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November 3rd, 2009
01:14 PM ET

Democrats' Health Care Bill

The House Democrats' health care bill is up. Democrats say the bill will cost $894 billion over 10 years. Want to know more? You can read about the bill here and tune in to CNN in the 1ET hour while Josh Levs breaks down some of the key sections.

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  1. Tony - Lafayette, LA

    Whatever it is, Americans still deserve better. Why shouldn't Americans have a single payer plan and the quality of healthcare that the rest of the industrialized world has? Oh, yeah...our politicians are representing their own pocketbooks and not us. Here we go bringing up the rear again – 50 years behind the rest of the world. There is a lot of blood on a lot of hands in D.C.

    November 3, 2009 at 1:24 pm |
  2. ken

    The democratic health care bill does nothing for the presently insured except raise our premiums 25%. What it does do is mandate negotiated rates which will increase payments to doctors, hospitals and health insurance companies and allow premiums to increase up to 25%. It will put people making up to 30k per year on medicaid which will raise federal and state taxes . It will mandate more services, and provide more drugs which will increase premiums and taxes for all. Premiums need to be frozen for the presently insured, and the uninsured should be allowed to receive medicare and pay at rates based on income levels up to 10% of gross income.

    November 3, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  3. Diana NJ

    Ken, are you not aware that the Insurnace companies raised each year without adding service.... For my husband and I they reaised the month premium $210 a month..and this is an HMO.... so it went up to almost $19,000..

    November 3, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  4. Jeff in Key West

    I would like to see stories done on Insurance Company Profits and how health care decision are made based on profit margins. I would also like to see how much money is going to each politician from the health insurance industry. Anyone who has had a serious injury/claim has likely a story of frustration and battles. I'm 46, severely broke my leg and am still fighting the insurance company on my claim. I have a co-working who similar terrible experience and is still going through it. People who have only had cold and flu type care and dealings with insurance companies THINK they have good care. I know I'm not the only one who has had to battle the insurance company to get what they contracted to provide. I also wonder what happens to those people who are older and don't have the energy to fight the insurance companies and give up. It's wrong and people need to know. Please do deeper stories and hold these people accountable. If those "profits" could go towards health CARE and not profits, that could make a real difference.

    November 3, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  5. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    For the people thats scared of this bill need not worry too much because you know darn well that the next Republican president is going make a new version of this bill .

    November 4, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  6. James Robert Brown

    I think the republicans both House & Senate and those so called Blue Dog Democrats should have their health insurance taken from them so they will know how it is to go without health insurance! I wonder how they would like to have a pre-existing condition and have no insurance?

    November 4, 2009 at 10:44 am |
  7. Denny

    Tony you are living under some rock if you think single payer health care is an improvement over the great system we have in the US. I spent 40 years in Canada and just buried my Mom and her sister years ahead of their time due to the rationing of health care under the Canadian system. CNN you need to do some stories on just how bad it is in England and Canada. Tony you need to open your eyes and take a look at single payer. It is arcane! You don't need death panels. If you are really sick you die while you wait to see the right doctor. And it costs more than our system when you add in the 7 to 9% in income taxes on top of the monthly fees. WAKE UP!

    November 4, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  8. Scottish mama 1st obama mama

    Jeff -I agree -lets see who is profiting
    James lets take away our government insurance and see if they put something for the uninsured.
    Denny I think I just read your negativity on a different blog. Our system could look at England and Canadian Ins. and see where they are achieving and failing and impliment the good and out with the bad.

    November 4, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  9. Scottish mama 1st obama mama

    There are no death panels, It was a Palin fictional thought, proven to be just that fictional. Sarah maybe you can be a voice in for a cartoon character?

    November 4, 2009 at 11:34 am |
  10. Dodie ~ California

    Congress spends millions of OUR tax payer’s dollars on THEIR health coverage!
    We can spend trillions of dollars on the Iraq now Afghanistan wars. We can spend hundreds of billions of our Tax dollars bailing out fat corporate America, several of which have already filed chapter 11 with our bail out monies; but we do not have enough money to help the average American with affordable health care????

    What is wrong with this picture?

