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August 19th, 2009
08:53 AM ET

Going It Alone...

Democrats are now saying they may “go it alone” – and push through a health care reform bill without any Republican support.

What do you think about this strategy?

Post your comments here.


Filed under: Heidi Collins
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. scott

    GOP has flooded the field with so much misinfo and creating Fear – which is all they do. Also they have provided no Alternative working options – also a norm for them. Their sole intent is to "Break" Obama in their words spoken. Get it done Dems. GOP has no real interest in making it happen. That would mean Obama won

    August 19, 2009 at 8:59 am |
  2. michael armstrong sr.

    I think the democrats just flushed the 2012 election down the toilet.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:09 am |
  3. bill

    Political suicide for the Democrats!

    August 19, 2009 at 9:10 am |
  4. Dan Leahy

    The Democrats will have to go it alone. There will be no Republicans voting for any meaningful health care rerform, period. Their insurance industry bosses will not allow it. Looking for any cooperation from the Republicans is a total waste of time, and it's high time the Democrats realize that.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:12 am |
  5. steve

    Going it alone is a sure way to get the Republicans back in the political forfront in 2010 and beyond. Especially since anything this administrations does can be overturned.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:12 am |
  6. CAROL

    Since 1960, the Republicans have had a Republican in the Presidential office for 32 years (conversely, a Democrat has held the office for only 16 years). In those 32 years the Republicans did nothing re: health care reform for the American citizen. So, as they say in China, fluck 'em. We don't need them. Get the Dem. votes and move on.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:14 am |
  7. Ann in Asheville, NC

    YES! Republicans didn't play fair, bullying and distortions have been disruptive, divisive and pure politics. Health care is not just for those over 65. Democrats - this is the HOPE we voted for, take charge and MAKE IT HAPPEN.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:15 am |
  8. David Brezic

    It's about time the Dems stop negotiating with themselves and get this reform done the way they were elected to do it. There was never any intention of the Republicans to approve ANY reform. Going it alone is the best solution now that the GOP has tipped its hand.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:15 am |
  9. Gillian

    Go it alone, Dems! The GOP is intent on preventing any kind of reform for health care . President O'bama needs to use his 'earned capital' and get Single Payer option through.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:15 am |
  10. Dan

    It's clear that the president has bent over backwards to work with Republicans. The Republican leaders themselves have said that even if they get what they want, they still will not support the bill unless it gets a large amount of Republican votes. Sen. Grassley has dismissed negotiations as just "talks." I'm glad the Dems are going it alone and hope they have the guts to push for a public option.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:15 am |
  11. Paul Cook

    The GOP had control for 8 years and totally messed things up. Now they are sitting on the floor having temper tantrum because they can't force their views on the remainder of the congress and country. If the Dems are going to get anything done, they will have to go it alone.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:16 am |
  12. Sam Roberts

    We are watching you in Civics class in Oak Ridge, TN...not sure why the Dem's would push this unpopular bill, risking mid-term havoc to their majority.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:16 am |
  13. Linda

    What took them so long!
    The republican's have been the party of "no way" on everything proposed by President Obama.
    They've said they see this as a way to destroy his presidency.
    Meanwhile, my individual health insurance premiums have gone up
    300% since 2002!
    We voted for change. We did not vote for the republicans.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:16 am |
  14. Michael Zeik

    Health care cooperatives will not work. They will be too small to compete and could be full of fraud. The best option in my opinion still remains with the public option. If we use Medicare as a base for the public option, the overhead infrastructure already exists as well as the knowledge of how to run a great insurance business. Most people don't know that Medicare is the most efficiently run health care insurer in the country. Dollar for dollar, we get more out of Medicare than any other private or non profit health insurer. If you have the infrastructure in place, and the infrastructure is efficient and effective, why build a new one?

    August 19, 2009 at 9:17 am |
  15. Bob Bass

    Elections have consequences and the Dems won in 2006 and won big in 2008. Americans voted for change and the change in health care that Obama had in his campaign is what America needs. The Senate should go ahead and do their job and pass the bill with a simple majority. It is way to important for America to let the GOP ruin health care reform. It MUST be done!

    August 19, 2009 at 9:17 am |
  16. CYNTHIA MANLEY

    THE DEMOCRATS WILL HAVE TO "GO IT ALONE" BECAUSE THE REPUBLICANS REFUSE TO COOPERATE. WE WOULD ALL LIKE TO HAVE BIPARTISANSHIP BUT THE REPUBLICANS DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT.. I THINK WE WILL PASS A HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL IN THE FALL AND NOT ONE REPUBLICAN IN THE HOUSE OR SENATE WILL VOTE FOR IT.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:17 am |
  17. Tina

    Hi,

    It's time for Dem. to stand up for what is right.

    I say - "GO FOR IT" with or with out GOP.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:17 am |
  18. Dan

    One more thing... who cares about 2010 or 2012? Have the guts to stand for something. Push the public option and lets get reform. Even if you don't get reelected, at least you stood for something and you did some good in your time in Washington.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:17 am |
  19. Betsy

    I don't think it really matters. They would need all the Democrats votes to get it through without the Republicans which they don't seem to have. Either way, I think they should be listening to what we want and not doing what they want.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:17 am |
  20. Brenda

    Yes the Democrats should get Health Care Reform done alone! Where would we be if we waited for the Republicans to say yes to anything that was for better of this country? Think about it....Social Security, Medicare, Minimum Wage, and the list goes on and on. Republicans have always been what is good for the common people! I think President Obama has worked hard to work with the Republicans, but they have their own agenda of do nothing! It's about politics for the Republicans.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:17 am |
  21. R.E. Dalmeida

    Democrats going "alone" are basically saying that their constituents that do not agree with them or are not democrats do not count. Our elected officials are SUPPOSED to represent all contituents in their districts. Otherwise, even the democrats have to listen to all the opinions of their constituents, not just their personal opinion and agenda.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:18 am |
  22. RJ

    It's about time. The GOP has made it very clear that they don't want any form of real healthcare reform. For them its not politically viable.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:18 am |
  23. David Preston

    Absolutely the Democrats should just quit trying make the Republicans happy. None of them are going to vote for it anyway.

    If they pass it alone and it turns out to be a good thing then the Republicans will look like fools for fighting it so hard. If it turns out to be a bad thing then the Democrats will look like fools for passing it over the Republican objections.

    Think of it as the all or nothing round.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:18 am |
  24. Debbie Griffin

    The Republicans, it is increasingly apparent, are not negotiating in good faith. They will settle nothing short of a big give away of taxpayer's money to the insurance companies and little in either savings or reform.

    Democrats need to get a spine injection and do what they have to do.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:18 am |
  25. Randy Garrett

    I think we need to be very careful! We need to remember that this isn't just about trying to get the GOP Representatives to go along with the president. This is about us trying to get the American People to go along with the president. Don't fool yourself if you believe it would be wise to ignore the polls and the anger of the American People and just move along with this plan. That type of mindset will cost several seats in congress in 2010!!!!!

    August 19, 2009 at 9:18 am |
  26. j

    Republicans under Bush did nothing for Healthcare. I expect the same is true here also. Why wait for more stalling. Go Obama!

    August 19, 2009 at 9:18 am |
  27. Terry

    The people don't want it, and the DEMs can't get the votes following the rules, the DEMs will just change the rules!!! Who cares about the will of the people. If the Republicans would have pulled these stunts to push stuff through when they were in control.. you would have heard the Dems crying their eyes out!

    August 19, 2009 at 9:18 am |
  28. Henry

    I do not have any affordable health care insurance. Like millions of American citizens, I live from paycheck to paycheck. Without the very real competition of a Comprehensive Health care Plan, insurance companies will have no incentive to alter their greedy method of service. An intelligent business can offer a quality service at an affordable rate; this concept has yet to be adopted in the insurance industry. So, the only companies that might be put out of business by a comprehensive health care plan will be those that are run by people who are too lazy or too incompetent to be in business in the first place.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:18 am |
  29. Bob

    It is about time that the dems have figured out that the republicans are not going to vote with them and have decided that it is best for the country if they go ahead with health reform and the public option

    August 19, 2009 at 9:18 am |
  30. John Appleton

    I think this story highlights the major problem. Why are we talking about strategy. It seems like every story is about strategy. We need more discussion of what health care reform entails. The town hall meetings make it extremely clear that people have no idea what health care reform is. These town hall meetings are a direct indictment of our medias failure to educate the people. We need less focus on strategy and infotainment, and more focus on the issues. We need a long sustained debate from all sides on health care. No more sound bites. Take the time to have a serious discussion.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:18 am |
  31. Michelle

    Good job this morning, Don and Sanjay. I was the economist that gave Rick and Sanjay grief a few days ago for sounding like they had a dog in the fight instead of coming across as objective journalists. I seem to see a move on everyone's part there at CNN to try to be as down the middle as possible (with the exception of Jim Acosta who seems to belong over on NBC or MSNBC where they are distinctly pro-Obama). I have been pleased with the change I've been seeing at CNN overall over the past five days or so. Independents like myself really want to have multiple TRUSTWORTHY sources for information, and I came close to tuning CNN out forever due to initial coverage of healthcare, but you've recovered very substantially at this point. Good job all. Impressive job in particular, Don.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:18 am |
  32. Carlos

    Dear Don,
    Would a diabetic be able to join a health co-op like the successful one in Washington state?

    August 19, 2009 at 9:18 am |
  33. John in Santa Fe

    The Republicans have made it clear that they will not support any health care reform proposed by the Democrats. This seems to defeat the notion of bi-partisanship when one party refuses to play or compromise. So, if the Republicans refuse to compromise then the Democrats in Congress should do the right thing and push legislation through.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:19 am |
  34. Jim

    The Democrats should "go it alone" because America needs healthcare reform. The Republicans are playing politics and refusing anything that will help the working person get health insurance.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:19 am |
  35. Rich

    Health care reform has now become more political than anything else so the Democrats who go it alone will soon go home.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:19 am |
  36. jp

    Can we start with allowing the poor and un-insured be given health care services through a VA hospital plan. As individuals loses their coverage they will have the option to join the VA plan. Companies that can't avoid to provide insurance for their employees will have an option.
    Building on an establish program will make services better for our veterans and help other Americans who need help. Those that don't want to change or need to change can be left to decided later.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:19 am |
  37. caisimmons

    I would prefer the Republican party work with the Democrats. But the truth is that the Democrats have tried. We need health care reform and if the Democrats have to do it alone, then thats what we have to do. Like the honorable senator from Iowa said, we are working but we probobly won't get something I can support or vote for. Then whats the point of including them at all. Republicans can do some needed good here, they just can't get past losing the election. Its a shame. They need a Republiobama.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:19 am |
  38. Nikki

    How can the views of only 50 or 51 people change such an important part of our American life? Is this democracy?

    August 19, 2009 at 9:20 am |
  39. Mark from Boston

    GOP, why not present the "correct" information and let your constituents make an intelligent decision for their families rather than misinformation.

    "Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is insanity." A. Einstein

    I agree with Scott. Democrats have the majority of Congress and will "NEVER" get a bipartisan bill passed that includes a public option. Just get it done!

    August 19, 2009 at 9:20 am |
  40. Bob in Dallas

    If the Republicans don't want to participate, I say go it alone!

    You need to see the health care problem from the "non-employee" point of view to really understand the importance of change. Self-employed people are at the mercy of INSURANCE COMPANIES.

    I could be pushed out of my individual health coverage by the rising cost of premiums and deductables.

    When you pay $12K a year for policy premiums and have a $6.5K deductable, how can you afford to see a doctor?

    August 19, 2009 at 9:20 am |
  41. Pat

    The Dem have been going it alone. What's change? It's about time..!!!

    August 19, 2009 at 9:20 am |
  42. Frank

    Dem's were voted into office to do a job! DO IT! The president won on a platform that encluded Healthcare reform. Why are American's surprised that government is finally takeing care of an issue that has been being debated for over 30 years now. I say, "it's about time"!

    August 19, 2009 at 9:20 am |
  43. Mary

    It is exactly what they should do. Discussions with the GOP is pointless. They have no intention of voting for any type of reform. A bill without a public option is unacceptable.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:21 am |
  44. Kevin in Miami Beach

    Yes they should go it alone for the benefit of those with no voice. So far we have only heard lies and miscommunications from Republicans and the Insurance lobby in an effort to derail the debate. This smear campaign, as in the past, has been very effective and proves that congress simply needs to focus on doing the right thing while igoring the rhetoric. Republicans have already admitted they will not vote for any type of reform as their goal is absolute failure for Obama and Democrats. Politics should not prevent real reform. After reform passes and the lies have all been disproven, the public will see this as a true victory for the American people.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:21 am |
  45. ben

    Bi-partisan has no meaning in today's world. I work in the insurance business so this may be biting the hand that feeds me, but I say go it alone. It may not be the best solution but the current system doesn't work anymore.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:21 am |
  46. Mike

    It's about time. At this point Republicans aren't only conservitive, but regressive. Unless you are mentally incapacitated I can't imagin why anyone would want to go back to a pre-great depression mind set.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:21 am |
  47. Karen T

    Yes, I feel that the Democrats going alone on the Healthcare Bill is the only way we can get a choice of healthplans. The Republicans giving out misinformation is intentional. American people actually believe what they are saying instead of listening to the clarification that is given by the President and the Senate. Disbelievers listen to Rush Limbaugh... Oh' my God..... Is anyone really reading the bill? Medicaid (Govt plan) has only 8 years left we are told. Then what? I'm unemployed for 7 months now. Cobra is only good for 9 months with the stimulation package. I will not be able to afford $500 a month medical unless I find a job who has medical benefits.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:21 am |
  48. Robert Henry

    Yes the Dems should go it alone. The Republicans have always been obstructionists and fear mongers. Getting a bi partisan remedy is futile. We need healthcare reform if it were up to the Republicans there would not even be any healthcare.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:21 am |
  49. Cathy Phillips

    I have not heard from anyone what the cost would be for people opting in for a public option or a co-op. What does a 50 year old with diabetes pay in the Washington co-op? I have one daughter who can't afford $400/ month. I have another daughter paying $2000/ month. "Affordable" is all relative.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:21 am |
  50. Barbara Becker

    Health care reform, reform that addresses pre-existing conditions and the uninsured, has been essential for this nation for decades. For our nation's companies to compete globally and for innocent families not to be financially ruined and otherwise crushed due to a medical calamity, we must provide affordable, seamless care. I suspect that those who oppose these measures have never faced serious illness seriously; it can happen to anyone. The time is not "now"–it was last century.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:21 am |
  51. carmine turchi

    President Obama and the Democrats won a clear mandate last November, the voters voted for change not status quo. The Republican platform was clearly rejected. Democrats must go it alone or risk the ire of disillusioned voters.
    Who cares what the "maveriks" Palin and McPain say, certainly not the voters!

