March 19th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

Tipping health care vote one way or the other?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It's "do or die" time - when it comes to the president's signature issue of health care reform.
[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/03/19/art.pelosi.jpg caption="House Speaker Pelosi walks through the Capitol. The House is expected to cast its verdict on a Senate bill Sunday. A 'yes' vote would enshrine into law comprehensive health care reform, bringing coverage to 32 million Americans who currently lack insurance."]
After more than a year of debate, the showdown is set for Sunday when the House is expected to vote.

In the meantime - it's not clear if the Democrats have reached the magic number of votes needed to pass this thing. Both President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are meeting one-by-one with lawmakers on the fence, trying to turn "no" votes to "yes." It's political arm-twisting at its finest....

But it's not all good news for the Democratic leadership... with some caucus members showing signs of defecting.... including those not satisfied with the abortion language.

Meanwhile the stakes couldn't be much higher for President Obama. The future of health care reform could play a large role in the future of his presidency.

Which is probably why he's postponed his trip to Indonesia and Australia until June. But some are criticizing the president's decision to cancel the trip for now, and stay in Washington for the health care vote.

Here’s my question to you: What will it take to tip the health care reform vote one way or the other?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Michael in Smiths Station, Alabama writes:
Getting more Democratic support, and even convincing a few Republicans to vote for health care reform. It'll show bipartisan support. Those Democrats who hold to their 'no' vote will answer for it in November.

Paul writes:
Courage. Courage to pass it, and not give in to the fear-mongering and lies of the Republicans and their corporate masters.

Ethel writes:
Jack, It will take nothing short of Newt Gingrich bursting into the halls of Congress, wrestling Harry Reid to the ground and Michael Steele tasering Nancy Pelosi for the health care reform bill not to pass on Sunday.

Pete in Georgia writes:
Jack, This one's easy. All a Democratic congressman has to do is look into a mirror and ask themselves if they want to be the deciding factor in starting the ruin of what was once the greatest country ever devised by mankind. The bill would then die by a healthy margin.

Keith in Bethlehem, Connecticut writes:
Remove the funding of abortion from the bill. Isn’t this the big bone of contention for the folks against the bill? Deal with the abortion issue later! I don’t want to go without health care because someone forgot to use a condom!

Rick writes:
Probably a constitutionality review by the Supreme Court.

Al in Birmingham, Alabama writes:
How about the 31 million uninsured? How about a choir member who can't afford the insurance payments? How about the person who has such high co-pays she can't get her kids shots? We need action, even if it is flawed.

Pat in Michigan writes:
Some congressman’s brother receiving a free condo in Costa Rica.

Steve writes:
I think it’s a national disgrace that in this great country of ours, elves have to bake their cookies in hollowed-out trees in the forest. We should all unite for universal elf care reform.

Filed under: Health care
soundoff (215 Responses)
  1. JENNA

    What will it take to tip the health care reform vote one way or the other?

    To remind the Democrats that when they didn't vote for the Clinton health care reform, causing the bill to fail, that they ALL lost their jobs when they were up for re-election. If they had voted YES and the bill passed they would be in Congress today!

    Democrats today need to remember this, including the Blue Dog Democrats, they have the most to lose by voting NO.

    Roseville CA

    March 19, 2010 at 2:19 pm |
  2. Tina Tx

    Hold them hostage till they all vote yes. Sad thing just as it passes the Republicans, true to form are going to start throwing wrenches into the wheels. Why can't they understand that poor people need healthcare? The poor votes for them but yet the Republicans are constantly kicking dirt back in their faces. If the bill fails you can kiss any type of reform good bye.

    March 19, 2010 at 2:24 pm |
  3. Rick Campbell, Dallas Texas

    If the HOUSE is deeming or voting on the Senate Bill, doesn't that mean the bill, which raises revenue, originated in the Senate, and doesn't that make it unconsitutional according to Article I, Section 7 of the US Constitution?

    Article I: Section. 7.
    All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.

    March 19, 2010 at 2:25 pm |
  4. southerncousin

    I would want to see a more aggressive approach to waste & fraud, not just lip service, meaningful tort reform, taxing of "cadillac" plans begin, immediately, elimination of state barriers for private policies, the elimination of the bank provision for student loans, the elimination of the "Louisiana purchase" (the presidents explanation that this was Katrina related does not make sense since Mississippi was also severly affected and does not receive such special consideration) and the elimination of the new taxes on investments if they are in a 401(k) or IRA plan.

    March 19, 2010 at 2:25 pm |
  5. marlene

    Lots and lots, on voter contact with their Representative. This is the only way the American citizen has to get any input into the process.

    March 19, 2010 at 2:25 pm |
  6. Mike Howell - Fort Worth, Texas


    It's probably too late in the game for this but the fact that the Democrats have guaranteed the AMA a "Doc Fix" worth $370 Billion is the bugdet buster that the leadership does not want to discuss. Explain to me how student loan reform belongs in this "comprehensive" healthcare reform bill but a permanent repeal of the annual cuts to Medicare reimbursement for doctors does not.! Inclusion takes the first ten year cost of Omanacare to $1.3 Trillion and a $200 Billion deficit.

    Thanks for trying to keep them honest Jack.


    March 19, 2010 at 2:28 pm |
  7. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Jack Cafferty and CNN friends,

    If the American people want the health care bill,
    the Democrats have to pass the health care bill,
    than President Barack Obama really WALK THE TALK!
    Otherwise President Barack Obama just talks and TALKS!


    Let us Now make our world
    a Better Healthier and Beautiful World
    for You and for Me!

    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname

    March 19, 2010 at 2:30 pm |
  8. Ed

    I would like to think that the decision would come down to facts and truth, but instead we get Death Panels, Government-Run Health Care, and Socialism. Maybe the facts weren't on the side of the opponents. Sarah Palin advised people that we should "Stop making thinkgs up," but her own party didn't listen to her.

    Port Aransas, TX

    March 19, 2010 at 2:31 pm |
  9. Mike, Crockett TX

    Golly Jack,

    Didn't we just have an election that sent the Dems to Washington to doe just this very thing.

    I guess you Republicans missed the election or think if you put out enough propoganda-talking points that the Dems will change their minds. Enough is enough, next we will hear that if we pass health care reform we might be inviting an invasion from Canada.

    Where does the Republican BS come from that we have the best health care in the world. What planet are they from. All of the reports I read have us at about 37th.

    Mike, a Conservative Democrat (yep we are still around)

    March 19, 2010 at 2:32 pm |
  10. Gordo, NJ

    What it will take are Democratic congressmen with the courage to do the right thing and vote for this bill. All my life, Democrats have struggled to reform the US health-care system. To sabotage this core principle now would be the ultimate betrayal for any Democrat. I'm not sure what the wafflers are thinking. If my Democratic congressman, John Adler, votes against this bill, he still won't get Republican votes in November, and he darn sure won't get mine.

    March 19, 2010 at 2:32 pm |
  11. Flora Foster

    For Obama to admit that older people in the United States have a right to be heard. We can still vote. F. from Alaba,a

    March 19, 2010 at 2:36 pm |
  12. iNDYLiz

    To: Republicans/Conservative:
    How can you call yourselves good Christians, yet refuse to help the poor. After all they are the most affected by the lack of health insurance.
    You want to protect babies from being "killed" in an abortion...but once the child is born she doesn't deserve health coverage?

    From: An AMERICAN VOTER who is PRO-health care reform.

    March 19, 2010 at 2:36 pm |
  13. John from Alabama

    Jack: If President Obama can convince the 12 hold outs over abortion that federal funds will not be used for abortions, maybe. If, house members can sweeten the deal for senior citizens, and the CBO states it is paid for down the road, then maybe. It is a tall order, but we are to close to start over, and this maybe the best health care reform which will be possible for the next 15 years.

    March 19, 2010 at 2:39 pm |
  14. tom Trapani

    The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth from the Repubicans, insurance companies, doctors, sub contractors, lobbiests, et al. This is the second time the Republican party has not accepted the peoples choice it began with Clinton and continues with Obama. What ever happened to the major rules?

    Tom Trapani, Retired senior citizen living abroad in Quito, Ecuador

    March 19, 2010 at 2:42 pm |
  15. frankie

    You should never argue with nuns, period.

    March 19, 2010 at 2:46 pm |
  16. pat in michigan

    Some congressmans brother recieving a free condo in Costa Rica.No...Wait a minute .Isn't Limbaugh moving there?Better make it Hawaii!

