 20, 2009 at 2:09 pm |
  25. John

    My God, what have we done!

    I voted for Obama and change, but these six months have been one hell of an eye opener.

    I had no idea I was voting for bankruptcy and the massive bailout with all the abuse that comes with throwing away a trillion dollars of money we don't have. The bailout scam $ to AIG alone was $ times NASA's budget, and they still went bellyup. The fact that 12B of the $ went straight to Goldman Sachs connected big fish (Gietner's pals all).

    Meanwhile no permanent jobs are being created (to the contrary, we losing 500,000 jobs a month), and we are creating burdens on US industry relative to competition in China and India that will cripple our ability to compete even further, especially if the jobs actually make something real. The only jobs that can't be exported will be in health care and government ... but then we have no one left to tax and the house of cards is going to implode. Making great speeches don't cut it for me anymore. We have our first ever American leader who believes the government can an should control everything. Capitalism and democracy built America, I think it is being unbuilt before our eyes at an amazing pace. We are staring into an abyss and most folks haven't focused on the freefall that we are approaching. May God help us all.

    It will take a generation for us to recover from this dose of change. I repeat, may God help us.

    July 20, 2009 at 2:09 pm |
  26. Jordan

    Don't worry, we will take care of all the socialists libs in Congress in 2010! Enough is enough!

    July 20, 2009 at 2:09 pm |
  27. ConcernedInNH

    What planet to all the Obama lovers live on. Bush was terribel. Obama is worse. Entering politics should be a service not a career for lawyers. As far as healthcare goes, the numbers are not 47 million. Check the facts. As far as keeping his promises, do you forget that Obama promised the same healthcare that he and Congress have? Ask him if he is willing to put his family and Congress on the same plan. Oh, I forgot, they already voted NOT to be on the same plan. What's the matter, not good enough for them? Of course not. They know what this plan really is. They are the Pyed Piper and all of you are the rats being led by the master.

    July 20, 2009 at 2:06 pm |
  28. Chad

    Obama and his sheeple are killing America...

    July 20, 2009 at 2:05 pm |
  29. John

    I support our President in his attempts to resolve a great number of important problems and issues facing this country. As far as healthcare reform is concerned, this Adminsitration is trying to do something to fix a system, which should have been addressed years ago. Are the proposed fixes, still under disucssion and development, by the way, the best options. Probably not, but they are the best options whihc can be passed now. At least with this President, if things don't work as well as planned, the topic will be revisited, and modifications, if required, will be identified and implemented. Much better that the "stay the course" mentality of the previous Administration. Just in case we've forgotten.

    July 20, 2009 at 2:05 pm |
  30. Steve

    "OH YEAH AND PEOPLE YOU DO REALIZE HE AS ONLY BEEN IN OFFICE FOR ABOUT 6 MONTHS RIGHT!!!!!! GIVE HIM A BREAK, MAN ATLEAST GIVE IT A YEAR BEFORE YOU START COMPLAINING.."

    Doesn't sound like your old enough to remember Jimmy Carter, or his affect, or his lack of leadership, or his fiscal irresponsibility...Obama is Carter only exponentially worse, not including the kiss ass on the Unions, or the real socialism (more like power hungry) he wishes to create. The problem you will have is what he can do in a year. He's on a good path to really screw the US up and I know the die hards for all that "hope and change" have trouble viewing that, reality will soon set in and for those of you who wanted this big "change", be careful what you wish for...

    July 20, 2009 at 2:03 pm |
  31. Swish

    Never have I seen such delusion and ignorance as when the Democrats speak. They know nothing of history, nothing of their own parties platform and nothing about Obama. He's is bar none the worst president this country has ever had and he is less than one year into his term.

    The people who think that he puts country first are lost. This is our majority? God help us, because we know the prevaricating, interloping, narcissitic, marxist, donkey in charge will not.

    July 20, 2009 at 1:59 pm |
  32. kaetc81

    I bet every person who is on here bad mouthing the Health Coverage plan has access to insurance. Be careful what you wish for my friends, if you lose your job to this recession you may reap what you are trying to sow. COBRA is out of sight in cost to consumer and it will be your only option if you can afford it. I pray you never know what it's like to be without any options for health care. If you don't like part of the plan, write your congress and give them ideas, God knows the GOP could use some new ideas!

    July 20, 2009 at 1:58 pm |
  33. AgainstSocialism

    In February of THIS YEAR Obama pledged to cut our defecit in HALF by the end of his first term. Um... hello! He's now added over a trillion dollars to the deficit and is still spending! This Socialist health care system is going to cost and - like everything controlled by Big Government - is going to be slow and full of politics. Do you really want your healthcare riding on a political rollercoster?

    There will be lengthy delays for medical tests and it will take months to get into the doctor - thus reducing your current standard of care and possibly causing diagnosis that are too late to treat. Just look at the Medicare, Medicaid programs, as well as medical benefits offered to our vets - and tell me how in the world we are going to get it right when we can't even give good care, tests or medications to this small group of people (compared to a national level)?

