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September 10th, 2009
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Obama presents health plan, rips 'scare tactics'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama told Congress on Wednesday that while he is not the first president to take up the cause of health care reform, "I am determined to be the last."

President Obama told a joint session of Congress that the 'time for bickering' over health care is over.

President Obama told a joint session of Congress that the 'time for bickering' over health care is over.

In an address to a joint session of Congres Obama presented the most detailed description of his idea of health reform, and at the same time posted an outline of his plan on the White House Web site.

Obama has been criticized as the health care debate has devolved into rancorous town hall meetings and a partisan split over reform plans. Obama has also faced a split in his own party over how to best go about reforming the nation's health care system.

"Well the time for bickering is over. The time for games has passed. Now is the season for action," Obama said. "Now is when we must bring the best ideas of both parties together, and show the American people that we can still do what we were sent here to do. Now is the time to deliver on health care." Read the full story »

What is your reaction to the speech? What do you think of the president's plan? Add a comment below.

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  1. Mickey

    President Obama
    I apologize for the conduct you received last night. I realize you were trying to correct the misleading comments. I continue to believe in you. You are human and we all make mistakes. But, I will continue to pray for you and your family. No weapons formed against you shall prosper. But they who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strenghth and mount up with wings as eagles. You are your brothers keeper. Keep fighting for us.

    Mickey Payton
    Gulfport, Mississippi

    September 10, 2009 at 8:41 am |
  2. Art Simmons

    I am a Republican who can support Pres. Obama's plan. He spoke clearly and concisely...and I think, convincingly. Now Congress, knock off the bi-partisan (mis) behavior and do your duty for the folks back home. If you don't like Obama's plan produce a better one. This is NOT about politics! It is about PEOPLE! And the people expect better behavior and wise(r) leadership and ACTION!

    September 10, 2009 at 8:41 am |
  3. zapoucho

    I am an Independent and after hearing his speech I am behind President Obama a 100%. CNN needs
    to get behind him on this because it is a moral issue . You got behind Bush/Cheney with your
    rah rah rush to war and no one could question it (immoral). You got behind the Bush/Cheney tax cuts
    because it was so important for these poor wealthy people to have more money and a Republican administration couldn't pay
    for that (immoral).
    So your gonna bust this guys chops on a moral issue -health care? The Prez said he would veto anything that could not be paid for so its time get behind him on the this . I have.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:39 am |
  4. churchill-shindler

    Too many three syllable words.
    They don't call us United Stupid of America for nothing.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:39 am |
  5. Kenneth Turnage

    There is no true competition in the Health Care Industry today as all insurance companies are competing against a performance bar that has been set by themselves’. If none of the “Competition” cover pre-existing conditions, or high risk candidates why would any of them volunteer to do so? Hello!! Lets face it, it’s a high profit business and they will fight to the death to maintain the current conditions.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:36 am |
  6. willie gripper

    Good morning all.
    i am a faithful watcher of of your news program and have been for's my question why is it every time there are issues to talk about like health care or the war or any issue you folks act like the fox news channel and only bring on conservitive caucations who really don't have any solutions only their own opinion and generally there thoughts are negitive. i'am really really getting sick and tired of every time i turn on your show weather it's the morning news or rick sanchez or whom ever don't you folks ever interview any african americans or hispanics. i did a pole just last week on the job of 62
    people.we have two break rooms. in one break room there is cnn. on the Tv in the other the tv is set to fox . i interviewed 62 people 2o aferican americans 20 hispanics and 22 caucations i didn't want to know party afiliation. I posed this question to them( why do you think or don't think that news programs show mainly caucations on their programs) The answers were intresting 16 of the 22 whites felt only caucations could solve this problem and they don't believe the president.Here's the intresting thing when i asked why don't you believe the president on health care and other issues they really couldn't put their finger on one thing. i heard he's not american,he has no birth certificate or he's a muslim nothing about the issues the other 6 felt they need to know more about him i asked them all did they think a black man coul do an effective job running the country they did believe he's doing ok a a president. these 22 people watch mostly fox news. i posed the same question to the other groups and their answers i felt were more on course and that these answers were more form the heart .All 20 blacks i spoke to feel that every day african american voices are either not wanted not needed or nobody really gives a crap about what they say or think .They also fear that some crazed back woods fool is going to try and kill the president. i asked them if they feel we are represented in the mieda there was a loud Hell No. (99% of these people watch CNN news and like me are getting fed up with the only time we see an african american on your station it's about something bad or if it's good it's followed up by something negitive. the 20 hispanics also feel that they only time you hear about hispanics is in reference to the drug wars in their countries or more recently thats where the swine flu statred. So CNN
    what do we do? the ball is in your court do you main i getting pretty sick and tired of not being thought of a valuable part of this country
    or that my words don't count after all this country was built on the backs of slaves. In closing i shouldn't feel so bad after all when a white man can get on TV and say he wishes the president would die
    just because he's a black man and he isn't arrested for treason why should i expext more


    September 10, 2009 at 8:36 am |
  7. Jake Colter

    I am in favor of healthcare reform. As the President has said, it affects so much money and so many people that they should take time getting it done. Don't rush it through. And include "reputable" members of both parties in formulating this new policy. Start with portability, not allowing people to be dropped because of sickness, allow insurance comapnies to sell across state borders, include tort reform, and do not provide any healthcare to those people in the US illegally.
    Do not include a public option as it will put the insurance companies out of business and put all of our healthcare in the hands of the federal government who does not run alnything well. It will not pay for itself. It will cost taxpayers billions/trillons. I would not call the president a lier, he just does not understand these concepts. He sights numbers that he cannot defend, and expects everyone to beieve him. I don't!!

    September 10, 2009 at 8:36 am |
  8. Larry Morey

    – Coverage for existing /past health problems
    – Increase competition of private sector insurers
    – Start working on tort reform (it was weak, but it is a start).

    – The President is fibbing about the costs and I think he knows it !!
    – Maximizes government involvement – I want the least involvement.
    – The public option should be off the table at this time.

    Very Bad:

    – In this economy, the focus must be on preserving the current obligations for Medicare not adding new expense. The cost will be hugh; the President knows it, but will push his plan and let someone else figure out how to solve the problem in 10 years – he's gone and not responsible.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:35 am |
  9. dale

    HELLO-- Are the 16 million illegals going to stop using the emergency rooms? What WILL happen after the reform bill is pushed through congress is comprehesive immigration reform so the president did not lie because there won't be an illegal in the country!!

