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June 15th, 2010
04:59 PM ET

If GOP wins Congress in Nov., repeal health care reform?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Remember how health care reform was supposed to make health care affordable for all Americans? Well that's not what's happening.

A new report says employer health care costs will jump another nine percent in 2011 - and you can bet that companies will pass along those higher costs to their workers.

The Price Waterhouse Coopers survey of 700 employers shows they plan to offset costs by raising deductibles. By 2011 - more than 50 percent of employees will have a deductible of $400 or more... that's compared to only 25 percent who paid that much in 2008.

Also, 13 percent of companies say their primary plans in 2010 had deductibles of more than $1,100... that's more than double the level in 2008.

If these troubling trends continue, health care will become less affordable for those people who actually have insurance.

And, in the end, the health care law will be another gift to the insurance and pharmaceutical companies... and another burden on taxpayers.

Republicans are trying to seize on this.

More than 70 incumbent lawmakers and more than 330 GOP candidates have signed a pledge to support legislation that would repeal the health care law - and replace it with something less costly - if they win in November.

Meanwhile - Democrats are hoping that as more parts of the law take effect and the public feels the benefits, they'll get behind it.

But, for now, polls still show that majorities of Americans oppose health care reform... months after it was shoved down our throats.

Here’s my question to you: If the Republicans win control of Congress in November, should they repeal health care reform?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Julie in Louisiana writes:
Jack, Don't be shocked, but my husband who is self-employed, pays $1,100 per month in premiums for both of us and we have a $3,300 deductible for EACH of us. We would welcome a $400 or even a $1,100 deductible. This health care reform bill will not help us at all. If it goes up any more (which it does every year) we will not be able to afford it.

Terry in North Carolina writes:
No. This is the only real legislation to help people that has passed in decades!

Shirley writes:
Our health insurance premiums went up 30% long before any health care plan passed. The insurance companies would have raised premiums no matter what happened, and the health care bill is just an excuse to sock it to the consumers. It is a good thing to insure more of the uninsured because we all pay for them when they get sick.

Bob writes:
Most of the health care reform measures do not take effect for a couple of years. It is much too soon to say that the reform should be repealed.

Ames writes:
It should be repealed no matter who wins. This misguided law must go and be replaced with one that minimizes government involvement and cost.

Marilyn in Arizona writes:
Not unless the Republicans have a better idea...and I doubt that they would have a better idea since they've had plenty of time to tell us about it if they did!

Mike writes:
Yes, it needs to be repealed. It should have never been passed to begin with. It was forced on us by a bunch of sleazy backroom bribes and deception. Not exactly the "change" I was looking for.

Michael writes:
I sure hope not! Jack, does the health plan cover suicide because you're killing me. Fox News called, they want you back!


Filed under: Congress • GOP • Health care • Republicans
soundoff (140 Responses)
  1. Tom Tomello

    Yea, that way, everyone with pre-existing conditions can just die. Brilliant.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  2. Gigi Oregon

    Only if they want a revolution in America.

    Our grand kids are going to need this health care reform. And they had better reform health care with the Democratic party. They'll never get it with the Republican party. The Republican feed the elite and not the people. If that was not true, President Bush would have given the middle class tax cuts and not the wealthy, not bailed out corporate America. Our biggest problem with health care, next to government, are the lobbyist in Washington greasing the greedy palm of our representatives who just can't say, NO!.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  3. Ragwng1

    I feel that there are good points about the plan, however it will require significant tweaking to reduce costs and cover more people

    June 15, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  4. Michael Gonzales

    I would hope so, I believe Mr. Obama and the Democrats hearts were in the right place but they didnt think things thru. I believe they should have attacked ALL of the reasons why healthcare is so expensive these days. Attack the pharmaceutical companys and force them too charge all nations the same for medice. Attack the Trial Lawers and all of the reasons why Medical Malpractice Insurance is so High. Attack the companys that make medical products and charge obsene prices for those products. Attack attack attack and leave no stone unturned. Only after all of the reasons why our Healthcare is so expesive should we turn our attention too a Universal Healthcare.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  5. Rus in St. Paul, MN

    Jack, they absolutely should repeal it and replace it with something better. The results from the Health Care bill have been less than impressive already; 60 Hospitals that were planned to be opened have been canceled, Medical device companies cutting workers to afford the new tax, we've already had one insurance company go out of business from the bill, the CBO has already updated their math and showing this bill adds to the deficit, and 20+ states suing the government over the bill. The bill is really not worth saving.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  6. Lene, IL

    If the Republicans win I think the health care bill should be repealed but they should also have a plan to combat sky rocketing and out of control costs associated with the insurance and health care industries and cost of drugs. This health care bill reaks of political corruption just like Rham Emmanuels rent free apartment owned by a BP advisor.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  7. Scott Stodden

    Sure if the Goverment has a better way for regular Americans to afford health care for people who don't have it! Its not right for this country to not have Health care available for everyone and President Obama took a stand to make sure we all have affordable health care for everyone!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    June 15, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  8. Cynthia

    Certainly hope that obama health care reform is put into the trash not to be resurrected in it's present form.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  9. Judy

    NO. Why shouldn't everyone be able to have access to health care? It was way overdue. How could they have the conscience to repeal health care opportunities?

