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July 23rd, 2009
08:23 AM ET

How'd He Do?

Did Pres. Obama last night add to/subtract from/otherwise change your concerns about health care reform?

Post your comments below.


Filed under: Heidi Collins
soundoff (253 Responses)
  1. mary g

    I think he did great. I like the fact that he is talking so much to the American people. For the first time I believe a president actually cares about what is going. I VOTED GOOD!

    July 23, 2009 at 8:42 am |
  2. Thomas

    yes he did am all for d health care reforms

    July 23, 2009 at 9:06 am |
  3. Elaine Wint

    I understand more from the press conference last night. The latest gripe that health insurance reform was going to help run up the deficit after last night only prove that that was a political ploy by those who do not want reform and also the insurance companies who are making record profits.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:07 am |
  4. Chris

    Adds to my concerns ... this is way too big of an issue to try to push through so quickly. I feel that there are so many facets to the health care issue that need to be addressed rather than see how fast it can be passed. It makes me wonder why.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:08 am |
  5. Steve

    After 60 years of nothing but talk and empty promises it's time to fix this problem and the President is doing what he promised and was elected to do. All I hear coming from the other side are lies and deceptions. They don't care about fixing a broken medicare system like Immigration is also.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:10 am |
  6. Dan Leahy

    Cohen's "fact check" was absolutely 0 for 3. Not one of her points was true. All she did was present the tired Republican talking points that don't really refute what the president was saying. Like the rest of the corporate media, CNN seems determined to help the insurance industry defeat meaningful health care reform.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:11 am |
  7. Kathy from Pinellas Park, Florida

    President Obama did a great job last night describing the way forward for health care reform. I don't know why media folks continue to say it's all about President Obama's political capital ... it's about doing what's best for millions of Americans. The President presented ideas that are being discussed and what might happen in the future. The American public needs to understand this legislation is a work in progress. The Republicans needs to roll up their sleeves and get involved. I thought President Obama's comments about the 168 amendments added to the legislation and the board review idea submitted by Republications were telling. So how can Republicans say they are not included? Too much politics on an issue that's so important to Americans. I think President Obama is right .... get the ball moving down the road!! NOW!

    July 23, 2009 at 9:11 am |
  8. diana edwards

    Until the government can give decent care for our military, and our disabled veterans, I cannot believe they will do anything adequate for the rest of us. Until Congress participates with any national health program themselves, I'm sure that what they want for the rest of us would be good enough for any of them. Congress as a whole, are a very self-serving group...republicans and democrats alike. They all swore to protect this country, and everything they do is directed only to getting themselves reelected.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:11 am |
  9. Lavonia

    I think that he did superbly! When and if it comes time for him to use his bully pulpit, he will be more than happy to use it. He wants to give the Congress time to come up with something first, though. And, I believe that he will be working more interactively with them, in the meantime.

    I give his seech a solid A!

    July 23, 2009 at 9:11 am |
  10. Sam Tighiouart

    No! I feel this is the same band aide approach that the Clintons offered years ago and look where healthcare is today! Before Clinton, we had great coverage then came the PPO's and HMO's which took away our choices. Now, most companies only offer HMO due to cost and even that is not affordable for many! I would like to see more done to control the chemicals and additives put in our foods. That would help reduce illness and diseases therefore helping to control the cost of medical coverage. We need to focus on the problem, not the symptom!

    July 23, 2009 at 9:13 am |
  11. Vince - Lakeland, Fl.

    My feelings about this healthcare plan remain unchanged. I've been in favor of it from the beginning. I think it's time for healthcare reform and if the repbulican's had their way I would be paying a third of my income or more for health insurance. Unlike them, I don't make millions of dollars a year and I can't afford to pay that much for health insurance. They are definitely out of touch with average people.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:13 am |
  12. Bob from Texas

    President Obama greatly misses the roar of the "Lion of the Senate". Missing is the knowledge, experience, and passion that only Senator Ted Kennedy can bring to this critical issue. His absence creates an opportunity for opponents of healthcare reform to delay this critical issue.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:14 am |
  13. Walter

    How does President Obama plan to have a Government run Health Insurance program when the Government programs already in place do not work. I refer to the Social Security Administration, Medicare, Medicaide. A person currently requesting to enroll in any of these programs have to jump through hoops and are still unlikely to receive help.
    The Government needs to straighten what is wrong now before getting involved with any other Government run Programs!!!

    July 23, 2009 at 9:14 am |
  14. stormerF

    Obama is lying,the congressional Budget office said the health care bill will add to the deficit and harm the economy. So why are the Democrats in a rush to pass this bill with out letting the American Taxpayer read and comment on it first? what are the Democrats hiding?

    July 23, 2009 at 9:14 am |
  15. Ed Jocz

    Did the President answer my question.. No. Constantly hearing will be " Affordable ". What is affordable??.... One dollar is affordable, but $1,000 is not affordable. And right now is all talk and needs to put a cost to the individual to what plans. What plans are will looking at for choices. Choice has been my option for years and really isn't a choice with out high cost. One plan I looked at a year ago, was $1,300 a month with 15,000 PLus deductable and this was just for me not including my wife. That is not affordable and not a good choice with very little coverage with high deductable. Mr. Ed

    July 23, 2009 at 9:14 am |
  16. Business Owner In Virginia

    The President was unable to answer fundamental questions about his health care plan. As a business owner we need to know specifics about the plan, how it would work, and how it will impact costs for business owners. The promise of transparency by Obama was a flat out lie. Bills are being rushed through the house and senate without EVER BEING READ by Obama or the members of congress. I have lost all confidence in this administrations ability to provide the change that I voted for. What happened to Obama's promise to post bills on the white house web site days before they pass them so American's can read them? The CBO, Doctor's, hospitals, and even the Mayo clinic feels that Obama is going in the wrong direction. It is arrogant and reckless to ignore the feedback and fiscal repercussions that have been repeatedly pointed out adverse to the current health care plan.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:15 am |
  17. obie

    yes he did ,he convinced me that he has the welfare of the country
    at heart and open to suggestions that will reform our health care.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:15 am |
  18. Patricia Zappone

    For years, I have been saying that insurance companies, not doctors are controlling how we receive health care. President Obama finally, if briefly, mentioned that problem last night.
    To me that is the most important issue. Let's get the insurance companies out of the examining room and let our doctors decide what kind of pill or treatment that we need.
    Everyone is worried that we will have the government involved in our health care plans, so what could be worse than what we already have were the insurance companies veto medicine choices and testing choices?

    July 23, 2009 at 9:15 am |
  19. Barbara Franklin

    I believe Pres. Obama did a very good job explaining the health care reform package. No final bill has yet to come forth. Until then, it's a little hard to explain something that has not taken a final form.
    I believe CNN's comments that were on a little while ago said that it was possible that government would be making final decisions on what kind of care a patient would receive. It must be pointed out to the American public that your private insurance company is already making those very same decisions. It determines whether you will receive any care.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:16 am |
  20. Betty Morgan

    I like the part that would get rid of useless tests and treatments. My 86 year old mother has been sent for tons of not needed tests without presenting any problems. I feel like he is using the medicare tp pay for new things at the hospital like MRIs and xrays. Things are ordered, then my mother thinks she has been ordered to do this. She fears not doing them. In the ten years I have been taking her to get these tests she has never had anything show up or even hints that she may have had something before she went.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:16 am |
  21. Lavonia

    I give his speech a solid A! Also, I give his whole presidency a solid A!

    July 23, 2009 at 9:16 am |
  22. JimTx

    I object to the term "Health Care Reform". The American health care system is one of the finest in the world. It is health care insurance that is broken. I worked at the Mayo Clinic, and am now using Kelsy Seibolt in Houston as a health care provider. Both of these organizations are world class medical providers.

    The reform that is required is to provide financial access to these world class institutions. Millions of Americans do not have access, and even more have very limited access.

    President Obama, working with ALL members of congress, is approaching a plan that will change this. The proposals have the support of all major medical organizations, except maybe, some insurance companies. If the President and Congress can find a solution to this problem, it will be as important as the Marshall Plan for the recovery after WWII.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:17 am |
  23. Garnett

    Are the congress and news people just stupid or what.? It is very clear to me what he said. The health care needs reform badly because the insurance and drugs companies need to be control. If you are insure than stop worrying. It the ones with bad insurance need better plans. My daughter had to drop hers for her and her daughter because she could not afford that much money out of each pay check a month. When I worked I was diagnosis with breast cancer had insurance and still filed bankruptcy. The pills I take now for my second diagnosis, do not have insurance on medicare, only cost me $6.00 but if I did not have this these pills cost $408.00. The drugs companies only pay about .10 a pill. I prayed my daughter or granddaughter do not get sick.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:18 am |
  24. Steve

    I think the president has realized that they need to make sure that thee American people understand how the reforms will affect them. They're being told multiple and often conflicting statements over how they will be affecting ranging on one side saying that if you already have coverage you'll keep it, to on the other side where private insurance will be forced out of business and everyone would ultimately end up on the public option because there would be no private insurers in business any more.

    Obviously, both sides have their reasons for embracing one opinion or the other. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle. Private insurers probably wouldn't go out of business, but they might see their profits go down, because of a need to lower prices and change their business model. If you had a profitable business model in place, as the insurance industry currently does you wouldn't want to rock the boat.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:18 am |
  25. Jose ANtonio

    If the democratic congress with no oposition aprove the suppose Health Reform why don't they use it (including their families) first hand for 2 years and after that time if it works, pass it to the public., (With observers for their medical care).

    July 23, 2009 at 9:19 am |
  26. Don Smith

    I'm sure President Obama means well and believes what he says regarding health care reform. However if a government plan is enacted why should private industry continue to pay for employee health care plans when competitiveness dictates the bottom line?

    If I had ultimate dominion over this I'd first enact an emergency plan to catch those who have already fallen through the crack much like the Wisconsin http://www.badgercareplus.org/core Then work at real reform at length to include all aspects of cause and effect.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:19 am |
  27. b. bostwick

    Mr. Obama's speech only reinforced my decision to NOT be in favor of
    the proposed health care reform. There remains too many unresolved
    concerns about its ultimate cost. Few people realize that the gov't only uses the peoples' money, and that it does not have money of its own. Therefore the cost of running such a system will have to be carried by the working people of the country. Information from countries with gov't run health care confirm the inefficient and often lack of medical care given when necessary.
    Our greatness as a country offering medical innovations and procedures, which the rest of the world seeks, will no longer be encouraged by Obama's health care reform.

    where those gov't health care does not

    July 23, 2009 at 9:20 am |
  28. obie

    on the issue of time like he said if no time frame is attached to the health care it won't be done. Any serious project must have a time frame attached to it if you don't meet your time goal you will get a lot accomplished. It is fact that without time human beings will have a lack luster approach.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:20 am |
  29. Sam Tighiouart

    If this is the Republicans idea of a free market, I can only say that we along with our health care system is in serious trouble! Cleary, competition has not worked in this area to control or contain cost. There are a lot of savings to made including preventing the medical lobbyist from contributing to our politicians. There in lies a huge conflict of interest. This is a great place to start in controlling cost!

    July 23, 2009 at 9:21 am |
  30. Ron

    Heidi,
    I think the president gave another great speech. However, any time the government gets involved things go to the dogs. Look at all of the waste and fraud in government spending. One thing that has not been discussed is out of the 46 million uninsured Americans, how many are illegal. Are we going to pay for the illegals in this country?
    Thanks, Ron
    Omaha, NE

    July 23, 2009 at 9:22 am |
  31. Shanice jackson

    I watched mr. Obama's press confrence last night. He is a great man to lead the way for African Americans. Now that blacks control the white house we see Obama doing things for us blacks. I ain't got any insurance or a job but I don't got to worry. Obama will fix all my problems.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:23 am |
  32. Sylvia Luger

    I pay $30,000 a year for healthe insurance. I know first hand that that same $30,000 bought me terrible healthcare in South Florida which almost cost me my life. I then went to Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland and had care that most people in the US do not know exists. It is an incredible place. I saw patient afte patient (I spent 6 weeks there) telling the same story. Many of which had been written off by other Doctors. When Mr. Obama used this as his example I knew then and there that he was very aware of how our system should work. I am behind him 100% Believe me I have been in many hospitals these past years and know first hand that my expensive policy does not guarantee good care.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:24 am |
  33. ali

    Overall, I think he did very well. Like the Independents and the undecided in a presidential election, some people like to stay on the fence longer and need a little repetition to get on board. I think the President has been precise and to the point last night as he has done in the last white house meeting.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:24 am |
  34. Sheldon G. Bardach

    Dear Heidi:
    President Obama is set with his healthcare, so is congress. The only people who are not are those without insurance and an inability to afford it. We are already paying for them, as they use but can't pay for emergency services. For nothing, you get nothing. Why shouldn't we organize this pandamonium and pass a healthcare bill? Bring the cost of medical treatment down and direct it a wellcare instead of emergency or hospitalization? Enough is enough of the republican misinformation campaign. This would not be a single payer government plan, it would be a public option, not unlike Medicare, which I have, and which I feel very comfortable with. It is supplemented with a no premium Blue Shield plan. I have never felt more comfortable than I do now with my government public plan supplemented. It would keep the insurance companies honest in their pricing practices, and their coverage limitations. Have you any idea how much money the insurance companies have been making under the system now in place. It is understandable that they do not want to change it now. Republicans are their totties.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  35. scott

    The president has continuesly stated the cost of inaction would mean a higher deficit, and would make the economy even worse. It's upsetting to me that the cost of my premium continue to rise, I would like for this to stop, dems and repubs agree reform is needed so what's taking so long.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  36. Brian Mullings

    President Obama and the boy that got burnt in the SUV added to my concerns. His father had to set up an account for help... WHY? ..no health insurance. We all have to do the same soon.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  37. suhail khan

    was not convincing he needs 2 take a breather and re collect

    July 23, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  38. Ruben

    NO! to much blah blah and no real answers to how to pay for it in the long run. Will give to much control to the Goverment. Insurance companies will not be able to compete with goverment insurance. Only one obtion left THE GOVERMENT INSURANCE. What Goverment will do is create taxes, taxes, taxes in order to pay for every American's heath care, wake up!!!!!. Nothing in life is free someone will have to pay for this massive insurance plan. When the Goverment gets involves in a program it only loses money.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  39. Remby

    I think his address when very well. We obviously have a president who cares about fixing this problem, and about helping our citizens, not about profits.

    What is missing from all the news reports about our healthcare system is one of the biggest root causes of the problem. GREED on behalf of the healthcare insurers, pharmaceutical companies, and even doctors who are in the field just to get rich. The costs of healthcare in the United States is rediculous ! GREED & profits should not guide the healthcare field.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  40. Crytopean

    If the president was serious about changing healthcare – he would support capping settlement amounts on frivilous lawsuits. The cost of malpractice insurance is the single BIGGEST cost to the industry. Anyone who does not support that doesn't understand the problem and worse, is lying to the rest of us.

    I am not happy of this president DICTATING to us what we're going to do whether we like it or not. I am tired of hearing that anyone who disagrees is wrong and standing in the way of everyone elses progress. This is a complex issue and every other country that has tried this has poorer health care and higher death rates that the USA.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  41. nick

    If you have insurance, then congress can take as long as they want, because you are alright. If you dont have health insurance, then you cannot wait for this new plan, because people are suffering. So the question is, should congress continue to waste time as americans die, and suffer due to lack of access to health care?

    July 23, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  42. Brian Baron

    After last night's press conference, it is/was true pleasure to finally be able to listen to an articulate individual at the helm of this country......there were no misunderestimationisms..........

