November 4th, 2010
03:33 PM ET

Should Republicans to try to repeal health care law?


(FILE PHOTO) March 23, 2010: President Obama signed into law his historic health care insurance reform legislation, enacting the most sweeping social legislation in decades, ensuring coverage for almost all Americans. (PHOTO CREDIT: SAUL LOEB/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Come January, President Obama's health care law will be on the chopping block.

The incoming Speaker of the House, John Boehner, says voters have given the GOP a mandate to cut government and roll back what he calls the health care "monstrosity."

Boehner says the American people are concerned about the government takeover of health care. He says Republicans want to repeal it and replace it with "common-sense reforms" that will bring down health care costs.

Throughout the campaign, Republicans blasted the president's signature issue of health care reform, with many promising to repeal it if the GOP won control of Congress.

For his part, Mr. Obama says it would be a "misreading" of the election results to think Americans want to spend the next two years trying to "re-litigate" health care reform and other major pieces of legislation.

The president called the process of passing the bill "an ugly mess" and something he regrets, but insists the outcome was a good one.

A new USA Today/Gallup Poll shows Republicans' top priority for the new Congress is repealing the health care law and cutting federal spending.

As for Democratic voters, they want Congress to pass a new stimulus bill to create jobs.

Meanwhile it's worth noting that even if Republicans make the repeal of health care reform a priority, it may not go anywhere.

While Republicans will control the House in the next Congress, the Democrats will still remain in control of the Senate.

What that means is likely - you guessed it - more gridlock.

Here’s my question to you: Should Republicans try to repeal President Obama's health care law?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Sheila writes:
Absolutely not! It still needs work but it's a great beginning. We're already using the part that keeps our kids on until 26 since our college graduate hasn't been successful in finding employment with medical insurance. I'm very thankful for it.

Sylvia in California writes:
No. But, both sides need to come together to (1) read the law and (2) modify sections that add costs to businesses without adding value to patients or physicians.

Herman in Portland, Oregon writes:
Yes. The Republicans have researched, polled and listened to the American people. They are trying to undo the new health care law that was passed by the Congress in a partisan and divisive way. With simple changes to the health care industry, all Americans can have health care. I disagree with the mandate and hope it goes away.

Bob in Quebec writes:
Whatever. You know it's funny that every day for the last two years Republicans assailed the White House for focusing on health care instead of jobs, jobs, jobs. The only reason that health care should be number one is that they solved the unemployment crisis while I was asleep last night. Did they?

Gary in Woodhaven, Michigan writes:
What a mockery elections and politics are. It is near impossible to repeal the health care law, just as it is impossible to eliminate the debt without raising taxes. These people know this yet promise something else; we either accept living in denial or we accept the lies of politicians for comfort. Either way until we can live in the now, in the reality of our times, we will never move forward as a nation or as a people. How sad we've become.

Annie writes:
Why not? The bill is little more than welfare for big insurance with a few feel-good benefits thrown in. We need single-payer, not some half-baked, complicated scheme that was crafted to garner a few Republican votes and didn't.

D. in San Diego writes:
Better yet: Have the logos of the corporations they serve sewn onto their clothing. Like the yahoos from Nascar. Then you wouldn't waste time asking questions like this.

soundoff (181 Responses)

    Of course they should repeal the health Insurance plan. folks need to see exactlyu what the Republicanms think of the working class, and needy citizens. We need to suffer a whole lot under the Republicans. We allowed them to gain control of the House, they need to show exactly what they think of us- They have their insurance, why not repeal their insurance? Shame on America, we use to try to help the needy- no more-remember, the children we deny coverage to today, will be the same grown-ups we will need to work and pay our SS and Medicare insurance tomorrow. What goes around, comes around Republicans- whose real and only job is destroy Obama, not help with this job situation.
    virginia senior citizen

    November 4, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  2. Mick Hamden, CT

    The GOP has been dragging their feet for 2 years to prevent Obama from getting anything done. Presidents since Nixon have tried to get a healthcare bill through Congress. The GOP is angry that Obama succeeded and don't want him and the Democrats to have the credit.

    November 4, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  3. Jason, Koloa HI

    Who would benefit the most from the repeal of Health Care Reform. I'm guessing the giant insurance company's who funnel millions into getting Republicant's elected. Boehner and the rest of them will stand up there doing the same performance I've seen over and over about stop raising taxes ( on the rich mostly), stop regulating industries and corporations like insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies, because it's stifling job growth ( they never create any more jobs than they would have anyway), and we must stop any attempt to stop the redistribution of wealth (screw the poor, we're not poor so what's the problem). They represent the haves and they always have. What blows my mind is how many have-nots vote for these people.

    November 4, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  4. David in Tampa

    Health care reform is far too important for the Republicans to just repeal without first showing this nation what they are going to replace it with. Let we the people have an opportunity to view and pundits critique the good, the bad, and the ugly of it and have repeal language of the old bill in your new one. Again, on spending cuts, since no one seemed able to ask or get a response to any question about, where are you going to cut spending, how much cutting are you going to do and when will all these cuts take affect. I fear the Republicans are going to make the same MANDATE mistakes that the Democrats after taking office in 2009. Damn the consequences, full speed ahead into oblivion.

    November 4, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  5. John ..... Marlton NJ

    Absolutely. Then merge the federal retirement system with social security ... Everyone waits to 62 or 65 or whatever.age.. everyone at that age gets a medical plan .. whatever fed retures get so do ss recepients.. no more 45 or 50 yr old retirees on the federal or municipal dole..

    November 4, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  6. Valerie in Raleigh

    No. Do not repeal it – work with it and make it better. Will the Republicans do this - I doubt it. Their main objective is and was to make the President fail, they have said this clearly and they have acted accordingly. With the party of No in control of the House of Representatives, will they do anything constructive in the next two years to help the country? Probably not if it gives any credit to the President. It is a terribly said situation. And, I sincerely hope I am wrong.

    November 4, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  7. Jon Pridham

    After two years of crying about and saying NO! to everything the Demorcrats tried to do, screaming that they were the voice of the people, they had better heed the voice of the people they claim to represent. according to the exit poll the economy is what the people want to see be fixed. This election show that the American people are a finicky bunch who want it, and want it NOW!


    November 4, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  8. Thom Richer

    Not as far as I am concerned. Obama's health care law, as you call it, is the first insurance, if you will, that change in America's health system will actually begin to occur. Without this Obama law, change would likely not even begin for decades and possibly never. This law is not the end-all to our health care woes but it is a beginning and gives one hope that change will continue for the benefit of all. Like it or not, social programs are and will continue to be necessary in America due to growth in population, lack of jobs, low wages, corporate betrayal of workers and country and simple greed. If we cannot or do not want provide health care to all, then we must make it affordable to all and Obama's law is the start it needs.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    November 4, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  9. frankie

    John Boehner has always claimed to speak for me and now it's even more annoying, he claims to have my mandate to repeal health care reform. And Christine O'Connell claims that she won on Tuesday. And Sarah Palin claims that a reality show makes her just like Reagan while in the same breath belittling his film career. I am so grateful and proud to be a liberal and a Democrat.

