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March 16th, 2010
08:26 AM ET

Has the stimulus helped you?

How has the $862 billion stimulus changed your life?

Today in the Newsroom, we're taking a look at the Wall Street Journal's latest survey of economists. Their finding: Overall, the stimulus has done good. We're breaking down some of the key stats for you.

Let us know your thoughts on the stimulus, and whether it's helped you be better off in this economy.


Filed under: Josh Levs • Tony Harris
soundoff (146 Responses)
  1. Jerry D

    There has been billions in waste and mis-management of the stimulus money. Try comparing the average amount of money that's been necessary to create a single job. The government has been giving our money away for years. Why not give it to the people and let them spend it where they want – that would stimulate the economy. Oops, they might as well just lower taxes. Oh, my stars, can't do that, can we. I guess it's better to tax, waste billions of it on bureaucracy, and then spend a million dollars to create one $30,000 per year job. Am I being sarcastic? Absolutely! The ineptitude of this government is absolutely appalling.

    March 16, 2010 at 8:33 am |
  2. Sally Williams

    I don't notice that my life has changed in any way. I didn't get a raise this year, and my health insurance is still expensive. We are taxed when we make money, when we spend it and when we don't spend it. We have certain people who are entitled to live a life of luxury and those who are not.

    March 16, 2010 at 8:48 am |
  3. Dean

    What stimulus?

    March 16, 2010 at 8:50 am |
  4. David

    This is pretty stunning news done by the wsj. This should be banner news that is repeated over and over.

    The stimulus IS WORKING EVERYONE

    March 16, 2010 at 8:52 am |
  5. michael armstrong sr.

    The stimulus has bought out all the vultures with get rich scams nothing has changed in fact things are getting worst .

    March 16, 2010 at 8:53 am |
  6. Dan

    No. Do you remember last year when they gave veterans the $250.00 towards the "stimulus" bill?
    Guess what, the government deducted $250.00 extra from my tax return from last year.
    So, basically all I got was an interest free $250.00 loan from the government. WHAT STIMULUS?

    March 16, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  7. David

    This is pretty stunning news done by the wsj. This should be banner news that is repeated over and over.

    The stimulus IS WORKING EVERYONE. It has added jobs. Now, what needs to happen is you Josh and all of your fellow reporters need to not let the Republicans say differently like almost always happens. These facts always get in their way and more often than not the media (corporate) plays along.

    The Healthcare debate now will add to the economic recovery. The CBO noted the deficit will be reduced by the bill. So, Ms. Phillips frames that fact this morning like it is a bad thing.

    Again, the facts are funny things for the Republicans to deal with. I so wish that the media would not let them trample the facts every time they talk

    March 16, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  8. Vinnie, Albuquerque, NM

    I am 58, with a professional IT career for almost 40 years. I was laid off last April and am hopeful I have found a term position for 3 months in my pay grade. I have no benefits and a husband with preexisting cancer issues. I get $350 a week when I made almost 2K a week. I hate unemployment (doesn't pay my mortgage) and I have seen nothing happening out here except for higher unemployment. The stimulus has done nothing here!

    March 16, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  9. Tom

    The stimulus has not done anything for me. I was unemployed last summer and still unemployed!

    March 16, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  10. Jim Johnson

    I bought a car under cash for clunkers, might have stayed limping with what I had otherwise.

    The economy has also been a great excuse for my employer, in spite of record profits, to force employees to accept reduced compensation. This is a rural area with sparse work opportunities. Feels like a return to the days of sweatshops and robber barons.

    March 16, 2010 at 8:58 am |
  11. Maaku Adi

    well, I dont have a job yet and it is because the economy is bad. The measures put forward by Presidents Obamas' Admin have help the economy greatly; they stopped the worst of the recession from happening. The stimulus package has help the economy and will continue to build the economy. People need to understand that it takes hours or even minutes to destroy a house but it takes years to rebuild it; now us that logic to look at the economy. President Obama has been in office for a year now, give him two more years and see how his policies will perform wonders for the economy.

    March 16, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  12. Mel

    Wow. Interesting subliminal symantics on your story. Rather than put up a graphic that says "48 out of 54 economist say stimulus will be positive", you chose to put up a graphic saying "6 out of 54 economists think the stimulus will be NEGATIVE". You also indicated the economy WILL ONLY grow by 1%", rather than giving a dollar figure as to how much it is. I would think in these depressive times that ANY growth is positive, yet you somehow manage to minimize the move in the right direction.

    I find it perplexing that you chose to focus on the bad news minority rather than the overwhelming supportive group. I can't help thinking the giant corporate heads at CNN want to see President Obama fail. Some of you impartial journalists have a harder time disguising your bias.

    I question how the same mesasge would be delivered if it were a Republican platform instead of a Democtratic one. I've long suspected CNN is rabidly right wing. You guys are just supporting my case every time you do a piece like this.

    March 16, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  13. mark bloomfield, in

    hey josh
    here in bloomington ,in the roads are a joke factorys are still closing and more out of work so the stimulus didn't help at all and there more on fixed incomes standing on street corners begging for food what a country.

    March 16, 2010 at 9:01 am |
  14. Namoh

    What about the REST of the story? This reminded me of the "broken window" example by Henry Hazlitt. Yes, it helped the economy , BUT, at what cost. How, when, who will eventually pays for this? It is like you sell your car and take a nice trip and while you are on your trip, someone asks you," Are you having a good time?" And 54 (economists) of the travelers will say yes, but 4 will say, well, not sure! Who knows the negative long term consequences of this HUGE bailout? Just brace yourself for the tsunami..

    March 16, 2010 at 9:04 am |
  15. Marcus Gibbs

    What average american should like the stimulas plan. Probabily over half of the money taxed away from the working class went to greedy North Eastern CEOs, and untold to the average american the bill is not designed to make more jobs, but infact the bill is to save the reckless banks and business that placed America (and the world) in this situation. But however the stimulas package was a great success, and these companies are infact seeing growth now.

    March 16, 2010 at 9:06 am |
  16. David Burt

    Josh, I enjoyed your piece this morning on the varying opinions of economists as regards the Stimulus. I was reminded of the old adage:
    "If you placed all of the economists in the world end-to-end, they still couldn't come to a conclusion."

    David Burt
    Payson, Utah

    March 16, 2010 at 9:08 am |
  17. Tony Ellis

    Agree with Jerry. Have said it for over a year now. If the government doesn't need our money, return it progressively based upon what a person has paid in during their lifetime. If you haven't paid taxes, you get nothing because chances are you are getting support from a social prgram anyway. If not, a portion of the money true tax payers receive would more than likely go to charities and therefore support those people as well. If you are struggling, but paid taxes, the money would allow you to pay off debt, stay in your home or make purchases and everyone benefits. Banks, business, communities,etc. If you are rich or own a business, you have a sizeable amount of extra funds to invest in employees, technology or equipment or make additional purchases. The taxes generated would also help states who have mismanaged instead of constant bailouts from the government. I for one am sick of not seeing any benefit from all of my tax dollars being spent. This is not change I can believe in. It's the same old "take care of the good ole boys" at the expense of the tax payer.

    March 16, 2010 at 9:09 am |
  18. Maria

    Dear Rick: This a subjec that I think is VERY IMPORTANT to mention in national TV. As you are aware the sencus is hiring people to help. I took the test in Spanish and English. Both times I started talking with th people that was there and I came to find out that 70% of the people tht ad applied or been hired , they all have FULL TIME WORK. n my opinion this is a slap in the face to those ones that are trying to get so mefood in the table and keep a roof over their heads . They should screen the people and only hire people that don't havea job. plenty of millions of unemployed people for the census to get the job done. SHAME , SHAME, SHAME!!!!!!!!! I plead to you so yo can make peple aware of this.!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 16, 2010 at 9:45 am |
  19. Anastasia Yeager

    The extended unemployment and the "making home affordable act" have benefited me. I'm not sure if either was in the stimulus. I just got my permanent modification and it was very favorable for me. I've been unemployed for 8 months.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  20. john white in new orleans

    Tony.....What dont the republicans understand about being the
    "MINORITY" PARTY. They lost the election, get over it.
    John White in Nola

    March 16, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  21. Carol Simonis

    Anybody votes against this health reform should lose their retirement and health care and join the rest of us. AND they certainly shouldn't be voted into office again!

