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January 7th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

Will health care reform help or hurt Democrats in midterm elections?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Democrats are plowing ahead with health care reform - trying to iron out the differences between the Senate and House bills before the president's state of the union address in a few weeks.
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And one of the biggest differences is how to pay for this massive overhaul. President Obama is now telling House Democrats to drop their opposition to taxing so-called Cadillac insurance plans.

The House had wanted to increase income taxes on individuals making more than $500,000 and couples making over 1 million dollars; while the Senate backs taxing insurance companies on the higher end plans. Do you suppose the insurance companies will simply raise their rates to compensate?

And there are other disagreements too - lots of them. Like the fact that House Democrats will likely have to drop the public option - many liberals think it's not even worth passing health care reform without a government plan.

There are questions about funding for abortion - still don't know how that will be addressed - and whether illegal aliens should be allowed to buy insurance coverage with their own money.

Meanwhile Democrats are short-circuiting the legislative process by not having a formal conference committee to meld the two bills together. Instead the entire process is taking place behind closed doors, out of sight of the American public - something President Obama promised would never happen. Remember?

Here’s my question to you: Will health care reform help or hurt the Democrats in the midterm elections?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Cheryl from Bluffton, South Carolina writes:
It will help. As imperfect as the legislation is, and as ugly as the process has been, health care reform will save American lives and help us catch up with the rest of the civilized world.

Maggie writes:
Jack, Most likely, it'll hurt. Badly. Most Americans are so focused on instant gratification that, if the effects of the health bill are not immediate, the bill will be dubbed a failure before it can even take effect.

Gini from Maine writes:
Jack, The health care reform bill will hurt the Democrats slightly in 2010, but help them substantially in 2012. By 2012, the good parts of it will have kicked in. It’s not a great bill, but it’s the best we can get right now.

M. writes:
Help. That is one of the primary reasons they were elected. It took them a while, but they finally figured out Republicans don't want to compromise or negotiate… They better do everything they can while they have the majority.

Melissa writes:
Who cares if health care reform helps or hurts the Democrats?! We want to know if it will help or hurt the American people!

Loren from Chicago writes:
Hurt. The Republicans will play on the lack of debate and the decision being made behind closed doors to work on the swing vote, while the Democrats will have a compromised bill that loads the cost onto our children. And, while they will try to call it a success, the fact that several Democrats have already announced that they won't run for reelection suggests that even the Democrats don't believe in the value of the bill.

Grady from San Marcos, Texas writes:
Jack, It hurts my heart to contemplate the possibility that the Democrats might retain control of both Houses of Congress. It also hurts my heart to contemplate the possibility that the Republicans might capture one or both Houses. Either way, we're screwed.


Filed under: Democrats • Health care
soundoff (229 Responses)
  1. David of Alexandria

    They will be clobbered. But, not so much due to the content of the bill (whatever that is). Rather, the process has demonstrated that the Democratic party is more driven by ideology that the public good or opinion. Their exclusionary and secretive approach to negotiations has proven them to be untrustwrthy with power. I laugh at their self-absorbed monaker of being the "progressives" when they have shown that 1900's, pork-barrel, backroom, favoratism-based politics still suits them just fine.

    January 7, 2010 at 2:25 pm |
  2. Jack Carlson

    The democrats will lose the House and possibly the Senate in Nov 2010. We hope the Tea Bag Group has some good candidates so that we can rid ourselves of these power grabbing fools (both dems andr reps).
    Jack C
    WA

    January 7, 2010 at 2:30 pm |
  3. john in michigan

    In a CNN poll 61% opposed while 34% supported. You tell me.

    January 7, 2010 at 2:32 pm |
  4. john .... marlton, nj

    Prediction: It will hurt democrats because they will lose 60% to 75% of all seats contested. It will help America and that is most important

    January 7, 2010 at 2:41 pm |
  5. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    When the people see that the so-called healthcare reform bill has nothing in it for us (i.e. public option) and is really a windfall for the healthcare industry, the Dems will be in a whole world of hurt. Why else are the hearings and debates not being televised and why else would the bill be 2000+ pages long (when it only would need 100 pages – even for a Philadelphia Lawyer – to describe) other than to obscure the real details? So much for the broken transparency promise.

    January 7, 2010 at 2:41 pm |
  6. Tom, Bradenton,FL

    You bet Jack a few of them already know it and do not run again. Secret negotiations and they think we fall for it? WE NEED JOBS. STOP OUTSOURCING BRING OUR JOBS BACK.

    January 7, 2010 at 2:45 pm |
  7. Austin Texas Pioneer

    If the Democrats give us this watered down garbage then they will need to find other employment. If we get some form of public option then they might survive.

    January 7, 2010 at 2:47 pm |
  8. Kevin, Fl

    If the Dems give quality healthcare to Lower Income Americans, The Mainstream Mom and Pop workforce, and Deserving Citizens....theyd be Heroes. However if they Give it to Un documented workers, Welfare Recipients who do not seek work, Foriegn Nationals, all at the Taxpayer expense, the chance of a Dem victory in 2010 is right up there with recovering the remains of Jimmy Hoffa.

    January 7, 2010 at 2:50 pm |
  9. Betsy

    I don't see a final healthcare reform yet. The only thing I see is the mandatory fee if you don't get it by 2014? What a joke........
    How can the Congress feel the pain of any of us regular folk, the ones that voted for these politicians to work on our behalf, when Congress has the best and cheapest healthcare available out there.
    I think if they were voting on a healthcare reform package that would affect them it may be a more serious issue for them.

    January 7, 2010 at 2:52 pm |
  10. Sandra in Temecula, CA

    Secret meetings behind closed doors, excluding all Republicans and all the American people, knowing the majority of Americans do NOT want this bill, will cost the Democrats their jobs in 2010. They seem willing to sacrifice the 2010 Democrats to take advantage of their short window of opportunity to push their agenda through, hence the rash of Democrats announcing retirement.

    January 7, 2010 at 2:53 pm |
  11. Russ in PA

    Hopefully every single one of them will be replaced by Ron Paul conservatives. In fact, all the Republicans should be replaced as well. No sense keeping any of the crooks, dolts, liars in office. The so-called health care reform is such utter nonsense, I can't believe any sane American can fall for such a thing.

    January 7, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  12. Steve, NY

    I hope it hurts the Democrats. For those that have insurance, especially the seniors, they are going to get screwed big time.Their premiums are going sky high. Fot those that don't have insurance, they will have to pay for it. For majority that don't have insurance, they are happy where they are, they get free insurance now, all they have to do is go to the emergency ward. The politicians, they have their insurance that don't want to give it up. The bottom line yes there will be a minority that will be benefitted. The majority will not. So who are the voters. You want my opinion it's going to be the seniors that are going to revolt. You'll see that on November. Democrats are going to fall like flies.
    Good luck to all the Obama mites that have their blinders on. This will be a wake up call fot them.

    January 7, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
  13. Melissa

    Neither.

    January 7, 2010 at 3:05 pm |
  14. Jayne in NH

    Health care reform will hurt the Democrats in the next election. Prior to 2008, the Democratic base worked like dogs to get a majority elected to the Congress and Senate as well as win the White House. The theory was that a Democratic majority and a Democratic president would work to institute the wishes of the party members. Sadly, that hasn't happened. Health care was hijacked by the likes of Olympia Snowe and Joe Lieberman. The single-payer system we wanted was never even on the table. The public option was ceded in favor of a Medicare buy-in. That, of course, was thrown out when Mr. Lieberman threw a hissy fit. As a Democrat who feels sold out, I will no longer either donate money or volunteer time to candidates. If Republicans are going to be in charge even when they're the minority, there's no point in working for Democratic candidates.

    January 7, 2010 at 3:07 pm |
  15. Ed from MD

    Democrats or Republicans, it seems to matter as much as which direction a dog chases its tail, clockwise or counterclockwise.

    January 7, 2010 at 3:08 pm |
  16. John from Alabama

    Jack: Health care reform can only help the Democrats when it passes and is signed into law. The Reuplicans have done nothing which is something they are very good at doing. The people of this nation want progress and covering 30 million people with health coverage can only be a good thing. If the Democrats do not pass health care reform they will be viewed as weak and stupid.

    January 7, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
  17. Robert

    The way I feel here in King George, Virginia, is that if our two Senator's vote for this health care reform, they maybe only one termers.

    January 7, 2010 at 3:10 pm |
  18. Paul Round Rock, Texas

    It will help most Democrats but may hurt the blue dog ones. It will show that they could do something while working as a block to get something done. Even though what will be passed will not be any where near what was started out with.

    January 7, 2010 at 3:11 pm |
  19. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    I hope the democrats get this done soon. The party in power usual do takes a hit in mid-term elections. Republican's will continue to be in lockstep against health care reform. Social Security and Medicare were also democrats idea. Republicans by and large were against that too, but didn't heistate to collect.

    January 7, 2010 at 3:11 pm |
  20. Trueman

    Hi Jack,
    At this point, failing to pass anything would only hurt them more, while passing the trainwreck-gift-to-insurance-companies they currently have tabled would at least leave them where they are now.
    Maybe they should have just stuck to that TV advertisement volume bill. Now everybody can agree on that, so they'd keep their majority. Obama would go down in history as the "advertisement volume" president and get on the $99 bill.
    Trueman – Toronto, Canada

    January 7, 2010 at 3:12 pm |
  21. Jimmy in Houston, TX

    Another no brainer question...............it will hurt them to the tune of losing power in 2010 and they know it. That is the reason for tyring to cram all these bad bills through before we vote them out. If they really cared about passing a good bill, they would take their time, include Republicans and do it out in the open without having to buy votes. Too bad they don't realize if they took the time to work on a good health care bill, they would remain in power for years to come.