    November 4, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  10. Greg in Mechanicsburg

    Republicans of the House should not try to repeal President Obama's health care law. That would be a waste of time and money from the get go. They should "reform" it, however, make it easier for business to embrace it. Glaciers make more progress and move quicker than Congress will.

    November 4, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  11. Al

    The nation needs to control health care costs. Repeal is not the answer. Keep the good and improve the rest of the bill so that it creates value for ourselves and future generations.

    November 4, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  12. Maria

    One word: No


    November 4, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  13. Gail, Plano TX

    Why Not? Seems the more chaos the GOP cause, the more popular they become. This country is on the road to destruction, and the GOP is leading the charge. God help us!

    November 4, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  14. KDS Irvine, CA

    Absolutely not Jack, because they only have control of the House and not the Senate. And oh yeah, the president will veto any repeals on Health Care. Besides it would take 2 years for both sides to agree on how to reverse it just to send it to the president for his veto. And all that time would have been wasted for nothing. Creating jobs, fixing Social Security, cracking down on illegal immigration should be the focus of the new Congress.

    November 4, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  15. Marcia K

    Yes...we just can't afford it.

    November 4, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  16. Greg in Mechanicsburg

    You know that is just what they are going to try to do, Jack. Stupid is as stupid does.

    November 4, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  17. Jim in Alabama

    Jack, if they try, they'd damn sure better come up with a better plan that includes a public option or the American public will blame them for it's failure. It's easy to give people something but hard to take it away and I think most people were more opposed to the fact that Obama didn't go far enough rather than the fact that they just didn't like health care reform. I think the Republicans are going to learn this the hard way.

    November 4, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  18. James Giannuzzi

    Yes we need to get rid of the OBAMACARE!!!

    More than half of registered voters are against it. It is not a good bill....There are a few good parts but as a whole it needs to be shredded!!!
    Lets go back to the drawing board and draft a bill that really REALLY works!!

    November 4, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  19. Don Kern

    Are they allowed to repeal something they can't understand? If so, go for it!

    November 4, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  20. Jeff In Minnesota

    Health care needed to be fixed. However, the Democratic version of fixing health care is the most idiotic thing I have every read. Most of the benefits only occur if future Congresses agree to pass legislation to make it happen. Talk about kicking the can down the road and passing the buck. This is why Pelosi will no longer the Speaker of the House. The public knew they were sold a bill of goods. Now the Republicans have a chance to fix it properly or else they too will hopefully be kicked to the curb. This is what the public is tired of, being told one thing and then getting delivery of another. It's called "bait and switch" out in the real world and it's illegal. The Senators and Representatives that gave us so called health care reform should be sent to jail for what they did.

    November 4, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  21. mark......in Houston

    The Republicans will do what they always do......nothing for the good of the country.

    They should leave the bill alone and attempt a totally new concept....working for the betterment of the country, all races and all economic classes. But they won't. Instead there will be the normal grandstanding, chest pounding, agenda with the only goal being party dominance and re election in 2012.

    We're headed right back to what put us in the ditch...in the first place

    November 4, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  22. ronvan

    Lets put all the facts on the table. Our president and fellow democrats have continually said that they asked the republicans for input, which they did not? Now that they have some power, they will have a ton of recommendations, which I would have to ask, where were they before? At any rate I do not see anything happening from our "elected children" other than "politics as usual".

    November 4, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  23. Ralph Spyer

    Why ? IF republicans want to op out that great, and at the same time they can op out of Social Security at the same Time it a free Country. If they loose their job they could send back their unemployment check b also. When B.P. dumps oil in the Gulf , or when their car , gas tank explodes don"t ask the goverment for help. When a hurricane stop by or a torando ,or earth quake it a free country man up ,pick yourself up your a republican don"t ask the government for help.Repeal everything

    November 4, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  24. JWD

    NO!!! This was ground breaking legislation. The republicans didn't want the public option and they got that kicked out and now have vilified HC toe point that everyone has forgotten how important it is. My daughter was just diagnosed with breast cancer...because of prior health issues, she would have been dropped by her insurance company without this legislation. Because her husband is self employed, they pay $1459.00 per MONTH for health insurance and have for the past several years. Hopefully with the legislation there will be a pool which will get them lower premiums.

    November 4, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  25. Robert

    Sure they should try to repeal it. Their insurance company and health care cronies will expect nothing less. And we all know the Republicans always do what's best for AMERICA when they have the chance. Just look at their long list of suggestions and accomplishments in the last two years.

    November 4, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  26. Jeff Larson

    Of course not! 32 million people will be insured, pre-existing conditions are a thing of the past, people who fall into the doughnut hole in Medicare will receive $250 toward drug costs, the list goes on and on. It would be foolish to let the insurance companies have as much control as they did in the past.

    Jeff Larson
    Middleton, Wisconsin

    November 4, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  27. jim

    Yes they should repeal it and like they did before ignore the people who need some kind of program. Hopefully corporations will realize that people don't care about others and they will stop supplying Healthcare to their employees. Then watch all those who oppose Healthcare Reform whine and cry. God only knows that the American public deserves it if it happens

    November 4, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  28. David from northern virginia

    Of course not. Repealing it would explode the defecit. Facts are stubborn things.

    November 4, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  29. AL Brown

    The Republicans don't have to repeal Obamacare, they only need to refuse to fund it. They now control the house and the house controls the budget. Sounds pretty simple to me!
    Al Brown
    Gorham, NH

    November 4, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  30. john j. grimes watertown, ma.

    They are going to do anything in their power to repeal everything they can to make President Obama's tenure in the White House miserable. I would like to know where all of these "fiscal conservatives" were when the invoices were coming in,and still are, for Bush's war in Iraq & Afghanistan. Let's wait and see what these people are going to do for the working class in this country who voted for the empty promises made on their behalf.

    November 4, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  31. Justcurious in Michigan

    Hello Jack,

    The polls leading up to the election indicated Americans were most concerned about (1) the economy and (2) the deficit. The health care reform was listed farther down the list of concerns, So why have the Republicans chosen to ignore America's primary concerns? It looks like the Republicans are as deaf as the Democrats when it comes to listening to the people.

    November 4, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  32. P Walker

    Republicans should not try to repeal the Healthcare Reform Bill, but get on with the business of reducing the deficit by not accepting a government salary for their service, having their family member to do the same; refuse government sponsored healthcare and pay out of pocket when they seek medical care; and return all of their retirement contributions to the Treasury Department. That would be a drop in the bucket, but hey, seems like a good place to start.

    November 4, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  33. D.M San Diego

    Better yet... have the Logo's of the corporations they serve, sewn onto their clothing. Like the Yahoo's from Nascar. Than you wouldn't waste time asking questions, like this.

