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March 23rd, 2010
08:03 AM ET

Send Us Your Health Care Questions

After a year of debate, the health care bill passed in the House and will land on President Obama’s desk this week. The $940 billion plan extends insurance coverage to 32 million Americans. But what does this mean for you?

Send us your questions about the new health care legislation and our senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen will answer them in the 10 am and 12 pm ET hours of CNN Newsroom.


Filed under: CNN Newsroom • Kyra Phillips • Tony Harris
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  1. Dean

    Can we expect our insurance premiums to increase while we wait for the bill to take effect? In other words are the insurance companies going to try and make up for the fact that they won't be able to levy large increases in premiums in the future? Much like credit card companies did.

    March 22, 2010 at 8:08 am |
  2. Karen kohler

    Do you think the Ins co will increase their rates while they still have time?

    March 22, 2010 at 8:08 am |
  3. Dan Smith

    My daughter is 26 is she covered under my plan now until her 27th birthday.
    She does not have any other heath insurance.

    March 22, 2010 at 8:09 am |
  4. Dianna

    If my daughter who is 32 years old was denied health Insurance last week due to an pre-existing condition is there anything we can do before 2014? She was hit by an under age drunk driver in 2006. Previously she had Cobra Insurance but it expired this Month.

    March 22, 2010 at 8:11 am |
  5. Liz

    I have been turned down for insurance due to preexisting conditions. How will this high risk insurance pool help people in my position and do you have any idea of the cost of the insurance through this pool?

    March 22, 2010 at 8:12 am |
  6. liz hollenberg

    I've been working as a substitute teach for almost a year now while I've been apply for several jobs a week. I've got a great work history...but no one is hiring. I've had to move back in with my parents because i make less than 500 dollars a month...and now i'm going to be fined if i can't afford insurance? I still have school loans to pay off that I've been deferring...how am i supposed to deal with this? I know there are planning on helping out low income houses, but with so many people out of work, thats either a lot of money...or very little help for everyone.

    March 22, 2010 at 8:13 am |
  7. Jeanne DeFoe

    I am currently retired. What will happen to the cost of my Medicare and my supplemental health care coverage – up? or down?

    Thanks.........BTW, Kyra, I really enjoy your work.

    March 22, 2010 at 8:14 am |
  8. CW

    Where are the extra doctors going to come from? Most doctors in my are don't accept Medicaid.

    March 22, 2010 at 8:14 am |
  9. mike b

    Yes I was wondering if I would have to get new health care, I currently have Tricare from a service connected disability. Am I going to be required to get another health insurance or keep Tricare for me and family?

    March 22, 2010 at 8:14 am |
  10. Stephen A Mial

    Kyra
    My question is Why were the Republicans channeling all of their energy and focus to prevent a Health Care Reform Bill as opposed to working to collaborate to craft a Bill? Why wasn't there just one or two Republicans out of 210, that could see the value, merits and benefits of the Bill that was passed last night?

    March 22, 2010 at 8:14 am |
  11. Tom

    I am a permanent resident, been in the US for 2 years, and I am an unemployed disabled man and therefore, i am not able to buy health insurance however I need medical care. Shall I be benefit from the new health care bill?

    March 22, 2010 at 8:14 am |
  12. Conrad Ekkens

    With the increased demand for healthcare where do the additionally needed physicians come from?

    March 22, 2010 at 8:14 am |
  13. Stephen Tam

    Not having health care insurance right now, Am I required to have either way to purchase? Even though I make below 25k a year?

    March 22, 2010 at 8:14 am |
  14. Ray

    Hi, I want to if my VA disability counts as Heatlh care or if I will be forced to get other health care

    March 22, 2010 at 8:14 am |
  15. Laurie E. Clark

    If this Heal Care Bill is so great, why is Obama and his family, Congress and the Senate, EXEMPT from this program?????

    March 22, 2010 at 8:15 am |
  16. Katherine Swihart

    Dear Kyra,
    I'm turning 25 next month in April, and will loose my parents health plan as a dependent at the end of the month. Does this new health care bill mean that I will be able to extend my coverage until I'm 26 without paying for a COBRA? How long will this take, do I start a COBRA for the month of May until the health care bill takes effect? Or do I just wait until the bill takes effect, and go without their health insurance for a few months, and then take it back on?

    March 22, 2010 at 8:15 am |
  17. Dave

    I thought healtcare premiums would not increase unless you are earning $250,00 or more. Now it's $88,000? And is that gross income or taxable income?

    Thanks for the great coverage!

    March 22, 2010 at 8:15 am |
  18. George

    The way I am understanding this last minute Executive Order there is some insurance coverage (with limits) for elective abortion. My wife and I can not have children naturally because my wife is a cancer survivor and has been in remission for 22 years. Therefore, what about insurance coverage for those of us who want children via IVF? Are there any such provisions in the reform for IVF?

    March 22, 2010 at 8:15 am |
  19. Samuel Abraha

    For those of us with medical conditions that are without jobs or health insurance what constitutes or qualifys us to the " critical pool " And how soon can we see any sort of assistance .

    March 22, 2010 at 8:15 am |
  20. Jane

    Kyra, What did you mean when you said something like "...or is this just ANOTHER government takeover"? Thanks.

    March 22, 2010 at 8:15 am |
  21. Grady DeFoore

    You have addressed how the reform affects people that buy their own health care and are making over 88k and people that have health care through work. However, I have not heard much about the poor that have no health care. How will they be able to go about buying health care and when will this be a reality.

    March 22, 2010 at 8:15 am |
  22. predrag cucilovic

    fear of longer waits to see a doctor with new health care plan are unfounded in reality. recently I tried to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist and every place I called said their first available date would be late april, mid june or as the most extreme case august. I don't see things could get much worse.

    March 22, 2010 at 8:16 am |
  23. Stephen Mial

    Will the provision to keep college aged kids on the parents insurance policy take affect within 30 days after the Bill is signed by the President?

    March 22, 2010 at 8:16 am |
  24. Judy Conn

    I have a question: How will this new bill affect those who are on disability thru the VA and on Medicare Part B? Will we lose any of our coverage? And how will this bill afffect seniors? thank you, Judy

    March 22, 2010 at 8:16 am |
  25. denise

    few things: already the US pays for family planning (ie. abortion clinics) through grants. The bill increases these dollars. $$ funds operations. See chronical of philanthropy and jobs are being sought for Executive Directors and staff to "ramp UP!"

    also - we need to discuss the important issue of pre-existing conditions for adults. that is a big issue and was DROPPED. This was a key issue that americans would like to have seen and the high costs to hospital and health care.

    Another issue - have any of you seen the waste in the health care system. Any for profit corporation would be dissolved if they operated like a hospital. Where is the funding to help hospitals become LEAN and effective so that they save $$ on the waste side. It's terrible. Billing for ICU's when patients should be on the floor but there isn't enough nursing. Providing respite for seniors and diabled in HOSPITALS as a "tune up" simply to help caregivers SLEEP. Lets LEAN health care and we may see even high costs!

    Tell the story about abortions, waste, and highlight pre-existings.

    thanks,

    denise

    March 22, 2010 at 8:17 am |
  26. Lala

    I want to know why when the middle class need help its a problem but when it comes down to the wealthy.it all good i feel that .That is not right because we all or equal.

    March 22, 2010 at 8:17 am |
  27. Janie Palmertree

    My question is; with this new bill will one be expected to get health insurance? At this point we can not afford it. Our last quote was over $500.00 a month. With that amount, the deductable is so high it not kick in qucikly. One would have to be deathy ill to use this policy. We are self employed and that makes it a very high cost for us. Thanks for your coverage.

    March 22, 2010 at 8:17 am |
  28. William F. Twomey

    Would like to know how the new health Care Bill will effect current medicare members.

    March 22, 2010 at 8:17 am |
  29. Lawrence

    I'm too poor to afford health care insurance, being currently unemployed and not likely to ever make more than $20,000 a year, even in the best of times.

    Since I won't be able to afford to buy Obamacare, how much will I be penalized every year? Will that come in the form of my wages being garnished, or will it come in the form of a tax penalty every April? Or will I be arrested for committing a federal crime?

    Thank you,
    Lawrence

    March 22, 2010 at 8:17 am |
  30. Ken Larson

    Hello Kyra,

    I am retired military and not sure what is going to happen with our Tricare insurance now that the health care bill has passed. One of the republican Senators mentioned on TV that Tricare is NOT an accepted plan under this new health care bill and that we will have to buy into a new plan to satisfy the health bill requirements or we will be fined.

    What does this new health care plan do to the military Tricare system for both active duty folks and retirees? Or was that Republican Senator just making idle threats?

    Thanks!
    Ken

    March 22, 2010 at 8:17 am |
  31. Ken

    When are the American people going to wake up to the repubican attempt to derail anything that President Obama tries to do? Time and again they have announced that "if they can defeat health care reform" they can win back the White House. And republican Mitch "Mcsayno" of Kentucky two weeks before Obama was sworn in told the republicans to not cooperate with anything President Obama wanted to do. His strategy to win republican positions was to be the party of "No." Well, we ought to say no to the republican, who obviously do NOT want to share in leadership and get things done for America. All they want is to be the ruling party.

    March 22, 2010 at 8:18 am |
  32. Marie Pittman

    We enjoy your commentating.

    When does the new Health Care Bill go into effect?

    What changes go into effect immediately (2010)?

    Thank you very much.

    March 22, 2010 at 8:18 am |
  33. Frank

    under the new bill my child would covered under my insurance untill age 25, i am retired and my insurance is medicare so my child would be covered under medicare she is 23. is this correct?

    March 22, 2010 at 8:18 am |
  34. Brian Taylor

    Our daughter is graduating college in May, she is going on to graduate school for 2 years. She's turning 22 on tuesday and will no longer be on my company insurance program. Since she will remain a full time student she will be our dependent for the next few years until she gets finished with school. We have been shopping around for healthcare plans. Affordable individual plans have big deductables, no maternity coverage for women, or no good prescription drug coverage. I've heard that with the new healthcare plan my daughter will be covered till she's 26. How will that come about? Will the government force the insurance company to extend her coverage? How long will that change take to go into effect?
    I'm taking out a healthcare insurance policy for her this week.

    March 22, 2010 at 8:18 am |
  35. denise

    revise: LEAN health care and we will see higher savings!

    March 22, 2010 at 8:18 am |
  36. Mary Page

    Can we come back from Canada and get affordable healthcare?

    We are retired, 67 and 63, receiving social security......10 years ago we priced a supplemental insurance premium for Medicare and were quoted $750 a month for catastrophic coverage only.....so we emigrated to Canada.....

    March 22, 2010 at 8:18 am |
  37. Keith

    On your newscast at about 9:10 EST this morning, your reporter said that some people claim that the wait to see your primary care doctor in MA has increased by 10 days. What is the source of this statement? We live in MA, and (unfortunately) my wife needs to visit her doctor fairly often. We've never waited more than a day to see our primary doctors.

    March 22, 2010 at 8:19 am |
  38. M Craft

    What is the penalty for the employer who doesn't pay for the employee's health care? Isn't the fine much less than the cost of the health care per employee? Why then wouldn't the employer opt to pay the fine and not the benefit? Also, because of Medicare cuts, why won't doctors refuse to treat Medicare patients? There is no profit for them to treat senior citizens. So this health care bill abandons the senior's needs

    March 22, 2010 at 8:19 am |
  39. John L Norris

    PLEASE!
    Let's make sure there is a policy in place where is not one group (Culture) of people who limits Health Care service to others!
    Thanks,
    John L Norris

    March 22, 2010 at 8:22 am |
  40. Bob Battaglia

    This has been one of my questions since the start of this so called reform bill. Will there be deductibles and copays that must be met before anyone can get covered benefits? What will the deductibles be? If a person cannot go to the doctor today because he/she cannot afford the $50-75 dollar office call today, how will this person be able to see the doctor when they must pay the $50-75 under this bill? If I couldn't afford it before how can I afford it under this bill. In addition, if I am forced to buy insurance I cannot afford today will this not take money away from my ability to pay the deductible? How does this bill provide access when I cannot afford it today?
    Will there be mental health coverage in the benefit package? will there be a deductible and copay? Will the copay be the standard 50% as most policies today? How will one be able to afford their 50% under this plan when they cannot afford it today?
    Nothing is going to change.

    March 22, 2010 at 8:22 am |
  41. Geoffrey

    Question:
    What percentage of the country earns more than $88 thousand per year (individually and as a family)?
    What percentage of the country purchases their own health insurance?
    What percentage of the people who earn more than $88 thousand per year purchase their own insurance?

    Comment: Let's "get the facts". Not commentary on lines at the emergency room or wait times for doctors without the statistics to back it up.

    Thanks,
    Geoffrey

    March 22, 2010 at 8:24 am |
  42. Robert Butcher

    Dear Kyra,

    My question is; What is going to happen to the million of Americans who are Veterans and Retiree's who depend of Tricare Standard and Prime for medical coverage?

    Robert Butcher
    USN (Ret)

    March 22, 2010 at 8:24 am |
  43. michael murdock 910-497-5448

    Kyra i have listen to a lot bull on health care. im on 100% disabilty,i had to drop my medicare supplement ins. when it got up to $500 a month i had to drop it. so now i only have medicare, i cant afford to go to the hosp now unless it is life or death.i live on social securty .so now tell me what new health program is going to do for me. also tell me what this plan is going to affect me on social security thank you michael murdock

    March 22, 2010 at 8:26 am |
  44. larry bryar

    I am retired and receive starting this year, annuity income. Because of previousa market gains this income is taxable. Also there will be gains in other funds that combined will push me well past the 88,000.00 threashold you referred to. My question; is it job related earnings or do other earnings such as capital gains, as I have stated above, add up to reach the 88,000.00 number?

    March 22, 2010 at 8:26 am |
  45. Bob Battaglia

    Will anyone at CNN be researching and reporting on the hidden earmarks and buyoffs to get votes for the health care reform bill by congressman that could not be included in the Senate bill because it would have changed the bill?
    What was the deal that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan got and how does it support insurance competition?
    What was the airport deals that Stupak got for his vote? How much funding and were these airport funds needed?
    What did Kucinich get for his vote that will be in a future bill?

    March 22, 2010 at 8:28 am |
  46. susan bess

    Hi : Kyra

    I watched the health care reform debate yesterday. It was very nasty
    and to believe that we are coming together will never happen. Some people showed there real idenity. And It was hurtful that some of the talk show host and professionals made excuses for what was going on. This is unexceptable and some thing needs to be done about it. I
    do not have that much education but you can see where people choose money over life.

    March 22, 2010 at 8:29 am |
  47. Bob Battaglia

    How much more is this bill going to cost when President Obama provides amnesty to all of the illegal aliens in this country? How will this impact health care delivery?

    March 22, 2010 at 8:30 am |
  48. Bill A

    The health care bill makes huge cuts in the Medicare Program. What does this mean to Medicare patients? Will coverages be reduced? Will costs increase? Will doctors refuse to take Medicare patients?

    March 22, 2010 at 8:30 am |
  49. charles linkowich

    Hi Kyra: Exactly who are the 32 million uninsured? My son is laided off, collecting unemployment and lost his employer health care coverage: Will he and millions like him/her now be covered with health insurance under HCR?

    Thanks!

    Charlie

    March 22, 2010 at 8:31 am |
  50. Nan Carey

    Will heatlhcare for dependents extend to age 27 now? If so, is that effective right away?

    March 22, 2010 at 8:33 am |
  51. David Everard

    I have a friend who has health insurance and has been turned down for open heart by-pass surgery due to "pre-existing conditions". Right now he is literally living off of one artery that is not as significantly as the other three (I guess that having 100/90/80 % blockages doesn't out trump "pre-existing" or the insurance company's diagnosis that you can live with one artery that is only 50% blocked...)

    Does the passage of the bill last night mean that he might be able to have surgery this week due to the insurance companies having to rescind their position on "pre-existing..."

    Thanks for fielding this question.

    Respectfully yours,

    David Everard

    March 22, 2010 at 8:34 am |
  52. jk broughton

    when will new health care bill go into effect after president has signed it into law. also, will health care providers be prevented from increasing rates prior to bill becoming law?

    March 22, 2010 at 8:36 am |
  53. Katie Ackenback

    Dear Kyra,

    My husband and I are both seniors, (in Florida) and we both are on
    Medicare Advantage Plans. We are unable to afford a supplement to
    regular medicare, so this was our only option. Our advantage plan has
    already taken $29. from our Social Security to pay a monthly premium.
    That $29 was the cost of living raise we were given in 2009. Now with
    news that we will not be receiving a cost of living for the next several
    years, what does all this mean for seniors on Medicare Advantage Plans?

    March 22, 2010 at 8:37 am |
  54. Karthik

    How does the health reform help with the insufficient loans for medical students. Also, does health reform increase the number of residency spots in every hospital to overcome the shortage of doctors??

    March 22, 2010 at 8:38 am |
  55. Dan

    No where in the constitution does it say the government can force private citizens to buy any services or goods. I would qualify insurance as a service.
    Since when can the government "force" anyone to buy anything? Are they making up rules as they go??

    March 22, 2010 at 8:41 am |
  56. Eric Keating

    Hi Kyra, The number 32,000,000 has little real world meaning to most of us. To put it in perspective... If you were to meet 1000 of them per day, it would take 87 YEARS to meet them all. We have done something big and very good.

    March 22, 2010 at 8:41 am |
  57. Peter

    This March my health insurance premium went up 64% to $1,211 each month. I have a $750 deductible. I am not wealthy. Will my premium decrease? What options do I have? Thanks

    March 22, 2010 at 8:41 am |
  58. David C

    I have yet to grasp an understanding of how this health care bill will benefit myself and my family. Could you please look at my circumstances and help me understand? I am a father of 6 and get health insurance through my employer. I make $75,000 gross per year. With a little commision each year of around $6,000. We are vastly underinsured. We are already in debit to a hospital and 3 doctors. The policy I get through my company has a $5000 per person and $7000 total family out-of-pocket deductible. This means, we are virtually uninsured except for discounts on prescriptions and general office visits.
    I am a type 1 diabetic who needs many prescriptions and routine visits to specialists. I can not afford to get a colonoscopy and heart stress test which my doctor says at my age of 52, I must get ASAP. My wife needs a surgical procedure for her feet and the list goes on with 8 of us.

    I can not afford to get them the medical help we all need and deserve because of our deductible. I would have to fill bankrupcy if we all got the care we need.

    March 22, 2010 at 8:42 am |
  59. CW

    How much will the fines be for those that don't buy health insurance?
    What are the details of this bill?

    March 22, 2010 at 8:43 am |
  60. michael armstrong sr.

    What would drive the democrats into commiting political suicide would it be because of the exstream stress imposed on them by our president and what would cause our president to destroy his political hold in congress could it be because of being spoild .

    March 22, 2010 at 8:43 am |
  61. jerry ward

    My social security for a year is 15,720.00 .i now pay 147.00/month for bluecross .will that change? i am not sure if i can continue to pay it . please help !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 22, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  62. Erica

    I'm 70 years old and have no health insurance. I've paid cash for any necessary surgeries over the years mostly in other countries and cash for some necessary treatments here in the United States. I am an American citizen though born abroad. My income at the moment is approx $50,000 . Will my insurance coverage be mandatory and what would would be my approximate monthly amount based on the new bill that has just been passed?

    Thanks

    Erica

    March 22, 2010 at 9:04 am |
  63. Larry

    I'm an early retiree receiving company retiree health care benefits for myself and my wife age 64 & 62). This company is currently in Chapter 11 and expected to be in Chapter 7 before the end of the 2nd quarter. So goodbye to my retiree HC benefits. Is there anything in the new Bill that will help people in my situation?

    March 22, 2010 at 9:06 am |
  64. Hollie

    I haven't had insurance for almost 2 years and, if I understand this correctly, still probably won't be able to for some time to come. When will the requirement to have insurance kick in? Does anyone have any idea yet what "affordable" will mean?

    March 22, 2010 at 9:08 am |
  65. mary Jensen

    When we the people voted for Obama to be our president, that is what he ran on. Health care, closing the two wars, and closing the prison, and jobs, Now we have what he said he was going to do. You can't have it both ways. And I didn't hear GOP screaming when the last president did EVERYTHING behind closed doors/middle of the night. The wars cost us more money,than the health bill will cost totally. We need more goverment controling some of our big business's.

    Mary
    Wisc

    March 22, 2010 at 9:10 am |
  66. karen

    You keep saying we don't know how it will effect us. Media failed. That was your job before it got passed. Why didn't you ask the tough questions before. Media is the biggest problem in american. In pockets politically. It has become so obvious and with internet and other outlets people are getting wise to you.

    March 22, 2010 at 9:11 am |
  67. Everett

    Kyra,
    Good morning. This is the first time in my life that I have sent in a blog message, even during the Presidential campagin I didn't send one in, with all that I had to say. But today I couldn't hold back any longer. With all that is going on in the Health care issue, I just had to say what was in my heart and on my mind.

    I believe it is a shame that so many people would be against the health care bill, irregardless of the cost the benefit of so many people being able to receive the necessary medical help that they so badly need and must have to survive is reason enough for Americans to want to help other Americans. There are so many people who have made so much' so much money behind the scenes, corruptly and legally through loop holes that made it legal for them, that the cost of health care for all shouldn't even be a cocern for the people of the United States. You listen to the Republicans shout about how the bill was written, complaining about how we have failed to listen to America, we failed to reflect that will, that we've failed ourselves and our country, that the bill was birthed without openess, written with back room deals, hidden from the people. This to me is the way Washington ran the government for the last eight years under Prisident Bush for sure. There was never any ascess to Washington, never any openess. So to hear the Republicans complaining again about something that this President wants to do is just plain old politics. Nothing but talk, they're more concerned about being re-elected than the real converns of the people they represent, republicans don't get sick, they don't need medical treatment? To hear and see fellow Americans call a Congressman and fellow America the "N" word, to see this level of hatred still exists so openly, to see the House and the Senate operate with the so old BS as days of old, not working together for the betterment of the country is sicking. When is the United States going to wake up. God is judging His people, do people who claim to believe that this country was founded on and believe in one nation under God, think that the One God is pleased?

    Thank you!

    March 22, 2010 at 9:11 am |
  68. Brian

    With this new bill will disabled Vets that have heath care via VA have too get insurance too?

    March 22, 2010 at 9:13 am |
  69. Edwin

    What does the Healthcare package do for Veteran's on Tricare and/or disabled Veterans with only the VA to cover them and how will it effect those Veterans?

    March 22, 2010 at 9:15 am |
  70. charles linkowich

    Hi Kyra:

    In regard to the fines/penalties for not "signing-up", the fine is phased in gradually from $95 [in 2014] to $750 max. However, you cannot be prosecuted or subject to a penalty [assuming a fine is a penalty] for not joining.

    Page 340

    ‘‘(A) WAIVER OF CRIMINAL PENALTIES.—

    In the case of any failure by a taxpayer to timely pay any penalty imposed by this section, such taxpayer shall not be subject to any criminal prosecution or penalty with respect to such failure. "

    March 22, 2010 at 9:26 am |
  71. Daniel Bilodeau

    Though I agree health care needs changing our representatives have passed a huge bill which many have agreed they have not fully read. CNN and the other news organizations have only informed the American people of a few changes which will affect them. When are we going to be informed of what is hidden in the 2000 plus pages of the bill which no one is talking about?

    March 22, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  72. Janet

    Hallelujah!

    March 22, 2010 at 9:30 am |
  73. Jesse

    I was wondering if our congress,and all of the people in office including our president were going to be under the same health care. And why do we as the people should pay for it when most can pay for thier own but have choosen not to pay for it themselfs.

    March 22, 2010 at 9:31 am |
  74. Wanda Williams

    My husband is self employed. I could not afford to put him on my insurance at work. When and where will he has access to affordable health insurance? Who do we call?

    March 22, 2010 at 9:32 am |
  75. Sue Germain

    Kyra,
    The health care bill is a good thing for the United States. What can be wrong with all Americans having health insurance? The good book says, "I am my brother’s keeper". Those who are calling the democrats names, spitting on them, and basically acting like spoiled children either do not know what is in the bill or they are being egged on by the pundits and selfish politicians. Everyone has the right to protest but do it civilly. The politicians who are acting out, not being civil, and lying about what is in the bill are simply showing their true colors of ignorance, selfishness, and the fact that they don’t give a whip about the people of this country, especially those that are less fortunate than themselves. All these politicians want to do is get reelected and they will do whatever is necessary to make that happen, even if it goes against what they truly believe in. These politicians are playing to a segment of the population that cares more about their pocket books and their investments than they do about everyone having affordable health care. These politicians want to scare the public and I hope the public is paying attention and remember those politicians on Election Day.

    March 22, 2010 at 9:33 am |
  76. gene c.

    I am a retired and have health care thru my emploryer, but have to buy a supplement. I dont see how this reform is going to help's me. Thru all of the debates I never heard one word about seniors that have to buy a supplement......thanks

    March 22, 2010 at 9:35 am |
  77. Mary L. Smith

    I have no insurance, a pre exsisting condtion & no money to buy any anyway. I'm 57 years old.
    What does it mean for me?

    March 22, 2010 at 9:43 am |
  78. Don - Lawrence, KS

    Kira,

    Your white house correspondent incorrectly reported this morning that those who buy their own insurance who make over $88,000 will see their premiums increase. This is incorrect. The CBO estimates because there will be better coverages available at a lower price in the exchange, most citizens in that catagory will likely purchase a better plan at a slightly higher cost. So their current insurance plan won't increase but they will be paying more for a better policy. This is not the first time your reporters have gotten facts wrong. You really need some reporters who are knowledgeable about the details reporting on this stuff.

    Don

    March 22, 2010 at 9:45 am |
  79. Susan

    I am a retired military member using tricare standard. Does this tqualify for having insurance?

    March 22, 2010 at 9:51 am |
  80. Kiki

    Is it $88k in income or AGI that's the break point for your rates going up or down?

    March 22, 2010 at 9:51 am |
  81. Helen Gori

    Why couldn't your shows have done a presentation on the health care bill similar to what I just witnessed earlier? It would have helped people understand the topic so much better.

    March 22, 2010 at 9:58 am |
  82. Mary Joan Moore

    Just wondering, does the Tax-funded health care for members of Congress allow for abortions? If so, shouldn't those same folks who are using this issue to divide decry their own health care on the same grounds, take a closer look at their own privileged care? What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:01 am |
  83. George

    Tony,

    The way I am understanding this last minute Executive Order there is some insurance coverage (with limits) for elective abortion. My wife and I can not have children naturally because my wife is a cancer survivor and has been in remission for 22 years. Therefore, what about insurance coverage for those of us who want children via IVF? Are there any such provisions in the reform for IVF?

