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September 16th, 2009
09:47 AM ET

Be the First to Read the Baucus Proposal

Senate Finance Cmte. Chairman Max Baucus' new health care reform plan is out. Here's the link to read it.

http://finance.senate.gov/sitepages/leg/LEG%202009/091609%20Americas_Healthy_Future_Act.pdf

soundoff (151 Responses)
  1. WUgrad

    Is there any availability of the "17 page summary" that has been aired on CNN?

    September 16, 2009 at 10:07 am |
  2. Allen

    We're being 'snowed' by Washington again. Insurance companies may not be able to refuse someone healthcare coverage because of a pre-exhisting condition... but I've heard nothing that says insurers will have to 'cover' that pre-exhisting condition.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:09 am |
  3. Miriam from Philly

    Heidi, the wording is so tricky. The insurance companies don't turn you away now. You just have to pay for 1 year without your pre existing condition being covered.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:09 am |
  4. Malcolm

    I am pouring over the bill right now...You make a great point about the provision which states there must be a 6 month period with no insurance before going into the new system.
    Makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.
    I wouldn't have a problem if it related only to healthy Americans with no current illness.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:11 am |
  5. Amy Duffield

    Heidi – Re: Coverage for pre-existing conditions under the Baucus bill – What's to prevent insurance companies from making the cost of insurance for people with pre-existing conditions so high that they can't afford it?

    September 16, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  6. Rex Williams

    It seems that many of the plans include penalties for those who do not get insurance. Yet the major reason people do not get insurance is the high cost and low benefit. The best way to fix this is the public option yet that keeps getting dismissed or watered down with 'triggers.' Maybe there should be a trigger for these penalties. In other words, fix the main problem before you punish the victims of that problem.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  7. Mike Armstrong TX.

    Thats alot of stuff to read I think ill wait until they get it right and then read that bill.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  8. buster caswell

    health care will not happen becouse of the partys unwillingness to work together.
    The partys need to stop voting with there party all the time and work for the people who voted them in.
    I don't believe in the party way of gov... work does not happen becoase of the dems. vs. rep.
    The sen. and reps. need to work together and not vote the way a party votes .. work does not get done this way..
    I am tiered of the party system becouse good work never gets done..

    September 16, 2009 at 10:19 am |
  9. Dorothy Kincaid

    I fell and broke my hip in 2007 (October); had hip replacement in November 2007; had work insurance (Coventry, AARP, AFLAC, etc). Was known to be saying I have excellent insurance and have had it for years (I am Black and many of you will think I have government insurance). I paid for it – I have been off of work since 2007 and have NO insurance – non – lost job and insurance. I have several disabilities and am just waiting to die – since I cannot even afford my medications. I will not go to local hospital because of the environment of how many of you feel about the un-insured. Don't feel sorry for me, but remember until you know the whole truth – STOP THE RHETORIC. I will be glad to have this bill AT LEAST, better than what I have now.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  10. donna chunestudey

    IS BAUCAS CRAZY? DID YOU READ THE PART THAT PRE-EXISTING WOULD BE COVERED IF YOUR PREMIUMS ARE PAID IN FULL.? THE CO-OP IDEA WILL ONLY PUT MORE MONEY IN THE HANDS OF THE INSURANCE COMPANIES. ALL THEY HAVE TO DO IS CONTINUE TO RAISE THEIR RATES AND THE MEMBERS OF A CO-OP WILL START AT AN EVEN GREATER DISADVANTAGE! PEOPLE CANNOT AFFORD MEDICAL INSURANCE THAT IS WHY WE NEED THE PUBLIC OPTION. BAUCAS IS AN IDIOT! LET HIM GO WITHOUT INSURANCE FOR 6 MONTHS.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  11. Eileen Peabody MA

    I have not had a chance to go over all the details of this bill, but in listening to Max Baucus's comments this morning I am a little concerned about pre-existing conditions.

    I can see it will be illegal for an insurance company to refuse you....but will they be allowed to charge premiums so off the charts it breaks down to essentially refusing those with pre-existing conditions.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:40 am |
  12. Lou

    no public option is a spit on the face of America by anyone putting money over somebody's family member. How much are you worth?
    This shows who is in the big pharmas pockets.
    Remember this next time you vote.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  13. Lou

    Public option will create more opportunities for the market place, What's more American than that.
    Any competitor will try to prevent any new competitors, some by any means.
    Insurance companies seem to care less if you live or die as long as the bottom line is O.K.
    C.E.O.'s get theirs.
    People suffer persistent pain or death.
    More competition will cure the medical withholding of needed care and kick start our own national prevention plan.
    It is high time the medical industry had a conscience.
    A little competitive humility might teach them a lesson.

    September 16, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  14. Leslie

    I guess since you will the let viewers see my post I will watch other CNN shows.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:04 am |
  15. Mary Newton in Sun Valley

    I completely agree with Michael Steele. We need to ignore these ridiculous claims of "racism" when, what we are outraged about is "our basic rights as tax payers". If President Obama was a woman, would people who disagreed with her be called "sexist"?

    September 16, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  16. Mike

    I agree with President Carter. Race plays a part in the oppositions need to thwart forward progress and success of President Obama.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  17. Robert Mercier

    Tony;

    With regard to racial surfacing, I believe former President Carter over Mr. Steele. Credibility is everything with me and Mr. Steele has none. He is always on the defensive and rarely has anything positive to say.

    Bob Mercier
    The Villages, FL

    September 16, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  18. Melissa

    I agree that racism is a factor. Many people who are racist are unaware of it. They know that they do not like a particular group, but put down that group so much in their mind, that they feel their beliefs are justified and are not racist. thats why it can be difficult to get them to understand that it is racism.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  19. Anthony Bryan

    I am a white Canadian living in Canada, and even before President made the comment about racism motivated the President objections, I had come to that conclusion long before and so do most Canadians.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  20. Nouman

    Hi, tony i am 200% agree with ex presedent carter

    Nouman

    September 16, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  21. Ravi

    Racism is bubbling up. Carter is on the money and RNC Chair flat wrong. He needs to keep his position and will play politics to do so. Notice, Carter did not state that some Republicans are expressing racism. However RNC chair felt it necessary to respond. "Take Back our Country" is a racist code.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  22. Gayle Ramirez

    I think it is disgusting how every time someone disagrees with president Obama they are assumed to be raciest!I looked at obama along with other canidates before voting.I didn't vote for him because i didn't like how many times he changed his speeches for the groups he was speaking to to the point of promising 1 state 1 thing and another state the exact opposite.that is what lost my vote for him.People seem to forget that he is not actually black!he is multi racial born to a white mother and raised by white grandparents.I get tied of hearing he is the first african american to be president because he is not he is the first multi racial person to be elected!I wish the news and people would remeebr that and get it right!When "white"presidents have been ripped apart then is everyone racist because of the state they come from?It is absurd and the people need to stop tring to make things into racisum when they are not!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  23. Johnny Danford

    If America did not believe an African American could not lead this country, please explain to me the results of our last presidential election. I believe an African Amercian was elected by qutie a majority of Amercians. It is quite obvious that when then issue itself cannot be defended, then race card is the resort. I as an American am sick of race being an excuse for failed arguments. Get your argument together and stand on that alone!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  24. Jeannie

    I absolutely agree with President Carter that racism is fueling some of the opposition to President Obama. I believe it's fueling the fringe, not the mainstream of the Repulican party. How else can you explain the outrage over Obama speaking to schoolchildren? Bush and Reagan spoke to school kids. America needs to move past race, and the media needs to do a better job of debunking the fringe's dishonest talking points.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  25. mark

    michael steele is being used as a front man to add color to the republican party where there is none. Just as JC watts was used to twart that there were minorities in the republican party. Notice he had nothing to say about glen becks oer his master rush limbaughs comments stating that obama is a rascist. yet he says that is is democrats that are trying to divie i wish that you guys would call him out on this hypocrasy. Note how many minorities are in the tea party marches and the town hall out bursts one to none. the proof iis in the pudding!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  26. Woody McBreairty

    Pres. Carter is one of those rare political people who chooses to put the truth as he sees it above propaganda. Of course these southern bigots are still seething that Barack Obama is our President, they simple can't stand it. They feel it is incumbant upon themselves to prove that he is incapable of running our country, therefore making the point for future reference, that a black man cannot be an effective President. They are doing this to the detriment of the welfare and sucess of our country and would rather we fail than give credit to a black prresident. Tragic but true.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  27. Mike Jenkins

    It is rather obvious that many of the right wing protestors have demonstrated veiled and sometimes overt racism toward President Barack Obama and his family. I wouldn't go so far as to paint all of the protestors and racist though. Some of the protestors do have some intellectually intriguing arguments. It just that the extremists are getting all of the media's attention.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  28. Deana

    Yes, Racism does play a huge part. If there were a white president, Mr. Wilson would not have been so forthcoming even if he had an opposition. There is definitely a lack of respect for President Obama. There have been rallys where "white" opposers can exercise their right to bear arms, but honestly should the Latinos or African Americans stand up in that manner, there would be arrests.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  29. John Colson

    President Carter is a wise man. I am glad to see people of leadership and wisdom stand up and call it like it is...it is racism pure and simple! In this day and age for people to deny this is appalling and not very encouraging.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  30. Bree

    The main reason that that the race issue continues to raise it's ugly head is comments like this from people like Carter and the so called "Black Leaders" Let us live together as people and not as races.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  31. Michael Rummelhoff

    Hey Tony,

    IIf you look at the video byte from Wilson's outburst you will see a lack of "surprise" from the senators to his left and right (literally) as if they knew in advance what was to take place.

