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July 22nd, 2009
05:00 PM ET

What will delaying vote on health care reform do to its chances?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

As President Obama gets ready to address the nation tonight about health care reform... he should keep in mind it's not just Republicans who need convincing.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer now says if there's no consensus, the House could leave for its month-long August break without voting on health care - something which Mr. Obama wanted both houses to do before the Congressional recess. Hoyer says he doesn't think it's necessary for the chamber to stay in session into August to keep working on the legislation. God forbid anything interfere with their vacation.

Democratic Congressman Charlie Rangel, a top committee chairman, was overheard saying: "No one wants to tell the speaker that she's moving too fast (on healthcare reform) and they damn sure don't want to tell the president."

This all sounds a lot different from last week when Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman said "We quite frankly can't go home for a recess" unless both houses pass health care bills.

But the Democrats are not all on the same page. Conservative Democrats are worried about the costs of the plan - which the Congressional Budget Office says would add $239 billion to the deficit over 10 years. Also, first-term lawmakers are worried about tax increases and long-time Democrats are against the government selling insurance in competition with private companies.

Here’s my question to you: What will delaying the vote on health care reform until after the congressional recess do to its chances?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Jeff from New Britain, Connecticut writes:
In the fall, Congress will consider the next election as their top priority. Laws and sanity will be the last thing on their minds, as they fill their pockets with campaign cash and bow down to lobbyists... This health care reform is dead on arrival, Obama.

Keith from Oregon writes:
I don't know what effect a delay will have on the chances it will pass, but I bet it will increase the chances that members of Congress can read it before they vote on it. What a concept that would be.

Janne from North Carolina writes:
I think it will help it pass. Most Americans, Republicans and Democrats alike, know there must be some type of health care reform. What we would like to see is reform that is thoughtfully considered and intelligently debated, and most of all, it must be effective and paid for. These "the sky is falling" deadlines must stop. Passing health care reform that doesn't work just to help the president score some political points is not serving the people that elected these officials.

Mary writes:
Jack, The August break will break the health care reform bill. If there is to be one, we need our representatives to act like they really care about the people of this country instead of their own interests. No one is getting a vacation this year, why should they? Corporate interests rule in this land and have for over 30 years. These folks are bought and paid for.

Eugene writes:
Jack, Delaying and extending the discussion on health care reform is a good thing. No question that health care needs reform, but the issue is immense; it's ridiculous for President Obama and Congress to rush.

Stephanie from Charlottesville, Virginia writes:
If those mealy-mouthed, chicken-hearted, pig-swilling congressmen don't have the guts to move forward on this, the chances of ever getting a bill decrease dramatically. What poor excuses for representatives of us, the common people, they are. I'm truly disgusted.


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soundoff (186 Responses)
  1. Ralph Nelson

    The thing is doomed unless people start marching in the streets. I'll tell you one thing, people are really mad at the Republicans and the Conservative Democrats. I predict a rerun of 1992 and a return of the big business Republicans to insure the Second Great Depression does occur. The Democrats are going to be "toast" if they do not pass health care. What do they think we voted for in 2008? Where's the change? Ralph, Yakima, Wa.

    July 22, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  2. Eileen Peabody MA

    This question must be answered in terms of how Congress views Health Care Reform.

    If it is simply political...you can be damn well sure the Republicans will hold off until it is dead. If this is the case we will never see health care reform.

    If Congress is humane and does realize their constituents need some kind of reform, the only reason to hold it up would be a continuation of this void in the explanation of how it will be paid.

    President Obama continues to promise this will not be accepted unless it is cost contained. At this point he must step up to the plate and tell us how this is going to happen, even if it is proposal. When he vocalized this proposal....then Congress can get its teeth around it.

    July 22, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  3. james in anaheim california

    It will mean that its' less likely to pass. Pres. Obama and his forceful behavior in ramming health care reform through the house and senate does not give time for anyone either republican or democrat to read the fine print on health care reform, how much it costs and how much it may add to the deficit.

    July 22, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  4. John from Parsippany NJ

    Come on poeple, the largest cost in health care today is Medicare abuse. Ask any baby boomer who takes their parent/s to the doctor or hospital. Charges are filed and paid without authorization and most times without even being performed. It's an open checkbook worth billions.

    July 22, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  5. James In Idaho

    Jack, That depends on just how fast the GOP misinformation machine can get its tracks greased again.
    They are already threatening us on behalf of their Insurance lobby compatriots by saying prices will jump, and sugarcoating that threat by calling it a warning. If this healthcare reform doesn't get through soon, It will not be the presidents waterloo, but it will make life more difficult for the rest of us.

    On the other hand, when it does go through, Giulianni will be made correct... it will be his worst nightmare; a succesful reform initiative instituted, yet again, by a democratic, rather than a republican, president.

    July 22, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  6. Joan Gilbert-Croteau

    Jack, the Republican House and Senate are trying to stall the Healthcare process because they are all working for the lobbyist and insurance companies that are pressing hard to not have to deal with anything that will save the American people money. Medical Insurance will continue to baloon to the point that all employers will drop employees, because employees will not beable to sustain supporting their families if the largest percentage of their wages has to go for insuring their families.

    Our own lawmakers have the best medical care, but arn't interested in helping Americans who are less fortunate themselves. Its all smoke and mirrors as usual.
    Joann from Maine

    Joann from Maine

    July 22, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  7. mitzie - GA

    I love the President and believe in his goal for health care reform. My concern is that it seems like he is leaving it up to Congress (non of whom I voted for) to create the bill and do it quickly. This is the time for health care reform but it needs to be "right" not "rushed".

    July 22, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  8. Katiec Pekin, IL

    It is imperative that Health Care Reform and public option be passed now. The longer it drags on the more lies, distortions and fear tactics we wil hear from the republicans and the media.
    We will no longer allow or tolerate big business, lobbyists, special interests and those who support them run our country and make crucial decisions for us. We will not accept those politicians that put campagin funding, personal gains and interests over the welfare of
    the American people.
    This is middle class Americas medical survival.
    When have you ever seen the republicans vote for anything
    supporting or benefiting middle class America??

    July 22, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  9. Thomas Edwards

    The Republicans and some Democrats, getting money from health care lobbiests, are trying to stall the vote so they can have time to kill it.
    Tom, Brooksville, Florida

    July 22, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  10. michael armstrong sr.

    Mike from Sherman TX. It will show that Obama isnt a member of the A team and cant make a plan come together.

    July 22, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  11. David A Whitaker

    I think we will have some type of health reform, but unfortunately it want be what the President want. I am fortunately to have the VA health care, because of my disability. When the health care personnels are willing to make changes, why don't the people that have health care isn't willing to help someone else.

    David
    Martinsburg,WV

    July 22, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  12. Terry in Hanover County

    Nothing. I think it's doomed no matter when the vote is taken.

    July 22, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  13. Stephen R. Collier

    It seems to me that delaying bills is usually a bad sign for that bill. However, it might be a good thing this time around. If the Republicans make an actual effort to fix the bill that fixes the terrible health care problems we all face then they might come up with something they can be proud of.

    Stephen
    Virginia Beach

    July 22, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  14. Arcy S.

    Undoubtedly, Jack, waiting to vote on the bill will severely harm its chances of passing. As more Americans learn of it's Canadian and Soviet style craftings, the volume of calls and faxes to congressional representatives will continue to increase to the point that they might even exceed the number of calls Americans made to congress during the days of immigration reform. Americans didn't want that either!

    In the end, if it's such a good plan, then give the American people time to read it and understand it – we know congress won't..

    July 22, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  15. Jon-Colorado Springs, CO

    The real question is how will delaying the vote on healthcare reform effect the chances of finding solutions for the millions of Americans, like me, who have a serious illness that demands results now. None of us have the option to take a month-long vacation. I'm glad all of us are not facing a serious illness but unfortunately any one of us or someone we love could get seriously ill and then they too will find out how urgently we need healthcare reform. We've been developing strategies for healthcare reform for years we are not going to find anything we haven't already. It is time to move beyond politics and decide which of these strategies offer the best possible solutions and implement them.