    January 7, 2010 at 3:16 pm |
  22. Carl D.

    Jack.
    If it's done right, I feel it will help them. Having said that, they really haven't done much yet, except to continue the wars going on. We need the same insurance policy our so called worthless politicians have.

    January 7, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
  23. Richard Texas

    Jack I can only speak for myself when it comes to how health care reform hurts democrat chances in the midterm election. I sure as hell won't vote for them. In fact after all the spending and the lies and behind closed door meetings I am changing my party affiliation from democrat to Independent. If I wanted a bunch of secret behind doors politics I would have voted republican in the last election.

    January 7, 2010 at 3:26 pm |
  24. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    If history is a teacher, as with social programs of the past, Medicare, Social Security, etc., Republicans will fight it every inch of the way and then try to take credit for it once it is the law of the land. Whenever that happens, you know polls have identified a vote getter.

    January 7, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
  25. Conor in Chicago

    Your questions demonstrate exactly what I hate about corporate/for-profit news in this nation. Why? Look at your question: Will healthcare reform help or hurt Democrats in the 2010 Midterms? Guess what Jack? THERE NOT DONE YET! Just because it might take all day to cook the meal doesn't mean you should judge it before dinner is served.

    January 7, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
  26. Jason

    I think it will hurt them. Doing anything else behind closed doors on the public really puts them in on the bad side of the public right now. So far all I see is a windfall of mandatory customers for the insurance industry at the cost of losing the Middle Class of America.

    January 7, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  27. RichP the Pocono's

    Only if they vote for it, Why they just don't triple the federal income tax on everyone and give us 'free' health care puzzles me though...

    January 7, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
  28. Chandra from Las Vegas, NV

    Oh yes, we remember and come 2010 elections we won't forget. We all want health care reform, but we cannot afford this disaster and it does not solve the very issue it was created to........control the rising cost of health care and insure those without insurance. Those of us with insurance will end up paying more. No wonder they are doing this behind closed doors, they know there would be outrage over this bill if we really knew what is in it. Harry Reid is serving his last term.

    January 7, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  29. Dennis north Carolina

    help

    January 7, 2010 at 3:42 pm |
  30. Denny from Tacoma, WA

    Nowadays it does not matter whether you vote for a Democrat or a Republican. They are all lying, inconsiderate, incompetent dirt bags, whose only goals are to better their own financial beings.

    January 7, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
  31. Mr. D

    It seems like the Democrats are taking a page from Charlton Heston's NRA speech: "out of my dead hands". They all could be looking for new medical plans if this thing passes since many of them will probably be out of office in the next elections. But I guess the potential in 30 million votes is hard to pass up. Talk about throwing the dice.

    January 7, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
  32. Robert Brown

    Enough is enough, who reallly thinks illegals will "buy" any insurance with their own money? As usual this will be pushed through and the rest of us will end up paying yet more for them to be in this country illegally.

    January 7, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
  33. Rob In NC

    Neither. There is no way to make everyone happy – except maybe the insurance companies. I think more Americans are concerned about the fact that the govt. doesn't seem to work for "them" anymore. Backdoor talks, lobbying, etc. are starting to irritate the "voiceless majority" of this country. Rob in NC

    January 7, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
  34. Will from San Jose, CA

    Democrats were sent to Washington in part to pass health care reform. A lot of the lack of support for Democratic candidates in recent months has more to do with voter apathy from lack of action than a political swing towards their opponents.

    Once they've been successful with this bill, in makes future improvements easier. The reform is certainly far from complete, but at some point you can't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

    January 7, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
  35. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    I don't think Democrats are dropping their re-election bid like rats fleeing a sinking ship because they see themselves as doing the right thing. Guys like Dodd know their days are numbered so they will spend their remaining days pushing the liberal agenda to pay back big corporations for all their generous campaign contributions.

    January 7, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
  36. Loren, Chicago

    Hurt. The Republicans will play on the lack of debate and the decision being made behind closed doors to work on the swing vote, while the Democrats will have a compromised bill that loads the cost onto our children, and while they will try to call it a success, the fact that several Democrats have already announced that they won't run for reelection suggests that even the Democrats don't believe in the value of the bill.

    January 7, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  37. steve touma

    This should hurt the democrats big time, this bill is nothing more then shady deals that all democrats got for voting yes for the bill.

    All taxpayers should be "mad as hell" at the democrats for the crap they are doing, Why are the americans putting up with all the lies going on and yet the biggest joke is the the dog an poodle show going on with REID and PELOSI,

    Wonder why REID and PELOSI and OBAMA have a such poor ratings ?

    January 7, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  38. Tina Tx

    It is never a good idea to have the same party as the prez in complete control but if people would pick their shorts out and take a deep breath they will realize that this healthcare for all will be good idea. How wonderful to know that your bad health can never not be carried over to your next carrier. If we loose some of the Dems then it was meant to be. They all need term limits.

    January 7, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  39. MIKE FROM CHICAGO

    Let them keep all the negotiations behind closed doors, and make it 3000 pages and so complicated that it will take 1000 Ivy league attorneys to interpret it, and then announce to the world that the "evil" insurance companies are still involved and that special interests have bought all the votes required to pass it. That should pretty much take care of them. Not to mention- lets just through in "tax & trade" I mean cap and trade on top of just to make sure.

    January 7, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  40. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    It will help. As imperfect as the legislation is, and as ugly as the process has been, healthcare reform will save American lives and help us catch up with the rest of the civilized world.

    January 7, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  41. Don in Seattle Wash.

    Real reform would have helped Democrats (not to mention all Americans). However," real" reform would have meant everyone is covered and private, for-profit insurance companies are out of our lives for good. It's called universal health care. This hodgepodge we are about to pass is mostly a benefit to the greedy health care industry. We are not fooled. Dems will not be helped midterm . However, the GOP doesn't emerge looking too good either.

    January 7, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
  42. chaney, La.

    We should know what is actually in the bills, by now, the Dems dont want the Repubs to use all Senate rules available to once again Hi-jack reform....to delay, pontificate and add nothing substantive....

    January 7, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  43. W Birdzell

    No Jack, not much. The Democratic leadership have been very astute in crafting the start date of many of the more controversial elements of the bill until 2014, past the 2010 midterm election, and Obama's 2012 re-election. Once all the features, statutes, laws, actions, and etc kick-in beginning 2014, only then will we begin to understand that this health care reform bill was more about political self interests of Democrats and President Obama than it was about true health reform for all Americans. What is truly sorry however, is that we all have forgotten that there was a bi-partisan Patient's Bill of Rights a decade ago that both parties could have worked on to come up with a truly bi-partisan health care bill.

    Roy, Jacksonville FL

    January 7, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  44. Gary H. Boyd

    Demo's will lose among the elderly, win among the 30 million now not covered and it'll be a crapshoot among the rest of the population. But, since there are more than 30 million old folks running around, they clearly outnumber the non-insured and old folks take voting seriously. Therefore, I'd say Democratic politicans supporting this legislation will need medical attention themselves after the election.

    Gary Boyd in Scottsdale, Arizona

    January 7, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  45. Terry in Hanover County

    The Democrats will be hurt by health care reform because it's not real reform for the American people. It's a no-brainer windfall for the insurance industry simply by mandating that we purchase its product. But the worst damage financially to the middle class and poor won't be realized by many voters until after the next President election when this reform turkey becomes a fully-cooked bird. It's no accident this plan isn't fully effective until 2014.

    January 7, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  46. chris

    this with other things they recently donbe will damage them for the 2010 midterms oh so bad maybe thye should care about the average joe the taxpayer then big oil, banks, car manufactures, and the govt waste going aling and to put the topping on the cake this health insurance bill they are so determined to throw down our at us

    January 7, 2010 at 3:58 pm |
  47. JENNA

    Will health care reform help or hurt the Democrats in the midterm elections?

    While I am not impressed that we didn't get what we were promised, we did gain a lot more than what ANY Republican offered for the past 40+ years. So the Democrats will do fine!

    We are NOT ready to go back to the party that left our nation in almost total ruin! To the party that REFUSES to work with Democrats, not for the good of Americans, but for the "good" of their party.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    January 7, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
  48. Doug - Dallas, TX

    If the Democrats can come up with a decent health care plan it will help them. I'm afraid that the main result of this new plan will be the insurance companies will get richer because there are no cost controls in the plan and no rate caps. Requiring insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions with no rate caps is a license to steal, period. That's why there hasn't been much complaining from the insurance companies. Just like the banks, they've already figured out how to continue to screw the public and maintain and increase their profits.

    January 7, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
  49. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    By their secrecy and partisan attitude, Democrats are showing that Obama's and Pelosi's promises were lies from day 1. Hopefully voters will see that and vote a massive shift in Congress in November.

    January 7, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  50. Simonsays/Orlando

    With all the pork barrel deals they've made to get votes it's got to hurt them. Senator Bill Nelson from Florida (my Senator) got exemptions for some counties in South Florida from cuts in Medicare Advantage, but no other counties in the state get that break. When he runs again he is going to get a lot of people in the state asking why he only cares about South Florida. He's going to have a hard time getting re-elected.

    January 7, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  51. Lori - PA

    Jack,

    Healthcare reform will hurt the Democrats in the midterm elections. I know I won't be voting for any Democrats in November.

    January 7, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  52. Marlene C. Wilmington,De

    Jack, It depends on the final healthcare bill! If there is no public option, the Dem's will have serious problems. No public option means that Pres. Obama is not keeping his promise! Where is the change that Pres. Obama promised those of us who voted for him, because he gave us hope for change! What about getting lobbyists out of D.C.? Another promise not kept! Insurance,pharma and healthcare lobbyists, obviously, are in control. Financial influence (lobby pay-offs) will determine what kind of healthcare 'we the people' will receive. Our vote doesn't seem to count. The real influence is $. 'We the people' need to unite, take a stand, and through our solidarity say 'NO MORE! WE WANT REAL CHANGE NOW! TERM LIMITS IN CONGRESS! NO MORE LOBBYISTS! etc.