    This is completely opposite of Beance's response from West's alcoholic-induced stpidity, she was shocked and her li could be read as "oh my....." and a true sense of surprise.

    Wilson was told to apologize by his party, he would not have done it on his own, his party tried to avert an incident and instead made it worse by Wilson admitting he was told to apologize.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  32. vanessa

    former president carter is correct much of the radical reactions I believe are fueled because of President Obama race. let face it we have come far, but be have a long way to go with race relatiions in this country, Thanks president carter for saying what others wont say out loud.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  33. Beverly Evans

    Who do we respect most - President Carter or M. Steele?? Of course President Carter is right regarding the prejudice against Obama.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  34. Catherine

    Former President Carter is correct in his belief that Racism is playing a role in politics..interesting to note Joe Wilson is a member of the "Sons of the confrederate veterans".. let's see the confederate soldiers believed in slavery and fought for it..humm...WIlson's agenda???

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  35. David Grisham

    President Carter speaks from experience and insight into the troubled soul of America. Opposition to Obama and his policies stems from many sources, but the ugly face of Racism can be seen at the basis of many objections.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  36. Dorian Moore

    I believe President Carter hit the nail on the head and i commend him for stepping up to the plate and bringing out the real issue. As a 36 year old black male from the south i know it still exist. President Carter also knows it when he sees it because after all he is from the south also and knows the face of racism.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  37. Susan

    Mr. Carter is correct when stating that prejudice is still exist in the south and around the country. Michael Steele needs to get in touch with his family roots!!! He obviously does not represent the that African American population.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  38. VIVANN RYAN

    Tony it's a pleasure to know you. I watch you everyday. My feelings toward bringining the race card into the outburst is CORRECT. I do agree with President Jimmy Carter who said that President Obama is not getting the respect that other presidents have in the past is baseed on his race. Michael Steele knows fully well that this is the case, and he has to suppolrt his Republican party. He has no choice. He may or may not have grown up in those troubled, and turbulent times when racism was overt. He remembers, because he is a living example of it. He surfaces everytime race is involved and no other times. He is there to intervene whenever the topic of race is being brought to light based on his party bringing it into play; and it is not subtle.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  39. Dr. Arnie Cooper

    Former President Jimmy Carter's assertion that racism is at the heart of criticism of President Obama is right on target. Malcom X once said that "anything south of Canada was Mississippi." Well, we are all south of Canada right now and the virulent opposition to the President is not hing less than verbal lynch mobs.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  40. Rob

    I never seen a country which is so terrible dumb about healthcare!!!!

    No one has the guts to investigate doctors and hospital billing practises!!!! They can charge whatever they like!!!
    The $850 billion plus; guess who will end up with that money?
    Of course the doctors and hospitals!!!!!!!!
    No wonder the AMA is "helping" Obama with great un-enforceable promises!!
    I guarantee that with this plan only the cost will rise, not reduce!!!!
    Also the co-pay amounts will go up, because no doctor or hospital will take less than they bill; the sky is the limit!!!!!!!
    The only way is strict regulations and oversight on billing practises!!!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  41. Tony

    Hello Tony,
    I agree with Frm. Pres. Jimmy Carter. Racism is the underlining factor toward Pres. Obama. The Tea Party Express march on Washington clearly revealed racist posters. I don’t believe every person who marched is a racist but just like there were radical Muslims who hijack Islam on 9/11. There is a radical group of people who are a part of the “LaRouche Movement.” This fringe group of extreme radicals have blended in with the Tea Party Express and the right wing of the Republican Party who are allies with the “LaRouche Movement.” According to Max Blumenthal, the “LaRouche Movement is responsible for distributing the leaflets throughout the town halls meeting during the month of August. The leaflets was a picture of Pres. Obama with a Hitler moustache painted on his face.” These same images was on posters at the Tea Party march on Washington. This fringe group of extreme radicals are the people who are causing division in America between blacks and whites today. The Republican leadership is silent; no one in the Republican Party has spoken out against the racist activity of this radical group of people. Max Blumenthal is the author of the book “Republic Gomorah” Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party. Mr. Blumenthal has the right perspective of the radical movement that is growing is America today.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  42. Fred

    Michael Steele's comments ring hollow – where has he been the last 10 years when anyone who disagreed with any conservative on TV (Fox) or in the Presidency was insulted and burned at the stake?

    As the token black mouth-piece selected by the Republicans to shield them from the appropriate 'racist' labels during this period – he is doing his job admirably. I hope they'll remember that when they no longer need him or he has a pang of consciousness like Colin Powell.

    Funny how quick they were to select Santorum, not Steele to speak to the 'right' during the Obama's speech to the unions. Wonder what Steele's next 'trick' will be.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  43. dan allard

    President Carter is known for being a good man, but he was the very worst president the US has ever had. I am a white male, age 65, and I don't know anyone that thinks that Obama is not a qualified person that can run the country because of his race.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  44. Josh

    I think President Carter is a little off on why the Republicans disagree with Obamas policy and why Rep Wilson yelled out. I am a independent but I agree with a decent amount of President Obamas policy including his health care bill. The reason they disagree with his policies is simply a combo of ideology, special interest money and partly due to their constituents.. President Carter was out of line and does not speak for the party. As for Rep Wilson, I think it was simply a time to make news. Both he an his opponent for his seat have now raised more money then they could at this point in the race and I think this could of been what he needed to rev up Wilson's base. I do think that in the long run Wilson will keep his seat, but the race will be closer then what Wilson would have ever thought.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  45. Paulo Bantz

    CNN.

    Where are your about Acorn over the past few days??? Don't you cover this group and its many affiliates, including SEIU???

    Is this against the policies of GE and the Democratic party???

    Paulo

    September 16, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  46. Kenneth E. Hilliard

    Tony, President Carter is correct in his assessment of the on going racial practices leveled at President Obama. It is well past the time for all Americans to stand up to the injustices practiced in this country...Michael Steele has is and always has been nothing but a pond forthe Republican Party.....

    September 16, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  47. Robin

    I am certain that much of President Obama's discord with the Country is race related. I am a white Southern woman that proudly voted for him. But I hear it ALL the time from family members, and others, how wrong my Mother and I were. I believe that it shows that most of the opposition to the President comes from, or starts with, older white Americans, not just Southerners. This is sad. It seemed to be okay for our previous President to drive this Country into mass debt for too many reasons to count.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  48. H. Hill

    President Carter is right! Every African American understands This.
    It pains me to see Black Republicans like Steele & Sowell carrying the water for this Party, when they recognize the Racist overtones being thrown around.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  49. Maurice

    Yes, racism DOES play a significant role in the opposition to President Obama. I can confidently make this claim because of the fact that the vociferousness in opposition to what is perceived to be currently prosecuted by the government, was no where to be found by those who call themselves "teabaggers. "Lack of fiscal discipline by the government?" Where were the "teabaggers" when Bush turned a budgetary surplus into a huge deficit through 2 trillion dollars in tax cuts, an invasion of a sovereign nation based on lies, and a giveaway to the pharmaceutical industry to the tune of 8 trillion dollars over 10 years? This is just one example of the hypocrisy.I could go on, but it does accentuate my understanding that it's just odd that these people are willing to give the true originators of the problems we face a pass, while ascribing, to the level of hagiography, the responsibility for those problems on a President who just happens to be black, and has only been in office 8 months..

    September 16, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  50. robin rouby

    Wendell Potter hit the nail on the head testifying in Congress yesterday when he said the Baucus bill is nothing more than a GIFT to the insurance industry and said it should be renamed the "Insurance Industry Profit Protection and Enhancement Act"!