    June 15, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  10. Jon Hart

    Yea, that's right continue this back and fourth argumentative, counterproductive political garbage over the same issues for another 20 years. they probably figure by then they wont be around because they'll have led to the nation's collapse.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  11. Steve

    Absolutely yes. Keep the cherry picks that Obama annouced for this year, but for the rest of the plan repeal it and get rid of all the Democrats along with all the illegal immigrants.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  12. R

    I don't know Jack. I do know that health care already has become less affordable for those who do have it. I know many people who have it taken from their weekly pay checks and still can't afford to use it cause it covers nothing really. Even Medicare sucks, and I should know cause I have it. That is why I don't understand when I hear people say "Don't touch my medicare or health care." I hope the Health care changes stay.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  13. ben stockton, calif

    of course they will try to get rid of it because they do not give a hoot about sick or elderly people. they are only for big business. the only people that will suffer is sick children, and what happens to a family without ins, or even without a job, who looks out for them. dont vote republican, if you care about the welfare of yourself or your children,

    June 15, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  14. Anne

    If they were to repeal the bill, flawed as it is, they would be simply proving to the country that they truly do not care about the average American. There are Third World countries that are approaching having better health care for lower costs than we do.

    THAT is the problem that our lawmakers, regardless of political affiliation should be trying to fix.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  15. Stephen from Florida

    Without the public option, the US health care legislation was nothing more than a trillion dollar boondoggle from a do-nothing Congress. The Republicans however will face a lot of opposition if they try to repeal the legislation. The US needs to expand its definition of Medicare to the same definition as the Canadian Medicare. That way it covers every woman, man, and child in the country. Where is the US' Tommy Douglas?

    June 15, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  16. Martin F

    The Democrats really screwed this one up! They listened to Nancy Peolsi and Harry Reid instead! The American people are really tired of putting these politicians of both parties in office, and then let them consider us "to dumb" to know what is best for us. Then they pass a boondoggle bill like this one and hang it around our necks like an albatross, expecting our children and grand-children to pay for this. Guess the Democrats didn't understand their election was NOT A TICKET FOR THEM TO DECIDE WHAT WAS BEST FOR US.. They did not listen to their constituents at all.

    San Jose, CA

    June 15, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  17. ed

    health care evenif you dont want any should be for and required by
    everyone. all should have at least basic major med for operations
    that without this program would be paid for in most cases by the
    tax payer thru subsidies to hospitals or padding others bills.
    they the gop will play to the 20% far right and stir up toxic talk to get
    agenda pushed thru – if they were honist and tweeked some parts
    to make some people feel batter that would be fine – but they will
    go exstreem and try to gut it all to gether..

    June 15, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  18. Tim

    I will return to my SDS Weather Underground roots and make sure it doesn't happen.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  19. Joe - Houston, TX

    I will vote Republican for this very purpose. Of course health care costs and insurance premiums will be going up, the so called reform bill did nothing to prevent that. Considering the Republicans were shut out of all the meetings on health care I am willing to give them a shot to fix the mess created and shoved down our throats by the Democrats.

    June 15, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  20. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Two words... OF COURSE!! The Obummercare bill was the greatest rail roading job in a long time. The people spoke, they didn't listen!

    June 15, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  21. Andrew Amherst NY

    Repeal it?? NO!! They should modify it, to attack the 1.1 Trillion in waste the PWC already pointed out! They should use what little is good and add even moer to make it cheaper and better!

    June 15, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  22. Mike in TX

    No Jack they should do exactly what we send them there to do. Maybe they could take the good points in the existing bill and improve on them with the Democrats then work on the rest of the bill. That won't work though as they then could not call it their own. What we would need them to do is spend far more time on the critical business of this nation that needs thier attention.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  23. in Woodstock GA

    I pray not!!!!

    In fact, I am most disappointed that the health care reform did not really give us national health.

    Those who do not have health care DESERVE it and those who think they do not are mean, nasty and deserve to wind up in the same situation, sans health care!

    June 15, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  24. oldfuzz

    1) Not a chance of the GOP wionning Congress in November.

    2) Even if they did, they couldn't override a Presidential veto.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  25. Bret

    Jack as someone who has not been able to get healh benefits and who was in the hospital some months ago how about this congress should have no heath care and shoud work for min wage but the republican eliste don't belive poeple should have things like health care why would they since there health care is paid for with tax payer money and they get a good deal on what is provide but the common person have anything like this is wrong well guess what if poeple can't have this right then congross should not either

    June 15, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  26. Conor in Chicago

    Give me a break Jack. You postulate this as if premiums are going up because the Health Care Law passed. Nonsense. It's going up because they are corporations and corporations rule the United States. With or without a law prices go up. The law tries to make it so people can afford it but since nobody cares about the greater good in this country noboday can see passed their own household.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  27. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    If they were that dumb, they would also be a one term member of congress. I don't really see how they could repeal it since they probably wouldn't have the votes too overturn a presidential veto. On another subject, the oil spill, today members of the republican party came down very hard on the president, I'm just wondering how in the hell they got so damn smart the past 58 days and the ones that were there with Shrub Bush could be held responsible for this mess. Just sayin

    June 15, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  28. Karl from SF, CA

    I certainly hope so. Let’s see what wonderful things these rocket scientist Republicans will come up with. Until the Republican Party and the health insurance industry totally bankrupt this country, the stupid morons will keep thinking that the Republicans, and their tea bag cousins, actually have any real interest in their welfare, so give them a second chance to completely annihilate what’s left of this country. Remember, any lower costs will be for the insurers and not the insured. Even Laura and the younger Barbara Bush say health care is a right, not a privilege. But what would George do?