    August 19, 2009 at 9:21 am |
  52. Drea

    The problem is that there is no viable plan being presented by the Democrats either. There is all this talk about doing something but no real information on what that something is or, more importantly, where the money to pay for that something is going to come from.

    Can anyone predict how the medical field in its current capacity (availability of professionals and facilities) will be able to handle the sudden onslaught of additional patients who will be lining up for coverage when it is suddenly available? How about how much more it's going to cost when this happens? Someone is going to have to pay for this and the last time I checked our deficit was somewhere in the realm of astronomical.

    They are wanting to go it alone but without a defined policy or proposal in place it will be against the wishes of a good portion of the public and a foolish decision that will eventually become an albatross.

    The bottom line is that I've not seen one thing the government does more efficiently than a competitive marketplace.

    If the Democrats want TRUE health care reform they should start by eliminating current government involvement in health care, putting an end to lottery by lawsuit, and allow competition across state lines for insurance companies. But the democrats only seem interested in an approach that involves the government more in the health care process.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:21 am |
  53. Shawn Haltim

    Yes, of course they should "go it alone", that's why they won the majority in the last election. We, the voting majority, expected them to use the power we gave them to make changes to the medical system in this country. If the Republicans want to come to the table with real debate and suggestions it is up to them, but if all they can do is say no, then let them... the Democrats can pass this reform without their participation!

    August 19, 2009 at 9:22 am |
  54. Linn

    Its time for the democrats to get the things done we want on OUR agenda. President Obama has tried to work in a bi partisan way and they shoot down everything he proposes. If the shoe was on the other foot the GOP wouldn't budge on their agenda. Let;s get moving on the issues the democrats want in place. I want a public option on this health care bill. If they don't want this, too bad

    August 19, 2009 at 9:22 am |
  55. Troy

    Masterful play by Obama and the Dems! They waited for the GOP to show the people that they stand for nothing and then pulled out the trump card. My only problem is that if this strategy is used then push for single payer. It really is the best way in terms of economics. Do the math!

    August 19, 2009 at 9:22 am |
  56. Lamont King

    The Republicans are only interested in defeating our President. My own Congressmen Phil Gingrey, from GA, is right in line with this goal. The Democrats needs to rally behind our President just as the Republicans did for 8 years. Americans voted for change, now is the time for change. Let me be clear, the dem's have the numbers and nothing should stop them!!

    August 19, 2009 at 9:22 am |
  57. Randy

    Just take a look at what is happening the the AARP! The 60,000 people cancelling their membership aren't all GOP Congress Members. These people speaking out against the plan are regular American Citizens! We need to be very careful or the Democrats will pay in 2010 and 2012....

    August 19, 2009 at 9:22 am |
  58. Raynard

    Surely, if we can go into Iraq alone, The Democrats might muster enough backbone to get it done. I have no job right now, and I fear getting sick, because if I do I will have to go to the hospital and burden the health system with no health insurance. I forgot to mention I was and over the road truck driver for 15 years. And I am not (one of those people).

    August 19, 2009 at 9:22 am |
  59. fred

    It's about time the Dems flex their majority muscle, just like the Republicans did when they could. Republicans did not seem to mind, why should the Dems? They need to pass this health insurance reform before the private insurance can get the rest of the american citizens to believe the propaganda such as "DEATH PANELS".
    Anyone with half a brain knows that the DEATH PANEL is just a scare tactice that the Republicans are great at doing. The DOOM and GLOOM tactic.
    It does not matter what the President or any branch of government put out, the Republicans are not going to vote for this. If a Republican controlled Government was in control and by some miracle this came up, they would vote on this like it was sent from heaven, because they came up with it.
    However, I do agree that Illegals should not be covered and no abortions should be paid for by this program.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:22 am |
  60. Dan

    The democratic party has the majority and should govern with that in mind. Trying to appease republician party does not and will not work.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:23 am |
  61. Albert norcross

    Of course they should. If there was reasonable discourse it would be different, but there is only disinformation , obfuscation, and little to no options from the other side.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:23 am |
  62. Bob

    I think the Democrats should go it alone on health care reform. I don't think the Republicans are in the least bit interested in being productive in coming up with a viable health care bill. The Republicans are just interested in tearing down the administration's initiatives (any issue) to build the Republican party up. Republicans are no more interested in bipartisan politics than a man in the moon.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:23 am |
  63. Bob

    The only way health reform with the public option is going to be passed is if the democrats go it alone. The republicans have not been willing to have bipartisanship negotiations.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:23 am |
  64. preston brown

    Why shouldn't the Democrats go it along? They're going it along anyways. The Republicans want President Obama to fail at any cost, and defeating health care reform would be akin to winning the worl;d series three years in a row; this would make President Obama a one-term president for sure. It is amazing how the guns, screamingand disrupting of town hall meetings by republicans is looked upon in such a casual mannaer. If our children opposed a school policy, would it be appropriate for them to yell, scream and be disruptive in order to express themselves? What lesson are we teaching our kids? The Republicans have even out-done themselves by distributing misinformation and through disruption. Unfortunately, their message is resonating to too many Americans who have accepted the myths as if they are facts. From a Republican's perspective, I'm sure that they are smiling and saying " well done."
    But, it ain't over til it's over! Never underestimate and intelligent and "epathetic" president, such as Present Obama

    August 19, 2009 at 9:23 am |
  65. Bobby Drummond

    I think the Democrats need to go it alone. The republicans will never go along with the bill the democrats want and that's the reason the democrats were voted into office, to reform the health care in this country. Lets vote for our (democratic bill) and let the country know who voted against it. We need accountability of our leaders. Do they support what the majority of their constituents want, if not we need to know and be able to vote for or against them in the next election. The democrats became the majority because their changes for this country is what the majority want. The republicans and insurance lobbyist will only distort the truths and play politics with this bill. This bill is to import to peoples lives to play politics with. Lets get done!!

    August 19, 2009 at 9:23 am |
  66. Fred Talmadge

    One of President Obama's goals for taking office was to try to bring this country together. He has invested heavily in the bipartisan approach to Health Care reform. Unfortunately, as we saw with Senator Grassley's comments over the weekend, it is getting increasingly evident that the Republicans are not serious about reform.

    The time for going it alone is fast approaching.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:23 am |
  67. Steve

    Absolutely! The Democrats and President Obama must go it alone and make changes to the health care system that everyone agrees must be fixed even without the support of the Republicans because after eight years of control in both the Senate and House they have no plans and no interested in changing the current system and will not support anything the Democrats propose no matter if it incorporate 100% of their ideas.

    Democrats must use their power to run the country like they were elected to do and be a government by the people, of the people and most importantly for the people.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:23 am |
  68. Gordon Rutledge

    Democrats have been "going it alone" all along. The GOP has no interest in passing Healthcare reform of any kind and combined with the insurance industry and much of the corporate media has done everything possible to spread fear and outright lies.

    The Republicans passed tax breaks for the rich with 51 votes in the Senate, it is time for the Democrats to do whatever it takes to get Americans decent Healthcare. The media needs to report just how many citizens with present "diseasecare" have been bankrupted by a medical illness.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:24 am |
  69. Beverly Martin

    Don, Democrats HAVE to go it alone! Republicans AKA middle/upper middle class/rich Americans JUST DON'T GET IT (the Biblical admonition to help one's brother)! Bev Martin, Harpswell, ME

    August 19, 2009 at 9:24 am |
  70. Jim Harper

    The President has made every effort to make healthcare reform bi-partisan, while the Republicans have made every effort to make this partisan. Any meaningful discussions have been drowned out with lies and innuendos in an overall attempt to limit any reform by this new administration starting with healthcare. The Democats need to move this along within party lines because it is going to end up that way anyway. Doing the right thing for million sof Americans is more important then the Republican party idealogue. We spent almost a trillion dollars to save banks and insurers but we cant find the strength and political will to provide helathcare to million of us?

    Take the heat, pass the bill with a public option and let the nay sayers know that the Whitehouse and the Democrats have courage to act in the best interest of those who elected them.

    Jim Harper

    August 19, 2009 at 9:24 am |
  71. Grandmaw

    I think we have spent enough time listening to the Republicans "Just say No" about everything and we should just go ahead and stick together as Democrats, including the so called "Blue Dogs." If we can't unite as a party now to pass something this important for all the people in this country, then this country will continue to suffer the consequences of being ruled by the insurance companies and drug manufacturers. Also shame on the politicians who let the lobbyists for these companies buy them for their own political gains! Greed is the huge problem here!

    August 19, 2009 at 9:24 am |
  72. Mark from Boston

    One thing I've learned about politicians, especially congress, is that they want to keep their jobs. Once the Democrats in Congress that are on the fence realize they would lose far more of their democratic constituents than republican, they'll make the public option happen (period)

    August 19, 2009 at 9:24 am |
  73. Elaine

    The most important goal is to pass a bill that will deliver meaningful reform. Bipartisanship is good, but it should not be the goal. Opposing health care is a political goal of the Republican party, and the White House is naive to think that any change it may make will change that fact. That does not mean the Dems should ignore sensible suggestions from all sides, but it does suggest to me that it's time for President Obama to lead Congress and the nation to a result that meets the objectives of providing access to the uninsured and underinsured, and that "bends the cost curve" of the status quo.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  74. Mia

    The American people voted in the last election putting the Democrats in power in order to make necessary changes. As federal employees, all senators & representatives have subsidized health care insurance managed by the federal government. GOP have no incentive to work on bills that assist the common man and threaten the PROFIT of their wealthy constituents.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  75. Maria

    Obama, YES WE CAN .Congres YES WE CAN ,Senator YES WE CAN, WE the People put you there.A pablic Health Sistem MUSH BE THERE.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  76. Nancy Compton

    I'm pretty sure it's the only strategy they have as an option by now. The Republicans have made sure of that.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  77. Wil W

    I think the dems should go it alone. This health care reform is too important to play politics with. It's increasingly apparent, the republican party, to a man, isn't interested in passing any health care reform. No more concessions to any initiatives the republicans or these so called blue dog democrats have come up with. The republican party reminds me of a comment I hear about the former USSR in the 1980's..."they will lie, even if it's not in their best interest"
    The American people know something that a lot of politicians should know...people are dying in this country for lack of medical attention.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  78. Barbara

    I'm so tired of the conservitive lies and misinformation distorting such an important issue as health care in our country. If the democrats have to "go it alone" without them, so be it. The conservitive movement only wants to support the major political money donors and corporations, they do not care about the people they are elected to serve. Right now, many people I know with health insurance are not going to the doctor because they can't afford the out of pocket and co-pay expenses, so the insurance companys get premiums with no benefit to the policy holder. That equals profit and major bonuses for the ceo's.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  79. Leo

    Go it alone Get the Democrat vote for single payer there should NEVER BE Health insurance for profit. Like Congressman from NY Wiener says what do the Health insurance Company's have anything to do with making people well. Let's just put everyone on Mediare and give Medicare those premiums

    August 19, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  80. Frank

    When will government shake the monkey on there back and deal with the real issue that hampers every debate. Lobbyist representing big business and special interest must be purged from government! This would allow elected officials to enact the will of the people!

    August 19, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  81. DAVE DREAD

    IF THE REPUBLICAN,S HAVE NO HEART MEANS THEY HAVE NO BLOOD, SO THE PEOPLE WHO CARE LET THEM DO THE HEALTCARE

    August 19, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  82. David Ramsay

    With the Republican bogeyman cast aside we can now expose the enemies(please excuse this Republican word) from within.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  83. Gord

    To be honest this health care/insurance debate should have been resolved 20 years ago. Go at it alone and move ahead, the 46+M people who do not have insurance will thank you. We learned from the Bush administration that when you have the votes you need to move ahead with the people's business. A clear majority of the USA voted for CHANGE.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  84. j

    Karma is a real b–ch! Republicans have always pushed things down our throats. And they never ask for our permission to do whatever they wanted when they were in control of both houses. Why shouldn't we return the favor. Republican cry babies need to get over it!

    August 19, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  85. Ralph Michael Emerson

    The Republicans have been using Obama's desire to achieve bipartsan legislation as a weapon against him and the Democrats, since this Administration came into place. Meanwhile, they have offered nothing substantive, or beneficial in response to Democratic proposals. What they have offered is misinformation, and divisive, fearful and misleading information. "Going it alone" is THE way to go, if that is what it will take to achieve Health Care Reform. It is not "ramming" reform through, it is courageously executing a promise that was made to Americans during the Presidential campaign. A promise American's need fulfilled, whether they understand it, now, or not.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  86. ben

    Ditto to Dan's comment. To constantly worry about the next election does nothing to help our country solve its problems.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  87. Sue Anne Lewis

    If "going it alone" is the only way an "option" can be passed for the Healthcare Bill, then the administration should go it alone. It is too bad that the situation has reached the point it is at, but backing down would be worse. I'm afraid it is only the "opponents" of the Bill who are the ones who are being heard. There is a vast majority, I believe, who would welcome this improvement in the insurance industry.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  88. jack maggard

    Why in the world wouldn't the democrats go it alone, who
    needs a bunch of nay-sayers anyway. Give Americans
    what they want and get on with other important issues.

    jack

    August 19, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  89. lance

    The majority of the voters put the democrats in power precisely for change! Even if you have average insurance, health care costs are completely outrageous! This is an issue that must be addressed and if the republicans will not come to the table with constructive ideas instead of licking the boots of the insurance, drug, and medical lobby's then so be it! It is obnvious Republicans dont want health reform for only 1 reason, to discredit President Obama! Shut them out of the process! The democrats have always been the party of the poor and middle class in America. Democrats stand and unite!

    August 19, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  90. Dennis E. East

    I say go what took them so long.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  91. Betsy

    I'd like to know why this issue is all about Democrats against Republicans. All the major issues in this country seem to come down to this. The real problem that I see with this whole thing is that hardly anyone seems to have read the bill, which is something that can most likely be said for EVERY bill that goes through. I think that needs reform before anything else. How easy would it be to get things done if everyone wasn't so busy trying to secretly add extras in that have absolutely nothing to do with what the bill is really about? Crazy concept, I know.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  92. Liz

    Yes. The Dems need to do whatever it takes to put through health care reform. If it means putting it through without a single republican vote I say go for it.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:36 am |
  93. Rob in Riverview FL

    This appears to be the only way this country is ever going to see health care reform. Look back at the history, when medicare was passed. Seniors wouldn't think about being without it now. The only thing any of us need to look at, is this website: http://www.harp.org/hmoexecs.htm. It is a listing of salaries of execs in Health Insurance companies. It's the same ole crap we have been fighting against on Wall Street exec pay. These insurance company execs have multi-million dollar paychecks annually, but that isn't all; in addition, they have even larger multi-million dollar stock options! The fat-cats just keep getting richer, but in this case, at the expense of everyday Americans, who are sick, and either don't get the care they need and/or languish in mental cruelty for their illness, or worse, DIE!