    July 22, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  16. Bill, California

    Congress does a poor job when they take their time and think things through. I would hate to see what they come up with when they are rushed. Oh yeah, that would be the stimulus package that was supposed to create jobs and get us out of the recession but was so full of pork and pet projects that it has done nothing. They could do serious damage by panic reform of health care. Why the rush?

    July 22, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  17. Frank from Peterborough

    Since it is obvious Corporate America runs the Congress the time frame won't be an issue as it should be obvious to anyone who can read or hear that the public has been sold down the drain.

    The main thing America has to be concerned about is their right to bear arms has not been infringed upon and to make sure that gay people don't get equal treatment.

    If this is getting anyone down then perhaps America can go invade another country as that always makes people feel good.

    July 22, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  18. Steve

    People need to realize and accept that there is only certain segments of the US population that suffer from this problem, (minorities and disadvantaged based on class)...The advantaged don't want to see a change as they profits from this dilemma and the upper class want the status quo... Let's keep it real. Some folks are very comfortable with the divide/gulf between the "HAVEs and HAVE NOTs", and would like to keep it that way.....

    Steve
    Clifton, VA

    July 22, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  19. Joyce in Goshen, Indiana

    It will allow insurance and drug companies more time to lobby, and will probably kill any chance of real reform. Then we can continue on until enough people lose their insurance, can't get or can't afford new coverage, doctors and hospitals refuse patients, and the entire health system collapses. The only time our "bought-and-paid-for" Congress can do anything is when this country reaches the point of crisis.

    July 22, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  20. Eileen

    Delay will give its opponents time to spread more false propoganda to scare the public and confuse the issue. Pass the bill and then clean it up as we do every other major piece of legislation. It is time for the democrats to let the Republicans know, "We don't play."

    July 22, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  21. Jenna

    What will delaying the vote on health care reform until after the congressional recess do to its chances?

    It will mean that more Americans will go without health care for a longer amount of time.

    Why would any lawmaker want that to happen? Aren't they suppose to be acting on the will of the people. Didn't 71% of Americans say that they wanted Health Care Reform? What are they waiting for??

    Every lawmaker that drags his or her feet on this issue or votes against it should be run out of office.

    Jenna
    Roseville

    July 22, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  22. Rebecca in SC

    Such a delay will give the insurance industry and others who profit from our unfair and inefficient health care system several more weeks to run their dishonest, misleading advertisements. It remains to be seen whether the citizens who were taken in by the "Harry and Louise" ads will be fooled a second time. If so, the delay could do real harm to the possibility of meaningful reform. That would be a shame, since only a few months ago the stars seemed aligned to allow the possibility that the United States would finally join the rest of the developed world by insuring health care for all its citizens.

    July 22, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  23. Michael, Alexandria, VA

    It will allow the White House to consider the overall tax policy and deficit implications of reform, which would be a good thing, especially if the White House brings tax reform proposals to the table.

    July 22, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  24. Jerry

    I've heard that about 17 nations have socialized health care. My question is, "How many of these nations have tried to vote it out"?

    July 22, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  25. Ann,Virginia

    Jack,NOTHING!!The Republicans want to do everything they can to make this President fail,but healthcare is too important for the country & it will pass,despite all the lies & delays the other side throws out there.

    July 22, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  26. Natalie - Dayton Ohio

    Depends on whether or not Sarah Palin meets up with South Carolina's Governor for tea and crumpets delighting GOP supporters enough to forget about Obama's birth certificate for a moment or two.

    July 22, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  27. Jeffrey Cohen from LA, California

    It will increase the likelihood in drafting a more efficient bill in a bipartisan manner. I want to see Democrats and Republicans really tackle this bill together so that this bill can have a blend of ideas. Bipartisanship, or at least an attempt at such will lead to a more successful bill.

    July 22, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  28. Kevin L. / Omaha, NE

    Out of sight...out of mind. Congress will come back and say; "What were we working on?". Everyone will have to "warm-up" again to the issues and it will be Christmas before they decide to vote. Important issues will be lost or minimized...do it now, stop stalling!

    July 22, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  29. vern-anaheim,ca

    probally kill any chance there is for health care reform for the future ,thats too bad because health care refom is badly needed

    July 22, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  30. Henrie

    Delaying untill after recess is just what thr Republicans want. They are hoping it will fade away and die. Health care has been discussed since Clinton so we are not "rushing" it. By delaying they can put out more lies to make the public more fearful. Never heard much about COSTS over the Iraq war or Haliburton wastes. They're just too afraid of losing the lobbyist money they get.

    July 22, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  31. Lynn, Columbia, Mo..

    It won't stop the momentum. Too many people want it. We'll just get stronger.

    July 22, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  32. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    It will probably sink it for good! I don't understand what all the complaining is about. Of course it will cost a huge amount of money to give this country a health care plan for everybody. Duh! Who hasn't received a ridiculous bill for surgery that contained bandaids priced at $20? Doctors charge ridiculously high prices for everything they say or do, but it is a necessary evil. The Republicans keep saying that it will cost too much money for our kids in the future, but I didn't see them worrying about all the programs they pushed through the last eight years. They spent obscene amounts of money, but they had the majority and noone could conrol them. Now, the shoe is on the other foot, and they can't stand it !

    July 22, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  33. Bob Dixon

    Jack

    What about Congress exempting themselves from the Health Care Program they are going to pass for all other Americans? What does that say about the state of our leadership – and why is this not a standard question being asked of every Senator and Representative appearing on CNN?

    July 22, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  34. Greg Mechanicsburg, PA

    Delaying the vote on health care beyond Obama’s first full year in office will most likely kill its chances, at least until the next Congress is sworn in. While the potential bill may benefit from tweaking, its biggest problem is not with content, but in merchandising. The Republicans and conservative Democrats are getting away with spreading mind-boggling misinformation about the plan. What Obama needs to do is lay out an easily understood logical explanation of all the ramifications of passing health reform now and what postponing it would mean. If he can tie conservative mind-set with pathological lack of moral and social conscience and money-grubbing lobbyists, we may see an increase in the number of Democratic Congressman come 2012.

    July 22, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  35. Doug - Dallas, TX

    Jack,

    Why is Congress taking a vacation when they haven't finished their work? Could it be that health care reform is not very important to them? After all, some of their biggest political contributors are the health care companies who have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. We're approaching 50 million Americans uninsured, who knows how many under-insured Americans, soaring health costs (got to keep those profits high) and a huge increase in medical bankruptcies. So what's the crisis and why should Congress care about health care for all Americans since they have their own Cadillac plan. Oh yeah, that's their job!

    July 22, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  36. The Broker.

    Nothing. Nothing. Nothing.It is bound for failure. Whether they pass it or not. It cant work. You have to go to the people. (The good) )"Old People"). Are we living too long? Are the kids getting to be a bigger majority. How much longer can Governments pretend.

    Increase in population. people living longer, and all they talk about is cure. Condoms?? Put Old people out of their misery with some legal way of killing them. Or just get some sense. Feed the kids. Educate the kids. Your the journalist. You figure it out....

    July 22, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  37. DON IN WESTPORT, MASS.

    All I can say is "What a team". What ever happen to the "can do" leaders of this country. Everthing statement made is ethier negative or full of excuses. I'm sick and tired of these moron's getting paid big bucks just so they can go on spring break like a bunch of teenagers without a care in the world.
    I can't remember the last day where I didn't work through my lunch.
    What a bunch of spoil brats.
    If I was thier boss they would be working through spring break with no pay as a good will gesture to the American people to show how much they genuinely care about the health of the people who pay them the big bucks in the first place.

    July 22, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  38. Bob

    A delay in a vote on any health care plan plays right into the hands of the special interest groups such as insurance companies and a vast majority of Republican members of Congress whom they already have in their pocket.

    The closer the proximity of a vote on a health care plan to the next election the less likely a health care plan will pass because the members of congress who must stand for election in 2010 will give in to the special interests in exchange for substantial campaign contributions.

    Once again we will get " the best government that money can buy".

