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March 5th, 2010
03:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your comments 3/5/2010

Editor's Note: President Obama’s health care reform call to action for Democrats sparked varied feedback from Friday’s American Morning audience. Some thought the Republicans should retreat from the argument if they were so confident of the Democrats’ future failure. Others suggested the U.S. look at new sources of revenue to fund the program. A third group was perplexed as to why so many were against “mandated” health insurance, when such programs already exist for car insurance.

  • George: If the Republicans are so sure that the Healthcare bill will doom the democrats in November, why are they still fighting the bill?
  • Dwayne: All This Squabbling is Over How We Are Going to Pay for It- Health Care-Education- etc. When Really The USA Needs Another Source of REVENUE other that TAXES or HIGH TAXES! Why Not REVENUE from SELLING OIL from Federal Lands? Then, How about DISCOUNTED PRICE for Gas, Natural Gas, Heating Oil & Diesel OIL On Our Way to GREEN SOURCES of ENERGY! That would Be Like Giving Everyone a Raise in UTILITIES ALONE! […]
  • Sydney: I don't understand why people are so afraid of "mandated" health insurance. We already have mandated insurance–auto insurance. I can't drive my car without at least collision insurance or I will be fined. Also, what is the difference between the government outlining coverage and the insurance companies outlining what they will cover. Would a Republican please explain these differences to me.

How do you feel about the president’s call to action on health care for Democrats? Continue the conversation below.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. alvinware

    i have a question. which is you ran a story about a school that graduated all of its students. i would like to view it.

    March 8, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  2. Frank

    Start reading numerous good How to Start a Business books, It may come in handy if all else fails. Find an a niche your community needs and fill it. The SBA web site has some good stuff.

    March 8, 2010 at 9:17 am |
  3. hilroy

    John (last word to the republicans) Roberts?

    March 8, 2010 at 8:58 am |
  4. hilroy

    All this disrespect for the President by the "white right" is there any wonder why Minister Louis Farakhan is becoming more popular and the membership in the Nation Of Islam is growing by leaps and bounds.

    Referring to the first lady as a chimp and the images at the RNC smoozer just goes to show the racism in the white maale RNC. Some people never learn.

    Michael Steele is a big joke himself. How could he continue as Chairman of this racist RNC? It will all come out in the wash.

    March 8, 2010 at 8:50 am |
  5. Archie

    This is a little "off subject", but I heard yet another Republican yesterday say that we could solve the jobs issue by cutting off unemployment compensation. The rationale being that people would then be forced to find a job [or starve and/or be homeless]. This was Tom Delay's answer to the issue. What an idiot!

    March 8, 2010 at 6:58 am |
  6. A. Smith, Oregon

    Big Oil corporations have received hundreds of Billions of Federal taxpayer dollars in subsidy's since Bush sr. has been active in Washington politics extending to his son and the horrific administration of Bush-Cheney. They are among the largest tax evaders in American history using offshore corporations to avoid paying full federal taxes, social security and medicare-medicaid taxes on the employees.

    It recently came to light that Dick Cheney's KBR-Haliburton was using a tiny shell corporation in Belize to do the same, ALL at the same time gigantic no-bid Govt. contracts were pushed their way during both ongoing wars.

    The massive albatross known as the Dept. of Homeland Security has sucked up so many hundreds of Billions of Taxpayer dollars, America could have afforded Universal Health Care for ALL Americans and saved a great many more American lives if that Dept. had never been created by Bush-Cheney.

    This is a purposeful step-by-step stratigy by the Republican party and Republican lawmakers. Big American Corporations only want to make mega Billions and if their puppets in the Republican lawmakers can give them those Billions in free taxpayer dollars, they are more than willing to greedily accept them. They certainly do not care about workers health unless the laws force them to do so.

    Cut Big Oil's federal subsidy's entirely to zero. Shut down the do nothing Dept. of Homeland Security. Use the Trillion dollars in resulting unspent revenues to place into domestic spending.

    March 6, 2010 at 12:36 pm |
  7. stan

    if obama wants true health care reform why does he not want to throw out stupid lawsuits ( ex lady putting hot coffee between her legs, then spilling it then recieving thousands of doallars for it ) The can also control drug prices which are out of control. And finally limit the profits these medical insurance companies are allowed just as they do medicare

    March 6, 2010 at 7:32 am |
  8. wolfgang

    What is wrong with you people? Abortion has nothing to do with HCR. It has already been dealt with. There will be no federal funding for this. This is the law of the land.

    Also, it seems that the so-called "males" in Congress are questioning this little tidbit. Get over yourselves. Until you have been inpregnated, carried a baby for 9 months or more, gave birth...then we can talk. If you haven't done all of the above, take a step backwards. All you men do is drop a seed and the women have to do the rest. We love you dearly, but please do not presume to know our bodies and our brain. We can make logical decisions for ourselves.

    You are not helping. There is more to HCR than abortions (which has already been establish).

    March 6, 2010 at 5:40 am |
  9. C. Schwedock

    Only two basic steps are necessary in a Health Care bill (not 2,000 pages):

    1) EVERYONE must be required to carry insurance coverage, just as they do with auto insurance. Basics of insurance dictates that - no money in the pot, then no money to take out. Those without coverage should be fined just as they do for lack of auto coverage. Currently, millions of young, healthy people "choose" to spend their money on something other than health insurance. That leaves only those who are paying in, the same ones who are taking out. This is like giving someone the option of paying into Social Security the day before they start taking out. This behavior prevents the "pot" from accumulating sufficiently for those who require the care. Everyone within the system must participate, or the system cannot function properly.
    2) No one can be denied coverage. There must be an end to the concept/excuse of 'pre-existing condition.' Of course, once everyone starts paying in, insurance companies should have less reason to complain.

    In addition, two other steps are needed in a health care system:

    3) All policies should require deductibles. People must take responsibility for their own health care. Just as an illness should not bankrupt anyone, neither should anyone expect or rely soley on someone else to take care of them. We should all be paying toward our own care and that means paying a deductible out of our own pocket, in addition to what insurance pays for our care. This increases self-accountability and reduces waste.

    4) The ONLY people making medical decisions about a patient's care should be the patient's doctors/caregivers and the patient, NOT any employee or representative of an insurance company.

    March 5, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  10. A. Smith, Oregon

    Vatican prostitution ring!!!

    A senior aide to the Pope and a Vatican chorister have been removed from their posts over allegations of involvement in a homosexual Vatican prostitution ring!

    The wiretap transcripts suggest that they procured at least 10 contacts for the Vatican Johns, including a male model and a rugby player!

    The supplier of the Vatican prostitutes told the Italian newspaper Panorama that he would find men on the Pianeta Escort (Planet Escort) website and set up encounters between them and the Vatican contact at his apartment in Rome.

    March 5, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  11. moe Habibi

    our health crisis is really not a "HEALTH CRISIS" but is the "COST PRICES" . I was able to get 4 bypass surgery within 48 hours after I first visited my Doctor . That to me is priceless to get such a fast and good care within 48 hours. I do not know how many other country you can get "GOOD HEALTH CARE SO FAST" but the price tag is so high, and the insurance companies charge so high because the hospitals charge so we have "PRICE CRISIS" and the only way to solve this problem is to have more hospitals so we can shop around and better yet do your share of taking care of yourself to need the hospitals less often . Also it helps to try to schedule your surgery at outpatient clinics as much as possible . One reason we have a "GREAT HEATH CARE" in this country is that the health care is "A BUSINESS" and that should remain that way to ensure that because it is a business the hospitals will take a good care of you.

    March 5, 2010 at 3:28 pm |