July 23rd, 2009
05:00 PM ET

Should Congress stay in session until it completes health care legislation?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It seems unlikely that President Obama is going to get his way... when it comes to Congress passing health care reform before its August recess. Although House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insists that the Democrats have enough votes to pass their health care bill in the House - she hasn't scheduled a vote yet.

Pelosi has suggested she may keep the chamber in session past its scheduled vacation if necessary - saying she wants to see a bill.

However, one top conservative from the so-called "Blue Dog" group of Democrats says even though they're making progress in negotiations, "we have a long way to go."

Republicans don't think it's going to happen either. House Republican Whip Eric Cantor says, "If they're going to get this passed next week, it's going to have to be a changed bill." Meanwhile - over in the Senate - officials say it appears the hopes of holding a vote before the August recess are gone.

Although the president didn't repeat his demand last night that Congress pass legislation before the month-long break... the White House insists the time to act is now. It's likely that Mr. Obama realizes time is not on his side if this thing gets delayed, saying :"If you don't set deadlines in this town, things don't happen. The default position is inertia."

The House is scheduled to leave town next Friday - and the Senate the following week.

Here’s my question to you: Should Congress remain in session until it completes the health care legislation?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Phil from Georgia writes:
Yes, they should stay in session. They are on a roll and nothing is a greater motivator than vacation being delayed until bills are passed. The perfect time is now for health care and we are going to need everyone to do their part in order to make it over the finish line.

Jerry from Alpharetta, Georgia writes:
No, Congress should not remain in session. Congressmen have to go back to their districts to hear from their constituents on this critical issue. Setting an unrealistic target date is naive and does not give adequate time to review all of the issues, let alone just read the multi-thousand page bill.

Gretchen from Denver writes:
Congress has some nerve taking a vacation when this country needs so much. They should stay and work until they have the health care bill done and passed. What a bunch of brats. I think they are taking their voters for granted.

Risa from Chicago writes:
No. Health care is a complex, multi-faceted issue whose problems lie beyond a simplistic focus on insurance coverage. Rushing through short-sighted, band-aid legislation won't solve anything. I, for one, am tired of political expediency and unrealistic demands for instant fixes trumping a more rational, long-term consideration of solutions.

Jennifer writes:
Yes, as a small business owner struggling to provide insurance to my employees, I don't get a vacation and neither should they.

James writes:
At my job, we finish before we leave. A vacation sounds like the job is done, and it's not. They are stalling so they don't need to take a stand - as always.

Filed under: Congress • Health care
soundoff (214 Responses)
  1. kaetc81

    YES, they need to stay! They haven't earned a vacation yet. Suck it up, quit the whining and get the job done!!!

    July 23, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  2. Ray Furka

    If I don't finish all my work I stay late to make sure my job is done.....why shouldn't Congress? They are dragging their feet to delay this as long as possible.

    I am 100% against the health care reform bill but it still annoys me to see how our elected politicians work. If the President had any guts he would order Congress to postpone their recess unti lthe bill is voted on. Once passed or defeated then they can take their "hard earned" recess.

    July 23, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  3. Donna Wisconsin

    Congress takes way too many breaks. Yes! Healthcare is so important to us, the little American. Congress would stay in session if they were to have whatever we have in healthcare.

    July 23, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  4. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    The way I look at it, every day Congress is out of session is one more day we are safe from their stupidity.

    July 23, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  5. Jeff in New Britain CT

    Yes, and that will be forever!!

    July 23, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  6. ed

    No not at all. there is no timeline for this. We habve not had reform for 50 years in this area, why is August so important. it can wait another month or even a year to get it right. we pushed thru the stimulus and look at the return we got, nothing. Whats the hurry?

    July 23, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  7. Bryan from Kansas City, MO.

    Why is it that politicians think that "Well some sort of bill passed is better than nothing at all".....Wrong!!! First of all this country cannot afford for this government to "take over" health care, you know the old saying "like California, so goes the rest of the country".

    I really don't want to pay 50% of my income to taxes to pay for a health care system that is government controlled.

    July 23, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  8. Flyingwolf, Manchester NH

    Yes! They already have their health insurance! The minute they have to do something, they want to leave. They should stay in their air-conditioned offices and remember all those who can't afford air-conditioning or insurance–or who have a month-long paid vacation!

    July 23, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  9. Matthew Enthoven

    Delaying the August recess until health care legislation is complete is absurd – Congress could be in session forever for something that's not going to happen. Sometimes it's best to take a break and let things cool off for a bit before trying again.

    Matthew Enthoven
    – Chicago, IL

    July 23, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  10. ed

    One more thing, even if the bill was passed in august, it will be another year, before any implementation takes place, so just slow down. Lets make reform not give Obama a legacy. Obama also knows as time goes on and he becomes more and more unpopular the Republican may gain seats back in the house and senate and none of his bills will get passed, thatk god.

    July 23, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  11. Randy T

    No! The healthcare lobbyists' have already booked the resorts and hunting trips, lunches, dinners, golfing expeditions, and cocktail parties they could find for the month of august. When they get back i'm SUUURE they will get a "comprehensive" healthcare bill done.

    July 23, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  12. Bruce

    No Congress should not take a break until they get the job done. Health care reform is a must for this country. It is time Congress puts the hard working people of this country first. That is their job to represent us and make sure we get good health care at a reasonable cost. It is not their job to create massive profits for health insurance companies, this is what they seem to be doing. If they can't get the job done for the people then they should resign and let us elect people who can. Also I did not see the Rebublicans asking how it is going to be paid for when they gave tax cuts to their rich friends.

    July 23, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  13. Jon

    Jack, Congress should not skip its recess. In fact the industrious American taxpayer would probably be better off if Congress extended its recess until some time after the New Year.

    July 23, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  14. Karen - TN

    Jack, if you're suggesting they postpone retirement, please don't!

    July 23, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  15. kettle2

    Seems to me Congress does not realize how bad things are in AMERICA...no recess...get the job done...who makes these crazy decisions...when I worked and their was a crisis...we worked overtime; and recess and vacations were out of the question.

    July 23, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  16. Peg from NY

    Yes! Absolutely. They have to understand the current President wants things accomplished well and in a timely fashion, not dragged on ad infinitum.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  17. Mike J.

    Absolutely not. Apparently Mr. Obama has forgotten who he represents, that being the American public. Maybe he should step down off his soapbox and listen to what the people are saying. All the polls show disapproval ratings climbing, approval ratings dropping for this health care proposal. The approval ratings have dropped so much that they have fallen below 50%. It would seem that in "Obamaland", public support is a luxury, not a neccessity. I think we all need to read the book Obama read on democracy, because I am pretty sure it is not the same one I read.

    Mike, Raleigh

    July 23, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  18. Robina Adams

    Of course. We elected these people to do a job. It is about time we had a president who asked these officials to be held accountable.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:03 pm |
  19. Al Smith

    Congress should go home and get more input from all age groups in the health care issue! Would it not be better if we had 3 health care
    plans? Ages 25 To 40 plan1, Ages 40 to 65 plan2, Ages65 and older.

    Let each group select coverages and pay their fair share of the costs. No more pre existing conditions exclusions. All insurance companys required to write policies with the same identical coverages.

    We now have 3 programs in operation Medicare-Medicade, Veterans Administration, Private and Employer Medical Plans. You will never get fair plans unless all insurance companies are required to write the same coverages.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  20. Rita

    Why shouldn't Congress stay in session until they get the Health Care Bill done. They wasted a lot of time droning about the pick for Supreme Court, they raced through the bail out so obviously they had no problems hurrying or taking there good old time on topics that mean a lot to THEM. How about spending some time on the topic that means so much to so many of Us for a change?

    July 23, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  21. Persia Williams

    Yes, Congress should stay in session, they don't work much during the year, the least they could do is to do somethng B 4 going on vacation....