    September 10, 2009 at 8:35 am |
  10. Earnestine Cilbert

    I feam 54 years old female, and seeing my government leaders acting like kids in the sand box is embarrassing. The Republican Party needs to accept the fact that they loss the election due to the fact that W Bush, while giviing them everything that they wanted, drove A merica to the penthouse of debt. Money for a war that was just to get back at Saddams threat to his father, okay, money to pay the Taliban for drugs, okay, money to keep up the lie of "weapons of mass destruction", okay. But now that we have to stop this wasting of money and support Americans, they holler "hell no". Obama don't stop our kick backs, don't stop our under the table checks. Politicians are in bed with insurance companies. Forget the facts that Americans are dying without care. Before Republicans will admit that some of the bill was written by them, they would rather see people die first. Yes Democrats are in power and Americans put them there because they were tired of what Republicans were doing. Accept that fact. We perfer spending money on a unnecessary war that kill people. We perfer wasting our money on 29.9% intrest rates and leasing cars that we will never own. But to have your money helping people live and meet medical needs, thats a no-no, they refuse to pay for that. Wake up America, we have killed, stole, and lied enough. The time has come to face reality. How can we go into other countries and try to tell people how to live when in our own country, everything is still about selfishness. Stop bickering, stop wanting to be the Indian Chief, and dig in with all of the gifts that God has given us as a country, and help America get out of this mess that we are in. Stop fighting one of the smartest leaders that we have ever had just because he is a Black Democrat, and come aboard and let it be said that we "united one nation under God" and saved our country.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:34 am |
  11. john

    Rep. Joe Wilson is correct, Obama is a liar.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:34 am |
  12. Frederick stephens

    The President successfully made the case for the Public Option, AND CONSEQUENTLY, FOR AN EVENTUAL SINGLE-PAYER HEALTH-CARE SYSTEM! The facts and moral imperative for such a system are so evident, that those who seek to deny it will be seen as greedy obstructionists. Certainly, the greed of Corporate America for profit only–without social consciousness–has been overwhelmingly demonsrtated over these last two's the 2×4 between the eyes. We don't need further demonstration.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:34 am |
  13. Priscilla

    President Obama's speech was on target and powerful. It was obvioius to all of us (our family, friends (including co-workers) the GOP has spent too much time and energy on their "just say no" policy to actually read the bill. We do NOT need to start over and drag our heels on this iissue. We need to finalize this bill and get it signed this year. And by the way I'm a Democrat but I'm here with four Republicans and we finally agree on something. Move forward! Do the job you were sent to do and stop roadblocking. Don't underestimate the intelligence of the American public. We put you in office – we can take you out!

    September 10, 2009 at 8:31 am |
  14. Patrick

    Dear CNN,

    I was very impressed with President Obama's speech last night. And I feel that he is on the right path to providing health care for the American people. But what I cannot believe, is the seperation of our Congress on this issue. There were times during the President's speech last night when alot of the members of Congress, specifically Republicans, that would not even stand or even applaud, with the Democrats giving the President a standing ovation for his ideals on providing health care. I do not think that the problem is our President. The problem is a majority of the members of our Congress, "again, specifically Republicans.......and I will call you out--JOE WILSON", that continue to follow the path that has placed our country where it is today. Its a shame.......a real shame.

    And to the President, I am proud of you.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:30 am |
  15. Tarviler

    Finally the issue of misuse of our emergency rooms was placed before the American people. Hospitals and Doctors are treating illegals because they must treat the patient before them. And it cost us all as sure as a tax as do uninsured non-paying Americans. It has to be covered. The same Doctors and Hospitals must be ready to reduce their fees to acknowledge this gap in payments which would then be paid.

    Tort reform is also a must in reducing costs. Cap payments to actual costs to provide for a patient wrongly treated. Perhaps a trust to pay actual expenses for life??? We also need to adopt a policy of risk/reward. Those who loose a suit should be responsible for all court cost and attorney fees.

    Look at the system in Lousiania whereby a pannel is established to review complaints for validity before a suit can actually reach court. Maybe that is one thing they do right. (Hope the normal political corruption doesn't invade the system.)

    September 10, 2009 at 8:28 am |
  16. Denis Duffy

    I heard nothing new in the presidents speech last night. What I heard was an empty shirt spouting the same rhetoric we have heard for the last few months. What is the cost? Where are the savings?

    September 10, 2009 at 8:28 am |
  17. Alb_NH

    great speech & spot on the issues. We need a public option to bring competition to the marketplace. When an insurance ceo gets paid $392m a year you have to ask what did that person do to earn it. Over a million dollars a day all year long? Is anyone worth that kind of money- particularly in a broken industry that preys on the consumer?

    Add competition, provide real choice and let the free market work for the consumer. End the monopolies and reduce the abuse. Let's limit health insurance profits to 2%-3% with tax breaks for achieving goals of coverage, care improvement and service.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:27 am |
  18. Ron Murphy

    Was Sen. Wilson's comment inappropriate, of course it was, but this normally soft spoken sen. shows how heated the debate is on health care reform. President Obama as always was very articulate in his speech. The question that still comes to mind is, where is the money going to come from. Change is needed in the health care system, on that we all agree, but when my son who is 16 says "When I'm 40 I'm in trouble" wondering how he's going to be able to keep 40% of his paycheck.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:27 am |
  19. May Lepak

    I think President Obama did a good job explaining his position on healthcare. I think though, that We The People, should take the politicians healthcare away from them and their families till they realize how it affects those that don't have it. I have insurance, but am still sensitive to the need of those that don't. College students, unemployed and self employed can't afford health insurance on their own.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:26 am |
  20. Lori K

    Of course the Republican's don't agree, they are being paid by the Health Insurance Lobbyists NOT TO. Doesn't anyone see this? They are just being greedy. Take away their cushy health insurance (that we pay for) and see how quickly they act to change what WE have.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:26 am |
  21. Vicki

    Great speech. Pres layed out his plan which I hope will pass. Everyone should support his 3 principles. I support the public option–a trigger if insurance companies are unable to keep costs down is a reasonable approach.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:25 am |
  22. Dee Ramirez

    The President did a fine job of dispelling the lies being circulated by the people who want to keep the status quo. Something significant has to be done–no more working at the margin.

    If reform doesn't pass, the real "Death Panels" will be comprised of those who voted against the reform because they'll be precluding poor people (not the elderly) from getting the life-saving care that they need.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:25 am |
  23. Betsy Davenport

    We're glad to finally get some more definitive information on the Health Care plan. We thought that the speech was a good one and found it very encouraging. We already have good health insurance and we're glad to hear that this new plan will not change our current coverage. My husband is on Medicare and we also hope that the new plan will not drastically change his Medicare coverage. It's unfortunate that alot of times, new plans passed by our government get paid for on the backs of the poor and the elderly.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:24 am |
  24. Lori K

    What I DID NOT hear is that Insurance Companies won't raise your rates (66% per year) when you DO get a disease or cancer.
    I hear that they (Ins. Co.'s) won't cancel you, but I was rated up 66% per year until I could no longer afford their health care coverage and had to cancel the policy myself. This was a horrible situation, then I had a pre-existing condition (Cancer) and could no longer get insurance. How will Pres. Obama stop this?