    Ask any Canadian... they hate their health care system. And we'd be pretty ignorant to let our government reinvent a broken wheel and charge us through the nose for it.

    Bush did some dumb stuff, but taking our rights away in this manner is not something that he was ever dumb enough to do. And Obama should not compare himself to Bush - he should strive to be BETTER. It's not hard to improve on what we had, and he knows he looks great compared to what we had. Everyone seems thrilled, and now you are all getting complacent!!!

    Next thing you know they'll be taking away our freedom of speech (because we can't offend anyone), our right to bear arms (because people aren't responsible for their actions), our right to practice our own religion (oh wait, they already did that in schools and public!!) and your right to use the brain God gave you to actually think for yourself. Though it's possible that right is slowly being leeched away as well, and you're all so thrilled with yourselves that you can't see what is happening.

    July 20, 2009 at 1:57 pm |
  34. JayG

    Sandwichman: I somewhat agree with you, blaming one or the other does not work. On top of that if the government does take over it will likely do exactly as you say it will, standard of care will go down dramatically. The rich should not be penalized for being the only people keeping this economy afloat! They are already paying ridiculous amounts of taxes and are probably the only ones spending and investing alot and yet we feel the need to penalize them more. If it wasnt for the rich, this economy would be in way worse shape.

    July 20, 2009 at 1:50 pm |
  35. Marc M

    To SignsMeanJobsToo:

    And where does that job go after the sign is made? It disappears so what good is it?

    He's failing just like Carter because the policies DO NOT WORK.

    Vote him out.

    July 20, 2009 at 1:49 pm |
  36. john k.

    Mr. Blaney has made a valid point regarding a National Sales tax. I would have never dreamed of supporting such a tax. Mr. Blaney points out that illegal aliens, who are the problem with the health care system, would contribute to its cure through paying such taxes. Plus his point that the burden would be spread a little thinner.
    Great thinking.

    July 20, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  37. bob7896

    The reason for the ObamaMeter is that he trumpeted "Change, you can believe in", throughout his campaign, so if you don't monitor what he is doing, then he gets a free ride for everything he does or doesn't do.

    And he has a HUGE advantage over any previous President. He has filibuster-proof majorities in both houses. Bush never had that, so he has the best advantage over ANY previous President, Democrat or Republican.

    July 20, 2009 at 1:46 pm |
  38. Kevin

    to Bobbette: Can you prove in any way that money was stolen? If so please let the world know.

    July 20, 2009 at 1:45 pm |
  39. Mike Jones

    My God, where has George W. Bush and all the other Republicans gone. We need to get them back a.s.a.p. (Get them back so we can blame this mess on them.)

    July 20, 2009 at 1:43 pm |
  40. Sandwichman

    Everyone has a good point and a bad point on this issue of health care. Blaming the last administration doesn't help and is only an excuse for what is happening now. Everyone needs to ask themselves one question. When has the government ever been able to run anything efficiently? If the government runs healthcare we all know it will become another out of control money pit at some point in time. Overall healthcare will get worse. There is already talk of using any surplus to fund other projects as paying down the deficit. But we all know it will enventually go to different pet projects and people's pockets. Also taxing the rich to pay for all of this. Come on, you gotta be kidding me! We all know that the rich have an army of laywers armed to find ways to lower their tax burden. If not they will just pass the cost back on to us anyways with the goods and services provided. The tax system needs overhauled, not healthcare at this point. Without that you can't even start to think about other changes.

    July 20, 2009 at 1:41 pm |
  41. JayG

    Kathleen: Obama will NEVER ACCOMPLISH what Bush has. You like to critizcize Bush but fail to mention his accomplishments, how bout defending this country and keeping it safe after 9/11?? As much as you liberals would like to think that there isnt, there is a war on terror going on and its not easy to defend against. What about the billions of dollars Bush spent combatting the AIDS virus in Africa?? You never hear about that do you, he single handidly has fought the hardest against this virus and saved hundreds of thousands of lives for this, look it up. Obama will never do that. You talk about a double standard and yet show your true hypocricy in the same breath when u fail to mention these things.

    July 20, 2009 at 1:41 pm |
  42. SignsMeanJobsToo

    This argument is idiotic, like most Republican talking points – the sign-making produces JOBS, too.

    July 20, 2009 at 1:37 pm |
  43. Marco

    CNN is not far right and the American people (especially liberals) have completely exaggerated the extent of the Bush Administration's damage to our country. People associate our sulking economy and a bunch of random crap that is downright false. The Bush Administration dragged us into Iraq and that was it. The deficit they put the government was ridiculous at the time... but Obama will be setting the United States in a course with more than twice that deficit.

    Many of the laws Obama wants are too quickly thought out and being enforced all in the wrong time. The stimulus bill is one of the Obama administration's greatest failures. So much of the money remains unspent while the economy is snailing up a recovery already. If he had just cut taxes (something very Republican), the effect would be immediate. I'm not saying the stimulus was a bad idea, but the executive branch is supposed to be executing and he is doing none of this. All he has done is further exacerbate our nation's debt.