    March 19, 2010 at 2:47 pm |
  17. Frank

    Right now its the old House or Senate arm twisting and political deals. Both sides of the fence.

    Too bad LBJ isn't around, he could get votes. Or some of the other political greats.

    March 19, 2010 at 2:49 pm |
  18. elizabeth

    If citizens use common sense, politicians, bankers, lawyers & insurance companies were ethical & the real needs of people were honored above the dollar–that would do it.

    March 19, 2010 at 2:49 pm |
  19. Bizz Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    It will probably take a lot of back room deals to persuade democrats to do what is best for the country. This is what is wrong with Washington instead of standing up for what is best for our country, the only thing they stand up for is what is best for them to get reelected. I just hope to god president Obama can find enough backbones in his own party to back him up.

    March 19, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
  20. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    It will take the silent minority – let's call them the mindful middle – speaking up, calling their representatives and telling them to pass healthcare reform. The bill is not perfect but is what is politically possible right now, and it will save lives. Americans, exercise your rights and call your representatives!

    March 19, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
  21. Bonnie from NJ

    I would say a few carefully placed campaign contributions by the health insurers would be certain defeat.

    March 19, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
  22. Darwin B Phillips aka Twobears

    Progressive Intellect, Real Patriotism and raw guts

    March 19, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
  23. Joe CE

    The bill will pass. Dems finally are recognizing that voting against really will not help them. The main issue in Novemeber was never likely to be heath care but instead the charge that incumbents – especially Dems – got nothing done. The public has a very poor understanding of the Bill, buit when it passes, the good points will resonate with voters.

    March 19, 2010 at 3:14 pm |
  24. DW Gard

    Maybe a revolution. I ask Americans to bombard Congress with their opinion, NOW!

    March 19, 2010 at 3:19 pm |
  25. Greg, Ontario

    Positive media coverage and transparency.

    March 19, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
  26. Corey


    What will happen with all the illegals in this country if they pass the healthcare. Are they covered? If they are, is there a boat leaving for another country because I am sick of being tax by a King(US Government).

    Metuchen, NJ

    March 19, 2010 at 3:24 pm |
  27. Angelica from Birmingham

    If everyone in Congress gets gravely ill and discovers they have no insurance - things would change immediately.

    March 19, 2010 at 3:27 pm |
  28. Gerry Erman

    Let me get this straight......we're trying to pass a health care plan written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn't understand it, passed by a Congress that hasn't read it but exempts themselves from it, To be signed by a president that also hasn't read it and who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn't pay his taxes, all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is overweight, and financed by a country that's broke.

    March 19, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
  29. keith

    It's not about tipping the vote. It's about all the bad politics. The dems, have proven, they need pork spending and gifts to cast a vote. They do not do want the people want . They can't take the pressure from Polisco and the President. Ands do what the pupetmasters want.

    March 19, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  30. Dan Louisville, Ky

    Well, I know what it took for me. First it was so confusing, and still is really.

    But when I stopped to consider WHO was arguing so hard against it, like Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Mitch McConnell- it dawned on me that it must be a pretty good bill afterall.

    I'm still VERY concerned about the deficit overall, and about entitlement spending. But the majority of American voters voted for Obama, and he certainly campaigned on healthcare reform, so nobody can honestly say we were tricked.

    Lastly, can we just have a national referendum on abortion, or tell the anti-abortion folks in Congress to draft a constitutional amendment and hold a vote on that, up OR down. At least then we can get on with

    March 19, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
  31. JW Georgia

    Sorry. Health care is not going to be reformed no matter which way the vote goes. At the end of the day, the rich will always be taken care of, and the unwashed masses will pay through the nose for the slightest healthcare service received.

    March 19, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  32. James E. Ryza

    The answer is quite simple. The cost has gotten so high that employers can't provide it for their employees. Its so hight common taxpayers can not afford it.

    As for the taxpayers, who provide this luxury for the people in office, we should tell them we can not afford this for them any longer. Only then will they get off their bottoms to resolve this problem. We should also freeze their salaries until they can get things straight. Those conservatives sat there for 8 years and let our deficit go down the drain. No where in my heart can I see anything involving cost cuts in their best interest. They will only do whatever it takes to take care of the rich.

    There is only one problem with us cutting out their insurance, the companines will then provide them with coverage at no cost to keep them on their side. The people just don't stand a chance.

    March 19, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  33. Ethel, The Keys

    Jack it will take nothing short of Newt Gingrich bursting into the halls
    of congress wrestling Harry Reid to the ground and Michael Steele
    tazering Nancy Pelosi for the heath care reform bill not to pass on Sunday.

    Ethel, seaside.

    March 19, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  34. Ronald Morris

    Take off 2 bribes, add 2 bribes. At this point I expect Obama to start offering multi-billion dollar earmarks for every vote. Obviously there is no limit to the amount of corruption inolved in this vote. No bribe too big, no extortion too vile, no promise worth keeping. Obama will do anything and sacrifice anyone for this.

    March 19, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
  35. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    It depends on what is offered, ie you know bribery.

    March 19, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
  36. Thom Richer

    Buying votes. Political gamesmanship. Following blindly. Putting the public's welfare aside for personal and political gain. Cowardice. Lack of backbone. Corporate greed.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    March 19, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  37. Eric Platt

    It has been proven that any congressman or woman's vote is for sale.

    If Pres Obama wants to pass health care, he has to pay for the final votes.

    I enjoy watching economic theory at work.

    Supply is decreasing (votes for sale) and the price is going up.

    Pure capitalism.

    March 19, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  38. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    More of the negatives about this bill need to be exposed by the media. I recently found out that many unexposed sweetheart deals have been made behind closed doors. To pay for some of this student loans will be eliminated,SSI will be tapped(it's tapped out already),the IRS will be restructured so it can monitor who has health care or not. If not,people will be fined and the IRS can take your tax refund check. If all of the negatives of this bill were presented to the public it never would pass.

    March 19, 2010 at 3:52 pm |
  39. Terence

    honesty. plain and simple. there has been so many lies and rumors that most people who havent read up on only believe what they see on ads and fox news. its hard to creat an opinion on something whn u r only looking at one side of it.

    March 19, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  40. bimbola

    Following the health care rebate in US shows selfishness of politicians the world over.Vicory in elections surpass that of the lives of the entire citizenry. Health care debate compares favorably with hidding of the president of Nigeria and playing politics with the life of the president.
    Abimbola from Nigeria

    March 19, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  41. Linda J

    Why do we have to push it through? Let the people.vote.you just might find we don't want it period. Especially one run by the goverment!

    March 19, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  42. Tony from Southport

    Who will blink first? I sincerely hope it is a liberal Democrat with a conscience who realizes that his or her grandchildren will be paying for this debacle for many years to come, and at some point in the future, may have to learn to speak Mandarin or Cantonese.

    March 19, 2010 at 3:58 pm |
  43. joe m

    you mean besides all the backroom deals and 'sweetners' that are being offered to representatives and senators? i guess they might as well throw in the kitchen sink. they call it washington horse trading, most of us know it by another name, bribery.

    March 19, 2010 at 3:58 pm |
  44. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    Since it is D.C. it will just take a little more backroom dealing, special favors and bribes...er...horse-trading. What a disaster this has become. The people cannot be more opposed to a piece of legislation, yet this elitist, condescending government leeches insist they know what's best for us. President Obama who has lived his limited private life in the cocoon of liberal academia insists is so arrogant to think he always knows what is best for us. He never really listens to opposing arguments and for a constitutional scholar who has pledged to uphold those principles he certainly has no respect for it. Ditto for Pelosi and the rest of that crew. It is Shameful.

    March 19, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
  45. Rob of Brooklyn

    who cares ? it should be single payer- then we can talk

    March 19, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
  46. Rick McDaniel

    Probably a constitutionality review by the Supreme Court.

    March 19, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  47. k

    Oh, little things like giving any congressman who wants it a little pork to get his vote. why have a clean bill when they can pork it up and thus stick the taxpayers with an even larger bill?

    March 19, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  48. Jim


    Nothing will help with Republicans. With Congressional Democrats, Obama, Pelosi, and Reid have to keep hammering home the point that health care reform is needed, that it will benefit all Americans, that it will not bankrupt the country, and that, in the long term, it will actually be good for the economy.

    Reno, Nevada

    March 19, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  49. Chuck

    Riddle me this Jack. Obama promises that health insurers won't be allowed to block coverage because of a pre-existing condition. But at what cost. There is nothing to stop them from saying we will cover Diabetics for $16,000 a month or Breast Cancer for $21,000 a month. Why isn't the media drilling down to get at the reality of this sham? Change we can believe in.....Not.