    March 22, 2010 at 10:03 am |
  84. Lilarose in Oregon

    Tell Daniel in Florida that all I heard when he complained about the health care bill was "Washington" and "the government."

    Guess what, Daniel! We the People ARE the government!

    We the People ARE in Washington.

    Maybe he isn't a US citizen?

    March 22, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  85. Dan Lafayette,IN

    I am on social security and get Medicare to pay for my prescriptions with a small co-payment, will the new heath care program change my medicaid and medicare benefits?

    March 22, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  86. Sara, Brooklyn

    Thank god. We are finally truly a republic by the people, FOR the people.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  87. Lynn Gislason

    I am so happy about the healthcare vote! For those who oppose it, let me just say, sick people get healthcare whether or not they have Insurance, and we pay for that too. With Insurance we just have the opportunity to control the costs and also give people the opportunity to take advantage of preventive care to avoid high hospital costs.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  88. Molly

    Tony, I am confused. If it is supposed to save us so much money in the long run, and reduce the deficit, why is everyone so against it? Why is everyone worried about paying for it, if it saves us money?

    March 22, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  89. Bern

    Does this law follow up on President Obama's promise that cannot be canceled as long as we pay our premiums?

    March 22, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  90. L Adams

    So Tony, your reporter had only people who were apposed to health care, then made some comment about some people earlier who were for health care, is that fair reporting, remember a picture is worth a thousand words. Biased?

    March 22, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  91. Lola Acherman

    Tony,
    I would like to know if this health care bill will cover illegals.
    I hope not because they are not American citizens.
    Lola

    March 22, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  92. J Dalgamouni

    The government made a mess of medicare, social security and medicaid.... why in the world will we let them handle our healthcare?

    March 22, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  93. Anthony

    Why didn't the president and congress just try and regulate Hospitals & perscription medication? They are the ones that actually make high profits, not the Healthcare Insurance Companies.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  94. Steve Freed

    As a Diabetes Educator I see too many patients with diabetes that do not have insurance and cannot afford supplies to treat their diabetes.
    Please ask those people that are against the HealthCare Bill:
    What do you tell the people that are uninsured due to prior existing conditions and are going bankrupt due to healh care costs and are losing their homes?

    Steve

    March 22, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  95. addy

    how will the unemployed benefit from the health care bill ?

    March 22, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  96. Jenna

    I'm 28yrs old and am living with Multiple Sclerosis. I also happen to have been laid off. Because of this, I can no longer receive treatment or medication to prevent it from causing further damage to my neurological system.
    The reason for this? Almost no private health-care provider will cover me, and those that do, charge so much that I can't afford it. To those who disapprove of healthcare reform, please explain why you think I deserve to face possible disability. (Also, feel free to put me on your insurance)

    March 22, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  97. Al Leong

    The nays focus on two core key messages – freedom/control (or government size) and entitlement. These are detractors to individualism and profit at a time when community and the benefits of collectivism outweigh the devastation of hypercompetition. it is important for these people (nays) to understand that underregulation, greed, corruption (Madoff, etc.) – the concepts they hold so dearly is not black and white, but that the resolution is a negotiated outcome (sliding scale solution) that has been achieved over the past 12 months. The Republicans further promoting a black and white ideology is risky and destabilizing..

    March 22, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  98. joan

    Will the new health care reform plan provide coverage for integrative or alternative medicine, such as acupuncture, chelation therapy, etc.?

    March 22, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  99. Leslie Weinberg

    Unfortunately, most Americans have focused on what are considered the "good" points of the bill – insuring those who can't afford coverage, eliminating pre-existing conditions as a reason for refusal of coverage, and the ability to remain covered if you lose your job.

    Do people not realize the oversight of the IRS in this bill, the ability of this agency to withhold your money, to determine what coverage you should have? Do they not realize that Medicare premiums will not only be based on earned income, but on unearned income as well? Have they not heard that there will be a 3.8% tax on those earnings, and that the people who can afford their own coverage and have "cadillac" plans will be taxed to the hilt?

    Do people listen when they talk about the insurance "exchange", which will be under the auspices of the government, and the fact that although they are "private" companies, one of them must be not-for-profit? A rose is a rose – how does this differ from the public option, which was supposedly scrapped.

    Has anyone read this bill?????

    March 22, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  100. Michael Geer

    I have the VA for my Healthcare because I am a Gulf war veteran, but so many people dont. Mt kids don't because they are in college. The Healthcare bill passed, the Majority of americans want it. The loud Minority are either ignorant or uninformed. Please read the bill, then help inform people, about the truth. Its time to unite our people, and move on.

    I

    March 22, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  101. tommy long island ny

    Ok now im forced to buy insurance. i dont make enough for the $400 and up health insurance and i make to much to buy insurance like healthy ny(hmo). the money i saved by not buying insurance a year i used to go to the doctor when im sick or to the dentist or to buy prescription drugs. Im not a kid or an old man that needs a doctor or hospital from time to time in a year. how does this help me?

    March 22, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  102. Dean Wilber

    When is the health care law set to expire? who shouted babykiller at bart stupak?

    March 22, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  103. Paula

    How does this effect the sick and the elderly? I am unable to work, fighting to get my disability, A single mother. I got sick to years ago, thru no fault of my own. I am 41 and have a 10 yr old son. I worked all my life before i got sick. I have 3 very dibilitating diseases. My son and I where both forced to go on medicaid, how is this medical reform bill going to hurt us?going to hurt us:?

    March 22, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  104. Robert Kwitkin

    I strongly support the health care reform bill. We ALL have a moral obligation to provide health care for all our citizens. Health care is a RIGHT. This country is based upon tolerance and we have lost our moral compass. This bill helps restore our social responsiblity. We need a BIGGER government to provide for all Americans. In the long run our deficit will be reduced by billions of dollars and the number of deaths annually due to a lack of health care coverage will be markedly reduced. Thank you democrats for standing up for the American people.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  105. Eric Evans

    It's funny how 'the right' only approves of massive spending on war and death and destruction..but balks at any opportunity to help his fellow human beings..it's ridiculous to think they represent so many...and if they do well that just scares the hell out me and I'd say let's just get it on!

    March 22, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  106. Craig Daube

    Of the people who have commented on this bill, I would like to know who actually read it, and who are the ones that are just riding the bandwagon of their particular party. Don't let ignorance and political brew-ha delegate your opinion. This is serious, and if you want to express your opinion on something, at least do a LITTLE research.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  107. Mark

    My wife and I both 62 and Moved to Texas from Calif. where we had Kaiser. Now we are forced into a health insurance plan costing us more a month then we make from social security. Now we just got a $600 a month increase form preexisting conditions. How and when will this new health plan effect us ?

    Regards

    March 22, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  108. Lilarose in Oregon

    My parents endured the Great Depression and World War Two, and I NEVER heard them talk about the burden these two happenings would have on their three kids.

    What happened to my parents when social security was established?

    What happened to my generation from the 1940's when Medicare was established?

    Nothing but good.

    What is going to happen to the unborn children because of a health care bill?

    Huge personal financial burdens will be off their shoulders.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:20 am |
  109. monica wamble

    I have right now a plan that cost me about 300 a month with a 10,000 dollar dectutibule yes 10,000 dollar plu i pay 30% of final bill. also i have severve back problem that reguires therapy that i only get a few visits a year covered. so will this new healthcare plan help me? i live in a family of 4 that makes less than 40, 000 a year. we do not have any goverment help whatsoeverplease help me figure this out. we are struggling to pay bills because of our high plan now. thankk you. monica wamble

    March 22, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  110. Dark

    What can be worst than to vote for a war that took the leader of a country out that had no WMDs and then put Iran in a position to destabilise the entire middle east?

    The Publicans have more to worry about than trying to derail President Obama's presidency. Iran is now making weapons that can attack not only Israel but kill innocent Americans! Whose fault is that?

    HC Reform is baout helping Americans so Pres O is the better guy here!

    March 22, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  111. RON SMITH

    Military retirees are covered under a medical plan titled " Tricare For Life". I have read that this coverage does not meet the minimum requirements of the new bill and retirees will be "fined" because of this disparity. True or False?

    March 22, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  112. Justin

    I am 25, have worked for a university part time as a graduate assistant, was enrolled in grad school for those years as a part time student and worked a part time job within the service industry to make ends meet. All of these did not qualify me for health insurance (in one istance, i was refused by my own school that i worked for and attended, did not admit me in, much ironic?). However, within both of these jobs, i paid into medicare, but did not recieve anything. Why was this the case? Your answer will not help me now, but I may fall into a new category come graduation in may. Jobless, what would be my option then?

    March 22, 2010 at 10:22 am |
  113. David

    Tony, I'm glad this healthcare bill passed, and as a person who is not selfish and cares about the well being of my fellow Americans, it does not bother me if I have to pay more taxes to ensure that others are treated with dignity. And as far as the remark of Baby Killer being said to Congressman Stupak. This is why the cause of the Republican party Is delegitimized, because of there over the top uncontrollable behavior, when things don't go there way.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  114. jim whitecotton

    I am a veteran & go to the va for health care. how does this affect me. thank you

    March 22, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  115. Brenda

    What is going to happen to military retirees and their dependents? We have heard both positives and negatives about what is in the bill with regard to us, but nothing DEFINITE. How will this affect Tricare Standard and Tricare Prime plans, which so many military families and retirees have put in a LIFETIME of service to country, to EARN?

    March 22, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  116. renee

    ok so the bill passed how will it help us that are on unemployment? some of us dont make that much on unemployment and we have to buy or get fined???? i cant even get health care from the welfar because iam not prego and i need knee surgey to get back to work so how is this going to help us on unemployment???

    March 22, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  117. Arty

    The cost of the Healthcare Reform Bill has been the major topic of discussion due to the concern we all have as to the financial effect it will have on all Americans now and in the future. Why are we so concerned about spending this money on American citizens when we have virtually no discussion about the hundreds of billions of American dollars we give to foreign countries, many of whom don't support or agree with us. There seems to be no accountability for these huge expenditures. How about giving us, the Americans who pay for this aid, a chance to debate these expenditures? We gave and still give American lives to defend foreign countries and where is the payback? Let's pay ourselves and not the rest of the world for a change!!

    March 22, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  118. Sean

    Well, like it or not, it looks like health care reform is here. Will it actually slow down the staggering annual increases in our premiums or did we just implement a program that's going to increases our taxes and pile on to our national debt? If anyone's been keeping score of our government’s ability to efficiently implement anything I'm not optimistic.......

    March 22, 2010 at 10:25 am |
  119. Mr.T.K.Tucker

    I think that this may be what was need for every day Americans to start to believe in our Government again. Equal opportunity is all that we ask for.I followed this event since the start,and have witnessed how separate and unequal this country ,my country realy has become are has been and i have cried. My tears are for those that i know who suffer from lack of healty care but still beileve in there Government. The pass of Health care reform has brought true hope back into there lives.Thank God for Barak Obama and his "Crew' ha ha ha
    Thank you tony.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  120. John

    Stop covering the politics behind the bill and the public reaction! The problem is that nobody knows the what's in the bill. Of the 60 million Americans who don't currently have health insurance, how many will be covered under the bill and for what? Does the bill improve health insurance for those who already have it? If you're going to waste our time interviewing people in Ft Lauderdale, at least ask those that respond if they have health insurance now. I suspect most of them have Medicare...

    March 22, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  121. jessica

    All I've been hearing from republicans is "not what we want". Its not about them. Why block people who need help. Some folk will be against anything that obama is for. Republicans & some racist dmocrats are diviving our country. President Obama is doing a wonderful job.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  122. Gerhard Austin

    When you interview "the people", couldn't you also ask where each of the interviewed persons gets his/her information. Practically all of those expressing adamant opposition to the health care reform just repeat lines from Fox News and have apparently never heard rational discussions of the real issues at CNN.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  123. RMD

    I am wondering if all the people who have said they were against the health bill have health insurance. Where is their compassion for their fellow man who have died because they could not get insurance or for those who are suffering because they don't have it or have caps on what would be paid?

    Reform has been needed for so long. I feel shame for those people. Where would Dick Cheney be if he couldn't get the insurance he has? What if there was a cap on the cost insurance would pay?

    March 22, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  124. Al Leong

    The insurance program is both self-funding and comes from the reallocation of resources from reduction in war expenses. This reallocation is logical because when troops come home (resources must be diverted to the VA, mental health and other sources). As the population ages and babyboom retires, it will become essential.

    If a citizen does not understand NPV, NOPAT or EVA analysis then it is important to provide this information in a simple way to everyone so that their opinion is not party-based. A simple sensitivity analysis should be done on the implications of not having everyone on it.

    It is also ironic that people who espouse freedoms and the benefits of these freedoms don't want what they would be deemed an entitlement... (benefits from scale – insurance and reduction of premiums). Perhaps it is those people who need to work harder (to learn, understand and work harder) to achieve those benefits.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  125. JD

    My children will pay for this. I will have to pay higher medicare payments.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  126. Kathleen Reif

    Dear Tony,

    I'm listening to a Republican chide congress as I write, happy for once that his deceptive tactics didn't sway the vote. I'm absolutely thrilled that President Obama has finally passed a bill that will improve health coverage, though I'm disappointed that the public option was taken out. I understand why our president made every effort to meet Republicans objections, but let's face it, nothing will please them. Especially the fact that he's made history again.

    I did without insurance for years to the detriment of my health and ended up needing surgery to open a carotid two years ago, after which my 50/50 insurance upped the premium to the point that I couldn't pay. I am now saddled with thousands in medical bills, though I'm finally on social security and able to get better health care.
    Though educated, I'm low income due to unpaid student loans because of a bankruptcy over thirty years ago.

    Sally Mae can legally take 15% of my social security each month.
    month. Ancient student loans are the next thing Obama should tackle. So many aging seniors are paying the same banks that had to be bailed out though many never finished school.

    Still, we have to celebrate victories as they come. I am an old white woman, but I voted for Barack Obama. To me, he is the fulfillment of the sixties politcal promise, a true inheritor of the Kennedy legacy. I applaud him and love to see his face on TV.

    Kathleen Reif

    March 22, 2010 at 10:28 am |
  127. John B. --- Philadelphia, PA

    I have been reading up on the details of the health care bill and it appears those adults with pre-existing conditions will still be rejected by insurance companies and have to join an exchange. Only children will be covered with pre-existing conditions. I have followed the health care debate throughout and the talking points given by politicians and their surrogates did not clearly outline this. Is this correct and why did the media not contest this point when it was asserted by the talking heads in the Democratic party?

    March 22, 2010 at 10:28 am |
  128. russell

    I wonder how all the people who ignorantly criticize, slander, and complain about this reform (health care), would react if one of their loved one's dies or has a lifetime of suffering because they can't get health care because they have been turned down by an insurance company or weren't able to afford the rates? You Americans are so silly; some of your health care (vets, medicare, medcaid) IS one payor! To call people names when they are at least trying to help is typical of ignorant Americans – self-centred and selfish. Wake up and enjoy being part of the common good instead of poking fun at the poor and revelling in others' tragedy which happens way too much. It's no wonder so many have turned their back on America when you see the kind of behaviour an elected official is willing to engage in (babykiler?) and then have a colleage turn around and make it excuses for him (tired, raw emotions); please, give the rest of us a break: shut up and do the right thing and stoip thinking about yourselves. RC

    March 22, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  129. r herc

    My question is; Does this health care reform put into place a way of cutting the abuse of the health care systems. The abuse I am specifically talking about are those people who do not go to a doctor for regular health care ( easy quick and less costly) but go to the emergency room. ( takes longer and cost more for an easy fix) Does it put into place any specific criteria patients must meet before hospital care is required? Specifically patients who go to the hospital for vague symptoms and are admitted for a mutitiude of tests and are found with nothing wrong. (Mostly due to defensive treatment by the doctors)

    My Husband has not had a raise in 12 years because of the cost of his health care policy increases every quarter. I want Healthcare reform but I want sensible healthcare reform not 2000 pages of Pork for those who have the most pull in politics!!!

    March 22, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  130. W. Floyd Lee

    After becoming an insurance agent and found out how we had to lie to sell health insurance, just made me sick. From my personal assessment of insurance, it is a legal fruad. The reason I say that is, we lie to sell insurance to healthy people and by the time they have to use it they find that the plan is not as effective as it (the plan) was representec, now the are sick and need treatment for a certain illness and the plan doesn't cover the illness. It takes an attorney to interpet the plan. By choice, I am not an insurance agent anymore. With that I find that Isurance is a legal fruad.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  131. LaNetta

    First I would like to applaud President Obama and all the congresswomen and men that made HCR possible. Thank you for thinking of all of us!

    I'm a government employee and my daughter had to come off my plan last year due to her age. My daughter is 22 and will be entering law school this August. Under the HCR will I be able to put her back on my health insurance?

    Thanks,
    LaNetta

    March 22, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  132. ted

    Hi all american democ,rep or indep I want all of you to choose the best answer. A, Life B,Money C,both D,None

    March 22, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  133. Jay

    My sister-in-law is now blocked from my brother's insurance policy, because she was prescribed a fertlity drug when they thought they were having issues conceiving.

    It turned out, that there no issues, as she never got a chance to take the drug, before getting pregnant. She had the prescription filled, but between the time she got the pills and was scheduled to start taking them (After her next cycle)... she became pregnant.

    However, the insurance company now flags her as having a "pre-existing condition". (She had her own health care, and was going to leave work when the baby was born for the "change in family event")... and she is not allowed on his policy... so she had to go back to work, to basically work for health care for herself. The cost of daycare, negates her income.

    Will the "pre-existing condition" clauses in this bill help their situation?

    March 22, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  134. Jose F Colon

    Finally, after a lot of work the Bill of Health Reform will be signed tomorrow.

    Reconciliation is going to be a very complicated process.

    Nevertheless, HHS and the Office of Minority Health must have designed a process or work plan beforehand regarding people living with HIV/AIDS.

    There is no information whatsoever about this critical issue when
    there are 56,000 new HIV cases in the Nation yearly.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:31 am |
  135. Audrey in Colorado

    I currently have no insurance, and work two seperate part-time jobs. Is it true that I would be mandated to pay for health insurance under this new bill? How will that be inforced, and what would be the penalty should I abstain? If I were tor receive subsidies to help pay for this 'mandated' insurance coverage, how would that system work? How much time would I need to spend on paperwork, and with people on the phone proving I cannot afford to pay for the coverage. What will be the standard to judge who gets subsidized and not? I know these are a lot of questions, but I am so confused. Does the bill address ANY of these questions????? I sure hope so.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:31 am |
  136. Gabriel

    republicans talk about money...we help every country in the world and we pay for it (or the next generations)....why not help our self!!!

    March 22, 2010 at 10:32 am |
  137. Al Leong

    Affordability – you get what you pay for. It should not be cheap. This is counterintuitive, but correct. You want an a large system because it is the only thing that will be effective as the health system is stretched to the limits.

    And if the US dollar depreciates, exports will rise because of exchange rate parity and PPP. The citizens will not notice it other than the fact that exports will rise and people will have jobs. they may not have such a great sense of esteem but they will be taken care of (basic needs are met). That should be the goal, not `freedom.`which is an altruistic goal, and only a basic desire for non-criminals.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:32 am |
  138. Jackson

    Are medicare eligible or medicare recipients still required to pay for health insurance?

    March 22, 2010 at 10:32 am |
  139. jd

    Why is it OK to spend billions to send Brave Americans into a war that was launched under false pretenses(Iraq) and in which too too many have been killed or injured and yet when this president and the Democratic party want to give the(most of who are poor) people of America healthcare(which would SAVE American lives) it is the by definition of the Republicans the worst thing we could have done? It seems to me that the Republicans just don't care about poor people, but poor people can vote too.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:34 am |
  140. penny willing

    Is it true that the thieves who run the insurance companies will still be allowed to deny health coverage to pre-existing illnesses for at least another 4 years? Do I have to wait 4 years before I am protected by the insurance that I pay for, so that if I have a catastrophic illness, the coverage will not be capped off at 500,000 so that I am without insurance coverage for the rest of my life? I am saddened by the greed in this country. Why does the republican party refuse to help people who are not millionaires?

    March 22, 2010 at 10:34 am |
  141. Kwame Baafi

    Brave congressmen has just passed a very rewardable bill. It means they have all Americans at heart, irrespective of background. It's frightening the level of ignorance in the Republicans. If you believe in equality, then you should support this bill. If am giving the chance to vote for it,I will do it 1000 times more because it's a blessing. Those saying "kill the bill" are hypocrates, my question is: have anyone of them ever had the experience to be treated for a medical problem?

    March 22, 2010 at 10:35 am |
  142. Sharry

    Would you please see that there is a video of the complete Stupak speech available? I found his speech to be one of the most moving and profound statements regarding health care and the abortion issue that the Republicans have used as a political ploy for years. Thank you.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:35 am |
  143. Rick Ashley

    How will small business losing money or barely breaking even benefit for the health care benefit?

    March 22, 2010 at 10:36 am |
  144. John B. --- Philadelphia, PA

    Also, it appears that forcing Americans to buy insurance is not constitutional. Will any challenges to this in court hold up and what will the long-term ramifications mean if it does not? Will those who have coverage have to pay more for those who do not?

    March 22, 2010 at 10:36 am |
  145. Sheila Gane

    I live in Canada – We have universal health care – we have NO problem with it.
    If I was earning $200,000 a year or more, I don't think it would hurt me to pay a $200. or $300. more per year to cover the rest of my country for basic health care. Nobody in Canada is going bankrupt or losing our homes because of a serious illness in our families.

    My husband just spent five days in Intensive Care in our local hospital and was discharged NOT OWING ONE CENT. How wonderful is that? Where would we be now if we lived in the United States?

    WHY am I told when I visit relatives and friends in the United States that WE, in Canada, cannot chose our own doctor? Where does that rumour come from? We have always chosen our own doctor and continue to do so. If I want a referralt to a specialist, I ask my family doctor to refer me to the specialist that I want – There is NO problem.

    It's time to tell your Insurance Companies to quit telling lies to benefit their own exhorbitant costs for health care in your Country.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  146. Rick

    How will small business losing money or barely breaking even benefit from the health care tax credit?

    March 22, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  147. Jose F Colon

    To your knowledge, how will the Reform impact HIV/AIDS patients who have a sexually transmitted disease which has no cure and infects 56,000 persons yearly in the Nation?

    March 22, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  148. Ken in NC

    WOW......People are raising hell today about the health care bill passing. They raised hell about Social Security passing, Civil Rights and others and they got over it. Get over it people. It was the right thing to do and it is never the right time to do anything because there will always be one to claim this is not the right time. People claim it will break us just like Social Security is going broke. Well you can go to a small town in West Virginia and look at the IOU's that Congress left to the American people when they raided the Social Security Trust Fund to balance the budget. Those Bonds are sitting there unpaid. That is why the Social Security Trust Fund is going broke. That fund had a huge surplus there waiting for the increase in the number of people projected to retire in future years but Congress stole it.

    We are a better country than this whining and complaining I am seeing now. We need to band together and take care of each other because no one else on this earth is going to come to our aid. Every nation on earth hates the US for one reason or another so we got to do for ourselves. First we got to start to make things and sells them to ourselves and then to others instead of sending jobs to every other country around the world. If we don't cut this crap of fighting among ourselves and start taking care of us first then we as a nation are screwed and don't think for a minute that China is not trying to tighten the screws on us. Wake up America because we have to take care of us because we are going to need everyone of us to fight off the rest of the world.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:39 am |
  149. Lilarose in Oregon

    I think there are opt outs for people who aren't in agreement with the new health care reform.

    Most of the reforms won't take place for 2-3 years. It takes time to set up these programs.

    So, if you are unemployed, get off your computer right now and get dressed and hit the streets looking for a job, just like I did when I was in your shoes. I put myself through college, raised a child, worked 30 hours a week on campus, worked weekends at a restaurant washing dishes.

    Quit expecting handouts, young people. Life is good in America, but you have to make your own way!

    March 22, 2010 at 10:39 am |
  150. Ann Ayers

    Why not ask people you interview if they have insurance coverage? When I talk to family, friends, neighbors, those that have insurance are against change. Those who don't have insurance look forward to finally getting insurance coverage.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:41 am |
  151. Lynn Luckeroth

    Last night we heard many Republicans say that they had their own plans regarding health and claimed to have had it for many years. Why didn't they do something during the Bush Administration? The bottom line is the Republicans are the weathier Americans and this change will hurt many of their investments. The truth is MOST Amercians want this change contrary what Republicans and Media claim and will reelect a Democrat next term.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:41 am |
  152. Charlotte LeBlanc

    I have Medicare Part B after being disabled from two auto accidents, both of which were caused by elderly drivers over the age of 80 and were underinsured. They had donated their property to their children and were judgment proof. Now I am starting to have heart problems from these accidents, the stress, lack of exercise, the pain–which according to my doctor are having an effect on my heart. Before the problem was discovered by an echogram I had to have an angiogram. I was in the hospital for a total of seven hours after the procedures. The bill was $10,474.00. I had to pay the doctor $196 for the office visit. I have not been billed for his doing the angiogram. Will this new health care bill that I was for and wrote to my senators and representative many times and also called several times stating that this bill was needed even if my Medicare Part B was affected because I was concerned about the people losing their jobs and therefore their health insurance. If I didn't have Medicare Part B I could never pay that $10,000 plus bill and if I didn't have insurance I positively could not pay for it unless I was employed and insured. By the way, before I was injured I had worked continuously for 33 years for attorneys that did not provide me w/401K plan, just insurance which I lost as soon as I lost my job after being injured and could no longer work. I had to fight social security over 3-1/2 years before being disabled. I was losing so much of my own money that I had saved for retirement to cover medical bills and medicine that I am sure that did not do my heart any good. So will this impact my Medicare Part B and what about people w/no insurance? Who pays for that hospital bill or would they just have had to go back home and wait for their heart attack to hopefully kill them because people don't care anymore about anyone but themselves. Most people who were protesting this health care bill I am willing to bet are earning well over $200,000. I would have been in Washington to protest the protestors but I couldn't afford to go and my health didn't premit it. So what the media was showing us is not the true feelings of Americans. There are many poor Americans and many middle class Americans that are for this health care bill but again, they couldn't afford to get to Washington to protest the protestors. But they sure used they telephones and emails to contact their Senators and Representatives.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:41 am |
  153. Henya, Ca

    Thank you President Obama and Nancy Pelosi and the democrats job well done,It’s about time the America is catching up with the rest of the modern world let the Repobli-CON continue shooting themselves in the foot they are all evil and idiots,

    March 22, 2010 at 10:43 am |
  154. tji

    I think the Health Bill is a great beginning towards change. What I do disagree with is the fact that if one opts to not have health insurance they will be fined; I think that we should be able to choose whether we want it or not. Even though there are alot of people that disagree with our new Health Bill, I think there is more good in it than bad. If it isn't everything that we all want then I hope there will be opportunities to change and modify things. It had to be done, it's a horrible feeling to not be able to take care of one's family and it's horrible to not be able to afford to go the the doctor because one doesn't have health insurance.