    July 23, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  22. Johnny C (Los Angeles)

    Hi Jack –

    Let them have their recess ... it will finally give them a chance to read a bill before voting on it.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  23. Stephanie

    I think that insurances agencies should be thankful that we are not telling that they have to become non-profit, as they are in Switzerland. So should hospitals. Hospitals should also be glad that the government isn't setting their price like Japan. If those things were to happen, I think we would see our costs go down dramatically. I agree with the independent committee to look at fees and other cost saving measure. But Congress will have to give up some of it's powers for that to happen.

    I don't understand what the big controversy is. I know that people are scared of socialism. I believe in free market and Capitalism, but in this case the free market isn't working and drastic steps need to be taken. I know that a major part of our economy is involved, but if people can't afford it; are going bankrupt to see a doctor then the economy will be hurting even more and for much longer.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  24. Cat

    P.S. Their health insurance should discontinue during their recess. That would put a burr up their backsides and get them on line with what the majority of Americans want.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  25. Markel, Houston, TX

    Congress should not get their vacation until they finish the most urgent tasks at hand. They already take too much time off! We are their employers and they serve at our will. They aren't accomplishing much except incurring the wrath of the middle-class electorate.

    If my employer gave me an important task ...one that would help ensure the health of the company, I don't think he would be giving me a month off!

    If Pelosi and Reid can't understand that we're losing patience, then it's time for them to find new jobs. Throw the bums out of office and replace the whole lot with people who are interested in the job.

    I, for one am mad as hell!

    July 23, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  26. Gregg Goins

    The fiscal impact on all American's is oppressive to say the least, so where is the motivation for Congress to keep their session open. Good question as the Dems/GOP struggle with this National Health care crisis.

    Let's hope they have the good sense to stay the course and get a reasonable and responsible Health Care Reform package defined/agreed too!
    Lets hope against hope Congress does see this as National priority.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  27. Sonia - FL

    I have worked in health care in Canada and in the US. The ads putting down the health care in Canada make my want to hurle. Every type of health care insurance has problems. Humana changed my parents primary care Doctors 3 times in 5 years. This company tells you who to see, when you can get your medication, what hospital you can go to and when you can see or not see a specialist. But the most unbelievable "benefit" to me is that when both 93 year olde parents had fractures Humana paid for 5 days care and then a $75 a day co-pay kicked in. One more thing – We have raised a grandson, who has Medicaid (court mandated). When he fractured his pelvis he had to travel from Orlando to St. Petersburg to see an Orthopedic Dr. Not one ortho from St. Petersburg to Miami takes Medicaid patients. Now which system works???

    July 23, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  28. Flo

    Health care legislation has been talked about for years now and absolutely nothing has gotten done. So this time BOTH HOUSES of Congress should put off their vacations and get this done. Let them ALL work for once like the rest of us have to and earn those big bucks we pay them.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  29. Gary H. Boyd

    Congress has too much time off to begin with so my answer is yes. The health bill as presently written, is a cumbersome, tangled piece of trash. The House and Senate should stay in session and clean up this mess.
    A typical governmental boondoggle.

    Gary H. Boyd, Scottsdale, Arizona

    July 23, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  30. Gigi

    I'm sick and tired of the Congress/Senate etc. telling the people to give back to the country but they do business as usual. Let see them give up something for the good of the country. Like a vacation.


    July 23, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  31. Ken in NC

    Congress has had the Health Care issue before them now for 61 years off and on (Mostly OFF) and they have yet to come to any form of an agreement. For them to stay in session until they complete their debates and get it right would take at least another 61 years. We would be better off as a nation using their income and the monies paid them from Lobbyist for the next 61 years to pay off the National Debt. Send them home to find other jobs that do not provide Health Care.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  32. Jean from South Dakota


    July 23, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  33. Christine

    I have started a petition, to get it on the next ballot, We the people will no longer pay for Senate or House Representative health care. It is has increased so much that we can not afford the cost!

    How's that for HealthCare Reform?

    July 23, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  34. James

    Congresspeople work 28% of the year. They vote for their own pay raises. Like anyone could stop them from walking away.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  35. Jasmine in Germany

    I would prefer that the job gets done before they go on vacation, that's pretty normal for most employees. If not, a clear deadline within a short time frame after vacation with no more excuses should be set.

    I'm afraid this has been too politicized. Tthe quality of life for ALL Americans should be more important than the GOP wanting Obama to fail. Very sad, indeed.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  36. mike

    are they ever in session?????

    July 23, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  37. Ruth


    July 23, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  38. Shirley McGreal

    Of course congress should stay in session and resolve the health care mess. I run a small business and can't afford health converage for my employees. All these congressmen and women get great coverage which should be stripped from them if they don't want all their constituents to share the same benefits.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  39. Thomas F Barton

    Why bother? If Obama won't rouse the nation to march on Congress and demand health care for all, what would be the point? If universal health care fails, it will be his cowardace and insider mentality that kills it.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  40. T.J. Fod

    Thye best way to guarantee the safety of the Republic is if Congress takes the rest of the year off..
    T. J. Fod

    July 23, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  41. Darrell in Des Moines, Iowa

    what a novel idea....congress staying in session to get something accomplished. This can't happen they need to get back home and make excuses why we can't have the health care reform Americans clearly want.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  42. francene blanchard


    July 23, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  43. Dan

    Yes, they should stay at it until its done. Taking time off is useless, what are you paying them for? Definitely not to go on vacation.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  44. John, Fort Collins, CO

    Given the poor state of health for many in our country, is it too much to ask congress to remain in session until they get a health care bill passed? We can only guess the number of lives that might be lost somewhere in the future because of the four week delay in treatment caused by the August recess.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  45. Jim, Virginia Beach

    Why should they put off their vacation when they all enjoy free tax payer paid health care. Congress wil only act when they are on the verge of loosing their health insurance. Jack, the right question must be should the tax payer continue to pay for the health benefits of congressmen?

    July 23, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  46. Michael from Sterling, Colorado

    It is true that Congress works slow and was meant to do so, to avoid bad legislation from being passed due to high emotions, it was also meant to do the job needed for the people it represented and not to just think about where they were going on vacation. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams would roll over in their graves if they knew how many times we had to sit by, waiting for action while Congress went for a break. There is work to be done, important work, and if they did this in the "real world" they would be fired for never finishing a task.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  47. RC

    Our Congress should stay in session or start to pay for their own healthcare premiums. Everyone that leaves loses their medical benefits.......

    July 23, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  48. Tameka

    Congress has had a vacation for eight long years. Their honeymoon is over. Let's get to business for the American People.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  49. Helen

    Of course they should stay in session. With Legislation this important to so many Americans it would be the right thing to do. Oh wait, this is Congress, why would they do the right thing. They have health insurance so why would they worry about the rest of us.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  50. John Porterfield

    No! They should all go home immediately after the each execute a proxy to Obama so he can fix this mess. They should stay home until next year – maybe longer.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  51. KC

    YES they should stay and get this done plain and simple.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  52. Kirk

    Yes.. They should stay and get it done once and for all.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  53. Jennifer Hamilton

    Yes...as a small business owner struggling to provide insurance to my employees...I don't get a vacation and neither should they.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  54. rob sing

    yes they should stay until they get this done

    July 23, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  55. D Myers

    Congress should stay in session for the Health Bill

    July 23, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  56. James Williams

    Not one of them should be able to leave until they have a bill to reconciled later. The elections of 2006 and 2008 confirmed that the conservatives no longer control the Congress.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  57. Abraham Sesay, columbus Ohio

    yes or they should give up their own health insurance

    July 23, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  58. Randall Shaw

    Yes they should, Jack, and without pay. Let's see if that would provide the needed motivation to get the people's business done.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  59. Mike

    Yes, they should remain in session to pass the health insurance bill, or give their OWN government sponsored health insurance coverage. Maybe they would then understand what it is like to be uninsured!