    March 16, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  22. Gary

    Is this a joke? I am a white male, I have a 6-figure income, I have absolutely no credit card debt, I have no car loan, I am never late on my mortgage, I repaid all of my college loans and my credit score is above 850. I don't qualify for any government stimulus money due to the fact that I have been very responsible in my financial decisions. Why is my income taxed so those that have bought crappy cars, have over spent on credit cards, have defaulted on their mortgage or have not aspired to excel in life can get a hand out? Where is my government hand out? Where is my stimulus check? Where is my incentive for being a productive member of society?

    Frankly I don't want it but what really ticks me off is this irresponsible generation we are breeding that feels that the government is there to sustain their life and make up for their poor decisions. If you can't afford it then don't buy it !!!

    March 16, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  23. Dominic

    This is just another ill fated attempt to bring Health Care to the people. It does not do anything for those who cannot afford Health Care. There is no way insurance companies will shave their profits. The President needs to forget this and get back to the business of our economy.

    This bill will not create jobs. It will only cost the tax payers more money in the long run. This is a bad bill.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  24. Fran

    NO! NO! NO! All the money the gov is spending is hurting us all. How ashame we should be leaving this mess to my grandchildren.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  25. Dominic

    No. This was the second biggest waste of money. The first is the Health care reform

    March 16, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  26. Jon Salcedo

    Well, I have become unemployed as of February 2010. As a college student and entry-level worker (unemployed), I have not seen any benefits due to the stimulus. School tuition continues to rise, inflation continues to rise, and my resources continue to become constrained.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  27. Art DeMille

    Tony,
    I am in full support of Health Care Reform, most Americans also agree, however, Reform as proposed does not make sense, it is too complex, too expensive and to sweeping. Change is needed, but change that is not common sensed base, incentive oriented not penal in nature, not fiscally responsibility, and not supported by the majority of the American people is simply FOOLISH!

    Art DeMille

    March 16, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  28. Fran - Aurora, Colorado

    in favor of health care reform

    31,000,000 people need it, and I will have to help family members who don't have it – and i'm on social securtity only

    March 16, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  29. Bill Killeen

    Health Care Reform is Needed, but, this bill, as written, is Not about Healthcare, it is about Government Control of our lives, and that is socialism.
    If they were honest about healthcare reform, than last year, both torte reform and sale of health care insurance across state lines, should have been approves, as a minimum.
    This bill is a pay-back to Big Pharma, Ins Co, Unions for helping Obama get elected, while throwing the people under the bus..

    March 16, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  30. fiona

    Hey Tony everyone keeps talking about tiger, those women choose to sleep with him
    How come Ben Roethlisberger is getting a pass, after all he has been accused of rape. where is the feeding frenzy?

    March 16, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  31. Walter L Johnson

    The stimulus has allowed me to profit on government supported bank stocks that I never would have bought without their government guarantee. While the fund that supports my pension lost money, the money I managed directly for myself in stocks gained 100% because I bet on government fear of a Depression and not economic fundamentals.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  32. Joan Gorger

    I see the "Putting America to Work" signs on a long stretch the 101 Freeway north of Los Angeles – workers and construction very much in evidence. Interesting note – my Congressman voted against the stimulus bill.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  33. Ed

    Stimulus has not affected me at all. I am inclined to believe its a political pacifier for the masses to perceive that their government is working for them. Thanks.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  34. Jim Collins

    Though Im a Republican I voted for Obama , hoping he would be different than the run of politicians in both parties .A good part of my reasoning was a real reform of health care .Instead , he has rode herd on a bill well over 2000 pages that no one has read .As I see it , it has created a monster that will only make things worse .As it stands , it doesn't and won't address the only real problem with present day health care .What people are being charged .It doesn't require anyone to justify their prices .As usual , the public will come in dead last in consideration .Where's the change ?

    March 16, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  35. crystal

    no it only helps if you get one.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  36. Estalene Harringtoon

    Yes, I am for health care reform. If te Republicans (of whom I am one) had chosen to work together from the beginning for a good bill instead of voting "nno" on everything we migh have had a decent bill by now. Instead there were people like Ben Nelson who seemed determined to ruin every chance of getting a bill that would really be a good compromise. However, there are things in this bill we really need. Let's pass the bill, we can weed out the poor parts or make them better later.

    Thanks for the opportunity to speak about this.

    EHarrington

    March 16, 2010 at 10:31 am |
  37. Robert Neely

    I honorably served my country for 22 years in the U.S. Army. I served in Vietnam and in Desert Storm. I feel I have earned to medical benefits that I have. It would be nice if everybody could get medical benefits like mine but I feel that they should earn them. To just give away benefits to everybody cheapens the service and sacrifice of veterans everywhere.

    Robert Neely
    First Sergeant, Ret

    March 16, 2010 at 10:31 am |
  38. Larry Bates

    I just saw a fellow on your program talking about charges he had on an imergency room visit. I have one that will top any you have to date.
    My wife and I were involved in a traffic accident in December of 2007 in which were were transported to the local hospital for treatment involving neck and back pain. they did cat scans and the bill came to over $32,000.00. These were full body cat scans but we were charged for individual cat scans of head, neck, back and hips. We were not at fault and we had no health insurance. We could not find a doctor for follow-up treatment so we finally found an attorney that would help and in the end the insurance of the other driver paid so little that the attorney had to negotiate with the hospital to reduce the cost. They agreed to cut it in half but still the insurance paid so little that we cannot get surgeries needed as a result of the accident.
    you can call me on this on my cell at 615-397-1897

    March 16, 2010 at 10:32 am |
  39. Michael

    My wife was working as a legal secretary making around 34K a year... thanks to the stimulus.. a non-profit lobbying firm in DC was able to expand it's new business operations and hire her at an annual salary of 55K. We have since bought a new flat screen TV from a local retailer, bought new furniture for the house, and hire local contractors to expand a bedroom and remodel a bathroom. Perhaps our situation is unique, but overall, the stimulus directly affected my family.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  40. Carol Wallace

    The Democrats will probably have to hold their noses to vote for the Bill, but I believe it is better to get something passed now rather than nothing at all. Pass it now and amend it later

    March 16, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  41. Bob, Clemmons, NC

    How can you do a story concerning the stimulus package without referring the government report (www.recovery.gov) where it states that the majority of the data being retrieved from the field is wrought with errors? And that the offices in charge of disbursing the money are not staffed to handle the influx of request and the money supposedly coming to them? And that these offices are in need of hiring people? Temporary job creation? And that the offices disbursing the money have had to stop processing their normal duties, that is disbursing funds already approved for use, just to handle the stimulus money to make the current administration look like heroes?

    March 16, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  42. Paula Radakovich

    Tony,
    Insurance companies and pharmacital companies have run our health care for the last 20 years. I feel that the President tried to get the whole Senate and house of representatives to work together to pass health care reform. I have insurance but I know there are alot of citizens that don't. I worked in the Medical and Dental field for the last 30 years and the cost have changed but it is criminal what the hospital and insurance companies have agreed to charge people because they can. Therefore I feel that the health bill should pass to start reforming our health care system. It would have been better had all parties worked together but the just say NO is not an answer. Please pass this bill.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:39 am |
  43. chuck

    if 90% of want need health care why not put the public option in at the last moment and they will get the votes they need to pass it thats what all of us need after it passes then they can fix the bill what has to be fixed

    March 16, 2010 at 10:39 am |
  44. Eric

    Just saw a CNN segment on the stimulus and wanted to share my disappointment with the process. The "survey" is clearly biased, and was not properly run. If you ask whether unemployment is decreased and GDP is increased, well, OF COURSE they are. That is what happens when you throw taxpayer money at a problem. If we used this trillion dollar stimulus and it didn't even create one job or create $1 of value, that would have beena humongous waste.