    June 15, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  29. Phil in Long Beach, California

    Yes they should! This present generation feels entitled to everything and many believe health care is a "right". The problem is that we can't afford these all-encompassing, cradle-to-grave programs, especially after the tax cuts expire in January, 2011.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  30. Tom

    No, don't repeal it.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  31. Marilyn in AZ

    Not unless they have a better idea...and I doubt that they would have a better idea since they've had plenty of time to tell us about it if they did!

    June 15, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  32. Andy

    How can they repeal it if Obama can veto it? All they'd be doing is capitalizing on the public's anger, but as usual, they'd do nothing to actually try and solve the problem, like making all the health insurance companies revert to non-profits, or going with single payer. Those would solve the problem, huffing and puffing does nothing.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  33. Spockanator

    The GOP should definately repeal the healthcare package, AND, all the pork the democrats added to the porky projects

    June 15, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  34. Julie from Louisiana

    Jack – Don't be shocked, but my husband who is self-employed, pays $1100 per month in premiums for both of us and we have a $3300 deductible for EACH of us. We would welcome a $400 or even an $1100 deductible. This health care reform bill will not help us at all. If it goes up any more (which it does every year) we will not be able to afford it.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  35. Dale Gasser

    Of course! I only hope that the GOP wins a large enough majority to override Obama's certain veto.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  36. Jim in Escondido

    Sounds like you're implying insurance "wouldn't have gone up" if the health bill hadn't passed. Are you serious?

    June 15, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  37. Terry/ Nc

    No. This is the only real legislation to help people that has passed in decades!

    June 15, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  38. van

    YES
    if gop wins in November, repeal the health care law

    June 15, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  39. Shirley curtis

    Our health insurance premiums went up 30% long before any health care plan passed. The insurance companies would have raised premiums no matter what happened, and the health care bill is just an excuse to soak it to the consumers. It is a good thing to insure more of the uninsured because we all pay for them when they get sick.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  40. Nick D. Neighbour

    THAT'S what happens when you leave health "care" in the hands of the INSURANCE Companies!!
    Nick. N.
    Pasadena. CA.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  41. Dr. J. Morris

    Jack,

    The Republicans have been wrong about everything and then offer no realistic plans to correct problems. Then when history proves them wrong, they simply hard headedly deney history and act as if they know how to save us (from things they often set in motion). Why would we follow their lead and recommendations on anything.

    Dr. M

    June 15, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  42. Eric Varty

    I'm not sure what they should do but as a 58 year old self employed individual I am paying 450 a month for a major medical policy with a $2,500.00 deductible! And I have never had a claim . I hope that medicare is still there when I come of age.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  43. Jerry

    YES,YES,YES,YES! Jerry/Iowa

    June 15, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  44. Jacob

    Of course! But not the way Republicans want. Insurance companies still get no control because we do not have public option! We should repeal the law, and replace it with one with a public option.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  45. Theresa Burgess

    Heck yes!!!

    June 15, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  46. Ken Nebel

    TheHealth-Care reform Bill was the biggest mistake Congress has ever made. I'm hopeful that a majority of Americans realize this and will exercise their Constitutional right for real "change",,,,at the ballot box!

    Ken
    Kingston, NY

    June 15, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  47. Damon Harvey

    The current health care bill was a disaster to start with. We had to pass it to find out what was in it, I bet you wouldn't buy a car or house that way? The government bungles everything, so they will bungle my health care. It makes me sleep well at night.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  48. Bob

    If the Republicans win in November, they will stay true to form. They will do whatever it takes to reward the insurance, pharmaceutical, oil, war machine and financial industries. They will lessen oversight of those same industries. They will give even more tax breaks to those industries. All of that, as in the past, will be at the expense of middle class, law-abiding, hard-working American citizens.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  49. Jane Favor - Seattle (via Texas)

    The most terrifying words in America are "The Government has a gift for you..." It's right up there with, "The Check is in the mail", "I will respect you in the morning" and a few other well known sayings of that genre. I'll be 66 in July and I remember being enamored with JFK and now after all these professional politicos, I have become so jaded that I assume if their lips are moving it is a lie, if it supposed to help the people it is really crafted to make us bend over and it really is only going to help the big interests – in this case – the Insurance Industry. Oh yeah – don't redistribute the wealth, redistribute MY work ethic and vote the bums out.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  50. Larry Puckett

    Yes they should! It shouldn't have been passed in the first place.

    This is just another case of the DEMONCRATS running headlong into diaster, withou thinking of the consequences.

    Larry
    Caldwell, Idaho

    June 15, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  51. Steve Ferraina

    The Republicans should not repeal the health care bill. There are too many good things that have been long overdue within this bill. While they claim their individual fixes will solve the problem, the health care issue is too large and complex to be tackled with individual solutions. As a college student, I am grateful I can stay on my parents plan until I'm 26–if the Republicans take that away from me, you can be sure I will never support that party again.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  52. Alex Caraballo

    They should not even bother wasting their time. It is an empty ruse because they would not be able to muster the votes to do so and even if they did President Obama would veto the legislation. Republicans lost and they need to learn to live with it.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  53. Ed Fertik

    Yes they should. Socialism has not worked anywhere and we should not go in that direction as Obama would wish. Obamacare will increase costs, reduce the quality of care, discourage young people from entering the medical field and bring government accountants into our daily health care decisions. Lets stay away from government oil spill efficiency in our health care.

