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November 19th, 2009
02:17 PM ET

Are you losing interest in health care debate?

Democratic Senators introduce their 2,074 page health care reform bill.

Democratic Senators introduce their 2,074 page health care reform bill.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty

With the Senate health care bill weighing in at 2,074 pages... this means we now have more than 4,000 pages of proposed health care legislation. 4,000.

One Republican senator is threatening to read the whole bill on the Senate floor... that could take up to two days. But –some are wondering if anybody is going to read this thing at all.

Another question is, with Thanksgiving and the Christmas season approaching, are people simply getting tired of this ongoing mammoth debate?

It's been months now - with a lot of media focus on health care reform since those town meetings and tea party protests of the summer... Yet it seems like we're nowhere near the end yet. The Senate and House bills have some significant differences when it comes to taxes, abortion coverage and the so-called "public option."

And If the bill makes it through the Senate – and that's still very much an open question - the two chambers will have to merge the two bills together – and then that final bill has to pass both houses.

But experts suggest that Americans are more tuned in than ever. A Senate historian says what's unusual about this debate is that people have been following it from the beginning - watching the bills go through committees, markups, etc. He says the public has paid a lot more attention to this than almost any other piece of recent legislation.

SO HERE'S MY QUESTION TO YOU: Are you losing interest in the health care reform debate?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Betsy
No, not at all. I am an RN and have been for health care reform for about 10 years. We have made this debate unnecessarily complicated and divisive. I say: drop the public option, mandate that everyone have health insurance, outlaw insurance companies from dropping coverage or refusing coverage based on preexisting conditions and call it a day! Perhaps the major insurance carriers and drug companies need not make huge profits on the backs of ill and injured Americans!

Bud in Reston, Virginia
Yes, I have, Jack. I followed the debate closely, even watched the markup hearings, read about other countries’ health care systems, etc. and was energized about the prospects of meaningful reform. But these people suck all the enthusiasm out from any debate with their childish bickering.

Anna in Colorado
I am tempted to tune out; the debate is tiring, but I know that is exactly what the liberals want. They want America to tune out so they can pass sweeping health care reform that the majority of Americans do not want. I hope the rest of America is still paying attention; don't let Congress decide what is best for us despite what we want.

Dorothy
This bill is so loused up most people are fed up. No one really knows what is in it, including the senators and congressmen.

Buddy
I'm only interested in seeing the bill fail because it’s been negotiated entirely behind closed doors. What about this promise from Pres. Obama: “I’m going to have all the negotiations around a big table. We’ll have doctors and nurses and hospital administrators. Insurance companies, drug companies — they’ll get a seat at the table, they just won’t be able to buy every chair…we’ll have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN, so that people can see who is making arguments”… Just more broken promises from Obama.

Bob in Pa.
How can you afford to lose interest with this government? If they pass this, kiss your grandmother goodbye.


Filed under: Health care
soundoff (218 Responses)
  1. JAB

    I am not losing interest in the health care debate, but I am getting tired of hearing the Republican side of the debate suffering with a case of the vapors everytime the media is anywhere near. Their plan from what I have read leaves me with the perception that the insurance companies wrote it.

    November 19, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  2. RichP

    Waning, maybe, but then when I was in DC two or three weeks ago at the protest all three lawns were full on the capitol, pretty good turnout for three days notice in the middle of a work week. In fact from someone who has never really been political I am going to actively campaign AGAINST ANY of the signers of that bill, whichever party it is. I have to wonder how many of these elected idiots wear loafers for lack of intelligence to tie shoe laces. As Kanjorski told us at the protest. I'll vote how I want to vote, not how you want me to vote.

    November 19, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  3. Jacster

    No, what I’m really loosing interest in is some of the legislators, particularly the Republicans, not negotiating in good faith nor even proposing viable alternatives, instead choosing to focus on scare tactics and falsehoods to delay or stop passage of true health reform that includes a much needed public option.

    November 19, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  4. Dean Pausley

    Lost interst and faith in Washington when they could not just correct what did not work well ;but instead have given us 4000 pages full
    of foggy bottom mud.

    November 19, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  5. Chad from Los Angeles

    A little.
    Only because we have NOT done enough for reform in this bill.
    WE NEED SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE!!!. It works with other countries in Europe, which have higher life expectancies than us.

    The only reason we have not adopted single payer health care is because our politicians are bought and paid for by the Health Care Industry.

    November 19, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  6. Dan

    Jack, I'm tuned in more than ever! My problem is the Senate and Congress is totally tuned out!

    We need a big street sweeper to go through both houses.

    I just pitty the poor TREES that was scraficed for all the paper used.

    Can't wait till the next elections!

    Goning to miss you Jack!

    November 19, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  7. Chris

    Not losing interest in the bill, but I am quickly losing interest in the time it takes for anything to get done in Washington D.C. You constantly hear about the governemnt wasting taxpayer dollars and fiscal responsibility, but those same people don't mention how much long, drawn-out debates and stall tactics for purely political reasons cost us.

    Out of curiosity, how much did the process to get the health bill to this point did it cost us?

    Our representation is failing us in so many ways it scares me.

    November 19, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  8. Jamie

    Huh? Oh, I'm sorry Jack-I dozed off. How much is $900 Billion in increased goverment spending going to save me again?

    November 19, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  9. Emily in Fort Worth, Texas

    My interest is definitely waning. Not because I'm not passionate about the issue, but because it is painfully obvious that our "representatives" have absolutely no interest in considering any ideas other than their own, and certainly neither side has any real interest in creating a bipartisan bill. Hard to stay interested in the same old politics showing its ugly face again and again.

    November 19, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  10. Sherri-Illinois

    It wouldn't even be implemented until 2014!!!. Presently this country is in a Economic Crisis AND Recession with 17 MILLION Jobless Americans! JOBS JOBS JOBS #1 PRIORITY!

    November 19, 2009 at 5:55 pm |
  11. Bubba ATL GA

    I'm losing interest in the GOP. The bill would have benefited from their input; it hasn't benefited from them sneering and snorting and hating. Vote 'em all out and forget 'em.

    November 19, 2009 at 5:55 pm |
  12. Kenneth Kohlmann

    When I want a good laugh, I turn to CNN and listen to the latest ObamaCare BS being spouted from w/i the walls of Congress. They claim their constituents want healthcare reform. Like $200 B payoff to AMA, when my medical caree givers all oppose the bills in Congress. They've all told me that even though the Dems claim otherwise, there will be a layer of government between them and me determining my healthcare.
    The only way I'll believe a word of out those Turkey's mouths is if they at their own expense (not taxpayers) mail a copy of the bill to every household and give us time to READ the bill that they haven't and then give us time to recall all of them.

    November 19, 2009 at 5:55 pm |
  13. John

    Socialism!!!!!!!!! The liberilas only know how to TAX and SPEND other peoples money!

    November 19, 2009 at 5:55 pm |
  14. Charlie Shoemaker

    Can the government every do anything on budget or under budget? From Social Security, medicare, post office or Amtrack to a health care plan that is going to save money. Who believes those idiots in Washington anymore? Seniors prepare for mimimum medicare coverage while we open the treasury to billions in wasted and stolen taxpayer dollars not only in medicare but now "universal" health care.

    November 19, 2009 at 5:55 pm |
  15. Mike1952

    No. This is a crucial truning point in our nation's history. We are witnessing attempts to socialize our economy. Penazi & Reid are attempting to do as BO has done with the financial segment and the auto manufacturing segment of our economy, take over the health care segment. We must resist this power grab. The republicans and democrats are not the answer to the problem. They have both trampled the Constitution and pushed us closer to a financial collapse. Bush and BO have doubled the national debt over the past 8 years and this socialization will double it again in the next decade. We, as citizens, must stand up against these attempts to prevent the utter ruin of our nation.

    November 19, 2009 at 5:55 pm |
  16. Jill Lueders

    No! And those who are "losing interest" need to learn how to focus on what's important to their future.

    November 19, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  17. Buddy

    I'm only interested in seeing the bill fail because its been negotiated entirely behind closed doors. What about this promise from President Obama : “I’m going to have all the negotiations around a big table. We’ll have doctors and nurses and hospital administrators. Insurance companies, drug companies — they’ll get a seat at the table, they just won’t be able to buy every chair. But what we will do is, we’ll have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN, so that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents, and who are making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies. And so, that approach, I think is what is going to allow people to stay involved in this process.”

    Well, the public certainly hasn't been INVOLVED in the process, and I have yet to see any negotiations televised on C-SPAN.

    Just more broken promises from Obama.

    November 19, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  18. dave

    Jack, it's the same old story. The politicians want control and power.The have nots want something for nothing and the working people will have to pay for it all. Welcome to the USA.

    November 19, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  19. Fred in Los Angeles

    No way am I losing interest. It will be a disaster for this country if it passes in its current form. All of our elected officials need to read it, understand it and then debate it. This has to be done right!

    November 19, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  20. Mia

    I'm not losing interest, but the lack of movement is grating. You expect this to drag on and I only wish they would get something accomplished for a change. Sure this is a complex issue, but to many "interests" are slowing the process down immensely. I would rather get something passed soon and modify it later than continue drawing out this process. The holidays are approaching and I think we all would like to focus on something else for a change, though we all want to see this come to a resolution first so our focus is not strained any further.

    November 19, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  21. kate haynes

    I am more interested than ever and listening to CSPAN every day. I read many articles from Fox, CNN and MSNBC. Our reps and senators should keep in mind that they work for us, the American people, not the other way around. We will be heard at the polls in 2010. There have been far more Americans speaking out against this ridiculously long proposed health care reform bill than anyone for it. First of all, who has actually read this bill? The only point I agree with so far is that the insurance companies will not be permitted to consider previous medical conditions as reason for not insuring us. That is a good thing. The rest of the bill needs a lot of work and let's get it in a readable, sensible form. Lastly, the American people should be allowed to vote on it since our representatives and senators do not seem to be considering what we want and do not want.