    The better question for those great economists would have been whether they think this will help the country in the long run. My resounding answer is NO. We are rewarding improper speculation, mistreating taxpayers and hard workers, and inflating the dollar. These, among many other fiscally irresponsible actions by the government, will lead to a long-term degradation of US markets, and also the outflow of any talent remaining in this country.

    People need to think about a term longer than the next one or two years. Wake up people!

    March 16, 2010 at 10:39 am |
  45. Egberto Willies

    The stimulus did not have a direct effect on me or my business. That said, everybody must admit that the stimulus has helped them. Afterall, if our economic output would have been smaller which most economist agree would have been the results had the stimulus not passed, we would all have been affected negatively economically.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:40 am |
  46. donna noggle

    I believe everything the President has done for us is helping us. I believe he has really tried to do what is best for the American people. He will probably go down in history as one of the best presidents of our time.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:42 am |
  47. Denise Lockwood

    Five ways the stimulus money has helped me...
    1. As a journalist who was laid off Oct. 2008, I qualified for the dislocated worker program and I'm now in a grad certificate program (a program I would have never been able to have done on my own).
    2. I leveraged some of the new web content development skills I learned to work as an intern for my former employer.
    3. I completed several projects for my former employer successfully.
    4. My former employer had several part-time positions,.
    5. I got hired for one of those positions and I started yesterday. I don't believe this would have happened without the stimulus money.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:43 am |
  48. Alan

    I cant understand how theses 53% of the voters can say the stimulus has not helped the country when 6 out 54 economists have declared that the stimulus has helped employment, kept people from going hungry, boosted the GDP and more. Also, theses same voters are voting to pass the health care bill how in the world can you be for one and not the other both go parallel with each other

    March 16, 2010 at 10:47 am |
  49. James

    Tony,

    Health care reform has become a moral issue with me. I live in a small, Midwestern city and know and work with my neighbors. Every day I look into the faces of people I know who do not have health care insurance. Several friends I know have had to declare bankruptcy due to medical bills. Hardly a week goes by that an appeal is not made in the local newspaper for funds to help defray the cost of someone's medical treatment!
    You may not want the government between you and your health care provider, but I'd certainly prefer that to having insurance companies between me and my health care. If government regulated health care is so terrible why is Medicare such a roaring success. If you want a revolution in this country, take Medicare away from our seniors!

    March 16, 2010 at 10:50 am |
  50. riss

    everything ablack president does would of course be wrong .where were you 10 years ago?

    March 16, 2010 at 10:50 am |
  51. SystemEngineer

    Except for the Double-Tax (on Unemployment Insurance 'income'; 1/10th of my former salaries), unless we get dynamic jobs (non-governmental) the citizens will NOT be able to pay taxes... which in turn would generate Revenue & 'spending-money'; the part of the economy businesses rely upon for increased income, growth, and to spend upon increased employment.

    I.E.: If we don't have jobs, then we will not spend enough to restart the economic engine.

    For now the economic train remains off-track.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:51 am |
  52. John Nelson

    It must be working. Politicians who voted against the package as well as those who supported line up to take credit for the money it brings to their district. The Stimilus has helped to show the "HYPOCRISY" in government. Why aren't the politicians who didn't support it showing up at the "Photo Op" telling the tax payers it was a waste of money and they don't want it in their district. As far as the "Very rural Areas", Stimulus is a joke. The money was meant for 95% of the population but only 3% of the area of America.

    March 16, 2010 at 10:54 am |
  53. krystle

    I need your help I live in va and we just got a new gov who's best instrest is discrimination he just past a bill in va that give employers to discriminate on gay and lesbian race ect. I believe this is not right we are going to increse hate crimes here in this state if something is not done how can a state gov do this and this not make news spread the word help us before is to late

    March 16, 2010 at 10:55 am |
  54. Alan P. B.

    Tony
    Pass the health Care Bill NOW! This is America w/a real American Tell you! I want you to pass this Health Care Bill NOW! I want everything for the patient to be on that Health Care Bill and I want it the advantage to be on the side of the patient instead of the insurance companies. All I remember from insurance companies is how the couldn't treat me for this and couldn't treat me for that. What the heck was I paying 6/7 hundred dollar premiums for? Make it so that it is so competitive they are begging for our business its about time we have a president that is on our side. Guess what we a going to make absolutely sure he is reelected for a second term youbetcha! These insurance companies have been ripping us off for to long let them get in line for a change and get what they have coming to them. If they go under so be it. I have been paying premiums and getting nothing in return for to long. The idea that I pay $600 a month for health insurance and then I have a deductible to meet first then get the proper care is satupid.It is an insult to all Americans intelligence. I want government health care with no deductibles and I want free prescription medicine when I need it NOW! So, pas the Obama care NOW!

    March 16, 2010 at 10:57 am |
  55. Adam

    I think it has helped stop unemployment from getting worse than it is. The people in this great hearted country cannot keep borrowing from China though. We as citizens are all gonna have to all pitch in out of our own pocket. Everyone should be made to pay 5% or so of what they are worth instead of borrowing from foreigners. Anybody can be against the stimulas but are you willing to pitch in out of your pocket.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:03 am |
  56. Adam

    Are you people against the stimulas willing to pitch in out of your own pocket. I bet your not so shut your mouth or step up to the plate.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:06 am |
  57. dartcanyon

    I just watched Fox News discussion with Senator James Clyburn and it seems that Pelosi is going to push for the Healthcare Bill to be passed without a vote. How come it can happen with healthcare but not with Unemployment Extensions and added Tiers? As always it is monkey business behind closed doors in Washington. A "You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours" government. This is outrageous and is all about election year shenanigans. And we are supposed to have faith in what Washington does and how they do it?? I don't think so. More reasons NOT to VOTE or pay taxes. I am ashamed of all politicians and their sneeking and lying to deliverately hurt the hurting Americans.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  58. James m tessitore

    The stimulus package has effectived all Seniors in that their was no money for a cost of living increase or a one time $250 payout, however there was more than enough money for the banks and insurance company's which pn turn made many millionairs with our money. I wonder how many millionairs Obama has made since he took office? There wasn't any money to help me keep my house. the only way ii can show how much the stimulus package has helped will be at the polls. I'll tell all my senior friend to keep voting democratic if you want to keep getting the shat.
    Jim
    P.S. by now you know I don't approve of the stimulus

    March 16, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  59. SystemEngineer

    Why should we expect government jobs to make a difference? Congress gave over TWO TRILLION $$ to Haliburton, Lehman & Cheney's other buddies over the last decade, and that did NOTHING for Joe & Jane Mainstreet.

    Privately-owned business could lossen their purse-strings, and employ a thousand times whatever the government might try. THEY are hoarding operating capital more tight-fistedly than those they've furloghed & fired.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  60. Iven

    I'm a stay home dad that gets SSI every month. The stimulis is help me and my family survive.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  61. Jobless

    Can you give updates on the jobs bill measure? Health care is taking over helping the unemployed!!! Will there be another extension added to the current extensions? I have been out of work over 1 year, have applied for over 100 jobs and have had only 3 interviews!! I am dieing out here!

    March 16, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  62. Vic

    The USA is still hemraging jobs to foreign nations. Caterpillar is moving to China, Chrysler is building a $1/2 billion dollar plant in Mexico. We have to return the jobs which made our everyday consumables to the USA or we will perish. My website railroadingamerica.com – Will Tony Harris talk about the 2.3 million jobs that have been moved to China? No!

