August 11th, 2009
03:45 PM ET
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Tim

    I REALLY have to chuckle whenever someone cries that Mr. Obama is rushing healthcare reform. Those like "RLWellman" would have us believe that this subject has never been discussed by our lawmakers. However, every Congress since Roosevelt and Truman has debated the subject.

    It appears that RLWellman is either ignorant or trying to mislead this audience. It is easy to surmise that, because of his poor reading skills, he has never read or heard about any of the previous efforts. However, I'm a bit too skeptical to think that the (im)poster is acting innocently.

    August 11, 2009 at 9:10 pm |
  2. Kerry Hayes

    The Healthcare debate so that as someone said in the pass. You can never over estimate the intelligence of the American People. Remember the man who insisted that the government keep their hands of his Medicare. Need I say more. People need to read keep informed and be responsible for what they bring to the debate. Especially if you are a former governor and not a radio talk show host

    August 11, 2009 at 9:00 pm |
  3. Patrick from Bäle

    It's not President Obama's health care bill, it's every American's responsibility to make sure that health care is available to all. How it becomes possible might be called Obama's plan but the responsibility, the accountability belongs to all. Health and health care is not a commodity that can be bought and sold on the market. It belongs in the 'rights' sphere. Question: Should profit as a by-product of the 'economic' sphere be in the picture at all? If it is, then it's so infected with its own virus that any plan is already "DOA!" Such a fundamental change would seem to be almost impossible to implement, but with 'profit' in any plan there's no remedy that will save the patient and it will take the harmony and security of the American political, economic and social environment down with it. Question: Do you think you have enough clarity and responsibility to support the best and most comprehensive plan possible? As a human being with an accountability factor, it may be an opportunity you cannot afford to pass up.

    August 11, 2009 at 8:38 pm |
  4. Annie Kate

    I don't understand why people are so against the government doing this – we let the government do roads; infrastructure like bridges, etc.; we let government enforce standards for commerce, food, drinks, etc.; we let the government protect us with the military; we look to the government for disease control (CDC); so why not health insurance? Government takes care of things that apply to everyone in the country and keep us safe; health insurance sure seems to fit that description. Doing health insurance privately isn't working – our costs are too high; our waste is too high; and a significant percentage of the country do not have health insurance or health care. And its a short trip from being covered and not covered – you might find yourself needing this coverage at some point.

    August 11, 2009 at 8:17 pm |
  5. Tony In Largo, FL

    I heard a good analogy today regarding an example of a program that the government runs which competes with the private sector. The United States Postal Service, UPS and FedEx are a prime example of a public and private service competing with each other, with the winner being the general public.

    Even companies that are traded on the Stock Market and those that aren’t have to be independently audited because they too are subject to fraud and waste. That’s the real world. So it is with government also, but that doesn’t mean that progress can’t be made by taking care of our own citizens. We can, we should and we shall take care of the uninsured.

    August 11, 2009 at 8:15 pm |
  6. Tony In Largo, FL

    The St. Pete Times ran an article today, 11 August 2009, in which they gathered the information to pass judgment on Limbaugh's, Palin's, Medved's, Praeger's and other sub-culture radio pundits assertions that a committee would decide who would receive health care and who would be allowed to die under the Health Care Reform legislation. The "Political Fact" returned its verdict. There is no such provision in the Health Care Reform Bill. No surprise there for me. They're all talking without knowing the facts or they know the facts and they're lying thru their teeth.

    These people don't have any decency. It seems to me that they also don't have any self esteem. They should be ashamed to know that everyone in America knows that they're liars.

    August 11, 2009 at 7:58 pm |
  7. lampe

    You have Senators and Congressmen and women, who have said "I have not read it , or it is too hard, if you don't have two attorneys there by your side." I tend to say then that it is not RLWellman, that is getting it twisted.

    August 11, 2009 at 7:57 pm |
  8. Allan

    Melissa, I differ on your assertion that congress is able. You, I am sure are 100 times smarter than they are and when I saw Conyers "I don't need to read the legislation", should give you a clue as to how inteligent Congress really is. Just maybe the regular folks need to vote out the idiots that are running the asylum. DC

    August 11, 2009 at 7:44 pm |
  9. William Wallace


    You should look at the Healthcare Group of Arizona; a government sponsored insurance company that provides health insurance for small businesses at a fair cost. It was originally sponsored by state government, but has become self sufficient. Small Businesses in AZ could not provide health insurance for thier employees without it. Perhaps this is the insurance model that would help fight predatory health insurance industry practices. http://www.hcgaz.com/ is the web site.

    Invasive health questionnaires for each employee are required before a commercial insunance company will give a small business a rate quote. They can raise rates if the health status of an employee changes. AZHCG rates premiums based on age only and provides a fair and predictable premium cost.

    William Wallace

    August 11, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  10. Melissa

    Wellman, if WE can read it in a couple days time, Congress certainly has been able to read it considering ITS THEIR JOB. So don't give me that crap. Stop twisting things.

    August 11, 2009 at 5:50 pm |
  11. RLWellman

    The President wanted this Health Care Reform bill signed before they went on break. Another bill with over 1000 pages in it and no time to read it, let alone understand it before this time.

    Something that has been needed for a long time can't be thrown together this fast. Something this important can't be written by just one party either. Something that effects the whole country, should have all parties involved in it's construction.

    The liberals don't care if the Government controls us. The majority of this country does not want the Government to have any more power than it already has!

    August 11, 2009 at 4:19 pm |