    Bob
    Louisville, Ky

    July 22, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  39. Terry

    Jack
    As I see it the difference is that here in Canada our citizens are all covered under our medical system and pay premiums for it. Nobody is denied coverage. If there are delays we can choose to wait (yes sometimes three months) or we can pay cash for faster service locally through private facilities or in America through private facilities. Often our medical system covers those USA procedures.
    Anyway, we have a choice.
    In America the rich or those people fortunate enough to have employer plans have medical coverage. Everyone else who cannot afford the private health care premiums does without and that appears to be a lot of people. Some lose their homes if their health fails. Many have coverage denied when they become sick. I am having trouble understanding how this situation is acceptable to Americans!? They should be really angry...and doing something about it with their Congressmen of both parties.

    July 22, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  40. Michael in Albuquerque, NM

    We have been working on healthcare for sixty years, or more.
    Are we moving too fast for you?
    Maybe the conservatives think that Americans have a short term memory problem. As if we will forget about healthcare if it is delayed long enough. But, I would assure those in congress that Americans have no memroy loss of their relatives deaths because they didn't have healthcare. Nor will we forget losing our homes in bankruptsy to pay medical costs because congress did nothing to correct the current healthcare problems. And, Americans are not likely to forget traveling across our borders to foreign lands to recieve surgery and medicine.
    So, delaying a vote on healthcare reform will only hurt the chances of the congressmen that hope to get re-elected after ignoring our need for healthcare reform.

    July 22, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  41. Emerson Bran

    They're trying to lay this issue to rest, thinking that US Americans (hate the term "Americans" when referring to people from the US, America is an entire continent) will forget about it.

    I don't think that the president needs to convince his consituancy, it looks to me that it's the legislators that get contributions/lobbying money from the healthcare industry that are trying to stop it. It also shows the lack of touch with the people.

    Let's also keep in mind that this is a debate that has been going on sin the early 70's and nothing has been done or changed since. We need change and hopefully that's what the Obama administration will do.

    July 22, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  42. Thom Richer

    It means the little people are not represented by this Congress once again.

    Thom
    Negaunee, MI

    July 22, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  43. Matthew Enthoven

    If the health care reform fails to pass before the recess, it's unlikely to pass in the next 4 years. Obama will likely move onto other issues. People will see it failing to pass and lose faith in the reform all together, especially with commercials and congressmen repeating that it's a bad idea.

    – Chicago, IL

    July 22, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  44. David Gerstenfeld

    It would change the chance of passage from slim & none' to 'slimmer & none".
    David

    July 22, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  45. Dennis North Carolina

    it means that we need new leadership in congress. we are the only developed country in the world that people have to beg for health care. we are the only country in the world were the poor on the government role and the rich have medicare. let us take medical care away from congress and government employees and see how fast health care will pass congress. the shame that the middle class who work and pay the bills have to beg. welcome to the united states of America the leader of the world but not for its citizens.

    July 22, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  46. Michael M Phoenix AZ

    I don't think this country has moved fast enough on universal health care. Face it Jack, most insurance, including Medicare/Medicade does not even cover vision or hearing loss, and those are 2 of the 5 BASIC senses we have!

    July 22, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  47. Roslyn, Augusta, Ga

    I wish we could throw out all the"rescue the rich" republicans, blue dog democrats (traitors) and spineless reid and pelosi. What does it matters if they go away for vacation, hell when they are at the job, they are on paid vacation. So let them go off to continue their pay to play scam with the insurance industries, oil industries etc.( I'm talking to you senator bacus) in lavish surroundings. It is plain to see they couldn't give a crap about the American people.

    July 22, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  48. Stephanie

    Nothing gets done in Washington without deadlines and a "gun" to their heads. Everything is tied to the election cycle and the media's incessant polling so that few have the backbone to stand up and do what is right.

    8 million Americans have lost their health care since Sept 08...how about some reporting and questions about that...or questions about what is wrong that American citizens now line up for hours to get health care that was previously meant for third world countries...Why so one sided, Jack???

    July 22, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  49. Deborah, Los Angeles

    Certain members of congress want to delay the vote on health care reform because they are intent on killing it. They've said as much quite clearly. And we should reward them with a vacation for pushing in the knife?

    We don't get to have a vacation from having no health care. They need to stick around and do the job we pay them for-stick around and do the job they earn taxpayer subsidized health care for. Give it a vote now...we will be taking names for 2010.

    July 22, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  50. Rick Medina,OH

    Jack,

    The 'Rubik's Cube' of politics is time-lines ... without them, nothing gets done, and with them we get imperfect legislation. And, that is what will happen with health reform. 'Comprehensive' legislation always fails ... it either gets passed, or it does not. It would have been a much better process to tackle health issues one at at time, and create a four-year agenda to get each right.

    Rick, Medina, OH

    July 22, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  51. Agnes from Scottsdale, AZ

    Jack: If it takes all night, every night, I believe there will be some agreement on the basics of a health care reform package. In the unlikely event that this does not occur before the recesss, President Obama will spend the month of August campaigning throughout the US on this platform – much the way he won the presidential election. Like it or not, health reform in the US will happen in 2009.

    July 22, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  52. Steve

    This reminds me of a Hollywood comedy!!! We have for the past 60 plus years had something that has served this nation for as many years- The Veterans Hospitals,-This is a Government run and administered medical program for our soldiers, and not a soul complained about them (Walter Reed), or this program, except when they didn't perform. Now, all of a sudden we are worried about a Government run medical /health program similar to the VA Hospitals threat to commercial competition passage of a bill to expand the Governments role as as a competitor with the private sector and we are willing to delay and strike fear in the heart of the voters if we were to expand this model? Go Figure!!!

    Steve
    Clifton, VA

    July 22, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  53. chuck b / coastal n.carolina

    Look at history and you will get the answer.It would kill it.... that is the game plan that the GOP has taken everytime this has come too the floor of congress

    July 22, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  54. Barbara from Coral Springs, FL

    It will hurt the chances but that is not a bad thing. To rush through such and important piece of legislation is just idiotic.

    July 22, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  55. Cheryl Whaley

    Probably destroy it's chances of passing. I didn't hear the Republicans screaming about the "DEFICIT" during the eight years the Bush/Cheney administration ran our country into the ground. But now they stand on the highest pinnacle available and scream about it. I have been disabled for more than eighteen years. Over that time I do not remember the Republican Party putting forth a single plan to improve the health care system. But I do remember that every time the Democrats have put one forward, the Republicans have done everything in their power to defeat it. This time, the 47 million – and growing – might have something to say about that.

    July 22, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  56. Kati

    I don't think the Obama administration is going to get the votes to pass this thing whether the vote is delayed or not. The American people were told we had to rush the stimulus package and we still don't know where the money went or is going. I think everyone is tired of being told we need to "rush" monumental changes or the sky is going to fall. In the end though, it won't matter, for better or for worse, it won't pass.

    July 22, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  57. Mil

    Nothing, because in my opinion it has no chance. Health care reform is one of those things which the Democrats and Republicans will never agree on, and so the 45+ million uninsured will continue to suffer.

    July 22, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  58. Tom Crawford, Atlanta

    If Congress voted on it today, or before the recess, it would go down the tubes and then everyone could sit back, relax, and enjoy the flight. If Congress waits until they come back from their "recess" (more like "excess"), they will be so full of their constituents' bile poured over them for such a fubar piece of legislation that they will go on to other things, like the Redskins.

    Mr. Obama should have learned by now – he is a quick study – that the promising part is the easy part: is the delivering part that's hard.

    July 22, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  59. Julie, Miamisburg OH

    Health care reform is so important to me. I have COPD, and cannot buy health insurance for myself at ANY price. Luckily, I do have health insurance at work with no pre-existing condition exclusion. With all of the unemployment, if I lost my job, I would have no health insurance. I would hope that both the Congress and Senate would taken their time to make sure that it is done right! Since the tax payers are paying the Congress' and Senate's health insurance, why can't we have the insurance that they get?

    July 22, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  60. David in Natchez

    We all saw what happened to the stimulus plan when they rushed it thru. I think more time is needed to get a plan that won't break the bank..

    July 22, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  61. Judy, Exeter, Calif,

    I find the politics of this matter appalling. I personally find the congressional republicans the most distasteful, and I am currently wondering what kind of a country I live in. After watching the previous administration start a very expensive war based on a lie, I am now watching the same group deny 40 million Americans health insurance. They lie when they say they care about the people of this country. What they REALLY care about is whatever personal gains they receive from attempting to stop it. Shameful!

