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September 13th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Will health care reform become more popular like W.H. says?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Months after President Obama's health care reform became law, the White House is still hoping voters will learn to like it. This may be wishful thinking.

David Axelrod, the president’s senior adviser, said on “Meet the Press,” "I think that health care, over time, is going to become more popular," adding that right now people are focused and anxious about the economy. Unless I missed something, health care costs are part of everyone's "personal economy."

The fact is the health care issue is so unpopular with voters that not a single Democratic candidate is promoting the law in their campaign ads. A recent Wall Street Journal column asked "Who's ObamaCare's Daddy?" It suggested that even liberals are now denying paternity of the law.

Some Republicans are vowing to repeal it if they gain control of Congress.

And it's not hard to find reasons why the president's signature issue is unpopular. During the long health care debate, the president told voters over and over the law would bring down rising health care costs and save them money.

So far, that's not happening. An analysis from Medicare shows health care costs will increase through 2019 as a result of the law.

Last week at his news conference, Obama seemed to back off a bit from his earlier claims, saying he never expected to extend insurance coverage to 31 million people "for free." The White House insists that over the long term costs will go down. But apparently not until costs go up some more.

Here’s my question to you: The White House says health care reform will become more popular. Do you agree?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Robert writes:
Absolutely not. The health care bill is a flagrant display of what's wrong with our government – ignoring what the voters want. The majority of Americans disliked this bill, the majority still do, yet our legislators passed it under the idea of "they know what's best for us".

D. in Salisbury, North Carolina writes:
Until we have single payer/universal health care, we won't have any reform of any meaning. Nixon's HMOs now run the show and no one in Congress has the courage to slay the beast.

Jim in Reno, Nevada writes:
Jack, It certainly should. Once people see the benefits they receive thanks to health care reform and realize that the nonsense that was being spouted by conservatives like Sarah Palin was just...well...nonsense, I think they'll be delighted. Health care reform is destined to take its place alongside Social Security and Medicare as one of the finest and proudest pieces of legislation ever passed by Congress.

L. writes:
You would have to be a total idiot to believe the Democrats' health care plan was anything but a prelude to a single payer system. The concept is to drive the cost of private insurance higher due to benefit mandates and then have the government take over. It is socialized medicine and everyone will suffer from reduced care and higher costs if this program is not repealed.

M. writes:
It's something the liberals just can't figure out. For every service there is an expense and that expense has to come from somewhere. So much easier to spend someone else's money.

Vicky in Milwaukee writes:
As soon as those Tea Partiers need to use any benefits of the health care plan, they'll jump on it. Just like they don't turn their backs on Social Security, disability, Medicare, or Medicaid. I guess those who want small government just want it for other people.

Paul in Florida writes:
The ObamaCare scam is just unicorn ranches, pixie dust and wishing on a star rubbish. The only time our health care costs will go down is when our toes turn up.


Filed under: Health care • White House
soundoff (292 Responses)
  1. Dave

    All of our doctors have already warned us that costs will go up and our wait times will be longer. So I think no, unless you already have no insurance and have the government paying you to sit at home, while coporations hold off hiring until republicans take over again.

    September 13, 2010 at 1:47 pm |
  2. Barbara Leavitt

    If the W.H. can manage to get it 'out there' just what is available RIGHT NOW.......it might. By the way.....just what IS available right now?

    Henderson Nevada

    September 13, 2010 at 1:48 pm |
  3. David Gerstenfeld

    Jack, until afer the election any statement that begins with 'The White House says" is all I hear.
    David, Las Vegas

    September 13, 2010 at 1:50 pm |
  4. dan in capitola CA

    Yes, just like MediCare and Social Security. Both were used as straw men to whip up public anger and then turned out to be the most popular programs ever. The so-called outrage has never been about health care, it's about using it as a wedge issue to bring down a Democrat president.
    When you have tea partyers holding signs saying "Government Hands Off My MediCare" you know it's not a reasoned and thoughtful opposition.

    September 13, 2010 at 1:50 pm |
  5. Conor in Chicago

    Of course not Jack. For that to happen would require critical thinking, a sense of community, and an attention to detail that is wholly lacking with about 2/3 of the electorate.

    It's far better to just get all of your information in the form of soundbites from institutions that have a vested financial interest in misleading you instead.

    September 13, 2010 at 1:51 pm |
  6. Charles, Lansing, Michigan

    It will if given a chance. The U.S. is the only major country without Natinal Health Insurance, and we pay four times what other countries pay. The Chevrolets I buy are assembled in Canada. GM doesn't have the big health insurance costs there.

    September 13, 2010 at 1:52 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    Not if my estimates of cost increases reach the level I expect. No way!

    September 13, 2010 at 1:53 pm |
  8. Frank in Indiana

    With kids out of work after college, yeah that coverage until 26 is going to be a help. Not to mention the no prior conditions, and on and on.

    Was it the best? No. We need universal health care. You get disabled, you need total care. Period. This stupidity from the right and the Mormon church that you pay for COBRA (which doesn't last forever) is pretty stupid. Not to mention if you're disabled, you usually need some pretty expensive treatment plans and meds. Go look at the bill for orthopedic surgery and followon care. Or cardiac care.

    September 13, 2010 at 1:56 pm |
  9. gordon

    The problem with health care reform is that two groups are against it: the health care industry and voters who are being fed misinformation about it.

    The facts are that America has the most expensive health care system in the world–16% of GDP–while other modern countries spend about 10% of GDP. We have thousands of deaths annually–49,000 by one estimate–due to lack of health care while other modern countries have none. We have personal bankruptcies–800,000 last year by one estimate–due to unpayable medical bills while other modern countries have none.

    We lead the world in health care expense plus deaths and bankruptcies due to the lack of.

    Those who oppose changes to our present health care system are heartless which means they wouldn't benefit anyway.

    September 13, 2010 at 1:58 pm |
  10. Jesse Lewis

    I say yes it will become popular. Remenber Medicare was unpopular but try to repeal it now. The seniors will hang every menber of Congress from the flag ploe of the Capitol if they try to take it away from them.

    September 13, 2010 at 1:59 pm |
  11. John from Alabama

    Jack: Yes, because Medicare was about to run out of funds in 7 years, but health care reform has extended the fund to 14 years. Reason for the extension of time was because the government stopped paying private insurance companies for their advantage programs. Yes, when they realize preexisting conditions do not apply, and their children are covered until age 26. It will be more popular than medicare and tricare both government plans.

    September 13, 2010 at 1:59 pm |
  12. paul -seattle

    not when the shareholders who buy into the inflated costs and profit margins keep getting the bogus capital gains tax breaks that originally denied many access in the first place..

    September 13, 2010 at 2:00 pm |
  13. Annie D.

    No. The majority of the citizens wanted a public option to rein in big insurance. That didn't happen and health insurance is becoming even more expensive by the day. LBJ passed Medicare and it was enacted within months. This bill is in the meat grinder for 4 years. Meanwhile, 200+ people are dying every day because they don't have access to medical care. Whether you're a Democrat or a Republican, the bill sucks.

    September 13, 2010 at 2:03 pm |
  14. CRAIG R. MCNEES

    tampa, fl Yes, the health care issue will become extremely popular since the boondoggle that was disguised as "reformed health care" and forced down our throats is totally unworkable. They should scrap the whole thing and start over, maybe with the help of the civilized nations of the world that already do have a workable health care system. Also taking out all of the 'bridges to nowhere" and pay raises for themselves would be a good start too.

    September 13, 2010 at 2:07 pm |
  15. Kevin in Dallas

    Yes they are. That's the one good thing about being at the bottom, the only way to go is up!

    September 13, 2010 at 2:09 pm |
  16. steve in fl

    Of course. In 10 years it will be "keep your government hands off my health reform.." Just like those socialist plots Soc Sec and Medicare. It takes that long for the half billion dollars worth of lobbyist ads to wear off.

    September 13, 2010 at 2:10 pm |
  17. Jorge in New Mexico

    So far, health care reform hasn't really kicked in except for allowing college kids to stay on their parents insurance plan. Most things don't happen until 2014, so it won't really become popular until then, when people start seeing improvements in the system.

    And that's one of the biggest problems with the bill that was passed.

    Every time someone gets a big premium increase or are denied medical care, they blame health care reform, without understanding that they're still operating under the "old" system.

    It would have been smarter to have some of the "easy" things like no discrimination against pre-existing conditions kick in right away, so people could point to at least a few good things that reform had done without having to wait 5 years.

    September 13, 2010 at 2:16 pm |
  18. Steven Pierce

    I'm not sure. Anything that President Obama touches is tainted according to many. I know one thing, we could have a much better health care package, but for the republican obstructionists in Congress & the health insurance lobbyists. Throw in a few conservative democrats to boot. Now we're faced with insurance premium rate increases between 20%-30%. I think we're going to need Obamacare II.

    Steve
    Turlock, California

    September 13, 2010 at 2:18 pm |
  19. Phil, georgia

    YES! Once the Republican Rhetoric ends and people see the many benefits for themselves they will be happy. When have you ever seen something benefit somebody and they are sad about it??

    Also once the cost benefits kick in, in 2014, Americans will really ask themselves why they were almost bamboozled again against their own interest by republicans.

    September 13, 2010 at 2:20 pm |
  20. Bizz Quarryville Pennsylvania

    I think healthcare reform will become more popular. I don't like how the bill was watered down to get certain democrats on board. But it is a far better than the road we were headed down. That would have eventually lead to only the rich being able to afford Health Care. Once more people start to realize this healthcare reform will become more popular.

    September 13, 2010 at 2:22 pm |
  21. Steve, NY

    Is the white house trying to convince us or themselves?? It sounds like it's the obvious, they're trying to convice themselves. No matter how hard they try, they're not going to convince me.

    September 13, 2010 at 2:22 pm |
  22. Ben from Boston

    Jack,

    It will be more popular with people whose quality of care per out of pocket dollar goes up and more unpopular with people whose quality of care per out of pocket dollar goes down. Superimposed on this are people who feel the government foisted this program and its madate to buy health insurance on them in a coercive manner and in spite of their protests. And there are people who see the program as manna from heaven. However, I doubt the program will see majority support at the polls this November and by 2012 the reform may itself be reformed.

    September 13, 2010 at 2:24 pm |
  23. Johnny C (from Los Angeles)

    Hi Jack –

    I haven't seen any change and my total costs (insurance and out-of-pocket) have not gone down. I am sure that those people who have been added back into coverage for "prior concerns" are ecstatic, however, I see no change.

    September 13, 2010 at 2:25 pm |
  24. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Hi Jack. Truthfully, I don't know as I haven't read it and don't plan too. I would imagine that is won't since it will cost those of us that live month to month more money each month and may not be able to get a doctor that will take our insurance.

    September 13, 2010 at 2:26 pm |
  25. Bert California

    They did not really address any of the things, which are causing the Health Care Costs and Premiums to Sky Rocket, so; no the Health Care Bill will not become more popular!

    September 13, 2010 at 2:28 pm |
  26. Jane in CA

    More people will benefit than not. How popular is being refused coverage or being dropped when you get cancer or having to pay for benefits that were supposed to be covered? The mandate isn't popular, but I hear people complaining about others getting a free ride, too. If everyone can get the medical care they need, the whole society benefits. We aren't there yet, but the health care reform bill is a start.

    September 13, 2010 at 2:30 pm |
  27. bob z fr ,pa.

    the health care bill is not going to do any thing but make us pay for the illegal immigrants. with all the taxes they even put a tax in the bill it shows you nobody knows what they voted for what a gov.

    September 13, 2010 at 2:31 pm |
  28. Pat Vaughn

    The plan is so unpopular because most Americans have insurance provided by employers and care nothing about those who do not. The "I have mine, so I sure don't care about you" mentality is rampant. Most people are so afraid they'll have to help pay for these "losers", they are against the plan. Most do not realize (or care) that the 38 million newly covered, WORK at poor paying jobs.
    Shame on the un-informed .... oh yea, I forget, they are "informed"... by Fox News and its' commentators!!

