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August 31st, 2009
09:11 AM ET

Bus Tours for and against health care reform

Tony Harris speaks to activists on both sides of the health care debate as they hit the road to drive home their points. Check out the videos below:


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  1. Al

    Like senator Frank did the other day I will asnwer question with a question. What would Christ do about this matter? HINT! I'm my brothers Keeper!!

    August 31, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  2. Angie

    The tea party "Anti" Obama Health Care reform still carry signs of lies.
    Lie number #1: Health care reform pulls the plug on grandma.
    According to Fact check, that statement is a Big Lie.
    Lie number #2: Health care reform has government interfering with health care.
    According to Fact Check, that statement is a lie.
    These are only a few of the Tea Party's "Anti Obama" "Anti a black president" "Anti a democratic president".
    The tea party are big LIARS!!!!

    August 31, 2009 at 10:50 am |
  3. Ann

    We need to speak up and let our voices be heard. We need to take our health into our own hands. The only long-term effective solution to health care reform is preventative medicine. Luckily, there are several online tools, such as Holosfitness.com, that can help you to get in shape, stay in shape, and lead a healthy lifestyle. Holosfitness.com has hundreds of exercises listed with step-by-step instruction, all of which are posted for free. The site also has a wide array of fitness, exercise and nutrition-related information.

    August 31, 2009 at 11:33 am |
  4. Lenny

    There are currently 3 options for healthcare reform:

    1. Do nothing: This is the MOST expensive option. Medicare will be broke in no time and healthcare costs will consume more than half of the budget.

    2. Adopt the republican plan: $5,000 deductible tax-credit per family. This will cost OVER 3 TRILLION in 10 years. Multiply $5000 by 66 million families for 10 years = $3.3 trillion. The lack of a public option means large insurance companies will buy out the smaller competitors and guarantee huge increases in premiums. If the tax-credit given to employers is withdrawn, employers will find alternative tax shelters to there will be very little gain in that regard.

    3. Pass something close to HR 3200 (democratic plan). CBO shows one version of this is bill is budget neutral and will actually lead to a SURPLUS of over $60 billion in its 10th year. The ONLY way to stop health insurance companies from escalating premiums is to have a strong public option in this plan.

    This is a synopsis of what the debate is about (not Sarah Palin death panels or pulling plugs on grandma). There will be no long-term financial stability without healthcare reform. Reform has to happen, one way or the other.

    August 31, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  5. Richana

    I am totally dumb founded by this debate. A person with common sense and feelings would realize that the reason things are so expensive is due to the fact that the average American who works and pays for insurance do not get what they pay for. In this type of disease filled society you would think that healthcare for all would be the logical way to keep cost down in the years to come. It would keep those of us who use the emergency room for primary care to actually get the basic care the a human deserves. People are dying because they can't afford the cost of there perscriptions or they are turned away from clinics because they have no insurance. Children are left in the dark because there parents don't make enough to purchase basic insurance and the system may say that they make too much to qualify for help; however the family struggles just to get by. Life should not be about who has the most money and how much you can pay just for the basic needs. Life should be about family and love.

    August 31, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  6. Bruce from Newport Beach, CA

    The protestors need to realize how their take home pay is hurt by skyrocketing health insurance costs. The public option will make private insurers carefull about raising premiums and losing customers to the NEW competition.

    August 31, 2009 at 3:11 pm |
  7. Mary

    I do not think healthcare, if passed, should be named after Kennedy. Regardless of the comments made about how great he was, made by individuals who liked him, not everyone in the USA liked him. If healthcare is going to be for America, then it should be named after no one. Prior to Kennedy's death, it was just called Healthcare Reform, I like that name.

    August 31, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  8. Chris

    It should be plain to everyone now that the Obama clan wants to "give" healthcare to all of those poor black people who voted for him. This is nothing more than a payback for those votes and more retribution for slavery. Those days are past and nothing more is owed.

    August 31, 2009 at 8:13 pm |
  9. James of Aspen Hills

    President Obama recently said in a Montana town hall meeting that he'd pay for health-care reform by "eliminating about $177 billion over 10 years" for "what's called Medicare Advantage." And it was two days before when he told a Colorado town hall he'd cover "two-thirds" of the "roughly $900 billion" of his plan's cost by "eliminating waste," again citing Medicare Advantage.

    But what is “Medicare Advantage"? Medicare Advantage was enacted in 2003 to allow seniors to use Medicare funds to buy private insurance plans that fit their needs and their budgets. They get better care and better value for their money.