    The whole healtlh bill thing is quite stressful to watch, it's a shame that our Congressman/Senators are arguing and not getting along. What a sad example they are showing our country and other countries that are watching us. They lack effective communication skills, the yelling, name calling and lack of team effort is what is failing our country. If they could grow up and apply some of the things they learned in College maybe they could get together to amicably discuss a Health Bill that we can all agree on. If our leaders cannot come together for the sake of our country and our future, they will be the blame of this country failing not the Health Bill. I think that the angry ones are the ones that can't see clearly to make good decision for our country. Perhaps those that can't come together need to step down and allow someone else to step in their place and work towards what is good for our country.

    Personally, I know alot of people that need health insurance but can't afford it, I know people that don't go to the doctor because they can't afford it, I know people that pay over $600 per month for health insurance for a family of 3, I can go on and on.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:45 am |
  155. Joanne Semanchick

    Health Reform has passed! Rep. John Boehner and his party should stop whinning, lick their wounds and go on with life. This has been a long time coming and they are sorry they are not the ones who got the health reform in place. My husband is a retired employee and has the best insurance $$ can buy and the folks up on the Hill get the same so they are not worried about other Americans who can not afford good healt care.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:45 am |
  156. shon williams

    I am tired of hearing the argument about our children will be footing the bill on healthcare. As a citizen of this great country we should not waver about doing our part for our fellow citizens and showing leadership and responsibility to our children, showing them that we are a united country that will look out for each others well being. 32 million uninsured people in the US is flat out wrong and unacceptable. A high percenage of these people would have died prematurely if this bill wasnt passed. I dont agree with big government but, I do believe in human decency and this is it in its biggest form. We should not be selfish. We should not teach our children to be selfish. Everyone is going to have to foot the bill. Why am I ok with it? simple, because you can not put a price on human life. Good Job Washington, you finally did something right.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:46 am |
  157. vinny M

    The GOP is, and always will be the party of NO.

    They continue to misconstrue what is in the bill

    No, McCain, you don"t speak for america

    Who empowered the GOP to think they know what's good for america

    when they just lie continually, and JUST SAY NO TO EVERYTHING!!!

    March 22, 2010 at 10:46 am |
  158. Susan Norris

    I am elated that congress was finally able to do something for all the people in this nation by passing this healthcare reform bill, instead of just spending more money to benefit the top 1 percent of our citizens (like Republicans did for so many years).
    However, I'm convinced that despite this bill, insurance companies will continue to gouge most of their new and old customers and this practice will ultimately lead to the government (if led by Democrats) to being forced to provide all citizens with a government insurance program like Medicare for all which would be affordable and fair for all. Of course, if the tea partiers and Republicans get their way, this bill will be killed and only one or two percent of the people in this nation will be able to get healthcare.
    Bottomline, I'm so proud we are on the right path now after eight years of having tea partiers and Republicans running the show. They are nothing but ignorant puppets for the insurance gurus.
    Not all insurance companies are dishonest or unfair-but at this point, I trust the government more than the insurance companies. At least I can vote out the government CEO (the President and congress) if he doesn't play fair, but I can never vote out the insurance CEO if he does wrong.
    It seems that Republicans in controll for so long created a plutonomy, but inch by inch, Obama and Pelosi are taking back our country to where it belongs--–a chapel of democracy. Thank God.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:49 am |
  159. Heath

    How does the health care plan affect dental and vision coverage?

    March 22, 2010 at 10:49 am |
  160. Ronald Williams

    Hi Tony, I would like for you to ask ANYONE that opposes this bill, Are they comfortable with paying for medical care for murderers and pedophiles, drug dealers, TERRORIST???? Is it ok that these people get better healthcare than normal Americans? Is it ok that people lose their homes because of medical bills and the Health Insurance companies get richer and richer. The problem is you all let these idiots spew all this hatred over something that they are just being narrow minded about without asking them that simple question. Its A LOT of government waist that they can protest against but taking care of our own people shouldnt be one. How does it feel to be the ONLY industrialized country to not have healthcare for everyone. SMDH

    March 22, 2010 at 10:50 am |
  161. Rick

    Did I hear Elizabeth right? Did she just say that while there may be a delay in seeing your physician because of the 32 million new insureds, the wait at the emergency room would be less? Is it the recommendation of CNN or their on air representative that people currently insured now go to the emergency room to avoid the delay in seeing their physician? How does that save money?

    March 22, 2010 at 10:50 am |
  162. Bill

    How is this possible?

    I am simply amazed that politicians will be able to correctly resolve the Health Care reform issues in about year. Since, it took us 200 plus years, for the Politicians, Special Interest Groups, and Others to add layer upon layers of their self interest and personal gain to a system that has become out-date, overburdened and antiquated. In the meantime the economy is struggling to gain ground and the unemployed are still looking for jobs!

    Did they do this just to say, look at what 'I" did. There is no 'I' in team is there?

    Also! "All Americans" will be covered by this bill right? Now! By 'All Americans' does this means 'All' Americans in the world, or what?

    So, some law enforcement official will have to go into the Buoy and fine grandma, or the moon-shiner in the hills, or go to Bum City and tell them they have to pay a fine for not having insurance, right?

    What about the unborn?

    What is the 'Real Truth'?

    P.S.
    Why do we need enemies, like Iran, Russia, or others to destroy US when we the United States of America have Politicians?

    March 22, 2010 at 10:51 am |
  163. Eloise

    I think the Health Care Reform passing will be helpful in paying providers when folks obtain services thru the ER instead of going to a regular doctor for primary health care. However I was wondering how we will address undocumented citizens going to the ER to obtain those same services for the same reason. Will they be the only ones that wont be required to pay a premium?

    March 22, 2010 at 10:52 am |
  164. Lawrence Harkless

    I am concerned about people that are on Medicare and have supplemental insurance to help with the medical cost. When you have these supplemental insurance policies and have to pay copay for doctor visits,specialist visits and up tp $3000.00 up front prior to entering the hospital before the insurance will pay.Now I would like to know how thw health care reform policy will help in a situation like this, because when one that is on Social Security income pays all of this up front money, then he is broke.
    Thank you

    March 22, 2010 at 10:52 am |
  165. Mary

    It always bothered me that when two of my children were in their 20s and lived with me they could not cover uninsured family members. I was unemployed and my younger child was in college. At the same time if my sons were gay they could have covered their partner but not their brother. How is this equal rights?

    I listened to coverage which says everyone will get health insurance. The reality is that everyone will be forced to buy health insurance. I heard news coverage today that said if you made less than $19000 you would be exempt from being forced to buy health insurance. That seems to go against the coverage for everyone idea.

    Will insurance coverage be provided for those with pre-existing conditions at the same price as those who don't have them?

    Will the cost of insurance be considered as well as the income in determining who will receive assistance? (percentage of income)

    March 22, 2010 at 10:52 am |
  166. Linda Rucker

    Tony thanks, I enjoy your commentation every day. Some Americains just don't get it. Speakiing of Big Government we the American people are the government, we take care of our on. This is why this legislation is so important. Millions of Americans who don't have health care show up at Emergency Rooms everyday because thats the only way they are not turned away who pays. Be carefull what you ask for you never know when shoe may be on the other foot.

    Thanks

    March 22, 2010 at 10:52 am |
  167. Ravi

    Tony,

    I just want to know how it will affect residency positions for upcoming years?

    I read section 5503 and some others but could not understand.

    Can you give some lights on that?

    Thanks

    March 22, 2010 at 10:53 am |
  168. cam

    The doctor hasn't explained – they spend all this money to build community health centers and provide care for 32 million more regular care but WHO will care for us? Their is a doctor and healthcare worker shortage so won't there be long waits? Who will staff these places? Just answer the question. It all sounds good but who are these healthcare worker and where are they coming from? Doctors and nurses are overworked already and are in demand. Aren't enough out there for the current healthcare places. Answer please! There's a difference between ideal and reality.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:53 am |
  169. Rev. Anderson

    I have company provided health care and received a notice saying I am a pre-existing condition. What impact would the new law have on this type of situation?

    March 22, 2010 at 10:54 am |
  170. Nancy

    Elizabeth just said that people making over $88K who buy their own insurance will now pay more. I make a little more than that, and I am paying very high rates for bad insurance with almost no coverage of prescription medicine. I have already been notified that my premiums are increasing by about 15% over last year.

    If I will now have to pay EVEN MORE, will I at least be receiving better coverage???

    March 22, 2010 at 10:54 am |
  171. Nisha Jaichand

    How does this bill affect the private insurance companies and thus the premiums they will charget?

    March 22, 2010 at 10:54 am |
  172. M. Pollock

    I have a daughter who is a student and turned 22 during March 2010. She was dropped from my health insurance plan, but has a 30 day period to get other coverage. Will the health insurance reform plan help her situation or will it be for future students?

    March 22, 2010 at 10:55 am |
  173. oscar

    Do you think that Republican House Representatives are regretting not voting "yes" to the healthcare reform bill?

    March 22, 2010 at 10:55 am |
  174. Amanda H

    I don't see how this "Insurance bill" is anything but a step closer to communism... You will have Health care insurance or you will be fined? Who has the right to tell you what you should have. Most people are already living in an Economic drowning pool... This will just sink us... Thanks Mr. President and Madam Pulosi (sp)... Thanks for keeping the life jackets and letting us drown... The only way I would really support this bill is if You and members of House , Congress, Ect... Uses the Same health care coverage. You have no worries you will never wait in line for help now. Thanks for making it harder to live in America.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:55 am |
  175. jt

    i am sorry but no on the health bill and yes i am on medicaid but as it is right now doctors are telling us no medicaid will not pay for that and this
    no we can not send you to a bone specialty medicaid will not let us no you need it but o'will that medicaid and if you have to go to the hosp. you wait from 10 to 24 hours to see a doctor that does not know his head from a hole in the wall all this bill does is put more people on the street to live i get a little money each month and that hurts a lot and i know there is more people out like this to and i ask each American to writer or call their congress man or woman and let them know what is wrong with this bill and i am sorry to say the gov needs to get out in the usa and behind closed dorrs all the time

    March 22, 2010 at 10:56 am |
  176. T J Largesse

    My husband is retired & I take care of him. He make less than 17,000$ a year & I bring in 0$. How much will we have to pay for health insurance?
    Sincerely, TJ Largesse

    March 22, 2010 at 10:56 am |
  177. Maribel Dana

    I am over the moon over health care reform, a very moderate bill that disappointed liberals because we wanted a public option. America is truly a conservative country with Repub. leaders screaming Armageddon when we are a half century behind other industrialized nations who enable liberty and the pursuit of happiness that results from life with healthcare. Now my children, nieces, nephews and their young friends will be covered till age 26 on their parents policies and will be able to purchase coverage in line with their ability to pay. Old folks can have care in their homes where they prefer to stay. I've seen such good care in Ireland, Norway and Australia. I have no problems paying an investment surtax if it means less misery in the world.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:56 am |
  178. Tony H

    I do not understand this concept of employers paying for employees healthcare. I own a small company and we have NEVER paid for insurance and NEVER planned on it. How will this affect us? Will we be required to provide healthcare since healthcare is now mandated?

    March 22, 2010 at 10:56 am |
  179. cam

    Also now medicare patients will be cut from many clinics as they doctors have to limit these kind of payment cannot afford with low reimbursement from bad goverment payment. Who will care for those patients. They cannot keep their current doctor anymore. Mayo did this already with some of their patients and most clinics will follow suit with their local patients. Or they will have to close their doors.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:58 am |
  180. Rey

    I am totally for the Health Care Reform. I wish it went further and provided the public option. Reform is way over due. What people need to realize is that the country has allowed corporate interest to supersede the rights of individual citizens. Republicans are more concerned in trying to destroy the presidents agenda than they are in assisting the people. They say the Republicans are siding with Americans, but the people spoke when they elected President Obama. That meant we supported his agenda. If they really are on the side of the people they would support his agenda as well. When Bush was in office they allowed escalating deficit, unfair trade relations and wire taps of American citizens. Now we have a president who is trying to work for the people and Republicans say they are concerned about the well being of Americans...please!

    March 22, 2010 at 10:59 am |
  181. Kristen Bein

    What exactly do they mean when they say 32 million more Americans will be covered? Shouldn't that be more if they are going to be requiring everyone to buy their own health insurance?

    March 22, 2010 at 10:59 am |
  182. jon rector

    Your 0955 tax tips segment referring to the "Making Work Pay" credit is misleading. The reporter indicated most people will have already received this credit, however, IRS merely adjusted the withholding tables to take out less from paychecks. The credit still has to be claimed by each taxpayer.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:01 am |
  183. expecting expat

    What about the accountability for the filthy rich insurance companies? What does that look like? How will it effectively work? There is so much corruption and unfair practices within the insurance industry. Accountability in this area is vital for better health care in America.
    (See W Floyd Lee's post above)
    Thank you.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:01 am |
  184. Ray

    I am on Social Security Disability, how will this affect my co-pays and premiums, and what will change in my coverages?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:02 am |
  185. Nikki

    So yet again the government has thrown money towards a symptom instead of the cause. In response to "insurance is a right, not a privilege", education is what should be a RIGHT, not a privilege, then those people who don't have jobs to afford healthcare would have the education to get a job so they can afford the healthcare. I agree that everyone should have insurance, but WHY do I have to pay for it???

    March 22, 2010 at 11:02 am |
  186. 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 11:06 am |
  187. cam

    Tony H- another way that obama is destroying small businesses. USA is not a place where you can have a dream and attain it through your hard work. Now you can just hang out and be given what you need. Government will run things and take over the country. Just sit back, find a job somewhere, get the government insurance and live off the country for what ever else you might need. It is where we are going. No motivation to be an entrepreneur anymore. Can't survive the rise to success- that is unamerican

    March 22, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  188. Erik

    What about people who don't have health insurance?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  189. Charlie

    Tony,
    What about alcohol and tobacco taxes? will we find that prices will skyrocket due to medicaid?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  190. Alonzo Pennington

    Healthcare is no longer a privilege, it's a RIGHT!!!!

    March 22, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  191. Laureen

    My question is simple – what is the tanning salon tax about? Will that affect people like myself who do not tan?

    Thanks!

    March 22, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  192. Patrick

    doing nothing was not an option. Lets not let the ones with the loudest mouths frame a debate. This bill was not perfect but the insurance industry needed to no know that the people are taking this serious and that this is our government. The tea party group doesn't even make sense in their argument. Lets give this bill a chance.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  193. Dani

    If I do not currently have insurance how will this effect me? Is the bill only making insurance cheaper for me to purchase as an individual?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  194. Kyle M

    I am 19 and trying to buy my own health insurance. Will this bill help me afford it or will the changes not help for a few years? Are premiums going up because of the increased taxes?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  195. jayson parker

    So does the "tanning salon tax" mean that I'm going to have to pay extra money per visit?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  196. Terry

    How does this bill effect the veterans. Will we loose tri-care? Will we loose our VA health care?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  197. Lynn Detrik

    Tony:

    Earlier Elizabeth gave us a breakdown of how our premiums would be affected. She said that for those making $88,000 and purchasing our own policies that premiums would rise. Is that $88,000 for an individual? What would it be for a married couple?

    Thanks for the great information! Lynn

    March 22, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  198. Justin

    Has anyone thought about the implications of the citizens of the United States being chipped with RFID tags like cattle? This is supposed to take affect within 36 months of this bill passing, Pages 1000-1008 of the bill. Constitution, what constitution?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  199. Connie Sutcliffe

    Senator McCain has vowed to get this bill recinded. Can the Republicans do that if they get control of congress?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  200. Manuelito Graham

    It was an important bill to pass. Too many people don't have insurance. Also their co-pay and prescription are way too high. The republicans r evil and greedy. All they car about is cooperate well fair

    March 22, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  201. Puter Guy

    I do not make any claims that the bill recently passed is perfect, however, FINALLY healthcare reform exists. No matter how you slice it, dice it, or color it.. healthcare has come to America! The Republicans are in a tizzy because they thought after winning in Mass they would have the power to stop something Obama was determined to get done- so their pride is hurt and they are disappointed- well boo-hoo-hoo... get over it. It is passed and now move on. Now let's see what can be done about JOBS in this country!

    March 22, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  202. Greg Dillon

    Some What Confused – The Bill is Passed and Now What? Well the Republicans are calling for the People to Hold Democrats Responsible and calling for the People to remember this in the Next VOTE?? Well, what about this, Most Republicans have been in office for YEARS – SEVERAL TERMS and had every opportunity to do what the Democrats did last night.

    I think the American People should remember this in the NEXT VOTE…… The days of enjoying the Perks of Holding an Office that suppose to Represent the People are OVER…. You Failed us and we the people should hold you 100% Accountable PERIOD.

    Take your other hand and use the same finger on that hand and point it back at you, the Democrats are not the only blame here. They simply out smarted you on this bill and you should learn a HARD LESSON here. Now, you are in a position that in my opinion FAILED the people that you represent…….

    So, the ones that have been enjoying the LIFE the PERKS this may come to abrupt end for you in the Next Election….. So, Republicans you need to come up with a GOOD Strategy to convince the People you Represent why you did not out smart the system when you had the many opportunities in the past –

    If you think getting on Stage of TV and pointing your finger to the other side is the answer – Then you are putting your JOB at RISK…. PERIOD…..

    Would they have considered this bill and voted YES if we the people voted to Suspend thier Health Insurance until a Bill could have been Passed? Do you think that this would have put them on the same Page as the People who Don't or Could Not get Insurance?

    I think we would have seen some YES votes....... Just my Opinion

    March 22, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  203. Matt Dilbeck

    Here's my question on the health care reform bill: If I lose my job and my employer based health insurance will the new health plan keep me covered?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  204. H. L. Erwin

    What is the difference between the healthcare reform bill that the Democrats had hoped to pass with a 60-vote super majority (before Sen. Brown of MA was elected) and the bill passed last night (without the 60-vote super majority)?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  205. JJ

    The us govt has no idea what they've just done by passing this healthcare bill. Our model in Canada is completely broken where we wait 3-8 months for an important MRI for example. In the meantime you simply hope like heck you don't die. This is the future of us healthcare.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  206. PAUL

    Hi Tony.....Im 62 retired and my cobra benefits end June 30 of this year.....
    I have had stents placed on two seperate occassions...no diabetes...but high bp is controlled by meds....

    What are my options with the new Health Care Program

    Thank you,
    Paul

    March 22, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  207. PuppyLuvr

    Tony, I have good health insurance, but I am so proud that this country finally is going to provide insurance to ALL it's citizens. If education–grades K-12–is required by law, why not health insurance? It didn't make sense to me. This is a GREAT day for America!

    March 22, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  208. Monroe Conely

    Rush the moving van is here.............lol

    March 22, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  209. Leelee

    If I lost my job and had to pay for insurance or be fined how much would I have to pay for either the insurance or the fine? I will have Tricare when I reach age 60, will it mean I will not be fined because I have coverage?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  210. Bill

    Hi Tony. i was just listening to your mid-day report about health care and thought I heard that community health care centers would be built to accommodate the additional people who will be looking for care. Will this than provide construction jobs, positions for doctors, nurses accountants administrators janitors .....Did I hear right?
    I live in Hillsborough New jersey and have been unemployed since before Thanksgiving. This gives hope on many levels.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  211. Curtis Berndt

    Due to the 2007 recession I have lost my job and insurance. My wife is employed and can cover us on hers, but her insurance is very expensive. Can I go to one of the high-risk pools or another pool and get health care for me only, or do I have to enroll in her insurance if it’s offered?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  212. Tony

    Keep current insurance good
    Raise premium for for people over 88k good
    Why can't main stream media give more info on small business and non-insured yet can talk about penalizing those that do not have coverage?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  213. J Dalgamouni

    Will Permanent Residents and illegal immigrants be included in this medical coverage?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  214. Scott Sarlsen

    Again I will ask, Who is the largest employer in the USA including state, local, military , city. Are all these employees guaranteed health insurance?
    Do the American people realize that the Government is not a separate entity? It is us THE PEOPLE!!
    Obama and the people left with trillions and trillions of debt by Bush for our children and grandchildren to pay, unless they have a preexisting condition and die first Tony please research and display

    March 22, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  215. Camille

    I have insurance thru my job, but it's a HSA based plan that we all HATE. Will I have the option of switching to a better plan (without paying a ton more)? Also, my current plan does not consider prenatal care to be preventative and so if I decided to have another child, I would have to pay for all my prenatal visits and hospital expenses with the same deductible rules etc that I have to pay if I go to the doctor for an illness. Other preventative care (vaccines, 1 physical a year, pap smears, well child visits, etc) are covered currently 100% and aren't paid for thru my HSA. Will this reform mean they have to cover prenatal care as preventative too?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  216. Scar1

    Question on Healthcare. Tony should we that are on Medicare and Medicaid start to look for Insurance plan other than that? Since these two provisions are going to be out of funding. I want to know just in case. And I notice now some Insurance companies are charging premiums for their "advantage care plans". So, to save Medicare and Medicaid could the people pay premium to Medicare and Medicaid to keep the program going. Perhaps $20 a month. It is a good program and we would be glad to pay a price to get the care we have.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  217. Chris Sellers

    why was there no republican plan? it was clear from the start of obamas term that health care reform was going to be pursued. the repubs had 8 or more years to do something about these problems, they feel asleep at the wheel. instead of proclaiming that we start over from scratch, they should have had an actual official plan that they could debate against the dem plan. im not a repub or dem.. i hate political parties.. but i am glad to see SOMETHING get done. its not perfect, some things will need to be tweaked. if my daughter and my grandchildren have to pay for choices we make now, id rather it be for someones healthcare than a war... repubs are cry-babies!

    March 22, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  218. Rosanne

    Hi Tony,

    What I would like you guys to do while you are interviewing all these people who are against any reform is – what is their situation regarding health insurance, are they covered?, and additionally, since they are so against government involvement, what would be their alternative action if their health insurance was to drop/deny them coverage for any health issues? Since these people are so against any type of "socialist government services", are they going to decline Medicare coverage when they turn 65?? Why NOT ask those questions from each of these "citizens" who feel everything is so perfect with the present health care situation????

    March 22, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  219. Nichole

    Will 19 year old who is looking for work and in college be able to afford the health insurance so they do not get a penalty?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  220. Michelle

    First of all, I am thrilled that we have finally passed something that will help most Americans. On a personal note, I can not figure out how this new bill will affect the Medicare Advantage programs. My husband will retire next year and I need to know what to do. His health care insurance will be a crushing expense for us and I am eligible for Medicare. But I'm concerned how the Advantage program will be affected. I have tried to read the bills but I can not discern the answers to my questions.

    Michelle Stone

    March 22, 2010 at 11:15 am |
  221. Jeanie copple

    YEA!!! I am so glad this bill was passed. For the millions out there, I am an RN so I see needs every day. The republicans are a do nothing party, and I hope they pay in Nov. Jeanie Copple From Indiana

    March 22, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  222. Mary

    We are 63 and 64, new to medicare and medigap, etc. Does the fact that some of health care reform monies will come out of medicare mean we will get LESS care than the generation before us? How is that helping us?
    Is the new health insurance for the 32 million previously without health care being paid for by us? I thought they were going to tax the rich, those making over $150,000 for the health care of the poor, and some middle class who simply cannot afford to pay for insurance.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  223. M E Holland

    No where have I seen any projected premium costs for what this bill will cover. How much will a person with previously existing conditions pay each month for this new coverage? How much will the premiums be for the individual who does not currently have insurance? Will it be cheaper for them to pay the fine versus paying more for coverage? I noticed on your news today where you asked Ms Cohen if we have enough doctors, she never answered your question. Just said the new Community Clinics would do this. Where are the physicians coming from that will staff these clinics? Also, I had heard that under this bill, all physicians, regardless of specialty will be paid the same. Is this true? Am wondering how many in congress will have to pay more taxes, as I am sure many of them make over $250,000 a year when they add in all their sources of income? How about all of the news media who make over $250,000. Would like to know how they intend to bypass the system and not have to pay more in taxes. Why not a sales tax that impacts everyone like other countries do?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  224. P L Lederman

    With the messiness that is the historic hallmark of our democracy, change in health care has finally begun. It is a monumental accomplishment, but there is too much time before implementation of key elements. We are in for far more political shenanigans and will have to fight with equal fervor to hang on to what was accomplished last night.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  225. travis

    why is it that this is passing. i dont need health insurence. and if other people out there would learn to be healthier they would say the same. and why is it that if i dont get insurence i will get a fine. just becasue i cant afford to pay for insurence i will get fined thats pritty low. and it just goes to show that our goverment can do anything they want even tho we live in the states of freedom. well the goverment doing this is proof that we are not totaly free in this country. its not right.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  226. Jill

    In December, with the Health care reform In the Air, my insurance company raised my premium on my annual anniversary date of obtaining insurance by $200 per month. My premium at that time was $531, they raised it to $750 per month. I DONOT have health issues, no Health issues at all, have not made any claims or been hospitalized and only take an antidepressant (imagine that). My husband is a retire police officer on medicare, and I am under medicare age and won't be medicare age until 2014. They talk about how much this Health care bill will cost, but they don't discuss how the insurance and pharmaceutical companies have been running us in the poor farm. I'm not sure whether this bill will do anything to control the premiums for healthy or existing customers.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  227. Helen

    What does the health bill consider as a small business, less than 50 employees? If you have only 2 employees, do you still need to furnish health insurance?

    Thanks

    March 22, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  228. Ree

    I voted for Obama with the hope he would pass health care. It came true and I am happy! After 100 years it is time as the Republicans show true colors. They are for the conservative few only.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  229. Ivan Gonzalez / Miami FL

    Question: My parents are residents in Puerto Rico; they are both retired and my dad has had several surgeries in which medicare was not able to cover all prescriptions required after the surgery. In order to have coverage 100% he has had to supplement with an additional coverage. The question is; does he still required to have this supplement to compensate the difference not covered by Medicare?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  230. Cathy

    I have RA and my medicine costs over 2k per month, my COBRA is up in July 2010 how will this bill help me.
    I am very happy for the future help it will give all americans but would like to know what I can expect this year.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  231. Jonathan

    What is happening with the student loan bill? Did it end up getting combined with this Health Care Bill that was mentioned a few weeks ago? If so, what exactly does the student loan bill do for current students with loans?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  232. Tony Paduano

    Since tanning salons will not be taxed, does John Boehner have to pay more for his tan?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  233. Greg

    Everyone is required to purchase health insurance or face penalties. With the present state of the economy how does an unemployed or minimally employed person purchase health insurance?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  234. Barry

    Hey Tony!!, why such a long face? you should be happy the people finally got something to be proud of from the people who represent them. All this after (8) eight years of being in the dark. The leader of the Republicans said "I rise with a heavy heart" sure he did, cause his pocket just got lighter, by not receiving more money from the Insurance companies. It is baffling that you Americans love to rally around your flag, a piece of cloth, but when it comes to helping your fellow man/woman you start buying guns? No wonder the world think your heads are screwed on backwards.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  235. E Schmidt

    I worked in private industry for 25 years & gov. for 20 before retiring. Due to law called double dipping my SS is reduced. We, as a couple, pay $400.00 per mo. for gov. BCBS and 96 ea. for medicare coverage. How will this new Health Care Bill increase our premiums? Together my wife & and myself make $37,000.