    September 13, 2010 at 2:37 pm |
  29. Pat Vaughn

    The plan is so unpopular because most Americans have insurance provided by employers and care nothing about those who do not. The "I have mine, so I sure don't care about you" mentality is rampant. Most people are so afraid they'll have to help pay for these "losers", they are against the plan. Most do not realize (or care) that the 38 million newly covered, WORK at poor paying jobs.
    Shame on the un-informed .... oh yea, I forget, they are "informed"... by Fox News and its' commentators!! Pat Vaughn, Crossville, TN

    September 13, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
  30. Rich McKinney, Texas

    I don't think it will become more popular Jack but I do think people are going to hear and complain more about it in the upcoming years especially those making more then $200 thousand a year. It seems they get hurt the most if they sell a home then they are taxed 3.8 percent for capital gains. They also get hit with a .9 percent Medicare increase. The tax on dividends could go up to as high as 43.4 percent. There will also be a 40 percent excise tax placed on Cadillac insurance plans on individuals and families. Something as simple as going and getting a tan at a tanning salon is going to cost you 10 percent more each visit. One more thing to mention Jack because your getting up there in years is that the Death tax is going up to 45 percent. Keep in mind that this money was already taxed when it was earned but now it will be taxed at 45 percent when you die so leaving money behind means the government is going to get another heafty chunk of it before your heirs get anything.

    September 13, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
  31. B.J., Quincy, Il

    Yes, As people get use to it they will accept it.The Medical Indusrtry has become like the credit card companies, greedy. They no longer care about the patients, it's the money they are after, much like Comgress.

    September 13, 2010 at 2:44 pm |
  32. Loren

    Sure,health care reform will become more popular, just not in the way the WH expects. The reform will be to reform it back to where it was and then start over with somthing that makes sense and won't bankrupt our country. Too bad neither party seems to understand that a for-profit system of health care is a prescription for high costs and massive service quality differences. We need to live in a Star Trek world before health care can really be reformed.

    September 13, 2010 at 2:53 pm |
  33. bud rupert

    Not anytime soon Jack. It's way to complicated and since it does not really reduce anyones costs it appears to be just a political move on the administrations part. The only thing that can be said for it -in most people eyes – is the President fullfilled a campaign promise. Good or bad, wright or wrong, he fullfilled it.

    My neighbor just retired as an administrator of a big hospital in Mass. He said that until they do away with fee for service medical care the cost of health care will continue to escalate. It starts right there.

    September 13, 2010 at 2:53 pm |
  34. Al, Lawrence KS

    Health Care reform will never become popular. This is one of those issue where people will never be aware of how bad it could have been. We will never know for sure how high premiums may have gone, whether we would have been denied care because of a pre-existing condition, whether our employers would have dropped insurance coverage, and all of the other horrible things that may have happened. We are all left to complain about how bad things are...not how bad they might have been. Health insurance is always a pain in the rear until you need it.

    September 13, 2010 at 2:54 pm |
  35. Melissa

    Yes. As long as the press stops the Republicans fear mongering and starts reporting the truth.

    September 13, 2010 at 2:56 pm |
  36. Chad from Los Angeles

    Yes, having seen some benefits arleady. No copays for preventive care dr. visits, pre-existing condition stipulations removed!

    I love it so far!

    September 13, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
  37. Erla Williams

    I sure don't know how it could...Anymore, EVERYTIME, I open my daily paper, or, turn on the TV...local or Natl. stations, , it has become a nightmare over constant requests, for " donations " to HELP, someone, or some association, or some church, or, private clubs, or schools, you name it,,, Everybody..some might need help due to a death in the family, & they have no money... The BIG problem is...WHO DOES ??. ALL these CONSTANT, requests has me thinking, " maybe this is what I should do, is ASK for funds to help, PAY other's that don't have it...like maybe.. THE GOVERNMENT. ?? Think that might do anyone..any good. ? I darn sure don't have the " extra funds" & believe me, I could sure use, the assitance. myself..

    September 13, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
  38. JENNA

    The White House says health care reform will become more popular. Do you agree?

    Yes I agree with the White House on this one. Many have already benefited from the Health Care Reform Act and as we hit 2014 when all will be in the fold it will garnish many happy citizens.

    However with that said, I think that it could have gone a lot further and and we could have included Medicare Part E (Everyone).

    It is time that we join with ALL nations that provide health care for their citizens. Most countires have a dual system Nationalized and Private. Those who can't afford medical have it provided by the state and those who want to can go outside the state sponsored care and pay for private out of pocket. Will all the well care provided and people staying out of our Emergency Rooms for doctor visit care the cost savings will be tremendous.

    This should be the next step in Health Care Reform, unlike the step tha the GOP is spewing – the Defunding of it.

    This begs the question of if the stereo type of the parties is correct Democracts are for the people of the nation and Republicans are only for businesses. (they did get the ruling that corporations are people now)

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    September 13, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
  39. Ed

    No it all needs to be more mandatory for people to like it. Forced vaccinations for the psychological disorder which causes people to dislike things. I say give us free beer!!

    September 13, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
  40. Conor in Chicago

    In passing the healthcare bill Obama was thinking of America's Geo-strategic interest. In a 21st Century where most industrialized economies have some form of Government health care we are simply not going to able to compete when we have a system of for profit care mixed with a popualation that can't afford it and is forced to rely on Emergency Room Care-which makes cost spiral out of control. Since most of this country doesn't care about this country and is only concerned with themselves and their family they fail to see the very simple logic in all of this.

    September 13, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
  41. Steve Stout from Concord, CA

    That might be a possibility, but there just might not be that many Democrats in office when and if it that even does happen.

    September 13, 2010 at 3:14 pm |
  42. bob, oshawa, ontario

    Jack, yes, it will. A popular misconception about health care reform is that it is "free" because the government is implementing it. What it does mean is that those earning regular wages will have a predetermined amount deducted from their pay cheques to pay for premiums. Because many will be required to pay into it, it will mean that individual costs for health care will be less than if they had to pay a private provider. If Republicans wish to repeal such a program, then what alternative do they propose that will make it less expensive for the average American? If they were concerned for the people's welfare, then, in good conscience, health care has to be given a chance.

    September 13, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
  43. CLEsuburb

    Yes, while I blame the democrats for not correcting all the misinformation about the healthcare reform, people will see when it goes into effect all the good it does. Why not improve the legislation down the road if parts aren't working. I just got insurance from the high risk pool after being denied for years by the industry who likes to cherry pick their customers while continuing to raise the rates. I am glad to be paying for my OWN coverage so don't assume everybody who benefits from the new law is lazy and/or unemployed. Most people who are against it have coverage through their employers. What if you lost your job? What if you then get denied for common conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes, etc. What if your own child becomes uninsurable due to illness? Who pays for the poor or un-insurable when they go to the emergency room now? I say those against reform should be put on a national list and be denied care if they don't have insurance or can't pay upfront.

    September 13, 2010 at 3:18 pm |
  44. Carla

    No. I voted for Obama with the hope of universal healthcare. Unfortunately, what we have now is costing me quadruple in co-pays, higher premiums, and NEW $175 co-pays that never existed before. In addition my Blue Cross at work will kick me out next year when I hit 65 - forcing me on Medicare and penalizing me for my age while my co-workers do the same job and get benefits I won't be entitled to. Obama's healthcare is one big joke - but I'm not laughing.

    September 13, 2010 at 3:24 pm |
  45. Joe R - Houston

    So now he says he never expected to extend insurance coverage to 31 million people "for free" does he? Is he admitting he his congressional allies lied when passage hinged on it not adding to the debt – and they repeatedly said that it would actually LOWER costs?

    What's becoming more popular with me is the movement to get rid of all incumbents, Republicans as well as Democrats.

    September 13, 2010 at 3:24 pm |
  46. Rus in St. Paul, MN

    I don't. It would be popular if anything that was touted about the bill were coming true, but sadly very little is. Reports of costs increasing, that the majority of Americans will have their health care changed (remember the old "if you like your insurance, you can keep it"). Doctors are complaining about Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement rates, while we're taking funds from Medicare and expanding Medicaid. Know what would be popular, if Washington stopped playing politics with our health.

    September 13, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
  47. Kate Larabee

    Americans can learn to love anything, given enough time to get used to it. How many years has it been now, Jack?

    September 13, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
  48. Dave, Orlando, FL

    Of course not. As time goes on, the so called reform will be revealed to be what it is – a boon to the insurance companies and the rest of the industry. The ONLY way to get reform is to include the public option.

    If you recall, the excuse for passing this toothless, watered down waste of time was to get something passed and then go to work on fixing it and closing the loopholes so it fulfilled its promise. Unfortunately, all the Democrats turned out to be liars and did nothing, as usual. That is why we will end up with an across the board radical Republican government from the supreme clowns to the senate to the house of representatives. We already have a president who is trying to be more like Bush than Bush in both policy and lies.

    September 13, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  49. Anthony from NJ

    Health care reform has been irretrievably demonized by the right wing. The Tea Party, whose majority of members are at the age when these benefits will weigh in their favor, are so deluded by the negative propaganda promulgated by the GOP, that they hope it will be repealed. It's the old adage of cutting your nose off to spite your face. Young folks want revolution and old folks fear change. What else is new?

    September 13, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
  50. Gail, Plano TX

    Jack: Really have no concrete answer on this one. I would personally preferred a public option in the health insurance bill. As long as the citizenry are stupid to continue paying insurance companies for doing nothing, there will be no improvement The President tried, but did not get a compjtensive bill passed. Too much opposition from corporations who own the U.S., and Republicans. Canada looks better every day!

    September 13, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
  51. Olga

    It is not a matter of popularity, but a matter of need.

    Also, as in everything else, headaches and general maladies should not be covered...

    Olga
    Austin, Texas

    September 13, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
  52. Jim

    Jack,

    It certainly should. Once people see the benefits they receive thanks to Health Care Reform and realize that the nonsense that was being spouted by conservatives like Sarah Palin was just...well...nonsense, I think they'll be delighted. Health Care Reform is destined to take its place alongside Social Security and Medicare as one of the finest and proudest pieces of legislation ever passed by Congress.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    September 13, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  53. Tom in Texas

    Of course it will and universal coverage would have become even more so -you know like Medicare has.

    September 13, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
  54. Kathie

    I'm am on Medicare. So far I have seen my premiums go up, co-pays go up, cost of medications go up along with increased restrictions on which pharmacy you can use. But, I can now be checked for HIV!!! My friend with a preexisting condition can only obtain health care insurance with a $3500 deductible and minimal coverage. This is reform????? If more people are covered then why the increase in premiums and still difficulty getting coverage?

    September 13, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
  55. Minesh - Troy, MI

    Jack, just like other Obama lies, this is another whopper. This law was all about government control not about reducing cost or improving health-care.

    Minesh Baxi, Troy, MI

    September 13, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
  56. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, No, I disagree completely. As more and more people feel the direct impact of the new health care taxes, they will become more and more alienated. Once they come to the full realization that this is just another huge Democratic tax on working people in order to support the welfare state, they will denounce this and demand the repeal of Obamacare.

    September 13, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
  57. Overby from Melbourne

    I was in the insurance biz for about 30 years....if the companies are now going to have to insure higher risk people, the costs are going to be higher, plain and simple. Paying for it will not come from the insurance company's pockets or their profits, it will come from you and me in the form of higher rates, just as it would with any enterprise. It's simple math that anyone with business experience understands.....whoops, I forgot that Obama and crew don't have any experience in business.

    September 13, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
  58. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    It will when people need it, all the Tea Party and Republicans need to be without insurance maybe they would change their minds if they came down with an illness, I bet if they got sick they would be the first ones to use it.and then say how damn great it was.

    September 13, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  59. Jerry Driskell

    Absolutely ! Do you think our president would try to "smoke us" ?
    JerryinGA

    September 13, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  60. Dennis north Carolina

    Yes and it will take time for the people to realize that it was the best step that could have been taken. SSI and medicare were hated when put in place because the conservatives from the left said it would kill the country, time has past and we are still here.

    September 13, 2010 at 3:52 pm |
  61. Ed from California

    Something has to done about the raising cost of insurance premiums. If you don't believe me ask your employer. At the same time ask for a raise! (that goes over big). Medical insurance costs are hovering around thirteen hundred a month for you and your family (Hospitilization, Doctor visits,Prescription,Vision and Dental combined w/ a co-payment added). That same medical coverage was around six hundred dollars in 1999. What would happen if car insurance got that high? You know Jack, If the majority of American were against this reform. The outcry would exceed even more than the FOX"news", CNN, MSNBC,NBC,CBS, and ABC could carry each night. But it's not. Most people who have common sence know full well something has to be done to control these out-of-control costs, or those costs will be passed on to the employee solely. Then you'll hear an out cry, of propotions never heard before.

    September 13, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
  62. dr paul ehrmann

    i am leaning toward believing this since sheriff andy has endorsed it, but i am holding out till i check with with barney and aunt bee so check back with me on november 3rd, should be able to make my final decision at that time:)...

    September 13, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  63. Cal in Denver

    Jack,

    Not with the way it has been implemented. The Public Option should have been included. But again the corporations own the politicians and the average person is left holding an empty bag.

