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March 20th, 2010
04:35 AM ET

Health Care Vote

Do you know where your Representative stands on health care legislation? You can find out at CNN.com/politics. Then tell us who your Representative is and why you agree or disagree with their decision.

Leave your comments below. We may use some of them on this CNN Saturday Morning.

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  1. Jim D

    Kathy Castor 11th ditrict Florida.

    If they would use water to buy votes do you realy trust Obama and the progressives not to use medical care to control the people? Why is there money in this health care bill for 12,000 new IRS workers?
    Tax & control Health Care must not Pass and yes Kathy Castor Process Matters.

    March 20, 2010 at 5:26 am |
  2. tom

    this bill will bankrupt our country. our debt obligations are already out of control and we will destroy our credit rating in the international markets. this is nothing but a power grab by the democrats.

    March 20, 2010 at 5:31 am |
  3. Tom from Philly

    I am from the now split montgomery county of PA, Marjorie's MM, seat if I am correct, I am now incorporated into Rep Sestack's district, and of course have arlen spector and bob casey as senators.

    I am completely happy with my representatives and senators and will have two good choices in the democratic primary for senate. All three supported the stimulus support universal healthcare, and have a sense of fiscal responsibility and good character.

    Anyone that really understands the fiscal aspect of the working uninsured, the pollution to the middle class left by the degredation of wages and benefits brought about by reagan, GETS that the top wages that suddenly came into being the last 30 years were brought about by cutting labor costs hence reducing the middle class,

    Only the insurance companies want the status quo with no federal intervention, increasing costs produce increasing profits. Well those whose seats are bought by them might also support their stance poised to syphon the riches off of society, like the kings of old.

    It is comming down to the masses, politics are about the extreme of what we let the rich get away with and how bad we let it get for the poor, but the abuse of the middle by banks and insurance companies calls to action the middle to tame the beast that has grown behind the veil of free market capitalism. Oligopolies structured as networks of profit reaping, while feigning to provide a service that is not really there when you need it.

    Well until now. Now we need the public option,

    March 20, 2010 at 5:34 am |
  4. Minister Mary Guy

    I live in Mich. I am delighted that my represenative will vote YES on health care reform. I am fully in support of helping Americans. That to me is the bottom line! Americans need help and our financial system need overhauling in many areas. I don't have time to organize an anti-tea party movement but I sure wish someone would. I don't agree with their policies, but they do have a right to speak them. I resent their attacks on our preident as a person. I wish those republicans would learn how to cooperate, to give a little instead of being so ridged. So I pray a lot for America.

    March 20, 2010 at 5:37 am |
  5. June Fredman

    Yes, I know how my state's senators and my representative stand on the health-care reform bill. I have contacted them numerous times and am proud to say that they are all in favor of it. Their reelection will not be in jeopardy here because of their affirmative votes. Anyone who opposes expansion of health care and controls on insurance companies does not deserve whatever benefits he or she currently enjoys that are funded and/or administered in part or in whole by federal or state agencies.

    March 20, 2010 at 5:43 am |
  6. Sheena

    Any representaties in Wisconsin that vote yes will be voted out in November. This Health Care Reform Bill is not about health care but about Government Takeover and Taxing the American People to the hilt. While Actual Healthcare will be rationed. This government is commiting a Crime of Treason against We The People

    March 20, 2010 at 5:44 am |
  7. Nancy

    Rep Steve Driehaus I heard last night that you are voting no because of abortions. I love babies also and I also love the current Americans. But what about the 32 + millions of people who will be aborted with out health care? Which one of the people/American with previous conditions,, which one of the children ages 18 to 26 with no health care, which preventive care person/American, and seniors in the donut hole are going to be aborted with out health reform?. What is the percentage of the 32+ millions Americans aborted due to no care VS the abortions? Do you want to choose with Americans may have to die early because of no reform?

    For We The People (The Americans)

    Nancy

    March 20, 2010 at 5:44 am |
  8. Walter

    Josh–can you explain the education part of the House's amendments to the Senate Bill? Its a significant part to the bill and applies to millions of folks like me with a child in college and taking out student loans. It talks about reforming the student loan program, but its very difficult to determine what's happening with the program.

    Thanks

    Walter

    March 20, 2010 at 5:55 am |
  9. Mary Holt

    Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, representing the 1st Ddistrict of Maine, has stood firm in favor of health care reform since her arrival in DC. I'm grateful for her courage, standing strong for all Americans on health care reform. Passing reform will be a step toward making affordable quality health care accessible to all individuals, small businesses and families in our district and around the country.

    It is most important to ensure that no person is denied affordable coverage due to a preexisting condition or dropped by an insurer during an illness. We must strive to end annual and lifetime caps on payment/reimbursement of medical bills for individuals. How can an individual, a couple or a family survive financially, if health care insurance fails them just when they need it the most? A public option is needed to ensure affordable quality coverage for all and to present the profit greedy insurance companies with competition that will force rate reductions.

    As I discuss the Anthem lawsuit against Maine and Anthem's desire for another rate hike in Maine with fellow Mainers, friends and acquaintances share stories of their insurance challenges. One young mother told me of having to increase their deductible each year to attempt to keep the premiums for their family of four under $15,000, which is all they can afford and still be able to manage within their family budget. Another friend shared how she began to receive letters from bill collectors during her year-long battle with Anthem when the company refused to pay medical bills related to her broken arm, which required surgery and physical therapy. Anthem also refused to pay for her daughter's shoulder surgery without a fight. In the end Anthem paid but why should anyone have to fight for what they have paid thousands of dollars to insure.

