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March 12th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

Worse for Dems come Nov.: passing health care or not?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The Democrats could face "unmitigated disaster" in the mid-term elections... if they continue to ignore the public's opposition to health care reform.

This dire warning comes by way of pollsters who worked for the last two Democratic presidents.

Patrick Caddell and Douglas Schoen write in the Washington Post that the Democrats' "blind persistence in the face of reality threatens to turn this political march of folly into an electoral rout in November." They suggest that if health care reform passes - the Democrats' losses in the midterms will be even worse.

They say the political reality is that the battle for public opinion has been lost. Polls show a solid majority of Americans oppose the health care reform plan... even though most people believe that reform is needed and they support certain parts of the bill.

Caddell and Schoen write that President Obama and the Democratic party are deceiving themselves into believing that this reform is what the public wants.

They also point to polls that show the country is moving away from big government... saying the debate over health care has now become less about the issue itself... and more about the politics surrounding it. The American people see a government that "will neither hear nor heed the will of the people."

They suggest the only way for the Democrats to change course is to acknowledge that health care reform is a failure - whether or not it passes.

Here’s my question to you: Which will be worse for the Democrats in November: passing the health care bill or not passing it?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 6pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:


Filed under: Democrats • Health care
soundoff (302 Responses)
  1. Paul

    Worse if they don't, because then they won't have any accomplishments to point to.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
  2. John Thomas

    John Thomas from Hernando Beach, Florida

    Not passing the Health bill will be worse for all democrats.
    As a retired teacher from OH and being 67 yrs old I have good insurance. Many people don't have ins. and some can't even get it.
    The party of NO will be hurt even more than the Dems., pass or not.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:10 pm |
  3. Michael Alexandria, VA

    Not passing it, since this would keep the base home.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:11 pm |
  4. Susan Frost

    The GOP warning Democrats of impending electoral disaster for them if health care passes is like Lane Kiffin warning Terrence

    March 12, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
  5. Ed

    At least they are trying, while Republicans attempt to block it. I know people who got cancer. Thank God they are ok now; however, the insurance companies kept raising their premiums until they eventually couldn't afford it anymore. Now they're uninsured. And it's happening to more and more Americans. It's the type of thing, like the Iraq War, that predisposes me to never vote for a Republican again.

    Ed
    Texas

    March 12, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  6. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    It won't matter. They had their chance to work on jobs but failed as they will in November regardless of passing health care or not. What they need to do is get rid of Pelosi and Reid and soon.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  7. ROD Chicago

    At this point it is a wash. Nothing can help the Democrats in November. The whole process has ruined whatever trust the American people had in this president and current congress. Most people I know think that they will have to pass something, whatever its is just to save face and not look like fools. But fools they are, and so are the people who put them there.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
  8. Joe R - Houston

    Bad intentions that succeed are worse than bad intentions that fail. But not by much.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  9. T. Thomas in Abilene,Tx.

    Not passing a bill after a year of rangling in which they have virtually ignored the economy and joblessness would be disastrous for them.What is really depressing is that I hear they may be moving on to immigration reform next.Talk about being out of touch.

    March 12, 2010 at 3:58 pm |
  10. Minesh -Troy, MI

    Passing health care reform will truly energize the voters who are totally against this corrupt, government takeover of US health care.

    Then the November election will become a single-issue election and Democrats will lose majorities in Congress.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
  11. Fred

    I think the Democrats will lose seats just because of the way the health care bill has been handled, and passing it will probably hurt. But not as much as their ineffectiveness since Obama has been in office, and the way the bail-out and economy have been also been handled.
    Fred
    Ocala, FL

    March 12, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  12. Disgusted in Erie

    I was so glad to hear the President state premiums went up 40% did our wages? My premiums have gone up 60% over the last 6 years and my income has decreased by 40% due to offshoring my job! I am hanging by a thread – go DEMS VOTE, reconcile, bamboozle, whatever you have to – I will go out and sing the praises of Democrats if can catch a break with these suffocating premiums (which by the way are now more than my MORTGAGE payment)hmmm...maybe I should let them foreclose and blow up my house so I am insured!

    March 12, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  13. al pearis

    Of course it will be better to pass the law. To do other wise would be to admit that they cannot govern. In case you have forgotten, Obama campaigned on health care reform and won overwhelming victory last election. Despite the Republican lie machine going at full blast and being echoed constantly in the cable media, I believe that most Americans want to do what is right for themselves and their fellow citizens. With 47,000 people dying every year simply because they can't pay for treatment we cannot "start over" which in Republicanspeak means" do nothing".

    March 12, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  14. Vince Latona

    Passing it is definitely worse. Especially for those congressmen who voted no the first time and then changed their vote. They might as well sign up for unemployment.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  15. Mr. D

    Here a victory could spell defeat. The majority of people do not want the health care program as currently drafted. It all depends on who goes to the polls come voting time , and who's bull has been gored the most.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  16. Ryan from Wisconsin

    With healthcare it seems the loudest are being considiered the majority. I believe most people will agree things need to change. Not passing anything will be their downfall.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  17. Russ in PA

    Hopefully. And bad for the Republicans, too, hopefully. We need some Ron Paul-style libertarians to replace the current two-party crooks, clowns, and assorted chowder-heads.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  18. Ann from Hampton, New Jersey

    Makes no difference. The Democrats have given themselves a black eye in the eyes of the people. They do what they please without caring what happens to their consituents. How about employment and trying to help the people losing their homes instead of big business? Most of the people are quite happy with their health care plans and do not wish to change it. I thought that President Carter was number one as the worst President we had, but President Obama has now taken his place. He is lucky he is not running in November, and I voted for him.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  19. Frank Guarino

    Jack ,

    I believe the Democrats are on a sinking ship and there aren't enough lifeboats to get them to safety if they decide to abandon ship. (Sounds like the Titanic)

    I think this battle is not about the issue. Most Americans just like the Congress don't know what is in the bill. Once again the polls and the talking points are driving the discussion proving that our political process is broken.

    Any reasonable person can see our health care system is a mess. The insurance companies add absolutely nothing to health care except cost. No wonder they lobby so hard against a single payer system.

    Why aren't Corporate America / Big Business trying to solve the health care mess? They sure do spend a lot of money on heath care for their employees.

    Thanks,

    frankieg

    March 12, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  20. Bud Rupert

    If they get health care passed "dose" dems. will reap the rewards come election time.

    The poles have everybody running scared and It's nonsense.

    Once the bill is passed and the public has a chance to see the good that it will do what the poles show now won't matter. It will be the Republicans who will then be playing defense.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  21. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    Frankly, Jack, I think most Americans are sick and tired of arguing about healthcare reform. Bottom line, if reform reduces the deficit, ends pre-existing conditions and closes the doughnut hole as promised, it will be popular with the American public.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  22. Robert

    Gee Jack. Why are we concern with how this bill will affect the democratic politicians? The question should how will this bill if not pass will affect those who need health insurance as well as those hospitals struggling to provide the services we, Americans, demand we get (ah...those of us who have insurance...those who don't, get it anyway).

    March 12, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  23. Robert

    I shoud have said, those who don't have insurance, we are paying for it anyway and at a high cost then if this bill passes.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  24. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Jack if the democrats pass this bill as it currently is written then they all might as well start packing their desks up the day they pass it because they will be looking for new jobs come November. Ignoring the majority of the American people is a sure way to lose an election.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  25. Jeff Crocket in New Brtain, CT

    The left is in the typical rock and a hard place! They will get beat down no matter the outcome, because of their slippery secret performance and change the rules as they go along!

    They have lied many times over this and other issues. The "Three Stooges" Pelosi, Obama, and Reid will feel the wrath!

    March 12, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  26. Chris in Philadelphia

    The true test for health care reform is not November but probably 2012 or later once a bill is passed and we get to see if it works. If taxes go up and health care quality stays flat or drops, and all we are left is big government then the Democrats will pay a HUGE price for a long time. November is going to be a Democratic rout because people wanted change and got a Pelosi instead, the legislation is irrelevant the process is what really pissed people off.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  27. Paul Pettipas, PEI Canada

    Without a doubt I feel it'll be worse if they DON'T pass any health care. Either way the Dems will likely suffer at the polls but you have more credibility if you spend your time praising the benefits of your accomplishment as opposed to defending your inability to get anything done.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  28. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Jack Cafferty and CNN friends,

    If the American people want the health care bill,
    the Democrats have to pass the health care bill,
    than President Barack Obama really WALK THE TALK!
    Otherwise President Barack Obama just talks and TALKS!

    Conclusion:
    OUR HEALTH IS IMPORTANT!

    Advice
    Let us Now make our world
    a Better Healthier and Beautiful World
    for You and for Me!

    Greetings,
    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname
    Latin-American

    March 12, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  29. Joseph

    Jack,

    I believe that it would be much worse for the Democrats not to pass the Health Care Reform. I would argue that a majority of Americans want health care reform. When Obama was running for President, he ran on having every citizen enjoy the same health coverage, that members of Congress enjoy. He won resoundingly, as well as, the Democrats in general. With all of the Health Industry money spent on advertising to confuse the issue, it is amazing how many people still want reform outright. Although not as liberal as the Congressional health care coverage, the Senate bill is a step in the right direction. Stop the BS...pass it, and let the voters speak again in future elections. Want to play it safe...get out of government.

    Best,

    Joseph
    Brooklyn, NY

    March 12, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  30. Sylvia from California

    It will and should be worst for the Demos if they pass the Health Care reform bill that is being debated. They are spineless-weak bunch that are Pelosi lead them by the nose..... THEY ALL NEED TO GO!!!

    March 12, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  31. Joe Hanson

    Jack,

    I expect a slaughter of democrats if this health care reform is passed.

    Joe Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

    March 12, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  32. Lucy, Austin, Texas

    It will be worse for the democrats if they don't pass health care with insurance rates skyrocketing as high as 56% (Blue Shield per Rich Sanchez), because America's recession will remain flat lined. I mean flat lined like "dead" with the insurance vultures picking at the remaining bones of America's working.

    The insurance companies are the problem. Their profits are obscene and health care is becoming as unobtainable for most Americans as what we once called the American Dream.

    Rick Sanchez also reported that the CEO of Aetna got over 38 million dollars pay. Insurance companies are the middle men between you and your doctor. The head insurance guy just scored more in one year than the combined total of what I and all my doctors will ever make in our entire lifetimes. How can anyone not see that there is a big problem here?

    March 12, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  33. Sylvia from California

    It will and should be worst for the Demos if they pass the Health Care reform bill that is being debated. They are a bunch of spineless and weak looser who are being lead by the nose by Pelosi..... THEY ALL NEED TO GO!!!

    March 12, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  34. Stella-NY

    Well Jack, when Obama was campaigning for President he led me to believe that he intended to put forward a bill that would at least include a public option in health care reform. He may not have used the words "public option" but he certainly IMPLIED it. Shame on him if this is not in the final health care plan( when -if – or – maybe)this congress gets to the reconcilation process. If they FAIL to pass whatever plan they finally come up with,health care reform will be dead once again for another 20 or more years. The Republicans will be re-elected and Obama will be a one time President. We'll go back to huge corporate tax breaks and handouts,more wars,anthing goes in banking,more jobs shipped out of the country and we the "stupid little jerks" that we are will be rewarded with a $250.00 rebate check for voting them back into office. IS THAT WHAT WE AMERICANS REALLY WANT?

    March 12, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  35. Bizz Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    For me it would be not passing a healthcare bill. I would then consider them to be weak and unable to do anything especially not standing up for something we need so desperately. They need to pass new laws restricting Wall Street from leading us into another disaster. Which at this time would put us into bankruptcy. In other words they need to stand up for what they campaign for, that is why I voted for them. The longer they wait the weaker and they look.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  36. Richard Green

    Jack,

    If this passes in the form that it is in ( no cap on premium increases, forced to buy high priced-low outcome private insurance, states hamstrung if they try to fix it themselves, low regulation states and low requirement states will have all the companies rush to register there, we'll have less choioce and higher costs) the Dems will own it. No one will notice that the GOP did nothing to help. Passing this thing is the worst that could happen to Democrats.

    Rich Green
    San Clemente, Ca.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  37. steve in florida

    Jack,

    I don't anyone who opposes health care reform. Zero. Nada. I know a lot of people who oppose Obama and wouldnt agree with him on a single thing he said or proposed. The Dems would historically lose seats in a mid-term as incumbents, but I think if healthcare passes they'll do better than the average mid-term. You can hear in the desperate voices of the GOP boys. They know that things are changing, no matter how much money, rhetoric and influence they throw in the road. The elephant in the room is the disintegration of the GOP. Brown won Mass. by not mentioning the word.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  38. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    If it fails, the Democrats will have wasted more than a year and demonstrated a total inability to lead.

    if it passes, the Democrats will have wasted more than a year passing something the public doesn't want, showing an inability to be responsive.