    July 22, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  62. Valarie in California

    It's easy for them to say that cause they have health care. But for those who do not have health care it real important. President Obama is only trying to give the people what they asked for health care for all. The House and Congress in the past actions showed that it took forever and a day to get something past. All the while American knew it did not take forever to get something done if they set their minds to accomplish something. Eventually we all knew there was going to be and issue where they were going to pushback on. And now we see it's healthcare. A delay would only make them feel they have accomplished something over the president and deny American health care that we all want.

    July 22, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  63. BigD VacationLand, Mn

    We Have to Give Government Health Care the Same Vacation the Employees are Getting! Delaying the Vote on the Health Care Bill Won't Even Come to Fruition if the House + Senate + Government Employees Voluntarily Have Their Own Health Care Coverage Deactivated; for Them + Their Families with No Coverage Until They Actually Put Politics Aside + Hammer Out a Good Plan, PRONTO!

    No Going Home, No Trips, No Vacation + No FOOD + NO PAYCHECK Till Johnny Comes a-Marchin Home!

    July 22, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  64. kishen c.rao

    if delayed, because of these republicans, and blue-dog-democrats that were sold out by lobbyists...idiots...

    July 22, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  65. Mary Johnson

    Jack. The August break will break the Health Care reform bill. if there is to be one, we need our Representatives to act like they really care about the people of this country instead of their own interests. Noone is getting a vacation this year; why should they? Corporate interests rule in this land and have for over 30 years. these folks are bought and paid for.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  66. Peter Larson

    I'm getting annoyed with how much attention the "Blue Dog Coalition" is getting – how many of these guys voted against real budget-busters, like two pointless wars, and the first bailout?

    Also, forget going slow on healthcare – did the Republicans go slow on the Contract With America legislation in '95?

    July 22, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  67. Kevin , Fl

    Ill agree to the fact that we need to curb soaring healthcare costs to individuals, small businesses and the like. But when a healthcare innititiave is loaded down with pork , and secret inititiaves such as Mr. Ted Kennedy's Gun Control Proposal , the "Universal mandate" that will require you to buy not only which Insurance the Government approves, but the amount they set --if not put a garnishment on your paycheck, put a lein on your home and ultimately throw you in Prison........simply , thats One Bill I hope sinks like the Titanic.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  68. Patricia

    Don't they get it in DC, We do not want to tax the richer Americans. Everyone has a stake in Health Care. I am in favor of paying 5 cents more a gallon for gas OR an additional 5% increase in Sales tax to pay for a good health care program where EVERYONE is covered.
    I do not have health care and I can tell you, We have spent every dime we have to pay for health problems. Has anyone ever figured out how much 5 cents a gallon would bring in to pay for health care? If we have a good health care program they can do away with Medicare and Medicaid and also put that money into the pot.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  69. Jim T. of S.C

    It will not show back up until 2010 election, Give US citizens same coverage as the senate receives. Too expensive...So were all these bailouts.Mission Accomplished

    July 22, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  70. Antonio Myers

    Delaying the vote on health care reform could either keep its opportunities or risk losing them. As long as you do what is necessary to keep the opportunities alive, then you will be alright throughout the whole ordeal.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  71. Michael from New York

    You're assuming it has a chance. There is no way republicans can allow democrats to accomplish anything, just like there is no way democrats can allow the other side to win. Each side wants to be the winner, each side wants the other to lose face.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  72. twannaanderson

    i think that we have moved too slow on health care reform. for my entire adult life the issue has been relevant. i guess i need some clarification of what fast is.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  73. Anita

    Isn't it a good thing to know what is in a bill that will change medical treatment and cost many generations??? Why is it good for the power hungry to lead the blind???

    July 22, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  74. Don (Ottawa)

    A delay will reduce all chances of passage. The more our legislators think about something, the more complicated it gets and the more likely they will have to think about it some more. Saying "no" means you don't have to take responsibility for the decision.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  75. Johnny C of Florida

    Delaying the vote means Congress will sleep on it and hope it goes away

    July 22, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  76. Michael from Sterling, Colorado

    It will take the current societal emphasis we have on it and allow it to dissipate into possible nothingness, all the while the big insurance companies and medical lobbyists will take the opportunity to spend the type of money that they spent back during the Hillary care debacle. The government was built to work slowly by the founding fathers, but I don't believe that they also had the idea in mind to take breaks and vacations while there was still work remaining to be done.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  77. Jon Gill,philadelphia

    President Obama is right, the time is now to get health reform done. If it's delayed the Republicans will find a way to kill it. That;s their agenda.
    Congress should for once, do the right thing and if necessary, stay in session till the hammer something out. This too important to put off again.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  78. terry panas

    delaying the vote on health care till after the august recess will certainly take the steam out of the democrats and gives the republicans more time to distort the facts about the health care bill...i say go for it and if there are any problems with the bill after it passes, we can go bac k in later and fix them...

    July 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  79. Eugene

    Jack, Delaying and extending the discussion on health care reform is a good thing. No question that health care needs reform but the issue is immense, so it's rediculous, for President Obama and Congress, to rush, into any reforms.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  80. Ken in NC

    Well if the patient's heart stops beating on the way to the hospital and you wait until you reach the hospital to shock it you will find it was a waste of energy.

    The same applies to the health care bill. If fact you have only to look at the "few" delays they have had that have taken 30 years.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  81. RJ

    It will mean the lower and middle class whats left of it will suffer longer than neccesary! If we went to a flat tax with no deductions then we would not have to worry about how to pay for universal haelth care! Its an abomination that the richest country in the world puts such a price on peoples lives! Rich people claim they shouldnt have to pay anymore than they do now and if they are forced to pay up then they will neglect charities, how simple minded the rich have become! The middle classes destruction can be traced totally to the rich and their tax breaks that started with Reagan the de-regulator!

    July 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  82. Bruce Lake Tom., Wis.

    It'll kill it. And that's just what the GOP wants. No vacation boys and girls until you get bills passed. I hate my present health insurance carrier. Tell these elected officials if they can't get this passed just make it simple and give us the same health coverage they have. I won't be taking August off so I deserve their coverage!

    July 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  83. Elyse Reznick

    We need to pass health care reform now, not in a few months, or another decade. It is imperative to all of us to provide health care, to tout preventive care and to not let another person die because they couldn't afford to see a doctor or pay for prescription medicine.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  84. Bill dallas

    Maybe they will take the time to read it this time!!!

    July 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  85. Stephanie from Charlottesville VA

    If those mealy-mouthed, chicken-hearted, pig-swilling congressmen don't have the guts to move forward on this, the chances of ever getting a bill decrease dramatically. What poor excuses for representatives of us, the common people, they are. I'm truly disgusted.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  86. Tyler, Age 10 South Abington, PA, USA

    It will improve its chances because Democrats and Republicans will have more time to think about health care reform. They will realize that without health care reform the angry citzens of their states will vote against them for saying no.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  87. lee Franklin

    Jack, To project the outcome in Washington you don't need to know what any particular congressman thinks - you just need to know who's giving money to whom, and how much.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  88. Scott in California

    A delay will cause it to lose a great deal of momentum. I think they should stay in session until both houses vote on something before they recess. Where in the public sector do you put something this important on the back burner and take a month long break? Where do you take a month long break in the private sector at all? Keep working and GET IT DONE for the American people's sake before you break!

    July 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  89. ed from cedar falls iowa

    dear jack–i do know how to get it passed in a hurry. suspend all their medical coverage until such time they are able to pass this legislature. bet your bottom dollar they will become bipartisan and pass this legislature in a week. do not let them go home , and lock them in a room until they come up with a solution!!!! ed

    July 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  90. Chuck in Sheboygan, WI.

    I don't have a problem with a short delay if it means getting it right the first time. Health Care reform is the most important political challenge of our time. Every single citizen of the United States deserves coverage. Now it's time for the politicians to show some spine and get it done.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  91. Nancy, Tennessee

    Chances of getting health care reform will get slimmer over the August break. With growing criticism, our elected officials should have enough time to find the right reason to vote against it. There should be enough to go around – from government will tell you what procedures you qualify for to you'll lose your current coverage at work because private insurers can't compete with a lower cost government plan. New commercials with dissatisfied Canadians are popping up everywhere. During the break there will be time to get some Brits on telling about their miserable health care. Wonder what the queen will think!