    March 19, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
  50. Don at Bull Lake in NW Montana

    Jack, it looks like they meaning congress will tip the vote any way they can on this so called "health care reform" bill to pass the thing however the one thing that people like me are wanting to see in the bill namely a Public option" is still very purposefully going to be left out. All our lives we very seldom see anything that is absent in their bills or laws come about later even though that is often what we are promised. I'm growing old and tired of waiting.

    March 19, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  51. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Democrats need to get a dose of fiscal reality. But don't hold your breath.

    March 19, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
  52. Paul


    Courage to pass it, and not give in to the fear-mongering and lies of the Republicans and their corporate masters.

    March 19, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  53. Ron in Indiana

    According to polls, more people are against this bill than for it. Why would any member of congress risk their reelection with a Yes vote?

    March 19, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  54. Denis Duffy

    Bribes, Bribes and more Bribes !

    Denis Duffy
    Upper Saint Clair, Pa.

    March 19, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  55. Ed Tallahassee

    I think that the Republican Scare Tactics worked, until the Democrats said if you are worried about the Tea Baggers, you ain't seen nothing yet. The Tea baggers will never vote Democrat, you do this or no Democrats will vote for you.

    March 19, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  56. Kyle, Irvine, CA

    It will take some common sense and the realization that a billion dollar reform bill is the wrong move. But with this Congress, anything is possible at this point.

    March 19, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  57. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Jack there are so many pro's and cons to this bill that for even the most seasoned politician and lawyer it is impossible to see a clear way to get it passed. There were issues that didn't even need to be addressed in this bill that are causing the most problems like abortion. The government has never before approved money for abortions and now it is being slipped into this bill. Federal law requires that states cover abortions under Medicaid in the event of rape, incest, and life endangerment, but bans the use of federal Medicaid funds for any other abortions. This bill if passed will open a huge legal hole for politicians to push through and fund other controversial procedures. What passes through congress in this bill will shape the future of our country as a whole.

    March 19, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  58. Maria

    Bribes? Bowing to the insurance companies? Oh, wait a minute...that's been done already and continues to be done. I've got it...how about massive protests at every insurance company HQ, as well as same on 'the Hill'? How about overwhelming e-mails, phone calls, tweets,you-tubes to every single government employee in D.C. Get out that list of Senators/Congresspeople, Cabinet members and their staffs and get started. People must weigh in in huge amounts. Keep your language polite but determined, give examples of how good/bad health care has affected you, your family or those you know. Don't leave out your local TV, radio, newspapers (those that still exist) and contact the health reporters for network and cable. It's also perfectly legal to demonstrate at the homes of the execs of Pharma, and homes of government department heads.

    You can sit at home and complain all you want. That won't help one iota.



    March 19, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  59. Homeless D in Atlanta

    The hand of God!

    March 19, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  60. Justin

    Anyone who feels strongly about health care reform, whether they're for it or against it, should contact their Representative and voice their opinion. This is how Congress is supposed to work. What people should not do (but, unfortunately, at the bidding of anti-American activists like Rush Limbaugh and Michelle Bachmann, are doing) is repeatedly call the congressional switchboard or run around congressional office buildings in order to harass whichever Representative they can find to try to bully them into voting a certain way. Real Americans shouldn't be disuaded by these obnoxious morons, and they shouldn't engage in these childish tactics. Pick up your phone, pull up your email, and make sure your Representative – not mine, not the guy two districts over – yours – knows what you think.

    March 19, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  61. Melissa

    For the politicians to shut up and the reporters to start telling the truth instead of fear mongering just to sell their garbage.

    March 19, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  62. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, it will take more of what has already been the Democratic solution. Mainly, more special deals to individuals, bribes for votes, threats for votes, backroom sleazy deals, rides on Air Force One during which noone knows what was promised/given to buy a vote. In other words, Democratic politics as usual. November will come!

    March 19, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  63. Granny Carmen

    Despite the 24/7 anti-Obama campaign launched by mega right-wing radio, TV, and FOX network since before inaugarition of this President, Obama has done AMAZINGLY well and you'll see his numbers rise after reform takes hold. We're not done yet, but we now have momentum. This country is doing better since the meltdown in so many ways, but no one will give this President his just due. Take it from a 71-year-old. I know the deal with Republicans – and so do you, Cafferty!

    March 19, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  64. Jay in anaheim california

    wait until November Jack, if the election in massachusetts isn't an indication; I dont know what is

    March 19, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  65. Lori - PA


    I hope the Democrats muck up the health care reform bill enough so that it does not pass. Especially since this bill is not bipartisan. If the Democrats had made more of an effort to include the Republicans, had made more of an effort to listen to the American people, and had not resorted to sweetheart deals, then they wouldn't be meeting such resistance to the health care reform bill. Yes, we do need to reform health care, but the Democrat's are going about it all wrong. Just admit [Democrats] that you were wrong in how you went about creating the health care reform bill, throw it out, and start over. Oh, and this time, include the Republicans.

    March 19, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  66. The Broker.

    "Aint it just true Jack! It's gets harder and harder to put words on paper."

    March 19, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  67. Doug Gentile (Old Forge, NY)

    Sorry Jack,
    In order to tip the health care bill one way or another...the earth will have to start spinning in the other direction. We have to start doing things differently. I am thoroughly disgusted with the Democrats because they had the biggest majority they could hope for and could not muster the political will to do what needed to be done. I am ashamed to call myself a registered Republican because they had a year to join in to the solution but instead decided to make the health and welfare of our citizens political theater... just to embarrass the president.
    Many congressman and women have called for a re-start. I'm all for that...let's re-start by firing them all and get people in there who will have the guts to do their job.

    March 19, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  68. Elle in WA

    Shutting down FOX News until Monday.

    Elle – Pullman, WA

    March 19, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  69. Steve, Clifton, VA

    If certain Democrats abandon their efforts to try and make the Bill about Abortion by acknowledging that the abortion provisions in the Bill are consistent with the Health Care Program enjoyed by those very same Congressman. I haven't seen one of them refuse the Government Health Care Program because they thought that Government funding help pay for abortions.

    March 19, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  70. Greg H - Minneapolis

    Jack, right now the vote is tipped in favor of PASSING, due to the Democrats ignoring "we the people" and trying to ram their Socialism down the throats of the voter. What may tip things the other way is if they not only read Article 1, Section 7, Paragraph 2 of the Constitution, but actually understand WHAT IT MEANS! What they are trying to do now is setting up a Constitutional challenge to the CURRENT "health care" legislation, which if it sees the light of day will die a slow death. And the blame for that cannot be laid at the Republican's feet, but rather at the Democrat's feet for thinking that they know better than the very people who elect them!

    March 19, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  71. Jane - WI

    More buying and selling of favors by this President and his henchmen in Congress will finally tip the bill to passing. This President is the same old same old. Despite his promise of changing Washington, he is part of the problem, with the favors he grants his liberal special interest groups and the favors he is selling for votes. His campaign style pep rallies that are stacked with Obama disciples is doing nothing to change the minds of the public. I thought he was President of all, not the perpetual campaigner in chief.

    March 19, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  72. Steve

    I think it’s a national disgrace that in this great country of ours, elves have to bake their cookies in hollowed-out trees in the forest. We should all unite for universal elf care reform.

    March 19, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  73. Banned in Hartwell GA

    Since the outcome will be determined by how the Democrats vote, I guess the tipping factor will be whether the President and/or the Speaker can convince the Democrats that they are better off backing the president and the Congressional leadership.
    Hartwell GA

    March 19, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  74. Jim

    Special interests Jack!

    March 19, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  75. A. Smith, Oregon

    Like Vultures waiting on the wings of the once honorable US Senate Chambers, the Republican US Senators are poised to obstruct the Health Care bill with a multiple cascade of Point of Order requests in their last dieing attempt to obstruct and stop America's Health Care bill from passing the US Senate and being signed into law.

    I find it entirely ironic that Republican's are warning the Democrats on their election chances in November. The Republican's are doing everything they can to dissuade all Americans from ever voting for any Republican candidate ever again.

    I suggest all Americans vote for those that are actually working in the US Congress and US Senate Chambers.

    Vote more Democratic lawmakers into office for a better future in America tomorrow.