    September 10, 2009 at 8:24 am |
  25. Stella Huey

    "rancorous town hall meetings? what is your description for the WATTS riots? CNN is so totally biased pro obama and supports this LYING run away train in DC – I personally dont back either party – and i sure dont support CNN other than Lou Dobbs – who also, of course, has to be very PC Polite when voicing his views.

    would love to have someone poll me and others that have never been polled – get with it CNN – over 50% of US TAXPAYERS are anti Obama's health plan including pelosi and reid of course.

    enjoy your biased day

    September 10, 2009 at 8:23 am |
  26. Margaret

    I found Mr.Wilsons'(I defer from addressing him as "Rep. Wilson), negative outburst during President Obama's speech both unbecoming and ap pauling! I never heard anyone in congress, address Bush as a liar (as we learned he was), we he pushed the war in Iraq down America's throats,after 9/11. There is a , disrespect by the GOP, against President Obama.The GOP needs to get with the program. America voted against them, simply because their way of running this country, DIDN'T WORK! The GOP are not open to any change, if it infringes upon their "bottom line",which is greed!! American's should have a choice of their medical care providers. We live in a Democracy and we now have an opportunity to get from under the GOP dictatorship, we've had to endure for the past 8 years!!!

    September 10, 2009 at 8:22 am |
  27. paul blake

    Obama hit a home run last night. I was totally appalled and disgusted at the behavior of the republicans who proved to me they are the party of NO!

    September 10, 2009 at 8:22 am |
  28. Rosalind Russo

    His speech only shows he is a great salesman. He should be selling cars instead of being President of the United States. I'm glad one of the Senators called him a liar because he lies, couched in slick jargon, like all politicians.
    Get that smirky Pelosi off the podium.

    Why can't politicians do their jobs which is to serve the people and not themselves. It seems they are only interested in doing what will get them reelected.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:21 am |
  29. DZ

    He STILL isn't listening. All he has are words and no answers, but he and Ms. Pelosi think they are smarter than WE THE PEOPLE and are going to shove a poor plan down our throats when we have the best healthcare in the world.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:20 am |
  30. jean

    As a white, female southerner, I was very embarrassed by the rude behaviour of Sen.Wilson (S.C.) at last night's Presidential speech. He's just an example of the kind of ignorant and racial reaction by many in the South to the fact that we now have a President who is not only Black, but he's intelligent, educated, talented and well qualified to be our President. Sen.Wilson - and others like him - resent President Obama for all those things and no matter what the President attempts to do, they will never support him.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:20 am |
  31. Carl Brathwaite

    Never in the History of a President's Speech in Congress, irregardless of the political opinion of either party, has anyone had the lack of civilization*; moral and human interaction and control of their emotions to yell to the leader of the greatest country in the world, "You lie". In any mythological Banana Republic the security would have taken him outside and crushed his knuckles five minutes later. He should be glad he lives in America, 'That Rat'.

    All the losers and the parasites, who go to bed every night, and wake up in the morning, and use the magic word 'Obama' ; because it helps them to pay their mortgage, and their rent, and to feed them and their families; and then, turn around with their "Wiseguy" attitudes and pretend that they are complaining about the Presidential administration, as if it was not for that magic word that they exploit; 'Obama', they would not have a slice of bread to eat and to feed their families, and who cry like the cowards that they are, and betray our country at the drop of a hat, because they are not in 'control', and 'in charge', and 'manipulative', and complain about everything the administration does, including "Jesus Christ OnThe Cross".

    These things change nothing bacause there will be Health Care Reform , and Health Care for everyone under this administration.

    These pebbles in the road; the losers, need to understand that it is not about them, but that it is about everyone else, "The Winners".

    *Not Civility

    September 10, 2009 at 8:19 am |
  32. Franklin McDaniel

    I think the overall plan is a good plan. It would be great if everyone could put politics aside for once and actually pass a plan that would be in the best interest of the public. When you look atr the number of people in this country who do not have health insurance due to extreme cost and/or pre exisiting conditions, you have to realize something needs to be done to reform the current system. It is hard to beleive that in a country as great as ours, that good health care is not basic right.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:18 am |
  33. Donna

    As a starter for health reform I think we should remove paid insurance from all senators/representatives employment package. Then watch them scramble for CHANGE and COMPASSION!

    I have voted as a republican for 50 years but have slowly lost all respect for a party that is narrowminded, judgmental, hateful, and selfish...under what is portrayed to be "christian." I live in the bible belt and they have slowly forced me over to the democratic party last fall. I thought President Obama's speech was marvelous and showed a real caring for the American people. I love seeing this beautiful family in the White House...!

    As a starter for health reform I think we should remove paid insurance from all senators/representatives employment package. Then watch them scramble for CHANGE and COMPASSION!

    September 10, 2009 at 8:17 am |

    Saying the time for bickering is over is like a rapest saying set back and enjoy the ride. Scare tactics are scarry,the ones that are the truth.Obama is in a hurry to get this done before a bipartisan plan is developed. Where was the talk about money? adding government ineffciency, waste and corruption to the health care system won't save any.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:16 am |
  35. Judi

    Great speech–we NEED health care reform and I appreciate that the President challenged Congress to work together to solve the health care issue. I have 3 young adults who cannot afford health insurance–a ridiculous situation in the wealthiest nation on earth. No one should have to worry that they may be sick or injured and can't afford it. The President explained a clear-cut plan that will help all Americans afford better care and will help to keep costs in check in the future. I hope that Congress can put politics aside and work together for a plan for us all.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:16 am |
  36. Amrish M

    One piece of advice to the Republicans: We know when you lie. Do not over do it. You have lost support from quiet a few of us for our life time. Why don't you see it. We the common people of America need the Health Care Reform with the Public Option that the President is proposing. You know it is good for you. And you have made it obvious this time that you do not and would not stand/fight for me EVER.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:15 am |
  37. Katherine

    President Obama's speech was excellent! Anyone in congress voting against his health care plan isn't interested in the American public. They only care about themselves.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:14 am |
  38. Mike in Montana

    President Barack Obama's speech on health care reform was excellent. Still a few problems.., however, I think they will sort things out. President Obama doesn't seem to be a 'liar'. South Carolina Representative Joe Wilson comment is a disgrace to himself, South Carolina, the House and Senate. He should, 'resign'. What a 'despicable' person. The Republican Party should kick him out. A total embarrassment to the great state of South Carolina and the Republican Party. Somebody should take him out behind the barn and 'wash' his mouth out with 'soap'. I quess Joe thought.., "The south will rise again." Mike in Montana

    September 10, 2009 at 8:13 am |
  39. akuahah

    The speech of President Obama was excellent, a home run!! Americans need to realize that Health is our number one priority, with housing and education following. If we do not have our health, we cannot work and effectuate a great America. Health, health care, health insurance, is a fundamental right, under our U.S. Constitution and State Constitutions. Thus, Health for Americans is the number one priority of Federal and State budgets. Federal Health Care is a necessary service, in addition to other health/care/insurance services. Get it done Congress! Now...2009! Thank you President Obama and the Congress.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:13 am |
  40. Corey

    Rep. Wilson displayed a poor conduct...but didn't the President call people liars as well?