    January 7, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  53. Ken , Beaverton

    Honest HealthCare reform won't hurt any politician. HealthCare reform developed behind closed doors, loaded with unrelated pork program, extortion, public option, HealthCare Czar determining individuals' HealthCare, and 13 new taxes with bring them down. Hey, Mr. O, I'm still waiting to see any of this on C-Span. Oh I know, the cameras were turned on an rolling, but no pictures produced just like the recent breach of security in the airport.

    January 7, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
  54. K

    given the FACT that all the negotiations are being done in secret behind closed doors (what ever happened to the promise of open government???) and that lobbyists are pouring millions into this (for their own self serving interests) plus any changes won't take effect for several years (while our premiums and costs escalate) it can only damage an incumbant's reelection.

    January 7, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  55. John in Lake Tahoe NV

    Jack, it will probably hurt some Democratic candidates, but only a little and for this reason: Conservatives who are against health care wouldn't vote for a true Democrat anyway, and liberals and progressives are disappointed that health care reform didn't go far enough.

    January 7, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  56. Joe, CE

    Jack: you ask some questions that can only be answered in ignorance and with predujice. We need to see what is passed before there is any possibility of an intelligent answer.

    January 7, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  57. Agnes from Scottsdale, AZ

    Jack: Provided the Dems do a good communications job, health care reform should be a huge help in the 2010 elections. Statistics don't lie: we're all getting older and the cost of healthcare is exploding. This is a hot issue in most American families. The Dems have a great opportunity to keep their majority in both houses on this point – as long as the message is heard.

    January 7, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  58. KarenB, central Florida

    Either way it hurts them, but if it passes it will really hurt them. People just have no clue whats really in that bill.

    January 7, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  59. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    One day in politics is long – so imagine a few months! Many things can happen before that midterm elections!

    January 7, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  60. Jamie

    It will hurt them. They're getting ready to pat themselves on the back for passing a bill that only the IRS and Insurance Companies will like. Even the most ardent supporters of Democrats know this bill won't work. It's amazing that all the Republicans had to do last year was vote against the Stimulus and the Health Care Bill to see a huge rise in their popularity.

    January 7, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  61. Zach - DC

    We'll see how short term our memories are come November. We'll also see if the President continues to break campaign promises. This won't be the straw that broke the camels back. There will be other larger issues (the economy) at hand. Healthcare will be an issue, but the main issue will be the politics as usual still being played that the President promised to change.

    January 7, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  62. TERRY DELOUGHARY

    It depends, Jack. If they passed a really good system, it could help them. In fact, if they passed SINGLE PAYER with 100% coverage for all, the Party Of No (republicans) wouldn't be able to elect a dog catcher for at least 100 years, not even in the current red states. The savings and satisfaction would be that great. Granted, some insurance execs would be unemployed, but when somebody stands between me and my benefits, I want them unemployed. If they passed a reasonably good plan with a strong Public Option, they'd be okay for a long time. If they pass a namby-pamby plan that meets the approval of even one republican, they will be swept out the door like the confetti after the party.
    Terry DeLoughary
    Bark River, Michigan

    January 7, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  63. Ed from the Four Corners

    Health care reform probably won't help the Democrats in the midterm elections given the absolutely stupid outcome for an otherwise very much needed reform bill. Paying off Nelson from Nebraska and cow towing to Lieberman and BIG INSURANCE makes the whole reform bill a sham. As much as I hate to say it, the Repubs have something to be outraged about.... however, given the fact that they opposed the bill from the start and decided contribute nothing (for their own political agenda) they aren't much better off as I see it.

    January 7, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  64. MadDog in California

    No, not really, unless the Democratics don't do anything, like the past 8 years! However GOP don't have alot of talking points either! Just saying "NO" and some GOP are so left wing, they scare people!!

    The Democratics need to pass health care reform- and create new jobs, then they would have it in the bag!

    I will stay hopeful!

    January 7, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  65. Ed from California

    The "I don't want to hurt your feelings party". Needs to Cowboy up and get this bill passed. The day will come when your employer will say,"We can't afford to offer you and your family health benefit's. You will need to purchase them on your own".
    Jack, the Dem's better start acting like their in charge or they will all be kicked out. America! call or write your Congressional Representatives about "your" views.

    January 7, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  66. Rick

    It has too
    American don't want this. Every poll out there show that.
    This bill is not reform. Dr. Burgress in Texas 26 was pushed aside.
    American were not allowed listen as promised, 8 TIMES!

    Public funding for Abortions?
    Nobody knows.
    No Tort reform.
    Here in Texas 4 years ago Gov Perry passed tort reform in Texas.
    My premiums have not gone up.
    They will after this bill

    Rick

    January 7, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  67. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, health care may just be the last nail in the coffin for the Democrats, not to mention the country. Once the public realizes the total size of the tax hikes, the huge deficit spending the bill will cause, and begin to feel the pain of the lies, distortions, and corruption, they would have to be insane not to throw the Democrats out of office. Just ask the seniors of this country who are already feeling the pain of increased Medicare fees, no cost of living, increased copays, and loss of medical services as Medicare Advantage faces huge tax increases.

    January 7, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  68. Ray in Nashville

    Jack, I don't think health care reform is what's going to hurt democrats, I think the economy will hurt the democrats. The amount of spending done by congress since President Obama won the election, which includes TARP, has been blamed on democrats and the Republicans have successfully swept their shameful spending habits under the rug.

    January 7, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  69. Laura

    I've stopped making predictions.

    January 7, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  70. Toy from Southport

    Yes it will, and I want to say thank you Jack. And BRAVO!

    I just watched the video "Cafferty blows stack at Obama, Pelosi over ObamaCare secrecy" and it was heaven. I want to say it's about time, but I won't be mean. Thank you for your honesty, it was a breath of fresh air regarding the criminal act that Obama , Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the Democrats are perpetrating in the guise of health care reform. Thank you again.

    January 7, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  71. Laura

    I've stopped making predictions...my New Year's Resolution is to live more in the moment and not worry about the future (or the past, for that matter). So I'll know when it happens.
    Laura

    January 7, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  72. Anthony from NJ

    Nothing will help the democrats next election since the republican spin will fall on ignorant ears who can't wait to put it to the new administration.
    The electorate is full of malleable people with short memories. These throwbacks see policies in only black and white such as the Tea Party and are incapable of logic and reasoning.
    As America dumbs down, so does the electorate. Hence you have the likes of Sarah Palin seriously being considered having the wherewithal to be president. Hate is now the new driver of elections.

    January 7, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  73. mark foster texas

    health care reform will not only help the democrats it will help we the people in the mid term and long term.

    January 7, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  74. Peg from NY

    Sadly, I fear it may hurt them in 2010.

    January 7, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  75. Kevin Lonseth

    I believe the majority of voters feel that healthcare reform will hurt both their wallets and the quality of their healthcare. Dems could be in big trouble.

    January 7, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  76. Bizz, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    I think the voters will have a tendency to forget about the healthcare bill being passed and all the nasty fights it took to get it passed. If people start going back to work and the economy starts to grow. Even with Sarah Palin shouting death squads along with Rush Limbaugh and a cable news network dedicated to defeating the democrats in the upcoming election, will have of a much effect. If money starts going back into the pockets out of work voters. However I think it will be almost impossible for them to hold onto a veto proof majority.

    January 7, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  77. Jerry Johns Creek, GA

    I would hope that the health care reform will cover nausea from observation of too much sin. The spinning of who is doing what wrong, why this thing will work, why it will not work the trillions of dollars sit will cost or the trillions of dollars it will save and how much more money Nebraska will get versus California. I will be so sick by election time that I will probably vote against anyone that mentions health care. The total lack of leadership by both parties has just been unbelievable. Help or hurt? I think it will come down to the individual personalities who are running for office. One cannot even trust that the elected official will stay with his party, right Arlen?

    January 7, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  78. Ann from Hampton, New Jersey

    Why are Nelson and the woman from Nebraska now doing some back peddling and refusing the bribes they took to sign on for the health care plan. She is behind all of the people that will be running. Dodd is saving hinself the embarassment of losing and I am sure there will be a lot of others following him. The Democrats are going to lose big time next election as they are not listening to the people and acting like it is a one party system by keeping us in the dark and doing monkey business behind closed doors. As an Independent I will be backing only Republicans.

    January 7, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  79. Alex in Seattle

    The Democrats will definitely be hurt because they never did a good job of selling the original proposals which let the conservatives get energized to stop it. Now the last minute compromises have further gutted the bill and lost the support of the left. There is nothing left to do but pass the new government subsidy of the for-profit health insurance companies so the president has something to sign called health care reform. Such a waste of political capital for such a poor result.

    January 7, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  80. Tom

    The Health Care Reform will cause the Democrats a lot of harm that is why they are rushing it through NOW behind close doors.
    What if I told you I'm starting a health insurance company. You will be forced to buy it or go to jail. The premiums will have to be payed for three years before you can use it. By the way we are going to make it more affordable by cutting back on your grandparents health care. Wonder why people are a little miffed?

    January 7, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  81. Hubert Bertrand Oberlin La.

    JACK; At first Pres.Obama said that it would not cost anything,because of the waste and lobbing and medical fraud,Now they say it will cost $Billions. I have never heard of congress doing anything that would sve us money.