    Cal

    September 13, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
  64. Steve, Clifton, VA

    Health Care Reform will become more popular when unemployment is back down to 3-4 % and Americans have jobs where they can start to weigh the benefit of even having a job which offers health care coverage or the salaries to afford to buy health care coverage. The administration tied health care reform into the economy, and they should have, however, if folks are not employed and face foreclosure or cannot put food on the table, then health care takes a back seat to the more pressing economical issues at hand. When the economy and employment improves, I am convinced that Health Care reforms will become significantly more popular.

    September 13, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  65. John from San Antonio

    Health care reform may become more popular, but not the law that was passed. It extended health coverage to all Americans but transferred it to the private sector with taxpayers picking up the tab. This law should be popular with Republicans as it put all the control and profits in the lap of private corporations. Bad, bad, bad. Now profits take precedence over health care and costs will go up as health care will deteriorate even further. Another indicator as to how the two parties work together to promote corporate profits.

    September 13, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  66. Mike in Denver

    Perhaps the White House is just saying that in hopes that Obama's reform will not become any "less" popular. I hope to win the lottery, but that is not likely to happen either.

    September 13, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  67. Paul in New Port Richey, Fl

    The Obamacare scam is just unicorn ranches, pixie dust and wishing on a star rubbish. The only time our healthcare costs will go down is when our toes turn up.

    September 13, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  68. Paul Round Rock Texas

    I think many boomers do not understand health care reform. They fear it with no real reason. When the public is educated to how it really works they will be for it.

    September 13, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  69. Ken in Pinon Hills, Ca

    As those who are working with employer paid insurance lose their jobs, and that trend hasn't changed, health care reform will indeed become more popular.

    September 13, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
  70. Kenneth Jehling, Frisco, Texas

    If you read the whole bill you discover that while a few things like pre existing conditions changes are positive the overall cost, size of the bueracracy necessary, and the rationing of care to the elderly will be astoundingly negative. This needs to be repealed and we need to start over because we can do so much better than this-as it now stands we will be paying more and telling grandmother to take a pill and go home and wait for the end.

    September 13, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  71. Iris in Saugatuck, MI

    Since nobody at the White House has actually read the Health Care Bill, how can they say we'll like it? That would be like somebody who's never read Tolstoy telling you you'll love War and Peace.

    September 13, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  72. Kevin of SD CA

    I guess if steeling from Peter to pay Paul is becoming more popular, then yes! What I want to know is why the so called high minded liberal intellectuals didn’t fix the failing public school system in this country first; which is at the root of why our Country is in such bad shape in the first place! If these morons in congress could actually read, write, and do arithmetic then maybe they could make things better rather than writing bills that they can’t read and ignoring the basic definitions of morality! It isn’t enough that the private sector has to carry the weight of Glorified Government welfare and Corporate Welfare on our backs; let’s let them shove mandatory health insurance premiums down our throats while sending all our jobs to third world countries that our tax dollars subsidize while leaving the Mexican border open so that the immorality of Mexico can infest our lives and ruin our standard of living!

    September 13, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  73. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Dear Jack,

    yes, unless people prefer to have insurance companies make decisions for your health!

    September 13, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  74. Tom (Atlanta)

    Our White House has lost its credibility. I believe what ever the President now says is now questioned by a lot of people whose glass of water is now 1/2 empty; whereas, it was 1/2 full two years ago when he spoke. Let's hope that after November, like Clinton and reagan before him, this guy can get Leadership 101 right. Meanwhile, a lot of Democrats will be enjoy themselves in the unemployment line with the rest of us. Jack, do these guys also get 99 weeks unemployment? Aaaaahh. NOW I see they did that.

    September 13, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  75. Jim

    Only the moochers will like it.................. till they have to wait for service.

    the producers will never like it;

    Goodbye Obama!!

    Jim,

    Florida

    September 13, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  76. Robert

    I do believe that health care will grow on people, especially those who don't have any at all. There are people out here in the ghetto that believe it is better to be sick, or even die than go to a doctor. So yes I know will it grow on people, my wife and I have insurance, it went down it has grown on us.

    September 13, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  77. Susan from Birmingham, Al.

    Absolutely not! This health care is going to be a disaster, just like I thought. From the very beginning of Pres. Obama tenure, health
    care was never that big of a deal to the American people. Obama made it one of HIS priorities not the peoples. There is no way you can cover 30 million more people and expect the price to come down, that is so
    backward.

    September 13, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  78. chris

    if you believe them then i got a brand spanking new dodge charger to sell you it's a 2005 model with 50,000 miles on it the point is as we find out more as time goes we will find out it cost us more in prmiums, taxes and more intrusion in our everyday lives

    September 13, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  79. thom richer

    I do agree. It is a "change" and all change needs time to be accepted and understood. Health care protection is still in need of change and change for those without the means to afford it on the money they earn. Costs are obscene and most definitely unaffordable by the working class. We are in a recession that is showing signs of becoming a full blown depression. Yet costs for medical, automotive, food, homes and fuel keep rising with no thought of the working class. It seems the WH and Congress really do not get the fact that we are hurting financially and need paying jobs. They seem not to be addressing the needs of the needy...only the greedy. More "change" is needed soon.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    September 13, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  80. francap

    I believe it will. Once it is all in place, people will see the benefits. They won't want to go back to the bad old days of:
    The insurance executives taking millions of dollars out of our health care funds for their bonuses.

    September 13, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  81. d settle salisbury nc

    until we have single payer/universal health we wont have any reform of any meaning ...Nixon's HMOs now run the show and no one in congress has the courage to slay the beast,,

    September 13, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  82. Bob in Texas

    The answer is a definitive maybe. The fact is Jack, most of these folks don't realize they're already paying for insuring the uninsured, at the local level. The ER had become the family clinic and local taxpayers were footing the bill. And the cost to the taxpayers was enormous. Now these folks can see a doctor before going to the hospital at one tenth the cost.

    Quite frankly, however, I don't think the masses will ever see the logic of this. They'd rather just bitch.

    September 13, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  83. Geri

    I don't see how Obama's health care reform will become popular when there are hidden tax costs and penalties & fines associated with it. It only does about 12 million people any good. We lose our cafeteria plans in the process, that's a tax hike.

    Geri, Mead, OK

    September 13, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  84. Harold

    Yes, it will especially by those who are without... it could be you!

    September 13, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  85. Julie from Louisiana

    We recently sat down with our Blue Cross agent who told us to expect our premiums to drastically increase by Jan. He said their people have still not read the entire bill but it doesn't look good. We have raised our deductibles to $5500 EACH for my husband and myself and our premiums are $900 per month. Where is "reform" benefitting us??? We just hope Medicare is there for us in a few years.

    September 13, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  86. Dennis

    Jack, it might become popular if somone could explain the plan as it is exactly written who does not represent either party or the insurance industry. I guess that leaves only you and Wolf to do it ,Jack.

    Dennis/Nashville,TN.

    September 13, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  87. Birddog in Mississippi

    Jack, the report does NOT say that Heath Care Costs are going up because of HCR. It says expenditures are going up – that's because more people will be getting health care. The report ALSO says the rise in health care costs will slow DOWN as a result HCR. Please either read more carefully or have a person who completed fifth grade math explain the report to you. Expenditures and costs are not the same thing. Expenditures are the total costs spent by everybody in the country; costs are what each individual pays.

    September 13, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  88. honest John in Vermont

    Healthcare Reform was an excellent idea but the problems are that this Healthcare program does too little and will kill small business and those that are just getting by–the premiums will be too much for them.

    A friend just returned from Panama where he went for surgery. He paid $3800. Here the surgery would be $35,000.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  89. Bob Arnold

    The popularity of health care reform is neither easily measured by polls nor a subject for facile commentary because of the complexity of the legislation that produced it. Changes in health insurance - guaranteed-issue, non-cancellable polices without coverage caps - have reasonably strong support even with upward pressure on premiums. Mandated coverage was an unnecessary affront to a public that takes freedom of choice seriously and it will either die in the courts or be drastically altered by Congress before it is scheduled to take effect in 2014. Expansion of Medicaid will be grudgingly accepted by a public that ultimately supports decent health care for everyone regardless of their economic circumstances. So will the taxes that pay for reform - although funding will surely be revisited in the future.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  90. Birddog in Mississippi

    From the report:"Provisions of the Affordable Care Act are projected to result in a lower average annual Medicare spending growth rate for 2012 through 2019 (6.2 percent), 1.3 percentage points lower than pre-reform estimates." In addition:Total growth in out-of-pocket spending on things like insurance premiums, co-pays, and deductibles is projected to slow 1.1% in 2014. Without the new law, those costs would have gone up 6.4%.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  91. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    My question is, what do the Republicans plan on replacing it with? The current plan isn't perfect, but it's still one helluva lot better than what was in place before (which was NOTHING!). The only reason people are so against the plan is because of the all the whining Republicans have been doing. Unfortunately, as a group, people are too stupid to see that the health care plan is a good thing.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  92. Andy Lynn, MA

    Providing that one does not get sick prior to health care going into effect, the White House may be correct. Then again, ho often has the White House been correct on anythiing?

    September 13, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  93. Jim Campbell, St. Paul, MN

    The health care reforms are a huge undertaking. Folks cannot see the benefits immediately. As they are phased in, I trust that most will be grateful to President Obama for his persistence.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  94. Dee in New Paris OHIO

    The thing that will make the new heaalth care bill more popular will be the need of the public for it.

    If a person can afford private health care insurance, no, it will not be more popular. If a person needs this law as the only means of receiving health care, of course it will be wildly popular.

    The thing is, those who can afford private insurance seem to be too selfish to want to help their fellow citizens, and too stupid to realize that they are already paying for the health care of the poor! At least the new law might mitigate some of that cost, as more preventive care will be available. The poor might no longer have to wait until they are at death's door and then go to the ER!

    Those who NEED this health care law will like it. Unfortunately, many of those people appear not to be interested in voting.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  95. Don (NH)

    Health care reform will only become popular after those that have insurance loose it and have to stuggle with the thought of having to pay health care out of their own pocket. Also, as long as health care providers are "for profit" organizations, you won't see costs coming down. Costs will continue to rise to maintain profit margins. There is one think that most Americans don't get, when it comes to profits, there is no morality, and that is why business has to be regulated. Look at BP.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  96. Birddog in Mississippi

    The report says the growth in costs will go DOWN by 2019 as a result of the bill. Please put your reading glasses on and do your job ethically.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  97. chris brown fl.

    i don't believe that it will because most people that I've talked to think that they have just inherited another bill .it is like mandatory car insurance sounds good but reality is just a license to steal for insurance co. as far as the re pubs go repeal is right up there alley, instead of fixing the problem if you want real health care reform you have to first address the real issue the greed of the health care businesses they are all rich the re pubs are not going to attack their own

    September 13, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  98. VICKY FROM MILWAUKEE

    As soon as those tea partiers need to use any benefits of the health care plan, they'll jump on it.. Just like they don't turn their backs on Social Security, disability, Medicare, or Medicaid. I guess those that want small government just want it for other people.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  99. Greg Who? Mechanicsburg, PA

    The way the law is now, no. Obama and the Democrats passed a spineless piece of legislation than needs a drastic overhaul. The problem is that, thanks to the Republican propaganda machine, people are scared to death of the word socialism. The biggest headache to business is health care expense. We should make coverage universal and provide it at taxpayer expense. We already pay for it now!!! Where does business get the money to pay for health insurance? From you and me, Mr. and Mrs. consumer, that's where. Where does business get the money to pay its taxes? Bingo! From you and me again. Would our personal taxes go up if we socialized medicine? Yes, but prices for goods and services would decrease at a greater rate, our businesses could better compete on the global market, that means more jobs, end of recession. Period. Afraid of government "death panels'? LOL! I'm more afraid of being denied coverage by my private insurance carrier. The government would provide better service at lower costs. End of story. People just need to be educated and get over their fear of big government. Big government can be good. It's bad government we should worry about–like the kind we had under deregulation visa vie the Bush administration and look at the mess that got us in.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  100. Matt

    When everyone jumps the employment ship because there's more incentive to not work than to work, who's going to flip the bill? Anybody? Anybody? Bueller?

    September 13, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  101. Laura

    The reason why it's not popular is that the GOP didn't let the Dems do the job right. They only implemented half of what was needed (the expensive half, leaving out all the cost-saving proposals) so that the GOP can now say, "see, I told you so!". They need to implement the other half in order for it to work, but the GOP won't let that happen. GOP is a very accurate term. Grand Old Pots.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  102. Kevin

    Jack, it will only get more popular when you threaten to take away the health bill's new benefits. Until you do that, it's just another "evil Socialist program."

