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July 31st, 2009
09:31 AM ET

The President’s health care promises: what do people believe?

President Barack Obama has tried to assure Americans that reform won’t hurt the healthcare they already have, but poll results show people have a hard time believing him. What exactly are people worried about? CNN Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen has this report.

Filed under: Tony Harris
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. susan

    How absurd and insulting to Americans to even consider different levels of healthcare, “Cadillac” versus ”clunker” health insurance? Why do Republicans push this as a solution, shouldn’t healthcare be equal for all?

    July 31, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  2. Collin

    The American public should not be afraid of "Canadian health care horror stories" such as that of Shona Holmes. This situation is a middle class Canadian woman with a house to mortgage and a family to generously borrow from so that she can take advantage of the readily available health-care in the US (after she has had numerous FREE doctor visits, tests, and diagnosis in Canada) But what many Americans are not aware of is that this woman is now attempting to take legal action against OHIP for financial restitution of her American medical bills, which means that all she has done is jumped the line ahead of people who cant afford american health care (or choose not to) and and STILL be covered by our government.... and then have the class to publicly speak out against Canadian health-care and make it seem like our system is filled with imcompetence and Malpractice. The difference in quality is arguable...We Canadians love having the option of both systems and agree on eachothers downfalls (which is wait v.s. availability... NOT quality v.s. quality BTW) we don't apreciate false accusations to scare 4/5ths of your citizens from preventing 1/5th them from health care of any sort. Take it from us, the option of both systems is BLISS... give it a try

    July 31, 2009 at 10:35 am |
  3. christa

    In Germany working people pay 50% of their healthinsurance and also when you are retired you pay 50%. Only people who are in the social system ( our welfare ) do not have to pay anything the same as here. So if people who make lots of money here, like the senators or congressmen/woman and have the insurance and if they are against regular americans with a low income, they should lose their healthcare to. Maybe we should put this in for our next election to be voted on, why should they receive healthinsurance, paid by our taxes and not the rest of people who need it a lot more, with minimum wages then those senators and congresspeople. You save all your life for retirement and then you get ill and lose your home too. It is time to make live easier for people who worked all their lifes and they go bankrupt. Maybe we should not listen to the lies the GOP put in ads on TV, because I think we little people are very gullable and listen too the lies from the GOP. If you as a low income person speak against this plan, think, this is the only chance with have.

    July 31, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  4. mike sey

    So a Co-Op is the answer to the Health Care conundrum but few exist and they are hard to set up. However why not turn to the one co-op that already exists – the US Government.
    After all isn't that what the Government is, a non-profit co-op designed to give everyone who belongs (Everybody) a share and a voice in providing members with essential public services?
    And the best thing about it is that it already has the infrastructure , administration, the membership and clout to effectively negotiate with insurance and medical providers for the best and most reasonable prices.

    July 31, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  5. Robert

    I guess that the basic problem with healthcare is still not addressed.
    No one dares to tackle the doctors and hospitals to force them to reduce cost. The thing Elizabeth Cohen said about co-ops "they will negotiated lower prices " implies the doctors will start high and they will end up still way to high for whatever they deliver.
    An example is: they built a new hospital here, the cost overruns were astronomical; however they still want to amortisize the cost over the same period as initially planned. Another example sent to CNN and evaded by Elizabeth Cohen was the person who had a bandaid removed at a cost of $1650.- Medicare is also being ripped off by millions per day.
    The fraudline does not work, because they pay whatever bill they get; no one controls justification. Let's start all over and stop the ignorance.

    July 31, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  6. Lateef

    Recession will be over sooner than expected under the Obama administration. I am so happy that he is spending our tax dollars on domestic problems unlike the Bush administration who derived happiness by spending on Iraq.


    Katy, Texas.

    July 31, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  7. legenia smith

    question. my husband has health care through his company. if he adds the family it will cost 1,200 a month. crazy!!! so i have insurance with a 10,000 dollar deductble and my kids are on a sepaerate policy. will the obama plan help me to get insurance with a better deduc.? thanks

    July 31, 2009 at 1:51 pm |
  8. Bruce from Newport Beach, CA

    Obama needs to tell people with health insurance how a public option will benefit them.