    November 4, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  34. Joseph Leff

    Only if they give up their own health care coverage.

    Joe in Florida

    November 4, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  35. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio


    Absolutely, and especially if the repeal takes less time than reading the thing !

    November 4, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  36. John K, Leavenworth Kansas

    If Republicans don't repeal the health care law that was shoved down our throats, then they should reconsider hanging anything on the walls in their DC offices as they too will suffer the same devastating fate Democrats suffered on Tuesday.

    November 4, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  37. mike

    Let's see, will that create jobs? No. Then that is your answer.

    November 4, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  38. Lori - PA


    Since a repeal is not likely to work, the Republicans should work on ammending the health care reform bill. They should either provide a public health insurance option to combat what companies such as BlueCross charge, or allow people to buy insurance across state lines. But given that insurance companies raise health insurance premiums every time we blink, I'd rather have a public option. Something that only costs about $200 a month as opposed to over $700 a month.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  39. My V. Nguyen San Jose CA

    What does the repeal of health care reform have anything to do with creating jobs? Besides, repeal of health care reform legislation will only benefit the health care industry. Period.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  40. ma in az

    I think that it is a good thing that the Republicans are now in control of the House because they now won't be able to hide anywhere when the lack of progress they are known for continues, so if they choose to try to rescind health reform, they will not only see time fly by but they'll hang themselves in the process.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  41. bob landschoot

    funny, rhetoric has started alleady. Why can't these people cooperate instead of threatening Obama. Yes, we need a health program, with single payor. If VA can do it, so can legislators find ways. But, their premiums don't go up, and benefits are not denied. Sad, isn't it, where personalities are starting to flare up to deteriment of voters.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  42. Susan from Idaho

    Not unless they have something a heck of a lot better to replace it. The party of no means no solutions just criticism.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  43. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    i hope so and I hope they stop it before people go to jail for not being able to pay the fines for not having insurance .

    November 4, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  44. Bob in Kansas City

    Yes and give us a public option that covers preexisting conditions, this present system is unsustainable...annual cost increases that outrun income increases is a deadend game.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  45. Kevin Downey

    Please, Jack, just ask Boehner what part of keeping your kids on your policy 'til they're 26 is a terrible thing?

    November 4, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  46. Eric

    Should the republicans try to repeal the Health Care bill? No. Will they try? Yes. Will they succeed? No. Will they succeed politically? Yes.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  47. John in Deptford NJ

    The HCR may not be perfect- and it isn't....it didn;t go far enough and offer the Public Option...am I dissappointed? Yes.....Can it be Better, Yes! ...should it be repealled..NO!

    November 4, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  48. Tasha

    We're seeing some light at the end of the tunnel with respect to the recession. The Republicans can pretty much do anything as long as it's not too drastic and when we are out of the recession claim credit for it.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  49. Leonard J. Loomis

    No, but they will since they lost all touch with truth and reality.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  50. J Ewing

    NO !!! a little tweaking sure repeal not a chance

    November 4, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  51. Linda in New York

    The health care reform bill has many beneficial elements that should be retained. It was a mistake for the Obama administration to try to include every aspect of reform in one all-or-nothing bill. The new congress should work to revise the bill, not repeal it in its entirety.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  52. Margo

    No, it should not be repealed!

    November 4, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  53. Karl from SF, CA

    They shouldn't but they will waste a lot of time trying. It will be interesting to see if Mitch McConnell and John Boehner can deal with the lock step Republican Reich that they are used to ruling with an iron hand and the new Red Dog Tea Bag conservatives, like Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi have dealt with the regular Democrats and the Blue Dogs. I think Mitch and Johnny are in for a big surprise. The newbies may not be as compliant.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  54. Kathy


    Start over and do it right, no back room deals, no union deals. Let's ensure the cost of health care is brought down the right way, not the sleazy way it was done and totally partisan. We are Americans, not socialists.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  55. Drew

    We talk about the rest of the world leading.. Well as long as American politician keep the same mind set and business as usual we are years behind to catch up and catching up is not an easy thing...

    November 4, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  56. Shirley siddens

    No, but expand and improve on it. The party of "NO' does not care about the average citizen. I know, I'm one that needs affordable coverage.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  57. Ed

    Well of course they should Jack. God knows we haven’t spent enough time debating health care. That’s what we all want, all right, another year of debate. Some investigations will be good too. That’ll create jobs. How could they watch the mistakes the Democrats made in the last two years and immediately focus on reproducing them? Voters are angry because we wasted time on health care instead of working on the economy, so now we’re going to waste more time talking about health care. Good Lord, are they all crazy?

    November 4, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  58. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Yeah, and while the Republicans are at it, why don't they just repeal the whole 21st century being that I haven't heard a plan from them to move this country forward.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  59. A.J. Bennett

    They should, indeed, try to repeal the Health Care Bill. Even if it takes two years it will be time well spent. Also it will keep them from passing other bills that we don't need.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  60. RGK

    No! The Republican should not attempt to repeal health care bill, let alone make it their "Number 1 priority". There should be a publicly available list of the amount contributions of insurance and health care companies that are funding the Republicans who are determined to repeal the bill.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  61. Michael Albany NY

    Repealing the bill would be a bad idea. There are good parts and bad parts of the bill. To keep the good, modify some of the bad or silly parts would be wise. But to come out strongly as a group of angry, nasty party of no-er's. That would be bad for Republicans – and the country.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  62. Madaleine

    Europe has universal healthcare and it's long due for wealthy AMERICA to have this as well. They have to figure out the best way to do it here but do it, they should.
    I like your show by the way jack.

    Madaleine, New Jersey

    November 4, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  63. Dustin


    As one of your analyst said during the election, spending the huge amount of time it would take to pass through a repeal the healthcare (particularly if it gets veto'd and they have to try for the super majority) they will be losing valuable time to get results before the next election.

    It would almost the same situation as the mess Obama created himself by passing it, a lot of time would pass and the average citizen will see no effect (or jobs)

    November 4, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  64. William

    Jack......if the Republicans don't try and repeal it, they are not fulfilling their responsibility and promises.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  65. Steven

    Talk of repealing the heath care law is just posturing. Despite their claims, the Republicans do not have a far reaching mandate from the American People. They do have enough power to stop the Democrats from passing the liberal agenda..oh, wait. They've been stopping the liberal agenda for 2 years.

    I guess more of the same will happen now.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  66. Michael

    The Republicans should not read to much into the elections last Tuesday, they should not spend their time trying to repeal Health Care. It is the economy stupid!!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  67. Cheryl of California

    The republicans want to uninsure 21-26 year olds and those with pre-existing conditions who now, thank God, have insurance. I think not unless they want to suffer the same fate the democrats just suffered. The Amerivcan people will not stand for it.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  68. Joe

    Republicans repealing the health care law is a political move, so I say definitely NO. If they have positive ways to improve the bill they should discuss them and implement them. The only reason to throw it away and start from scratch is so they can say "See what we did, we got rid of that horrible law and made a new better one" President Obama has already said that he will entertain suggestions to change the law, but not accept a complete repeal, so why try?