    July 23, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  60. Joanne, Washington, DC

    If they go on vacation, Congress should have their (and their families)healthcare benefits suspended. That way they will get a feeling of what some Americans are facing and the healthcare bill will get written real fast.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  61. Dee Rice

    They should absolutely stay in session till a bill is passed. What a disgrace that congress will go on vacation while people are suffering and /or are in a financial hardship due to a healthcare issue because congress cant get their stuff together! SHAME, SHAME!

    July 23, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  62. Jim

    Yes congress should stay in session until they complete the healthcare bill. That is what we sent them up there for, and pay them for.


    July 23, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  63. Don, American living in Canada

    Absolutely. It's the most important thing they can be doing, and they have failed for decades to do it. People are losing their homes and facing bankruptcy. Members of congress should have to explain why their vacation is more important than doing something to give health care to those so urgently in need NOW.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  64. Juan A Martinez

    If I turned to my boss and told him that I will finish this job when I get back from vacation, I would expect him to not only take my health benefits away but fire me and give my job to someone who will do it.

    Who was it that said that we get the government we deserve....?

    July 23, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  65. John Williams

    Absolutely. If Congress can not enact an affordable healthcare plan for all americans, they should loose their healthcare benefits.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  66. Carol in Phoenix

    The problem is when our elected officals get to Washlington DC they forget Who they work for and represent. Our representative know health care reform is the right things to do but it won't fatten their pockets. They all sicken me at their total direguard for the jobs they have been elected to do. To bad we can't lay them off!

    July 23, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  67. Dana Stevenson

    Both houses of Congress should stay in session throughout August, or until they reach agreement on a health care bill. It does my heart good to see them work, for a change.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  68. Pamela Idaho

    Jack I am 25 years old with 2 kids no insurance and battling ulcers and chrons. When my ulcers or chrons act up I am in horrible pain sometimes unable to move or leave the bathroom. Why should they get time off when americans the people that voted them in are suffering. I need some sort of insurance and needed it 2 years ago. They should be forced to stay till they either pass something or throw it out. I am sick of getting hopes up only to be let down. I just want to know one way or the other.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  69. Eddie Wang

    Why rush through a bill that costs a trillion dollars? Just take a look at the last healthcare program established by the federal government ie medicare its going run out of money by 2017. Its time for people to do for themselves instead of looking to the government for another handout.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  70. Dave

    They should go away now and stay away until their terms are over. They can do no harm when they are NOT in DC.
    This includes Democrats AND Republicans. They are all too dangerous to allow them anywhere near Washington, DC

    July 23, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  71. Ron Ouellette

    Let me answer your question with another question?? Who does The
    Congress work for?? Yep, not themselves anymore under Obama, they are constantly and should be steadily reminded that they work for US, the American people, WE provide their salaries, benefits like Health Care and all the other perks that go with their jobs so, the answer to the original question is quite simple STAY AND FINISH THE JOB THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO BENEFIT WE, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Ron – Florida

    July 23, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  72. Lynne, Garden Grove CA

    Yes. They're getting paid to legislate. We elect them and send them to DC to do a job. I'd like to see them all stay in town EXCEPT for the lobbyists from the insurance companies. They have had far, far too much input into federal legislation as it is.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  73. Daniel Lev

    Congress is a disgrace. They need to stay on the job and complete their work. The Dems are about to blow it, and the Republicans seem to be interested in nothing but 2010, and to heck with the best interests of he whole country.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  74. judy campbell

    This health care bill should not be passed until the fall. Unlike the stimulus and environmental bills passed this year, Congressmen should read (the entire) bill before passing it. Hopefully, they will feel less presured by "the powers that be" then.

    By the way, are some democrats calling for Pelosi to step down? Didn't hear this on the afternoon news but it is being circulated.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  75. Bradley from NJ

    Yes they should, and by not doing so they are demonstrating to the american that they are more interested in nonsense such as "Breaking Obama" than getting a comprehensive health care solution for the American people...It is truely shameful

    July 23, 2009 at 5:15 pm |

    Yes, as long as our government representatives have great health insurance for life why would they care about those of us who vote them in. I know if their health plan terminated when they were vote out of position of power they would think differently.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  77. Donald W.

    yes Congress should and if they don't every last one of them should be fired for only caring about there ability to stay in office than truly being conserended about the welfare of it's people they serve, i have never seen such delay in my life, guess none of them ever had a family member that don't have good or no health care, makes me worry about the people i elect in office.

    Donald W.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  78. David

    Heck yes. Supposedly intelligent people should be able to come to a reasonable agreement and get the job done I'm a resonable time.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  79. James

    At my job we finish before we leave. A vacation sounds like the jobs done and it's not.They are stalling so they don't need to take a stand as always. The democrats need to start lining up under their leader. Learn to compromise!

    July 23, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  80. Nathan in VA

    I can't think of a time when congress should not be in session, especially these days. In many wonderfully symbolic ways it's the stroke before midnight in America. But congress likes their long monthly recess... So I guess the people suffer.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  81. Vana

    Heck YEAH! Who gets to go on vacation when they are in the middle of a big project...they work for us and I don't remember anyone given them permission to go on vacation. I have to get my work done before I can go on vacation and so should they.

    Vanessa – KC, MO

    July 23, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  82. Peggy Kailua Kona Hawaii

    Absolutely Congress should remain in session until a healthcare bill is passed. It is time for the discussion to end and lawmakers do their job they were hired to do. No excuses.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  83. Gary

    Jack, nabout the only thing they have done so far is take care of the Wall Street Greedy, so I do not see what having them stay over from their recess will acomplish, shurly they can accomplish nothing when they are away

    July 23, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  84. Annie

    They should absolutely stay in session until it's done. Not only should they stay, additionally, they should all have to lose their health insurance and do without until they have a program in place to cover every American. A big reason the democrats were elected was to reform health care and they need to do their job.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  85. Clarence

    Heck Yeah! It is outlandish to think that the representaive body of the United States is willing to vacation while millions of Americans are working significantly longer hours just to have enoghto struggle. If we suffer than they should do something to remedy it. That is true change we can believe in.


    July 23, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  86. Geronimo Whitaker

    Jack, I think keeping Congress in session in order to complete the Health Care Bill is a good idea. They would have their undivided attention focused on doing one thing and doing it right. Congress seems to have forgotten many Americans are on Permanent Vacation due to job losses (many relating to Health Care issues). Stay on the Job and get that well thought out product!
    ps- Congressional Dem's need to quit bickering and get behind the concept of a Single Payer Plan...quit caving in to Special Interests!

    July 23, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  87. Abraham Sesay, columbus Ohio

    health care should be compaired to national defence, a sick nation is a week nation, they should either stay or give up their own health insurance

    July 23, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  88. Dmariewrit

    Jack, the lazy bums should work until it is DONE. People are dying, they cannot wait until these people we paid to DO THEIR JOBS. I AM GRAVELY DISAPPOINTED, especially the Senators in the Democratic Party.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  89. Jeff Hastings, Michigan

    We've known for years that getting a handle on our scattershot health care system is a fundamental necessity if we ever want to see a national economic recovery, so the answer is a resounding YES! Jack: what could be more important?

    July 23, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  90. Bob Wannberg

    Bob from Pahrump, Nevada
    Every day Health Care Reform is delayed people are dying. 47 million Americans have NO Health Insurance. Tthis is a disgrace in America, the richest country in the World. If this is not put through now, it won't happen. Keep congress in session until they get a bill. i don't care how long it takes!