    September 13, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  103. Joe

    Remember, a substantial part of the poll respondents expressing disapproval for the health insurance reform bill are doing so from the point of view that we would MUCH rather have had more meaningful reform (like a single payer system). In other words, the disapproval lumps the Tea Baggers and those of us who think it didn't go nearly far enough (and forever entrenched insurance as the way we do health care).

    I am definitely NOT in favor of repeal or going back to the status quo.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  104. Steve

    The HealthCare reform removes plan maximums, requires free preventive care, no exclusions for pre-existing conditions and a weak attempt at requiring everyone to purchase insurance. These are all items that currently keep the premiums somewhat under control.

    How could anyone in their right mind think that premiums would go down by making these changes?

    September 13, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  105. Matt

    Democrats and Republicans (yes, you get thrown in because you're Pro-Medicade and Medicare)–Everyone speaks of "morals"–that we should pay for others because it's the "right" thing to do. Where are the morals of those who are supported on my paycheck? What kind of morals do you have if you to take money from someone who earned it, and never pay your own way? Looks like you're both morally and financially poor. Pathetic.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  106. John Gill

    A lot of people hated Social Security when it was first enacted. Gee, that turned out OK.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  107. Joe from Brigantine, NJ

    I don't know. All that I do know is that the Republican Party will keep saying it is terrible but they never have nor never would do anything to cut into the obscene salaries, overhead and profits of our esteemed Health Insurance Industry. I doubt that the current new plan is optimum but it is a step in the right direction.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  108. Chris, Bronx, NY

    The Health Care bill will become more popular in the next few years. Cost are expected to go up until 2014.......After which, other parts of the bill kick in to begin to bring down cost.....
    Overall 32 million more Americans will have access to healthcare coverage........Americans w/ children will be able to provide coverage until 26 years old. And the pre-existing conditions can no longer be used to stop people from getting coverage, and lifetime caps (the amount of money your insurer will spend on you) have been banned as well.......Also in 2014 the national healthcare exchanges open up, which will be exciting to see. These benefits alone explain why cost will rise in the interim of the law being worked out and established.
    I have healthcare insurance, so I did'nt need the bill personally......To me any tweaks in the system, will be well worth getting other Americans covered.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  109. Braden

    To date we are about $110 Trillion in unfunded liabilities because of all the other "It's a Good Idea" plans. This is no different.
    And once again, Congress Congress have over spent by another $ Trillion dollars this year. SPEND SPEND SPEND.
    As Washington gets more involved with our medical lives our premiums continue to rise. Connection?

    September 13, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  110. robert

    Absolutely not. The healthcare bill is a flagrant display of what's wrong with our government – ignoring what the voters want. The majority of Americans disliked this bill, the majority still do, yet our legislators passed it under the idea of "they know what's best for us" This is a slap in the face to everything our country stands for. We the people didn't want it, yet we got it anyway. This bill will never be popular.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  111. Ron, WA

    ObamaCare was DOA the problem is no one has the courage to take it off life support … I fear it may remain in a persistent vegetative state until we all go bankrupt and have to pull the plug when we no longer have any of other people’s money to spend.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  112. Bob

    Who are these Americans who don't want to pay 0.2% a year increases in order to provide coverage to nearly every fellow citizen, and control costs in the long run? Who are they? I don't understand!

    September 13, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  113. Brian Trent

    In Obama's own words, "You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig."

    September 13, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  114. mgc6288

    TANSTAAFL – something the Liberals just can't figure out. For every service there is an expense and that expense has to come from somewhere. So much easier to spend someone else's money.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  115. Cecile D

    We are the most fickle nation on planet earth or... we are very manipulated by the media. Obama's health care plan was so, so popular when it was passed. Now, according to your polls, no one likes it. Enlighten me.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  116. Mike in VA

    no. the government cannot run anything effectively and health care is no exception. Reform is/was need but this current administration and congress failed. Their reform was about control of the people.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  117. David

    Murfreesboro, Tennessee-

    As my daughter recently graduated from college at the age of 22, the new Health care allows her to remain on my employer provided healthcare until age 27. This is a huge savings for her.

    Additionally I have no co pays for preventative health care.

    If I ever change jobs, I cannot be excluded from health care for a pre existing condition.

    I was totally against it until I read the benefits of it as opposed what I heard about it on television with all of the insurance companies and hospitals complaining. If you need Health Insurance, you should like this law!

    As a rule of thumb......If an insurance Company is against it, it is probably good for most Americans.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  118. Tony

    Actually there is a democrat running in Massachusetts running on Obama health care.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  119. Rev. Doc

    Sure. Each year for the next 9 as the health care costs increase by 9% we'll all join in the Obama chorus and back him up. NOT! He lied going in and now he's waffling. More the same old sam old. Where's th change?

    September 13, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  120. Joe_In_MA

    This "package" will self destruct just like everything Obama has rammed down our throats. Disgusting bribery, back door deals, pay outs will sink the Dems ship this November.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  121. Frank Cape Coral FL

    YES, if negativity is a popularity? Yes it will be a more unpopular then it is now,

    September 13, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  122. Joe CE

    Absolutely. As people see what was enacted, and the lies about are washed away, it will be popular.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  123. Bob Roud

    Yes , Obviously.. How can it not go up from today rock bottom?

    September 13, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  124. Mike

    Absolutely not! As soon as peoples health care premiums begin to rise (which some already have) they will be more upset than ever.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  125. Robert

    If the republicans and also tea partiers do not like the health care reform, they should decline to use it. They do not want more governtment, then stop social security. Mecial, medicare and social security are part of the governtment. So, they should go ahead and buy their own health care insurance, retire and use their savings and they should not apply for medical when are retired. Simple.
    I will save some trilliosn of dollars.
    Jack will you post this message?

    September 13, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  126. bree

    I am still amazed, Jack, that Special Interests still control the message against health care reform so tightly. I am also astonished at how hard and violently the uneducated vulgar masses fight AGAINST their OWN interests. The republicans are banking on the media talking about the vote as unpopular helping sink the popularity of the bill just like in the halls of a High School.
    I am losing hope for humanity day by day and thinking of moving to Canada.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  127. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    Yes, I agree. Everyday parents are thinking, "OMG, if McCain had won the presidency Tiny Tim would be dropped by the insurance company and he'd die!"

    Of course Tiny Tim has grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, neighbors, school mates, teachers, church members, etc., for whom the new reality comes home day by day.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  128. JAMES

    HEALTHCARE SHOULD NOT BE A FOR PROFIT BUSINESS.

    The Democrats failed by not having the puiblic option. As a Senior of means, I actually PAY for Medicare.

    Why not allow everybody to buy into Medicare?

    The for profit Lux Hospitals could stay in Business with "Medicare Advantage" type policies.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  129. Eric

    What everyone fails to realize is that you receive nothing for free. Everything has a cost associated with it. It is not suprising that neither the House or Senate read the bill. Of course your insurance rates will go up, way up. You do not expect the insurance companies to cut their profits do you? This means higher premiums for all and less quality healthcare for others. I am sure that the illegals are loving this President, unemployment that goes on and on, why work when you get a check for more than you were making. The entire White House needs to be fired and put people in there that want nothing more than to help America. Pay should be performanced based...right now, all would receive zero thus far!

    Semper Fi!

    September 13, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  130. walter short

    Probably so, once more of the provisions take effect. I think the biggest reason is is unpopular is the great amount of gross misinformation spread by Obama's enemies.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  131. Kevin in CA

    I did not and will never learn to like the "Health Insurance Company Profitability and Sustainability Act". Mandatory coverage with no oversight or price controls – the White House and Congressional Democrats were bought off.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  132. johnnie c

    When everything about the healthcare bill goes into effect,watch how many whiners see what a good thing the bill turned out to be.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  133. MDW

    Yes I think People Will Come 2 understand That Health care is/was only as bad as people made it seem. It is A great Plan it just Had 2many Haters tryna pull it down. Cuz i bet if u asked 100 people what they didnt like about the health care bill. 95% of em Wouldnt have an Answer.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  134. Delia, Katy, TX

    Yes, Healthcare will become more appreciated. It's pretty obvious because much of it hasn't even taken effect yet. That's what's really disturbing here - everything takes an incredible amount of time! We'd be a lot better off by now, if we could pass regulations more swiftly and with a common goal of helping every day people (not big business)!

    September 13, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  135. daniel conklin

    It's a typical political headfake: It will be hurt at first but in the LONG run, it will feel good. Just swallow please.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  136. chris Maas

    Most Polls in the 1930's indicated a lack of support for almost every one of Roosevelt's attempts to pump more money into the economy. (Gallup in 1937 – 37% favor increased government spending, 63% opposed). Most people eventually appreciated the efforts.

    The real question isn't how popular these things are – but how effective they will be. We've long needed real health care reform – even if it is weak tea. It's about time. I'm all for it.

    Chris Maas
    Dover-Foxcroft, Maine

    September 13, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  137. Terry Nixon

    Jack,

    As usual the information you omitted was critical to answering this question. The amount Medicare will go up by 2019 is approximately $200 per year, or $17 a month. I think we will all appreciate that amount when covering an additional 30 Million people.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  138. Leo Faddis

    Yes it will jack if you and FOX give it a chance. As you know it was impossible to get anything in the bill that would make immediate improvements that affect most people.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  139. Conor in Chicago

    Did you drive a Ford today? Good for you. Did you know that car was made in Canada? I bet you didn't. Do you know why it was made in Canada? Because in Canada health care is taken care of primarily through the government so companies don't have to worry about that. It a large reason why US companies shipped their jobs over seas.

    Oh but wait. You're screaming about how there are no jobs right? How we need to bring our jobs back here to America right?

    So many Republicans scream about how Lefties don't understand economics. Look in a mirror for once.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  140. Van - Bloomington, Ill.

    Let's not focus too much on the rising costs of healthcare. What we all need to be concerned about is the quality of that healthcare. What if the only way to drag down costs is by reducing services, or making people wait for them (as they do in other countries)? Will that really be a step forward?

    September 13, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  141. Mary

    Obama is deaf to what people really want He needs to listen

    September 13, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  142. Steven Noppenberger

    The Democrats refused to support Universal Health Care. That is refuse to support UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE!!!!!!!!! What hey did support is the greatest nightmare with everything we asked them NOT TO SUPPORT. The democrat refuse to hold Bush accountable. The democrats refuse re-instal the original GI BILL. I am a register democrat AND I WILL NOT VOTE FOR ANY OF THEM. If I have too I will vote for a republican. And I find the republicans well beyond distasteful, dishonest and up in your face anti-american.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  143. Birddog in Mississippi

    Once again. The report says that HCR will slow the growth of costs of HC. Lower premiums than you would otherwise have, lower co-pays than you would otherwise have, and better insurance than you would otherwise have. This report along with all other reports shows that the growth of health care costs will slow because of the reforms implemented.
    No if people like you keep reporting dishonestly on what the facts are, then no, the bill won't get more popular. If on the other hand, you take the time to report accurately, the conceptions will change. Here let me help you, from the report: Provisions of the Affordable Care Act are projected to result in a lower average annual Medicare spending growth rate for 2012 through 2019 (6.2 percent), 1.3 percentage points lower than pre-reform estimates." In addition:Total growth in out-of-pocket spending on things like insurance premiums, co-pays, and deductibles is projected to slow 1.1% in 2014. Without the new law, those costs would have gone up 6.4%.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  144. Alfred Lewis

    the only place ANYONE in washington is running to is the pharmacutical and health insurance company Lobbyists with their hands open wide.....when Washington D.C is bought....lock, stock and barrell by the very people we should be ridding ourselves of...there truely is no hope in sight.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  145. lasonya07@gmail.com

    The democrats in the senate turned the Obama heathcare into a disaster, its not the house or President Obama fault....the senate should have pulled their tail out of you know what and go the job done with a public option. I must say "I'm happy for the increase of age for college students and pre-existing conditions". to answer you question. Yes.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  146. robert

    VICKY FROM MILWAUKEE September 13th, 2010 5:07 pm ET
    As soon as those tea partiers need to use any benefits of the health care plan, they'll jump on it.. Just like they don't turn their backs on Social Security, disability, Medicare, or Medicaid. I guess those that want small government just want it for other people.