    Couldn't help noticing that CNN has not even covered the important testimony of a former insurance industry executive!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  51. patti

    I agree with Pres. Carter. I have felt for a long time that all of the ridiculous out cry against Pres. Obama is and has been fanned by racism. Although many people believe that it is about the issues, they are being gullible and falling for an undermining reason.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  52. Jean

    Heidi:

    Former President Carter is correct! Pertaining to what former President Carter said about racism. He is not wrong. Racism does exist not only in America but worldwide; racism of every sort. There are Americans who would prefer that they do not have an African American person as US President. Note the amount of death threats that I heard and read of which are sent to President Obama daily, more threats than any US President ever received. What are we to think of that? He has many enemies and he has not done people any harm but just because he is an African American US President.
    President Obama wants to establish Health Care Reform which is for the benefit of all – not himself. Note the opposition to it.
    During the US election campaign his opponents stated that he would not make a good President and that he knows nothing about the economy – US economics. President Obama has proved otherwise. How many of them could deliver such an excellent speech without a script as he did on Wednesday evening? I listened to it and I was impressed; not that I expected anything less from the US President.
    God ordains all to be. God who knows, sees and hears all things saw the atrocities that were committed against so-called black people – His people. Humanity against humanity. The so-called white people wanted what is good and better for themselves but they did not then allow those African negroes whom they brought specifically to the US to achieve what is good and better for them. They were oppressed and suppressed. A sad situation indeed.
    This is the time that God ordained an African American man would be US President.
    Black Americans have suffered discrimination and racism and much of it. For this, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, other civil rights leaders and other people. Therefore, former President Carter is not wrong in what he has stated.
    When I think that African negroes, as they were referred to were forcefully taken from their country and homes and transported to the US against their will, I think of how much they suffered physically and emotionally. Some of them did not survive the trip. Those who survived were used as slaves. As human beings, they had no rights. Emancipation did not free them. There was segregation everywhere they they went, to church, to restaurants, travelling by public transit and in restrooms. Just imagine that! How these people were maltreated just because of the color of their skin.
    It is in the history books. This also occurred, in those days, to those who are West Indians and people from the Caribbean and wherever else Africans were used as slaves were used.
    My African ancestors, on my father's side were also brought to islands in the West Indies. On my mother's side are so-called white people from France.
    The British, French and Spaniards also played a role in this, bringing slaves also to the West Indies and being their slave masters. As years went by the situation changed.
    The British owned a lot of islands in the West Indies. There was the British-white strong influence. Did anyone inform you that whether male or female, one's skin had to be white to work in a bank? It did not matter if a person had a mother or father whose pigmentation is white. If the color of their skin was not white, they did not get a bank job even though they applied for it. There were some of those whose skin was so-called white and who were not as intelligent as those who had dark skinned. Gradually, this changed.
    When historians are writing the books on this matter, they should also address this issue. They seem to overlook it and probably deliberately.
    Therefore, President Carter was indeed correct to make reference to the fact that there are some people who think that an African American should not be a US President. Some Americans have shown that they are downright racists.
    Consider Joe Wilson and his unbecoming outburst in Congress informing President Obama, "You lie!" What do you expect people to think of that, not only Americans but others in other countries – worldwide?
    Racism also exists in the work force and much of it. I will not comment further but I could write a book about all this and my experience. This was the first reason and another reason why the government of Canada had to establish a Human Rights Commission. Today, people who reside in Canada who are of every gender, race, creed and lifestyle preference have the right to lodge a complaint with the Commission/Tribunal if they feel that they are discriminated against, one way or the other. Some of them are successful and receive monetary compensation.
    Whatever our race, color or creed, we are people of the world. We are the people of the world. Everyone who is conceived and born have a right to be hear – from conception to natural death.
    Please share this with Tony. I will not be able to transfer this to his blog.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  53. sara-fl

    Ok I'm bothered with the pre-existing condition – people are going broke becuase of the high cost, what part does Mr. Baucas not get, stop the gold, silver, platinum , this is not a credit card plan. Given the pudding on this health bill, I think americans deserve better, please change it and add the PUBLIC OPTION. Oh and please forget the Republicans.....they known already as the – The Party of NO!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  54. j.williams

    I think Mr Carter is absolutely, correct. Many people do not want to talk
    about race.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  55. James Bishop

    Jimmy Carter is not dependent on the health care program and is still living on government funds from Ga, SS, and The retirement of a a president, He has the golden fleece of government covering him. How would he know so much about racism living a cushioned life as he does and still protected by American Taxpayer Funds???

    September 16, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  56. Evelyn T

    The racists have identified themselves since Obama first threw his hat in the ring to be President. Food stamps of him with watermelon, spook comments, and other vile insults have been hurled at him since day one. The racists are not ashamed of who they are but there leaders, Joe Wilson and his ilk, are not at liberty to acknowledge this fact for obvious reasons.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:23 am |
  57. John Fiers

    I agree with Carter

    September 16, 2009 at 11:25 am |
  58. andre

    lets face it, these big business politicians have the health companies so far in thier pockets, they can support a good proposal because if they did they woulg lose funding from those companies. the dems need to pass the best plan even if it takes time just so the people dying daily wating on healthcare reform, dont die in vain.-a view from wichita. ps when i turn 30 im creating the human party ,and will fix the government based on the fact we are humANS

    September 16, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  59. JR

    Wow, the conservatives (Repubs and Dems) are setting a plan where the Ins Cos. end up with 40 mil more customers and few limits on what they can charge. Yes they have to cover preexisting conditions, but there are rules in there that still create a big advantage for them. 6 mth wait, charging more for coverage, etc. This is nothing more than a give away to the Ins Companies.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  60. Bevery from NC

    It is nothing but a watered-down bill that will DO NOTHING to reform healthcare. It is an insurance-company dream. These members of Congress are NOT serious about bringing real reform. They are so highly paid by the insurance companies ($300M so far this year) they will never vote for what the American really need and deserve.

    I'd rather see President Obama veto this garbage bill of nothing valuable for the American people.

    They sit all fat and happy with their government-run healthcare plan but act like it would be awful and horrible for Americans to get the same great health coverage they have. If they vote NO on real reform. they should have to give up their government plan and join the rest of us in private insurance world hell!

    Hypocrites and liars! Did anyone really believe ANY Republican would vote for it no matter what it said?? Come on – they have done nothing all year but vote NO on everything and just personally attack President Obama on everything from how open he is with the People in his speeches to what he ate for breakfast. Republicans are absurd.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  61. Satinder Mullick

    Great propsals.
    Heidi–This is agood example of how CNN could add VALUE.
    Pick up positive thoughts and find real life examples to show that they will reduce costs.
    NY Times and Wall Street Journal will do it and I am sure Charles Gibson or Katie Couric or Brian Williams will do it.But how about CNN. You do a great job covering Afghanistan–but in HealthCare–you fail.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  62. Paul Keller

    Don't think for one moment that insurance companies will sit back and let coops takeover. They have one thing coops do not- LOTS of money, and will just lowball their rates long enough to put the coops out of business.

    When the competition is gone, they will raise their rates through the roof! That's what they have been doing all along. Many states have no competition now- that is the problem. That's why we need a public option.

    PK
    Durham, NC

    September 16, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  63. j.williams

    Mr Carter is absolutely correct.

    jimmie

    September 16, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  64. Jmack

    Hey Tony, this is my opion and a factual one, Mr. Steel does not know who he is and or when to come in out of the rain. Mr. Steel walks around with blinders on, no one else that have intelligence does. YES!!! PRESIDENT OBAMA IS EXPERIENCING RACISM IN HIS LEADERSHIP BY WHITES, PLUS EXPERIENCING JEALOUSY AND RACISM FROM SOME BLACK AMERICANS THE SAME IN THE ROLE THAT HE IS IN AT THIS VERY MOMENT BY A .

    September 16, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  65. e. bald

    Prsident Carter is the first person to have the courage to state the truth about racism in this current environment. There are a large groups of people in this country who would let the cost of health insurance break the country rather than to concede that the President has a good plan that would benefit everyone-simply because he is black. Shame om them !!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  66. ann

    Tony,
    I have been a registered Democrat for over 35 years, and I can't recognize that party anymore....it is not my mother's Democratic Party nor the one I joined-so I now consider myself an Independent and believe in "Patriotism before Party."
    I think Michael Steele is absolutely correct. It is disgraceful that Congressmen Wilson is being vilified for his remark. It is being carried to extremes, and yet Harry Reid called former President Bush a "loser," "a liar," etc., and the Democrats booed Bush during his "State of the Union" address. Reid never apologized for his remarks and has stated so in his book. Reid wears his disrespect as a "Badge," and the body of the Democratic Congress that booed Bush never apologized either. These are Kindergarten tactics that are being played out as a subtefuge in order to cram horrific changes that the majority of the American people don't want down our throats through feigned guilt or fear that if you don't go along with any program Obama seeks, you are a racist. As far as Jimmy Carter is concerned, I felt he was one of, if not, the worst President we ever had- Democrat or Republican. When he was President there wasn't any Captain at the helm of the ship. Someone should remind Mr. Carter that in order for Obama to become President, caucasions voted for him in large numbers. So much for racism...

    September 16, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  67. Paul Keller

    Don’t think for one moment that insurance companies will sit back and let coops takeover. They have one thing coops do not- LOTS of money, and will just lowball their rates long enough to put the coops out of business.

    When the competition is gone, they will raise their rates through the roof! That’s what they have been doing all along. Many states have no competition now- that is the problem. That’s why we need a public option.