    July 23, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  91. Glen Hartman - San Antonio, Texas

    By all means, vacations should be postponed. If your or I
    suddently got a last minute contract right before we planned
    to leave on vacation, we would make other plans. Do your
    job first, then go on vacation.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  92. Richard Hennings

    Yes,They should be held to deadlines, like people who hold real jobs!
    Rich Hennings,Milford,Pa.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  93. Terry

    Maybe we, as their "employers" should cancel their insurance and then let's see how quickly they cancel their "vacation" and find a solution.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  94. Clyde

    Jack, the people that we elect need to realize that they are our representatives and they don't get to go on vacation until the job is done... This healthcare legislation is a cornerstone in the history of this country. Do we really want history to read that members of Congress did not spend time on such an important bill because they needed to go lay on a beach? We need to hold politicians accountable when we elect them. YES.. They MUST stay.. not Should.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  95. Helen Flintz

    I think congress should go home and give the American people a rest from their stupidity.
    We need a break.
    Helen Flintz
    Sun City , AZ

    July 23, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  96. Jerry in Florida

    No, I don't think they should extend the session. It would be allot better for the country if we let them go home and extend the recess.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  97. Joe Petri

    Most definately! Most definately! Most definately!

    July 23, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  98. Alim

    Politicians can't seem to get thier act together, with nothing to show for how do they have the right to recess.

    Alim, Montreal

    July 23, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  99. carolo

    Every year at this time Congress goes on vacation. Last year it was thought they should give up their time for something else. Next year it will be something else.

    Who cares about the health bill and what's the rush? What can a month hurt?

    July 23, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  100. Greg Mechanicsburg, PA

    Yes they should stay in session! Health care is too important an issue to just toss aside so Congress can have a vacation. I have to work for a living just like most Americans and we don’t take a whole month off from work if there is important work to be done. Congress should follow our example. They should keep working until they get a usable health care bill passed.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:16 pm |

    Yes they should stay and earn their pay checks. They are no better than anyone else. The health care plan is very important and if the Republicans will stop playing politics it will get through. They act like they want health care, but was in for 8 years and did nothing about it except sell us out to the drug company's

    July 23, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  102. Pete

    Yes, Looking back , the years have gone by since the health care reform has been delayed. This is the first time that there is such a timeline set up in the washigton. This is the time that all democrats and republicans need to put their political advantages and disadvantages put aside and work for the people who chose them to represent in a crisis like this.

    Pete Singh
    Fresno, Ca

    July 23, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  103. Fred Fl

    It really amazes me, that the Republicans and some Democrats are against taking action on Health Care. It is very easy to delay and delay, when you have all the health care you need, yourself. This country has been trying to fix health care since Harry Truman tried it 61 years ago, and Clinton tried, and the Republicans say we are rushing things, after 61 years....... Give me a break..........we need change NOW!!!!

    Fred .......Florida

    July 23, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  104. David Moore

    This is one of the most important issues that has ever gone before Congress. They should continue deliberation on this until they finalize the bill. Millions of Americans cannot wait an extra month for Congress to take a break before getting Health Care. I hope our elected officials will give this matter the type of consideration this bill deserves and continue their efforts while this issue has so much momentum.

    David H Moore, Knoxville – Tennessee

    July 23, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  105. james curl

    no because its not going to change a lot anyhow. my wife and i both got laid off and both hae to pay cobra ,almost 900 dollars a month ,both not elegible for reduced cost ,because i just signed up for medicare and she got disability could go on and on but not thaks jim from ohio

    July 23, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  106. Lynne, Garden Grove CA

    Maybe we should install time clocks in each House so they can punch in and out. Then pay them for time worked.

    Heh, heh, heh.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  107. Paulette,Dallas,PA

    This is something that we do not need to rush. We can't afford to get it wrong. Not just any old plan will accomplish what the American people need.Haste makes waste and in this case it could be total chaos. Let's take our time and get it right for everyone.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  108. Michael Portland, Oregon


    YES! These guys are some of the most overpaid underachieving individuals in the country. The odacity of members of congress saying that it is too epxpensive to ensure every american has access to health care but affordable to pay 400 million for a plane that doesn't work (F-22). These guys are hypocrites and they just don't want any form of health care reform because they make too much money from the system as it cueently stands.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  109. Tavaris...Miami

    It's a recession what else should they do. Lets get it right.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  110. walt eberhard

    Let Congress do as they please. However, inform them that their health care coverage will be suspended until such time everyone has the right to similar coverage. Perhaps then they will understand the sense of urgency.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  111. Joe

    Yes, my life is literally on the line.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  112. Maureen Morse, Virginia Beach,VA

    Absolutely! This is one of the most difficult problems facing the U.S. and solving it requires an incredible amount of work and dedication. If Congress isn't up to working on it, then maybe they should be replaced with those who will. There should be no vacation (or politicking) until Congress actually does something.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  113. Scott in California

    Of course they should stay... and get it right. The private sector doesn't take a month off when they can't meet important deadlines. They stay and get them right. What gives Congress the right to take a month off anyway? The private sector doesn't get a month off. Health care reform is too important. Everyone in Congress agrees with that and so do the American people. Both the Senate & The House should stay and GET IT RIGHT. But GET IT DONE NOW!

    July 23, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  114. Kathryn Patten

    Yes they should remain in session until they get the Health Care Reform finished !!! It's about time they take the needs of the American people seriously and focus on getting the job done. It's mind boggling how much dilly dallying they get away with and how long it takes them to come to a conclusion about anything. Bottom line is we need a plan. It will be modified continually over the years but we just need to get one started and the one the President has shared with the American people makes sense. The confusion comes when people start listening to everyone elses commentaries and opinions. Too many people are suffering and too much money is being wasted with our present system. Just do it !

    July 23, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  115. Veronica Gold


    President Obama is right; inertia is the name of the game in Washington. Only, I call it something else. This is our elected officials carrying the water for the health care lobby. Americans can pay for two wars, the TARP, and automotive bailouts, but you can bet we'll never see meaningful health care reform. I hope the electorate kicks the bums out when the next election rolls around. Shame on Reid and the others rolling in lobby money.

    Veronica, Bowling Green, OH

    July 23, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  116. Marie J Lemonnier

    Yes they should remain in session before taking a break ....It is too important of a matter to wait any longer

    July 23, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  117. Nick

    Why would they want to stay in congress? They have the best health care in the world, as Obama has repeatedly told reporters. They have no reason to be in a hurry. This is simply how our government works. When they want something from us. It's now or never. When we want something from them? It's...well...usually when hell freezes over. We can all hope that soon, with Health care reform, hell is about to go ice age.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  118. Micki in Michigan

    Yes, Congress should stay in session until they can complete
    their work FOR THE PEOPLE. That seems to be what they are
    forgetting as they play politics. If they don't they should all be
    voted out of office. God forbid we should know how they will really
    vote. Many of them are really GUTLESS and I mean Democrats and Republicans alike.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  119. Selma

    Just the way they were voted in is the way they can all be voted out. Perhaps both Democrats and Republicans need permanent vacations without their perks and health care. They have a job to do–Do it!. Politicians gotta love them.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  120. Tod

    Congress Absolutely should stay! We elect these men and women to do a job. This scheduled recess will do nothing to get the job done. Instead, it will give well-connected lobbyists time to make deals while We Who Voted wait outside the office doors. They should get the job done and THEN take their break.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  121. lisa from texas

    why should they get a vacation when most peopole can't maybe because they are trying to pay for their ins.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  122. Bruce

    They are Gov't employees.... they haven't finished thier work
    These are the same people that mandated VA nurses had to work through a gov't shutdown whether or not they got paid for the same!!!
    Republicans and special interests will spend millions to stop any reform that cuts their profits.
    I recently confronted a doc spouting the same drivel I hear all the time about people being denied care. This as we had a patient "turffed' to our hospital without insurance... noone in the system did anything to assist this family and the patient was going to die of a treatable cancer becuase of money.,

    July 23, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  123. Anne Martin

    Yes, Yes, Yes! The U.S is years behind the rest of the world. How can anyone of conscience delay in a bill this important, when so many millions have no health insurance, and millions of others are hurting. We've delayed decades. It's time to catch up. The present system may be fine for some of those who have insurance, but I wish the congress types were able for a minute, to put themselves in the shoes of those who's lives are on the line, with no healthcare. All this shilly-shallying politics is so immoral in this situation, people need help, and need it NOW!