    It's probably a coin toss for the Democrats, but the country will sure be a lot worse off with another unfunded entitlement.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  39. Keith - Ohio

    Jack,.. The Dems are doomed in November no matter whether the Healthcare Bill passes or not. But if the Healthcare Bill passes, we are ALL doomed, everyone right along with the Dems.

    March 12, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  40. Lynn, Jefferson City

    Want to know what's worse? 40,000 plus Americans will continue to die prematurely and needlessly due to lack of access to basic preventative care and life saving treatments! Republicans will continue to advocate for fetuses while men, women and children die. Failure of Health Reform is not an option!

    March 12, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  41. David of Alexandria, VA

    A no-win scenario for the Dems. Since no one has read the bill and the taxes, fees and medicare cutbacks seem to precede the benefits by a couple of years, the "victory" will seem like an empty purse. The public will grow weary of Obama touting all the good while the direct and indirect costs to taxpayers continue to mount. Trust in the legislative process will be maimed by the reconcilation and pay-off negotiations.

    The GOP will have a field day. The Dems should have tried for a solid consensus among 85% of the Congress for this massive overhaul. They will get what they deserve in November - we won;t

    March 12, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  42. Charles in Lawrence, NJ

    This plan forces or fines people to buy into the privates system, that’s unconstitutional and a sell out to predatory parasites. Without the public option, the only real cost cure, our congress is clearly on the side of corporations and democrats have been bought by the same people who used to buy republicans, the voters won’t forget. Obama was signed to pitch for the people including his beanball, reconciliation, which could have been used to get his “plan A”, a public option.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  43. Emmett M. Smith

    Dear CNN,
    I believe that hte health care bill is a Lose/ Lose situation for the Democrats! Whichever way they vote, it will hurt them. I only wish that there was a viable third party to benefit from the blunders that both big parties have made. Neither present bloc is fit to govern this nation.
    Yours truly,
    Emmett Smith,
    Mobile, Alabama

    March 12, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  44. Babynuyear

    Yours is not a black and white question. From the polls I've seen on various outlets including CNN, the American people in favor of this bill is about 30-35%. The polls also consistently show that 60-65% of the people favor the Public Option. Recently (yesterday) I heard 80%. Now, if you consider the Public Option as reform and the dumb Dems finally get it, they may retain or maybe even gain seats – depending on unemployment rates and GPD reports between now and November. Jack, what we really need is a body of leaders that have the nation's best interest at heart and not a party of Corporations (Reps) and a party of gutless, spineless ashwipes (Dems)!

    March 12, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  45. Fred I'm Throwing Flintstones @ US GOV!!!

    Jackie,
    We need health reform, but we need it in a sincere people first, politics last manner. Politians of today are more concerned with aquiring accomplishments rather than doing whats right for the American people. I would like to call it a gold star mentality. We need real leaders running this country, not self obsorbed 1st graders(politicans) looking to earn their next gold star. Either way, YAY or NAY, things will change upon the hill!!!

    Keep speaking the truth Cafferty!!

    March 12, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  46. Craig C

    The Democrats have shot themselves in the foot whether or not they pass health care. If they make major changes that comply with the wishes of most Americans they anger their base. If they stick with the abomination that they have shown us so far everyone but their base will be disgusted with them.

    At this point I believe they lose either way. It's difficult to imagine any piece of major legislation could have been handled so arrogantly and so ineptly.

    Either way America is going to question their suitability for office after this debacle! Reid is done and Pelosi will never be able to regain the confidence of the President, the members of the House, the Senate or the public. The liberals in her district might keep voting for her – but the rest of America is sick of her

    March 12, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  47. Jim - MI

    Definately passing it. Democrats speak of social justice, fair enough but where is the justice when tax payers lose their homes because they cannot pay their taxes that pay for social justice? Where is the justice in providing every need to people who will not provide for themselves and cry loudest about socal justice. there is no justice in taking from hard working people to give to people who have made a life out of government handouts?

    We need to scale back entitlements and limit welfae and such assistance to equal unemployment benefits. A hand up yes, a hand out NO!!!

    March 12, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  48. John Buchner

    Jack: If healthcare fails to pass, most off the anger will subside. If it is forced through, the anger will continue to build. In the seven and a half months untill the election there are going to be several major problems on the national and world stage including at least three of the following. A devaluation of the euro. Pakistan's civil war will explode and another coup will take place. Israel and Iran will have a military conflict directly or through proxies. America's relatonship with its major allies will severely deteriorate because of Obamas iability to make decisions and lead. A supreme court nomination fight and lastly but almost certainly another fiancial collapse. Healthcare will only be a problem if they keep it alive.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  49. Joe CE

    If they pass it, it remains to be seen how that stacks up with the public, The opposition has lost me because of the btlant lies about the Bill – especially the cost look at the Congressional Buget office report/ Without the Bill hiogher premimums and less coverage are certainties -look at the last 5 years. If they don't pass it, Democrats will be in a tremendous hole and thisincludes any DEMs that vote against it = DEM voting against are kidding themselves if they think that will save them. Opponents in the next elecytion will says that incumbents got nothing done – especially DEMs who have a majority.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  50. Tony from Southport

    Wether of not this particular health care debacle is passed, the Democrats will have problems in November. The administration has wasted precious time this past year on pushing government control of health care and ignoring the problems of the economy and unemployment. Democrats have pushed aside Republicans and have alienated half the population. The people have tried to speak over and over again at Town Hall meetings and Tea Party gatherings, and this administration has turned a deaf ear to them. It will cost them in November, and in 2012.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  51. chris

    oh this is a no brainer if they pass it it will kill them in nov for sure

    March 12, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  52. Docb

    If they do nothing it will be worse...If they get it thru at least it will be something to build on like Social Security and Civil Rights!

    Plus when people get the truth however messy –and see some results the repubs will end up being seen for what they have become...Obstructionist anti American Corporate Shills!

    March 12, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  53. marlene

    Historically, the mid-term election is hard on the majority party. But, the Majority (in this case the Democrats) need to pass the health care reform bill, because it will provide the much needed reform that has taken 60 years to pass. No more pre-existing condition denials. More Americans having health insurance coverage. The GOP has been great at promoting the fear factor. If the Democrats are successful in passing this legislation, they will be thanked by voters in November. Marlene in Mich

    March 12, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  54. Bev

    It would be worse not passing it.
    You cannot hide under a rock and expect to get reelected. You have to get out there and get things done.
    If the people have been listening to the other party, then so be it. I do not believe what they are saying.
    There are more people that want health insurance than they are saying.
    We need to help take care of the ones that don't have any. Get it passed.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  55. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, tactically they lose either way, and they know it. Therefore they will ram this unwanted, deficit busting bill through any way they can, and to hell with the people and what they want. My communications with my Democratic Representative and Senators have convinced me that none of them is willing to listen, all of them lie without remorse, and they can never earn my trust again. I know which way I'll vote in Nov. and it won't be for any incumbents.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  56. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    definately worse to NOT pass healthcare, Jack.

    after over a year of the Democrates working on it, for the people that VOTED for Obama and the Democrates in 2008 to get NOTHING would be a public relations DISASTER. they would probably all be so DISGUSTED that they would stay home in November.

    but I do know ONE thing. no matter WHAT happens, these so called "Blue Dog" "Conserva-Dems", like Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas, can ALL kiss their political careers GOODBY. Democrate voters are NOT going to put up with people that are "DINO's" (Democrates in Name Only) who do NOT support one of the basic principles of their party which is Universal Healthcare.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  57. Tina Tx

    Probably not. But if healthcare fails and your costs skyrocket thru the roof. Keep your mouth shut.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  58. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    November is not going to be a joyous occassion for the Democrats. The party and Obama have left many people down and these voters are tired of the political shennanigans and will retaliate for this nonsense in November. Send people to Washington that will do what the people want. If Obama,Pelosi,and Reid ram rod this version of healthcare through the Congress they will all livce to regret it.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  59. george coleman

    george from Crofton, Kentucky
    I am hoping that most voters understand that the politics of today suck and nobody gets relected onn either side. That's the only way we'll ever survive as the nation we know and love. Neither party gives a hoot in hell for the people. They consentrate on the party first and maybe the people lastly.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  60. don

    I think it will be worse for them to pass it, and the reason is that will be categorically fired and then their replacements will simply pass legislation that will rescind the garbage that they have passed. Wake up Democrats... the US is not a communist regime, (at least not yet)!
    God Bless America!

    March 12, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  61. Gail, Plano,Texas

    Since I have no extra sensory powers I cannot foresee the election outcome in November. But I will give u my opinion. Whatever he does, Barack Obama will be wrong. Doesn't anybody get it yet? And as far as the dude in the Washington Post is concerned where does he get off saying that the American people don't want this bill? No one has ever asked me. I want this bill to pass. I want Pres. Obama to do what no one has ever done. I want the Republicans to eat their hate. Good question, Jack. Now, how about Mitch McConnell soliciting a million dollars from Toyota to build his library in Louisville, KY? Is this not a conflict of interests?

    March 12, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  62. Bob Tampa Fl

    Beyond a doubt, worse. Failure to get it done, would mean losing a lot of the new voter involvement that was seen in 2008. But either way, I would expect incumbents, of both parties, will have difficulties.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  63. david doherty

    Jack I think that most people feel, and quite correctly, that without a public option this bill is not reform, it's just another landslide for the insurance companies. If this is allowed to pass as is, then obama will be a one term president!
    Dave from Peterborough, NH.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  64. keith in ky.

    It will be worse for the democrates and the country if this bill of bribes and back room shady deals passes! I wrote my congressman and told him if this bill passes I will hold him responsible whether he voted for it or not, and will do everything I can to see him defeated in november.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  65. Steve, Clifton, VA

    Jack

    Need I remind you that the Public didn't want or like the trillion dollar tax cuts for the already wealthy by the Bush administration, but Bush pushed them through and showed that he could govern. The Dems campaigned on health care reform , so they are merely keeping a campaign promise. To do otherwise would imply that they are not trust worthy, notwithstanding the inability to govern. That said, the Dems have to pass Health Care Reform and the public will love it once they have it. By the way Jack, the public is not opposed to "health care reform", the public is opposed to the "fear" promoted by the Republican party to a "BILL (a piece of legislation)" that has passed both houses..... The Republicans has prostituted fear to derail the Obama agenda because the Republicans know if Obama is successful, they will be a minority party for many years to come...

    March 12, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  66. Mike from Denver

    Talk about your no-win situations, Jack. If the Democrats do not pass the health care bill, they will be seen as failures. If they do pass the bill, they will be roasted for ignoring the needs of the people. Either way, voters are going to be sending a lot of Democrats home this fall.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  67. The Broker.

    'That's up to the USA. If it doesn't effect Canada it as no effect on me."

    March 12, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  68. Greg H - Minneapolis

    Jack, Democrats are facing a "damned if they do" and "damned if they don't" situation come November. If they succeed in passing health care as it is today, they risk defeat for ignoring the wishes of the very people who elect them. If they fail in passing health care, they come across as a bunch of "do nothings" who need to be replaced with someone who WILL do something! The old "elect us and we'll do this for you" ploy is not going to work this time. And while that is largely true of Republicans as well, for Democrats it is even more critical!!

    March 12, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  69. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville, Texas

    Jack, it doesn't matter. I voted on "HOPE" and I got NOPE. No matter what they do I'll vote Republican. Obama just wants a historic piece of legislation, we the people want jobs. SO far we've gotten excessive debt and "No government for the people" as promised. ALL TALK and no guts.

    March 12, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  70. Joanne from Medina

    It's a sorry state of affairs when we believe that much needed health care reform should rule the outcome of an election.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  71. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    I had already received notice from my prescription drug provider that my premiums and drug copay were going up and just today I got a notice from BCBS that my supplemental insurance coverage was going up the first of May. If we don't get a health care reform I'll campaign and vote against ever damn congressman that I can, I don't see how they can look in the mirror knowing that the American taxpayer is footing the majority of their health care cost plus a very good salary and damn good retirement. and vote against a bill that would hopefully give some relief to people that are having to pay a large portion of their income for health care.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  72. Babynuyear

    Not Passing any Bill – Stick a fork in Dems, they're done!
    Passing Bill as is – Creates momentum but need positive numbers in GDP & Unemployment.
    With the Public Option – Winners!
    Possible seat gains with positive GDP and Unemp numbers.

    The key: PUBLIC OPTION – anything less, they struggle to the death.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  73. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    Not passing it. You can not fool all of the people all of the time. Voters have time between now and the election to figure out that the insurance companies, their eight lobbyists to every congressman, and their Republican lap dogs are lying about health care reform.