    November 4, 2009 at 12:43 pm |
  11. Lynne and Kerry Smith

    Every time I hear that Congress can't figure out how to pay for Health Care for the people who put them in Washington in the first place I want to just scream
    It is time for mainstream media outlets to report on all of the taxpayer dollars going overseas and being wasted or lost by those governments. Samoa
    still does not have a tsunami warning system despite millions of my money sent to them to build one. Two wars are still going on and bombs are still going off
    despite our best efforts. It is time for those countries to stand on their on. It is time for America to mind it's own buisness and take care of her own people.
    It is time for Congress to quit appproving billions for overseas projects. It is time for Congress to let the chips fall where they may on Wall Steet. It is time for Congress to quit
    stealing money (claiming to borrow but never paying back is stealing) from Social Security and now Medicare. If instead of sending billions overseas billions were
    paid back to Social Security and used to fund Health Care for the benefit of the individual not the corporate structure.

    November 4, 2009 at 7:26 pm |
  12. Annirich OH

    You people, please get a clue. This Health care bill costs trillions and trillons of $$$. Are you crazy? This bill is the worse possible thing that has ever come down the pike for Americans. All of Congress has opted out of it. And why wouldn't they? We are tanking the entire country for 15% of the people. That's nuts. We don't need this. All Congress needs to do is lift the across state lines insurance restrictions. That spurs the competition and lowers premiums. To slave our citizens for trillions of dollars is insane. We're broke now. You watch come January. And as far as death be assured if you were in your 70s right now you'd all be singing a different song. But wait, you'll get there regardless. Pelsoi is a witch and this President has no clue what he's doing other than tanking the country on purpose to follow his facist agenda

    November 4, 2009 at 8:12 pm |
  13. William Finnerty

    News media states AARP 4 million members support the Health Care Bill...I am a member of AARP and I do not support this health care bill

    November 5, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  14. lynn rhoads

    im watching cnn right now looking at the people there to say no to health reform. were are the people to say yes to health reform..pres obama should meet with michael moore he has great ideas .to the people who voted for obama as i did and still lovin him ,people all through his campaign we heard change that will take time. we voted for it but what has happened is the people wanted it overnight..people who are voting against the health reform obviously have good health care. just to have the pre-existing law changed would be a blessing.anyone who doesnt want health reform is ignorant.we have social security,medicare which have done well so why cant another gov run program work

    November 5, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  15. lynn rhoads

    im ashamed of the behavior of the republican party.they lack respect for the president,its apparent good or bad ideas that they will never agree with pres obama.they are campaigning for next election. these ideas they have for health care were was it the last 8 years. now all of a sudden they have ideas.lousy ideas. pre-existing must be removed to many people not getting care because of it

    November 5, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  16. Barbara

    I for one want the story straight. Just because AARP is supports a health care plan, that will rake in millions for them, does not mean seniors do. I am a member of AARP and strongly oppose this health care takeover. Too bad seniors can't unite against AARP. I am tired of closed door tactics from the White House and their purposely renaming bills, flus and options, trying to make things sound better. S__t is still S__t, no matter which foot steps in it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    November 5, 2009 at 12:51 pm |
  17. Don

    Here is a thought on a way to help pay for health care in the US. Take all the earmark out of the budget, that would be a big chuck and a good start. Also stop giving bonuses to government employees. Example. Our fire department gets a 1.5% pay raise twice a year and 7% bonuses once a year. In my book that adds up to be a 10% pay raise. Our senator and congressman also give out big bonuses to their people for doing their jobs. I also think it’s pretty amazing that our city worker can all retire at the age of 55 with full benefits. Can we afford all this? When times are good everybody what’s a bigger pieces of the pie but when time are bad they still what a bigger peace of the pie, Because they can always raise taxes one way or another to cover the cost. like the transit worker in Philly what more when most people in the private sector are taking pay cuts.

    November 5, 2009 at 2:46 pm |
  18. susan jensen

    hey Don, They not only retire at 55 but then go out and work again like teachers subs and get a second paycheck! Gees. Unions are good but the teachers union needs some work. It pains me that they can't even afford new books for kids in the classroom. They have to share their books and cut a lot of the school programs . Not only does it pain me that they don't have enough supplies for the schools but they don't seem to want to take care of health of the people . Are we dispensable? If I could i would go to one of these other countries that have health care and free education for their people. This country is run by GREED and those who take advantage of it. the poor seem to vote against their own interest. They don't see that they would benefit form all these government programs. The rich get out there and deceive the poor and fill their minds with propaganda and then they lose out when they vote republican.The republicans have always taken away from the poor and give to the rich. The longer they can drag this health care thing out the less that gets done and the less money the rich have to pay. Who do you think runs the republicans?

