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August 12th, 2009
09:23 AM ET

GOP Reaction to Pres. Obama's Town Hall

We spent most of our first hour and a chunk of our second in Portsmouth, New Hampshire yesterday, for President Obama's health care town hall.

Right after, Kyra brought in Rep. Pete Olson (R – Texas) - to go point-by-point on some of the town hall Q&A.



soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. idella

    I feel most of the opposition is from the right , people alined with Rush and the Republicans that want to see pres. Obama fail at all cost no matter what the issue is.

    The truth is we all need health insurance and good health care.
    the people who do not want it has it and can afford it . For the rest of us they do not care. In this country we pay taxes that should entitle all Americas to free or affordable heath care.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:02 am |
  2. Bryan

    I keep hearing that we are becoming a socialist country.I didn't realize that all the other industrialized nations were socialist counties.Just because we would have national health care dosen't mean you are socialist.You also have to have the goverment plan to force the price down for everybody.Also they are not talking about taking anyones health care.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:04 am |
  3. Matt Jessup

    If I could attend a town hall meeting, I would ask Obama. Why, are large retailers, such as Wal-Mart and Safeway, supporting your health care agenda? I spent five months on a picket line fighting Safeway’s new business format modeled after Wal-Mart. What are these big box retailers going to gain? Is my current health care plan negotiated by my union going to gain or lose? I smell a rat! These companies don’t care about people only profits.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  4. Linda Keeling

    The Republicans are doing a disservice to the public by disrupting the town hall meeting. Crowd pychology always causes a group to react to the most assertive. One person can disrupt a large group and that is what they, the Republicans were working for. It apparentlly is important for them to misinform and misdirect because they can not give meaningful alternitives.

    Give the public the correct information and they will make a correct decision. That is American.

    August 12, 2009 at 10:26 am |
  5. Sharon Robinson

    WHAT SCARES ME ABOUT HEALTH CARE? The perverse way white folks are "hiding" behiind their so-called concern about the bill when in actuality 80% are ignorant to the particulars of the reform bill AND are blindly accepting DEM 'GOOD OLE BOYS' sabotage, false inuenndo,scare tactics and lies.What's SOOOO apparent is that these "so-called" town mtgs offer these racist a 'legitimate' out to vent their hatred at Black President Obama-in the name of healthcare reform.The media is well aware of white america's ignorance on humane issues–still.More than half of these'planted protesters' would benefit themselves from reform!BUT racial hatred overrides this reality and supply these ignorant,bigoted folks an avenue to blow off steam they've probably been holdin' since November!! Where was all this CONCERN when Bush sent your children into a war that was really NONE OF OUR BUSINESS?Why weren't u in the streets after 911 and Katrina??? These aren't discussions-these are 21st century KLAN mtgs–

    August 12, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  6. lawrence adams

    Kyra, you got it right, these people are prime for "Jerry Springer".Uneducated, exploited by their leaders, and in fear of retribution from people they have discriminated against. Everyone isn't as greedy, selfish, hateful and bigoted as they sound. One guy sounded like a drunk.

    August 12, 2009 at 1:19 pm |
  7. Kathleen Parr

    I was listening to you today , I think you owe the people of this country an apology, comparing US citizens to the Jerry Springer show is uncalled for. What concerns me the most , is your complete concern for Obama Health Care Reform , not the Peoples Health Care Reform.

    August 12, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  8. Kenny J Clements

    Hello:You are a smart level headed TV host.It must scare you to death to see those crazy people at those meetings.There are a lot of good Americans but you would never know it by looking at thse people making fools of themselvesThey would bring back the Salem Witch Hunts if they could.

    August 12, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  9. cherie

    How do I say this? If a leader, a commander of chief, emporer, king etc, is really interested in the Health & Welfare of his people would he not then just take an oath and put their hand on the Bible and "Solemly Swear to protect yadda, yadda, take a real stand and act instead of listening to endless barder and dissatisfaction, still willing to put the golden cow before the real needs of the people? Did not Casear, did not Alexander the Great did not Moses act with real sincere regaurd and say " All the World should be taxed? I am the greatest warrior , or let my people go. Why cant our leader say free health care for everyone? Make goverment workers out of your doctors and other health care providers and move on to the next great thing besides endless chatter and anger that will kill you faster than your illness? Make sense of the Golden Cow theroy.

    August 12, 2009 at 2:46 pm |
  10. Stephanie

    This is horribly non-news related, but does anyone know where Kyra got that amazing necklace she's wearing on today's broadcast?!

    August 12, 2009 at 2:53 pm |
  11. JuniorVargas

    i like how his doing his town hall meeting.. but use in the city of Mendota CA. where we latinos grow food to feed the whole world is just being push to aside. we need lots of help food banks its not helping our latino people. i as a citizen of california we need obama to just take a trip or even CNN to help use get him here and see whats going on in our county. so i hope people relize that california needs help in Mendota CA were latino's wont to work there fields again. thanks

    August 12, 2009 at 2:58 pm |
  12. Jerry Gahan

    Republicans once again demonstrate that they place corporate profits ahead of public good.