    Voters in Maine have pledged 43,231 volunteer hours to fight for members of Congress who fight for reform.

    I hope and pray that others will follow Congresswoman Pingree’s example, do the right thing and vote to pass health care reform.

    March 20, 2010 at 5:59 am |
  10. Jack Albertson

    Yes, I have corresponded with both of our Representatives and I agree with their vote. At this point the healthcare bill is so sleazy and apparently unconstitutional that it will not stand or ever be implemented. What a discusting joke to waste the country's time on such a travesty.

    March 20, 2010 at 6:00 am |
  11. Scott Stodden

    I definitly know who my Congressional Representative is and that's Don Manzullo who I already know is voting no on the Health Care bill on Sunday because he's a Republican and he belongs to the party of No and doesn't want to see change for the good of the country just like every other Republican! I don't agree with Don Manzullo decision because Im a Democrat and I really do believe this is a great Health Care Bill, it lowers the deficit and provides health insurance for everyone that doesn't have health insurance and it also stops the abuses that insurance companies put people through like denying people because of pre-existing conditions, charging premiums out of this world that only rich people can afford, it stops the tax caps on insurance and children will be covered all the way to the age of 26! And TJ Most of the money to pay for this bill will come from money already paid into insurance companies, My President knows what he's doing and what he's talking about now I just got to pray that this passes tomorrow! Vote Yes For Health Care 2010!

    March 20, 2010 at 6:01 am |
  12. Jan Shepard

    Maybe this is too simplistic but isn't it obvious that health insurance companies have a stranglehold on all Americans, insured or not? Get rid of these companies and the billions of dollars that go into their pocketss could go back into a national health care system. If someone yells "No more big government" ask them which they would prefer, big government or big insurance. Everyone hates insurance anyway.

    March 20, 2010 at 6:02 am |
  13. Sally Martin

    Gus Bilirakis R-FL Will vote with the party no matter what. Too many Foridians are without access (other than ER) to health care. Do what is right, Gus.

    March 20, 2010 at 6:14 am |
  14. Dolores Mangaroo

    My Congressman is Steve Isreal and I am very happy that he is supporting the health care reform bill even though I would have prefer to have a public option........soon to come though. I have seen health cost go up in family members and I have also seen so many people uninsured. A half a loaf is better than no loaf at all so Kudos to you Steve! You got me and my family's vote!

    March 20, 2010 at 6:34 am |
  15. Bobby

    The lead up to the vote is interesting, but I wish CNN would stop covering it like a football game. You're interviewing Congressmen and Senators like you work for Entertainment Tonight.

    March 20, 2010 at 8:21 am |
  16. deepwater don

    Since 2/3of the nation lives East of the Miss. River, Maybe you people should also take 2/3 of the blame for the economic crisis the nation is in.How about some coverage for the left side of the nation? We suffer everytime a river rises in Fargo, a hurricane flattens some beachfrony condos, or a tornado hits Kansas.Yet our tax dollars help to relieve your disasters too.Exclusive of the 800# gorilla out here(California), maybe your reporters could leave the South long enough to report out here.Maybe the rest of the country cou learn how we do it out here. Mostly we do it with common sense and try to live within our means with what our states budget and the voters mandate our elected officials to do.

    March 20, 2010 at 8:27 am |
  17. ronnie patrick

    I am from from Florida and my rep does support the bill and thank God for that. I have prayed for this victory for a very long time. I have a friend that recently was discovered a tumor in her stomach with no insurance. She was and still is in trouble. They had to do the surgery and her medical bills are bigger than the remaining mortgage on her house which is just about $38,000.00. I have another friend that has breast cancer and is self employed with no insurance. This friend knew she had problems but was trying to wait until she went on Medicare however the cancer began to spread and now it is in other parts of the body. The friend has no health insurance and will probably not make it because she waited to late thinking she could make it before it became worse which did not happen. There are stories after stories of this kind. Thank God that someone who does not care about the polls got the guts to do something about what is affecting every American person one way or the other. We don't care about all the foolishness going on about healthcare we care about those that are dying and those that can't afford healthcare. For me I have government healthcare and the best because my husband was a Prisioner Of War and believe me the government takes very good care of us. We get our medication free and free visits to the doctor which the government pays for. We want the same for everyone.

    March 20, 2010 at 8:37 am |
  18. Jeanie

    I am so proud that my Florida Representatives will vote yes on this bill.
    I do not think this is a perfect bill but we can change it for the better later. If we don't vote now it will be forever before a vote will happen.
    Republicans had 8 years in office with no bill even on the table.
    There will be no gov't takeover like the big money makers want you to believe. "Be afraid, be very afraid" is such a controlling tactic used on what they are hoping is the ignorant.

    March 20, 2010 at 8:39 am |
  19. Stan Mackzum

    My question deals with health care and the huge difference between what the doctor charges and what Medicare approves. Which is used in the ongoing analysis/debate cost/deficit projections? I recently had arthroscopic surgery on my knee to repair torn meniscus. The surgeon's charge was $5,500 and Medicare agreed to $970. The same happened with my cataract surgery. The surgeon's charge was $2200 and Medicare approved $660. There are many other examples that I'm sure you hear about.

    Stan Mackzum, Huddleston, VA.