    PK
    Durham, NC

    September 16, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  68. Edgar

    I think President Carter is absolutely right on this issue and applaud him for bringing the issue to the forefront. Irrespective of what Mr. Steele says the far right will be hard pressed to characterize President Carter as a far left radical as they would if either Rev. Jessie Jackson or Rev. Al Shartpton had made a similar comment regarding this issue. I believe most Americans have their head in the sand and tend to “Wish” racism not to exist in our society. But guess what? It does. I don’t think racism will ever be eradicated I think it’s just human nature to be suspicious of those who are not like us. Also, don’t think for a second that this is a one way street, racism exists within the minority community both towards Anglos as well as to their own race and nationality. I think most Americans feel that if they click their heels three times and wish racism away, then all is well in America. This I believe is Pollyannaish.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  69. marshall

    i think jimmy carter is right , if you to see so call white peoples racial mind, put a man of color in a job he think he should have.
    this was the indians land and they trick them by telling lies .
    now they think no body know nothing, but them.
    they talking about everybody else, they need to look at them selves.
    remember, so call white man,you did not what british was doing to you.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:34 am |
  70. Kono

    Tony,
    I've listened very carefully to all the speeches that President Obama have made thus far, and I have read most of the policies that the Obama Administration has proposed in terms of the stimulus or the American Recovery Act and the Healthcare Reform Plan. These policies, in some instances are taken directly from the republicans "play book" and yet they still rebel against these policies. Rep. Joe Wilson showed a lack of civility during the president's speech on healthcare with the "You Lie!" outburst. This is a total disregard for the office of "The President of the United States of America". This has never happened in the history of our political presidential addresses. My nine year old daughter cried when she saw the level of direspect that was shown towards the president. I could not explain the bitterness that was projected in the voice of Rep. Joe Wilson. Also this country has a rich history of presidents making a speech to our youth in a school setting, however now it is a problem for President Obama to encourage our children to stay in school. My nine year old daughter's school in Lee County, Gerogia refused to show the president's speech. I was yet again faced with the task of trying to explain to my daughter why her school would not allow her the opportunity to listen to this president speak. Tony, you do the Math. Former President Carter has a point. I feel adamantly that "race" is a major factor in the rejection of this president's policies. Some of his policies are almost identical to Former President Bush, and there were no strong race issues or rejections on display to the extent that the media potraits the opposition of President Obama.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  71. Bill Estes

    I don't think the media provides fair and biased coverage and the latest example is the broughaha about rep. Joe Wilson saying Obama lies. The media including CNN dismisses the remarks by Wilson as wrong and that is it...the end. I think CNN should have delved deeper. To me it seems that some house health bill in some committee has language in it that seems to exclude illegal alien coverage, however, the Congressional Budget Office reviewed the bill and determined that illegal aliens would be eligible. The language in the bill is too vague and creates loopholes that enterprising lawyers could exploit to permit coverage for the illegal alien. Stricter language would remedy this possibility. However when Republicans offered such an ammendment, the Democrats balked. Since they are in the majority, the original bill stands with it's loopholes. That's the way I see it. I think the media (CNN) should investigate and tell the public the whole story. That's what I would see as unbiased.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  72. Deb

    I am currently on COBRA with no government help since I quit working to care for elderly parents with chronic and major illness who were totally disabled. Will anything be done to honestly lower health insurance premiums ?? At present I can only believe that a single payer system would accomplish this. The administrative costs, outrageous salaries, and profit emphasis are hallmarks of the insurance industry.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  73. Charles Farrar

    I am grateful to former President Carter for his courage in saying what we all know to be the truth. When will those whites who harbor racist views realize that the last persons they want to try to convince otherwise are their black associates. Have your views–just don't try to TELL me otherwise. Because of our history, most blacks can see, feel, and smell it coming a mile away. Charles in North Carolina.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  74. Diana

    Former President carter is absolutely correct, I am a white female, and I live in the south. I have heard racist comments from my own family members, how "they could let stand to see a black man in the White House or have a black woman as our First Lady". This is people that will claim they are NOT racist. But the reality is- they feel threaten by blacks succeeding in areas where blacks were never allowed to go in past history.
    This current atmosphere today is sad and ugly, and shows how people STILL VIEW THEMSELVES AS SUPERIOR TO OTHERS!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  75. Marty from Arizona

    A recent example of the news media screwing up, again, was the report on 9-11 by CNN on the Potomic River when the Coast Guard was having a training exercise. Your reporters even said they heard someone saying, "Bang, bang bang".

    But years ago, I heard on two different TV networks, the same subject reported 2 different ways and read in the newspaper even a third version.

    And in Viet Nam, I saw a news photographer on patrol with us, take a picture of a 10 or 11 year old kid who was a combatant killed in a fire fight with his guts blown out and his rifle next to him. Month later I saw that picture in a magazine without the rifle.

    Marty in Arizona

    September 16, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  76. Jerry Caldwell

    Any x-president should have enough common sense to keep their personal opions to their selves. I do not agree with president Obama on most issues but even then, raceist remarks doesn't help either side and just distracts from the things that deserves our attention. America (both polical parties) would be better served if Jimmy Carter would pay only grow peanuts and build houses.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  77. Anne Lea

    The hypocrisy of the Republican party is astounding! I vehemently disagree with Mr. Steele's comments regarding President Carter"s recent statements. Mr. Steele himself was elected to expand the tent of the GOP to include more African Americans (his characterization). When he was elected, he said to President Obama "how do you like me now?". He also specifically said that he would actively recruit the hip-hop generation, or words to that effect. Perhaps Mr. Steele does not understand the underpinnings of race in both his election and his statements. He needs a reality check, because he also does not seem to realize that his use to the GOP, sadly, is specific and finite. Just ask Rush!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  78. Eric - Chicago, IL

    The Baucus bill is a joke!! I cannot believe the Democrats have sunk to the level of the GOP. If this bill goes through as is, the Democrats are done in 2010 & 2012. What a bunch of useless hacks! Grow a spine and do what is right for the people and no your reelection campaigns! Self-serving!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  79. Brian (Houston)

    Sorry heidi, but this is a bit wordy:
    Do I trust the media? I have been a viewer of cnn since the very beginning and the changes I have seen on your network are not good at all. First your owner obviously thinks advertisements are more important than the news. Sure you have to pay the bills, but have the CNN bosses ever heard of the expression "Quality vs Quanity". In this case, as a viewer we are getting more commericals (Quanity) than news (Quality) anymore on your network. Here's a hint, more news, less commmercials!!!!

    Now to the more critical areas, CNN is a 24 hour news channel, that means you can go in deph on news stories but CNN acts as if it's broadcasting the 5:30 news and you only have a half hour to squeeze in the news. So what do your viewers get out of that? Nothing but sound bites, and no in deph whatsoever. When your in an interview with someone or a debate with more than one person, you and your colleagues cut them off just when the interview gets good or good information finally begins to come out. Why, got to get to that commerical and the next story? Your a 24 hour news channel for god sake, have you forgotten that?, act like it and if your bosses have forgotten how to do it then bring back Ted Turner...He did it right back then. This was the whole purpose of the concept of "NewsChannel", to be able to spend a good amount of time and go in deph on a story that matters to the people, not sound bites which is all we get anymore from CNN, Fox and MSNBC and broadcast networks.

    The media has traded journalistic integrity for money because we no longer get the truth, only talking points from two very corrupt political parties. During the presidential campaign, CNN gave very little airtime to the independent candidates, Libertarian Party and Green Party and the lions share of airtime was given to Democrats and Republicans who give party talking points and agenda's, and no truth. Everytime you have a political discussion on any of your programs and this includes Situation Room, State of the Union and yes Anderson Cooper, third parties, independents are never given the airtime and we only hear Democrat and Republican blabber, half truths and outright LIES. Why is it these two parties set up the election rules in such a way that makes it impossible for a third party candidate to win...POWER and CORRUPTION and CNN and the media play along very well. So where is the journalistic integrity? It's long gone and we the people haven't seen it for years and the corporations that own the media, are a big reason why we no longer hear the truth on news outlets.

    During the presidential primaries, a guest who was on your network made the remark in regards to who will win the Democratic primaries "We won't know who the winner is until the media decides" and how true that statement is. Following a discussion on CNN about the "comprehensive immigration reform" legislation, I called the Democratic National Committee office in DC. I had asked the guy at the DNC why Democrats are so determined to pass this legislation, he replied "the system is broken". I then asked him "with all due respect sir, how can you say the system is broken if none of the laws were ever enforced and the border never secured"? The guy then said "this conversation is over you little P***K, go to hell" then slammed the phone down in my ear. We can NEVER know if our immigration system works or is broken until we properly fund it and enforce the laws, and truely secure the border. So what can one take away from this reaction by the Democrats? Agenda! Wooing the hispanic population will gain them votes and keep them in power and maybe even the majority and that's what's important to both parties. Not the fact that American taxpayers shelled out $336 billion dollars on illegal immigration last year alone. I support legal immigration and I am the son of a legal immigrant, but its not hard to see this agenda.

    So why do I bring this up? Because anyone can see what is going on here and networks like CNN should have brought the truth out, but CNN and their owners have a financial stake and I am sure don't want to anger the hispanic population. I see on your promo's all the time about "seeking the truth", CNN has a long way to go in finding that truth and until you inlcude parties other than Republicans and Democrats who both have a LONG history of deceit and lies and mis-information, and you play ads that are full of half truths or lies or have misleading information that only is a dis-service to your viewers. So can I really trust CNN?
    God Bless!
    Brian
    Houston

    September 16, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  80. Dr. Bernice Taylor

    This is the first time I have been moved to make a comment. But, somehow I wanted you to know that you hit it out of the park today. Just a fan 🙂

    September 16, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  81. Steve Mato

    As much as I liked the analogy of the proposed Healthcare plan participation requirement to the requirement to carry auto insurance, I couldn't help but laugh when I thought about it the 1st time I heard it.

    Driving is a privilege, not a right, and far from mandatory in many instances. One can choose not to pay auto insurance, by choosing not to drive / own a car. (I sure to pay. Heck, I pay $5000 a year for 4 cars). But the point is Living IS A Right; is it safe to say a Constitutional right? So let me get this right.... this country will mandate everyone will be PAYING TO LIVE even if you can't afford it?