    August 12, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  13. Kathleen Parr

    I can say one thing , I hope Nancy Pelosi's time is up soon, what will Obama do if health care reform isnt taken care of before, she leaves office? The people on this site only think of Obama, Obama , Obama,Pelosi, Pelosi , Pelosi. We the people who make town hall meetings for health care reform , would like to be listened to, not categorized, you are like Jerry Springer people , or democrat or republican, close the doors to this country and lets live off this beautiful land, that doesnt even belong to us anymore, let the latinos grow their crops, give them what they want, at least they love this land.

    August 12, 2009 at 8:10 pm |
  14. Paul Coe

    Private Insurance companies are happy to let sick patients die because that saves money for compensating executives with outrageous bonues.

    See article below from 2007... This type of situation happens in America all the time.

    CNA Releases Statement on Tragic Sarkysian CasePosted by Shum Preston on December 21, 2007 – 2:10pm

    ‘Cigna Should Have Listened to Her DoctorsAnd Approved the Transplant a Week Ago’

    The California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee today blasted insurance giant CIGNA for failing to approve a liver transplant one week earlier for listen to 17-year-old Nataline Sarkisyan, who tragically died last night just hours after CIGNA relented and agreed to the procedure following a massive national outcry.

    On Dec. 11, four leading physicians, including the surgical director of the Pediatric Liver Transplant Program at UCLA, wrote to CIGNA urging the company to reverse its denial. The physicians said that Nataline “currently meets criteria to be listed as Status 1A” for a transplant. They also challenged CIGNA’s denial which the company said occurred because their benefit plan “does not cover experimental, investigational and unproven services,” to which the doctors replied, “Nataline’s case is in fact none of the above.”

    “So what happened between December 11, when CIGNA denied the transplant, and December 19 when they approved? A huge outpouring of protest and CIGNA’s public humiliation. Why didn’t they just listen to the medical professionals at the bedside in the first place?” asked Geri Jenkins, RN, a member of the CNA/NNOC Council of Presidents who works in a transplant unit at the University of California San Diego Medical Center.

    On Thursday, CIGNA was bombarded with phone calls to its offices across the country while a rally sponsored by CNA/NNOC, with the substantial help of the local Armenian community, drew 150 people to the Glendale offices of CIGNA – all of which produced the turnaround by CIGNA to finally reverse its prior denial of care.

    CNA/NNOC Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro called the final outcome “a horrific tragedy that demonstrates what is so fundamentally wrong with our health care system today. Insurance companies have a stranglehold on our health. Their first priority is to make profits for their shareholders – and the way they do that is by denying care.”

    “It is simply not possible to organize major protests every time a multi-billion corporation like CIGNA denies care that has been recommended by a physician,” DeMoro said. “Having insurance is not the same as receiving needed care. We need a fundamental change in our healthcare system that takes control away from the insurance giants and places it where it belongs – in the hands of the medical professionals, the patients, and their families.”

    August 12, 2009 at 11:28 pm |
  15. cecil

    Where are the facts in this debate? Why are we race bating? Everyone knows that the cost of health care is out of control. Who can afford medicine without a insurance policy or a drug card? The American people lose if we don't have reform. All the Republicans do is create drama. Were is there solution to the problem? Why is cnn not reporting on the facts? I will pray for America......God knows we need help

    August 13, 2009 at 2:30 am |
  16. Gary

    Kyra, can you find me a answer???? How can the unemployment rate dip when the following week its reported that the new jobless claims are up....Healthcare Reform is very inportant, But we must get the economy back on track, Congress/President need to put their efforts on the economy and help for the unemployed who will exhaust or have already exhausted their unemployment benefits

    August 13, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  17. khumbu

    Kyra i want to participate on the 30 Second Job pitch,please advise how i go about it {...}

    August 13, 2009 at 2:44 pm |
  18. RA Jones


    Please pass this on to Nicole (the young lady from NC looking for a job in education). There "is" a way around the typical "Complete an application and we'll keep it on file." I have "been there – done that" with that process when I first applied for a teaching job in NC. I suggest that there may be a whole in which applications drop through and the school principals may never see some applications. Since the principal at each school is the one person that makes the decision to hire an applicant, Nicole may improve her chances significantly if she goes to the source. I recommend that she make sure she has the best possible resume she can prepare and mail a copy to the principal at every school at which she is willing to work.


    RA Jones

    August 13, 2009 at 2:44 pm |
  19. Alan D Simpson


    This will be short and to the point.
    #1 Lawmakers don't want health care for all.REASON theirs is already paid for by us,The American tax payer.
    #2 Special intrest groups don't because they will loose money
    #3 Sara Palin I don't know what she wants time will tell.
    #4 John McCaine he just wants to vote NO on anything Mr.Obama proposes.
    #5 Dick Cheney he said he is going to rebuild the G.O.P he needs to stay home and count his billions just like GW.Bush.