    We figured out there were no weapons of mass destruction, no link between Sadam and Osama, we're a bit gullible but there is a limit to how many times anyone will believe Republican lies.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  74. Rob of Brooklyn

    at this point It doesn't make a difference who is in office- their all toast

    March 12, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  75. Albert R. K. Los Anegles

    Jack, you sound like you have been watching too much of Sarah Palin palm reading. The truth is that if health care is not reformed the Dems will appear to have lost. If they past the bill they will be winners and voters vote for winners.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  76. A. Smith, Oregon

    The Democrats will pass the Health Care bill, and if they are able to include the Public Option which forces private Insurance Giants to compete with a federal insurance policy, it will be a substantial winner for the Democrats come November.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  77. stevegee

    People are fed up with the arrogance of the Democrats. So they're going to lose seats this November no matter what .

    But, if they try to ram ObamaCare into becoming law using Chicago-style politics, we could see the demise of the Democratic Party.

    Steve in Philly

    March 12, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  78. Jeff in Minnesota

    The worst thing they could do is pass any of the proposed health care solutions that are on the table. The Amreican public knows that none of these porposals actually solves the problem at hand. These proposals are all accounting tricks to shift costs and savings (if there are any) around. Typical DC B.S.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  79. Denis Duffy

    If this health care bill passes, not only will Democrats face a firestorm in November, It will carry through far beyond 2010. Democrats are branding themselves as deaf, dumb and blind as to the voters wishes.

    Denis Duffy
    Upper Saint Clair, Pa.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  80. Dennis North Carolina

    if they do not pass health care, they will lose because the people want heath care.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  81. Layne Alleman

    Jack, From the people I've talked to, the whole deal has boiled down to the fact that the insurance industry is going to win either way; expensive, MANDATORY health insurance will be the new "Law of the Land". As far as the Democrats losing seats? Sure, but the sad fact is that they'll simply be replaced by more professional politicians who have anything but the public interests at heart. It seems the only thing we, the voters, know how to do anymore, is elect the same windbags, who promise that "EVERYTHING"S GOING TO BE OK, IF YOU JUST ELECT ME". At which point, we all go back to watching American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, and trying to find out if Tiger Woods has slipped back to his old ways. How sad. Layne A. Antioch, Il.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  82. Michael H. in Albuquerque, NM

    If democrats fail to complete and pass healthcare does that mean that we will rush to vote for the people that obstructed reform???
    Tell the pundits to get real. Just because we were frustrated by one party, that does not mean that we will vote for the party that stabbed us in the back and left us to die without healthcare. Republicans are satisfied that we are denied insurance. Republicans are fine with the doubling of the price of insurance. Republicans have no problem with people losing their homes and their lives for the lack of insurance. As long as the people see the republicans as the corporate shills and merchants death that they are, democrats are a shoo in.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  83. Ralph Spyer

    Their will come a day were more Americans will be without health care than have it. Then the big insurance companys will not be able to divide us from the have and the have nots. Universal health care will pass eventually just more Americans will have to suffer

    March 12, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  84. Kathleen Parker Charleston, SC

    Let's see – the Democratic base hates the bill because of all it left out; the Republicans hate it because it came from Obama and company; and hordes of others hate it because it costs too much. Seems like the Democrats can't win on this one. Move on quickly and get some relief on the jobs front or it is all over. Next time Obama needs to tell his party and the American people where he wants to go and why, then maybe something good can be accomplished.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  85. Darren

    Not passing because even the lobbyist written Senate version will be modified through reconciliation to weed out some it's monopoly serving measures.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  86. Charles in ohio

    Jack: I can tell you this if healthcare is not passed ,I will not vote for any Fed. office holder in my area!!!!

    March 12, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  87. Francap

    It would be worse for the Dems and better for the Reps because it would look like we cannot do what is needed for the people. And the Reps would use that as a club over our heads, and the insurance industry would pour more and more money into their coffers.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  88. Scott Stodden

    I believe in my opinion that it will defintily be far worse for Democrats if Health care does not get passed. So many people are expecting and anticipating for this bill to pass so we can all have affordable health care for all and if it does not pass it'll be bye bye to the Democrats majority in the House and Senate and could very well mean the end of the Obama administration come 2012, I certainly hope it passes!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    March 12, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  89. Nancy - Tulsa, OK

    I think the public will be more willing to fogive an admission that it was a mistake to try to force this through by unseemly and questionable methods than they will if this thing passes. The issue really is the dirty politics surrounding it, especially given the fact that Obama ran on cleaning up government, not contributing to the blatent corruption. We, the people, are tired of the bought votes, the arm twisting, the threats, the kickbacks, and everything else that is being used to shove this unpopular bill through.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  90. Don (Belleville, Ontario)

    With all his rhetoric in his campaign and post election speeches, President Obama has claimed to be a reasonable person of compromise.
    Unfortunately he has got his back up over health care reform, and now he is in some sick sort of peeing contest with the country, trying to prove he can get his way.
    He and the Democrats are much better off not passing this gargantuan health care bill, but you will never convince them.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  91. John

    Whether it would hurt the Democrats or not is difficult to say. The only sure thing is that it doesn't do anything for health care reform. It merely re-arranges the present components of the system so as to create the illusion of change. The result being that insurance and drug company profits are enhanced while the nations health continues its downward spiral.

    John – San Antonio

    March 12, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  92. Jayne

    I don't think it matters one way or the other. The people who will vote Republican have been fed a mountain of misinformation over the past year and will not vote for Democrats based on that. You should also realize that at least half of the opposition to the current reform proposal is citizens who feel it does not go far enough and that we should go straight to single payer. People who want single payer will not vote for Republicans.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  93. Diana Hughes

    It seems that not only Congress but also the Senate seems to think that money grows on trees to pay for this health plan. Instead ,why don't they worry about all the jobs being lost here or being sent overseas. How can they pass a health plan when so many Americans are out of work and couldn't pay for insurance, even if it was passed.

    Maybe if they had to go on a health plan other than the Federal Health plan they are on, they would stop and listen to the people they are suppose to represent. I think if they didn't have all the benefits, retirement, ect. there would be more of them realizing what the average person is having to do to survive.

    What happen to common sense in the people we elect to represent us.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  94. Karl from SF, CA

    Americans are suffering from ignorance of what is really in the bill. If health care passes soon, then by November it will be more then clear to Americans that they were lied to by the Republicans, et al, and will then cast their votes accordingly. Ignorance can be cured with education. If it doesn’t pass, well the liars can beat their chests and claim victory at the expense of the American people they refuse to represent and we all lose again. Didn’t we go through the same thing 45 years ago with Medicare?

    March 12, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  95. Guy from Hawaii

    Pass it or don't pass it...things will not be better for the American People. Who gives a damn what's good for the Republicans or what's good for the Democrats. The enthusiasm and involvement of the people to elect Obama in 2008 will quickly turn into frustration and apathy and a population that was injected with hope won't get decent health care anyway and the Republicans will count on them not showing up at the polls as their parties success lies strictly in squashing the hope of the disenfranchised so they stay home on future election days.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  96. Alex in Gig Harbor

    None of the above! The election results will depend more on the economic recovery.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  97. BOB WHITE, Kansas

    After an entire year of work, the Democrats better pass some kind of healthcare improvement. Since they have already messed it all up, they will surely suffer at the polls next November but perhaps not as much as if they still can't do anything, period. I just hope the voters will get rid of Baucus, Nelson, Lieberman, Landrieu, and Lincoln who took the "bribes."

    March 12, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  98. Homeless D in Atlanta

    I think that depends on whether a lot more people get laid off and lose their health care. And whether a lot of people get sick and do not have health care to see doctors.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  99. J.L from Delaware

    Thanks to the Republican response to Obama's election, the Dems are the "underdogs". Passing the Healthcare bills have to have a good result in Novemeber.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  100. Banned in Hartwell GA

    Thanks to media coverage of all the half-truths and lies of the Tea Partiers and Republicans, I think the Democrats are in for a thrashing this November anyway, but it will probably be worse if health care reform passes.
    Now, assuming health care reform passes, I predict that this time in 2012 will be a different story. Once all the scare stories are put to bed and the alligators go back into their swamps, and people see what health care reform really means I think they will like it. Hopefully the people will then vote against all those who supported the insurance companies and all the other medical businesses sucking at our veins.
    Allen
    Hartwell GA

    March 12, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  101. Mike in New Orleans

    Neither passing nor not passing health care will affect the Dems in November. As long as Rush LImbaugh, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter, and other right wing whack jobs control the party, the Dems have nothing to fear but fear itself.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  102. Landin Savannah, GA

    Since Americans seem to have a short term memory about almost everything that has to do with our country, the Dems will be fine in November if they can get health care passed and the affirm the importance of this bill. The Adminstration's prolem is that they come off so unaggressive. The last administration (boldly) pushed us into the mess that we in now, against public opposition. Why can't the Dems and the currently administration (boldly) do what is right.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  103. Judy

    There are some pretty smart people in the Obama administration. I am just hoping they wake up and smell the coffee before it is too late. Business as usual just doesn't fly anymore, and the dems are no worse for the wear when it comes to getting something done. When I think of a republican congress, I think of the Terri Schaivo mess, and my hair stands on ends.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  104. John Johannsen

    It is so much fun to watch Democrats this last yr or so – they are like chickens with their heads cut off (ever see one? They run in circles).
    John J
    WI

    March 12, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
  105. Jake J

    You get what you vote for ! Media we thank you for supporting Obama as now the American people know not ever to elect a far left radical again.
    Jake J
    Co

    March 12, 2010 at 6:52 pm |
  106. JIm Jones

    Have you ever seen such liars in all your life – I'm sure Repubs lie, but the Democrats will go down in infamy and in history as the biggest liars in history....wow have they ever made fools of themselves and especially so with this so called healthcare bill.
    We would benefit some, however with this process and dishonesty we don't and won't be tainted by the untruths.
    Jim J
    ND

    March 12, 2010 at 6:57 pm |
  107. joan

    Worse if they don't pass it .People are dying everyday, because they have no health care. The greatest courtry in the world with no HC is really sad.

    March 12, 2010 at 6:59 pm |
  108. MA in Phoenix, Arizona

    Not passing Health Care reform would be a mistake by the Democrats because it would show how ineffective the party in power can be in our broken government and unfortunately, they will also be made the scapegoats because of it. They should charge ahead because it is a loss-lose proposition any way you cut it so do what needs to be done and forget the glory-there won't be any!

    March 12, 2010 at 6:59 pm |
  109. Mike Oklahoma City

    I'll get back to you when I know what is in the bill Jack.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:00 pm |
  110. Joe Ft Walton Bch Fl

    Obama's popularity polls is dropping considerably every day. It wouldn't make any difference if the health care bill passes or not. Democrats going to lose in November election anyhow.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:01 pm |
  111. Michael Roepke - Dallas, TX

    Jack, you are speaking of the American electorate and they can only look forward a month or so and their memory doesn't reach much further back. How the Dems do depends on what happens next October.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:04 pm |
  112. michael armstrong sr.

    Obamas first year was not impresive it was wasted mostly on one bill thats run over into the next year the Democrats screwd themselves August 1st of 2009 the time between then and now was just pouring salt into a wound .

    March 12, 2010 at 7:05 pm |
  113. Don H, Gulfport, MS

    If the dems succeed in their efforts to pass the existing bill as-is November will be far worse for them than if they don't pass it. The smart move would be to regroup, quickly develop a revised bill with some bi – partisan support and then dare the hard right to vote against it. As usual, the dems are shooting themselves in both feet by overeaching, which will doom them not only this November, but for years to come.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:06 pm |
  114. Phyllis G Williams

    Worse for Dems come Nov.: passing health care or not?

    Several people have told me that they voted in President Barack because of the horrible hospital bills that have mashed them up,and they will not be voting for him again if the wealthy get to continue their fleecing of the poor and they get no relief.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:07 pm |
  115. ben stockton, calif

    once healthcare passes the masses will thank the rest of us who voted for him. whenever a presently uninsured person needs medical care he will thank god for the help he or she needs. meanwhile the gop will whine and complain even though it is deemed to be successful.... the present system is broken. a very large percentage of americans go to bed at night worrying that some catatrostrophic medical thing is needed for a child. but the illegal aliens dont have to worry. we taxpayers foot the bill for them

    March 12, 2010 at 7:08 pm |
  116. Annie, Atlanta

    Not passing it. We’re running out of options under crushing medical costs out here on Main Street. Besides, Democrats need to show a little spine sometime. Please? Something – anything?