    If the assertion is that the bill DOES NOT provide health care for illegals, could someone kindly show me the language that specifically EXCLUDES them? I have read the bill and the language simply DOES NOT exist.

    Seems Mr. Wilson's comment, albeit ill-timed, wasn't a LIE!

    September 10, 2009 at 8:13 am |
  41. Mary

    I am sorry I am from Ohio, my parents are from Arkansas and Alabama. I have planned for years to move to Alabama but over the past 2 years I have changed my mind about that because it seems the southern governments are ridiclous, prejudice, arrogant and republican. I don't believe my vote in any election held in the south would count. I would lose the confidence I have just gotten back in our National and state gov'ts. People like Rep. Joe Wilson shouldn't be in government positions because of his ignorance and disrespect.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:12 am |
  42. Peter

    I'm an independent and I voted for him but he did not succeed with me. For me it's more about what we can afford right now, rather than the health care I would like to give to everybody in the country. We already run deficits that no other industrialized nation runs....deficits that no other nation in the history of the world has accrued. I'd love to give everybody a great home or apartment, but we simply cannot afford this.... THE TRUTH IS THAT WE SIMPLY CANNOT AFFORD WHAT HE PROPOSES AT THIS TIME IN OUR NATION. PERIOD....

    I also do not trust Obama any longer because of the way that he has conducted himself, because of the presence of Nancy Pelosi, the appointment of Van Jones, and on and on..... I no longer believe his words. It is insane to think that the proposed health care bill will not either raise costs or decrease services....insane to suggust that....

    September 10, 2009 at 8:12 am |
  43. Mary in Detroit

    It is apparent that the details are still lacking! What a waste of time and money to air this live without details. If more time were spent on the details and less time on public speaches Healthcare reform might happen. Work out the details and then share them with the public.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:12 am |

    I n my point of view,the president,did lie to Americans,still lie to
    americans,and will lie. Have to.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:11 am |
  45. Howard Ursaner

    President Obama was inspiring and extremely focused in his presentation of health care reform.This is one of the most important issues ever dealt with and it is serious and critical.We are being raped as citizens by the health care status quo and the greed of the profit motive insurance companies.The fact that private uninsured people are charged more than double what the insurance companies pay is vile and obscene.To see the reaction of the self serving republicans and the glib attitute of Rudy Julianii and the republicans is nauseating.When is this self serving greed going to end?

    September 10, 2009 at 8:10 am |
  46. Dirk Peddler

    Change? What change? He's just trying to use bills proposed in the past and put his own stamp on it, even the bills he opposed in the past, sounds wishy washy to me. I thought we just got rid of a dictator, but it looks like we've replaced him with an even more power hungry, inexperienced dictator.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:09 am |
  47. Mary

    I just love the way the liberals pass off everything as "repub nut jobs". Being in denial about your obama and pelosi is really getting scary.
    He lies and she calls CIA liars. How "respectful" and professional is that?! Oh but because they are liberals we cannot hold them to account. I get it............our freedom of speech if you are a repub is gone. Did you all not hear that Wilson immediately apologized......I still have not hear Pelosi apologize..................ummmmmmmm ? Get over yourselves.!!

    September 10, 2009 at 8:09 am |
  48. meaghan

    As a healthcare provider...I do agree that some level of reform needs to be in place, or this entire system will crash... Mr former Mayor of NYC.....everytime you are asked a respond with a want to know where is the money coming from....The question should have risen where is the money coming from over the years that created this deficit...but of one no one questioned....So the end result is lets try something new...maybe it will work maybe not but how much worst can it get...I think it will take a very long fix this deficit..not just 10 months into Presidency...Wake up people stop all this negativity against the president..give it a chance...If you (Mr former Mayor NYC) if you were the president where would you would you bring down the deficit...prior to the election the fall of the banking system...mortage lost.......wars .......he is only a few months into his term...what are you expecting.....there are a lot of problems that need to be CANT BE DONE IN 10 MONTHS.......maybe not even in this first term.......Lets give him and this administration a chance..lets strive to come together all this is America...lets be united as one..........

    September 10, 2009 at 8:08 am |
  49. Jerry

    I am very disappointed in the president. He speaks but says nothing. It is all double talk. No real plan was offered.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:08 am |
  50. MGrant, TN

    Mary, the president is not a liar, you are. I know factual information does not infiltrate the minds of the ring wing lunatic fringe but that does not alter reality. He won, get over it.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:08 am |
  51. Janice Ryan

    Before Obama came along, I had given up on either party making it a priority to work for the common good. After hearing our President’s speech last night and the Republican respondents since… I’ve just given up on the Republicans. I hope they are not too big a road block to JUST GO AROUND!

    September 10, 2009 at 8:08 am |
  52. Donna

    After the speech I feel that I am clear about what President Obama wants his plan to achieve. "Directionally" I agree with every objective. As the details gel I assume that I will agee with some and disagree with others. I don't know why anyone expects that everyone will agree with every detail. None of us will get all that we want. All that said there was apoint in the speech that gave me great pause. When he spoke about the character of our country I thought of the anger, hate, and intolerance that has been exhibited during this debate. If we as Americans find it so difficult to be tolerant of other Americans that philosophically disagree with us how intolerant are we as a country?

    September 10, 2009 at 8:08 am |
  53. Robert Mason

    Americans...Wake Up! I'm sick and tried of hearing about the healthcare debate with all of the rhetoric and misinformation esoecially Nancy Pelosi's irritating smile. It's not the President, it's Congress and until we ban all lobbyists and big business special interest groups from their "hallowed halls" nothing will ever get done.
    I worked for a company in Tennessee that went through ownership change three times during my tenure and with each change the insurance cost more for less coverage.
    How about cancelling the congressional health coverage as it stands, require them to purchase one of the regular policies that we have to, and then perhaps they will actually do something to earn their salary.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:07 am |
  54. maria

    I was laid off for the 2nd time in 3 years. I am ill, on medication and I need to continue the treatment, but unfortunately due to my unemployment my medical benefits are gone. I have medicine for another month and that is because my doctor assisted me by giving me samples the last time I visited him.
    I have always worked in the social service field and was a single parent for many years. I always struggled to pay for my health insurance, but it was a necessity and my responsibility as a parent to provide it to my child, even when I had to choose between paying my health insurance versus my electric bill.
    Right now, I don't qualify for any federal assistance due to the amount of $$$ I will be getting for unemployment, which in reality does not even pay for my monthly house note.
    I have paid taxes since I was 14 years old and I am 47 now,
    I had never ask for any type of govt assistance before until I had to apply for unemployment 3 years ago and now again.
    I have always paid taxes and like most working class Americans, we are the heartbeat of this country, yet we are always left behind.
    There are many people like me and I speak on behalf of them and myself, "we don't need to have to choose between paying our utilities versus our health insurance any longer". We need health care reform!!!!!!!