    Skyrocketing group health insurance premiums are passed down to workers in the form of minimal pay raises. With a public option the premiums may not go up as high because private insurance companies will be concerned about losing policy holders to the public plan.

    Also, people wishing to become self employed can at least get coverage under the public plan if they are denied coverage by private insurers.

    July 31, 2009 at 2:43 pm |
  9. Bruce from Newport Beach, CA

    –Corrected version-----

    Obama needs to tell people with health insurance how a public option will benefit them:

    >Their take home pay may increase. Skyrocketing health insurance premiums are passed down to workers in the form of minimal pay raises. If a public option is available then group health insurance costs might slow because private insurance companies will be concerned about losing policy holders to the public plan.
    >Those wishing to becom self employed will have the peace of mind knowing they can at least get coverage from a public option.

    July 31, 2009 at 3:28 pm |
  10. Ms. B

    I'm all for president Obama's health care plan .Americans need to express to congress that the house need to put that 2B toward paying the health plan instead of giving it to cash for clonkers for people to buy new cars . I think that health care is mroe important

    July 31, 2009 at 11:02 pm |
  11. Debbe Shore

    Health care reform?! On important issues such as this one; the taxpayers should be able to vote,,,,similar to the way American Idol has people vote. BIG brother and big government is out of control! I am so tired of career politicians! There should be no such thing. When the career politicans sign up for this health care reform and President Obama,,,,then I'll be happy to sign up too! Sen. Dodd of Connecticut was diagnosed with prostate cancer,,,,the taxpayers paid for his health care. STOP invading our lives. Instead of enforcing are current laws,,,they constantly invade ours!!! American's need to rise up and revolt,,,,this is terrible. And the news should report all sides of the story and issues not their own views. I HATE it,,,,,,, STOP this nonsense...................

    August 1, 2009 at 2:25 am |
  12. Roger Cayo

    Why is it that President Obama can stack his home town meetings with people to ask already scripted questions the media says that is alright but when the citizens of the community show up and ask some pointed questions, they are called a mob. Now are we going to a person over looking our freedom of speech.

    August 7, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  13. Jack Barker

    Nobody has health Ins. that is worth 2 cents. Your co pays will be more than you could ever pay when you have to use it for a major Hosp. stay. You have no choice of Ins., you get what your employer gets for you. Most employers are now making you pay some of the cost and add on your familey you will pay even more. Get out of work and you have no Ins unless you can pay $1,000 a month for it. The only way is for Gov. Ins. that will cover you all the time working or not. Get rid of the profit Ins. Co. make and reduce the cost by Billions.

    August 10, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  14. Jack Barker

    People who are happy with their Health Ins. are living in NEVER NEVER LAND they have no idea how much it will cost them to use it. Try keeping your house or paying rent and food while you are sick & no moines coming in, and pay all those co-pays you have to pay.

    August 10, 2009 at 1:11 pm |
  15. Sarah Meachen

    Tony, you asked why are people so uninformed and confused about the health care bill development. From comments from townhall meetings there is a stated belief that a bill has been developed. Perhaps cnn can help public understand status of the development process of legislation and where this bill is now in that process. Its a civic lesson?

    August 11, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  16. M.Felton

    Please! someone ask the next interviewed senator about the federal employees Health Benefits Program the they enjoy. The taxpayer pays a large part of their premiums and it works great for them.

    August 11, 2009 at 1:28 pm |
  17. Tom Relles

    Dear Tony,
    During your segment on Pres. Obama's healthcare forum today,
    you made a point about the fact that the Healthcare bill has not
    been finalized. The public is objecting to a plan that Congress
    has not be able to give us the details. The last time the passed
    a 1500 page bill that most never ever read and 500 pages were
    and at 3 AM in morning which the House leader never allowed
    the public to comment about. That what I am concerned about
    a long with many citizens. Congress wants to pass with major
    bill without explaining why we need a complete overhaul and not
    just fix things. I guess California is different because we have
    insurance portability, Corba and pre-condition coverage.
    Tom relles