    July 23, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  43. Dr. Mike & Anne McCrady

    What the President hasn’t clearly said and what we need to hear is that we are in a medical bubble caused by the same excess that led to the financial bubble. The system is broken. Doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, labs, medical supply companies and home health agencies have incentives to make as much money as they can by providing more and more services. Insurance companies pass along rising costs to inflate their profit margins. Uninsured people or those with unhealthy habits wait to get medical care until they are very sick or use high cost options like emergency rooms which everyone else pays for. And worst of all, the rest of us – the insured - want unlimited medical attention without considering cost or effectiveness because our employer or insurance company pays the bill. The President needs to show us how health care reform is another American crisis waiting to happen and thta we should be clamoring for change!

    July 23, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  44. Patrick Cronin

    President Obama did a great job last night. He made it very clear why we need a plan and why we need it NOW. I am much more comfortable with this after listening to the President last night.
    We cannot continue with the status quo. We are ignoring a critical problem that will only continue to get worse.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  45. John

    Any possible credibility was lost when he added to the racism issue in America.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  46. Ralph Patch

    I can't believe what I'm hearing. People are complaining that a government health plan would be too cheap and therefore private companies can't compete. Is this Bizarro world? I thought that was supposed to be the goal. It sounds as if some want to keep expenses artificially high for people so insurance companies can compete. Idiotic !
    Ralph Patch

    July 23, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  47. german ordonez

    well to tell you the truth I thought it was the same old talk that Obama have been saying for the past month to try to rush the bill like he did with the stimulus, i think the american people deserve action but also sound decision not rushing thingsss

    July 23, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  48. bulldog4obama

    Watched it start to finish and agreed wholeheartedly. I can't figure out why it has to be done by August, but he IS a Leo. So far he has demonstrated the, 'Start out as you mean to go on', theory. Love him.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  49. Joseph Dellger

    The reason this has to go through fast – faster than I would like it to – is that the Republican's strategy is to delay this until it's dead. Waiting till after the August recess is exactly what they're hoping for. Everyone has heard their strategy when the Senator from South Carolina was recoreded saying he wants this to "break Obama" and be his "Waterloo".

    July 23, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  50. Jimena Lopez-Rehmer

    I think the urgency for this reform is evident. If you were one of these people who will lose their health insurance tomorrow, you would want Congress to pass the reform NOW.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  51. flexx

    He did great! we need to pass this now , why? because people are suffering everyday without health care!! that's why. BUT republicans just don't get it! .. figures, the party of NO, NO, NO,.. they always say NO to everything , BUT can never come up with a plan that works.. The .......GOP = got 0 plans............

    July 23, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  52. joseph jensen

    what Obama is doing in my opinion is awful when it comes to the economy, what he is doing will lead us to hyperinflation and taking this country down the same road Zimbabwe and Yugoslavia is and was at.
    i think instead of government and federal reserve intervention on this economic stimulus plan we should cut government spending in half.
    No american remembers the great depression on 1920 that lasted only two years and was greater then the 1929 depression thats because government did what it was supposed to by cutting spending in half by still producing new jobs. in my opinion obama should take advice from ron paul and stop with always going on tv and throwing out the first pitch to ball games and stop with frivolous spending and work more on fixing the economy instead of ruining it with government run health care plans before we have to spend 5 trillion dollars for a loaf of bread and eventually trading gold for corn

    1800-1810 - Thomas Jefferson
    "If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."

    July 23, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  53. drew

    Most disingenious politician in my life and that includes Nixon!

    July 23, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  54. Peggy Deuel

    I think he did a great job. We've been "discussing" this need since Harry Truman was President, so I don't understand why the concern about putting this on the "fast track." I say Obama's right to push this bill through. Of course we'll have to "tweek" it later but we just have to get this done!

    July 23, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  55. Gayle Levitt

    Obama is good at getting on TV and talking a great deal, but... what IS the healthplan he is espousing? I haven't seen a plan. He did not tell us what the plan is last night, or any other time he has promoted his healtcare plan. What is his healthcare plan? How will it be funded? Where do we find the plan so we can read it? Does HE know what his healthcare plan is?

    July 23, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  56. Claudia Word

    As far as he went, the president did fairly well. As to specifics, much was lacking. I remember the day when I had health insurance and by the time I paid the premiums, it was hard to come up with the deductible and the twenty percent which was not covered. As a result, when my premiums escalated, I started "socking money away" for medical needs. I had four hundred cash and an equivalent amount of available credit when my twenty-one year old son began having digestive problems. I spent the entire eight hundred dollars on doctors and tests which found nothing! Finally he had a severe attack and in the emergency room, they determined with an ultrasound that it was his gall bladder. My money is spent, he needs surgery and we are awaiting processing of an application to see if he can get some aide. As we wait, the emergency staff claims the amount of "sludge" in his gall bladder is not sufficient for immediate risk. He is scheduled for a surgical consult in a week but unless the aide is approved we will have no up-front payment. What is the formula in healthcare reform which will decide who is allowed to have the government subsidize required health insurance and will pre-existing medical bills be taken into account?

    July 23, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  57. John

    He answered none of my concerns and managed to raise even more doubt. The complicated plan had better be read in its entirety before our representatives vote on it. It's our money and our childrens and our childrens' children. What a joke(That's not funny)

    July 23, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  58. john crawford

    This healthcare program is going to be built on the backs of the senior citizens. when we cut cost to doctors on medicare, the seniors will have to pick up the remaining cost. The doctors will not accept lower wages for their work. S

    July 23, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  59. Don Smith

    I’m sure President Obama means well and believes what he says regarding health care reform. However if a government plan is enacted why should private industry continue to pay for employee health care plans when competitiveness dictates the bottom line?

    If I had ultimate dominion over this I’d first enact an emergency plan to catch those who have already fallen through the crack much like the Wisconsin badgercareplus. Then work at real reform at length to include all aspects of cause and effect.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  60. ELMER FLEENOR

    Health care reform is a great ideal. My question is why are we not taking care of the retired military health care already in place. I just recieved notification that the retired military health care lost the contract and we have a new contract starting in March 2010. The problem is most doctors will not accept it and we will not be able to find care. Why do we do this to our veterans. The VA system is overwheled and we take on a contractor that can not fit our needs. So President Obama how can you take on a new system when one is not working at this time.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  61. Bob

    I think he did great.
    As far as rushing it through????
    We have been debating this for 61 years, let's get on with it.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  62. kat

    3rd world countrys have better public health care than america, why are americans so scared of change? No one says they can't still have private health care if they choose but it's time to wake up to the fact most can't afford it.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  63. James Washington

    I agree, the issue should be pushed! Time is not the issue. George Bush had many years to address this issue, but nothing was done. Congress should work through the summer until a plan is developed. People need to understand that President Obama is letting Congress develop the plan details within guidelines. He can only present Congress' proposals, not the final plan.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  64. Wanda B

    I was quite impressed and had a better understanding. I've been a nurse for over 30 yrs and have seen MANY things in healthcare take/not take place. I do agree there is time for a change. Ins companies dictate what goes on with our health now, not doctors nor disease/disorders. People, wake up! We already take care of others who are not insured. And, when we don't, people die because ins denies their coverage because of pre-existing or anything else they can find. If you are not old enough yet to have experienced this.....just keep on living.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  65. terri

    Its been 50 years, how much more study do we need?
    We need to push forward. Doing nothing on health care is not acceptable. Enough with the excuses!

    We need primary health care for all americans!

    July 23, 2009 at 9:36 am |
  66. Chris

    I think getting this right is more important than some arbitrary deadline for congress. Obama's speach last night clearly showed he doesn't understand the details and doesn't have a plan to cut costs without limiting care. I think most Americans are concerned that we are going to let the goverment ruin the best health care in the world. Please name one thing the government has managed well?

    July 23, 2009 at 9:36 am |
  67. Everett Davis

    Heidi, The Presidents plan is like a rescue ship being built and awaiting launch in the shipyard. Those needing to be "rescued" cannot continue to wait for Law makers to debate over wanting a "Perfect" ship to be built. We should launch what we have and make needed repairs (if any) along the way.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  68. D. M.

    I believe both Houses should wait to vote until after their Aug. break. We should demand that no vote be allowed until all members sign a form saying they have entirely READ and UNDERSTAND this bill.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  69. Ed Mixon

    I think the President does a great job speaking to the American people. But I felt he answered the questions in generalities, and the news conference lacked specifics. This is much, much to big of an issue to have it pushed thru the congress quickly. My quality of health care and the financial future of my 7 grandchildren, that may be saddled with a huge debt load, is too important to put this legislation on the fast track.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  70. Lynn

    I am more concerned than ever. The President did in his speech what I used to do on papers in college when I did not do enough research or reading to speak to the specifics of a topic. He gave us no specifics about the plan just more rhetoric . Here–drink this–it tastes like poison but its good for you.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  71. Soldier

    I haven't heard anything about the military's involvement in this bill. We already have a free health care system in place for us. But in exchange we have lower pay. So...will the military pay even more to pick up the bill for everyone else. Everyone knows our pay isn't the best for what we do. Personally I work next to contractors (that do the same thing i do for the government) they make 4 times I do. But they have to pay health insurance and dental. So I don't complain. Now it looks like the President wants to take more from our paychecks and make a bigger gap in the military pay to civilian pay scale with them not having to pay for health care and adding more taxes to us. I cannot support this bill. It's just moving too fast and this is just another issue that needs to be looked at. Slow down and think, unless I am missing something.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  72. Amanda Woodard

    I fell as though the President continues to dodge the main concerns about the health care bill. My five children are already going to be responsible for paying for a broken social security system, debt in the trillions and other broken governmental programs. Will my children also have to loose many of the advantages I have been able to benefit from due to a capitalistic health care system? Straight answers would be nice, not running this thing through and then wake up and go "uh-oh."
    Amanda

    July 23, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  73. Jim

    I think he is untrustworthy and is completely confusing. Why not form an independent committee to study all the issues and share the results with the American people? Better yet, ask the Mayo Clinic – whom we all know is excellent – to render their opinion. I am not for socialized medicine, something which is free for illegal immigrants and not free for me. He will fail in this endeavor. Dr. G.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  74. Dale

    Once again our government is establishing programs for everyone but the cost of the middle class. I have a good health care package that our union worked very hard to keep over the last decade. We work in a very dangerous environment and this benifit and require good health care. If this reform goes through the way it is written now it will threaten the Health Care that so many of us now have and deserve.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  75. Linda Coffman

    How many congressman and did the president actually read and comprehend the 1500 pages of this bill??? Will congress be forced to accept the same coverage as they expect the public to accept?? With all the corruption in the medicare system, this will only contribute to more government control on our private live and more government waste of our tax dollars. To say that it will not increase the deficate, is totally false, as there has been constant comment on how much of a deficit medicare is experiencing. We need private industry to come up with solutions not more government control of our lives and taking our money!!
    LC

    July 23, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  76. LUIS VILLANUEVA

    TO: CNN

    I AM A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER IN ORLANDO FLORIDA, THE ECONOMY HAS ALL BUT DESTROYED OUR INCOME, THE EFFECTS OF TAXES, FEES AND INSURANCE CAN NOT BE UNDERESTIMATED. BEGINNING 2009 WE HAVE GONE FROM INSURING OUR EMPLOYEES TO NO INSURANCE AT ALL, AND REDUCING MY PERSINAL COVERAGE BY HALF. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN IT IS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE THAT EVEN IN GOOD TIMES, THE SYSTEM DOES NOT WORK AND MUST BE CHANGED AND IT DOESN'T MATTER BY WHOM. THE INSURANCE COMPANIES ARE FRANTIC SENDING THEIR LOOBYIST INTO WAR MOOD AND THE VICTIM WILL BE THE AMERICAN DREAM. JUST SO WE ARE CLEAR , I AM WILLING TO BE CHARGED/TAXED OR WHATEVER YOU CALL IT $5000 A YEAR WITHOUT ISSUE. LETS FACE IT NO ONE THINKS IT'S FREE. WE JUST WANT REASONABLE HEALTHCARE THAT WE SIMPLY DON'T HAVE.

    THE REAL "LUIS THE PLUMBER"

    July 23, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  77. SeaShell226

    .

    I appreciate the frankness of the president. He has GREAT healthcare and so do those in elected office saying “SLOW DOWN” or “IT COSTS TOO MUCH”. They don’t complain about the high cost of their healthcare that the American Public foots the bill for… and us little guys cannot afford to Slow Down and wait any longer.

    They somehow find Trillions of dollars to go off somewhere to kill people, but do not want to spend the necessary funds to help the people RIGHT HERE live.

    SHAMEFUL

    .

    July 23, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  78. Helen Sabatte

    Of the 48M:
    16M can afford, but don't purchace
    9.7M are not US citizens
    13M qualify for Medicare, but have not filled out the paperwork

    And all we get is the Republician being blamed for the delay when the Democrates have 60 votes to pass the bill. I am already tired of seeing Obama on TV!

    July 23, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  79. Gerald (in Canada)

    Tell me please... how in the world did all the questions at this news conference fail to ask for the amount of skyrocketing health premiums that is contributed by the absolutely exorbitant malpractice amounts levied in US courts, and the related issue of the need for tort reform, before there can be any meaningful reduction in your entire 'health' costs, er, legal costs? Could this be because you have a massive trial lawyer lobby? Maybe because so many of your legislators are lawyers by profession? Because your President is himself a lawyer? This is an observation about which the rest of the world, and your own repeated studies, and much of your own population at the street level, has consensus, and your national debate appears idiotic to avoid it is such a glaring manner, I think.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  80. Donna

    And do I understand sec. 301/401 correctly that the 3% who are not covered by the plan are in fact taxed (to the tune of of 2.5% of their annual taxable income– basically the government charges you the amount you failed to pay on a health care plan) for the privilege of not getting health care?

    So there's 3% of the populace that are failed by this plan, and after we've failed to provide them health care we're fining them for it?

    If they managed to sneak in a 2.5% surcharge on every American without a whisper from the media, it's maybe the biggest news-cycle coup I've ever seen.

    Virtually all of us are "forced/mandated" to pay for Medicare already, through FICA tax for years before we enroll, and even continuing after enrolled, with monthly premiums for Part B

    The president is saying that this government ran health care plan is our right. The freedom of speech is my right. I have the right to own a firearm to protect myself. I have rite to freedom of religion also but I am not fined for these rights should I not choose to excersice them. How does the government get away with emposing us to these outrageous plans of paying more taxes? Honestly I am outraged at this Health Care Bill. If we are already being charged Medicare fees even before we are of the age to use it and the the Medicare benifits are being cut to help fund this new bill. It seems to me that they are double dipping in Americans paychecks. I do not want to be forced to pay for other people's insurance since I already pay for Medicaid through my taxes. This is unjust and should be unlawful. We need to stop this criminal activity of our elected government. They work for us. So we should choose all specifications in this bill since we are paying for it. I bet this comment doesn't get read on the air. The media is down playing this horendous penalty tax.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  81. Rana

    I thought it was refreshing to hear the president clearly articulate key components of the health care bill and his willingness to answer questions candidly on the process and the bill itself. I love the fact that we are more engaged as a public in the policymaking process. The president's answer to the issue of time illustrates his feelings of accountability and compassion: It is not about him, but the people who are writing to him with life or death situations, whose fates will be determined by (lack of) access to health care insurance options. If you found out today that you had cancer and then found out your insurance would not cover you treatment past your chemotherapy, you would get a taste of the urgency of the situation. The situation has BEEN dire for millions of Americans, many of who are no longer with us because their lack of access contributed to early death. What has been lacking is urgency, compassion and accountability, and I applaud the President for making this a priority and stirring a sense of moral accountability and compassion in us for our fellow Americans.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  82. David M

    I think that Mr. Obama is a great speaker. However, this Health Care Reform plan, should be given a chance to be reviewed and analyzed before being implemented. A good rule of thumb is if an idea is great today give yourself sometime and see if it is still great after reconsidering and reviewing it. AKA Never rush into something before you see what needs done. Yes we need reform and Yes it may be the first plan to come along as well as it maybe another plan or a variant of the current plan! Haste makes Waste, Seemingly something the Peoples’ employee’s (congress & ETAL) seem so often to overlook!