    As much as I'm for stopping this endless rise in my healthcare insurance payment, I'm not very comfortable with the mandate option if there isn't something like a $10 – $20/month option for those significantly less fortunate then myself/ourselves.

    Best regards,
    Steve

    September 16, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  82. Jean

    Tony:

    Poor President Obama. What opposition he is receiving for doing his utmost to assist Americans especially in trying to establish a National Health Care System.
    We in Canada have a National Health Care System, administered by each Province. Granted health care covers the minimum but this includes medical and hospital care. I do not know of anyone who has complained about this system, even though a few are sick, i.e., generally the elderly.
    Obviously, citizens have the ultimatum to also have additional coverage and extendicare which is not covered by this System with insurance companies if they so wish and can afford it.
    Everyone receives medical care if they are in need of it. The government also provides and/or pays for nursing homes if patients need it.
    All Canadians have a health card at no cost. However, the thought came to me as I informed someone last evening that our tax dollars pay for it anyway. It is incorporated in the taxes which we really do not see and miss. Does anyone get something for nothing where governments are concerned?
    Therefore, President Obama wants National Health Care Reform. One will replace another at no cost to Americans. Am I correct?
    Is this not the type of System which President Obama is trying to establish in the US? Those who already have insurance be it with their employer as a group or their private insurance are told that they do not have to make any changes. Why are some Americans so stubborn?
    Why are they giving President Obama such a rough time? Are these people senseless? It appears this is what they are projecting to viewers who are not Americans and who do not reside in America.
    It may be that insurance companies are not happy with President Obama's proposed Health Care Reform and that they, the insurances stand to lose.
    I have not heard any complaint from Canadian Insurance Companies. Insurance companies are the richest business in the world. They never really lose clients.
    Think of additional health care insurance, auto, fire and theft and disaster insurance. Insurance companies are making a mint. How many people really collect insurance and certain ones for years and they are paying for all sorts of insurance coverage?
    Precaution is better than cure. Drivers need to be more careful on the highways and roads. Residents need to do their utmost to avoid a fire which may be due to negligence.
    We can help ourselves if we truly care about ourselves and our health. We need to take charge of our health and take less medications, if medications are not necessary. Too many people run to the doctor with every little problem and take Tylenol and the likes if they have a headache or a cold. There is milk, Vitamin C and other vitamins.
    What we sow we shall surely reap. If we live well; sleep well and try to erase anxiety and stress we may just live healthily, happily and peacefully. Most important, we must be careful about the company we keep; people whom we associate with and marry.
    All things begin with God and ends with God. We must keep in mind that we can do all these things only with the help of God and asking Him for help and protection as we worship Him. To do otherwise, we will receive nothing and will be a miserable lot and unhealthy at that. There are those who live to be a ripe old age who are still healthy. I often wonder what is their secret. However, I should know as stated in the above paragraph.
    Our Lord Jesus Christ said: "Apart from Me you can do nothing." He also said: "Amen! Amen! You have not asked for anything. Ask and you shall receive. Seek and you shall find. Knock and the door will be opened." All faith, hope and trust in the Lord. Sincere ones will see us through and, as the saying goes, through thick and thin.
    I will end with God bless America. God bless President Obama with this difficult situation and opposition he has found himself in, all because he wants to establish Health Care Reform. All because he cares!
    God bless you and your family. God bless all of us and the entire world. Amen! So be it!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  83. Barbara S

    In RE: of Co-Ops. Don't listen when they tell you how cheap they are. I belonged to a electric co-op, Arkansas Valley Co-op. The rates they charged were the 2nd highest in the state, I am no longer on it, moved, and if I have to move again I will check which electric company I am with first

    September 16, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  84. Troy

    Sen Baucus has recieved $3 million dollars from insurance companies over the years. He will deliver 300 million americans to them for a penny each. Thanks Sen Baucus for selling us out so completely! I'm ashamed to be a democrat today!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  85. Fran

    I agree with Jimmy Carter, he was right about what Joe Wilson has done to help his cause of HATE on how the white people really feel. To many other hate full actions around the USA have been showed on how they really feel about our present President and black people, which only back up Jimmy Carter statement. He would know more about racial because he grown up in the South! He seen the wrongs done to black people in Gov /Puble life, he has carryed that hurt for the rest of his life. Knowing we are all Human Being! All are childrens of GOD!

    September 16, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  86. Chris K

    Co-Op's? Sure, that's what the 2.4 Trillion dollar a year health care indusrty wants. Because of the localized nature of Co-op's most won't be able attract enough customers to negociate lower prices.
    This ability to levergae the indusrty is their biggest fear. Max Baucus (BALK-US) is somewhere deep inside the back pocket of this 2.4 trillion dollar industry.
    If there is no Bi-partisan support, then forget the GOP, and the placating Co-Op contingent. The GOP won't go along with anything they don't dream up, as a subjectively "REAL" alternative that conviently funnels money back to their base. Polititians; being basicly all ex-lawyers (the ones who aren't just act like them) just need a fly spec on the wall to hang their respective hats on, just like the GOP did when they said one thing and did another on a vote to make Pelosi look bad, claiming they did not like what she inferred about them prior to the vote. If your word is not credible what else can you truely own?
    For a majority of our history a mere majority was considered enough to pass any bill. Resoulte the right necessity, not a politically influenced K-St. compromise.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  87. Billy Jean

    I can't seem to find the proposed question about trusting the media.

    The reason the polls are so low is because the news is always mixed with garbage. The fact that most news stations are owned by corporate interest. This always gives a one-sided point of view and the reporters think they are doing a good job. Americans know the truth because we live it. It's like the reporters are brain washed or to scared to report the truth. Bottom line it’s obvious very soon Americans will be getting their news else where, very soon and it’s coming. You do not want the facts nor wish to report the facts your truth are all lies. This is governed by the news station owners which you report for.

    Also what about all the government involvement going on in our communities and training camps for the Military? It was reported on briefly as if more important news was going on;

    What about the Executive order 13375 and many others things you are not reporting on? What, the news doesn’t think American’s care about this? The Tea Parties are not real either just a bunch of UN American people.
    You reporters behave as if these Executive orders and illegal action of the Government will not affect you, is that what you think? That is why News papers have gone out of business and your next.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  88. Robert

    President Carter is a very honorable man.He always tell it like it is.
    The whole world knows what this is about and it is not about healthcare.Thank you Mr President.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  89. Phil M

    Why in god's name would someone with a pre-existing condition need to wait 6 months to gain access to healthcare coverage? The insurance companies will just make coverage available, but completely unaffordable, resulting in them never needing to cover those that actually need care.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:21 pm |
  90. Josh

    Wait, so people have to prove that are legal in here in the US in order to have health care. Isn't that unconstitutional? The 4th Amendment says, "The right of the people to be secure in their persons..." What does that mean?

    September 16, 2009 at 12:21 pm |
  91. Kenneth Zwibel

    A co op health plan might work, but only if the feferal goverment oversees the plan.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  92. Jean

    HINI Swine Flu. There are a few jokes circulating and through forwarded email about swine flu which are good for laughs. People are making jokes about this Swine Flu and as I saw through a local TV Station. Someone sent me an email which is in circulation with a body/face of a pig which states: "If you wake up in the morning looking like this, do not go to work." I added: "Do not go to school or go outdoors." I thought the joke funny and had a good laugh as I also forwarded to everyone on my email list, no exception that same local TV Station.
    However, when people die from this flu, it is a serious matter and one to be taken seriously.
    A few years ago the Ontario government – no exception throughout Canada – established a flu shot system for normal, seasonal flus as in winter. Doctors will administer the flu shots. I do think as I also read as in Alberta, Canada, doctors are paid over $500 to administer the flu shot to patients who wish to have them.
    This flu shot is voluntary. Nevertheless, I refuse to take it. I do not want any foreign substance in my body. Furthermore, some people who take the flu shot still catch colds. One of my friends took the flu a year ago and she caught a cold, bronchitis and was home for 3 weeks. She lost her voice. She said that this is the first time she got such a bad cold. I did hear of a few cases where people died after taking the flu shot. This makes people scared of taking the flu shot.
    I am wondering when this HINI flu vaccine becomes available which is soon, if I should take it at all. I may just decide to take my chances and not take it at all. I hate injections or a needle put into my arm to take a blood test. Have not done this for a while. I scringe when this is done.
    I think, too, that we must eat well – nutritious meals, get ample rest and take necessary Vitamins. Another matter, some people do not drink enough water. There are times I am no exception.
    I am not a "pop drinker" except for drinking ginger ale or sprite, if there is no ginger ale but only when I am at a house dinner party I will take sprite if the host is out of ginger ale which is a popular drink. Otherwise my favorite drink is ginger ale.
    We also have to try not to drink pop and certain drinks. Probably if we take precaution we may not get Swine Flu. It will be a disaster – an epidemic – if many more people get Swine Flu.
    A few years ago Toronto had Sars. Some people got it and some died. It did originate from China, if I recall. No one I knew got it and many of us reside in different parts of the city and suburbs.
    May God protect us from this HINI flu better known as Swine Flu or any other such flu and illness. I will not allow it to scare me. What is to be will be. In all big cities, there is a lot of germs and pollution. If one thing does not kill us, something else will.
    One more thing, it may be that those spacecrafts which NASA sends into orbit disturbs the atmosphere and cause these epidemics. Have you ever thought of that?