    Medicare Advantage also has built-in incentives to encourage insurers to offer lower costs and better benefits. It's a program that puts patients in charge, not the government, which is why seniors like it and probably why the administration hates it.

    Already, an estimated 10.2 million seniors—one out of five in America—have enrolled in Medicare Advantage. Mr. Obama is proposing to cut the program by nearly 20% and thus reduce the amount of money each will have to buy insurance. This action will likely force most of them to lose the insurance they have now. Yet Mr. Obama promised in late July in New Hampshire that, "if you like your health-care plan, you can keep your health-care plan."... Now what are we really to believe?

    August 31, 2009 at 9:25 pm |
  10. Jeanna

    Medicare Advantage is another well thought out rip-off created by the rich Republican Insurance representatives in our congress. It enables the insurance companies to suck even more money from the public, creating an even greater vacuum at the caregiver end. Do away with this unnecessary BS and direct the excess money towards more Dr.s RNs and facilities. What kind of sense does it make to have 2 policies, the only possible purpose is to create an elite class that receives superior care over the lower class. The more money you have, the better our Congress and health care providers treat you.

    September 1, 2009 at 8:36 am |
  11. Mary

    Medicare Advantage. I pay $188.00 a month for a medicare advantage policy. This plan includes a prescription plan. This plan pays based on medicare-approved services. If the service is not approved by medicare, the plan does not pay. In order to have the medicare advantage plan, I must be enrolled in original medicare. For original medicare, I pay $96.50 a month. There are still deductibles and co-pays associated with the medicare advantage plan. And there are many services not covered because medicare does not approve them. In having the medicare advantage plan, I CANNOT USE MY ORIGINAL MEDICARE FOR WHICH I PAY $96.50 A MONTH, AND I AM FORBIDDEN BY LAW TO BUY A MEDIGAP POLICY (IF I HAVE MEDICARE ADVANTAGE) TO PAY FOR SERVICES NOT COVERED BY THIS ADVANTAGE POLICY. SO LET'S SEE, I PAY $284.50 A MONTH, $96.50 OF WHICH GOES TO MEDICARE, WHICH I AM UNABLE TO USE FOR ANYTHING, AND I STILL PAY DEDUCTIBLES AND CO-PAYS. WHERE IS THE $96.50 A MONTH GOING? I DON'T KNOW, NO ONE WILL TELL ME. I THINK MAYBE TO THE ADVANTAGE PLAN FROM MEDICARE? MEDICARE IS GOVERNMENT RUN AND MEDICARE ADVANTAGE IS GOVERNMENT SUPPORTED. SO, TELL ME AGAIN WHY I WOULD WANT THE GOVERNMENT TO FURTHER RUN MY HEALTH CARE? I don't know about anyone else, but I CANNOT AFFORD THE GOVERNMENT TO RUN ANYTHING ELSE FOR ME.

    September 1, 2009 at 1:58 pm |
  12. James of Aspen Hills

    This response is for Jeanna. Jeanna, there are a lot of elderly people out there who will strongly disagree with you. Be very, very careful, or the Republicians will soon regain the House and Senate, courtesy of our Senior Cirizens!

    September 1, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  13. Johanna T.

    No way can the clowns in washington pull off a health care plan.
    The people running the I.R.S. don't pay their taxes, the post office is a joke, v.a. health system is a mess of red tape., SO PLEASE STAY OUT OF MY HEALTH CARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 1, 2009 at 6:40 pm |
  14. gloria

    I wish the bus would come to my neighborhood. almost 50% of my neighbors are unemployed, lost healthcare and holding on to their homes. This country will see an influx of homelessness due to the greed factor of the entire population that is fighting against doing whats right for the people who actually sweat to make this country run. Come to my neighborhood and talk to people who are really hurting and struggling, not the ones who still have jobs and don't care until it happens to them!