    March 12, 2010 at 7:12 pm |
  117. Johnny, Marysville, CA

    Jack it would be worst if they do not pass the health care bill. People want action and allowing the bill not to pass would be like a deer standing in the road looking at the head lights of a car.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:13 pm |
  118. Ed, Redding, CA

    It will be worse in November if they pass nothing and worse forever if they pass it at all.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  119. Paul Cohen

    We have to pass something..more trouble if they don't pass it.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  120. JE Neal

    I think that if the Democrats pass the bill it will mean a landslide for the Repubs come November and a repeal is likely later.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  121. Michael

    You have been watching Fox News exclusively. If the Democrats don't pass health care reform, it will be a tragedy for them and for us. Don't think for one moment that if they abandon the fight that those who vote Republican will suddenly embrace them.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  122. Jen - Kansas City

    Jack-
    The better question is: "What would be worse for the American people?" The answer is clear...the passing of this particular plan. But to your point- the Dems lose either way.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  123. Greg F

    Two pollsters? Okay, did these two pollsters do any polls about this issue in the last two weeks? Why not mention the results unless of course you don't have them. Try to be at least honest even if it is just your job that's on the line.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  124. Nancy, Tennessee

    If health care reform is passed, many Democrats will lose their seats because the people have been convinced that it is being shoved down their throats. Health care reform is in real danger of being shoved, but not down our throats, under the table for another decade. By then premiums will probably be eating the rest of our meager lunches.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  125. Linda - NJ

    Jack, the dems are in deep trouble either way. The best choice here is to stand on the right side of history and pass the bill - imagine politicians doing the right thing - almost scary to even imagine such a course.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  126. Laurie

    Duh....the Dems will be slaughtered if they pass this disaster...

    Laurie
    California

    March 12, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  127. Ankit J

    Its the role of our leaders to determine what we need. There is a huge emphasis on what we want or would like, but at the end of the day, we elect politicians to make the tough decisions for us. Health care reform may not be popular, or may not be viewed positively, but its something we NEED.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  128. dee in ca

    Jack-
    The Dems will be so sorry come Nov if they try to shove this bill down our throats when we do not want it. If they don't pass the bill, they at least have a chance of being reelected in Nov.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  129. barbara knox

    we want health care. we need health care NOW! There are so many people without health care and so many people who have been screwed by insurance companies, my sister Carol Jones for one. When are we
    going to stop letting the insurance companies run our nation!!! It can't come too soon for me.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  130. Baxment Jax

    I have to tell you, the President is absolutely right on this.
    It doesn't matter how it plays out politically, but it's the right thing to do!

    It doesn't matter what the polls say. Right now, every poll says Washington should stop spending and cut the deficit. If Obama listened to that poll, we would be in an economic depression.

    Sometimes you must do the right thing even when opponents lie and demagogue reform into looking like the second coming of Satan.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  131. Bill Jenkins

    Yes! – Pass healthcare!

    March 12, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  132. Linda

    Not passing it. The Party of No has duped people, but eventually will be found out. The GOP has become anti-American.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  133. Tom

    Jack, we should not be concerned about what is good for the politicians but what is good for the American people. Most American can see that our present healthcare system will ruin our nation.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  134. larry Washburn

    If they don't pass health reform they lose my vote. WE NEED HEALTH CARE NOW>

    March 12, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  135. Jules

    If the Democrats passed the public option - which is widely supported - they might stand a chance. I've about given up on them doing anything though. What an extraordinary collection of spineless wonders.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  136. Rays Biz

    I believe Dems will be much better if Health Care Reform Passes.

    Republicans just want to bring Obama down, though people will suffer due to high cost of Health Care.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  137. M Parker

    Much worse for the democrats if they do not pass the health care bill. They will be both spineless and have no agenda. Passing the bill will at least indicate that they can do something. I also think passing the bill is best for the country and its citizens.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  138. Cal in Boca Raton

    Disaster for the Democrats. When will Washington get the point. Vote them all out, Dems and Repubs, and keep voting them out until we get a Congress that is responsive to the people

    March 12, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  139. pied type

    They've talked it to death ... and themselves in the process. Passing the bill now will just be the last nail in the coffin.

    Pied Type, Denver

    March 12, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  140. Andy - Minnesota

    The Democrats will pass a Healthcare reform bill. The bill will be a watered down piece of junk that will only get a fraction of the problems in our healthcare system solved. Republicans have done an impeccable job of fear-mongering and broadcasting misinformation, and the media (all media) has eaten it up. Our nation would have been much better off with a public option bill that Ted Kennedy passed out of his committee before his passing. The Republicans have 'kept government off my medicare' but at the expense of our nation's health.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  141. Mike in Quebec

    Lets put it this way. The US is the only country in the world that considers health care as a pay for use policy while all others see it as a right. You guys can make your own decisions but as you can see this is not working. You don't need to go to a hospital that has valet parking and fountains..... do you?

    It's shameful that the US can't just get it! As the population ages ( and this is a fact ) do you people actually think you will be able to afford insurance? No Way! Maybe this is an indication of the education system if you believe this.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  142. Olu

    Not passing healthcare bill will be worse for Democratic party in the Congress. I think they need to move on and away from this friendly disposition towards the Republicans.

    However, Republicans have almost succeeded in poisoning the mind of the public against the bill even agreeably it is not perfect but passing something is much better than nothing!

    I wonder how this will play out in the November election.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  143. annie

    Wrong! Who are they polling. There are lots of us out there suffering without healthcare or without adequate health care. The only fault I place on the democrats (and cnn) is not controlling the story. Letting big insurance companies put tons of money into defeating what would (as per the cbo) eventually save us money. They've let the right wing tell untruths (and their ramming down the throat talking point- gag) without calling them on it.. The loud tea baggers and glen beck/ rush followers do not represent a lot of us quiet sensible people who work (and even have college degrees). If reform is defeated it is only because the big money won out in telling the story. Here this: Lots of us want health insurance reform!!!! POLL THAT!

    March 12, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  144. Sara - Brklyn

    It is interesting to read the comments - seems to me that many more people want health care passed than any of these polls indicate - I've doubted the polls all along.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  145. lorrie

    it will hurt dems worse if they do not pass the health reform. The public that does not want the reform are those who are comfortable and have health ins. If the cynics did not have that health security, there would be much less discussion here. selfish people!!!

    March 12, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  146. Patrick

    Not passing it will cost them more.. Even a villiage idot knows that should it need changes, that those can be implimented later on. But it is better to start with something, than with nothing at all. So pass the bill, changes maybe forthcoming.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  147. Sally Scranton PA

    Definitely not passing it. Most people want health care reform and are realistic enough to know noone gets everything they want and mature enough to know the difference between reality and fantasy-fear.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  148. Peter, IL

    We are in dire need of a healthcare reform. It will be even worst for the Dems if they do not pass the bill.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  149. Bryan Kansas City, MO

    Not passing it would be worse, as having nothing would just prove them an utter failure incapable of giving any change – and weaken them substantially both in the short term and the long term. Yet they made the mistake in presuming most Americans care about the uninsured – which sadly, most don't. Instead, they should have (and need to) focus on informing Americans that their health insurance they -like- will skyrocket in cost or be lost in the coming years if nothing is done. The selfish need will win more support than the humanitarian selfless view. Very sad.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  150. Wayne Lykins

    Enough with the politcs. Pass it.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  151. John Pappas

    Passing this sorry excuse for a bill will galvanize and motivate the American people more than any other political issue since Viet Nam. In poll after poll, the vast majority of Americans are opposed to this bill.

    Even if President Obama, Emmanuel, Pelosi and crew somehow manage to force it through, the 112th Congress will repeal it with dozens of votes to spare, you watch. It will be an unprecedented rejection of Obama's disingenuous, rogue policy... this is clearly not the change the American people wanted.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  152. Lettie

    The Dems will find, if they shove this down our throats now... come Nov. they'll find it up their asses!

    March 12, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  153. Julie Sanders

    Hey! some of us want health care reform and support our presidnt
    were not all bought out by lobbyist, and we want the public option and some of us want our govermnt to pay for abortions what do you think of that!

    March 12, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  154. Chris

    The question is not which is worse for a particular political party, but what is the wish of the American citizens

    March 12, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  155. Henrick Beausoleil

    Not passing this health care wil be worse for the Dems.

    I dont see how we pay all these taxes and we complain of billions going to waste on wars and other gorvernment programs. And when that money is spent on the american people, those with the big brains and selfish views complain about it.

    RIGHT IS RIGHT they is no if or but about it. In fact the gorvernment need to do more and get bigger. We are the gorverment arent we. We the people elect them to represent us. If we dont like it, VOTE SOMEONE NEW IN.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  156. annie

    I meant " hear" this... typing too fast!

    March 12, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  157. Jim Green, TX, www.Inclusivism.org

    Hand down – it will be worse for Democrats if they don't pass it – and they have many months to show the American people why it was necessary – and it is the Republicans who have placed “politics” ahead of what is in in the best interest of the American people—along with our healthcare “profiteers” who could be compared to a pack of junkyard dogs!

    March 12, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  158. Diane Byers RN Galveston, Texas

    As a nurse, taxpayer and thinking person, this horrid healthcare bill is disastrous in all aspects. Democrats who betray their constituents who overwhelmingly do not want this bill, will lose more votes than they can imagine. The Democratic Party will NEVER recover

    March 12, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  159. R. Etienne

    We elected a democratic president and congress to take action on what they campaigned for "Change we can believe in" not passing the healthcare bill is not option. I don't believe the republicans have a plan to do any better. I say, vote all the incumbents out of congress to show them the real "Change we can believe in."

    March 12, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  160. Lorene

    Jack, this bill is passing! Americans want this Healthcare package, with the public option.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  161. Doreen

    What will be interesting is when the Republican praise the health care/insurance reform bill just they did with the Stimulus bill.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  162. Bob in Atlanta

    Jack,
    The question should be "What would be worse for the country?" The Dems should all be required to read JFKs "Profiles in Courage."

    March 12, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  163. Don Peterson

    The Dems will be worse off if this bill passes. Pelosi could right now drop this mess and get on to JOBS! If they keep this up, Pelosi and her whole crew will be looking for jobs themselves come November.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  164. kris

    Passing the bill against public opinion will be far worse. People are already upset at the administrations lack of course correction, or any attempts at true bi-partisan leadership. This continues to play into the hands of the GOP as they pick up support without any heavy lifting. Obama and his team shows that they currently lack any real political acumen outside of a election against a president that was himself a failure in many ways.

    People want a effective and honest government, not a bloated over regulated mess that fails to enforce properly the regulations we currently have.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  165. John Pappas, Chicago, IL

    Passing this sorry excuse for a bill will galvanize and motivate the American people more than any other political issue since Viet Nam. In poll after poll, the vast majority of Americans are opposed to this bill.

    Even if President Obama, Emmanuel, Pelosi and crew somehow manage to force it through, the 112th Congress will repeal it with dozens of votes to spare, you watch. It will be an unprecedented rejection of Obama's disingenuous, rogue policy... this is clearly not the change the American people wanted.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  166. Linda

    It will be worse for the Democrats in the fall if health care passes, because we will then have concrete evidence the neither the President nor the residing officials care one hoot about what the public wants/needs.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  167. Johnny In Georgia

    Your editorial itself is irresponsible - when the specifics of what healthcare reform actually will do are broken out and people understand it, they are overwhelmingly in FAVOR of it. It's trite, superficial polls that frame the question as you have that drive the so-called anti-reform sentiment. It's all about how you conduct the poll, not the substance of what is actually being considered here. Shame on you for perpetuating the falsehood that a majority of Americans do not want real healthcare reform - THEY DO - and, if anything, the reason to be against this healthcare reform, if at all, is because it does not go far enough, but it's a start.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  168. abraham

    They have to pass the healthcare legislation otherwise they would lose more seats. Because not passing healthcare would upset their base and the base is what would elect the democrats back in congress. I would not vote for democrats if they don't vote for healthcare.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  169. Bob Kammer

    The water has been so poisoned by the egos and greed in Congress
    that the dems cannot win this one. But passing health care in a rush and in a bill that few understand and where nobody can predict its effects will be a major issue for the party that controls Washington. Stand back for a voter tsunami. But don't smirk Republicans. You will not be seen as a savior either: where were your alternatives?

    March 12, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  170. Lucy from Virginia

    Don't give in to the scare tactics of Conservatives and their "big government" diatribe. They've used this successfully to label everything they are against. It's ashame that people can't make an educated decision and fall for the rhetoric. I work in Healthcare and have seen employees die from breast cancer because they couldn't afford what their plan didn't cover and others have to wait excrutiatingly long for bone marrow transplants to possibly arrest their disease. Government intervention is needed, like many other countries, to make our care better and more affordable for everyone. Are we proud to be 37th in the world???