    WE CAN DO BETTER IN AMERICA!

    August 19, 2009 at 9:36 am |
  94. rn

    No republican presidents wished to reform healthcare to help Americans. Did they lack guts or did they wish not to care? Some of them wished to wage wars. Iraq war was a waste of trillion of dollars. That money would have used to welfare Americans, to keep Americans healthier. Several of the other nations are much better of in Healthcare than what we are today. Is it not shame on all of us? If Americans keep good health, they will be willing to work hard and lead country in the path of prosperity. Insurance companies are making profits; Americans are left behind. It is time for government to step up forward to work on this. We are broke, we don’t have jobs and we don’t have good health and mind – Idiots bear rams for no reasons, terrorist minds are home-grown in backyards to condemn government and insult our presidents.
    It will be amazing that those people, who will benefit the most from a better and less expensive medical insurance, are the ones who protest the loudest against something that they do not understand.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  95. john

    The Republican party is behaving like a bunch of spoiled children who didn't get their way so they are going to be as contrary and disruptive as possible. The health insurance industry is deathly afraid of real competition so they are spending millions of dollars to spread misinformation and fear. That's millions of dollars in premiums that should be paid out in health care.
    The Democratic Party should absolutely push their plan, including a "robust" public option, through Congress and leave the Republicans and insurance industry in the dust where they belong.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  96. John Appleton

    There is no difference between most republicans and democrats. We need a debate that focuses on those who have taken money from the insurance companies and those who have not. If we make this a republican and democrat debate then the insurance companies win. We need a deeper discussion on the issue. If we make it a republican vs democrat issue we will fail. Lets have a real debate.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  97. Randy

    The problem isn't with insurance companies. They do net set costs for medical care, they only set costs to insure you against the costs of care. Kind of like your auto or home insurance! The higher the costs to repair your auto or home, the higher the cost for the insurance. The real problem is that medical costs are too high. We need to limit liability on hospitals, doctors, and nurses. We also need to lower the costs of becoming a doctor, or nurse. Until we lower costs, no plan will be cheaper. The only difference is that under a new plan, the taxpayer will get stuck with the costs, whether they use the service or not! The most scary part is, is that when the taxpayer picks up the tab, nobody will complain about costs anymore, and there won't be as many people worried about the out of control sky-rocketing costs of healthcare, which will allow costs to spiral even higher. Wake-up people! Stop thinking about yourselves and look at the real issue!

    August 19, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  98. jr

    Healthcare will be passed as planned. Public option should be there to stop the monopoly of private insurance companies. Fraud billings need to be stopped. Doctor treatments should be checked. It is shame that once underdeveloped countires now have good healthcare plans. It we donot support now, America will be on the verge of falling in every field. America knew only attacking other countries; America does not care for the welfare of its people.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  99. CYNTHIA MANLEY

    RATIONING? DON'T BE RIDICULOUS! THIS IS PART OF THE SCARE STRATEGY CURRENTLY UNDERWAY. CREATING COMPETITION, ELIMINATING WASTE, PREVENTING DISEASE WILL OCCUR AS WE OPT FOR A MORE RATIONAL APPROACH. THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY IS CURRENTLY A MONOPOLY AS THEY ALL STICK TOGETHER TO DENY ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE FOR MILLIONS. I THOUGHT WE HAD MONOPOLY PROTECTION!

    August 19, 2009 at 9:43 am |
  100. Carrol DeHaan

    The Democrats have been "going it alone" all along. It's time for real reform for health care and to break the stranglehold the insurance companies have on the American people. The Republicans have never intended to pass health care reform. They only give lip service to the idea. In reality they are funded by the insurance companies so why would they want anything to change.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  101. jr

    No presidents wished to reform healthcare to help Americans. Did they lack guts or did they wish not to care? Some of them wished to wage wars. Iraq war was a wate of trillion of dollars. That money would have used to welfare Americans, to keep Americans healthier. Several of the other nations are much better of in Healthcare than what we are today. Is it not shame on all of us? If Americans keep good health, they will be willing to work hard and lead country in the path of prosperity.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  102. frank heinrich

    Obama got our vote on election day. He should go forward with the healthcare reform w/o republicans and dem. blue dogs. It was a big mistake to postpone the voting on the ereform till after the summer recess. This gave the health insurance companies, pharmaceutical
    companies, republicans and all think-alikes the time to plant the most stupid and untrue information into the heads of those who need the reform most. A clear example of poor strategic thinking. Which wories me what else lobbyist will do with this government in the following years to come.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  103. lynn

    Congress dosen't care what they pass because they don't have to use this policy. They will continue to enjoy their private health policy that we taxpayers pay for. Why are we not asking the question...Is congress going to give up their federal policy and use the public option? Why can't the rest of America participate in the cuurent federal system? We are already paying for this as taxpayers!

    August 19, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  104. Andy

    Yes, I look at the health care bill as helping all of us, not just the few that can afford it. The public option must be apart of the bill in order to insure fair competition in the health care sector. The insurance companies are already rationing out our health care, rejecting care based on the bottom line. Yes, get it pass now with the public option with or without the republicians. All I hear from them is NO, NO, NO to everything without offering any solutions.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  105. Irl Gladfelter

    Yes!! Health care reform including a strong public option is so important that the Democrats should absolutely "go it alone" to pass it.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:55 am |
  106. Stephanie Lee

    The Democrats should go ahead and try to put through a health care reform bill if they can. Leaders of the Republican Party have now demonstrated again and again that they are not interested in fixing what is wrong in this country... but only whatever strategies they can use to discredit the president and current administration in order to try and take back power in the next election! From the reports I see every day, their focus seems to be all about winning and losing power for themselves! And it is appalling the lengths many of them have gone to in this endeavor! Instead of a healthcare debate, what I see on TV every day is a stoking of the flames of racial hatred (in order to win) to the point that the supposed town hall debates look more like a repeat of the hatred and violence of the 1960's Civil Rights demonstrations in the South!

    No, I don't believe there will be any meeting of the minds with this radical element that now controls the GOP, and I think to wait on this issue or try to give them deference is to give them room and opportunity to use any means necessary (fear, distrust, hate, greed, etc.) to try and turn the hearts and minds of the public away from any real change. Desperately needed change!

    We need our president to have every opportunity to succeed in this matter! Our lives, our economy, our health... depends on it! Because if he falls or fails, we all go with him! Didn't we learn that from the last administration?

    August 19, 2009 at 9:56 am |
  107. Larry

    Best news I have heard since Obama took office. Give the republicans a taste of their own medicine. We will never get them to agree to issues that would benefit Obama and the democrat party. I am not a democrat nor a republican.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:57 am |
  108. MuslimsVoiceofamerica.com

    I have seen this town hall protests and checked the Fox comments section. Most are hateful.

    Hate for others won't solve the country problems. Let's learn to respect each other and hear out all arguments on the topics.
    At the end of the day, all of us wants to succeed and progress. If we have problems like Health care cost sky rocketing, its effecting us as individuals, as a small business owners, as a big corporation.

    Doing NOTHING is not an option.

    Let's put our mind to work on solving the problems. Bottom line is that individuals/families are facing a major health care crisis because of cost for health care keep increasing every year and consumes 20-40% of one's income. Its not healthy for individuals/families prosperity as well as the prosperity of our nation.

    If Republican doesn't want to work, its looking like that, then Dem's need to use all the options including going alone.

    ~Peace out

    August 19, 2009 at 9:58 am |
  109. A.R.Johnson

    The democrats have always had to go it alone. Remember, the Republicans voted againist Social Security,Minimum wage, The wage & Hour Law and Medicare & Medicaid.They have voted againist everything that benefits the working class people of this country,now they are againist health care reform. Except the Tourt Reform part.

    August 19, 2009 at 9:59 am |
  110. patricia tuttle

    The Democrats won control in the last election for many reasons – not the least of which is health care and insurance reform – the President has tried to be inclusive in finding a bi-partisan approach to this issue and been met with continuing resistance from the Republicans. It is now time to step up – why not simply expand Medicare to be included as the public option and let the Republicans continue to pay for the inflated private insurance and coverage they claim to enjoy! Since the Republicans have shown no interest in finding a cooperative solution it is up to the Democratic majority to do what they where elected to do -reform the health care system .

    August 19, 2009 at 9:59 am |
  111. Barbara Howard

    I find it incredulous that CNN seems to be advocating that Dems change the rules in midstream and "go it alone" on healthcare or anything. What if the Republicans had done this when they were in control of the Congress? CNN would have had a hissy fit. Be careful how you bend the rules while in control. You will not always be in control. Or is that what the Democrats are manuevering to do? Change all the rules so they can be in control forever? Oh what a dangled web we weave.

    August 19, 2009 at 10:00 am |
  112. Barbara Howard

    Sorry, Oh what a tangled web we weave.

    August 19, 2009 at 10:02 am |
  113. Gerald

    I say go for it! While the news may be hinting the Democratic Party may be in disarray, it's truly the Republicans who are in disarray and are using the Health Care Reform Bill to use as a weak rallying point until they are "more unifed." Sounds familar (i.e. North Korea power exchange. Shoot Missiles and shout empty, uneducated threats at the US). I feel as though all these people causing trouble at Town Halls may have private "insurance" which they are "happy" with. But I say wait until they are sick and their insurance drops them, then they well be singing a different tune.

    August 19, 2009 at 10:05 am |
  114. RRB

    The Republicans, even the honorable ones, seem to be going along with the misinformation campaign. They are even willing to trash their own proposals and things they passed themselves earlier (end-of-life counseling.) Until they learn that such tactics won't work any more, they will continue. Democrats should listen to constructive criticism, then move on with or without the demagogues.

    August 19, 2009 at 10:05 am |
  115. mary jane anderson

    I support the dems. When the republicans were in power they push a head locking the dems and did what ever they wanted to do making a mess out of country. We need a public health care plan the cost of health is out of control. Just think 30 to 40 years ago there was no health care industry. I can't believe that a simple chest xray I got the other day was 797 dollars.

    August 19, 2009 at 10:05 am |
  116. chuck

    The public option will pass despite the opposition. The opposition is similar to the latest claim this time in Arizona about two black degenerate, kidnapping, ransom seeking, criminals; flat out lies, sometimes referred to as misinformation.

    August 19, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  117. Randy

    Boy the arrogance of being in power has rubbed off on many of the people in here as well as it has on Obama. Don't let the fact that we won the election poison you with the arrogance to believe we can do it alone. Just look at history. Elections that bring parties into and out or power are like a pendulum. The arrogance will just ensure our removal from power comes much faster....

    August 19, 2009 at 10:14 am |
  118. EagleJBW

    NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO.

    August 19, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  119. Winston

    PUSH IT THROUGH ..... Republicans were kicked out, Democrats were voted in and Obama was elected to facilitate change. You can't negotiate with people who are afraid of change...just drag 'em along. PUSH IT THROUGH!

    August 19, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  120. debbie

    You do what you have to do to get a job done that will help millions of people. It has become very clear that the Republicans have one goal and that is to make sure Obama does not succeed. The Republicans do not seem to care about the millions of uninsured people. Go Obama!

    August 19, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  121. susan philips

    President Obama should do whatever it takes to bring about real health care reform for our country, even if that means "going it alone." I really don't care. And I ask these questions of everyone, including the democrats who oppose reform:

    1. Do you like your insurance? Why shouldn't all Americans have it?
    2. Do you like Medicare and the VA? Is this not a government plan?

    If you feel so strongly about the "public plan" why don't you throw away your medicare care or reject social security? The thing I hate the most about these guys and women is their hyprocrisy.

    August 19, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  122. Danny Oliveira

    It's about time the Democrats saw the writtings on the wall. It was visible from the very beginning, specifically on the Stimulus Bill that REPLUBICANS WERE NOT WILLING TO PLAY BALL.

    August 19, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  123. Ed Dumont

    The far right is trying to make America dysfunctional. The shouting only shows that there is no substance to their position. If the Democrats have to go it alone, they must. The extremists will be shouting into a void come the next election.

    August 19, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  124. JustMe

    Why should the Dems put anything in the Health Care Reform bill the Republicans want when just about all the Republicans have made it very clear that it does not matter if the Dems put in the Health Care Reform what the Republicans want, too, that they will not support it, period, because Republicans have also made it clear they want Obama to fail and for the Republicans to vote for anything Obama wants is not sticking to the plan for a failed Obama Presidency! JustMe in NC

    August 19, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  125. Greg J

    Personally I don't understand why it is so difficult to pass legislation that will help so many people in need of health care. What is really strange to me is that people on welfare have better coverage than hard working people that can't afford to pay for coverage. This imbalance must be mitigated.

    August 19, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  126. Larry Gordon

    The Republican party has tried to slown down health care reform with the hope of wearing the reform effort out. If the Democrats have the votes, then I say go ahead and push health care reform through without them. The Republicans have had little to offer except ill-will, dirty tricks, and a lot of attitude.

    August 19, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  127. Marilyn - FLorida

    Absolutely! Why did it take them so long to make this the chosen path? Republicans? Buck 'em! They've always been obstructionist in getting adequate, equitable health care to ALL Americans. Meanwhile many Americans DIE daily due to lack of access to any health care at all. Yes, yes, yes!! Forget the Republicans ... and let their currently uninsured constituents show them what they think at the next election. An even larger margin of Democrats in office would be another blessing of passing healthcare without the current Republican foot-draggers!

    August 19, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  128. Andy

    How much is a life worth? For the insurance companies, that depends on the bottom line and quartly profits. This is what is driving the debate. You have to ask yourself, can I afford my next round of insurance increase based on what the insurance companies project for the next quarter. I am all for making money but when the cost is tied to our health care, some controls are needed and the government is the only one large enough to do this. Please pass the public option.

    August 19, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  129. Carol

    Congress always seems to be encased in a glass bubble. They don't hear anything the public has to say. They seem more interested in themselves and how they might get elected again than they are with the public. It is amazing how many of these bills they pass that they haven't even read. Do you suppose there is any chance all these Democrats will have actually read this entire health care bill before they vote?? I doubt it.

