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August 11th, 2009
10:23 AM ET

Brothers debate health care reforms

It's a make or break month for health care reform. President Obama is taking his push to New Hampshire Tuesday where he could find the crowd at his town hall deeply divided.

In fact, the debate is dividing families. We found two brothers on opposite sides of the aisle who are also on opposite sides of this issue.

Dallas Woodhouse is the director of Americans for Prosperity in North Carolina and is against the proposed reforms. His brother, Brad Woodhouse, is the communications director for the DNC and is for the reforms.

The Woodhouse brothers spoke to John Roberts on CNN's "American Morning" Tuesday.


Filed under: Health • Politics
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Kathleen Koziol

    I would really like to see you re-visit that $200,000 hospital bill for the woman who had the pacemaker replaced. As anyone who has a hotel (I did) knows, room and board prices INCLUDE overhead, employees, administration costs, even empty unpaid rooms PLUS profit, or else you wouldn't make any money! Also, a pacemaker does not cost $72,000 dollars. Also, if they told you only $1000 was for the uninsured, that's BS.

    The only legitimate concern over the health care reform is cost. Everyone who has ever worked in a hospital (I have) knows the uninsured get pretty much the same services for free. Who does everyone think is paying for them? We do: in our insurance premiums, in our hospital bills and in the price of our new car! We are already paying for those 44M uninsured. The major question is, when they become insured, will all the insurance companies and hospitals lower their prices or just continue to charge the same and keep the difference? What's your best guess?

    I would REALLY love to see a whistle blower from: hospital administration, a medical insurance company and a pharmaceutical company tell how prices are determined. It will be as big a scandal as the bank bonuses when it all comes out. People are unaware and uncaring because their co-pay and their portion of their premium is affordable – just the same as the people who went into all these creative loans with banks were happy – until the foreclosure!

    All the things people are concerned about with health care reform are already happening. Insurance companies already make life and death decisions, and it is based on PROFIT right now. If I have to choose, I think I would rather have a panel of doctors deciding. people trust you. Please go back to that hospital bill. Make them explain every single item. It would open a lot of eyes.

    Kathleen Koziol

    August 12, 2009 at 8:13 am |
  2. L Sullivan

    This issue really boils down to one thing – as it seems most things do. MONEY The well off do not want more taxes. The insurance companies want to keep making huge profits. My son worked in Europe for over twelve years – hands down France's system wins. Put simply "do you want a system taking care of you whose goal is to make a profit?"
    Government can't run a program? (not that the present bill would do that). Let's see; my husband has tristar insurance (government). I have blue cross blue shield – take best plan offered by employer – both picked up same prescription – he paid 97 cents – I paid $37.00 Wake up america – why do you think the insurance companies, medical field, chamber of COMMERCE are spending MILLIONS to scare you?

    Poor care? People must not talk to others with medical problems – I personally know of people who have DIED waiting for insurance approval for treatment – patients that have been radiated to death – patients charged for treatments after they died – on and on. There are horror stories on both sides – bottom line still comes down to insurance companies make money denying treatment,coverage – medical makes money on useless needless treatments. Never mind hard working people losing everything after serious medical episode.
    Sadly, congress has been bought – I will be shocked if anything meaningful gets passed.

    August 12, 2009 at 7:06 am |
  3. Dave

    I work in healthcare and many patients talk about neighbors being caught for selling prescritpion drugs form Florida. With some form of universal healthcare or policies everyone could afford there would be no reason to pay cash for prescriptions. It would likely put an end to people buying and selling priscription narcotics. Makes one wonder who might be starting the false rumors and protesting the loudest.

    August 12, 2009 at 6:16 am |