    Obama's health care reform is also horrible. So far, he has shown no evidence that he will in fact be able to push health care costs down. Instead, all Obama is doing is diverting much of the cost to the government. The reform is the equivalent of hiding your problems under a doormat. Now socializing healthcare is one thing (and I'm not going to attack Obama for doing so), but the problem is really the rising cost of healthcare... not only for us but for whoever is footing the bill. Obama's reform is nothing more than a cheap facade that the president is taking care of the nation's problems.

    I would like to call Obama's bluff on attempting to balance the budget and control debt. Why don't we pass his silly budget laws and see where it takes the Democrats? The second he does, his administration will be dead. And I'm certain Obama knows this as well. I really dislike how two-faced Obama is.

    July 20, 2009 at 1:29 pm |
  44. Tony Nineteen

    Look at the numbers. According to this analysis, President Obama is 1/8th of the way through his presidency, and has fulfilled (or broken) 13% of this promises. He is well ahead of the curve, in the next 3 1/2 years, to fulfill 250 out of 376 promises, and "break" or "compromise" on the remainder. And that is assuming that he is not elected for a second term.

    If he were to continue to perform for the 42 months as he has for the past 6, I think there would be few who could argue that he was unsuccessful in doing what he intended to do while in office– whether you approve of his direction or not.

    However, come November of 2009, when the congressional campaigns begin to heat up, any further major legislation is unlikely. And in November of 2010, when the Republicans win back both the Senate and the House, President Obama will face a tough row to hoe for the forseeable future.

    July 20, 2009 at 1:28 pm |
  45. Sandy Hendersib

    If Obama's Health Care Reform is such a good deal, why the rush? It will still be just as good in October as it is now. Also, if it is so good, why is Obama and the congress exempt from it and able to keep the health care they have now? Wake up America! What is good for the goose is good for the gander! Demand that the health care bill must be read them and posted for 5 days for us to read. This is not a used car saleman trying to get us to buy his great clucker before we have time to think about it.

    July 20, 2009 at 1:26 pm |
  46. Mike

    I'm an independent and, from what I've seen, all of Obama's campaign promises are under one umbrella promise - to turn America into a failed, but totalitarian, state as quickly as possible (before the head-in-the-sand electorate realizes what's happening) - so far, he's right on track.

    July 20, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  47. Rob

    Health care reform is alot like immigration reform. Illegal aliens want a free ride and call it reform. Those without health insurance want a free ride and call it reform.

    July 20, 2009 at 1:19 pm |
  48. Kerry

    Republicans, Democrats, liberals, conservatives, independents, lobbyists, this country seems to be throwing blame and names around like it is something cool to behold. Who cares what you are or where you stand lets look at the future and a realize that unless we unite and stop bickering amongst ourselves nothing will ever be accomplished. We know the politicians screw up and arent perfect but who puts them on that pedastol. It is the american people who allow themselves to be consistantly swayed by external forces. lets look at what htis country really needs and it isnt a future of promises its a united front with americans standing side by side and not nose to nose

    July 20, 2009 at 1:12 pm |
  49. Who do you believe?

    The title of this article is "Truth-O-Meter" – so, give us the truth without partisan bias. Let the people of this nation make their own decisions on all of the facts, not on what people want us to hear. Provided of course that the people of this nation would actually take the time to read it for themselves and not let someone else tell them what it says.
    Truth – how about transparency – CNN has not reported it yet, but the federal budget update usually released in mid-july is being delayed until mid-august, after congress is on vacation and in the hopes of some, after congress passes a health care reform. How can our government hold public corporations accountable for fiscal responsibility and truthful disclosure practices when they do not know what it means or hold themselves to a double standard?
    Truth – Why would anyone want to limit themselves to a political career that pays them about $100,000 a year, when in private practice they could make significantly more?
    Truth – how can these same people afford the lifestyles they have unless there are significant fringe benefits?
    Truth – Ask the government to give us the same lifetime benefits program it provides to members of Congress. Ask the people that represent you what it costs Americans to support their healthcare and benefits programs. Ask them about the perks they receive, at our expense, after they leave office.
    Truth – Tell us the truth about wasteful government spending. Tell us how much money the government spends on storing artifacts that sit and collect dust?
    Truth – Tell us the truth on what it costs every American to operate our government before any money ever starts to flow back to tthe people in form of benefit.
    Truth – If the government were held to the same accountability standards as a not for profit organization, would you be willing to invest your money in to their operations?
    Truth – your hope is not in any one man or group of people. The only true hope comes from a faith and reliance on God.

    July 20, 2009 at 12:43 pm |
  50. Kathleen

    One day you hear the critisism that he is trying to do to much – mabe he just slow down (Rome was not built in a day). The next day you hear, he has not done everything he has promised ) he has been in office 6 months).
    This double standard is so transparent. George Bush did not do as much in 8 years as Obama has in 6 months. Of course, most of us stopped expecting him to do anything positive.
    The Republicans who were in office and used to having thier own way are acting like a bunch of spoiled children who lost at a child's game. You can there and stomp your feet and say it;s fair all you want. No one is buying it any more.

