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February 25th, 2010
04:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your comments 2/25/2010

Editor's Note: As Thursday’s American Morning audience prepared for President Obama's health care summit, many shared their concerns about how effective the effort would be in moving reform forward. Most remained defiant that the Republicans would do little to contribute to a bipartisan solution, while others strongly defended Republicans for standing strong against President Obama’s proposed plans.

  • William: Funny that every one thinks today's summit is just theater. Have you ever seen what goes on in the House and Senate? Most of the dissenters are from a party that hasn't contributed anything to healthcare reform other than a bunch of amendments to weaken the bill. Now they want to start over?
  • Judi: You claim that because the health Insurance Companies raise their rates that make the government broken? The reason that the government don't work is because the Republicans filibuster anything that the Democrats propose. Even when they make the proposals. John asked why the President didn't present his plan in the first place? When Clinton did this, the media complained that he didn't listen to Congress and let them put in their ideas. Media is so confused and you confuse the American people.

What are your expectations for today’s heath care summit? Continue the conversation below.

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  1. wolfgang

    Now the Reps..and some Dems want to start over. No can do. Pres Obama…“shoot straight from the hip”. Do what needs to be done to help the American People. We cannot go back or start over. Progress is moving FORWARD, not backwards. But some Legislatures want to go back to a time where we didn’t have to worry about such things, i.e., health care, Medicare, medicade, civil rights. Everyone was living in a bubble.

    Listen to this scenario Congress; Let’s start from scratch: No kickbacks from the Insurance Companies for you. Just go to work, pass your legislation and worry about NOTHING.

    No one has insurance, only the RICH.
    Let’s just let the sick and ailing die. Overall COST will be
    too much. We don’t need it.
    What about your family? Is it going to affect your family? Who cares?

    Boehner, this is not show and tell. Show some concern, not arrogance, for the people who sent you to do a job for them. If you can’t, then you should put in your resignation. Also, Cantor and McConnell. The rest of you who are “putting on a front” to the American people should resign too. This is not a repub/dems agenda. This is a People agenda.

    Did anyone LISTEN to the Congressman from PA? I did. He is the type of Legislature that is needed in Congress. The one who CARES. We need a lot more like him.

    February 26, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  2. ALLAN

    Yesterday's "Health Care Summit" was quite educational.

    The Republicans ALL seemed to agree that we need some sort of new health care legislation, and they all seemed to agree that at least some of the parts of the existing legislation contained acceptable portions… yet they all seemed to be reading from the same script by insisting that we need to “start over” on the health care bill.

    It’s NOT like mixing a martini where the entire drink is bad because you used chocolate milk instead of gin… it’s more like replacing ALL of the buttons on a shirt because only SOME of the buttons are the wrong color.

    Would you repaint the entire warehouse because you didn’t like the color of ONE of the walls?

    February 26, 2010 at 8:47 am |
  3. jd

    I can't find the blog about the Haitian Gov declaring the disaster over. But here is my take. If this was the US we would have been checking the relief supplies from the start. Just because they are now doing that, why question that? We all know there are unscrupulous people out there who will take advantage of any given situation, the Haitian gov is doing what it should. The disaster is over, now it is time to fix what is destroyed, and that is up to the Haitians themselves. I would love to see us take up a collection the size of the relief effort, to assist our own with food, medical and housing! Why not try taking that action and seeing what we are willing to give to our own! Its time to quit taking care of the world and take care of our own.
    I feel sorry for Haiti, but really, how much worse is it now than before the earthquake? Many are able and just sitting on their butts waiting for everyone else to do the fixing.

    February 26, 2010 at 6:48 am |
  4. Natalie

    Well this is for John Roberts.

    As a fellow Canadian I thought you would be the man to talk to about this cause I thinks it rates a mention....

    We all got schooled in just how proud we should be as Canadians even though sometimes being a country that is known for politeness rather than vocal patriotism we somtimes forget what we have. I just watched Joannie Rochette make both her nation and her mother (looking on her) proud as her Dad and fellow Canadians from Coast to Coast watched a glow. I just thought someone should stand up and give brief acknowledgement to this courageous young woman. She forged on in the face of great personal tradgedy. The outcome was really irrelevent when you think of it, the mere fact she got through it. This kind of world stage, the pressure, to endure and become only one of a handful of women to medal in her sport on behalf of her country ever is an achievement at that . The fact that she did under such difficult circumstances and with such poise and grace makes me not only proud as a Canadian but as a daughter and mother as well.

    February 26, 2010 at 12:50 am |
  5. marsha siner

    i'm glad obama pulled this summit together. great job. the american people need to know what's really at stake here. the repubs. don't care about the average american. my daughter had cancer when she was a baby (now 25) she lost her left eye, actually...the stuff that goes along with that is amazing and hard. she worked until recently laid off. no health care, even though she was working at the time for blue sheild health care of california. ironic at best. she became quite ill had to go to the emergency room last year (put off going way too long because she had no insurance and nearly lost her life) I forced her to go and i saved her. we are paying her bills. by the time all the bills came to us, which took many months the total was nearly 150.000.00. who ever today said at the summit that we have "the best health care system in the world" should TAKE THAT STATEMENT BACK. many of our friends and family members who work hard and pay taxes cannot get health coverage and when they (we) do, we realize that we've paid a lot of money and get very little coverage at all. i pray that the democratic party will pull through for us, as i feel that obama has our best interest in his heart and the best plan, and is determined to push his plan forward. I will continue to support the president on every and any issue he feels is important to tackle, and there are many. this is the first time in many decades that if feel our nation has a chance to be a better nation, for ourselves and the world. thank you.

    February 25, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  6. Cecilia Grajeda

    Obama finally stood up for the American people. We were all able to see who wants health care reform and who wants more of the same.. Please, President Obama, don't back down...

    February 25, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  7. Dennis in AZ

    It seems like the place for a debate would have been before the legislation and all the back room deals. I don't think anyone honestly believes this short forum will allow anything to be corrected. The common sense thing would have been to do what was promised during the campaign–open, transparent debate before the legislation gets writen. At this point, the Dems are just allowing the repubs one last chance to vote for leftislation that 70 percent of Americans are against. Nonetheless, as Dog-and-Pony shows go–this is a fine one.

    February 25, 2010 at 4:30 pm |