    July 23, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  83. R. Sandford

    The president spoke a lot last night, but he said nothing. At times he sounded like he was rambling. I was hoping he'd explain why his plan will not end up similar to the Canadian plan.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  84. Dean Cade

    Lets see, the same clowns, on both sides of the isle, who removed safeguards and allowed banks,wall street, and the insurance industry to destroy the financial security of individuals and businesses, and by the way reward this malfeasance with over a half a billion taxpayers dollars as bonuses...
    The same clowns, who cannot account for a great deal of stimulus spending... and a president who uses the forum to comment on a police matter without all the facts.
    A health care bill is needed, and needs to be crafted, with the operative word being crafted.
    Fast talking, and fast legislation, are not indicative of good leadership.
    The NeoCons ruined the Republican Party, and the Socialists will do the same for the Democrats.
    As with Bush, we still seem to have a penchant for electing an emperor with new clothes.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  85. joyce

    someone needs to do something about health care im a 55 year old female i work for a federal contractor and i can not afford health care i have been working since i was 16 years old .i even went on line to siGn up for cenica ins. they charged me $ 300.00 a month but when i went to the dr. they wanted to charge $300.00 for visit. because i had ins. they told me they charge more WHEN u have have ins. so with out the ins. card my visit would BE $125.00 DO THE MATH. SO i CANCEALED .

    July 23, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  86. Bruce Gordon

    Rich people's lack of concern for the health of our poor people is morally inexcusable. Most of the people I meet every day can barely pay the rent and put food on the table – they go from one temporary job to another and cannot afford health insurance. Republicans' attacks on national health insurance ignore the fact that the European and Canadian health systems are BETTER than America's when measured by longevity, infant mortality, etc. Private health insurance companies are not the solution, THEY ARE THE PROBLEM.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  87. Bill Ernstberger

    I believe President Obama is probably the most sensitive and compassionate and caring President this nation has ever had. Now, having said that, I also believe he and his people are missing the point, that being that this nation has tried so-called "free enterprise" for about 200 years too long. In my view, I don't believe there is anything "free" about it. The only people who are truly free are those that've been blessed with the necessary skills to attract money. The millionaires and billionaires sit around their plush country clubs, at the expense of those they exploit, and bad-mouth politicians when, in fact, the politicians can't hold a candle to the crimes they commit under the guise of "freedom."

    The so-called "healthcare" system is criminal. Coronary bypass surgery goes beyond "doing no harm." It is brutal and, for the most part, totally unnecessary. 40 to 50% of these surgeries fail. 2 to 4% of the people die right there on the operating table. Yet, they are performed in the untold thousands every year, at approximately 50 thousand dollars per bypass. The entire "healthcare," rather, DEATHcare system needs to be abolished. Profit needs to be eradicated entirely. Where profit exists, GREED follows.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  88. Ernest

    No specifics were given by the President – just what are the rules, who pays for it, etc? A Fed take over of your health care will result in RATIONING of care, EXPOSURE of your medical history to bureaucrats, TAX INCREASES for everyone to cover 40 million uninsured (10 million illegals), and permanent loss of health care CHOICES. The CBO says the plans in Congress will add to the deficeit. Common sense says you cannot give full coverage to an additional 40 million people without making all working people (tax payers) share in their costs. Taxing those making over $1 million is laughable as there are not enough of them to pay it. Besides, these people have the money to leave the country. Research how many corporations are moving their executives out of the country already to avoid high taxes (Microsoft for one). The Soviet Union proved that spreading wealth does not work. You cannot kill incentive to make profit and still have our high standard of living. Wake up before it's permanently TOO LATE to save America.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  89. Michele Breen

    President Obama put forth many sound reasons why we should have a National Health Care Plan. It won't end up costing us as much as George Bush's tax breaks for the wealthy. As a retired federal employee, I have good Health Ins. and would like to see all Americans citizens with good coverage.
    President Truman started talking about National Health Coverage in 1948 – and still the wealthy Republican congressmen say it's too soon – as long as their family is covered – it's too soon for the rest of the nation. How sad that so many can't see past this trickery and are caving in to the fear tactics.
    But many of us have done the research and know the time is now.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  90. renee

    I'm all for obama reform, I have no job or health insur, had to go to the emergency room, got bill $600.00 for a doctor to look in my mouth and ears, when i told him i have no insur, he gave me a prescription for a nasal spray that cost $190.00, so i dont care where the money comes from for this reform.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  91. ga girl

    I understand more after Pres. Obama's speech last night. And I agree that this needs to be done quickly. I don't expect it to be a perfect plan the first time, but we need action now. I still have questions, but they won't be answered until a plan is brought forth which both parties can agree on. I hope Congress can do their job this time around and help the American people with the rising costs of healthcare.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:48 am |
  92. Karen Jollie

    I thought President Obama did a wonderful job. He took the time to outline the issues and addressed the Republican campaign to turn health care reform into a political circus. The majority of Americans voted him into office on this issue and millions of unemployed middle class people are depending on some assistance. If we continue with the status quo, the current health care system will collapse.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  93. Robert

    Certainly this is a tough issue for so many American, especially those who are uninsured. However, I feel like this, if you have good horse, then the you have to have the right jockey to win the race. Obviously President is the right guy to bring this horse (health care reform) in as a winner! Keep up the good work, Heidi, you are like the jockey for CNN Newsroom, and I know you bring in a winner every morning, your professionalism and high standards demand nothing less than the best effort. Again, keep it up.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  94. Denise

    You know what they say...if it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn't!! How can anyone believe Obama when he stated last night that the only thing we will have to give up is unnecessary tests! HA!! It's a terrific fantasy, but not possible. What is possible though is to invite all Americans to be part of the solution.

    The best way to control future health care costs is to ask the American people to do their part. The skyrocketing costs has an awfully lot to do with the one thing no one will talk about.....the obesity epidemic and the chronic conditions related to obesity.

    All American have to be part of the solution! All Americans should have some 'skin in the game'. There is no such thing as a free lunch! (but there is such thing as a bad lunch and too many Americans choose it each and every day - adding to the problem not the solution - but I digress...).

    As long as Americans believe that they can do whatever they want (overeat, under exercise, smoke, etc) and when they get sick, which they will, that they can use health care indiscriminately at someone else's expense, they will not change! And the cost of health care will continue to skyrocket. Health care should NOT be free. Everyone has got to have skin in the game - no matter how small the amount.

    I'm very much in favor of taxing the non-essentials that contribute to poor health (soda, cigarettes, nutritionally bankrupt foods, etc) to help pay for health care, as one way to do it. A you play, you pay kind of thing.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  95. Kathy O

    I loved President Obama's speech. I feel that he answered a lot of questions I had about his policy towards Health Care. I believe he is correct in trying to push through health care as soon as possible. The Republicans have already voiced their purpose in defeating his initiative:to break the President. A delay will only make this more feasible, by giving the Republican opposition time and money to continue the lies I've heard from them, and spread their influence.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  96. Ms.T

    i am concerned about the mothers, fathers, and grandparents
    what is the cut off age for them not to receive care, i heard it was they591/2 and then at 70 they would not get any care, in other words they would be sent home to die, no more care.

    what about the statemet the Pres. said when he said he wanted we the people to be able to get to the same kind of insurance the house and the senate are privaleged t o get. are they willing to get the same kind if treatment we will have to , and maybe waite for monthes to be get a test that might save our lives. i think not.
    i am a dem. but i really don't goverment to tell me wheather i need a surgery or treatment. or keep me from getting one.
    do i really think u will answer this? no! tho i would hope u would.
    we really need some answers.i have contacted both senators and reps. of my state and told them to say no to this plan.
    i won't vote for the one who passes it if i have to cross party lines.and others feel the same way.We do not want the goverment's hand in our health care.
    oh by the way did i tell u that i am a dem.
    Ms. T in Oklahoma

    July 23, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  97. Jason Perry

    Heidi,

    As a long time Democrat that voted for Obama and "Change", I now regret that decision. The auto industry bailout has NOT worked, the 1st & 2nd stimulus are clearly NOT working and now this administration wants to overhaul Health Care and socialize medicine, QUICKLY!

    It's just too much money being added to an already $1 Trillion budget deficit in an unstable and very volatile economy. On the horizon are increased taxes for the Middle class and a future cradle to grave socialized economics platform. American like myself are now realizing that Obama is driving us down a treacherous and uncertain road at warp speed. It makes me and my family very nervous.

    We would all feel much better however, if ONLY during his next National address he said, "I'm Barack Obama, I'm President of The United States and I have no idea what I am doing."

    Jason

    July 23, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  98. elizabeth

    i have worked for 37 yrs in a community based hospital
    president obama hit it on the head when he pointed out the hugesavings that could be gained if the duplication in ording test from disconnected physician were to be truly monitored.2 chest xrays in less than 12 hours is a small example,yet very common occurance
    i agree he need to listen to the nursing professionals,not not the
    physicans in some cases are looking to cover their back side as they
    fill their pockets!!!!!!!
    i belive he is more in touch with this issue than any other president
    in my lifetime,i pray he will succeed elizabeth r.i.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:53 am |
  99. Brenda

    I worked in physician billing for many years. I saw much abuse of this current system particularly by those on the Medicaid system.They would bring their kids to the doctor every day for every little thing. Those that paid for their private insurance would wait until it was really necessary because they had to pay a co-pay for the most part. The system he is proposing will bring much more abuse to the system. TAlk about having to wait a long time in the office to see the physician, just wait and see what happens with this system, particularly when doctors, who have stayed in their practices because they love their patients, begin to close their practices because they can't afford to do it anymore!

    July 23, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  100. David Demoise

    Hedi,

    Obama's Healthcare reform press conference added to my discontent towards these goals. At one point Obama reassured us that he was mindful of federal spending on these and other issues. The trouble is, very few top leaders are wiling to look at the real source of over spending. For instance, like many, Obama is not acknowledging the billions, nearing trillions of dollars spent outside of the congressionally voted on bailouts, TARP funds, and stimulus packages. The Federal Reserve is to blame for this. Until HR 1207, and S 604, legislation to audit the Fed is endorsed by Obama and Pelosi, or any politician who is concerned with the real problem of spending, inflation and high prices will continue to dog us in healthcare and other sectors of the economy, due largely to the Feds' anti-free market central banking policies.

    Thank you.
    Pittsburgh, PA
    David Demoise

    July 23, 2009 at 9:56 am |
  101. Ernest

    If you want an example of a US government run health care system, look at the Bureau of Indian Affairs health care system for indian tribes. You go to a government clinic and wait in line ALL day for a "doctor" to look at you and don't plan on seeing the same doctor on the next visit. Government control will eventually prevent you from seeking other health care providers. Insurance companies will not be able to compete with a government program that doesn't have to cover it's costs as it goes. The federal program will just borrow the money in order to undercut private insurers and drive them out of business. You will be left with no choice and a bureaucrat in Washington deciding if you need or deserve a procedure. Please pay attention to the facts!

    July 23, 2009 at 9:56 am |
  102. Carla

    The press conference last night really shed more light on the healthcare reform being proposed. This is a huge challenge and I would love to see it happen. My concern is... what does the President consider "affordable" insurance?? There was no discussion of costs to the American people. He kept mentioning that he has the best healthcare possible and that his doctor follows him 24/7. Is his doctor billing the insurance company for that time? If so, isn't that money spent unnecessarily? Overall, I am all for the healthcare reform.

    July 23, 2009 at 9:59 am |
  103. flo

    i think obama did a great job unfortunately we kow what has happened with exisitng medical rules so how bad would reform be.
    its always good to try something new that may work in this day and age. im pretty used to it being somewhat reformed being a massachusettes resident where healthcare policy is almost as if its reformed

    July 23, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  104. Michele Culler

    I never hear comments regarding what happens to the HMO's, which many of us retired persons have opted to take instead of old Medicare. We pay almost 100.00 a month, which comes out of our SS checks each month. Part of this money goes to the HMO and part to the government (Medicare). Most of us who choose an HMO and cannot afford a supplement. Our particular HMO is fair, but getting a referral or a call back from the doctor in a timely fashion just does not happen. They also tell you to go to the ER, even during the day, with a problem that is not that urgent, because they don't have time.More and more doctors are using nurse practitioners that we see instead of a doctor. A lot of people I know don't even understand that the HMO's are subcontractors to the government. There are a lot of things the HMO does not cover. If this public insurance comes in, I hate to even think how much worse it will get. It is a mess out here and has been for a long time. You have to live it to see it.
    Michele

    July 23, 2009 at 10:04 am |
  105. Michele Culler

    I think President Obama means well. I just think he has visions of being able to fix everything. You have to be out here to see what is going on. Talking out it so much is not fixing it. Bottom line figures and polls (which by the way, I have never been polled and am 66-year-old) A lot of people don't understand the lingo.
    Michele

    July 23, 2009 at 10:07 am |
  106. John A Babitskas

    Just the same. It has to be done. It can't be done piece by piece by piece.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:11 am |
  107. Mel Berg

    We have been waiting long enough for healthcare reform. I am grateful that our President is pushing ahead, even though it looks like the majority of the Republicans and some spineless Democrats, are once again siding with the insurance companies

    July 23, 2009 at 10:12 am |
  108. Julie Smith

    Since illegals will be covered under this plan, when an illegal decides not to carry insurance, will he be penalized $2500 like an American citizen will be???

    July 23, 2009 at 10:12 am |
  109. Marius Bor

    It just amazes me that our elected representatives and federal employees receive premium health care benefits, yet when it comes to the average American... we simply can't afford it. I am tired of this old argument, what's good for them is good for us!

    As for nationalized medicine, I have family in both The Netherlands and Canada, and they find it laughable that we are denied health care if we cannot afford it. I currently pay in excess of $724.00 a month for two, and I am employed; and that is a travesty by any economic standard.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  110. Larry

    I give the President straight A's. He can't do a whole lot wrong in my eyes.

    It is so refreshing to have a President in the Oval Office who genuinely cares about this country and not just his own political interests.

    I believe what the President has to say. Everytime Bush opened his mouth I thought he was trying to sell me something.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  111. NC Blue Dog

    He was too far into the weeds and only took softball questions. He never answered the most important questions, how much is all this going to cost, and who's going to pay for it?

    July 23, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  112. Charles Blackwell

    I wish you had really listened to his speech. You say tired old assumptions from Republican talking points on your show that contradict what Pres. Obama said last night about what he wants and will accept in a health care overhaul.
    Listen, pay attention.
    Changing nothing will bankrupt this country, yet you play this like the OJ car chase trying to build suspense and controversy. You can do better as a reporter. You can be more aware of the issues, think about them and the consequences. You can follow the campaign money and lobbyists back to the rich insurance company owners who are spreading the lies about the health care overhaul.
    Unless your bosses are on the pay also, then continue with your half truths and uninformed reporting.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  113. Jennie Brown

    I wish that I could take my vote back! He does not know what he is doing and after he takes us for a fewe more swirls and really messes things up, that when everything is going to hit the fan!