    November 19, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  22. Joe Akridge

    NO! If anything I am getting more and more involved as this travesty moves along. That all of this is done on the down low and only presented to the public two days before a senate vote is perposterous. Obama promised change and boy are we getting it. People need to wake up and think of their children's future and stop this congress now or face the consequences for years to come. We cannot afford this legislation in this economy. Obama needs to focus on creating jobs and stop this socialized health care fantasy. JOBS we need JOBS!

    November 19, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  23. jack akins

    yes, i've lost interest........all of the republican wrangling has turned me off.......i do hope we get it passed though and done this year

    November 19, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  24. Adam (From Chicago)

    Why does it cost over 800 billion dollars to "lower" costs? When my family needs to lower costs...and believe you me we have had to...we spend less. We do not ask China for a loan. Asking for more money when you are already in waaaaaaaay over your head in debt is a recipe for disaster.
    You wouldn't encourage a friend to pay current bills with a credit card...would you?

    November 19, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  25. John

    Socialism!!!!!!!!!!! The liberals only lnow how TAX and SPEND other peoples money!

    November 19, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  26. Mary

    Not at all – although I am sick and tired of the Republican foot-dragging on issue after issue.

    November 19, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  27. Muyiwa

    What is waning is the lies and gimmicks of the right-wing rumor mongers. I would be very skeptical if a bill had been passed in August which would have meant only Senator Reid and Nancy Pelosi read it.
    Let them take their time so they get it right.

    November 19, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  28. Kyle Kendall

    Jack,
    I am definitely not losing interest and try to read bits and pieces as my time allows. I am excited that, if true, more Americans are in tune with this legislation than normal. That is what makes our country great, our individually responsibility to keep watch over our elected leaders to do what we feel is the right thing. Regardless of what side you are on, everyone should understand the facts before jumping to any conclusions.

    Kyle

    November 19, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  29. Rebecca

    NOT AT ALL. This debate is the most critically important thing that will affect the quality of life for me and my loved ones that I can recall in my lifetime. I myself am uninsured, as is my husband and my sister. We are not welfare recipients or "deadbeats" – we simply work (very hard, I might add) at jobs that do not offer insurance. And, we all have medical conditions that need care, and our lives would fall apart if we became sick and could not work. We desperately need some sort of health care.

    November 19, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  30. Marcus

    I lost interest in this whole political fiasco when these wingnuts were running around saying "the president is trying to indoctrinate our kids" God Bless America and no where else LOL!! LOL!!

    November 19, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  31. Bert

    You wish Jack.

    November 19, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  32. Tim B.

    No,we are not losing interest in the health care debate. The passage of the House bill (even though it has some serious deficiencies, notably the Stupak amendment) has gotten quite a number of us fired up. Congress is very close to passing a bill that would help millions of Americans and reduce the national debt, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

    Any supposed waning of interest is largely due to exaggeration by the media in order to generate news. This is the same maneuvering that we saw a few weeks back when the media proclaimed the public option dead.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  33. Sherwood

    Losing interest? Never had any. How can I be interested in having government involved in a private enterprise matter? Government can't manage its own "business"–military spending budgets & social security being perfect examples–so why should we want it to take on something else?

    November 19, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  34. Chris

    Not at all – it is too important, and I think this is true regardless of which way you want this thing to end up.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  35. Boomer in Mo

    No, we're not losing interest. The media is.
    We need health care reform. My husband and I could not get insurance if we were not able to get it through my work, and still it costs about $7,500 a year plus $8,000 in deductibles to meet every year. That's 30 percent of our pretax income. We work and stay home because we have little disposable income.
    I think the entire process needs to start over because of the mess the politicians and the lobbyists they turned the bill over to have made. Surely they could write an appropriate health care reform bill in 500 pages or less. And they need to fire the insurance company, hospital and doctors lobbyists who are on the public payroll.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  36. brett a peloquin

    Perhaps we should start with figuring out on how to run the Medicare, Medicaid and VA health systems before we take on the whole country.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  37. Tim from Pensacola, Florida

    Losing interest...How about losing total faith in our elected leaders to get anything done at all. The economy seems to be teetering on tanking again, employment is at a miserable level, and Americans are struggling to put basic food on the table and get minimal health care. Disgraceful.. All while the Republicans and 'so called' blue dog democrats continue to protect their own interest (there lobbyist), big pharma and the Insurance Giants. Meanwhile, Americans continue to die needlessly, our soldiers and VETs are not cared for properly and the insurance company execs get richer and more greedy. No, Jack, I'm not losing interest, I lost complete faith in Washington Politicians many years ago and I'm only 50 years old.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  38. Loren, Chicago

    While this has been an extremely tedious process, due to the continued misrepresentations of the contents of the various bills, because this will have such an impact on the future of our country, I am making an extra effort not to allow the obfuscatory habits of the leading politicians deter me from keeping up with the topic.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  39. Georgette

    Uh, okay Jack, you betcha I'm way too interested in Sarah Palin's publicity tour and other issues of equal importance to stay tuned in to something so trivial as the reform of America's health insurance system. I mean c'mon, it's a question of priorities man!

    November 19, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  40. Bryan

    Its too Bad people are paying attention...this thing could have been passed before anyone knew what was in it back in August Like Obama had wanted.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  41. Lloy

    Jack, I've been flogged and keel-hauled with this enormous topic for the past 9 months. Every ounce of misinformation and distortion has been used against my sensibilities by those I don't trust – but still listen to anyway. Funny, I must be addicted. Give me today's painful fix of short lived hope that something actually might be done to solve this problem.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  42. carlton

    Not losing interest, never had any interest. This is just another item
    to be talked about and then enacted in some form. We(the public) elect people to do this "debating and voting" and we the people and you the media need to stay out of the debate til it is done. Don't like the outcome, voting time comes around in a couple of years. It is not "we the people enact laws" it is we the people vote and elect representatives and the majority enacts laws.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  43. Tom Vanderberg

    No way am I losing interest. I am anxiously following this the whole tortured way. This will affect my life personnally and the lives of my family for years to come. If Congress doesn't pass health care it will be a disaster – for the country, not just democrats. I wish the opponents could see that.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  44. ED

    Was never interested to begin with. Governement is writing checks left and right in my name, and there is nothing I can do about it, so might as well ignore it. Good luck to those who want to cash the checks.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  45. Melissa in Maryland

    I've got two unemployed parents (1 laid off and 1 disabled) and my little sister now living with me and my husband. They are all uninsured and have medical needs that we just cannot afford to meet. I've got a full house and a thin wallet.

    I cannot afford to be tired of this debate and the promise of healthcare reform; My parents' health–and frankly, their lives depend on it.

    Jack, what we're all tired of...is partisan bickering that solves absolutely nothing.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  46. pete at the beach

    medicare for all

    November 19, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  47. Craig Cameron

    It's not that we've lost interest we're just tired of being ignored. Getting thru to these knuckleheads in Washington is like banging your head on a wall.
    No matter what we say or do it's the lobbyists that get their attention.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  48. Ryan

    I'm not losing interest, but I wish they would NOT pass the bill. It needs to be buried. This is not the Senators, or the House's constitutional responsibility or jurisdiction.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  49. Peter Friedkin

    I haven't lost interest. On the other hand I'm disgusted with both parties of congress. It is obvious that the only constituency they care about, Republican and Democrat, is the insurance industry.

    I find it fascinating that when industry's die and only American workers are hurt, it's called the price of progress. It's ok to hurt us. We wouldn't want to jeopardize the well being of the wealthy though, the only ones that benefit from corporate profits.

    It seems to me that in spite of their retoric, our elected representatives in Washington only represent the the 2 to 3% of Americans at the top of the heap.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  50. Chris Shook

    I'm not losing interest in the health care reform.
    I AM losing interest in the bipartisan BS that that pervades Washington.

    I'd be interested in more fiscal oversight reform.
    How many billion dollars overpaid was it????

    These politicians are really managing our tax dollars, huh?

    Politicians really don't have a clue as to what the real world is, and what the problems facing real people are.....

    November 19, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  51. Kemp Littlefield

    I'm interested in anything that will cost me money. There's nothing free out there. If millions more are going to be covered by health insurance, some one has to pay. Also why should we be paying for people who haven't taken care of themselves – smoking, drinking, and over eating. They should pay more than some one who takes care of themselves. No free lunchs for the non-productive. The only people I see getting a benefit are the ones who already don't carry their load for America. America is great because we aren't all equal. We can work hard and get ahead. In America it's not against the law to be lazy or dumb, but it sure makes life tough. I don't want to pay for the lazy and dumb.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  52. Stefan- Chicago

    Jack, I think those who already feel sick and tired of this whole debacle don't realize that this is part of the strategy the opponents of any Health Reform have placed their bets on. Drag it as long as possible, make it as long as possible...eventually people will get sick and tired of it. Here is what people in Washington should know, some of us, a lot of us are still watching and will be watching till the end,.They better do what the American people want them to do and that is reform the Heath Care theft that's actually in place and make sure they include a Public Option in the new legislation. Unless they do so, next time we go to the polls, they may kiss their Congress seats goodbye.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  53. Karl from SF, CA

    I’m definitely not losing interest as I have family and friends who are going without health care and need it badly so I am concerned for them. The interesting part of this is watching the outlandish lies and gross distortions made by the Republicans and those “consumer protection groups” and how they are actually believed. It doesn’t say much for the intellect of my fellow Americans who would believe something that makes absolutely no sense at all rather then find out what the real story is. Sara Palin, Michele Bachman and Virginia Foxx come to mind.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  54. Doug-Alaska

    No, in fact my interest is growing. I have watched my mother put up with bureaucratic hassles and long waits for appointments for years. FYI, rationing is already happening. I'm only a couple of years from mandatory Medicare.
    Now these two clowns (Reid and Pelosi) tell me they will pay for their pet plan by taking $500 billion out of Medicare. But don't worry, it'll be paid for by eliminating fraud and waste. Yeah right! If it was that easy some lazy bureaucrat would already have done it.
    To paraphrase Abe Lincoln " ...you can BS all the people some of the time and BS some of the people all the time, but you can't BS all the people all the time....".

