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March 4th, 2010
03:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your comments 3/4/2010

Editor's Note: American Morning’s Thursday audience revisited the health care debate, one day after President Obama laid down the gauntlet for the final vote on reform. Though all accepted the premise that “something needs to be done on health care reform,” many argued pros and cons of the proposed plan; others offered alternatives.

  • RP: Ya know this healthcare problem really doesn't seem so complicated. The government already has the infrastructure components to implement "Healthcare" without creating a new layer of government. The private insurance companies only want to "insure" those most probable to not have health problems. So allow "chronic illness" people access to medicare at both ends of the life spectrum (birth-defects, chronic conditions, and elderly/aging) to set health plan coverage (funding mechanism is already in place). Allow private insurance to market to those at less-risk but, have a income surtax.....based on "reasonable returns on capital" of their profits. The surtax would then be used to fund coverages for the chronically ill and educational programs through school that promote a preventative, healthy lifestyle. […]
  • Betty: Interesting that all the pro health care people (like the lady that was just on) say Oh I can't say what the public thinks – like its a mortal sin – If polls favored the health care I'm sure they would love to repeat what the public thinks. I'm opposed to the health care bill more because of the cuts in the care we receive and low payments to the doctors than even the tremendous cost. Of course that is the excuse that will 'pay' for it all. It’s the plan, not the dysfunctional government that is holding up the bill.
  • Nancy: Where do you get your poll numbers from? I don't agree that 48% want health care reform to start over. If CNN and other news networks would have scrutinized the spending of the Bush administration on the Iraq war and tax relief for big business the way they are the health care bill, we may not have the deficit we have today. Could one of the reasons be because of all the advertising dollars that drug companies spend that we are hearing mostly negative news on health care reform? As a nation ranking 37th in health care, I think we can all agree that something needs fixed. I love this country and am dismayed by all the misinformation and hate I hear on the news. I support our President and hope that health care reform passes. No one wants to pay taxes but everyone wants the government, both state and federal, to provide services.

What do you think? Continue the conversation below.

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  1. John Miami Beach

    Your report on outrageous prices for simple items "Health Care Costs" is missing an essential element :

    Since the majority of Hospital revenues come from Medicaid and Medicare government programs that are based on specific payment schedules that do not relate to the actual costs of the services provided –

    Hospitals compensate for the resulting cash shortfalls by raising prices on everything else that is unregulated

    Changing government involvement from a Defined Benefit model to a Defined Contribution model is the only way to bring sanity to costs and benefits – while reducing overall cost of health care.

    A Defined Contribution model allows the government to subsidize people in need, but puts those people in charge of spending the money – the Defined Benefit model is at the cause of the inability of the market forces to fix the problem.

    March 5, 2010 at 8:21 am |
  2. Glenn Koons

    The switch boards are being flooded by lefties to make reps think the nation just loves the Obamacare socialist mess. Hopefully, there will be an alternative bunch of calls. But if not, it is because Pubs, conservs, Teas, Libertarians are all working!! I do not support this most dangerous President and his Dem minions in Congress. They are conning Americans and to be frank, no one wants to be Venezuela unless one is a Lefty radical socialist pacifist.

    March 4, 2010 at 7:40 pm |
  3. moe Habibi

    A great show Thursday morning...a special thanks to Kate Bolduan for co-anchoring the show . You are awesome KATE !

    March 4, 2010 at 3:21 pm |