    August 11, 2009 at 3:11 pm |
  18. WMSD

    While one can't fact check a predictive claim about the healthcare proposal, one should still recognize that some of the public is wary about the Federal Goovernment's IN-ability to stay true to it's original vision. Look at the TARP program as one recent example. Approved for one purpose and in a matter of months, altered or attempted alterations were made to it. Look at Social Security. Originally for everyone then in the late 70's it was modified to exclude teachers, fireman, etc. I simply don't trust the government to do what it says. Hence debate of what the healthcare program could morph into is valid debate to me. We must sensibly anticipate what may go wrong when we make such bills. Failure to do so leads to unmanaged and unaffordable programs in the future.

    August 12, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  19. Sally James

    I believe we need some health care reform, the goverment
    should be in control of very little. Deal with the insurance
    companies, and drug companies. I am on an antirejection drug
    it was costing me $290 a month FDA decided we could get the
    generic made by the same drug company, I now pay $10 a
    month. Canada had the drug long before the USA decided to
    use it. Just one example of how the drug companies control
    our lives. My insurance company did not want to pay for these
    drugs, finally they agreed after much stress on my part and my
    drugiest . Thanks for listening Sally

    August 12, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  20. L.T., Los Angeles

    CNN's reporters keep saying: What's the fuss? Supposedly, "There is NO one bill." The implication appears to be: there is nothing yet to protest. You couldn't be more wrong!!!

    If the public doesn’t weigh in on the potential impact of the various provisions of the PROPOSED bills, the most egregious of these may be folded into the final "one" bill, based on the individual political proclivities and biases of members of Congress.

    Congress, 8.5 million federal employees, and the Prez have THEIR coverage - they won't have to change to ours! I’ve been a legislative analyst - and have read HR3200... There so many upsetting provisions under consideration that the American public MUST respond to them. If we don't, Congress and the POTUS will simply enact those the majority likes, WITHOUT input from those who will have to live with the final bill.

    Don't be so dismissive of the public's concerns. We need to be heard and now is the time, BEFORE the final ONE bill is shaped!!!

    August 12, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  21. W Gentry

    I would like to know what is going to be cut from MEDICARE to save the billiions of dollers being debated.

    I watch CNN

    August 12, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  22. W Gentry

    I want to know what is going to be cut from Medicare? Medicare is seldon mentioned at the town meetings and except for the fact that there will be a cut it is not debated on CNN. I am now paying almost $600. per month for my husband and I. This is for Medicare and the suppliment we need. We do not have Medicare Part D as we can pay for medician with the premiums charged.

    If payments to doctors and hospitals are cut any more I fear a lot of doctors will not take patients on Medicare. There are some that will not take it now.
    Will Medicare stay or will seniors be able to pick from the menu?

    August 12, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  23. Donald Noehre

    Tony – I think you are one of the best on CNN. It would be nice if you could do less looking forward to a story and just cover the story. I feel that the coverage of health care is not fully covering the positive side. It seems that the unenformed make it to the screen and not the people that need to have their storires told. I do beleave the the Republican party is mostly the party of no change and ranker. The Republican that support health reform are in the vast minority in there party. I personally have three insurance programs, Medicare because of my age, Tricare for Life because of my service, and a private insurance for a former emplor that I contrubited to for over fifteen years.

    We need reform because we the insured are paying for those that do not have health insurance and accordingly we pay more. A plan run by a group of insures with government suppervision where you pay what you can and no one is excluded to cover both health, dental, vision, and hearing is the only answer.

    August 12, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  24. Chase

    I don't know why you gave that Cardin fellow his 15 minutes of fame, he's complaining about the deficit even though he admits to having voted Republican in recent years. Just because his boys messed up the economy doesn't mean Obama shouldn't be able to attempt at progess. What needs to be done to get out of a recession is put money into programs and take preventative measures to make sure our country comes out stronger. I don't understand why these people don't get it. They are on television disgracing the democratic process by yelling over eachother, making Americans look like savages. That is not America, they are not representative of Americans.

    August 13, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
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