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    March 22, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  236. Della

    When asking people if they are against or for the healthcare bill maybe you should ask them how much they make a year, if they are covered by health insurance by their employer or do they pay for it, Supposedly only those making more than $200,000 will be taxed more not people like me who only make $40,000 a year. I am covered by health insurance and I do pay some on it with my employer paying also. I am sure the people against this bill make over $200,000 and the republicians don't have to pay for their healthcare. They get it free from the government and people like me are already paying for them to get healthcare. Just like I am already paying for people that dont have or pay for healthcare now. They are going to the emergency room and getting it free so people like me end up paying for it in the long run already.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  237. Gregg Peart

    I am senior citizen on a fixed income. I am also a veteran, and use the VAMC. I have medicare part A only. Will I be required to buy the part B, or additional insurance?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  238. Judy

    Can you give real life examples of cost?

    For example a singe woman aged 56 who is self-employed and makes around 45,000 a year but has been denied coverage because of a very MINOR pre-existing condition. What does this new plan consider affordable? And if they insurance providers can't turn you down for coverage, what kind of cost containment is in place so they can't charge
    outrageous premiums?

    Or the unemployed worker who has lost their Cobra and can't get health care. What's in it for them?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  239. Jacqueline Wagner

    I have health care insurance, but my premium is schedule to increase from 25.00 per week to 75.00 by next month. My employer say take it or leave it.How this health care reform is going to help me?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  240. Mary

    Also.......the first job my daughter had out of college was for Blue Cross Blue Shield. Her job was to go around to different towns and clinics to be sure Blue Cross was not being over charged, or double charged for office visits and tests. WHY don't they pay several hundred or even thousands of people to do the same for Medicare? This would create jobs and make sure Medicare is not bing over charged, thus bringing down costs for all.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  241. Charles

    Do our representatives have health care plans which include abortion and is it run by the government? Why is no one asking this question?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  242. Phil

    Will Rush Limbaugh leave the the country now that the health care reform bill has passed?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  243. CHERYL HITCHCOCK

    I would like to see the studies showing the precipitants of government entitlements are healthy and as compliant as those that pay for their own policy. Anyone following their medical advice, based on their individual needed should be much health than those who do not follow. Patients are explained in ways they can understand and practitioners use a variety of resources to help educate their patients, handouts,diagrams and videos. In addition, patient are asked if they understand the information given, The information is given in their language.
    I have been Practicing family medicine fours years, I find those whom are already receiving Government medical entailment's and even those who pay for their own premiums often do not use their benefits.
    With or without insurance individuals ignore the recommended guidelines the World Health Organization recommended guidelines, annual exams,recommended procedures ,lab tests, life style changes and taking prescribed medications. It has been more experience with or without insurance each individual often place a low value on medical care, until their life is in dire jeopardy, and then large medical costs and resources skyrocket!! There are much more problems in the health care issue, for example the malpractice and tart laws are outrageous
    IF you give a free French book this does not mean you will be not be fluent in French, unless you take a personal and active roll,Finally health care alone DOES NOT make healthy people.NOTHING IS FREE

    March 22, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  244. Pam

    Hello I have always had a job, and I have always had insurance. I moved to another state and I have a different insurance. I have a medical condition and due to it being pre existing, I am not able to be treated for this. How soon can we look into the new plans?

    Also I think the fear of this bill is not understanding it. We are hearing people on the news from both sides say what is in it, and with out reading it for oneself, I don't see how anyone can know what the truth is. I think once we read it for ourselves it may not be as bad as others are making it out to be.

    People are complaining about being forced to buy the insurance and being pentalized, but it is the same thing with car insurance. If you dont have car insurance and you get pulled over you get a ticket. That is expensive. Then you are pentalized for the time the insurance is lasped. I feel as if you are forced to buy car insurance people should be willing to have health insurance. How often do you cash in on car insurance. With your health you can always go to the doctor.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  245. wenda collins

    You mentioned that the bill would result in changes in Medicare could you cover those more thoroughly. I am on Medicare and want to know what this means for me.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:24 am |
  246. Roger Boswell

    It is a sad, sad, day in America. Congress has now burdened our children, our grandchildren and our great grandchildren with an insurmountable governmental spending. We may never recover from this crushing debt that will stifle the economy, especially the engine that drives growth in the economy - small business. We will no longer be the leader of the free world in democracy and economics.

    Roger Boswell

    March 22, 2010 at 11:24 am |
  247. M Stafford

    We have CA Public Employee Retirement (CALPERS), a portion of my wife's insurance premium is paid. We pay the full premium amount for mine. How does the new healthcare bill affect our premiums?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  248. Jeannette Pulley

    Daughter, Roni, 50 years old, bi-polar, has diabetes, had heart attack and two stents put in place. has had 2 mini-strokes. Has no insurance and no medical.
    All efforts exhausted. No government agency has accepted her.
    She is working as a cleanning lady in a department store. Working at minimum wage, 30 hours a week, her only means of survival brings in $800 per month.
    Has no assistance from any source.
    Has no medication.
    We are disabled, 70 & 80 years old, and live 3 hours away.
    We prayed all day yesterday has we watched the whole procedure on CNN.
    What can she do?
    Will Health Care save her life?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  249. Donald Gilbert

    Tony I love you man, no really I appreciate your non-bais sence of reporting, "yea right". Anyway I am so glad CNN gives me a voice you see I'm a minority I'm a 41 year old white democrat living in Smith Co. Texas, Thats Louie Gohmerts district and let me tell you, though you probally already know he SUCKS big fat G.W.B. private parts. I woke up this morning with a feeling of hope for my future God bless all the dem's who voted for HEALTHCARE REFORM and god DAMM the one's who didn't I just hope the insurance company they sold there souls too will pay for there next campaign because they will recieve no help from the democreatic party they just committed political suicide.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  250. Ken

    I would like to know why the Republicans will try & block the smaller Bill in the senate when it contains alot of what they claim to want?
    I hope in the months to come Voters will remember that NO Republicans voted for healthcare reform, not 1 of them cared enough to help provide care to unisured children. They had 8 years to do something but did nothing, it's a bit late for them to claim they have "ideas".

    March 22, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  251. Wendy J

    Mary,

    This new bill does not affect your coverage with Medicare at all. The money that is taken from Medicare was going straight to the insurance companies to subsidize their bottom line only. It will have no affect on you.

    The tax on the rich is the following: For an individual that earns over $200,000 or a family that earns over $250,000 per year, they will have to pay an additional medicare tax of 1.45% over the $200,000 or $250,000.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  252. Rosanne

    A Historic Victory for Americans Happened Last Night!

    Thank you, President Obama and Nancy Pelosi. My husband has M.S. and my sister has two children with debilitating Hurler's. Now our family doesn't have to live in FEAR of what the future holds. To Cantor, Boehner, Kyl, Foxx, Goehmert, Ryan, Pence, Price and Gingrey, I have this to say this morning: "Hope and change have CONQUERED fear, NO, and the status quo!" Your DEFEAT makes this victory NINE x's sweeter! God cares for the sick, poor, widows and children. He is risen. He is alive. Happy Easter. And to those states that dare to try to circumvent federal law, be on notice...women will not allow their right to their bodies to be shackled at each state's border! Our civil rights will not be negotiated away by condescending men wielding Bibles they never crack open.

    My question is this: What is our federal government going to do to ENSURE that women's rights do not vary by state and that healthcare is the same inalienable right across every state in our nation? The GOP saber rattlers must be nipped in the bud, in my opinion.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  253. Jessica

    I have a small business with no employees. I am covered under my husband's insurance plan. Do I need to be concerned about paying a penalty in 2014 under my company- since my insurance coverage is under my husband? Also does this mean I have to provide insurance in my small company even though it has no employees other than myself? And what am I required to do about offering insurance if I begin accumulating employees? Thank you so much!

    March 22, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  254. Trevor

    How soon will Rush Limbaugh be leaving the country? Does he need help packing? I'm available to help!

    March 22, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  255. Rita

    A big thank you for the live broadcast of the House of Representatives in action yesterday. It was fascinating to see our legislators at work.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  256. Jeff & Jen Dodd

    We both carry insurance on ourselves and family. Are we going to pay this PLUS another amount for the Healthcare Bill?? Currently we are paying $500/month. We cannot afford much more....

    March 22, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  257. Rizo

    With fee-for-service Caps being reduced in the "old" healthcare provision, how will the new healthcare reform affect caps to facilitate proper physical or occupational therapy services? How will the new Healthcare reform affect a scenario where an illegal immigrant seeks emergency medical services? Lastly, as I understand, the gist of this healthcare reform is providing healthcare to the uninsured while compromising the quality of care provided by healthcare clinicians for the insured as a whole...correct?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  258. Mike Hines

    Tony,
    Concerning the health plan the one thing that has not been talked about is the $500 billion dollar cut to Medicare. How will this $500 billion cut affect Medicare? Will it lower coverage? Will it raise deductibles? Can you get answers to this? This cut will affect everyone on Medicare or those of us who will soon be on Medicare.

    Mike

    March 22, 2010 at 11:32 am |
  259. Michelle

    Is there a definition of to whom companies will be required to offer health insurance to? I can see many companies dropping people to "part-time" status to avoid being required to offer them health insurance (which many companies are already doing in my area). My husband is currently working two part time positions because neither job will give him full-time hours and offer him benefits. Is Obama going to tell me this will change?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  260. Albert

    How much does the President , senators and representatives pay for their health insurance? Or is it part of their salary and benifits and their pay nothing?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  261. Michael Ojaste

    So it passed? OMG has the Stock Market crashed yet? Have health insurance stocks lost all their value? Should I call Obama to get my Healthcare or is my insurance still good? Who's on the Death Panels so I know who to bribe? So we are in a NEW healthcare system, where I get my insurance from private insurance companies, with rules that they can't just profit off me and leave me to die when I am sick?
    Tony help has any of that happened?
    ;-)

    March 22, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  262. Ralph Toth

    I don't think the American people should be overly upset about the health care bill. Love or hate it, at least now they have something to tinker with for the next fifty years. And they will.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  263. cam

    How about you talk to the vast majority of doctors and clinics and hospitals who will tell you they want reform but this bill stinks. It will result in less quality and control coming from government which is a current problem with medicare and medicaid already. They are bogged with limitations and paperwork. Now they will have more patients, less time, more regulations on how they can care for patients. You are not informed if you haven't talked to a doctor who practices. yes they want healthcare but not this plan. We will all suffer for it instead of getting it right and getting the good care and coverage we deserve and could have had!!!!

    ANSWER IT ELIZABETH – who will care for all of these patients? There aren't any where near enough healthcare workers – line up people!!! You will wait and wait and wait while your doctor burns out seeing everyone being crammed in and being limited in their ability to care for you.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  264. David Orr

    I'm uninsured, because I can't afford to buy any. I am not eligible for Medicaid. Will this bill help me?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  265. Susan Wooten

    Guess what? The GOP was wrong. The sky didn't fall last night while we were sleeping...... Most everything seems to be based on income. For example, I am 63 , unemployed. I took early soc. sec. to pay for my private Medical Ins. my yearly income is under $11,000. I am married. Do they use my income alone or do they use our joint income when giving us these statistics?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  266. Scar1

    Should we look for insurance provider now if on medicare or medicaid since these programs will run out of funding and programs being phased out.

    For instance if you are on these programs do you look for other programs of insurance so you won't be caught without any insurance.

    What about long term care?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  267. Paul Lichtenstein

    We are a family of 6 (in September 2 kids will be in college), and I pay my own premiums for our health insurance. We purchase our health care through the state of Maryland (MHIP-BC/BS) for me and our children and my wife who collects disability must purchase Medicare. Our joint income is $109,000 gross. Can I expect to see any drop in premiums for either plan? Will Medicare be effected?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  268. Lyndie

    I am a college student. I know that a lot of my friends and I are wondering what that means for us. I want to read the whole bill, but would I understand it. If my parents won't cover me now under their insurance, does that mean that they will have to now that the bill has passed. Where am I supposed to get the money to pay for insurance?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  269. jd

    It's funny how the GOP acts as if they speak for "all" Americans. that is not the case. We are the "United" States of America, but it seems to me that the Republicans only care about their own intrest$ which are almost always based on M O N E Y. I also seems that a truly "United" America(especially considering that we are involved in two wars as we speak)would want to see a program that would no doubt promote a healthy more productive and an over-all stronger America. Now what (truly) patriotic American is opposed to that?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  270. mike b

    I am a disabled veteran with a service connected disability and was wondering if the insurance I have Tricare, will be good enough for me and my family or will i have to purchase additional insurance due to this bill being passed?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  271. Christopher

    Thank God something is finally getting better for the average and or low income working class American. This is health care that we desperately need and have needed for some time now. The insurance companies among other large institutions have been getting away with murder for long enough at the expense of and with the complete disregard for the well being of the American public. I think it is an absolute disgrace that a Country as wealthy and powerful as the United States of America does not take better care of it's citizens, while the Republicans place Politics before the American public. Thank you President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and all the other Democrats who worked so hard to make this bill a reality. Keep up the good work there is so much more to be done.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  272. Stephan Buckley

    I am in favor of health care reform. I have a family of five and my health premiums are astronomical. My son has asthma which drove the cost of insurance through the roof. I am appalled at the poll numbers against health care reform.

    I think there are more stories about health care deficiencies that lead to financial disaster or death than there are about people that were devastated by an increase in taxes.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  273. Lauren

    I am a 22 year old Biology student covered under my mother's health care insurance. Will I now be covered by her insurance until I'm 26 due to this recent legislation?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  274. Glenn Redwine

    Hi Tony: My name is Glenn from Southern California. I would like to express my support for President Obama's healthcare bill. I am a Math and Science substitute teacher , and therefore I have to purchase my own health insurance.I like the fact the that I can't be denied coverage for a pre-existing condition. Anthem Blue Cross informed me in February that they would be raising rates from $387 to $450 a month (a 16% increase) for a single male age 51. Already my health insurance takeS over half of my salary. Fortunately, Blue Cross backed down in March. I have to purchase my health insurance myself with AFTER-TAX dollars. I believe that the healthcare bill should have taxed ALL employer-provided health benefits. These benefits are merely an increase in salary, and as such they should be taxed as increase in salary. I find it "curious", hypocritical, perhaps that people on the right have no objections when states mandate that they purchase car insurance. So why the objections when they have to purchase health insurance? I wonder if their objections are based on race; who they think will benefit from this bill. I am a just a Caucasian male doing a difficult but necessary job.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:42 am |
  275. Andrew

    How will the new Health Care Reform affect doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  276. cam

    YOU will not have the same healthcare any longer – not possible. Yes, some more will be covered but MOST of us will lose what we've had -gotta share now and give up quality instead of taking time to get the bill done right for everyone to have quality for the future.

    IF you don't have insurance – you have to buy it (or if you don't make enough $ you'll be subsidized) but most of you better budget up – you have to buy it now. Average americans $88,000 who buy for themselves will see increase in premiums -nice! You gotta pay for everyone else. We all pay people. Sit back – it's America. No more reason to try make anything extra or achieve success financially – it will be taken from you to be redistributed. Just stay in the middle and get yours handed to you. We can be like the other countries in the world – oh wait – weren't we going to be leaders? How do you do that when every one just hangs out evenly distributing things? Not motivation to achieve and aspire and advance. Hand me my slurpy- I'll be on the couch waiting for my subsidies.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  277. Steve

    Briana was showing the size of the healthcare bill and the changes. What are the changes? And will the Senate have a problem making so many to their original bill?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  278. AC in PA

    America has been lagging for too long when it comes to keeping it's citizens universally healthy. Now that this bill has passed, Republicans need to work with Dems to keep this new bill honest. The people need to be vigilant to make this bill work. And soon, the scared people of this country will realize that all those fears that conservative media have spread will quickly come to pass as just plain hearsay...and our country isn't actually headed for another Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia, but a continuing care of our fellow American.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  279. paul

    I have been following this legislation from the beginning. Many of my friends have asked me what it means for them.

    One of the most popular questions is whether or not people who are under the age of 26 who have already been dropped by their parent's insurance policies will be able to jump back on and be covered by those policies once the law takes effect.

    I'm a Resident Assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and I have dozens of residents living without insurance because they were dropped when they turned 18 or graduated high school.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  280. Brad

    I am a full-time college student not covered on my parent's insurance. How soon will I be required to obtain health insurance on my own?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  281. Lauren

    I am a 22 year old Biology student currently covered under my mother's health insurance. Will I now be able to remain covered by her insurance until I am 26?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  282. Mike (Ca.)

    How will the new Health Care Bill effect SMOKERS?!

    March 22, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  283. Don H.

    Everyone is for Health Care Reform, just not this particular Bill, 2900+ pages, with the devil in the details. How long will it be for the DHHS to get the administrative structure in place to actually implement this bill ?
    My bet it will be over 2 years, and add 3000 jobs to the Federal payroll, jobs that taxpayers will have to pay for with increased taxes. Washington is a pro a phony accounting. In the short run, those without insurance will continued to be uninsured; those with insurance, including medicare, will have significant premium increases; some of the health insurance companies may opt out of the business altogether. A Bad bill is worse then NO bill.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  284. erik davis

    How am I to believe premiums won't increase to compensate for the higher expenses insurance companies will now be incurring by having to provide care for preexisting conditions and people that were denied previously.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  285. Jay Lawver

    How will universal Government run Health care affect veterans in the future? will our health care remain free? or will the VA be merged with some other insurance company? basically will we have to buy insurance? even though the VA already provides for us.....

    March 22, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  286. JP

    This health care legislation has been said to "cover 95% of Americans." Who are the remaining 5%?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  287. Brian

    I am a small business owner and make more than $88k through hard work! Do I understand correctly that because I went out into the world and staked my own claim that because this new Healthcare policy has passed that my $900/mo premiums are going up? Thanks everyone who voted for this bill! I already know my plan of action, I will drop my coverage, fire my employees, and get on the Government teet and pay the penality for not having coverage. That's my savings, it does however mean that there will be new individuals adding to unemployment, did anyone even consider this ... doesn't seem so.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  288. Brian

    Will the new healthcare pools be able to negotiate for cheaper rates with the healthcare providers based on their size and being a federal program? Or is the pool covered under Medicare?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  289. Wendy J

    Jessica,

    Small businesses under 50 employees are exempt from the fine.

    As a fellow small business owner this is great news for us! The new bill will help us so we can buy from insurance pools which will be a lot cheaper, since they won't be able to charge extra for any employees that you hire for any pre exisiting conditions and the government will help us with 35% of the bill.

    Also when you hire this year you will save the extra payroll tax you would have to match, if you hire someone whom was previously unemployed. That is good through Dec 31,2010.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  290. Muhammad Mansoor

    When does the proposed health care bill actually come into effect? I keep hearing about staying on parents health care till 26, but is that going to go immediately into effect, or do students have to wait a while before insurances accept us back into the plan?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  291. Robin In Florida

    They may be having there day in the sun today.......But I think down the road they will not be so happy???????

    March 22, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  292. Anna

    Tony,

    I can appreciate certain aspects of the bill however I do not see how this helps many people. For example the income thresholds to be eligible are far too low. My husband and I are just starting out and both self employed and purcahse private medical insurance (which costs over $1000 a month) however we tecnically make too much money to qualify for assistance under the bill. Believe me we are barely making the bills but to live in NY you cannot live in a home and make a combined income of less than 88,000 or so whatever the number they have and eat and have a place to sleep at night....Disappointing... thought this might help us.

    Love your show Tony! Best, Anna

    March 22, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  293. Mike (Ca.)

    How will the Health Care Bill effect SMOKERS and people on Medi Care?!

    March 22, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  294. Sue-Ellen

    Section 1011 of the Senate Bill was for the immediate creation of the high risk funds for people who could not buy insurance due to preexisting conditions. But the Senate bill required you to be without insurance for 6 months before being eligible to buy into the fund.

    Has the 6 month restriction been reduced or eliminated in the reconciliation bill?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  295. Judy

    What do YOU expect from America???

    I expected my children would grow up, go to college, get a job and live a good life BECAUSE THEY WORKED HARD FOR IT!!! What will they get? An overpowering, ultra-invasive government which has just told 1/2 of the population of this country they don't need to go to college (or even WORK!) to get a good job WITH HEALTH BENEFITS BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT WILL TAKE CARE OF it!!!! Oh, and which government program has ever run anything better than private enterprise would have? Please. Name one.

    We have told the OTHER half of the population (the one that works for a living) that you shouldn't expect the health care you have already PAID for for our futures because we'll be in line waiting for years for treatment with the people in Canada (they pay about 50% of their salary IN TAXES for their FREE HEALTH CARE) and Massachusetts free health care – WHICH HAS NEVER YET BEEN SOLVENT!!!! Anybody happy yet?

    Oh, and by the way, we have just told the WORLD that they don't need to come HERE FOR GOOD HEALTH TREATMENT any longer because that has just been handed over to goverment bureaucrats instead of our doctors!!! So, no more innovation in health care because the free market will reward you!!! (except in the area of Medicare fraud – that's a booming business!!!) And no more CARE except maybe if you have a mother or a church family who will. Medicare was ALREADY ready to go bankrupt, and they just took MILLIONS from it with this bill. ANYBODY feel real safe about their future? 46% of doctors have already said they will quit if this comes to pass.

    Wait! There may be a light at the end of the tunnel! No more will brilliant people from other lands want to come here to add to our American exceptionalism (WITH good salaries with good insurance), because there won't be any AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM once this Administration corrupts every industry it TAKES OVER, and puts millions more businesses OUT OF BUSINESS BY TAXING THEM INTO SUBMISSION. Which, last time I looked, is where millions of PEOPLE WORK!!! There went your jobs, guys.

    Thanks, Obama. Your spreading the wealth all right. America's wealth is going to China. Oh, that isn't what you MEANT???

    March 22, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  296. Robbie Harris

    I am retired 76/yo and living (just barely) on my social security and medicare only. What am I elegible for with this new reform Robbie

    March 22, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  297. Anna Maria

    My husband is unemployed. We are on subsidized COBRA, which will end later this year.We each have pre-existing conditions Our state HIPAA plans are not very good, but are very expensive. Will Health Care Reform help us this year?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:51 am |
  298. J Mike

    I'm 59 and was laid off last year. My COBRA coverage expires in November of this year. Will I be able to get reasonably priced health insurance for my wife, who is 57, and myself at that time or am I looking at fending for myself and paying high premiums until 2014?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:52 am |
  299. Barbara Doonis

    I think the health bill is great! I had an heart attack and tripple bypass in 2008. Since then, I have become disable. I have been trying to get insurance for my pre-existing condition and I have been turned down. My understanding that I had to be disabled for two years. Now I don't have insurance and can't get insurance. Will this bill help me? I should get medicare in September which is my two year. Why can't I get medicare now? Can I get insurance for my condition?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:52 am |
  300. Jack

    Where can I find a full version of the recently passed Health Care Reform Bill?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:53 am |
  301. Skip

    I wonder if the people against health care reform are willing to give up their social security or medicare social programs?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:53 am |
  302. Jim

    My current employer's health care prescription plan has a $5000 yearly benefit cap. I have one prescription that, although my copay is only $20, costs $4800 for just a 90 day supply. That means after 3 months I would have to pay the full cost of my medication. Is this cap lifted now with the health care reform bill?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:53 am |
  303. Wendy J

    Brian,

    As a small business owner, your insurance rates will go down since there will will be insurance pools that you will be able to choose from. If you have under 50 employees they will also help you with 35% of the bill.

    If you hire new employees that were previously unemployed you are also exempt from the matching payroll tax on that employee through Dec 31,2010.

    On the salary you make, there is no extra tax as well. You will have to earn at least $200,000 for individual and $250,000 for a family.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  304. Anna

    Dean,

    I thought the same thing, wonder if this will give the insurance co's a way to find an alternate route to raise premiums exactly as the credit cards co's did....hate to be cynical but something has to give.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  305. Janet B

    When the health care reform bill is signed into law, will it allow adults with pre-existing conditions who have been excluded from affordable insurance (and were therefore forced into an expensive plan that didn’t require medical review) be eligible to join a high-risk pool to purchase affordable insurance in 2010?

    My husband and I are both self-employed. After I lost my job in 2006, we were covered under COBRA. When that coverage ended, we applied for an affordable plan under Kaiser and were denied coverage based on pre-existing conditions. The only plan we could join was a conversion plan that didn’t require medical review, but it costs us $1,430. per month. Will the high risk pools be open to people like us who currently have expensive coverage?

    March 22, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  306. cam

    Why rip on the GOP? I'm independent and think the screw ups here are the dems. The bi-partisan support was against this bill, people. Wake up! Never ever has such a piece of legislation passed without bipartisan support. The fact that dems – 33 of their own party -were against this bill along with all the republicans. So, hmmm who was the true party of no – where was the bi-partisanship? Who had the true guts to represent what what the people wanted versus the political threats and ploys behind closed doors. How sick that a vote is manipulated at the last minute only "if needed". Stupak is a true loser as a human and especially as a politician. How about some real people with brains getting into washington to plan something that works without destroying out economy. Are you SERIOUS? Social security, the post office, medicare? They are in tatters? Yet held as proud examples. Yes the benefits are good but they are bankrupt and failing and now government is overtaking healthcare in the most aggregious way. WAKE UP people. Our country is a sinking ship – we are all going to drown! Not be saved by this healthcare bill. Such short sighted lack of understanding!!!!!!