    March 20, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  20. ronnie patrick

    Don't think you Republicans can do anything about stopping the passing of healthcare for it was written in God's plan fairness for all my children. The Democrates will come out stronger and stronger for having the guts to make this happen is a victory within itself. You Republicans can not call the demise on anyone for it is in devine order that we all be treated fairly and just think how long it has been that anyone has had the guts to even try to help the American people 45 years that this was fixed and now it will happen. We have so many many friends that deductables has increased and now is the time or it will never happen. Lets stand together as one nation and pray, pray, pray in Thanksgiving for the victory.

    March 20, 2010 at 9:04 am |
  21. Banned in Hartwell GA

    Rep. Paul Broun, GA's 10th District. He's voting NO because he's a Republican. The majority of his constituents are in favor of the bill. I've told him how I feel, and he really cares-NOT.

    March 20, 2010 at 9:16 am |
  22. Wendy J

    John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, just to name a few are pathetic and desperate. Using fear tactics on their fellow Congressmen and the American people is lame. Lying to the American people about what's in the actual bill and what it will do for Americans is their only tactic.

    It's obvious who the special interest groups, like the health care industry, that are funding their campaigns and are only in office for their own political gain. The Republicans and any Democrats that vote no will be voted out of office

    March 20, 2010 at 9:39 am |
  23. Wendy J

    Sheena –

    If you think this country is so bad why don't you move to Saudi Arabia, where citizens have neither the right nor the legal means to change their government. The government there also prohibits or restricts freedom of speech, the press, assembly, association, religion, and movement.

    Bon voyage...

    March 20, 2010 at 9:59 am |
  24. Ralph Patch

    James Oberstar. He and both of my state Senators are in favor of thiis bill. As someone who is uninsured, I agree with them although I would prefer a single -payer system. To those who say we can't afford to insure everyone; Are you saying that all other industrialized countries in the world are better than us? I don't think so! and I've had it with your anti-American views!

    March 20, 2010 at 10:00 am |
  25. Barbara

    Yes,I know my Rep. is Parker "TRAITOR" Griffith! I pray he can't sleep at night for tossing the ones who voted for him under the bus! I even donated to him??
    I do hope he gets tossed under the bus come election time! Even tho I KNOW he will still have his insurance paid for by US the tax payers for life! I'm so disgusted.

    March 20, 2010 at 10:00 am |
  26. Barbara

    My email to Parker Griffith!
    Dear "traitor" Griffith,
    I know you are trying to kill this bill and I am very upset with you and the rest of the Republicans.
    It's too late to help my son and my grandson BUT it could help someone else I hope.
    My son was laid off from one job and went to work for another Co. It was his 29th day and he had to work for 30 days for the Ins. to kick in and he was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery sooo guess what?? He now owes the hospital over 15,000.00 and has no job since he couldn't complete the thirty days on the job! He is being sued by the hospital...my grandson was laid off from his job and has no insurance and he had to go to the emergancy room with a gallbladder attack. Here we go again...they told him he needed his gallbladder removed and to come back in two days with 18 hundred dollars for the hospital and 12 hundred for the dr. and they would remove it? My God if he had that much money he could afford Ins.???
    Can you NOT understand how we need this bill? The dang Republicans HAD 10 years to get a bill passed BUT they do NOT care about poor people at all! They never even attempted to get one together! I have researched a lot. I was so dissapointed in you for tossing us under the bus! I hope you can sleep well at night! I pray you can't!

    His responce was that HE was voting against this bill..whatever...

    March 20, 2010 at 10:09 am |
  27. Jerry D

    I couldn't find my Representative (Sue Myrick) on the list, but I do believe she has voted no. I heartily support her in that vote. There are many reasons that I'm against this bill, not the least of which is that it socializes American medicine. Socialism doesn't work for a myriad of reasons. There are many other reasons why this is a bad bill. On the other hand, I do agree that we need a lot of reform to control the pharmaceutical companies, the insurance companies, etc., et al. But this bill is NOT the way to go.

    March 20, 2010 at 10:09 am |
  28. Richard

    As a business owner I pay all of my employees healthcare currently. After this bill I will not be able to afford to do so with the additional taxes that will be levyed against me and my company so I will be passing the costs off to my employees. I do not feel like it is my responsibility to work hard and give my hard earned money to others for healthcare. It is wrong to force people to buy insurance when they cannot afford thier mortgage payments..It is wrong to have the government force this down our throats.

    March 20, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  29. Edwin P

    I would like all of the representatives that are voting no and specially Republicans to receive an ER bill, earning the kind of money that some Americans are working for now, just for them to feel whats its like. Some times you have to get in the shoes of others to realize how desperate Americans are for this bill.

    March 20, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  30. John Slusarick

    God and the American public will prevail over this corrupt Health Care Reform action being taken by Obama and Nancy in Washington. My Congressman Mike McIntyre is voting NO and he will CERTAINLY GET MY VOTE in the next election, even though I am a registered Republican. Thank you Congressman McIntyre! Lets do Health Care Reform Right without ruining our country.