    November 4, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  69. Jeff Ruso

    Too often policicians say they will do something during a campaign. They need to show some intregrity and do what they said they would. Yes, try to repeal.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  70. peterP IN FLORIDA

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    We cannot afford it. All companies that can are dumping us already. My insurance is up 20% again this year. Soon I will too be on medicaid.

    If we cannot afford insurance they can claim they did not deny us.

    Up to age 26 it is easy to get cheap health insurance. After 45 IT IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE AND TOO MUCH $$ FOR MIDDLE CLASS.

    Let 50 and up BUY INTO MEDICARE....WHY NOT?

    November 4, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  71. Matt B

    Of course Republicans should try to repeal the healthcare bill. For President Obama to say that Americans don't want that is just wrong. The bill was forced down our throats and now the people are fighting back by electing Republicans to Congress. Not only is this bill a mess, but it's only going to make things worse for employers that provide healthcare and for doctors who actually want to get paid for their hard work.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  72. Jeanie Brown

    I am a life-long Republican and I absolutely DO NOT want the Health Care Reform bill repealed. It may need some tweaking but I supported President Obama and admire his efforts and the risks he took to pass this much needed legislation. Republicans need to get on with the work we sent them to Washington to do and STOP rehashing the last two years. That would be more gridlock. Let's all pull together and get our wonderful country back on track – help to create a climate for JOBS and more JOBS. Lets put Americans back to work . . . fix the economy and keep tax cuts for folks who make less than the $250,00 HH income. HHs who make over $500,000 a year need to step up and pay the piper. I and many others believe that most of them benefitted from the rampant greed that put us in this mess.
    Jeanie Brown

    November 4, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  73. Al Beadle

    Hell No, this has been too long in coming. If one the purposes of government is to "Provide for the common defense", isn't your heath a part of that? The Republicans are mad! With 35 percent of premiums being squandered on administration and marketing - and hundreds of millions being paid to senior executives, (including $1.5 billion to one of them) - it's hard to imagine that any alternative wouldn't be an improvement.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  74. James Wolf-Lang ovid mi

    I am a Vietnam vet so it does not affect me all that much, but I do not think that this is the message the people sent do these Gop Idiots, have they got their heads screwed on right? we need jobs in this country. and the first thing on the agenda is to get President Obama out of Office abd kill Heath care Come on lets get real .

    November 4, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  75. Curt Taylor

    Yes, health care should be repealed, based on the cost
    for 2011. My Federal Health benefits increased 62.9%
    for 2011. In 2010 I paid $302.49 per month and now the
    cost is scheduled to be $480.76. This appearenty is due
    to changes recently impemented in the health care bill.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  76. Marylina

    I think that us Americans deserve better than to watch Congress waste their time trying to repeal healthcare when too many of us still don't have jobs. It would be a slap in the face to their constituents who are still struggling for the Republicans to waste time on such a fruitless effort.
    If the next two years is just going to be a pissing contest between the Republicans in Congress and President Obama, I don't want to watch. Maybe my husband and I should put off having kids even longer so we can keep saving for the inevitable day that we have to provide for our uninsured parents and family members that cant find jobs.
    Arlington, VA

    November 4, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  77. Jen (Quebec, Canada)

    Hi Jack,

    There you go Jack, after dreaming about taking over the House, I would think that Republicans would listen and work on creating jobs for the American people. Instead, they are going on war against Obama, whom I am sure will never let them repeal Health Care.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  78. Bill-WPB

    Only if a few senate Dems will join them.
    The housing criss will fix it's self when people go back to work.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  79. Irene from Pennsylvania

    The insurance companies are already raising rates to compensate for any loss of theirs due to increasing coverage. If there we go backward with coverages the insurance companies won't give refunds. The result would be a win/win situation for insurance companies and a lose/lose situation for us. The republicans would waste time and create gridlock.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  80. riley

    NO! All the GOP wants to do is fatten the wallets of their well heeled
    Corporate partners.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  81. andrew in north carolina


    The health care bill should be reformed. Even the democrats had the whole bill shoved down their throats........or were paid off to vote for it. The public has been clear since the beginning that it was opposed to the bill because it was passed in such an under-handed manner, will cost billions, etc. The President has said that he used unethical methods to push the bill through. The whole procedure reeked of exactly what the President claimed is wrong with Washington. Common sense issues, such as tort reform were omitted. It's a lousy bill, that will never accomplish its goal.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  82. steve - virginia beach

    Absolutely. Obama has made clear that he will be the POTUS of NO but that doesn't excuse the Republicans from at least trying to pursue the will of We the People.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  83. Terry

    Jack it has to be repealed, that is what the majority of Americans want. This arrogant , incompetent and corrupt White House just dont get it.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  84. Dan in Santa Barbara

    One thing that relieves me about this election is that the Republicans want to repeal the employer mandate for health insurance which will save my family $400 a month that I can't afford. If they can't just undo the whole package, maybe they can repeal that part of it. Otherwise, challenge it in court so that the DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT gets the message that it's NOT OKAY to criminalize poverty!

    November 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  85. harry dove

    When it comes to washington does it really matter what we think

    November 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  86. nallsie

    YES!!! Change it, repeal it what ever; but at least, read it and get rid of all the goofy expensive elements.

    I'm looking for a common sense heath care bill which will reduce the cost of medical care and make it affordable for people to buy the insurance. I absolutely do not want to pay higher premiums for all you people who abuse your bodies.

    If that means a little more for emergency care, so be it. No free rides for people. You want the care; then earn the money and pay for it. Or at least, stop abusing alcohol and drugs, smoking cigarettes, chewing tobacco,

    I'm also willing to pay a little increase in premiums to pay for pre=existing conditions over which the patient had no control.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  87. Nora

    Really? If they do, they will not have time to move on anything else, and if it gets as crazy as it did to get it passed, it would make me very happy, because they will get their collective asses kicked out again in 2012 for reverting back the the party of NO!


    November 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  88. Dave in Marshfield WI

    It would be silly to try to repeal healthcare when it is not possible to accomplish. They would be better served by changing parts that they can get enough agreement on.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  89. Richard

    It seems incredible to me that anyone let alone "intelligent lawmakers" would propose to allow health insurance providers to deny coverage for pre existing conditions and when people have paid for years before and get sick. Does the electorate want lifetime limit on coverage who will be really sick? Maybe they should concentrate on providing a public option instead so they are denied campaign contributions! (sic)

    November 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  90. Jason

    ABSOLUTELY They should! However I thought of a solution that both sides couid come to grasp. How's this?....If you are in favor of health reform then simply register as a Dem. Then we can take it out of YOUR pay check. All those who register as Rep, or Ind can go about there own way, and not be affected by it. Seems easy enough doesn't it?

