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August 27th, 2009
09:37 AM ET

'We don't have a legitimate debate'

There's nearly two more weeks before the Senate and House are back in session and the make or break debate over health care reform is not letting up. One prominent GOP senator says the biggest problem is looking to Uncle Sam for a solution.

CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Chris

    Greg, do your research, Congress has a choice of nearly 25 health care plans that are administered by private (for profit) insurance companies. They are not willing to give that up, and I don't blame them. So, contradictory to what you posted, that is not government-run health care.

    August 29, 2009 at 12:44 pm |
  2. Greg

    US Representatives like Coburn have the best government run healthcare that tax dollars can buy.

    Here's the challenge for Coburn: If he believes that private health insurance is the answer, then he should drop his current government run healthcare and take a private health insurance policy.

    He would then get a taste of what the private insurers are up to when his claims are denied, his phara drug prescriptions rise dramatically each year, or denied coverage for pre-existing conditions.

    When US representaitives walk a mile in our shoes and the battle with the health insures, then we can truly have healthcare reform. When there is a public option we can truly have heathcare reform. Only then.

    August 28, 2009 at 5:46 am |
  3. jay m

    Uncle Sam was part of the problem for letting insurance companies run wild and raise premiums at will, so Uncle Sam should be part of the solution.

    August 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  4. Mark

    Are you kidding, did you see what that poor lady had to go through to get help. Also do you think she would have gotten help if Senator Coburn was not on TV. You know not everyone is all that dumb to think the millions of people without health insurance are going to be able to get medical treatment they need that way. I hope the insurance companies are paying Senator Coburn really good.

    August 27, 2009 at 1:57 pm |
  5. Mark

    These people are apparently under the believe that it is cheaper to dig graves than to insure those who are not.
    They rubber stamped two wars we are fighting now. Once again its OK to kill our own people and people in other countries but no way can we take care of our own. The money we spend on these wars can help the uninsured. What happened to these so call religious people, have they no compassion for anyone but themselves

    August 27, 2009 at 11:48 am |
  6. Mark

    KILL GRANDMA, Kill grandma, not true, it's grandma who is selling out on the grand kids. They sit there and say no to the public option except for themselves. They do not want to give up their plans but refuse to share it with their kids and grand kids. Disease, unemployment, politicians and insurance companies don't discriminate. One day they may need health care and not have it because you believed the lies and sold them down the river.
    Unless grandma has so much money she can afford all the medical bills for anyone of her kids and grand kids who get sick. I hope she won't have to sell everything she has and then have to move into subsidized housing paid for by the government.
    So I was at the Claire McCaskill Hillsboro meeting and she asked the seniors their if they wanted to give up their government plans. Out of the hundreds of seniors their less than six held up their hands. I don't think those six or so understood the question or thought it was a trick question.
    These people are apparently under the believe that it is cheaper to dig graves than to insure those who are not.

    August 27, 2009 at 11:45 am |