    September 2, 2009 at 10:10 am |
  15. Jeanna

    Why are we making the elderly pay more for the gaps in their health care coverage, when their shouldn't be a gap at all? The whole health care industry is built around insurance, so for the retired to have worry free coverage they must purchase more insurance to fill in the gaps. How clever for our free market run health care to make sure the elderly keep paying up until their very death into the giant health insurance industry?
    This whole notion that the UK and Canada are dissatisfied with their NHS is a US media generated lie. If you would go to major blogs on the subject in these aforementioned countries, you would read how most of those populations think we are backwards, ill-informed or just plain stupid for believing they would want to change to our type of plan. They are no envious of our health care system.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:58 am |
  16. L Adams

    Most of the people here complaining about "the Government" don't have a clue. Your lucky to have a government that has kept your behind safe, free, and allow you to travel on the best roads, best parks, live in the best country on the planet, give you the right to selfishly complain about everything no matter how ignorant, ridicules, or inflammatory it may be, give me a break, to quote Barney Frank, "What planet have you been living on???? All you want to do is take, take, take, and never give.

    September 2, 2009 at 12:59 pm |
  17. MR.AL

    Ive listen to town meetings and coments from both sides and the tour bus circuit. I still believe this three ring circus has been caused by special intrest groups.They have gotten America scared!!! Our lawmakers also have contributed to this circus. They have put a scare into America.But what makes me laugh is that their health care is free and Americans pay for it. I can see why Repulicans don't want change!!!

    September 2, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  18. Parthenia

    The only thing that has been standing in the way of successfully structuring health care legislation is the larger issue of the economy. The whole world could see that the economy had hit bottom. Now the whole world can see that the economy is getting better. The whole world can see that there are excellent plans for health care to continue – think of Medicare for all ages. There's no room for pessimism in these encouraging circumstances. Let's be optimistic!

    September 3, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  19. George

    Do we really want the Government to get control of the health care? Even if you think this administration is will do what you want their popularity is quickly declining. This would mean that after we turn it over to them we would have someone like BUSH running the health care system. I don't want that.

    September 3, 2009 at 7:08 pm |
  20. skysoldier

    I find it puzzling that there is no comment about the growing controversy surrounding ‘Green Czar’, Van Jones. The self proclaimed communist, and co-founder of the ‘Revolutionary Movement’ for the overthrow of the American Government, “Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement”. (STORM)

    September 4, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  21. Ruben

    It almost seems like America regrets Voting President Obama into the White house. Everything he does gets critized ten times harder than any other President. And it's not even good criticism. the hope in this, it seems, is to belittle the President and to remind him of his place. America should be grateul that it has such an inspiring president focusing on education and especially young people. The student who wrote earlier is blinded and brain washed by ideology and I hope for his/her sake that he/she becomes a little more open minded in this day and age. for narrow mindedness has brought our country nowhere. President Raegan did it, no problem; both President Bushes did it, no problem; why is it a problem only for this President?

    September 4, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  22. Shelia Lohr

    I had health insurance until they told my employer to get rid of me.

    September 7, 2009 at 12:21 pm |
  23. Carolyn

    The president should have begun reform with the big insurance companies by launching an investigation into their lavish salaries, bonuses and practices. They need to each be reviewed to determine if they areiin compliance with the federal regulations that apply to them and then, monitored constantly.

    Our premiums are to be invested for us to offset legitimate rising healthcare costs. Not, give bonus trips to Belize for salesmen.

    September 8, 2009 at 2:26 pm |
  24. Stein

    Canada is first world country with first world infra-structure, and take care for its people; among other good things, we have public health care and we appreciate it.
    For us it is not business, it is EVERY Canadian necessity and right!

    I see people working modest jobs, but I know that they are safe if they get sick...I know that if one of my kids loose job, their family will still be able to go to the doctor.

    Ask Canadians, Germans or Britishs if they want private care??? I don't think so.

    I had heart attack, a co-worker went twice for cancer surgery & treatment, another wrist ganglion cysts removal, and grandma had joint replacement; none of us paid for anything.

    Don't think that we are on the unfortunate side, all of us have good job (except for grandma); I'm a foreign lawyer.
    Here, we value equality! Thanks GOD I'm Canadian!

    Americans, that's one of the reasons we pay tax:-), to get those things in return.

    How can some American politicians say that public health care will destroy the insurances?
    Remind the Republicans, that businesses will adapt; they will find another way to make money FROM Americans...even the Chinese already learned, huh?:-)

    September 8, 2009 at 9:46 pm |
  25. Maria

    Compare below if Public Health Care is killing Grandma in Canada:

    Canada — Life Expectancy: 78 years (men), 83 years (women)

    United States — Life Expectancy: 74.37 male, 80.05 female

    Republicans are idiot!