    November 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  91. Robert Butts

    Yes, after all that is what they were elected for!
    Even if they can't repeal it, they must try and who knows, it might just work!

    November 4, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  92. Sue from Charlotte NC

    I would love CNN to survey all these "voters" who are so against Health Care Reform. My guess is the majority of them already have affordable coverage, supplemented by either the government or their employer. They're fine so why mess with health care, for them "It ain't broken."

    November 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  93. Bill from Kentucky

    Not NO.....but HELL NO ! Ever see a dog chase its tail, Jack? That's what it'll be like if the Republicans start running this dog again. We just don't have the time to waste.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  94. Edward C. Martin

    European countries have better medical plan than the USA, though Boehner says USA is the best. No way. Hopefully, the Republicans will not harm Obama's health plan. It may not be perfect, but it is better than what we have had. Republicans need to learn how to work with others, and stop saying no. As a tourist, I have used the European medical services, and they are great and far less expensive than those of the USA.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  95. Jake Daniel in Macon, Georgia

    Yes! More gridlock! Just the recipe for Sarah Palin's entrance in 2012!

    November 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  96. Barbara Magalnick

    The hyperbolic John Boehner, who has already called the Healthcare law the “worst threat to democracy I’ve seen in my 18 years I Congress,” is still in campaign mode and has absolutely no intention of working for the good of the country no matter how often he refers to “the American people” as if he were representing every one of us in his mission to unseat Obama. The healthcare law, which must be the most misrepresented and distorted piece of legislation since Medicare itself, is an important landmark for the American people, and rather than repeal it, it must developed further, much as Medicare, Social Security and other landmark laws have been--for the good of the people.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  97. Carrie in Alabama

    Jack , a thousand times NO ! We need this reform and it did not go far enough. It will be so bendficial to so many . I have 3 grown sons , only 1 has health care ins because he is in the Army. The others lost jobs and cannot afford it anymore . One started working after a year , moved to another state and was hopeful to get HC until he was told it would cost him half of his pay check , so pay bills , dig out of the hole they were in or sign up ! You guessed it still no HC ins. We have to make it more affordable for all , not just the rich. It is all American right , not just the well to do!

    November 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  98. noreen salter

    No, if republicans say they care about what the ppl want why would they take the health care away from the ones that finally got care, and Sarah Palin should not even think of running because she doesn't care about anyone but herself, now she saying on a family show on TLC that she would rather be up there free than in a stuffy old political office . The republications have not changed at all in my eyes, it is a game in my eyes and they don't give Obama a chance but they give Bush a chance in a second term to make a bigger war and destroy the States. It isn't Obama that put your country in the stated it's in. Face it the States is falling and not just since Obama has been in office, and remember we are all American, north and south, you can't even be united.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  99. K F Claiborne

    No, but they will.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  100. Stephen Blank,DDS

    Sure, then they can work on eliminating social security and cutting funding to public schools and take the country back to the days of Thomas Jefferson, when women couldn't vote and men owned slaves. I know they miss the power of the good ol days.
    I like the health care insurance reforms so far. Thank you President Obama for doing something while the Republicans were being obstructionists. Who are all these people that don't like the health care reform that you mention on CNN so often? Everyone one I know either likes it or is not familiar with it.
    I expect the Republicans will follow their real agenda, 2 more years of trying to oust President Obama. They don't care how much harm they do by saying NO for 2 more years.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  101. Chris, Cincinnati

    Of course they should try to repeal health care. Job creation and the economy count on it. In a market system private industry owns the capital. Private industry (corporations, small businesses) creates our jobs. Businesses are sitting on top of their capital right now waiting for 2014. Businesses don't want to create new jobs if they will be paying more money per employee to Washington because of health care. GOP says it will focus on the economy and jobs, and will do so by repealing health care. Repealing health care is our cheapest form of job creating stimulus. More money to Washington means fewer jobs, less innovation, and higher prices on consumer goods.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  102. Mary, LaPlata, MD

    No – don't waste your time. Just don't fund it!

    But this Congress must come up with a commonsense proposal that includes the few good parts of the existing bill, is affordable, and has bipartisan support..

    November 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  103. Ron Pecoraro

    The Republicans are misreading the elections. The only thing they will accomplish if they attempt the repeal would be making Americans more anti-Washington. Why attempt something that is due to fail and waste the time and energy needed to actually get to critical issues: unemployment, national debt, homeland security, Afghanistan, etc.?
    Also, as an average citizen, I am so tired of Republicans, especially, of making it their primary aim to defeat President Obama in 2012. THE COUNTRY CANNOT MAKE IT TWO MORE YEARS WITHOUT SOME SOLID LEGISLATION!!

    Ron, East Brunswick, NJ

    November 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  104. Jerry

    Yes, repeal it. The cost of it will only serve to accelerate this country on it's course to financial ruin.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  105. Tony Georgia

    So the republicans want to repeal health care, and not work on creating jobs. Maybe, we the people, should take away there health care, so Congress knows what it is like to hope you don't get sick. But, why should they worry about health care, most of Congrsss members are millionares.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  106. Bart Ronlett

    Hell No! A country cannot go forward by stepping in it's own crap! It passed. Make it better. Too much money has been wasted already arguing over what words to put in the package. Money is going down the drain everyday to people screwing the system. It must be regulated or taxes will spiral out of this world!

    November 4, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  107. Bob Johnson

    No-no no a waste of time– work on getting Education & technologys that will give us a chance at competing in this World--We have to be on the same page if we hope to compete-this is a no brainer

    November 4, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  108. Genghis Khan

    Pass a bill repealing Obamacare immediately. Lay it at Dirty Harry's feet and/or let Obama veto it. 2012 will be glorious. Meanwhile, whether the new Appropriations Committee Chairman is Lewis or Rogers, Obamacare will dry up for lack of funding. Onward for the Boehner Brigade!

    November 4, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  109. Michael at Rutgers

    They should try to repeal. It will show the american people who they stand with...the insurance industry. The HCR bill Ends pre-existing conditions, forces insurance companies to spend 85% of our premiums on actual health care, and it will extend coverage to another 30 million Americans. For decades, republican have convinced people to vote against their own interest and for corporate interests. They are just peddling the same corporate agenda that only helps the very wealthy and has screwed the middle class.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  110. Peter

    Even after the passage of health care reform, we are still the only modern, industrialized country that lacks the moral integrity to guarantee health care to all of it's citizens. Who in their right mind can argue against guaranteeing all Americans the right to buy health insurance regardless of pre-existing condtions? Or ending lifetime caps for folks with horrendous life threatening illness? Or covering our senior's cost of prescriptions? Does this all cost money. Of course. Is it the right thing to do? No question!

