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September 10th, 2009
10:01 AM ET

Dial test: Health Care focus group rates Obama's speech

President Obama laid out his plan for health care reform in a prime-time speech to Congress last night. How's it playing with rank-and-file Americans? Our Jim Acosta watched the speech with a group of Virginia residents who put the president to the "dial test."

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  1. Roy Lowey-Ball

    Put it this way: administrative costs for Medicare are 3%; administrative costs for private insurance are 27%. Case closed. It is not true that private insurers are more efficient than government insurance, but they sure are more efficient at stealing from you to line their pockets.

    December 25, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  2. Shannon

    Ask any employer or insurance company...PREVENTATIVE CARE DOES SAVE MONEY!!! That is why most health cares plans cover preventative services at 100% Why wait until there is a serious EXPENSIVE condition to treat it?

    September 14, 2009 at 6:38 am |
  3. Mark

    Hooray for President Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    September 13, 2009 at 8:43 pm |
  4. Charles

    It is still difficult to understand the specifics of the government option. What is the model? Will this be more like FEMA-care? Freddie-Care? Fannie-Care? Postal-Care? Homeland Security-Care? ACORN-Care? AMTRAK-Care? There are many successful Federal programs to point to, just be specific.

    September 12, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  5. Mike

    What I don't understand is they say they are going to pay in part for the government health care option with the money saved from Medicare/medicaid waste and fraud. But isn;t the public option just another government plan. What is to say the same waste and fraud won't be present in the new government run plan and if so why is there so much waste in Medicare/Medicare ?? What would be different now ??

    September 11, 2009 at 8:28 am |
  6. Frederick

    We in our small Island state in the Caribbean are at a lost big powerful America cannot make a decent Health care system. Do better than that .

    September 11, 2009 at 6:54 am |
  7. Frederick

    We in our small Island state in the Caribbean are at a lost big powerful America cannot make a decent Health care system. Shame on you America.

    September 11, 2009 at 6:49 am |
  8. Roy Lowey-Ball

    The insurance companies are the foxes in charge of the chicken coop. They see the government as taking their chickens away. They think that they have the right to tax us to death with their outrageous profits and unbelievable premiums and that they have the right to just drop you when it looks like they might actually have to behave like a real insurance company and actually pay on a claim. If automobile insurance companies behaved the way health insurance companies did they'd be out of business. Instead, they have their feet on our necks.

    September 10, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  9. Bob

    The playing field is far from level, when the one that makes the rules is playing the game.....

    September 10, 2009 at 11:08 am |
  10. Roy LOwey-Ball

    Obama's plan sells well with me. It was a great speech, as usual. The president should come down harder on the insurance companies who seem to think that it's a health care "business" instead of health "care". We are being held hostage to the insurance companies; the insurance companies think they "own" our health care system. They do not. The ONLY function of health care bureaucrats standing between us and our doctors is to DENY us coverage, pure and simple. The reason the insurers are deathly afraid of Obama's plan is because thew scale of their abuses and "grand theft insurance" will be exposed for all to see. They're right about one thing: they can't compete when the playing field is level.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:14 am |