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November 22nd, 2009
04:42 AM ET

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Health care reform backers win a key victory as the Senate votes to move ahead with a floor debate on a sweeping $848 billion bill. We'll tell you when that debate begins. Plus, we'll have reaction from the President.
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  1. Ted

    I just have to say that the Dems arent responsible but rather contributers to the economy. The same people that made decisions years ago that impacted our economy are still the same people Dems included that are still making terrible decisions on behalf of our country. The only reason there is a majority right now for the Democrates is because so many Conservatives ran as Democrates because they knew at the time the country was turned off by GW Bush and his right wing agenda. If this health bill passes it will mark the end of Democrate domination. The biggest reason why the stimulas has NOT worked is because the money went to all the wrong people! How do you expect the economy to grow by redistributing Americas wealth from the rich to the poor? That is what is called socalism period!

    November 22, 2009 at 7:07 am |
  2. Ted

    I would like for someone to explain to me how a 900 billion dollar health care bill will not add to the debt of this country that we already cant pay off? It doesnt take a genious to figure out its one more step towards Socalism! We as a country are making people lazy and with no reason to work. We should help out people truely in need, but even the poorest in this country wear Nike shoes and has a cell phone, whats poor about that? The American dream has to be worked hard for, not given to them! People need to learn to go without and have what they have worked for period, and not what some tax payer can give them! Finally our elected officials need to be held accountable for their votes and when a Senator votes the opposite of the people who elected them in the first place then they should be fired and banned from elected office! The majority of the people in this country do NOT want this health care reform simply because they know 40 to 50 million more people will have to be insured at tax payers expense. Somethings not right when my wife and I work full time and have to pay $500 per month for employer based health insurance to see people who dont work enjoy better health care for their children than the ones working and paying for their own health care! Hopefully this bill id D.O.A.!

    November 22, 2009 at 7:28 am |
  3. dennis linville

    I have several concerns here but top of the list would have to be 39 senators voted not on the health care bill but voted that 47 million Americans without health care wasnt even worth their time to discuss!
    We send billions to different countries around the world to better their situation on a regular basis. We are spending trillions in Afganistan and Iraq to better the situation of drug dealers and terrorist. Hundreds of millions are being given to supporters of the taliban to buy weapons and ammo to fight our own troops.American troops are sitting in prison for defending themselves because their superiors and our government refused to.Thes e are just a few of the countless issues our leaders should be making real changes and people should be holding protests about but instead many that have been lucky enough to not loose their jobs or homes feel Americans dont even deserve the basic right to live.
    I read a hospital bill and it gave me an idea. 2 asprin was $42.85. I looked at a bottle of asprin i have here and it has 500 tablets in the bottle so i did the math and each bottle would give me $21,425.00. The bottle of asprin cost me $3.79 so next time i need to go to the hospital i will carry 3 bottles of asprin and that should cover the bill.
    Point is I cant imagine anyone saying Americans dont even deserve the right to live or the health care system doesnt need major reform but 39 elected officials said Americans are not even worth their time to discuss it ! This says a lot as to how detached our leaders are from the needs of the people and need to be replaced with people who are in touch with the needs of the American people.

    November 22, 2009 at 10:10 am |
  4. ecurra19

    Yes, Health care reform backers win a key victory but this is just the beginning. The Senate finally votes to move ahead with a worthy floor debate on a sweeping $848 billion bill. The sad thing is that Republicans keep playing the same scare tactics. The important thing is that a debate has begun. The President has a long fight ahead for a worthy cause.

    November 22, 2009 at 11:04 pm |
  5. Dodie

    We first need to change the Law with regards to Birthright citizenship in the United States of illegal immigrants. No other country in the world does this. Why do we? This needs to stop immediately. It is because of this and other similar issues that places public option too pricey.

    I would like to see public option with a lot of limitations. I would like to see it set up like unemployment. Meaning, you have had to work recently and for a certain length in time in order to even qualify!

    1. NO FREE INSURANCE… everyone has to pay premiums regardless of your income. People are always lying about their monthly income so the minimum premium should be $150 per month per person. You have 10 children; you pay $1,500 a month in premiums. We can no longer support people who are greedy and want huge families. If you cannot afford a large family, use birth control and/or celibacy!

    2. This insurance will NOT apply for illegals and their children even if born in this country. By virtue of being illegal, they do not pay taxes. Therefore, they & their families are exempt from this insurance.

    3. This insurance should be just for the basics. The person has to co-pay for everything regardless of income. That is the only way we can keep the cost down. I have found often that my clients seek medical care for a common cold because everything is free through Medi-cal. That is outrageous and the system is being abused by those who do NOT contribute.

    4. Those out of work will receive this insurance for duration of 2 years maximum per lifetime. No extensions. You find a job within 2 years or go without insurance. I have seen just too many people abusing medic-cal, Medicaid, etc. as they just do not want to work and have this “privilege” attitude. The only exception is... the person has already worked and paid taxes for More than 20 years.