    March 16, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  63. Gil

    Should Congress vote down healthcare reform they will drive even more folks into even more dire financial straits. The real "death panels" are the insurance company administrators who deny coverage based on the long, long list of pre-existing conditions. Health Insurance is a necessary evil and the Insurance companies are ONLY driven by profit and not concern for patients. I wonder how much money this month is being spent by the insurance company lobbyists to kill health care reform and kill more Americans.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  64. Sharon

    I support passage of healthcare reform and most of my friends and the people I know support it. The politians and pundits who say the public doesn't support it are lying. No one asked me or anyone I know. Has anyone asked the 33 million without coverage if they support it? I went through bankruptcy last year because of a major illness and I have insurance.
    Sharon

    March 16, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  65. Craig H. Jackson Jr,/MOM-Carrie Causey Jackson

    r. Mr. Tony the Stimulus helped me and my Mother, but now we need help with the marketing of my mom book online..titled JUST MY IMAGINATION...Published by Authorhouse Inc. Amazon & Google. Please look into this for us. -7.251714-586-1049.....813-766

    March 16, 2010 at 11:24 am |
  66. L Adams

    Hey Tony, why do you guys keep asking what the people think, and then making a judgment based on the peoples opinion, do you really think the people have a clue, well they don't. People never know whats good for them, they only know what is good to them. Stop leading people to believe they make a difference, things are not going back to they way it was, Capitalism is dead, greed and selfishness killed it, and human beings aren't going to change. The world is ready to reset, and we will be forced to adapt or become extinct!!!

    March 16, 2010 at 11:24 am |
  67. Stephen

    I am not sure whether or not it will help us. My wife has cancer and has no insurance and because of my SSDI,, she didn't qualify for any insurance: however, she now qualifies for Medicade Disability. I am on SSDI and have Medicare but Medicare does not pay for any of my drugs... WHAT? doughnut hole -= mine is between zero and zero ???

    Stephen from Indianapolis

    March 16, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  68. Darwin E Maus

    Without the Stimulus, my wife & I would have lost our home = Extended unemployment benefits have helped us until we can find jobs – which are very scarce in our area- as it is we will need to commute over 70 miles & those are low paying jobs

    March 16, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  69. Gail

    Phoenix

    Hi Tony: Thanks for going beyond the pundits and politicians to get a response to this question.

    The stimulus has helped me in four ways:
    First – the tax credit was a Godsend because my employer informed us that we would not receive the annual cost of living increase right before President Obama approved taxcuts for the middle class. Believe me, I saw the difference in my paycheck as a result of the President's action;

    Second – I am recently widowed and now receive my husband's pension. Through the Stimulus, I also received the one time payment provided to retirees in December 2009;

    Third – I am working on a community development project in an urban neighborhood which includes improvement to infrastructure. Since we had a lot of shovel ready projects underway, the Stimulus funds were of great assistance with the repavement of streets, creation of cul de sacs and completion of right of way entries to neighborhood;

    Four – the work on highways throughout Phoenix is phenomenal! Lots of improvements, expansion and completion of new routes, work for local residents and contracts to local businesses; and

    Five – my daughter is an administrator in the public education system and the Stimulus funds helped tremendously with the continued employment of teachers.

    The Republican politicians from Arizona do not talk about it, but I am quite sure if you looked at distribution of funds, you will see a large amount of Stimulus Funds that was provided to Arizona and there is evidence that Arizona received funds in various ways.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  70. SystemEngineer

    Denise Lockwood; You went from full-time, to contract & part-time, at a drastic decrease in overall income.

    UNTIL EMPLOYERS STOP MOVING FULL-TIME JOBS TO TEMP/PART-TIME/CONTRACT POSITIONS THIS DEPRESSION WILL NOT BE OVER.

    By the way, how has your job loss & migration affected your medical insurance? Job-based insurance, as a whole MUST be eliminated as a primary means of health care, because long-term employemnt has gone the way of the dinosaurs: EXTINCT.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  71. Lori - PA

    The unemployment extensions I have gotten have helped, a job would be better.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  72. Jake

    For 8 years Americaqns were marched to the brink of finincial ruin. Then pushed over; going back to the way things were is not possible, but they will get better. It will take years not months. Also, I guess to some people it meant a $10,000 check in the mail. After all, its much easier to go th the mailbox than get out and actually do sometning to help. Our problems are not acohol or drugs, the culprits are the fast growing blogs spreading hate, fear and pessimism and general lack of values.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  73. Ted Coppock

    Improper "grammar" is not limited to education as mentioned this morning.

    Take a look in the mirror. Media host of some note such as yourself continually say "preciate" instead of "appreciate" as in appreciate it.
    Also this morning your rushed to another story from a guest on your show saying "thank Sir" rather than "thank you Sir"..

    Constant use of the term "you know" when the reason I am listening is to find out. I would not have to listen if I knew. Constantly using the term "look" when in fact you do not want anyone to look but in fact to notice your words or pay attention is rediculous.

    Thanks for the opportunity to comment.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  74. MR.AL

    Stimulus for me nothing yet! Lawmakers froze SSI's raise for 2010 and Ive seen nothing!! People on SSI were promised a stimulus payment since Lawmakers froze the raise. Lawmakers 2010 gave thenselves a raise, retirement bennefits!! Do they get stimulus?

    March 16, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  75. JIM

    How about a chart to track the bank/insurance company recipients by name and in more detail. Update it weekly and report it.

    Label your columns something like:

    Recipient, Amount Recieved, Amount Paid Back, Interest Earned, Balance Remaining.

    Let's call out the slackers and give some credit (pun intended) to those who deserve it.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  76. Gerald Looney, MD

    Individual providers and consumers will be swallowed up in a giant impersonal bureaucracy interested primarily in itself, its statistics and reports, and healthcare will become the world's greatest oxymoron, surpassing even postal-service. More than any legislative body in history, this current congress in one short year has demonstrated repeatedly its ability to tackle vast problems with half-vast ideas.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  77. Denise Lockwood

    System Engineer
    I find your response quite interesting in that it assumes several things.
    Let's be clear... the question was, did the stim money help me? The answer is yes it did. I went from full-time to being unemployed to employed. On unemployment I was getting $283 a week, but then my benefit year was recalculated and until last week I was making $138 a week. Now I'm making almost $400 a week... working 20 hours. I also will be freelancing for another newspaper and going to school.

    Just before I was laid off I was actually looking into writing about temp jobs, but of course that didn't happen. Still, the question wasn't about health care, but I understand your position. I could talk more about that, but it would be going off topic.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:44 pm |
  78. Gene Lucas

    In our area the stimulus has kept many public services in operation. My concern is – what happens when this stimulus money runs out? We can't keep on borrowing forever. The whole world is facing this same problem, and we need a world solution – not more stimulus, but removal of the causes for their need.

    March 16, 2010 at 12:56 pm |
  79. Wes Smith

    Josh,

    I think the stimulus is working. However, why does CNN not cover the raiding of the Social Security of all the money that was put aside for the baby boomers. You can have all the stimulus you want but if you can't pay your bills there will be a tough road ahead.

    March 16, 2010 at 2:03 pm |
  80. Jerry Bodenhamer

    They only measurable effect I see is that the state and local governments are using the Stimulus Funds to plug holes in their existing budgets...sounds like a state and local problem to me, and one which shoudl be borne by the taxpayers of those jurisdictions.

    Otherwise, the variety and amount of wasteful pork spending is obscene, and will only hurt us all in the long run when we have to pay for it.

    If I, as managing director for a professional services firm were to spend my company's money like that, I would be fired (and with good reason). I think we should fire all of the idiots that sponsored the pork barrel amendments, along with the other idiots that didn't even take time to read the bill before voting on it.

    March 16, 2010 at 2:13 pm |
  81. Constantine

    Why don't the Republicans form their own health care bill if they are so opposed to the Democrats' bill?

    March 16, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  82. Joe

    Well I live in Michigan and I'm a licensed plumber. I can't find work and so have returned to school to try my luck in the medical field. Not sure I'm going to make it because of the waiting list to even get into the program. Not sure what I'm going to do. The stimulus money hasn't helped me one bit. The government would have been better off cutting us a big fat check instead of what appears to me a big waste of our tax dollars. Thing are bad and I don't see them getting any better.