    January 7, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  82. marylou morris

    It will hurt them w/o either the public option or buy in to medicare. i am 55 and diagnosed
    w/ terminal cancer 9 months ago. my life was being prolonged with chemo but the state denied me continued medical coverage because my soc sec monthly payment is $300 over the income level. 300 does not even cover medication. it makes me cry that my country is denying me life. i never asked for welfare & now that i need medica, I hate to leave my kids grandkids greatkidsl prematurely over $300 that i worked so hard fo earn.

    January 7, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  83. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Health care and a few other things has doomed the democratic party .

    January 7, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  84. Darren

    If we get something closer to the House bill, Democrats will do great in 2010. If we get something closer to the Senate bill, with closed door agreements and no Republicans presemt, I know who I won't be voting for during the midterms.

    January 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  85. J W

    Health care reform won't, but this health insurance baloney is only going to drive up prices, enrich the insurance companies and do little or nothing for health care delivery. We have two MAJOR issues to deal with in America....economy and energy. The administration should have been focused on those issues all this t ime. Healthcare issues show a dearth of focus and understanding of our current national issues, and THAT is what will hurt the Democrats mid term.

    January 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  86. Linda in Arizona

    WHAT "health care reform"? If this disingenuous, deceitful gift to the pharma and insurance industries doesn't hurt the Dimocrats, it means people just aren't paying attention. I don't vote for republicans EVER, but if I did, I would, just to pay the Dems back for this hot mess.

    January 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  87. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    Since the health care reform bill is not worth the paper it's written on, I'm going to vote for any Independent that runs for office. The Democrats have sold us down the river while stuffing their pockets with lobbyist money, what a damn shame, any congressman that takes a dime from a lobbyist should have to spend the rest of their lousy life in jail. Lobbyist should be outlawed and a prison sentence awaits anyone that violates it. Maybe then we could get what we elected these worthless jerks to do for us.

    January 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  88. Missy M

    Because the bill misses the mark and whether it passes or not, will hurt the democrats. If politicians really wanted to increase access to the medical system for the millions of uninsured, it would be better to eliminate insurance, encourage health savings accounts, and return to the days when doctors were able to accept cash for services (which would save them money and result in lower rates). For those who find themselves unable to pay for services (whether it be a catastrophic illness or a routine visit) we should have a system like Sweden's where the government pays, but the amount is deducted from taxes (like social security) that people have already paid into the system.

    January 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  89. Chuch in Warren Ohio

    Jack: Healthcare will only make the Democrats stronger in the midterm. The GOP is the party that will suffer. America is tired of the childish little tantrums they pull. I think we should vote on House and Senate healthcare plans just like GM and the Bankruptcy court voted on mine!!!!!

    January 7, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  90. Woody, Blytheville AR

    The way it is currently drafted, where they tax you now and you get the benefits later, it will only hurt them as a party, the pain for the country will come much later when our kids have to pay the bills.

    January 7, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  91. Peter M

    Healthcare can only help. Once the noise and the lies die, Dems and the Prez will reap fruits.

    January 7, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  92. Jan in Washinton state

    I think it will depend on how much help or how much damage they do to us little guys on main street. We have no room left on our shoulders to carry any more problems and we are not afraid to vote.

    January 7, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  93. Highstrung Betsy, Horn Lake MS

    President Obama wanted this mess passed in August 2009, Remember? We won't forget the ram-it-down-our throats effort By the Democrats. That is the choking point. We won't forget.

    January 7, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  94. Dave Walker,N. Dartmouth,Ma.

    It will help if they pass the House version. If they pass that piece of crap hijacked by Ben Nelson in the Senate,they are done.

    January 7, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  95. Ricardo - Houston -Texas

    This Health Care Reform is not a reform at all without a public option. How can this Democratic Party run for election based on CHANGE, have the MAJORITY in both CONGRESS and HOUSE, plus the current PRESIDENT, and still not manage to pass a significant bill or reform like that ???
    Tell me about incompetence ... It's astonishing !!!
    They do not deserve to continue in control.
    PS: And I voted for Obama...

    January 7, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  96. Jim

    Jack,

    Unless the Democrats and their supporters can effectively blunt the relentless conservative propaganda machine, it will hurt them, actual reform results notwithstanding. And get off your high horse about transparency, Jack. Obama was sincere about that but has learned two important lessons since taking office: First, there is no political window cleaner than can work on Congress, second, the Republicans will turn any sincere attempt at transparency into a weapon against the president.

    Jim
    Reno, nevada

    January 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  97. American Me

    Help. That is one of the primary reasons they were elected. It took them a while, but they finally figured out republicans don't want to compromise or negotiate. Dems finally got the cajones to get it done. They better do everything they can while they have the majority.

    January 7, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  98. Tom Mytoocents Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    Jack

    Cadillac Plans are union plans that are monitered by the rank and file membership. The reason they are succesful in quality healthcare is they hire a adminstrator (usually an insurance company) to handle the money/claims . Each member will receive updates showing the balance sheet. If claims rise benefits are curtailed or premiums increase,but the membership is involved. When you have that many people watching the Bank, stealing is kept to a minimum. Other than the contributions of employers they and the government do not particpate. The CEO does not earn 24 million annual salary either. If they choose to replace the administrator they can and often will. Since GM/Cadillac is in Bankrupcy may be it should be referd to as Employee Monitered Healthcare. Geez Wally , Do ya think our Congressmen could actually come up with a similar plan for all Americans or destroy it with taxes before anyone notices......

    January 7, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  99. Terry, Chandler AZ

    It depends on two things Jack. 1) How long before the election health care is passed. If it is long enough people will have time to forget. 2) How deeply it will involve government control. But if the economy is showing signs of improving, health care will have little impact onthe election.

    January 7, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  100. kyle Irvine, CA

    I think it will hurt the Democrats come November. The new president has been in office a year, the Democrats have control of Congress and they can't agree (in both houses) on Health care reform. Now that it's an election year for some members of Congress, we can expect them to be out on the campaign trail and not in Washington.

    January 7, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  101. Ed

    Obstructing reform will hurt the Republicans.

    Ed
    Texas

    January 7, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  102. David in Raleigh, NC

    The American people are fed up with Democrats that are pushing through Health Reform that the majority of the country doesn't want.

    Health Reform is nothing more than an act of wealth of transfer along with allowing the government to seize control of 1/6 of the economy.

    The Democrats will lose the House and Senate in 2010 along with Obama losing the White House in 2012.

    That's why so many Democrats are saying they won't seek re-election in 2010. It's better to go out a winner and not a loser.

    January 7, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  103. Michael Alexandria, VA

    It depends on the Democrat. If it passes, it will help some but if it fails it will hurt all.

    January 7, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  104. Sherri-Illinois

    I don't think it will hurt the Democrats because at the end of the day, they are the LESSER of 2 evils as far as I'm concerned. Yes! President Obama should never have pursued Healthcare Reform until the Economy showed significant signs of improvement, he has learned a valuable lesson because we have 15 Million American Unemployed and something has to be done to create JOBS JOBS JOBS!. The Democrats have a proven record of doing more for Mainstreet USA and the Republicans do not.

    January 7, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  105. Lynn, Columbia, Mo.

    I think we all know the answer to this one, Jack.

    January 7, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  106. Carl

    Obama banked on Health Care reform; this is what he ran on. In there is no question his base will be there. It comes down to their ability to sell this to Independents since they have shifted away from Obama since inauguration. I think the GOP believes they have enough to attack on this front, but they will need solid information and facts on the exact impact this will have on Americans. It is all speculation until we know what the final details of the bill are.

    January 7, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  107. brett mullins Phoenix,Az

    I hope they are all voted out. This time we can vote somebody in to congress that passed PROBLEM SOLVING 101 in school.

    January 7, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  108. d brown

    I think it will help.. Healthcare is a mess the way it is.. Sometimes you have to take the bitter medicine to feel better.. Im all for it

    January 7, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  109. Jim in Alabama

    If the plan works, and I believe the final version will, the democrats will reap a windfall for their determination and progressive thinking. On the other hand, the republicans will be able to take absolutely no credit for it because of their stall tactics and their lack of bipartsian cooperation and good faith negotiation. After all, reform is needed and virtually everyone agrees with that and this is a significant step in that direction. Matter of fact, the republicans haven't cooperated on anything.

    January 7, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  110. Jim Z

    I don't know about other states, but it looks like if you are a cornhusker, you can't wait for election day to throw Ben Nelson out. Just read their newspapers,look at their polls and listen to their governor.
    Jim Z.
    New York

    January 7, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  111. diridi

    help...if they pass with public option....

    January 7, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  112. John Johnson

    Jack,
    No, everyone in Washington have HEALTHCARE and will continue
    to have it even if they lose an election.Who cares

    January 7, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  113. Maria

    I don't think it will affect Demos over-all. It will affect those who took stands not popular w/constituients, the general population and those in the pockets of pharma. Dowd is getting out now before having to face his admitted connections to pharmaceuticals, etc. Those are the Demos who will be affected.

    Maria

    Brunswick,MD

    January 7, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  114. Chad from Los Angeles

    I think if they can get those 30 million who will now get insurance, to actually vote, they should clean up in 2010..

    January 7, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  115. Rory Murray

    Jack!
    Although I voted for this President, I refuse to drink the Democrats "kool-aid". I will do anything, even vote Republican to ensure that "Queen Nancy" no longer leads the House. And that "Dirty Harry" Reid is run out of Washington on the high-speed rail that he STOLE from the American taxpayers!
    Then, it would truly be a Happy New Year!
    Rory Murray
    San Bernardino, CA

    January 7, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  116. george tuominen

    It sort of worries me when Obama states in his speech just now that most airport screening areas do not have the equipment to detect the type of explosives that this individual had on Flight 253.