    July 20, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  51. Tom from Canonsburg

    Reading this I truely must laugh at some of these responses. A good portion of these show how mis-informed that the American people are. This not being the media's fault but by the propaganda machine called the GOP. I'm in agreement with the Cousin from the North, the ads that the GOP & their bretheran are FALSE. And nothing more. You can take any statement they are pounding into our public and find the exact same or worse being done by the American healthcare industry. Yes we can make a comparable system to the Canadien system better, but you all need to remember that capitalism is based on greed. The money people want to beleive what they are spending millions of dollars on, propaganda. Does anyone out there not know anyone that hasn't been affected by our current system in a negative way. You know by being rejected due to a pre-existing condition or can't have the surgery because it will costs more than the coverage level. Wake up and realize that the stuff they are putting out is nothing more than BS. When Clinton tried to accomplish this, the insurance companies spend about a trillion dollars on advertising against it.

    July 20, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  52. razmataz

    eric kilby July 20th, 2009 11:47 am ET

    OH YEAH AND PEOPLE YOU DO REALIZE HE AS ONLY BEEN IN OFFICE FOR ABOUT 6 MONTHS RIGHT!!!!!! GIVE HIM A BREAK, MAN ATLEAST GIVE IT A YEAR BEFORE YOU START COMPLAINING..
    _______________________________

    First of all, all caps just shows your ignorance, secondly, it's only taken him six months to bankrupt our grandchildren. Six months is plenty of time to at least show signs of progress. Well I wish someone would point them out to me.
    Obama has quadrupled the debt, he makes Bush look a real piker whe it comes to spending. His 8% unemployment cap is nearing the 10% mark. There's already been one tax on folks making less than $250K (the cigarette tax), and they talk of junk food and soda taxes, taxes on the health care benefits we get from employers; they've only begun to tax.
    Only good thing I see is that the Dems are taxing themselves right out of office in 2010. So Libs, especially you, eric kilby, enjoy it while you can.

    July 20, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  53. Brandon

    What is funny to me is all the Dems are still blaming Republicans. Yeah, voting out the one group of people who can stop this madness is a good idea. Dems have been in control of the senate and house for 2.5 years. Dems have total control and can do as they please. Yet, the Dems on this blog still blame Republicans. When do accept responsibility? Keep blaming while the country goes down in flames. Great game plan!

    July 20, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  54. Stan Dyer

    I love it. Just six, short months in and the man is going to town. Did he really make 515 campaign promises? I don't remember. I voted for him because he wanted to unite the country and there was no way I was giving another Republican, any other Republican a chance at the office after the way the Bush years screwed up this country's future.

    As for Obama's promise to unite the country, forget it. There is nothing we can do to change Republican minds. Even if Obama completely turned this economy around next week and eliminated the debt by September, the Republicans would just be trying to take the credit. It is kind of like trying to unite Abolitionists and Slave Owners in 1850 – Ain't gonna happen. We just need to keep following our president, doing what we can to help out, and trying to pull this country out of the morass of Republican leadership. And, YES, we can!

    Anyone who wants to jab at Obama, call him the "Anti-Christ", or question his citizenship, go ahead, but save room for a big plate of "CROW"! When the president works his magic, he'll be serving up plates full of the tasteless dish to hoards of former naysayers. This time, however, the "Reconstruction" will be much smoother and much more fair.

    I voted for Obama and I am still hootin' and hollerin' on the Obama bandwagon. I like this guy and he has my complete faith and dedication. You go, buddy, there are still a lot more out there just like me who remain confirmed, dedicated supporters. We believe in you and we are on your side.

    July 20, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  55. Robin Wulff

    Health Care needs reform but not what's been put together so far. I feel sorry for Sasha, Melia and the next generation. They will be inheriting this mountain of debt and the massive tax increases.

    July 20, 2009 at 12:19 pm |
  56. George in J'ville

    This administration is bankrupting ME. Where are all the tax cuts and government from the stimulus that is supposed to help me get a good job, make my house greener, make my health care more affordable? This plan expects to charge taxes to people who can't afford health care? Ridiculous. Give me Ronald Reagan and GW any day. 2010 here we come.

    July 20, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  57. Harold

    RE: Shingo from CA

    They must be showing A different version of CNN in CA if you think they have moved to the right.

    July 20, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  58. Ryan

    Transparency should be one of the promises listed as "broken". For example, why is the budget update that is usually released in mid-july being delayed to mid-august, after congress is in recess? (Better question – why isn't even mentioned on this news site?)
    Is the administration afraid that truth and transparency will derail the rush to pass reforms for health care and CAP and Trade?
    How can the government hold corporations accountable for fiscal responsibility and public disclosures when they do not even know the meaning of it or hold themselves to a different standard?

    July 20, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  59. BUTTACAVOLI

    and you see that soldier they caught mr. president, what do you think they are going to do "talk to him" no, they are going to torture him you idiot and the media should blame you and your baffoons for bring up tortue and jeapordizing our security. It's war that's what you do and if anyone hear don't like it remember the land of the free and the home of the braves. it's called the United states of america. not cowards.