    Ed Fertik
    Philmont NY

    June 15, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  54. Mike Hunt

    Yes it needs to be repealed. It should have never been passed to begin with. It was forced on us by a bunch of sleezy backroom bribes and deception. Not exactly the "change" I was looking for.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  55. Gregory Tripp, Mechanicsburg, PA

    If the Republicans are smart they will push to amend the reform so it stops hurting the little guy. Small businesses are getting creamed in the real world. That's where the "stimulus" of tax breaks, loans, and even grants needs to be applied. The small businessman is the backbone of America and nobody, no political party has come right out front and said I am your Champion. I will do whatever it takes to get the monkey of health insurance off your back. That candidate will face the inevitability of a single payer system. That means no more health insurance companies, which is the exact opposite of what we have on our hands right now. Think outside the box.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  56. Tom Feast

    Health Care Reform should absolutely be repealed – no matter who wins election in November. This legislation was rushed through and poorly conceived. The major problem for a majority of Americans – Cost – was not addressed. Go back to the drawing board and get it right.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  57. Jim Willows

    I have not been able to get a job in a long time. I'm just now starting to wonder if it wasn't the decision to enable health care reform that is causing this. If repealing health care reform is the only way to bring jobs back to this country, then I think we need to just do it.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  58. Ames Smith

    It should be repealed no matter who wins. This misguided law must go and be replaced with one that minimizes government involvement and cost.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  59. Melinda

    Jack, if the Republicans can win control of Congress and don't repeal
    the health care reform, THEY will be as much to blame for this CRISIS we are in and will continue to be in regarding health care. The reform is a JOKE.

    Melinda
    Tell City, IN

    June 15, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  60. Janet Hardy

    In a word : Yes. But will they? If I thought they would, I'd go back to voting for them. As it is....

    June 15, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  61. p. allen

    Yes, Republicans should repeal health care reform.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  62. jim

    Repeal Healthcare reform, you bet. Then people will once again see just how much Republicans care about the welfare of all Americans. Can't wait until Healthcare becomes so expensive that the average worker in America can no longer afford it.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  63. Michael in Phoenix

    Since the majority of Americans oppose this bill it should not matter who is in office, the bill should be repealed. Then they should create a health care reform bill and pass it instead of a health insurance reform bill. Perhaps the government will start representing the people again and do the right thing. However, there is no profit in it for the government officials.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  64. June

    NO Jack...Please – we cannot repeal healthcare. As a self employed person, my deductible is $8000 and healthcare costs $770 mo for my family!! Healthcare reform need WORK, not a repeal. It CAN work!

    June 15, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  65. Barbara Navarro

    Re: Should Republicans repeal health care?

    No, they should not. Republicans are stressing the costs and uncertainties of the health care plan, but they never mention the 45 MILLION people currently without health care. What do they have to offer these 45 million people? Nothing!

    June 15, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  66. W. Mark Thurm

    Jack,

    If Republlicans regain control of congress in November, they should definitely repeal the health care reform bill. This was shoved down our throats, and we can do better.

    Mark- from Iowa

    June 15, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  67. Bill Patterson

    It should be repealed immediately after the election. Republicans should have a WORKABLE replacement plan in place no later than October 1st.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  68. Bruce

    Of course not, but of course they will. This legislation is a watershed, and is barely implemented, and you, Jack, are promoting the idea that this is a failure. The Republicans are embarrassing themselves in opposition......Jack, you're embarrassing yourself for bringing up this question...the health care legislation is critical for our nation's future!

    June 15, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  69. Leonard Kleiman

    Absolutely should be repealed. This travesty foisted on the American taxpayer is a ruse to takeover healthcare. As costs rise companies will opt out, pay the fine and the cost will end up on the tax payer.

    This is not reform.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  70. Pearl

    Can't wait for this to be repealed, Republican majority or no. It's been shoved down our throats.

    Why does gvernment think that all monopolies are bad for consumers unless it itself is that monopoly?

    June 15, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  71. Jason

    Yes! the entire idea of the bill was to make healthcare affordable for all Americans, while keeping it among the best in the world. The bill passed does nothing more than beef up the insurance companies and actually hurts the American people. The law should do something along the lines of making personal healthcare expenses tax deductible.

    ABQ – NM

    June 15, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  72. Mark in St. Louis

    Jack,

    I am only 27 years old, but have been a lifelong Democrat. My first vote in a presidential election was for John Kerry in 2004, and I voted for Obama in 2008. That said, I was severely disappointed at how Congress and the Administration handled the health care debate. If Republicans win back the House or the Senate (or both) in the fall, I wouldn't be opposed to a repeal of the current law, assuming they provide the American people a clear and concise rundown of the law before it is passed. If they repeal the law simply on the basis of opposition to the Administration, with no clear substantive alternative, then they are no better than the incumbents who passed the original law.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  73. M. Gail Wells

    Absolutely! Republicans must repeal Obama's "Health Care Reform bill" if the Republicans win in November and if they are to be counted on as responsible stewards of the Country's resources....Then, address the illegal alien catastrophe.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  74. Michael from Keller, Texas

    The problem with health care reform was a lack of a public option to make sure that insurance companies didn't have free reign to do exactly what they are doing......gouging the American consumer. Without a competitive alternative to keep insurance companies in check, the health care reform is a toothless, impotent measure with no real reform to be seen. Of course until we vote out every incumbent who has sold their political soul to the Fortune 500 devil, there will not be any meaningful legislation passed that ever truly benefits the American people.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  75. Jo Harrell

    No, do not repeal the Health Care law. I am finally able to get insurance. Although at a high price, I was never able to get insurance before due to a pre-existing condition. At least I have some protection that I never had.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  76. Richard Hill