    March 12, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  171. Sandra Dunbar

    The Democrats want Health Care reform and may not vote if promises are not kept and they are disappointed. Republicans on the other hand will not vote for Obama anyway. So if it doesn't pass, the Democrats will be worse off as the Republicans vote and the Democrats refrain from voting.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  172. Janet Warren

    Not passing it will be far worse. Is there really anyone out there who thought the insurance companies wouldn't find a way to turn public opinion before this could pass? Pass it and the public will wonder how they could ever have been fooled into standing against themselves, Maybe they will start to see that they vote against themselves all the time being fooled by the Republicans and the corporations for which they stand.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  173. Larry

    I believe the "Ruling class'" owned media like FOX so-called news has done its job. Americans are generally to busy to understand how important healthcare reform is SO...The only way now is to go to "Coffee partys" to try to restore the Truth that the Insurance companys and wealthy people and groups don;t want the rest of us to know about. The Distractions are a Major weapon of the truth. The Dems need to finnally grow some balls i have been saying this for years. Screw the right wing distortion machine....Something has got to give...it will happen no matter what form it takes. Eventually the tuth has a way of reaching the people hopefully it won't be too late this time.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  174. Anthony Pembroke Pines Fl

    Jack, I think many of the polls on health care reflect ignorance, people just do not understand that they'll pay this price regardless whether its in Obama's health care bill or by paying for ER visits. Americans have too short a memory and are too easily mislead, republicans and big healthcare are loving this climate.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  175. mike saunders

    I am a Canadian but I really feel for you americans. It seems to me that the two parties refuse to get along. It is disturbing to see citizens and special interest political organizations, such as the tea party movement paint the president as a socialist, not just any socialist (Adolph Hitler) as well as the joker in the latest Batman movie (who is a terrorist) .The republicans are up to political dirty tricks like usual. Remember when the CIA wife of a former ambassador's cover was blown. Someone should have gone to jail for that. They keep getting away with stuff and never answer for their actions. How about the torture? They get away with murder. In the end this reflects on the American people themselves. The president cares for the american people that is why he is trying to pass a health bill for everyone and not just those who can afford it. Pretty soon no one will be rich enough to afford it.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  176. Paul Cohen

    It's what we all voted for.. Obama... change ..well here it is. Let's get this passed and get something else moving forward. Let's do something..situation is out of control..
    North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Surfs up!
    If we really wanted change we would have all voted for Ralph Nader. Voting for a Republican or Democrat or Independent is voting for the old school ways..Washington is out of control, we need someone who isn't a politician and someone who cares for the people.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  177. SteveinFL

    Really Jack? Really? Are you really so easily duped or are you purposely spreading Republican propoganda? Anyone with even a passing knowledge of our sorry pundocracy knows that Caddell and Schoen are shills - wolfs in sheep's clothing. Do some basic research on your sources for crying out loud.

    Don't bite on the talking points: America needs health care reform and the people know it. We won't get as much reform as we need (which is the source of about 24% of the :opposition") but its a start. Pass the bill, and we will see in September how the people feel about it.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  178. Gailen

    Jack: The Democrat's will be better of in November if they pass the Senate Health Care Bill. It will show that Washington can get something done. If they don't it will show that its the same as always and nothing important gets done.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  179. Jason Rodman

    Passing the current healtcare bill will have catastrophic consequences for the Democrats this November. The very idea of this administration and Congress ignoring the will of the people will infuriate voters much more that if they had done nothing at all for healthcare. The American people detest a tyrant. Passage of this bill will be the equivalent of political suicide for the vast majority of those who vote for it.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  180. Kyle

    If they pass the bill, it will atleast keep the companies that oppose it from spending 200 million a year to lobby against it!

    March 12, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  181. Dennis from Seattle

    Not passing any type of health care will be a great loss for the Demo. and the Pres. After such a long stupid debate if they lose it they will lose also.
    Again, how do the Rep. keep winning these things when there ideas are insane. Health care for all, that's bad I don't get it. I don't mind paying taxes to help fellow Americans less fortunate. If Rep. are so self righteous, patriotic, and religious then how can they let so many people die and suffer, a real mind boggling stance.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  182. DavidNv

    If this Bill passes I believe that the U.S. will soon be going down the road of Greece. It will only take a few more times of Our government not listening to the people. Like Illegal Immigration Amnesty and the continued power of the Government growing out of control. The Dems would be smart to scrap the Health care bill and just work on getting the people back to work.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  183. Bee

    How many of the "public" have read the bill? Are they just listening to the GOP saying that Medicare will lose some benefits? How about the abortion issue? According to what was said at the "summit" a couple of weeks ago, there is NOT any of this in the bill!

    March 12, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  184. Ian

    I think that passing the health care bill will probably hurt democrats more than not in the upcoming elections. As to whether or not they dilute themselves into believing this is the will of the people in spite of our clear opposition to the terms of the bill...I don't believe this to be true. One thing that I have learned from observing politics throughout the years is that if we could only see were the money comes from and goes to everything would be perfectly clear.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  185. William and Diana

    You are just repeating republican propaganda, the rich will do anything they can to keep their money, they manage to take from the poor and they want to keep it, so they will slander and make up stories and do what ever they need to do to keep their wealth, example it was the rich that imported the black man as slaves and it was the poor that paid the price in the civil war. Everyone should have equal health care regardless of economic status, we can't forget that the poor are American too

    March 12, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  186. Ernie B

    I've been hearing about and periodically expecting sweeping health care system changes since I was about 16 years old...I just turned 59! If President Obama lets the Demorepublicrats wimp out on even this feeble but doable measure, a pox, of whatever size, upon all their political houses!

    March 12, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  187. James

    I think the Democrats will do better if they pass healthcare reform...The CBO says it will reduce the deficit I believe the CBO..Healthcare cost are killing the economy.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  188. Jan - Lancaster, PA

    Well ... the last couple of years has been very telling with respect to our government. The GOP won't govern and it now appears the Dems can't. Many of us voted in the Dems to correct problems caused by the GOP & because we need healthcare reform. All they had to do was pass healthcare reform, not cater to special interests. If the Dems don't pass the public option / expand medicare, they will be SOL in November because there isn't much there that affects anyone for four years to be able to assess the impact of the changes. Without regulations controlling the premiums charged by the insurance companies, it will be open season on the middle class & the profits will sky rocket & health care will drop.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  189. Sarah

    Not passing it! For the United States to be considered a "world leader" means that the United States should be setting examples worth following. Recognizing that health care is a RIGHT not a privilege is a GREAT place to start. without that, why is Secretary Clinton even bothering to fight for women's and human right's in the rest of the world? I can't believe I am living in an age where we can justify a clearly illegal war, yet continue to deny that we have more serious problems here at home. If you ask me all our international mischief is a guise to keep us from focusing on the thing that clearly matters most in this country: how to most effectively fleece the American public while keeping them subjugated to a clearly broken social system.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  190. maria

    it's time to stop think about politics and think about the people , we need a afforable health care now and i meanig now not in the next election not in the next centurie

    March 12, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  191. Charles S

    The Democrats will not face disaster if they pass the public option bill. Barack Obama was elected president by the people who knew his plans for health care. The majority of Americans do want this bill, but even if we are a minority, health care must pass. Thousands of citizens die every year due to lack of insurance. We need this reform now even if it is unpopular at first.

    Just because something is unpopular does not mean it should not be pursued. The Civil Rights Movement was unpopular at first. That did not stop the Supreme Court to uniamously support Brown V. Board of Education and receive support from Kennedy.

    Sometimes you have to go an unpopular route for a long-run achievement.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  192. steve- virginia beach

    Worse. It's game-over for Democrats already but the more of the same they dish out to us, the longer we'll remember hence the longer their banishment. We despised Repubs by 2006 but Democrats have taken destructive politics to a whole new level. Pelosi has already predicted that it will be 100 years before they get another shot at what they're trying to do (to us) now. I hope she's right.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  193. gloria richards

    The Democrats must pass healthcare reform. The Republicans want very much to see the defeat of reform in healthcare, banking regulations--et cetera, et cetera--in order to paint the Obama administration as incapable of leadership.

    The healthcare reform bill may not be perfect but it will positively affect the current runaway rates and unfair business tactics of corporate health insurance companies enough to break through this decades old nonsense about the dangers of involving government in health issues. Actually, along with the Congressional health care program, which works just fine, millions of servicemen and women and their dependents have enjoyed the government paid doctors, nurses, dentists and opticians for decades.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  194. Harry Moscatiello

    Passing it will be worse for the Democrats and I am a Democrat.

    They were trying to get the Republicans on board for political cover over a badly designed and unpopular bill. Get rid of the Anti Trust Exemption, create a system for state run malpractice arbitration and limit awards since states are who license doctors, and creat a low cost, minimum care, safety net for those without insurance. That is what the people want.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  195. Abner in Michigan

    I really don't care whats worse for either party in November. There are millions of Americans, like myself, who are waiting for affordable health care.... waiting to go to the doctor....waiting to take our children to the doctor....anyone who says a goverment option is bad for the country already has healthcare I'm sure. Two years ago I might have said the same thing.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  196. Nino toscano

    If the health care bill wont pass it will be devastating for the Dems, but most of all it will be bad for us American people, family and business alike.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  197. Joseph Kavanaugh

    Jack,
    The best thing the democrats could do by November is to scrap the whole healthcare issue and go back to the drawing boards. This will improve upon a better plan and the republicans most like ly will get on board because they will feel there message has been heard. Don't get me wrong, change needs to happen.... Analogys..... If a child was starving to death, it is not good to stuff his mouth with alot of food but to give it little bites till he has enough strength to eat on his own...To bring in a big fish ya dont yank the line but give a little line and reel it in when resistance subsides...Patience is a virtue..🙂

    Postal Joe Rock Hill, NY

    March 12, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  198. linda

    why wouldn't people want health reform? if the democrats can't get this passed,,big business has won their fight preying on the ignorant. btw,,the polls are polling the few americans who still have a land line,,, and who are they?,,senior citizens who have health care. Nobody polls the masses who only have a cell phone. If they could poll the masses that do not have land lines,,i bet the results would be in favor of the reform.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  199. Joan Capewell

    The question is not which wili be worse for the democrats but which will be worse for the American people. We need to cover all of our citizens with health care as does every other industrialized nation. To not do so would be a loss for all of us, not just a political party . When are we going to stop corporate America from running our government? When are we going to be a country " of the people, by the people, and for the people"? Or have we all lost all hope!

    March 12, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  200. David Horvath

    I for one hope they do pass it, and think they will have a harder time in the fall if they don't.. Personally, I'm a bit tired of hearing "Americans are against this bill." I am for it and I am very much an American and a decorated Marine. Indeed, I was among the 60% or so Americans that was for the House bill, and think 10-20% of those not for the Senate bill feel that way because the Senate bill does not go as far as the house bill did.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  201. Paula in Stuart, FL

    NOT passing health care reform would be far worse for the democrats and for the Country. It's a crime that the richest nation on Earth doesn't have health care for all of it's citizens! NOW is the time and we are going to do it NOW!

    March 12, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  202. Francesco

    Congratulations! You cited an article from the leading neoconservative op-ed section in the country. The truth is Americans are only against health care reform when you word the question in your poll as pejoratively as you lead into your blog questions.

    Jack, when did you start shilling for the republicans? Are you trying to protect yourself from the taxes that people in your bracket (over 250k) will have to pay after the bush tax cuts expire?

    And I don't expect this to make the air, but if it does let Wolf know he's a clown

    March 12, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  203. Emmanuel

    Most of us who voted for the President (and democrats) want healthcare reform. We did our duty and voted. It is now their turn to do what we voted them in to do. Reform healthcare. Polls will sway, but when democrats face those who sent them in, the question will be..Did you do what we sent you in to do? If they passed healthcare, they can say yes. If they voted against it, then the answer will be no. A no answer will disqualify the democrat for further consideration in my book.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  204. Tom

    It would be political suicide for the Dems NOT to pass health care. Our frustration with the party is not what they suppossedly stand for but their inability to accomplish anything. Health care is a core platform issue the people voted for in 08. The diminished interest is not the peoples want for reform, but their lack of faith in congress, in particular the senate.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  205. wilma schwartz

    Voting for the health care bill will be absolutely worse for the democrats. I voted for Obama (the worst decision in the 83 yrs. I have lived on this earth).

    Went to see the dr. yesterday and she poked around a bit and then gave me an argument about taking a lung test (I had smoked for 30 yrs.) SHE IS ALREADY STOPPING PREVENTIVE CARE FOR PEOPLE ON MEDICARE. SEE WHAT I MEAN?

    March 12, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  206. Darrell (Florida)

    There are to many Americans without badly need Health care. They are on the right track.

    The President said that he would put this issue to rest while running for the office. He is doing just what he said he would.

    It is so easy to help others, but without helping our own how can we really help others. Help starts at home and then goes to others.

    Darrell
    Florida

    March 12, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  207. Barry mostovoy

    When given the facts not the "talking points" by republican leaders the polls show the American people do want health reform and want whats in this hrealth bill.
    The democrats will not receive another "dime" from me if they do not pass a health reform bill!