    November 19, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  55. Jessie

    Is this even a serious question? The process is long and arduous but if nothing at all happens in terms of health care Americans are going to die. So i guess it seems just a little offensive to me to ask a question as reductionists as "are you losing interest in the health care debate". The question is how long can Republicans drag this thing out for political gains while real Americans die?

    November 19, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  56. steve

    No, absolutely not! It is to important to too many families that are struggling to make ends meet, or have a member with a preexisting condition that insurance companies will not cover. I've worked for the same company for 36 years and have to listen to the conservatives saying this is a handout to deadbeats, oh really. Most of these conservatives are on Medicare, a government run program. Oh well, they got theirs and the heck with everyone else. Hate to be in their shoes on Judgement day.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  57. Laura Altieri

    I work in the healthcare field in a Democratic area and I can tell you that people are so against healthcare reform it is incredible. We have patients writing letters, calling Congressmen, and now after the mammogram news they now feel that health care rationing will happen. I am so happy to see so many Americans get involved. I have seen it all, when the Jewish doctor I work for, who votes on the liberal Democratic line, called the Board of Elections and now registered as a Republican. He refuses to vote for any Democrat any more, and if he switched I cannot imagine how many others are doing the same.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:08 pm |
  58. Robert Zagrodzky

    The fatuous legislation passed by the House & the equally fatuous legislation on the Senate floor is a terrible testimony about the 535 movers & shakers inside the beltway. All should be tarred & feathered & ridden out of town on a rail. These people are set on destroying this country with healthcare. Look at the failures placed on the the American people by these pinheads; Departments of Energy & Education, Medicare, etc,. The federal government should get out everything that is best accomplished at the local level. They should worry about cutting federal spending & reducing taxes.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:08 pm |
  59. Esther Massillon Ohio

    No I am not because I want to know what the 535 are going to stick it to us with.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:08 pm |
  60. Brian

    Jack,

    You know what I'm getting tired with? Paying crazy amounts of money for health insurance with absolutely no guarantee that if I get sick, the treatment will be covered. I'm also sick of our rates going through the roof every year, even though we haven't cost our insurance company a single penny since we signed up for coverage. I'm also sick of the Republican machine trying to grind down any chance of reforming this corrupt system just so they can say "Obama failed!" So no, I'm not sick of the debate.

    Brian
    Boise, ID

    November 19, 2009 at 6:08 pm |
  61. Greg, Ontario

    I hope your not. That is the single most important Bill America has passed to benefit Americans in 50 years. It would be a shame if you didn't follow it through.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:08 pm |
  62. Stephen Fox

    No, Jack. That is what Congress is hoping for–that we will lose interest and patience. I am watching them very closely on this, with my eagle eyes. 🙂 Before this is over, there may be some going to jail.

    –Stephen Fox
    Panama City, fL

    November 19, 2009 at 6:08 pm |
  63. Victor in Saanich, B.C. Canada

    Jack, when the idea of a public single user pay system is thrown out with the trash and the allowance is made for the insurance/ medical banditry to continue, the answer is hell yeah !!
    The outrageous insurance rates, the denials of coverage and the rising deductibles will cause the growing continuance of bankruptcies due to catastrophic health issues !!!
    Let the cry be heard LOUD AND CLEAR – GOD HELP AMERICA !!!

    November 19, 2009 at 6:08 pm |
  64. Sean in California

    Reconciliation, Jack. Reconciliation. If Harry Reid had the guts to use reconciliation, we could get Health Care Reform and a public option that would insure 31 million currently uninsured Americans. But he won't.

    The Democrats are going to let the Republicans win this contest, and Americans will suffer as a result.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  65. Don Belter

    This bill is a turning point for this great nation. We can become a nation of disastrous, reckless fiscal irresponsibility. We can combine this with fostering a 100 billion dollar a year new cabinet level department that will follow in the bankrupt foot steps of the post office, Amtrak, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Social Security and Medicare. To achieve these goals all our irresponsible elected officials have to do is blindly pass this legislation.

    But we have a choice, perhaps in our congress there are enough honest men and women. Perhaps they shall look beyond party politics and choose to have the best interest of this great land at heart. Perhaps they will stop this insanity before it is too late. Perhaps my children and their children can be proud of this nation once again. Perhaps they can say that we did not set America on a path toward becoming a second class nation.

    I hope and pray ….god bless America……

    November 19, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  66. eddie

    I am not losing interest because we cannot afford this bill!
    What I am tiring of is the Dem controled house and senate & WH trying to Ram, Sneak, & Cram something the majority of voting Americans do not want!!

    November 19, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  67. Bruce - Delaware

    No -the authorities don't prevent anything. They do however start all incidents of terrorism.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  68. Tom Jones

    Are you kidding? Its very important, a lot more important than any sports news, or Sarah Palin news.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  69. Wally

    Lose interest? I still dont have insurance!

    November 19, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  70. honestjohn in Vermont

    When I see that the Healthcare Industry has already spent over $600 Million dollars to defeat any healthcare reform– I am inclined to think that they have already bought all the votes in Congress they need to defeat the healthcare reform bill. They won't stand anybody messing with THEIR PROFITS.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  71. don

    Jack – I am not losing interest, except that it will never come to anything. Obviously, the matter will be pushed into 2010, and that, being an election year, will preclude any real action. We will get a watered down package or nothing, and it is all just blah blah blah from DC. Again.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  72. Parker

    I am sick of hearing about this health care bill. I wish that for once in our lives the government would do something in a timely and efficient manner. I thought the days of feet dragging and constant bickering were behind us. I guess Obamas just another one of the club.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  73. Marvis

    I will and am still watching. But true to form, it's what those Congressmen would like. The typical thing to do is bury you in paperwork in the hope to wear you down.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  74. Nikki- NC

    I'm not losing interest at all. My father had to cancel his kidney surgery because of a lack of money since he has no insurance. Health care reform is important, and we need it. People who lose interest in this debate, or at least don't care about the outcome, just show that they don't really care about the welfare of their fellow Americans.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  75. Christine M Seattle

    Hell yes, I will follow this debate to the bitter end. Why? It's a matter of life or death for a lot of folks out here.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  76. Ryan

    Yes Yes YES! We are all losing interest in the health care debate, im losing interest and faith in our "mickey mouse" government, put the health care debate in the hands of the American people not the dishonest and corrupt government officials.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  77. jim Blevins

    Absolutely not - it is far too important. I am getting very frustrated with all the nonsense that is being used to stall it, however.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    November 19, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  78. Mark (Des Moines, IA)

    Obama, Reid, Pelosi, the Democrats have control of the show, yet they can't seem to gain any progress on this HUGE issue. Yes, I am so tired of this debate, but isn't it time to start questioning our leadership? What happened to Obama's campaign promise of bipartisanship? This is the same old stuff on Capitol Hill, it's no wonder why people don't vote.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  79. Aaron Geiger, Champaign, IL

    This is an entirely complex issue, and the details should be left to those with the time, professionalism, and stamina to see it through. That being said, the public needs to keep informed on the basics of what the health care package entails, and for that we also rely on the media for help. The media needs to keep this issue alive, because I know for a fact that the vast majority of my friends and family are keenly interested in various facets of the bill.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  80. Donna

    No way am I losing interest, though my family and friends are probably tired of my rants about health care. But I keep reminding people that this one matters – to all of us.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  81. John Owen, Hudson, NY

    No Jack, we are not – I am not – losing interest in the single issue which will define whether we are a country wo takes care of our people or one that allows them to be selectively served by a crude, inflated, for-profit system that mainly serves the well-off. E Pluribus Unum – out of many, one. For that common one, it is time to care for the many. Call it Socialist, call it Christian, the care of the poorest by the wealthier is the mark of a successful tribe. America is good enough and strong enough to care for even the least of these our brethren who need care. If Health Care reform fails in America, then the money lenders are in charge of the temple and we would have to admit that "We the People" let them keep their usurious monopoly. John

    November 19, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  82. June

    No, not all. It is too important to leave to politicians. I bet I have read more of it than the clowns who will be voting on it. What a diseaster.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  83. Ken in NC

    No Jack. I am losing interest in the idiots we elected to serve Big Business, Health Care and Pharma.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  84. Roderick

    Ofcourse not, I love the spin and acting. Politicians are great actors, and I enjoy watching the perfomances. And the Oscar goes to.......

    Roderick
    Dallas,Texas

    November 19, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  85. Bernadette Loesch

    Not on your life. I for one and my friends who are many are following each days' updates. The Republicans are counting on those of us to lose interest with each and every delay and ploy they try to insert. I have never in my lifetime seen such posturing since Reagan, Nixon and other Repubican Congress people to keep their status quo. Shame on them! We are going to get a national health care plan with a good public option inspite of their FAUX FACTS AND FIGURES!