    Do we really need to tell our enemies this?

    January 7, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  117. Betty(VA)

    As a former Republican I will continue to support health care reform by voting democratic for the next couple of elections. I don't expect overnight solutions for problems that have been building for decades.

    January 7, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  118. Jim Z

    Jack,
    It may take 3 – 4 years for the proponents to realize that this bill will add hundreds of billions to the national debt while degrading the quality and responsiveness of health care services. And don't forget to add a couple hundred billion for the Doc Fix which is not included in the cost calculations.
    Jim Z
    New York

    January 7, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  119. shirley curtis

    Health care reform will eventually help the democrats. Nothing has been done under Republicans during all these years, and finally something is going to be done by the democrats. Sooner or later people will realize that the republicans are just using this issue for political gain. They are not offering any alternative. If nothing is done, we will all suffer. How many will lose their insurance due to pre-existing conditions or be dropped when they get sick? And we all know our premiums will only go up. I have faith that Americans will see this.

    January 7, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  120. Don from Belleville, Canada

    It will hurt them. Everyone knows that the Democrats rammed through the Senate version by making slimy side deals (like Nebraska) and under questionnable motives (like Joe Lieberman and others). This Senate "compromise bill" is a living example of USA politics at its absolute worst. Imagine what extra gridlock there will be after the Democrats get badly spanked in the mid-terms.

    January 7, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  121. Paulette,Dallas,PA

    It's going to hurt them. This is not the reform people wanted. Who knows exactly WHAT is in the plan. The more people find out,the more they don't like. I'm annoyed that my son could get clipped anywhere from$160 to $240 a month to pay for long term insurance that his young family probably won't use for another 40 years. Unless,of course,they opt out of this. How can people opt out of something they don't even know exists? Young families need their money now so they can buy homes,cloth and feed their children. The buck is getting puished around all over the place and no one has come up with a practical,workable idea. Obama is in too much of a hurry to pass this legislation rather than make certain it is what is good for the country.

    January 7, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  122. Randy T

    Health care reform didn't happen, health coverage happened. What we got was business as usual. Corporations get all the money and the congress is marched out in front of the people to push lies in the hope that the public is too stupid to know what's going on.

    January 7, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  123. Vivien from NY

    I think once people realize that the health care reform will actually help them they will accept the change. So no Jack health care reform should not hurt the democrats. The rich republicans were not going to vote for Obama or any democrat anyway.

    January 7, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  124. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Jack, even if all your negative assumptions and speculations are correct, who the hell could know?

    However, seeing how no one knows right now the final outcome of this bill, nor if this bill will accomplish what Americans need in the end, it would be merely a poor guess to answer your question.

    January 7, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  125. Jacob

    Shreveport, LA
    I don't think the debate will do anything but hurt the Democrats. A big portion of the United States is against the healthcare reform, yet the Democrats continue to push for the bill without concerning themselves with the worries of American citizens. How can we possibly support a party that won't listen to us?

    January 7, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  126. Greg - Minneapolis, MN

    What Democrats are doing with respect to health care "reform" will be a millstone around their collective necks. The secrecy on how to resolve the different versions, despite campaign promises of openess and covering it all on C-SPAN, their continuing to ram health care down the throats of the public despite poll numbers showing opposition, and the general arrogance that "we know what's best for you" attitude among Democrats will all contribute to their defeat in 2010. That explains the real reasons why several Democrats announced they are not running for reelection, and that will explain the general exodus of more Democrats from Congress as the time for the election draws near. Hopefully those elected to fill the empty seats will be able to do what Democrats should have done...THEIR JOBS as authorized by the Constitution!

    January 7, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  127. ben stockton, calif

    its too early to tell if it will work or not. the cost alone will determine that.fighting the doctors , the pharmacies, health care providers etc will be an uphill battle. the seniors are sceptical if any changes are going to affect their health plan. we will see

    January 7, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  128. Michael

    The bill should include a public option, make it a law that no one can be refused from any large scale provider and pay for the public option by putting a tax on all soft drinks of three cents per ounce and on foods containing more than one gram of trans fat per serving. There could be a three cent per ounce tax on foods with more than this amount of trans fat as well.

    January 7, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  129. Maura Weiner from Georgia

    I believe that it will be slightly difficult to get this started but we need a solution to the hard working people in U.S. to have health insurance.I believe if we find certain private and specialized doctors to help with accepting certain people rather than just rejecting them will help us all tremendously. My sister is a perfect example she was diagnosed with a certain disease and before her health insurance started at her work she was admitted into the hospital. She was having to wait for so long to get admitted into a hospital when she was in dier need. She is a hard working woman whos worked since she started driving and now that she was diagnosed no one will ever think to insure her. I dont think illegal aliens should get health insurance because simply there money is our money from the jobs there taking from the Americans who are legal in this country.

    January 7, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  130. brendan m

    it'll bring ungodly pain

    January 7, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  131. Tom from Vermilion, Ohio

    Democrats and Republicans are going to be hurt if they continue to do business as usual. The American People and Small Business would be thrilled with their elected officials if the house and senate did one simple bit a legislation that goes something like this: all businesses public and private involved in health care industries shall provide a complete and itemized list of costs and expenditures for the purposes of standardization of such costs and procedures... Insurances, Pharmaceutical, Medical Equipment, Doctors, Attorneys and Institutions... shall work amongst their peers of common expertise to reduce costs and then justify profits and wages in a meaningful and understandable manor for congress, executive branch and most importantly the People of the United States. This Audit would bring to light, without mentioning any names, excessive profiteering by all groups and individuals and thus would show deficiencies and cost inefficiencies within each sector of the Health Care Industry.

    January 7, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  132. Gigi Oregon

    I don't think the Democrats actions will hurt them in the mid-term elections. What will or could hurt them is the spin taken or put on by the media or Republican party.
    I doubt one in five hundred actually care enough to know the facts and believe spin over the truth or facts. When Social Security was designed and passed people were more concerned about it helping the masses, than in how it would be paid for. And we were in the great depression at that time. When people hurt the need out weighs the means.
    Republicans and Democrats representatives need to take a good look at their states and see the need of the voters. And quit saying "the people want" ,when in fact it's what they've been paid to say by lobbyists.

    January 7, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  133. Sandra Payne

    The health insurance reform is what Obama promised. It will be a blessing for the democrats. It is sad that the republicans did not join in the process. Republicans will pay dearly for this.

    January 7, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  134. Chris - Denver

    Help. When people get universal health care, they don't want to give it back. This has been consistent in any country that has gotten it. Americans are smart enough to know which party wants to take away their security so that a few plutocrats can get even fatter, and we're not going to stand for it any more. Down with Republicans and their failed trickle-down nonsense!

    January 7, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  135. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville, Texas

    Well Jack, it's like this. Mr. Obama has proven inept in; banking, the military, homeland security, Gitmo, Wall Street reform, and global warming, to name a few. It "REALY" doesn't make me feel all warm and fuzzy that he has a clue on health care. I do know I won't vote for him again. I also won't vote Democrat very much for a while. Where there was once Hope, I see NOPE!

    January 7, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  136. steve- virginia beach

    It depends who bothers to vote. But it's clear that if it doesn't hurt the Democrats at election time, there is no hope of salvaging our country.

    January 7, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  137. Don from Belleville, Canada

    The sad deals that the Democrats made (like Nebraska) and the suspect motives of some of the Senators who appeared to force selfish concessions (like Joe Lieberman and others) will kill the Democrats in the mid-terms, and rightly so. The Democrats have allowed the Senate version of the health care bill to demonstrate the very worst features of the current gridlocked, special-interest driven state of US politics. It is so sad when the public (and the world) had such great expectations of the new administration.

    January 7, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  138. Luci - Illinois

    Help them. We all know that the majority of the people need health care, no matter how much you talk against. You can tell which people do not need it, like the media mostly. It helps the Repubs when you talk Obama and health care down. I'm hoping we can all see behind the scenes and not listen to you.

    January 7, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  139. dennis, penndel,pa

    jack,
    doesn't matter if they pass it now or later! the benifits of the bill wouldn't be in-effect until long after the election. what could hurt them is abortion verbage in the bill as well as the total cost for the tax payers! as for me and my wife we went from voting for the dem's to voting republican!

    January 7, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  140. Jacqueline Mongeot

    Health Care Reform will hurt Democrats in the next elections because most Americans do not understand the details and ramifications of the reform, especially the introduction to Public Option ( they are scared of Socialism that they do not completely understand either). The opposition to the reform is substantially and cleverly led by Insurance companies who do not see the reform could be profitable to them by selling SUPPLEMENTAL insurance to a Public Option; they failed to introduce & advertize that possibility. Health Care should not be a political issue, it is a human issue and a human right. All Europeans I know are beneficiaries of a Public Option, either Government or non profit organization sponsored, and all purchase a supplemental insurance knowing that their primary insurance will cover only the bare minimum.,
    Jacqueline, San Diego, CA

    January 7, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  141. Johnny Chagdes (from Los Angeles)

    Jack –

    Whether it be health Care, Immigration reform, or any other issue, any politician running for re-election should be counting the minutes until the polls are closed next November.

    With a Legislative branch approval ratings that continues to spiral downward, I don't see how any issue that hits the media will be viewed in a positive light.

    When was the last time a good article was written about one of our Legislators? Unless they just passed away (not meant to be disrespectful to Ted Kennedy), it doesn't appear that any media printed has been good. If an elected official is currently in the limelight, the probability that the content of the article is negative is high and I do not see how this visibility will aid in a re-election effort

    January 7, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  142. Frank Crook

    Whether or not this legislation will help or harm the Democratic Party in the 2010 elections is firmly solidified in the minds of those willing to comment. The legislative method used to merge the bills, which will be about as open as the process used to create them, is really low on the metric, if visible at all, when an independent voter weighs in on this issue at the polls.