    No. We finally got Health care reform passed, give it a chance to go into effect before making claims of higher costs. The plan doesn't really go into effect until 2014.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  77. Calvin Richards

    Because of the overly excessive amount of bureaucratic red tape and the amount of revamping necessary to properly execute such sweeping health care legislature, it is also necessary to provide ample time and space to see exactly where health care reform will take us. The fact that Republicans are trying to repeal something that has not fully taken effect goes to underscore the amount of republican desperation. Let's give the new born laws time to take effect and become fully implemented by agencies and other parties before we build a coffin for it.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  78. wayne spring

    Repeal it! I'm a nurse and I can tell you, this health care will benefit big drug companies at our expense. I pay $765.00 Per month for a family of 4 with a $2500 deductable. It's the largest scam against the tax payer in history and them Dems are deaf to our voices! Now we will be deaf to thier cry's for re-election!

    June 15, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  79. Ron in Sequim, WA

    Should they repeal or impeach is the real question. The level of incompetence, deceit, cronyism & quid pro quo corruption of this administration is epic.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  80. David

    No. The health care bill is flawed, but because it didn't go far enough – in large part because of the Republicans and their refusal to allow progressive ideas into the bill. They looked out for the insurance companies, and while some democrats did the same, the democrats were more to the side of the American people.

    Modify the existing law to make it stronger. Republicans never wanted it passed it the first place; they're not interested in improving it, just getting rid of it.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  81. Linda

    Usually when something is shoved down the throat, it is regurgitated later. Let the GOP throw it up and out.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  82. Lori

    No, they shouldn't, because they'll do with health care reform exactly what they did when they controlled Congress in the past – nothing. They'll let it sit and fester while Americans pay more and get less. Besides, why is anyone surprised that insurance companies would start jacking up prices over a bill that doesn't fully kick in until 2014?

    Lori'
    New York City

    June 15, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  83. Wendy in So. Cal

    Are you insane!!!! As a small business who has watched our rates almost triple in the last 10 years I feel it would be insanity to do nothing, we have increased deductibles and decreased coverage to keep from having to cancel it. You make it sound like rates are going up because of the Health Care Bill, where have you been for the last 15 years? We can't begin to lower healthcare costs until we deal with all of the uninsured and I am fully aware that there is no magic wand but we have to stop somewhere!

    June 15, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  84. Dana Knight

    Repeal of HealthCare is tantamout to repeal of the Constitution. The people have spoken, no pre-existing conditions, competition expanded, no drug costs that are the laughing stock on the planet, all children covered, annual cost increases reduced from the galaxy sized increases now being deposited on our graves, choice choice choice competition, competition competition.....

    Regards, Dana.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  85. Fernwood Smith

    Absolutely NOT! If anything a public option should be added to repair the demonstrated Republican stupidity. The debate last Summer showed how shallow our legislators are. We also need to not re-elect any of them regardless of party.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  86. Steve

    Jack, you're really lobbing softballs tonight! Of course – repeal. The majority of the people didn't want this health care reform anyway. If health care gets any more affordable, I won't be able to pay for it for my family.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  87. Maudy Grunch

    It would be premature for the Republicans to overturn the health care reforms before we even give it a chance. I haven't heard any better ideas coming from the GOP except for their vested interest in "business as usual."

    If they GOP intends to toss the health care reforms out the window, they'd better have a good replacement ready to go because it's obvious our old method of handling health care has not been working.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  88. Steve

    Absolutely not! My 20 year old son is a Type 1 diabetic. Without this bill, unless he goes to a big company or works for the government, he would not be able to purchase health insurance.

    Why should he be less free to start his own business or go to work for a very small company without literally risking death?

    I guess, according to those who oppose the bill, it's OK for some Americans to be less free to chase their dreams and ambitions than others.

    What's wrong with us?

    Steve
    Hollywood Florida

    June 15, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  89. Libby Cantrell

    Absolutely NOT! Give it a chance to work. It will be like Social Security and Medicare. Once we have it, we'll fight to keep it. It's very important for Republican politicians though to get in there and cancel it before we realize what a good program it can become.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  90. Mike Morris

    The President and Congress forced this bill on the People of America against their wishes. They did so only to satisfy their misguided ideologies. This law should be repealed and a new, more practical, affordable law put in place.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  91. Randy Stolhand

    If you want to lower the cost of heath care you ban insurance not force everybody to have it. Insurance isn't the answer to the problem, insurance IS the problem.

    Ponca City, OK

    June 15, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  92. Kim

    Absolutely repeal health care reform, we are uninsured because of lack of affordability, does President Obama think we can afford the penalty for not having insurance? If we could, we would have health insurance. Repeal, repeal, get rid of this"one more thing emptying our bank accounts" reforms/stimulus packages, none of it has helped anyone.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  93. Margaret Stephens

    Jack, If the Republicans ever want another vote from this Independent, they had better repeal this health bill when they get in office this fall. Especially since it makes all Muslims get everything free since they consider health insurance as a lottery and they don't believe in gambeling. It's in the health bill!
    Marky from Hereford, AZ

    June 15, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  94. Bob Felix

    The American people don't want Obama care! The GOP needs to run on the stance that they "Will" repeal Obama's health care plan as soon as they take congress back! It is a paramount issue!

    June 15, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  95. Tim

    Do I think we should repeal the reform that keeps the insurance companies from dropping you for no reason? No. Do I think that the Republicans will "fix" health care if they get elected? If you look at 2000-2008 you will see that they supported the status quo, and will do everything in their power to return to a system that rewards insurance companies for profits over people.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  96. Mark Scheuer

    As a small business owner, I have been providing health coverage for my employees because without our employees, there would be no company, its the cost of doing business.