    July 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  92. Mitra, Cooper City, Fl

    There is no doubt about it Jack. If a consensus to atleast get it done is not achieved by the August break, it's over for the health care reform debate. That's Washington for you .

    July 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  93. Jim Patrick

    A delay and recess will allow reform opponents to inundate the Congress and citizens with scare publicity. There will be no significant reform, and reform will never happen. This is the one time in 60 years that reform could go forward. Without massive reform, this beloved country of our will decline, both morally and economically.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  94. TZ

    Delaying the bill wiill kill the bill thats why i like it. Obamas problem he over sells it did anyone else hear that obama admitted that he did no know what was even in the bill on many key issues he appeard on a radio show and out right said he did not no many of the things in it. Well either do i. Why would we pass some piece of junk getting forced on us at a rapid rate. Shut it down move on jack this is obamas first major defeat. And all the appearences in the world wont change that we are over thinking it will help us just to hear him speak.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  95. Kooky in CA

    We can hope the retards will remember what they were doing in August when they get back in September, but don’t hold your breath. If it don’t happen this year it will most likely not happen at all until after the current system collapses completely and then fixing it will make that 1.6 trillion over 10 years look like pocket change. If the members of Congress won’t change their ways, then we need to change the members of Congress. This has been an issue for half a century and the do-nothing Congress’ have done nothing for that time or longer.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  96. Patricia Bartoshevich

    Delaying the vote on health care will give the insurance companies more time to air their untruthful $1.4 million a day commercials and to pay millions to sway Senators their way.

    Patricia – Albuquerque, New Mexico

    July 22, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  97. Matthew Farr

    Congress should not rush to pass a bill as important as this. This kind of legislation needs to be well thought out and every consideration should be taken to ensure that it is done properly. Lets not forget what happened when the congress rushed into the passing the bill to go to war with Iraq before all the facts were known, we are still paying for that one.

    Matthew Farr
    Michigan

    July 22, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  98. Dane Mottlau, Gainesville, Florida

    I am all in favor of some form of a National Health Care System and an Obama fan, but what is the rush. I would much rather have a system that is well thought out and works then some system that is thrown together quickly and then proves to be inadequate. I am a vetern who gets my health care at the local VA hospital. It is government run and very efficient and thorough. It could work for the entire population of our country. Something obviously has to be done for the people and not the rich, selective health insurance companies who have been racking in the money for years and pays little out

    July 22, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  99. Tim in Texas

    I'm a little sick of hearing that this is being "rushed". The current congress has been in session since January. That's longer than it took to get the constitution of the US written and passed. If they would stop wasting time on nutty bills about birth certificates and species mixing, they'd have plenty of time to it done. They keep talking about getting it 'right' - what they really mean is getting it in a way that won't bother their particular campaign contributers.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  100. Veronica Gold

    Jack,
    A delay in the vote on health care reform will dash any hope of relief from obscene health care costs. It will also tell the American people which congressional representatives are "carrying the water" for the powerful health care lobby. Our congressional representatives should give up their August recess to stay and get the work done. Our soldiers don't get to adjourn for a month, so our representatives shouldn't either.
    Veronica
    Bowling Green, Ohio

    July 22, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  101. betty davies

    i am comforted by the president keeping us up to date regarding his plans and progress. Thank God he isn't hiding behind platitudes, slogans etc. He joins the congressional forces in their struggles and participates in the debates. How refreshing!

    July 22, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  102. Joe

    Joe from Morgantown, WV

    Let the Congresss recess, Jack, and we will certainly see passage of the health care reform. After all, President Obama can probably get more done once the congress leaves Washington. He'll certainly hit the trail and start selling the plan even more than he and his spokesman have to this point. Plus, he won't have the critics nailing him every time he turns around. This is a man who is taking on one of the seminal issues of our time and passage of a comprehensive health care reform bill is now a necessity- not just a dream for an idealistic politician. It will be a tough road to walk but one worthgoing down.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  103. Katiec Pekin, IL

    Jack,
    The American people desperately need Health Care Reform.
    To delay it's passage is the continuation of lies, obstruction,
    fear tactics constantly spewed by the republicans and supported
    by the media.
    We pay more health care costs than any country in the world, yet
    rank 37th in care and performance. Thousands upon thousands have
    to file bankruptcy due to medical costs and many, many die because they cannot afford medical attention.
    Health care has been on the back burner and ignored for years.
    We need health care and public option now!!

    July 22, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  104. Ralph Spegal - Oklahoma City, OK

    Hopefully cause it to fail. This country can't afford this! I, for one, am tired of paying taxes to support those who aren't willing to work or provide for themselves. I pay my portion of health care insurance, why can't everyone else? Perhaps we're raising generations of people who realize the Government will pay them not to work and now pay for their healthcare. Please! Please! Let this issue fail!

    July 22, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  105. Shelly Loveland, Ohio

    Jack, What it would do is to get everyone to think a little more, and perhaps a chance to think a lot clearer. I know that everone has been put in a position to make a hasty decision. We can all agree that hindsight is 20/20. Myself, I don't want my government looking backwards, I prefer them thinking first.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  106. Jim/NC

    Every person in this country with a half of a brain wants health care reform. From what I have read, this bill will ruin small businessnes, discourage doctors from practicing certain forms of medicine, and flat reduce or dismember our chances of excellent health care. How could any American citizen want the government to manage our health care. Just take a look at social security, medicare, postal service, VA hospitals, tax code, etc. Is government care really what we want, Jack?

    July 22, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  107. Mark from DC

    Every year their seems to be something that threatens to keep Congress in Washington during their August recess. Oddly enough Jack, this rarely, if ever happens. I do not think that it will dramatically effect the vote if they do delay it. However, if they do what they need to do during the recess (talking to their constituents) instead of hitting the Hamptons, we might see a little bit more of a challenge for reform advocates, this according to the new polls.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  108. Elisha

    Delaying the health care reform is NOT an answer, it will hurt many americans like me who dont have health insurance. I dont think the republicans understand that without improving Americans health reform, it will hurt alot of struggling families in this tough economy.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  109. Valorie, TN

    I'm afraid it will mean it will not get done. I'm 50 years old and haven't had health insurance for years now. I'm desperate to see this get done. I know what it's like to have an accident at home and instead of being able to go to the emergency room to be treated, instead I turned to the internet to figure out how to fashion a way to treat an injury that needed surgery. I'm sick of worrying about how I can't afford the medical bills I might incur and this worry is only going to become more of a burden as I get older. I'm for universal health care and merging medicare and medicaid into the single system. I believe once we get the program in place we will find many ways to bring the costs down. I believe that's what the Republicans and insurance industry is so afraid of. They know without a doubt it will bring down costs. As for paying for it, why can't we simply raise the tax a little bit that we already have taken out of paychecks for medicare? Or as another commenter posted, so much more on a gallon of gas? I rather like that idea.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  110. Wayne King

    It will mean the same status quo...everyone knows something needs to be done, but no one wants to get it done together...I voted for Obama and I believe in a Health Care reform, however, I think everyone should have their say and slowing down the process allows for that.

    Wayne King
    Oakwood Hills, IL

    July 22, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  111. Jean Burns, Ok.