    August 19, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  130. Jerry Goldin

    It is very obvious that Republicans are complete obstructionists and live in a fact-free fantasy world. They will tell any lie no matter how absurd and easily debunked it is. They have no interest in any kind of Healthcare Reform. I quite frankly don't understand why anyone is still attempting to work with them.

    August 19, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  131. karen

    Go for it! The GOP only has IT's best interest in mind anyway.

    August 19, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  132. Michaela J.

    What do you mean "what the people want?" The people spoke last November. Or, did your GO (pea) brain forget that? The reason you don't have a filibuster now is because for 16 of the last 24 years the GOP did what they wanted. Were republicans "bipartisan" when they forced the country into a war we can't win that will cost taxpayers over 2 trillion dollars and countless lives? Where are the weapons of mass destruction? I've found them, On Fox News and conservative talk radio.

    "Try not to be too conservative, else you will find yourself right and wrong at the same time"

    August 19, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  133. SandyPandy

    It's about time the Democrats developed a backbone and stopped trying to appease Republicans who clearly have NO INTEREST in health care reform. They want to keep the status quo, which is unacceptable. Republicans will oppose ANYTHING the Dems do, regardless of merit, so Dems may as well do what they think is best for the country.

    August 19, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  134. David from Massachusetts

    This is very good news. If the Democrats actually man up and try to use their majority like the Republicans did for so long, we might really accomplish some geuine reform (note my skepticism). The Republicans oppose even the slightest reform and if Congress keeps making sacrifices to try to please them, they will only water down the effectiveness of the bill.

    August 19, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  135. Alan

    Yes they should pass it thru. This was part of what we voted on in the Presidential election. This is called the change we wanted. If we wanted things to stay the same we would have voted Republican.

    August 19, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  136. Paul

    It's about time!

    August 19, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  137. Kevin

    This election was won by the Dems, not the GOP (this time). Sadly, the GOP have sold-out to the multi-billion dollar a year Medical Insurance industry. Next, we badly need to reform campaign money for these crooked politicians. The Dems need to step up and do this alone, because it is now obvious that the GOP's plan is not to have any kind of health reform pass.

    August 19, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  138. Margo

    If the Dems and media think town meetings are hostile now and they continue to shove this health legislation through, using this strategy requiring only 51 votes, they haven't seen anything yet. This will serve as an impetus which has been lacking to rally opposition for the midterms. They should beware the sleeping giant.

    August 19, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  139. Michelle

    For the overwhelming amount of Democrat partisans on this blog I say, "Please, Democrats, please go it alone. PLEASE." There would be no better way to finally decimate the Democratic Party for good. I would hate to see that happen, as there are plenty of good moderate Democrats, but they are clearly not the ones who are in control of the party. The ones who have an entitlement mentality, who don't understand that government-run entities cause more problems then they solve, and probably among the 40% of those who've never paid a tax in their lives (or paid very little) are the ones who are. That's why most of you have so much time on your hands to blog – those who are working and paying the taxes don't.

    August 19, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  140. Jerry Barton, from the South Poconos in PA

    Going It Alone…

    About time! Sometimes you just have to show them
    "Who's the Boss" And Slam the Hammer Down!
    We all know that Our President put his hand out to the Republicans!

    Thank You,,,,

    August 19, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  141. Paulette

    I do not see why on earth the Dems would pass a bill that most Americans don't want. 80% of us are happy with our current health care. They have no idea how they will pay for the public option. They say they will take millions from Medicare (kinda like taking from Peter to pay Paul) but the Dems have said that Medicare will go broke shortly. This makes about as much sense as their other arguments. They guessed wrong on Cash for Clunkers. Suppose to last 90 days, lasted 4 days. Typical government run program. You can blast the Republicans but they want to fix the current system-Tort reform, buying ins across state lines, no pre existing conditions. Let's fix it, not add one more program that the government can screw up. OUR LIVES DEPEND ON IT. Congress won't even go on this plan. GREAT

    August 19, 2009 at 10:21 am |
  142. janet

    HALLELUJAH!!!!!!!!!

    I will have to change my vote from being "unhappy" with the way Obama is handling healthcare. I was "unhappy" because he wasn't going for it – I hope this is a sign that the Dems are going to get this done.
    Let the party of No sit on the sidelines but don't let the American people sit on the sidelines.

    August 19, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  143. Dar E

    We N E E D reform and Democrats are going to have to pass it!! Reps
    have always fought anything that HELPS lower middle America.

    August 19, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  144. John A Babitskas in Atlanta

    Let do it. That's what a majority does. The camera shot of guy with a AR 15 at a anti Obam r ally makes me sick. If this is what the oppisition is like, god help us.

    August 19, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  145. Carol

    I'd like to add one more comment. We try to teach our children to get along with others, despite differences. Is it only those that can't get along that get elected to Congress? It is absurd that these adults can't talk, work together, and make compromises for the common good of the people in the United States.

    August 19, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  146. Marilyn - FLorida

    Oh, and like Henry and others on here, I have no access to healthcare AT ALL. I've got many advanced college degrees, can't find a job, am not quite poor enough for Medicaid, and yet have not one cent beyond basic living expense money each month. I couldn't afford ANY kind of health care under the current system. Don't even talk to me about "co-ops" ... I can't afford to join the local FOOD co-op, let alone HEALTH co-ops. There needs to be a single payer system that assures ALL of us have healthcare!

    Dang straight! Get this done w/o the Repubs! They've had decades of mucking things up. If it doesn't happen soon, we may need to find a different Democrat for the top job in 2012.

    August 19, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  147. Michelle

    Oh, and I forgot to add my most important part of that last list – the inability to understand the concept of COSTS, never mind cost-benefit. Much like those in our own families who just keep charging, charging, charging with credit cards, and then asking the responsible members of the family to bail them out when the overspending finally catches up with them. We've all got 'em in our families as well.

    August 19, 2009 at 10:26 am |
  148. David

    Finally, Democrats need to stop worrying about what Republicans think, for decades Republicans never gave a second thought to what Democrats thought when it came to making decisions. Finally they have woken up!. This is the reason why Republicans take advantage of situations when Democrats run scared of a few ignorant loud mouths at a Town Hall meeting and peg Democrats as flip flippers. Finally some cojones!!!!!

    August 19, 2009 at 10:26 am |
  149. Evelyn

    Reform opponents know they don't represent the people's wishes on this issue and have engaged in misinformation and scare tactics to prevent us from having a real dialogue. Kudos to Dems for doing whats necessary to make reforms a reality.

    August 19, 2009 at 10:26 am |
  150. ewm

    Yes!

    A strong leader, with the facts in hand, will at times have to do what is necessary, what is good for the country, in the log run, regardless of the fears and special interest.

    Health Care Reform must include a Public Option.

    The basic fact is that a "For Profit" Health Insurance Company only makes a profit when it receives more income in terms of premiums paid than they have to pay out in health services provided.

    That is why it is economically logical for them to only insure the healthy and find a reason to disqualify the unhealthy.

    August 19, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  151. Helen Cho

    Yep. The Dems should go it alone. The Repubs are just so out of it with characters like Palin and Cheney in its leadership spots and its rank and file seeming to be focused on God and the Constitution in its health insurance reform arguments.

    The Repubs keep bringing up the private sector seeming to forget that they have abdicated any responsibility for their actions. The capitalist system seems to have lost all sense of morals and become focused on profit as the end-all and be-all. Business is no longer about producing anything of value but about making a buck at any and all costs. This is untenable.

    Perhaps going with such a heavy government involvement is itself with pifalls, but business needs to come to its senses. It can't seem to do that even after the Enrons, the dot coms, and Merrill Lynch. What does it take?

    August 19, 2009 at 10:28 am |
  152. C.T.

    The Republicans have spoken and their health care plan is NO. Go it alone Dems!

    August 19, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  153. Fran

    Going it alone is not a choice. The Republican Party is just standing by and not offering solutions. They are letting lies and misleading information by leading Republicans go unchallenged. This has lead to screaming matches instead of rational debate. But would you expect more from the party who gave us the Iraq war based on WMDs, yellow cake uranium, and mushroom clouds.

    August 19, 2009 at 10:40 am |
  154. jr

    Save America, create jobs for Amricans, keep Americans healthier, stop waging wars and use that money for the welfare of Americans, stop your dirty politics, think positively. If you do not understand the plan, ask someone who clould guide you. Stop bearing arms stupidely. You are the ones who need healthcare, Who riots – the jobsless, the one who does not have healthcare... you are one of them... stop it it please...and support our Presidnet. You would have stoped him then..
    -jr

    August 19, 2009 at 10:42 am |
  155. Luisa Cavanaugh

    We voted this President into office with a mandate for change as well as the Democratic majority. I swear I will become an Independent if any health care bill is passed without a Public Option or if the almost 50 million Americans are left without coverage. More importantly, I am sick to death of this country being held hostage by GOP thuggery; as well as the turncoat Dems who lick their boots. Obviously they all stand to continue to make alot of money keeping things just as they are........how can the people in this country be so stupid when it comes to the insurance companies? My husband and I pay thousands of dollars for our health insurance; we have been fortunate to have been able to do so, but it cannot continue. I have cancer and it will bankrupt us eventually. Sorry, I am all over the place......bottom line, we need to imbue this country with a morality and compassion that has been trampled upon for the last 30 years by the Right Wing. As Lee Atwater (the Architect of the "Dirty Ad Campaign) so grandly said and repented before he died that, "We have become a Nation without a Soul". I voted in this President Obama with that Hope. Love your broadcast, Don. You do a wonderful job. Thanks You.

    August 19, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  156. Preston

    This seems simple to me. Why not use the model from auto insurance. You have liability, liability+collision and full coverage.
    We can have a single payer gov. option(liability) which covers basic care and tried and true treatment options. "If" an individual wants more treatment options they could buy additional coverage from private insurance companies which would cover treatment options not yet recognized under the single payer system. A person could even purchase policies which help cover costs of "elective" surgeries. A plan such as this should lower costs and premiums across the board. The single payer plan would cover everyone and provide leverage to lower costs across the board.

    August 19, 2009 at 10:49 am |
  157. Joe Ruby

    The Democrats should never have tried to sell change. Instead, they should attack the rising cost of Medicare by changing the rules to include all ages. Just think how much private plans would cost if they were allowed to cover only over 65 and disabled persons. There would be no arguments from the Republicans. After all, their mantra is lowering cost. Seniors would have no change in care, the cost of Medicare would drop drastically, and they would have accomplished their goal of health care reform without actually saying so.

    August 19, 2009 at 10:49 am |
  158. Eddie - Bentonville, AR

    I believe having multiple options including the public option will be more helpful.

    Use an expanded version of the existing public options, Medicaid and Medicare to be more inclusive to a larger base of people including those with pre-existing conditions, unemployed, etc.
    Using the existing resources will speed the implementation and provide an immediate path for medical payments/reimbursements.
    Raise the limits to allow the level of care &/or medication to be covered based on the need instead of a pre-determined limits.

    Co-op Insurance Plans based on majority member vote determining what’s included or what tiers will be offered and included in these health care plans.

    Affordable standalone insurance that’s not attached with an employer.

    Payment clearing house similar to the banks to speed up the reimbursement to health care providers.

    August 19, 2009 at 10:49 am |
  159. johnnie

    It does not matter...PEOPLE need to get over getting their poor little feelings hurt and move on, if i want to say something negative or hateful i will. If people really want a communist country then stop beating around the bush and trying to take away our rights little by little. these are the people that should step up to the plate and make themselves known. some people just want to be anonymous or has this right been taken away too. This is not the country i was taught to be proud of when i was in school learning about our history, this is not the country my grandfather and so many died fighting for. was their fight for no reason, or just to get us by untill we could be destroyed from within. There is no excuse and no justification for this. so what if what you put online is there for others to read forever. If people are ignorant enough to beleive everything they read, well thats their right as well, people choose to be ignorant or not that too is a right. Actually im tired of people telling us what our rights are and are not or just making them up as they find something they dont like. I am a human being and if i had had a choice on being born or not and chose to be born in this society then sure i can understand not complaining about the rules, but none of us asked to be here and none of us had a choice, so stop making our lives miserable with all these petty rules because someones feelings got hurt. Toughen up America, and stop being whiny kitty babies. Your ruining America for the rest of us.

    August 19, 2009 at 10:51 am |
  160. Don D. Brock

    There is to much competition in politics and not enough common since.
    We need to get back to whats good for America

    Don D. Brock

    August 19, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  161. Erwin

    If the Dems. go it alone I will never vote for another one again. We are going down a slippery slope to Marxisim. I am a registered Dem. and former business owner. The big question should be "where is the money?" There is no way that we can pay for this. Living in a boarder state where illegals are already bankrupting the state why should they be included? Notice when it was suggested to the Senate they they be in the same insurance program it was squashed.
    So how good can it be? Why should 100 million people that have insurance be penalized for the 35 million that don't? I have a sister that lives in the Netherlands, she thinks it's unbeleivable whats going on here. Also it seems that in Europe they report a different story than what we see in our media. She also said that we should not do what they do in the Netherlands. She said that their tax rate is 50% on everyone and a VAT tax at 15% and they are still cutting back on benifits and have people pay for their own insurance riders to pick up difference. Look at the shipping business. The US Postal Service = broke. FEDX and UPS = making money. We already have government health care the VA. I am also a Vet and it seems about 50/50 on the care but one thing it seems we are all in agreement is the long wait for service.

    August 19, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  162. mary jane anderson

    Where are the polls coming from? what part of the country and age group? All over the internet there is overwhelming support for a public option.

    August 19, 2009 at 11:08 am |
  163. Rick

    Yes, let the democrats quickly pass this bill that no one truly understands..hey, isn't this business as usual for them?. The Republican's aren't the problem here – Democrats always seem to run the party into the ground when they have too much control. Here is a perfect example. Senator Boxer...if this thing passes, say goodbye to your seat.

    August 19, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  164. Kevin Brown

    ABSOLUTELY!!
    All you have to do is look at any blog other than Fox News or some right wing conservative blog and see that the real VAST majority of people want reform. And, those that haven't been mislead want a public option.

    Katy Abram you think the 70 people at your "town hall" who want "their country" back is a "sleeping giant." Wait until you see the real giants.
    And, what exactly does that mean? What, you want asian's in concentration camps, latino's picking fruit and blacks at the back of the bus?

    You would think they would have learned not to play checkers with chess players when Obama won.

    Once again it's on!

    August 19, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  165. Janet Sbihli

    republicans never intended to work seriously on a bill. democrats should go it alone. the right has only used the break to get their protestors out and to scare the public. What I have found in SC is that you can't get into one of Jim DeMint's town halls unless you are on that side – he also limits the numbers by charging $ and going to private gatherings.