    March 12, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  208. Pamela holt

    Foley,al. If health reform is not passed then it will be worse for the dems.... I believe that the computers are being manipulated , when it comes to the polls. Also would the republicans really be trying to help the democrats, by warning them that they would lose during the 2010 elections. That's what"s called reverse strategy, and they"re bluffing all the way. I believe it will be more in line with what my husbands republican dr. Told him during his dr. Visit, if the democrats pass healthcare reform, then we will never get another republican president in office. He was upset, and serious. President Obama needs to hone up on his chess skills.by passing healthcare reform , it will definitely be a. CHECKMATE!!!!

    March 12, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  209. Don Delaney

    Democrats are not listening to the base and will be slaughtered in November. Without the Public Option, cost will skyrocket and the bill will have been for naught.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  210. gary wilson

    I think political parties should not care about what is good or not good for their particular party. They should be thinking more of what is good for the people. The health of the people and their ability to access health care should be on the minds of everyone. Add a couple of cents to every gallon of gas that is sold in the country to help pay for health care. The money realized from this would probably go a long way in helping to pay for this.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  211. Mark and Felice Shapiro

    Jack –
    The Dems should pass the Healthcare Bill. It may not be best for them, but it is best for the country and its people. The Republicans and right wing have lied so much, and, when you have a news media like FOX, that actually helps organize rallies against whatever Obama has put forward, what do you expect! They have old people so afraid, that is how it works.CNN has also not been true to its neutrality. It spends too much time worrying about not taking sides. Therefore, it is taking sides. the American healthcare industry has taken us down the river, and many people, including my wife, are paying exhorbitant amounts for insurance. People who are on the right, who do not have insurance, I know personally, just go to the ER and take advantage of the system. they have no face.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  212. Ron

    The people who are concerned the most are the ones unheard of.
    These people are the ones with jobs and benefits but the benefits\
    consisting of hospitalization is getting extremely too expensive for the
    company and employee. My projected opinion is that the industry along with a few movers and shakers want to eliminate insurance
    and have pay as you go.
    I would be willing and able to pay if in all other categories the United States place amonst the top countries. But this not being the case the
    convincing evidence is the need to make a profit over and above
    care and consideration.
    I am in favor if I was not buffaloed into thinking this would be worse
    than anything is now....

    March 12, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  213. Mike

    Oh come on. This thing is going to pass and you know it. You also know the Dems & Repubs are going to continue to throw dirt across the aisle. Fact of the matter is, the Republican Party is just not ready for a nonwhite President, plain and simple. And, who is going to be their great white hope for 2012, the naked guy from Massachusetts, the nutcase Alaskan princess, or maybe even Governor Goodhair from Texas? President Obama said he was going to reform Healthcare, and he is going to do it. Too bad he ain't a better salesman, but he is an astute politician. We'll see what happens in November, good, bad and/or ugly. Maybe at least I will be able to fill my prescriptions by then.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  214. Subhash

    For Democrats it is heads they loose,tails Republicans win! They are in a mess .God save them !

    March 12, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  215. Christine Saulsberry

    We want healthcare reform. No doubt about it. You polls are mostly the opinion of Rebuplicans, because they are the ones to most likely watch CNN. And the fact that you continue to make "they are going against public opinion"a sound bite, does not change anything. I believe that CNN is a republican cable network-only purpose it to move opinions in favor of republicans.

    Christine S.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  216. Dan

    Jack,

    There's a 3rd option...go back to square one with participation by all parties in Congress. Continue forward working hand in hand through a bill of consensus measures that will gain support of a large majority in both houses. However, this will still not accomplish the goal on the minds of most Americans...jobs and the economy. This November all incumbents are going to feel the wrath of the voter. Short answer...passing the bill as it sits will now will give Americans just enough time between now and November to recognize it does nothing to solve their immediate problems...just as they have done with the bailouts and the stimulus.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  217. Trisha

    If they don't pass health care, I'll be the first registered democrat to vote everyone of them out. What happened to government for the people by the people for the people's HEALTH? What happened to taking a stand for the people you represent? It isn't about politics, its about health and quality of life for everyone, not just the misrepresenting big insurance.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  218. Donna

    Jack,

    I think that what you read today about the Democrats and Health Care is wrong. You and others report that the majority of the US is against the health care bill. I must be missing something because I do not think that this statement is true and neither do any of the people I know feel that way either. The polls include such a small sampling that I do not see how any intelligent person can draw true results from such.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  219. Joseph,Fredericksburg,VA

    Once the Health Care Bill passes, and the President is able to concentrate more on the economy and bringing jobs back; come November, all will be forgotten. The American People have a short memory span...(ie; Bernie Maddoff, Michael Jackson, Earthquake in Haiti, Etc.)

    March 12, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  220. Bee

    I think that those who vote AGAINST bill should have their picture and name on the interenet! We don't get this information.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  221. Pat

    It will be harder for Democrats politically if a health care bill is not passed, because then the Republicans can scream, with their media cheerleaders supporting them, that they lack the ability to govern.

    Republican politicians have made it their life's goal to prevent the current administration from passing anything. The jerks lie about the bills not being bipartisan, even though each bill has included input from their side. They direct all of their energies towards defeating ANY bill promoted by the Democrats rather than thinking for a moment about the needs of the American people.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  222. Don from Troy Montana

    I"m with Dennis Kucinich on this matter as I am with most other matters political and if he doesn't want to sign on to this so called health care reform that is now going through congress then I don't think that we the people would want it either. I like Dennis say we need to hang tough and hold out for the public option and we don't need no stinking mandated health care bill getting signed into law that would be the sweetest deal yet for the already filthy rich insurance industry. I would hope that other voters as myself are taking mental notes before the election comes in November to see who the sellouts are and vote accordingly.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  223. TEC49

    Jack, I think they should push this bill through and once it passes we'll be OK. If it doesn't pass the rep. party is done "put the fork in them" Our President is in great shape and the ones that support him will be in great shape also. It's great to be alive!

    March 12, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  224. Rev. Dick Viney

    As a Registered Democrat, I am disgusted with their lies from the President on down. They have gone to the gutter with others. TheHealth Bill should fail..and I will vote to de-office anyone I can, who votes for it.

    Dick
    Alamo, Texas

    March 12, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  225. williamsholar

    Jack, the day that you have something good to say about Healthcare
    Reform and the Democrats is the day I will take one of your polls or opinions seriously. The people that you poll about health Care already have it. The real American public never get counted because ass holes like you never ask. Ask the millions of Americans who don't have health Care and see if they want the Bill to pass? If you're not going to do that, Keep your damn mouth shut! I'll be glad when CNN fires your dumb ass!

    March 12, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  226. Allen Scott, Philippines

    Jack,

    The answer is neither. Pass or Don't Pass they are in trouble. Why do they believe that they know better than the majority of Americans? That is nothing but sheer arrogance. It is not just the Democrats, Republicans are in danger too. $12 trillion dollar debt, prices, unemployment, i.e. the ECONOMY. I thought maybe Congress got the message before the Christmas break, but I guess they feel the masses just don't understand. To bad only one-third of the Senate is up for re-election. It is time to clean the House (yes pun intended).

    March 12, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  227. Jonathan O - Davenport, FL

    If the Dems do pass this bill, it will probably be bad for their party. Why? Because of the hypocrisy of the American people. They say that they hate big government, that the government should be limited, that people should rely on themselves. But what happens when there's a war, a recession, or a need for social change? Who do these same people call? The government. Washington, protect us. Washington, give me money b/c I lost my job. Washington, get us out of this recession. But at the same time, they want Washington to stay out of their lives. Hypocrisy. That's what it is. I hope this bill gets passed, even though most people dont like it. Because even though it might be bad for the Democratic party, it will be better for the American people, and thats what matters in the end.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  228. P Garduno

    Mr. Cafferty are you one of the big investors in the insurance companies. They are the one to benefit should the Health Care Bill not pass.

    The Democrats will not suffer President Obama will have everyone who needs insurance backing him up. The Senate and Congress will also have the support of the people during the election. The polls are not accurate they are supported by Republicans who are for the Rich. They are purchasing propaganda advertisements by spending millions of dollars in negative advertisements against the Health Bill.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  229. Sandra in Colorado

    Jack, It will most definitely be worse for the Dems if they do NOT pass a defensible health care bill. This is not just a political or dollars-and-cents issue; it is a MORAL issue! Companies that make a "killing" - pardon the pun - on the backs of sick and dying people cannot even be classified as amoral. They and, individually, their decision makers are indulging in what amounts to "evil" behavior in that it results in the physical, emotional and/or financial deaths of literally millions of human beings. How bad does it have to get before those complacent and/or ignorant among us wake up to the fact that they are supporting immoral activity and, therefore, becoming complicit in it? Actions have consequences.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  230. Tim

    It will be worse for the democrats if the bill passes. They don't get it this is not what the American people want. If I had some much disregard for what my boss told me he wanted I would get fired as would most people. I think congress has forgot who the boss is "We the People". I would not want to be an incumbent in the fall, it goes beyond republican or democrat, they all ought to be scared.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  231. Gia in Los Angeles

    DEFINITELY way worse if they DON'T get it passed! The only reason people think they are against health care reform is because of the insurance lobbyists who back all these erroneous advertisements and the Republicans who are in their pocket and are convincing people it's not good, as well as being total obstructionists. That said, the Democrats need to do WAY better in explaining the bill and what it will achieve.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  232. Anthony Jones, Galveston, TX

    If the U.S. Congress does not pass an adequate health care bill, both parties are in for it, and that does include our illustrious Texas senators. I personally will muster as many voters as humanly possible to vote those SOBs out'a there. They get their health care, and I propose that if this congress does not pass it, they too should have all health care benefits removed as well as a cut in pay. I think Americans will support this as a "budget reduction" tool.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  233. Joann

    Jack, it doesn't matter if the Democrats win or lose, the American people will win when we reform the health care system. I am so tired of people not telling it like it is. I lived in Germany as a student and have worked in health care for many years, the health care system in the United States is appalling. Germany's system was great.
    What is wrong with us?
    Joann

    March 12, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  234. jvw

    not passing will be worse...most all my friends and family want it to pass and none of us have been poled, so who is getting poled that says they don't want it to pass?

    March 12, 2010 at 7:26 pm |
  235. Michael Smith

    The Democrats should pass health care reform. The main reason the polls show the public is against it is because we've been bombarded with false anti health care reform commercials paid for by . . . the insurance companies. But ultimately it's us, the people who presently pay for medical insurance. Wonder why the insurance rates have sky-rocketed lately? Take a big guess.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:26 pm |
  236. Stanley Johnson

    Jack, I understand the majority of the people who has and can afford Insurance are not in favor of this bill. People do not like changes.

    Does any one think about the people who can not afford medical care during pregnancy and childhood. Those who are not taken care of then will be a bigger problem in the future due to health reasons. The tax dollars or increased premiums has to take care of their emergency treatments.
    In addition more and more people have become uninsured due to un-affordable premiums. The way we are going, we will have more uninsured in a quarter century than insured. Thanks
    Stanley Johnson, Palm Harbor, FL.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:26 pm |
  237. Allyn

    If our representatives in Washington fail to pass real health care reform, it won't matter whether democarats or republicans are in office. The American people will be the real losers.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  238. Rich, Cherry Hill, NJ

    Passing the bill will be disaterous for the Dems. They tout the fact that voters don't like the bill, but agree with its goals. However, they fail to understand the distinction between ageeing with the bill's goals, but rejecting the means to achieve those goals.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  239. DJ in Nagano, Japan

    What everyone in the mainstream media seems determined to ignore is that a huge percentage of the people who oppose this bill oppose it because it doesn't go nearly far enough. Put in a Medicare Option for All – that is let anyone who wants to buy into Medicare at cost – to be implemented immediately, and the Dems would clean up in November. The thing most of us hate about this bill is that it requires us to buy private insurance, but doesn't give us any way to do that without just lining the pockets of the fat cats who have already stolen so much from us.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  240. Christine Zacher

    It will be far worse for the democrats if they do not pass health care. The media and the conservative talk shows have done a wonderful job of portraying any democratic idea as socialist...Today Texas passed a bill in which the government will control what can be printed in history textbooks of the state...talk about government control!! The move wreaks of racism and an inability to accept the multi-cultural culture that we have become...In the end, the republicans will use any type of propaganda to block the ideas of democrats who represent America as it is today. If the bill does not pass, the democrats will appear to be spineless. I for one, am joining the Coffee Party tomorrow. It is time to take our country back from the narrow minded, conservative mentality.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  241. Del

    Those polls are probably skewed regarding 75% of the people not wanting the health bill. Most likely, those who say they don't want it are on Medicare or some other plan, so why the hell are they allowed in the poll. It will be better to pass the bill especially if it is proved that people who want to keep their current plans are allowed to to so.

    Del Shingletown, CA

    March 12, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  242. Suzanne Taipei, Taiwan

    How did the focus on health care shift to the politicians and away from the people that need the coverage. It began with concern for people and has become only a political debate. The concern needs to be placed back on the important people... the insured and uninsured and away from the unimportant people... the Democrats and Republicans. For those who need the coverage, I am sure they could care less which is worse for the Democrats. Let's rethink the focus!