    When Congress goes on break, the ENTIRE CONGRESS should have their health insurance go on break too. And it should not be reinstated till the Senate and the house come up with a plan that will include ALL AMERICANS I don't care if they have planned an operation, teeth, eyes, babies, anything that is covered by their insurance.. And it will be for ALL THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS. Maybe they will feel a little of the fear that those who do not have insurance feels.
    Maybe they will be more cooperative about what is really needed instead of playing poitics
    Of course, they are all millionaires, so they will not feel the money crunch, but maybe they will have their eyes opened a little bit.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  112. george

    just hearing you ask this qustion jack made me so angery i cant type anything worthe reading, but here it go's anyway
    corperations and special interest groups have been allowed into goverment and now they are like a dug in tick and they are corrupting and sucking the life blood out of our great country.

    no summer break for anyone.................everyone stays and for a change and gets something done then maybe we can talk vaca for these usless carpetbaggers that pretend to be caring hard working americans.
    congress can bite me.
    george
    chester,ct.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  113. Jon Selzer

    Clearly this is the moment to change the healthcare system and make it available to all Americans. We entrust the Government to care for our elders and our poor. Why are we so afraid to change our model? It is broken! It is time to join the rest of the developed world and sieze this opportunity to do what is right and not what is politically partisan. Do we as a people have the will to do the right thing or are we so uninspired that we can only think about our own self. How Un-American and and anti monotheistic [I thought we were our brother's keeper] We must act now. With the recess we re-allaign ourself with mediocrity. President Obama is on the right path.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  114. howard

    I wish more Americans could afford to take the month of August off like our Congress.
    No succesful company runs like the US Govt.
    Delaying the v ote would be the first smart thing this new Admin has done.
    Who needs another mistake of mind blowing proportions?

    July 22, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  115. Martin Cigliuti

    Republicans continue to claim that the Canadian health care system is terrible and people die waiting to get the health care they need yet Canada has a lower infant mortality rate and longer life expectancy than we do here in the US. How is that possible with an "inferior" system. We cannot afford to wait for health care coverage for people that are without it. Congress needs to pass a bill which gives access to afordable health care to all Americans. It's a human right! We've waited long enough!

    July 22, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  116. RJ

    Why dont we hold a national election and vote whether or not congress should lose their benefits until a national health care system is set up!. They wont let that happen in a million years but if it were to happen they would lose big time! The American public needs to strip the governments benefits if they are going to act like little kids and fight over peoples health care!

    July 22, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  117. Blond Rocker

    Jack,
    The delay will allow the Republicans,drug & insurance companies to run horrible TV ads about the horrible Canadian health care.

    Congress should learn to live within their means & stop taking money from drug & insurance companies! This is all about money. How sad & embarrasing for our country.

    And no August break!!

    July 22, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  118. refugio

    both ends of the table should make a compromise.
    how about we run a test city or state where there is "universal healthcare."
    If president Obama is right on this issue, he should have no hesitation on doing something like this to prove that his healthcare reform can really work

    July 22, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  119. Paul

    I don't think it can be done responsibly before the break... But let me just say this. How unbelieveably refreshing it is to see our government working vehemently and passionately to rebuild America. Especially after watching 8 years of "W" destroying America – and a large part of the rest of the world for that matter. Let the debating and bickering continue! That's how we get on the road to progress. Maybe if "W" is watching, he might learn what a President is SUPPOSED to do.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  120. Kathy Hurd

    Existing health care companies make a huge annual profit- it's an amazing cash cow for them. Delaying passage of a bill protects their cow. I say it's time to kill the cow. Health care should be about treating aleviating the suffering of sick people, not making a profit. It's a moral issue, something I've never heard from anyone .

    July 22, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  121. george

    Delaying the vote will expose all the facts contained within the bill and protect all US citizens, eventually shutting it down for good. The facts are so misleading it's a disgrace. The bail out on Wall Street was wrong, how the auto industry was handled was wrong, and now this. Since this administration has come into office, everything that has hit the Pres. desk is a national crisis and that the world is coming to an end. We need a more honest and fair administration that protects all people, not just minorities or the poor, for without all the rich people, white or black or asian, we are doomed. Don't think the poor are going to rise up and keep this great nation going. We need the rich, they are not the problem, quit complaining and go to work, get education, and make a difference.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  122. Jacob from Toledo, OH

    "Sweeping" health care reform won't happen after August. Support for Obama's initiatives has been falling from Day 1, and it's beginning to fall faster. A while ago, I said Republicans wouldn't need to make a comeback; Democrats would do it for them. Looks like that's happening now. No one knows what they want out of the health care system, but everyone wants to change it. For their own sakes, the Democrats better find a consensus fast. They have the votes to do whatever they want, and voters will hold them accountable if they don't. Who knew they'd start messing up this fast?

    July 22, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  123. Joan

    A delay in healthcare would mean to me that the people in Washington don't have any backbone and they are not listening to the American people who are desperate and are hurting. They did the same with Hillary's healthcare proposal and the Republicans did not do anything the last eight years but now they have so many suggestions. Anything to oppose the President. Why is it that Germany, France, England, Canada, etc. can have a single payer healthcare but we can't – something is WRONG! Is it we just don't have the brains? Just ask yourself.

    Joan

    July 22, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  124. Melissa

    It would allow the Republicans to kill it before it really starts through lying and manipulation of truths. I'm glad Pelosi put her foot down and said they will stay in session until they have a bill.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  125. LUCI - ILLINOIS

    I hope it goes through before recess. We definity need it.
    The Republicans had 8 years to get it through and didn't, they just want to whine. Look at the drug plan the GOP passed, it cost a ton. They don't care about us. Give us the same plan that all politicans have.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  126. Hunter (Costa Mesa, CA)

    Hopefully, a delay will squash its chances. Whether I agree with it in principle or not, when was the last time a piece of legislation quickly pushed through congress ended up being a good idea or well done (especially one increasing the government's "responsibilities").

    July 22, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  127. Robert Dowd

    I can only hope that the health care bill slows down. I am opposed to the bill based on many items – I am an educator, many of my friends and peers have gone on to wealthier opportunities but ones that they must pay for their health care – I believe that I have taken less salary for my career choice – but I have health care. Why should I pay for their, or anyone else's health care? Another problem, yet the largest one, is that as my mother ages, she is in her late 70's, she will be counseled to allow herself to die due to the increase of the cost for her medical attention. This is a bad bill that will not grant health care to all Americans, it needs to be corrected.

    Robert Dowd
    Clarkston, Michigan

    July 22, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  128. Jack Corns

    Jack,

    No they should not delay the vote. The previous administration had this issue on the back burner. 45 million Americans need some form of health care. Also as a Canadian who has government health care I feel safe that if I or my family got sick, we would not risk going bankrupt to get medical care.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  129. Vernon

    Out of site out of mind, delaying the votes for a month will surely cause momentum to significantly decrease. If the vote is staled then it gives the detractors for healthcare reform to continue to launch ads and commentary to water the bill down and at worst kill the bill. Americans need and want healthcare reform and should be able to decide if they want to have the same healthcare that our elected officals enjoy, they dont have to face the same healthcare decisions as everyday americans.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  130. george charles paree

    His everything being in a hurry is growing old and not working I think we vote a moron

    July 22, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  131. Rosemary Abram

    I believe being a congressman is a JOB so just like when I take vacation from my job–when I return I pick right back up on the tasks that I left pending. If they do their job and not do "politics as ususal" this vital issue will not be swep under a rug–unless of course there actual job is floor sweeping!!!!

    Answer for financing health care reform–raise taxes every working person and I still think we would still be able to pay for our everyday expenses if in exchange we would not have to pay healthcare premiums, maximum out-of-pocket expenses, and co-pays for treatments and drugs.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  132. priscilla

    Delaying the vote on health care until the congressional recess won't affect the outcome that much at all. What it will affect, however, is a large portion of the American's viewing audience eyes, ears, and nerves.

    Until a health bill is passed, and I truly believe in my heart and soul that some type of bill will be passed, the public will be bombarded with hearing about it day in and day out. However, this could be a small reprieve from the Michael Jackson saga.......for a short period of time, anyway. ...that is until the complete autopsy and toxicology reports are released. Once this happens, we will be more than happy resume the coverage of the health care saga.

    What would one do without CNN?

    July 22, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  133. Agatha

    I simply think that health care for everyone should be or rather IS a right not a privilege. So the congress should stay in Washington until they figure out how to do it!. If every western country in the world can afford it, United States sure can too.
    agatha

    July 22, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  134. Todd

    And anybody who seriously tries to argue against the reality that almost every government system is "broken", which has been said about many systems already and is always said after something happens to test any system, because they were created by politicians of both parties is too diluted in partisan waters to even bother talking intelligently to.