    August 19, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  166. carole ezell-bell

    THIS HEALTH CARE PLAN SHOULD NEVER BE PASSED BY EITHER PARTY, ALONE OR TOGETHER.

    REPUBLICANS SHOULD BE HEARD, AS THEY REPRESENT A LARGE PART OF AMERICA. OPPOSING DEMOCRATS SHOULD BE HEARD AS THEY REPRESENT A LARGE PART OF AMERICA.

    WE DO NOT WANT A SOCIALISTIC GOVERNMENT. LOOK AT ANY AND ALL COUNTRIES WHO HAVE TRIED IT. FAILURE.

    August 19, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  167. WKCGeezer

    Republicans appear to have marching orders to automatically negate any Obama proposal. As they have chosen from day one to campaign for the next election, as a party, rather than govern, someone has to.

    I say the Dems should roll it back, reverse having negotiated against themselves, and go for Single Payer.

    Let the Republicans filibuster and show they (and possibly the Blue Dogs) were never for Health Care Reform, choosing to protect the profits of the Insurance and Pharma industries to the detriment of the economy and the people's health, and their very lives.

    August 19, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  168. Lila Vlasic

    Democrats should go it alone. Republicans have no intention of voting for health care reform. Democrats need to grow a spine and get a bill passed. Obama needs to stop being Mr. Nice Guy and get these democrats moving while there is still a majority in Congress.

    August 19, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  169. Mike

    It's about time! With the exception of 2-3 Republican senators, the rest of them have never supported providing health care to all Americans, and don't support it today. They support insurance companies. We can not negotiate with a party held captive by its wing-nut base – there's no centrist Republican position with which to strike a reasonable compromise.

    It's time for this country to join other industrialized nations with our own form of universal health care.

    August 19, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  170. Daphne

    I'm not a religious person – but I would like to ask the Republicans – what would Jesus do? How do you go to sleep at night knowing there are Americans without health care? Do the right thing get this health plan passed.

    August 19, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  171. Sherrie Geeting

    I believe the Republicans should be totally shut out of the next two or three major pieces of legislation. They will either get the point or they will get voted out of office. Either solution works for me.

    August 19, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  172. B. Conner

    Health insurance as it stands, is nothing more than a Ponzi scheme that extorts the healthy and eliminates the sick.

    Insurance premiums and "plans" that are based upon statistical models or actuarial tables that "predict" or establish "odds" based upon a person's race, age, and sex should be illegal and unconstitutional because anything else that is, would be.

    Essentially a healthy person's premiums pay exorbitant hospital and pharmaceutical fees for those that are sick. The ability to increase those premiums allows the healthcare industry to continue to raise rates even in times where wages and property prices are in decline. As premiums rise, more people fall out of the system leaving the healthy to carry a greater burden. Those that make claims are eventually dropped from the system for their conditions.

    The temporary work-around has been to base the actuarial tables on groups rather than individuals. This way the burden of eliminating people from the Ponzi scheme falls upon individual employers whose costs have risen when the number of sick or claims from that group reach a certain level.

    Employers that provide health insurance wrap the cost of that extortion into the price of their goods or service, thereby making the customer bear the burden of cost for a program that benefits them not in the slightest. So that extra cost is considerable and becomes a TAX to anyone who buys about any manufactured product through the year.

    Why not relieve the manufacturer or service industry from the burden of providing health insurance? A public health option would lift that burden and if it were paid for by a national sales tax, it would cost less than the amount being secretly paid now.

    WE ARE ALL PAYING FOR HEALTH INSURANCE EVEN IF WE CAN'T GET IT.

    A small national sales tax could give everyone healthcare and by freeing-up the employer from that burden, lower the costs of products and services.

    I say to install a National Sales Tax and Public Health System.

    Opposition to this makes the argument of private care successes vs. the failures of a Government system. But there IS NO National Government system so the illogical argument compares reality to conjecture or fantasy. The Veteran's Hospitals are Government run and are successful at veterans care and are tax supported. So a Government run tax supported system is there to be a model. Veterans may have more medical problems than the average American for obvious reasons but statistical tables could be developed (maybe already exist) to show costs comparisons between that system and private care/insurance models.

    Anything outside of the public plan is a temporary patch to shore up the failures of the Ponzi Scheme. By design the Ponzi "leaks". It leaks funds to the top and into the pockets of the wealthy WHO DON'T NEED TO BE PART OF THE SCHEME. If a person is wealthy enough, they don't need health insurance, or at some point only "catastrophic" insurance. It also "leaks" people out of the bottom who lose their coverage when changing jobs, plans or become unemployed.

    One of the "patches" to the Ponzi Health Scheme is to minimally treat uncovered people at the bottom for free which is really a benefit to the Ponzi by creating the excuse to charge more for premiums.

    The Ponzi will fail. Baby-boomers moving into retirement will place a burden on Social Security as we well know. It will also throw more costs for healthcare onto the younger generations. So this situation will get worse with insurance costs taking more from paychecks.

    It's time for public health and time for it to be tax supported.

    August 19, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  173. Fred Galbraith

    The insurance and pharmaceutical has been bribing the GOP for years to buy their vote against reform, they have taken too much of their money to do what is right. If we are truly going to have reform and affordable health care the dems will have to do it alone. As a republican I am becoming ashamed of all the false rumors and inuendo promoted by our party.

    August 19, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  174. mike kerin

    Sure , the Dems. have the votes and President Obama has promised to get health care reform through. The republicans have done anything they could to obstruct the reform effort, and they do not have anything to help. They say insurance companies will take care of the problem through competition . If that is so , why have they NOT already done so?

    August 19, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  175. Allen Klinefelter

    I would only ask people who think the public option or even health care reform is bad for the country? Do you think health insurance companies are going to give up these lush profits without a fight. I would also ask why Republican and Blue Dog Democrats keep putting out lies on health care reform? Are they paid by big insurance or are the employed by the citizens of America?

    August 19, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  176. Kathy

    Absolutely! The Republicans are using this as a political issue. They are NOT concerned with the health and purse of the average American citizen. They are protecting Insurance Companies....after all Republicanism is the party of BIG business, not the mom and pop type of business.

    August 19, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  177. califdude

    NO on HR3200 or Single Payer, or Coop!, I'm for reform not government takeover. There is not 47 million without coverage, every study says there is only 8-10 milion that can not get any insurance, if you take out illegals and those who already qualify for assistance but haven't signed up, plus those who can afford it but don't pay, there are only 10 mil. This is a power play to create a GIGANTIC BUREAUCRACY, 56 NEW agencys, that will have around millions of employees. Englands NHS had 3.6 million employees 4 administrators for every actual healthcare giver., and they only have a population of 60 mill. So USA with 3.5 x UK pop. woul"d have around 10 million employees, HOW THE HELL DO WE AFFORD to pay them all. WE CAN'T! Scrap the current legislation and work on honest reform bill, and figure out how to cover 10 mill. that can't get any insurance or health care.

    August 19, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  178. Pam Brown

    Sorry,
    talk aobut ignorant I spelled weather wrong. whether

    August 19, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  179. Montgomery

    The last eight years the Republicans have spent millions on war, and we all lost our jobs. They have NEVER cared about the American people and health care........ I say go it alone and do what needs to be done!!!!!! we may pay a little more now- but these companies will have to compete and lower there outrageous prices...... GO DEMS THAT IS WHAT YOU WERE VOTED IN FOR...... DO THE JOB- Ft. Myers!!!!!!

    August 19, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  180. Manny James

    It's time the Dems grow some Backbone. If we are going to have a fight, lets fight about the Dems going it alone..Also, CNN need to show more positive news about the Health care debate instead of pushing conflict between the two parties.

    August 19, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  181. Pam Brown

    Sorry,
    talk about ignorant I spelled weather wrong. whether

    August 19, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  182. Tony

    Republicans and So-Called Conservatives are only interested in opposing the President and this plan. They don't care that this bill will provide the best options even for them. Their protests are rooted in partisan divide and refusal to support the agenda of an African American President! Sorry, that's just how I see it. It's too bad that people can get beyond the two things that cause our enemies to laugh at us... Political Party and Race!

    August 19, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  183. James

    i am 68 yrs old and i really dont want anyone messing around with my life support unit if you know what i mean, im also worried about what kind of a division this would have on all americans. All americans arent democrats and some of the my family democrats members are also worried about this plan, espically my 93 yr old mother.

    August 19, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  184. ProudDem

    From the beginning the Republicans have shown that they are not interested in any kind of health care reform. They have not presented any proposals of their own and have always supported the insurance companies. Why even try to work with them?

    August 19, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  185. Michele Bernier

    Yes, the Democrats should go it alone and the Republicans who do support universal health care should be applauded for doing the right thing and not buckling to party pressure. The more Republicans distance themselves from this, the more selfish they appear...whatever happened to their Christian belief of "love thy neighbor as thyself?"

    August 19, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  186. shelden

    they were given a chance, they all have had 70 years to work on this issue. it is and has always been a National Security issue. GETUR DONE!! The churches should have been out front on this issue, so much for that "Christian Nation" B.S.

    August 19, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  187. JJ/ Kissimmee,Fl

    Yes, I think the democrats should move forward without the aid of
    Republicans, because there is no support from the far right, when
    it come to getting things done for the American people.

    August 19, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  188. Bob

    Yes, I feel its time that the Dems start doing what we the people put them in power to do. If the dont rise up and go it alone it'll be oppertunity lost, one of which they will never have again.
    Do they wish to go into the history books as wimps or the party of the people.

    August 19, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  189. maggie

    Of course health care reform must pass w/out repub's votes...they are the party of NO...they ONLY want power ,and could care less for the american people..What kills me is the people who swallow the propaganda..what ignorance!

    August 19, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  190. Sondra

    I strongly believe that the Democrats should forget Republicans entirely. The majority of Americans voted for President Obama based on his policies and promises. We must have health care reform. It is an American disgrace that we are ranked 38th in modern countries in caring for the health and well being of our citizens. After watching the behavior of many of our citizens at these town hall meetings and am ashamed of Americans who do not care about the disadvantaged in our society. I think all people should watch Michael Moores' "Sicko" again and again.

    August 19, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  191. Dave

    The real question is whether or not our elected representatives are acting as we want them to do. I am basically an independent who thinks the questions that should be discussed are:
    Should everyone have access to medical care? Yes.
    Should health care be affordable to all? Yes.
    Should any government agency make medical decisions for me? No, only I should make medical decisions for me in consultation with my doctor.
    Does the government have experiences at running health care? Yes, medicaid; medicare and the VA. It has made a mess of all.
    Will a single pay system work? No, having lived in Europe for years, I can attest to the problems with such a system. The best one currently is in Switzerland.
    Will any legislation passed be misused? Absolutely. Just look at past actions such as the stimulus, the post office, Amtrak, etc.
    Why is it necessary to have provisions in the legislation which imply penalties and repercussions? For control and restriction of competition.
    Who benefits from such legislation? I'll let you guess.

    August 19, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  192. Jim dos Santos

    Must certainly..........
    Democrats shouldn't even spend a second considering help from the republicans.

    If there was a provision in the bill to increase profits for the insurance companies,the bill would be signed already.

    My question to news organizations is why hasn't the issue of malpractice lawsuits been brought up in discussions more often?

    They are a big reason for why we pay so much for health care.

    Lamentably when asked about the issue it in a clip I saw , President Obama dismissed this issue as not a big deal.
    Can you say: " Trial lawyers lobbyists?

    Also why are the American people at these town hall meetings SO concerned about the well being of private insurance companies?

    Who cares about them?

    How many people in this forum have had an insurance provider tell them: " you can't go to your doctor he's not a part of our plan"

    August 19, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  193. Maggie Lawson

    I think the democrates should pass healthcare without the republicans. They don't want it, all they do is spread lies and hate.
    Take the republicans healthcare away, then they will have something to yell about at the townhall meetings.

    I don't like the hate and bigotry that is being seen on TV.

    August 19, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  194. Mort Walco

    Your discussion of cyberspace defamation was of interest to me because I am a recent victim of it. Stress from the affect it had on me and my business of 36 years contributed to trips to the ER for emergency treatment.
    Three separate articles that included nothing but lies about my character were posted on the internet. In spite of a letter from my attorney warning the author and the author's sponsor not to publish, they disregarded the attorney's admonition and published anyway. The statements are absolute vengeful lies all of which are one-sided and severely damaging to me, my daughter, my business, my reputation and my health.
    Pleas provide the name and contact of the cyberspace attorney and the probono organization she spoke about.
    Thanks for the terrific job you guys do reporting the news.

    August 19, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  195. kirk kozlowski

    The public option is the only option! the only way your going to fix the healthcare problem is to fire the insurance companies that have been ripping off the American public since Nixon and Henry J. Kaiser got into bed together! Healthcare should be a right in a free society.

    August 19, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  196. Jan Billhartz

    There is no advantage for the Republican Party to be reasonable or bipartisan, despite the President's sincere attempt to return civility to the legislative process and respect and trust from the American people. A successful medical reform bill will be credited to President Obama and the Republican Party can't have that. I know there are Republican congressman/patriots who want to do the right thing for the American public, but since they are not making themselves known, the Democrats must do it on their own.

    August 19, 2009 at 11:34 am |
  197. Elaine C. Patino

    I had breast cancer surgery a few years ago when I had health coverage. Since then I have lost coverage and this is a problem because after breast cancer or any cancer you need regular monitoring for at least five years, not to mention staying on tamoxifen for at least that long. You can't go to the ER for an ongoing illness. Currently I haven't seen an oncologist for 2 years and my prescription has run out. I feel strange pains in my body and worry alot about recurrence of the cancer. I am going to spend $250 for a mammogram in a week and $100 to see the Dr. I hope and pray there's no recurrence because there is no way I can afford surgery let alone everything else involved. I want the Dems to go it alone! Republicans say there is no rush, well tell that to people who will find out too late that they have cancer because they couldn't afford to see a Dr. Talk about Death Panels!

    August 19, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  198. Donna

    Do people realize how much employers pay for there health care? $400. and up. Working people especially younger ones don't have to go to the doctors. When they do they end up with large medical bills. Hospitals are charging 100 for a pill and 800 to walk in the door!! You think your covered and insurance companies deny you, What's wrong with you America? PS foreiner's have better access to health care than us American's, Why is this?? Take care of us Americans first!! Were dying over here!! PS Reform!! Reform!!

    August 19, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  199. DfromNy

    Forget the Republicans!

    Do the job you were elected to do!

    WE NEED REAL REFORM.
    WE NEED A ROBUST PUBLIC OPTION!
    YOU RECEIVED A MANDATE FOR REFORM- USE IT!