    September 16, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  93. Gene Lucas

    Why is there any cost at all for a health care plan. We spend over 17% of our GDP on healthcare, while European countries spend less than half that? We should actually be having more money to spend on education, etc. if we adopted one of their national health insurance plans, which actually provide more services than ours do. Those are insurance plans NOT socialized health care. Only England and Canada have socialized medicine.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  94. Dodie ~ California

    @ Robert

    You are absolutely correct!

    ~~~ ((( No Affordable Public Option = No Health care Reform ))) ~~~

    The president alone can not defend us against all the Lobbyists for the Pharmaceuticals, AMA, Insurance companies.... etc! Truman, Kennedy, Carter & Clinton all advocated the public option and lost!

    "We the people need to take action"

    September 16, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  95. Tauheed

    I don't hear anything in the Republican plan that will cover the growing number of people who are unemployed and otherwise not able to pay any insurance premiums. President Obama said that everyone, I repeat, everyone will be covered under his public option, even if they cannot afford to pay any premiums. (A great number of people fall into the cracks, not eligible for ACCHS or Medicare or Medicaid). – In other words FREE HEALTH CARE for those who can't afford to pay right now. Where is this option in the Republican plan?

    September 16, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  96. L. Farmer

    Thank you President Obama! I was on the fence now I'm on board. One amendment I would make to the bill is to remove all previous monies going to suppurt abortion. That's it. This bill will help a lot of peolpe. Thank you President Obama!

    September 16, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  97. Jean

    Our Prime Minister is visiting your US President. I wonder what will come out of this?
    I am not a negative person nor am I against the war in Iraq or Afghanistan but these appear to be losing battles. Sadly, the US and Canada and other countries have lost some troops to these wars. If all troops are pulled out of these places, I visualize that Al Qaeda and the Talibans will rejoice and take over.
    I am wondering if these wars should have ever started in the first place but it is too late for that.
    If Al Qaeda and the Talibans were not so wicked and downright uncooperative, this war would have ended a long time ago and the people of Iraq and Afghanistan would be enjoying of freedom, peace and progress.
    It appears that only God will put a hand and is capable of putting an end to these wars through some disaster, trials and tribulations, fire and brimstones.
    How else could the US, Canada and other countries be successful against those enemies of democracy, human rights and freedom? As long as they are alive, they will always be a threat and also throughout the world. I pray, may God put a hand!

    September 16, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  98. JustMe

    Wouldn't it be just great to see so much in this plan that the Republicans want but no Republicans vote for it LOL. What will it take for the Democrats to just go ahead and make the health care plan the way it needs to be and keep OUT

    September 16, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
  99. Steve Honore

    To Tony Harris
    CNN Newsroom

    In commenting on President Obama’s remarks in his appearance this morning with the Canadian Prime Minister, you said that it appears that the administration’s goal in Afghanistan is just one, eliminating Al Caida. But I heard another goal, improving the Afghanistan security forces. Did you not hear that? I agree that it is significant that he did not mention the Taliban. This second goal has major implications for our policy and assistance going forward.

    I am an avid watcher of your newcast, keep up the good work!

    Steve Honore

    September 16, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
  100. JustMe

    Wouldn’t it be just great to see so much in this plan that the Republicans want but no Republicans vote for it LOL. What will it take for the Democrats to just go ahead and make the health care plan the way it needs to be and keep OUT anything the Republicans want in the plan since they are not going to vote for it.

    September 16, 2009 at 12:43 pm |
  101. Jason

    If health is care required how is the unemployed going to pay for it! There is 10% unemployed that cant even afford insurance to begin with... Money doesn't just grow on trees... Will these people be fined?

    September 16, 2009 at 12:55 pm |
  102. norith

    Please answer this question. How does a person that has lost their job and home is near foreclosure meet the requirement in the Senate Healthcare proposal that mandate that everyone purchase insurance or be fined?There is no monay to buy insurance or pay the fine. I guess they are going to build a healthcare jail...

    September 16, 2009 at 1:00 pm |
  103. Kenneth Zwibel

    I live in a co op retirement community and I lived in a co op garden apartment when I lived in Queens. There are a lot of good points with a co op healthcare system but it has to be a national co op system where the federal goverment can oversee it. I like the idea were it is a non profit and the money goes back into the system.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:18 pm |
  104. Anita Bracy

    When will CNN and other networks speak truth to power. I followed the Mccain/Palin rallies. Racist rhetoric and racist signs were EVERYWHERE! The media walked on egg shells. No one was challenged. I'm following the tea party,(racist rhetoric and racist signs were EVERYWHERE at the march). No one holding the signs was questioned or challenged.I'm following the 9-12 project, hate radio talk show host, Glen Beck, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coutler, Laura Ingrham. The pastor in Tempe, Arizona calling for the death of President Obama.White hate talk radio hosts have called the President, hitler,the first lady a gorilla. Signs at the tea party march pictured President Obama as a witchdoctor.Hate talk radio are stoking white hate. The founder of the tea party called President Obama an "Indonesia Moslem Welfare Thug"(Mon.9/14 &Tues 9/15 on Anderson Cooper).
    Is Michael Steele deaf, dumb, and blind? I saw the interview he had with Don Lemon, and the next day, Boss Limbaugh told Steele to jump and he squealed, "how high". Where was Michael Steele, the tea partiers, hate radio crying about wanting my country back when President Bush put this country in a 1.3trillion dollars debt? Where was the concern about one's children and grandchildren? Where was the hue and cry when a similar stimulus package was passed by freedom works founder, Former House Majority Leader, Dick Armey just after, 9-11 in 2001? Where was all the hue and cry when President Bush passed Tarp? Intiatiated the auto bailout? The bank bailout? The billion dollars a day lie & cost of the Iraq war? Where was all the hue and cry when President Bush shredded the Constitution? Signed the Patriot Act into law? Wiretapped innocent Taxpaying AMERICAN! citizens?
    Michael Steele and his ilk are nothing but a joke and and a disgrace. President Carter spoke truth to power.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  105. Pam

    Why isn't any news person asking Max Baucus if the fact that he's taken over a million and a half dollars in campaign contributions from the health insurance industry the REAL reason there's no public option in his committee's plan??
    I sure wish we had some real news people these days like we used to!

    September 16, 2009 at 1:27 pm |
  106. lyn

    How do we expect Sen.Baucus to represent us after seeing where he is getting his pockets filled.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:37 pm |
  107. lyn

    These politicians want to protect the health and drug industries so they won't lose any of their sources for "contributions"! We need to throw all of them out!

    September 16, 2009 at 1:42 pm |
  108. H. Hill

    C'mon!
    Does anyone believe that all Republicans are against HEALTH REFORM? They simply are against anything this President proposes!
    Don't blame this dissent on the AMERICAN PEOPLE. BLAME THE REPRESENTATIVES THAT THE PEOPLE HAVE ELECTED! they are all in the pockets of

    September 16, 2009 at 2:00 pm |
  109. H. Hill

    C'mon!
    Does anyone believe that all Republicans are against HEALTH REFORM? They simply are against anything this President proposes!
    Don't blame this dissent on the AMERICAN PEOPLE. BLAME THE REPRESENTATIVES THAT THE PEOPLE HAVE ELECTED! they are all in the pockets of the Insurance and Health Care providers.

    September 16, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  110. David

    That wasn't an apology by Serena Williams that you aired...it was excuses!!!!!

    September 16, 2009 at 2:13 pm |
  111. Harry C

    If you want any credibility on this issue, you must discuss the major problems with the notion of co-ops and other elements of this proposal. The only way to control costs is to have a nationwide risk pool. Even when co-ops are non-profit, they still cannot spread risk among a broad enough pool of people to keep costs down. And the ones now talked about as models do not insure all comers. They deny coverage, just like private insurance companies do.

    And I'm also quite skeptical about the high-risk pool coverage being proposed. My wife and I were in such a state-sponsored non-profit high risk pool (because we couldn't get coverage otherwise). Premiums start at 150% of normal considering other demographic factors. Even with a state subsidy and a high deductible, this coverage became too expensive for us to afford. And the so-called prescription coverage was a sham, since everything was out of pocket until the very high deductible was met.

    The very idea of a high-risk pool is terrible. Instead of combining everyone (or at least everyone not covered by an employer-sponsored plan) into one large pool, thus spreading risk and cost, it takes the "riskiest" and keeps them together. How could this be done without much higher premiums? What a gift to the insurance industry!

    September 16, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  112. Sandy

    Bottomline, we need healthcare reform and we've needed it for a very, very long time. It just so happens this administration is urgently addressing and reforming. (something other administrations haven't had the guts to do)! Secretary Clinton tried, had a smart approach and was mocked by Congress and the Senate when President Clinton was in office.

    No plan is going to be perfect and will need continual tweeking I suspect. This is a huge task and I truly applaud this administration for tackling this. Republicans are the ones who didn't feel this task was worth pursuing and now they are fighting this administration all the way. They had every opportunity to tackle this issue. In my 50+ years I have never seen an administration with so many issues that must be addressed and so many worms and intricacies and mazes.