    You honestly believe this? Please tell me one benefit that the healthcare bill provides anyone? Please at least get a basic understanding of what you're talking about before talking about it. No offense, but the ignorance you display is a HUGE part of what's wrong in our country today. So many people are willing to blindly accept what is told to us and unwilling to dig and research on their own to get the truth of the matter. As a result, our government is is largely dictated by the media (because they shape the voting habits of the lazy all too willing to buy into editorial news instead of forming their own viewpoints) and those with a loud enough voice to shape minds. If we all truly did research and formed our own opinions, I think our country would be a very different – and better – place.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  147. Nancy Lazar

    In a word. YES. You have to remember what we had before wasn't working for 90 million people. I know you have good healthcare Jack. How about walking a mile in their shoes and give that up. You'll soon see why we needed government to help fix this mess.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  148. Dale Clark

    Well, Jack, just like your Republican cronies you criticize the healthcare law without any suggestions on how to provide healthcare to those who can't afford it, eliminate pre-existing conditions as part of qualification for healthcare, and keeping insurance companies from dumping your coverage when you get sick. When you have the answers to these and many other important items the new law covers then I guess we'll care more about your opinion.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  149. Tony

    Mac D'Alessandro, democrat is running on Obama's Health Care.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  150. Keith

    Dave, as long as you and others continue to run negative reports about Health Care Reform, then "no." We all know that this is not the single payer system that would have brought about the radical change this country needs. If you and others start reporting on those who have been/are going to be helped by the bill, perhaps the answer many of the "nos" will be transformed into "yesses."

    Harvest, Alabama

    September 13, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  151. Nawa

    Jack it is already popular but in a negative way

    September 13, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  152. Maureen

    Yes, when the self employed worker can buy insurance for himself even if he takes asthma medication.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  153. Ruth - Georgia

    The answer is NO!! I just received a letter signed by 6 doctors from one of the most prominent group of physicians in Athens, GA telling me that they regret to advise they will no longer accept medicare patients. Their reasons and I quote: We have been contemplating our group's ability to continue to provide a high quality of care in this climate of a struggling economy and government rules and regulations surrounding the Medicare program. It is no longer possible to comply with these increasingly stringent requirements under the current system". Obamacare is destroying the healthcare system in this country and must be stopped.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  154. Isaac, Bronx N.Y.

    The question is will Obama become more popular like the W.H. says ? I think anything the W.H. says is unpopular........by the way your the only reason I watch CNN Jack !

    September 13, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  155. sherry

    yes, once people realize it benefits them. that's the only time we ever care about anything... .if it benefits us personally. for a Christian nation we are really pretty self-serving.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  156. Annie, Atlanta

    I don’t have the expertise to weigh the good with the bad. No public option to drive competition, no cost controls for drugs, including importing them from Canada. But kids are covered (with restrictions) until age 26 and 31 million more people will be insured. No refusal for pre-existing conditions, but you’ll pay. It just looks like huge handouts to big insurance and big pharma from where I sit. But that could be the wrong way to look at this.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  157. Donna Bielski

    Sow's ear, silk purse. A bad bill doesn't change. Hey, has
    Obama ever read it? Maybe then he would understand why
    it's so bad. And constantly telling us how wonderful it is doesn't
    help. Don't believe a single thing they say anymore.

    P.S. Over the weekend I changed my affiliation to Republican.
    I will never vote Democrat again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 13, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  158. Debra

    People who didn't need the help, the ones who could always get healthcare coverage, might complain, but people like me are very grateful. I paid my employer-arranged healthcare premiums for sixteen years but when I really needed the coverage it was gone. I got sick and lost my job. My healthcare coverage was dropped and suddenly I couldn't get anyone else to take me on because of a "preexisting condition" . Thanks to Obamacare, millions of Americans like me can get medical coverage again.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  159. emmanuel alfred (abilene, texas)

    Jack, Americans should know that nothing good comes easily. we should learn how to be patient, especially on a vital issue like health care. the healthcare system broke down gradually, it will take time for the new healthcare law to really show it's benefits. but i bet, when it does people will celebrate obamacare,

    September 13, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  160. LNS

    You would have to be a total idiot to believe the Democrats health care plan was anything but a prelude to a single payer system.

    The concept is to drive the cost of private insurance higher due to benefit mandates and then have the government take over.

    It is socialized medicine and everyone will suffer from reduced care and higher costs if this program is not repealed.

    It is most important to have an educated population and the United States today has a largely uneducated and ignorant population.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  161. Larry McDonald

    Not in this lifetime. The majority of the people did not want it from the beginning and it only got worse as it went through the process. I believe everyone who wants healthcare should work hard to achieve their goal, but I shouldn't have to pay for it.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  162. bailey

    honestly, nothing becomes popular when it is a hard thing to do. Americans have to look forward not back. While this plan is not perfect nor popular it is a start.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  163. gary baxter

    Of course it's( The Health Care Bill) going to be more popular as time goes on. For one thing -Americans know down deep they owe more for their good health, especially those who just knowingly suck off the system. AND preventable medicine acutely used will bring results in the short run and especially in the long run. Just look at all the really FAT people at a public event. It's astonishing!

    September 13, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  164. Dan

    You know for every person on the right who is believing what they are being told from the parties against it, there is a person on the left who believes what the WH is telling them. Somewhere in the middle lies the truth and a lot of that truth came from the Congressional Budget Office that admitted that they were not allowed to use what they thought were the most accurate representations because it didn't fit the big promises of savings.

    I am for finding a way to extend healthcare to more people but we have to try and do it affordably and this wasn't it. This was admitted to be a half hearted bill just to get something to pass and most if not all the people who are responsible for it's passing also admittingly hadn't even read it. I can't believe that people are ok with gov't playing with their future and not even really knowing the terms of the game.

    Vote them all out!!! Repubs, Dems and Indy's and let's start fresh and try and get the country back on the right track.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  165. dtgmd

    this is why health care is so expensive in the U.S. –> lawyers, insurance companies, and illegal immigrants. until any President (Dem or Rep) decides to pass a decent Health Care Reform Bill addressing those 3 issues, then we might get somewhere. in the meantime, expect costs to keep rising. it's interesting that Obamacare addressed none of those issues. who exactly was he consulting?

    September 13, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  166. Randy from San Diego

    Ha!
    I was just notified by my health-care provider (Kaiser Permanente) that I am receiving more benefits and a reimbursement due to policy changes! $450 dollars a month is NOTHING to protect myself and my two children against catastrophic injury and proactive health care for me. Spread the word...

    September 13, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  167. Dave

    As these "facts and figures" have left out one thing:
    Who will pay for the healthcare for the 20 million new residents that Obama wants to bring in and legalize?
    I think we already know.....

    September 13, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  168. Sharon Points

    Yes. If people understand the economic situation, and that we all have to give things up before things get better. My husband is a 100% disabled veteran. We did not receive a raise in Social Security or VA benefits. We don't like it, but we see the big picture. People need to pull together, but we all know one party that will not do that.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  169. Russ

    If compassion can ever outweigh selfishness, the idea of improved healthcare for everybody may become popular. It's a question of the "haves" vs. "have not's" and it's not heart that the "haves" have.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  170. marilyn-harrisburg, pa

    what could be better for a country than a healthy, educated population?? Having worked on a medicare fraud contract as a nurse for 5 years, that is where the money is to be found. Millions and millions of dollars fraudulently billed by doctors, hospitals, therapist, pharmacies, nursing homes, etc. Get that stopped and the money is available for health care for all.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  171. Janet Cruz

    Health care costs will certainly go up, but will undoubtedly go up even more without "Obamacare". Our health care system is broken, causing bankruptcies, more deaths for maternity or heart attacks than any other developed nation, and more than 30 million people who get almost no health care because they cannot get insurance. A modest increase in costs is surely worth the price to fix they system.
    Janet Cruz
    Kamiah, Idaho

    September 13, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  172. Gary H. Boyd

    Obama, Reid and Pelosi jammed health care down the throats of the American public and our breathing's become decidedly difficult. Only if we gag it up, get it out and throw it away will it become a popular memory.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Aruziba

    September 13, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  173. Cliff E

    Only if more of the American people wake up and smell the roses. It may seem to some, including some of the press like you, that the smell is being overpowered by the Republican propaganda machine - However, that machine is going to have the surprise of its life at the mid-terms, and so will you. Wake up, Jack, and smell the roses.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  174. Larry, Fort Lauderdale

    I don't believe Healthcare reform will become more popular unless it's tweaked. In it's present form, it doesn't seem to offer much of anything to anyone. I only wish the issue had been put aside when all the disagreeing caused the watering down of the original plan. In it's present form, it isn't worth a damn, in my opinion.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  175. Mark

    I find it very interesting that lack of faith and fear runs so rampant in this country, regarding anything that our current administration attempts to make happen in this country. It is NOT going take just a stroke of a pen by our president and then, somehow, all is going to magically fall into place. We have, for so long, lived in and dealt with a system that only works for some that anything that comes along and attempts to include ALL Americans, there is doubt from it's inception. We have really got to stop this defeatist garbage and, at least, give the current administration a chance to try the plans before we denounce and tout why it won't work. Thank God our, personal, bodies do not work this way. Not many people would be born...If you are familiar with biology, the female body rejects and even tries to destroy what comes from the male body, during procreation. We are killing our child, so to speak, before the marriage even takes place.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  176. Matt, Miami FL

    Jack, this health care bill will be popular and the people will learn to accept it as beneficial if The Conservatives didn't sway everyone into Communist-Witch hunt hysteria. The Health Care Bill is helpful. Perhaps when the rate of people dying due to Health Insurance Abuse falls, then we'll all be a very happy people.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  177. John, Philadelphia

    Everyone's acting like they have a crystal ball. No one does; the bill doesn't take full effect for years. Likely it won't be nearly the panacea the WH asserts, nor the abyss Republican fear mongers describe, and all those negative comments coming from elected representatives who have Government sponsored (even funded) plans!

    September 13, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  178. walter (amelia isl. fl.)

    jack, every time i think about our health care reform this old song pops in my head. (paraphrase) " i fought the lobbyist and the lobbyist won."

    September 13, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  179. jim

    Why aren't people like yourself who are opposed to Healthcare Reform and its cost willing to talk about the fact that we already pay for those who don't have the ability or refuse to pay for their care. If you are so worried about the cost of Healthcare why not push for legislation that would forbid care to anyone who is without insurance unless the care is prepaid. If you think these costs are not passed on to you, you are not as bright as you pretend to be.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  180. Diane from Minnesota

    Medical costs have been going up for years and were making big jumps yearly back in the early 2000's. I can't speak for the past 4 years because I am no longer working and seeing the increases but I doubt that they were going down. The health care bill will be more popular as it all kicks into effect and even more popular when it can be strengthened as people lose their fear about it and demand it be improved.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  181. Chris

    Jack, I had to retire in July due to health issues. I currently pay $992.03 a month for my wife and I, and all I have is an average HMO. I'm a year away from Medicare and that will help some as long as I can maintain the outrageous payments for another year. Otherwise it might just be cheaper to die! Yeah, you guessed it, I'm not a happy camper.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  182. Rich McKinney, Texas

    If all of the democrats that voted for it in congress are running from it in their campaign speeches then it must not be something they want people remembering. They wrote the law and even they don't want to take responsibility for it. That in and of itself tells us it ain't very damn popular.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  183. ~BEVERLY~Mystic,Iowa

    What "earlier claims" are you referring to? He has never made any claims to the contrary. He NEVER said it would be free. (Please be specific about what he allegedly said, with exact quotes & dates.)He also said, when campaigning, that he hopes to turn the Economy around BY THE END OF HIS FIRST TERM. He said that on many occasions. He told us that things would get much worse, before th ey start to get better, & that we won't see improvement for many months, or even years. He also said we will have to make sacrifices. He told us that our old health care, (almost the worst in the world), was the single biggest drain on the Economy. He promised to fix it, give us the best of health care,(just like his, JOHN BOEHNER'S, SARAH PALIN'S, & ALL government employees) protect us from insurance companies, etc, while making everything more efficient. (Why don't you ask us about those claims?) We agreed with everything he said, promised to make the necessary sacrifices, & not be impatient, then elected him, thank God!

    September 13, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  184. Jerry - Florida

    Jack – you are now being as aggressive or as much of an a...hole as you we in speaking out against Hilary Clinton. I think what you are trying to ask ......if you were really smart enough.........is "Will health care become more NECCESSARY like the W.H. says" – who cares a crap if its popular or not.
    You have no concern because yours has always been taken care of by whichever media outlet you have worked for............you don't have a clue what its like to be without it. Until you understand............your comments are simply those of a talking head!