    August 13, 2009 at 11:28 pm |
  20. a picture worth a thousand words

    If you cant tell that the woman with the Rosa Parks poster was a plant you are crazy. Why was she coming in the side door? It was obvious that she was late to the meeting how did she get a seat right up front? If her poster was rolled up how did people see what was on it, there was not enough time for people to see it and start telling her to put it up. Watch the video she said the man grabbed her arm and shoved her onto her sister,. You can see space between her and her sister the whole time, if he shoved her the way she said you would have been able to see her at least move. And a major point...... if there had been signs there that said the things she said they did it would have been plastered all over the news BIG TIME. Her whole story is total BS.

    August 14, 2009 at 2:48 am |
  21. mildred

    I joined AARP today because of the lies the republicans have been putting out their/ I have no health insurance cannot afford it / I just got a bill for the emergency room here in Mckinney for $9,203.45, for my daughter being there for 7 hours, they gave her a show, an IV, and MRI and sent me a bill , no ambulance I had to take her there my self in my car. WE NEED HEALTH CARE REFORM NOW. The republicans are rich beyond compare and they do not care about anything but money. Rush is about the money, the strange human ann colter is about the money and Newt is about the money, the Insurance companies are about the money. They have walked in greed on this earth but the fires of hell is where they will awaken. They are greedy beyond normal understanding and they will do and say anything to keep the money coming. their real reward awaits them. I am struggling and I know many more are for health care now.

    August 14, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  22. Rene

    We need health care reform, but Obama's plan doesn't offer health care reform, no refinement of malpractice insurance costs, the fed says it will add to the national debt. Why won't he take the time to create a good healthcare bill? What's the hurry? It won't help the people who are sick and won't get treatment – they still won't get the "high-end" treatment. Well, unless they are a member of congress. Why no indications of exactly how this plan will work from the White House? We need reform, not just different names on the bills. It's going to cost money. Lots of money. Can we have jobs first, as I remember most jobs have a plan. If you can't work, more people with jobs could help, but we don't have enough medium-high wage jobs to afford this – yet. When we do, we can afford it. Is this really that difficult?

    August 14, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  23. Kathleen Parr

    Why is this Obama's Health Insurance Reform, his plan, why is there a divide between democrat and republican ? Why are immigrants getting aid, go back to your country. Why should medicare run out of money, all of us people whether we are democrats or republicans if we worked we paid into ss and medicare, also, we are taxpayers, who are paying for , local , city, county, state and federal government positions, do these people in office pay into SS and medicare , I dont think so, we the people pay for their insurance, their pensions, and lets not forget the consultants and lobbyist, Obama , Pelosi , Reid and the entire banking committee, maybe we should all start smoking , like the retired German people do. Lets close the doors to this country and get our auto industry back , close the doors to the other countries, maybe then we can have Health Care. This is such a country of definement, stop knocking Sarah Palin, when you can walk in her shoes, then you have the right to knock her. When you walk inOprahs shoes then you have the right to knock her. I would like to know if Obama has collected all the back taxes from all of his cabinet, maybe we would have more funds for welfare.

    August 15, 2009 at 8:38 am |
  24. Raquel Gonzalez D.Ph.

    I need to know how patients are going to get their prescriptions filled when HR 3200 puts all retail Drugs Stores out of business? In Sec. 1741
    Payments to Pharmacists, the 130% multiplier is drastically low reimbursement and needs to be raised to 300% (85% of the drugs
    we sell are low cost generics). According to my calculations, I will
    not be able to cover Pharmacy costs and the retail store I manage will
    be forced out of business!!

    August 15, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  25. We The People

    One thing is for sure, we NEED to stop spending money!! I say no to any health care reform that will cost us money. What we should do is find a way to lower costs in the medical field as well as allowing employers to find insurance providers anywhere they can. This way the insurance companies are forced to compete thus lowering costs.

    August 17, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  26. Larry Winters

    Questions: Do the democratic health proposals being considered include the following and if not, why not?
    1) Include tort reform to lower health care costs?
    2) Allow NEW enrollment in private insurance plans in future years?
    3) Enact availabllity of private health insurance plans across state lines to increase competition?
    Thanks Tony

    August 17, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  27. Daryl Belton

    I feel that the government should just say out of peoples personal lives and follow the guidelines of the constitution that was orignally intended. This health care reform is not going to do anything but create more government intursion into peoples personal affairs. This reform is going to start out as a lure of good intentions. Then its going to turn into a bait and switch! Money issues are going to start to become a problem and the rationing of health care will start to exist. Take for example the already existing government health programs involving war veterans(VA) and the medicare and medicaid service. I wonder if any one remembers the incident a few years ago concerning the Walter Reid situation where the hospital conditions were appaualling. They had rodents, peeling paint, moled and mildew among paients. Nothing was done about it until it was exposed by the media! My opinion is, don't listen to those politians fairy tale of perfect harmony! Be responsible for your own health! Seek medical attention if you need it.

    August 17, 2009 at 1:10 pm |