    November 4, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  111. Jim in Indiana

    If the Republicans have a demonstrable plan on how to achieve affordable health care then, yes, they should replace the current law even if it means repealing it, and more power to them. But one thing is certain, dismantling just for the sake of doing so is not an option. Simply returning to the status quo, where an ever increasing percentage of the population gets priced out of the health care market while holier than though conservatives wag their fingers and spout trite slogans about personal responsibility doesn't count as a solution. Or to sum up in a campaign slogan " The Health Care is too Damn High"...

    November 4, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  112. Betty in Monterey, TN

    Don't repeal it unless you can replace it. Progress has to start somewhere and this is the building block from which progress needs to start.
    BTW, Jack, during several years of watching you on CNN, I've often wondered why the printed viewer quotes that flash on the screen don't match verbatim what you are reading to us. What's up with that?

    November 4, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  113. David

    Are you kidding-why? Because everyone will be forced to be covered now? All that does is benifit us, now no one will be scamming the system-going to the ER and never having to pay for their care. with everyone covered people can regularly see their doctor-enabling more PREVENTATIVE care, which will eventually save us billions. I don't understand how this bill became so evil-why are americans so stupid-so easily manipulated. Republicans turned public favor against the bill so that their brothers who own and work for these massive insurance companies can continue raping our wallets without giving us proper care. how is this in anyway a bad bill-Obama did away with pre-existing conditions, and them being able to drop you for no reason-i don't get it-what is so evil about it. i don't know why we even have insurance companies-i pay you $200 a month so you can deny me care-cut out the middle men-i want government run health care-why are these companies making millions off people's health-it's disgusting/ridiculous. i really wish i had a better degree so i could get a good job in canada and be able to afford to move there. this country is only going to get worse with our consumer/service based economy, corrupt insitutions, and irrational/ignorant population.
    25 yrs old
    Carol Stream, IL

    November 4, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  114. jcluma

    No, Jack, giving the public a lower cost healthcare system is essential to our aging population now. That's one of the major reasons I voted for the President. The Republicans and conservatives had 8 years to do this during the Bush years, but didn't because they don't care about the 45 million Americans without HC. They love rewarding the insurance companies and HC powers through our current For-Profit HC system. We cannot forget the key difference between the two major parties is, Republicans believe corporations should run our democracy, and Democrats believe our elected Govt should regulate business. Corporations have not given us affordable healthcare in America. It's time for a big, big change.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  115. fern parent

    definitely repeal it. Obamacare will result in more government control and take over of our lives. and it is Unconsitutional forcing people to buy insurance or be fined and having the feds dictate to the states.

    Common sense changes to the current system (which is the best in the world) is what the republicans have been calling for, not going down the road leading toward socialized medicine.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  116. Sandy in Greenville

    Yes! Then give us a health care overhaul that makes sense. We need tort reform, ability to purchase health care across state lines, fix medicare fraud, and don't put the doctors out of business.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  117. Laurel Gulley

    Yes, they should repeal the health plan. Our dictator president is trying to take our county over with such laws and encouraging muslim worship in our christian country. He needs his birth certificate to let know he is a real AMERICAN.......

    November 4, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  118. Mary Smith

    Yes, they should repeal it and start over. Most people did not want this plan and the Democrats pushed it through anyway. This is a democracy–actually it's a democratic republic–we elect people to vote the way we would. If we don't like the way they vote, we vote them out and vote in those who will.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  119. Jamie Erickson

    They said the same thing about Social Security but I don't see many complaining about that. Heath care reform needs to be done. This is a great starting point, a foundation to build on. Big mistake to repeal this. If you don't like it make it better, but don't throw it out and start over. Waisted time and energy, how about a compromise and working together to make it better rather than partisan bickering and gridlock. DO YOUR JOB, if I was this ineffective at my job I would have been fired.........

    November 4, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  120. steve from Iowa

    Leave this alone. Do we really want to eliminate coverage of kids, re institute policy cancelllation if you get sick, pre-existing condition exclusions? These are wonderful improvements among many more.
    Is this bill perfect? No, but it is far better for USA citizens than existed previously. Our health care provides great care when one is sick or injured. However, by most measures of illness prevention, our health care is mediocre at best. The various pilot efforts in this bill will allow creative improvements in preventive medicine. Now that is a change we need to keep.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  121. Rod (from Newfoundland)

    Of course they should repeal, and keep going backwards until the great U S of A is dragged into the stone age, most civilized countries take care of theit citizens basic needs, clean air, safe food, protected from crime by a good legal system, health care, etc. it seems the republicans want their citizens to have a few extra tax dollars in their pocked when they die young

    November 4, 2010 at 6:27 pm |

    No... the evil face of McConnell proves Racism in good 'old USA is alive and well... had Republicans had shown courage to work with writing the Law instead of letting their Racism controll their actions, they could now spend their time doing something constructive for the American People ... ...

    Racism is written all over their ugly faces ...

    November 4, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  123. Mic S,

    Many who voted did so to elect representatives who would repeal the health care bill. However, many who voted want to keep the health bill and actually expand it. What this election really means is that the PEOPLE want Congress and the President to work together. Stop the partisan politicing and bickering! You were elected to do the people's business and actually govern this country. That can only be done through compromise. Adherence to idealogical principles may be good for the soul but is disastrous for effective governance. Stop the bickering and govern!

    November 4, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  124. kurt

    Is there any doubt? What was the emergency? This was one of the most embarrassing moments in law making history. Healthcare needs some common sense thought about how to bring down the costs. Imposing a limit on cash settlements for legitimate malpractice claims would be a good start.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  125. KIM

    I thought it was "jobs, jobs, jobs" ! There has been some good that came out of healthcare legislation. And I don't remember anyone telling me that it would be a free ride!
    Why don't they suggest something more constructive like taking a pay cut equal to what the average American has suffered, i.e. layoff! That will help with the deficit! The Republican party needs not to become what they have claimed the Democrats have been...ARROGANT! Remember, we WE THE PEOPLE are watching and 2012 may not be the shoe-in you think it will be!

    November 4, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  126. Kevin of SD CA

    Should Republicans to try to repeal health care law? Yes exactly! Then repeal all the handouts that government unions have and put them in the same boat with the private sector!
    I won’t pay a penny to a mandatory healthcare premium that rewards insurance companies with guaranteed income, and gives fat, obese, unhealthy spoiled Americans, and welfare recipient’s insurance coverage and gives me no credit for being in prime health!
    Liberals need to start standing on their own two feet and taking responsibility for their bad choices in life!