    July 23, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  114. Dr. Tyna Davis

    President Obama answered all of the questions I had and he did it clearly and eloquently. I am concerned with the bulging national debt and the health care of all Americans. President Obama articulated very clearly that it would decrease the national debt over 10 years and all Americans , who desired, would be covered.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  115. ann

    The President won't say that people are dying while Congress plays politics. If we can bail out the financial institution in a short amount of time; we can tackle heath care. Let Congress pay for their health care out of their salaries like the rest of us since it isn't important enough to forego their vacations

    July 23, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  116. Nina Materazo

    President Obama did not say anything new last night except a lot of rambing on about nothing. He dosen't have a plan about anything and he seems uninformed about a lot of things. When is he going to start doing for the American people and stop worring about what others think about him. He is self absorbed.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  117. Carole Babb

    If people were listening and processing last night. The President made excellent points about Health Care Reform. I support the people who are working on refining this bill. The Republican obstructionists keep saying " we have to get it right".....that is their delaying mantra.....they are in an echo chamber. First we have to GET IT.....I do not think the obstructionists GET IT. We must cover every one who does not have and cannot afford to have Health Care insurance.....especially those with very serious illnesses.Thankfully I have health care coverage in Medicare and Blue Cross. It is very helpful in keeping me as healthy as possible at my age of 73. The people who are working on this bill are doing this for the American people.....we will never have it as RIGHT as every one would like. We must have a starting point and if we find that we need to add to the law or ammend the law to be more workable in situations that need flexibility then we can go back to the drawing board....but we must move ahead we have come this far and we should NOT TURN BACK or drop the efforts that are being made. I encourage our law makers to move ahead NOW. Cover all Americans.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  118. Jim Leamy

    I think President Obama did a great job explaining why and how we need to tackle this healthcare issue. As someone who is self employed and pays for a healthy family nearly $1100 per month and with co pays pays almost $20,000 per year. That is simply ridiculous.

    It takes a real leader to step up and try to tackle this issue and do it right. I hope the American people will stay behind him on this issue.

    He has my support.

    Jim

    July 23, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  119. Ronald Woodhouse

    I think the President's remarks were on the money. We absolutely need national health care. The quicker the better. When the battle about the cost occurs I wonder how the Congress can go along with continuance of a one trillion dollar war and hesitating about national health care.
    Duh!!!!

    July 23, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  120. Anita Manning

    I was previously in agreement with people who said we need to take this more slowly, but after listening to the president last night, I now agree that if we don't set a firm deadline, nothing will be done. It's just human nature to do nothing until you're up against a deadline. Without one, our elected representatives will push it off indefinitely. And as President Obama said very clearly, the cost of continuing the status quo is absolutely not acceptable.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  121. steve neb

    I'm a Veteran and have my health care through the VA. you will hear from people that the Va care is subpar THIS IS TOTALY WRONG.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  122. manny

    i think delaying the vote on health care until after their august break is a way for those in congress to raise a boatload of money for their campaigns over their break, and nothing more. that's why most don't want to commit one way or another on the legislation...to keep the dollars flowing...their decisions are always about $$$$ for their campaigns....it's the best congress money can buy, bar none...

    July 23, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  123. johnny

    Yes indeed

    July 23, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  124. Sher

    I even more convinced that the reform Obama seeks in necessary for all Americans. Insurancecorporations concerned about profits, instead of the human lives of their policy holders. It time to invest in healing instead of killing at home as well as in our foreign policies.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  125. Marky Mark

    Standard BS with ZERO specifics. All softball questions from reporters and at least one scripted question/answer (last one). He spends more time on TV or flying to cities for speeches than he does in the WH. Did you see his answer to what he thought about 60+ DEMs in the house rejecting his plan, it was to say nothing about the DEMs and blame REPs for misinformation. It's time he took ownership of HIS economy and failed policies and quit using the term "inherited". Grow up and Lead or get the HELL out of the way. He should start with transparency, which is a total joke at the moment.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  126. John

    Heidi,

    I think he did a good job of presenting his views, but it wasn't what he said that concerns me, it is what he didn't say.

    - What's he going to do about Tort Reform to curb frivolous lawsuits?

    - Rumor is that if I make changes in my coverage, it automatically forces me into government run care; he didn't address this

    - Will the government define what medical procedures I will have, or will I still have choice-freedom for elective treatments & patient care?

    - If I want to pay cash for all my health care at a provider of choice, will I be penalized by taxes and fines for not conforming to Obama care?

    - How does this affect Chiropractors?

    - Will I have to pay for non-citizen care? What about the 12 million illegals?

    So, those are just a few we need him to talk about

    July 23, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  127. Ann

    Obama simply restated many of the facts that are readily available, so it seems that only those that are paying attention for the very first time would have their views changed. This is a very difficult issue to resolve and some very healthy debate is happening right now. Both sides are throwing stones to discredit the opponents opposing view. But in the words of our president, like 8,000 times since he has had our attention "make no mistake" healthcare reform is going to happen. Also, "make no mistake" it is going to be a complicated mess because the lawmakers always think they know more than their constituents.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  128. Peter

    Less convinced. Get it right not just right now... While I genuinely want health care reform to succeed, I worry that stringing together platitudes and self evident truths about what many - but not all - Americans view as the current problems doesn't inform the debate. This is what President Obama is a master at doing; describing the current state - you feel like you've been on the analyst's couch, and understand yourself a bit better, but not really the specific actions you have to take going forward. It certainly makes us feel heard, but doesn't advance the debate about the specific actions President Obama thinks should be taken. Talking about the ideal state does not walk us through the day to differences we might be experiencing post-reform. That's the only way we can honestly judge if the changes are for the better - or just for the sake of change.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  129. mickey

    The president is still talking in generalities. How can he expect us to back his program without the details that define exctly how we will ne effected (cost and benefits) when we currently have a program that has worked very well for us. I do know that his program will change the current medicare portion of my insurance and the benefits will have to be decreased to provide the money for the current uninsured. This is not acceptable. He should quit pushing his program until he knows all the details.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  130. Cheryl

    Heidi,

    Let me understand something. Businesses can borrow money essentially going into debt to upgrade and improve their businesses to make them more efficient, and effective to improve their revenue and expenses, and we as a nation can not invest in our healthcare system to make improvements and improve efficiencies over time to save money in the long run? This matter is getting way out of hand.

    I think if there is to be healthcare for all the government needs to have a monthly fee collected to pay for the healthcare system. Here's how it would work: Family of 4 pays $25.00 per person each month and a small copay of $25.00 for each visit to the doctor. This would more than pay for healthcare going forward. Then the government can streamline the medical access files and improve efficiencies with collected tax dollars over 5 to 10 years, making the system work for all involved. Problem solved!

    July 23, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  131. Tony

    The Presidents speach did change my mind on healthcare reform, in a positive direction. For the first time, I believe that we have a President who cares about those people in America who don't have health coverage. To be honest, the argument that "socialized" medicine is not for America because we are "capitalist", is hog wash. Our police and fire departments are provided to everyone, that's socialized protection! Why shouldn't everyone in America have the right to basic healthcare?!

    July 23, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  132. Ann Oriadha

    President Obama did an awesome job last night of explaining why Health Care Reform is important to every American, the progress made so far and the work remaining to be done.

    Congress must continue to work through August until Health Care Reform legislation is completed! There is no time for taking a break on this critical issue at this critical turning point to finally bring about the change we need!

    July 23, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  133. Charles Blackwell

    There is no final "Plan" for him to comment on, just pieces and ideas. How could he comment on a non-existent plan? He did a good job explaining what he wants and could accept. But until it's hashed out and finalized, everyone's griping about a lack of specifics just shows you how little the average person understands about the process of passing a bill into law.
    His 'vision' is all he can offer now. How can we criticize him and the congress on a non-existent bill, one that is in several committees still?
    Get real.
    Doing nothing will only bankrupt this country while making insurance company owners rich. Not a good choice.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  134. Walid in Toronto

    I have seen many compare negatively Obama's health proposal to the Canadian Health System and are worried that a US government run health program will bring:

    Bring more deficit: Canada had been in surplus for many years and paying its debt until the crisis hit in 2008. It only requires balancing the budget and restrict spending in other areas that do not add to the US population (i.e. fewer first class tickets for politicians, more diplomacy and fewer wars, etc.)

    Private health will disappear: There's a big difference between government subsidizing health and government using the people's money to fairly take care of its citizens' health. Private companies will still have the wealthy and those who can afford their fees to sustain their business. Perhaps they are afraid that the government will bring the same quality for less and people will come to realize it. Let Americans choose between waiting lines and more expensive fees but give them the options.

    Affect medical innovations and procedures: Innovation comes from competition. Private companies can still come up with new ideas and sell them to other private companies and governments just in the same way Lockheed Martin does.

    Ask Canadians if they have peace of mind in this rough economy. They might tell you that at least they don't have to worry about their health or their families' and can use that part of the brain to think about how to survive until the recession is over.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  135. Cheri Kruse

    No President Obama did not change my thoughts on the health care program. If he and the other polititians say they are willing to have their families and themselves sign up for the program, then I will feel they have done everything they can to reform the system so that it is equitable for ALL.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  136. sharon bryant-Phillips

    It is amazing what a terrific job the republicans have done in much of the media to convince vunerable America what a bad idea this health plan would be. Those who have examined the facts and understand that this is well overdue do not buy into the right wing propaganda that this is going to fast or is incorrect. The truth has already been spoken by a top republican, this is about tearing down of the democrats to regain power in the next exlection coupled by a hidden sutle bias of who this president is.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  137. Rodrigo Vilches

    In deed the President raised the question and shows us the facts....a waiste of resources is under way and we have to do something to stop it!...
    When companies are selling wheelchairs to Medicare and medicade'spacients 4 to 5 times more expensive than they are for sale in their own websites.. and according to them!, just.to justify paperwork!...we have to do something!...starting with the congress!...
    When doctors are not using commun sense and judging their pacient's health from the size of their Insurance potentials...something is wrong and WE need to do something! and soon before its to late.......
    When few mayors and high officers get cough in "money Laundry"(included some very "respetable" Rabies in New Jersey....something need to be done urgently!...now!...all this is just the use and understanding of something that isn't so commun...."commun sense"...

    July 23, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  138. steve neb

    I have Va care and I find I get very good care. The new media always seems to find the one person that had the werst care and Ignore the thousands who get outstanding care.
    Remember there are always the ones the will complain about anything that you ask.
    Negativity sells. The cup is half empty or half full WHICH IS THE AMERICAN WAY

    July 23, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  139. Rita Cella

    I am hopeful that the debate regarding healthcare reform will incorporate lengthy discussions regarding frivolous lawsuits whereby a majority of healthcare practitioners are forced to practice defensively. This issue warrants close examination and analyses whereby measures must be developed so that healthcare practitioners are not forced to practice in this manner.
    Rita Cella, RN, BSN, MBA
    Family Nurse Practitioner Student & Doctoral Nursing Candidate
    U-Mass, Amherst

    July 23, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  140. Lonnie

    President Obama is pressing a much needed issue.

    I fully agree with his strategy. His actions and last nights appearance continues to reinforce my support for health care reform. To those who say we are rushing and providing fear as a tactic to discourage public support, I submit to you that this discussion started over a decade ago. Therefore, the Republican party has had ample time to fix the problem and has only kicked the problem down the road. So here we are in 2009 and the American people still do not have affordable and full access to quality health care.

    I am currently managing my brothers situation as a result of lost health care. My brother was laid off from his job after 20 years of hard work. As a result, he lost his health care. He was diagnosed with cancer 3 months ago and has been forced to totally wipe out his life's savings to pay for medical bills. The bills are enormous and add up very quickly.

    To those who have jobs and like their current health care plan, just remember; my brother's story can happen to you just as easily as it happens to 14 thousand Americans every single day.

    He will leave his children nothing....

    July 23, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  141. David

    Senator Alexander's argument that the Mayo Clinic CEO is against government healthcare is fallacious. The CEO said that he objects to the way doctors and hospitals are paid for their services. He said, instead of having a fee for every procedure, have a "based value" where they are rewarded for "better outcomes with less risk and fewer costs to the system". I don't really agree with that belief. It would seem that it would lead to abuses in the system where doctors and hospitals would be reluctant to treat because it would increase costs and thus hinder their chances for bonuses.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:29 am |
  142. R. Buckley

    I totally support President Obama's effort to Improve health care. Because health care for all must be a top priority. Everyone in the U.S. should have affordable, quality health care coverage just as every senator does on Capitol Hill . We need to find a way to cover the 46 million uninsured Americans and at the same time, control health care costs. We need for all the politicians to work together with the President and not agaisnt him for all the people who put them in office. We the people of the USA need health care coverage and not a lot of partisan politics.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  143. Sam of Orange TX

    President Obama is the only president in the last 50 years who is actually concerned about the availability of affordable health insurance of the American People. I was a Republican voter all my life until now. Now my eyes are open, and I see the Republicans now as looking after themselves and after the insurance companies. They must change and help President Obama get an affordable health insurance plan for all Americans.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  144. Mary Ann

    I think Obama is on the right track it is a shame that not all people have health coverage. I was one of those people If I got sick I just had to help myself if I needed to go to see a dentist I went to NYU COLLEGE OF DENISTRY they perfomed 2 procedures on me & charged me on a sliding scale. I was just very lucky that I did not get cancer or some type of horrible sickness..... I would be dead now... just another stat. My neice Jennifer died from a cancer that was not diagnosed until it was stage 4 she had health coverage with her job but there were so many tests and procdures & the chemo that did not work her parents are still getting medical bills for thosands of dollars. I am happy that pre existing conditions will no longer be an problem if a person is sick we as a compaionate society should want all to be helped. I do not fear this change as long as I can see a doctor when I need to STOP LETTING THE NAYSAYERS SCARE US. IT IS TIME FOR A CHANGE.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  145. Tom

    If pre-existing conditions are required to be covered with no increase in premium – what happens to the premiums for all of us healthy people?

    July 23, 2009 at 10:30 am |
  146. Marie Joseph

    I am very pleased with the President efforts to provide affordable Healthcare to all American. Only when you don't have Healthcare and facing some terrible sickness that one will understand the importance of President Obama's plan. Go Obama, we support you.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  147. Charles

    I am extremely concerned the health care reform being proposed will result in reductions of benefits for Medicare recipients. The last summary I read of the bill currently proposed for health care reform proposes to pay for the reforms by reducing Medicare benefits by 400 billion dollars. Reducing “Medicare costs” should not be used as a cloak to enact “a reduction in benefits or coverage.” Reduction in Medicare costs must not result in a reduction of benefits or coverage to recipients. Reduction in Medicare benefits or coverage is nothing but an indirect tax on the elderly. Most elderly are middle income or low income Americans President Obama claims he wants to protect. Medicare costs must be reduced by reducing costs of administration and providers. A 250 billion dollar increase in fees for doctors (the highest income segment of the population) is a step in the wrong direction. Don’t play a shell game with us.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  148. Bryan Pavlick

    I support the Presidents push for health care reform. We have been this far before only to have the Republicans put up road blocks to reform. Things are not moving too fast as reform has been the topic most of my life!

    To the Republicans ... get out of the way and get to work on reform!