    March 20, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  31. Sandy

    I would like to stand before the GOP politicians and ask, “you, sir..in a short sentence please tell me what we, “the people” need? I am confident not one GOP House member, not one GOP senator would know the answer to that question, not without a $$$ sign IOU attached to their suit pocket. I wish you could see you from our view, it is frightening and disgusting. Everyone has the answers yet no one has the answers. But; guess what, at least and finally someone has the guts to begin addressing and fighting for really hard issues and badly needed reform we have needed for so many, many years and in so many major aspects of our lifes…health reform, finance reform, environmental reform, education reform, insurance reform, etc. President Obama in barely a year in office has started doing what MOST Americans have prayed, urged government to do for as many years as I can remember.

    Health reform? The only thing that is keeping out health reform’s public option is some very, very rich and powerful lobbyists hired by some very, very wealthy insurance companies

    And, if there one aspect of the Presidents’ promises I wish he were able to do immediately it would be to get rid of these ridiculously high paid lolobbyists who are hired by the ridiculously wealthy corporations to undermine the real wishes of the American people. Look at the GOP and the mess they got us into with finance reform and even now they still want to protect the very entities and individuals that nearly collapsed our economy and economies worldwide.

    Self-interest groups own us, own our freedoms, own our humanity. Do you not see this?

    None of this is going to be perfect today, tomorrow, a week from now..month, year…maybe decades but we must start now with an aggressive plan. Let me see if I can put this in terms an insurance company understands...you are a cancer and I want you out!

    Regulate these entities if they can’t do right by the people, give us a few dozen years with you regulated and we will see if trust is there again. Better yet, look at yourself as a parolee and in ten years we’ll take a look at your good behavior, then we’ll decide if we want you back into our society again!

    March 20, 2010 at 10:41 am |
  32. Patrick D

    I'm all for reforms to the insurance company as they cannot be permitted to discriminate due to pre-existing conditions. I am not in favor of permitting federal funding for abortions. Isn't this supposed to be a heath CARE bill? PS: Keep the pork out (Pell Grants, kickbacks, etc) and still to the causel health care reform.

    March 20, 2010 at 10:47 am |
  33. clyde harrison

    YES WITH NO FEAR KEEP ON PUSHING.

    March 20, 2010 at 10:48 am |
  34. Angie

    My Representatives stand where I stand.

    We want to Stop Insurance Companies from Denying Life Saving Procedures to terminaly ill or seriously injured patients.
    We want to Stop insurance Companies from Dropping Patients who always paid their bills in the middle of their treatment.
    We want to Stop insurance Companies from Denying or charging more for coverage for Pre-Existing conditions.

    I want to Stop the miss information and the lies of the Republican Party
    I want to Stop the miss information and the Lies of the Insurance Companies Campaign Known as the 'Tea Party'

    I Want the Supreme Court Decision Over Turned
    The Supreme Court Which is Made up of 9 judges – 6 Republican and only 3 Democrats Did what for Corporations?

    The Republican Supreme Court destroyed our Bill of Rights by naming Corporations as a Private Citizen.

    The only ones Destroying our Constitution and Our Bill Of Rights with All that our Founding Fathers Faught and Died for Are the Republican Party.

    March 20, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  35. Homeless D in Atlanta

    Since we are essentially HOMELESS at this tim, I guess our 'representative' is GA since that is where we are staying with relatives.

    And apparently those guys either have not responded or are expected to vote no.

    Why do I disagree if that is their choice? Well for starters, my hisband has not worked in nearly two years, and has NO health insurance. If he gets sick we are totally ruined.

    In America, the greatest country on earth, I consider that a national disgrace.

    What we SHOULD have is national health care, for EVERY citizen!!!!!

    And, BTW, you guys need to not lose sight of the other big problem. You are in Atlanta, right?

    Well, take a look at yesterday's Marietta Daily Jourbal.

    There are 93 PAGES OF FORECLOSURES, with approximately 11-12 PER PAGE!!!!!!

    That is COBB COUNTY ONLY.

    Is the economy getting better?

    March 20, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  36. J White

    Seniors are very concerned about the terms of the 'Abortion ' phase of the Health Bill. Is it possible to explain the gist of the bill in this area?
    We believe that previously our dollars were being used to abort life,without the abortees' thorough knowledge of the God-given purpose, respect and love for life. Has this new health plan changed the past focus? How?

    March 20, 2010 at 12:06 pm |
  37. Gerald Looney, MD

    This administration has clearly and repeatedly demonstrated that it will tackle vast problems with half-vast ideas.

    March 20, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
  38. Brittany

    It is about time we have health are reform. We should be ashamed that we have not done it earlier. The press has done a very poor job at presenting the issue and has favored the Tea Party and the naysayers. I wish the people who favor the bill had been more vocal and organized the way the opponents have done.

    March 20, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
  39. John W. Mikus

    Time to vote for the Dems health care bill supported by AARP, AMA, and Catholic nuns in health care and favorably scored by the CBO. Enough BS by the GOP who only want to protect the billions of dollars of needless profits of giant health insurance companies,

    March 20, 2010 at 1:19 pm |
  40. Granny Pants

    After spending yet another trip out of the country this winter, people around the world are befuddled as to why we don't have universal health care in this country and how it is possible for a person to lose their home or even go into debt over medical bills!

    I, too am befuddled as to why Health Care for American citizens has become a war! Who in their right mind would be against something like this unless they would be losing a lot of money from those who profit from this dysfunctional system.

    I also feel sorry for the Tea Party followers who have been fed so much propoganda by the corporations who are getting them to do their dirty work to stop Health Care Reform, and the corporations are not even paying these people to spread their lies!