    November 19, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  86. Bruce - Delaware

    The criminal illuinate/big pharma/reptilian genocide movement has a lock-down on the CONgress – no reform legislation s possible.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  87. Patricia/Georgia

    Heck no..I just left Tom Price's office in my district to ask him why he is opposing the plan and why can't he just pull up a chair and work with the Senate to pass it. He claims Pelosi is preventing that. I said go beyond her to the president. We need a plan and quickly. Too many people have lost their homes from the high costs of health care and the insurance companies need to be put in their place. Let's get a plan and hopefully a public option. I am an older woman who is not afraid of the death panel and does not fear being put to sleep. To the Senate I say...GET IT DONE.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  88. Keith of Colorado

    Lose interest? ...heck no! My significant other and I went through our open enrollment yesterday and our monthly healthcare deductions will doubled from $129.99 to $315! It ain't no Cadillac plan either! We need reform and we need a "government option!"

    November 19, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  89. Jean Hall

    Yes, of course I am still interested. As has been said time and time again, this bill, if passed, would give government control over one-sixth of our economy. It would destroy small business owners, the life-blood of the American job and the American economy. President Obama has been caught in so many lies to the American public that anyone would be crazy to believe him now. His quotations of jobs saved and created is a complete hoax as is this health care bill. I am apalled that any of our American congressmen or senators would even consider this bill as a viable option. If destroying our country is the goal of the government, then this bill would certainly do it. I am more interested and anxious about this bill than EVER!!!!

    November 19, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  90. Brian

    Well Jack I am tired of hearing all the silly arguments.. U.S.
    doesn't know what they have the chance to have.. Our
    Canadian system has never let me down in 57 yrs .. I tired of Americans critizing it... and the scare tactics the Insurance companies with $$$$$... feel sorry for you all.
    EH!

    November 19, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  91. janet

    no i am not losing interest in fact i am very interested. I just wish it would just get done already,dont they understand we cant go on with the same old way.IN eight years the republicans but use in this mess.they are just in the way.They are a party for them selfs not for the people.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  92. Gary H. Boyd

    Jack, how could any thinking person lose interest in such a mind boggling discussion. After all, The 2000+ page Senate bill on this subject is simply mind boggling in itself. The money required to fund it is equally mind boggling. And the Congress and Senate considering it also boggle the mind. Therefore Jack, as one who is into being "mind boggled", I have not only not lost interest but am mind boggled at the prospect of what this mind boggling nonsense will produce. Trust me Jack, It's boggling.

    Gary from Scottsdale, Arizona

    November 19, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  93. michael lay

    I am so discussed with the intellectual bent of Rep. party, I wouldn't vote for one as dogcatcher! i am calling for an independent investigation of C st & all politicans associated with this hidden agenda groop!

    November 19, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  94. gpchicago

    Not losing interest–more like losing patience with those in washington who are merely politicians with no interest whatsoever in representing those of us who put them in office. I expect a voters revolt in 2010–hopefully with a complete flushing of both houses of Congress.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  95. Cliff Glass - East Rockaway, NY

    Jack,

    I don't care if the final health care bill is one million pages long, is hand-typed single space, and takes all year to pass. If the end result is that even 1 citizen no longer has to choose between, lodging, food or heat in order to afford medicines or primary health care, it will be all worth it.
    We are Americans and should be sacrificing for each other. When did that Democratic ideal disappear ?

    November 19, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  96. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    I haven't lost interest in the sword swallower, the bearded lady, a two headed chicken, nor area 51. So why would I loose interest in the health care bill?

    November 19, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  97. Flyingwolf, Manchester NH

    As long as I cannot afford private health insurance, I will NOT lose interest, I just wish that those people who were offering to make credit card small print terms and conditions more understandable, would intervene and make the health care bill itself understandable also.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  98. Jamie S

    I'm not losing interest in the Healthcare bill at all, and I hope public interest stays up because this is a major issue. We all have seen what happens to issues, reforms, and laws when the American people aren't looking. They are changed beyond recognition, shot down, or swept under the carpet. If we the American people want a result, we have to watch Congress and make sure they do their job. Sad but true.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  99. Lisa M Jasper

    Dear Santa, I mean Jack...All I want for Christmas is a public option for my husband that has had multiple cancers, myself so I don't lose my upside down house because I am paying $105 a week for health insurance and for my kids at home with multiple disabilities ages 30 and 14. I can't afford to lose interest in the health care debate. My families life might depend on it. I have been a very good girl:). Love, Lisa

    November 19, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  100. John McCortney

    Jack, The length of debate isn't the problem. We need time to develop a program which is beneficial to the maximum number of people in the most cost effective way. The months long emphasis on irrational fear mongering is the real problem. We, the people, need facts and figures, not scare tactics designed to preserve the status quo.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  101. Frances Cherman

    NO, I'm not losing interest. The legislation has the potential (which I hope is realized) to represent a huge change for Americans, so I'd rather they spend as much time as necessary.

    I think CNN is the one who's losing interest because it's not a sexy, sensationalistic story that spikes ratings. As a news outlet, you have a responsibility to cover matters of importance to the American people, and this is extremely important. Please stay on it.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  102. Barbara in NC

    Without the obstructionists trying to kill Obama politically, this could have been done in July or August and we could have moved on to other things. DUH

    I'm watching to see who to vote out next election cycle.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  103. KEN -n Toledo, Ohio

    The Senates health care reform bill is a whopping 2.074 pages. They ought to send a copy to every household to read, and after they are finished, could use it as toilet paper. Now that would save everyone some money to pay their doctor bills.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  104. George

    NO. I've got mine, but in this countery it's just meen and selfish not to provide health care to all our citizens.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  105. Stephen Charchuk

    Your system is unnecessarily complex. Its almost Byzantine in its complexity. I don't know why you just didn't do what we did up here in Canada and have a referendum vote on it for the entire country at once? Like we did for the Death Penalty, and Quebec separation... Oh, I almost forgot, you're not actually a democracy like we are up here where the will of the people actually matters. It seems that being a republic was a poor choice....

    November 19, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  106. Dean Robinson

    The question is irrelevant. We have the best government that money can buy. Therefore, you can count on whatever happens to benefit those with the money. It does not really matter for the rest of us.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  107. Peter s

    Yes Jack although I'm loosing interest in the health care reform debate! which is dragging on forever. It doesn't matter how man pages the bill will be if it doesn't have substance. Moreover, some people should not complain about the length of the bill and what is in it, bearing in mind that, they had 8 years to come up with a double spaced single page health care reform bill but they couldn't.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  108. Annie, Atlanta

    No, my life depends on it, sadly. Though in all honesty I don't expect Congress to do the right thing. Their corporate masters won't allow it, as witnessed by the dollars spent to fight it.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  109. Carol Holloway

    No, I am definately not losing interest in healthcare insurance reform. There are so many inequities in the current heath insurance system that need to be changed. We must go forward and pass a reform bill as soon as possible. Maintaining the staqus quo in order to protect the profits of the big insurance carriers is indefensible!

    November 19, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  110. Grant Van Meter

    I couldn't get insurance because of a history of a benign heart rhythm irregularity that was treated in the past and my wife couldn't get coverage for a preexisting back pain issue. I now pay $500/month for my wife and child with 3200 deductable and 250/month for me through ICHIP. I've paid 7000 in medical bills this year that the insurance company wouldn't pay and pay a total of 750/month for health insurance...at the age of 28...that's an outrage. Things need to change and I pray to God they do. This bill may increase taxes...but it's not like healthcare is cheap now...I'd love to pay taxes for a public option and the changes necessary to allow my family to obtain health insurance.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  111. Jim Farrell

    Hell No!!!

    We have a "medical mess" complicated by so many special interests. Plus, there are honest people who do not like the government being in the mix. It is tough sledding, but we need to change our current "process" and implement improvements. That makes it messy.............it is too bad that only one party really seems to be engaged in solutions. Jim Farrell/Mission, KS

    November 19, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  112. Val

    I think this attempt at health care reform will fizzle out just like it did when Hillary and Bill tried it years ago.

    Just goes to show you that for all the complaining we American's do – we really didn't want to change anything, we just wanted to whine and be heard.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  113. Yves Beaudet

    As a Canadian, I am amazed there are such large controvercy concerning the health bill... Our government health care system is far from perfect but I do not know anyone who would want a private system like in America.
    Wake up America... Don't let the large HMOs tell you what is best for you. Reform your system and make it even better than ours.

    Yves Beaudet
    Canada

    November 19, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  114. Richard

    Jack: Not long ago as a Family Physician I faced an underinsured woman who desparately needed heart valve surgery. Her twelve year- old twin daughters looked up at me and asked, "You aren't going to let our mother die are you?" If congress won't help these people, I wish they would come to clinic and tell the children we can't afford to save their parents. Yes, I'm losing patients!

    November 19, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  115. Ken M, Millington MI.

    Hello Jack. today i ate lunch at one of flint Mi fine lunch rooms and there was a poster of a young child who has a rare disease and needs donations to help his family pay for treatment. Sad thing is there is 100s or thousands of similar stories just in southeast Michigan alone. While the Politicians on both sides play games, people suffer. People are not loosing interest they are losing hope that anyone really cares at all.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  116. NYC-Gerard

    No loss of interest on my part, since they *still* do not have it right!