    September 10, 2009 at 8:07 am |
  55. Saeed Aslam

    Brainwashing is the greatest enemy we face. Whether it is a suicide bomber brainwashed into wanting to destroy us, or our own population fooled into believing that the president will pull the plug on grandma and a government takeover of our healthcare.
    I cannot believe that so many of us cannot see the juggernaut of the insurance companies doing everything imaginable to scare us, to save their unfair profits.
    For the sake of this great country, please let's get behind this great president of ours and help him do this for us. HE is on our side.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:06 am |
  56. Bonnie Canavino

    Put the issue aside, President Obama's speech directly targeted the moral and ethical job description of every elected public servant in the audience. This was a wake up call to one of the pressing issues the people are strapped with and how capital hill is adolescent acting. One could see the egotistical, self interest and rude behavior of elected officials who should be fired; such behavior in any business including small bus. is unacceptable. I hope for change in the political self reward system and that change is about what is right for every individual in our country, not the chosen few. President Obama did out line the task of health care, but it's the entire congresses task or even better their job to create a better country, which is an ongoing goal. Many families are in desperate need of health care opportunities instead of health care personal debt . Lastly is it not congress that should make the cuts in spending, not just putting the burden on President Obama alone to review their squandering?


    September 10, 2009 at 8:06 am |
  57. Annette smith

    I am so fed up with the politics of it all...lets get going and help the people!

    I watched all last night...looks alot like pouting children.
    Let's make it happen!

    It is getting so common to have rumors and fear rumors...I believe nothing!

    September 10, 2009 at 8:05 am |
  58. Louis Ferolito

    In regards to President Obama's speech – no doubt one of his best BUT this should no be a shock to anyone – President Obama has a gift of speech.
    I am a father of three – a family of five – I pay 1200 dollars a month for health care with a 5000 deductible – This is a mortgage payment for a single household – SOMETHING has to be done – right wrong or indifference – GET it DONE – In the past three years my insurance carrier has raised my rates each year 110 dollars a month – HOW much longer can this go on – It may be cheaper for me to drop the policy and roll the dice and pay as I go ------ is this the American Way ------ HELP – Republican or Democrat – what does it matter – we are all sinking with health care cost -

    September 10, 2009 at 8:05 am |
  59. Midwest Latina

    Carol and CNN please take "alien" out of your vocabulary when you're talking about human beings: example illegal aliens and undocumented aliens! It's dehumanizing!

    September 10, 2009 at 8:05 am |
  60. RJ

    Liberals can spin it like Wilson is now a racist but in fact he`s a conservative worried why his grandchildren having to pay for lazy peoples free insurance including illegal immigrants! Wake up liberals your childrens children are going to be forced into paying for any illegal alien that comes to this country! Wilsons outbursts are a common thing in most other governments and we are the ones looked at like we are the ignorant ones, how we smile at each others face while stabbing them in the back, this is the American way!

    September 10, 2009 at 8:04 am |
  61. Douglas Gatlin

    President Obama made an excellent presentation of his health reform plan and I support him 100%. The Republicans have nothing to offer the US except a continuation of the status quo. When are they going to get off their lazy butts and give us a constructive alternative?

    September 10, 2009 at 8:04 am |
  62. Raine Beamer

    I am a 53 yr. old female who was rendered disabled by secondary progressive multiple sclerosis in 2000 and am on Medicare. I am on numerous neurological medications that are very costly. Until Pres. Bush instituted the mandatory Medicare Part D plan, nearly most of my medications were provided at no cost to me by drug manufacturers. All that changed because they were no longer able to provide these necessary medications. Instead I was forced to find a Part D plan that would cover those medications. Medicare Part D has been a financially devastating program for me and many other Medicare participants. My husband and I have a small beef cattle operation in Southwestern VA and struggle daily to keep this farm afloat. He was laid off this past Feb. from his secondary job in a furniture factory. We both believe in Pres. Obama and his plans for our country. He was left with a mess to clean up by the previous administration. As for the heckling by Congressman Wilson, that was by far the worst representation of disrespect I believe I've ever seen. Is this what the GOP wants to portray?

    September 10, 2009 at 8:04 am |
  63. Susan

    I support President Obama 100% on the issue of health care reform. I also support some form of public option in order to make insurance accessible to all who needs it because it is a moral issue. This country sends medicines and medical assistance to foreign countries but do not take care or help our own people who needs medical care. The US falls all over itself to prevent people from dying in other countries, but allows its own people to die simply from lack of medical care or medical insurance. I don't understand this policy or way of thinking!
    The GOP just can't stand the thought that a DEMOCRAT AND BLACK PRESIDENT at that will be the one that goes down in history as fixing the health care issue. They had eight years to tackle this problem but didn't. I believe the GOP will be a party of NO for as long as President Obama is President. Wilson, Palin represent the face of the GOP -closet racists! Wilson must be punished and voted out of office. It is the GOP who are the liars.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:03 am |
  64. Ralph Howard

    There was and inveiw this morning.with the former Gov.are is he?
    Of NYC.he is a repulican, i dont see him saying anything that going to
    Make the president look good.It's a shame that some people still
    Hate this man! the Repulican's.did'nt even get up when he made point. it just go to show people's just how the are. they need to be call out.!
    every time they get crazy.i think there has been great strives that been
    Made,but it a lot needs to be done. but i think that we are headding in
    The right direction.that oustburst that senator made. is shameful
    What kind of crazy people that we are voteing into office.we need to
    Look at this real serious.this is hateful come on. this is the president,
    He need to be respected,

    September 10, 2009 at 8:03 am |
  65. Deborah Palmer

    What I do not get is this uproar about the public option Is not welfare a public option that we have now for those who can not afford heath care now .I am from Flint michigan you know how many use the emergency room now as a doctor office .For those who do not think theres enough waist in our system now that could pay for what he wants go to a emergency room and look who is in it bet half are ones that a should be going to doctor office .Ask Doctor what they think I did mine .He is so for reform so he can get back to what he trained for helping people not being over loaded with paper work or can I do this test needed or give this med because insurance may not pay for it or cover it .I just do not get why Republicans do not think his plan will work oh wait I know they are scared that this will work and he may get voted back into office . Just my 2 cents