    Is this really America or is this just a bad dream? Of course the bill once passed will need revision over time, but Republicans who state that most Americans do not want this bill are spreading dangerous lies. Lies that will end up hurting those same Tea Party supporters and conservatives someday as their own family members suffer from lack of adequate and affordable coverage.

    I am 51 and my husband just dropped our medical insurance this month because the rates went up too high for him to pay. I am unemployed and we cannot afford coverage, especially if it costs us over $600/mo and we still have to pay when we go to the doctor!
    This is all too insane for me to believe and for others in other countries to believe when I them these stories.

    Let us pray for this bill to pass so we can move onto the other work our President needs to do!

    March 20, 2010 at 1:20 pm |
  41. Jon

    Opponents of this health care bill do not want to "deny" people health care! I just don't feel like I should have to pay for your health care!!! I don't make a lot of money and I struggle to pay my health insurance premium, but I do it! I find a way. The sense of entitlement in this country has become outrageous!!!

    Try canceling your cable or cell phone or sell your big screen tv before you cry to me to pay for your health care!

    March 20, 2010 at 1:32 pm |
  42. Jan Petrovich

    We can no longer afford any business that has a private profits/ public risk model. The health care insurance industry collects premiums from hard working americans for years and then when you become too sick to work you will be charged double.
    Only 9% of pepole can afford their COBRA when they are too sick too work . That means 91% either go with out or drop onto public programs funded by tax payers while the insurance industry skips away with the profits.
    In America we pay for health insurance twice. Once when we are young and healthy and again when we are old or too sick to work.
    This reform pakage is a vital first step towards accountalbility in a subidised industry.

    Jan Petrovich

    March 20, 2010 at 1:35 pm |
  43. Jon

    During the same show on CNN this afternoon, I saw a segment of people complaining about those who oppose this health care bill and also a segment about getting all the $$$ you can back on your tax return from the government. YOU CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS PEOPLE!

    Those that are too lazy to find a way to support themselves (ie. health insurance) want those that are not lazy to pay their way, but then want all their tax money back!?!? Answer me this...where do you all think all the money comes from that pays for all of these government programs??? It's not magic "Obama money"! It's tax dollars that come out of our pockets!!! The more government, the more dollars that come out of my pocket and it's become enough already!

    It is incredible to me how ignorant people are. Just sad.

    March 20, 2010 at 1:41 pm |
  44. Nancy from Erie

    The last I knew Congresswoman Dahlkemper had not made her mind up. I hope she makes the right decision and votes for the health care bill. I do not know how anyone can say they are pro life and turn their backs on the living. If you are catholic or christian Jesus did cure the blind, the afflicted and brought lazarus back to life. It would appear that Jesus was for health care. So how is it anyone can deny this health care bill. As for not trusting the goverment, I think if we look back at the financial instutions, Enron, World Com, GM, AIG, etc. etc. do you really believe these greed ran corporations are doing a better job? They are constantly denying coverage, or test why is it the nay sayers are okay with the insurance companies telling them what they can and can not have as far as medical treatment.

    March 20, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  45. Laurieann C

    My Congressperson is Mellissa Bean from Illinois but I cannot find out how she is voting. Her office as of 3-19 said she is reading the bill and today they did not answer the phone. Can you help me find out how she is voting. I am for passing the bill and feell helpless and voiceless at the moment.

    March 20, 2010 at 3:58 pm |
  46. Mikey

    The Dems in my district are for healthcare reform and the Repubs in my district are for the Repubs.
    I am an Imdependant voter and I support the health care bill and I will do my best to vote out any one of them that has their insurance supplyied to them by the tax payer out that votes against this bill.

    March 20, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  47. Linda

    Rep. Dan Boren/OK Dem – what are you thinking voting NO on health care reform? My family & I will do all we can to make certain you never get to run for US Senate & see if we can get a better primary choice for your OK Democratic constituents. You are a disgrace to your father, David Boren.

    March 20, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  48. Dan Leahy

    Like my congresswoman, Lois Capps, I am for the health care reform bill. The Republican party, the health insurance industry and the Chamber of Commerce form the opposition to the bill. Maybe you folks at CNN could point this out once. And then, maybe you could name me one time when any of these groups EVER has done one thing DIRECTLY aimed at improving the lot of the middle class. Go ahead. I'll wait.

    March 20, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  49. michael armstrong sr.

    Whats so funny to me is that you guys allow anti health care bill commercials air on your nrt work what a bunch of spuds you are .

    March 20, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  50. Larry

    CNN newsroom reported that rep. Lewis was called the n word by protesters as he entered the capitol building. CNN did not show any proof of this. If you have proof put it on the air if not do not say it. With all your reporters,camras and recorders you should have everything that was said out there.

    March 20, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  51. Susan Vennarucci

    After all the years discussing "what Americans want" regarding Health Care Reform, why has this not been an issue for the public to vote on? I don't understand how lawmakers can singularly control the future of America on what they "believe" the broad base of their states want. Like the recent changes in Social Security, that will turn out to be the worst of case for baby boomers and their children who need to support their parents, this decision is too big not to have a public vote on.

    Lets put the Health Care issue on the November ballot side-by-side with House and Assembly elections and lets just see what and who Americans want in their daily lives.