    March 16, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  83. dartcanyon

    There is still stimulus money left that Washington should use to add more Tiers to unemployment instead of using it for more bank/executive bailouts. Our hard earned tax dollars help everyone but those who REALLY need it. The healthcare issue could wait...we cannot and it isn't our fault we got laid off from our jobs. That fault lies with Washington for sending our jobs/businesses out of the country and for giving foreigners preference in getting jobs...and this can be proven. I just watched Fox News discussion with Senator James Clyburn and it seems that Pelosi is going to push for the Healthcare Bill to be passed without a vote. How come it can happen with healthcare but not with Unemployment Extensions and added Tiers? As always it is monkey business behind closed doors in Washington. A "You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours" government. This is outrageous and is all about election year shenanigans. And we are supposed to have faith in what Washington does and how they do it?? I don't think so. More reasons NOT to VOTE or pay taxes. I am ashamed of all politicians and their sneeking and lying to deliverately hurt the hurting Americans.

    March 16, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  84. Jim D

    Why are you and the rest of congress trying to reset the country because why else would you try to push trillions of dollars worth of legislation in such a short time.
    Why is the government getting on average a 12% increase in budget while the American people are getting a 20% cut in there budget. Your self and obama are resetting this country by breaking the back of the American people with higher taxes and overwhelming the system. The people know what you are doing and we demand that you stop the socialist and destructive agenda of the Obama administration.

    Cloward-Piven is a strategy for forcing political change through orchestrated crisis.
    The strategy was first proposed in 1966 by Columbia University political scientists Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven as a plan to bankrupt the welfare system and produce radical change. Sometimes known as the "crisis strategy" or the "flood-the-rolls, bankrupt-the-cities strategy," the Cloward-Piven approach called for swamping the welfare rolls with new applicants – more than the system could bear. It was hoped that the resulting economic collapse would lead to political turmoil and ultimately socialism.
    The National Welfare Rights Organization (NWRO), founded by African-American militant George Alvin Wiley, put the Cloward-Piven strategy to work in the streets. Its activities led directly to the welfare crisis that bankrupted New York City in 1975.
    Veterans of NWRO went on to found the Living Wage Movement and the Voting Rights Movement, both of which rely on the Cloward-Piven strategy and both of which are spear-headed by the radical cult ACORN.
    Both the Living Wage and Voting Rights movements depend heavily on financial support from George Soros's Open Society Institute.

    March 16, 2010 at 11:44 pm |
  85. Dan Scarlotto

    I remember getting a $250 deposit in my acct. So I paid down my credit cards with it. As far as I know, I didn't create any additional employment for anyone to process the deposit.

    March 17, 2010 at 9:46 am |
  86. Beads Underfoot

    Many if not most school districts revenues are generated via local property taxes. MI property taxes have plummented due to the collaspe of the auto industry in MI.

    My suggestion is that we as taxpayers can no longer afford the multiple layers of so-called Local Government. It is my opinion that we must combine and eliminate these multiple layers of local governments by combining at the county level for BOTH school districts and local governments. For example, there are approximately 61 local governments in Oakland county alone. This proposal would effectively eliminate all city and township governments and have only one "Local Government" which would be at the county level. Do the same for school districts...one school district per county.

    We taxpayers cannot afford another generation of non-educated folks who end up on various forms of public assistance. We cannot afford the pensions and benefits given/earned by these multiple layers of government employees. We need the policemen, firemen, road maintenace workers, but we cannot afford 61 police chiefs, 61 IT Directors, 61 Human Resources Directors...etc. We can effectively reduce all of these administrative functions by combining at the county level.

    Of course, the real problem is the 40%+ rise in the cost of medical care in the last 5 years, which MUST be addressed as well. A one payer system is the most logical, and I would extend Medicare to all US citizens, and pay for it with a percentage tax on payroll, just like social security. BUT, we must eliminate the cap on this percentage income tax and redefine what income is. For example, all stock options must be considered as income and taxed accordingly.

    Just my thoughts...

    Beads Underfoot

    March 17, 2010 at 10:55 am |
  87. Jay Hawkins

    Health Care needs to pass NOW. I have waited all my professional life for Government to wake up and have the political will, and moral will to reform our systems.We finally have a President that has the brains and moral courage to BEGIN THE REFORM PROCESS. I was forced out of my insurance due to cost, lost my job due to heart failure in 2008, and in Bankruptcy RIGHT NOW.
    I'am not a complaining American but a professional American with a strong education, career in to fields, and now all gone. I'am disabled with a cardiac disability and my future is wiped out.

    Thank You

    Jay L. Hawkins

    March 17, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  88. Chuck Casale

    About the abuse of the stimulus money.....
    I think it is the nature of some humans to take free money whenever it becomes available.
    If you are unscrupulous by nature and you can sleep well at night knowing you misappropriated funds intended for the public good, you are one of these types of people.
    Hope there's not too many of you around......

    March 17, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  89. Kathryn

    Yes the stimulus bill has helped me personaly. I was laid off work back in Oct 2008 and have been looking for work since then while still qualifying for unemployment benefits!! We would have lost so much more if I was not getting the additional weeks of unemployment. We have also benefited from the COBRA stimulus reduction package because being unemployed we could have never afforded health insurance @ $995/month. Thank you President Obama for caring for those less fortunate!!

    March 17, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
  90. Chuck Casale

    For Ali......
    Sounds like Mexico is turning into another Somalia!
    Total lack of government, a haven of chaos and anarchy.

    March 17, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  91. John W. Mikus

    When CNN compares the dollars spent under the Obama stimulus package to jobs retained or created, is CNN including funds paid to the states who are unable to fund unemployment benefits and extension of those benefits or school budgets or for research and development of new technologies. If CNN is including those dollars in the total, then CNN is not accurately reporting the number of jobs created by stimulus funds that go directly to "shovel ready" projects and doing the Obama Administration a disservice. I am interested in receiving your response and explanation of your analysis and reporting on the subject.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:04 pm |
  92. John W. Mikus

    CNN needs to compare the number of jobs lost in January of 2009 when Bush II left office and the number of jobs lost in January of 2010 one year into the Obama Administration. CNN needs to compare the negative growth rate in the GNP when the GOP lost control of Congress in the Fall of 2008 to the present growth rate in the GNP under Democratic control of Congress. CNN needs to compare today's stock market value to the value of the stock market when Bush II left office. CNN needs to repeatedly report these figures to the American people on a daily basis for at least as long as CNN reported on the infidelities of Tiger Woods but not as long as FoxNews fails to report the same comparision of GOP and Democratic controlled Congresses and White House.

    March 17, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
  93. John W. Mikus

    Why has CNN failed to keep the heat on Congress to pass the Natural Gas Act. Boone Pickens reports that the oil import numbers for February 2010 have been released and, as usual, the news hasn't changed much. According to Pickens, we're still importing nearly 60% of the oil we use and we're still using about 70% of that for gasoline to drive our cars, light trucks, and SUVs, and diesel for heavy-duty trucks like 18-wheelers and refuse/recycling trucks. According to Pickens, in February, we imported 322 million barrels of petroleum at a total cost of $24.6 billion. That means we're still on track to send approximately 1/3 OF A TRILLION DOLLARS out of the country this year to pay for our gasoline and diesel – and that's with February being a short month and the world still in a recession! Why is CNN ignoring this important issue thereby helping foreign governments who hate us continue to profit along with their transnational corporate henchmen? Is CNN is beholden to their transnational corporate henchmen as well (for their advertising dollars). So much for an independent free epress called the Fourth Estate that was intended to be the last line of defense of our representational democracy. With your freedom of the press comes a very serious but now apparently failed responsibility to sustain a government of the people, by the people, and for the people (with the emphasis on the word "people").

    March 17, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  94. Bullfrog

    are ya'll joking

    March 17, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  95. Dee Doyle

    Josh,

    You mentioned last week about a problem with those folks having their income tax returns sent back due to a 250.00 stimulus pymt? Would you clarify this statement? There is a government credit of $250.00 which some people have received. Is this the one? If your referring to the stimulus checks we received, I thought the one time pyment was non-taxable.

    Waiting your response!!!