    I say thank you, President Obama and all of his cabinet and advisors. Let's get the ball rolling on healthcare, energy, international issues, economic collapse and reform! Healthcare Insurance Companies have lobbyed and fought with ridiculous premiums, pre-existing condition denials, billions and billions of dollars pocketed by these heartless jerks, dictating our health based on treatment rather than prevention, Caps...etc. Anyone older than 40 have pre-existing conditions. I went through a great depression over the death of my twin sister and took a medical leave to get grief counseling and attend grief groups. Prudential denied my claim because I had taken prozac 10 years ago.

    Attornies should tackle Class Action lawsuits against these large insurance companies that have used the pre-existing clutch way too long.

    Thank you
    Sandy-SLC

    September 16, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  113. Satinder Mullick

    CNN;
    This is INSURANCE REFORM.
    Warren Buffet put it right in answer to CNBC-Betty Quick on 9/16/2009.
    This is Not Health Care Reform.

    Why does CNN keep saying it is Health Care reform?
    If you want to know what is Health Care Reform"
    Talk to Warren Buffet,Andrew WEIL,Tarun Mullick,Steve Burd,Cleveland Clinic.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  114. Nikki in California

    Here's an idea, maybe we should have people who haven't taken millions in campaign money from health insurance companies COME UP WITH A FAIR HEALTHCARE REFORM BILL!

    September 16, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  115. Sandy

    I would like to see ALL of these large healthcare insurance companies fold financially and draw from small, independent policies that actually have the interest of healthcare in mind.

    Washington State has always had smart, proactive prototypes for healthcare and years ago instigated the integration of preventative care in clinics. They were the first to integrate nutrition, yoga, acupuncture, internal medicene, counseling, etc in healthcare clinics. If you want to see healthcare at its best, look to Seattle.
    Sandy-SLC

    September 16, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  116. Glenda Roby

    Race has nothing to do with the disagreement of Obama's policies.

    Ignorance is the only way someone could call the protest, etc
    racial.

    Joe Wilson did nothing that the Democrats didn't do to Bush.
    I recall at least two occasions that he was called a liar in the same public forum.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  117. Brad Ostash

    After hearing that Baucus submitted "America's Healthy Future Act 2009"bill, and proudly stating on CNN that "it will pass the Senate", I am left with the following question – Was it his mandate to present a bill that would pass the Senate? Or was it to create a bill that represents the best solution to the health care crisis, and satisfy the needs. requirements and wishes of the American people?? Just askin!! Sounds like it does not satisfy anyone (Republicans, Democrats nor the American people who voted for change)

    September 16, 2009 at 7:22 pm |
  118. debbi

    I don't know everything about President Obama's Health Care, .. But i do know there is a lot of fraud on Medicare..
    I went to the doctors office this morning, and all i did was walk in and get a refill of my perscription, and walked out of the building.
    Didn't talk to the doctor or see the doctor....mind you i have been doing this for 4 months.... I got the bill in a few days ago, and I couldn't believe it .......... they charged Medicare $ 90... OMG!!!!! What A WASTE!!!
    No wonder Medicare isn't giving raises for the next 2 yrs... How can we afford this. If they are making Medicare pay that much, Its making my rates go up too...

    September 16, 2009 at 7:30 pm |
  119. L. Farmer

    I like many Americans had my reservations about this system and the word mandate. I have come to the realization that this is a very balanced bill with concessions from both sides and coverage we can agree on. All Americans will now have insurance under the Co-op. Why? Because of the word mandate; (you must get insurance for yourself and your children) I now love the word mandate.

    September 17, 2009 at 12:20 am |
  120. RyanG

    First of all, let's get real. This whole debate is NOT over Health Care. This debate is over economic recovery through insurance reform. If this debate were truly about Health Care, then *someone*, the president, congress, the media, someone would have mentioned SOME form of medicine, treatment or procedure that would have been changed by this reform. But, no one IS talking about that. They are talking about how people's insurance will become cheaper and give the uninsured cheap insurance.

    Well, folks, having insurance is not the key to health care. Having medicine and treatments that actually treat you is Health Care. Why anyone would even consider ingesting some of the dangerous poison that passes for health care these days, I will never know, and why anyone would go a step farther and pay for that dangerous poison is beyond me

    September 17, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  121. Kernos

    I'm without insurance & have preëxisting conditions. But this mess will be as complicated for us as trying to do your own taxes. Baucus will create a new industry: health accountants. No way do I support this.

    K.I.S.S. One, non-profit healthcare payor.

    September 17, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  122. renny keed

    If not a single Republican is not onboard, maybe they should consider putting the public option back in and go for it? Can't see how the coupon or tax credit is going to work for those who are not working.
    If the health Ins. co-ops they are proposing are anything like food and community electric co-ops, you better get ready for political struggle for power at the top like you've never seen.

    September 17, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  123. Maria

    This, our President, is the hardest working president we ever had. His concern about the uninsured is commentable. My entire family and I voted for him and will do so again, should he decide to run at the next election.
    His success on the international scene is great, His diplomacy in dealing with Russia is outstanding.
    Maria
    A European American

    September 17, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  124. Sigrid

    Our president deserves great thanks for bringing us back from the brink of disaster by his ceaseless fight for a better economy, a health plan which will insure millions of uninsured, the upswing in the economy and for the diplomatic success with Russia by disabling the missile system in Poland and the Czech Republic. One can hear the tension drop from our European allies all the way over here.
    We are lucky to have a president who is highly intelligent, hard working and a good family man thus sets an example for our country.
    And yes, most definitely will vote for him again.
    Sigrid

    September 17, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  125. Roger Heisen

    Mr. Obama is not ready to be President of anything
    Insurance is based on probabilities not in certainty
    A certain health service for free or low fee is called an entitlement
    Insurance is for those in good health willing to pay a premium
    to insure them that if something happens in the future, they will
    be cover with the premium of the other people in the pool.
    Mr Obama does not even understand what is an insurance

    September 17, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  126. Adriee

    No thanks! I want to know how is it a person receiving financial support from the health industry gets to work on this very important resolution. He needs to recuse himself from working on it as well as the other who have received major campaign contributions. It isn't fair to America. That's not true accountability!

    September 17, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  127. Gilbert Sanchez

    What a Struggling Non-Profit Youth Organization's Founder have in common with President Obama!

    The President is trying to get people's attention (about health care reform) and pleading with them (What is obviously the – Right thing to do for Americans) and informing them that he needs their Help- their voice to change (that's what America voted For).

    The President is trying to reach out to the Youth of America, because he is aware of how important their lives will be effected by this and for continual generational support.

    The President of the United States of America (the most powerful Job in the free world) needs help to accomplish great things for America and will be counting on those to do the right thing.

    The President of the United States (What made this great country) has opposition and those that don't want him to succeed, unfortenately, they are people of "influence" that represent the majority of "what ever", and the "common" people, those that are not of the wealthy class- which is the majority of the people- has the minority of the "time- for the lack of a better term". The President of the United States wants to turn this around.

    The President of the United States has the Underdog role of doing good for the Majority of the people, but can't because of those in opposition and influentials want to remain in their wealthy status while the few and select rules- (Which government is the most socialist Now) What's sad is that this is being done with our knowledge and understanding that these people are doing things for the good of us (That's how they get away with this)

    Thank's for putting this out for people and the president to read.

    Sincerely, Gilbert Sanchez- GPYS Founder

    September 17, 2009 at 12:50 pm |
  128. Jesse Watkins

    I enjoy your program, and I have learned a lot.

    The CO-OP concept appeares good, but who is the Insurance Co. I bet it is the same Ins. Co. the President is fighting.

    That Co-Op is only a cover up for The Public Option, which the PO is the way to go.
    Ask the question, Who is the Insurer.

    Thank you.

    September 17, 2009 at 12:53 pm |
  129. DJ in Denver

    Hi Tony and all of the newsroom folks,

    You got some responses on this 🙂 I just saw your piece on people with artificial limbs wanting prosthetic devices to be covered under the health reform bill. There is a huge problem with insurance companies going halfway with certain heath issues. My ex-wife had breast cancer and ultimately got a double mastectomy. The anesthetist wasn't payed for and all of the reconstruction surgery was out of pocket. Why this is not considered part of the whole process by the insurance companies I'll never under stand. Oh yeah the hospital was out of pocket also. As long as you have surgery on a stack of newspapers in some back room and bite on a stick for pain my last insurance was fine. oh yeah you must like unsightly scars and missing parts.
    So what is the huge question about health care reform? President Obama should be saying, if you like your health insurance then keep the junk!

    September 17, 2009 at 1:25 pm |
  130. Valerie Counts

    PRESIDENT CARTER IS ABSOLUTELY ON TARGET. I FELT EXACTLY THE SAME WAY EVEN BEFORE HE SPOKE OUT ON IT. Tthe ugly signs that I see people carrying are the prejudice ones. Some are even raising their children to be the same way because they are giving them the signs unless they are too dumb to be able to read them. JEALOUSY and PREJUDICE was the issue with Wilson and President Carter hit the nail on the head!!! If they let him get away with it, they will do him like that from now on. If they do it in a meeting like that what can you say to the Town Hall people.!!!!!