    Susan

    March 20, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  52. Francis Carr

    I spent 38 years investigating and tehen evaluating investigations done by others. If any of those whose work I was responsible for missed asking the obvious follow up question as your people do they would have been gone in a week.
    Just for one example in todays segment two doctors were being interviewed on their positions and the merits of the pending health care legislation.The neuro who was against (no surprise) said the plan was too expensive. After some back and forth he said there were better plans to reduce health care costs. Even a raw trainee would have jumped at that response. Ie what are thos plans. But no not your reporter. He let Dr no off the hook and then let him rant on about costs without stopping him and reminding him that per the C B O cost would double in the 8 to 9 years if we do nothing

    March 20, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  53. Marie

    Hello Don,

    I hate to break to you but just because Dr. Mathews is a member of congress does not make him infallable so stating that Dr. Hill should honor Dr. Mathew for his experience is a bit short-sighted on yoru part.

    do you really know the details of what this monster will cost Don? Why should I carry those who have not provided for their familes to have health insurance. I blame that insurance industry partly and the mentality of america thinking they can just consume rather than be responsible individuals.

    March 20, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  54. Miss Lee

    My representative, Ron Klein, is voting YES – YEA!!

    I thank you! The 31,000+currently uninsured thank you! The thousands and thousands of Americans who won't prematurely die in coming years and their loved ones thank you! The families who cannot afford medical care for their sick children thank you! The families with children 21 – 26 without jobs thank you! The families trying to avoid filing medical bankruptcies thank you! The hospitals charged with treatment of the uninsured thank you! The taxpayers who realize they are the ones paying for the most expensive form of health care – emergency rooms in place of early, universal health-insured medical intervention thank you! My colleague with preconditions of diabetes, skin cancer and only one kidney (having donated the other one) trapped in an onerous, unbelievably oppressive job by her inability to obtain health care by any other means thank you!

    Unfortunately, it is too late for my old friend, Bob – who died from a heart attack at a much-too-early age because he couldn't afford health insurance necessary to cover treatment costs – to thank you.

    March 20, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  55. Joe and Ruth Guthrie

    Rep Minnick of Idaho – please vote for Health Care Reform.
    We are counting on you.

    March 20, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  56. George Patton

    have just viewed a conversation between two physicians who were giving their comments on health care legislation. one was a member of the house of representatives and one a urologist in atlanta. it was interesting to me that the urologist who was so adamantly opposed to this health care reform proposal stated that he is defininately for health care reform. it would have been nice to hear his ideas for adequate health care reform and how he would pay for it. it was also interesting to me that he had only been in practice for 6 years which makes it difficult to have a seasoned opinion. i would have liked to hear him respond to several questions. 1. how much primary care he does. 2. what his income is. 3. how much indigent care he delivers. 4.how many children he has over the age of 25 who are trying to obtain and afford insurance. 5. what part of his practice is medicare. 6. how much nursing home care he delivers. 7. does he have insurance and what kind of coverage.8. how he would propose attracting more young physicians to primary care.9. why did he lose his cool at the end of the program. i have practiced general internal medicine for 27 years in one of the poorest states in the country. my practice includes hospital care, office care, and nursing home care. it is very evident to me that we must immediately find a way to cover those over 25 who have just gotten out of college, who may or may not have a preexisting illness and who may or may not have a job. they simply can't afford insurance. those who are self employed and who may or may not have preexisting conditions. this problem should have been delt with years ago when a plan was made to give health insurance to those over 65. it is now time to do something to move us off of center even if it requires improvements in the future. it has just become so frustrating to watch the arguements against health care reform over and over made by those who seem always to have a job, have well above average income, and who have insurance. if half as much time were spent quietly behind doors seeking compromise as it is on public name calling we would already be well on our way to health care for everyone. those of us who have so much more than we will ever need must be willing to sacrifice. it seems to me that i have heard some version of this statement in church every sunday. please excuse any spelling errors. i guess that is what electronic medical records are supposed to fix. thank you for your wonderful news coverage.

    March 20, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  57. Judy Frost

    I have written to Anderson Cooper and now to the public at large. Did anyone else see the story of the Republican that read a FALSE memo in congress? Only by the vigilance of a Democrate was this exposed as a hoax. It was a blurb during the show and has not been re-visited by CNN. There is no end or shame in the Republicans lies and CNN wonders why we question their reporting.

    March 20, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  58. Nicole Owens

    So I just watched Rep Gao's interview during which he stated that he would not vote for the healthcare reform bill because of his moral opposition to abortion. From what I have read, the bill states that no policy is required to cover abortion and that anyone who wishes to purchase a plan that covers abortion, must pay for it separately with money paid for abortion coverage kept in a separate account from taxpayer money. How does this equate to the government supporting abortion? Is the article I read in error or is Rep Gao simply bowing to pressure from his party and misleading the American people along the way. One can't believe anything politicians say these days. We all need to read for ourselves and make our own decisions not trust on our elected officials to speak the truth.

    March 20, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  59. Nicole Owens

    The nonpartisan CBO has estimated that this health care bill will reduce projected deficits by $138 billion on the next 10 years and $1.2 trillion over the following decade. Those of us who are insured are currently paying for the uninsured every time they step into an emergency room with a catastrophic illness requiring hospitalization. Those folks aren't going wihtout health care, they are simply waiting unitl they get sicker, need extended hospitalization/more expensive care. We pay for their coverage now through our premiums. Making everyone have health insurance will distrubte the costs and make it more likely that if you get sick, you will be able to find coverage.