    Whiie I appreciate what President Obama wanted to accomplish with his health care plan, the way he went about it will, in my opinion, make health insurance cost even more. And that's because basic flaws in our system wasn't addressed!

    Tort reform would accomplish a great deal in lowering costs. And having citizens have a resource for medical care to prevent the abuse of the emergency rooms would go along way.

    The amount of controls and regulations the 2000+ page bill will impose will drive good doctors out, placing even more stress on our health care system.

    Repeal Obama's Health Plan and then take a step by step approach to make sure we don't ruin the health care infrasture, it is the BEST in the world as far as I'm concerned.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  97. Jim Blevins

    Sure the Republicans can produce a cheaper plan - just don't provide health care to millions of people. That is what the Republican plan boils down to. Clearly that is morally wrong, but far too many people are concerned with only themselves and really care what happens to everybody else. One can only hope that good is still in the majority.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    June 15, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  98. Calvin Richards

    Because of the overly excessive amount of bureaucratic red tape and the amount of revamping necessary to properly execute such sweeping health care legislature, we should provide ample time and space to see exactly where health care reform will take us. The fact that Republicans are trying to repeal something that has not fully taken effect goes to underscore the amount of republican desperation. Let's give the new born laws time to take effect and become fully implemented by agencies and other parties before we build a coffin and effectively bury it.

    Calvin,
    Phoenix Arizona

    June 15, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  99. Larry

    No. Most people think the health care bill doesn't go far enough, and It's doubtful the Republicans will get the majority anyway! Are there no Republicans in America without health care? Give me a break!

    June 15, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  100. Gilbert Archuleta

    Please no...Our health care system needs reform and this is as good as place as any to start the process. Those who say it should be repealed fail to mention they had the previous eight years to work on an issue which has plagued this nation for decades. Afterall we are not talking about the size of your home or the type of car you drive we are dealing with a persons health and even there right to life.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  101. Eric Meyer

    Jack, if you polled the individual issues in the bill they got broad support. What happened then was town hall meetings, death panels, and lies about what was in the health care law. If you followed the polls it should have had a public option (Republicans certainly didn't listen to Americans on that issue).

    No, they shouldn't repeal the bill, and what would they replace it with? All I've heard from Republicans is "no".

    June 15, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  102. Nancy S. Jochens

    No, we should not repeal healthcare.

    The health care industry – not just the insurance companies – are creating an economic crisis to defeat healthcare reform. And you can thank your Republican Congressmen for this phenomenon – and to the Democrats I say: "We told you so."

    June 15, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  103. Myriam from Portland, OR

    Absolutely no!! It has taken way too long to get something done about our health care system. It might not be perfect, but we can not afford to go backwards. What all these politicians in Washington DC need to do is to get their act together and start working for the people instead of themselves. They should work together to improve the health care bill already passed, and help minimize the financial effect on businesses. They should aim to passing some of the cost to the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries since they stand to gain the most.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  104. STEVIE THAXTON

    Jack,
    I hope the Republicans win big in the Midterm elections this fall. As well, I hope they pass a lower cost health care plan w/ tort reform next year. Reid,Pelosi, and Obama shove what they pass in March up or down our throats.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  105. Elaine Harrington

    Yes HCR should be repealed. This bill is the worst of both worlds- a gift to Big Insurance and PHRMA and a huge burden on taxpayers that will have disastrous effects on economic recovery. No other social program in history with such huge effects on our economy and the lives of all Americans has been rammed down our throats unilaterally. Americans do not take kindly to that. Democrats said "Let's get 31 million people on the rolls, cook the CBO books hoping the American people are too dumb to see through it, and we'll worry about the cost later."
    San Antonio Texas

    June 15, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  106. JERRY

    The problem with the health care program is mostly due to Obama's catering to all the bad ideas the Republicans put forward during the months of debate. Everything that is wrong with what passed are Republican ideas–and they still didn't vote for the bill! So, to think the Republicans will fix or improve an already flawed bill is laughable. They'll do their best to make a basically good idea that failed in its execution into something NOBODY will want, while giving even more to the insurance companies, driving health care costs up to a point where only the super-rich can afford coverage.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  107. Joel Owens

    Sure Jack, This would make the biggest profits for the insurance industry. Look what the Republicans did for big oil !!!! Do you honestly think they are fighting this battle for us. The smear machine is in high gear, and profits are the driving force. They will tell you anything to put the dollar ahead of everything......Just ask BP.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  108. Connie

    If Repubs. get in they will repeal the health care plan and that is the way I would expect them to act. The Republicans never do anything to actually help the citizens of this country, They wail and complain about taxes, socialism and fear someone will take their guns away. The Dems get in and a wave comes through that is geared to help the crummy economy, the sad case of health care for generally lower middle class and much needed help with mortgage payments.
    If Dems are out in the next election once again the country is in the hands of guys who sold out to big business. ( like BP).We will again be left with nothing.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  109. Liz

    We need health care reform. If the current trend of preiums in the last 10 years are not curtailed, employer sponsored health care will be non existance as the average premium by 2025 will be 58,000. Who can afford that? None of us will have health insurance then. I say, Medicare for all and add a 2% sales tax on everything to pay for it.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  110. Margot

    It is not a question of "should". These guys are very well paid by their corporate masters who will do anything to derail this change. The oil companies, Wall Street banks and insurance companies have been running this country and any attempt to change that just gears up the lobbyists to line the pockets of politicians who use fear to control the voters. If health care reform is repealed before it even has a chance to be tried–it speaks volumes about the cowardice of our bought and paid for elected officials. And, it will mean this country has ceased trying to solve any of its problems. Just continue to postpone and ignore the serious health care issues in this country. We don't want to fix anything......we want to ignore every serious problem in this country....We just need to blame government for doing too much or doing too little.......