    July 23, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  124. Gale Richardson

    Indeed, they should. We, the people, demand it! They are elected officials and have a deadline to meet for our entire nation and the benefits of our nation. We, the people, are tired of seeing the corruption and selfishness amoung our elected officals, while we, the people, work hard every day in our jobs to meet the needs of people around us and the needs of our families. The President has made his case; if his case needs amending, then we better have dedicated elected officals who truly care about America and not their own status or financial gains.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  125. Cheryl Becker

    Yes.If they worked for a corporation, they would have been fired along time ago .People are hanging in the balance,while they are just fine.Lock them in a room,cater the food in and get er' done.

    Cheryl from Michigan

    July 23, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  126. bill from Central Oregon

    Congress should give this legislation their full attention until a good bill is passed. People ought to realize that most of the negative comments and well funded opposition comes from health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, others who wIll benefit from the status quo and of course those ill informed people who think their own personal health insurance will be compromized. Then there are those wackos who get their news from right wing radio who think Harry and Louise are REAL PEOPLE.!!

    July 23, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  127. Jacquelyn Kelley

    Yes, Congress should stay in session. The reform of our healthcare system is too important to the welfare of the American people to take time off before they have made every effort to get it done! Maybe they should have a vote so the people can see who is willing to make a good faith effort to halt this stalemate.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  128. Dianne

    My family is stationed in Canada and have plenty of experience in both US private insurance coverage and the Canadian single-payer plan. The efforts by the Republicans to again obviscate the truth and turn this discussion into a circus (and the help they are recieving from the 'blue dog' so-called Democrats), is just plain disheartening. Yes, the Congress needs to stay and fight this out. People who are seriously ill or dying and in terrible pain won't get better during a Congressional 'summer vacation'. Shame on the lot of them.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  129. michael LV,NV

    No Jack the Health Care Reform Bill isn't going to go through until
    Obama & Congress come up with "1 TRILLION DOLLARS" to pay for
    it and the Blue Dog Democrats get on board .

    July 23, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  130. Eve - AZ

    Absolutely...They make a great salary, and already take Fridays off (most of the time) and have had a "spring" break. They fart around most of the time, wasting precious time on stuff that doesn't matter. In fact, one congressman actually can find time to play golf with Tiger Woods and make commercials with dogs. Good grief....I wish they would just do their job.

    Eve – AZ

    July 23, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  131. Jerry

    Jack, I think congress should take their breaks, get all freshened up and come back and scrap health care reform. This is too expensive, America is broke. The health care reform they have now cover some 10 million Illegal Aliens, and more than half the people want their health care to be left alone. Why are we doing this when most of America's population is insured. I think they have 2 wars they better get done with, and what about North Korea? Doe's the President got some money for the country saved up for any possible catastrophe, like another Katrina?

    July 23, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  132. Harry

    Tthis is very, very important legislation. The Senate's recess seems minor by comparison.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  133. Steve

    Congress stayed in session to give money to the Banks. When it comes to saving lives they are off on vacation.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  134. Linda Bouchet

    Of course, both the House and the Senate should stay in Washington during the "August recess" until they get the health care bill passed. It seems the reason for their delay is their conflicted decisions based on what will get them elected next time–lobbyist's money for shooting down health care reform or the votes they will get for passing a health care bill that will alleviate the growing health care problem in this country.
    We elected these people to Congress to do a job, and they have had plenty of time to deal with this one issue–look at how much legislation they have passed while they have debated health care. They should stay in session until a health care bill is passed. That is their job, and no professional leaves in the middle of an important job that will affect millions of people.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  135. Elaine P

    Since "everyone" agrees that we need health reform why would Congress even think of taking a vacation? They have more vacation days than most Americans and this is a top priority I believe they should stay till it gets done. Their vacation is not more important than the 14,000 people that lose their health care each month while they are vacationing. And how about the people that have terminal illnesses and other illnesses that need this reform immediately? Should they have to wait while Congress vacations?

    July 23, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  136. Ella Monfort

    Git 'er done. This has been slower than the 7 year itch, People are sick and need help now. Stop that silly immature political attitude, It's so not.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  137. Doris Gilestra

    Congress should stay in session and finish this important legislation as opposed to going on vacation and continue to stall. Its about time Congress assumes responsibility for working towards the benefit of their constituents as opposed to filling their pockets with monies paid by the healthcare interests. Let them work a little overtime, like the rest of us!

    July 23, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  138. Raymond Blais

    No. They need more time. But; for the first time within this administration I see evidence that both parties understand the situation and want to work together to find a lasting solution to a serious problem. Now; if they can only get beyond this idea that they just have to work for eight months and then spend the next fourteen running for reelection they could actually get something constructive done. .

    July 23, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  139. Pat Hyden

    Jack, why can't those idiots on the hill realize that this is an important issue BUT they can't just pass any old piece of paper without reading the enitre package. Number one, hire inspectors (SSA and Medicade) to investigate fraud – I know for a fact several cases that were NOT investigated and are absolutely fraud against Medicare because the person reporting wanted to remain unknown. Why not tax alchol like they do smokes – it is just as destructive and may be even more so as a drunk driver and kill or maim more than one person at a time. I am a retired federal worker and now they have frozen my medicare COLA and maybe my federal retirement also but that is the way it always goes, the one who need it most suffers the most.
    A loyal listener/watcher.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  140. Theresa

    Jack, my brother died last week of colon cancer. He worked until 2 weeks before his death when he was taken by ambulance to the ER, needing 2 pints of blood and with a blood pressure that would have you or me passed out on the floor. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, 3 sons, 5 grandchildren and $56,000 owed in medical bills. He had insurance through his employer, but it reached its limit early last year and wouldn't pay anymore. He stopped his treatments months ago because he didn't want his wife to lose their home which will probably still occur the insurance policy he had on their bank loan dropped him when he became so ill. So you ask if I think congress should postpone their vacation? I think they have lost their soul and should try to postpone dying. I loved my brother. He was a proud man who could have probably quit work when he became ill and drawn his social security and medicare. Maybe he was a foolish man for not doing so, but he believed in working and paying his own way even though he paid taxes from the time he served in the navy as a very young man until his last day at work 2 weeks before he died. I say he deserved better than being ignored by a corporately owned government (whose medical care is paid for by us for life) and who along with the corporately owned media shames us into believing we're getting something we didn't pay for already.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  141. Sheila

    Absolutely! This is a very important part of the economic recovery! They need to get this work done and THEN go talk to their constituents and explain why, not go back to their districts and be able to agree with everyone (i.e. waffle around). When the lobbiests come to their offices, the vote will have taken place, and they won't be bought as they will now if this issue isn't settled!

    July 23, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  142. Trina

    Regarding healthcare reform...here's an observation.
    Why are the politicians more concerned about getting their August break rather than getting it done? Skip the break and get the healthcare reform bill sorted out. This is ridiculous. Are they so isolated that they don't get that the American people are working days, nights, weekends & holidays without a break? Who's going on vacation? Or so many are asked to take a vacation without pay.
    I don't care what side of the aisle one is on...this needs to be
    worked on until there is a solution. Period. No break until it is
    done. I'd like a break too and people in hell want ice water.
    In the business world (or real world) we would work on solving
    this until it was done...then take a break.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  143. Shawn

    Absolutely, without a doubt, Congress should remain in session to work on the Health Care Bill. They all say that they are concerned about the state of our health care system–well one way to Prove that is for them to forego their "summer break" in an effort to work through the bill. The longer the Bill sits on the floor, the weaker and more diluted it will become, and ultimately little (if any) change will occur.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  144. thomas seay,washington nc

    i thank that congress should go home and read the 1000+ pages of the bill,i hope they can read,but if they can`t i`ll be glad to read it to them.nobody wants to ask the president if he has read it,but again i l`ll be glad to read to him .At no charge.