    March 22, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  307. lance trowbridge

    i was diagnosed with testicular cancer a month ago and had testicle removed 2 weeks ago the prognoses is not in yet, i am uninsured and reviving indigent care at Grady hospital in Atlanta what does this mean for my situation and receiving future treatment

    March 22, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  308. Rich

    What folly! Talk about driving a wedge into the American landscape.... The anger out here is real – the politicos just aren't getting it. I fear that someday, they will have to begin wearing vests to work.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  309. David Stubbe

    I'm upset at how this bill was pushed through.Sleazy deals made behind closed doors. Votes bought by Obama using the taxpayers money.Shame on him and shame on those people for going along with him and letting this happen.This wasn't democracy in action,it was closer to a dictatorship. This nation is in big trouble and it's going to get worse with this type of leadership. Good idea, let's fine people who don't get health care.Wake up! They don't have jobs they have choices to make,like food,a place to live,clothing,utilities. Obama's and Pelosi are so out of touch with these people.What about the many homeless? Does he really believe these people, who have nothing,can afford to put out money for health care ? What a joke. Shame on you Mr Obama. I'm so glad I didn't vote for him

    March 22, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  310. Joe A

    I find it very interesting that people are concerned about how future
    generations will pay for this bill and not realize that the cost
    to future generations if we did nothing would be greater. Also, it's interesting that John Boehner said, on the house floor that this bill was written in the back rooms without any input. Wasn't he at the 8 hour discussion with the President a few weeks ago, and have his input. And a final thought, whenever there's a poll, the news media disects the results by various common factors –like race, gender or geographic location. Why now when they poll on health insurance, there's no statistics on whether the answerees have medical insurance or not. I think that might be englightening.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  311. Blair C.

    Tony:

    My son is 24 years old. He graduated from college in December 2009, and has yet to find a job in his field (business management). He was working full-time at a furntiure warehouse until he was eligible for health insurance, then he was laid off. The very same day he received his insurance card, he was told he would be laid off. The furniture warehouse is owned by a State Senator! It is ironic that both would happen on the same day!?!?!

    Here is my question: My son still lives with us and he is more than welcome to stay as long as he likes. We are now paying $500 a month for COBRA so he can be covered with health insurance. With the new health care bill will he be able to go on my wife's and mine health insurance again? Will we be able to have him re-instated on both our plans? Will we have to continue paying $500 per month? What are the "hidden" sanctions to this health bill that states all children up to age 26 can stay on their parents' insurance. What if he was off and we are paying for COBRA, can we put him back on our insurance?

    Thank you and I will await your reply.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  312. K DORRRIAN

    If Ms Cohen is correct about the penalties for not securing insurance under the new law (say there's $700 for an individual, $2000 for a family and $2000 per employee for a business), then it seems to me that most people and businesses will choose not to buy insurance since it 'll be much cheaper to pay the fines than pay the insurance premiums. The premiums will be much more than the fines and you can always get the insurance you need after you get sick since you don't have to prove insurability. So . . .don't the penalties have to at least equal or exceed the insurance premiums to make the system work?

    People are going to figure out they can get the insurance after they get sick (since they have to prove insurability), so it will be much cheaper to buy the insurance when they need it . . . that is, once they get sick.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:00 pm |
  313. Wavern J. Freeman

    I retired from the Air Force in 1971 and fully retired at age 63. I have Medicare and Tri-care (medi-gap) with no out-of-pocket expense.

    My question is: Will I have an out-of-pocket expense with this new health care plan from our Government?

    Will medicare and tri-care become passe?

    March 22, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  314. Bob Barnes in Mansfield, Ohio

    I emailed my two senators and my house representative, Jim Jordon, expressing my wish that they vote YES for this bill. I only recieved one response from Jim Jordon. He adamantly refused to vote yes based on HIS DECISION. He appears to vote as "He" pleases rather than vote on behalf of his constituants. I was dissappointed.

    Now that the bill has passed the House, I am very pleased!

    I am under-insured through my employer and currently can not afford health insurance that could help with preventative care. I can not afford to get the standard rountine procedures and tests recommended by the AMA. Ultimately, I am at a higher risk now of developing a serious condition that will ultimately cost more, rather than adressing a medical problem BEFORE it becomes exstensive medical issue.

    I am very happy that health care reform has been passed. Perhaps this will be a new beginning to help all Americans live a strong and healthier life.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  315. sawo

    Hey Tony, thanks for this very inactive programming. Its since to me that the RNC are playing right in the hands of Pres. Obama. They were in power for two terms. What is their achievement? None. The entire Country took a downward direction. They were very passive in making strong decision because of Political reasons.

    Now Pres Obama understand that serious problem require a strong decision. Obama is the man.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  316. A Proud Democrat

    Why is it that news organizations aren’t reporting that there is a very large amount of citizens who are against the health reform bill because it doesn’t go far enough. When the Republicans state that the American people are against the bill it makes us think that they are on the side of the Republicans. There should be a poll showing the deferential... I believe it will show that most people aren’t on their side!!!

    March 22, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
  317. John Hopkins jr

    I think it is a good thing for all Americans that the President is doing what he can to give all people health care. The folks who are yelling the loudess about not giving healthcare should visit other countries whose citizen's have health care....I spent three months in a Japanese hospital for three months and because I wasn't a citizen my bill was out of sight...the average citizen payed nothing...they gave me the minimal care from a stroke.....but the average ctizen was well cared for...these folks need to just wait and see it works...I saw it...I applaud the President and I am a Republican!!!!!!!

    March 22, 2010 at 12:06 pm |
  318. Daniel

    Hi Tony: I am very happy the health care legislation passed. My question to the people who oppose it because of the budget deficit, where have they been when the budget deficit build up during the Iraq war in the name of securing the American people. If this bill secure the American people and make the budget deficit big, let it be.
    Daniel

    March 22, 2010 at 12:06 pm |
  319. cam

    Andrew – the bill will drive healthcare workers into the ground with overwork, excessive paperwork, limits on what they can do for care, and frankly put them at higher risk of being sued with out any additional protections for malpractice reform protections. Most really do not like it – ask them – ask every one that you see and you find out. I have asked and I don't know one that thinks this is good. It needed to be better this will ruin heathcare in our country. No one will want to get into healthcare profession with a mess like this. Seriously, just ask. How much did you ever see covered in the news of healthcare professional's opinions? They deliver the current care which needs help but they hate what is coming in this bill. The AMA does NOT represent more than 18% of doctors in the country – bad news!

    March 22, 2010 at 12:06 pm |
  320. Mardy

    I am so proud that this country is finally on the right track with Health Coverage for the people that need it most.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
  321. Leesa

    Thanks for your unbiased reporting on this issue. I am a healthcare provider & wonder how those who will now be able to obtain insurance will break their ER habit in their current attempts to get primary care. I'm guessing they will be forced to cough up co-pays like most Americans & that will be a rude awakening. There likely will not be enough primary care providers especially in rural areas to care for them either. Anything in the legislation addressing this?

    March 22, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
  322. Dr. Patti Rose

    Will cultural competency be considered as part of the health care reform process? Given the demographic changes in the U.S. and the fact that by 2050 the majority will be people of color, hence emerging majorities, shouldn't this topic be discussed in terms of hcr? My new book, entitled Cultural Competence for Health Services Administration and Public Health, published by Jones and Bartlett publishing, covers this thoroughly. This is a critical topic for success in any health care endeavor. Thoughts?
    Dr. Rose
    Visiting Assistant Professor
    University of Miami

    March 22, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
  323. Dianne

    Republican Boehner stated the people of the U.S. don't want this Heath Bill. I want to know what people because I am one of the people who wanted this bill to pass and no one ever contacted me to ask if I was for or against this Health Care Reform Bill. I have very good health insurance. However, I am a Christian and believe no one should be without health insurance. I am willing to pay additional taxes in support of this bill. But I really need to know what PEOPLE is Boehner referring to? Please give us the count of the American people that are for/against this bill. Because everyone that I have spoken with is for this bill and these are individuals who have insurance. So please ask Republican Boehner to tell us who is the PEOPLE. May God Bless President Obama and the Democrat Party for caring about the American families.

    Now it is known the Republican Party does not care about the American people through their action of not voting for this bill . Their only concern is to go against anything President Obama is for and to once again be the controling party in 2012.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
  324. leroy

    I wonder why the only people that are considered to be the voice of americia when it comes to the health care debate are the voices of those that oppose it. I am an american,I also pay taxes in americia, I also see people that cannot see a doctor when they are sick. I recently lost my job and my health coverage for my family. I would like to warn all of those that do not seem to care if their fellow Americans can see a doctor or their neighbors child can get a tooth pulled when they are in pain,do not make this an issue about trying too get the white house back in 2012. Let us rather consider the condition of the person living in the house next door.We live in a country where fortunes change from day to day and if the decision was in your neihbors hand on rather you got to see a doctor or not would you want them playing politics or would you want them to make health care avialiable?

    March 22, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
  325. JOSE RIVERA, JR

    Instead of looking towards all sorts of health care programs, the health care programs of other countries, etc, why not make it simple: the same health care programs that our senators and members of congress enjoy should be the law of the land. When was the last time you heard an elected official loosing his/her house because they had to come up with money to pay for medical bills? When was the last time you heard them complain that a proceedure was denied because it was deemed experimental? I am against the Bill that has become the law of the land but if they are going to bankrupt our country then we should have the best health care available.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:10 pm |
  326. Anna

    Said well Jose....If we are all about being equal that is the way to go. BUt let;s get real do you think they care??? This will never effect them.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
  327. Eugene Phillips

    What about veterans like me, I have been system, 72-73 and my
    primary care doctor at va./patient advocate tried to get me dental help
    at the va in Asheville,nc.They had did dental work on my mouth for
    3 or 4 years.at the suggestion of my primary care doctor.All of sudden
    the director of dental ,also asst. dir. of hospital says you have to be
    100% service-connected.I am 50% service-connected,59 year old
    diabetic with a gum desease,that makes it life threating.I had to barrow $500 and go on $1000 payment plan to get 4 bones sticking
    out of my gums removed.What can cnn & the president say about that
    health care problem. E.P.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:18 pm |
  328. sam

    Tony i dont understand why americans shouldn't be happy about this health care reform we have a system that never work for the poor and the middle class now the page has turn the power is in the people's hand to get coverage on their choice that alone should be enough you know one thing i don't understand the morons of the tea party protesters they must have undeveloped brain because if we were to check those people health insurance they probably don't have one but they are determined to be hate full towards the president truth be told they are not going to say no when it comes to enjoying the benefits of this hard fought battle well all i can say is that let history judge them.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  329. fred may sr

    One year of wasted time to come up with a health care bill.Congress should be ashamed of itself. They are only interested in what they can get out of it. Since 1965 millioms of retired elderly have relied on Medicare for coverage,I have been helped in the last 20 years. Medicare is a good system that has worked well. If every person working were but on Medicare @ the same premium that I pay there would be enough money (without all the graft and corruption) to be able to reduce premiums for every body. Get rid of all the corruption and premiums could be reduced.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:20 pm |
  330. Tony Ray

    Isn't it true that, since president Truman, the only two presidents who did not push for health care reform, were presidents Reagan and George W. Bush?

    March 22, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
  331. Peter D

    If Health care is a right instead of a priveledge, why doe snot everyone pay. Take $10 per week out of everyone's paycheck. If there are 100 million workers, that could generate more than 50 billion dollars a year. That should cover a big chunk of the cost and noone is singled out.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
  332. Robin

    I am one that has a pre-exsisiting condition. (Migraines are considered a pre-exsisting condition). When you apply to UNITED HEALTHCARE their policy is for them to their premium up front. After they took the payment they approved my policy but will not cover my pre-exsistng condition. They even increased the premium because of the condition and said they will not pay for any treatment and/or medications relating to the migraines. Now what do I do?

    March 22, 2010 at 12:36 pm |
  333. jfarmer,toledo,ohio

    everyone keeps talking about how families are affected but what about the single person. how is this bill going to affect them, those who have insurance through their employer, those who have to buy their own because they are self employed, or those that don"t have any at all. we single people should be discussed about when you are talking about the affects of this bill. also i am a widow and i am retired with a pension and health insurance after 32 1/2 yrs of work. how is this bill going to affect me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 22, 2010 at 12:41 pm |
  334. Robbie Harris

    I am 76 y/o and retired nurse and living on my social security(just barely )23,000$ a year and medicare. What is my benefit with this new reform? Robbie

    March 22, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
  335. cam

    Well Bush WAS a little busy like it or not with the shocking attack, forever changing effects on our country and sorting out the whole new world of terrorism we faced just after taking office from Clinton! It cost us a fortune no doubt. Here's what I want to know – why couldn't we get some key pieces of healthcare reform underway and incorporate some education reform/funding? We put everything into this gargantuan sized bomb of healthcare plan and left our schools to disintergrate. We'll an have uneducated, unmotivated, poor quality healthcare, broke country in no time. People, wake up – these crazy leaders do not know what they are doing! Rep Paul Ryan from WI is one to follow. Support the practical, smart and real people who know what we really want – no more government takeovers and controls. Politicians are gameplayers and it's really us against them. Blind sheep people – you are blind sheep in the game!

    March 22, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  336. Milton Levy

    1. My wife and I are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage HMO. We are relatively satisfied with it. However, with this tremendous cut in Medicare coming, I expect we will lose all of the advantages with our plan. Am I right?
    2. This is a very nice forum. However, does anyone answer any of these great questions?

    March 22, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
  337. Bill McClure

    While it is good that Insurance Reform was passed it doesn't help me or my wife at all! My wife isn't on Medicare yet and has no coverage until we have paid out about $5000. What is needed is TRUE HEALTH CARE REFORM. Do something about the charges incurred from Drs., Hospitals, and other medical costs.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:53 pm |
  338. jeff jackson

    my question is for farthers that pay child support and are required by law to carry health insurance for there childern what does this do for us is it still the same law or how is this going to work i carry insurance now through my union as of now but i got laid off so what will i have to do to cover said child

    March 22, 2010 at 12:58 pm |
  339. shirley A. Evans

    If i have champ va & medicare will this new health care bill make me pay out money. At this time i dont pay for any medical or for any meds.

    March 22, 2010 at 1:10 pm |
  340. Kelly

    I have 2 kids, 23 & 21. 23 year old is full time student, 21 year old is part time. She is not able to be on our insurance now. As of today, will they both be able to be insured under our policy with out being full time students?

    March 22, 2010 at 1:11 pm |
  341. Alena

    I'm glad that this Health care Bill is going to do some good but I'm also very discouraged when you see this money helping foreigners get jobs and not the American people, after all this is an American Health Care, plan, I don't see other countries reaching out to help us in their plans!

    March 22, 2010 at 1:14 pm |
  342. Muriel Chambers

    Why does CNN keep saying with 10s of millions newly insured. Nobody is insured right now. I have no insurance and I could walk out my door and get hit by a bus, and it wouldn't be any different than if it would of happend last night pre-bill. Which brings me to my next questions. This bill does not offer coverage to uninsured. It mandates that uninsured get coverage. I make well under 88k, work over full time, but at two part time jobs. I have paid privately for my insurance before, but could no longer afford to keep my plan. How and more importantly WHEN will this bill affect me. I feel like this reporting is going in the same circles and revealing NOTHING new. Also, I have no insurance and I would NEVER go to the emergency room unless I was taken there against my will. They would still bill me for the visit. Many uninsured people do go to the ER, and have to pay off the bills over LONG periiods of time... they don't just go in and never pay. That is more often the case with illegal immigrants than people in my situation.

    March 22, 2010 at 1:16 pm |
  343. John Hopkins jr

    I was in a Japanese Hospital with a stroke and saw first hand how if you receive universal health care you get treated period. If Japan and several INDUSTRIALIZED NATIONS treat their citizens...with dignity and respect why not here....look people wait and see ....if you need a doctor...you can see one free...it does work...i saw it work first hand...I recovered from a major stroke ....and I am a Republican!!!!! It will work!

    March 22, 2010 at 1:17 pm |
  344. Bonnie

    I receive Social Security Disability and pay for my own Medicare Advantage medical (minimal benefit) HMO and RX plan. I cannot buy a better plan because of pre-existing conditions. How will the new law affect my premiums and coverage.

    March 22, 2010 at 1:20 pm |
  345. indysmd

    If the suit to be filed by the states challenging the constitutionality of the health care bill passed yesterday is successful – that is, found to be unconstitutional – will that then put Medicare, federal taxes and other federal programs in jeopardy?

    What distinguishes the health care bill from Medicare or Social Security from that constitutional challenge?

    March 22, 2010 at 1:22 pm |
  346. Henya, Ca

    To Roland Martin I agree with every thigh you say thank you so much

    March 22, 2010 at 1:22 pm |
  347. Dave in Chicago

    I have to give A’s to Briana Keilar and Poppy Harlow for their reporting that aired here in Chicago just before 10:00. The legislative process can be sooo confusing. One big bill has passed and goes into effect with the President’s signature. The smaller bill of changes (based on listening to criticisms of the first bill) goes to the Senate. And a new low in the level of public discourse by a Republican lawmaker. I get it. Keep up the good work Ms Keilar.

    A $450 tax increase for people who make $250,000 while no tax increase for most people. A tax on insurance companies that market medical plans with “Cadillac” coverage. Ms Harlow also fixed the problem from earlier by noting that starting in 5 years people without medical coverage will pay a fine starting @ $325 per year. People have to carry auto insurance to pay for accidents they cause, so requiring medical insurance just makes good sense. This is a lot less scary when you see the details like this. Kudos to Ms Harlow.

    March 22, 2010 at 1:22 pm |
  348. Muriel Chambers

    Alena: I think you are confusing the reporting on the stimulus package (which is apparently creating jobs in china) and the HealthCare bill. I feel the same way as you... thinking something needs to be done, but also discouraged.

    March 22, 2010 at 1:23 pm |
  349. Jane - WI

    What does the government takeover of the student loan program have to do with health insurance reform (it is NOT healthcare reform)? It seems to me that the government takeover that has occurred with no public input will result in private sector jobs being eliminated, while adding more government, union workers to the public roles. It seems that the Democrats are more interested in beefing up their union base than they are about saving jobs in the private sector.

    March 22, 2010 at 1:25 pm |
  350. Jane - WI

    Dean,
    Your insurance premiums are going to go up even with this insurance reform bill. What do you think forcing companies to take on high risk individuals is going to do to your premium? If you think your premiums will go down under this new scheme, you are living in liberal fantasyland. Of course, they will go down for the folks living off the government dole. Those getting subsidies will love this plan. Their premiums will be paid for out of the wallets of others. Those are the types of people the Democrats consider their base -- the ones who want more freebies.

    March 22, 2010 at 1:27 pm |
  351. Audrey

    Ugh: I am seeing so many good questions on here, and NONE of them answered. Some very good questions have been posed regarding the mandated health plan. Would you join the pool they have been referring too? Could you choose your own insurance? Who qualifies for subsidies and what are those subsidies. I am so beyond frustrated. In my opinion the passing members of congress and the president should be answering these questions.

    March 22, 2010 at 1:29 pm |
  352. Jane - WI

    Why limit having "children" on your insurance plan only until age 26? Why not 35? How about 55? Can I go on my elderly mother's plan? She has better coverage than I do. This nanny state is getting ridiculous. Does anyone in their right minds actually think that allowing 26 year olds on their parent's insurance plan will reduce premiums?

    March 22, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
  353. Jane - WI

    I currently have a high deductible health insurance plan ($5000). What in this bill GUARANTEES that the fees my doctor and hospital charges me (which I pay out of my own pocket) will go down? If they don't this is not true health 'care" reform. This current bill merely demonized one industry (insurance) and does nothing to reform actual health care.

    March 22, 2010 at 1:32 pm |
  354. Jane - WI

    It's amazing how many uninformed people think that Republicans controlled Washington for 8 years. I even heard Donna Brazille make this incorrect statement on CNN. Democrats controlled Congress the last 2 years of the Bush administration. Any spending and laws passed during that time were done by a Democrat controlled Congress.
    It is similar to the lies being told that the Bush tax cuts only went to the "rich". this lie has been repeated so many times that many uninformed Americans actually believe that is true.

    March 22, 2010 at 1:35 pm |
  355. marcia siegel

    Passing the health care bill is about humanity. It's about "he's not heavy he's my brother." We have lost sight of the fact that a democratic society will not work if, in fact, we don't look out for each other. Who would not volunteer to take care of a sick person? If you choose not to, what does that say about you as a person? Shame on you for not reaching out your hand to the person who is overboard and letting him die!

    March 22, 2010 at 1:47 pm |
  356. Carl

    Has there been any info posted on what will be covered and not covered if I purchase a goverment health care policy, such as deductables, durable goods, lab work, hospital costs, etc. Right now my wifes coverage is very poor for what we have to pay,( $350 monthly NJ BC- BS)

    March 22, 2010 at 1:49 pm |
  357. Barbara Doonis

    In 2008 I had a heart attack and tripple bypass. Since then I have been disabled. The law states you have to be disabled two years before medicare steps in. I have tried to get insurance for myself and was denied major medicate because of my condition. Medicare will take effect in September of this year, in the mean time I don't have insurance. Been delaying going to the doctor because of the bills. I have acculated two major doctors bills. One bill is for $3 thousand and the other one if for $4 thousand. The first bill is for 5 brokens ribs which they had taken x-rays. The second bill is for a heart test which was extensive to make sure my heart was passing blood through with any blockages. Will I be able to get insurance now with my pre-existing condition? Will I get medicare now?

    Thank you for your answer

    March 22, 2010 at 1:53 pm |
  358. smart

    I glad that the bill has passed because a person with no health care and trying to use the free screening that you still get no where, I have found two lumps in my breast in 4/4009, I went to a health fair I was schedule for a mampgram in 9/09 I was told to come back in three months here i go back and now i do another mamo and i waited in the waitning area for an hour and i get no service so i got fed up and said to reschedule the ultrasound this is what happens when you don't have health insurance so being to the fact that I so fed up I guess if its the lords will in 2014 i will have health ins

    March 22, 2010 at 1:55 pm |
  359. Angie

    What does it mean for me?

    It means that I and my working class self employed husband, get to afford to pay for health care coverage and Not be denied because of pre-existing condition.

    It means that I and my husband will not be told to leave the emergency room or have to pay over 100 dollars just to be seen one time by the doctor, and that does not included any tests or xrays because we do not have medical insurance.

    It means that many middle class self employed Americans like ourseves can finally have medical insurance coverage for themselvesand their families.

    It means that small businesses can afford to cover employees without the fear of being priced out of the market.

    The wasteful practices in the health care system will also be cut down and stopped.
    The wasteful fraud in medicare and medical will stop also.

    March 22, 2010 at 1:55 pm |
  360. Nancy

    Why wouldn't Congress and the President let us vote on this health care issue – like people get to on the American Idols?? ( I'm sure it coul;d have been set up ) Then everyone would know how the public REALLY FEELS !!!!

    March 22, 2010 at 1:58 pm |
  361. Dave in Chicago

    An A+ to Stephanie Elan and her reporting on health reform for small businesses. In the next year no more lifetime limits or canceling coverage (except for fraud). Her summary of the changes that go into effect in 2014 was excellent. The small business piece of healthcare reform is pretty complex because it’s a mix of incentives and consequences. This is where we could have seen a complete government takeover but instead we’re seeing some basic groundrules just like we see for workplace safety, wages and working conditions, etc. The good news is that this levels the playing field for small businesses who offer benefits to their employees. No more discount pricing from competitors without benefits.

    An A to Stephanie Cohen for her reporting on insurance premiums. The CBO expects no change in premiums for people with coverage from their job…a decrease in premiums for people with private coverage and incomes under $88,000…an increase in premiums for people with private coverage and incomes over $88,000. She also explained that experts are divided over longer waits to see a doctor…some say yes and some say no…plus there is money for community health care centers and primary care for the uninsured will move out of the Emergency Room…so it’s a mixed bag.

    When you look past the rhetoric, the facts about the healthcare bill seem pretty reasonable.

    March 22, 2010 at 1:59 pm |
  362. Jane - WI

    Why is the media focusing on comments made by one or two people who object to this terrible insurance reform bill? We heard plenty of nasty things said by the anti-war left about George bush and Republicans, yet I don't recall the media making an issue of that name calling. This is being way overblown by the media who wants to generate sympathy for Democrats and justify the passage of this bill.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:25 pm |
  363. Jane - WI

    If you want to help people who don't have health insurance, go for it. This is not something that the government needs to get it's hands into.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:26 pm |
  364. kamal

    I have health insurance through my employer and it cost me a lot.However it doesn't cover IVF which cost around $10,000
    IVF is about having babys so it is pro-life and I have medical condition so I can't get babys naturally.
    will this new health care covers IVF?will it provide us an option to upgrade our current plan to get a better coverage?
    Thanks

    March 22, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
  365. K DORRRIAN

    Dave in Chicago–Wow!!! Your knowledge of this new law is impressive - seems like you know as more than some of the CNN reporters. I have a question for you. It seems to me that individuals, families and business might decide to just pay the penalties rather than the costs of insurance since (according to Ms. Cohen) the penalties will be quite a bit less than the cost of the iremiums. If you can buy insurance without proving your insurability under the new law (which appears to be the case), why wouldn't you just pay the penaltie until you get sick and then buy insurance when you're sick? Wouldn't it save you a lot of money?

    March 22, 2010 at 2:47 pm |
  366. Lynndie

    The insurance for all starts in 2014? For those with pre-existing conditions, meaning they are currently ill – but have lost their insurance, will be covered almost immediately?

    There is a lot that can happen between now and 2014 to amend the legislation – and – I have a feeling insurance for all won't be on the page.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:50 pm |
  367. andres

    yahoo,finally done, now all americans will be insured. To those thinking of suing the federal goverment saying it's uncontiutional to mandate all states to provide insurance to all their citizens. Are all the mandates imposed on citizens like vehicle insurance, safety helmets for motorcycle drivers, extra taxes on sweetners and the list goes on in your state, are they also unconstiutional? Enough whinning! let's do something for the people who need you now!!!

    ANDRES

    March 22, 2010 at 2:54 pm |
  368. Charles C Mayfield Jr

    What will be the short term and long effect on seniors on Medicare with a Medicare Advantage program in place of Medicare part D?, Will it increase my part D or Medicare Advantage premium?

    March 22, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
  369. andres-IL

    To those whinning about Government involvement, who do you think is involved in free care clinics, farmer subsidies, employer subsidies, public services, all public programs? Why the fereral government, so quit your whinning and stand behind those that had the courage to stand with our COMMANDER IN CHIEF

    ANDRES

    March 22, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
  370. Richard

    Let the Republicans not buy health insurance but change the rules so that hospital ERs and physicians are not required to provide free care to these idiots. The rest of us pay for their free care.

    March 22, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  371. Mikey

    This is the first step to finally rein in the for profit insurance industry and a big victory for sick people. Congratulations America

    March 22, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  372. Constance

    I'm glad that the current health care bill passed, but I'm still looking for the public option. Will the public option ever come back?

    March 22, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  373. Jean Williams

    I am 63 years old and have never been ashamed of our government before, but I am now. They have spent more money in the last two years, than our country is worth. Where do the officials that just voted to spend another 950 billion, think it is coming from ? Instead of putting their efforts into helping companies put people to work, and using some of that money to give credits to companies that hire new workers, and expand their businesses, they have gone against most of the citizens of our country and passed a health bill that we do not want, which includes billions of " pork " in order to get the politicians vote. Is this even legal ?