    July 23, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  149. Hailey

    If healthcare is the most important issue; if it is the thing that will make or break our economy, then why didn't Obama spend $780 billion on that instead of funding ACORN, birth control for wild Mustangs and shoring up state coffers for expensive union benefits?
    I don't believe a word he says anymore, and frankly, I'm ashamed of myself for voting for him.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  150. Charles

    Medicare benefits or coverage should not be cut to fund Health Care Reforms. Congress is taking benefits away from the elderly, (the responsible of whom made contributions for Medicare coverage during their working lives), to give to the irresponsible who don't work or haven't purchased insurance. Insurance for non-elderly who work but can't afford health insurance should be paid by raising taxes not cutting benefits for the elderly that the elderly have already paid for. Congress is just trying to avoid a broader tax increase at the expense of the elderly. This is wrong and a breach of trust placed by the elderly in the Medicare program during their working years.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  151. Madonna-Megara

    What is going on right now is a battle between love of the group and greed and selfishness. Those who instill fear about wait lines and choices are only concerned that they get the best health care at the expense of the uninsured. They do not care if you suffer just as long as they don't have to wait. How selfish is that!?! They do not care if you die just as long as insurance companies make a profit. How greedy is that!?!

    Obama and the Clintons truly love all, are concerned for all, and grieve for all who suffer. I sense this battle between love and selfishness is finally going to tip in favor of love. We are our brother's keeper.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  152. Jerry

    If everything was eliminated that Sen. McConnell said needed to be eliminated you may be able to get a bottle of aspirins with his new health plan that is if you bought it from one of his lobbyist buddies.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  153. Carol S.

    President Obama further strengthened my belief about the need for action on health care reform. For those who complain that we need more time to get it right, I would remind them that this argument has been used repeatedly ever since President Truman first proposed a form of universal care. It's not a matter of time, but a matter of will.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:35 am |
  154. Ruth Ziegler

    Does anyone really think that health care doesn't need to be reformed in the United States? Clearly, we have a very, very imperfect system. Whether a person is on the right or on the left, President Obama was fairly elected to be our President....part of the reason that he was elected was to lead health care reform. We need to trust him, his administration, and Congress to do the right thing. Timing is everything, and NOW is the time.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:35 am |
  155. Rebecca

    President Obama did a poor job during his speechlast night. He did what he best at, and that is he said nothing but pulled the wool over the average American's eyes. Trying to pass health care reform so quickly is just ignorant. There is much more thought and research that must be done to make a logical, inteligent decision. Rash decisions are dangerous and plain foolish!

    July 23, 2009 at 10:35 am |
  156. dave phillips

    I hope Cnn will be balanced and give a true showing of the comments on this blog. I see way more positive to the president than negative. Heidi seems to be leaning more to reading the negative? I wonder why?

    July 23, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  157. Dave from San Diego

    HEALTHCARE: I have trouble understanding why the health care coverage for members of Congress is different from mine. Are they more valuable or deserving of good health care than are my family and I? That's what they seem to be saying.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  158. David

    He heightened my concern significantly. If he is concerned, why is he pusing for it to be passed withoyut us having a chance to see what it really says? I want him to suceed in this endeavor during his term – but he has 3 and a half years to get it right. He should not push to make this a failed legacy issue. I want lower costs on my current policy too. But I would rather wait to ensure that happens a few more months, than to push something forward today that ends up costing me more down the road.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  159. Gary Lewis

    I'm a proponent of Health Care Reform, however, I want to know how he plans on paying for reforms. I felt he didn't provide solid answers other than he was going to tax the higher earners. Health Care should be paid by everyone equally and not be the burden of those making over $250K per year. They already carry the tax burden of the United States.
    Why didn't he make a better case that any health care reform will releave the burden being posed on the Emergency Rooms around the country by those who don't have insurance. As soon as they have health care, they will stop using Emergency Rooms for general care, thus reducing the price every American is already paying.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:37 am |
  160. Betty

    The American Medical Association, the American Nurses Association, the pharmaceutical researches and manufactures, and the AARP all endorse the president's health care reform plan. Who opposes it?......the insurance companies and the republican party. Go figure!

    July 23, 2009 at 10:37 am |
  161. freddy

    Heidi,
    Lots of people have no idea what healthcare involves.we need to poll the sick and elderly and ask them what they want and you will see how skewed the syetem is.

    When people are not sick,they dont understand healthcare.I see people come to the pharmacy and clinic crying everyday about cost of meds and procedures.
    And the funny part is, all these free market advocates make their most profits in healthcare from goverment transactions-medicare/medicaid reimbursements/tax breaks and not dealing with other profit seeking clients

    July 23, 2009 at 10:37 am |
  162. Vickie Canton, GA

    I agree with President Obama 100%. While Congress stalls this much needed Health Reform, Americans are dying. Americans are losing their homes, Americans are going without preventative health care. I think that it would be a great idea if Congress had to experience having NO HEALTH INSURANCE. Maybe then they could realize the timeliness of this reform! My sister died due to the fact that the insurance she had through Walmart did not pay the hospital she needed to go to in order to treat her newly found diabetes! The people in Washington are very much out of touch with the REAL WORLD.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  163. Ruth

    Yes for President Obama. How bad do we need health care for everyone. I was sent to the lab by my doctor a while back for tests. I asked the technician "what do people do if they do not have insurance? She said "They die" What kind of country is that . What does it say? Let"s ask the people in opposition how they answer that one.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  164. David

    I listen a lot, however I have not heard a word regarding making medical programs non-profit.. Right now it appears to me that medical care is the investors "fat cat." Physician salaries, I know about, average yearly income between $ 120,000 and $ 150,000, and they deserve every dollar. There are the bloated equipment, medicines, services, and other "special fees" (as our insurance company lists) which is pushing up medical costs.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  165. Larry Bennett

    As a civil service retiree I am covered under the FEHB plan as are all the senators and congressmen and women. I pay a self only amount of ninety dollars a month with BCN as my carrier. The government picks up the rest. As Americans we are the government. Why can't this type of plan be implemented for all Americans. A single payer plan in the sense that the Government pays the majority of the costs but you are able to choose from a number of carriers and plans.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  166. David

    I feel President Obama needs to show that the quality of healthcare, already good health care will not be compromised. The press conference made me want to know more about how best practice provisions. The discussion about increasing healthcare costs that you're having with Sen Alexander and Sen Conrad is part of the concern about good health care being maintained, but I think President Obama made headway in addressing this issue by noting that 2/3 of costs for his plan will be met by reducing inefficiency and reallocating already incoming revenue. I got the impression from the President's noting 160 republican amendments to the Senate bill that his administration, and congressional democrats and republicans are coming to agreements, so there is progress, that stands in contrast to some of the reporting I've been hearing. I feel I'm continuing to learn about how the President's healthcare intiative and the plan now in congress will work.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:39 am |
  167. Rodrigo

    When the insuranse companies are posting "billions" in profits and they are follow by the Laboratories and health product's suppliers....something is wrong with the system!...no because they are profitable business...but because they are taking " cruel adventage of power" against "the people"...and at this point the incompetence of the congress its saddly "unethical"...
    Denial its not the answer...just facing the problem we ,all together can fix this mess.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:40 am |
  168. Jim Geer

    The President did his job well last night only to have his points misreported by your expert associates. He explained the CBO report of last week being a report on plans still being developed. He explained the cost saving being add to the plans over the last several days. I get most of my news from CNN and find it distressing to hear such poor coverage of a news conference. I think maybe health care reform is too complecated for some of you. Thanks God you still have Dr. Gupta.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:40 am |
  169. Mel

    Nobody that I talked to last night was impressed at all by the Pres. news conference. It lacked real details, as usual with his healthcare plan, and was filled with guarantees he can't possibly keep. If he was going to take the American people's time up in prime time viewing, why didn't he give us details?? Because he knows we won't like the details and will run screaming for the exits, if he gives them truthfully.
    I actually get tears in my eyes as I watch him and Congress slide us toward socialism as fast as they can.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  170. Kimberly James

    Canada has universal health care– thank GOD.... We paid NOTHING– NOT A DIME to give birth to our daughter Jesse Ray, for all my cardiologist appointments, for every emergency visit to the hospital .... and we were NEVER turned away because we didn't have health insurance. I was refused at at a hospital in LA when I was having heart problems. I could have died. That's disgusting. So my husband actor Clint James and I moved up to Canada to give birth to our daughter Jesse Ray. In Canada you don't have to mortgage your house if you get cancer. Babies have died because of the Health Care system in the US. Watch the film SICKO.... it's it not exaggerated. It's REALITY.

    My girlfriend's mother was given less than a year to live... that was four months ago and she is now cancer free. And she didn't pay a dime for treatment. That's Universal Health Care.....

    –Kimberly James.... A very proud Canadian and supporter of Universal Health Care

    July 23, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  171. Ruth

    When I was sent to the lab recently for tests I asked the technician "What do people do when they do not have insurance. She simply said two words "They die". Yes, President Obama is 100 per cent right about his health insurance for everyone plan.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  172. gloria goodall

    I heard a Republican speak out on CNN against the healthcare reform plan by stating that President Obama was trying to push it through so fast, they don't have a moment to consider the implictions, I became very angry. What about the last 8 years? How many years will it take? 20, 30? I called the White House to express my opinion.

    We gave billions to the banks & car companies. They squandered it. The people of our great nation should be worth a few billion. Nothing is perfect but it's a start. We can't afford to wait forever.

    Also, I'm tired of the rhetoric over the cost of Medicaid. Our daughter is the only one in our family on Medicaid due to disabilities. She and the rest of our family also have regular insurance. Several years ago we had problems getting nurses for her(paid by Medicaid, $20. plus an hour). I could hire anyone off the street to care for her & Medicaid would pay $11. an hour to them. I offered to care for her but the law doesn't allow parents to do this. I was working at the time & it would have greatly reduced my pay but it still would have helped keep the roof over our head. I was told this was not allowed. I might not take care of her. But I take care of her regularly when I can't get help, but that is free to Medicaid . I could have saved approx $15. an hour times 80 hours per week. Almost like the wheelchair rental that you showed. Doesn't make sense to me. Does it to you?

    July 23, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  173. Andre Marshall

    THANK GOD FOR PRESIDENT O'BAMA, HE WAS GREAT! He systematically explained the health care problem. He used the Cleveland Clinic as an example; this illustrates his understanding of where the nation should be. The Cleveland Clinic takes the pay issue out of the equation, the focus can always be on patients.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:43 am |
  174. William

    Everyone should research Canadian Health Care and how it works. Don't be fooled by the commercials you watch that are nothing more than scare tactics using Canadian Health Care as something terrible.
    Greed is the motivator here and you are the ones who pay for it and make those very few very rich. Our system works and you don't lose everything you own when you need healthcare. Government run Healthcare works. It works very well.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:44 am |
  175. Reilly

    It reinforced my view that the democrats are heading in the wrong direction. We need to move more to the free markets instead of govt control. They have not run Medicare, Medicaid or the VA well so how would we expect them to run all of Americans healthcare? They are moving toward a single payer system which will bankrupt our country. We need to let each state handle their own Medicare and Medicaid people. Take the employer out of the equation and let each individual
    buy their own tailored plans. One size does not fit all. Let the free market work! We are a capitalist society not a socialist society.
    If you want govt controlled single payer you are free to move across our border north to Canada.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:44 am |
  176. Ron

    The Presidents speech had no impact on me personally. Although I did not vote for him I do support him. However, there comes a time we as Americans must plan for our own families and not rely on our Govt. I retired at the age of 43 with full Medical and Dental insurance for me and my family. Sure we had to make scarifices along the way and did what we had to do. We all have the same chances to prosper in this great country. If you need Insurance sell that BMW, dont take that vacation to Hawaii. We have to teach our children that hard work in life will go a long way. There were times I hated my job but I knew if I stuck it out them my family would have less to worry about in thier future. Medical coverage is a huge benefit and something I will never have to worry about. Come on America, get to work pay your taxes and things will come to you.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:44 am |
  177. Ann

    For those that use Medicare as a good example of what the government does right, have you heard that part of the way to pay for healthcare reform is to reduce payments to providers for Medicare. You cannot reduce payments without reducing benefits so Medicare as you know it today will change.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  178. S J Battle

    After listening to President Obama I am more convinced than ever that his plan, as described by him, is not feasible or economically sound. It would be more feasible to 1) address the disadvantages of the current government insurance (Medicaid, Medicare, and VA Medical); so that the 40% of prescribers who donot participate in these programs would be willing to accept patients with this coverage, 2) enforce the pros, and 3) focus on preventive care providers.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  179. Barbara Clark

    I wonder why President Obama isn't talking about the obvious concern that so much of the healthcare dollar is the result of defensive medicine. Until there are reasonable caps on awards in malpractice cases, physicians feel they must order diagnostic tests, many of which are unnecessary or useless. No one needs to be awarded 52 million dollars for some health situation – maybe 250,000 or something reasonable. Lots of money could be saved on that score. (I know legislators don't want to pass anything that would cut into the incomes of their fellow lawyers, but somebody needs to step up to the plate and addreess this obvious issue. Why isn't a provision for such limits in the healthcare bill?

    July 23, 2009 at 10:49 am |
  180. Mitch Dworkin - Dallas, Texas

    President Obama did not change my concerns about health care reform last night because I did not hear the specifics about it that I needed to hear. I have already seen enough waste, fraud, and abuse that have happened with TARP and with the economic stimulus package so far which were both passed very quickly when it was said that they had to be passed right away in order to avoid a disaster.

    We have already waited many years for real health care reform to happen so waiting for a few more weeks or months in order to help make sure that it gets done right is okay with me when it will be very expensive and when it will have very long lasting consequences!

    I want to know EXACTLY how President Obama's health care reform program will be paid for, EXACTLY who it will cover, and ALL of the specific details about it as opposed to just a lot of estimated projections. It seems to me like a lot of these kind of specific details were not initially included in TARP and in the economic stimulus package before they were passed which is why I want to see them first BEFORE President Obama passes any health care program. I definitely believe that a bad health care program passed very quickly would be a lot worse in the long run than a good health care program which takes a little bit longer to pass in order to help make sure that it is done right!

    July 23, 2009 at 10:51 am |
  181. Ginger Sitler

    I think President Obama answered a lot of my questions last night. Especially when he made the point that not acting on Health care reform would put us deeper in debt. That made a lot of sense! But there's something I've been wondering. When they talk about the cost of his health care plan, why don't they ever add in the equation that people will be PAYING for their coverage. He said 2/3 would be paid for by the fixes in Medicare and Medicaid. Why can't the rest be paid for by those who join the plan? If even 2/3 of the 47 million uninsured join and pay for this plan shouldn't that cover the rest of the cost? We are self employed and can't afford health insurance now. If there was an affordable group plan, similar to those of large corporations or even the government health care plan that we could join I think we could all afford it. Maybe that's the answer...let those of us who aren't on employer plans be able to join the group plan that the state or federal employees are on. And lastly, if a government plan is good enough for Congress, why isn't it good enough for us?

    July 23, 2009 at 10:52 am |
  182. gem

    God bless the president for being the first president to seriously try to reform health care. Health care is a necessity. Why can U.S. doctors and others in the medical business charge whatever they choose. Thats one of the reasons costs are so high. The medical personnel and businesses want top dollar, the insurance companies a (PROFIT DRIVEN BUSINESS)want to insure people that don't need insurance. To reduce costs, 1)eliminate the insurance companies, Give me the total figure we pay out in premiums plus the total cost of the uninsured and then offset that against the total cost of reform. Obviously the insurance companiews take in more than they pay out. 2)control charges to be more in line with the rest of the world, 3) Eliminate waste.