    January 7, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  143. Brad (Denver)

    Jack,

    I voted for Obama, but this watered-down so-called health care bill and the way it was passed will only hurt the Dems. Obama overpromised on health care and so many other issues. He set expectations so high that virtually no piece of legislation could satisfy a nation hungry for the type of change he promised. The Republicans will use this bill as an example of how Obama didn't deliver, I'm sad to say.

    January 7, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  144. Fernando McGregor

    Can someone answer this question: where is the money to finance the Iraq and Afghanistan wars come from? it seems to be an endless supply of cash to finance the wars, but none to provide hard working Americans with a top of the line public health care system.
    It just doesn't make sense.
    How about this idea: Close some military bases overseas, end the illegal war in iraq, and we will have plenty of money to cover every single American under a public option plan.

    January 7, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  145. lynne j from NC

    This was one of those priorities that was a no-brainer. The sheer idiocy of what the people want can't be passed is just something that I can't can't fathom.

    Will it hurt or help? It all depends on what is included in that final bill.
    If the public option or something like it isn't in it among other things, some of the Democrats will feel the fallout, maybe during the primaries. In some areas, Republicans will feel the burn because of their "NO" priority while people need help.

    We are nothing more than a daily joke to the rest of the world about something so basic.

    January 7, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  146. A Southern Lady - Raleigh

    Pres Obama and the Democrats are trying to pass health care to help the average Americans, something the Republicans have never done. The R's fought Roosevelt on Social Secuirty, Johnson on Medicare and now Obama on Healthcare. The R's start wars and cut taxes for the wealthy which makes the deficit soar. They will not allow any discussion with big pharma, the R's financial supporters, to get better drug prices. During 8 years of Bush/Cheney, ruined our reputation around the world as a good and decent people. Since Obama has been in office, his main focus has been cleaning up the mess left by the Republicans but, according to Fox News, the Bush years were perfect and Obama is way off the mark. Never again will this senior citizen, independent voter ever support any Republican candidate.

    January 7, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  147. Karl from SF, CA

    Who cares about the Dems, how about America? If the Dems get it passed and operating and America wakes up from the teabaggers lies, it will help us. If not, the Repubs will get the ignoramus vote and we will be right back to the Bush-Cheney days and in a real depression this time.

    January 7, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  148. Donovan

    Is it just me or does the right wing have the shortest memories or what? What about the secret meetings the Republicans had when giving the large gift they gave to the drug companies. What about the Secret meetings that Cheney had with the energy companies. To this day we do not know what was said. But we do know that after the meetings the price of gas went through the roof while the oil companies raked in the bucks. So stop the Republican hypocritical whining. I do not blame the Dems for not giving the Republican Party another chance to be the obstructionist they are. I like the fact that the Dems at least argued amongst themselves. It proves that they are not a bunch of mindless lemming automatons’ like the Republicans.

    January 7, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  149. Chad from Los Angeles

    For all of us, who are educated on all the different health care systems possible, this bill was a disaster.

    Single payer health care is the best solution.

    Yet our corporate owned politicians could not stand up for what this country needs most!

    January 7, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  150. Bev -an American in Canada

    Jack, not only will passing healthcare be good for the dems, but did you see the latest report that your CNN reported, GM motors not only is making a huge profit but was planning to reinstiate the many car dealers around the country that they had to shut down. That means new jobs for the people. How can acces to healthcare for EVERYONE be a bad thing. Voting in the GOP will mean taking tenstepd back, so weill keep teh dems in power for as long as we can.

    January 7, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  151. Docb

    Jack,
    It could well turn out to be between the haves and the have nots! Considering that much of what is in the Senate bill will not be realized until 2013, the anger may burst the Dem bubble. On the other side, if there immediate results apparent to the voter it will hurt the republicans!

    The voter is less than forgiving of either side of the aisle and the deals struct are in opposition to the needs of the people. Regrettably, our elected officials have never been so obviously 'owned' by the corporations at the expense of the American people!

    We all lose with this being so apparent to the voter!

    January 7, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
  152. Donovan Thiessen

    Shouldn't the question be: Will Health Care Reform help or hurt american citizens? I don't understand why politicians' careers should concern the final product of the health care bill!? Isn't this about our health and to save more lives?

    January 7, 2010 at 6:52 pm |
  153. Stoney

    The Democratic party is trying it's best to hide every deal that has been done since Obama was elected. There is no transparency, just more lies to what they call the little people of this country. They think they know what is best, and the rest of us be damned!

    January 7, 2010 at 6:52 pm |
  154. Donovan

    If any of you believed all the promises given By Obama or for that matter anay presidential candidate's promises you are as foolish as the day is long. Every person running for any office is going to over promise and under deliver. Have you ever heard a candidate I won't do as much as the other guy is promising. Like he would ever get elected. So stop being so naive when you say Obama is not keeping his promises. It only shows your own foolishness. Grow up take off the rose colored glasses.

    January 7, 2010 at 6:53 pm |
  155. Overby from Melbourne

    Having been an independent insurance broker for about 30 years, of course the companies will pass on any increase of costs to the consumers, it's idiocy to think anything else. On top of it all, Obama wants to make the well-to-do pay extra taxes and fees, the socialism of it all leaves little incentive for people to want to succeed and do well if everything they earn is taken away to help people suck the system dry and do as little as possible.

    January 7, 2010 at 6:55 pm |
  156. Bill in Littleton, CO

    No.

    January 7, 2010 at 6:56 pm |
  157. Joseph

    Well, if it hurts them they can use the "new and improved" version of healthcare.

    Joe in Delray Beach, FL

    January 7, 2010 at 6:57 pm |
  158. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    I think the fact that so many people turned out expecting "hope and change" last election and have all realized they have been lied to will have an enormous impact. Big insurance is loving this. No deregulation or increased competition of any kind, so they can keep their fiefdoms. Congress will tax the "cadillac" plans, which were some of the only plans competitively priced, so they can raise rates on them. They can also charge individuals much more because they don't have a choice anymore. What a great day for the Health Insurance industry. No wonder the stock market is taking off.

    January 7, 2010 at 6:59 pm |
  159. Kevin,fl

    Better yet, how bout this idea.......................Pass Reform giving quality Healthcare to the working men and women of this Country, not Illegals, not welfare recipients who do not seek work , and make medical fees reasonable instead of 400 bucks per prescription.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:00 pm |
  160. Luci - Illinois

    Help them.
    How many times do they have to tell you that abortion and Illegal's are out of the picture.
    If you don't understand the health care bill, I guess you haven't been listening.
    I would never ever invite the Repubs in on anything, the way they have been acting.
    I guess the Media only pick up negative things to report, in order to help their counterparts, (the Repubs).

    January 7, 2010 at 7:03 pm |
  161. Michael H. of Albuquerque, NM

    It will help. the fact that people will not DIE for lack of healthcare will drive them to the polls to vote for more. Life or death is a strong motivator.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:05 pm |
  162. todzilla

    harry reid and his bunch of crooks days are numbered. they'll do whatever to try to sink this nation before the mid-terms, because after that they'll be adding to the unemployed roles. where is the transparency b.o. talked about???? hopefully he'll be a one term guy and someone else will have to clean-up his mess like he's cleaning up after g.w. to bad, we're a graqet nation, ruined by fat-heads....

    January 7, 2010 at 7:09 pm |
  163. Jasmine in Germany

    I think it will help the Dems, Jack. Health care reform in our country will go down in history as a landmark event. Obama promised improvement, and has won the uphill battle even with all of its obstacles. It's a step forward. Further improvements will be required however, to bring the US system into the 21st Century amongst First World nations. I support a public option. It will add to the improvement by helping millions more, and might help to monitor the crooks.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:10 pm |
  164. jeane

    No it will not.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:10 pm |
  165. Norma

    It will help the democrats, because most democrats want it done. It will hurt the democrats if it is not done.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  166. Deece

    Illegal aliens should not be allowed to purchase insurance (even without taxpayer funded subsidies) from the exchange program. The entire infrastructure that will need to be created and maintained to support the exchange is being funded by taxpayer dollars and therefore illegals should not have access to any component of the system. Failure to block illegals from the exchange would be tantamount to our government aiding and abetting illegal immigrants during their unlawful and unwelcome stay in our country.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:15 pm |
  167. C O'Hora Shamokin PA

    I have no intention of voting for any incumbent D or R. They drove the bus off the cliff. They need to go PERIOD.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  168. Mary Tarrant

    I would think anything passed should help with healthcare. I think it is unbelievable people would rather see others die than have health care like the rest of the civilized countries do. Mary Tarrant

    January 7, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  169. MO Senior

    Yes; passing a Health Care bill will help the Democrats. Weaknesses in it can be worked on in future congresses.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  170. Shelly Ochodnicky

    It will have big affect on the all elections from here on out for democrats. When we the supports aren't getting what we were promised, but lies, we will vote very differently.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  171. William

    What health reform. Pres? Obama has not finished one thing he has started. Why should we believe it's going to happen?..........a year after he was sworn in.

    William

    January 7, 2010 at 7:16 pm |
  172. Darrel Ray

    We elected Pres. Obama to pass health care. He is doing it against the stiffest opposition the repubs can bring. Go Pres. Obama, you are doing what we elected you to do.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  173. Oso

    Hurt.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  174. Ellen

    Jack, anyone who thinks the employers will use savings to health care to increase wages and/or thinks that insurance companies will not raise premiums if their costs go up is more than one can short of a six pack. The problem is can this be stopped or wil the Repubs have to repeal it? This most definitely will bite the Dems next year since, as much as we need reform, the majority of the voters do not want the current bill.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  175. Fred Fl

    When you have the worst health care of all the industrial nations, anything we can start changing it, will be an improvement, and Obama will be rewarded for being the first President to achieve getting health care reform in over 60 years.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  176. angel Soto

    Right Now who cares about the Democrats mid-term election, what is more important is what kind of Government will we have after the mid-term elections. Not a good one based on What Bevis & Butthead (Democrats & Republicans) are doing to us..