    Those screaming people at Town Hall meetings would NEVER vote Democratic anyway!

    August 19, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  200. Robert

    I agree with Betsy. Congress should listen to what we want; and what we want is UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE!

    August 19, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  201. Andy

    Yes, At the end of the day when all is said and done ,no matter what compromises the Democrats make the Republicans will not support real Health Care Reform.

    August 19, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  202. Manny James

    I agree with Ralph!!

    August 19, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  203. Peter

    A bill without a public option is unacceptable. Dems in the Congress and in the House, if you compromise and give up the public option, we will vote for another third party next time around.

    August 19, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  204. MaryJoVa

    It is about **** time!! Thank goodness someone in this government is not going to be swayed by a small minority of Americans who just happen to be loud, rude and apparently disbelieving of any CNN fact check or anyone else's. Barney Frank is the MAN. He has obviously learned how to deal with bullies and I am proud and pleased to see that once again the President has proven that he is all about hope but well grounded in the reality of getting the job done!

    August 19, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  205. justine p

    We must have a public option. I have had Medicare for 17 years and I'm completely satisfied. I can go to any doctor. I pay for part B of Medicare and have a supplemental and prescription coverage. It costs me approximately $300 a month. The supplemental picks up the 20% that Medicare does not pay. I have not had to file any papers or had any problem in all those years Yes, I'm 82 years old and havean advance directive and DNR for years. No one coerced me into signing anything. Please back President Obama in this important matter, I remember when Pres. Truman wanted health care. It's long overdue.

    August 19, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  206. Donna

    Not a selling point for the republician's. Gonna look real bad for them if it works!! I'm willing to pay for goverment insurance than be rob by private insurance companies that refuse vital test to save money. PS how is a person gonna get better to get a job. Just letting people slowly die, is much more expensive in the long run!!

    August 19, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  207. Lex

    It's getting very plain to see that the Republicans do not have what it takes to see that doing nothing is no longer an option. Yes the Dems should pass health care without them and move on. The Republican party of status quo is out of touch with reality.

    August 19, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  208. Harriett Harris

    The Dems have no choice but to "go it alone". Waiting for the red party to do anything positive is an exercise in futility. Nothing will get done unless the Dems act without red support. Sad, but true.

    August 19, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  209. Jeff M

    The Dems, while they still have the votes, need to ramrod universal health care through the Senate so Pres. Obama can sign the bill into law. The Republicans have been intent on sandbagging nearly everything Obama proposes to make a farce of his Administration. Nothing ever changes in Washington – it's always politics as usual. Time is running out. Obama has been making the mistake of trying to be "all things to all people" long enough. I personally favor a national health care program modeled after France. Nothing has been said about the inclusion of dental, vision, and hearing care in such a universal health care program. So many Americans suffer from bad teeth, hearing and eye sight problems because they can't afford to cover these costs and existing health insurance coverage limits or excludes basic services, such as crowns, periodontal, eyeglasses, contact lenses, hearing aids, etc. Our universal health care legislation should only exclude unnecessary cosmetic items for people intent on changing their appearance to look like a "movie star", beauty queen, or sex. Mental health problems and counseling should be included. Incidentally, health care is already rationed in the USA via HMO's and by private health insurance companies. Private health insurance companies routinely deny legitimate claims submitted by indigent persons and this is a huge problem. The overcharging by physicians, hospitals, clinics, etc needs to be reined in. Hypochondriacs, who abuse their private health insurance and access to health care, also need to be controlled/cost-contained.

    August 19, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  210. kalvin king

    i think yes they will have to pass healthcare reform with or without republican support, public option was a campaign promise and a big reason i think besides young people support like myself that obama had a vary sucessful campaign and majority of the people votes was because of public option and healthcare reform.

    August 19, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  211. Dan and Florida

    How quickly people forget! Remember just a few years ago when this Republican Majority Leader named Bill Frist flaunted "the nuclear option" when democrats were balking at issues around the Patriot Act? It was a potential bullying tactic the republicans used when they weren't getting their way where they would call in the Vice President to cast the deciding vote. It's about time the dems started to show some backbone. The republicans will NEVER be willing to deal with this administration. Hypocrisy is alive and well in the republican party!

    August 19, 2009 at 11:48 am |
  212. john williams

    YES' stop wasting time with the republican far right, there in bed with insurance companies and big Pharma. President Obama should put the heat on the blue dog DEMS and stop being MR nice guy.

    August 19, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  213. Cindy1976

    Absolutely they should not be afraid to use good ideas from the Republicans but should not alter the legislation to try to win their votes. It will not work and we will get ineffective legislation. The ultimate goals President Obama has laid out need to be met with effective legislation. That is the goal not pleasing one group over another.

    August 19, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  214. Jan

    Do you actually want the government running another agency that affects our lives? These helath care agencies are killing us with premiums. Instead of letting these health care agencies keep increasing our premiums every year with no end in sight why doesn't the government put caps on what they can charge for singles, couples and families. It's called regulation!!!!
    The government can't even keep the US Postal System afloat with annual stamp increases. They're still broke. UPS and FEDEX are making money, why, because their rates haven't gone crazy like USPS has.
    The Social Security is a mess, fix that first, same for Medicare and Medicaid.
    And now you want the government to run a health care agency? What are you nuts?
    I as a middle class tax payer I do not appreciate it when the politicians promise the people Social Security benefits, Welfare benefits and Health Care benefits for people who DO NOT belong on these roles. Politicians believe by giving people something for nothing helps them when in fact it only ENABLES them. It's like an alcoholic, if you keep giving them alcohol they will never stop drinking. This is no different than what the DC Politicians are proposing. They keep thinking by giving people something for free that some day they'll see the light. The only thing they see is WHAT ELSE CAN I GET FOR FREE!!! If you want this to be fair, everyone pays. If they can't pay through their taxes from working for a living then they must sign up to do a minimum 20 hours of community service a week in lue of working for their benefits. Stop the bleeding of our tax dollars we can't afford it!

    August 19, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  215. Tally Reed

    The President tried to open up this legislation to the Republicans for constructive input, but they have done nothing but stonewall, throw up roadblocks, create hysteria, or come up with the same exhausted and bankrupt theories about "free markets" that have ended up costing this country so dearly. Why do you think we voted by a 53% margin to put Mr. Obama in the White House; why did we vote to put a majority of Democrats in the House and a 60-seat majority in the Senate if not to turn the tide of fundamentalist capitalism that has driven this country into economic (and moral) ruin, left us with breathtaking unemployment, left us with out-of-control health care costs, left us with revised bankruptcy laws that help only the financial sector and leave citizens thrown into economic despair?
    We were forced to save our country by paying off the gambling debts of a financial sector that was left completely to their own unregulated devices. It is either naive or downright evil to keep trying to shove this philosophy about how "letting the markets work their magic" will bring costs down and make affordable health care available to everyone. The Republicans had their turn at the wheel, and they drove us off a cliff. Just because moderate people do not show up at town hall meetings toting guns and throwing fits that get misinformed, loudmouthed right wing "purists" on the evening news doesn't mean they don't care. That is why they are Moderates–they believe in moderation, not histrionics. God save us from the purists! If the right wing wants to have any credibility left after this health care spectacle, it would be well advised to start practicing a little moderation in its own philosophy. Where are the Everett Dirksen's of today? I don't see one anywhere on the Republican side.

    August 19, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  216. Toni Fitzgerald

    YES!!!!! The regressive Repubican Party has no intention of helping this counrty they only help themselves to what ever they need to stay rich. They are liars of the worst kind. The counrty NEEDS to move forward not backwards!!!!! The Blue Dogs need to swithch parties, they are more right than they need to be. How much money are they getting from the insurance/health mongals?????? Has anyone looked into thier real motives????? If your taking money from the insurance companies than you can't vote against them can you?????

    August 19, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  217. G. North

    They should go on with the Health Care an stop waiting for the Republicans because it seems that they are not at all concerned about the average citizen. They should consider if they should get fired or layed off an them or their family should have a health challenge with little or no insurance they could go for broke trying to pay for whats needed to get healed.

    August 19, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  218. Beatrice,Indpendent voter

    Democrats should go for it. Thats why we voted for Obama.

    August 19, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  219. Greg

    Everyone should go it alone, and focus on preventative healthcare. Take healthcare into your own hands, and don't leave it up to government intervention. Luckily, there are several online tools, such as Holosfitness.com, that can help you get in shape, stay in shape, and lead a healthy lifestyle. Holosfitness.com includes hundreds of exercises with step-by-step instruction, all of which are provided for free.

    August 19, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  220. Gary Walborn

    It's obvious to me that the Republicans will not vote for a health care no matter what is in it. If so, what's the point of compromises. I'm tired of seeing the Democrats water down a bill just so all the Republicans can vote against it. If that's going to be the case, maybe passing a couple of bills that have no compromises to the right would make the GOP more willing to bargain in good faith.

    Gary W
    Youngstown, OH

    August 19, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  221. Justice

    There's one thing that no one can deny; we need healthcare reform. If it's going to be politics as usual for republicans, what choice does the administration have?

    August 19, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  222. Judith

    The Repubicans had 8 years of control to come up with a Health Care Plan. Now they want control again.

    Sure hope the Democrats go it alone on a bill. If Health Care Plan succeeds, the Republicans will have egg on their faces.

    August 19, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  223. sandy

    if the democrats would push this through, the republicans .would change their attitude. they do not want to be left behind and ther policy of no would end because it did no defeat president Obama. please mr. Obama forget the republicans and give the people who voted for you what they want and is best for them.

    August 19, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  224. Ricia Nicholson

    Yes! The Dems should go it alone and pass the Public Option. What many people do not realize is that the Health Insurance Co. have for a long time held the Republicans in their pocket. There is so much distortion of information coming from the Insurance Companies/Republican Party.
    We need to ask ourselves why is a Public Option such a threat. It all boils down to money. How much money will the Insurance companies stand to lose if a Public Option becomes reality. You can bet the Insurance companies have already figured out the amount of money they stand to lose. The people of America need to see those numbers.
    Obama was voted in because he represents change. I would say to Mr. Obama, work for the people who voted you in. Those of us who voted you in did so, in part, because we so want change!

    August 19, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  225. wyndie wallis

    Going it alone without the Repub's isn't really the point. If the Dem's do this, they are ignoring most of America who is saying "Wait!, we need more time to talk about this. We have seen no plan yet!!" How can we decide if we like or dislike a plan that isn't even a plan yet? We have only been told several theories. If the Dem's decide for us what we will have, then we will have a health plan that has been bought by the drug manufacturers and sold by the Congress which always seems to have its hand out for the highest bidder. WE, the American people, will have been shafted again.

    August 19, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  226. peter bethge

    the republicans are a party of NO. pass a healthcare bill, with a public option. I have the same healthcare as the congress. My share is costing more each year but the governments share. which is larger than mine. is also getting more expensive.

    August 19, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  227. Sue

    The Republicans think the American people are dumb. We know they are lining their pockets with big corporation profits. I just love the term my constuitants wouldnt like it. I really cant believe the American people vote for any of these senators. They do not care about the people they represent. I think the Dems should ram it thru. People are more important than profits and wall street.

    August 19, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  228. Mike Hendrickson

    Absolutely, the system is broken and currently the predators rule and the people are suffering even tho some are not fully aware of how badly they are comprised by it until the crisis strikes. Besides, in a global marketplace, we cannot complete both in terms of securing our labor force with proper benefits and in costs of production. Even the free marketers should be able to connect these dots if they have any bigger concept at all. Making political trade offs will only further comprise the solution. We need the public option and exchange with government oversight. The government is the ONLY player that has the capacity to fix the problem.

    August 19, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  229. Jay

    A resounding YES!.. The Repub's has been bought out by special interest groups. The rest of the republicans are nut jobs. They will not cooperate with the Dem's in bringing about health care reform. They would rather sacrifice their first born son first before they would ever cooperate. I say it's time for the Democrats to stop wasting time and get this health care reform moving in the direction that it should. After all the Democrats did win. Case closed, move on.

    August 19, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  230. Craig

    The democrats should definitely go it along. The republicans have made it abundantly clear that they care more about trying to bring down Obama than trying to do something to help the country that they nearly destroyed over the last 8 years.

    August 19, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  231. Rick

    They have to do whatever is necessary to ensure that ALL Americans are covered at a reasonable cost. Let's take the huge profits out of our right to healthcare.

    August 19, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  232. Patrick Quackenbush

    Go for it Dems. I'm tired of the "bah humbug" attitude of the Conservatives and Republicans. How can these people be so selfish and vindictive as to lie, call those who disagree with them bad names, disrupt the American process of town hall meetings, and accuse our President being a Nazi, Socialist, and un-American. they say no to the things that would be good for ALL Americans. I say to the Democrats, push this bill through and get this country on the road to better health care for all, and let the Conservatives and Republican stew in their own self interests.

    August 19, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  233. Chris

    FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Dems should have done this long ago! You can't reason with irrational people..... Btw, Barney Frank is my hero!

    August 19, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  234. Carolyn Sorsen

    Health care reform must be passed this year! Too many of us need to have the options, especially the public option. We can't continue to allow insurance companies to keep a monopoly dictating premium increases and making the decisions that decide what doctors we see, whether they will pay for procedures, and all ot the other decisions they make in order to produce profits.
    When we have free health fairs like the one last week in LA or in rural areas in this country run by a non-profit group with volunteer doctors, and they have to turn people away because the need is so great, we should hang our heads in shame.
    Every time we try to address this immoral failure of our way of life we are subjected to lies and phony issues paid for with billions of dollars
    from the insurance companies and right-wing groups with vested intersts. The billions of dollars used to lie and scare us actually are paid for from the high premiums we pay to insurance companies. The Democrats need to get this done. I'm a grandma on Medicare, why wouldn't I want my kids and grandkids to have access to the same kind of Government health insurance that I have?
    PS We need more Barney Franks to stand up to the stupidity promoted by people who benefit from keeping things as they are.

    August 19, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  235. Jon Trott / Chicago

    THANK GOD.

    I am highly impressed with President Obama's continuing efforts to positively involve Republicans, but their recalcitrance - allied with some of the most blatant and mis-informational fear-mongering in recent memory - forces the Democrats' hands.

    The public option, once in place, will become so standard for Americans that like Medicare, Social Security, and other government programs Republicans once labeled "socialist," it will further marginalize Republicans as the Party of No.

    We are moving forward. With a public option and reformed Health Care system, this nation will at last have health care for everyone. Again... Thank God. And the Democrats.