    July 23, 2009 at 10:54 am |
  183. Alfred Gerteiny, Ph.D.

    The President made a very persuasive case for a reform of the healthcase system in the US. It is unfortunate though that because of widespread ignorance he will be unable to establish a single payer system. I have experienced France’s and Canada’s single payer systems and found them to be infinitely superior both in cost and quality to the chaotic system in the US. GO Obama!

    July 23, 2009 at 10:54 am |
  184. John Sherwood

    As an independent I, like so many other, I have been watching and waiting to make up my mind on Obama, and have decided “I WOULD NOT TRUST HIM TO HOLD MY LUNCH BAG!”

    July 23, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  185. Paula Russell

    President Obama stated the rush on passing the health care bill is because of all the mail he is receiving about "folks" that are about to go bankrupt over health care prices. What about all the mail he is receiving about "folks" losing their homes, jobs and businesses. I would bet there is a lot more mail streaming in about the economy than letters on health care.

    Fix this economy first with all the borrowed TRAP money that most of us don't even know how it has been spent and the economy continues to fail. How can we trust the Presidents hype on borrowing all this money for health care reform when the economy is completely falling apart. It seems as if health care reform has become completely personal to the President. How can health care be paid for if no one has a JOB!?

    Focus on fixing this economy MR. President and then the American people "your folks" will have confidence in borrowing more money for health care reform. This economy is making me SICK !

    July 23, 2009 at 11:01 am |
  186. Anas Mouti

    The speech was good and convincing, even though it lacked some toughness to my taste.
    But there is still an issue I still haven't seen anybody mentioning yet.. People tend to not realize that if insurance companies are so parsimonious, if heath costs our economy so much, it is mainly because of the huge profits pharmaceutical industries, hospitals and physicians make on our health.
    I'm not a big fan of the French model, I know it has a lot of shortcomings, but it contains an effective feature: there is a recommended fee for all different types of consultations, and insurance does not have to reimburse more than that. If the physician charges more than that, he risks losing clients and pays more taxes. MDs don't have to be systematically multi-millionaires...

    July 23, 2009 at 11:02 am |
  187. Double A

    I was already convinced of the cause; Now I am 110% satisfied with President's performance tonight.

    It looks like the Ditto Heads & Steelers were listening to President's speech, ready to pounce – get a head start on their misinformation campaign. Also some Washington Pundits thirsty for Juicy Details without moving a limb, will not be satisfied; the speech was not targeted at their thirst. It was aimed primarily at regular Americans caught in the Health Insurance nightmare. It was one of the most direct, honest assessment of the Health Care Crisis and HCR bill ingredients which will bring relief to those most impacted by it. It covered almost all major issues and highlighted some of the obstructions in the path. A soaring Obama visionary speech is not meaningful when addressing a this grave crisis. Hopefully, President's speech today will immunize the Public against the virus being spread by the "Break Obama" crowd. It should also steel the backbone of Congressional supporters of a strong HCR bill enabling them to confront with increased vigor the Health Lobbies and their proxies in Congress.

    The claim by some Ditto-head that the Administration knew the questions and the Prez used a teleprompter during is absurd beyond belief. Birthers would be a good home for this moron, for in their hate they would cut their nose to spite their face. It is akin to the idiotic claim that the crease in Bush's Jacket was there because he was wired by The Brain to feed him answers during a Presidential debate. It would be humorous if it was not so insidious.

    July 23, 2009 at 11:03 am |
  188. Mary

    Obama was shameful last night, and he acted "stupidly." He is counting on the desperation and despair of the people who voted him into this office. Talk about "profiling!" If you offer a thirsty man water, he more than likely will do whatever it is you want him to do just to get a drink. In addition, in his speech, he chose to comment on that Gates incident, saying that he did not know if race played an issue or not, and then said....this still "haunts us." So from this, am I to conclude that he is only accepting part of his heritage, that being the part that is black. Wasn't his mother white?

    July 23, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  189. Carter

    At what point do we stop letting big drug companys call the shoots when it comes to health care. The media has yet to this day asked any African American in the private sector or media sector about health care reform. When you go to emergency room for two hours one in waiting room and one hour in back and out of that one in back you see a doctor for less then fifteen mins. and come out with a bill for $1308 for tooth pain, we have a problem. If Dem. and Rep. do not have that bill done by December every one of them need to look for a new job and health benefits. They have had 16 years or longer.

    Now to the gates story, this is not new in away i'm glade this happen to him because we African American have forgotten how we got to where they to day. Look NAACP the only time you see them come to a person defense is when they are going to get on Television. Just look at the Lacrosse case and Waldo Fenner case here you have a man who had the DA, Police, Mayor, civil rights leader who did nothing (GAY), and NAACP even when they found him innocents they did nothing. When police officer came to Mr. Fenner home for 911 call place by him they turned on him because he filed a multi million dollar lawsuit against them. Officer A. T. Hall refused to remove his foot from Mr. Fenner door way after been asked three times because he caught him in a lie and Mr. Fenner questioned the officer about his lie and when Mr. Fenner called 911 operator back for them to send some one he took the phone and told them had everything under control When Mr. Fenner them back he place his hand on his gun and told if you call 911 again I'm going to arrest. local government did nothing. You see things like this happen all the time to African American some speak up and some do not.

    July 23, 2009 at 11:08 am |
  190. Wendy

    First, Medicare is a government run health insurance program. We should discontinue Medicare for everyone over 65. Those who want to pay for their own private health insurance should be able to do so and those who chose Medicare should do so. Private health insurance is currently being subsidized by Medicare. Medicare pays for the health care of our most expensive citizens – those over 65. I called Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield and a private insurance broker to find out if I could refuse Medicare and just pay for my own private health care insurance. Private companies insist that you take Medicare first. Why don't these companies let those who chose to, just get their full primary health care from them instead of making the government pay first? If this were the case, a lot of money could be saved by the government programs.

    CNN just reported on abuses to the current Medicaid/Medicare systems. If these abuses are stopped and doctors bill honestly, much money can be saved, too. Also, insurance companies must be required to accept those with pre-existing conditions as well. For profit companies have to accept a little less profit for the good of ALL Americans.

    July 23, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  191. Carl Jefferson

    I watched President Obama's news conference on the proposed Health Reform Bill. Yes, I am more comfortable now with the proposed health plan even though I have not seen or read the details of the plan. The president appears to be very sincere in wanting to help the people of the United States secure health coverage at an affordable cost. From what little we know about the plan says there is merit in his claim that there will be an overall cost savings in medical cost/spending across the board.

    July 23, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  192. Anne

    Heidi,

    The government needs to get some input from the folks who will be impacted the most by their action or lack thereof. The AMA isn't the only provider affected. The ANA, hospital administrators and any other profession who would be involved need to be consulted. Also, why isn't government going after the CEOs of big health insurance the way they went after AIG and the auto manufacturers? Doesn't the fact that record profits in the face of declining services say the premium paying public is getting shafted? What about drug companies? It is really horrifying to think that some people need to decide between their medications and eating or paying rent or having their lights on. Healthcare in the US is just another national disgrace.

    July 23, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  193. Alan

    No, President Obama's speech did not make me feel better about health care reform. His speech was a whole lot of rhetoric which amounted to nothing. I could have spoken in the same generalities while explaining exactly nothing about what is going to be done! Does health care in America need reforming...you bet. However, the "fast track" that Obama seems to be on is going to absolutely make our situation worse. I cannot include my wife on my health care coverage I receive from a school district in Texas because it would cost us money that we cannot afford...literally. She cannot get health care from her employer because she works for a small business that struggles just to survive. Under Obama's "plan" my wife is going to be forced to buy her own health insurance which means we are going to be forced to spend money we cannot spare! Bottom line, if this happens we will not be able to pay our mortgage and yet another home will go into foreclosure and we may have to file for bancruptcy. Now, how is that helping middle class Americans?

    July 23, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  194. heather Miro

    I think he is doing a great job considering the huge mess he has had to deal with. I think this reform needs to happen and the sooner the better. i personally do not care for the Republican point of view as I can't see what they have to say except to block for the sake of blocking and they are paid off by the insurance companies( as well as a few stupid Dems) and continue to throw the fear words out there to make people not want what would really help them.
    I think the rightwing has no Idea how hard it is for many people in this country and health care is the right thing to do and the cheaters out there in the like the company who is charging and congress who is determining how much a wheel chair should cost should be put out of business.
    I also think that competitive bidding( in the the true since of the word)
    should be the the way to go.
    I am sick of hearing the republicans and I think of them as the greedy party, and still, self absorbed about only them selves.

    July 23, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  195. Andrea

    Heidi,
    I just saw Drew Griffin's report about the woman with the wheelchair. I've used a wheelchair since I was 8. I'm in my late 30s now, so I've had several of them. I bought the one I have now in 2002 for $900ish dollars. It's a standard manual wheelchair with no bells and whistles. Just from looking at the woman's chair on TV, I'd say her chair should cost no more than $900 (on the very high side), and that's with it being "fitted" to match the woman's height and weight. It looked like Drew bought his chair "off the rack" toward the low end of the price spectrum because he took whatever they had. From personal experience, the government could have BOUGHT the woman a chair for far less than $1200.

    Did CNN actually buy that chair and not loan it from the showroom? If it belongs to CNN and it's the newer, nicer model, how about "gifting it" to the lady? 🙂

    July 23, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  196. Paul Henry

    I would not mind paying some more on my taxes if that meant everyone would be covered by Health care. Question why does it cost so much to stay in a hospital? $8.00 for two tablets of asprin, $10.00 for tissue, these costs are ridiculous...what is being done to bring these costs DOWN, this issue is one of the pilliars of expensive health care AND THIS HAS TO BE ADDRESSED. One last thought, the military uses Tricare for it's soldiers and their families, I have never heard a complaint from anyone who uses this system, this is a government run health care plan is it not?

    Thanks!

    P.S. 'Black in America 2' was very good, I'm looking forward to seeing the next segment tonight.

    July 23, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  197. Gil Zilberstein

    Dear Interested Readers,

    I voted for John McCain in the 2000 California Republican Primary.
    I voted for Barack Obama in the 2008 California Democratic Primary,
    and in the 2008 Presidential Election.

    As a supporter of President Obama, and more importantly as an American,
    I am sick and tired of seeing the beginning of the "swift-boating" attacks on
    OUR National Health Plan.

    Lest you think I'm some kind of liberal lefty nut, I believe that NATIONAL HEALTH CARE IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS. In fact, I think the best argument in FAVOR of a national health care plan is the General Motors disaster. Because the unions forced GM to meet a dire need for health care for its workers as part of its business, GM lost its competitive edge in the car business as its "social business" took on more and more of its manager's time and resources. Please note that GM's successful foreign competition comes from countries where business is free to concentrate on business, because the health care issue is settled, and no-one, not management, not the workers has to worry about it.

    Gil Zilberstein,
    San Francisco, CA

    July 23, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  198. Ann

    Amen to Barbara Clark's post.

    July 23, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  199. Linda

    I thought Our President did great as usual. Most Americans can't get enough of him and how he explains things. I don't need to know every single detail, but I suggest, as the Canadians do, tax the incomtax.

    Republicans are always gonna take apart every word the President says, and criticize it. Those with half a brain have come to realize this.

    July 23, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  200. michael holzgang

    The term 'everyone' is used in discussions of the medical plan. This has no meaning. WHO will NOT be illegible; criminals, drug addicts, terrorists, child murderers and molesters, idiots who throw their bodies against nature and get injured like on the TV show "stupid stunts', prisoners? Why help such people? Too bad for them, let them deal with their stupidity. This nation has an 'anything goes' philosophy. Health care policy is a failure because there is NO prevention policy, NO physical education policy as in education (public schools). What is the 'Hold people accountable for their behavior' policy. I don't see this nation as having one, and that spells TROUBLE, which is evident.

    July 23, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  201. A.Mostafanejad

    Why is it that you state the lie that Canadians are pouring over the border for medical treatment unavailable in the Canadian system but will not state the fact that last year approximately 750,000 americans left for Europe or even third world countries to obtain treatments they could not receive or afford in the U.S.?
    I lived under the British system in the 60's and was satisfied with that system. My 84 year old mother's life has been saved repeatedly by the British system and in the past 6 months the doctor has even visited her twice in her house to provide treatment.
    I support the president and long for a day when we can have a system as good as the British or the Canadian system and stop the corporate parasites from profiting from our citizens' sickness and misery.

    July 23, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  202. Rolanda Williams

    I am a Canadian citizen with a deep interest in American politics. Considering that as neighbours we impact the other greatly. I feel that we can learn alot more if we listen to what people are saying before judging or condeming their suggestions. Many Americans seem to be up in arms over the shear mention of Government run healthcare but have the Republicans done you a better service by privatizing health care? This puts the drug companies and healthcare providersin charge of your health. Does this make any sense when we consider that the main goal of any business is to make more money. The drug companies dont want to heal the world or they would be out of a job. I was quite disturbed to see an advertisment after Obama's speech last night featuring a so called Canadian citizen denounsing our Canadian healthcare system. I would like to draw attention to this quote from stats Canada;

    Americans in the lowest income groups are much more likely than their Canadian counterparts to be in fair or poor health, according to a study comparing health status and access to health care services between the two nations.

    The study was based on the Joint Canada/United States Survey of Health, a unique population health survey conducted jointly by Statistics Canada and the US National Center for Health Statistics of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention between November 2002 and June 2003.

    The study, published recently in the journal Health Affairs, found that almost one-third (31%) of Americans with the lowest incomes reported fair or poor health, compared with 23% among their Canadian counterparts.

    At the other end of the income spectrum, there were no differences in health status between Canadians and Americans in the highest income group.

    In terms of access to health care services, the situation for Canadians was more like that of insured Americans. Canadians and insured affluent Americans were similar regarding their access to physicians, including access to a regular medical doctor. However, Canadians experienced fewer unmet health care needs overall.

    Obama wants the best for Americans and I really hope he can acheiveit!
    God Bless

    July 23, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  203. Tom

    The debate includes that US health care is twice as expensive as other countries. Why not adopt a system of another country and save 50%, which would be sufficient to cover all uninsured.

    July 23, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  204. Walt

    Obama's presentation left me stone cold. I'm sick of his rhetorical promises. He doesn't know the details of the reform draft, but he's making promises. Talk about a fortune teller!!

    No one seems to be addressing the cost of providing millians of illegals free health care in hospital emergency rooms. This is a major reason the the high costs of health care and health care insurance!!

    I don't mind contributing to the health costs of Americans who can't afford or who have lost their insurance for no fault of their own.

    What can I give up for these gobblygook promises??? I can give up paying for health care that millions of illegals don't pay.

    July 23, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  205. David

    I think the president did a lousy job. His approach is to appeal to the American public with logic and reason to change how health care is delivered in this country, but the majority of americans have health care coverage that is more or less acceptable to them, and most importantly, they will not be voting for the president's health care reform proposal. Their representatives will. Although the majority of members of congress are for some form of health care reform, the president's words last night did little to impact the few votes he needs to win the debate. The republicans may lose this round and the next three or four rounds, but if they can wear down the people's enthusiasm for things Obama, they have a chance to win rounds five and six on future proposals. They are in it for the long haul for maintaining the good ol' boy status quo. Weak logic and reason arguments will not put them off.

    July 23, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
  206. Von

    While you guys are debating the number of people who are without Health Insurance, you left out a HUGE factor-the amount of people who are now unemployed. Many of these people worked in industries that are obsolete. Unless there are new industries to replace them in the near future, they will remain unemployed and uninsured for quite some time. Based on this, Obama's figure of 47 mil is a low estimate.