    Thomas Seay

    July 23, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  145. Rita Cella

    Healthcare reform is a gigantic issue and I don't believe Congress needs to stay in session until legislation is completed. In fact, why haven't they analyzed and discussed the issues surrounding why healthcare practitioners are practicing defensively in order to avoid litigation? I hope Congress addresses this major issue and realize how paralyzing this is for healthcare practitioners. Once they open the door on this topic, they'll be there for a long time!
    Rita Cella, RN, MBA
    Nurse Practitioner Student and Doctoral Nursing Candidate
    Lenox, MA

    July 23, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  146. cheryl in fl

    Absolutely they should stay in session and resolve this health care reform issue. These people have forgotten they serve the people not the lobbies that line their pockets. It is a national disgrace that they have behaved in this manner and should remember the people spoke in November for change and if they cannot deliver it it is time to replace them with someone that will. Why should they receive health care when we cannot get, it this is not resolved in favor of the people their benefit should also be cut off maybe then they will act.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  147. Tameka from Jacksonville

    Congress has had a vacation for eight long years. The honeymoon is over. Let's get to business for the American People.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:22 pm |

    YES ... Boehner/McConnell/Cantor/Blue Dog Democrats Need More Time???? Healthcare has been discussed from the days of the following Presidents ... Teddy Roosevelt, Harry Truman, R.M. Nixon, JF Kennedy and Bill Clinton ... And these ELECTED Congressmen and Women think we're "rushing" ???

    July 23, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  149. dave

    We should not wait until congress passes any bills before we Americans improve our health on our own. While we have the time (i.e. due to being laid off) or while the weather is still good (this being summer) to begin improving our own health by walking outdoors.
    Walking is one of the best, no cost exercise one can participate in. It can reduce depression (due to being laid off), diabetic sugar numbers, and high blood pressure. It really does not take much walking to improve your overall health.
    Being a Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative; no matter who you are. Strokes strike everyone equally for those who are just not taking care of his or her selves. If you are a politician, talk radio host, or a neighbor, use your voice to get others to walk. Walk for a cause if need be.
    Let us be our own best advocate to improve our health. We can avoid that dreadful emergency room simply by taking our own health in our own hands (or feet.)

    July 23, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  150. ryan

    Yes, they have a duty to the American people. My boss would not let me take a vacation without finishing my work. They take way too much time off as it is! Stay and get healthcare fixed. Healthcare in America is a joke. The poor in this country can't get good healthcare coverage. If they get really ill they are pretty much screwed!!

    July 23, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  151. Majel

    We elected member of congress to do the work of the people. They should stay until they work this out. We gave the message when we elected Obama that we were tired of the mess this country is in, and we want it fixed! If they can't stay and fix it, they should resign from office and let someone who can, do the job.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  152. edward babinchak

    YES the health care system is to important foe the american people. There are 49 million reasons to do so.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  153. Dawn Kucera

    Hmmmm - Let me see. Go on vacation or stay and work on what everyone agrees is the most pressing domestic issue facing the country? Why is this even a question?

    Close to 50 million people – let me repeat that - 50 million people do not have ANY health insurance. Millions more are underinsured or paying exorbitant rates. And it's time for a vacation?

    It absolutely makes me sick to see how some politicians are playing games with people's lives, all for the goal of making Obama look bad and trying to set up a better situation for themselves in 2010. These folks have a doctor – they have someplace other than the local emergency room to go when their children are sick. For them, this is not about taking care of the people's business, this is about them scoring political points.

    While I don't agree with all the elements of the President's plan, I do get that he cares about health care for the ordinary people of this country.
    Dawn Kucera

    July 23, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  154. Patricia Seraphin

    What a relieve that we have a President who finally gets it. We need a reformed heath care system. Vacation? Congress has been on vacation a long time on this issue. The need to get to work and hash at it until the job gets done. Maybe for once they can behave like concerned citizens instead or politicians. What a disappointment with Reid.

    Teaneck, NJ

    July 23, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  155. Paul Cochrane

    Jack – I live in Canada and I can't believe the fact no one from CNN or other major news outlets hasn't check out the fact that we do not have a Socialized Health Care System.

    Our system is not Government run . It is a universal system which is funded from tax dollars but the government does not interfere in patient / doctor or patient / hospital issues.

    Would be outstanding if someone would take the time to find out how our system works and then hold those who call it socialized medicine to account for their off based statements.

    I enjoy your comments everyday during Wolf's show.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  156. Fred Mitchell

    As a US History teacher I expect for my students to reach set benchmarks. When they fail to do so by a set time I am required to remain on task in getting the job done. If that means regrouping, reorganizing, replacing, repeating, or reducing the curriculum I am duty-bound to do so. Congress was elected to fulfill an obligation. I believe they should stay until the job is done...

    July 23, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  157. Patrick

    Hell yes they should stay! Their excuse for not voting on a much-needed healthcare overhaul is 'they need time to get a good bill so we can't rush this through" and how do they deal with this time-sensitive truly life or death issue that affects virtually every constituent back home? Do they drop everything, tough it out and work hard representing their constituents? Nah, when the going gets tough, apparently Congress goes on vacation. I'm liking President Obama more and more for pushing Congress and taking a leadership position. And I'm liking Congress, less and less. But then, what are they worried about, Jack? Congress already has a (gasp, oh the Horror!) Government Healthcare Program for themselves. What a bunch of unprincipled, jerks in the back pockets of Healthcare Corporations.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  158. Bruce

    They didn't have any trouble rushing through the Patriot Act... as well as the Bush authority to invade Iraq. I guess if they are benefitting the rich rush is ok.. but helping the American people just isn't important enough. Typical scare tactics by the Republicans have caused the uncertainty. That Canadian on the commercial.... who paid for the procedure? Her Gov't sponsored out of country insurance?

    July 23, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  159. A. Cannon

    No. Congress should go home. An inadequate, rushed Bill is worst than having no Bill. Congress needs to read the entire bill – every word- and understand what the Bill means before they make a decision on it. These people are lawyers – don't they know they are suppose to READ documents before signing them. Homeowners not reading and understanding mortgage papers is one of the reasons we are now having so many foreclosures. There is no excuse for intellectual stupidity. I like my healh insurance and I don't think we need a National Health Insurance. Illegals are not Americans and should not be included in any National Health Insurance. The poor have Medicaid – there is Medicare and individual health insurance – seems to me everyone is covered – except for those who don't have insurance BY CHOICE......