    September 13, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  185. Liberty Tom

    "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. " Dr. Joseph Goebbels.
    As long as the Administration and a compliant press bleat "ObamaCare good, Republicans bad," resistance to this destruction of our great system will remain below 70%. When the true costs, rationing of care, and forced purchase of "qualified" plans become realities, Americans will unite completely against this monstrosity of legislative over-reach.
    Tom from Illinois

    September 13, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  186. Joey

    Jack,

    The more people learn about the true costs associated with this "reform", the more pitch forks will be pointed towards the WH and the Congress. The bill is coming due on this sale.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  187. mark

    Health care reform will never be popular but it is necessary. In the USA everyone wants everything now and they want it for free. Between retired politicians,the elderly,the poor and everyone else the working man pays the health care for he can't afford it for himself. When a plastic glove costs 72 bucks and an aspirin costs us 22 bucks something has to be done about costs of health care but we stubbornly insist we have the best medical system in the world but facts say different. The US finishes way down the list in quality health care but it costs us more and more each year. I've worked in health care for over 25 years and its on the verge of collapse. Obama may not have fixed it perfectly but he done a helluva lot more than anyone else has done in the last 30 years.we'll keeping bucking reform and no doubt repeal what obama has done but eventually we'll reform health care. The question is will we reform while we can or will we have to reform health care in the midst of the rubble of its total collapse?

    September 13, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  188. Don in Nevada

    It would be better if they would have spent money to find cures for a few diseases.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  189. Annie, Atlanta

    Jack, health care costs aren't rising as a result of the law. It's pure greed, and you know it. These companies are filthy rich. Health insurers are raising the premiums because they can. Congress didn't put restraints on premiums into the law. It pays to have lobbyists in the halls of Congress – quite well, actually.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  190. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I haven't read the healthcare reform bill to know how it's suppose to work to determine the prospects of it's popularity. I bet most Democrat candidates haven't read it either but they will be the first to take credit if it does become popular.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  191. bbarnes

    anyone with a brain knew this thing was a disaster from the start and all you self described free thinking libs all bellied up to the bar backing it without any ideas of what it actually did or what was in it!

    September 13, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  192. Birddog in Mississippi

    Stop lying Jack, the report, like all other reports says that HCR will bring down the growth in costs across the board. It's kind of easy to understand if you take a couple seconds to think about it. You're paying $90 a year now for the uninsured. Some of those people make enough to pay for the full costs of plans once they are in a group market. Others will pay the portion of costs that they can pay – pretty much break-even. In addition HICs will have to pay out 85% of what they take in on actual health care costs – a savings of about 5% for everybody. Overall it works out to lower everybody's costs a little, while covering 30 million more people. That's a win-win scenario.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  193. MNindy

    The reason why this bill is costing more right now is because the Dems and The Republithugs left single payer off the table. That was the only and the major cost cutting item that never made it on the bill. that being said knowing that the health insurance industry now cannot raise our rates 20 – 30+% a year is a good thing, knowing my kids can be covered up to the age of 26 while they are in college is a good thing, knowing that people cannot be refused coverage because of preexisting conditions is another good thing. This bill is a great step but it fell short economically because of chicken little Blue Dog Dems and the Republithugs who care for no one but big business's much needed double digit profits to make some millionaire and billionaire investors on the board happy.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  194. Matt from Houston

    If I were running for office I would not mention the bill either. Why would you want to tie yourself to something that far too many people incorrectly believe will kill them. All the fear that the Republican party used to turn people against their own interests is sure to still be fresh in people's minds.
    Just like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, the health care reform bill will become popular–despite being incredibly weak–once the very people who rallied against it begin to reap its benefits.
    A better question would be, "Once the bill becomes popular will Republicans try to change history and take credit for it?".

    September 13, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  195. Hal

    When nodenial for pre-existing conditions goes into effect, health cae reform will become more popular. There ar already web sites on which you cn compare health care plans. In mycase, I was able to significantlylower my health care.

    I pay for all my own health care premiums.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  196. Greg Hamby

    Hello Jack: Health care Reform did not go far enough. The system was unafforadable and millions of uninsured paid nothing for care so those of us with insurance picked up their tab. The current reforms are already benefitting me and my family. Those who rail against it are either ignorant or are lobbyusts for a health insurer.
    Regards, Greg Hamby Kitty Hawk NC

    September 13, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  197. Daggie

    When a cancer patient without insurance hears their pharmnacist tell him/her that their prescription costs $1800.00 for just one month, health care will become popular. Give health care a chance. With company's cutting their insurance benefits, YOU may need it someday.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  198. Jubby

    I am greedy and selfish, why would I want to help those less fortunate. Health care is a privilege not a right. If all these lazy sick people got off their butts and got a job we wouldn't need Obamacare. Oh, yeah, I live in a perfect world.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  199. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Jack, I'm retired military so I shouldn't care about this, but I know people who need medical care, therefore I have to offer my two-cents worth.
    I don't like the plan passed by Congress as much as the plan I thought they should pass, but it's better than the way things have been since the first greedy men found out that they could bleed us dry through the medical and insurance markets.
    There is no reason for costs to rise the way they have, except for greed. Middle-men companies rip-off Medicare to the tune of $billions per month, and no one goes to jail. Providers charge more for care because they know the insurance companies will pay it. Insurance companies pay more because they know that they can charge higher premiums. Our employers pay more because they know that they can knock it off our salaries. It's all a viscous circle with everyone making money except for the insured.
    Hell must be getting close to full by now. I think the Devil is starting to recycle the greediest sinners because he is running out of room.
    Allen
    Hartwell GA

    September 13, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  200. Bill Gehring

    The preamble to the question is, of course, totally slanted to elicit negative comments. That's how Jack makes his living.

    Yes, coverage for an additional 32.5 million will cost a little more. The fair comparison is what it would cost not to insure this group and have them use the emergency room, usually when their condition has become acute? How much will preventative care save? I'll bet Jack has a nice company sponsored health insurance policy.

    Ask hard questions, but stop adding oxygen to the lobbying efforts of the insurance industry.

    Why is the US one of the few industrialized countries that apparently thinks it's OK to have a large segment of the population uninsured or under insured? Jack, how about looking at the ethical side of this question?

    September 13, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  201. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Jack:

    I like your use of the word "popular". It is very popular and I hope the voters are waking up from the fantasy democracy and see the writing on the wall. Those who voted for, created, and marketed this farce and finacial burdon should receive the wrath in November.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  202. Carol Neighbour

    How can it become more popular when I have to pay for 30m that don't have coverage? How much will I pay for each one of them. I have trouble just paying for my family!

    September 13, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  203. Adam B. Colter

    How are we to get educated when those who voted for it don't understand it themselves? This shouldn't surprise anyone since they didn't read it before voting on it. So to answer your questions no I do not believe it will become more popular and if not for the above reasons, then surely because our cost for insurance will continue to rise for at least a decade.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  204. Mark in Arkansas

    No. After the cat fight that Congress went through to get a watered down-totally gutted bill passed... No. Everyone is tired of hearing the fights back and forth about what will cost more. Even after the "bill" was passed, we're still no better off, and I still can't afford insurance. But thanks for asking, Jack.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  205. Mary Abbott

    My three recent college graduate grandchildren have jobs but no benefits. Their conservative parents are very grateful, albeit grudgingly that these young people can remain on their health care policies. A dear child with special needs can never be denied coverage because of preexisting conditions unless a selfish ideology gains traction again that would repeal these reforms and allow for profit health insurance companies to continue to prioritize their stock holders and millionaire excutives over their policy holders.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  206. Arnold MI

    We can't afford health care or anything else in this country many Americans say, and these poor Americans are constantly looking for ways to save money to boost their standard of living. This includes cutting our own health care and Social Security.

    Face it people, the middle class standard of living is over 100k a year and the medium household income is 45k a year.

    The majority of Americans are living in poverty, but very few have the nerve to admit it, and they try to blame this mess we call privatization on everyone but the real culprits.

    We have people in this country that think nothing of spending 45k for a night on the town, they have the best health care available, but the simple minded, poverty stricken majority of the people can't comprehend how anyone could spend this amount of money in such a short time. The latter is complaining about "OBAMA CARE."

    I am deeply saddened to hear that the wealthiest [ha-ha] Country on the planet can't afford the basic necessities that most of the world enjoys.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  207. Chase

    Yes, social security and medicare weren't popular when instituted but now there is no way to get rid of them. Many of the people who now depend on those programs opposed them when they didn't need them. Unfortunately that's how people in our country think.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  208. Linda D. Norton

    You just claimed on CNN that the Health Care Bill is supposed to be so unpopular with Americans cos it hasn't made any reduction in the national deficit yet. But it doesn't take full effect until 2014, which is 4 years from now. So why didn't you bother to point this out, instead of spreading misleading information about this bill? And shame on you for doing so. You should know better than that.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  209. Twila

    As the parent of 2 kids with pre-existing conditions and who lost my job it is already popular with me.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  210. Bob

    yes...I bet the people not supporting the bill now have their own healthcare plan...certainly all the congressmen...but ask someone without insurance and they will have a positive response...

    September 13, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  211. Keith

    Dave, as long as you and others continue to run negative reports about Health Care Reform, then "no." We all know that this is not the single payer system that would have brought about the radical change this country needs. If you and others start reporting on those who have been/are going to be helped by the bill, perhaps many of the "nos" will be transformed into "yesses."

    Harvest, Alabama

    September 13, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  212. Burbank from CA

    Under the current law they are going to fine me unless at my age I pay $850 per month for insurance? Let them! That's almost as much as my rent! I've kept myself reasonably healthy and that's pure robbery!

    Meanwhile I have to work harder and harder to pay more and more taxes so illegal aliens here in CA can continue to steal our jobs and get free healthcare, free education, food stamps, welfare and don't have to bother with a driver's license or insurance.

    If we got rid of these Latino parasites with their irresponsibly huge families that they can't afford to support that get all their healthcare for free by going to emergency rooms and cutting out on the bills, maybe the costs wouldn't be so high and I could pay for the luxury of insurance for myself. – So throw me in jail! I'm not allowing this screwed up government to rob me to pay for them!!!!!

    September 13, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  213. Bob Winkler

    I think that after the bill takes effect, people get used to it, see the benefits and yes it will be welcomed like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. It needs to be broken down into what it contains where people can understand it. There is nothing but lies and innuendos and partial truths going around. I consider myself pretty up to date on things and I have no clue as to what is in that bill. So why don't you get someone to break it down and tell us what is in it "Jack"?

    September 13, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  214. Roger T

    The measure is unpopular only because Fox News and friends have created so much misinformation about it. I have talked to many people who object to it, and they don't have a clue about what is in it. If they knew that it provides protection for middle class when they loose their jobs or when a calamity strikes they may not be against it – or they may still be against it because they are not ready to look at it without any bias.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  215. Dolly D Kester Stilwell, OK

    Yes, I believe as more people are able to get insurance, and at prices they can afford,AND as people see that their social security and medicare are not going to suffer, it will become more popular. I think those that are wary of it are just afraid.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  216. Ken in Maryland

    Once people see through all the lies being told about it and start reaping the benefits from it, yes, they will realize it was a good idea. Not as good as it could have been since it got watered down, but good nonetheless.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  217. Aaron Harris

    Universal healthcare is an entitlement. Given enough time, entitlements become so popular that they are politically impossible to remove. Obamacare's true test in the long run will be whether or not it can be efficiently run - that is if it can remain popular enough to survive in the short term.

    Tacoma, Washington

    September 13, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  218. David - Anchorage, AK

    No, it won't become more popular because it's crap, plain and simple. It was written by the same insurance companies we voted to rein in back in 2008. Health care reform died when the public option died. Obama just doesn't get why he was elected. We've been duped and for that I will never forgive him.

    The few good parts of the health care bill don't take effect until 2014, two years after Obama gets trounced in the election and four years after Republicans seize control of Congress. This "reform" won't see the light of day. Thanks, Mr. President. Thanks for all that change you promised us.

    The only hope of saving health care reform is if the public option is passed during a lame-duck session this year. I am not holding my breath.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  219. Nona

    This report has nothing new to offer. I am an independent voter and voted for President Obama for this very reason. It's time for all those scared democrat to get out of their shells and take a pride for the action regarding the health care reform. Otherwise they are going to lose my vote and others like me.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  220. Kevin in CA

    Oh, do they mean when I go to get Medicare and find out it's no longer there – or do they mean now when my insurance premiums continue to skyrocket unabated?

