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December 14th, 2009
08:00 AM ET

New health care pact doomed?

"A good, solid B+." That's how President Obama is grading himself for his first year in office. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, he said that could improve to an "A" by creating jobs and getting health care done.

The president also told CBS' "60 minutes" he expects a health care reform bill to be on his desk sooner than people think. Today, though, there are new hurdles in the Senate. Our Jim Acosta has the report.

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  1. whybs on twitter


    Simple math is for simple folks! Thanks to folks like you that help drag down our math/science standards! BTW, you should have rounded it up to $ 26,666.67, especially given the shared sentiment of government inefficiency!

    Now, let's take your analysis a little further & let's round it up to $30K per uninsured to simplify the math. BTW, the $900B is spread over a 10-year period. This would translate to $250/mo per uninsured.

    Do you know the costs of proving emergency treatments to 30M uninsured over a 10-year period? And who will be paying for the uninsured?

    Now, at $250/month, what's your point?

    January 9, 2010 at 1:48 am |
  2. whybs on twitter

    Mike M, Rush [Limbaugh]'s heart is fine; his head is not! 🙁

    January 9, 2010 at 1:18 am |
  3. Mike M

    Rush Limbaugh recently suffered chest pains and went to a hospital to get himself checked out. After being examined and released with a clean bill of health he took the opportunity, at his news conference, to say he received the best care at the hospital and that nothing is wrong with the current health care system. He's correct in saying there is nothing wrong with the health care system but misses one point.
    How many Americans develop chest pains on a daily basis and fail to get check out because they can't afford a basic affordable health care policy much less one like Mr. Limbaugh's that is probably the best money can buy

    January 2, 2010 at 1:09 pm |
  4. ebonitia

    Regardless of what it done, how do you trust doctors trained to prescribe a lifetime of drugs? Medicine for profit requires that our nation become filled with sick, helplessly addicted, medicated citizens. Privatized, or public optioned, wellness is not a priority of The American Medical Association or its pharmaceutical sidekicks.

    January 1, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  5. Ross

    NEWS REPORTERS: DO THE MATH... Health care bill – $800 Billion divided by the additional 30 million people, that they say will be covered by the bill, comes out to $ 26,666.66 dollars per person. Why don't you report that and investigate why we do not question where the money goes. Do the math on the "Cash for Clunkers" if you want to be really surprised. Unfortunately the quiet majority depends on the news media to screen the issues and check the facts for them, so please DO THE MATH. If not for them, do it for yourselves.

    December 30, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  6. Neil

    Please people, on both sides of this debate, rise above the petty issues and consider what's important:

    - Thousands of people die in the richest country in the world due to lack of health insurance or preventative care.
    - The people who have insurance pay far more than any other system in the world and receive less due to for profit medical decisions and insurance companies fine print.
    - The US spends Billions on protecting the free world with its military and fighting mismanaged wars, but can not afford health care for its people?
    - The government was recently forced to bailout unethical financial plays by fat cats but should spend no money to help provide more people affortable health care?

    - Shame on all who voted against health care reform for sick and needy Americans. Remember their names. This issue was not about money, but people's lives. If the Republicans wanted to acheive a better way to provide health care for the have nots, they had eight years to do so and did nothing. Even if the bill only achieves partial success, its better than the past.

    December 25, 2009 at 7:47 pm |
  7. Dave M.

    It's the classic political argument tool; 'If you don't like our plan, you're against the cause.' Here's a better statistic: 95% agree we need health care reform, but this plan sucks! I

    t doesn't touch the problem of cost, it just comes up with more ways to take more of what little money we have and throw it around the country while taking half of it to feed the newer bigger and better bureaucracy we're going to create to run it. And, we're using millions of our dollars to buy the last few votes to get it through congress. (OH, ONE MINOR POINT, THAT"S CALLED CORRUPTION WHEN WE SEE IT IN OTHER COUNTRIES.)

    Meanwhile, we're going to print and borrow more money than exists and degrade our financial system and the value of our money further.

    This plan needs to die, and we need to start over.

    December 25, 2009 at 7:03 am |
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