    Jon Trott / Chicago

    August 19, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  236. Grace Weber

    Yes they should move on and go to a reconciliation vote. The Whitehouse and Democrats have worked for months trying to get the republicans on board but still they have shown nothing but partianship. I attended a town hallmeeting yesterday in Muskogee, Ok and could not believe the questions that people asked of the right wing Democrat Dan Boren. They have been driven by rhetoric that is not substantiated and riled up with no true research on their parts.
    Just like medicare and social security, when healthcare reform passes, they will look back on this and be reaping the benefits and it will have taken all of us progressives to have won rights for them as well as us even with their being obstacles.

    August 19, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  237. Guy Romano

    Presendent Obama and the Democratic majority should move forward with a Health care plan with a public option. The Republicans have only distorted real facts, have been obstructionists, and appear to have only the concerns of the health insurance industry at stake. The issue remains there are 40 million americans without health care. And this is in the USA! Canada does better. Europe does better. Let's make the fight in congress and let the republicans vote against it and show their constituents who they really are helping. Let them compromise. Most important go forward without them just as they did when they had the majority.

    August 19, 2009 at 12:21 pm |
  238. John Colson

    It appears that the Republicans have focused on sabatage/ partisan politics; business as usual. We need health care reform now. I would like clear leadership from my President and get this job done...go it alone if that's what it takes. Seeking consensus with these politicians only means a 'watered down' bastard bill still protecting the Health Insurance Industry and putting me in financial/health risk. By the way I sure would like to see how much money has been contributed by the Health Care System; Insurance companies and drug companies to all Congressmen and Senators over the years. Do you know where I can get that? John

    August 19, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  239. Ollie

    I believe is the right move by the Democrats to go it alone, because the Republicans are not going to go for it anyway, anytime, anyhow. Why waste all the time we could spend implementing the health care reform. The pharmaceutical industry is not ready to have their profit cut into, so they will lobby the Republicans to delay, derail or distrupt the move. The president should call on the Democrats to discuss a cut off date and move on to a vote as soon as a bill is ready.

    August 19, 2009 at 12:23 pm |
  240. rich sottilaro

    Go it alone?????????? You bet!!! There is nothing coming from the republicans except crying and complaining like a little child. They are all liars standing in town halls talking about the same lies they have created and continue to waste valuable time talking over and over of things that are not in the bill. They obviously didn't read it don't care what's in it but need to disrupt the process!! This is not a democracy it's a fascist regime. We are the laughing stock of the world when we are supposed to be the greatest nation on the planet!! BULL#@*!!!! A country's true measure of itself is how it treats it's people and the republican congressmen and corrupt health care companies will see to it that that stays the same!! Not this time!!!

    rich

    August 19, 2009 at 12:23 pm |
  241. Don D. Brock

    Republicans are for big business and democrats are for the people But who is for America
    We lost the point in competition. We need the people to do more than just vote. there are city counsel meetings that pass things because nobody is there to object. even though city counsel business is posted at the court house nobody knows about it because they do not go to the court house until they go to court. that is one reason it should be posted on the INTERNET and since there probably is no room for less than one percent of the population, City counsel should be on the INTERNET and radio and a way should be created to verify any speakers other than internet cookies (They can be modified).

    Don D. Brock

    August 19, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  242. Mike

    Absolutely they should go it alone. The Republicans did nothing about health care reform when they were in the majority, nor did they try to be bipartisan with any legislation. The Democrats MUST passs this-with or without the GOP!

    August 19, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  243. Patricia

    The Dems should absolutely go it alone. If the GOP had the majority that Dems have they would stick together and push through their agenda. We voted in the Dems to get things done, now let'sdo it.

    August 19, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  244. craig Ralston

    go for it!!!! WE NEED IT NOW!!!

    August 19, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  245. Curt

    I think it is about time the Democrats put on their big boy/girl pants and do what we all voted for them to do, and that is to take back control of our government and to get us dug out of the mess the previous administration put us into.

    August 19, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  246. Vincent

    For 8 years we endured the dictatoirship of Bush/Chinky and thier facist policies. They did it their way and did all they could to not work with the democrats. Well go suck someones toe Repuklicans the shoe is on the other foot you lost deal with it. I am a registered republican but I recognize a pile of bull crap from this party.It is way past time that insurance companies had some competition. I can tell them where they can save moeny. They can save it on durable medicale equipment. Medicare pays $388.00 for what they call diabetic shoes. Made in China but you can go to Academy sports and buy a better pair for $50. Also they rent BiPAP and O2 cogenerators for 3 yrs and the rent they make off this equipment is about twice the amount of the one tome cost of it and they dont maintain it properly.

    August 19, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  247. linda hoy

    The party of "NO" was never on board in the first place. They are only interested in playing childish games, without the well-being of the American people.

    August 19, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  248. David T. Davis

    Health care is for people and families not for big business like the insurance corporations, pharmaceutical companies and other companies providing health care products and services.

    A single payer government, administered plan (not unlike Medicare, Medicaid, the Congressional health care plan and the VA medical system) should be a priority for the US. All developed countries provide such plans or similar ones providing comprehensive coverage for all.

    The Republican representatives and senators have demonstrated that their objective is to kill meaningful health care. Time for the congressional Democrats and the President to push hard to get this legislation passed. Bipartisan efforts have been proven to be a joke (not funny though).

    August 19, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  249. Scott

    Absolutely.
    The Republicans are not interested in health care reform, just making political points and the destruction of the Obama administration. The president and Democrats won the election – based on the promise to reform health care. If the country didn't want this, they would have voted for McCain and the Republicans. It's time the Democrats in Washington showed the courage to do what is right for the country and what they were elected to do. Get it done! All the screaming and phony outrage will pass when people get health care again. Remember the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

    August 19, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  250. ShirleyJ

    Yes, the Dems should go it alone. They also need to stand together like the Republicans do. Iron out their differences and then vote as a block. Fly in Ted Kennedy and Sen. Byrd and get the sixty votes needed. Those Blue Dogs who resist should have discipline imposed on them. We need some Lyndon Johnson type leadership. Enough of "Kumbaya."

    August 19, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  251. ed

    absolutely. I am sick fo the republicans and their cronies trying
    to destroy this president at any cost to the people. If the repubs had the majority the dems do they would not worry about bipartisonship
    so what is the big fuss. the dems should stand tall the working class put them in be tough. Give them hell we put you in or get out.
    otherwise what is the purpose of going to the polls and electing you.
    get off the fence and go do what we elected you to do.
    AGAIN GIVE THEM HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 19, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  252. Anne Grove

    YES!

    August 19, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  253. Tony

    Who's the GOP? With Repubs, the only way to get anything done is to do it yourself. I don't even think they should be allowed to voice opinions on anything until they show some real Patriotism. They"ll just disagree on everything anyways, so who cares. America knows the GOP stance, ...the jig is up!

    August 19, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  254. Nancy Cole

    Going it alone maybe the only way to reform healthcare. The American people deserve it. When the smoke and lies clear people will see they are getting a good thing. It is amazing how stupid and gulible people can be.

    August 19, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  255. Kana

    What choice do dems have? The repubs have already shown they have no intention of voting for ANY type of health care reform. They come up with ideas like buying insurance interstate? What good is that? It is still the same corrupt insurance companies involved.

    We need REAL reform and dems must go alone.

    August 19, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  256. Bob from the Bronx

    The Republicans DON'T CARE about the health of Americans or anyone else. This is about ruining the Democratic Party and getting back to sucking the economy dry. What does it say about a group of influential Americans that have been elected by their constituents who care much more about their own success than the future of their country. These Republicans in Congress are just greedy and self serving. Not a Barry Goldwater in the bunch!

    August 19, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  257. Maggiee

    I don't see how the Republicans have left the Democrats much choice. If the Democrats don't move forward without the Republicans, the country won't move forward at all.

    August 19, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  258. Rick A

    I'm tired of all the distractions and un-truths being waged by the Insurance Industry and their Republican allies. It's simple. The US ranks 37th in the world for Health Care for its citizens. We also pay the highest cost for Health Care in the World. That is unacceptable for the most powerful and richest nation on the globe.

    Something must be done now. The costs will continue to rise out of proportion with the cost of living if we do not fix the system right now. We have excellent models around the world that definitely show Heath Care is better and is less expensive when there is a Public Option to keep the greed down at the Insurance and administrative providers levels.

    Congress, find one of the models that best fits our requirements. If the Republicans and "blue dogs" refuse to come onboard, then go around them. Pass the legislation without their support and we will deal with them at the polls in the next elections.

    Dems, we voted you in to deliver on reforming the Health Care system. Grow a set .. pass Reform now including the Public Option or face the voters the next time out!

    Rick In Tampa

    August 19, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  259. Marie

    Be fair Democrats! Healthcare reform could be a good thing if it were drafted properly. There could be some changes that would make Republicans accept and be happy with the healthcare reform. If you have not read the congressional proposal, I suggest you read it and READ BETWEEN THE LINES! No one knows what it truly says because it is so vague in parts. This is not a democracy when your health choices are forced upon you nor when your taxes will be paying for abortion when one thinks it is a murderous sin.

    August 19, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  260. Jim Jonze

    It's about time for the dems to grow a pair.

    August 19, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  261. felly

    Yes, Dem should go it alone. In 2000, my health insurance premium was $50 per month. Today, I am paying a ridiculous amount of $500 per month. That is with my employer subsidizing $500. Otherwise, I will be paying $1000 per month. The resultant effect is that my premium keeps going up every year while my take home dwindles. God forbid I lose my job, I will be without health care insurance. The GOP is just insane and naive. How can you preach prolife, and not do the things that are morally essential to preserve life?

    August 19, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  262. Valerie

    The reality is that most Americans aren't aware of how poor our the healthcare are. We're the only highly industrialized nation with no national healthcare and we're crippled because of it. Our infant mortality rate is appalling and stories–such as the recent one about the thousands who gathered for free health care in a town in CA–are under reported.

    The "If it bleeds, it leads" philosophy that often distinguishes broadcast news has contributed to the public's ignorance. Too often, lies–such as the one that Obama "death panels" that will "ration" health care–are reported with no or little follow-up to their truthfulness.

    First amendment rights are essential to our democracy and those right depend upon a press that is not only free but responsible.

    August 19, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  263. klaus meister-healthcare

    Health Care-I think all the negative responses at the townhalls are because we are afraid of "what if we get it wrong and the price tag is trillions"
    Sooo-why don't we try it in one state and fine tune that before we go nationwide????

    Cap and Trade-As much smog as China puts out, I think it is rediculous to even consider Cap and Trade. Lets put pressure on the China to make some movement to cleaning up the air – we get their smog on the West Coast.

    August 19, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  264. Eric

    The Republicans ran the country in the ground and behave like the leaders of the Soviet Union during the 1970s. They keep on saying "No" and ignore the realities that they themselves are responsible for: Trippling of health insurance costs over the last 15 years, record deficits, financial collapse and high unemployment. Laissez faire economics is DEAD.

    Let's move on with the folks that are trying to solve the problems of our time.

    August 19, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
  265. Vicki Buchanan

    Why would the democrats worry about losing the majority in 2012? They aren't using the majority they have now. They should use it or lose it,

    August 19, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  266. cj

    I listened to Grassley state very clearly that even IF he had EVERYTHING he wanted in the most ideal bill, he WOULD NOT sign it if his party would not, There is NO personal sense of morality in the GOP. They do not act as individual, they always act together as a group vote. The dems SHOULD DO THE SAME. There will be no bipartisanship. The reps get what they want and refuse to vote for it. It is too important to do nothing. They got their wars...we should get healthcare reform.

    August 19, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  267. Jannette

    The Republicans are not going to pass anything that might help Obama, whether it's good for the country or not. They care about their party first, country second. I hope the Democrats have the backbone to get this reform through WITH a public option; without that I don't see much change. I am 67 years old and I love Medicare....it has saved my life and my pocketbook. The insurance industry will win yet again if real competition is not put into the process. They are in it for profit, after all.....not much to say after that. I mailed a letter to the President today about this....I have never done that before in my life. Yes, Democrats...do whatever you have to do. At least you will have stood up for what's right. What's the point of being in government if you don't get to cast your vote for something you believe in?

    August 19, 2009 at 12:41 pm |
  268. Bryan Sutherland

    Democrats were elected to do their version of health care reform, Republicans were elected to maintain the status quo, of course the Dems should go it alone, and the Republicans should be doing their best to be a part of what reform the Dems put forward; Republicans risk their political stock plummeting further towards an unrecoverable state, 'hello' libertarian party.
    By the way, doesn't it seem like the republicans want the U.S. to self destruct? What are some possible motives for something like that? Or are they just that selfish or simple-minded?

    August 19, 2009 at 12:43 pm |
  269. Mary Armwood

    I voted for Obama and have complete faith in his attempt to provide
    affordable healthcare for all Americans. This is not the agenda of the
    Republicans, so Democrats, DO WHAT WE ELECTED YOU TO DO
    and Pass a Healthcare Bill to the President so we can do what is necessary .

    August 19, 2009 at 12:43 pm |
  270. cj

    why not, put the VA, medicare, and congressional insurance all together under the same gov umbrella and save some money. If Congress is voting on their plan changes...perhaps their own self interest will give us a different result. Just think of the administrative cost savings alone. And stock holders to pay.

    August 19, 2009 at 12:47 pm |
  271. Michelle

    Riddle me this:

    What do AMTRAK, US Post Office, Medicare, Social Security, and now General Motors have in common? These are all examples of either totally or partially -run government organizations. How are they doing? AMTRAK was supposed to become self sufficient many years ago but is always on the verge of bankrupcy. US Post Office is in very bad business condition (even Obama unwittingly admits UPS and FedEx do it better), Medicare and Social Security are on the verge of bankrupcy to the tune of many trillions of dollars, and General Motors has been a mess for years. These are just a few examples.

    People, where do you see an example in the US of a govt organization running better than the market counterpart??? Yes, we all agree reform is needed (for those dozens of you who say differently shows your own incredible ignorance of the debate, and your own contribution to misinformation). Of course the health insurance industry needs much reform. And for those who like to talk about its effectiveness in other countries, it is well known among people who study it that the price you pay for universal coverage is that the quality is much worse, unemployment is much higher, taxes are MUCH higher, productivity is lower, and innovation is squelched. Please think. Everything comes at a price. Nothing comes for free. What in your experience tells you something can be gained without a price for it. That's what we should all be debating. What tradeoffs are people willing to make instead of attacking people we don't agree with.