    September 17, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  131. Dydy

    Dem make attention read your text before of meet the media they like the clip they are very goog in the clip good job president Obama today in maryland the students was enthusiasm with you on the reform health care

    September 17, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  132. Greg

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    September 17, 2009 at 6:58 pm |
  133. Gary

    for a little rich as cooper who present the show on the TV just for his pleasure It's normal for him of show of image horrible he call at the violence no only to black but others asian to men and women jewish rather of speaking the reform of health care for all it's ridiculous so Mrs Pelosi and Mr the President Carter to keep your consciousness quiet you be 2 person excellent courageous and strong who represent the majority of men and women and in particularly of young people who spokesman the peace and love in the world

    September 18, 2009 at 6:42 am |
  134. Dolly Grant, WY

    Keep the government out of health care!!! Stop paying for health care for those people that are NOT US citizens!! This will straighten the system out real fast. WE need to take care of our own first.

    September 18, 2009 at 10:05 am |
  135. Eddie McClellan

    Heidi- You will not be covered uder this program for a pre-exciting condition and will be put into a high risk pool at a high cost. It does not cover the Illegals so does that mean they will still be able to go to the hospital and get free health care like they do now?

    None of our politicans are listening to us anymore. What we have to do it wait till election time and vote everyne of them out of office.

    The Senator that wrote this bill is trying to get 32 million dollars for two new border buildings in his state. As we have seen on CNN they do not need this. This just goes to show you that the Senator does not care about the American people if he is willing to spend 32 million dollars for something the state does not need. He has taken more then 4 million from the insurance companies in the past years. We know he is in bed with them now, and has been for years. People of Montana need to vote this jerk out of office as soon as they can. What a joke Washington and the White House has become. Obama has made changes alright, the wrong changes that is for sure.

    September 18, 2009 at 10:06 am |
  136. Ken

    Tony,

    Say Bah to Baucus! Baucus wants to increase health care costs. Any new tax on Insurance companies would force them to increase premiums. We need lower premiums, not higher premiums.

    A question for you, Tony: If Insurance companies are forced to sign up new clients who have preexisting illnesses won't that force them to increase premiums for everyone to cover the extraordinarily high costs of cancers/aids/diabetes, etc. or else go out of business?

    Thank you for your thorough and insightful coverage,

    ken

    September 18, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  137. Jan O

    Mr. Obama is proposing the elimination of Medicare Advantage programs. I am currently in such a program and pay an additional premium for it. I am very concerned that the health care reform will be a pay more get less for older Americans like me by eliminating Medicare Advantage. I am not in favor of the current proposal for this reason.

    September 21, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  138. Paul

    I do not think that all of the senators and representative ,realize that a country supposily being rich to have 43 million people with out insurance and being 37th nation in the world taking care of their people it is a shame ,every one in this country should have insurance so we can sleep at night and not worry about loosing their home if catstrophy should hit.I do believe it is our right to have insurance free or other wise .There is a saying that a person that has every thing does not care for the ones that do not have any thing..I would like to know what would happen if all of the senators and all of the representative had to buy their insurance.

    September 22, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  139. Donald

    I haven't read the proposal extensively, but from what I have read and heard this morning it is absolutely ridiculous. It is unclear whether or not this will help the health care situation or not, I personally am not in favor, but that is not why I am posting. I am posting to bring attention to the fact that the government is trying to take control of yet another part of our lives. Not only would we not have the choice to have insurance, but we would receive a fine. I am a college student and even though I do have health care through my school if I didn't I would be fined because I can't afford it, putting me even more in debt. It doesn't make sense for the American people to tolerate this. When our ancestors came to this land many many years ago they came for freedom; it may have been for religious reasons, but freedom non the less. Yet as the years have gone by more and more of our freedoms are threatened. I believe that in the changing times it may be necessary to that to some extent, but not something like this.

    September 22, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  140. Terence Scott

    I'm having a blast during this recession. The stock market has been like fishing anywhere in the ocean with no bait on your hook and pulling up a big fish anywhere at anytime. I've made my annual pay in a matter of 3 months.

    September 22, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  141. Melissa

    I had a question about the Health care Reform. I have been talking to some Doctors who are against the reform. One of the points they made was that we will not be able to choose our own Doctors to go to. I have been trying to find resources that confirm that, but I have not found anything. Do you know whether that is the case or not?

    September 22, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  142. Keith

    When Susan gives us a median wage for a state the only way to put it in context is if we know what percentage of the population earns less than that median. Please let the people know that this is not an average wage but one weighted by huge numbers in a small portion of the population!

    September 22, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  143. MARILYN - FLORIDA

    Any bill that does not have a public option should not be passed, will not solve the problem or help the uninsured in even a minor way.

    If fact, if a bill passes that FINES Americans for not having insurance when many of us subsist month to month on limited incomes that already have us selecting between food and gasoline. Yet, we may own modest homes and have a payable modest mortgage, so we won't qualify for any kind of help in PAYING for that required purchase of health insurance.

    I learned recently that my doc charges a minimum of $140 for the shortest appointments. My dentist and his root canal specialist each charge around $1,500 for their services ... crown & root canal. I know that letting a tooth problem persist untreated can cause or worsen heart disease, even cause death. But, nothing is covered in "medical" care for dental work ... though the connection between dentistry and heart disease are well-known.

    So, here we are once again with a legislature that is determined to keep all uninsured Americans ... millions of us and growing millions more ... uninsures & unhealthy. That sure does not make for homeland security. But, the majority of legislators have made it apparent that all they care about is continuing to assure that their buddies, the HMO execs, make their big bucks while Americans suffer ... oh, and let's add on a REQUIREMENT that all Americans PAY for health care, even if they don't have jobs and can't afford food! Yeah, there's a plan!

    September 29, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  144. MARILYN - FLORIDA

    These right-wing, anti-our-President groups like CPRights.org that put out TV ads with 1/2 truths are repellant. I esp hate it when they say that the President's plan "does not assure you can keep your doctor." Well, moving from one job to another job, as many are doing, means that the new place likely will have a different plan than you currently have and your doctor may NOT accept that new plan. I know several people who are in that position right now.

    However, MOST docs accept Medicare & Medicaid and WILL accept any public plan. So, believe THIS, if you ever have to change your health plan, and do NOT have a Public Option you are MANY TIMES more likely to have to change doctors than you would under a Public Option.

    Don't you just hate the lying reich-wingers!?

    September 29, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  145. James of Houston

    Yes, First Lady Michelle Obama is now aggressively crusading for her husband’s health care takeover under the guise of championing woman who have been “crushed” by the system. ... One woman Mrs. Obama won’t be spotlighting?

    The mother of Dontae Adams.

    Michelle Malkin recently wrote about about Michelle Obama’s role in creating a patient-dumping scheme for the University of Chicago Medical Center back in March.

    With her husband and the Democrats unleashing health care horror story anecdotes to gin up public fear and build support for the beleaguered Obamacare plan, my syndicated column today revisits the kind of “reform” the Obamas and their Chicago cronies champion — and who benefits.

    Don’t expect the Democrats to support a probe. While a top executive at the hospital, Mrs. Obama helped engineer the plan to offload low-income patients with non-urgent health needs. Under the Orwellian banner of an “Urban Health Initiative,” Mrs. Obama sold the scheme to outsource low-income care to other facilities as a way to “dramatically improve health care for thousands of South Side residents.” The program guaranteed “free” shuttle rides to and from the outside clinics.

    In truth, it was old-fashioned cost-cutting and favor-trading repackaged as minority aid. Clearing out the poor freed up room for insured (i.e., more lucrative) patients. If a Republican had proposed the very same program and recruited black civic leaders to front it, Michelle Obama and her grievance-mongering friends would be screaming “RAAAAAAAAACISM!” at the top of their lungs.

    September 29, 2009 at 12:46 pm |
  146. Sandy

    Come on CNN, have your producers do their homework on who they interview re: healthcare reform.

    I live in Salt Lake City, I use to be a producer/writer of the news for an network affiliate station. While I like Sen. Orrin Hatch in general, he is a decent and fair man, he should not be interviewed in the matter of healthcare reform. Everyone knows "here" that he is deep in the pockets of pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and wherever the money is in healthcare and the lobbyists. Please do your homework, CNN...anyone in Utah political reporting can give you an earful on this subject.

    September 29, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  147. jenett

    i think longer days will not only help kids in testing but parents stuck at work . i also think if they have longer days homework should not be given. everyone knows homework puts stress on kids and parents.

    September 30, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  148. David Seppala

    A large part of health insurance costs go to attorney's and plaintiffs with regard to malpractice suits. What dollar amount of the money for healthcare reform will go toward legal suits and awards instead of toward healthcare?

    September 30, 2009 at 1:19 pm |
  149. sam hennawy

    hi tony:
    please ask questions when it comes to healthcare reform.
    A) what about if larry making $15000 a yr. but his employer does not offer a health ins.or the employer ins.is costing more than 10% of his income.
    B) Till now I do not know Why the republic party does not want health ins. for 15000 000 american without a job.

    October 1, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  150. Janay Johnston

    Without the public option, there is basically no reform. Power is still being given to insurance companies while now putting more of the burden of providing healthcare on the states. States that cannot afford to do so.

    October 7, 2009 at 12:13 pm |