    March 19, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  76. pat, Marietta GA

    I suggest we pull the plug on Fox News, Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and all of the No people on the hill. That way, maybe the American people who "think" they disagree with this bill will have to read it themselves instead of having it read to them. After all, this is about 32 million Americans and it is not "story hour" like in elementary school. Please people, go to the U.S. House of Representatives website and download the bill and READ IT YOURSELF!!

    March 19, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  77. Linda in Arizona

    Sorry. Don't know, don't care. I'm done. Let them do whatever ill-conceived, self-serving thing they want to. And I've HAD it with rahmobama. I knew when he made rahm his COS we had been had. It's been all downhill since.

    March 19, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  78. Peter M

    It says what we all know. Process is ugly. We all love and like to be Matadors until we witness what they do for a living...

    March 19, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  79. Dee

    Whether people in this country will finally have a conscience or not.


    Houston, TX

    March 19, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  80. Wanda Ford

    This health care bill is going to finish breaking the middle class. I am going to vote straight republican, after being a democrat for 50 yrs.
    If I have to listen to Obama for 3 more years ,every time I turn on the TV, I will have to resort to reading. I can not stand his arrogance, or the arrogance of Nancy Pelosi. We need to clean house.

    March 19, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  81. David A Whitaker

    Jack people is just afraid of change inthis society, everyone know that the care system need some revisions. People just want to talk about, not put in the hard work..Health care reform isn't a popular for incumbant, then by the way why are they if not make the hard decision. Being a Senator or House Reorenetative isn't a easy job so its time to earn their money. Vote Yes


    March 19, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  82. calaurore9

    Carol Colitti Levine, Northampton MA

    There's a shift in the Universe over the past few days, the bill will pass such as it is and Obama's star will once again rise.

    March 19, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  83. Mary Jo

    There is no telling what pulls these individuals' chains, but I listened to the Congressman from Connecticut explain how he arrived at his decision to vote yes on this bill earlier this morning, and it was all about the effect of parts of that bill on people, on not only his district, but all Americans. This bill struck a compromise on language that he had deemed detrimental to the people, not the insurance companies, not business, not the budget, not the deficit, but living, breathing Americans, and because it was a reasonable compromise that benefited the American people he was now able to support the legislation. I hope that all of the members of both the House and the Senate look at this legislation in the same light and come to the same conclusion. Unfortunately there is no hope for Boehner or Cantor and they will just have to be voted out of Congress.

    March 19, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  84. Dale Strickland

    The Dem's in the House don't trust the Dem's in the Senate to keep their word on the changes in the health care bill. How is it they want us to trust any of them? They all are out for themselves. VOTE them all out!!!!!!

    March 19, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  85. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    It will take an offer they can't refuse: Do it, or you're toast.

    March 19, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  86. marvin lecter

    Maybe leaving out special deals, to buy votes from congressmen and senators? Taking all newly appointeed committees out of the bill with the exception of some Tort reform and across state competetion. Reducing the bill from 2700 pages to around 65 to start.

    March 19, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  87. alice walsh

    The insurance companies , Fox news and the self-serving Republicans (and even some Dems) have brain washed Americans into thinking health care reform is somehow bad for them. There is a special place in hell for all of them.
    Alice Walsh
    Nova Scotia

    March 19, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  88. Donna from Pompano

    It takes a strong President willing to take the hits and keep going. It will take less ugly fear mongering that is paid for by the special interests, from the right. And finally it will take the Democrats sticking together as a party, to do the "right thing". Thats what it will take!

    March 19, 2010 at 5:31 pm |

    Congress don't care less about the AMERICAN people. All they care about is pleasing their LOBBIST and that is the truth

    March 19, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  90. Jeff in NC


    That is how the system works, if they don't hear from you they will do what THEY want. Use your rights and contact them!!!

    If you are not satisfied with their vote, vote against them in the next election.

    March 19, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  91. Jack B

    If the democrats realize that those of us who need them to pass this will work to unseat them with democrats who will. End the dithering and pass this bill before more who do not have health coverage and cannot afford it die needlessly.

    March 19, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  92. Tom in Texas

    Well, at last count about five votes.

    March 19, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  93. EugeneWiese

    I don't know how arm swisting is done to get votes but the Republicans are masters at tipping the vote in their direction. Do you think money has anything to do with it? I hope the Democrats pass Healthcare anyway they can. Gene

    March 19, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  94. Victoria, Florida

    Hello Jack,

    Health care needs reform starting with the Health Insurance Comp. Govenrnment can keep them fair and honest for all the American citizens ,To over haul the health care system, is like skinning a snake from head to toe, which is not easy.

    March 19, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  95. Pete - Hiawassee, GA

    Jack, this one's easy.
    All a Dem. Rep. has to do is look into a mirror and ask themselve if THEY want to be the deciding factor in starting the ruin of what was once the greatest country ever devised by mankind.
    The Bill would then die by a healthy margin.

    March 19, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  96. Ken in NC

    I think it will take GOD laying HIS hand up side the heads of Democrats and Republicans to knock some sense into all of them. Trust me Jack, there is plenty of room between their ears for some sense.

    March 19, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  97. judy o'conor

    I am a Canadian citizen and would so love to speak to someone face to face in your country who is against health care reform. We have great health care in this country for everyone. My husband is 68 years old. At 40 he had open heart surgery to replace a faulty valve. They used a pig valve at that time because of his age. In ten years time it had to be replaced with a mechanical valve. He had one of the best surgeons in the world. We were not wealthy people - I stayed at home most of the times to look after our children and my husband worked in the social services field. We managed to put to children through university and enjoy a comfortable existence today because both these surgeries and other medical necessities over our 45 year marriage did not cost us a penny. Can anyone in your country say this! It is absolutely amazing to me that "the best country in the world" does not provide health care to its citizens.

    March 19, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  98. marian

    I live in canada, and have been following american politics since obama took office. I think the president is doing a good job thus far , but you americans are being very impatient with him- for god sakes Bush screwed the world over and you manage to give him eight years.During the election everyone wanted health care, 2 years later you have a bunch of tea bag nuts who vote against their own interest. God help all of you guys.

    March 19, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  99. Minesh -Troy, MI

    If enough Democrats say NO – respecting the wishes of the voters!

    March 19, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  100. Gary Levine, Northampton, MA

    The deals will be made, the vote will take place, and the result will be in favor. Democratic congressman and senators are receiving the help they need to reach the conclusion that there is actually little to complain about in the "reform" bill. Once the President has signed the legislation their constituents will have the opportunity to learn the truth about its provisions without the harsh, blinding light of partisan politics being directed at them by the Republican leadership and Fox pundits.

    March 19, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  101. EugeneWiese

    President Obama's foreign policy is as good as or better than any President we've ever had.I know the final vote will be left to the historians and I would bet that he will be given high numbers,except any who are educated by the Texas school board. Gene

    March 19, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  102. Ethel, The Keys

    Jack it will take nothing short of Newt Gingrich bursting into the halls
    of congress wrestling Harry Reid to the ground and Michael Steele
    tazering Nancy Pelosi for the heath care reform bill not to pass on Sunday.

    Ethel, seaside.

    March 19, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  103. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    It's "do or die" time – when it comes to the president's signature issue of health care reform.

    No Jack,

    it's about american people who do not have health care insurance as of now, it's about the american people losing their health care insurance every single day and it is about the american people who tomorrow, in a mont, in a year or two will also not be able to afford health care insurance!

    March 19, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  104. Greg Turman

    If the whitehouse sends me a check for a mere $500,000 I will promise to vote a straight dem ticket as long as president Obama is in office. I will even pull a Judas on the tea party.

    Better hurry !

    Greg Turman
    Dallas, Texas

    March 19, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  105. Alex in Gig Harbor

    Truth and sanity instead of lies and hyperbole.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  106. aristocratic anarchist

    why should we work for anything anymore..the shareholders lined up to skim the healthcare is what makes it tip our economy into a decline we will never recover... when are we going to implement prohibition on malt liqour and fortified wine and medicinal marijuana that has man made chemicals added to it... ..revolution is the only solution..purge the 2 party monopoly that play the people against proper trade policy

    March 19, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  107. Michael, Smiths Station, Alabama

    Getting more Democrat support, and even convincing a few Republicans to vote for healthcare reform. It'll show a bipartisan support. Those Democrats who hold to their 'no' vote will answer for it in November

    March 19, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  108. Chris - Sarasota, Florida

    Jack, the single factor that will tip the vote is to simply read the bill. I saw on Rick's List earlier today that there are STILL Congressmen that haven't read the whole thing. I firmly believe that if they were to do that, they could make a clear decision either way.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  109. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    It's "do or die" time – when it comes to the president's signature issue of health care reform.