    For example:

    1) Whose ability to manage is more screwed up, government or insurance industry?
    2) Would you rather have more people covered with "care" but with everyone getting lower quality (universal option)? Or find a way to keep current quality, but find a less tomultuous way to cover those people who are not covered?
    3) Would you be willing to pay tax rates 10 or 20% higher to make sure everyone's covered?
    4) Higher taxes means less money for investment and therefore job creation. What if that higher tax rate guarantees one out of your the neighbors is unemployed, in addition to our already 9.5% unemployment rate? How can you say you're looking out for 100% of the people if the tradeoff is higher unemployment (as they have in Europe). Your heart's in the right place but you are not thinking of the negative consequences on others.

    August 19, 2009 at 12:48 pm |
  272. Bryan Sutherland

    If a Democrat votes against a Public Option, it will be political suicide.

    August 19, 2009 at 12:49 pm |
  273. cj

    If all the fear and misinformation is the GOP game plan...then it tells me that they have no merits to argue.....just lies. That speaks louder than than anything.

    August 19, 2009 at 12:49 pm |
  274. Nick Loseto

    Yes, it's about time. This is why we voted in November. The GOP will continue to obstruct and healthcare is not the issue. Their goal is to bring this President down and will do anything to that end. Anyone who may doubt this need only switch the channel to "Fox News".

    August 19, 2009 at 12:52 pm |
  275. Michelle

    To clarify my point #4 typos, I was saying that what if the price you have to pay for universal coverage is that – in addition to the 9.4% unemployment we have now – that you have to choose ONE out of every TEN of your neighbors to also be unemployed. Then does the public option sound so perfect?

    August 19, 2009 at 12:53 pm |
  276. Ed Chelchowski

    Unless we "go it alone" it is unlikely that we will ever be able to reduce the very wasteful use health care money the is collected by the insurance companies. While the profits of the insurance cos. are funds that should be used for heath expenses the really big money not going into primary health care expenses is from all overhead charges collected by insurance costs.

    August 19, 2009 at 12:54 pm |
  277. David

    I have watched this debate for quite sometime. I'm sorry to say I was once a registered Republican and was mostly concerned with my bottom line, as most of the right leaning cable news shows seem to be. All they talk about is Capitalism being the solution to all of our problems. To me it seems that this doesn't work. If it did we wouldn't be in this position. I am in the highest tax bracket and I pay over $65,000.00 a year in taxes, just to make it clear. What I don't understand is why doesn't the public realize that we all pay for the uninsured already. Wouldn't it be better if we put our money toward a way to insure everyone then continuing to put it toward paying for people going to Emergency Rooms as their main source of health treatment. Also I want to make it clear that I'm a registered Independent.

    August 19, 2009 at 12:54 pm |
  278. steve

    Absolutely – the Dems should go it alone; as long as there's a "public option" in the final reform legislation. It is disgusting to learn that Max Baucus is a paid shill to the insurance industry; and more disgusting that Republicans are bought and paid for. American elected Democracts, and this President, for change – not the status quo; and not corporate interests. If average middle class citizens are being driven to bankruptcy from medical treatments; or we have an insurance system that routinely denies life saving treatments; if you've been denied coverage for pre-existing condition; where you can loose insurance when you loose your job - then we have a health care system that requires major surgery to remove the cancerous growth of for-profit health insurance companies. There's no need to worry about Marxism or Socialism because what we have today is Corp Fascism - and that is big Pharma, big Insurance, Wall Street, and the Bankers running the country because our elected representatives have, for the most part, been bought.

    August 19, 2009 at 12:55 pm |
  279. Adrienne W

    MR PRESIDENT, YOU MUST DO WHAT YOU PROMISED !! WE HAVE PUT SO MUCH HOPE IN YOU & YOUR SPOKEN DESIRE TO HELP THOSE WHO ARE UNABLE TO HELP THEMSELVES .i have 3 sons & only one has healthcare insurance They are all working VERY VERY HARD and not able to afford the premiums that the insurance companies have required. Honestly, we must question the enormous salaries as well as profits the insurance co. have acquired by making healthcare a stroke of very good luck if you have any coverage at all ( how sad it has been this way) They make the decisions of who lives and who dies as they assure their multi-million dollar lifestyles with no regard for the fact they have obtained this through greed , selfishness & self righteous attitude that they have somehow earned all the BIG MONEY & PERKS

    August 19, 2009 at 12:59 pm |
  280. Nina

    The ideal is to have both parties working together for the good of the people. At the present moment, that's what I feel, Republicans' only objective is to hurt President Obama, and in the process of doing so, they are working endlessly for the insurance company to stop the reform by disrupting the country with misinformation about the bill, and in return, the companies are paying them millions of dollars. The Republicans have demonstrated passionately that they don't care about the people; if they did, they would have come out with some ideas to be discuss and perhaps to make the reform better. The way things are going, it looks like the Democratics might have to pass the health care reform alone. After all, We, the people, have elected Presedent Obama on the premise of change and reform that would benefit all people, not just some. So, health care reform must happen and we the people expect the Democratic Party to do the right thing.

    Nina

    August 19, 2009 at 1:09 pm |
  281. SMK

    Dems are being toooo nice, as usual, they need to start "fighting fire with fire". Reps. care only about money and power . They will never do anything "for the greater good" of the American people. What they have done in the past 10 yrs. to DUMBDOWN the people has been their ONLY accomplishment.

    August 19, 2009 at 1:14 pm |
  282. Sally

    We have to count on the Democrats to do now what the Republicans could have and should have done long ago in the way of overhaul, before costs pressed us into this crisis.
    In watching the committees on C-SPAN I was impressed by the complexity of the legislation because of the range of issues, and by the amount of work involved. At the committee level Republicans eagerly pressed for a multitude of amendments; their acceptance effectively made the legislation bipartisan.
    No Republicans can be seen even trying to join the reform effort now. While they're busy blathering doom and myths and insurance company fear-mongering, the Democrats are working on solutions.

    August 19, 2009 at 1:19 pm |
  283. ken

    the dems need to go it alone. 162 amendments later and the pubs still won't support a dem health care bill

    August 19, 2009 at 1:36 pm |
  284. John Tyson

    Go it alone? Why not? Republicans offer amendments to water down a bill but often times an amendment with integrity does pass. when it does, the author still votes against the bill on the final vote. So, what has been accomplished? Nothing except to make fools of Democrats. Just like Medicare, No Republicans plan to vote for it anyway so why should they have any input.

    August 19, 2009 at 1:40 pm |
  285. Carl Massi

    Well here it is again. The basic health care system as far as doctors and hospitals in this country are broke. We have some of the best healthcare professionals on the planet.

    What is broke is insurance-and what we need is insurance reform. My personal insurance has gone -in one year-from $500.00 a month to $775.00 a month! and what gives them the right to increase premiums like that! The cost from doctors-IF-they have raised their fees like that–then they need reform as well.

    But something tells me this is the insurance companies wanting as much profit as possible. As a business man of 30 years, if i tried to raise my selling prices to customers 50% i wouldn't have any business. Yet these guys get away with it year after year.

    If president Obama wants to make health care affordable-he needs to look no further than there. and it would be simple and easy for the consumer to understand.

    As far as his health care package-we are all tired of having things shoved down our throats. Especially when many presidents before have tried for years-and now he thinks he can come up with a viable solution in 6 months. I don't think anyone is buying that.

    Lastly, no one trusts Congress and the senate to the right thing. these guys think of themslves as better than everyone else-and are only looking out for themselves. Basically i think the public is finally realizing that.

    You want a good healthcare plan-make it manditory that all congressman and senators MUST use the final approved health care plan for them and their loved ones. that is all that will be offered to them during and after their terms in office. You will see their true colors then. You either get a healthcare plan that is good for everyone–because it is all they are going to get-or a bunch folks heading for the hills.

    August 19, 2009 at 1:44 pm |
  286. John Tyson

    Moderate and Liberal Democrats of Mississippi have notified Bluedogs Gary Eugene Taylor and Travis Childers that the voting lines will be short on election day if they vote NO on the Democratic Healthcare Bill. they are both lame "dogs"

    August 19, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  287. Robert Lake,MI

    Instead of Democrates seizing the opportunity to really bury the GOP, they have and are making millions of voters think twice about the last election! Instead of working in the middle they have chosen to play the GOP game and go it alone and work strickly from the left!! Joe the Plumber was 100% right when most of America was calling him a joke! He said Obama was going to redistribute the wealth and nobody believed him but thats just what Obama has done, taken from the middle class and has given low income and simply people who dont work all the free giveaways! My family and I have suffered under Obama and he still hasnt brought back any new jobs, just more free giveaways to lazy people! Obama also has found it easier to pander to the rich and make the middle class suffer, believe it!

    August 19, 2009 at 1:48 pm |
  288. Mary Fletcher

    As a life long Republican, I have finally learned that they are truly a party of "NO": NO cooperation, NO vision, and NO ideas. How can they say "we are for family values,", when they are totally unwilling to do anything for all the families out there who have an ill family member and cannot get insurance, and must file for bankruptcy and then qualify for medicaid in order to get treatment. Surely, that is not valuing the family.

    August 19, 2009 at 1:50 pm |
  289. Bec

    Anyone who goes along and votes on this bil only proves that they don't believe in the democratic process incuding but especially President Obama. Also, which bill will the vote on - the House has 4 according to Pelosi and the Senate has at least 8 being worked on? If they do ths I hope they at least read the thing before they vote on it and Please Please Please remember that people's lives are involved here not just doing something to do something!!!

    August 19, 2009 at 2:21 pm |
  290. Meredith

    I have not had medical insurance since my husband's job was first outsourced in January of 2002. My husband is now 60 and I am 56. My husband is a heart patient. I have asthma. All the insurance companies are beyound our reach price wise. My husband has tried to obtain a permanent position to get the health job benifits, But during interviews he was told by toyata job interviewer that he was too old. That was 7 years ago when he was 53 years old. We have stayed afloat financially with my husband taking temporary contracting High tech jobs which take him away from home to other states. we even had to refinance our home to pay for my husband's gall bladder surgery. It has been hard on our budget and our marriage but we managed to stick together through all this. We thought it was a temporary adjustment, but 7 years is too long to be called temporary.
    We have been waiting for affordable health insurance since my husband's job was out sourced.
    I say "Go it alone". After all We have been going it alone for the last 7 years thanks to the Republicans. So dump them the way they dumped us.

    August 19, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  291. M.J. Westerlund

    Obama and the Democratic majority in Congress should press for reform with or without Republican support. I voted for Obama as the man to lead these changes; I expect Congress to follow his lead, to study options, as Obama had given them the charter to do so, and to devise the best plans for improvements (accessibility and affordability) in our health care system. If Republicans can't do their part for the American people to take an active and CONSTRUCTIVE role in determining progressive improvements then let them seal their own fate. I am completely alienated and disgusted by the hate and fear tactics that have flourished and which the Republicans have failed to repudiate, thinking this nastiness is to their benefit. It becomes more evident over time that their hypocrisies have bitten them in their royal behinds.

    I appreciate and agree with comments from Luisa C., Fred G., Daphne, Sherrie G. and the majority of comments I'm reading here.

    August 19, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  292. Charmaine Getz

    YES - I give huge credit to President Obama for earnest attempts at bipartisanship and being open to alternative, viable ideas that can fix this health care mess. But it's plain he won't get either from the Party of No. Go it, Democrats. Give us the president's plan.

    August 19, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  293. John Weinrich

    Yes, Dems should go it alone on healthcare reform since the Reps want to do nothing to help the uninsured.

    August 19, 2009 at 7:33 pm |
  294. Ty

    I say go it alone, once health reform is implemented and the country experiences the benefits of it those democrats will be looking pretty
    good. The threat of democrats loosing at the polls is just the typical
    scare the public into conformity game of the republican party. It has one play in its play book and that is when you can't think of anything
    intelligent to say or do scare the hell out of everyone. Repulicans
    have been dumbing those who are receptive to its lies, distortions,
    and narrow mindedness for the last 8 years.

    August 19, 2009 at 7:52 pm |
  295. Rob M

    Republicans have zero credibility at this point and have shown time and time again for years now that they can not be trusted to make good sound decisions for the American people. PUSH THIS THROUGH WITHOUT THEIR SUPPORT IF NECESSARY! AND THE PUBLIC HEALTH OPTION MUST BE INCLUDED!

    August 19, 2009 at 8:17 pm |
  296. Renonia

    I think we should pass health care legislation that is essentially Medicare for all Americans without regard to age paid for by our taxes any way we can. I never want to have to pay my government for the benefit of having healthcare in any other way than to pay my taxes. The government should not operate what amounts to a government insurance business from which we have to buy. Having basic health care from our government is no different than public education or law enforcement or anything else our taxes pay for that supports us all to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

    August 19, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  297. B. Willis

    Yes the Democrats should go at it alone. I think the Republican
    party has clearly demonstrated that they operate on misleading, untruthful and deceptive tactics putting party politics before the people.
    They were voted in by "We the People." The "People" should be their
    only priority and we are not. It is now time for the american people
    to stand up for ourselves and help President Obama help us. We must VOTE OUT the following people who have had a significant role
    in these deceptive tactics: Just to name a few –

    John Boehner
    Lindsey Graham
    Eric Canter
    Tom Delay
    Grassley

    August 19, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  298. Paul

    I thought this was a blog about inclusion and compromise between the political parties but it is the angry democrats blog instead.

    August 19, 2009 at 11:16 pm |
  299. Kay

    Why can't we save Medicare by putting younger, healthier people in the plan? Open it up to all people (maybe a decade group at a time to ease the transition). The reason it is going broke is it has too many people in it who need lots of care and too few paying into it who don't . Of course, it would not be free, but it would be a heck of a lot cheaper than private insurance (if you could get it after 50).

    GOP would be run out of town if they proposed ending Medicare or refused to save it. People can take change if it is associated with a familiar, popular program like Medicare.

    Anyway we can do it, Democrats should push through health care reform with a public option. They should also put insurance under antitrust rules and stop them from the usurious plan to make consumers pay 35% of health costs (in addition to paying premiums).

    August 20, 2009 at 1:59 am |
  300. Michael

    Michelle:
    I love your examples. First, let's discuss Medicare. It is the MOST EFFICIENT insurer out there. Yes, efficient. Less money goes to overhead than any other private insurer. Now let's go to the Post Office: another efficiently run organization. What about Amtrak? Well, most modern countries support their mass transit programs. That is why we have so little rail service in the USA compared to Europe. General Motors? Well, that was a PRIVATELY run company that DROVE itself into the ground. Yes, no government help to do so. Before you offer comments like this, please get more information. The issue that most of these agencies face is lack of sufficient funds. Yet, for the funds they get, they do the job extremely well.

    August 20, 2009 at 8:17 am |