    March 22, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
  374. cam

    We all want healthcare reform just not this mess. Give up the ridiculous argument that there is only this one way – the most expensive, government controlled way. Has to be done right now! Why? Slow down and get it right. Aren't you people smart enough to realize just because they say it's so doesn't mean it is! There are not anywhere near enough doctors to provide this amazing promised care. There isn't enough money to pay for any of it – no cost savings coming now that they've added a "doc fix" at the last minute. The CBO even says the money is being double counted which means it can't save or decrease any deficit. EVERYONE has buy insurance now – that costs you money (unless you don't make very much) and for many your cost will go up. Fraud is NEVER going to be wiped out of medicaid to save 50 billion or whatever. You will not have the same quality care or same doctor most likely if you have government plan or if you work for a company that decides it's cheaper to go with the penalty and make you get government insurance. Shell game with your healthcare. NIGHTMARE and we could have had what we really needed and wanted without this debt and bueracracy if we didn't let the lefties get governmental control of it by just a few votes.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  375. DarrellFaulk

    I am all for the new health care reform but there's some things I don't understand can you please tell me me.
    If I have health care though this new government deal and I get sick and need a ambulance or a helicopter transport to the nearest hospital will my government cover this cost? or do I have to pay out of pocket for it?

    Why are that the Republicans acting like they didn't like anything in the health bill? you hear them say over and over on just about ever interview that they agree with not just one thing , but a few things that are in the health care bill. either their scared to say anything cause it (all for one and one for all).

    March 22, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  376. Moni

    I have been in a wheelchair since birth due to a birth defect and I currently have Medicaid am i going to lose it under the new health care reform bill?

    March 22, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  377. Dave in Chicago

    Kudos to Ms Cohen for a balanced explanation to Wolf Blitzer of how healthcare reform will work. Mom & Pop Shop will spend $1,000 on compared to $10,000 on what they would pay today. Bad Back Bob can't get coverage or can only get a high cost policy...the high risk pool will give Bob coverage in a few months at a reasonable cost. Young Yvette graduates is a college grad who can stay on her parents insurane.

    Two of these examples fit my daughter. She has Multiple Sclerosis so she has a preexisting condition like Bob and she graduates in a few months like Yvette. This bill is a god send.

    Keep the examples coming...even the ones that don't work out so well...like the family with an income of $250,000 that will pay an extra $450 in taxes...or the family of four that has to get coverage or pay a penalty. At the end of the day this bill will cut the deficit by over $1 trillion. What this fact means is that the status quo will bankrupt our country, so the status quo is a non-starter.

    Let's talk about the facts and get past the rhetoric.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  378. margaret

    annoymous no helath care for people with aids I dont agree to that children with no heatlhcare that has no healthcare will not be able to get any at age of six what kind thing is that...and that cut on the news what ever happen to freedom of speech what on that constituion let us people vote for what we want not what you have choosen some are well & xome are not ;We want healthcare for everyone

    March 22, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  379. Roger Yoder

    What is the new health care bill going to cost my company. We have 8 full time employees and 10 part time. We have health care available for all full time employees, the company pays half the premium and employee pays half which is a total of about $400.00 per employee

    March 22, 2010 at 7:56 pm |
  380. Mark

    I'm 56, retired from the US Army, happy with my inexpensive TriCare Prime Health Insurance. I work for a company that is telling all employees that they'll have to provide health insurance (that we'll be paying for, at least in part), and everyone will have to have it.
    Are there any modifications proposed that will allow me to be exempted from employer provided health insurance, or will I be forced to pay for two separate health insurance plans? (unless I decide to drop my TriCare, in favor of a more expensive plan that will not be as good?)

    Thank You.

    March 22, 2010 at 9:37 pm |
  381. Julia

    My sister graduated from college and has had trouble with employment these last two years. She is 25 years old, living at home, and in desperate need of health insurance. When they say that children to age 26 will be able to be covered on their parent's insurance, does that mean including age 26 or only up to age 25?

    March 22, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  382. Luis

    If only the Republicans would stop saying that,"the American people don't want this bill(Healthcare)". I am an American, and they certaintly are not speaking on my behalf. Perhaps they should stop generalizing there argument with broad unfounded statements.

    March 23, 2010 at 7:02 am |
  383. Leslie Weinberg

    It's amazing how no one really knows what is in this bill. It also affects student loans for college and grad school. All loans will now be handled by the Dept. of Education, and will be taken out from under the auspices of private lenders. How much more is in this bill that no one is telling us???? One more area where Obama is taking government control!

    March 23, 2010 at 8:05 am |
  384. Scott Stodden

    Kyra first and formost I love you so much your one of my favorite journalists and I watch you everyday, I love your say it like you mean it approach! I pretty much support Health Care Reform and Im probably just as excited as the President is that its finally after all this time has passed and will be signed into law today. Finally insurance companies will no longer be able to practice abuse and fraud against consumers by charging premiums and rates that nobody can afford, finally women won't have to pay more for health insurance, no longer will insurance companies be able to charge tax caps on insurance rates, no longer will people be denied because of pre-existing conditions, and children will be insured until the age of 26 but my question is what about people that are on Social Security like Medicare and Medicaid what will happen to there coverage?

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    March 23, 2010 at 8:21 am |
  385. John Tyler Erie, Pa

    Some of the benefits will take affect in 6 months so that would be September of this year. So it would be possible that some people would be covered by some of the provisions this September. If the republicans take over both houses of congress in November 2010 what would happen to people that would be covered under the new health care program if the republicans were able to repeal it?

    March 23, 2010 at 9:09 am |
  386. Tami Perkins

    Will this help someone who is not quite retirement age but who wants to retire be able to afford health insurance?

    March 23, 2010 at 9:16 am |
  387. Vince

    Is there any provision in the bill for long term care?

    March 23, 2010 at 9:19 am |
  388. Becky

    I'm a college student presently. With my family's present insurance I only have coverage if I'm still in school, despite being 23 or not. With the new bill will I be able to stay under my family's plan even after I'm out of school?

    March 23, 2010 at 9:20 am |
  389. jack roberts

    I am a 65 yr old on medicare. My wife has no health insurance, when will we be able to buy her insurance under the new plans?

    March 23, 2010 at 9:20 am |
  390. MJ

    In the past small businesses could join together to get insurance so what is different? These small businesses could not be singled out to receive higher premiums so what is different?

    The insurance companies were true to their word. The small businesses with high medical usage were not singled out. They all received the same rate increases ... however the businesses that did not have any exceptional claims were singled out to move to a better rated plan. See how this works. They have years of experience at finding the way around the language. Congress has very little so I am waiting to hear for this and other questions what the specifics are.

    March 23, 2010 at 9:24 am |
  391. Becky

    Also, I forgot to add...will dependents have the opportunity to be placed in the "high risk pool"? I have several serious health conditions but am still a dependent, will I be skipped over?

    March 23, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  392. crab fisherman from washington state

    A step in the right direction, now we all have to get on board for the long journey to equal and affordable health care for all.

    March 23, 2010 at 9:30 am |
  393. Jose F Colon

    Going through some of the many questions included here I found one regarding the possibility of Republicans of nulling the health reform in six months.

    If they do, they would be taking away health insurance for thousands of children who would be eligible, exactly in six months, of insurance without the barrier of having pre-existing conditions.

    Republicans would be affectting childre's right to health insurance.

    In regards to adultus year 2014 would be the date to be able to get insurance with pre-existing conditions.

    Why would anyone want to lessen a gained right, like it happens with children in this case?

    March 23, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  394. Damian

    Kyra – Is anyone anticipating the insurance companies raising premiums for families with children that will now be on their parents plan for an additional 5 years? Does the administration expect the insurance companies to allow the additional coverage for free? In your recent example of the young graduate that wants to travel they world, she would need to obtain her own policy on average of 7,000$ per year. Thats 45,000$ of premiums that the insurance companies will be missing under this reform. Where do the supporters of this bull expect the missing revenue to come from?

    Thanks,
    Damian

    March 23, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  395. Kat

    Where were these screaming, demonstrating, suit filers when Bush was spending all the money Clinton left to fight a war that has taken thousands of innocent lives instead of fixing HEALTHCARE for needy, sick and dying Americans??

    Bush was a white president and the publicans are a white party.

    America is a very strong country. Very good country BUT America is ROTTING AND DESTROYING ITSELF INSIDE OUT because of its double standards and hate for each other!

    NOBODY CAN DEFEAT America but Americans and this is what they are doing and the enemies are watching and laughing!

    People would be foolish to vote such a hateful Republican party back in

    March 23, 2010 at 9:46 am |
  396. Dan

    People, if you have a pre-existing condition, beware. As one of the writers above mentioned, insurance companies can no longer deny you COVERAGE for a pre-existing condition. So they will be glad to take your money; however, as she mentioned, the insurance continues to deny all her claims BECAUSE of her pre-existing condition.
    So, not only will the insurance companies continue to deny claims, but they will now be able to take your premium money, making them all the more wealthy.
    Good Plan? You decide.

    March 23, 2010 at 9:51 am |
  397. John Hopkins jr

    I spent three months in a Japanese Hospital from a stroke and saw the treatment the citizen's were getting free. It was good treatment and it was free .I had to pay for the same treatment.

    People need to slow down and see what happens...stop wait and see...but if you haven't travelled and dealt in other industriallized countries you won't know.

    The President is trying to bring the United States into the world community ! Everywhere else you go the treatment at the hospital is free but here you must pay...that is nuts....healthcare is a right not a privillege!!!!!

    March 23, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  398. Dave in Oro Valley, AZ

    Will my Blue Cross Blue Shield employer based insurance premiums rise next yeat year and thereafter? Because 30 million more people will now supposedly have access to health care, will that cause a longer waiting time to see my doctors or have medical services done, i.e., MRI, X-Ray, blood tests? The bill does not increase the number of physicians or medical technicians. Can I go to prison in the future for telling the IRS I have health insurance, but do not?

    Thanks.

    March 23, 2010 at 9:57 am |
  399. marie

    I cannot believe that the Dems pushed this through!!!! How on earth we can afford to do Healthcare Reform now is beyond me. Furthermore we CANNOT even discuss Healthcare Reform until we deal with what we are doing with entitlements such as Medicare(which is crippling this country) and Social Security. All these programs should not eat up more than 20% of our budget. It is insane. Healthcare in part is so high becauase no one wants to buy it so they just go to E.R. when they are sick so we that have insurance pay for those who do not have it. I would bet you that those with no insurance have a SUV that they pay at least $600 a month or a house even higher and many other expenses that do not add up as needs but rather wants. You buy what you can pay for, but with government not even doing that this is what we get; the entitlement generation!

    I cannot believe this morning I saw a woman on CNN with pre-cancerous conditiona nd IBS stated that the Bill didn't do enough and she didn't think she should have to spend savings or IRA for healthcare that insurance would not cover? Well if she does not pay for HER care who should them? Really we living in a world now where government seems to just be taking care of everything. God help us when the bottom falls out. I AM SO SICK OF THIS!!!!!!!!!

    I am not a Republican, but I feel safer with them because at least they will do things slowly. We really cannot even have this talk until we cut Medicare and Social Security; it si about time that families take care of their old.

    March 23, 2010 at 10:03 am |
  400. Dave in Oro Valley, AZ

    I keep hearing about children without health care insurance or having pre-existing conditions and not being treated. Anyone heard of the federal S-CHIP (Childrens Health Care Program)? Come on.

    March 23, 2010 at 10:03 am |
  401. Connie

    I'm very glad that this bill finally passed. But, how can people be required to purchase health insurance without offering the public option?

    March 23, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  402. john

    Why the outcry? Didn't everyone voting for Obama know this was one of his top priorities. All the polls that say this is so unpopular and the interviews with the man on the street, are they asking those in the majority who voted for Obama?

    March 23, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  403. carol

    My husband is a retired Marine. Our 3 children (now in college) were kick-off our Tri-care plan(Gov. Insurance for retirees). Can we get them put back on the plan? Fingers Crossed.

    March 23, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  404. mary

    We have a daughter with a terminal illness. (Heart Lung transplant due to PPH). Under Pennsylvania law her drugs and health care is handled. She does not pay insurance and is on SSDI the state handles the insurance on the balance. Her drugs run about $7000 per month. Under the new health care bill will this change?
    Mary

    March 23, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  405. RickFromDetroit

    March 23, 2010 10:29

    Government Controlled Health Care

    The Republican Party and their Conservative Counterparts never cease to amaze me with their stupidity. “Government takeover of Health Care” they keep crying! Lets look at what else the Government could takeover.

    [1] The Military
    [2] The Courts
    [3] The Law Enforcement System
    [4] Social Security & Medicare
    [5] The Department of Transportation
    [6] Our Educational System to include Public Schools
    [7] The local Fire Department
    [8] And this is the most terrifying of all, they may take over our political structure and our Elected Officials may become Government Employees!

    March 23, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  406. Casey

    If someone is not of retirement age, but wants to retire, I DON"T want MY tax dollars going to someone's health care JUST because THEY feel like staying home.

    March 23, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  407. Sandy

    Will there be higher costs to people with preventable morbitiy such as smokers, obesity, people who drink alcohol in excess, etc. Obesity alone kills more than 300,000 adults a year not including children. If one of these are high risk...all should be.

    March 23, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  408. Dave in Oro Valley, AZ

    With the projected adding of 15 million more people to Medicaid and its low cost reimbursement to physicians and hospitals, will they (doctors and hospitals) then just pass on those additional expenses to those with employer based or individual insurance policies? Will that not then increase insurance premiums? This seems inevitable to me. After a while, people will become outraged over it, thus Obama will again propose the "public option" to compete against private insurance companies, which will eventually drive them out of business. This is the long term plan. Think about it.

    March 23, 2010 at 10:39 am |
  409. Christine

    I am happy that health care has taken the first step..
    There are so many variables that have not been brought to the front such as:
    paying medical premiums on home, auto, and now through this new law or work. Are we being triple dipped? Have we always been double dipped?
    Can this be streamlined?

    I have no problem with and agree that we need a Health care system. Please look at the details as soon as possible.

    March 23, 2010 at 10:54 am |
  410. Angie

    All of those who say: "Kill the Bill"

    Are actually saying: "Kill the Patient who gets terminally ill"
    "Kill the Patient who gets seriously injured"
    "Kill the Child who is born with a life threatening
    defect or terminal illness"

    And the Republicans and Tea Party people are saying: "Those patients do Not deserve to live."

    March 23, 2010 at 11:06 am |
  411. Henya, Ca

    As to the Republi-CON party I don’t get them as if we have 2 deferent counters Health care doesn’t discriminate a specific party it affect all of us the people regardless of any party, they keep saying how we are going to pay for it, the fact is that the right wing nuts continue to say the Dem's are mortgaging our future. What about the last 8 years? The GOP increased the national debt from 5.6 Trillion to 10.6 Trillion in 8 years. That is 5 Trillion dollars in 8 years by the GOP. The health care bill is 1 trillion over 10 years. Can anyone do the math? And another thing most people are not informed they are listing to the Misleading information that the Right wing are telling them people are ignorant in this country P.S. I currently do not have Ins. I would like to buy Health Care Ins at a reasonable price for my peace of mind, we are about to make history I’m happy to be around to witness this day Congratulation to our great President and the courage it takes to the right thing for the people and by the people,

    March 23, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  412. Joseph

    I need to see a doctor after seeing this! Does my VA coverage count? Will I required to get this new healthcare coverage?

    March 23, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  413. jon w

    what if i dont use medical system? i dont want to pay for something i will not use, Doctors are barbarians and butchers and i dont want any thing to do with them

    March 23, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  414. Karen Davis

    President Obama did it! It is so obvious the this is very difficult for our nation to say. Thanks to Biden it is made clear. We need to quit repeating "it's not over". We need to quit hearing about what the republicans are going to do! I never seen anything like this when "Bush or any other president was in office. There come a time when one has to face that they are no longer in power!! Let's move on with our new Health Care reform and thank God maybe this means that we are all EQUAL! and deserve the same chances at life!

    March 23, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  415. Kareem

    How about the millions of immigrants who get treated in ERs and hospitals that are not American citizens, how does this bill address the problem of non tax paying immigrants receiving treatment basically for free? I worked in a hospital and a lot of people who were in motor vehicle crashes did not have insurance nor were US citizens.

    March 23, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  416. Helen

    My son has a pre-existing condition, seizures, I have high blood pressure and high chlolesterol with the possibility of losing my job this week at a major airline. So to the Doctor, this bill will help me and my family tremendously! It may not put money in his pocket, but it will give millions of us peace of mind for the future for our family. I am glad that i am on the train wreck that you are talking about..right now we have been on this train since the Bushes were in office and you did not complain then, so you do not speak for me!

    March 23, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  417. Eli

    When Doctor Gupta and other practitioners say they lose money with Medicare, what they really are saying is that they are not making as much money as they want. Doctors are the biggest rip-off in the system. Just because they will have to wait a little longer to get that third Mercedes or vacation house does not mean they are losing money.

    March 23, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  418. Tim

    People are saying they can not make people pay for health care. its against the Constitution. Let's see..Can I stop paying my house and car insurance now?

    March 23, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  419. Kary V.

    Tony,
    I have been hearing TOO many politicians Saying "I" too many times aren't they elected "by the people for the people" ? I think that the career politicians have lost sight of the big picture and what our country stand for President Kennedy Said it best "ask what not you country can do for you but what you can do for your country".
    the politicians should really take that to heart because the work for the people not the other way around, if it continues this way I say we need term limit on all politicians!

    March 23, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  420. Christina

    Eeek ghads...I carry an individual plan Anthem Blue Cross!

    What now? My premiums seem to have gone up whenever they have the chance. And I just turned 50, so I'm awaiting their expensive 'birthday gift.' I work two days a week only, downsized like so many.

    Can I expect even more hikes in my montly premiums, at their whims?

    And is there any benifit for "cancelling" my Anthem Blue Cross, then going into the big pool as an 'uninsured.'

    To be honest, several of my friends and colleagues are puzzled

    March 23, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  421. Tony

    Tony,
    The Doctor you just had on should be ashamed of himself..for a medical professional to say , that a bill which offers insurance to over 30 million people is not worth it; is ridiculous. I'm simply speechless at the arrogance of this so called doctor.

    March 23, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  422. David

    This isn't healthcare reform. It's corporate health insurance pre-existing condition reform with mandates for poor people to purchase their overpriced private insurance.

    What this bill mainly does is say healthcare is a mandate and only private insurance, hospitals, big pharma, and doctors can dictate the cost to individual Americans.

    Mandating poor people buy high priced insurance in exchange for a tax credit is not the same as "more people will have coverage". The healthcare cost to individual Americans will still go up at least every other year.

    March 23, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  423. Robin

    Dr. Hill said he feels this health bill is like a bus going over a cliff taking his family, wife, kids, and grandkids with him. Well at least if they are injured, his CURRENT health plan will pay for them all. Thirty million Americans have no coverage. Sounds like he took a "hypocrite" oath in medical school, not the hippocratic one.

    March 23, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  424. Christina

    Eeek ghads...I carry an individual plan Anthem Blue Cross! What now?

    My premiums seem to have gone up whenever they have the chance. And I just turned 50, so I'm awaiting their expensive 'birthday gift.' I work two days a week only, downsized like so many.

    Can I expect even more hikes in my montly premiums, at their whims?

    And is there any benifit for "cancelling" my Anthem Blue Cross, then going into the big pool as an 'uninsured.'

    To be honest, several of my friends and colleagues are puzzled

    March 23, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  425. Cherring in York

    Enough is enough. The healthcare bill has been signed into law. Move on.

    The republicans ought to except defeat graciously and get on with the business of serving the needs of our country. Instead they keep following their on personal agenda. They are moved by hatred, racism and bigotry. The only reason they have Michael Steele as a leader is because it helps to cover up their overall agenda to destroy Barack Obama.

    March 23, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  426. David Orr

    Can you please explain how this new bill help people like me who can't afford an insurance policy, because I make just above minimum wage, and am ineligible for Medicaid or Medicare because I'm a single person with no dependents? From what I've seen, it does nothing for me. Am I wrong?

    March 23, 2010 at 11:46 am |
  427. Sunny

    Hey Tony;

    I have been listening to all these doctors stating that they won't or don't take medicare of medicade for payement. Isn't it against the "Hipocratic Oath" or maybe its the "Hypocrite Oath" that they would not deny a person treatment based on their ability to pay. I think Obama should initiate a law that states that all persons going to the medical schools with government loans should have to server in hospitals as interns with minimal pay for a certain amount of time to repay that money the tax payers provided. If you go to a us military academy to get your education you must agree to a minimum X amount of years of obligation to the military. I think that persons going to medical school getting government loans and grants should be obligated to do the same

    March 23, 2010 at 11:51 am |
  428. Chris

    I do not remember ever being as PRIDE of this government, as I am today. Nor, have I ever had any belief that this government could truly make a decision for the have little, or have not's of this country. With all the laws that was enacted during President's Regan era, NO changes during President's Clinton era, and then the upgrades during President Bush's era truly guaranteed that this country was no longer going to be a three classes (upper, middle, and Lower) of people. I am sure they only wanted the haves, and the have nots. There is only one reason, and one reason only for the Republicans not wanting the Middle/Lower class to have the access to the same coverage that they have. Then they would have to start looking at us as people that deserves to live in this country, and not as a servant being told that they can live in this country . Please Republicans I beg your party to stop trying to destroy this country from within this is not the 60's anymore, and we all have rights. This country most valuable commodity is are the people, and not your guys wealth. As a matter of fact the American people needs to vote all you guys out (Republicans) Thanks,

    March 23, 2010 at 11:52 am |
  429. Donnie Sullivan - HIV positive

    My name is Donnie. I am from upstate South Carolina, and I am 25 years of age. I will be turning 26 in May. I am HIV-positive, and I have been so for about 5 years, and I have been taking medications for my condition for about 4 of those years. My HIV status is considered "healthy," which means there IS a small amount of the virus in my system still, but the drugs are doing their jobs. However, I do not always consider myself healthy, for the side effects of all the medications I am taking cause me debilitating side effects, despite the fact that my life expectancy has already been increased significantly, thanks to the miracle of these medications. I am also currently without employment due to debilitating drug side effects and an anxiety disorder. I have no income whatsoever, and I am STRUGGLING in all aspects of life. My question to the analysts is this one: What will this bill do for me? Will it help me? Will it cause me financial problems? The only care I get at the moment is at a PUBLIC Infectious Disease clinic, and I do not even get to see my HIV DOCTOR anymore; I only see a Physician's Assistant or a N.P. I do not feel comfortable in this clinical setting because I am in the south, and the workers at this clinic have a judgmental attitude toward me, and the practitioners are not even ADDRESSING my health concerns; THEY FLAT-OUT IGNORE THEM. I am not getting the care I need in this setting. I am extremely grateful for this amount of help through the Ryan White Title III provision; however I am still uncomfortable with this clinical setting. If I end up having to pay a copay just to see a NURSE about my major medical problems once I get insurance, then I would rather go back to the other Internal Medicine office, which is PRIVATE, a much more welcoming atmosphere, and all-around a better experience. If I will have a copay, then I would give THIS office my money for treatment from a REAL DOCTOR, as opposed to funneling money into a clinic where I have not seen an Infectious Disease doctor in excess of one entire year. I am not comfortable with the way they treat me from the beginning! So, what will this bill do for me, and countless others in this predicament? I have never seen anyone do coverage on an issue like this. It is as if HIV/AIDS has been "put on the back burner," and we HIV-positive patients are extremely worried about what will happen to our care; we are worried if we will even be able to get our medications! Moreover, we are worried if we will even survive! Please help me with these issues, and I assure you that you will help MANY, MANY others with this issue also, if you would just address it for us. Thank you for your time, and I am so grateful to be able to express these concerns openly in this great country; otherwise, I would never get any answers! Thank you again, and I hope you will have some sort of answer for us HIV+ patients. We would be very grateful for any insight with which you could supply us on this dire issue.

    March 23, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  430. David

    This isn't healthcare reform. It's corporate health insurance pre-existing condition reform with mandates for poor people to purchase their overpriced private insurance.

    What this bill mainly does is say healthcare is a mandate and only private insurance, hospitals, big pharma, and doctors can dictate the cost to individual Americans. Greed and pride still rule the day in healthcare.

    Mandating poor people buy high-priced private insurance in exchange for a tax credit is not the same as "more people will have affordable healthcare coverage". The healthcare cost to individual Americans will still go up at least every other year. Greed and pride still rule the day in healthcare.

    March 23, 2010 at 11:58 am |
  431. Memo30

    Its sad to see that the people with insurance are talking making ridiculous comments about this health bill what there are losing is that money from their lobbyist. Do they not see that there are people who have lost their houses, who lie on a bed sick with no insurance? I am so ashamed to see people who are so called educated and are in the senate but yet they act like idiots, they don't know what to do but fight have they read letter of people that died because of no insurance, people that are losing houses. Please America wake up and accept something positive that is for us people not the senators not the congressman but us the people that need the insurance. They say the are representing people well if there are show it like the president does please share the stories of people that have not had their insurance premium go high or have not been turned down for having pre-existing conditions. Please by all means show us the people that have been well taken care of without having to be bankrupt.
    not been turned down for having pre-exsting conditions. Please by all means show us the people that have been well taken care of without having to be brankrupt. As for the Dr that was on earlier I have no comment but to wonder what medical school he wen to so I wont apply there

    March 23, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  432. Phil.A.

    The psitive vote on Health Care is the thing for our country, what I can't understand is why is it that the republican party keep talking about the costto us, first of all, this is our tax money, how is it that we can't afford to spend our money on what is need to make American healthier, where were they when Bush gave the wealthy tax breaks, the money we are paying the Health Insurance industry for the care of those who are not insured who we have to pay for the total cost, they keep raising their fees and prices at will, drop people when they start to use the benefits that they have been paying for year after year, how is it that they don't think of eliminating all the pork, or reduce the military aid going to countries who are violating Human Rights around the world, lets cut off the funds for all of these unnesasery projects that we rearly hear about, like the study of the sex habit of all kind of insects, I'm sure this can wait for better times.
    Thank you President Obama and the Democratics

    March 23, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  433. Jean

    I am merely trying to get a full and accurate comprehension of this legislated Health Care Reform.
    I was also of the opinion that this Health Care Reform would eventually eliminate Medicare and Medicaird(?) and there would be one US health care system without loss of medical coverage and care for those who utilize Medicare and Medicaird(?). This would sound feasible and less costly. Is this the intended idea of the established US HCR?
    To further state, I do have relatives and friends who reside in the US. Obviously, they will all be affected one way or the other.
    For the information of viewers who are also not US residents, we would like to know the facts.
    Why should people not keep their doctors? The only new change is HCR.
    In addition to those who have private health insurance, I do visualize that when they renew their policy, the coverage which HCR accords, they will decrease their private insurance coverage and costs. For this reason, the insurance companies will lose. This may be the reason why some of those owners and executives of insurance enterprises, their supporters and the Republicans may be against HCR. Am I correct or wrong?

