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June 14th, 2009
08:31 AM ET

Health Care for Your Lawmakers

This week it's all about health care reform on capitol hill. Some politicans say americans should get the same coverage they have.

Could that really work for the uninsured – and what does it cover?

CNN Congressional Correspondent Brianna Keilar talked to one congresswoman who knows first-hand.

Join Betty Ngyuyen, TJ Holmes and Reynolds Wolf in the CNN Newsroom, beginning 6am ET/3am PT.

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  1. RJ

    Health care for the uninsured or unemployed? If you have no means in this country there is no such thing as not being insured! The people who are hurting the most are the low to middle income maker who has to pay for their inferior health care while rich people and poor people alike share better coverage! When is the working guy going to get health care that rivals the rich and the poors health care? My wife and I have to pay for our insurance which by the way is inferior coverage than one on welfare has and its gotta stop!

    June 14, 2009 at 8:44 am |
  2. paula

    If the media just spent half the amount of time grilling the Bush admin during the planning and ramping up of the Iraq war, as they are spending now grilling the Obama admin about the plans for health care, highly doubtful we would have ever invaded Iraq.

    One plan wants to justify funds to help save lives and one plan wanted to justify the funds for a cause they knew would most certainly lose lives.


    June 14, 2009 at 9:43 am |
  3. Purple Spider

    All I hear regarding this Health Care plan is propaganda! It amazes me that this plan does not report the facts, unless, of course, the people will not be allowed to know everything on this Health Care.
    At present, it is a joke! And who in their right mind is going to give up their own health coverage for something THAT DOESN'T WORK!

    June 14, 2009 at 9:50 am |

    I am sitting here watching CNN's health care coverage. The only thing worse than our current health care system is CNN and other networks coverage of it. We have to listen to different stratigests from each party about different strategies of convincing the public about which plan is better. We hear about how there needs to be compromises between the two parties. Did it ever occur to you that their is a very small difference between the two parties plans. The real difference lies between what the people want and what Washington and the Health insurance companies want. Why don't you have more health policy people on. Stop telling us about strategy. Your essentially telling us what lies have to be told. Your not the place for politics your the place for politicians. Politics implies a discussion on policy and issues. Your network is nothing more then Entertainment tonight with politicians instead of actors. The majority of people want single payer, lets have more discussion on health care, not what ads each party needs to run.

    June 14, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  5. Vance Peterson

    It seems disingenous to be centering the health care argument around the government controlling our health care decisions and removing choice. Our current health care system limits choices and controls our health care already. The difference is that those choices are made by our insurance carriers based on profit. My hope is that government involvement would tilt the balance toward decisions being made based on the health needs of the patient.

    June 14, 2009 at 12:24 pm |

    I keep hearing the question on CNN: Can Private Insurance compete with a public option? Why are we so concerned with insurance companies. What about the people. How about we ask the question: Can people compete with Private Insurance Companies? 60% of all bankruptcies are from health care costs. Yet we see hours of television devoted to how a public option would effect private companies. How about more coveraage on how a private only option is bankrupting the PEOPLE of America.

    June 14, 2009 at 1:00 pm |
  7. Mrs. Eileen Curras widow to Hernandez (WWII)

    Well the answer is here. We all have to run for Congress. The answers are not easy to get and republicans are not the people to address the question.

    June 14, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  8. James Bowen

    John Kerry campaigned on the idea of extending the Federal Employees Health Benefit Plan to everyone. That's fine if you make enough money to pay for it. I am retired. My pension provides me with $1900 a month. My premiums for my Blue Cross Federal plan are $350 and the government pays $700. Last year y total out of pocket health care costs including premiums, co pays, deductibles and that not covered by the plan totaled $13,000. I don't have savings to draw on nor real estate to borrow on. So we run up credit card bills to live on.

    June 16, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  9. Pat

    Our current system of health care is flawed as insurance companies motivated by higher profits deny life saving procedures and tests to increase profits. We pay more for health care and get less for it than any other country in the western world . We are the only country in the western world without a national health care system. Citizens of France, Italy, United Kingdom and Canada all live longer than we do! Our system of health care is ranked by the World Health Organization as #37 between Costa Rica and Slovenia. We have almost 50 million Americans that either can't afford health care, or can't be covered because of a preexisting condition.

    Heck yes I want to see a government option! I trust my government a heck of a lot more than I trust big business!

    June 24, 2009 at 1:06 pm |

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