    July 20, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  60. JayG

    NYC REPUB: how can you call yourself a Republican?? Apparently you have no idea what that means. You are one of those people who voted for Obama probably and is registered as a Republican. I got news for you then, you dont know why you are a republican, they are 2 totally different views on everything. Thats like having a very liberal democrat voting for a strong conservative, It would never happen. You know nothing of your politics. How can you vote for someone who has none of the same political beliefs that you have?? That happened way to much this past election. 95% of Black people voted for Obama, why?? Because of his skin tone, not his political beliefs. I'm a black man and find that appalling!

    July 20, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  61. David

    4 times the deficit he came in with in under 12 months! Wow! That's great!

    England is trying to figure out how to privatize medical care because socialized medicine doesn't work. Canadians come down here for medical care because they can't get it under their SOCIALIZED system of care. Now we are trying to SOCIALIZE the system when it has been proven not to work?! Come now, taxing the top 1% of wage earners will not cover the debt. As has been stated, it will cover a portion of what the charges are, and you and I will still have to pay the remainder.

    I am neither Dem or GOP, and glad to associate with neither. No common sense left in DC at all on either side of the aisle.

    The tax and spend is not gonna make it. We can't keep paying out taxpayer money and not see a return on investment, and we can't spend money we don't have on an un-funded medical care system. The way this thing is written it absolutely will not work!

    I know a lot of people voted for change, and I certainly hope they are paying attention to the change they are getting. We are going to become a third world country, or worse, be owned by the Chinese.

    We are headed for no Fed credit access as it is. Pay attention people! We are in major trouble here, and it has nothing to do with the party you sit with....

    July 20, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  62. BUTTACAVOLI

    I don't want to hear about race or religion or history making anymore. stop taking all these stupid trips to remind us about race. keep you butt in the white house and do your job. we all know what happened a long time ago and we are sorry for your losses but it happened and it's over dam. the jews don't cry this much and they walked them in the ovens. talk about messed up but what did the jews do they picked themselves up and learned how to make money and not cry.

    July 20, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  63. eric kilby

    i agree with "cousin from the north" everyone as an opinion but no one is running for president. its easy to point fingers when your not the one in the chair. everything things they no better. but really your all just ignorant. you wana blame someone so you blame the one person thats tring to do something. you cant please everyone. someone is not going to like it no matter what he does. but no one is tring to sit in that chair. so if not that shut up.

    July 20, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  64. n.ngwenya

    good work by the cnn team but give africa a bit more focus like the us & europe

    July 20, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  65. JayG

    eric kilby: You are saying that the government will own more than it has borrowed???? Wow you should do your own research and stop criticizing other people. That is not the case, We will be in debt for generations becfause of this spending, stop drinking the coolaid wiseguy.

    July 20, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  66. BUTTACAVOLI

    no all these immigrants come here so they can get everything free. like food stamps a green card welfare check and free housing and us americans are getting tired of all this crap. obama talks the talk and he can't walk the walk, just keep blaming everyone else. he knew what he was getting into if you can't handle it get out. boy did i get fooked by this idiot. won't happen to me again.

    July 20, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  67. eric kilby

    Heres a few other helpful facts for you people. the FED RESERVE was started by bankers. Nathan aldrich proposed the idea of the fed reserve, as we know he later married into the rockafeller family. The fed reseve act was written on jekyll island at a jp morgan estate. it was written by bankers. thier were about 10 or so people thier. afterwards it was given to nathan aldrich to push threw congress. and than in 1930 woodrow wilson became president with heavy sponsorship by bankers. (i wonder why) he agreed he would sign the fed reserve act for the help making him president. interesting dont you think. now if you really think about this and what it means you should be conserned. if you dont believe what i have said please look it up for yourself. i think you'll find yourself shocked at what you find.

    July 20, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  68. JayG

    D'wan Carnegie: I think its even funnier that Obama's ratings are starting to drop. Finally the country is starting to see exactly what he is about. And for everybody that says he has only been in there for 7 months, newsflash, he doesnt have 4 years to fix this. It needs to be fixed now without further destroying our future economy. Obama was elected to correct problems that this economy has now, not later, stop giving him the benefit of the doubt, Bush was never given that, and he had alot more to deal with during his presidency than Obama has on his plate. Since 2006 Congress has had a DEMOCRATIC majority, why are Bush and the Republicans given all the blame? Pelosi and the Democrats have done nothing for 3 years and all you talk about is Bush, Bush, Bush. Have fun with Obama's 1 term.

    July 20, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  69. Melissa

    Tell me something, why was no one monitoring Bush when he was in office but everyone is obsessing over Obama? Hypocrite much?