    March 23, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  434. Cheryl

    After finding out last night that my doctor wants to discuss my test results in person as opposed to over the phone( this has never happened before), I'm afraid that it can only be bad news. I have been unemployed for almost a year and cannot afford health insurance on my husband's income alone. My fear is that I will be diagnosed with a serious condition before I'm insured. This makes me want to take what little money we have in the bank and try to get insurance before I get my results. When EXACTLY will this pre-existing condition part of the health care reform take effect. And since we're not a family of four will we be included in those who will qualify for the high risk pool and when?

    March 23, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  435. MR.AL

    Ive got one question. I'm disabled and have been for twenty years. How is the health bill going to effect Medicare? In the past 20 years the price has gone up the coverage gone down. Seniors with exsisting conditions, for myself physical problems witch prevent me from working plus diabetes!! Will it cover diabetic shoes and perscription glasses? Medicare and my supplemt are fighting neither will cover them?

    March 23, 2010 at 12:07 pm |
  436. Henya, Ca

    We have the best President for our times, and today ones again I’m prude to be an American,

    March 23, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
  437. bonnie

    it's about time things get shook up in washington...whether this new healthcare reform is right or wrong, it is a strong start for a good change.

    next let's tackle the auto insurance industry!

    March 23, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  438. Josephine

    Why is Ali calling his guest Renee. She has EARNED the title of doctor. He should use it both as a sign of respect and to offer crediblity to what she is saying!

    March 23, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
  439. Lynne

    What reallly upsets me is the fact that votes to pass this bill were bought and deals were made.

    They are going to force the uninsured to purchase healthcare when they don't have the jobs to pay for it...are they going to put us in jail if we don't buy their insurance?

    March 23, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
  440. Jon

    Eli March 23rd, 2010 11:29 am ET

    When Doctor Gupta and other practitioners say they lose money with Medicare, what they really are saying is that they are not making as much money as they want. Doctors are the biggest rip-off in the system. Just because they will have to wait a little longer to get that third Mercedes or vacation house does not mean they are losing money.

    ==========================================================
    Eli, you are kidding, right? Those doctors spent 15 to 18 years learning their skills in medical schools and hospitals! They are the real actors here because they provide treatments to the patients! Do you believe that, for example, the CEO of United Health Care deserves to earn $14M/year? He is simply the middle man who is getting rich at our expense!

    March 23, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
  441. Lynne

    The availability of doctors is going to be another problem..as usual the rich that can afford private health care will get the best care.

    March 23, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
  442. Don

    Now that we passed health care reform, let’s find more ways to pay for it.
    1. Take that great health care policy away from politicians and government employees and replace them with Medicare, this way any cuts made would affect them to. Even Medicare insurance is by far cheaper and better coverage then most of American coverage in the private sector. As the president stated spread the wealth. It’s time the public sector feels the pain the private sectors been feeling for years now. I’m on a government policy (Tri-Care) my wife and I pay $460 a year (that’s right $460 a year) with a 0 deductable. People start looking on the internet for government benefits, Most will shock you, on how much better and cheaper their coverage is, and you pay for.
    2. Everybody said the cost of medical treatment will increase, but if you think about it the cost should decrease on the facts that Doctor and hospitals will be getting a far bigger percent of the billing with this reform.
    3. Another place to cut spending is to change pension policies on all newly hired government employees. For those employee with their government guarantee pensions that allow them to retire after 30 year of service. Cap those benefits at 30 years and not let them collect them until they retire or quite those position and go to work in the private sector. If the FED take the lead on this the local, city, and state government would follow suit. All ready in my state they have to raise taxes to cover state and local government pension. What’s the worst that will happen; these people would retire after 30 year leaving an open position for that young college grad just starting out. And let’s not forget the 14 million people unemployed and the other 8 percent under employed who would love to have any one of those jobs.

    March 23, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
  443. rjg

    My wife and I own a small competitive All-Star Cheerleading training facility. We employ about 12 part time employees. We will need to offer our employees health care or be fined?

    March 23, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
  444. Lynne

    So will this system still pay for the healthcare of the millions of illegal aliens?

    March 23, 2010 at 12:39 pm |
  445. Joe

    I am an independent contractor. I get health coverage through my unions. At present, I earn a year of coverage for every 20 weeks of work in a calendar, or for earning a certain amount of money in that year. How will this bill affect me?

    March 23, 2010 at 12:41 pm |
  446. Lynne

    How will they enforce the mandetory purchase of insurance?

    March 23, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  447. Ann Jarrett

    Suggested action plan for Republican Senators and Congressmen:

    1. Repeal the MEDICARE program (This will immediately begin reducing the National Debt)

    2. Repeal the MEDICAID program (This will give immediate relief to state budgets which could become balanced)

    3. Repeal the current HEALTH CARE Reform bill (This will give the very vocal opponents of reform a pat on the back)

    These repeals will put all Americans Not on private health care plans on a LEVEL playing field.

    Then the Republicans can offer their bills to provide coverage, if any, to those Americans. Repealing all three of these bills would meet the Republican core value of fiscal responsibility.

    Of course, following these suggestions is ludicrous as is continuing to fight reform and use tight state budgets and staff for unnecessary lawsuits.

    March 23, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  448. Bill in DC

    My 28 year-old son is self-employed, makes under $30k/year and pays $559/mo. for an Individual HIPA policy which he was able to continue from previous employment... he has had diabetes for 20 years. Will the new reforms make his monthly premiums any less? He's currently paying 20% of his earnings for health insurance!

    March 23, 2010 at 12:50 pm |
  449. Lynne

    I can see mandetory car insurance because you are jeoprodizing someone elses life...but if I don't carry insurance and die...who am I hurting?

    March 23, 2010 at 12:58 pm |
  450. Lynne

    I would really like to see the State of Nevada's Attorney General join the suit of the unconstitutionallity of this bill

    March 23, 2010 at 1:02 pm |
  451. Paul

    Some have asked where do Republicans go from here. What I would like to suggest would make me appear like them and put my dignity into question. The real question is, how do they go from here? There previous chamber behavior says they feel as though they are above the law. But in order to sue on the grounds of unconstitutionally, there is a legal process. They their case must first be heard at the district court level, and then if they are not satisfied they can carry the case to the appellant court. According to law this must be done before they can even approach the Supreme Court, or are the Republicans above that legal process also???

    March 23, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
  452. Cheryl

    How about making doctors, drug company CEO's, Insurance company CEO's and republicans go without health insurance or put them on medicaid. That would stop all of the elitist, alarmist, fear mongering comments." Walk a mile in my shoes."

    March 23, 2010 at 1:25 pm |
  453. greg rogers

    The Dems. are setting us up! If they are successful in granting amnsity to 11 to 12 million illegal alians, American citizens will be paying for their (alians) health care because the majority of them will qualify for subsidy. The majority of our polititions ought to be hung up by their thumbs and kicked out of office. The ONLY interest they have is to stay on the gravy train any way they can.

    March 23, 2010 at 1:33 pm |
  454. Rick Lemire

    Who will help care for the millions of newly insurred? Doctor's Physician Assistants, I see them more frequently than my primary care physician. And I feel that I get better care as they have more time for me and listen to my concerns.

    Rick, Newark DE

    March 23, 2010 at 1:47 pm |
  455. Dolores

    Kyra, I have a cool healthcare story to tell you, and you, of everyone who anchors a news show will, I know, appreciate this. All during the healthcare debate, I thought of my chiropractor, Dr. Troy Jordan. If even a small percentage of doctors operated like Dr. Jordan does, healthcare reform wouldn't have had to be this huge, complicated beast! He takes no insurance and everyone's payment is on the honor system. He has a big box near the reception desk with a slit in the top through which people drop their payments. He does this so people who cannot afford care can still come-in for treatment with dignity. It doesn't matter if it's one person or an entire family. "Your payment is known only to you," his sign says.For those of us who can afford to pay, we decide how much and my payments have differed if I'm needing to come-in 2 or 3 times a week or if I'm doing well and only need to see him periodically. Two years ago, my income dropped by 75 percent, and I had to change what I regularly paid Dr. Jordan. But during the time when I did earn substantially more, I would periodically overpay, just to help subsidize others. Little did I know that I was sort of subsidizing my future visits! He is a devout Christian, and Dr. Jordan views this means of accepting payment as much as ministry as it is his profession. Add to this, you never need an appointment - if you are in pain, you just go, and he takes care of you. He has a busy/steady practice and is able to support a wife who stays at home with their three children operating a payment system this way. I find him so impressive, and wish more doctors thought of their patients with as much respect as Dr. Jordan does. Thanks for all you do, Kyra, especially in highlighting people and social impact stories that nobody else covers! You balance-out all the bad news with good news, and I appreciate that!!

    Thanks,
    Dolores in OK

    March 23, 2010 at 1:50 pm |
  456. Linda

    We would like a list of all the politicians who voted "NO" on the health care bill. We will "Remember in November!" Life goes both ways!

    March 23, 2010 at 2:37 pm |
  457. rachel

    This afternoon, it was stated that physicians are “threatening” to drop Medicare but that is all that it is. That is not true; so far two of my primary physicians have already dropped Medicare because of the 21% DECREASE in physician reimbursement. I do not live in a unique area……….it is real. It is happening! Please review the facts. I want to know the actual number of physicians have already dropped Medicare. It is important to note also: if a physician drops Medicare, and the patient has a secondary third party reimbursing insurance (which he/she pays for the premium), that insurance company will NOT reimburse either. That means the patient has NO health care insurance and has to pay the physican‘s entire fee. How are these patients accounted for in the health picture: do they have insurance? Yes. But does that policy (Medicare and third party insurance) reimburse the patient; especially if there has been a long term established relationship? No! Certainly, the patient has the right to change health care provider but what is to be said about things such as, “continuity of care’, costs of transferring medical records, and mental anguish of losing / abandonment of a health care provider. How are these patients being counted in the big picture? This is a BIG problem and it needs to be addressed. Physicians are dropping out of Medicare!!!!!!

    March 23, 2010 at 2:42 pm |
  458. Rodney

    My family's primary physician, including his entire group of doctors, just sent out emails to notify us that they are going to close their doors @ the end of the year due to this new healthcare bill. I also have heard of other facilities with the same problem. Where are we going to go to the doctor? We already have a lack of doctors in this country as it is.

    March 23, 2010 at 3:14 pm |
  459. Henya, Ca

    @Linda, All the Republi-CON did not vote not one of them so I know exactly how they are I will remember come November.

    March 23, 2010 at 3:19 pm |
  460. Don

    Rachel, Mitt Romney just E-mail me for a donation to help fight this health care bill. This is what I sent him.
    Mitt Romney I would be happy to stand with you about health care reform, but first show me some gut and show that you really care about cutting the budget and show me that your ready to feel the pain that they feel in the private sector. Get congress to drop their insurance coverage down to medicare or the average coverage of people in the private sector.
    Rachel if we can get the government employees and their family's on medicare. That adds up to half the population in the US if you add in the people already on medicare and medicaid. Then the Doctors will not turn people away anymore think about it.

    March 23, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
  461. Charlie Trotter

    How is long term care health care insurance involved in the health care reform bill? Does the insurance and bill only affect uninsured people or both uninsured and insured? I would think it would affect both depending on their ability to pay. I am 68 yrs old , single and retired with a small pension on medicare and a supplemental insurance. I however have multiple health problems to include heart problems, diabetes, bad back with pinched nerve, osteo- arthiritis in legs and hands, plus eye problems to name a few. Some controls hopefully have been placed on insurance to make long term care insurance more accessible to poor and low income people.

    March 23, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  462. Shag

    Not a question, but a statement. The doctor you had on this morning said the Mayo clinic said they wouldn't take any patients under the new healthcare bill. I contacted the clinic and a lady from it's policty center, Nora Sullivan, said they've made no such statement.
    I felt strongly that the doctor was lying, as most right-wingers do, and I want the truth told. I've been to 2 dentist and 3 doctors of different types (chiropractor, cardiologist, general practioner) and they all wanted reform and were supportive of this bill.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  463. Marisa Lopez

    All I have to say is "Thank goodness!!!" It's not perfect, but at least 33 million more people will be covered! Let's celebrate today and keep on working tomorrow!

    March 23, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
  464. Steve Wagner

    At age 62 with 3 heartattacks and colon cancer surgery I collect ssn
    disability which is just enough not to qualify for medicade or medicare.
    It is not enough for insurance. If I could get insurance I could not afford it. What would be my options?

    March 24, 2010 at 12:27 am |
  465. mark

    when lawsuites are filed questioning the constitutionality of health insurance mandates, won't that open the door to a flood of lawsuites questioning the constituionality of other insurance mandates such as auto insurance?

    March 24, 2010 at 6:30 am |
  466. Gerald Price

    I am a 52 year old disabled veteran and live on a small V.A. disability and social security. I can't afford health care and rely on the V.A. for it. If I have to go to the local emrgency room where the V.A. don't cover it am I going to get fined. Do I need to get health care?
    How does this new health care law affect all the Veterans who's only health care is the V.A.?

    March 24, 2010 at 7:17 am |
  467. jr

    in the extension of age limits for inclusion of college age/recent grad kids on their parents' health plans there seems to be noprovision for children of onlder parents on medicare...ant information on this?

    March 24, 2010 at 8:24 am |
  468. David

    No One can be turned down for insurance coverage for per existing conditions, Great. Did anyone think about how much the insurance companies charge for that? The insurance companies can make the cost of insurance for those individuals so expensive that they will not be able to afford insurance anyways.

    David

    March 24, 2010 at 8:35 am |
  469. bill stewart

    My friend has cancer. She was a school teacher. She was injuried by a student in her classroom. A few months later she was laid off. She has no income and no insurance. How can she buy insurance when she has no income at all? If she is not able to get in one of the study groups that are taking place, she will die leaving her three college student kids. She is a single mom. She is also taking care of her elderly sick mother. How will she be covered?

    March 24, 2010 at 8:37 am |
  470. Gary friedman

    I was fired from my job of six years because of a routine surgery that went bad and was off work for a extended period of time. I have insurance on Cobra that will run out January 31. Will I be able to keep the insurance, Blue Cross Blue Shield, that is covering me now or will I have to look elsewhere?

    Thanks

    March 24, 2010 at 8:45 am |
  471. John Tyler Erie, Pa

    My daughter is going to be 25 years old in June. She works part time and goes to school pat time to get a second degree. I have her on COBRA insurance, that payment is outrageous. Will I be able to add her back on my employers insurance and not pay the COBRA payments until age 26 ?

    March 24, 2010 at 9:19 am |
  472. D

    What does the health care bill do for all the Native Americans? Are they now covered in the plan?

    March 24, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  473. Al Fracker

    Interesting to note that Democratic Lawmakers mentioned today on CNN that veterans must be afforded top notch care for their sacrifices, and Ms. Kyra's guest from VoteHealth.com pontificated that veterans won't lose Tricare or Tricare for Life...did anyone report that, when behind closed doors, the Democrats tried to roll Tricare into the Health Care plan and deny veterans continued Tricare coverage? Fortunately, some astute Republicans caught it and brought it to light...and when exposed to the light, the Democraps realized they had no choice but to take care of Soldiers who are defending the very freedoms Congress is trying to take away.

    March 24, 2010 at 9:26 am |
  474. rs

    Will dental care be covered?
    Dental care is RELATED and should be part of any person's health care.
    Right now, my family is healthy except for the missing, unaffordable dental care.
    It is a huge concern.
    Without proper dental care, all sorts of potential future health risks are high for any individual.

    March 24, 2010 at 9:26 am |
  475. Dave C

    My former employer and union just imposed a 5 million cap on personal healthcare last Jan 1. Will this be over ridden by new law??

    March 24, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  476. Joshua Wertheim

    Seems like most of the comments mirror my biggest concern with this bill. My wife and I already pay $1600 per month in health insurance (including dental) and have a great plan with Aetna. My wife has had 8 surgeries and over a dozen hospitalizations in the past 17 months, and except for some co-pays our plan has covered everything. With the new bill, will Aetna increase our premiums or be able to cut our benefits? Seems like some COLA limits on premium increases would have made some sense. Also another question. We are on COBRA (which is why our premiums are so high already) and what government protection do we have that when we go off COBRA that we will be able to continue coverage with Aetna with the same (or less) premiums?

    March 24, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  477. Mark

    I know of a 55 year old who is unemployed and cannot find a job, and has worked all his life. He has accumulated a retirement account. will he be required to exhaust his retirement savings before qualifying for subsidized medical insurance under the Obama plan?

    March 24, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  478. KC

    Kyra,

    I am insured through my husband but with a $5k deductible and $6 out of pocket. I have disabling arthritis and can't work more than a few hours a week. So, disability (with medicare) keeps getting denied and we can't afford the $5k deductible. Basically, I just keep making $5 payments on those annual bills and it's almost $15k now... Can someone like me get into the high risk pool and get off my husband's insurance? I'm bankrupting my famiilty with my disability. We cannot get medicaid because we both have small IRAs.

    March 24, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  479. Bobbie

    I'm 32 years old with a pre-exisisting condition. Thats great in 2014 I'll be able to obtain health insurance. What scares me is how much will it cost me? The Insurance companys may charge 3x as much as 'healthy' person. Is there any way to avoid this posible disaster? Can we add in the public option if this were to happen? I don't want to end up paying too much, and if I dont then I'll get fined, because it'll be law....I'm trying to stay optimistic

    March 24, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  480. Eric

    Is there anything that stops a business from offering health insurance but making it so poor and expensive that it forces the employee to chose the government run health care so that the employer won't have to pay for the health insurance of that employee?

    March 24, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  481. Coventry,VA

    I had private insurance for over a year before getting pregant. my insurance company would not cover prenatal care. the company was blue cross blue shield. will the bill make it so the big insurance companies from cutting off coverage for new medical expensives?

    March 24, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  482. David

    Two Questions:

    Will COBRA go by the wayside since everyone will have insurance, be required to have insurance or will be able to get insurance?

    Will my Company be able to drop our health insurance plan? We have 100 people on our plan, Highmark raised our rates over 30%, and will most likely do that again. We have had to scale back our plan, increase our deductibles, increase co-pays and charge employees more as a percent of the premiums. If this keeps up, and the way it seems, wouldnt our employees be able to get a cheaper plan from the exchanges? With a deductible of 2000 per employee and 4000 for a family, copays of 25 per visit, limits on care, employees paying anywhere from 90 to 300 per month for the premiums, our empoyees are losing pay to pay for insurance. They might be better off with the government plan?

    March 24, 2010 at 9:29 am |
  483. Alice King

    With all the new people being added to our health care system, won't
    that help the unemployment rates? So many new health care clinics opening it seems like a tremendous oportunity for young people planning a career choice.

    March 24, 2010 at 9:29 am |
  484. Chantez

    What qualifies as a preexisting condition. I am an overall healthy woman but I have very bad teeth. I usually get two or three abcesses a year. Will I be able to take advantage of the immediate benefits of the new health care plan or will I need to wait until 2014? I make less than 20,000 a year will I be able to get help?

    March 24, 2010 at 9:30 am |
  485. Alison Garber

    Your guest did not answer the question of what happens to adults with pre-existing conditions BETWEEN now and 2014. The new law does not kick in right away, so will people still be losing their insurance ?

    March 24, 2010 at 9:30 am |
  486. Stephanie

    The guest that was just on talked about families just paying the penalty for not getting health insurance instead of getting insurance. Did I misunderstand? How is this doing anyone any good? They are still uninsured, just now they are paying the government a fine??? I'm I the only one who sees a problem here?

    March 24, 2010 at 9:32 am |
  487. Linda J. Willett

    I am 58 years old and disabled. I am receiving Survivor disability SS payments of $919 per month. I believe I am not able to get medicare/medicaid until I reach 6o yrs. What effect does this bill have on me.

    March 24, 2010 at 9:32 am |
  488. dan sherman

    Dear Kyra,
    Here is the full story, but obviously edit and select what you need ...
    I am retired now, have lived and taught in Canada for many years, but am still an American citizen. I am 70 years old and my wife, who is Belgian, is 63, is also now retired. We are seriously considering moving back to the States, possibly to sunny California. She is in perfect health, I have a variety of preexisting conditions – including osteoarthritis, and will most likely need a hip replacement.. Health care in Ontario is great, as you know ... the weather, less so. One thing holding us back is the health care coverage.

    March 24, 2010 at 9:32 am |
  489. Scott Lee Webb

    I'm confused, how does the trillion dollars in spending create a socialized healthcare program for americans?
    Socialized healthcare programs are similar to being on welfare, it is paid for by taxes. similar to medicare/medicaid, yet it sounds like a double system of screwing the american population with fines, a plan for open competition, and who knows what else, considering we havent been presented anything to vote on. Why didnt we vote on this?

    Who is getting the trillion dollars and why set up a fine based program? This is against our rights and constitution of this country.
    If we need a socialized healthcare system, and we fund it with our tax increases, then we dont need fines. This is where the confusion comes from and the anger from the american people, we feel we are being fooled with a double screw you.

    I for one didnt ask for a healthcare program nor did I vote Obama and others into office to see this evolve.
    We must return to basic fundementals of life and appreciation of one another and ourselves, and restore our goveronment.
    It is not ok to make decisions on your own and write them into law.
    You must hold yourself accountable to the people of this country.
    We are not happy.

    March 24, 2010 at 9:32 am |
  490. Nizam

    About five years ago, I answered an ad to get health insurance starting at $100mth. Recently, I was paying $1989/3mths. I raised the deductible which took it down to $1589. Within one yr, the price increase took it back up to $1800+. Now I have the high deductible AND the high price.
    I have been listening to CNN daily, hearing that if one has a pre-existing condition, the person WILL BE COVERED. Yes, but at what price??? HAS ANYONE ADDRESSED THAT YET? If the price to insure WITH pre-existing condition cost $500+ /mth, where is the help?
    I now have a new medical plan: I PLAN TO NOT GET SICK.

    March 24, 2010 at 9:34 am |
  491. Chris

    So, if these numbers are correct ($940B for 32M Americans), is this a per year cost? Is it per person for the length of their life? If it is per year, that works out to $29K (which would be more than some of the best packages available currently). If it is for the length of their life, starting at that 26 year mark on an average life expectancy of 78 years it only works out to $600 per year (which is barely a season's worth of the cheapest medical packages). 32M Americans is roughly 10% of our population according to the Census site at 10AM this morning. Is this 10% based on uninsured or the percentage of voters the government hopes to keep voting for incumbents in the next round of elections? It has been proven time and time again that our government has no idea of the real costs of anything and will repeatedly pay more than twice the actual costs for most any service or product. What makes them think we are stupid enough to think that this will be anything short of the next colossal blunder since Social Security? As far as the fines go, outside of taxes, where in the Constitution are we required to pay to be American citizens?

    March 24, 2010 at 9:34 am |
  492. Susan McCarty

    You, a Dr and the healthcare women just spoke and gave answers that were positive! Although I do not want the gov in my face or life.
    My question is: my husband is a vietnam vet (6yrs in the Navy on a destroyer off the front line coast backing up the Marines-coveringthem day and night – it was called: "Shore bombardment".) He has been told he makes too much money to qualify for the VA benefits.
    Your healthcare spokesperson just said, "they will be able to get VA benefits now.
    The Dr then said, "you'll be able to get VA benefits if you qualify under the guidlines"!!!!
    These 2 comments are contradicting to say the least.
    Which is it? Cover with no problem (like she said)? Or the other comment fr the doctor?
    Awaiting yr reply and thank you. You are a great reporter
    Susan

    March 24, 2010 at 9:35 am |
  493. Tom

    Two questions:

    1: The exorbitant fees many Dr.s charge, ($275 for 20 min. office visit)
    Fairly average for southern CT MD.s. ???

    2: People on Medicare will loose the most cost effective supplement,
    Medicare Advantage. The two spokes persons that were just on Kyra's
    show avoided that subject. They were more like cheerleaders for the bill.?

    March 24, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  494. rodney wentzel

    first off it should be told if you have a pre-existing condition you will have to go into a high risk group, and if it is like auto ins. people will never be able to afford it so this feature is a no go for seniors or low income peope and be fully explained when mentioned(they dont tell you this they just make it sound good without telling you you have to go to a high risk policy $$$$. also concerning fines for not buying health insurance, right now people are losing their homes , unemployed , overall cant afford prermiums, this is wrong and not an american way of treating poor people etc. i dont think this fine should be forced onto people by law.case in point : i recently had a increase in my life ins. which i had for over 35 yrs, when i went to apply for ins. with another ins co. and they found out i have a heart arthymia they said they cant insure me and told me to go to a high risk ins. co.the premiums were way out of affordability./iam 64 yrs old. so there is no way i can get a high risk option for pre existing condition health care. they bdont tell the people this they just state "cant be turned down for pre-existing condition"

    March 24, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  495. robert

    How often will the fines be imposed for not purchasing insurance...monthly..annually ???

    March 24, 2010 at 9:36 am |
  496. Carol

    Kyra Your story on the boy scouts of america being raped..I'm concerned, however, when you look at all the girls and women that have been raped you should compare how many boys are still alive compared to how many girls and womed that are dead. When will it end?

    March 24, 2010 at 9:37 am |
  497. SM

    Recently our business was dropped by our group insurance provider as the result of a domino affect of a customers large bounced check. We have been with this provider for many years and have had no problems paying our burdensome premiums on time. The affect was that we had to frantically look for a replacement provider. Going without for some time, running up costly medical bills.
    It makes me sick that there was no mercy in this situation. No grace period. Just a termination letter 2 weeks later.
    Is this par for the course? Will this always be allowed? It is hard enough to be a small business owner.

    March 24, 2010 at 9:38 am |
  498. Mike Rowland

    I belong to a labor union. My health care is part of our contract with our contractors. We have to work x amout of hours to have health care. How will the new health care plan affect my brothers and sisters in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and all union employes?

    March 24, 2010 at 9:39 am |
  499. Jennifer

    I was just watching the discussion between the Doctor and Lawyer, about healthcare and I was disturbed by the assumption, those Veterans who are receiving VA Health Care; assume that their families also receive health care benefits. Which is false!! The Veteran has to be 100% disabled or retired in order for families to receive health care benefits. What about the family members whose Veteran is not 100%?

    Thank you,

    Jennifer B.

    March 24, 2010 at 9:40 am |
  500. rs

    Our family had to give up health insurance (one person at a time) because the premiums were more than we could afford. We have gone without medical care except in emergency situations.

    In this economy, we have also lost income and are struggling mightily.