    There's one issue that's remained hidden, the ERISA plans. Well, NY state just excused these big employers, who can afford to self-insure, from a COBRA extension. At the least, all insurance plans should have equal requirements and responsibilities. If *everyone* bought actual insurance and let the insurance companies handle the expense pool, policy costs would drop for *everyone*, offsetting any feared cost increase to the big companies. ERISA needs to go, or we will continue to allow big companies to shift health costs to individuals and small companies (who get penalized if they self-insure!?!), and continue to allow an incentive for big companies to "youth-anize" their staff to lower their health care costs.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  117. Bill Noll

    Yes I am following the health care bill. This is the biggest budget buster that these jerks in Congress can do. Does anyone believe $500b cuts in medicare. What about $250b due for doctors in medicare. They left this out of the bill and cost. The gov't will run this like medicare, SS and the post office, into the ground.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  118. Adrian Gillem of the Virgin Islands

    I'm simply a teenager, and I haven't lost interest in this health care debate. How can we Jack? When millions of American's each day pray that they do not get sick. When the rest of us pray our health care provider does not drop us for financial greed. If we were to lose interest now, than we have turned our backs on what America can truly be; a nation that cares for its citizens, rich or poor.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  119. Darrick B in Cincinnati, OH

    I am not losing interest in the debate because I know it is extremely important. However, I think more Americans would stay interested if they knew what was exactly in the two 2000-page bills. Instead of just making them available for 72 hours online, why not have them read from cover to cover (with explanations) on CSPAN, PBS, or some other network. This would allow all citizens to understand what is in the proposed legislation and help them to make their own judgement without spin from the right or left! I vote for you, Jack, to be the "VOICE" of the bill reading. (You would be allowed to add amusing commentary, of course.) Now, that would definitely keep ALL parties interested!!!!!!!!!

    November 19, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  120. Donna from New York

    Heck no Jack. In fact my family sat and watched the roll call in the house cheering when they reached enough to pass. It's not a perfect bill and I hope they take the women's health restrictions out in the Senate, but something has to get done at some point. Republicans will beat this to death and haven't offered any real alternatives, so let's just get it done.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  121. Phillip (KY)

    It was never that important to me or my family to begin with, we see this whole situation as "the haves and have nots". The high rollers of this nation don't want to front a few dollars to citizens in need, and now that they have to because of this bill, people are showing their true colors. It's kind of sad. Everyone in our house hold makes enough to be taxed off by this bill, we could care less as long as we get the same benefits as everyone else.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  122. Ken

    No, I am not losing interest in the health care bill/debate but feel that the current majority party is not listening to what their constituents are saying. I have written both my Senators and my Congressman and told them that if they vote for any bill that has a public option and that does not address tort reform, my wife and myself will volunteer our services to any decent cadidate that opposes them in their next election run. God forbid, we could become Republicans.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  123. Ben in Maryland

    No. But I've gone from hopeful optimisim to cynical pessimism. There are no lengths that the insurance industry and pharmaceutical companies will go to protect their managements multimillion incomes, and there is no overestimating Congress' cowardice in standing up to these pack of thieves who are living off the spoils of the bankrupt and dying masses who have had their coverage and claims denied.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  124. bob

    No Im not losing interest. I am scared to death of having my taxes raised to help pay for someone's elses health insurance. Pay for your own insurance.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  125. Marsha from Kansas

    No. I am not loosing interest in the health care debate although I am loosing patients with the party of "NO" and the democrats that are indebted to the insurance lobby. This could have been over months ago if there weren't so many delaying tactics. Their hope is that we will loose interest. But for those who cannot get insurance or afford the excessive premiums we cannot loose interest.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  126. Jim S

    Absolutely tired of hearing about it! I think before anyone reads the 4000+ pages of health reform verbage they should first read Atlas Shrugged. Then, they will have the info needed to make the right decisions.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  127. Karen Atwood

    NO..NO.. NO.. I want the senators to have the guts to do the right thing. We have insurance but many do not. We have written to all the sentators hoping that we can make a difference for other people.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  128. Elie

    losing interest is an understatement. i've lost interest in the president and everything he promised as a candidate. there hasnt been much that presidential hopeful Barack Obama said, that Obama the president has done. i think he's pushing for the health reform to be passed so he can say he's accomplished something in his almost 1 year as presidency.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  129. John Ca.

    No, I hope that the United States Senate which are acting like a U. S. Corporation should be able to get the 60 votes need to pass this bill into law and get the bill on the Pres. Obama desk by the end of the year and we should still give the $3 Bin U. S. dollars to the United Nations because the U. N. is keeping the world great! We are spending money from bank to autos. Why not the U. N. too. United Nations Banking Complex-
    1-Bank of China
    2-Bank of Russia
    3-Bank Of England
    4-ECB-France
    5-Fomc.gov

    November 19, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  130. vince

    No, just because these idiots in Congress are trying to make it unreadable by adding volumes – we should not put this out of our site. None of these so called 'elected' idiots like Pelosi are going to read it. I doubt if Pelosi has read and understood even 10% of it!! Not that they care anyway, because they have a different health care plan for themselves. it is upon the American public to read it, understand the underhanded buried clauses that are subsidizing liberty under the guile of progress, and kill this beast in spite of its epic enormity. This has to be done in order to teach the likes of Pelosi a lesson that they cant hide behind reams of papers and fool American public. Do they really think we are stupid enough that they can fool us by the weight of the reams of paper?
    If this is such a good deal, will all congressman and senators be covered under this? NO sir, American public was fooled once by Social security (which by the way is not what legislators have for themselves just like this healthcare does not change their coverage plan!!). No Sir, Not this time. Not again.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  131. Robert in Atlanta

    Funny you should ask this question Jack. i think a lot of Americans are watching this very closely and keeping tabs on the politicians that voted for this piece of garbage. The independents, who got Obama elected, are beginning to shift away from this administration and the democrats. He promised so much in the campaign to win people over, and now that the euphoria over his election has passed, the people that voted for him have been shaking their heads at his poor decisions (and the decisions of the majority in the house and senate). He has proven, through his actions, to be so far to the left, that he possibly can't keep the independents vote. He reminds me of this trendy shirt I once bought on a trip to France that I thought would be so cool to wear back home, but when unpacking my suitcase laughed at my lack of judgment when I bought it. I never wore it. I think I may have had to much to drink that day in Paris. The same holds true with this administration...I think America was drunk last November and we are now experiencing a horrific hangover!

    November 19, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  132. dcirvin

    I think the American public has not lost interest in tis debate because we are keenly aware that 1the goevernment will never be able to run this efficiently and it will be fraught with fraud. We already have a terrible national debt presently spiraling out of control. This will only worsen it.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  133. Richard Fairview, Texas

    Jack I am not losing interest in the bill itself just the dialog leading up to it. Americans can stomp their feet and shake their hands all they want and that will not change a damn thing in this bill. Abortion contortion or any other facet of it. The American people elected this congress to legislate. They get exactly what they voted for. No more and no less. Deal with it.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  134. Alice NEWYORK

    sick of it! Ashamed of our dems 7 repbubs, they are repubspuntgent hy cvan't we get this done? Whats ups with elected officials demostratinbg, , who's working these days any way! shame Shame shame!

    November 19, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  135. pied type

    I had tuned it out months ago, until I woke up one morning and found the House bill had passed - with the Stupak Amendment.

    Well, THAT got my attention. Now I'm mad as hell, writing letters to Washington, and watching every move they make. I am more convinced than ever that health care reform is NOT about patients and their care. It's about politicans wanting to get re-elected, big business protecting its profits, and extremists advancing their agendas.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  136. Janet Remmey

    No one said it would be fun or easy. The American people
    know that if we give up on health care reform now, there are those who would be glad to say it was our own fault that we did not get what we needed. This is a fight worth the fighting.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  137. George

    Not at all, Jack! I am also not losing interest in the $600 million so far that the lobbying interests have thrown into this. Let alone the new mammogram stumbling block.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  138. harry Sugar Grove, Il

    I am not losing interest, but i believe that Congress is delaying this process until 12-21-2012 hoping that if the world ends that day, they no longer have to worry about paying the entire bill. The sad part is that there are too many individuals that truly need the HELP. Every second delayed means someone in our GREAT country goes without healthcare. Stop jacking (talking) and Start Cracking (making it happen).

    November 19, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  139. TJ Tampa

    How can anyone lose interest its on every channel on TV. Besides it like a 54 year Heavy weight fight and we are in the last round of this historic fight. Its like an eclips or once in a life time event that has a real good chance to pass after 6 decades. If it doesnt pass the next round will be 2035 and I'll probably be dead if not sooner from lack of affordable Health Care.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  140. Jim Glasgow

    I am more opposed to the "health care reform???" legislation than I was back in the summer. We didn't have nearly all the liberal garbage information that we now have on the takeover of 1/6th of our GDP by the FEDERAL GOVERNMENY,

    November 19, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  141. Marilyn

    Heck, Yes, we're still interested in Healthcare Reform. I've found that difficult tasks of a highly complex nature, involving many affected parties, are more likely to yield a successfully resolution with concentrated, uninterrupted focus on the problem - This means working on absolutely nothing else (no interruptions, short of emergencies) at the same time that the task is in work –This type of forum is often called a "Tiger Team" in the engineering industry. It would be a great mistake to drop work on the bill for a "month or two" because of the holidays, or other such excuse, and lose traction on the slippery slopes of consensus building. Do it now - Go for it !

    November 19, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  142. Maryann/Michigan

    I am not losing interest because I participate in a rally for Health Reform every Thursday. I am, however very tired of these congress people who have no heart for those who have no health care and they act like they are not responsible to the people who elected them. It isn't written in stone that they will get re-elected----they were elected to do the will of the people and the people want health care, with a public option.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  143. Kristen W.

    I'd love to be able to lose interest. My insurance company makes sure I don't when I run out of money in the middle of the year to fix my son's broken teeth. They helpfully reminded me again two days ago when my pharmacy called to tell me they wouldn't cover the antibiotic my pediatrician prescribed for a massive infection in my other son's arm. It costs $270.00 without insurance. My doctor was forced to make a change in dosage to get it covered. Thanks big insurance! I'd have forgotten all about it otherwise.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  144. Ehimen

    No way Jack!, and neither should you guys in the media. U'all need to keep the American public engaged on the truth about this bill, there are so many smoke screens out there. You media types must not lose interest.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  145. Claudine

    I want the same healthcare and health insurance as those who are fighting so hard for the rest of us not to have.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  146. George J. Carlucci/NH

    Jack,

    With all this hoopla I doubt anyone who is voting for this program will read the entire act (both House and Senate). With all of the ammendments It will only get larger.