    July 20, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  70. cousin from the north

    Wow. I sure wish we in Canada were as passionatte about our politics. With all the c/o what your President is getting wrong, then what does one propose he do. Nothing? I think not? Continue in the Rebulican way, showing the world buffoons. No?
    Beleve those ads about the poor Health Care Service in Canada? OH PLEASE!!!!!!! We have THE best. and can prove it. There is no Beurocrat saying we can not get life saving tests, treatments, drugs. The only reason people go to the states to get Health Care they know if they have the cash they can get to the front of the line. Do Americans want that to continue? No? Well open your minds then and quiet the bickering

    July 20, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  71. BUTTACAVOLI

    Everyone is still worrying about history. He will be the first black president to push us deeper in the hole. and the first to get impeached.

    July 20, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  72. eric kilby

    OH YEAH AND PEOPLE YOU DO REALIZE HE AS ONLY BEEN IN OFFICE FOR ABOUT 6 MONTHS RIGHT!!!!!! GIVE HIM A BREAK, MAN ATLEAST GIVE IT A YEAR BEFORE YOU START COMPLAINING..

    July 20, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  73. BUTTACAVOLI

    OBAMA, is nothing more than a moron all he wants to do is keep going on trips and he is getting nothing done. and the bad thing is that i am a democrat and we are sinking further and further. Where is my stimulous. we are sending money all over the country, at least bush gave us something before he left. like a "check".

    July 20, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  74. eric kilby

    Something else to add for the ignorant people out their that want things fixed but dont want to spend any money to do it. What do you think this world does? how do you think things are done. you really should look up how the monitary system works. you might realize that spending money is how you get the economy back on track. and if you think for one second that were going to fix the budget by not spending money your STUPID!!!! or didnt you know that the government gets its money from the federal reserve (By the way which is a private company not a government angency, its owned by banks. Oh didnt you know that!!!!) and that the government with it borrows money it borrows it at interest so before it actually gets a dime it already owns more than it borrowed. Oh again didnt you know that. main if you people would research as much as you complain you might learn something. think about it.

    July 20, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  75. Tom Kaye

    Wait a minute . . . the Republicans are saying the Stimulas Package isn't working fast enough.

    You can't have it both ways!

    July 20, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  76. tnvolgrad

    Does the truth-o-meter surprise anyone? I have to admire the man for taking on large issues, although I do not agree with piling on debt for his socialist views. What's more fascinating is the more and more people I talk to fail to see where this president is taking the country and what debt he is placing on my kids.

    At this point, every taxpayer is on the hook for close to $90,000 to the federal government. We have gone from far right to far left! What I don't understand is how people are failing to see that big government cost big dollars. You can sequester 100% of the income of those making more than $250K and still not pay for health care – so how do Americans think we are going to pay for Socialist Obama's agenda? Very clear and evident – the people with household incomes of greater than $50K.

    Wake up people – you are watching the federal government commit "generational theft". First a $850 billion stimulus of which on $250 billion was truly directed at fixing the economy and the other $600 billion was for Obama pet projects, then we have health care, then we have Obama's Vietnam starting in Afghan. – when does America see that Obama's hope will soon run out?

    July 20, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  77. razmataz

    I honestly can't believe that there are still folks on here trying to defend what Obama is doing to this country.. Yet no one can give a solid answer to the question: What has he done that has helped this country?
    Please don't give me that 'only six months' garbage. He's been quite successful at making matters 4X worse in six months, so that should have been plenty of time to make things at least marginally better.
    He keeps wanting to try things that have been REPEATEDLY shown NOT TO WORK, he's just doing them on a scale never before seen in the history of mankind.
    I guess liberals don't care about their grandchildren's quality of life as long as they can have it all now.
    A bunch of lying, selfish hypocrits.

    July 20, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  78. WI IND

    Really the amount of microscoping on Pres.Obama is insane. Weither it is positive or negative. No pres. before has been treated in this fashion. You all should have a beer and let not only the Pres. but All of Congress do the jobs you hired them to. It is only Six months good greif. As for the Dems look forward and leave Bush era items in the Bush era. Rep. quit hating if you had all these idea to fix the country that were so cheap where the heck where they when you had the Pres and both the house and senate. No where, that where. So come to the table and be adults on this and get it done.

    Wow it is like dealing with a bunch of children on suger-covered Pez in here.

    July 20, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  79. NYC REPUB

    When the GOP was in power, they really failed on all fronts......they only passed on one:keeping ahead on the war on terror (after we were attacked). Though goverment loves knowone,(only family is capable of love), the DEM party time and again, has always showed that they care about social issues. From social security, unemployment benefits, welfare(public assistance), civil rights, womens rights, and now health care, DEMS have led the way on the debates of the day.
    Only thing I like about the GOP is that they keep a conservative voice in the mix, so that we won't drown in liberal sap......although the blue dog DEMS are becoming a better hybrid of conservatism, and liberalism........
    Lastly, I always felt that w/ the exception of Eisenhower, Teddy Roosevelt, & R. Reagan, DEMS have always been better as wartime Presidents. President Obama is proving to be a steady leader in that department, as we see the Afghan war racheting up.........