    November 4, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  127. steve / buffalo ny

    MR.JACK__ what the conservatives really want to do is repeal OBAMAs title / they will use his veto to enact impeachment procedures on the president . that sir is thier goal . they need that office to exicute wars and orders that are hard to govern against .
    observe thier recent history

    November 4, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  128. Chris

    I thought they were voted in to fix the economy remember, JOBS , JOBS, JOBS. now Mitch Mcconnell says their top priority is to make sure President Obama is a 1 T

    November 4, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  129. Jerry Fanger

    NO, The repulicans said they would repeal before Nov 2, now they say the voters said that they should. Much of the hidden money going to republican campaigns came from insurance companies that spent $600 million in negative advertising about the bill. With that and uninformed pundits spouting mis-information on the bill, its no wonder the public is scared about this. Most commentary being broadcast illustrates that the people have not read the bill and know nothing about health Care finance. Whatever cost this new might have is already in the health care system with indigent care being financed through employer group plan costs. Its a shame to see a debate of decision makers that are so ill informed.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  130. larry pohly

    although not everything in the health care law is an improvement, our current health care system is unsustainable. We spend more per capita than any other developed country while the health care of our citizens is second rate. Amend the law to improve it, sure. Repeal it and start from scratch, ridiculous. Where were the Republican proposals in 2000 to 2006 when they controlled the White House and Congress ? They represent those who say I've got my health care coverage. I don't care about every one else.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  131. Robert

    Dido on the "one word" NO! NO! NO! (Three words)

    November 4, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  132. Grey

    What I think is that both parties should work together toward what's best for all Americans. What a concept! Health care in whatever form probably won't please everyone, so just give the people as much of what they're asking for as possible. Work on the important points and try not to become distracted by your desired to make your own party look good, even when it harms the average Americans who didn't vote your way.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  133. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    If THEY, Congress would focus on good paying jobs this wouldn't be an issue. Sell it here, make it here.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  134. Maria

    No move on it is over except this change and move on please and find people work so they can afford insurance other wise who do u think is going to suffer we the retired people and middle class and poor class people we are the biggest tax payers

    November 4, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  135. Chuck

    Y E S !!

    How about a bill, that does what Obama promised?
    Transparancy, be available for all to read before it was voted on,
    In school we had required reading, why not require a test before legislators can vote on a bill to prove they at least read it.

    How about showing the American taxpayer where the money is going to come from?

    November 4, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  136. Rick in Atlanta

    Now it's the Republicans turn to be arrogant. Mitch McConnell is obviously not concerned about the country, only his party. Keep it up GOP, you're next in 2012.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  137. Sharon in Missouri

    I don't think the republicans should try to repeal the health care law, as I think it's great for everyone except the insurance companies. Why would we want to let the insurance companies deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions or drop coverage when we need it most or jack up our premiums until we can't afford it? But, let's face it, the republicans cater to big businesses like the insurance companies, and they have already stated that they plan to try to repeal the health care law, so I'm certain they will do just that.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  138. John Dunkelburg

    Yes, the Republicans should repeal the Obama health care program. It costs too much and tries to hide the costs behind a smokescreen of preventing insurance companies from dropping people with preexisting conditions. The Republicans then need to come up with a more affordable health care plan that still manages to much of what needs to be done. Pres. Obama needs to learn that bipartisanship involves more than telling the opposition to sit down and shut up.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  139. Terry Rydell

    So what's new, the Republicans didn't listen to the people again. Surprise, surprise. We are just starting the cycle all over, they just don't get it!!!! The people didn't give a mandate for health care repeal and they don't want these battles fought again. The people want this government to get serious about job creation and serving the people at large, not just big business!!! The Republican's now are in a position where they are going to have to come up with something other than "No". Do you think they will be able to do it?? We haven't seen that they have any ability to, during the past two years. I'll believe it, when I see it.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  140. Cathy

    As a health care provider, I have seen (firsthand) the dire need for the health care bill. We need to expect our legislators to WORK TOGETHER to shape what we have into a workable solution. Repeal is NOT the answer.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  141. D Pete

    Yes, they should repeal it and try to find some common sense approaches like being able to cross state lines to buy health insurance. Take this away from companies and give it to the individual, make it competitive and the prices would go down. There is something wrong with needing to collect money for four years before it is started. what happens the following years when there is not enough money to support such a system? And taking away $500,000 from the people who are on social security is just wrong. There are other things that could be done that do not require over 2000 pages with legal talk to get the job done to lower health costs and provide coverage for the uninsured.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  142. steve - virginia beach

    The Republicans were elected and given another chance based on quite a number of promises including the repeal of Obamacare. They had better keep those promises or prepare for this to be their last term in office. Let the Senate block the repeal or POTUS of NO veto it and we'll send them packing too and get it replaced with sensible legislation in 2013.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  143. brian

    Wasting time trying to repeal Obamacare will be a terrible priority, with all of our current economic problems. Re: McConnell's pledge to dedicate himself to Obama's ouster – if he were hired at a company, and pledged to dedicate all his time to ousting the CEO, he would be fired. Apparently no one learned anything from Obama's ignoring the job and economy...If they don't drop the obstructionism and push an agenda that means something to average Americans, they will lose all their gains in 2012.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  144. Brian (From Chicago)

    Save this comment Jack, because I said it first.

    The GOP will spend the next 2 years repealing HealthCare (and fail), have countless investigations of the White House (including Obama's citizenship), and trying to Impeach President Obama (and fail). All without passing one (1) piece of legislation. 2 yrs waisted.

    The voters will be even more frustrated with the GOP that nothing is being done, and vote them right back out. The Democrates will regain control of the House in 2012.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  145. Joe

    I believe they will try to do anything and everything they can to make him look bad and by any means as long as they can get people to pay attention to what they are saying rather than what he is doing. I really can not believe that since most people cannot determine that seemingly most of the people complaining are the people that need government assistance the most ,and to think that people have fprgotten so soon the foxes were in the henhouse for eight years and all of these blind people want to open the henhouse door again, it's really amazing

    November 4, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  146. Charlotte,NJ

    The healthcare was designed wrong. National healthcare should by for everyone equal, not created for only some people. I would like to know whom would qualifed for? So far all of the special programs created by Obama I don;t qualify, even I have low income. I can't afford pay for my own insurance and can't afford to penalty either.
    It is unbeleivable that any one would design such a think. Goverment is worry about other conutries but is not worry about own people?
    This is wrong. American people being punished for wanting to leave in great country?
    Please fix our economy asap and push the banks to relase the money. Where is our interest on our money.1980s we had 6 % or more?????????????

    November 4, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  147. Barbara

    It's useless to try to repeal it because there won't be the votes to override a veto BUT they will try for the sole purpose of dragging Obama and the Dems threw their sleaze and lies in hopes of regaining total power (and profit) for themselves and the privileged multi-millionaire businessman in our country at the expense of more misery and suffering for the rest of the 99.9% of the U.S. population. It's soooooooooo sad what our political system has become.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  148. Lee Fancher

    Simplify and make the understanding of the bill easier, but don't try to abolish and then start over. We all know if done away with, a new health bill we never be attempted.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  149. Peggy/spokane

    They will do what they want to do! Obstruct and destruct, but do little to help the people.
    They think this is a mandate! No, it is not!!! The country is too far into unemployment and fear to listen to more jawboning on health care. Get the housing crisis taken care of, get people back to work, becoming Bring work back to America.
    How loud do we have to shout to be heard???