    Why not give people the same options and or benefits as those of us on Medicare/Medicaid or better yet; provide us with the option of receiving the same programs offered to the federal employee, congressman or senator?

    Just a thought.

    George
    New Hampshire

    November 19, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  147. Jackie in Dallas

    Not a chance, Jack. What I AM tired of is the political grandstanding and lies being thrown out by both sides, and the transparently obvious influence of the healthcare industry.

    Being one of the 40+ million tax-paying citizens without healthcare, at age 59, I can't afford to lose interest! I have more to lose - like my life!

    November 19, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  148. Katiec Pekin, IL

    No, we are not losing interest. The American people need and want Health Care Reform, especially with your so called Public Option.
    Perhaps if the media would be more even in it's reporting, not chose Palin every day over what is so important to us, we would not be
    getting so upset.
    Health Care Reform and Public Option are crucial for us and our
    country.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  149. Lloyd E. Elling

    ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! I am on my way, Friday, to deliver a notice to our two Delaware Senators (Carper & Kaufman) that they will not join a Republican filibuster of the healthcare reform with a public option. I am no longer on the sidelines. Those without healthcare are dependent on me to make this happen.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  150. rm

    The only interest I have in this heist is doing everything in my power to make sure it fails. The government cannot do anything right... What makes this any different?

    November 19, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  151. Lawrence

    Frustrated is the right word. What's in the bill has been around for decades. Nothing new. Just the usual attitude in Congress of I don't care if I've got mine. I say take away Congress's health insurance and let them go shopping for a family plan on their own making sure it's paid out of their own pockets. See if they like the insurance business and exclusions then!

    November 19, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  152. Lloyd Creech (Canadian)

    It is very interesting following some of the politics in the United States.

    The Bush/Cheney/Republicans were able to get Congressional approval (sort of) to invade Iraq, kill 100,000+ innocent people and destroy their infrastructure. This was done in a very short time.
    Cost? $billions+

    To supply health care insurance for all Americans, Republicans are fighting this legislation. At present the American health care system is ranked 37th in the world, but is the 2nd most expensive.
    New system Cost? $billions+ and everyone would be covered, including the approximate 30 Million who are presently not covered.
    Eventually the amount spent on health care in the US should be far less, than the rapidly rising cost of the present system.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  153. Stefan

    I suppose we all lost our interest when they came with a 2000 pages bill. 10 pages in plain English should have been enough to keep the debate (and us) focused and the law clear. What was the name of the company that came with one page replacement of credit card fine print legalese? Maybe Congress should hire that company to rewrite the health bill…

    November 19, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  154. Larry in Pasadena, Ca.

    4000+ pages!? First, give the whole package to a non-partisan commitee made up of top medical professionals, state insurance commisioners, insurance industry analysts(NOT employed by insurance companies!), and maybe a FEW insurance industry representatives, just for a little "special interest" perspective, and let them come up with something a little simpler and more comprehensive. Then, take the pre-existing 4000+ pages, put them on rollers, and distribute them throughout Congressional restrooms!

    November 19, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  155. Pat Bullard

    I am not losing interest in the health care reform debate, because it is so essential for the many thousands who have no health care. I am getting tired of the nay-sayer Republicans and the Catholic Bishops who are bigger than their britches, altering the House bill against legal abortion. Less expensive to pay for the abortion than to the welfare system for an unwanted child for 18 years. Yes, abortion is legal, Catholic Bishops!

    November 19, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  156. Rog

    Jack,
    I think that more people are more tuned in to this bill then ever. Just about everyone I know are saying "how could Congress possibly even THINK about trying to pass such a pile of a bill?" I had the opportunity to read most of the main points on the prior bills (which from what I understand are very similar to the one that just passed the House recently). I read much of the bill because I was tired of listening to people who claimed that we "must have a public option" when in fact when I started questioned them, they had NO IDEA what was really in it. Lately, I havent been running into that as much.
    There is a part of the bill that states that this health bill WILL NOT apply towards members of Congress. They insist on cramming a bill down the public's throat that doesn't even apply to them?
    Forget about party lines. I hope your readers will actually read whatever they can on this bill and make up their own opinions

    November 19, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  157. karen hajek

    No were not losing interest its very frustrating that there not even paying attention to the fact that anything is better than we have now and letting the insurance companies hi jack us with raising prices the old sytem dose not work nothing could be worse than it is now when election time comes for these senators we will hopefully get there attention when we get rid of them Washougal Washington

    November 19, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  158. Jay

    Very interested, me and my wife are tax payers, and from what I understand then the average tax payers going be paying $6k-$9k more in taxes to support the people who have done nothing to advance themselves in life. Plus I also believed in the constitution and that we as "Individuals" have to right to pursue happiness, not be forced to pay for everyone else's. Sorry if your paying so much for health care but if doctors where not sued so much, people screw over insurence companies, and the cost of medical school wasn't so high, it wouldn't be so much to all of us to start with. That's where the reform needs to be, push for general practicioners to recieve more compensation so there would be more of them that could prevent health care cost before medical problems get out of control and end up costing 10's if no 100's of thousands of dollars

    November 19, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  159. Jim Farrell

    Heck No!!!

    We have a "medical mess" complicated by so many special interests. Plus, there are honest people who do not like the government being in the mix. It is tough sledding, but we need to change our current "process" and implement improvements. That makes it messy.............it is too bad that only one party really seems to be engaged in solutions. Jim Farrell/Mission, KS

    November 19, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  160. thomas R Casper

    no- no- no- our government is trying doing something and some are trying to stop it. This is fabulous entertainment. Republicans can really be funny. It is a progressive bill unlike any I have seen in my lifetime and I am now 56. It's about time Jack. We can't blow this one. Our health is an issues of absolute importance. All other industrial nations have already pulled this one off. They have universal care and we don't. Really Jack- if we don't care about this one and do it- we may no longer truly care as a nation.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  161. Nicole Hunter TX

    Jack I'm not losing interest in healthcare but I am losing respect for those who are handling it. Moreover I don't think they should get to break for the holidays unless they have finished the job. Perhaps compromise & bipartisanship would not be so difficult to do if their vacation depended upon it. Honestly, I think ALL democrats should be for the bill and ALL reps should be helping more. If Reps spent as much time on getting this done as they do on criticizing, whining, & dragging their feet then it would have been done months ago.

    Yes, I want healthcare reform. I want it and it would be great to get it this year.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  162. Bill , florida

    I am watching Congress's treatment of health care .The Republicans think that by delaying it , the people will lose interest , then they can kill it .They are very wrong ! Too many Americans have no or poor health care . This needs to be done NOW ! They need to compromise and get a bill passed . Stop the delay work together and get this done . The people are watching and will remember at the polls next year . I will vote against any Congress person that delays this bill.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  163. Walter L. Johnson

    If we don't make real progress toward national health care this year maybe it is time to reconsider the United States as a viable government. Every other industrial nation manages to provide better health care as measured by average health outcomes at 50% less cost nationally but we can't even begin to cover everyone because of a national political divide that is greater than local political differences.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  164. Peggy

    No, I am not losing interest- the Dems have to "hang in there". The most important social changes of the last century have been brought about by the Dems. Republicans don't give a hoot about the needy people; they only look after the rich, the corporations, the insurance companies. When will the middle class and lower classes wake up and see how very important their votes are. My grand daddy used to say," God loves the little people; that's why he made so many of them!"

    November 19, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  165. Steven Sobat

    Why wouldn't American voters be enormously interested in seeing Congress pass health care reform? Availability of quality health care is essential to all Americans. If Republicans want to stay a minority party then they should continue to be disruptive and try to prevent passage of a bill that would substantively reform our nation's costly yet failing health care delivery system. The Democrats have the right idea on this critically important issue to American families.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  166. sandra

    no , but i am tired of the media always being negative. Wow to complan about the number of pages of bill. The media did a lousy job during this process.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  167. Patricia

    Jack,
    As long as I have family who are in need of health care, I will be interested. It seems so unjust to have people who are blowing up the process by blocking any positive suggestion for reform. It appears that some of the law makers find reasons to vote against giving those in need insurance, while they have 'cadillac' covage themselves. They ought to create the same kind of insurance plan for everyone that they a so privileged to have. We are interested because this bill will meet where the rubber hits the road.
    Patricia

    November 19, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  168. John Karam in MI

    I have not lost interest in health care reform; I was just notified by BCBS of Michigan that they are doing away with my current option of Medicare Advantage and I must find a new one...Thank you very much! Worse, there offer nothing comparable, they claim the premium would be too high and no one would want it. The best they offer is a $500 copay a day for a hospital stay. One day is copay is more than one month's premium.

    It is nothing but a business. So, have I lost interest in the topic of health care-NO! Just the politicians trying to socialize it instead of helping the uninsured and tired of the insurance companies acting as investment companies instead of not-for-profit trusted big Blues!