    September 13, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  221. lasonya07@gmail.com

    If anyone believe that Obamacare is the reason, healthcare insurance premiums is going up or doctors are denying medicare patients is out of touch or just seriously misinformed, join the society.. premiums has been rising for years at least for the past 8 years and medicare payments has decreased every three years for the past 15 years. Obamacare hasn't even kicked in yet to be causing any of these issues. Come on people.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  222. arden costanzo

    If in this economy your child graduates college and cannot get a job they can be covered by your insurance until they are 26. This is certainly a benefit. It took us 8 years to get into this mess but the population expects the president to turn everything around in 2 years.Medicare and social security are constantly changing. I'm sure the same will be said for the health care law. At least it's now a law.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  223. Robert W. North Carolina

    Yes, in the same way income tax has become popular over the years. But will it save us money? Let me see, if there were 20 people at a table and only five had money to pay for food and we took money from the 5 and bought food for the other 15 how would this save money? Hopefully the resturant would give us a group discount but I would not count on it.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  224. Dennis from Minneapolis, MN

    So wait, the "socialism" scandal is taking on water? About time. Once we completely eliminate the profit side of a social institution, yes it will save money. The costs of health insurance companies is the real killer, not the coverage. Somehow conservatives have convinced that theivery equals capitalism.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  225. Harvey, FL

    Single Payer is the only way to lower costs.
    Insurance Companies just take a (large) cut and make the costs go higher. We are Paying outrageous premiums to insurance companies then the insurance companies giveoutrageous salaries to insurance company middlemen. Big pharma isnt much better. Hospitals charge consumers outrages prices for basic supplies like rubber gloves, catheters, asprin etc, consumers see the bills in disbelief. The Insurance companies know what is going on and they encourage it. Arent there RICO laws against racketeering? Get rid of them all.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  226. Tim in Texas

    Yep. Like social security and medicare. People hated them at first and now they love them. The reform strengthens everybody's insurance, bends the cost curve growth slightly (as mentioned in the report), reduces our debt over time, and insures 30 million people. We still need to shift to a pay for service type of health care system. But that can be added later. The only people the bill 'hurts' are those with 'cadillac plans' – those plans, of course add to everybody else's costs, so by taxing them, we bring down costs for everybody.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  227. oceansatlantic

    No, when puppetmaster Rahm convinced Obama to deal away the right of Americans to import cheaper drugs, and to cave on the government option; Rahm guaranteed himself big payoffs when he leaves Washington this year, and that healthcare would be a failure.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  228. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Yes, because everyone involved in health care that isn't providing or receiving care is going to bleed the system dry.
    Jack, I'm retired military so I shouldn't care about this, but I know people who need medical care, therefore I have to offer my two-cents worth.
    I don't like the plan passed by Congress as much as the plan I thought they should pass, but it's better than the way things have been since the first greedy men found out that they could bleed us dry through the medical and insurance markets.
    There is no reason for costs to rise the way they have, except for greed. Middle-men companies rip-off Medicare to the tune of $billions per month, and no one goes to jail. Providers charge more for care because they know the insurance companies will pay it. Insurance companies pay more because they know that they can charge higher premiums. Our employers pay more because they know that they can knock it off our salaries. It's all a viscous circle with everyone making money except for the insured.
    Hell must be getting close to full by now. I think the Devil is starting to recycle the greediest sinners because he is running out of room.
    Allen
    Hartwell GA

    September 13, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  229. Dan

    I think that as more people experience in their own lives the difference that the law makes, i.e. not being dropped when you get sick, the tens of thousands of people who today are being insured and treated for their illnesses then it will become more popular. I think the problem is of perception. If the media highlighted the positives this law brings, if they went out and found the story of the person who was being saved by this law the same way we saw thousands of people who were going with out coverage in the years leading up to the debate maybe people would get behind a move towards improving health care for America. True it is a weak bill, we have the lobyists to thank for that not Pres Obama, but it is a start, just like social secruity was in the thirties and that program keeps 40 million people from slipping into abject poverty, mostly seniors.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  230. erin

    People in the U.K. and in Canada both fought the idea of universal health care. They all heartily endorse it now, and any threats to remove it would surely cause revolutions!

    September 13, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  231. Grace McGovern

    It is unfortunate that the administration has been less than honest regarding health care reform during negotiations of the bill and after passage. It was clear to many of us from the start that the cost curve would not bend down, that health care costs would increase, especially when you try to insure 30 million more people to the extent mandated by the bill, that simple economics would not support the statement that millions of already insured Americans could keep their insurance, and that cutting existing Medicare programs to pay for new entitlements would not hurt senior citizens. It doesn't take rocket science to do the math and apply simple logic. Americans, at least those uninformed or listening to only one side of the discussion, have been hoodwinked by liberal politicians and the main stream media. All I can say is SHAME ON THE ADMINISTRATION, LIBERAL POLITICIANS, AND THE MEDIA.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  232. bob

    Gordon...we have 46000 deaths and other countries have NONE......who's being spoonfed their baby food? You.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  233. Ronnie Harper

    I can see most people don't realize that universal health care is necessary – I myself don't have healthcare and need it very badly. It is a cruel and heartless stance to take, when people say that attempts at universal health care are no good because of costs. We have plenty of money and our economy is fine, anything else is a ruse. Of course we have to have universal health care – there are 300M people in this country. We should all thank the President for his tireless work on the part of the people, but instead Americans prefer to stay snowed by the Republican party, who would have them all as their personal slaves if they could.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  234. Tim T

    We didn't get health care reform, we got health care insurance reform, which isn't the same thing. What passed doesn't address the causes of increased costs, and we will all see our costs rising now and in the future. It won't get more popular as long as our wallets get thinner. Oh, and now they want to extend tax breaks for research and development, the big beneficiaries of which are the drug companies. Way to go!

    September 13, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  235. Ken Hill

    If the health care plan President Obama wanted was passed then costs would be lower. Without the public option for real competition against the health care giants there is no pressure on these corporations to reduce costs. Thanks again Republicans.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  236. CATom

    ....
    Hear that democrats? That is the sound of the nails being punded in your coffin come november.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  237. Kurt Havemann

    Anyone who actually knows what this bill does is against it. There is NO health care reform in this bill. It is a Health Insurance mandate. Once people start to loose their health insurance at work, see their medicare service fall, and in general see what really is going to happen look out.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  238. emmanuel alfred (abilene, texas)

    jack, the healthcare reform will become popular as time goes on and the benefits start manifesting in terms of quality of care and lower cost of care. people should patient to see what this health care will do to the deficit in ten years. therefore, the healthcare reform will become very popular as the white house has hoped.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  239. ~BEVERLY~Mystic,Iowa

    Most definitely. Have you forgotten that President Obama won the election by a LANDSLIDE, & that his health care plan was one of the main concerns for a large majority of his voters? He keeps his promises; he has already kept most of them, in just a few short months. HOORAY FOR HEALTH CARE!

    September 13, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  240. The Mudshark in Oregon

    Not as long as the mouth breathing fork and spoon operators at Fox keep spreading lies and misinformation to an imbecilic, uneducated electorate.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  241. Nenita A. Robles

    yes, it will be popular later.During this transition, lots of people still lack of understanding about its benefits not until it becomes a reality to their life, its full implementation has not yet been kicking in. Few months ago a big insurance company where I've been for several years has denied coverage for my son's consultation explaining that my son has pre-existing condition, my question is what's the logic or essence of health insurance? Isn't it that it's supposed to give you protection/assurance when you get sick? The new health care plan will be of great help to everybody esp. for the deprived masses., not to let health insurance companies richer and richer.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  242. Kay RN

    Our health care is still for profit. There is no Patient dignity extended by the health care industry in this country. We must have Obamacare.Cost has been going up double digit if nothing was done.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  243. kenneth

    I believe that the only people who don't want health care reform is the rich those that have good insurance and those who have not been diagnosed with a preexisting condition like diabetes. I have a preexisting condition and am paying too much per month. I am not asking any one for free insurance. Im just saying that it is terrible what the republicans have allowed insurance companies to get away with.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  244. Margaret

    I have written twice before and submitted and lost my material...so I'll just say......no, I do not like Obamacare. I plan to voice my opinin at the polls whenever I can. This administration is in denial....and has the attitude it knows better than the citizens. November will be the beginning. I can hardly wait until Obama is out of office and goes down in history as the worst president in the history of this nation. He is destroying the US from within. The majority has found its voice and its determination.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  245. Michelle - San Francisco

    their so-called health care reform plan is a joke. Their are acting as if they are scared to implement anything worthwhile. Just a bunch of cowards. American are concerned primarily with the high cost of their premiums and like you say, that is not going to change. On the contrary, medicare premium on the rise? GREAT – something to look forward to. I am on medicare and it already costs me over $200/month.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  246. TOM CHAFFIOTTE

    Jack, I can't understand anyone who is opposed to health care. The people that are shouting the loudest, are the same that bought French wine, then poured it down the sewers after the French won't go along with our idiotic Iraq war. They called them" surrender monkeys" and other insulting names. The Iraq war will ultimately cost us more than
    $3 trillion dollars, 3 times of "Obama care". I think I would rather spend the money on health care, then killing Iraqis. Maybe if we told these tea baggers that Obama care was actually a system to kill brown people, they would whole heartedly support it.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  247. afm5824

    Obama care is not popular with those who already have health care but did you ever ask those who do not have health care? I will bet that it is popular with them. not everyone who is without health care is poor, unemployed, minority or just dead beats. lots of people who work every day do not have health care because they can not afford it and their employers can not afford to offer them health care. Bet you have never though of it this way. are we realy a united states, it does not seem that we are.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  248. lynnej in nc

    It will overtime. A lot of this rancor has more to do about the hue of the individual that is our President.

    If it had been Bush, Clinton or McCain that had gotten a plan passed, it would be moot.

    It is a sad commentary on our political system that misinformation and prejudice still reign supreme 10 years after the coming of the 21st century. We should be ashamed.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  249. Tony

    All I want to know is where are the billions we were going to save in fixing Waste, Fraud & Abuse in Social Security and Medicare. Has anyone even started making that happen? If we could root all of this out of the current system – there would have been no need for a trillion $$$ reform package. I guess it made for good oratory and teleprompter cues.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  250. Dave

    Once the lobbyists get into this health care plan it will go up.
    Pretty soon a trip to a dermatologist or an accupuncturist will be covered.
    If you think health care is expensive now, wait until it's free.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  251. Kevin in CA

    Trust me ... you'll learn to like root canal's too.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  252. sharon

    I'm democrat and proud – proud of the health care reform – the Democrats need to pull up their big boy pants and claim the achievement they made – not cowar now its election time. The Republicans are going to throw figures up higher and higher between now and election time and if we continue crying in the sand box we won't get anything else done – and why not shake mainstream American up by expounding on this tax expiration – Republicans are trying to take focus off of that – how many practicing voters earn in that tax range – not the same amount as will benefit ultimately from the health care reform.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  253. rc

    We have 100 employees and have been getting 15% rate increases annually. At our first renewal after the healthcare bill was passed (about a month later) our premium went up 66%. So for me any my hundred employees I can emphatically say no!

    September 13, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  254. Beth Ann (Los Angeles)

    No. "Health Reform" was just a euphemism for institutionalized insurance company payola. Now, I refuse to get insurance. And I will refuse to pay the fines. True health reform would be a twofold plan wherein: 1. doctors actually treat illnesses instead of peddling costly pills and unnecessary surgeries to people who can't afford them; and 2. ALL Americans would receive health care, no matter their income level. It's disgusting that we don't have national (i.e. free) healthcare here. I doubt I'm alone when I say I'm longing for November 2012...when we have the opportunity to vote out some of these gutless shills.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  255. Jay

    Dear Jack,

    I know that initially this Healthcare Bill, or "Obamacare" as its being referred to, seems to be an extremely unpopular piece of lawmaking at this time. But if I remember right, there was lots of "wiggle room" left within the Bill for fine-tuning as time goes by.

    There was absolutely no doubt that something had to be done to keep the cost of healthcare from bankrupting the country. Bills can always be amended. There are a few states that have carried out quite innovative changes to healthcare that have been very beneficial.

    Several parts of this bill aren't even planned to become effective for over another year from now. I think that would provide a perfect time frame to setup a committee to go back through the Healthcare Bill and begin some of the "fine- tuning" that surely could address the problems that almost every administration has tried to address for so many decades.

    I say "great" that at least an initial framework was passed. But now, if it were possible, after the election that a bipartisan commission be appointed to look around the country, see what's working where and begin to hone "Obamacare" into "Americare". A truly American healthcare bill that address the problems that exist and fix them to the best of all of our ability.