    November 6, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  19. Diane of Anchorage AK

    The so called great health care system left myself and then 15 yo daughter uninsured in 2005. As a small business owner, private insurance was cost prohibitive @ the coverage offered minimal. At 61, I am biding my time until Medicare coverage begins–a government run health care plan.
    My health care has certainly been rationed by a system that turns it's back on hard working Americans. As to Sara Palin's complete fabrication of "death panels", this woman is a complete embarassement to all intelligent Alaskans

    November 6, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  20. Stephanie Chapin

    I think we need another reality check about political commercials. for examples asks, you to check to see if the plan will allow you to keep your doctor, your current benefits and have no rationing. Please, you certainly can not do that in the current plans at most employers. The insurance carrier, and the plans can be changed at any time and insurance companies ration all the time.

    November 6, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  21. Barbara J.

    Repubicans are the party of NO. No to everything. I haven't heard anything from them, no ideas, no solutions,nothing. Stop, and imagine where this country would be if McCann and Palin were in office, dumb and dumber. Repubicans had eight years to do something. We all see what they have done destroyed the america that I grew up in. ENOUGH Repubicans sit down and shut up.

    November 7, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  22. Toms

    America made the insurance companies multi-billionaires just enough for them to buy members of congress and to pevent any kind of reform, you'll think they've made enougn $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ since 1993

    November 8, 2009 at 9:17 am |
  23. Toms

    people's lives are not to be used like a fan of some football team, congress are making people think that life's just black and white. no one is perfect, nothing in life's perfect and this bill while not perfect, it's a good bill

    November 8, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  24. Toms

    if all Americans truly believe we're the greatest country in the world, why cant we take care of the poor, the weak and the sick among us?

    November 8, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  25. karl

    If any of the congresmen or senators are up for elecrtion in 2010 that voted NO for the health plan they should be voted out of office by the voters to show that health insurers can not run this country thru members of congress. Its time to get rid of lobyists from DC.

    November 8, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  26. Burel

    You aught to drag out the investigational news kit and look into why
    the government was so quick to OK FSC cigarettes when they are
    making hundreds of thousands Sick and they are no where near
    fire safe. If anything they are MORE dangerous than non-FSC
    cigarettes. But the real problem is the people who are getting
    headaches, nausea, nosebleeds, cough, hair falling out, ETC.
    WHAT IS IN THESE THINGS ?????????????????????????.

    November 8, 2009 at 11:38 pm |
  27. Don

    With tax revenues going down across this nation, how do we pay off the federal, state and local government’s budget deficits, when we keep giving all of these employees pay and benefit increases? The strongest unions in this county are from government jobs. (teachers, fireman, transits, sanitation, postal, and many others). Solution: raise property taxes, sales taxes, income taxes and any think else politician can think of that affects the working poor. So we won’t leave all this mess to our children. And maybe they’ll get one of those government jobs with good health care. Also I’m looking for a career change. Can anybody tell me what kind of job in the private sector I can retire at 55 with full pension and benefits, with semiannual pay increases?

    November 10, 2009 at 7:30 pm |
  28. Don

    I agree with Kari. How can any think get done right with lobbyists paying off everybody to vote the way of the rich. Politician should not be allowed to accept any money even for their campaigns. The people would be better served and it would properly even be cheaper on us if taxpayers payed for cable time on shows like CSPAN for all politicians running for office. This way a politician would only owe the volunteers for his or her campaign. Then we would have people working for the people. Not the rich.

    November 10, 2009 at 7:57 pm |
  29. Don

    There are only two governors that stood up to the state unions. One was from Minnesota, he quit after his term. The other is the Governor of California and it looks like he will not run again. As long as we keep increasing wages 3 to 4% every year on government employees and revenues keep going down. Even if we raise taxes 4% a year it still will not be possible to balance the budgets. The point I am trying to make is we can’t afford not to have a public health care option. (With everybody on Medicare) If you want more get it on your own from a company like AARP. Plan on a 10% tax increase. Company would not need to cover their employees; intern these company could give a good pay increase to help cover that 10% tax hike. A family earning 50,000 a year with a 10% tax increase would pay about 5’000 a year.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:37 pm |