    Can we get medicaid right away now? How do we get it?

    Will doctors and dentist (please answer both) still be able to turn someone away and NOT HONOR certain types of coverage the way they can do now?

    March 24, 2010 at 9:40 am |
  501. John Rohrer

    I have HIV, Aids. This year I have had to pay for my Medicare myself. $110.00 a month on a $1200.00 a month income, SSDI. My part D is already paid. So far. Will my Medicare premium go up? I live in San Francisco so I need all the income I can get.

    March 24, 2010 at 9:40 am |
  502. rs

    Also, will, Congress and Government officials continue to be exempt from the rules they make for the rest of Americans or will they continue to get the PREMIUM health and dental coverage and perks for the rest of their lives that is better than the people get?

    March 24, 2010 at 9:42 am |
  503. Kerinea

    How is it our government is strong enough to force it's Nation to spend money they may or may not have on Insurance, but is to weak to force people living off our dollar everyday, to go out and get a job by putting a limit on how long a person can be on welfar?

    March 24, 2010 at 9:45 am |
  504. quinton

    i say the next topic is the people thats going to make the health insurance plans they need to step up to the plate and stop cherry picking off the sick folks

    March 24, 2010 at 9:49 am |
  505. James Anderson

    Republicans want to repeal the recently passed health care bill because it requires all U. S. citizens to participate, let Republicans repeal the I. R. S. tax requirement on all U. S. citizens first, it has been around a lot longer.

    March 24, 2010 at 9:51 am |
  506. marcAntoan Hollywood

    Would it be right to think health care should be a service from the country to support life of his inhabitants?
    Would it be possible to a private profit mentality to assist people in his final moment, once country let them take over on decisions money will dictate on who lives or dies?
    Wouldn't that life being kept for longer (30 years more), if the 'reason of humanism' take care of life?
    We are so confused with our own opinion, that we not even know what democracy is anymore.
    We elected a president, but we don't want to let him to govern. (majority has no rights)
    We allow congressmen vote in the plan, to approve it, then we get up there and say "...hell no..." pointing to the future destruction of a legal approved plan.
    Besides the worse example in the world, we are taking away the basis of the country, using holy words from the ancients who helped to compose our country to poison other people reasons.
    What an ugly thing, to trick people, making them believe the money they will expend is more important than everyone's life.
    We have tons of examples of people who needs this plan to survive, and television show it all day long. But nothing can top those words for me: "Do to the others, whatever you want for yourself" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Besides the sweetness and undesirable sharing of life in it's contents for some people who did not wake up for community, it has a law of harmony that will combine with other law we call: Action and Reaction, which probably will save our lives after all.
    I am going to sing a song for you next time.

    March 24, 2010 at 10:03 am |
  507. Rachel, TX.

    My husband works for the state of Texas. We have a family health plan that has basically monopolized the Central Texas area. We have a 21 year old daughter attending UTEP University in El Paso, TX. Our health plan will only cover her for Emergency Rm. care with a $100.00 co-pay. Prescriptions are not covered and she has to use her tuition money to cover this expense. Will this Health Care Reform help us out with coverage for our daughter as she is still in the state of Texas and we still have to pay the same premium even if we purchase a different health insurance for her? Thank you and God bless you all at CNN.

    March 24, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  508. cropter

    Kyra. you've got a pro healthcare bill doctor and a pro healthcare bill lawyer and you take turns lobbing softballs. It took 25 years more than Orwell predicted, but you are now 1984. The idea of universal healthcare seems very compassionate on it's face. The idea of government ensuring that all the needs of its citizens are met, also seems compassionate. But that compassionate idea doesn't translate into reality. It's been tried in the former Soviet Union. When you meet more of the citizens' needs, you relieve them of the drive for them to be productive. And when you increase the taxation of those people that are productive, you additionally diminish their drive to be productive. America did not become a great country by discouraging productivity. Today's idealistic vision of compassion ends with empty shelves in the grocery store. That's not real compassion.

    March 24, 2010 at 10:50 am |
  509. Kaleb

    Why doesn't CNN or for that matter any other news channel let Canadians speak for themselves when it comes to their own health care system. I'm an American Citizen living in Canada. I have to say that Republicans and others who are afraid of a more social health care system are just ignorant of the facts and the actual experience of other systems of health care. Its no wonder that only a small percentage of Americans actually have passports and have actually traveled and lived abroad. The problems here pale enormously in comparison to the U.S. system. Because the Canadian health care has generated so much fear among the republicans who like to spread fear...I'll repeat, why not let Canadians speak for themselves.

    March 24, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  510. Briansz

    How much do the senators and house representatives pay to maintain their health care plan? How much do the government officials, bureaucrats , etc... pay for their health care plans?

    March 24, 2010 at 11:21 am |
  511. Sam

    I have heard that Insurance Companies will not be able to turn you down because of pre-existing conditions; but will they be allowed to charge you a higher premium for pre-existing conditions. If so then they would charge an exorbitant rate; by so doing they would be denying you coverage.

    March 24, 2010 at 11:26 am |
  512. Deborah

    Why is a mandate on the purchase of health insurance any different than the mandate to buy vaccinations for children before they can attend school?

    March 24, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  513. Geri

    Have there been new regulatory commissions or processes within existing regulatory commissions provided to audit insurer compliance with demands within the Health Reform Bill.

    March 24, 2010 at 11:51 am |
  514. Ken Matthews

    I love, I love it. I am a retired Federal worker and I have excellent healthcare so this does not affect me but it was the right thing to do. We seniors have been spending our children's money with Medicare, long enough.

    March 24, 2010 at 11:54 am |
  515. Mack Pearce

    Since the CBO has used the Social Security money twice in its accounting method for the new Health Care program .... Who will get paid first, the aging workers or the newly sick. Thanks.

    March 24, 2010 at 11:55 am |
  516. raymond dunn

    how will the segment of the baby boomers affect prremiums in the new health care bill as they near retirement age, or begin to exhibit signs of aging with arthiritis, heart problems, high blood pressure, cancers. It seems that approx 78.2 million people will have some sort of impact on taxation and premiums.

    March 24, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  517. Jill Howell

    Military Families insurance – Tricare and Tricare Care Prime. Called Tricare Prime and was told the Healthcare Bills "does not" cover our children up to age 26. Our Military insurance will not change and we are not covered. Why was the Military families overlooked on this bill. TRICARE-MILITARY INSURANCE DOESN'T HAVE TO COMPLY to the 26 age limit! Please tell me they are wrong!

    March 24, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
  518. Ronald Woan

    ARRA provides a COBRA supplement for laid off people for 15 months. 65% off the COBRA price is certainly affordable. Hopefully they can find employment in that time and recover employer healthcare.

    March 24, 2010 at 12:10 pm |
  519. Nancy Moon

    I have a comment about the law suit against the health care bill brought by Michigan Republicans and our so called Attorney General. I am outraged that our attorney general and Michigan Republicans are playing politics with our access to affordable health insurance. The only problem with the bill is that it doesn't go far enough, fast enough. Michigan Republicans need to get out of the pockets of insuance companys and leave the bill alone!

    March 24, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
  520. Mike Bell

    Can you clarify something for me...

    First off, I'm a small business owner and I'm all for the reform bill. That being said I think there is one major thing that affects small businesses that I feel is not being represented accurately.

    With the mandate to provide coverage, that does not mean we have to pay for it if we don't choose too correct? We just need to use our power as a business to find a plan, get the good rates and allow our employees to join the plan. If we want to contribute to their premiums we can, but if we can't afford it then we can make the employees pick up the whole bill correct? If we do our part of providing a plan we don't get fined, if the employee decides to not join then they pay the individual fine... yes?

    If that is correct then I don't see how the mandate has any negative affect on small business.

    March 24, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  521. Kathy

    Question For Elizabeth Cohen re: "Small Business Saul". Won't Saul make his decision re: paying the penalties for not providing insurance for his employees based on its economic effects on his business? In other words, if the penalty is less than the cost of insuring his employees, won't he choose to pay the penalty? And even if the penalty becomes as much or more than the cost of insurance, won't Saul have to see if he can remain competative at this higher cost structure after buying insurance for his employees or paying the penalties? If the cost of the insurance (or the penalties) become too much, won't Saul probably downsize his business to less than 50 employees so he doesn't have to provide either insurance or pay the penalties? My point is that mandates imposed on businesses (and individuals for that matter) inevitably have unintended consequences which are worse than the problem they seek to cure. Even for a "Bigger Business Saul" (for example, a business with 500 or 1000 employees), won't they now be more incentivized to consider operating outside the United States if employee costs don't include the costs of mandated insurance (or the penalties for not complying)? Obviously they will. This was an important although underreported point of the debate on health care reform involving mandates - that one of the unintended but inevitable consequences would be its job-killing side effects. This is not mentioned enough since it is certain to have a negative economic impact -- maybe much worse than we can know at this time.

    March 24, 2010 at 12:38 pm |
  522. Jean

    Let the people vote in each state . Open the voting booth and let the people vote. Stop letting the government tell the white house what the people want. I don't think they know.
    Let us vote on should we sue the government
    let the people speak for them self

    Thanks

    March 24, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
  523. frankie

    The Census Act of 1790 provided for a $20 fine for not participating or providing misleading information. Yes there is a precedent for fining people who don't want health insurance. I am tired of being considered stupid by the Republicans. Health care reform will lower the cost of health care overall for everyone. It really doesn't matter if the money is "taxes" or "premiums" or "paying for emergency room treatment for others when you don't know you are paying for it" the bottom line is the overall price going down and people being able to go to the doctor and prices being more realistic for everyone involved and the government not being bankrupted over medical costs. If a wealthy person was paying higher taxes or premiums or whatever, they would still be paying less overall if our system were fixed. If a person fined for not having health insurance had to go to the emergency room, his bill would be less overall after our system was fixed. This is the goal the Republicans should be working towards, I don't know how the Republicans in Congress can look themselves in the face in the mirror every morning. They need to act like adults, they shame me in front of the world.

    March 24, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
  524. Ann Stant

    You have a representative from Fl on your show. I believe he said the government never fined people for not taking like the health insurance. Wrong the government fines/ charges seniors when they do not purchase prescription D a certain percentage more on their prescription D fees from that point on.

    March 24, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
  525. Jayson

    In the 50's they started schools to add more physicians. What a concept-teaching doctors to prevent diseases or "wellness doctors". I would go to a wellness doctor who gets paid incentives too keep me healthy thus reducing expensive medical treatments and less pills needed from the pharmaceutical companies that need you to be sick. So they can sell more pills?? Hey aren’t we all sick of every other ad on TV pushing one drug or another. Shouldn't that tell us something... they must have a lot of money to do this. By the way doc: I saw this ad for this drug do you think I should use this? Doctor says: Well the pharmacy rep was in the other day and she gave me some samples and is paying for my trip to the Hawaii symposium right next to the complimentary golf course so.... lets give it a try. Who are they kidding the whole system is about the money… so stay sick America!!!! This bill did not go far enough we deserve more. We always find the money for our "Socialistic programs" Whose going to give up the U.S. Postal system, Medicare, Libraries, Police & Fire Depts. Military health programs and on and on... Let's get rid of the special interest parties that are influencing are elected public servants. You’re killing me… You’re killing me…

    March 24, 2010 at 12:54 pm |
  526. Jeri Pardue

    I have worked in the health insurance industry since 1982. Not sure why everyone is making such a big deal about the new bill mandating child coverage to age 26. For instance, in Texas, insurance companies, by law, must cover a child to the age of 25, regardless of student status. In New York, that limit was just up'ed to the age of 30. This aspect of the bill will help in some states but not a big deal in many others...

    March 24, 2010 at 12:56 pm |
  527. cropter

    Kathy, you're right. This latest effort to help people with healthcare will have unintended consequences. That is what is missing in much of today's coverage. It's easy to pigeonhole opponents as either selfish or uncaring, but there are real, serious consequences to collectivism that are being ignored. Much of the world embraced socialism well before we have. The result was America as a sole superpower with an enviable standard of living. Doesn't anyone consider that? Our country has embarked on a misguided path of deficit spending to pursue unaffordable conquests or to unsustainably cushion today's hardships, without regard to the tab. Is the answer to convince those pulling the cart to unharness and jump on the wagon, or to recognize that we've gone astray and get back to policies that made us great in the first place?

    March 24, 2010 at 1:12 pm |
  528. Sylvana Labib

    Attn Tony Harris:
    I am sad to hear that some states are questioning the Federal Gov.t and filing in the Supreme Court against the Health bill. This President has done something good for the American people and that should be appreciated. What I see unconstitutional and unfair is for the politicians (republicans) not to want to share with all Americans the same benefits they have been receiving for years.

    March 24, 2010 at 1:41 pm |
  529. Calvin Judd

    I have seen where 14 states now want to sue the government, protesting that mandatory health care is unconstitutional. I am in favor of the "law" and wonder who will be paying for the lawsuits initiated by republican attorney generals? If the taxpayers are HAVE TO pay for this, then I believe that the ones who don't want these lawsuits in those respective states are being forced to pay for it and that too is unconstitutional...the law has passed, either get on the right side of history or make sure you're pulling out your wallets to fight your battles....I DON'T WANT TO PAY FOR IT!!

    March 24, 2010 at 1:43 pm |
  530. Beverly Corbett

    Arizona's Governor is one who wants the state's Attorney General to sue with the other states who are sueing the government over the mandate to every citizen (CITIZEN) to pay for acquired Insurance programs which would be moderated by the IRS to ensure compliance. She also states that it would cost the state 15 million more to cover the already debt ridden state to cover the extra 25% increase in the state's medicaid program.

    March 24, 2010 at 1:48 pm |
  531. Mary Steele

    Not one thing in there fixed the problem Obama admited to when he said that "illegals go to the E.R. and WE pay for them"! Add that to 8 Million illegals working while we have massive unemployment, Obama and the rest are blowing smoke. See things for what they are, not what they say!!

    March 24, 2010 at 1:58 pm |
  532. Arine Ward

    I always knew that something was coming major...I never imagined in a million years that it would be another American Revolutionary War over Healthcare when there are so many more pressing issues in the United States...My question is ...How does this bill work for all the casualties of war that will surface when this war starts...as it will happen

    March 24, 2010 at 2:02 pm |
  533. Sheena

    Wisconsin
    Question:
    if this is such a good plan, why should it not be mandatory for the government to have to subscribe to this very same plan that they are making mandatory for us?
    We pay for their insurance through our taxes.
    This is very unconstitional!

    March 24, 2010 at 2:33 pm |
  534. ggs

    I am becoming very concerned about the violence which is starting among the tea party types. I am also horrified that no Republican, not one, has come out to say no, stop this, enough is enough! Where are these Republicans who claim to believe in the constituion.
    This anti Democracy movement seems to be fostered by Fox News so I have to ask: why do we allow non Americans to own a News station??? They do not have any commitment to us beyond raising money that they can take back to Australia and Saudi Arabia. When did we let non Americans be in charge of our free press/media????

    March 24, 2010 at 2:36 pm |
  535. Arine Ward

    @ggs

    Its time to be concerned...but be "Ye not fearful" Healthcare has been used to expose all those that wish harm upon others, and it will counter the start of a War right here on American Soil...but know this war will be won in Victory, and Favor for those who stood for this Healthcare!!! What must America do to stop the violence that Healthcare has started? Walk it out!

    March 24, 2010 at 2:53 pm |
  536. CAROL ANN

    president obama has not forgotten anyone health insurance was, is the most important for african americans and everyone in the world I mean why would you want to have to sell your house if your sick rather than accept help,after all you guys keep saying its your money.Plus I hope cnn quits sensationilzing especially Rick,he is a great one that just keeps rubbing the salt in ,keeps thinks stirred up get over it right has prevailed.Health care has passed OBAMA is president.

    March 24, 2010 at 4:11 pm |
  537. Sylvana Labib

    Attn: Tony Harris,
    What a shame that some people are so against our President and not at all respectfull to his party after they passed a great bill for the American people......what's wrong with them. Tell them to behave themselves.......violence is no good.....they'll land in jail. The law of the land is law and that's it. Our President is excellent.

    March 24, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  538. Lee Armstrong

    I only hope that none of those opposed to the health care bill are accepting Medicare. That would be extremely hypocritical of them.

    March 24, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  539. Yvonne

    I heard someone on the radio say that the congressmen/women put in a clause on the Health Care bill that will allow them to opt out of the Health Care Insurance Requirements. Is that true?

    March 24, 2010 at 9:51 pm |
  540. Beverly Asmutis

    With regard to the response of the Republican party to the passage of the health care reform bill, and the vile treatment of our democratic legislators who voted in favor of it, I am inflamed by the repugnant behaviour of those conservative members of congress. In particular, it is unconscionable that Sarah Palin and her riffraff friends are able to incite others to riot and threaten the lives of various senators and representatives. The calling out of epithets, threatening telephone calls and emails, declarations by John McCain that he will do no more work in his capacity as a U.S. senator because of the bill's passage, and the failure to rein in the lunatic fringe of the GOP is absolutely unacceptable. The People of the United States will not forget all this terrible rabblerousing. As far as I am concerned the GOP died after this last election of our president. No matter what has taken place this past 14 months of President Obama's administration, anarchy by unstable, vicious, and seditious persons must be prosecuted to the letter of the law. I have witnessed governance by presidents since Franklin Roosevelt and never have I seen such thugs, biggots and fascists as I see today. The whole thing is outrageous! I truly hope the FBI, the attorney General, and the courts investigate this current throng of Republican bastards!

    March 24, 2010 at 10:27 pm |
  541. joyful121

    Does this take anything away from the current coverage that is provided by tri-care for the military?

    Joy

    March 24, 2010 at 11:34 pm |
  542. Linda

    Why are pro-lifers making death threats??????

    March 25, 2010 at 5:36 am |
  543. Brian

    The bill in opinion is a good concept, I mean healthcare for all Americans but taxpayers have to pay for the free healthcare that is given free to some people and while I feel bad for those that cannot afford healthcare I feel that they won't want to go out and get jobs after this bill, I mean would you want to go look for a job if the government was giving you free to almost free healthcare and free money just for not having a job?

    March 25, 2010 at 7:20 am |
  544. MB

    Question: When a radio talk show host says to his listeners (quote) "Wipe them out" (referring to representatives who passed the recent Health care Bill) – why isn't that considered a 'death threat' and why isn't he arrested? Spawning violence whether you mention someone's name specifically or whether you instigate the same directions of action against a larger group – should be the same thing – aka 'breaking the law', He should be arrested for instigating 'mob violence'. These 'entertainers' are only making money, they get paid to manipulate behavior – why don't their listeners 'get it'!?!? (A rechtorical question) SHAME on the people's air waves!

    March 25, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  545. joseph jackson

    i like your commentaries first off; and with this health-care issue on the table it makes it all the more motivating. i believe the documentary SICKO by michael moore needs to become a center- piece for finding the real reason why so many republicans are out raged, and let the public see it.

    March 25, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  546. Steve In Missouri

    A review of the history of countries that allowed their governments to be overwhelmed by dictators,anti-democratic parties, and facists,like 1940's Germany,1980's Iran,1940's China,reveals that these countries' governments became infested with zealots who espoused violence and civil disobedience against those who disagreed with them. Sound familiar? Shake hands with the Republicans...champions of individual freedom...

    March 25, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  547. Mark

    One viewer asked if the Health Insurance companies would scurry to raise rates, etc.
    THEY ALREADY HAVE!!!
    In January '10 my Medicare Advatage policy monthly premium increased by 59%. Copays by 20%. Some drugs by 300%.
    These increases leading up to the vote were coupled with reduction or elimination of coverage for some procedures and treatments.
    OUCH!!!

    March 25, 2010 at 10:44 am |
  548. quinton

    i say to start on health young we need to have more abstences programs for youth starting in elementarys,middle schools, high schools at a more critical level

    March 25, 2010 at 11:03 am |
  549. CH from Houston

    I want to know if the President, all Senators, all Representatives and all of its staffers will be on this new plan? If not, why. The president campaigned and campaigned that what was good for all of them should be good enough for me. Is that the case?

    March 25, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  550. Bullfrog

    I'm a 62 year old disabled veteran, How is this health care reform going to help me? Think our congress should reform VA healthcare. they are handing out free money to people that are here illegally please send some of it this way.

    March 25, 2010 at 11:53 am |
  551. Dennis fm Frederick,MD

    Tony,
    Have you told all of the naysayers about the Ron Widen insertion into the Health bill that allows states to opt out of forcing their residents to buy health insurance?

    March 25, 2010 at 12:02 pm |
  552. dudershaft

    can you explain the repeal process and what it actually does?

    March 25, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  553. Bijou

    I'm a graduate student but I'm unemployed and can't afford health insurance, I would like to know how will this health care benefit me in this situation? and where or how can one get in the program?

    March 25, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
  554. Lv60

    I would like to know how Obama and the IRS are going to FORCE everyone to pay for their insurance and if they don't they have to pay a penalty, especially interested in seeing them get their money from the gangs, drug dealers, drug addicts, "Ladies of the evening", the deadbeats that lay around all day and draw welfare and food stamps? These are the types the honest working people will pay THEIR penalities for. It won't work for EVERYONE, will be worse off than before, but would like to know how it is going to be fair.

    March 25, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  555. Rick

    Hey CNN its law already.Enough is enough with the tear jerkers about no insurance.We all have horror stories. You sound like obama trying to sell this when its already been shoved down our throats. It all boils down to "see you in Nov."

    March 26, 2010 at 9:42 am |
  556. Sylvia Trainor

    It's nice to know that they have passed the health care law. My situationsurrounds many things. I had a credit score of 886 just 2 years ago, unfortunatly due to myhusbands health he lost his job 18months ago. We spent our savings on our mortgage payments and other bills. The medical costs were eating us up and after my husbands limits on the credit cards reached a maximum we could no longer use them. So then we lived on my cards to make ends meet. f For 12 months out of the 18 months we had absolutly no income then received a one time dissability check and 4 months of Social Security due to his death. Last year I couldn't even claim the kids because Social Security is not an earned income. So, no tax write offs! So now I owe 187,000 between Medical debt and Credit Cards. No debt reduction company can help us out. One company told me I would have a 3,000 payment a month for an extended amount of years to pay that debt off. I make under that amount on Social Security alone. Then another problem arises that I don't qualify for the making home affordable program due to not being a fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. So if you have a conventional loan and have an invester then you need to work with them only if they want to work with you. My invester isfrom National Bank of New york. The ceo was just indited in New York court for trying to imbezzle the 11.2 million dollars in tarp money. Then they slapped his hand and he paid them 2 millionas a fine. Now, the bank is closed and I have no invester. The FDIC took over the closed bank and asked another bank to take over those debts. So now my mortgage company cant work with me due to not being able to talk to my invester. I feel like I'm spinning in circles and not getting anywhere. Hopefully, There will be some help to me due to my circumstances and hardship. I lost a husband, a father,a income, put on a very reduces SSI income, have two special needs kids. One is Dyslexic and the other slightly Autistic and flunking school. Well, I still believe in miracles and know the the Universe will deliver one way or another. That's my story! Sylvia

    March 26, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  557. Ron

    I understand that under the new Health Care Bill that illegal immigrants will not be allowed to purchase health insurance under the Exchange. That leaves them uncovered with no place to purchase health care insurance.

    Does that mean that they can continue to converge on Emergency Hospitals at the cost of the taxpayers? How can they be forced to purchase insurance like almost every American if they are illegals and insurance coverage mandates are for Americans and not illegals? How is the government going to stop Emergency Hospitals from giving free service to uninsured illegals? They are draining our Emergency Hospital resources and they are a major drain on our taxpayers who are forced to give illegals free health care.

    March 26, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  558. tcw

    two simple questions

    what the heck is a "CADILLAC" insurance plan??...specifically.

    and i read where children can stay on the parents insurance plans until age 26...now my daughter is 24 and had to go on cobra of all things (as she has the evil pre-existing condition) when she turned 23. my question is can she go BACK on our health plan, and does she have to be in school??

    March 26, 2010 at 1:14 pm |
  559. MichaelZ.

    If unlucky Luke, who is or isn't out of work, but for one reason or another can't get health insurance, and is patiently waiting for 2014, suddenly gets sick, does he then qualify for health insurance because now he has a pre-existing condition? And if that is true, then in essence isn't anyone who might now get seriously sick now covered, assuming you can still afford the cost of the premium?

    March 26, 2010 at 1:21 pm |
  560. Linda

    Why are the retired military not able to have their kids on insurance until age 26?? They say Tricare is not on the list... How is that so?? I guess it is same old thing, leave the military out, I guess their kids dont count...

    March 26, 2010 at 1:56 pm |
  561. MR.AL

    What I would like to know is about Medicare? I'm a diabetic and on Medicare is the coverage going to get better as it is now even with a suppliment I can't get get what I need. Like diabetic shoes, new glasses and outher necessities?

    March 26, 2010 at 11:43 pm |
  562. Roland Legere

    Didn't know where else to ask this question.
    Concerning the new healthcare bill.
    Mandatory health insurance.
    I'm a 100% disabled Vietnam Vet. Permanent and total.
    All my health care needs are covered by the V.A.
    Will I still be forced the have health insurance?

    Roland Legere

    March 27, 2010 at 5:34 am |
  563. Robert Longo

    I am owner of small business(Construction Company-150 employees). I have been union shop for 44 years. We have been paying for healthcare including dental for all employees. However, I make more than $275,000 per year.

    Why should I have to pay extra taxes to contribute to my non union competitor's employees for their health insurance??

    March 27, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
  564. Anna Sinclair

    My husband and I own our own home. We lost our business, so have no income. Will Medicaid put a lien on our home to repay medical expenses upon our deaths, like they do NOW with the elderly?

    March 28, 2010 at 2:40 pm |
  565. Bill Lane

    Tony why is Poppy saying that it will cost more to keep your child on your Ins until age 26?

    They are already there so wont you just keep paying the same?

    The Ins would have went down when they had to drop off?

    So please let me know because I am confused.

    Thanks,

    Lane

    March 29, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  566. Loren

    Tony,
    I am a 100% Disabled Veteran and i receive free health care through The VA and my wife is on CHAMPVA. My question is this: Since Health Care Reform is now law, will this help my wife, she does not receive eye care, hearing care, or Dental care through CHAMPVA.
    What can i do to get these covered under Health Care Reform.

    Loren
    Oregon

    March 29, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  567. Rob

    Hello, Tony,
    Is there any provision in this health care bill that will outlaw conpanies from hiring doctors to make false statement against injured workers in the workplace and requesting mental health doctors to change reason of care (from workplace to drugs). Companies also request doctors to release injured worker from under doctor care, so as to return them back to work early from sick leave. This practice should be outlaw and addressed under law. Can you have them (members of congress) address this abuse on your show?

    March 30, 2010 at 11:49 am |
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