    June 15, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  111. Sandy, Salem OR

    The price hikes now are opportunistic hikes of insurance companies making hay while the sun still shines. While overall the healthcare bill does make many gifts to the insurance companies and is inadequate to it's purpose, just try repealing it. In that case insurance and healthcare prices will skyrocket more than ever because they wont have to worry about about regulation, in otherwords it will be summer sun shine 24/7/365. The prices will skyrocket like theres no tomorrow, and for many of us, there will be no tomorrow.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  112. JD

    NO!!!!! What makes anyone think the pro-corporation Republicans will do what is needed to rein in the insurance/pharmaceutical companies? I am extremely proud of our government for finally – after how many decades of kicking the can down the road – tackled this issue. The last thing we want to do is go BACKWARDS.

    JD
    New Jersey

    June 15, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  113. Sherryl Daly

    Those with employer-subsidized health care plans, whose deductibles might be raised to $400 or more by 2011, should consider themselves lucky. Many long-suffering people who are not eligible for Medicare or Medicaid and have been purchasing individual coverage cannot afford the luxury of a $400 deductible; such a plan would require astronomical monthly premiums. My lousy insurance plan costs me over $500 a month and my deductible is $5000. I am surely all for health care reform and would oppose any efforts to repeal it. Can't get much worse for me.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  114. Paul Kercher Jackson, MI.

    The rising cost were accelerating. Obama never promised that health care costs wouldn't continue to rise for a time. You are certainly in a position to know that. This reform package is intended to be a start on fixing what would clearly have been worse without it. Though, I'll concede, as I understand it, the first draft was far preferable to the last. So the short answer is no. Try to make it better, instead.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  115. Bernard

    I had my deductible and premium increased by 30% months before the healthcare reform bill passed. Then when I tried to shop for better pricing, I was rejected because of a minor pre-existing condition. Change in healthcare was needed.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  116. Lynn Riker

    Yes. We should have realized that O'bama is nothingmore than an egomaniac when at the democratic convention everyone shouted his name, but at the Republican convention, the shouts were USA. O'Bama does not care about our country ... only his image and the money he can make. He will probably retire in a Muslim country.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  117. Dean in Minnesota

    Yes,
    All that got passed was Health Insurance Reform making the insurance companies remove the pre-existing condition clause so they were handed a lot of premium income they had refused initially. They are still in the driver seat. No reduction in premiums, no reduction in deductibles which would really make it affordable. Of course they will increase the premiums. What a gold mine they were handed. Those high deductibles are needed just to try and keep the premium payment affordable and even after that a person probably couldn't afford to use the insurance anyway. So after that gets repealed let's get health care in this country. Right now the insurance companies make most of the decisions on what you can have done since they may not pay the doctors for the procedure.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  118. mike benik

    It took 100 years to pass Health Care Reform....Obama passed it! It should stay and should be tweeked to make it better than it is today. It will take Reb & Dem's together to make it better....Insurance Companies are just like Big Oil...They fleece the American Public and drain every penny they can...It's time to fight back...maybe a Public Option is the answer????

    June 15, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  119. Darryl Miley

    Repeal it, repeal it, repeal it!! Move to Europe or Canada if you want Govt run health care Mr. Obama, Maybe you won;t mind standing in line or waiting weeks or even months to get checked out, but I want the same choices and options for my family that past generations of Americans have had. REPEAL IT !!!!!

    June 15, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  120. mike dunlap

    It was clear from the beginning that the CBO was not equipped to accurately estimate the cost of the health care program so anybody that was awake knew the cost would be much higher than reported – surprise!. Passing a bill just to see what's in it is the most arrogant and undemocratic thing I've witnessed in my 60 years. And the way the bill was passed is just UNAMERICAN. I am so angry with the whole damn bunch of them (politicians) I will again vote all incumbents out. I'm frustrated and know this is not really the best answer but it's my only possible course of action in the absence of term limits. Sorry – I got off course. YES, the Health Care Reform bill should be repealed, publicly debated and some of the more obvious changes made, regardless who is in power next term.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  121. Jerry

    It is my understanding that there are some good provisions in this law such as preventing insurance companies from denying coverage due to a pre-existing condition. Even though the law as a whole sucks, the Republicans would do themselves and us justice by analyzing (yes -actually reading the law) and explaining to the voting public why they do or do not support various provisions in the law. Otherwise, they will retain their image as a mob of naysayers against anything proposed by a Democrat regardless of benefit to the public.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  122. Carol in Tucson

    No. They should not repeal the healthcare reform, unless they are willing to replace it with a public option.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  123. kevin

    Repeal and replace?? With what?? The Cons say, "With something else more affordable". What does that look like? They seem to be a little short on details. If they want to win in November, I suggest they "fill in the blanks" BEFORE election day. I'm just sayin'.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  124. alex

    Yes, definitely repeal health care reform and replace it with something that actually remedies some of the problems with the current system rather than attacking the symptoms and providing a free ride for people who don't deserve it. I would actually like to see the Republicans make a list of all major legislation of the last two years and repeal it all. Eradicate all traces of the fiasco we have endured. Recover whatever money we can from this congress' give-away programs.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  125. April A

    We didn't want health care before, and we don't want it now. They want us to believe it will benefit us and not cost more? We're not the fools they think we are. Repeal it!

