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August 18th, 2009
10:55 AM ET
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Andrew Thorby

    We couldn't spend more money on healthcare as a nation if we tried. We already spend 50% more in real terms per patient than any other country yet sit between Costa Rica and Slovinia in the WHO rankings in terms of overall system effectiveness.

    We speak of 40 million uninsured as if we aren't already providing them healthcare. We are – though unfortunately not by the appropriate caregivers, at the appropriate time, in the appropriate setting. Instead of dealing with health issues early at the primary care level those 40 million wait to seek care and then clog up our emergency rooms because they know they will receive service regardless of their ability to pay. Talk about expensive.

    What we need to understand is that no matter what we do in terms of reform it will ultimately be LESS expensive than the status quo.

    August 19, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  2. Andrew

    Personally I think this is too important to wait for congress to get 60 votes on side, the current health care system of private insurance wastes billions of dollars to make sure insurance companies turn huge profits.

    A puplic option can do exactly the same thing for non-profit, and those billions of dollars the private insurance companies are making can stay in the health care system

    The entire industrialized world has already learned that health care is already expensive enough without allowing massive insurance corporations to suck huge profits out the pockets of doctors and hospitals.

    August 19, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  3. Mary

    As usual the pundits are objecting to something that has ALREADY been effective for years
    WAKE UP MORONS ...we have been socialized for years now








    August 19, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  4. John Shope

    I hope the Dems will not allow mis-information and bi-partisan dreams kill the public option! The most recent polls show that once people understand what it's really all about, they're far more open to it. The President and Congress need to look beyond current public opinion, which will change as the economy recovers and the truth about health care becomes more obvious, and do what's best for the country.

    Negative public opinion has bottomed out just like the recession. A majority of Americans will come on board over the next 12 months. Believe it!

    Also, if you want Catholics and the religious right to be more supportive, make it clear that the public option will not pay for abortion. That's a much better compromise than giving up the public option!

    August 19, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  5. joe

    Careful – It is interesting that as the Health care bill has had time to be digested (instead of being forced to a vote by Mr. Obama with little time to actually read the bill), many conflicting views have resulted due to the ambiguity of the language and my feeling is that if a bill is crafted with such ambiguous language that so much of it can be left open for interpretation, then it should not pass! Once we let the Government in, they will define it however they feel fit and whatever Mr. Obama is saying now he could easily go back on. This administration has only one agenda – CONTROL!

    August 19, 2009 at 10:10 am |
  6. jim

    I'm confused. If there a reason CNN is trying to show a "good guy" versus "bad guy" thing here. This is the United States of America where we can, so far, speak our piece without fear of being labeled. What is wrong here?

    August 19, 2009 at 8:53 am |
  7. DarleneM

    Good to hear this is happening. The Republicans are a party of gimmicks and these townhalls again prove my point. Joe the Plumber, Sara the Baracuda and now gun-totting people screaming at town halls. Does this party have any dignity? I say the Dems need to stop playing with these children and get on with the business of running the government. Forget the Republicans unless they begin to act like they have some sense which hasn't happened in a long while. Their party is in ruins and they publicly display this over and over again. Pass health care reform and include the public option to provide cost containment. Let the children go back to the playground to bully each other. Enough is enough.

    August 19, 2009 at 6:31 am |
  8. Susan Old

    I live in a small town in the cornfields. Many people are suffering
    with the current healthcare options. Choosing between medical bills, buy medications, and food, rent or house payment.....
    Even if yo have insurance, the copays are a nightmare if
    you get sick. Young people, young families, can't get
    jobs with insusrance, or can't afford it....
    We need healthcare for all Americans now!

    August 19, 2009 at 6:25 am |
  9. Aaron

    I really think its amazing, how IQ's can drop as soon as someone gets in a crowd. Yeah, we spend all this money, over a trillion dollars, why not just give everyone who pays taxes 300 grand? I say anything that keeps those stuck up rich people from sucking up all the money, for their expensive habits, is good.

    August 19, 2009 at 6:17 am |
  10. jim vicalvi

    Why is everything republican or democrat? I do not vote for either. I vote AMERICAN. Some say that the reps. are causing problems. I saw the SEIU jackets on the thugs beating up the black man selling things. While we need change we don't need our inept incompetent govt. involved.

    August 18, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  11. markp

    D PORTER you watch to much CNN there is no one talking about death panels bot CNN.. What people are concerned about is that medicare is going broke the democrats asked the C>B>O> to approve there plan and he said it will run us into a bigger debt than we already have. There is no credible way to pay for this without raising taxes. Obamas medical advisor Ezikiel Emanual wrote a paper saying that a rationing of care would be logical to reduce cost.. Read a little because CNN wont tell you the truth..

    August 18, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  12. ronvan

    Unless "WE the people" settle down and get EVERYONE involved, just to tell the simple truth about this plan, all of us will suffer. I would love to see some good "prime time" TV with these people discusing the whole thing, and if someone tells an outright lie, then call them a LIAR!, Being to nice over such a big subject by saying truth or false!
    It is either the truth or you are lying!!!

    August 18, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  13. D. Porter

    @markp – unfortunately that is not what the town-hall (rightwing) protesters have been asking – they are asking a myriad of unrelated questions – and spreading the lies of the right like "death panels".

    It amazes me that people want to protect medicare and medicaid which are "Socialist" programs that would basically become OBSOLETE with the universal healthcare reform. Yet keep on screaming how this is a "SOCIALIST" healthcare reform is a problem.

    August 18, 2009 at 1:57 pm |
  14. markp

    When one is a failure at his present job go back to being what you are good at "community organizing" that's where his future is...
    Instead of telling the American people how he plans on paying for this entitlement program just send a bunch of freeloaders to shout down the concerned people asking the important questions.

    August 18, 2009 at 1:26 pm |
  15. David

    More union members supporting plans that will not affect them and spur new union membership to get the better healthcare options to the government. Fix Medicare, Fix Medicaid, Fix VA then there is room for discussion.

    August 18, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  16. Ben Hoffman

    That's good. The right-wing nut-jobs are good at making their voices heard, even if their opinions are based on lies and innuendo.

    August 18, 2009 at 11:28 am |