    No Jack,

    it's about american people who do not have health care insurance as of now, it's about the american people losing their health care insurance every single day and it is about the american people who tomorrow, in a month, in a year or two will also not be able to afford health care insurance!

    March 19, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  110. Dennis North Carolina

    the facts that if health care does not pass the future of this country will be all down hill. you will not have to worry about Obama's poll ratings but where your next meal will come from and who is serving it. repo-man would be the future.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  111. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Have a great weekend everyone!!!

    March 19, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  112. Bob Binish

    The health care bill is about Democrat arrogance. Obama, Pelosi and Reid are providing payback to the unions, SIEU, ACORN and other groups – at the risk of destroying the best medical care sysytem in the world. I can't support the health care as it will force a cancellation of my company's health care benefit and dump my family into rationing. My silent revolt will include not responding to the census and not paying the additional taxes that are owed.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  113. steve- virginia beach

    More bribery, more extortion, continued lying, and shredding even more of the US Constitution than has already been done to get it passed. Truthfully divulging what's actually causing excessive healthcare costs and insurance vs. what's in the bill to tip it the other way. Or the Dems could actually solve the problems that are causing the healthcare issues to get some Repubs on board.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  114. trivera

    The Republicans are the party of NO. They will never agree with President Obama because they want him to fail. Shame on the Right wing nuts because they are only concern with their political agenda instead of caring for the American people. I prefer watching MSNBC. because they are real journalist. By the way Jack C. , you never post any positive reviews for the Democrats or President Obama. I guess CNN is swaying towards the Republicans. Yes, I support health care redorm and the I support President Obama. Republicans did nothing when they were the majority.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  115. Maryellen

    I am for the Health Care Bill and for Pres. Obama. No one has ever contacted me or any of my like minded friends to get our vote on the Bill. Lets remember that Pres. George W. used the reconciliation process to get his tax cuts for the rich approved. Now that Pres. Obama and the Democrats are using the reconciliation process for the common people it wrong–typical of how the Republicians feel. We can't afford to have our hospitals close down in Illinois, California, Florida, and other states because of the current Health Insurance expenses or the lack of having any Health Insurance. Thank you to all the representatives for being forward thinking and for voting yes.
    Maryellen from NM

    March 19, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  116. marc scissom, Jasper Tn.

    Jack, they just won't listen to us, but they will hear us loud and clear in November when they join the ranks of the unemployed. Thanks for being a true unbiased reporter and giving the rest of us a say.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  117. Stephen Cooper

    Jack, I just heard your comments and those of some of your ignorant posters at 3pm PST........and it got me to post for the first time anywhere.
    These people who claim Obama nor the Democrats are listening and are 'forcing' the healthcare bill are out of line ......are just plain crazy. Where are they when the various cable "opiners" tell them, instruct them as to how many times in history the Republicans have utilised these same tactics to get THEIR projects through congress? However, I BET that those times the DEMOCRATS did not spend millions of dollars in misleading television ads in the last 72 hours before the vote.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  118. Bob Schneider, Gordon, GA

    I'm retired military, and am on Medicare and Tri-Care for Life for service time served. According to the new Health Care information, military retirees will lose this Tri-Care for life coverage and later possibly our meidcare coverage. Our new rate for the first $525 of medical cost and 50% of the next $4,725 for a first year cost of $2,888 per person. A reason given for this action is "overuse" by Retirees. This is on page 189 of the Congressional Budget Office report as too expensive.
    Just another move to slight those of us who dedicated much of our adult lives to the defense of our country.
    So when Obama says if you like what you have you can keep it, he lies.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  119. Pete - Hiawassee, GA

    Jack, isn't it a bit ironic that Iraq actually has a more honest government today than America.
    God sure does work in mysterious ways.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  120. rosey petals

    Jack, who cares about polls. The president does not, he has been over polled, like never before, not even for wars, or sending our soldiers off to die and return suffering. It's not about health care at all, No one believes that anymore. There's something very sinister going on, it's scary for the uninsured and supporters of health care reform, The president should be happy to leave with his family after four years, we would hope he will escape that horrible place and then, maybe, the hatemongers can return to, doing nothing. The old men clogging the system can retire with their pockets stuffed or they will try to get credit for their own start over health care scam..

    March 19, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  121. edna

    When I listen to the senators and represenatives comment on the health care bill, I am more appreciative of the elected officials who appear to be less motivated politically, not concerned about their political future; but are more concerned about being on the side of doing what is right–for America. All Americans are their employer, Americans hired them to do the job of taking care of America, not enriching their own pockets. I would hope that there is an ongoing investigation on all elected official who have taken proceeds from the BIG companies, the ones really control America.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  122. Docb

    Truth from the media-a halt or call out on the salacious lies being told to frighten people.

    Courage from Congress..One would hope!

    March 19, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  123. Jen in Nevada

    Real National Healthcare means removing the Lobbyist (Big money, special interests) which has become a cancerous tumor that needs to be cut off for the health of our country.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  124. Ray, Florida

    It will be as simple as the democratic congress remembering that they are democrats, not republicans. Some may have forgotten.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  125. C.J. Benham

    Simple answer, Jack. Courage.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  126. Bob Murtha

    It will take the gullible conservative followers of Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, the rest of the Fox "machine" and the 100%no voters in the Republican Congress and Senate on everything the Democrats try to pass to wake up and realize that it was the last eight years of Bush that started our downward path with his trillion dollar war we are now (and probably forever) involved in. Hopefully they won't make up a majority of those who go to the polls in November. Lets face it, the terms "Moral Majority," and Compassionate Conservatives are truly oxymorons.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  127. Scott Stodden

    It will take Democrats all joining together on Sunday afternoon and coming up to the House and all voting yes together, the time for talk is all over, America wants a Health Care Bill Jack and we want it now, the Democrats and Republicans who all vote no should not have another term in office because this is the most important piece of legislation ever brought forward to the House since Medicare and Social Security, I pray to God this thing passes and I believe in my heart it will!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    March 19, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  128. Ann from Hampton, New Jersey

    The threat of losing their wonderful jobs come November. The people are fed up with the lot of them. They were put there to listen to our wishes and have all turned a deaf ear. We will turn our deaf ears when they start campaigning and vote them OUT!

    March 19, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  129. Bob Better

    I don't need healthcare reform because I'm rich. I worked kind of hard to get rich and if you don't believe me ask my dad. Why should I be taxed to pay for someone else’s healthcare? If people want to be able to pay for healthcare, then they should work harder and stop seeking free healthcare at my expense. Besides I’m going to pass off the expense to my customers anyway and that will just take it’s toll on the economy. Everybody must carry their own weight and I think the Republicans will stop this nonsense right here.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  130. Nancy - Loveland, CO

    It would be tipped in favor of health care reform if some Republicans became true patriots instead of anti-Obama nerds and voted for this bill which will help our country move ahead. Won't happen because they are all fearful of upsetting their fellow republicans... they've all dug a hole and now are stuck in it by fighting reform with their lies that so many people have believed!

    March 19, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  131. Crystal H

    While I wish that the abortion wars were only fought on abortion bills, I think the only way that can definitely tip the scales towards health care is by adding the abortion provision.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  132. Jack B

    What will tip it? The reality that if they do not, many of us will work actively to those who say no to get them replaced and replaced in an emphatic manner. We need this bill. If you understand it, we need it.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  133. Ron


    I think it will take someone high on the hog to take a fall into the trenches of the average Joe Blow. Once they get down in the trenches and realize how "us peoples" are really struggling, folk will realize how much we are really struggling to pay our bills, mortgage and sustain somewhat of a life.


    March 19, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  134. Carol Robson

    I think it will take a threat of WW3 to get congress to do the right thing at all. They have become detached and can only hope they remember who pays for their salary and cadillac health care while so many of us are choosing between mortgage payment or insurance healthcare premium payments. thanks, carol

    March 19, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  135. Al Berst

    Birmingham, AL

    How about the 31 million uninsured? How about a choir member who can't afford the insurance payments/ How about the person who has such high co pays she can't get her kids shots?

    We need action even if it is flawed

    March 19, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  136. J Stroud

    November can't come soon enough. If no abortion for women who have been raped, then this great health care debate should die. It is
    either pay for the abortion, or pay later for the life born when the woman who bears the child does't want the child and someone else has to raise it.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  137. Chris Young - Denver CO

    Simple Jack. One sentence.