    September 10, 2009 at 8:03 am |
  66. Mary

    I started with my former employer in 1992 and I paid nothing for health insurance all I had to do was go to the doctor with my insurance card because my insurance premiums were being paid by my employer. I believe it was in 1999 when a special meeting was called by my employers that we (employees) would be now responsible for our own health insurance premiums less the 50.00 per month they would pay and that our hourly rates will increase to cover the additional expense being passed to us. A 1.50 was added to my hourly wage to cover my health insurance premium for that year. (Now I should mention that I was required by the state of ohio to have health insurance for my son until the age of 18.) After that year my health ins premiums increased every october by a large amount but my wages were never increased to cover the increase in my health ins premium. By the time my son turned 18 (2005) my age had increased (30's) so my premium was ridiclous along with the fact that the owners of the place had wives with sickle cell, cancer, and a 45 year woman pregnant and she had cancer and the one with sicle cell trying to have a baby ended up with two kids the whole policy for the company was expensive. In june 2005 I resigned to start my own business because I couldn't afford the insurance and I wasn't able to contribute to my 401K because of the yearly increases in the health ins premiums. Enough was enough. I think Pres. Obama's speech was informative and his ideas great. I wouldn't care if insurance companies went away. They are raping people. A gov't run policy is what we need it would improve my deficit and the gov't's

    September 10, 2009 at 8:03 am |
  67. Pamela

    I am discouraged that the President has not addressed medical lawsuits and possible ceilings on those law suits. One of the main reasons our health care is too expensive is because of all the lawsuits and the cost to doctors for insurance. If a doctor is negligent then he and the hospital should not have to pay millions of dollars, the doctor should lose his license so he will not harm others. If a person is harmed then the hospital should offer free medical care for their lifetime.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:02 am |
  68. Cathy

    Will the 15 million illegal immigrants still use the emergency room? I suspect so, we will continue to be accessed a portion of the $1,000 per year for the continuation. Also did you know we also subsidized medicare and medicaid with our private insurance premiums as well.
    The last number I remember hearing was 3%. The public option may stand on its premiums but what will it pay the providers? The same as Medicare then we will subsidized that as well. The devil is in the details and we seem not to get to those.

    Just ask the Inusrance carriers what HIPPA and Sarbanes Oxley added to their cost.?

    I am for defining the problems and coming up with solutions, we seem to have done this at a very hight level for a very complex subject.


    September 10, 2009 at 8:02 am |
  69. Bob Nelson

    Your piece fact checking the hidden tax mentioned by President Obama failed to include all the information that your source, FamiliesUSA, has on its website. Here are the key findings from

    "While people without health insurance often delay ot forgo care, in 2008, the uninsured received $116 billion worth of care from hospitals, doctors, and other providers.Those costs were covered in the following ways:

    •The uninsured paid for, on average, more than one-third (37 percent) of the total costs of the care they received out of their own pockets.
    •Third-party sources, such as government programs and charities, paid for another 26 percent of that care.
    •The remaining amount, approximately $42.7 billion in 2008, was unpaid and constituted uncompensated care."

    If that $116 billion figure is accurate we are going to pay at least $1.16 trillion in health care for the uninsured over ten years, less than the $900 million ten year cost of the plan. We are already paying for it. We will save money with the President's plan.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:02 am |
  70. Richard

    If we swith the money we are wasting in remote foreign lands like Afghanistan to health care we will have more than enough money to care for everyone.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:01 am |
  71. LoriB

    John I think you hit the nail on the head!
    If this plan passes, republicans will not be able to gain control of congress. Giuliani should be banned for his misinformation and you need to get people that are willing to live in a democracy like it IS a democracy.
    I have this picture, the 2 year old in a store kicking and screaming because they didn't get there way.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:01 am |
  72. Dan

    If there is 900 billion dollars of "waste, fraud, and abuse" in the budget, does that mean that our Congress and President do an efficient job of running the show?

    September 10, 2009 at 8:01 am |
  73. Jerry Pursley

    The problem is that it has been "against the law" to hire undocumented aliens on federally funded jobs for more than a year but Obama twice delayed implimenting an Executive Order requiring employers to use the 99% accurate E-Verify program to determine an emploees legal status (as did Bush before him). And generally it is "against the law" to hire illegals but Obama stopped the ICE raids to enforce our immigration laws because such raids are "unAmerican" (imagine it's unAmerican to enforce our laws but not to break our laws!).
    Moreover it has always been a felony to commit fraud against Medicare/Medicaid. So why does Obama say he'll save billions in prosecuting Medicare/medicaid fruad IF his bill is passed when he could do that right now and could have been doing it all along!
    No, the problem with Obama is the same as with almost all of our elected leaders, the message is good but the performance is not.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:01 am |
  74. RJ

    No matter how liberals want to spin it it still is going to be a government program that wont be able to pay for itself and it will be on the backs of working middle class tax payers! Obama is great at making things seem so dire! I say to all of those whos main goal in this whole health care reform is to get free public option then I say you should go without some things before you demand the rest of us tax payers to pay for your insurance! Like, cell phones,satillite tv, suv, that house you cant afford, you know the things one should have to give up so they can afford their own health insurance!

    September 10, 2009 at 7:59 am |
  75. Carlton Ridge

    I am in total support of Obama's health care plan. Guiliana was as nonspecific as he accused Obama of being. I am sick of the Republican fear of change, they all need to act for the USA rather than worry aboit their own chanves of being reelected.

    September 10, 2009 at 7:56 am |
  76. Richard

    Although illegal immigrants won't receive health care vouchers under the President's plan, they will still receive free health care because hospitals are required to treat everyone who comes through the emergency department doors. They can't turn anyone away. So people who pay insurance premiums will still pay a hidden "tax" to cover the 20 million or so illegal immigrants when they receive their free health care. The President was incorrect when he said this "tax" would be eliminated.