    July 20, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  80. Tony

    I've emailed the White House and asked them to slow down and actually have real debate and get the plan right. What is the darn hurry? The Dems rushed thru the stimulus bill, voted on it without reading it and its been one big mistake. Obama said it was an emergency and without it quickly, unemployment would go above 8%, with the stimulus it would go above. Well hello 10%!!!!

    Stop rushing to get things done before the tide changes. Do the right thing. Whatever happened to transparency? The American People were supposed to have 5 days to read bill, right OB? But congress doesn't even get 12 hours to read 1000+ long pages of bills.

    I am quite sorry I voted for this guy. Tax and spend is back, atleast for another 18 months.

    July 20, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  81. Shingo from CA

    I'm surprised that CNN has even put this out since they have moved very far to the right. I've been watching the Truth-O-Meter: Political scorecard since before the election in Nov. And on most of the big issues Obama has either come through or is working on. The no action number is to make people think Obama is not working on them. With getting a huge deficiet, 2 wars, and our Constituion in shambles he is doing a good job. The Meter also shows what other people promise and I often compare the Dems to the GOP. Some of what the GOP says are outright lies. I think Obama's poll numbers are going down a bit but overall I think people think he is doing a good job. He beats the Bush Administration hands down.

    July 20, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  82. Mike in Fairfax

    @D'Wan... And I think it's funny to see how many of you who never paid attention before keep coming up with the same drivel. There was plenty of complaining going on... you just weren't paying attention.

    July 20, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  83. Super MOD

    Just because you win an election does not mean you can pass all of the junk you want. You get to set the agenda and that is it. This is why we are watching Congress and this administration. Here is my take on reading the health care bill.

    It offers zero solutions except to create a giant insurance pool run by at least 14 agencies of government. I quit counting after 14.

    All of our current policies will have to become a part of the government system after the fifth year.

    (1) LIMITATION ON NEW ENROLLMENT-
    (A) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in this paragraph, the individual health insurance issuer offering such coverage does not enroll any individual in such coverage if the first effective date of coverage is on or after the first day of Y1.

    (A) IN GENERAL- The Commissioner shall establish a grace period whereby, for plan years beginning after the end of the 5-year period beginning with Y1, an employment-based health plan in operation as of the day before the first day of Y1 must meet the same requirements as apply to a qualified health benefits plan under section 101, including the essential benefit package requirement under section 121.

    There is a 2.5% tax penalty if you do not have health insurance.

    (a) Tax Imposed- In the case of any individual who does not meet the requirements of subsection (d) at any time during the taxable year, there is hereby imposed a tax equal to 2.5 percent of the excess of–
    (1) the taxpayer's modified adjusted gross income for the taxable year, over
    (2) the amount of gross income specified in section 6012(a)(1) with respect to the taxpayer.

    The bill does not have a solution for health care costs. It only addresses the amount of coverage it will pay towards procedures. Doctors will still send us the bill for the remaining amount.

    SEC. 116. ENSURING VALUE AND LOWER PREMIUMS.
    (a) In General- A qualified health benefits plan shall meet a medical loss ratio as defined by the Commissioner. For any plan year in which the qualified health benefits plan does not meet such medical loss ratio, QHBP offering entity shall provide in a manner specified by the Commissioner for rebates to enrollees of payment sufficient to meet such loss ratio.
    (b) Building on Interim Rules- In implementing subsection (a), the Commissioner shall build on the definition and methodology developed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services under the amendments made by section 161 for determining how to calculate the medical loss ratio. Such methodology shall be set at the highest level medical loss ratio possible that is designed to ensure adequate participation by QHBP offering entities, competition in the health insurance market in and out of the Health Insurance Exchange, and value for consumers so that their premiums are used for services.

    This bill is the worst thing I have ever read.

    July 20, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  84. Myles

    President Obama is keeping his campeign promises and those promises consit of informing the American people about daily on what he's working and the nessesary actions he's taking in order to bring our nation back into prosperity similar to Franklin D. Roosvelt with the Fire house chants during the Great Depression. Now Americans especially republicans down grade Obama's procedures to bringing this Nation back on its feet YOU VOTED FOR HIM SO BELIEVE IN HIM!
    He's doing way better than the Bush administration by keeping his campaign promise for the most part. This country is on a major economic decline millions of Jobs are lost and now the numbers are steadly decreasing due to the Stimulus Package. And if the Stimulus Package wasnt a good idea then Congress wouldn't have let it happen. I think the Health Care reform is a good Idea because it ensures that Health Care will be affordable for all Americans around the U.S, it helps Goverment and Business reduce long term Health Care cost, and much more.

    July 20, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  85. Larry

    @Ashley

    I couldn't agree more. I've never seen a president work so hard for his country as President Obama. He puts the needs of this country above his own personal agenda.

    I'm very proud of him, and I personally support him.

    July 20, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  86. Judith

    The country is broke. We are spending borrowed money. The budget does not have money for Obama's heathcare plan.
    Federal heathcare would be more expensive than the present system.
    So slow down and plan carefully. It doesn't need to be done in a hurry. USA could end up with a worse system that Englland or Cannada.