    March 17, 2010 at 11:20 pm |
  96. Markie Jackson

    WE just want the exact same healthcare that Congress enjoys. Why is that so hard to understand?

    I heard Michelle Bachman say she had good insurance because her employer provides here with good insurance. WE ARE HER EMPLOYER !!!!!!!!!!! Why isn't the media repeating this over and over and over............

    March 18, 2010 at 10:06 am |
  97. allan and emma

    Without healthcare we will fail as a nation. We cannot give this kind of money to insurance companys and special intrest groups. Energy companys that rip us off. Banks rip us off. Healthcare rips us off. the joke is what kind of country have we become? We should be ashamed of ourselfs for letting it happen!

    March 18, 2010 at 10:08 am |
  98. kent

    Why do you continue to ask people about what they think of the Health Care Bill. Why don't you ask them what is contained in the Health Care Bill. I can promise you they have no idea what is in the Bill. Members of Congress probably have no idea what is in the Bill. Why don't you post an objective synopsis of the Bill and then ask your question. People are speaking out with their emotions using information from their favorite Cable Channel

    March 18, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  99. Alice Dale Barrett

    I am in favor of the healthcare bill. Those that are against the bill needs to understand that not only are people hurting for jobs but they are also hurting for healthcare. Those that have jobs more than likely have healthcare and can go to the doctors. The majority of Americans that do not have healthcare are the young people. In order to cut healthcare costs you have to get everyone covered and then you can cut the costs and the bill should be passed. The American people are paying for it whether you go to the hospital and do not have insurance and/or when the bill gets passed. REPUBLICANS: THE BILL WILL GET PASSED NO MATTER WHAT YOU SAY, STOP MAKING THIS POLITICAL!

    March 18, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  100. Barbara E. Connor

    Absolutely in favor of passage of health bill. We have to start somewhere. Unfortunately the media has not done a thing to emphasize that with the original passage, there is plenty of wiggle room to tweak before final passage.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  101. Sara

    The stimulus provided me, and all working Americans with a little more money in our paychecks!
    The stimulus package also made sure that my children had teachers in their classroom this year.
    The stimulus package also made sure that my community had police offices, and fireffighters looking out for my neighbourhood, and keeping my community safe!
    The stimulus package also provided many in my neighbourhood with job, I see construction workers repairing a bridge in my neighbourhood, one that desperately needed to be fixed!

    So YES, the Stimulus has worked!

    March 18, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  102. dr susan

    All for it Tony! Honestly I cannot believe that the American people can't see through the insurance company efforts to stop this. It is sinful that I have to worry every day that my 27 year old son might get hurt or sick. He has no health care and he is not covered by our insurance simply because he is over 24 years old. Insurance companies need to be in the business of providing insurance not making huge profits!

    March 18, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  103. keith

    Tony,

    Health care reform is needed, BUT I dot agree with it being aprroved without everyone knowing exactly what is really in the bill. What are they not telling the people? Watching the polls, people are still not approving this process. Maybe we will see new members of congress if this bill passes.

    Keith

    March 18, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  104. Marla Williams

    The Republican Party is not going to agree with anything President Obama does! they want him to FAIL!! it is sadd to see that we have come to this in AMERICA. There is no RESPECT for President Obama HOWEVER, when President Bush put us into TWO wars that we are paying BILLIONS on still every month you didnt hear 1 REBUBLICAN stand up and say We could use this money Towards Fixing HEALTH CARE!! ALL Americans should be able to have Basic Health Care it is a Right . IT IS okay for Taxes to be taken out of my check to pay for other things in America but when I get Laid off NO ONE is giving me a HAND OUT and my family cannot go to the Dr office THAT IS a little BACKWARDS to me. PASS HEALTH CARE REFORM because it will save AMERICAN tax payers money in the LONG RUN and it will STOP THE INSURANCE CO and PRESCIPTION CO from milking us. I PAY insurance prem every month and I dont even see the DR but maybe twice a year WHY!! this system is not working and DO NOT GET ME STARTED ON MEDICARE/CAID that system does not work for everyone either and there is BILLIONS of Dollars in Fraud there. HEY REPUBLICANS if you want to RE DUE something work on that MEDICARE/CAID FRAUD issues....

    March 18, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  105. Steven M. Seaman

    What?, there is a stimulus package? Who knew. I have gone to five different banks to get a business loan, 150k with me putting 25k and inventory and equipment with it. Bank of America, remember them, told me not enough experience in this business venture. I have over thirty years in food and beverage management, what do I need forty? Give me a break?

    March 18, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  106. BJ

    The people not wanting health care reform are the people who already have it and don't want to rock the boat

    March 18, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  107. Patricia Ford

    Tony! We enjoy watching you here in Tennessee. And I love the new hair cut look. Please continue to enjoy what you do. You are a very funny and down to earth guy. We do enjoy that very much. I don't know what happened to you that you were off the air for a while. But please don't leave us again.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  108. uyi

    The republicans are scared to death that this president will succeed by doing something great for the American people.
    Its time to pass the bill and damn the republicans and their racists base and supporters.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  109. Debbie

    Wow, insurance must be shaking in their boots. Republican have reduced themselves to threats. Maybe it is them who will loose the election, no insurance money to support their efforts.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  110. Beth Dusty

    I honestly believe that all these people in Washington need to be replaced, including the President,9yes I voted for him) and his time will come. They are not doing what the American people hired them to do. This health care plan is so very bad!! If people wanted health care, they could definitely pay for it. Just like they pay for their new cars, their new boats, their cigarettes, their beer and their drugs. How stupid does the government think the American people are??? I am totally disgusted with our government and ALL Democrats there should and will be replaced come election time And no, I am not a Republican. I am a VERY concerned "Independent" American.

    Beth Dusty

    March 18, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  111. Mike

    Everybody does poll results. But 'approval' or 'disapproval' having been self-reported is meaningless. All America's media could perform a great service to the populace, by 'qualifying' the parties whose 'opinions' they report. If there were even a trivial requirement that opinion holders demonstrate some level of understanding about an aspect of the legislation they do or don't like, their opinions would be vastly more significant. As an example, it is likely nobody wants Sarah Palin's 'Death Panels'. But those who oppose reform from fear of those imagined panels, are simply victims of special interest groups' propaganda, not basing their stand on an informed knowledge of the actual reforms proposed.

    How about a poll that asks half a dozen detailed questions - not the same ones of every respondent, lest the system be gamed - and then reports the pro-vs-con standings of groups who know the most, compared to those who know the least – or misunderstand the greatest number of actual details.

    Compiling such an assessment, especially if there were evidence of any correlation, positive or negative, between the extent of accurate understanding of the proposals and the favorability with which they are viewed, would be immensely helpful, far beyond the mere statement that says 47% of people (whom we have no idea what their comprehension of the issues is), prefer the status quo over a change.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  112. Beth Dusty

    This government has not changed my life one bit. NOTHING they have done, which is next to nothing, for the average American has changed my life. I am so sick and tired of all the lies, including Mr. Obama's. I can't hardly wait for the next election...For the record... I am Independent.
    Beth Dusty

    March 18, 2010 at 10:28 am |
  113. John

    Please, do not judge so hard the people using the food stamp cards ilegally! The real culprit is the Congress. The ill fated "Economy stimulus package" provided 25% of the funds to increase not the number of the food stamp recipients, but the amount of money they will get via food stamp cards. Even better, this will become one of those permanent "entitlements", which that legislation was not legally meant for. The people have more money than they need for food, so they buy lottery tickets and the crooks at the convinience stores are prosperous

    March 18, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  114. Kris Jackson

    We're the only industrialized nation that does not have some form of national health, and the only one where insurance companies control health care. We're the only one where people are refused coverage or refused treatment on a regular basis. We pay twice as much, per capita, for health care as any European country (17% versus 7%). When I talk to Europeans about American health care, they laugh, then ask why we have such a strange system.
    Obama campaigned heavily on health care reform; so did the Congressional Democrats. They won, handily. This is what we voted for, this is what we want and this is what we need.
    PASS THE BILL.