    March 12, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  243. Ralph

    It will definitely be worse for the Democrats if they fail to pass health care: it would signify failure after a year's work, it would show they are unable to govern, it would show they pander to the polls, it would discourage their base, and it would show they are still being battered by "swift-boater" tactics. The American public wants health care/health insurance reform. The negative poll numbers reflect America's lack of faith in our politicians to get it right. The Democrats need to get health care reform accomplished now and take steps like this to restore faith in government.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  244. Mick Fraser

    Jack;

    If the health care bill dies, the Dems will too.

    If it passes, the Dems will still be killed.

    They should have used reconciliation a year ago, because bipartisanship is a fallacy in Washington.

    If health care doesn't pass, the long predicted civil war between the rich and the poor will be right around the corner. Get er' done.

    Mick
    Alabama

    March 12, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  245. Scott

    It will be worse for the Demorats if they fail.

    BTW – Have you noticed that almost all of those who are predicting that the Health Care Bill is going to fail big time are Republicans?

    Aren't these the same group of politicians that once said that Social Security was a bad idea and that civil rights needed to wait for a better time in the future when things weren't so tense?

    So, if we don't do something now, when will we? It's been a decade and a half getting back to this point.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  246. ted

    I have been a life long Democrat.
    But I do not find this heat bill to be good fot the usa.

    I agree with the provisions that there should be no pre existing conditions and the lack of lifetime limits and the need for portability. But this bill is bad due tto all the other things in ti.

    Start over and just pass the things the American people want.

    Ted

    March 12, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  247. Jesse M

    Jack,

    I am a retired General Motors employee, over 37 years and have experienced many changes. Health care affects american business to compete in global competition.

    It's time for a Health Care Bill to be implemented. I am tired of the Republican Party wanting to do things their way. I will not be voting for any Republican Senator or Representative who do not support a Health care bill. I am tired of the party of no! They don't want to do nothing! We should cancel their health care and let them go out and buy their own. This includes those flakey democrats that flip flop and do not represent what is in the best interest of our nation, and not a selective few people.

    Starting over again and doing nothing is insulting to people who do what God leads them to do and not the Republican or Democratic party.

    Note: Want to save money on education, it's time to consolidate the school systems and reduce the high administrative costs.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  248. Phil

    It will be worse for the Democrats if they do not pass health care. If it does not pass the health industry will go wild with price increases, as if the increases are not bad enough now. Maybe when health care takes 50% of a family's income, and a 100 million people are without coverage, people will think something needs to be done.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  249. Merrill Steinberg

    Democrats will be worse off if they do NOT pass a health care bill!!! To begin with, I do not believe that a majority do not want the bill passed. More importantly, I believe that the public has been terribly mislead by the distortions, and outright lies, about the legislation. After health care reform becomes a reality, and the public realizes the overall benefits that it provides, it will endorse what the Demos have accomplished in spite of the stupidity and selfishness of the majority of the public.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  250. Jerome

    Democrats will face a worse disaster if they DO NOT pass healthcare. No self respecting Democrat will vote for the democrats if they fail to get the job done. May as well have a worthless Republican as a gutless Democrat.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  251. R Dayne

    Forcing a bill that spends Millions AGAIN and doesnt do anything solves nothing. Caps on perscription pricing or aide there alone would make a difference. People need help to at least over come conditions or the cost will be enormous. My perceriptions cost over $500 a month "on a plan" thats a car or modest house payment . Let them start with one part and then goto the next. Trying to do it all at one time is a foreseen doomed outcome. I see no hope if it goes through of solving any problems. I will not vote DEM in nov.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  252. J.K. Hanbury

    The waters have been so successfully poisoned by the GOP that many Americans who would benefit from this bill will likely continue to suffer. Better Obama gets this passed and hangs onto his base.

    The GOP is setting the bar for the next Republican president with their tireless attacks on anything Obama, Lord help them.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
  253. Pete - Hiawassee, GA

    D.amned if you do, d.amned if you don't.
    Since most politicians have little or no concience my bet would be enough will vote YES just to stay alive within the party which is No.1 to them, above all else. They know the average American's attention span is that of a 5 yr. old and that come November this will all be a distant memory.
    Some things never change.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
  254. Don in NY

    Passing the Health Care Bill is absolutely necessary for our Country and for the Democratic Party that needs to face down the status quo, regardless how noisy and beligerant. The culture of instant gratification that drowned us with the words "Mission Accomplished" without paying the war bill is one that needs correction with discipline. We must have health care now for our present and for our future.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
  255. Dan

    Jack,

    November...

    Independence wins!
    BY-partisanship loses!
    Incumbents go home!

    March 12, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
  256. J. from Germany

    Jack, what makes you believe these pollsters are not being paid by the insurance companies to kill reform for obvious reasons. For all I know this bill is a good one, because Republicans tend to go with opposites. they don't like this bill which means its great. It's just so sad that the American people and media are going to demonize and penalize the demoocrats and Obama for all these, while in fact the real culprits are the republicans who messed up everything but kept on lying to the American people and got away with it for 8 years.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:29 pm |
  257. Bryan Sutherland

    Jack, most of your respondents either support any reform, or hate everything and everyone, including any reform and want a third party; so or your credible responses working within the confines of reality, the vast majority believe the Dems must pass something, and that will be reflected in the election. PASS A BILL – Add a public option later if the people want it later.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:29 pm |
  258. Ray McKeighan

    It is time for Health Care Reform. As L.B.J said "Any jackass can kick a barn down, but it takes a carpenter to build one." Apparently, like Medicare & Social Security which also were resisted, today's struggle for Health Care Reform we sees the same party of obstructionists in the mirror.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:29 pm |
  259. HB

    Passing the health care reform bill will come at a cost to Democrats in November elections, but they can stand tall and know that they have laid the groundwork for future generations to have a health system that would be the envy of the world. As for Republicans, the Tea Party and the rest of those ignoramouses, they can tag along with Rush and go to Costa Rica and catch yellow fever.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:30 pm |
  260. Bill in Austin

    Not passing some form of healthcare reform would be much worse. Everyone I know thinks insurance policies for healthcare.usa is getting worser and worser every year we have to renegotiate what we thought we had, but no. Someone in DC has to step up and do the right thing. This thing has been kicked down the road for way too long and the crisis gets more dire and the remedy gets harder the longer we wait. Our economy has suffered at the hands of the for-profit insurance paradigm for way too long. Get on with it already.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:30 pm |
  261. rich sottilaro

    The media like the republican congress talk in double speak. That is they say one thing then contradict themselves 2 minutes later or they propose something then vote against it!! Outrageous. If I where a constituent in any red state and my congressmen was pulling all this bull#*@! I would be ready to vote them out in November and that's exactly what is going to happen. Also how can you say most Americans don't support health care but see the need for change?? Doesn't make sense. The majority DO support health care reform because they are educated about the issue TOTALLY and not swayed by some idiot from the right telling me my grandmother is going to die!!! The same people that brought you brithers!!! What a joke. I can't be swayed because I have a brain first of all and I certainly don't like being lied to every minute of every day. That is for the brain dead Tea Party morons to live in LIES!! Remember "there is nothing so powerful as the truth" Daniel Webster! So lie all you want! Any American with brains can see through all the circus routines from the right wing nuts!!

    rich
    nj

    March 12, 2010 at 7:30 pm |
  262. John

    What happened to the polls cnn used to talk about ,the one that showed health care a "slam dunk" with approval at 77% shortly before the 2008 election. I don't believe the people have changed their minds that much , I know health care has not changed for the better. I have noticed the majority of your advertisers are also anti health care reform , maybe that has something to do with your coverage

    March 12, 2010 at 7:30 pm |
  263. jim Blevins

    One reason why we have a representative form of government is that public opinion can be quite volatile, especially when a huge amount of money is being spent to sway that opinion. There are many, often contradictory reasons why people oppose what the Senate passed. It is unlikely that any alternative (including doing nothing) would get more support. If the bill is dropped, many Democratic supporters will give up on the Democrats. If the final bill is passed, it can be hoped that most Democratic supporters will come to see that this was the best that could be done. If nothing else, many fewer people will die from lack of proper health care.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    March 12, 2010 at 7:30 pm |
  264. mark in indiana

    Since it is true that more and more people are finally understanding the danger of big government, the Dems will certainly lose more popularity if they pass the HC Bill – and thereby greatly increase the size of government. While it is true that most people want HC reform, it only means they want lower HC costs. Not only does that not necessarily imply more government, it implies less; since big government is the main cause of high HC costs – thanks to Medicare and over-regulation which only serve to drive out small-business competition and eliminate its cost-lowering effect.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:31 pm |
  265. bwswinslow

    Jack, What polls are you listening to. I really don't talk to anyone who doesn't want health insurance/care reform. Look at the adds everyday, you can see who is behind this. Let's get it over with. Then elect common sensed representatives who walk without a lockstep. This question ranks with most of CNN's ridiculous quest for poor coverage. I thought you got rid of Lou Dobbs. CNN truly has turned out to stand for Cable Commentary Network.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:31 pm |
  266. Jim Trowbridge

    When more people than ever feel that they have no control of there own lives the Dem's are pushing with all they have for us to have less control. If they pass this they will face more problems than they have now. They need to focus on our economy. I guess they forgot about jobs and financial stability during these 12 months wasted(I have not!) President Obama has done nothing positive with foreign affairs or even attempting to bring the people of the United States together to inspire any type of patriotism, I guess the good thing is most of my Republican and Democrat friends are agreeing and feel this is the wrong direction at this time. That is a plus!!

    Jim
    Missouri

    March 12, 2010 at 7:31 pm |
  267. Gerald Mosley

    I feel that we need Health Care and we need the Public Option
    along with the votes from the republicans, also, if only to show
    they do care about people. not just power and money.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:32 pm |
  268. chris

    The democrats should pass health reform and soon. Look, republicans are doing some real crying about the dem. having power now. Sorry, but republicans had their chance at power and took us to the worse recession since the great depression. This country was on the verge of collapse. Republicans should just realize that democrates have better policy that benefits all american people, not just the upper 2%. Think about it. Under the democrates we have surpluses, and though the country will always have problems to solve, i think it's clear that democrates can manage government. Under the republicanss, we have great recessions headed for great depression. Hum Jack! You do the math!

    March 12, 2010 at 7:32 pm |
  269. Daniel Canada

    Pass it now,not later and let's the campain goes on........Dems will be fine and if they don't pass it it will be very shamefull and Americans desrve better than this.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:32 pm |
  270. Jerry

    Jack,I will not Thank the Democratic Majority for passing this so called healthcare plan,I voted for them last time,I won't do it again.Nothing makes me more upset with congress is when they don't listen to the will of the people.And Obama doe's not care what he signs, he will sign anything,call it a win over republican's, and his legacy.This has 2.5 years of lame duck status, and no re -election written all over it. If this is passed by reconciliation,republican's will be in all out war.
    Jerry/ Iowa

    March 12, 2010 at 7:33 pm |
  271. Bill, Las Cruces, NM

    The republicans have managed to poison the well so Americans are swayed by rhetoric rather than facts. (So what's new about that?) Healthcare is expensive and if we don't do something, it will break the bank. Expensive because there are many uninsured who still need healthcare. Doctors and hospitals have to try to recover the costs of furnishing healthcare to the people who are not insured and who can't pay for insurance (assuming they could get it) but who still need care. You can be angry at these folks, but you are blaming the victim. We can give the healthcare professionals a rational field to practice in by reforming how we insure the population so doctors and hospitals don't have to charge the rest of us for the failings of the current system. The blather about the government taking over the health care system: Newsflash! Medicare and Medicaid are government programs that work well. This can be another way that the Republican party can drive the country into the ditch. The Democrats don't have to help that happen.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:33 pm |
  272. Maribel Dana

    Jack, the answer is YES, Democrats must pass the bill, but not because the situation for their re-election will be better or worse for them in November elections. They must pass it because it is the moral thing to do. It is immoral for those who already have health care to deny it to the 45 million who do not have it, whose numbers are growing every day. Americans lag behind the world's industrialized nations, mainly because they lack the knowledge to see that society as a whole benefits when all boats rise to the same level, that both healthcare and education pay off big in the future well-being, peace and prosperity for the nation. For example, today a California State education report emphasized that for every dollar spent on education, $3 comes back to the state in the form of jobs, taxes, innovation. To paraphrase the bumper sticker, "If you think education and healthcare are expensive, try ignorance and neglect!" We've seen the costs of doing nothing for healthcare.