    July 23, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  160. Allen-Minnesota

    Yes they should. If my job doesn't get done on time I have to stay late
    to finish it. They get paid a annual salary which they seem to raise at a whim. If they don't stay maybe we all will remember next time they get a whim to give themselfs a salary boost. And any other salaried
    worker I know in management has to stay till his job is done or the company doesn't run right. So as your boss Mr Politican I demand you finish the job before you buzz out for the holiday.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  161. Leo Mutchler

    Congress should definitely stay in session until it completes health care legislation. The need is so very great for this health care reform and it is their job to get this done. Those who want to "go out for recess" instead of completing their work are acting "childish". They need to accept the adult responsibiliy of their positions.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  162. Ro from Ohio

    Yes, they should stay until they finish their work, just like the rest of us. We , the taxpayers, have "hired" them to do a job and WE also have provided them with the finest medical insurance. Now, it's their job, to give us health reform and NOT 40 years from now. I think that they should be without THEIR coverage until they come to a suitable health reform package to put before our President ! Let them go on a 4 week vacation, without any coverage at all.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  163. bnanny

    I lived in Canada and health care was great! My friends still applaud the system. The president needs to stand firm and no vacation until it is done.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  164. Brian Delray Beach, FL

    EddieCantor would have voted for healthcare. But, staying in session may mean that our peerless legislators would miss the health care fact finding and golf seminars which are probably being scheduled right now. The Republicans say no to everything and offer nothing as an alternative to everything. The folks with a big bucks investment in the status quo will be pulling all the stops to stall and stop health care reform. Soon the happy warriors will say reform is not Christian.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  165. Patricia

    What is the RUSH?? No, Congress should not stay in session to rush through a healthcare plan that hasn't had much thought put into it. How is the government going to run a successful plan when they have made disasters of Medicare and Social Security? Both funds are bankrupt and are both run by the government!

    This is something little - this is a hugh, expensive issue that will affect healthcare in general. No need to rush it through!

    If I were going to spend a large sum of money, I would think it through for my own finances - the government needs to do the same when using TAXPAYERS' money!

    July 23, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  166. Roslyn

    How can the lawmakers even think of leaving DC in August? Even if there is disagreement, let them stay and hash this health care bill out. We "regular" Americans have given up so very much why can't they? They may not come to an agreement but let them keep working this through. Many folks will lose their homes and become sick or sicker with each day they fail to work on this issue. Thirty days can be an eternity.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  167. Pat and Tom

    Congress should stay in session until they get the Health Care Bill completed. The American people want it and they only see all manner of strategies and politics too thwart the reform and savings and access to affordable healtlh care for all without pre-existing conditions. AAANNDDD it should take place next year 2010 not 2013 like the insincere Republicans are trying to sell. Reid should also get a backbone and push our guys to get the job done. – Nancy is trying just like all women try but the guys are wimping out. Support Obama.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  168. Barry Craig

    30 days is not gonna make or break the issue of Health Care Reform. All should take the time to relax, clear their heads, and spend some good quality time with family and friends......then come back in September and try it again with the idea that good things take time which is much better than something just as bad or even worse, just to satisfy some time constraint.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  169. Al

    Of course not why should they instead of doing the right thing for the American people we will get the same old political rhetoric. Here is what goes on in congress, one congressman will say “now in order to pass this health care reform bill let me explain his explanation and simply simplify and clarify what he just clarified so that I am clear on the clarification so that we can ratify and rectify and administer to the administration an answer. “O is it time for recess .”
    These politicians are lame and worthless.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  170. Gwen

    Let's see how much vacation time they'll take at their election time.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  171. Brenda

    Yes. YEs and Yes I know it is a new idea that they actual work and get thing done. They have healthcare coverage if they were like the rest of America. I bet they would be working overtime.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  172. Geronimo Whitaker

    Jack, I was a physical therapist in private practice in California for over 25 years. Even though I employed people, I could not afford health insurance myself. Dealing with insurance companies directly contributed to my retiring in disgust. I entered the medical profession to help people who needed help. I charged fair prices and did excellent work. My reimbursment was a veritable one-way street, with my services being consistently cut by the insurance companies.
    Congress needs to stay on the job and get this thing done. Why do they rate a vacation, when they have health insurance and 46 million Americans do not? This situation has been shot down (by Insurance and Pharmaceutical companies as well as the AMA) since Hilary Clinton attempted to change things. Now they want to walk away, leaving it undone again...what happened to "getting the job done" ?

    July 23, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  173. Katiec Pekin, IL

    Absolutely they should stay.
    Health care reform is too vital to not get into motion. It gives those out to defeat it more time to spew lies, scare tactics and the media to
    publicize them.
    It is also a continuation of big business, lobbyists, special interests and those who support them to rape the American people.
    Did everyone notice the insurance companies have announced the
    biggest profits ever? If government does not intervene, heaven help
    the American people and especially those who need medical help.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  174. Eric V

    It is tragic that in a period of great challenges for the United States, our elected officials are going on vacation. Perhaps, American voters should give congress first hand experience of how it is to be without health insurance and a salary. Sadly, that's all congress seems to care about.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  175. charles Harris

    It is sad that Congress can go on a break with their health care plan intact, and their families secure, but leaves the American people without health care and helpless. This is not leadership that shows compassion for the people, but what Congress does best; this is "aband-the-ship."

    July 23, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  176. Eileen California

    Slow this down!!! Let's get this right, and stop worrying about someone's political hide! Tort reform, tax credits are needed. Clayton Christensen, Harvard Business School researched this and has great ways to expand services, make them more accessible, and to maintain quality we are used to. Put Congress' feet to the fire and let them write straightforward legislation that takes into account the best and brightest ideas!

    July 23, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  177. Yves Jean Francois

    Yes! I can't go on vacation if I don't meet a dead line< my boss will see "you fired" if I left. Can we say "you fired" to congressM

    San Clemente,CA

    July 23, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  178. Robert Taylor

    I think they should get a vacation for all the hard work they've done in the few weeks they have been at it. Saving the economy, putting the rest us all back to work, giving us a break on our mortgages, getting rid of waste in government, it is just amazing how much we owe these people.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  179. Joyce Arrieta

    Yes, they should stay in session until it is completed. For the first time in my life we have a President that is making Congress actually do work for the salaries they are getting paid to do and all I heard is complaining like children.

    This is not high school people give me a break and start actually working for the people who put you in that seat.

    Remember the people? How quickly they forget once elected.


    July 23, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  180. Casey from Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

    I believe that Congress should not be able to go on long vacations because the we work all the time with no pay raises, and are afraid of loosing our jobs and the stimulus package gave them a 93,000 pay raise, and then they just go on vacation, and it seems like Congress is on vacation all the time. Congress should only vacation for the holidays like the average American goes on vacation.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  181. Majel

    They should stay until they work this out. We gave the message when we elected Obama that we were tired of the mess this country is in, and we want it fixed! If they can’t stay and fix it, they should resign from office and let someone who can, do the job.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  182. Leo Ducharme

    Sure they should stay in session. It's ironic that those that want a delay or don't really want meaningful health care reform are those members of Congress that get the best health care coverage while they leave millions of Americans in the lurch.

    from N>H>

    July 23, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  183. H. Davis

    Absolutely! With approximately 14,000 people a day losing health insurance, how can Congress even consider a month long vacation knowing approximately 434,000 people will lose health insurance while Congress lounges on the beach for 31 days! Unconscionable!

    July 23, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  184. Paul King

    Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa)states that if one wants free health insurance like his, one need only to, "Go work for the Federal Government." My wife does and so do I, but we still pay through the nose like everyone else. Congress is like the corporations that received the bailout, they reward themselves for failure with a pay raise each year.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  185. Michael

    Congress should stay in session! How many us have a month-long vacation? The issue of health care reform is important and needs to be addressed before our "elected official" take time to get influenced by special interest groups. I'm normally not very politically active, but I will be in touch with my senators weekly to ensure that my voice is heard louder than any special interest group. Let's get real...we are ready for health care reform in the U.S.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  186. Rene Laracuente

    Yes, congress has been freeloading far to long, they should actually be paid by the amount of good legislation they write. Like the old factory days the quota was 10 pieces per day and made 15 you got paid a little extra. This American congress is considered to be a joke, the most talented minds in america and they can not find they way out of a brown paper bag. The scariest part of all this is that they are being elected and put into these positions by americans that need to do their homework before they vote.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  187. Tom Dunne

    Congress should only go home if they 'Suspend Their Own Health Plan' until they return and complete an 'Equal Plan' for the rest of US!!
    They seem to prefer lengthy vacations to their duty to represent US on the single greatest domestic problem in a hundred years.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  188. Roger Pipes

    Yes Jack they should tale a recess and read the whole bill,then tell there state and get responses

    July 23, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  189. delores

    yes i think this is to important to a lot of people who dont have healthcare, including me and my family

    July 23, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  190. Joshua

    I blame the american people for electing these pinheads, we all know once they are elected, its business as usual(politics). They are working for their families jack not you or their constituents. It's a shame.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  191. William from Minneapolis

    Send them home! Is anything going to get done before August recess, Christmas vacation or even Spring Break 2010? How long have Americans heard about health care reform? Change, he promised us? Well, the more things "change"... you know the rest Jack.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  192. Kevin McEwen

    YES ! Congress should stay in session until a completed bill is setting on President Obama's desk. If Congress needs to stay in Washington through the next election cycle, then so be it.