    July 20, 2009 at 11:04 am |
  87. Neil

    This health care bill will be an 800 plus billion dollar nail in the economic coffin of America.

    July 20, 2009 at 10:58 am |
  88. Ashley

    President Obama and his administration have done an outstanding job during the past 6 months. Health care reform is needed & President Obama is doing only what is best for our country and the people. I am proud and stronly support our president.

    July 20, 2009 at 10:54 am |
  89. belger

    Let take a wait and see attitude on this he said (Obama) "that it took a long time to get into the mess and it will take time to get out".

    July 20, 2009 at 10:52 am |
  90. quoc

    Bobbette,
    Two seperate issues: intention to fix and how to fix issues. I applaud President Obama for his attempt to fix healthcare and economy. But I have problem with the way he fixes it. So far he is not fixing it. He just recklessly spends taxpayer money like Bush did, triples deficit ( more than Bush). Obama spends money to get country out of bankruptcy..Is it absurb.
    And do not keep comparing to how bad Bush did. Bush did worse thing but it provides no reason that Obama can do any bad thing to our country. He is supposed to do good thing for the people like his promises during his campaign. The economy is Obama's problem now. He ran for president and we voted FOR him to fix it, not to play blaming game. STOP blaming Bush and FIX ecomony and healthcare in a RIGHT way

    July 20, 2009 at 10:46 am |
  91. quoc

    To Carnegie: it is simple: if Obama promises, we should track his promises to make sure he keeps his promise and to have evidence that Obama is different than the corrupted and evil Bush. Promise tracking was done on every presidents : from Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, and then Obama.
    If Obama keeps his promises as he promises, why are you worried then ?

    July 20, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  92. Concerned Citizen

    One thing I don't get. we know for a fact that every, and I mean every politician regardless of which party they belong to make promises to their constituents specially during election time. its the first time I see a meter keeping track. can we just for the fun of it do one for george bush and clinton and reagan?

    one thing I do like about Obama, that he hasn't been afraid to tackle the tough tasks like health care. for years we have avoided it because its been a taboo, too hard to tackle, lets just shove it under the rug oping that it would go away. now 43 million people without insurance later, health care costs going through the roof. at least its on the table, we are discussing it, exchanging ideas, debating it, looking at it from various angles. that's HEALTHY (no pun intended). at least we are taking action.

    so please stop with these meters. its rather stupid and ridiculous.

    July 20, 2009 at 10:28 am |
  93. KD

    I thought we needed change, but I would gladly see President Bush come back.

    July 20, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  94. Steve Grambey

    I am not a Republican, but I am concerned that President Obama is rushing us into an unworkable system that has not been properly thought out. Just because he has the votes right now and may not later. That isn't a good reason.

    July 20, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  95. Bobbette

    It is so interesting to me that the Republicans use so many scare tactics to try and make us believe what President Obama is doing for this country is so wrong for the American people, yet for 8 very long years bushman and his destroyed this country for their own personal gain and to increase the wealth of their friends. This country is upside down because of bushman and his and they have walked away like no big deal. MY VOTE IS YES – TAX them all – the money was without a doubt stolen in an undercover way for us the HARD WORKING AMERICAN PEOPLE. TAX THE DAY LIGHTS OUT OF THEM – THEY CAN AFFORD IT.
    AND IT IS SO FUNNY THAT WE KNOW WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA GOES TO THE BATHROOM AND WHAT HAND HE USED TO WIPE HIS A–, BUT FOR 8, 8, YES 8 YEARS bushman and his did what ever they wanted – which by the way, put us in all of this mess

    July 20, 2009 at 8:33 am |
  96. Larry

    Bennet "did not provide sourcing for his sign cost estimates and his office would not return a phone call or an email".

    Republicans are desperate people. Their scam on this country has been uncovered. Unfortunately we're going to have to listen to their lies until we can vote the rest of them out of office.

    July 20, 2009 at 8:08 am |
  97. The Marginalizer

    Speak for yourselves Republicans, because you don't speak for the American people anymore and you haven't for a long, long, time. You've been NEUTERED.

    July 20, 2009 at 8:04 am |
  98. Walter Blaney

    Leave it to Washingtons premise of "Governmentof the people, by the lobbyists, for the corporations" to screw up healthcare reform. How you pay for it is remarkably simple. The US would have to raise 100 plus billion per year..not one trillion as your reporting implies...and you do that with a national sales tax on absolutley every product and service sold in this country. (yes, including internet sales) by spreading the burden so thin, the amount of the tax on an individual item would be miniscule. Plus all the millions of foreigners that visit this country every year would be picking up part of the tab and the illegals would too..

    July 20, 2009 at 7:16 am |
  99. Diane

    The American people do not want this health care bill to pass. Everything with this administration is rush, rush, rush, and we have had enough of it.

    July 20, 2009 at 7:11 am |
  100. D'wan Carnegie

    I think it is funny to see how much you
    monitor President Obama's actions, but
    when george bush was in office no monitoring
    was really done if it was our country would
    not be in the condition that it was in when
    President Obama took over.

    July 20, 2009 at 6:57 am |
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