    "Abortions cannot be paid for by any money that has originated from the Federal Government in any way, shape, or form.

    What I can't get is a group of nuns on CNN earlier today supported the bill and said it does not pay for abortion. Nuns wouldn't lie about that ever!!

    March 19, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  138. David A Whitaker

    Exactly what President Obama did today keep pushing keep talking to he get the amount of votes that are needed. Ignore the nuts keep hs eye on the prize the polls will take care of themselves.


    March 19, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  139. Larry

    Are you talking about before November, or after?

    March 19, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  140. WalterTH3rd

    I have said this for years, IF congress truly wants to help fix the healthcare problem, they should do one of two things:
    1. give ALL Americans the same coverage that members of Congress gets, or;
    2. Take away the coverage Congress gets and put THEM on Medicare!

    Either way, things would get better for ALL!

    Of course that wasn't the question so here is the answer:
    This Sunday we will have two last second changes of minds which would keep this bill from passing.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  141. M. Piwoski

    The thing that I think may stop health care reform on Sunday would be a lack of foresight and ignorance. I truly hope that we have voted the right people into office and that they choose to back health care reform.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  142. chad WI

    It will take alot more back room deals, campaign contributions, no bid contracts in other areas of legislation, and possibly some new wings to be built on some mansions. As for us bottom feeders, our complacency will be of no use.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  143. Jasmine, Dallas TX

    I'm a young voter, 18-25. When our leaders admit that it cost more money to send my peers to die or be maimed in war than it will to heal their wounds back home, then the vote will be tipped to the side of reform.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  144. Augustine

    why health care has become a terrorist issue for the innocent people in america . my mom always told me that health is life , therefore i think health should be the number one priority for the hard working Americans people . but we can only do this by terminate the devil that is standing in front of the sympathetic republican . Obama and i are standing in front of these peaceful republicans so that we can fortify ourselves and put the bad soul to a shame . republicans we say yes to health care now......

    March 19, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  145. DL60

    David in Orlando

    To pass this healthcare bill, more tricks and bribes will be used.
    To stop this healthcare bill ,common sense will be used.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  146. M.E. Morganteen

    The vote will tip when the people voting find themselves paying thousands of dollars a year for the same inadequate health insurance the rest of have. When they are, like me, on their third premium increase in less than a year for a hospital only plan...I'm guessing the vote might tip!

    March 19, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  147. Tim from Pleasant Valley, New York

    bribes bribes, bribes. dig into your pockets deeper. Come on congress you know how to get those votes. Get out those scary boogie man ideas.Do what it takes. We love to see you all on both sides look like the lying cheating theives you are. Voting for anything has become a joke. We the people wanted change and got the other half of the repubdem party.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  148. Ted

    Tell the Dems that they have to be under the same plan they are pushing down our throats . A snake oil salesman never drinks what he sells....But he will say it will cure all our problems .

    March 19, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  149. George

    It would require a good explanation:
    ...Say you don’t have insurance.
    You get sick with an infected appendix which just burst.
    Do you die or get to the hospital?
    Well, you just cost the rest of us money for not having insurance.
    And we are sick of it. Pass reform.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  150. Jim

    What will it take? It will take the Republicans telling the TRUTH about the health care reform bill. It will take the insurance companies and the US Department of Commerce to stop speading lies on TV.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  151. Paul in Richmond VA

    What will tip this bill in favor of passage will be representatives who show the courage to do the right thing in the face of outrageous lies about health care reform.

    Nearly every credible expert has said that the current system is unsustainable, with costs virtually guaranteed to spiral beyond an amount that businesses can afford to pay for their employees or that individuals can afford.

    To vote against comprehensive health care reform in favor of political considerations is nothing less than irresponsible.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  152. Cory

    It will take something that American politicians are not particularly known for, on either side of the spectrum – a willingness to stand on principle and achieve compromise vs. the predictably desperate desire to retain their prospects for re-election. As a Canadian, I am perpetually amazed at the degree to which Americans continue to take an "if-it-ain't-broke-don't-fix-it" posture on US health care, notwithstanding the reality that massive chunks of the American population are uninsured or underinsured. I wish you could experience a system like ours, where illness does not automatically include additional anxiety over payment – let's face it, being sick is already stress-inducing enough without forcing parents to ask that horrible question: is my child sick enough to risk spending money on?

    Moderates, both Dems and Reps, need to find their collective guts and GET THIS DONE... No, it likely won't be perfect, but it will be several steps closer to "better".

    March 19, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  153. Ted Waites

    To pass health care, It will take a little more arm twisting, a few more threats and some more back room deals.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  154. John Miller

    It will take a few Republicans to develop a backbone.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  155. Elizabeth in Fort Lauderdale

    If the future of the country is considered over short term politics and politicians decide to value the lives of our fellow Americans more than their political career, the bill will pass. If the wavering Democrats calculate that they will lose in November if they support the bill, and decide that is more important to them than the health of their fellow Americans, the bill will fail. The irony is, nobody will fail if we support each other.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  156. Susan

    Although I don't expect it to happen, our congressmen would need to say "enough is enough" to stop this healthcare freight train. The arm-twisting, bribery and manipulation associated with this legislation are repulsive. I would give anything to see one honest congressman stand up and say I will not be a part of this corruption.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  157. Sheena

    What will it take to tip the healthcare vote....
    Well first, you shouldn't call it healthcare reform, call the demise of America. All this lying, double dealing, cheating, crooked deals, and what the hell is the student loan program doing in a HealthCare Bill.
    The tip will be to vote OUT the Entire Congress who voted Yes come November, and maybe even worse.
    This is our freedom that depends on this not being passed.
    Half the people dont even realize what is all in the bill and how it will drastically affect them....This is Horrific, this is the History of America going down by a dictator.....
    I no longer respect the American Government and I will vote no for anyone in Wisconsin. And the imigration is also ruining American, what part of ILLEGAL dont Obama understand, he is ruining American and Fast, Wake up People, do something about it now.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  158. steve from new jersey

    what will it take to get health care reform?
    An end to the lies & the stupity of the republicans.
    Who wouldn't want 30 million people NOW UNinsured, insured.?
    Who wouldn't want insurance company denials based on PRE EXISTING CONDITIONS, ENDED?
    Who wouldn't want an end to 30, 40 & 60% raises in insurance rates?
    Obviously an uncaring ignorant human!

    March 19, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  159. T. in SoFla

    Require Congress to pay for their own health insurance with no government co-pay of premiums. When they have to spend the P.A.C. contributions on health care for their OWN families, we'll have coverage for all American's faster than Rush Limbaugh can leave the country.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  160. Terry from Long Beach, CA


    What difference does it make? Once the bill is passed next week it will be tossed back and forth between the imbeciles in Congress until November. A better question would be what types of “creative” stall tactics will be used to prolong things. Or, how many people will die or go jobless and hungry while Congress fail to do their job?


    March 19, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  161. Michael from Keller, Texas

    The GOP cure to a victory. Take two bribes and call me in the morning.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  162. Eileen (Peabody)

    What it will take is for those voting on Sunday to grow a set!!!

    I'm so sick of hearing how this will affect their election in November. It shouldn't....because EVERYONE should have access to health care. For those making quotes such as "This bill will never, never, never pass", should have their health care coverage taken away from them. Then let's see how their song changes!!!!

    March 19, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  163. shirley

    nothing will ever get accomplished in the legislature until those elected there remember that they are suppose to be working for what's good for the country and good for the people, not whats good for the PARTY and their ELE CTION...It would be a great thing if we could elect "people" to office instead of a "party"

    March 19, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  164. George in Minnetonka, MN

    A majority of one, Jack. That might not be very popular at times, but it's still the basis of democracy, and we need to accept it if we want to remain a democracy.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  165. Salley

    The guts to stand up against the GOP and do what they know is right for the American people. There will never be a perfect Health Care Bill, but this will be a good start and if not passed now it will not be on the table again for decades. I hate to imagine where we will be in 5 years if this bill does not pass.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  166. Nancy in St. Louis

    Hopefully a conscious from one of the Congressional members. The American people have seen this process play out and can clearly see this bill is focused on politics as usual and not on making things better for the American people, real people with real problems, even though the people have done their part by e-mailing their representatives so they know what the real problems are. If the bill passes, only time will tell how much this bill will cost the people. Congress needs another clue, they are losing their base of taxpayers with unemployment. Who is going to pay for all of the extras being put in the bill? People who cannot now afford medicine?

