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April 24th, 2009
08:46 AM ET

Obama health plan is too big

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John Feehery
Special to CNN

President Obama has taken the advice of famous Chicago architect Daniel Burnham. "Make no little plans," Burnham said, "they have no magic to stir men's blood."

The president has called for the complete restructuring of education in this country. He wants to recast the energy industry. He promises to tackle the looming problem of Social Security and Medicare. He wants to raise taxes on the rich and give money to the poor. He plans on redoing the banking and investment industries.

He has even weighed in on the college football bowl system.

But when it comes to another of his ambitions, health care reform, history shows that it is the littler plans that usually get done.

The president certainly has big ambitions when it comes to health care. He wants to boldly restructure the insurance market so that everybody is covered. He also wants to dramatically cut costs so that everybody can afford to get the health care they need.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Andrew

    President Obama, Democrats & Republicans…

    As an example of bipartisanship — The American People will compromise too…
    Combine Medicare and Medicade with Universal Healthcare.
    Offer it to all Americans. They can choose any doctor they wish to.
    Charge a standard copay upon visit and for also for Rx.
    Do this at the state level using valid state issued identification (i.e. state id or drivers license but NOT with federal health cards). Allow the states to run these programs but utilize a standardized system.

    KEEP YOUR TAX CREDITS AND GIVE US HEALTH CARE

    Just how many people actually get to use these TAX CREDITS that file with a 1040EZ form? Not a whole lot. We dont want or need all of these tax credits.

    April 26, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  2. christine from NJ

    Why should anyone work? Let's all let government officials, who by the way make a full salary for life and get full health coverage for life and vote themselves raises, pay for us! That's what Democrats say is fair! We are not required to be responsible and since we're tired of giving our salary to people who don't pay taxes and don't work, it would be nice if Daddy was home on weekends, nights and birthdays and holidays!

    April 25, 2009 at 7:52 am |
  3. adriana villasmil

    From outside your world, I look into your way of delivering news and I end thirsty all the time.... you just like the President, try to cover too much, contributors do not have time to give us full answers so I am left half in the dark... I guess It is a sign of the times that everybody wants to do so much.... maybe this is part of the problem... From one who has admired the U.S for a long time.... From one who really believes that big problems require truth and will ( an of course a big man) I invite you .... you repeat a lot... always have the same people so I know what they are going to say...you do it in so little time....and yet you are one of the best sources of information... From an idealist... please hear my cry .... keep everybody ( means some of you) and everything honest .... my trust is priceless..... you want to have it earn it...same thing for this President and his team..... I believe you can do it so..... just get it done

    April 24, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  4. Melissa

    No, its not. Health care needs to be fixed, that means it needs a major overhaul. Little steps won't improve anything when the average family of 4 has health insurance costs of at least $400 a month (usually more) and they make less than $2000 a month, with a mortgage/rent of at least $700 a month, and a car payment of at least $300 a month. And that doesn't even begin to cover the cost of utilities, other bills, and food.

    It needs to stop. That means that Obama needs to do what needs to be done instead of giving in to the Republican doomsayers.

    April 24, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  5. Heather,ca

    The real problem with our health care system is the computer software system that all insurance companies use to reumburse doctors and hospitals etc. They deliberately cheat doctors and hospitals out of what they should be getting. Its a big secret that the insurance companies dont want the public to know. Thats why doctors charge what they do and it takes hours for a quick office visit. The system we have is bad but its such a big system. But the idea of having my taxes raised to pay for universal health care doesnt appeal to me. If any change could be made it would be to the way doctors,hospitals and even consumers are reimbursed. Who decides what the "allowed amount or the prevailing amount or reasonable and customary fee should be". If doctors were reimbursed properly and fairly, you wouldnt see waiting rooms full and wait 45 minutes and then another 45 because the doctor has make up the cost from the low reimbursement. Doctors cant give quality care,but they try even if its ten minutes a patient. The insurance industry is lying ,they are in business to make money. Doctors went to medical school to help people but instead of practicing medicine, they are in the business of practicing medicine.

    April 24, 2009 at 1:18 pm |
  6. Terry, TX

    "Obama health plan is too big"
    Whether Hillary's old health plan comes from Pelosi or White House...it will be Hillary's plan. I am not fooled. I want health reform.
    My great bone of contention is why can't this health discussion happen after the economy is healthy....on it's own merit....one bill...and not stuffed in a Pork Bill or Pork Budget...

    April 24, 2009 at 1:02 pm |
  7. Michael C. McHugh

    I do not undrstand why we just can't expand Medicare to all those who are not at retirement age yet but lack private health insurance. That would be the simplest way to take care of much of this problem, instead of trying to develop all these elaborate plans that never go anywhere. Naturally it's going to cost money, but any plan to cover the uninsured will. I am at a loss to understand why this is not even up for consideration–at least giving people the option of getting on Medicare while they are still working.

    April 24, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  8. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    It would appear that there is a "lot in the showroom,"--but nothing in the "stockroom."

    April 24, 2009 at 11:02 am |