    November 19, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  169. Gus Novak

    we got our independence in 1776, the bill of rights was passed by congress September 25, 1789 and then ratified December 15, 1791. and it was only 2 pages or less and we expect the health care bill to be passed now with 2,000 or more pages we need to take a good long look at it before we decide on anything, we cant allow them to take this as fast as they took to give money to the banks.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  170. virginia

    As an insurance agent, I am concerned about how many insurance jobs will be lost as a result to this bill. Have you heard that AETNA has already stated they will layoff 625 people? This is nothing but another job killer that this country definitely does not need at this time. It also does not address the problems, it just creates a tax on the people again, that we cannot afford. We cannot let this happen.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  171. Linda in Albany, NY

    If the public doesn't keep watching and putting pressure on their legislators, we will never get the health reform we desperately need. People lose their lives for lack of health insurance.Those that want to delay and delay, hoping this will go away, don't understand that the majority of the people in this country want and vitally need this reform.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  172. Paul E Dixon

    We the American Public loose in interest in the Health Care insurance
    debate at our peril. The on going discussion will determine how and if millions of Americans are able to to obtain health insurance of any kind to assure that their families can afford some reasonable kind of professional heath care.
    The reason this issue has dragged so long is because the health care insurance industry owns the Republican Party members in Congress(with maybe the exception of two) and will stall and pay these mercenary tratiors for as long as it takes to take health care reform down the drain.

    It is time for the American Public to wake up and reject the lies and aflsehood thar are on the tube every day!

    November 19, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  173. Brian Delray Beach, FL

    Lose interest? Not a chance this is greatest bit of political theater in years. While it is unlikely anything that resembles a 'reform" bill will pass in the next few months just watching Whiny Joe Lieberman and Evan (what do I tell my millionaire Wife) Bayh and the proudly assembled guardians of the insurance lobby perform should hold everyone's attention. This most recent jackpot over mammorgram exams is evidence of how far this charade can go. Desperate to scare women with the "blue ribbon' panels' report that women don't need exams until 50 was quickly blamed on "rationing" that this bill will surely lead to. The panel members were appointed by the "W". Insurance companies are popping corks all over Lieberman's lawn.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  174. Mari Fernandez, Utah

    No, Jack, I am not! Healthcare and Healthcare Reform is crucial. It is a matter of....... Life & Death.

    45,000 Americans die every year because they lack healthcare.

    IF 45,000 Americans were dying every year because of terrorist attacks, you can bet that the conservatives would be in the streets rioting!

    But........ 45,000 Americans die every year because they lack healthcare, and the Republicans do not care!

    November 19, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  175. Anon

    Definetaly losing its interest. They should have stopped in the beginning when around 50 percent of the nation didn't want it. Oh wait, that would involve the representatives acually caring about thier districts....The two parties are so wrapped up in picking a side and hating one another that nothing is gonna get done. There are still alot of things that both sides agree on in the bill. Its the big stuff the dems (sorry dems) are trying to force down everyones throat. Take off the fat and get at LEAST passed the stuff both sides want. Start wih that and then move up. Cause at this rate NOTHING will pass and we are still worse for wear.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  176. Donna Crane

    I am not losing interest, although I'm losing patience with the media for asking questions like this and for non-stop coverage of Sarah Palin's book. And wher eis the coverage for the candlelight vigil in front of Senator Lieberman's house in Conneticticut to protest his lack of support for Health Care reform. I'm also fed up with the Republican obstructionism that I am now convinced will vote "no" on anything the Democrats put forward. I am on Medicare and it works well and as far as I'm concerned the easy way would be medicare for everyone. However, I'll settle for a bill that covers almost everyone and has a strong public option to force competition on the insurance industry. I am absolutely convinced that reducing insurance costs to families will free up money that will immediately go back into the economy to produce more jobs instead of paying bonuses to insurance executives and kick backs our Representatives.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  177. Ken S.

    I have lost interest because the plan that Pelosi has outlined seems to be the biggest secret since the formula fo Kentucky Fried Chicken. How can we keep interest in something when no one is sharing the details to begin with? Nancy Pelosi is the perfect example of that age-old saying "there is a difference between doing something and creating the illusion you are doing something." The late Barry Goldwater once said no one gets elected in order to really accomplish anything, they get elected because Congress is a nice paying cushy job. This so-called reform is the perfect example of that.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  178. David Frederick

    Painful and tiring, but not waining.

    This is defining legislation for our time.

    It is what we can give our kids and grand-kids.

    Just because 30% of Americans clearly do not care about anyone under their "station in life" is no reason that the majority of us should not keep fighting for ALL AMERICANS.

    No public option possible? Then the fight begins for "Medicare for ALL".

    David in Estes Park Colorado

    November 19, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  179. Jackie in Dallas

    Mark from Des Moines,

    It takes both parties participating to have bi-partisanship. The GOP has firmly decided that they would rather bring down the President and the Democratic leadership than do what is right for the people of this country. You and your ilk decry the "cult of personality" around President Obama, then expect him to be able to magically wave a wand and get people as rabid as Grassley to even sit on the same side of the table as Reid? Duh. We didn't elect him to be a savior (thank you, I already have one), we elected him to be President. There is only so much he CAN do and stay within the limits of power given him by the Constitution.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  180. Jennifer in Phoenix

    I am very interested given the difficulty of getting insurance in Phoenix AZ. As a healthy 39 year old on no prescription medications and with no hospitalizations since birth, the private individual insurance industry is a scary scary place. United Health rated me for TMJ, which I have been symptom free for over 3 years, but not for anything else. I turned down coverage because their underwriters asked highly technical medical questions without knowing what they were asking (scary!), Blue Cross Blue Shield waivered my neck and back (yes, 1/3 of my body) because of their process of automatically waivering for perpetuity anyone who saw a chiropractor 1 time in the three months prior to applying for coverage or more than a couple of times in the five years prior to application. Note I run 1/2 marathons, do yoga, cartwheels, limbo, and somersaults, but a healthy back isn't the point, exercising your right to proactive wellness under BlueCross Blue Sheild of IL in your former group plan can and will be used against you, regardless of how functional your back actually is. Funny United had no trouble with my back. Funny how BCBSAZ had no trouble with TMJ. Let's see how Humana does. The insurance companies don't care about wellness and health they care about box babies. You can be in horrible health but never see a doctor and they will take you in a second. As long as you don't weigh to much. If you never have your blood pressure or blood sugar checked you can answer underwriter questions honestly while still having high blood pressure, blood sugar, and high cholesterol. Ain't the system grand?

    November 19, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  181. J Moore

    Waning? Hell no, it just was sharpened by a 20% increase in our combined premium for long term health care due next month. We are in our late 60s and health care is our biggest budget item, and we are healthy! Taxes?- Who cares but the wealthy? I would rather pay the government than the rapist privateers for health care.

    John in Indiana

    November 19, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  182. Ron

    The Democratic health bill is very frightening.It threatens to destroy our economy,fine us and put us in jail for not buying it.It also requires a computer chip to be placed in all Americans to be tracked.Pray that we can stop them!

    November 19, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  183. TH

    For all you people who think your health insurance is expensive now, just wait! You will be MANDATED by the government to purchase insurance! What happened to "Freedom of Choice"? Oh, that's right, it only counts when killing an unborn baby. Wake up, America!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 19, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  184. Taylor Blanchard

    Every month more Americans die, due to the fact that we do not have universal health care, than died on 9/11. No, I haven't lost interest in health care reform. Perhaps the media just doen't find health care as interesting as Palin's moronic writings.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  185. Al Robertson minnesota

    I am on medicare and social security because of health reasons.So I follow the healthcare bill and have not lost interest in it.I have to much to lose if this plan passes.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  186. Lloyd Creech (Canadian) again

    One last comment.

    Here in Canada for my wife and I we pay 95.00 per month for complete coverage. The only medical expense we have to pay is for ambulance service.
    I have had a heart procedure and have chronic respitory problems. All covered.
    Contrary to the lies presented by FOX and conservatives, medical decisions are made by our Doctors, not the government.
    So America, take the time required and pass legislation so everybody in the US, except illegals, have coverage.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  187. Carolann

    Oh I am interested...I am interested in seeing that this bill is not passed. We do not need the government to control our existence, this is America, and we need limited government. As for all those of us who have been blessed to have our needs covered and to have health insurance, we should be the one's stepping up to help our neighbors and others in need. This should not be a government program; this should be a community, school or Church project where those that can are connected to those who cannot. This should be about humanity and love. We do not need our elected officials to control our lives.... We simply need to live like Jesus, love like Jesus and Serve like Jesus.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  188. Texas Pioneer

    I have not lost interest, but it is obvious that the middle class will get absolutly nothing out of this fiasco.
    The Insurance Companies will be told that they now have to offer coverage to the people with pre existing conditions. Having them die without any coverage and having the families go bankrupt is just becoming to visable to the Legislators.
    In exchange for that concession they will be given all of the invinsables that usually don't need insurance. Like all of the healthy twenty and thirty year olds.
    Blue Cross and Blue Shield are all now celebrating and doing the high five.
    THE AMERICAN PEOPLE GOT SC#@*#* AGAIN.

    Thanks to all of the spinless Democrats and the new President I voted for.
    BUSINESS AS USUAL NOTHING HAS CHANGED

    November 19, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  189. Rosa

    Great Debate healthcare. Would not think of losing interest. Keep asking Jack to keep me on my toes.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  190. Sheila Angelini

    No I have not lost interest. Unlike those people with money who consider this a political or esoteric battle, I am on disability and my husband who works seven days a week uses every penny he can earn to pay for my unnessarily expensive prescription drugs and medical treatments. He can't afford to pay the $1000.00 a month required to pay for healthcare for himself. He's 63 and wondering if he can ever retire. Greedy banks, property speculators, insurance companies and legislators lining their pockets created the perfect storm and wiped us out financially. This is a daily matter of life and death for us. How could we possibly lose interest in the health care legislation.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  191. Robert in Atlanta

    Including a mandatory monthly abortion fee for government run health care is in the latest draft to come out of the senate. What do abortions have to do with healthcare? People on the left love to blame the Republicans for voting no to their bills, but they set themselves up for failure when they include garbage like this. What idiots we have in D.C.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  192. Duane

    Jack:

    We need health care reform, however I think that the democrates have missed the boat. Obama Care Rationing has already began with the announcement of the change for breast cancer screening. I would rather deal with the current faults of the system instead of becoming a victum of the the Obama plan.