    July 23, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
  207. Jo-Ann Hanny

    As usual the President told us nothing last night regarding health care.
    He's a great orator but never answers a question . I would not be in favor of any health plan until we know details..

    July 23, 2009 at 1:10 pm |
  208. Mary

    Can the government and Obama be sued for "breach of contract" by the elderly who are now receiving Medicare and those not so elderly now but who will be, and those younger taxpayers out there who have been paying into Medicare since they began employment, once he (Obama) takes away our already paid for benefits? Or can we expect the monies we have already paid to be refunded? As it stands, a person receiving Medicare cannot even get Part A if he/she has not worked, but if we worked and paid into social security, we are able to receive Part A "free" because we paid for it all of our working lives. The key words here being WORKED, PAID and FREE. Could you give this to your LEGAL DEPARTMENT for review, not that I expect a nonbiased answer from CNN, or an answer at all for that matter, but it's worth a try, who knows, maybe CNN slipped up and actually hired people who are truly nonbiased.

    July 23, 2009 at 1:12 pm |
  209. Ernest

    Why is it that the House and Senate will not include themselves in the proposed federal control of health care plans???????

    The President says he can't because he has a doctor following him which is a very valid point.

    HOWEVER, President Obama could vow that as soon as he is no longer President, he will accept the federal universal plan for himself and his family and NEVER seek private health services in the US or worldwide. After all, this is the restriction being placed on us.

    July 23, 2009 at 1:27 pm |
  210. Ernest

    MALPRACTICE!
    One feature of American health care is the accountability resulting from tort claims for poor medical practices. Do you really think that under a federal control of health services you will be ABLE TO SUE the US government??? Think again. Of course you will be able to write you Congressman and vote against him in the next election. We'll see how far that gets you.

    July 23, 2009 at 1:34 pm |
  211. j

    Obama definitely has it right! As for the other representatives that claim to care..they should spare us the DRAMA!!! Actions speak louder than words. And your stalling tactics show us what you're really all about- benefiting yourselves.

    Everyone knows our country has been on a collision course toward bankruptcy for the passed few decades, but some of our representatives would rather play party politics than come together to find solutions.

    Americans need to vote these bum Senators and Congressmen out of office. These Repesentatives know who they are! We know who they are! And all the lobbyist organizations who benefit from them know who they are!

    For all those that have Cancer. We know you can no longer afford to wait on these insincere representative promises. Go Obama! Yes We Can!!

    July 23, 2009 at 1:52 pm |
  212. Marcia

    I think the president did great. He explained what he wants and expects from congress and I agree with what he is trying to accomplish for all of us.
    Republicans prefer to spend our money fighting wars than spend money to insure that all Americans are have health care that they so desparately need.
    By the way, I am never tired of seeing our president.

    July 23, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  213. Waldo Fenner

    Our President is doing what the last three could not do. He is correct about reform because if we do not have it pharamaceutical company will continue to raise prices on medicine. Look the people who fighting this, if they have a better plan bring it forward. Hes next project should be reforming medicaid and medicareif the states can not run thier program then feds should step in. Are there any African AMerican in office that knows anything about what going on? But if this does get done before the year is out every one in the house and senate will need o look for jobs and health care.

    July 23, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  214. Wendy Boszak

    President Obama is great because he is "forcing" Congress to truly address reform. I agree with his 3 main points.

    One idea I don't think has been addressed.

    I'm trying to get my voice heard on this so I thought writing here might help. I haven't heard this common sense idea mentioned at all in this debate. Obviously, private insurance companies would fight this idea!

    First, Medicare is a government run health insurance program. We should discontinue Medicare for everyone over 65. Those who want to pay for their own private health insurance should be able to do so and those who chose Medicare (with reform it would just be the public plan) should do so. Private health insurance is currently being subsidized by Medicare. Medicare pays for the health care of our most expensive citizens – those over 65. I called Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield and a private insurance broker to find out if I could refuse Medicare and just pay for my own private health care insurance. Private companies insist that you take Medicare (some both part A and part B) first. Why don't these companies let those who chose to, just get their full primary health care from them instead of making the government pay first?

    CNN just reported on abuses to the current Medicaid/Medicare systems. If these abuses are stopped and doctors bill honestly, much money can be saved. Also, insurance companies must be required to accept those with pre-existing conditions as well and not being allowed ridiculous waiting periods for those having a pre-existing condition under some plans now. For profit companies have to accept a little less profit for the good of ALL Americans.

    July 23, 2009 at 2:46 pm |
  215. j

    I thought Americans were promised the same Healthcare policies our Politicians get. There should be no delays with Congress or the Senate within either Party. Why are Republicans complicating matters by changing what was promised? Keep your promises! And stop stalling!!

    July 23, 2009 at 2:53 pm |
  216. Dinah

    It was good to hear One person speaking on health care. And tell me the long range plans. The who's and what's of Medicaide and Medicare. A sore subject for many. But none the less a big Black hole it is. It improved my outlook on the vision and direction of Pres. Obama. It's seem many of the old guard are continuing the old games of DC. I'll be a happier voter when they finially step down and let younger leaders of the future get a chance to have a say and help make a change. This group of so called moral leaders in their 50's & 60's are embarrasing.
    God Bless you President Obama, don't get weary on the road less traveled. bring them kicking if you have to.
    30 million more people voted to help bring change about. We never thought it would happen in a year, let alone six months.

    I'd like a public option. Thank you

    July 23, 2009 at 2:56 pm |
  217. josh

    We should give Obama credit. The rich ar scare to spend money on health care and wants to keep thier money. Republican loves to bicker but have no solutions. If we all had health care like other countries maybe people would not have to suffer a much. Look what Bush did for the last 8 years he brought this country down. Let Obama do his job and shut up.

    July 23, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  218. Walt

    Josh,

    with all due respect, it appears that you are talking out of both sides of your mouth.

    In your first sentance you state that we should give Obama credit. For what? Failing on a stimulas package? Putting the country in debt more than any other President?

    Your second statement you say "The rich ar (sic) scare (sic) to spend money health care and wants (sic) to keep thier (sic) money." You are correct, that's why the middle class will see an increase in taxes!!

    3rd statement: wouldn't it be great to have health care like Canada, the UK and France...oh, goody, goody! They would only have to wait 6 to 12 months to get that care, depending on the midicale situation. If you are over 65 you can expect to be refused to receive a major operation.

    Exactly what did Bush do to bring the country down?

    I will not shut up; it's ignorant people like you who voted for this chaos.

    July 23, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  219. Ernest

    ALL of the above blogs in support of the federal takeover of our health care fail to deal in facts! It is not enough to say it feels good, or it's what Obama wants, or trust the government, etc. The purpose of blogs is to deal in debate of facts not just cheer lead.

    Until the Administration and Congress fully explain the following items, the takeover should not be allowed in any form:
    Who pays for this plan and for how long?
    What are the deficeit expectations?
    Will illegals be covered? If not, for how long will they be excluded by a Congress seeking a voting block?
    What are the benefits expected and for how long?
    How will rationing of care be prevented when budgets are exceeded?
    How will privacy of health records be kept from bureaucrats seeking cost savings in the program?
    What recourse will citizen's have against malpractice?
    Why can't Congress have the same plan?
    Why can't the President have the same plan when he leaves office?

    The President didn't address any issues last night and Congress refuses to release any details until AFTER IT'S THE LAW OF THE LAND!!!! WHY????

    July 23, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  220. Bobbi from Treasure Island

    One of the things we do not hear discussed is how much health insurance effects the decisions that a lot of people have to make. Start your own business...can't do it...because you can't afford the premiums!! Leave a job...can't do it because you need to have health insurance and can't afford it, or have a pre-existing condition that would preclude you from getting covered. I can't tell you how many people that worked with me over the years worked just to get affordable health insurance. How many more opportunities would it open up in life if obtaining health insurance was not a factor to consider?

    We keep hearing about the cost, well, we are already paying the cost. Our hospitals and other health care providers build in the cost of all the uninsured people that have to be treated in an emergency situation and we all pay for it in our cost of health care, and without the benefit of being able to control it.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  221. Ms.T

    I just wonder how many pages the gov will read while on their break.
    there are 1000 +. they need to read all of them to see what the people are getting.
    have u read it through. just asking. i intend to cause i want to know what is in store for the American people..

    July 23, 2009 at 7:09 pm |
  222. Ernest

    Here's a mystery for you!

    Why do all my comments today have an added heading "your comment is awaiting moderation"????

    Will someone at CNN please explain.

    Why are mine the only one out of probably a hundred that have this added heading? My opinions differed little from scores of others so I don't understand.

    July 23, 2009 at 7:18 pm |
  223. K

    What an articulate, thoughtful, smart, caring & moral individual our President is. He is trying to do something GOOD for all of us. Wake up fear mongers and very ignorant Birthers.

    Upset that all the commentators focused on was that He looked tired or the remark about the cop story. Maybe he is tired because he is trying to fight a system that wants the status quo. Insurance companies are making a fortune. He is really trying to do good things.

    July 24, 2009 at 12:06 am |
  224. John Sherwood

    I’d like to address Michael Holzgzng’s remarks.

    I, for the most part, would like to agree with you the problem is that this nation has been led to believe in the liberal teachings of urbanites society. This is something you rarely find within the rural and farming communities whose communities believe in family responsibility. They understand the value of a proper conservative and religious upbringing; that is to say you won’t find parents casting off their children to live on welfare and section 8 “Project” housing.

    The real problem lies in our liberal dominated educational institutions and political in DC, no matter what we think they will always support the prisons, welfare queens, Drug addicts, Etc; first before entertaining the idea of helping the elderly and indigent. A politician’s main goal is to be re-elected! A case in point is the last years Flu serum went to the unrighteous while many working folks went without or had to wait until they finally produced additional vaccines. Many urbanites have the idea their rights include guarantees for their own failures.

    Note too while all this “Bush Bashing” is going on it was the Democratic Senate that basically ran the country during his tenure. This financial mess occurred because they were to busy pocketing PAC money to follow up on Freddy, Fanny, and alike. Now the congressional leaders who attacked him 24/7 and are now screaming for change are the very same one that made the policies. Today’s policies have all the stench of the Clinton / Gore “One-World Government” with future Queen Hillary at the helm! I personally do not think that any true American citizen in their right mind wants a socialistic state? By the way we did not get into this mess until Pres. Bush left office!

    July 24, 2009 at 12:23 am |
  225. GK

    It is very ashamed that the World first industrial country, the U.S., the World super-power does not adequatly treat its patients citizens. I would say that the U.S. Pharmaceutical Industry, the U.S. Health Care Insurance Industry, and the U.S. Hospital build up a Cartel which has been disadvantaged middle-class patients without health care insurance. The Cartel has been advantaged upper-class with a high quality of health care insurance. Today, President Obama is on health care insurance battlefield with Cartel to make affordable U.S. health care and its insurance . I think it is time to support Him. It is time to unite behind Pres. Obama to show the Cartel that the U.S. Health Care and the U.S. Insurance Industry are in wrong direction.

    July 24, 2009 at 7:33 am |
  226. Helen

    If the President and our elected leaders don't want the healthcare they are trying to push down the thoats of Americans, then why should Amerians. They need to fix Medicare , Medicaid and VA Medical FIRST! Our Healthcare is NOT BROKEN. It is the cost associated with heathcare that needs fixing. They don't even know how many people are uninsured. I'm tried of our elected offiicials not reading the bills they pass and acting like they are all GODs. They work for the American people. No one can represent others when they refuse to live by the same standards they set for everyone else. Is there a freeze on Government overtime? The postal department has less volume for years, has there been a layoff? Those 2 cost alone would pay for the less than 12M people who cannot afford healthcare!!!!

    July 24, 2009 at 7:56 am |
  227. Eric

    Heidi,
    Every black man in American knows the real deal with Sgt. Crowley–he did act stupidly just to prove a point. The fact that he teaches a racial profiling course means absolutely nothing to the average black man. 'Cause we all know that's the equivalent to the proverbial "some of my best friends are black." A whole lot of BS...I'm from the south, and we know the "real deal."

    Thanks

    July 24, 2009 at 9:12 am |
  228. Brian Wright

    President Obama displayed a bigoted view of the events since he opined without having all the facts. The professor may or may not
    be in the "right", only time will tell.

    July 24, 2009 at 9:20 am |
  229. Vicki

    Lots of words and personality, but no substance, and plenty of unsubstantiated claims. No, he did not change my opinion.

    July 24, 2009 at 9:24 am |
  230. Albert

    The arrest was "stupid". Professor Gates undoubtly has been a victim
    of racial profiling in his life. Thus, he was overly sensitive. The police officer arrested him because he didn't like the comments Prf. Gates made. He arrested him simply to show him that he could. He was arrested for disordely conduct on his property. The officer should have taken the "high" road and just left.

    July 24, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  231. Susan

    No new information. He does not even seem to know what is in the bill that he wants everyone to hurry up and vote on. Why does he have so little concern in getting this right in order to protect all Americans?

    July 24, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  232. Carole Babb

    Our President is a superior communicator. He goofed on the question involving his friend however. I wish he had said that the action by the police in Cambridge seemed to be hasty and left it at that. His choice of the words as in "acted stupidly" was inflamatory to the policeman and to those on the Cambridge police force.
    I can relate to this having been stopped by a patrol man in Atlanta many years ago early in the morning and accused of being under the influence and "what was I doing in that part of town?" I explained that I lived in the Bakers Ferry area....at the Youth Development Center and had been to the grocery store and the pharmacy to get the Sunday paper. He said I was swerving and again questioned my sobriety. I told him I had looked at the list I had in the seat to make sure that I had not forgotten to get every thing at the grocery store and I did swerve when I looked down at my list. I suggested he call the YDC to verify that I lived in the house on the corner. He was skeptical and followed me home......this was a Black poiliceman and I am a white woman. The part of town that I was going into was a predominently Black part of town. I suspect however that he might have stopped a Black woman if she had swerved. I did chuckle about this incident because I could see where his thinking was. This was not the only incident that happened to me as a white woman living in the Bakers Ferry area on the campus of the YDC. I experienced having my telephone cut off in the middle of a conversation by the telephone company. I called the phone company from a neighbor's house and was told that I had not paid my bill on time and that was their procedure.....with no pre warning. I called back from my office the next day and asked to speak with a supervisor. That was so long ago that calls could be recorded and I recorded my conversation with the supervisor. He told me that considering the part of town (Black) that I lived in this was standard procedure. He was excessively apologetic. I was offended that any customer would be treated in such a fashion. There was more to the conversation that caused me to contact a friend on the Public Service Commission and I turned the tape over to him. After that, where ever I moved in Atlanta, I was treated as a priority. I asked the phone men, who came to cut on my service promptly when I moved to another job and another area of town....why they were so prompt....I was surprised that the same day I moved in they were there. The man told me that I was a "Public Service Case and my case was flagged". I submit that these two incidents were another form of reactions to race by organizations during the 60's. I suspect this might still go on today. I also suggest that Professor Gates and the policeman should improve race relations by trying to become friends and resolving this unfortunate conflict. Not forgetting it but using it to an advantage.

    July 24, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  233. Frann

    For one thing, I believe the President has more IMPORTANT issues at hand concerning this Country inwhich he is being paid for other than coming to the rescue of a friend whom clearly got himself into a situation of conflict that clearly denotes his Distaste for Authority!