    March 18, 2010 at 10:32 am |
  115. Jan Howell

    Stop the absurd rhetoric and pass the health care bill that we’ve waited for decades to achieve for the average American population. It might not be the best bill, but it’s a start (which can be tweaked in years to come. We bailed out the financial institutions which still continue their ‘business as usual’ practices which brought the UD to its knees. Now is the time to help the average American with health care they so desperately need and which is a vital aspect to the quality of life!

    Jan
    In Michigan

    March 18, 2010 at 10:41 am |
  116. Phyllis Shelton, Stafford County VA

    Tony,
    The GOP is using fear mongering, half-truths, and outright lies to deceive and confuse the American people about healthcare reform. When the public option was included in the bill, the Republicans railed against it as a government take-over of healthcare. Now that the public option is not in the bill and some Republican ideas are included, the Republicans have not changed their rhetoric at all. I am sick and tired of the Republicans' efforts to cause this first African-American President to fail, even though the President's failure would be a failure for the American people. As former President Jimmy Carter said, I think racial discrimination is involved here.

    March 18, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  117. Grady Duke

    As a very, very small business owner, I cannot tell much difference. Lincoln Parish Louisiana hasn't been effected as badly as much of the rest of the USA. However, it may have helped by prevention. I am waiting for the loans for small busness' to be initialized. I could use one to pay my taxes. Payroll taxes are killing me, because I am disabled & cannot work the business myself, so I have to hire all my help.

    March 18, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  118. Peter

    Thank you for your floor to express my opinion. In 1837 Abraham Lincoln ended his speech by saying that as a nation of free people, we will live Either forever or die by suicide. The pharmaceutical industry in this country and even in the world, has done more harm than the military-industrial complex has done to the world. Now the pharmaceutical industry has struck a change in the stem cell research. There is a new product out whole biologicals, not pharmaceuticals but biologicals that have the propensity to heal people with many diseases that pharmaceuticals may I be able to address. This country is I fear, brainwashed into believing that a round small pellet and some fluid pushed into your veins will relieve your pain. But in reality, it only seems to enslave us. So I say, God bless this country. Because we're going to need.

    March 18, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  119. jimbo

    The news media seems to be overlooking the most important fact of all, namely the hypocrisy of the republican party. They clamor about special deals the democrat's get, yet say nothing about the bribes they are getting from the health insurance industry. This ends up being tens of millions if not hundreds of millions, they call it campaign donations not bribes, it ends being the same there vote is bought. Another hypocrisy of theirs is their holier than thou attitude, while at the same time caring nothing about the 45,000 people dyeing every year, not to mention those losing their homes. They call themselves christians but who do they really follow.

    March 18, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  120. Steven M. Seaman

    I have read that some think those of us with health care do not want those without to have any, read my previous blog. I have been unemployed for over a year, 820 resumes later, no change. I have cobra healthcare and if it was not fo the 65% reduction in premiums, I would not have any insurance.

    March 18, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  121. John

    My friend Kris Jackson, I agree with you that it is disgusting the way we pay now for the health care. Is the Obamacare bill taking care about the cost of the health care? I mean will the hospitals charge at least close to what standard procedures (apendictomy, CAT scan, heart bypass, etc) are charged in the the civilized world? I think NO. So with or without Obamacare the medical crew (and their friends in pharmaceuticals) will continue to enjoy the American working people pockets. Don't pas THIS BILL.

    March 18, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
  122. Jerry

    Tony I got training in solar and wind tech from the stimulus package.I graduated with a cert for renewable energy. I have flooded the market w/my resume but to no avail.When can we HONESTLY expect to get back to work.I was trained with stimulus money and now want a job.Its annoying to hear all the promises but no action.

    March 18, 2010 at 1:22 pm |
  123. Christine Fox

    About the health reform issue:
    During the past two years of unemploymet I held my cobra for as many months as i could until i could not afford it anymore. I am still on unemployment but my income for unemployment exceeds the maximum for government health coverage. I currently am paying for what I have been told is Health Insurance and will find out after my doctors office sends the office charges for payment.

    Even having an insurance policy does not help considering the high deductible one will have to pay. I was only able to pay for my prescription from being sick since CVS used a discount card.
    For those of us who are still out of work and can not afford insurance any help is greatly appreciated.

    For those who are apposed, please send me a list of affordable insurance without a high detuctable that doesnt refuse those of us who have pre-existing conditions.

    For those who use the increase in taxes as a reason for non-reforme, even unemployed I still pay federal and state taxes and am willing to pay more when I am employed to keep any help in insurance I could get with this reforme.

    March 18, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  124. connie schuetz

    The stimulus has not helped me or my husband. As a matter of fact, I feel it has made things much worse. Why didn't the government just give each taxpayer a share of the stimulus and let we the people stimulate the economy on our own. All of us would've helped all sectors of the economy instead of just Wall Street.

    March 18, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  125. Laine Swartz

    Wish I could say that it did. I felt no effect however the litle bonus others I know was enough to make a car payment or two. Short term relief only. JOBS JOBS JOBS.....Please.

    March 19, 2010 at 5:43 am |
  126. Allen in Hartwell GA

    THE STIMULUS IS WORKING! I work for a company that has a contract with the US Army Corps of Engineers. In late 2007 half of us were laid off because most of the funds was going to contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan to line the pockets of Bush and Cheney cohorts.
    Now, thanks to President Obama restoring the budget and the stimulus, we are all back at work. This story is repeated in Corps Districts all over the nation, multiplying the numbers.
    In addition, lots of infrastructure contracts were let using stimulus funds, putting more people to work. When people work they have money to spend, and the spending creates more jobs.
    So, when someone says that the stimulus plan did not help the economy it is safe to assume that they don't know what they're talking about.

    March 20, 2010 at 8:53 am |
  127. Anthony Adams

    Does anyone expect to get an antibiotic shot from their doctor and be totally "cured" by the time they reach the office door? If you do, the tooth fairy and Santa Claus of on lines 3 and 4 waiting for you. When a company receives stimulous funds, it would be very nice it their balance sheet moves dramatically into the black by the time they open their doors the following morning. And remember, it takes nine months from conception for a baby to be born.

    Have I gotten a personal stimulous check? No. But the businesses I deal with are doing better. The farmer who gets help can grown his crop and send it to the company that will process it, package it, and get it to the market where I can purchase it to take home and eat. Far too many people make negative remarks about the stimulous funds without having any knowledge of economics and how money works.

    Furthermore, if Congress does not reinsitute the regulations on banking and Wall Street that the Bush administration voided, our economy will be sure to fail and the big business boys continue to pay themselves outrageous "bonuses" that actually harm their business. Those in high positions in any corporation have a mandated fiscal responsibility to that company. They grossly failed to do their job. Getting out of this financial mess will not happen quickly – the world of finance does not work that way. To "create" jobs, a business MUST have the income and incentive to hire. This does not come out of thin air and is not picked of a money tree.

    I know the public is impatient to get back to where the economy was several years ago. The plan is working in that our Stock Market has rebounded. And not it is the responsibility of the corporations toTRULY answer to their stock holders; not with gains in immediate profits, but stabilization and income for the long term. Other wise they will just be doing the old "take the money and run" mentality of the common criminal (which many are).

    March 20, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  128. Russ Ramjet

    Go ahead...trust the Democrats. Al Gore broke the tie vote in congress allowing taxation of Social Security. However, the bill also states that the IRS CAN tax SS income up to 80%. Bill Clinton when president signed an executive order allowing foreign troops into the US to squelch any civil unrest in th US. Now if you think US troops, let along foreign troops, will not open fire in civilians, check out what happened in Wash., DC after WW I. It was the glory hound Douglas Mac Arthur who gave the order to open fire on the "dough boy veterans" rallying for their back pay. The Democratic party is not what it used to be...for the people. This warning was given by a staunch Democratic back around 1984 at the National Republican Convention....His name is Zell MIller....check it out.