    The people of this country have waited for over 50 years for this vital legislation and they (Congress) had better start acting like it is as important to them as it is to those of us that voted them in to office. The American people voted for "change" in '08 and this was the center piece of that vote. If a health care reform bill doesn't happen, Congress will not like the next "change". We'll find someone that will represent the way we voted and not represent some insurance company lobbyist.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  193. Massumi Wagner

    Yes, and all their health coverages should be canceled until they voted for the care of the American people!!!

    July 23, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  194. W. David Berglund

    Yes, they should say in Congress until they get all the Laws right. Any Congressman or women making over 1 million dollars over their government salary should work for free and pay for the own benefits. Our founding fathers did not milk the system. John McCain should lead a bill putting this into law.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:34 pm |

    Doesn't matter. No one is really talking about the real implementation date if a law is passed and signed. WHO EXACTLY will write the regulations, will they be published in the Federal Register allowing an open period for comments and who will pass judgement on the comments received and finally WHEN will the final regulations be issued so that the law can finally become effective. Regulations are to be written following the intent of the Congress and the law. Will there be slippage in the interpretation of the law? Don't the regulations really spell out how this all works? Do our citizens really think that all this will be accomplished in the next 6 to 12 months? What is a more reasonable effective date – is it really 2, maybe 3 years?

    July 23, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  196. Bob (C)

    No, the congress should go ahead and recess, they have far more important things to do, such as raise funds for their re-election campaigns. The gov't DOES NOT need to get involved in health care. Yes, the system is broken and needs to be fixed. But, why not work with the AMA and the insurance companies? These go hand in hand. The AMA sets the standards. If the cost of health care goes down, so will the price of health insurance and vice versa. All gov't involvement is going to do is add more beaucracy to the system, raise taxes, PLUS give congress one more fund to rape and pillage, as if they don't get enough by raping and pillaging the Social Security fund every month. I say to congress, go ahead and take your vacation, you deserve it.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  197. Coty Davis

    I have worked on construction for 40 years and I did not get to quit until the job was done you don't build a half a building and walk away and leave it. But I do believe the people we elected to govern us need to be shown the door and sent back home to stay if they do not finish what they started.
    You don't stop in the middle of your show and just leave. Why should we let the people we elected and pay for a job do that without some consequences.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  198. delores

    yes. i think this is to important to a lot of people who don't have heatlhcare, including me and my family.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  199. Michael L. Burdett

    Y E S !

    And with Pro-Bono – not getting paid overtime
    They should gladly work this as an EMERGENCY session because it
    IS Life/Or/Death for sooo many who need it to live!

    July 23, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  200. Connie

    Yes, conngress should remain in session until the health care legislation is completed. We do not need to delay this legislation because some members of congress are afraid of going against the status quo. I need health care NOW !

    Congress has had 61 years of practice, so they aren't without experience on the health care issue. Stop procrastinating and get the job done now. If I were not finished with my work for the day, I would have to complete it before I left for home. There is no excuse for putting this legislation off.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  201. Mari, Salt Lake City, Utah

    @ Michael LV, NV..... You sir, obviously did not hear/listen to President Obama's speech last night, nor have you educated yourself by going to the various web sites that delineate the Healthcare Bill.

    Obama said, "the Bill would be deficit neutral" meaning it would not.... will NOT ADD to the deficit!

    Funny how those opposing the Healthcare Bill are the people WITH healthcare!

    July 23, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  202. GeColby Youngblood

    47 million Americans and counting are without health insurance. Meanwhile, Congressmen want to have recess without finishing all of their work.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  203. Charles

    Yes, they should stay until they finish the job. I like the idea of keeping my health insurance or having the option to opt for a public program, and not have to fear changing or losing a job, because concerns with health care.
    We shouldn't wait until something bad happens to us to react.

    They should ensure that the sytem provides quality instead of quantity, and that a panel of experts that cares about our health, and not the insurance companies, decide what is best or worse for us when it comes to health.

    Lexington, VA

    July 23, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  204. Jerry B. Oklahoma City, OK

    Absolutely! They are out of session more than they are in session. Us average working people get 2 weeks of paid vacation a year. Why do those pompus idiots think they should get more. I say we not only make them stay in session, but they should only get 2 weeks paid vacation a year, we cut their pay by 50% and their benefits by 50%. Make them earn their money for once.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  205. Carl Robins

    I watched President Obama's press conference last night, he stated he has the best health care in the world, and he even has a doctor following him around. If I can make the assumption our legislators probably have great if not fantastic health coverage. We the people are paying for their benefits and they have no idea what the common person needs to do to stay healthy. Imagine if they had to pay a percentage of their salary to have that benefit, some working people pay up to fifteen percent of their weekly wages to get health care, some may pay more. We the people deserve better. They need to stay in Washington until they get get message, perhaps they've lost sight about who they are representing.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  206. kwesi

    Absolutely Jack. If this reform had to do with Congress/Senate and their families, you bet they will stay and have it passed before they go on recess. Tell Wolf this is a big disappointment to all Americans not the president. Shame on congress. Woodbridge Va.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  207. james in anaheim california

    absolutely they should. This involves the millions of american s wh0o cannot afford health care. Didnt we elect them to serve the people ?

    July 23, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  208. Jean OK

    YES, they should stay on the job – till the job is finished. Not just the health care bill but, all of the important bills. If they do leave, the citizens should ream them out verbally and again when they come up for election. If they don't want to do the important work, they do not need to be there.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  209. Massumi Wagner

    My daughter is a an MD, and so iis her fiancee. They don't believe in commercial managed care.
    So, they work for the University Hosptial where they are paid a professor salary, period!
    My husband and I have good insurance coverage, but if he loses his job, he will never be able to buy insurance, because of preexisting conditions. How can anybody go to sleep in peace, thinking that tomorrow you might lose all you havem just trying to cover your health care?!... We can't.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  210. starkemmy

    Yes indeed! As long as it's an obligation that they must perform, it's necessary that they pay the price to achieve it.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  211. jane myce

    You bet they should stay there until they get the job done. It might also be a good idea to cancel their health insurance until they finish. Then they can find out what it's like to get up every morning worrying about the fact that one accident, one serious disease might mean that everything they've worked for gets wiped out.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  212. Gary In Lexington

    Why? They will only screw it up, whether it is this month, next month or in a hundred years, The vast majority of those on The Hill, are clueless when it comes to tackling this issue. Simply put, they neither possess the necessary gray matter, nor the will...period. That is a sad statement, but I believe it to be the proper assessment as it relates to the single most important issue facing our Nation. God help us Jack, but we are definately caught between a rock and a hard place as it relates to this huge problem!

    July 23, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  213. Bill

    NO i wish they would go on a permanet vacation so we could outsourse their jobs like they did for us it would save a lot of taxpayers money

    July 23, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  214. Eugene from Myers Flat

    Jack, Congress will take their "well deserved break" but upon their return, those feckless and pandering politicians better come back ready to discuss health care reforms in an honest and rational manner.

    July 23, 2009 at 5:49 pm |