    March 20, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  60. Anna Maria

    I cannot understand how anyone can oppose this health insurance reform bill. It extends coverage to millions to need it. It reduces the deficit. It does not violate the prohibitions against abortion funding. The Republicans and the have's are opposing it because the status quo works for them and their business cronies.

    Sadly, too, it appears that CNN is doing all in its power to trash the bill by having its correspondents illuminate only the negative perceptions of the bill. And, the doctor (white guy) using fear-mongering language (often attributable to Republicans) to scare citizens and legislators away from this very needed legislation.

    Shame, shame.

    March 20, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  61. norman wilson

    Why the n word usage and racist jargon are not being reported ? The protester in Washington are a bunch of racist CNN is afraid to expose them – Why the disrespect to the President Of The United States – Does CNN support this activity

    March 20, 2010 at 6:52 pm |
  62. John

    This argument was posted reguarding the health professionals statements on your show about 15 minutes ago in reguard to CONSUMER-DRIVEN HEALTHCARE

    Critics argue that CDHC will cause consumers, particularly those less wealthy and educated, to avoid needed and appropriate health care because of the cost burden and the inability to make informed, appropriate choices. "Consumer-driven health care is badly named, because it's certainly not driven by consumers," said Jonathan Oberlander, political scientist, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. It's "really just shifting the cost of health care onto the backs of the patients." People with chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, will be hurt, because with a deductible of $3,000 to $4,000, such people will never be able to save anything in their savings accounts. "Employers like it because they're going to save money," but they're not going to fund these health care accounts adequately, he said. "Conservatives tend to support consumer-driven health care. They believe, as do a fair number of health economists, that people use too much health care, and use too much health care of little value. If you move to high-deductible plans, people will think twice. If I have a sore throat, instead of going to my physician, I'll have a cup of tea instead.

    CAN YOU DEFEND/RESEARCH THIS ARGUMENT?

    March 20, 2010 at 6:58 pm |
  63. Chuck Harri

    I am a retired hospital technician. Some years ago while working at a major teaching hospital, I saw a woman walking down the corridor carrying an IV bag and dressed to leave the hospital. I asked her where she was going and her reply was that it was Friday and because there would be nothing done for her on the weekend she was going home in order to save money. Dr. Hill may have meant well but his idea of consumer driven health care will still leave millions without insurance and those with insurance will be in the same position in which they find themselves today. The only thing that can be done is to get the president's program started and keep adjusting it as we go along. But for the program to remain in its current format does nothing for the citizens. And in case some of the elected folks have forgotten why they are there, it's the people who matter, nothing else.

    March 20, 2010 at 7:00 pm |
  64. Barb Elliott

    I've long been a fan of yours and a steadfast viewer of CNN. You
    disappointed me terribly this evening by giving such a voice
    to the ranting, raving Doctor who opposed the Health Care bill.
    I shutter to think how much attention his patients are
    getting if he has read ALL the reports to the extent claimed.
    He was totally rude to Heinz, who wasn't given a chance for
    rebuttal or an equal chance to articulate his position.

    I expect a balanced forum on respected TV shows, even though I am strongly support Obama and the Health Care bill. Your Dr.
    piece was Tea Partyesque.

    Barb

    March 20, 2010 at 7:06 pm |
  65. Joyce

    Indiana has implemented a high deductible insurance for the state employees. Sure it is saving the state money. But with the $2000. deductibles familes are having to decide between buying for their medicine or paying their mortages. They are having to pay full price for all office visits as well as their prescriptions until all deductibles are met.

    March 20, 2010 at 7:12 pm |
  66. Carolyn

    I appreciate that CNN tries to take a “middle of the road” approach to the news, but you lost me today after several commentaries on Health Care reform were more speculation than news, and negative at that. This Bill is too important to too many people to have news on the subject spun or sensationalized. I'll watch C-SPAN all day tomorrow and get my information firsthand!

    March 20, 2010 at 9:40 pm |
  67. Nygdb

    Republican want to put the country on hold for 4 years for political power. Glad rep voters see that, Party of No Got To Go

    March 20, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  68. A. Smith, Oregon

    Tea Party members sink beneath utter humanity in their latest clash with Congressional members.

    Tea Party members welcomed John Lewis a Georgia congressman and civil rights icon who was nearly beaten to death during an Alabama march in the 1960s with a chorus of 'Kill the Bill NIG***'!!!

    Another congressional colleague stated he repeatedly heard the N-word directed at the honorable Rep. John Lewis.

    Not to be undone, the Tea Party members then confronted US Rep. Barney Frank and let loose with a chorus of 'Kill the Bill Fa g***' !!!

    It appears the Republican Party and their fellow neo-con White Supremacists in the Tea Party have run out of arguments and coherent sentences beyond mere psyco-babble.

    House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D- S.C. , said Saturday's ugliness underscored for him that the health care overhaul isn't the only motivation for many protesters.

    "I heard people saying things today I've not heard since March 15th, 1960 , when I was marching to try and get off the back of the bus," Clyburn said. "This is incredible, shocking to me."

    He added, "A lot of us have said for a long time that none of this is about health care at all. It's about extending a basic fundamental right to people who are less powerful."

    March 20, 2010 at 11:41 pm |
  69. MR.AL

    America needs reform!! Iwould expect this from Repulicans!! These thirty two Democrats should be ashamed to be in the Democratic party and not support President Obama!!! I hope Election time you remember how you voted on health care, and I hope the people in your state also remember!! Don't forget the word GREED thats all ive seen since 2000 and GW BUSH and Republicans. Are you sure your not a Repulican in disguise?