    If this professor were such a law abiding citizen, he would have been more than cooperative with officer's whom were trying to assist him in protecting his property in every way, instead of being bulligerent and defying the instruction of the law. He should be reminded he, as well as others are NOT ABOVE THE LAW! no matter who they know or what race they are! All the professor had to do is cooperate! All he had to do is say, "Officer this is my house and I loced myself out and had to foce entry." If the officer still wanted to take a look into the house, the homeowner should have obliged becaue the action's of the officer where clearly motivated safety! How would the officer know that someone or two people inside were not holding someonelse inside all while making the professor tell the officers whatever to get rid of him. The public need to know that officer's are there for their safety.

    There could have been someone inside with the intent to rob the house and had a family memeber inside as a hostage to do just that. Officers don't know the habits of the person they are coming to help or any other association he has with other's. People don't realize as I do with some thirteen years being involved in police work that ALL KINDS OF ROBBERY GOES ON, MORE SO IN THIS DAY AND TIME! THERE ARE DESPERATE PEOPLE OUT THERE! Who know if it could have been a terrorist, I know that might sound far reaching, but it could happen where they would manipulate a professor in getting them into areas of a college to blow it up... The point here is every precaution taking by an officer is for the safety of the person they are trying to assist. That is why it is so important to lisetn and adhere to what the law enforcement officer is asking of you and as you to do. What is wrong with that???

    IT SEEMS TO ME OBAMA HAS A GREAT DEAL OF 'RADICAL'S' THAT CALL HIM FRIEND AND UNDOUBTABLY HAS OBOMA'S EAR! WHAT IS WITH THAT KIND OF CONNECTION? HUM!

    I look at this professor and see that change is not an option for him, that he CLEARLY is NOT current with the GENERATIONAL CHANGES THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE OVER THE MANY YEARS which have made consistant growth towards alleviating racial indifferences and even become more in tune with the needs of one another! There has been coming together in marriages and growth in career advancement of many people of color. IT IS PEOPLE SUCH AS THIS WHO KEEP ADVANCEMENT OF RACE IN THE DARK AGES OF TIME!

    I believe this professor to be in the Generation of Rev. Wright that is also a friend of president Obama's. It clearly shows Obama's intent to continue to associate himself with and support such men that are Radical in Nature and continue to put forth Negativism and Dissension among ALL people who would challenge their views on any and all subjects.

    President Obama needs to stay OUT of the business of local offices and pay more attention to HIS RESPONSIBILITY TO THIS COUNTRY AS HE IS CLEARLY NOT GOOD AT!!! Furthermore, I would like to know what this professor teaches and at what college! I would like to know more about his PERSONAL background as to the kinds of volunteer offices he holds if any and what community services and support he gives of himself???

    I would like to know what his students think of him as a professor in cooperating with them in college and if there is any racial profiling he is involved in that goes on towards other people of race from other countries, including white students. The reason I say this is because a man that has this much hatred within himself towards White Men, to me would have to spill out in Racial Profiling from within HIMSELF!

    I am disgusted with this kind of talk about Racial Profiling when a Black man is arrested! We ALL have to live with some type of racial profiling, it is NOT just among the African American race. I've lost jobs where there had to be a minority hired, DID I RUN OUT TO THE PRESS AND CALL "RACIAL PROFILING?" NO I DID NOT, BUT I COULD HAVE FELT THAT WAY IF I WOULD HAVE ALLOWED MYSELF TO CONTINUE TO LIVE IN THE DARK AGES OF WHAT WAS!

    What I mean by that is there are White Americans that could feel that there should never have been advancement of African Americans and still live in the Dark Ages. I am sure there are, but I would adventure to believe that there are more White Americans that are for advancement of ALL PEOPLE, BE IT COLOR, GENDER OR OTHERWISE!

    I am sick and tired of people KOWTOWING to this president! I believe Obama has hurt us all and continuing to associate himself wth such radialism is a very dangerous consistancy he has for his career! Obama needs to stick to His business of being President and this Professor needs to stick to ABIDING BY THE LAW THE SAME AS THE REST OF US!

    July 24, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  234. wayne

    Knowing how trustworthy the for-profit insurance companies, how can we
    be ensure if we get a single payer system the for-profits won't dump all
    risky people so the single payer system has to be obligated to pick them
    up?
    Is there anything we can do to ensure the for-profits don't ensure just healthy 20-year old athletes who compete on no-touch sports so there's
    absolutely no risk to their bottom line?

    July 24, 2009 at 10:43 am |
  235. Jeremy Knasterq

    For those politicians who are against Government health care- are you willing to give up your own free taxpayer funded health care and buy your own?

    July 24, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  236. Kiki

    His town hall meeting seemed to be filled with shills. He never surrounds himself with anyone who can ask a hard question. Is he kidding?

    July 24, 2009 at 10:50 am |
  237. Gerry - Thornton, CO

    Healthcare needs a major make-over - in Corporate America we take customer complaints and find solutions which streamline the process. Making HC more effective and more efficient s/b the goal. This takes redefining the processes involved, not giving the same old thing (as inefficent as it is) to all Americans. If we do it WILL eat our lunch.

    July 24, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  238. Ron

    Until our politicians start to understand that their job is to represent the citizens of our country and they decide to place our needs above their wants health care reform is going nowhere. I believe that these politicians who have nothing to worry about because they pass bills to take care of themselves at our expense for the rest of their lives don't give a hoot about the voters once in office. I also believe that they are owned/controlled by the financial powers. Health care in America is for profit. It's a big business and going to stay that way. It may be tweaked a bit but will remain the same. If the voters would only wake up and realize how strong we could be if we united and voted our employees out of office for not governing in our best interest. Government for the people and by the people is a bunch of hog wash. We need term limits. Until then nothing is going to change to benefit the great citizens of OUR nation.

    July 24, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  239. Johnny 5

    The President is absolutely for a UNITED STATES of America. Medical care should not make or break taking care of oneself or family. If all Americans cannot afford to see a doctor, then something must be done. Doing something is better than doing nothing. I do not believe that average american people are as concerned about the specifics of taxation as the Republican Politicians make it out to be. The bottom line is healthcare is needed for everyone. The President is right!

    July 24, 2009 at 11:33 am |
  240. angie

    add to my concerns... our president is smart and has an awesome smile! but his reform is years away from even being put in action. we need health reform asap! with all the people working with our president on this matter, this reform should be in motion asap for people that need it NOW! not 5 or 6 yrs from now. i know this is a process in the making and it takes time, but hell he may talk about this for years to come. enough talk.. take action now! a lot of us need health insurance NOW! get with all these doctors that charge way to much as it is in this plan. we all know they sure want to get paid asap. remember, doctors are for saving lives...most make it about the money! but those who really truly care about us, should have no problem in helping to put our health reform into action asap!

    July 24, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  241. Tim Hunter

    One would think is was 1960 and we are planning for man to go to the moon. Universal healthcare has been in every industrialized country, excepting the United States for more than a decade, so there are plenty of examples to look at and, if necessary, tweek a bit to work for us.

    Why is Congress trying to create the wheel? My concern is that they are politicizing healthcare like they do everything else and we will end up with a Rube Goldberg system that will be unnecessarily costly and inefficient.

    Actually we already have universal healthcare, only it's just for the elderly, Medicare. That system could be improved to remove inefficiencies, waste and fraud while fairly compensating doctors and hospitals and then applied to everyone.

    July 24, 2009 at 1:04 pm |
  242. Anne

    It was very inappropriate for President Obama to make the comments relating to the arrest of professor Gates. I strongly believe that it was a local police issue, contrary to the comments made by Soledad O'Brien last night. Not every case needs to be made into a racial issue whenever any arrest involves a white police officer and a black suspect. I do understand the disproportionate numbers relating to African-Americans in our penal system and the unfortunate stereotype that may arise from that number.

    July 24, 2009 at 2:49 pm |
  243. Richard

    Obama did great! I had to say that to get this posted! I hope you all are enjoying this love fest because any contrary opinion is being blocked by someone and I can only assume it's the cnn censors. I am aware of five blogs over the last 36 hours that were blocked..These blogs merely stated known facts about other national care systems or expressed a concern about where we are headed with federal control of our health care.

    July 24, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  244. Walt

    I’m a proponent of Health Care Reform, however, it appears that many, including the White House and the Democratic Congress are refusing to acknowedge one of the major elements causing health insurance, and the increasing hospital and doctor's cost.

    That being the jammed packed hospital emergency rooms where illegal immigrants go to see a doctor. I don't blame the hospitals or the doctors for the increase in costs.

    I do not object to contributing to the health costs for Americans and those here legally. But I strongly object to my being taxed to support illegals.

    If only part of the anticipated cost for health care reform would go to enforce our immigration laws.

    I had to go to a hospital in Geneva, Switzerland and was refused admittance without a credit card. And Switzerland is suppose to have a great health care plan.

    I have experienced the same thing in Israel...(I was assigned there for three years and married an Israeli).....show your credit card before you see a doctor....even if one is an employee of the U.S. Embassy. Further, I wonder why many Israelis...or those who can afford it...purchase private health care insurance?? Dah!!

    July 24, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  245. Jeremy Knaster

    I think if members of congress have a problem with government sponsored health care and believe it should be left to the private sector, fine. In that case they should cancel their own government (taxpayer) paid heath coverage which they receive as part of their job and go out and try to find affordable coverage on their own. Then get back to me.

    July 24, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  246. Sheldon G. Bardach

    Unfortunately, President Obama took attention away from Healthcare Reform. It is important for him to get back on message, if you wants to prevail on Healthcare Reform. Otherwise we will blow it. There is really nothing more important today. The future of business, and the country is truly at stake. Not accomplishing this goal will be devastating,

    July 25, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  247. Linda

    Not one Negative response on this blog has a helpful solution to the problems this Country faces today. Just like the Republicans in Congress. All they can do is criticize the President and try to prove he isn't a US citizen. Why?? Because it's good for the Party. The people who voted for him know what color he is, but the Republicans want to continue to remind us, and that he is not worthy in this "White Man's" world. GET OVER IT!!. YOU LOST, HE WON BY A LANDSLIDE BY WHITES TOO!!. Now let's get on with what we voted him in office for! Unless you have solutions to HELP the American people, I suggest the ones blasting the President, start helping with solutions. If you don't have any to offer, they you're just filled with nothing but HOT AIR! Even your own voters are disgusted. I'll bet they show you how disgusted the next election.

    July 27, 2009 at 3:02 pm |
  248. David Demoise

    I think Obama did a good job in making his case, and healthcare as it stands is not very good, particularly if you are sick and things are not going right. However, having said that, these kinds of reforms are not the answer. People may think it callous to say, but it's true: Healthcare is a good or service, and everyone does not have a right to healthcare just as they don't have a right to a house or car. We have to work for them. Instead, some people feel that the government should dole out these things. Whenever that happens, it's money coercively taken from people through taxes and quality goes down. Taxes are not charity. It is cold and callous to think that government public options will lead to more quality care. We already have enough problems with the system we have with insurance companies and the already government imposed regulations upon those insurance entities. True free markets lead to better care. And until we address other issues such as The Fed's regulation and monopoly on the money supply, these misguided economic stimulus bailouts are going to make things worse. It's been proven in history if you look at the real causes of depressions. Again, I'm not saying the health care system is not bad, rather what I am saying is the system got bad because of regulations and the meddling between the doctor patient relationship. This will only get worse if we expect the government to come up with a public option. It takes awhile for people to understand that governments don't have the best interests of the people that they proclaim to serve, because governments cannot truly create jobs. People who want to produce and work, create jobs. The difference between now and the 1930's is that back then our nation was very productive. Now it's just the opposite, so all this money printed up is not all earned through production; instead it's just printed up and or borrowed. So whether it's healthcare or the economy, the problems will remain until we somehow get back to being producers rather than consumers.

    July 27, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  249. Alan Simpson

    HEIDI

    I think Mr Obama did just fine no confusion.I think our lawmakers,insurence companys and special intrest groups are guilty parties.We need to take a look back to the year 2000 to 2008.Lawmakers had no trouble passing anything under the Bush Cheney Administration witch is why we are where we are today.They let Bush Cheney spend us into a recession at the tune of TEN TRILLION DOLLARS!!!!!!!!!! Lawmakers seem to forget that!!!!!One last bit of imformation our Lawmakers pay absolutely ZERO FOR THEIR HEALTH CARE isn't that a hoot.

    MR.AL

    July 28, 2009 at 1:22 pm |
  250. Patsy

    No, he talked out of both sides of his mouth as usual. He lies to the public and most of them, as witnessed by this poll, have fallen for it. You people need to wake up and pay attention. This man is going to ruin our country if he has his way. You can mark my words when I say that if we have Obama care, you will be sorry in a few years when it is all in place. I promise you that. It is a shame we let everyone vote in this counrty, we should require a brain and reasoning skills before giving the privilege of voting.

    July 28, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  251. AC American Citizen and taxpayor

    I HAD A DREAM...
    Now I am trying to hold onto HOPE.
    To what end?
    A mystery to me that I believe will drag out into a ragged and tattered symbol of the attempt to add panash to the first 100 days.
    Really, I believe it is a mystery to Obama himself as well.

    July 29, 2009 at 12:05 am |
  252. heather Miro

    Obama is going to ruin our country? I belive that is exactly what Chaney
    and Bush did to our country already, STARTING with leaving us with 10 TRILLION dollars worth of debt- BUT OOOOOH thats ok, cause it
    ALL went to ALL
    of their friends who are ALL so concerned about the rest of us.
    Why is it OK to "ruin the country doing that, but not OK to "ruin" the country taking care of all it citizens? Why only a hand full of rich people
    are the ones who get tax payers health care? Talk about requiring a brain, Obama has manage to do the impossible, LIKE stopped the hemorrhage of our markets, Which the" Brains" of the former White House Hoods let fall and they wanted this country to fail- I believe it was all deliberate .Bush has been the biggest idiot there ever was and he and Chaney and the FBI lied to to the people of this country and they did on purpose. They should be Hung! And there already are people who can't vote and if there are some who can't vote in this country then we might well get another Hitler to run our Country. We are one of the most advanced countris ( or we were, before pig publicans ran the house into the ground) There really is not a good reason why we can't have health care except the crazy ,the greedy, the selfish, and the insurance companies who already deny us or cancel us our services when they want and when they
    don't want to pay or cover us. We should have some of the taxes cover our butts here in this country and the sooner the better.

    July 29, 2009 at 12:29 am |
  253. Linda

    @heather Miro BRAVO

    Obama is trying to do the impossible. Many have told him to slow down, and we can't afford such things, but if u listen to most intelligent economists, they will tell u we should have sunk much more money into the system. Doesn't anyone in the "Party of Thugs" realize that we crashed, and we have to fix this FAST?? If we don't get it fixed NOW, there won't be an America. If u keep listening to the Republican Spokes people, they will lead u to believe they know much more than the economists do. RIGHT. I wish they would just quit lying to the people who elected them, and quit lining their pockets from big businesses to say NO to everything. There's a nice warm seat in Hell waiting for those who have caused hate and division among us.

    Yes people are concerned about the amount of debt this Nation is creating, but people need to remember we own stock in these Big Businesses we helped to Bail Out, plus jobs are being created, banks are starting to lend, and real estate has gone up. Let the system begin to work again.

    Most of us gave Obama 2 years to work things out for us. He is counting on us and all of our support. It's not about Socialism or hot air and politcal posturing.. It's about the people pulling together, having faith, and lots of prayers for our country, and the world.

    July 29, 2009 at 9:58 am |

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