    September 10, 2009 at 7:55 am |
  77. concern

    i think it goes to show how south carolina still today operate i think joe wilson was disrespectful to the president of the united states after 8 yrs of lies and mishandeling the american people we now have a president that is actualy consern about the american people and it trying to improve our country, see that's the problem they to afarid they may have to change the way they live, or the lower class just might live a little better then the past i think president obama now need to stop being nice an act like bush and do what ever he fell and not either bother to even consider the concern of others

    September 10, 2009 at 7:54 am |
  78. Charles Gurley

    Regarding the Presidents speech on health care. I believe that the speech was great and did what has needed to be done for awhile now. He disspelled the myths and lies generated by the Right and Lobbyist that do not want to lose another one of their cash cows. The speech laid out a plan and those that are ridiculous enough to say where are the specifics obviously missed the point! The President can not provide the specifics to each segement of the plan in a 45 minute speech. If America wants to know the specifics, then be responsible and read the bill when it is proposed.
    The Right should be ashamed and embarrassed of their actions. The view of the kindergarten section of the House sitting and whispering. Then the ultimate embarrassment of one supposed respected law maker screaming out during the speech. These are the actions and ideaology that makes the Grand Ole Party requiring a name change to the GET OUT PLEASE. If they can not act like respectable public officials and try to help Americans, then it is time for them to GET OUT!! Watching the spectacle that was made makes me believe more than ever how can these people stand there and say they are Americans and there to help Americans when they obviously do not understand REAL AMERICANS.
    Finally, to cement this ever growing belief the supposed god child of the Grand Ole Party Rudy G comes on CNN continuing the same old line of speech and trying to do all he can to continue the scare tactics and misinformation. Please, to all Republicans!!! Start working for Real Americans or GET OUT PLEASE!!!!!

    September 10, 2009 at 7:53 am |
  79. Barbara Franklin

    I believe Pres. Obama hit it out of the ballpark last night. I believe that he will stick with the public option because he knows that is the only way to provide competition. Way to go Pres. Obama!

    September 10, 2009 at 7:53 am |
  80. Cheryl Harrison

    Why on earth would you have Rudy on your show to critiize the Presidents health care plan. All of his Republican rehtoric is making me sick. He kept dredging up $$$ and the old song about how BIG the defiit is when, no matter how many times the republicans say it is Obamas fault all of us out here know that it was the republicans led by George Bush that put us here.

    They have a right to their opinion but I for one an tired of the media giving them the opportunity unending of regurgitating it on the news.

    It is 4:33 am and I am wondering if he was the only one you could come up with for the early morning show.

    Isn't there anyone else to talk to that may have ideas about how to help get good health care passed instead of the disrespectful opposition.

    I found the outburst in congress appauling. I shows the lengths that the paid for conservative republican nuts will stoop to anything to protect their private health care companys.

    Believe me they are doing fine being the spoilers of something that we all desperately need.


    September 10, 2009 at 7:53 am |
  81. Jill C.

    I consider myself a moderate Democrat, and a past health insurance agent. I was pleased overall with President Obama's proposal in terms of keeping private insurance in place, offering a government oversighted nonprofit component (as we have in "Kidcare" and other subsidized insurance for the poor), having across-state insurance for more consistant coverage as well as more competition among private insurers. We know that eliminating the "pre-existing condition clauses" from insurance policies works in guaranteed states like New York and Washington-I'm not sure about the unlimited coverage in the cost of insurance element for private insurers-but certainly there needs to remain the choice across the country for doctors and hospitals. I would like to have heard more specifics on the financials-how are we paying for this? However, I was pleased that he directly stated that Medicare benefits would not go down and the funding would not be effected. I was disappointed that CNN did not offer ANY rebuttal to the Republican speech after Obama, especially as it directly contradicted at least three points of Obama's speech. Otherwise: Good coverage. Thanks!

    September 10, 2009 at 7:52 am |
  82. Leslie C.

    I think the President did a great job of explaining his health care reform plan in the time that he had without getting into details that would be over most people's heads. The Republicans are going to oppose anything that the Democrats want to do because helping those in need is not something they like to do. It amazes me that the Republican party continues to appear to be the "moral" and "righteous" group when they acted rudely toward the President last night holding up signs and shouting......where is the respect??

    September 10, 2009 at 7:51 am |
  83. jean arnett

    I think it covered everything the american people needed to hear...the bottom line, everyone needs to be covered and its better to do it now than not at all... because the republicans have done nothing at all in all the years they've been in power, we are left with no other recourse...its time the president puts his foot down and lays the law of the he mentioned in his speech, work on what works now, and fix the problems that don't work far as the trillions of dollars, it never bothered the republicans when we were in a war that wasn't even ours, why should they wake up now because someone is trying to fix their mess...are they embarrassed? well....they should be and ashamed.

    September 10, 2009 at 7:51 am |
  84. Alice NYC

    I think it was a good speech. I don't understand why Americans have no problem with paying so much to help other countries and that includes healthcare, or paying for a war in Iraq but have trouble helping fellow americans. What Americans must understand is that it is not only financially bad for us to have so many uninsured by it also threatens the health and safety of other Americans who do have health insurance and are able to get the care. Americans who can't get healthcare, are at risk of passing on disease and illness to others. And here is something else they need to understand, I would rather give free vaccinations to illegal aliens and thier children than have to share a bus or playground with folks who can also pass disease and illness. These folks are not easy to identify, they come from all over the world, not just some spanish speaking country.

    September 10, 2009 at 7:51 am |
  85. Tom Joad

    How do you explain something to someone who’s not listening? Simple!
    You don’t!
    Oh, and Mr. Giuliani when did Obama EVER say he was not for a Public
    Option? Everyone started assuming that was the case because they were
    being mislead by rhetoric from the far right.

    “You Lie?” Are you kidding me? How embarrassing.
    Even the Far Right Congressman don’t know how to speak properly.

    Those opposing Healthcare Reform want to see Obama fail – even if it means
    sacrificing an opportunity where they would be the beneficiaries. You see
    how they reacted when he wanted to encourage the nation’s children. The
    far right thinks this is a game to be won or loss. Without a Public Option
    there are NO winners. “ALL” of our premiums will continue to double every
    three years while insurance companies deny those with pre-existing
    conditions. Insurance Companies will get bigger and bigger as they pat you
    down for every dime you have like “Dee Bo” from the movie Friday – until
    your house and all of your savings are gone. And, those without insurance
    will simply not go to the doctor for preventative care because they can’t
    afford it. Then you and I will end up paying ten times as much when they
    return via the ER.
    – Then the mass Exodus of Business will begin like Moses and the Israelites.
    – Then Unemployment will rise to higher than levels during the “Great Depression.”
    – Then local municipalities and even states will go bankrupt from lack of tax revenue
    – Then The government will print even more money in an effort to prevent the inevitable
    – Then Unmitigated inflation will create hysteria
    …and the GO (pea) brains will blame it all on Obama.

    September 10, 2009 at 7:50 am |
  86. T Gordon

    Republicans say that the President didn't mention one way of paying for his proposal but he did; the President said revenues would be generated through consumer premiums required from the new insurer(s).

    T Gordon

    September 10, 2009 at 7:50 am |
  87. Curt

    I think Jon did a good job with Rudy in trying to hold him and the republican party to the fire in that the Bush administration is the group that ran up the deficit. Too many news programs are looking for the bad stuff (mostly lies) and not focusing on the good stuff, the great speach from our President last night. If people would have listened, he did lay out his plans clearer. However, on your news program this AM (and on others that I have bounced to) the republicans/supporters of are still spreading their lies (Mr. Wilson). They all need to work together and stick up for us little guys.