    Emergency rooms no longer care for those with flu or a cold, regardless of age! Our ER rooms are filled with people that do not have insurance with the flu, cold or something minor. All emergency rooms require $50 co-pay regardless of income; hopefully that would stop the abuse.

    November 22, 2009 at 11:48 pm |
  6. Dodie

    If people in this country did not abuse the system as much as it has been abused, we could afford public option without so many limitations. I have seen first hand ,for many years, people trying to "milk" the system for as much as they can. It is sad that we cannot offer full medical insurance to all Americans because so many will abuse the privilege!

    One last thing. Having children does not give one a cart-blanch right to everything free. I have seen many women, over the course of years, openly admit they had another baby to get more welfare and medical coverage for themselves. This also needs to stop.

    If we, Americans, acted responsible, we would not have such a problem. Granted millions of Americans are very responsible, It only takes 5 to 10 million who are irresponsible and do not want to contribute through working and paying taxes.

    A democracy only works when everyone is willing to be responsible and contribute!

    November 23, 2009 at 12:04 am |
  7. Randy N

    Experts? EXPERTS. How do they know what is going to happen? they are not looking for jobs so since they have to say, why not make it up. Is it any wonder why the existing housing is up? Housing prices are falling so people with money can scoop them up. The general population isn't buying houses or cars only the people that have cash to spend are buying. With that said how does that help US the falling middle class and poor? You should investagate before you glamorize. You may read this, but I doubt it will do any good. It sounds alot like when P Obama Lied on how many jobs he got going. Sorry I know it's all about money, people do not matter anymore.

    November 23, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  8. Mrs. Eileen G. Curras widow to Hernandez (WWII)

    The constant dragging of topics as Birthright citizenship in the United States is just another venue to excuse the major need of Reform. Not all are illegal immigrants. I am an American Citizen who has being denied from Medical Services due to a label of Pre Existence Condition. The so call “Free Enterprise” does not care. The “Free Enterprise” wants to evade the fact. Why do we need to continue to be denied medical services if we are Americans? I am a widow of a World War II Veteran. I am the mother of a child that I have to raise to become a responsible member of our society. Denial of Medical Services does not help. Denying the facts simply does not help anyone. We are trying to change a Health System which has left many out. That was not our choice and name calling does not help anyone. This needs to stop immediately. In my opinion the issue that has affected every single venue is the cost of medicine, the cost of services that is what is making health care pricey.
    You option of employment does not suit the Community of Persons with Disabilities. We need to change many things in our society. Society need to understand that Person with Disabilities have a right to employment. Society has to become more inclusive. I had tried to find a job since July 2007 now I am going back to study due to the lack of employment in Florida.
    MS is a Degenerative Neurological Condition and many in our Community do not have a job thanks to the expectations of society. Not because we do not want a job. Generalizations do not work for everybody.
    Denial of Medical Health Care does not help anyone.

    November 24, 2009 at 11:21 am |
  9. Joyce F

    This comment is for Dodie:
    You are right on targe! Looking at the stats, prior to 1998, this nation had no major ER concerns. Illegals over-ran the health care system in more numbers than could be counted. The cost of Medicare increased in use & abuse with ELL in Education. Why should a nation provide non-emergency care to individuals that REFUSE to speak the language, or become citizens of the country they are bleeding?
    One can check, public record, the number of illegals on SSD, SSI, & receiving Mdicare as well as public assistance nationwide.

    November 24, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  10. Rob

    I never seen a country where the public is misled on such a huge scale on healthcare.
    At leas 50% of all doctors and CEO's in the healthcare industry rip people off on a huge scale.
    Example a heartpacer of Medtronics cost here (hospital cost not end user cost) at least $20,000 in Europe the price is around $5000.-
    The government plan does nothing at all to cut medical cost, only increase it, plus it provides a huge giveaway to the doctors and CEO's who actually should be procecuted instead.
    Yachtsales are peaking; guess why!!!!! Wake up America!!!!!!!!!

    November 24, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  11. Joyce F

    It is heart-warming to know that the American public is not totally misled. The healthcare industry has ripped-off the public since 1934. Now it is time to make the system a system focused on providing healthcare. As compaines, healthcare insurers looked at a way to make big dollars, the care went out of health. Senators that are fighting the reform do not worry about their health issues, because WE pay their bill.

    November 24, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  12. Mrs. Eileen G. Curras widow to Hernandez (WWII)

    The Health Care Industry needs a major change. 50% of all doctors and Chief Executive Officers in the healthcare industry put RIP people on a huge scale. The government plan needs something to be done to cut medical cost. The government plan needs to put controls on giveaways to the doctors and CEO's.

    November 24, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  13. Mrs. Eileen G. Curras widow to Hernandez (WWII)

    The Health Care does not offer an option. Emergency Room is the only option to anyone. There we go again with the labels, fear and hate tactics. I found that there is trouble on creating archives and label people to target them. This is not American and the Federal Court prohibits this king of tactic. I better get my passport and my child before things get ugly in America.

    November 24, 2009 at 12:19 pm |