    Todd, State College, Pa.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  135. Dale Miami,FL

    A delay will only give the public health opponents time to throw money at politicians and buy up lots of air time to erode support for a public option and force obama to further compromise his position. Unfourtunately most people tend to accept what they hear on tv as credible and the private health industry will take full advantage of any delay on a vote because they have lots of money to make lots of commercials to instill fear with tactics I recognize from the bush administrations war on terror.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  136. Happy in Arizona

    It should be delayed. Obama is wrong in pushing this so quickly. I have to agree, this time, with the Republicans. Also, Obama and the Democrats want to include illegals. If they insist, next election they won't get my vote. No illegals to be included in this bill period.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  137. ddaugherty

    Delaying the health care vote, will only allow the Republicans and the health care insurance lobby to spew more propoganda on the American public. The issue is not costs but whether health care is a right or privilege? The health care insurance industry thinks it is a privelege which allows it to make enormous profits based on the pain and suffering of the American people. People please wake up!

    July 22, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  138. Nicholas Piere

    Health Care reform is a decent idea but it needs to have time to work kinks out. Tax payers should not feel the burden of this reform, we already pay for welfare so people who do not work (or choose not to work) may live off taxpayer's money, resulting in higher unemployment. Now if tax payers help with this reform and allow a free health care tax payers will now be paying for people to not work and receive health care resulting in even more jobs lost due to the fact that now people have nothing to work for. This will prevent any incentive to push for engineers, scientist, and other high profile jobs that President Obama wants out of his country men. Reform is a good idea but you gotta give it time to get the right ideas and system made.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  139. KM, MA

    The health care reform is such an important issue that rushing to a conclusion to meet President Obama's deadline before the summer break would be the worst possible scenario. Making a decision under pressure and without sufficient research will lead to mistakes that will affect millions of Americans. The health care reform is such an important issue that the momentum for change in the health care system will last through the summer. We need a well thought through reform of the complex health care system not a premature bill that does not really fix the system.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  140. Willie Clark

    I find it incredible, that the american people are even listening to this diatribe! It's so obvious that the insurance and healthcare lobby has brought off congress, even an idiot can see it!
    However, I don't blame them, I blame the Obama administration! They have the backing of the American people to change healthcare, and they still find a way not to use the power we give them to save healthcare from the greedy self absorbed money grubbers! A public option has been mandated by the people because only when overwhelming economic force is properly applied to the medical industry will it play fair ! God forgive them for the weak use of the people's power!

    July 22, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  141. Mike

    Simply put, it takes it one step closer to being DOA. This is a simple issue, we pay twice as much as the rest of the industrialized world for at best the same results. The free market we so cherish isnt working. The same representatives who took such swift and decisive action for the financial industry can not find away to address an issue that directly effects so many Americans. Perhaps we need to hire lobbyist so that the American people can be on an equal footing with the special interests.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  142. Darlene, Yreka, CA

    It will give the huge insurance companies that much more time to fight health care reform, by spending millions on negative propaganda. Maybe if the Senate loses their health care coverage until something is passed, they will be forced to sit down and work it out.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  143. Bert. L.A, CA

    Delaying the vote on health care reform until after the congressional vacation will not improve the chances of passage.How can I be so sure? For decades Congress has been taking vacations as health care cost have gone out of control and they have done nothing to help Americans..The better question is "What is it that these "Conservative Democrats" want to conserve? .The old, tired, sick system of the past?

    July 22, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  144. Jan Illinois

    Just exactly what the Repugs, want it to , so that the President , a democrat, will not " look" like he is getting what the people want, that he is dissapointing the public. NOT.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  145. Medical Refugee - Glenda Durham

    The people who are seeking to delay health care reform are heartless cads. Medical costs are bankrupting people. I had breast cancer and was left with $50,000 in bills with TWO policies in force. I had to go to Costa Rica for life-saving surgery that was not covered when our COBRA transitioned to self-pay. THERE IS NO WAY for people with existing health problems to change carriers!

    July 22, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  146. Terry from Illinois

    Jack,
    It will give a chance for common sense, but the Republicans will never allow common sense because they will protect "Big Business" interests and "Americans" will not prevail with a good HealthCare program...
    Hillary Care was dead on arrival due to Republicans and special interest groups and Obama Care could be too if the Democrats do not get on the same page...

    July 22, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  147. Bob of Florida

    Read it? why you idiots,it was exposed during the campaign

    July 22, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  148. Jan Illinois

    Second thought , Why is Hillary not in the forefront on this with the President?

    July 22, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  149. David Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    It will give time to think about it and do the right thing...............lets slow down here.
    David

    July 22, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  150. obinna

    Jack,
    I think that the president is doing the right thing because "delay they say is dangerous." He is trying to put OPTIONS to the table for congress to make CHOICES.
    Ann Arbor, Michigan

    July 22, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  151. Jim T. of S.C

    Mr.Graham, Where was Health care Reform when the Republicans had control??? Bushwhacked

    July 22, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  152. SmokeyC4

    I dont think that this will effect the health care reform at all.

    Americans are tired of waiting and we want this bill passed
    and if this bill is not passed those that hold it back or stop it
    will kiss the political life that they know right down the drain.

    Its time for Democrates to get off there buts and make this
    happen.

    Americans are losing patience quickly

    SmokeyC4

    July 22, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  153. Ingrid

    Jack,
    I think it will decrease the likelyhood that it will ever pass. Based o everything else he has done or tried to do so far, I don't see there ever being this "bipartisan " support that President Obama is seeking. I am so disappointed, not at him, but at the Republicans and Democrats who are so against this. Where have they been over the last 12 years and why now is there so much opposition and opinion with no solutions or better ideas. I think the American people who suppoerted President Obama need to open their mouths, get to writing,emailing, calling and provide him the support that he needs. Nothing is free, everything has a cost. The question is are we as a nation willing to put our money where our mouths and votes have been......... Ingrid Atlanta, GA.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  154. Karl from SF, CA

    Is Congress' health care plan suspended in August when they aren't working on our health care plan? If not, it should be. It would those old geezers something to worry about ontheir unearned vacation.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  155. Sheri in Tennessee

    The chance for healthcare reform is dying a slow and painful death, much like the people who don't have healthcare but who desperately need it. So much for the phrases "compassionate conservatism" and "pro-life."

    July 22, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  156. Michael - Boulder, CO

    They should delay this bill just long enough to re-write it and make Goldman Sachs pay for it out of their new "profits" that we, the taxpayers, made possible.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  157. Vernon

    This is not a rush, everything they need to know has been debated for several decades, inaction has led us to where we are now. Healthcare reform now, not later.....NOW

    July 22, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  158. j/NJ

    What will delaying the vote on health care reform until after the congressional recess do to its chances?

    It could help, most people want health care reform and want it badly, if an agreement is not reached this year, those responsible for the impasse, democrats and republicans alike will pay the usual political price...

    July 22, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  159. Wil in Delaware

    Jack, Health care has been delayed too long already, Congress has been bought and paid for. When a new bill benefits the average citizen our Representatives are worried about the costs. They don't display the same fervor over cost concerns when corporate interests are involved.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  160. barbara Smith

    Listen up America. Why is President Obama tyring so hard to ger healt care passed? Is it because he truly wants to help the Everyday People. Why is the Republicans trying so hard to kill the health care bill? Is it because they want their CEO friends and family to keep making money. Or is it because they (republicians) knows that if President Obama gets health care passed they will not be able to stop him in 20012. The republicans doens't care for the Everyday People and thats why for as long as they have been in power they have never tryed to pass a health care bill. I would suggest to all Americans learn the facts about a government health care. I am a Canadian who is looking a having a major surgery done in the next month. If it wasn't for the government I would not be having this surgery and my health and maybe on the line. I don't have to worry about paying for my surgery. please don't let be about politics.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  161. Joe Shade

    I wonder how many democrats and republicans have investments in the current health insurance companies and how it would effect them if the the health reform would be successful or if the investments is the real issue.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  162. Nidia Cota

    Where's the Republican health care plan? PLEASE! I want to see it, hear it! I'm sick of their bravado and nothing new to offer. Are they afraid their campaign contributors in the insurance industry will no longer give them any more money if they support the president's health care plan? Republicans have engaged in trying to derail the plan and defeat President Obama for their own political ambitions.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  163. Donald in CA

    The longer it takes the less chance of it passing. The republican
    politicians and conservative democrates are not concerned about health care for all americans. Where were these conservative experts on health care for all americans during twelve years of Bush Sr and Bush Jr?