    March 20, 2010 at 7:51 pm |
  129. Craig

    No personal benefit to me or my family at all - make too much to get a check, didn't buy a house, etc. Won't benefit much from Health Care bill either. I hate the Democrats – I hope we all learned our lesson. Not only did they not get us out of the war, make the economy any better, but they are about to in fact make things worse for decades to come...

    March 21, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
  130. kevin cherry

    We all complain about how we will pay for this healthcare bill, no one asked how we are paying for the war in Iraq or afganistan . give me back the money spent on those bush wars and I can use it for healthcare. the people that are oposed to this reform are the one who have health coverage without issues, if this bill is so bad they should have been spending the time and effort to make good sound changes instead of telling everyone how bad the democrates are. by the way are political system needs reform, we need more people who care about the little guy , instead of people who care about their pockets.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  131. Carol

    Yes, the stimulus money have really helped me. I did some research and found a program in my area that was using stimulus money for training...I went to the ten week training and now I am employed with benefits. I am over 50 and was unemployed for about 2 years. Thank you President Obama for caring about the welfare of people of this country.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  132. Dave

    I am a very strong advocate for the health reform as well as President Obama.

    I have received another anti-health reform email this morning. I wanted to confirm/deny the integrety of the email.
    "Congress and the first family are 100% exempt from taking the new health care package."

    But either way I am still 100% in favor of health reform, it has been needed for years. We, America, has finally caught up to the rest of developed world.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  133. adelheid kemp

    I am for healthcare reform. I get mad when i have to listen to Republicans telling everybody what the american people don't want. They are not speaking for me and many others.

    Heidi Kemp
    Dallas, TX

    March 22, 2010 at 10:33 am |
  134. Rie

    most of the Republicans is rich they can pay for health Care no matter how much it cost, they are not thinking about the middle class and the poor people. At least it is a start, and they could not do any better. The President is a God sent just like he sent Moses to free the Israelites.

    I would also like to know what was Rush Limberg doing in Hawaii when the President was on his Christmas break also in Hawaii. If he didn't had to go to the Hospital we would not have known he was there.

    Another thing the x-vice president Chaney, he hated so much that a black man became president he lied and said that a box fall on him and had to be wheeled out in a wheel chair just not to give the president the honer of him walking to the innogration.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:34 am |
  135. Kristopher

    Finally congress has gotten something done. This bill is not perfect, but congress never gets anything right the first time. Once it has been signed into law hopefully legislators will be able to make some amendments to the law, making it an effective piece of legislation. We have needed health care reform in the United States for years now, we can finally join the rest of the world in placing the health of our citizens ahead of the profits of publicly traded insurance companies whose profits are currently in the billions. All of the partisan fighting that has led up to the passing just shows how badly our political system has been damaged. I would love to see in the proposed Constitutional Amendment that would bar corporations from funding candidates for public office, and additional statement barring political parties. No more Democrats and Republicans, you must run on the strength of your ideas and not on which side of the isle you sit. Funding for campaigns you ask? Public funding for campaigns............."Government of the People by the People and for the People".....................funded by the people???? is that a stretch?

    March 22, 2010 at 10:59 am |
  136. Rie

    The Government can easily get back the stimulus money by cutting down on the war in Iraq & Afganistan illegals; they make more money having kids than we earn working fulltime; a 25 year old with 8 kids that’s right 8; all illegal anchor babies and she had the nicest nails;cell phone;hand bag; clothing etc; she makes about $1500 monthly for each; do the math. I used to say “we are the dumbest nation on earth” now I must say and sadly admit: we are the dumbest people on earth for we elected the idiot idealogues who have passed the bills that allow this. Also If the immigrant is over 65, they can apply for SSI and Medicaid and get more than a woman on Social Security, who worked from 1944 until 2004. She is only getting $791 per month because she was born in 1924 and there's a 'catch 22.'
    It is interesting that the federal government provides a single refugee with a monthly allowance of $1,890. Each can also obtain an additional $580 in social assistance, for a total of $2,470 a month.
    This compares to a single pensioner, who after contributing to the growth and development of America for 40 to 50 years, can only receive a monthly maximum of $1,012 in old age pension and Guaranteed Income Supplement.
    Maybe our pensioners should apply as refugees!

    March 22, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  137. T J Largesse

    If all are expected to get insurance.
    Question: My husband is retired & only has SS-A, which does cost to have it & has the VAMC. I take care of him & don`t work outside the home. My husband gets less than 17,000$ per year. How much money would have to pay to get insurance?
    Sincerely, T J Largesse

    March 22, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  138. byron

    my question is how much will i be required to pay for health insurance with social security being my only source of income? i am 50 yrs and live on social security disability.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  139. JOSE RIVERA, JR

    When the Bill was just 600 pages and still being debated I tried to follow it as well as I could. 600 pages drew about 800 questions. By the time I got to the end of the 600 pages it morphed into 860 pages which drew more questions. This monstrosity of 2000 pages lacked the transparancy that President Obama promised when he was running for office. In calling my local elected officials they were unable to provide me with answers to my concerns about the Bill. This will impact one-sixth of our economy and will be unsustainable as far as nuts-and-bolts economics goes.
    No one that I know, neighbors, health care providers, etc. thinks that this is a good idea.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  140. Johnny R. Hopkins

    Listen, this was well needed for the American people. I have worked for health insurance companies since 1997 ( I am also a licensed Real Estate agent). I got laid off July of 2009 and was uninsured for about 6 months and the Cobra cost were out the roof!!!!!! I consider myself an expert in that field and what has just happened with this ins. reform again was well needed. I was on the front line with folks that were sick ,paying for insurance and was still denied coverage because of that stupid prexisting! Again this is well needed!!!!! JRH

    March 22, 2010 at 11:24 am |
  141. Allen Meyer

    It would be helpful if CNN would address the impact of the new health reform law on Medicare recipients, and on their supplementary health insurance.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:24 am |
  142. Sal

    I do not know what everyone is getting excited about? we still do not know what it will cost us or what excitly in this Heath care bill? I just can't believe that whom ever voted for this had know idea what was in it and did not read it to verify everything like cost, and that they took everyone at there word. it's like if I bought a used car with out the car fax. buy at your own risk! health care? were is the Health Fax? I guess it's to late! buy at your own risk!

    March 22, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  143. Susie Dediu

    Hi Tony...I am unemployed, lost my job about a year ago. I am 64 years old and am now receiving $1,176.00 a month from SS. I am a single person and had Kaiser HMO medical from my old job. The premium has gone way up to $408 a month which i cannot afford. How is this new health plan reform going to help and affect me. Please advise on what i should do since i don't want to be without insurance in case i get really sick due to my age.

    thank you

    March 22, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  144. Robin In Florida

    Tony,
    No it has not helped the american people little ones that is......Was it suppose too?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  145. Amanda Ineligible

    Tony,

    Unemployment stimulus funds are based on State Unemployment eligibility. As a result , many are ineligible for the unemployment
    stimulus funds because their former employers opted out of State Unemployment Insurance. This group of unemployed are unjustly ineligible for stimulus funds by no fault of thier own and bear the burden for a decision and legislation beyond their control. Is anything being done to resolve this problem?

    March 22, 2010 at 12:45 pm |
  146. Jerald Lipsch

    When you did your review of the impact of the Stimulus Package, you kept indicating that you had yet accounted for a fairly small part of the $842 billion. However, a huge portion of the package was for unemployment compensation and a supplemental Social Security benefit for seniors. Therefore, if you were being honest and less sensationalist in your presentation, you would have taken those amounts off the top from the beginning before attempting to account for the projects, etc. funded by the stimulus. But by leaving those large portions in the total "unaccounted for so far," it made it look like your efforts to account for the funds and their benefits, dramatized by all those binders, were a vast uphill battle against an enormous task. Had you reduced the amount unaccounted for by those portions for UC and SS, your quest to account for the stimulus would have seemed less dramatic but it would have bee more fairly reported. Shame on you and CNN's producers!!!!

    March 22, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
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