    St. Louis

    March 19, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  167. George R Quarles

    Jack it will take BRAINS to get the health bill passed. Americans expect problems to go away in seconds. But we are a young country with lots to learn. Greed and lack of brains are what got us in the trouble we are now in.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  168. Stephen Cooper

    Jack, I was born in England and lived there and in Canada for 5 years each. I have lived in the USA for 52 years and all that time w/o any kind of health insurance due to a minor pre-existing condition. Occasionally the anti-healthcare people run ads featuring Canadians who have come to the USA for our "fantastic healthcare". That gets my back up because my first question to them would be HOW COULD YOU AFFORD to PAY for the fantastic medical care we have here? Only the very richest Canadians could come here for treatment. Our citizens are going to Singapore, India, England, Thailand and other places when they have no insurance. The people who claim this bill puts the government in charge of healthcare are deluded. If it was "in charge" we'd have a true "single payor" system which MOST advanced countries have, including the UK, but private insurance companies still sell policies to those who can afford to "go private". But I'm telling you there are not 1000s of such companies vying for their share of a very small market.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  169. Paul L.

    Perhaps if CNN could dig deep enough to recover its journalistic soul and actually tell a straight story about how badly the Republicans have screwed up our major institutions our legislators might find the strength to vote on health-care reform on its merits. Instead, what we get is slavish, slavering devotion to every possible false and misleading Republican talking point that derelict party can come up with.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  170. Bob Chase

    Dear Mr. Cafferty,
    I think most Americans want health care reform. I also recognize most Americans do not want what Congress is proposing. I think incremental steps are needed to fix what is broken before we move ahead with sweeping reforms. Why do we want to pile 2300 pages of regulation on top of existing dysfunctional regulations? This bill just costs to much.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  171. Eric

    If reason can prevail the bill will be defeated. If pork and special deals continue to prevail, the draconian measure will pass.

    Everyone out there needs to understand that the so-called pragmatic parts of this bill, especially the individual mandate, are a violation of individual rights on an unprecedented scale.

    Further, small businesses will cap their hiring to avoid the 30 employee employer mandate and that will result in continued widespread unemployment until this bad bill, if passed, is repealed.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  172. John Dobalis

    Simple. The Republicans will offer ensure a few Blue Dog Dems re-election in the fall and they will be just enough to defeat the Bill.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  173. george coleman

    i'll be glad when it's over and Congress can get on with screwing up something else. They've gotten enough coverage on this one even though it is very important to many. I'm hoping that the entire Congress is replaced, even my U.S.Senators and Congressman, who for the most part have been stellar examples of conservatism and honesty. The mere fact that they appear to be more concerned with their party is evidence they all must go. We'll at least have a new bunch to blame for the situation at hand until they straighten up their acts.

    George from Crofton, kY.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  174. Pamela holt

    Foley,al. President Obama needs to tell them about the test Anderson Cooper told us about on his show where some people were told that if they signed , they had to obey orders, and when they were told that the person could die if they applied more electric volts, most of them did it, not realizing the people in pain were actually actors. Anderson said he that he wondered what would happen here in our country if such a test were done. Actually there is a test that has been going on and continues today. The results, people have been and continue to die even today, because of no healthcare,not actors, real people. The people who control the buttons to stop their dying, a few democrats and all the republicans in congress. President Obama needs to tell them about the test Anderson Cooper aired on his show and ask all of the members who push the no button to healthcare, ARE YOU GOING TO FAIL THIS TEST??

    March 19, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  175. Mark from Boston

    In a word,


    Mark from Boston

    March 19, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  176. Carlether

    Healthcare is a right for all people and if America can spend money all over the globe, why can't we spend some money on our own people. We are really in trouble in many ways, politicians are so interested in winning elections and getting kick backs, they have forgotten that they serve the people. I once thought that the president was the main person to worry about, but I now believe that the others members in the government should really be evaluated before we vote for any of them. My approach in the future for voting will be different in the coming years.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  177. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I really don't know but the way this thing is going right now it may take the Supreme Court Justices and God knows that would be disasterous.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  178. Chaney. La.

    It just means that Dems are a mish mosh, of ideals, we cant do the lock-step very well.....it may take us longer but we will get there......I hope.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  179. Sheila

    Force every Congressman who votes for this bill to adopt this as their own healthcare plan, and cancel their cushy Congressional coverage.

    You make OUR bed, now you get to sleep in it.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  180. Rogier

    Jack I'm Dutch man living in the U.S, I wonder do American people lying to them selfs, US is the only G7 country that is not compulsory to Insure Everybody, Plus US is lying to their people saying we have best health care, yes they have best health care when you have money, not when you are middle class or low income person, public health is the best way to go Europe did it, and no 1 is unhappy we all are.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  181. Bruce - expat

    I thought I'd check and see the general opinion of progressive socialist CNN. So they're going to rob my Medicare and enforce this healthcare with the IRS?? You people are crazy if you think that I'm going to participate.
    I have already moved my company out of tax insanity California and will spend ALL my time as an expat in the Caribbean.
    I CAN vote with my feet and watch all of you ask each other for your 'entitlements'. Ha ha ha not with MY money you don't!!!

    March 19, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  182. Clifford

    Jack if these republicans had a member of their family lose health because
    the person was no longer employed. my wife has worked since she was 16
    yrs old now at age 54 has no insurance because of her health she can
    not afford insurance on my disability pay. You bet the repulicans would
    howl at the top of their lungs. As far as abortion it was never paid by
    Government Money & never will be. Why are they trying to cliam it
    is. Just pass this bill so those uninsured can have hontest health care!
    The Repulbicans should vote heath care for our citizens. We are one
    of the very few countries that do not offer any health care. Europe
    laughs at our stuipity every night on their news

    March 19, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  183. Jim Green, TX, www.Inclusivism.org

    Jack, The problem with our healthcare business in America - is that it is a "business" - and all of this waiving and flailing of arms by our racists to make reform Obama's "Waterloo" is at the bottom line - just another gimmick to protect the pot of gold the "profiteers" have been making off of the American people for years! Eliminate the "for profit" folks–and our healthcare crisis would end overnight!

    March 19, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  184. george coleman

    Money, job security and/or promise of these things in the near future. Most of the Congress still left want to be re elected. Not because they are such patriots but because they have many other reasons which most of us will not know until it's too late, just like in the past 50 years or so. Throw the bums out regardless of how they vote on this health care issue. They've proven themselves to be bums and untrustworthy to be on Capitol Hill.

    George from Crofton, Kentucky

    March 19, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  185. Gigi Oregon

    The biggest thing that could happen is For Canada and Mexico to laugh out loud at the Republican party. Who say Americans don't want health care like Canadians. It's a disgrace that our representatives from the Republican Party stand up and lie to us. And proves the American people are not listening to the world leaders who have Health care for their people. Canada, Mexico, UK, France, even Libya etc. All have health care because the people demand it. We are a country that the people are taxed with out representation. And all we do is fight one another instead of the enemy. The greed of corporate America.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  186. Susan


    I have a ? for the country today.

    As a now disabled mom with an adult disabled son, I have to tell you that with 24 hours a day to alternate between you on Sirius and WCCO Radio in Minneapolis I really have time to think & observe all that's gone on this year. You can imagine, I'm sure.

    I would just say, "What do the kids think??"

    We think leaving the kids with the deficit is bad and that this health care reform is bad. I say that pales in comparison to what they're watching and hearing this year. Also, what happened to respect? Weren't we taught to respect our "elders" and certainly the president?

    I really applause him for jabbing back at the "talk" lately and as he did today.


    March 19, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  187. sigrid

    Healthcare is not a privilege but a must for all Americans. It is a pity that this president, who works so hard, is stabbed in the back by the opposition. They had eight years to implement a health bill. So why didn't they????

    Many of Republican / Democratic Congressmen and Senators have accepted money from lobbyists representing healthcare and HMO's, Pharmaceutical companies. Please take a poll and show who they are????.

    CNN shows mainly tea parties, anything against the healthcare bill. I only saw a few people carrying signs for the pro-healthcare bill. Please be fair.


    March 19, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  188. Ted Waites

    To stop this health care bill, it will take a few more members of Congress joining the only bipartison support this bill has, which is to kill it.

    To pass this health care bill, It will take a little more arm twisting, a few more threats and some more back room deals.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  189. Emily, Summit, NJ

    Conscience. Moral goodness with a feeling of obligation to do the right thing. All Americans should have access to the same quality health care that Members of Congress and their families enjoy.