    Duane
    Gales Ferry, CT

    November 19, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  193. Mike in SA

    As long as one side keeps the other locked out of the discussion, I have no interest. A majority of Americans want lawsuit reform in the bill, but those running the show are apparently more beholden to trial lawyers than their constituents. The majority of Americans want to be able to buy insurance across state lines to increase competition, but those running the show aren't about to let that happen for their constituents either. The majority of Americans do not want government run health care, but those running the show ignore us. Why should we have any interest in Washington when those in charge certainly have no interest in us, their constituents.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  194. Roy - Chicago

    If we do lose interest because of the misinformation campaign being waged by the Republicans, it is a victory for the lobbyists, big medicine, the AMA, and all groups who choose greed and profit over actually helping the less fortunate get the health care they need.

    Those who are against health care reform are putting a dollar amount on the worth of a human life, and deciding the dollars are worth more to them than the lives of others. What a shame, and how unhuman..

    November 19, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  195. Paul Eschenbach

    Dear Jack,

    Yes I'm loosing interest and for the most part have given up hope that we, the people, can stop this awful piece of legislation. It just seems like we are wasting our time and that the government is going to whatever it wants to do, regardless of what the people want.

    Yes, I know we can "vote them out", but by 2010 it will be too late, and we'll all be stuck with a lousy, second-rate government health care system that will not be worth the time to use, unless forced to emergency medical situations.

    Paul Eschenbach, Spartanburg SC

    November 19, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  196. ErrolnDC

    I am absolutely not getting bored with the healthcare debate. I have full healt care coverage because I am retired military, but I would also have it through my employer if I wanted to. However, I feel that too many people who don't have to worry about health care are te ones blasting the effort to provide it to individuals who can't afford it... Republicans seem to focus on everything except the people who do not, or who in the very near future will not have adequate health care coverage. I have never heard them say anyting about the uninsured... That should never have been allowed to exist in this country, and should never be allowed to continue.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  197. George in Minnetonka, MN

    Yes, Jack, and I think life will be a lot easier if we check back on Dec 31, to find out if Congress has come up with a health insurance plan. If not maybe by Mar 31, and then every three months. It's possible that by Thanksgiving of next year we will get it.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  198. Al Swilling

    I'm not losing interest at all. In fact, the Senate's eagerness to criminalize those who don't have and can't afford insurance is fascinating.

    Considering CNN's recent story about hunger in America, it seems ludicrous that the Senate would mandate that everyone buy health insurance and fine those who can't afford it. It exacerbates the plight of those who are are already financially devastated and criminalizes virtually everyone who is too poor to afford insurance premiums.

    The Senate bill also belies the notion that the "Cadillac" health care plans and cosmetic surgery will pay for the "reform." In reality, the ones paying for the Senate's version of health care reform would be the very rich, the vain, and the very poor in the form of fines levied against those who cannot afford insurance.

    If people with no income are fined because they cannot afford insurance and they cannot pay the fine, will they go to jail? It seems as though Americans are about to see the revival of the federal debtors' prisons thanks to health care reform.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  199. Greg F

    Of course I'm interested. I am in my 50's and have been out of work except for a here and there part time job over the last two years with no health benefits. I cannot afford to get private health insurance on my own. If we don't get some kind of national health care, I guess I should move to Canada and should become a Canadian citizen.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  200. Bill Blank

    Not only do we need a public option, we need single payor, non-profit system. All that money going into the pockets of insurance co. corporate executives and shareholder's pockets could go for saving lives and relieving American's suffering. It is time America caught up with the rest of the Western world with healthcare.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  201. Brian

    Waning no! But if the Dem politicians we elected to office to create change and to get this bill passed can't, then we will vote their butts right out of office and replace them with someone who can! No more games!

    November 19, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  202. Annie, Atlanta

    No, Jack, I'm not. And honestly I'm sick of these people talking about us looking for free handouts. I'm not looking for a free handout. I'm looking for our government to force insurance companies to lower their rates, break up their monopolies. My health insurance premium, because of Type 1 diabetes, is as large as a mortgage payment for over the counter junk coverage with a high deductible. If Congress could just help those of us out here with pre-existing conditions we didn't ask for to make it more affordable, I'm paying attention.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  203. Kelly

    Losing interest?!? In what will probably be one of the most important, most universally beneficial pieces of legislation to occur in my lifetime? Um...I don't think so.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  204. Joan Wiley

    For the cost of the new health care legislation, we could give everyone without free health care for less

    November 19, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  205. Joey Terry

    I kind of lost interest but am tuned in to the milestones – like when the House recently passed a bill. Perhaps there is a web site – like a "health care debate for dummies" that someone could direct me to. It all just seems so daunting.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  206. Josefina Brown

    My foreign born, highly qualified, primary care doctor, whom I credit for saving my life twice (heart and kidney failures) told me that if this bill passes, he will consider returning to his home country. I think I'll follow him.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:38 pm |
  207. Walt Spalding

    No, I haven't lost interest. I just don't want the government telling me what I should or should not pay for my health care. The government should be our servant - not our master.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:38 pm |
  208. Bill Anderson

    It seems to me that the real problem isn't insurance, but the 16% of gross product our healthcare costs. It seems to me that both bills are focusing on the wrong item. We first have to bring down healthcosts to the 10% level that most free world countries have. Then AFFORDABLE health insurance might take care of itself.

    Forcing employers to pay for health insurance is simply driving jobs out of the country. If family coverage per employee costs employers over $14,000 per year, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see why we export as many jobs as possible.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:38 pm |
  209. Mimi

    The public option works in Europe???? I suggest you go to Europe or Canada to get your healthcare, then come back and say it "works". I guess it's all a matter of perspective. Sure you get seen by a doctor – after an extraordinarily long wait. Sure it was free. But what if your situation isn't "urgent" then you get to put on pain killers and a waiting list until they can get to you. I guess if you think that is what "works" – then sure it works. We have better, we want better and the government (except for the Military under Republican Presidents) has never once given us anything BETTER – it's always just something to fill a hole or get us by – the government does not know how to produce BETTER, because by its very nature – it does not have to do better. There is no incentive to improve when you know you are getting a paycheck even if you are a substandard employee. Most government employees would never survive in the public sector. And the government does not have to compete, they just print more money when they run out. So what incentive is there to do better – NONE! Government = the status quo. We Americans are better and we deserve better, because we will ACHEIVE better – not through socialism but through a system designed to reward the hard worker and those who make sacrifices and risks. It does not reward the mediocre. Never has, never will. Government is for taking care of the mediocre. And that is why government always has and always will be mediocre.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:38 pm |
  210. Larry Wisc Rapids, WI

    Jack, I'm not at all loosing interest, when it comes to Govt controlled health care how could anyone not be interested! The proposal as it is and as it has been since the start, SUCKS, All it is is an attempt by Obama and Polosi to attatch their name to something that in the long run will only hurt all of us. Again, if it is such a great deal make it available to the legislators as well!!

    November 19, 2009 at 6:38 pm |
  211. Voter

    Yes. I am more interested in the recession, in having our president and congress do something to end unemployment, to halt foreclosures, to make sure we do not go deeper in debt.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  212. Mary English

    Jack, tired is not the respond,why,is the interest.How do these people,who are against getting insurance for everyone,sleep at night?knowing that many children go to bed hurting and in pain,when they come to their parents for help and their parents has to respond,I can't help,because we don't have insurance.How can money take priority over people lives?

    November 19, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  213. Gail, Plano,Texas

    Well Jack, I live in TX. The 2 senators decided to vote no on health care reform long ago. Same with Louie the disrespectful congressman. The Republicans in this state are in the corporate pockets of the health insurance companies. Is my hope waning for health care reform. With people like this in Congress, what do u think? It's a sad comment on our time.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:40 pm |
  214. Daniel Boyd

    I'm not losing interest. I'm becoming increasingly frustrated that the Senate hasn't passed the bill yet.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:40 pm |
  215. Tony S

    While the current system is broken, it's my concern about the "fix" coming out of DC that keeps me highly interested. The collective leadership of both parties have proven time and time again that they are more concerned about special interest and big business than they are for the American people. I'm concerned that they will create one gigantic win fall profit center for the insurance industry by forcing millions of Americans on to their rolls while doing nothing to make health insuranceore affordable. I have little faith in congress to get this right.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:40 pm |
  216. dana lewis GA

    no, jack, i am not losing interest in the debate. i volunteer with organizing for america and make phone calls, every mon. wed and fri, to US constituents, garnering support for pres obama's plan for health care reform. this has been an exhausting and tedious process that has been undermined, from the beginning, by republicans and insurance companies. this process would be over and finished, if we had fewer corporatist politicians and zero lobbyists working to block this legislation. i am afraid, any meaningful legislation, that helps middle america, will always be battled with fistfuls of cash from our beloved, corporate america. whom want zero changes in the status quo. why should they? the american dream will never fail these selfish, ultra rich fatcats because they're all just one of the guys, whom owns the dream.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:41 pm |
  217. Barry in Las Vegas Nevada

    Jack, the only sure thing is that our congresspeople will retain their non-cancelable, lifetime-renewable, low-cost, gold-plated insurance. They have theirs; They could care less about the rest of us

    November 19, 2009 at 6:41 pm |
  218. Nancy

    When the media reports 80 % are against this version of healthcare reform, WHY are our elected officials trying to ramrod it through Congress? Not to mention too many pages for them to read before voting. We are not tired trying to protect a great health care system, just have trouble controlling blood pressure when they lie and tell me it will pay for itself. No new taxes. What a lie. The currant system could be fixed but no, the goverment in power wants total control of the medical profession.

    November 19, 2009 at 6:43 pm |