    June 15, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  126. John Gerlich

    What would be a rational approach is to put on hold the implementation of the current legislation and do what any business person would do. Analyze each individual item in the bill as to its REAL COST / BENEFIT and repeal any provision that does not provide real cost effective benefit.

    Enough of this feeding the Congressional Budget Office phony parameters in order to get their rubber stamp of cost savings. You want to see real analysis, hire independent financial professionals with no Government involvement.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  127. Ken in NC

    I am a Democrat that hopes Republicans win big time this year and repeal Health Care and a put their tax credits out there for the rich so we will be able to show how they screwed up before because it seems they have forgotten that Republicans screwed up this country starting back in 2000.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  128. Louise

    Of course not. If the republicans had not voted against the good things in the bill in the first place we would have the bill we wanted, It will get fixed as time goes by. I have a government plan and I wish everyone did also. Why do we not care more for people in this country then the CEOswho get all the big paycheks. Without health you have nothing!

    June 15, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  129. Don

    No. The USA is incapable of solving problems. They are ignorant. Americans are far too stupid, fat, and proud to ever figure out how to solve a real problem. Republicans are the worst of this crowd.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  130. David P Vernon

    Tucson, AZ -One fact you did not mention is that these increases are the last gasp of the existing system before the new law actually goes into effect. These announced changes are in the policies people already had, before the law was enacted, the policies that, "if you like it, you can keep it", when the new law takes effect in coming years. When the new law does take effect, people will be able to choose other policies instead of these, policies with better benefits for less money, and health insurance costs will have to go down. Repeal of the new law would simply make the present problem worse by enshrining these policies, about which you are now complaining, as the "only game in town" for medical insurance going forward, instead of what the new law will do to them, i.e., make these kinds of policy changes impossible for the carriers to get away with.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  131. Brendan Walsh

    If the GOP wins control they would and should be able to force a repeal, or at least a reform of the health care bill.
    Although Obama can veto any bill it would be political suicide to veto a reform of a cheaper healthcare bill:
    The current bill is full of waste and misleading assumptions that will never work (as we see with increasing costs). If GOP were to repeal the bill they would try to attack the health care costs to make it affordable to everyone(which is what Obama says he wants) because if they did not it would make them look bad and slow down their momentum.
    By allowing the GOP to have a say this time Obama would actually help his reputation because it would show that he will stick to his promise to reach across the isle.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  132. Claudia Schultz

    I regret voting for Obama. My family enjoys employer based healthcare and we have already been warned our rates are going up because of Obamacare.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  133. santiago

    My question is not if they should repealed the Obama care? My question is what do they offer? They GOP says the plan is bad but I have never seen what they propose.

    It is sad that we just waste more than a year fighting for a bad plan, it is going to be sad that we are going to waste more time to repealed and be in the same place that we were.

    I

    June 15, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  134. Sheri in TN

    What would the Republicans say? That pre-existing conditions must once again exist? That 24-year-olds are no longer covered under their parents' care?

    Reform takes time. Unfortunately, the Republicans might be successful in convincing this selfish nation otherwise.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  135. Richard Engel

    I hope – I don't think they will ghave enough power to do so with Obama vetoeing everything they do Then who will be accused of the just say no party? Hopefully they can delay or modify the worst parts of it. Perhaps we could get a bipartisian group together for real reform including cost containment efforts.

    One way to fix the doctor salaries: Instead of giving the medicare doctors a raise – Give all of them an across the board cut – Hey everybody else is suffering – let them share the opain!!!

    June 15, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  136. Bob in Florida

    Look at history Jack!!, EVERY TIME Republicans are the majority THE CORPORATE MONSTER and greed are unleashed and the American people get SCREWED!!!!! EVERY TIME!!!!! Just look at the historical costs rising EACH AND EVERY YEAR for the past 40 years or more!!!!

    If there was one wish I would be granted, it would be that each and every American would REALIZE how much they get screwed by Republicans and big business in EVERY SECTOR of our society. GREED rules our nation and only those wealthy enough REAP the benefits of GREED.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  137. lynnej in nc

    If they want to keep their jobs and not be recalled if possible they won't touch, but just tweak it. Add the public option and/or medicare for all pay in and/or lower premiums paid to insurance companies.
    It is the money that is paid out is the problem, guys, not the product. Lower the premiums where they won't force folk to choose between food, rent and healthcare and then the system will work.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  138. Steve Trujillo

    Jack, the respected Field poll of CA has Californians IN FAVOR of the Obama health care reform by 52 to 38, so your assertion about us still overwhemlingly against it is LAUGHABLE.
    The most recent Gallup poll has Obama beating ALL his potential GOP rivals by 2 to 10 points, despite the criticism directed against him by misguided IDIOTS like you.
    our president will spell out the right plans for Ameroca this evening. Watch and learn , Jack.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  139. Cher

    YES repeal Obamacare its not something the 100% of American people wanted.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  140. Marie

    His healthcare reform was forced down our throats and it will fail; we cannot afford healthcare, but Obama felt it was more important than the Economy? Than Jobs? Than National Security? Than our troops? He is so misguided if you ask me. I am not surprised heathcare will go up. It makes me wonder who Obama is working for.

    June 15, 2010 at 6:51 pm |