    Next on the agenda – Real Campaign Finance Reform. Kick the Corporatists to the curb.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  190. Karl

    This is the only chance before very long to start passing a healthcare bill. Yes, I say start, because it will take a lot of work to improve it, make it more efficient. What is important is to break the psychological barrier – The republicans who are against any healthcare whatever its form will look for any excuse and scare tactics – They will eat a warm to stop the crossing of this barrier – The bill needs improvement, but democrates should stop being scared of their own shadow and just pass this first step of the bill – People will understand the importance very well in the near future, but only if it passes.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  191. Karen - Nashville TN

    It's too late for health care reform, because the world at large has seen what the great phenomenon of modern medicine is capable of. Everybody wants whatever it takes to keep them alive forever – drugs, transplants, new joints, and, ultimately, life-support – and there simply isn't enough money.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  192. Albert Binder

    Health care reform is not perfect. How could it be with all the differing views? What I would tell everyone, to tip the scale in favor of health care reform, is that if we don't at least get our foot in the door with a less then perfect health care now and improve it in the future, it will be decades before we have a chance again.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  193. Stefan (Canada)

    The money Jack. Money will tip the health care vote in such a way that more money will enter in the coffers of the insurance companies, pharmaceutical corporations, etc. There is no end in sight for the greed that drives the health industry and no hope for someone standing for the ordinary people that will pay the ultimate price. The tragedy is that most of these folks are as greedy as the insurance companies and not realizing that they are one step ahead of becoming victims of this system. Where is the compassion and willingness to help their neighbor? And most of them claim to be Christians…
    I feel sorry for Mr. Obama being such an idealist before becoming President - even his idealism won’t help in making things right or tipping any vote.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  194. Alicia

    If healthcare was the only issue Republicans had stonewalled, I might consider their arguments more seriously. I believe, however, that they are so upset about losing power that they will stop at nothing to try and get it back, even though it was their 8 years of reckless governing that caused it. They are determined to delegitimize this administration, even if it means throwing tantrums and, purely out of stubborn spite, blocking healthcare for millions of Americans. I am 64, out of work, and haven't had coverage for over 7 years. I'd like to wring their selfish, arrogant necks.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  195. SAM from Delaware

    Jack what is going on in this health care vote and its opposition is a clear indication that America does not know what is good for its citizens. The previous government could spend billions of dollars and the life of soldiers fighting unjust war in Iraq and then rebuilding Iraq with the tax payers dollars which added to this country's debt and put Iraq in surplus. I see no practical reason why voting for a legislation which will lower the deficit and improve the health of citizens of this country be a difficult issue. If America cannot do anything good like giving its citizens good health care but ever ready to spend on other countries like Iraq then my guese is American citizens must move and live in Iraq where they will get a fair share of their taxes. Is so sad to hear Republicans say America cannot afford health care for its citizens.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  196. Albert Binder

    To tip the health care reform vote one way or the other, I would just say: Do you really want your vote to be responsible for not passing health care reform?

    March 19, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  197. steve- virginia beach

    Honesty for a change could tip it either way. Even if they figure that out, I doubt enough of them are capable.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:38 pm |

    Democrats must get their act together and do something good for America. They were not elected to govern by polls but by their values and understanding of issues.The health/insurance reform is a need for the country at this time.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  199. cherie

    Pls, We had Star Wars, now Cyber Wars? No plan in place for an attack yet??? We have been in cyber for awhle. Skinning and grinning about it, No plan in Bush admin??? ths stinks of on the verge of fear mongoring???

    March 19, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  200. jeane

    Based on listening to to person on now...false info and obstruction..

    March 19, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  201. Ken Knox

    What will it take? It will take someone publically standing up to Mcconnell & Boehner's broken record about the American people not wanting this bill. They and CNN know that the Polls don't disclose that 90%+ of the public have not read the Health Care Bill and are only responding to the "constant scare tactic commercials" put on by the Chamber of Commerce and the Insurance Companies.
    Ken in Colorado.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  202. Jim

    I turned 50 this year and have never been interested in politics.

    If this bad bill and poor policy passes I will finally get off the couch and start being active against democtratic candidates.

    I cannot believe our country will be brought down by this policy.

    Hopefully I will be wrong but 30 million means unfair taxation to those with money at the expense of those who continue to want a free ride.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  203. Albert Binder

    To tip the health care reform vote one way or the other, all you have to say is: We need to get our foot in the door now or it could be decades before we can try again; hey, we could always improve it later.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  204. Roy Vancouver

    It's a shame that a superpower like America who can spend trillons of dollars in Iraq war and bringing home thousands of body bags, but cannot spare 900billion dollars on health care. Why other country can afford a better health care and america cannot??. What kind of politics america had?, forget the budget and politics guys and give the american people the best health they need..


    March 19, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  205. Chip from Colorado

    The first thing we will have to do if it passes is re-write the math books. 10 minus 3 is 0 or is it 15, I guess it depends on who you are talking to. The person who has to pay the real bill will have to figure that out. But the bright side is we will be rid of all the Democrats for a long time when the people who are being promised health care find out what they will actually get.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  206. Albert Binder

    To tip health care reform vote one way or the other, all you have to say is: Please, for the love of God, please, I don't want lose my job because you won't vote for health care reform to pass.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  207. lynne j. in nc

    Common sense and a sense of decency. One has to be a sick, twisted selfish weasel to not want to get in a room and vote 'yes' on healthcare for people who are priced out of the system while those same people work each and everyday and help pay for theirs. Can we say a Marie Antoinette complex is afoot here? They don't want us to eat bread, cake nor the crumbs.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  208. Joe Castle Rock

    Jack, what will tip the balance is the following. Some democrat in the house needs to go to the mic and shout out and remind all the democrates that we voted for change not the status quo. Change Change Change. Reforming Health care is big time change and the democrats representatives were also voted in to make change happen. We are sick of what the Republicans did to us. The american people want to kick everyone out of congress because it is business as usual. What is sad is the Republicans could care less about the American people only their party. They are not going to get reelected. They are going to be tossed out big time.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:51 pm |
  209. carl frankel


    why is this a debate, it is so simple;

    I think all the politicians that vote NO on health care and are NOT veterans need to refuse their cushy government paid health insurance and reimburse WE the people for every year they have been in office and received these benefits we are not good enough for

    March 19, 2010 at 6:52 pm |
  210. Ken

    It's no wonder health care reform has failed for decades. It's amazing to see the lengths Republicans are willing to go with their fear tactics. What I wonder is what the Republicans are so afraid of? Are they that indifferent to the suffering of millions? Are they so stuck on their belief that the rich must get richer even while walking over the bodies of the less fortunate to do so? I give Obama much credit for all he is doing, pass or fail this legislation has certainly opened my eyes to the arrogance of the Republican Party. It must be easy to be a Republican, simply do nothing & stand in the way of anything that could possibly benefit others. It's a sad day for America if the Democrats don't find the courage to do what's right for the millions of people who are losing their homes & their lives due to this healthcare system that has failed so many for so long. Wake up America!

    March 19, 2010 at 6:54 pm |
  211. Ron P

    Get the Republican and Democrat hippicrits to admit thier hippicrits not a chance.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:54 pm |
  212. Bob Glatter

    "....and among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
    Without health care, life is shorter or cut short. With hundreds of thousands of bankruptcies due to unaffordable medical costs, there's no happiness. With special interests controlling our lives, liberty becomes a moot point. Pass health care reform now and end this affront to our Bill of Rights.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:54 pm |
  213. Mike from Michigan

    Why doesn’t someone start a court challenge to the validity of the Senate Health Care Bill? After all, it passed based on the 60th vote of the illegitimately appointment Senator from Massachusetts. Remember when Edward Kennedy passed away and his senate seat was vacated. At the time that this happened, the law on the books required an election to fill the seat, not an appointment by the governor. Yet, in one of the most backhanded moves, by Democrats in recent memory, they hurried up and changed the law to allow the governor to appoint a person the fill the seat, so that they could have the 60 votes to pass the health care bill, effectively thwarting the will of the voters of Massachusetts. This Bill should be challenged in court and should be declared invalid.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:57 pm |
  214. Albert Binder

    Fine, don't vote for health care reform, but then you tell the next person complaining that the health insurance company won't cover their pre-existing condition that it was you that voted not change that policy.

    March 19, 2010 at 6:58 pm |
  215. forreal

    Please let this bill be bi-partisan. Obama and the Democrats have put together a bill and the Republicans’ bill?

    March 19, 2010 at 6:58 pm |