    Also, if the Democrats don't get it done after getting this close, I will join the Greens and other independents. They need the courage of FDR and their convictions.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:33 pm |
  273. Gil G. Garcia

    Of course it will hurt them in November. This administration lost my vote and respect when Obama started playing the nice guy roll and sucking up to the Republicans. What this country wanted was action , not diplomacy. His failure to step up to the plate in a timely manner has made him look inept.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
  274. Sheena

    If this reform is passed now the way it is, it wil be totally disastrous for the Dems, This urgency without thinking this thing through and going through it and making it a feasible bill for ALL AMERICANS without all the Sweeteners for Certain states, And cutting Medicare so drastic and without letting The American People know every single aspect of the bill, is not right. What is the urgency for this, why all these deadlines, why all these buyouts of the Congress to get the votes, surely something is not right. Also, Why the Urgency when the damn bill wont go into effect for 4 years, but the taxes on it will be started immediately, this dont make any sense at all. Where is all this money going to go for 4 years when there is no health care? Something is Amiss with this whole thing.
    If they get this bill passed with all this trickery, they will all be in deep trouble. The people that are for this bill will wonder where all this help that is suppose to come from this and there will not be any, only more taxing for 4 years...
    I don't know what they are thinking.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
  275. Ray in Nashville

    Jack, whether Democrats do or do not pass any form of Health Care reform doesn't matter now, the die has been cast. The only hope for them is to pass Health Care Reform, then tackle renewing Banking regulation and hope the economy keeps growing.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
  276. Mike Thies, Swampeast, Missouri

    Likely worse for Democrats should anything resembling the current health care reform measure passes. Bad question because it hinges on party politics–the very reason that the current legislation seems to please only those who paid the most to get or omit what they wanted to best increase or preserve their profits that have NOTHING to do with the delivery of health care.

    I could not understand what candidate Obama truly proposed with regards to health care and his "I'll accept anyting as along as it passes" stance since election is exactly what I expected.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
  277. Vince Campanella

    Which will be worse for the Democrats in November: passing the health care bill or not passing it?

    My comment:
    It would be worse for the democrates in November if they did not pass the health care bill. This will tell the world that although the republicans are the party of No, the democratics will be the party of DO NOTHING. How could our representatives tell the public that "you guys are in the majority, so why can't you legislate as we elected you to do so." I don't feel we need to cater to the few. Democrats need to be good to go, as my grandson says. Thank you.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
  278. Pam P.

    Jack, They're damned if they do and damned if they don't. If they do pass it, the Dems will be punished for passing a bill that the American public overwhelmingly opposes. But if they don't, the GOP will use that this fall to prove the Dems ineffective and tonedeaf. At the end of the day, though, they're better off passing it and being seen as tonedeaf, than not passing it and being branded as tonedeaf and ineffective.

    -Pam P.
    Philadelphia, PA

    March 12, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
  279. Mark

    At this point the die has been cast. Regardless of whether healthcare reform is passed or not, they may suffer at the polls. The truth is, perception often becomes reality and the reality is the opposition has done a better job of stiring discontent among the masses. I would bet dollars to donuts that the majority of people that claim to be against this legislation can't even articulate why they are against it. At this point, even if the Dems found the cure to cancer most polls would say that the public is against it. folks need to look at the bill before condeming it, but i guess that would require way to much independant thought.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:35 pm |
  280. Flyingwolf, Manchester NH

    The only Dem that "healthcare reform" should be worse for is Max Baucus, (excuse the mispelling) whose Senate bill included a MANDATE that all Americans should have to pay (however much money) for a "health care plan" whether or not they could afford it or not and the deletion of the Public Option that would make health care affordable for those in the lower income department. HELLOOOO–there are people who don't make a lot of money in this country and we still need some kind of health care (preferably clinics that just fix what's broke instead of trying to tweak everything).

    March 12, 2010 at 7:35 pm |
  281. Jackie and Sam

    They have no choice. Passing it means that it may actually be discussed sensibly in future by both parties. The uninsured will have some hope. Of-course not passing it means death to health care. There are allot of people suffering without having health care insurance. And there are also people who have health care insurance that goes up each year and it feels like its a pay reduction that's chocking my wallet. If the democrats don't vote to pass it, my family will vote them out of office.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:35 pm |
  282. Elinor W.

    So many people have come to mistrust the health care bill because of constant criticism by the Republicans. Many times I have heard Republican radio and TV hosts discuss things on OTHER SUBJECTS that are distorted and slanted to scare and influence people against anything regarding the Democrats. With all the bad publicity against the Dems, they might as well pass the health care bill and see what happens? Perhaps once the "real thing" is finalized, explained and put into practice, it won't seem so bad.
    Looking at how the former administration left the country in such huge debt, this isn't anywhere near that figure!!

    March 12, 2010 at 7:35 pm |
  283. Doug Findley

    Jack – Your program was intererupted this afternoon by a commercial paid for by American Health Solutions. The purpose was to try and discredit the attempt currently under way to make our health care system work. It said that the slice of the healthcare pie devoured by insurance companies is a mere 4%. The cost of the public footing the bill for the uninsured was not in the pie. I understand that the proposed legislation is not perfect. It is but a beginning, it can be changed as its shortcommings become apparent. Our elected Republican officials sugggest we scrap the proposal and start over. This negative approach is counter productive and is only being used as a polittical tool to sweep Democrats from office and return to "business as usual" in Washington.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:36 pm |
  284. Aliyu yahyah

    Jack, Passing it.Simple.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:36 pm |
  285. Chika Uzokwe

    Jack the question should be; which of the two situations is better for Americans? Let's for once forget about the consequences of doing the right thing. Failing election is not as deadly as the fear that lives in the minds of those how have health insurance.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:37 pm |
  286. clifford carolina

    of couse if this bill is not pass , then the world will view us as we are , to greedy to give our fellow human , what every other country gave it citizens a change to live heathy in a land fill with honey. how else would be possible for the very rich to control the masses

    March 12, 2010 at 7:37 pm |
  287. rita johnson

    It needs to be passed and political fallout be damned. As a nurse working in Utilization Review (efficiency of medical care) in the early 90's I witnessed the institution of the greatest waste of time, talent and money and no improvement of care, managed care. I'm ashamed to admit that I quit the job in big part because of the frustration of being forced to run on a threadmill to nowhere.
    Having worked in the emergency room in later years, I saw those who should be going to a doctor waiting hours to get expensive care in the emergency room because they can't afford to see a doctor.

    If anyone cares to ask, I have a lot of money saving ideas that would still provide good care!!!! Who can I tell?

    March 12, 2010 at 7:37 pm |
  288. Debra

    Pass Healthcare reform and let's move on to other key issues! The Republicans negativity and desire to "start over again" is a stall technique with a view towards doing nothing. It disappoints me that when given the opportunity to contribute, Republicans chose to turn their backs. Obama needs to wake up and realize it may not be feasible to govern from the center. He should drive the agenda forward.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:38 pm |
  289. venice

    Dear Jack,

    The Middle Class must get help now with their medical cost and Corporate America must get help now to keep their workers healthy.
    Jack this health care bill will be better with the public option. America
    must balance between the very poor level and the middle class or run the chance of becoming another Poland. I know you're old enough to remember that. If the Insurance companies don't appreciate that they've been included in the health care reform bill. Then they need to consider receiving the alternative. 100% of nothing is nothing.

    Respectfully

    Venice

    March 12, 2010 at 7:38 pm |
  290. Darwin B Phillips

    When the Healthcare bill is passed, those that have shown America thier allegiance to the insurance companies, big pharma, and assorted groups that are more interested in feathering thier nest than what's good for the American people, will continue to do so, they are entirely visible even as they hide behind terms like patriot, tea partiers, conservative republican, militiamen, etc. those that try to use fear in an attempt to control what they believe to be thiers, they will find that when the people are back in control of thier health and futures, they will remember who was on what side, make no mistake, if the Democrats have the backbone to push this thru using the same laws that republicans used 18 times very recently, they will not be losing anything, in fact they will be heralded as true American Heros, and that's as it should be !!!

    March 12, 2010 at 7:39 pm |
  291. Cardinal N Walkin

    Hi Jack
    The democrats should pass the Bill. Show some firm leadership. Public opinion is notoriously very fickle and will change a thousand times before November. The President has already explained the importance of the Bill for the US economy and for the uninsured over 30million Americans! The public will come round when they see the benefits of the Bill and after the economy begins to pick up. In this case the democrats should lead public opinion and not follow it. The Bill was in the party manifesto?
    Croydon, England

    March 12, 2010 at 7:39 pm |
  292. Kym Secrist

    It is truly sad that you and now a seemingly "solid majority" of American people now oppose health care reform. It simply means we, collectively, are gullible, succumbing to the propaganda of the corporate right. This issue, however, is much more important than opinion polls. Millions of lives are at stake, and few, like me are looking for a handout. We simply have no other choice. Insurers continue to knock us off their rolls no matter how much we agree to pay, simply because we are no longer as healthy as we were as adolescents.

    If an opinion poll told Congress that the majority of the American people wanted euthanasia for all people over 70 to save a buck, should they listen and enact that opinion as law? Gee Jack, how old are you again?

    March 12, 2010 at 7:40 pm |
  293. Chuck Edmundson

    Every major piece of social legislation ever passed has had detractors. There is plenty of money to fund universal health care, if you take out the ridiculous greedy profiteers who want us to live by actuarials and die broke. Some things are more important that winning elections, like 30-thousand people who die each year from lack of decent health care. When Democrats left office nine years ago, we had a huge surplus. Eight years of plundering my 401K by Republicans caused a collapsed economy. It will take more than one short year to fix this mess, and health care if a first step to a real solution to our economic problems. Shame on you Cafferty for falling for spin from the GOP-Greedy Oppresive Politicians

    March 12, 2010 at 7:42 pm |
  294. William Mbah

    Jack, not passing healthcare will be worst for democrat. Forget about this hue-and-cry, the voices of the previlege few seems to shroud the vast majority of middle class who knows and feel the pinch of the crushing current ever-increasing healthcare premium. When the bill is passed and the dust is settled American poeple will come to embrace this administration for the hard fought battle to give them affordable healthcare.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:42 pm |
  295. Doug in South Carolina

    The question shouldn't be whether it will be worse for the Democrats if they do not pass health care. The question shoud be whether it will be worse for the country if they do not pass health care. We need it, or we would not be having this discussion. We need it, or this issue would not have been before the congress for the past 30 years. We need it and it's time to do it.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:42 pm |
  296. Christian Prophet

    The issue is pro-choice vs. pro-dictatorship. Why do Democrats think the American people would be alright with the government forcing them to buy health insurance? The American people want government out of their business. Democrats would lose all credibility by passing this bill.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:43 pm |
  297. 4real

    Not understanding how a bill that would save Americans, as the CBO has stated, would NOT be passed.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:43 pm |
  298. Rodolfo Mario Sanchez

    If democrats do not pass the Health reform day are fryed.

    I think the Health Insurance Money / Republicans won again
    American people are so naive. The insurance/Republicans spend millions of dollars in a daily campain for almost a year and they won again. In this country Democracy is only for the Lobbies and very rich people that is reallity.

    as long as the Democrats don't have "CO.....NES" nothing is going to change in this country.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:43 pm |
  299. Link Melliand

    I am in favor of any health care bill, whether Demorcat or Republican sponsored as long as all of congress is covered only by this bill.
    Link

    March 12, 2010 at 7:43 pm |
  300. Peter

    Definitely worst to pass it. Passing the bill gives proof to the claim that this Congress is out of touch with America and is willing to throw our money and future away to score political points.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:44 pm |
  301. Babynuyear

    I didn't vote for Obama but had hope he would provide not only change but right the wrongs of the Republian party of Corporations.
    A Health Care Bill or Law without the Public Option is as worthless as sending Democrats to the Hill.
    I agree with another post here that come November, the Dems will get what they deserve and we won't.
    There has never been a better reason for a third but VIABLE party that takes $0 in corporate contributions. It's up to us to find, recruit and elect these candidates. Unfortunately, we need to hit rock bottom and face the coming depression the Reps will bring us come next year before we open our eyes and see these two parties for what they are.
    Simply stated, we can't look to the Reps to fix their own raping of us nor can we look to the stooges in the Dems to represent us – we will have to do it ourselves.
    We're overextended policing the world. We're overextended financially and hemorrhaging by the boatload billions of dollars. We don't produce enough to export more than we import and we're going to hell in a health basket.
    These are the last great days of the USA.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:46 pm |
  302. Adale Smith

    I think the news media is partially responsible for nothing not getting done in washington. Everytime I turn around I see a poll on a question. If you are a news station then just report the news. The only pole that matters is the one that was done on election day. How can you pole a hand full of people and then report it as MOST americans polled think. Washington is running this country like they are only thinking about their jobs. Why is it that if a disaster happen somewhere we can use the taxpayers money to give away to another country without a debate on spending but as soon as someone tries to use the taxpayers money to do something for the taxpayer ther has to be a big debate.

    March 12, 2010 at 7:47 pm |