    January 7, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  177. Grady, San Marcos, Texas

    Jack

    It hurts my heart to contemplate the possibility that the Democrats might retain control of both Houses of Congress. It also hurts my heart to contemplate the possibility that the Republicans might capture one or both Houses. Either way, we're screwed.

    cheers, anyway
    grady

    January 7, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  178. Fred from

    If the Democrats continue to hide behind closed doors and nonpartisonship; it definitely will. Also, with Pres Obama's repeated promises of tranparency and cover on cspan; it portrays they are trying to hide someting. Denitely; democrats out in Nov.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  179. Maggie P.

    Jack,
    Most likely, it'll hurt. Badly. Most Americans are so focused on instant gratification that, if the effects of the health bill are not immediate, the bill will be dubbed a failure before it can even take effect. Therefore, since we're so concerned with money management in these economic times, a bill that presumably "doesn't work" will be viewed as a waste of money by the Democrats, and give them quite the punch.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  180. Vick R Welsh Orange Park, Fl

    Jack health care???? Its the economy stupid!!! It will not hurt if the economy improves and jobs are created.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  181. Melissa

    Who CARES if health care reform helps or hurts the Democrats?! We want to know if it will help or hurt the American PEOPLE!

    January 7, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  182. Frank in Detroit, MI

    Of course this monstrosity of a bill will hurt the Dems. President Obama doesn't care about who has or who doesn't have health care, he's only worried about passing this bill in anyway possible simply to say "hey, I reformed health care"...yeah, some reform!

    January 7, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  183. John Bosshardt

    No More Free Ride until You decide!
    No More Health Care for Politicians !

    "We the people" no longer wish to pay for our politicians health care until they come up with good health care reform good for every US citizen!

    It seems that all the politicians are not able to agree on reaching good health care reform!
    Their health care is paid for by tax dollars as is their salary!

    We the people "deserve" as good a health care program as our representatives on Capitol Hill get!

    These Politicians are meant to be working for us not special interest groups or lobbyists.

    We voted them in, they are Public Servants not Gods, no more behind closed doors meetings!

    All politicians Health care should be CANCELED ! UNTIL-----------
    (Let them pay for their health care out of their own pockets our tax dollars anyway)
    --they come up with a"Health care program that is fair and good for every US citizen"
    "Special Interest Groups and Lobbyists need to be BANNED from interfering with "The Interest Of The People" and their representatives.

    Signed John Bosshardt.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:18 pm |
  184. John Smith - Alexandria, VA

    It's too early to tell, Jack! We have to see how the health care bill will affect the hundreds of variables that, in turn, affect the effectiveness of health care in general. Variables like number of uninsured, cost of the program, amount of future tweaks needed, simplicity of the process, and how the American people like it in general, to name a few. It's way too early to tell at this point.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  185. Tim

    It should help them, if people believe that the health care system in the US is working, then I hope they never lose their job, or have to buy insurance if they work for themselves. The Republicans are owned and operated by the insurance companies and the large corporations. They are great at bailing out banks but could care less about the average American. Let them keep being against everything, it will come back to haunt them. Middle America has got to become more real, the Republican party is not our party.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  186. Ed Fertik

    The 21% of Americans who identify themselves as Liberal will love the so called "reform". Most of the other 79% now it for what it is.....reduced quality, increased government, higher costs, more taxes, less incentive to enter the medical profession, socialism, redistribution of wealth. Can't we just put the President, his family and that 21% in the plan and leave the rest of us back in the America we grew up in?

    January 7, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  187. Arlene

    Yes, it will. I wanted to vote and see the results as on Lou Dobbs page.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  188. Marie E

    Yes - look at CT, Dodd knew he would NOT GET re-elected so he announced his retirement..

    I too was swept up with Obama rhetoric ... change, open government, etc., etc. He too has turned out to be a typical politician: that is, the candidate can say anything to get elected and return to 'business as usual' once he is elected to office.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:19 pm |
  189. Gini Worthen

    Jack, the health care refome bill will hurt the Democrats slightly in 2010, but help them substantially in 2012. By 2012 the good parts of it will have kicked in. Its not a great bill, but its the best we can get right now.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  190. Nancy

    From Loveland, CO - The only reason the health care bill could hurt the democrats is because of the ugly lies perpetuated by the Republican right. It got really ugly out there and people don't have time to learn all they should about such a comprehensive bill. I have been sickened by the Republican party overall. I am a senior citizen and independent voter whom they have pushed further to the left.

    Nancy

    January 7, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  191. Rick Parma Ohio

    If the process continues in the shady way it has, with all the backroom sweetheart deals being negotiated for votes I think this will hurt the Dems big time and give the Repubs ammunition.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  192. cindy

    It will definitely hurt the democrats! They think all of us will forget how we were ignored during the August town halls. Almost every argument against this healthcare push was met by putdowns and name calling. WE ARE NOT GOING TO FORGET ANY OF THIS !! Democrats will pay. More of them need to drop out now. I was a democrat for 39 years. NO MORE !!

    January 7, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  193. Anna Jenkins

    Of course it will help the Democrats. We (Democrats) have the ability to see past the partisan politics of the most recent debate of healthcare. We have the ability to recognize that any change toward Healthcare for Americans is better that what we currently have. Simply put when it costs 500.00 to x ray your hand to determine if your finger is broken, a diagnosis for which there is no treatment, the current system is broke! The x-ray machine has been paid for a thousand times over and the technician that takes the picture makes slightly more than minimum wage. The current system is broke and have no choice!

    January 7, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  194. Albert K., Los Angeles

    Jack, image is everyrthing at election time. Once health care reform ibecomes law, Obama and his team will be the winners who defined the American way of liberty, justice and health care for all. The Republicans will be losers just like in 2008..

    January 7, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  195. Chris H.

    It sure will. For a party that prides itself on inclusive, the Democratic legislators decision to proceed with negotiations behind closed doors epitomizes hypocrisy. The American deserves better than some back-door deal that wreaks of special interest. This is worse than business as usual. This is an absolute abuse of power.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  196. David P Vernon

    Tucson, AZ – Whether passage of this bill helps or hurts the Democrats in the 2010 Congressioonal election depends on what kind of results are achieved by then. If there are adverse consequences, or none, it will go against them. There has to be some immediate benefit from this to the middle class middle American for it to help. By the election, all the "process" issues will have become dead horses. Abortion foes and supporters will also not switch Parties come November over this issue alone. Immigration liberals and immigration conservatives will also not swithc sides. It will come down to taxes and services – if nobody sees their existing insurance improve, and few who have none now have insirance then, and taxes on the majority go up to pay for the system in advance, it will cost the Dems seats in the House and the cloture vote in the Senate, too.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  197. Chika Uzokwe

    Healthcare reforms is good for the people, and it's the people that determine who wins elections. Jack connect the dots yourself.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  198. Mark Lally

    Hi Jack,

    Thanks for asking

    I don't understand how they think by taxing us for several years before the benifits kick in will some how go unnoticed is behond me ...
    We here in the most liberal state in the Union ... Massachussetts ... are working hard to vote in Scott Brown to tip the balance in the US Senate ... and stop the freight liberal freight train ...

    Best Mark

    January 7, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  199. Darren Johnson

    With 2,000 pages for the Republicans to pore over, the "health reform" bill will be loaded with plenty of anti-Democrat ammo.

    Darren Johnson in Fairbanks, Alaska

    January 7, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  200. Mike Flint Michigan

    It can help them if it means I can get decent insurance coverage for my family of four for less than I pay now. I will vote my pocketbook as always.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  201. Jerry Fanger

    Jack, it will help the democrats. The Repulicans didn't just shoot themselves in the foot, they took out both kness when they decided not to be legislatures. Buy boycotting Health Care reform they refused to participate in goverment as they were elected to do. I think the people will blame them for having to pay Nebraska's way, for legislation they agreed was necessary, they just did not want to play until they have a Repulican President-good luck with that. The Medicare part D bill under the Bush administration was 2000 pages by itself, yet the Repubilicans whined about the 2000 all encompassing Health Care reform bill. The only thing that was missing on the Senate floor Chrismas Eve, was the cheese to go with the unjustified Republican whine.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  202. andrew in aberdeen, nc

    Yes, it will either help or hurt.

    The question should have been: "Do the people who the health care reform is suppose to help out vote those who have to pay for the plan?" Sad, but honest.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  203. James Allen

    When the smoke clears, healthcare reform will have been passed warts and all. And Democrats will be credited for saving the lives of 45,000 Americans who die each year for lack of healthcare, or the over 600,000 families who are destroyed each year by bankruptcy attributed to health costs, or the more than 30 Million Americans who do not have or are unable to get insurance because of preexisting conditions. And, for Republicans, the only thing they can say is . . .nothing.

    James Allen
    Euless, TX

    January 7, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  204. phyllis joseph florida

    It will help dems. Health care is as important to may people just as jobs are. Wasn't there ample time for screaming and out-right racist rants during August? Anyone with an IQ above 25 know obstuctionism
    when they see it. Republicans have behaved shamefully. People are
    suffering and can't get proper treatment while a bunch of idiots are playing politics with their suffering....And they think someone should vote for them?

    January 7, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  205. Don Stough

    Thanks, Jack, for coming back after what I hope was a great holiday and getting me PO'ed all over again!