    September 10, 2009 at 7:50 am |
  88. Louise Clementi

    Why don't any of your commentators ask Republicans, since they supposedly know how to fix health care, why they didn't do anything about it when they were in charge for 8 years. They seem to have all the answers now but did not do anything while they were in office. I think the President's speech was very good and sincere and he at least is trying to do something for poor people. The Republicans seem to worry more about the rich and big business then poor or middle class people.

    September 10, 2009 at 7:49 am |
  89. Mary

    Two, Wilson is right on target....Obama is a liar.....and why didn't Pelosi get heat when she called the CIA a liar....double standards always apply with the dems. Two, John Roberts interview with the former Mayor of NYC was so telling of CNN and how far in the tank they are with this administration. C'mon some balanced reporting ...... you are more transparent than Obama........Guiliani certainly got your tongue all tied up and all you could do was recite the liberal talking points over and over. You are sooooooooo boring. But, knowing Guiliani was on this AM I just had to watch you crash.

    September 10, 2009 at 7:49 am |
  90. Carol

    I think the speech was a good speech but, again, he did not fully explain how the program is going to be implemented and how it will be paid for. Saying that cleaning up waste in Medicare will pay for it only scares me because who will determine what "waste" is? How will that affect older American's care? I also object to his "threats" to those who don't agree with him. Just because someone doesn't agree with you does not mean they are wrong. I think he has a long way to go to win the hearts of the American people.

    September 10, 2009 at 7:48 am |
  91. Bob in Florida

    I think Obama did well. He was speaking primarily to the American people and the remaining Democrats who are hesitant about moving forward. As for the Republicans in the room, well, perhaps 1 or 2 may look at the issue as it pertains to the populance, the rest rest will continue to do whatever they can to prevent any Obama success.

    September 10, 2009 at 7:48 am |
  92. Barbra

    Insurance companies already control American healthcare. They have the right to decide what tests, medications and drs. we use simply by refusing to cover services. A public plan will be no worse. The Republican party should hide their faces after the last eight years of lies the magnitude of which has placed us in life and financial costing war based on bogus reasons (lies). I did not hear anyone call Mr. Bush a liar, though we all know he was. AMERICANS grow and give this President a fair opportunity to clean-up the last administration's mess that placed our country in this recession!

    September 10, 2009 at 7:48 am |
  93. S Ward

    I was dissapointed that no new ideas were brought forward during the speech. It's as if he was trying to sweet talk the public into a plan they've already expressed to him they don't like, and can't afford as a nation. Is Obama that naive, or does he think that we are that naive, to believe that any kind of plan that would have real impact on long term costs will actually not cost the nation a dime.

    September 10, 2009 at 7:48 am |
  94. hoi polloi

    You're covering a speech about the most important policy initiative in two decades. The President just gave a speech asking that we focus on the actual issues in the debate rather than the lies and distortions. So, you guys book Rudy Giuliani to come on a repeat the same tired old talking points and obfuscations - Mr. 911, the original fear-monger.

    Then at the end of the segment, your anchor with a big smile says: "I'm sure the Mayor got our viewers fired up." Is that the point of this exercise for AmFix? How about journalism, how about performing a public service? Americans, as they should be, are concerned that the most important policy initiative of many of their lifetimes be done right. And you have Rudy Giuliani on to broadcast his tired old lies.

    Put your ideas about how to goose ratings aside for a few weeks and provide real information to your viewers. Maybe you'll be surprized by the impact that has on the ratings.

    Be better.

    September 10, 2009 at 7:48 am |
  95. JO

    The President is correct that the US healthcare system needs to be reformed. He did a good job of outlining some of the key ingredients needed to reform a system that by many measures is only slightly better than the systems of some third world countries. My only disappointment with the President's speech last night was his inability to outline how he's going to reduce the cost of this bloated system. At 17% of GDP, everyone including the President has said this is unsustainable. Unfortunately, no one including the President has outlined any plan to lower the overall cost or even to reduce the growth rate and to improve the quality above that of a third world country.

    September 10, 2009 at 7:47 am |
  96. Dian

    I had my doubts at first if President Obama was going to lead or be led around at this hearing. I was amazed at his leadership qualities. He did the math , and I believe he was being sincere to the American people . I give him credit for speaking up and speaking out on the Health Care issue. Taking the reigns and holding fast to what he believes all the way through from start to finish. He is a leader. I will admit this now after hearing and seeing his speech. 🙂


    September 10, 2009 at 7:46 am |
  97. John

    Let's see...if only there was a way to come up with 600 billion dollars to cover the cost of the new health care plan??? Wake up Republicans, you have spent more than that on the Iraq war! Where are your priorities??? Is liberating Iraq more important to you than taking care of your fellow Americans???

    September 10, 2009 at 7:46 am |
  98. Frank Barnes

    I agree with the President that every American should have affordable access to health care and that insurance companies must cover pre-existing illnesses and not be able to discontinue the coverage of their sicker policyholders.

    However, when the President addressed cost, he failed to discuss the biggest cost driver in medical care–chronic illness. In a CNN interview, Cleveland Clinic CEO, Dr. Toby Cosgrove, noted that 70% of the cost in health care comes from chronic disease. Also, he noted that "chronic diseases come from really three big things–from obesity, from lack of exercise and from smoking.

    If this true, the only way to substantially reduce the cost of health care in the U. S. is to reduce the incidence of chronic diseases. This leads me to ask: How do we incentivize people to lead more healthy lifestyles? Unfortunately, people frequently ignore the advice of their physicians. Consequently, just because a smoker has better access to a physician doesn't mean he will quit smoking, nor does it guarantee that an inactive, overweight adult will eat more healthy, exercise and lose weight. In some way, personal responsibility for maintaining a healthy lifestyle must be built into health care reform.

    September 10, 2009 at 7:45 am |
  99. Dalton

    I listen to you every morning and I hear your commentators playing God by always being able to say what is going to happen in the future or what the intent of Pres. Obama is by what he says. I challenge you to play a more practical and common sense role by inviting any senator or congressmen to your program and please pose this question to him or her, "What kind of health plan does he have?, How much does he contribute to it?, Who pays for this plan that he enjoys?, Is it not the taxpayer?, Upon leaving the House or Senate is he not able to carry his health plan with him?" Does he not have the best health plan any citizen can want? So why don't they want us to have the same health plan that they have in as much as we are paying for it.

    September 10, 2009 at 7:44 am |
  100. Alan Clark

    I sure wish I could immigrate to Scandanavia. Sure they pay huge taxes but healthcare is free, college education is free, there are no taxes on gas, food, merchandise.

    Americans are so blind to change but take a look how many times your dollar is being taxed!!

    September 10, 2009 at 7:43 am |
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