    July 22, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  164. steve

    The longer the delay, the more of it Congress and the public will actually read, effectively lessening it's chances of passing. But I think this would be good because it would force Congress and President Omama take their time writing a good bill during election season rather than accepting socialistic garbage thrown together on the way out the door..

    July 22, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  165. Alan McCurry

    If the healthcare proposal is the panacea to all (insured and uninsured) of Americans health insurance challenges, what is the rush. If it truly is so great incumbents should be able to run on its merits to get re-elected. One can only wonder whats in there that they want us to forget about before re-election rolls around.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  166. Jasmine in Germany

    Delaying the vote may reduce the chances of the bill being passed because one is exposed to the media differently when one is on vacation. Out of sight, out of mind. Haven't many US Americans figured out that the US health care system is behind the times? Obama has. Reformation will save the country lots of money long term, and create a better standard of living, a brighter future for the society.

    It is a pity that in the "land of the free and the home of the brave" that millions of people suffer daily because they do not have the possibility of simple basic health insurance. Millions of people live in a third world country level. Isn't it time to change that?

    I tend to think that the GOP just wants to make sure Obama loses, instead of having the American people win. Very sad politics. This certainly isn't "country first".

    July 22, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  167. Bigsky007

    Dave, history is being repeated. The Democrats never learn. Delay will mean defeat. As with Clinton about 1992, the GOP is putting all of their effort into killing any insurance plan; after which they hope to turn into House/Senate seat gains next year and the Presidency three years hence. After 1992, for 18 years they, GOP sitting on their thumbs and doing nothing, chortled about how they defeated Clinton and did the American people a favor. That the ballooning numbers of uninsured is the result doesn’t occur to them and the Democrats are too idiotic to bring this fact to and keep it before the American people. The current attack ad with the Canadian woman is a sham. What that ad actually shows is that she, with money to burn, can easily access the American medical system; whereas, some fifty million Americans cannot. The fact is our system is killing our babies among many others. Cuba is doing better by its kids. And, our life expectancy is well below that of Canadians. Finally, we have insurance clerks making life/death decisions for us. With all of these facts on their desk tops, the Democrats are like babes in the woods when it comes to nailing their fellow folks on Capitol Hill, many of whom are obviously bigots/hypocrites, to the wall. Any system, which by exclusion, has some one-sixth of its population dreading the day that they or a family might become ill, needs a serious overhaul. Waiting until that number reaches fifty percent may be too late.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  168. Jim T. of S.C

    Heathcare reform in a hurry!!!!! Clinton has been pushing it for 14 years. Wake up America !! Insurance Companies are more powerful than Congress and CNN put together.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  169. Christ from NY

    They just want to kill it like they did Clinton's. That's it. Procrastination is the mother of doing nothing.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  170. robert miller

    Jack – The CBO has said (7/17) the Healthcare Bill is budget neutral over the 10-year budget horizon except for the $245 billion included for patching the "doughnut hole" in the Medicare drug benefit and eliminating a 21% cut in physician fees. If this is the same as the $$235 billion deficet your question suggest, this is to be covered by the "pay go" legislation pending in the House per a 7/17 statement from the joint House committees.

    Phoenix AZ

    July 22, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  171. anonymous

    I like how the republicans claim that if my insurance doesn't cover a treatment or service, I have the right to shop for a different policy. Nonsense! One of the reasons I need to work is because of the insurance coverage. If my employer's insurance doesn't cover a treatment I'm out of luck–unless I'm rich enough to buy my own insurance. My employer isn't going to shop for another policy for my sake or for any employee's sake. The republicans have to stop acting like only rich people in America matter.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  172. Brendan in Phoenix, AZ

    Anyone heard of the phrase "haste makes waste"? Not only will delaying the healthcare bill will give Congress time to review the bill and come up with compromises but it will allow the American people time to see what Congress is trying to pass. The bills and resolutions that get rushed through Congress tend to not work well. Remember the disasters that were TARP and the Iraq War?

    July 22, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  173. Jim T. of S.C

    It will not show back up until 2010 election, Give US citizens same coverage as the senate receives. Too expensive…So were all these bailouts.Mission Accomplished

    July 22, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  174. Norma

    Come on Jack, you are a smart man. The more you delay anything, that is what it becomes a DELAY. We must do something now to help the ones that does not have health care insurance. I know people that works 2 jobs and can not afford health insurane. Why are people so naive and do not take the time to research things. That right I forgot we spent the last 8 year becoming the league of Ignorance and never reading a paragraph. The Republican is happy when people are uninformed, paranoid, fearful, and waiting for them to elevated the fear factor to Orange.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  175. Ralph Spyer chicago Il

    We got money for the C.I. A. who had no clue about 9/11 We got money for the Army that lost in Vietnam. We got money for foreign aid to every country in the middle east and to pay off most of them. We got money for Wall street and the gig banks, We got money for A.I.G. what about the American people and their health care ???

    July 22, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  176. Steve Pierce

    Jack, The delay will not defeat health care. The Senators that believe that it is better to have an insurance person ( who may or may not have a college degree) decide your health care with an eye to their bonus that is probably attached to the profitability of the company, than a doctor that works for the government and does not receive a bonus, may defeat it if given enough time to mislead the public. If this happens then I think we should look for a way to make sure that all Senators have health care that is based on the same decisions and can't purchase better care. We would then have reform in one years time.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  177. Erik in Marburg, Germany

    I'm just 17, but you'd think that after the last 70+ years, the US could get its act together to provide medical care to all of its citizens; rich or poor, purple or green.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  178. Gigi

    Its all about money! Lobbyist money. Who has the power to block the money game. Until their are no lobbyist, nothing will be done for the good of the people.

    Oregon

    July 22, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  179. Jann in Denver

    I think delaying the vote will give the GOP more time to try to scare the American people out of moving forward with health care reform. My hope is that Pelosi keeps Congress in session until this is passed.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  180. Charles

    I get sick and tired of hearing about private insurers cannot compete against the government. I say take a look at Federal Express and UPS. Both of them are outperforming the U.S. Post Office. Both Fed-X and UPS charge more than the Post Office, yet both Fed-X and UPS are making a profit and providing their employees with good insurance. Fed-X and UPS are demonstrating smart business practices; whereas, private medical insurers are only interested in continuing to commit highway robbery.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  181. Joe in MO

    Delay is meant to kill it. I read that five million have lost their health care since 2008. How long will the congress (with its excellent health insurance coverage) let this continue?

    July 22, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  182. Christian, MN

    The only reason Obama is trying to shove this down our throats so fast and forecefully is because he know's once people understand what he is doing it will have no chance. I vaguely recall a bill about 6 months ago that was coerced on the American people in the same way; a doozy of a stimulus bill that was promised to keep unemployment below 8%. Keep on fear mongering Mr. President, its your last chance to socialize this country.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  183. MIssy M in Phoenix

    Delaying this bill gives us the opportunity to come with a bill that actually reforms health care and addresses the real issues. Rushing a hastily-written bill through Congress is folly and we all know it.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  184. teka

    why is it easy in america to give a killing weapon ( gun) rather than health care for its own people? funny . i do not think americans want to kill each other. if america is the leading country in the world in donating for humanatarian causes in asia ,israel ,europe ,africa ...
    it must be very easy to have health care in this richest country in the world america.
    teka

    July 22, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  185. LORRAINE

    Republican House and Senate are trying to stall the Healthcare process because they are all working for the lobbyist and insurance companies that are pressing hard to not have to deal with anything that will save the American people .. It is the cost of health care that is killing this country manufacturing... and business... More people lose their homes and everything they have worked for just because they or a loved one got sick... We should take away all the house and senator insurance and let them see how their employers have to deal with... YES WE ARE THEY EMPLOYERS AND WE HAVE NO INSURANCE

    July 22, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  186. media watcher

    Jon-Colorado Springs, CO – if you have a serious illness that requires attention now, I'm sorry but this bill will not help you. The way this bill is written, the policies it enacts will not be in effect for four years - that is one reason for not passing this bill now. Let's get a bill that actually solves the problem now, rather than one that hopes to solve the problem four years down the road.

    July 22, 2009 at 5:58 pm |