    Why shouldn't the democrats fashion this bill between themselves – the fig leaf of "bipartisanship" has been systematically spit on by an entire minority party! They will NEVER agree to pass a single piece of President Obama's legislative program, so whose kidding who about bipartisanship? Let the GO(T) threaten to take back healthcare coverage next November. Go on, you Grand Old Traitors, I dare you! Take away and destroy instead of provide and build. As they and their bought-and-paid-for-by-insurance-executives handlers understand so well, once this is done people will actually start to pay attention to the facts instead of the failed faith-based economics of the past and act like adults. So they can put their infantile little tea bags away and realize that THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE, offered by the insurance industry or the Republican party (same fruitcake) to the Mandate of '08!! Thanks,

    January 7, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  206. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Of course..Nobody seems listen to the will of the people. And when so many parts of this are behind closed doors, no one even reading this and telling the people what it says will have a huge impact.

    We're from the government and WE know what's best for you and here to help you...Like it or not

    January 7, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  207. Michael from Ft. Hood, Texas

    The Democrats must take off the gloves and fight the lies and hypocrisy of the Republicans. True Healthcare reform is being lost in the rhetoric of distortions and half-truths being screamed by Republicans who keep screaming AL QAEDA, AL-QAEDA, AL-QAEDA!! are encamped at every American's front door. We have to stop the gouging by healthcare providers and pharmaceutical companies, allowing private insurers to discriminate and not fulfill their contractual obligations, and deny illegals any part of the system. That is true, meaningful, healthcare reform.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  208. Nahom Tewolde

    I don't have a crystal ball. I'm voting for the Democrats in my district. I'm sure whatever bill comes out in the end will not be perfect. Yet I'm sure it will be better for the nation. Understand this will only be the first of many debates on how we can streamline health care to help all people not just the rich and the privileged. I prefer a majority of what's in Senate Bill since it's more of a comprised bill even if the Republicans won't admit it.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  209. Steven J. Beto

    An old man once told me that what this country needs is a benevolent dictator. He was not expressing discontent for politicians, but for the weak-minded, myopic voters who cannot think beyond the headlines. This country will get what it deserves in the next election. Lincoln once said that the United States will not perish in war, but by suicide.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:26 pm |
  210. Looking for Change

    Jack, Only a bill with a robust Public Option can save the Dems. Taxes on Plans, Mandates, and no reform will be their downfall. Some of it will be challenged to be UnConstitutional. If it's not the rosey picture from the campaign, then it's just another gift to the Corporatist. I really hope Obama2008 finally takes charge.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:26 pm |
  211. Jerry

    Jack, Yes it will, They will not listen to the people that they work for, they are on their own agenda, cutting up the world in pieces for themselves, on our dime, loading their bank accounts and getting their investments in order for when the laws change and the money starts flowing in. Much the same George Bush did with the oil, and wartime investments. But the dems are heavily invested in green, and medical stock. Jerry/ Iowa

    January 7, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  212. Ray Victory

    Vero Beach, FL
    If something does NOT pass it will hurt; if something passes it will be of immeasurable help. The better it is for the lower and middle classand the more inclusive it is will help more.
    Last time I looked we had three co-equal branches of our federal government - Executive, Legislative and Judicial. No matter how much the Executive (the President) may deplore the manner in which the Legislative (Congress) conducts its business the President has no control over the matter. As President Clinton learned he may not even have very much influence over the Congress even if his party has a majority. This President, as an astute student of history, understands both his powers and his powers' limitations.
    Anyone who thinks that great legislative reforms can be made and historic legislation passed in less than a year is impossibly naive. Be more realistic and more patient Jack - all in good time.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  213. r cantore

    I almost feel like the politicians think they are addressing 3rd graders when discussing the health care debate.If you say the debate will be public and then it is not public you are considered a liar.Stop trying to appease the public with excuses.Hope and change have become the same old same old!

    January 7, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
  214. B

    I hope it will help.My hopes are that the dems put the people first and not the special interest groups first..They got to get this one right.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:29 pm |
  215. Nils, Germany

    Public health care is a very delicate topic in the US. Especially because americans have a deep mistrust to the institution of the state(Which I would like us Germans to have sometimes). Nevertheless I think it is the right thing to do, because it will help most americans although Fox news wants to tell you Obama is a socialist. In Europe it is (besides England) a hard thing to imagine...a country without public health care...But honestly, as rich, prospering, power- and colourful america is (and you should not apologize for that), there are many people who have to sell their goods just to be able to finance medical treatment...this is not the product of country caring for its people – correct me if i´m wrong.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:29 pm |
  216. Kay, Chicago

    If they lose seats, it's because the Democrats did the bidding of the insurance companies instead of the American people. If the Senate plan wins in reconciliation, all we have is a big new entitlement program where the government will pay the premiums for poor people to the same big, greedy insurance companies we have today. There's nothing in the Senate bill that will do anything to reduce costs, and there's no increased competition. It's an insurance company's dream bill. The only good thing at all in the bill is no discrimination for pre-existing conditions. And we could have passed that as a one-page bill all by itself.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:31 pm |
  217. John Thompson

    John-Tennessee I hope that it does flip and the Dems are the minority. I would ask all of them "Just how much is enough" how much do we have to give the free loading slugs that are draining the life out of the Americans who work and pay for their insurance. How many more food stamp phones, free insurance, WIC, Section 8 housing, utility discounts, free heaters etc. how much more do we have to give. Whats next DTV, DSL, cars, discount gas cards, how much is enough? There is a natural pecking order in life, a food chain if you will. Some just can't contribute to our society and some just will not. Just where does it end Democrats? I see the nonsense that these freeloaders do. They go to the Emergency Room with a headache and just milk the system. This healthcare mess needs to go away.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:31 pm |
  218. Eric

    In the spring and summer when the squabbles over the smaller details of the health reform package are over and the bill has been signed by pres. obama the democrats will have campaign ammunition that hasn't been possible in generations- "This president and this congress passed health reform!!". The republicans know this which is why they have been such obstructionists. Come next november health care reform will be a huge positive for the dems.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:33 pm |
  219. Kay, Chicago

    President Obama can't control the rules and procedures used by Congress. It's a co-equal branch of government. If Congress chooses to work behind closed doors, Obama can't do anything more than express an opinion, like any other citizen. Regardless of what you think he "promised" during the campaign.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:34 pm |
  220. Jerry Fanger

    It will hurt the Repulicans. They spent $ 600 million to kill Health care Reform and while they were successful in convincing your viewers, as they clearly are not writing from a hospital bed and know nothing of how screwed they have been with the current health care delivery system. The Repulicans were elected to address the needs of the people and willfully decided they would not participate in the legislative process by simply saying no. There is no reason that they be present in a conference committ on the bill, since they would not participate in its development and attempted to derail it. They decided this senate will have only 60 participating senators until the next election after which they will compromise on issue they wish to pass.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:36 pm |
  221. Jim Z

    If you want a nanny state, if you think 1984 and Animal Farm were just for amusement reading, or that somehow health care will not follow the pattern of all the other government boondoggles, then you'll love this bill. On the other hand, if you believe in the principles that made this country great, then it stinks.
    Jim Z
    NY

    January 7, 2010 at 7:37 pm |
  222. John, Fort Collins, CO

    Health care reform may hurt the Democratic ticket in the midterms, but for every seat lost there will be thousands of American lives saved. Which is more important?

    January 7, 2010 at 7:37 pm |
  223. Pat Muratee

    It will help the democrats. Once the reform is in place, the public will realize that they are the beneficiaries and not the greedy Insurance companies.
    This is not a government take over, but a tool to ensure that the general public is not ripped off and also have the means of obtaining a decent health care.
    I have been a republican all along, but coming elections, I am voting against any and all incumbents that voted against the bill.
    By the way my family and I have coverage, but if the government offers a better deal, I'll go for it.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:39 pm |
  224. dwight from New Hampshire

    Jack, The Dems don,t have a chance in 2010.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:39 pm |
  225. Steve P

    We are a two class country; the working class & the welfare class!Obama and his cronies are Hell bent to take us down the Socialist path.!!! Why arent the Republicans not raising more hell reguarding this opake health bill...!!!
    As for the econmy repeal capital gains ;rich people Will invest and turn this economy around ! They generate the wealth not the poor! Obama is killing the middle class !!!

    January 7, 2010 at 7:40 pm |
  226. Jersei Hughes, Rogers, MN

    Unfortunately Jack, the healthcare bill cannot please everyone. As someone who is unemployed and under insured I welcome the passing of this bill and hopefully it won't hurt the Dems in the midterms.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:41 pm |
  227. Pat kraus

    Jack, I don't care what happens to the dems in 2010. Being self employed and having paid $105,000 for just premiums over 5yrs for my family of 3, I want to save some money and not have to worry about being rejected for previous conditions both physical and mental conditions. The less I worry the higher my income. Dallas TX

    January 7, 2010 at 7:43 pm |
  228. steve- virginia beach

    Only a Democrat would believe that putting 21 million more folks on health "insurance" that most doctors already won't accept (Medicaid) will help Democrats. But I bet they'll change their minds when they get laid off so their former employer can pay into the healst exchange.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:49 pm |
  229. Tom K.

    Santa Monica, CA

    Things in the Democratic party don't seem the same anymore. I see no difference between Republicans and Democrats now, but I do know that this administration is more corrupt and willing to win votes at any cost to us the taxpayer AND still blame everything on the previous administration. It's a sad system. Republicans are weak, but stand to gain everything they want, because our current leaders haven't made a change in anything. We should have fixed the economy first, but we didn't. Politicians win, we lose.

    January 7, 2010 at 7:51 pm |