    Jay in Colorado

    P.S. The Healthcare Bill that was passed greatly increased the amount of money to investigate Medicare and Medicaid fraud. They have already made a huge discovery in my small hometown area that will save thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars of fraud. To me, that truly is a good start.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  256. Margaret

    Roger and Dolly, rhetoric is all I can say about what you say. Show me how it protects or benefits me. It will never be popular with the majority.....we just have to get rid of it before it is accepted. And that will happen.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  257. pkfops

    For patients and doctors who have been at odds with the insurance industry; yes they will see the positive. For most they will not see much of an impact, negative or positive. And I did read the bill (yes I did) and feel the overall impact will be positive.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  258. whut

    Lot's of wealth envy on this board.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  259. Gigi Oregon

    Yes The more corporate America kills the American dream the health care will be needed.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  260. Joe Vermont

    Yes eventually it will become popular just as medicare has but at a huge cost to our children in the form of debt. Medicare is popular because people pay very little for the services they are receiving. How could it not be popular? Folks are receiving healthcare on someone elses credit card. The problem is that at some point those chickens will come home to roost.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  261. Ann

    My comment to the whole health care issue, is that I am a substitute teacher, single, over 55 and just got my insurance (individual since I don't get any benefits as a substitute) by Regence raised from $362 a month to $491 a month. I don't know how to afford that, and yet without it– (This is a $3000 deduct. with 70/30 pay after the deduct.) Have the costs gone up to pay for those that don't have insurance? Am I paying for that? My annual salary is below $15,000. I have house payments etc. also. How can people like me afford to keep health insurance?

    September 13, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  262. Jay Kay

    I totally agree! And if it doesn't get more popular the general population of the U.S. is just plain dumb!

    September 13, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  263. Dan

    I hope we never get used to government run health care.
    Anybody who thinks that government run health care is a good thing,
    should go to Canada and serve a church as a minister for four years
    as our son did.
    Ministers are the closest to the sick and dying and get to see first hand how people have to wait to get health care, many times until it is too late.
    There are limits on how much the government will spend, and it is
    really apparent there. One case I was told about was when a forty-something person needed a joint replacement. They were told that since the replacement would only last for 20 years, and they would only get one, they would have to wait until they were in their sixties for it.
    It's not the health care system that needs reformed, it is the health insurance industry. Sincerely, Dan, Anderson, Indiana

    September 13, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  264. Michael Shea Albuquerque,NM

    I truly believe the American people love to bite the hand that feeds them. This was originally true with Social Security,Medicare and Medicaid. I also hear this about Veterans Care which is what I receive.

    Veterans Care has been very good to me. It is a form of single payer health care which is what I really wanted for healthcare reform. However I do believe the current HealthCare Reform has many attributes especially doing away with the pre-existing condition prohibition, increasing the age that young people can stay on their parents policy till their 26 while they get through college or other post secondary training.Thirty million more Americans will be on the healthcare rolls as a result of healthcare reform.

    The talk-show Nazis like Beck and Limbaugh coupled with FOX NEWS need to quit their scare tactics to go after Obama. I'm a journalist by trade but I have no use for "YELLOW JOURNALISM".

    September 13, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  265. Kevin in CA

    The White House has a severe case of "group think" ... must be a contagion left over from the Bush occupation.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  266. Luis F. Rodriguez

    I believe that the so-called Obama Care is unpopular; because, people, in general, are suspicious of any government program as they were of Social Security and Medicare when they were first introduced.

    Furthermore, Republican influenced Fox News, lies on the internet, and programs such as yours, confuse ill informed people who don't read, or get their new anywhere else!

    Finally, deep seated racism by some Republicans and, so-called, Christian voters will unconsciously cause them to hate any idea supported by Democrats, especially those espoused by President Obama!

    September 13, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  267. jeff, alabama

    I guess it will get more popular, Jack.
    I mean the White House surely wouldn't
    lie to us......would ...they....Jack ?

    September 13, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  268. Tony

    My thought is that getting 30 million people insurance is a worthy cause, even if it does cost a little more.

    If we didn't have corporate hacks running things, we could have real healthcare reform.

    But that's the message of the GOP/tea party: I got mine, screw everyone else.

    My mother just had a $200,000 implant put in her to save her heart. What would she have done without healthcare? By the Republican plan, I quote Alan Grayson: "don't get sick. if you do, die quickly."

    September 13, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  269. Tom {Indiana}

    Healthcare will be popular after 2014 and many amercan will plend for Obamacare II. When insurance will not make a profit on people health and that will lower the cost more,it will be more popular.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  270. Caron Callan Klopping

    Yes, Obama's health care plan is critical in saving my family money. Its provisions are not legally binding for insurance companies until January first. In the age of immediate gratification, I hear those who have little capacity to stay the course (even when it's the right one) if it doesn't feel good now. It's remarkable to me that Obama is being held responsible for the Republican damage we are continuing to suffer because it's taking time to repair it. He never said it would be easy. He said it would take hard work on all our parts. I have a daughter in her early twenties whose medical expenses have been exorbitant and even though I pay $1,500 a month in health insurance premiums, she went uncovered. We used her college savings to get her treatment. The number of young adults without family assets who have gone without medical care is outrageous. I thank Jesus and Buddha and Allah every day that we have any savings left after the eight-year Bush Cheney course, and that Obama is now at the helm, as thoughtfully and hard-working as any voter could ever expect. My family and friends stand with him and I guess it's time to make some noise about our allegiance.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  271. Vic of New York

    It's already popular with me! I'm just waiting for the rest of it to kick in. And hopefully, congress will get the guts to implement single-payer.

    That said, I won't hold my breath. Not with all the lies Repugnicans have spread and with the number of nieve Americans who actually are willing to buy into that snake oil against their better good!

    September 13, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  272. Sam Sixpack

    What's not to like? All you have to do is pay all you can "afford" (to be decided by Nancy & friends) for health care you will never receive.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  273. Sylvia

    I am Canadian, a senior and la-de-da NEVER worry about my health care-
    it takes very good care of me but then again we have smarter people in Canada- let's say less ignorant rednecks! Most of you will see the difference in a few years as so many of your smart writers have noted. Not God bless America – rather God help America.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  274. Marjorie Fitzpatrick

    Yes, Jack, I do think the new healthcare reform bill become more popular, especially among the millions of folks will finally be able to get coverage. I'm thinking especially of those with pre-existing conditions whom the insurance companies have laughed at in the past. Those who attack government-subsidized health insurance programs should be consistent and reject their own Medicare when the time comes. Not me, brother!
    Marge Fitzpatrick, Carlisle PA

    September 13, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  275. mark barr

    jack they( both partys and prez) could "nt get crap right, For the most part they were playing with this for over 30 years and waited till like they always do try to use the old quick fix as well as add more crap( i mean pork) too it. When jobs are getting losted and factroy work is losed and the shipping of goods are more taxed on us and not a even playing field , who would of guessed that we wouldnt be in this mess.
    now we have to think green , ok weres the jobs??? weres all them banks we saved?? they got what they wanted and some ones out thier spending our cash.

    mark barr , altoona,pa

    September 13, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  276. Howard from Jefferson City, MO.

    NO....

    Why would Americans ever like this Heatlth Care plan when Congress and the President have exempted themselves from it but make it manatory for everyone else? Shame on them that voted for this Bill. We will not forget come November.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  277. Randy in St. Louis

    The problem is socialist legislation in Washington and just about all of the prior posts. Everybody thinks they're privvy to something....they think they're insiders....experts. It's time to bring government back to the people whether the topic is health care or taxes.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  278. Sean from Maine

    If thousands of Americans were killed by terrorist every year, right wing Americans would love spending obscene amounts of money blowing up every country in the world with a Muslim in it. Ask these same "Christians" to pay alittle more in taxes to help save thousands of their fellow citizen without access to health care and it's "evil socialist tyrrany"

    September 13, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  279. C. Dozier

    Not a chance, except for the freeloaders who expect something for nothing. Wait until the taxes increase, the use of tax deferred medical programs disappear and the rest of obamacare drive up medical cost and cut medical care.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  280. Native American

    WHAT healthcare reform? We didn't get any. Remember the public option? THAT would have been health care reform. All we got was a bunch of "insurance reform" hooey which the greedy sharks in the insurance industry will quickly find loopholes around. Bottom line: Medicare should be for EVERYBODY. Health care should NOT be a for-profit business, period. As long as it is, there will always be a "let people die for profit" motive that endangers us all. We already have death panels, people... they're called "insurance companies who deny care and let people die to make money." We've had them for years. You don't hear about them because rich people can just buy all the health care they need.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  281. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    I think all those who voted for or supoprted the actions taken by the President and Congress on this issue were either blinded by unwaving faith in someone they deem is so smart they are infallible, or insanely naive, or they believe in magic, or they hate their country. Either way, the majoirty of Americans saw it for the sham it was, and the affront to our individual liberty. It raises costs, not lowers, and it still doesn't allow millions of people to be covered that they claimed would benefit from it. Thanks President Obama, is it 2012 yet?

    September 13, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  282. gregoryd

    I think it will become popular. I would bet most of the comments against it are from people who had good affordable health care maybe through their employment. Take these same people and let them get sick and dumped by their insurance company and they would be right out there screaming for this same health care reform. The sad fact is in this country most people only care about what affects them and to hell with everybody else. Everyone brags how the US is the best country in the world. Take a look at all the other industrialized nations. Their citizens have health care and nobody is living on the streets unless they want to be. Their minimum wage is at least four times what the US is. Crime rates are a fraction of the US but hey we think we got freedom. The Us may be the most militarily powerfull nation in the world but in regard to how they look after their citizens they have a long way to become the best nation in the world.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  283. Lee

    Not very freaking likely. The more people see all the crap that is unrelated to healthcare that will increase our costs, i.e., the sales tax on home sales, that was attached to this boondoggle the more likely they are to want it out of their hair.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  284. jean2009

    Yes, health is the one thing people cannot count on always having. You understand this if you are one of the few with a devastating family illness to deal with on a daily basis. Just to know that insurance cannot be denied is a blessing.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  285. chris

    you already have socialized healthcare for the elderly and the poor, the rich can afford it and the middle class can just go without, why not take medicade and medicare away too, why do they get to benifits from the government every man for himself in the USA

    September 13, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  286. Mister Beasley

    The Democrats did nothing in this bill to reduce or even slow the growth of health care costs. The ignored the low-hanging fruit of malpractice reform because their financial backers in the Trial Lawyers Association told them to. By requiring low-income wage earners to buy expensive insurance and reducing the already insufficient reimbursements for Medicare, while continuing to give free care to non-workers, they are putting all the burden on the working poor and seniors to reward those who faithfully vote Democratic in every election.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  287. John in Pittsburgh, Pa

    Yes, Healthcare Reform will become popular because there are many people out of work who don't want to die from a disease just for being unemployed. How can the unemployed get healthcare from their employer if they have no employer? goverment is back if we like it or not.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  288. Voldkoff

    I got a great investment for the entire nation to particpate in. Trust me, its great for everyone. dont worry the cost to you is indirect, so no imediate out of pocket cost while ehhancing your life style and well being. right now we are having a 3rd party draft the langauge. dont have all the details in whats in this 2000 page concept. But once we put this in traction, we can all find out how it works!.
    Sounds like a fantastic idea, all I need is 62 people to give me the okay to lay this on the entire ameican population and you will learn to love this investment idea?
    Ask your self, would you buy this investment with out knowing the details. does that sound like a good investment that you would put everylast cent you have on the line, for it.
    I didnt think so.
    I like the idea of revamping \ enhancing the way we go about health care. but the way the democrats did this is utterly ridiculous.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  289. Blake

    This question would only be asked by a liberal. Polls clearly indicate the general public's disapproval. 20 out of 50 states are taking legal action against the federal government regarding Obamacare. The legislation is horrendous.
    1) It did absolutely nothing to lower the cost of medical insurance.
    2) It will lower the quality and speed of medical care.
    3) It will significantly increase the national debt, not lower it.
    4) It increases federal control and bureaucracy over the private sector.
    5) It increases the level of federal handouts to societal parasites.
    6) It was completely partisan legislation.
    No, it will not become more popular over time!

    September 13, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  290. steve tolong

    people please put yourself in my shoe's i don't have heath coverage can't get it because pre exting conditions
    its close door in your face that happen after working 20 year's bluecross
    all they care is the bottom line

    September 13, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  291. Ian from MN

    Just like every other similar type of legislation, medicare, medicade, social security, welfare.... This will become a mainstay, and over time people will be happy about it. It might not happen soon enough for it to benifit democrats in the next couple elections, but eventually it will.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  292. David

    People are either not thinking or are playing games. Health care costs have continuously increased – sometimes by 100's of percent in recent years. Of course costs will increase over time, however, the increase will be smaller than it would have been if the insurance companies could continue to maximize profits at the expense of the lives of citizens.

    September 13, 2010 at 5:58 pm |