    September 8, 2009 at 9:57 pm |
  26. Stein

    Canada is first world country with first world infra-structure, and take care for its people; among other good things, we have public health care and we appreciate it.
    For us it is not business, it is EVERY Canadian necessity and right!

    I see people working modest jobs, but I know that they are safe if they get sick...I know that if one of my kids loose job, their family will still be able to go to the doctor.

    Ask Canadians, Germans or British if they want private care??? I don't think so.

    I had heart attack, a co-worker went twice for cancer surgery & treatment, another wrist ganglion cysts removal, and grandma had joint replacement; none of us paid for anything.

    Don't think that we are on the unfortunate side, all of us have good job (except for grandma); I'm a foreign lawyer.
    Here, we value equality! Thanks GOD I'm Canadian!

    Americans, that's one of the reasons we pay tax:-), to get those things in return.

    How can some American politicians say that public health care will destroy the insurances?
    Remind the Republicans, that businesses will adapt; they will find another way to make money FROM Americans...even the Chinese already learned, huh?:-)

    September 8, 2009 at 9:59 pm |
  27. Maria

    According to Google:

    United States — Life Expectancy: 74.37 male, 80.05 female

    Canada — Life Expectancy: 78 years (men), 83 years (women)

    United Kingdom — Life Expectancy: 75.13 male, 80.66 female

    Germany — Life Expectancy: 74.47 male, 80.92 female

    I don't thin Canadian Public Health Care is killing grandmas.

    September 8, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  28. Vivian Johnston

    Please!!! Put your logical thinking caps on and leave the emotional and rumored rhetoric alone. Think for yourself. The key word is LISTEN!!!

    September 9, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  29. Vivian Johnston

    Chris, You are just what we don't need. It's obvious that you should have listened to the Presidents speech because you need sensitivity training and a Big dose of reality and History. First, try reading the history of slavery then read about the history of the white man concerning the Indians. After consuming all that knowledge you should then, apologize to everyone for your blatant lack of sensitivity and ignorance. Believe me, This truth will set YOU free. And have a good Day!!!!

    September 9, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  30. Vivian Johnston

    Ann, You are right on the money. We need to start being responsible for our own health. We are such gluttons that we put ourselves at risk not to mention our children. There needs to be consequences for anyone whose doctor has given them the tools for better health. I was such a person until my beautiful holistic Dr. gave me all that was necessary to live a healthy life. Yes, it was difficult at first, but, gradually I was proud of my new lifestyle and my good health check-ups. Thank you and have a Healthy Day!!!

    September 9, 2009 at 12:23 pm |
  31. Jack Zaranek

    The private health insurance industry takes 25 to 30 percent off the top from your premium dollars and this has nothing to do with the health care you get. The government plans take about 4 percent or less off the top so you can get the same health care for at least 20 percent less cost with the government option or single payer like Medicare. Medicare costs have increased much less than the private plans over the past few years. Anything less than a public option means no control over health care costs in the future. This is a no brainer.

    September 9, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  32. michael falayi

    Tony,thanks for the show.am a nursing assistance and i work over 60hrs a week i dont even have health insurance.A lot of time am even scared to go to the hospital.the republican re selfish all they think about is politics even if its going t cost the countr a fortune.one day some of them will lose tere job and they will lose there healthcare along with it.then they will understand the importance of Obama in our political system.

    September 10, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  33. donna

    Tony, Thank God for the people who are questioning the health care bill and want specific details. This bill will dramatically impact every American in many ways. I am still confused on how Americans will pay for this and what will be defined as wasteful spending.
    Thank you, Donna-Hampton,Ga.

    September 10, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  34. J Smith

    I also thought there wasn't anything wrong with health care until I got diagnosed with a brain tumor and got laid off in May. I have checked with every insurance company and NO insurance company will insure me because of my pre-existing brain tumor. I am fearful that I will not be able to get a job before my Cobra runs out. So, for those of you that are happy with your current insurance, pray that you do not get diagnosed with a brain tumor and lose your job.

    September 10, 2009 at 12:57 pm |
  35. Kurt

    Anyone going to ask about ACORN supporting "prostitutes" evade taxes!?!?!!? Doesn't ACORN in some control of the Census? Isn't ACORN getting billions of our tax payers $$$!?!?!?! Where is the media? Hell, where is congressional investigations!?!?

    September 10, 2009 at 2:49 pm |
  36. StephanJade

    Cool story as for me. It would be great to read something more concerning this matter.

    October 21, 2009 at 4:14 pm |