    March 20, 2010 at 11:41 pm |
  70. Manny

    I hope that this bill passes. I am 58 years old have been unemployed for 5 months and have no health insurance but I do have existing medical conditions. We have to implement something to help Americans.

    The Republican Party and their media voice Fox News are using scare tactics and spreading their usual lies to prevent this bill from passing.

    Thank God for CNN the real Fair and Balanced News Network.

    March 21, 2010 at 5:59 am |
  71. norman wilson

    If Rep Tim Holden from PA does not vote YES for Health Care Reform, he will be voted OUT of office by the people in Pennsylvania. Health care is needed for all Americans and the people in Harrisburg PA deserve a much better candidate then him.

    March 21, 2010 at 6:25 am |
  72. Peg Leg

    A government that presumes it is entitled to force its citizens to buy something is perfectly capable of utilizing the same force to deny citizens their rights to “buy or sell" anything.

    John F. Kennedy said:

    Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

    Abraham Lincoln said:

    This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it.

    Thomas Jefferson said:

    "Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God."

    Now we’re going to find out just how smart these people really are!

    March 21, 2010 at 8:33 am |
  73. Brendon

    Shame on us for voting in these liberal, fiscally numb representatives who care nothing about the working class. This is our fault and now we will suffer the consequences of putting in power people who think with their hearts, but possess have reason or responsibility!

    March 21, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  74. Lisa Lamb, NBCT

    Any Congressman who does not vote for healthcare reform will not get my vote in November!

    March 21, 2010 at 12:29 pm |
  75. Jerry Gahan

    Would someone please explain to me what good a (health care) tax credit for low income families does? A family making less than $35,000 has no tax liability. So they receive absolutely no tax credit, it is redundant. On the contrary, they will now be fined if they don’t buy insurance.
    We have been betrayed, again.
    I’m going to buy stock in insurance companies.

    March 21, 2010 at 2:25 pm |
  76. Jerry

    Virtually everyone agrees that healthcare reform is needed – even the doctors. However, this abomination of a bill is not about true reform, it's about nationalizing healthcare and taking over the economy. It's about time that We the People starting electing people who will listen to us, from the President on down.

    March 21, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  77. chris

    i was laid off from my 8 year job back in October 2009. I have thankfully gained employment, however the company does not offer health care untill 1 year of employment. i have HIV, with no medical insurance. I cant get any asistance because i have a job. What does this health care reform provide me in the immediate situation? I keep hearing nothing untill 2014. I may be dead before then

    March 21, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  78. F. White

    Unfortunately I am in Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District which is Rep. Fallin's district. Sadly, she will be voting against the health reform bill. She says it is bad for small businesses and will cause insurance rates to go up. The rates have gone up significantly WITHOUT health care reform! It saddens me that so many Americans are without health insurance and will remain so if the millionare Republicans get their way. Those who have insurance do not understand the plight of those who don't. Therefore it is quite easy to vote against something that will help milions of people. The Republicans complain about the cost. Where was that complaint when Bush decided to send Americans to die in search of the so-called weapons of mass destriction that were never found? Stop making this a test to see how many Obama policy can be halted by the Republicans and make it about the American people who voted to put these officials in office!

    March 21, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  79. Carol

    Those of you who are for the Health Care Reform really don't get it, do you! This is not about helping the American People without insurance, etc. It's about tax increases, penalties, etc. Who is going to pay for this? We are, our children and grandchildren are. Sure the bigwhigs in government don't have to worry because they have the income no matter what. But don't tell me and others who live on a fixed income that this is going to help us. They have just signed our death warrant as a country. How many doctors do you think will continue their practices when this goes through? Then what will you do when you can't get into see a doctor in a timely manner especially if you have a terminal illness? And what about when you are old and serve no purpose as the government defines it? You people better be prepared for what lies ahead cause I can guarantee you it is not going to be pretty, Let's see what you have to say when this supposed "reform" doesn't meet your needs in the future.

    March 21, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  80. Carol

    I totally agree with you Peg Leg. Those of you who think the Health Care Reform is the answer then go to UTube and find Rep Mike Rogers opening stagtement on Health Care Reform. Now convince us you are right and the majority of Americans are wrong!

    March 21, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  81. Dianna

    I am very supportive of the Florida Representatives that have committed to a YES vote:

    Allen Boyd FL 2nd -Yes
    Alan Grayson FL 9th – Yes
    Suzanne Kosmas FL 24th – Yes

    March 21, 2010 at 7:51 pm |
  82. Jerry D

    I am deeply saddened that such a troubled healthcare reform bill was foisted upon the American people. I am a senior on SS, unemployed and an independent voter. This bill frightens me. What frightens me more, however, is that the three entities most responsible for the rise in healthcare came out big winners – the pharmaceutical companies, the insurance companies & the litigation lawyers. Aside from an being tossed an occasional bone, it did nothing for us, the American people compared to what it did for those who caused the problems in the first place: the big pharmceutical companies, the insurance companies and the trial lawyers.

    Your precious Democrats gave Big Pharma 12 years of exclusive use of new drugs rather than the normal seven years. They dropped their proposed control of the insurance company rates and did nothing to help tort reform. They sold out!

    Shame on Congress, shame on the Democrats and shame on the President.

    March 22, 2010 at 8:39 am |