August 4th, 2009
12:32 PM ET

Stop the shouting on health care

Committee chairman Sen. Edward Kennedy in a statement praised the bill. He voted by proxy.

Committee chairman Sen. Edward Kennedy in a statement praised the bill. He voted by proxy.

Gloria Borger
CNN Senior Political Analyst

Ah, the summer.

Time for all those members of Congress to go home, meet with their constituents, get their input on health care reform and take back what they have learned from the voters.

Not exactly.

In some town hall meetings around the country, anger and fear are trumping any constructive argument - at least so far.

Recently, for instance, Sen. Arlen Specter held a town hall meeting with Kathleen Sebelius, the Health and Human Services secretary. In attempting to answer questions, they were shouted down by folks more interested in venting than discussing.

On the conservative FreedomWorks Web site, the display was headlined "Specter Gets Schooled." Above the video of the event, the site says "... this is a must watch and a must emulate at town halls across the country over the next month."


What about those folks who are actually interested in debating and discussing a very complex issue they're trying to digest? There are some who may actually want to figure out the best way to solve the health care problem.


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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. JLB

    This healthcare bill will be something that will be our undoing. It has not worked in Canada nor England so why would it work here? People die over there waiting for tests and treatment or just plain DENIED! I also don't believe that the government has any right taking over my healthcare and that is what they want to do. That is wrong. It is about control. They want to control you. Open your eyes. Since when did you not get care? We have public hospitals and free clinics that will treat people that don't have insurance. We who have jobs pay for you that don't, one way or another.

    August 4, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  2. Citizen

    SO you believe in being heartless, mean, selfish, and the let those who are poor and alone suffer. So what if we work and pay taxes while other share in our benefits. Its called being compassionate. Really. How much of a burden is it. Having one pair of clothes, having food, and a one roomed home is considered wealthy in World Standards. Americans are doing very well, even the lower class. Stop complaining. All the government is trying to do is lighten the burden on those who are poor and cant afford many basic necessities. America was founded on a nation that was different from the rest, be different, have a heart.

    August 4, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  3. Melissa

    Hey, RLWellman, stop being so rude.

    I work and I buy my own health care. But my health care is roughly 1/4 of my total take home. Thats $400 that could be spent contributing to the economy instead of contributing to greedy insurance execs pocket books.

    Everything else you said is a total lie or fear mongering. Enough already. We, the people, are sick to death of the minority of people in the country trying desperately to lie and fear monger their way back in power.

    No more.

    August 4, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  4. Anthony

    People are outraged because they know the government can never run an effective Health care system. Congress knows this too. That is why they voted down a bill to make themselves adopt the "national plan" How can we entrust Congress to come up with a plan that they themselves would never adopt.

    Let me offer a real solution. The real problem is Health Care cost to much. Why does it cost to much? Doctors and Nurses are just getting paid to much. Why are they getting paid to much, we just don't have enough of them. Promote more Americans to be Doctors and and Nurses and the costs will come down.

    In India it costs $5 to see a Doctor, why because when kids graduate from High School they all want to be a Software Engineer or a Doctor, so their are so many Doctors there that it is cheap to see a Doctor and cheap to find a Programmer. In the US, all the kids in my class wanted to be lawyers... that basically explains where we are at now...

    In India it costs $5 to see a Doctor, why becuase when kids graduate from High School they all want to be a Software Engineer or a Doctor, then there are so many Doctors there that it is cheap to see a Doctor and cheap to find a Program. In the US, all the kids wanted to be laywers in my class... that basically explains where we are at now...

    August 4, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  5. RLWellman

    Did you ever hear of working and buying your own health care? I'm sorry, I forgot who I was talking to. None of you on the Left want to work, you just want "Big Brother" to take care of you.

    Fear Mongering? Did you ever think that maybe those of us that work are tired of paying for those of you that don't? You guys close your eyes and shout, "save us President Obama, we believe every thing you say", without reading anything!

    You think people are shouting at "town hall "meetings because we are not interested in what they say? We know what is in the Health Care Reform Bill and don't want to pay for it! The Post Office is ready to go under, "the Government can't even run that right", and all of you want to trust them in running our "health care".

    If you don't like it, it's time to move! We that are paying for this program do not, I repeat, do not just want one party writing and making the rules that all, and I said all of us have to follow.

    Yes and GOD bless America! The land where it is your right to not work and have the rest of us pay for you!

    August 4, 2009 at 1:57 pm |
  6. earle,florida

    This might over simplify the healthcare situation,but why not just start negotiating with the insurance,and pharmaceutical companies. Design,and impliment cost-effected programs for different types of coverage,and submit into a bidding-pool for the american people,and let the federal government have a oversight committee to assure no flagrant abuses occur,...? PS. It's out there in many forms,and products offered by "long Term Care" (LTC) policies.

    August 4, 2009 at 1:26 pm |
  7. Jim in Indiana

    Debating and discussing the health care issue will not get the Republican party back in power. The hell with the American people. It is the conservative movement that is important. Fear and lies worked the last time they will work this time. Intellectual honesty has always been the enemy of the Right.

    August 4, 2009 at 1:16 pm |
  8. Melissa

    Gloria, I would really like to request that you bring this up on national television. Bring up the scare tactics that are being used and how despicable it is.

    Too many people don't understand whats going on, and just keep spreading lies. The fear mongering has got to stop and health care has got to change. It can't stay this way.

    August 4, 2009 at 1:08 pm |
  9. Linda B., Ga.

    I agree with you Gloria, stop the SHOUTING and get on with getting a decently priced healthcare system for all of our citizens. There is absolutely no reason why the fine people of our country cannot be offered the same plan that is offered to our members of Congress (House of Reps and Senate)....I could be incorrect, but, I believe I read where these plans start at like $35/mo for these people, WOW wouldn't that be nice to have.....

    Let us not fool ourselves...the health plans that are offered by Private Businesses are good because we can pretty much pick our choice of doctors, but, the amount of the montly policies have gone UP substanially over the years, with very few being able to really afford them.

    God Bless America.....

    August 4, 2009 at 12:54 pm |
  10. Tammy

    Those protesters at town hall meetings arent interested in answers. There only objective is fighting w/ democrats.

    August 4, 2009 at 12:49 pm |