    November 4, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  150. Nancy G.

    I read that 75% of the people who are against the health care bill change their minds and are for it, when they learn about the provisions it contains (in other words, the truth). Most of the people who are against it, are only against it because of the lies Republicans have been feeding them.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  151. Julia

    Hi ther Jack
    Don't touch my health care. Don't US citizens get it,their employer's Aren't going to pay for your health care if at all much longer. I want to know if I need to I can afford to go to a doctor. Yoiu have to buy car insurance dont't you? Does everyone want to go back to insurance companies deciding our medical fate,aren"t they the true Death Panels?

    November 4, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  152. Linda in Florida

    No, while the health care package is not perfect, it is better than nothing. My husband and I had a service man here today, doing an annual system checkup. When I asked him how he was doing, he said, not well....he's been having serious health problems. I asked him if he had health insurance, to which he responded no. Inquiring how he was managing his health care without insurance, he said he went to the emergency room, where numerous tests, including expensive MRI's were performed. While my heart went out to him, I could not help but reflect on how we were all paying for this care through higher medical costs and higher insurance premium. President Obama's health care plan should NOT be repealed. Every American should be able to obtain affordable medical insurance.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  153. gail

    No, the Republicans should not repeal our new healthcare program. Is our country going to become a country who is looked at as not caring for all of our citizens? If healthcare is repealed only the rich and uppermiddle class will be able to afford health care. We require everyone to have vehicle insurance. How is requiring people to purchase health insurance any different? I agree the new law should be refined to include things like malpractice reform, but don't throw the whole thing out. Just work to make it better.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  154. maggi christie

    no jack people need help with medical bills . In the donut hole we diabetics adverage over $400 a month. as a side could you all find out why insulin costs so much when it has been arround for a long time why is it not a generic? and now even under part d the needles we need are not covered as a tier 1 but are a tier 2 . by the way wallmart has the cheapest needles pass it on. what do they want people to do die?

    November 4, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  155. Helen Santek

    Jack, We have had a government national medicare plan in Canada for many decades. I remember well, the resistance and the same ludicrous arguments from many quarters just before Canadian Medicare providing complete and comprehensive coverage for every Canadian man, woman and child was passed into law. Anyone who tried to cancel, alter, or diminish medicare as we know it in Canada would become an endangered species in short order.

    Helen Santek, Welland, Ontario, Canada

    November 4, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  156. Bill Byers

    The miners in Chile have universal health care. In Chile!
    We should be ashamed!
    Pat Byers
    Kings Mountain, NC

    November 4, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  157. Matt, Miami FL

    It's weird how the media doesn't mention this. The Republicans want to keep HALF of what the Affordable Care Act provides. They talk about repealing and how the government shouldin't have a a role in our Health Care System yet they LOVE Medicare and support The Veterans Health Administration. Congratulations America. You have elected a Party to the House who don't know in the end what they really want.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  158. Lou

    I think they should leave health care alone. Take a poll in a different place a see how it comes out. People that aren't lucky enough for tax payers to get their insurance paid for are needing it big time. Can't the Republicans find even one thing to help out our country rather than pick on President Obama? I guess they still don't have any ideas of their own. They only want to tear down and also give those Rich people tax breaks. There wasn't any tax increases planned by the President, it was to let Bush tax cuts expire.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  159. Bharath Navaneethan, Livermore, CA


    Independents decide the outcome of the election to keep checks and balances in our government in place. It does not mean that the Republicans spend productive time in repealing what was made instead constructively amend the bill with necessary modifications and move forward. If this is the approach that the replublicans choose, then, they are doing the greatest job that they are send to the house to do for the American people. It will really make a difference in Congress and its view. Hope John Boehner get this message.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  160. Vince from Hasting NY

    Yes it should have never passed in the first place. It would be almost impossible for anyone to explain the bill to the american people, just ask any democrate even Obama to do so. Morons, thugs, nitwits and Obamaites all in the same basket as far as I am concerned, and I happen to like the idea of reforming health care, but for Gods sake think before you vote for a law you don't understand.....who does that besides the Democrates?

    November 4, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  161. P.M.

    Absolutely not! Republicans should take their own advice and focus on job creation, and not spend time "grand-standing" when they know they'll be unable to repeal it anyway. In spite of the health care law being grossly misrepresented by republicans, according to CNN mid-term election exit polls one out of two people still support it...after months of negative ads. More voters likely would support it if the facts (not political distortions) were more widely known – such as according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office the combined effects of the healthcare legislation (HR 3590 and HR 4872) will be to reduce deficits by $143 billion over the next ten years. while insuring 30 million people that were previously uninsured. Just because you say that the healthcare law will bankrupt the country, that there are "death panels", that it is govenment takeover of healthcare, doesn't make it so. Of course facts and politics in the same sentence are an oxymoron – who wants to be bothered by facts?

    November 4, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  162. David Gacheru

    The failer of America to have bipartisan approach on core issue like Healthcare and economics is a sign of the beginning of the end of an empire, rotting from within and later imploding over time due to ideologies.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  163. Oscar from Houston

    I'm sick and tired of these people talking about the healthcare law like, it was the main issue for this election. Guess what Republicans, the main issue in the election was the economy, not health care stupid!
    If Republicans try to repeal heath care instead of focusing on creating jobs then, they are going to get wiped out in 2012.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  164. Mary Steele Yorktown VA

    Yes, most of it! Then add the other elements needed such as across-state buying capabilities and true protections so insurance companies cannot jack up prices. It also must put in there that if you do not carry insurance, you cannot include medical expenses if you file for bankruptcy as well as making sure immigration is strongly enforced so we don't have to pay for illegals like we do now, as Obama admitted back in January.

    Yorktown VA

    November 4, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  165. DEE

    The GOP does need to try to work with President Obama instead of working against him. The GOP should not work trying to repeal the health care law this would be careless and waste time, but oh I forgot we are talking about the GOP this is what they are known for.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  166. sidney burr

    Leave health care alone for now and tend to more urgent matters. Besides, this is the month for selecting health care plans and the companies have spent months reviewing the law and coming up with their offers for 2011 – what on earth would happen if the law was changed while under new coverage plans in 2011???

    November 4, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  167. Madhuri -New Jersey

    Republicans have done enough damage to our country already tht now they want to repeal everything good that this administration has done ?? Now seriously are they really listening to the citizens or they are just clueless because as much as i know this is about the economy. Nobody was talking about the Health care. Tht's the best thing that has happened in a long long time.Though i am just not happy with how the elections have turned out.. We have just handed the country to the guys who were responsible in putting us in the ditch. Obama was able to sign soo manuy bills and get soo much done in such a short time beacuse of the majority of Democarsts in the house. Well lets see what the republicans do to our country now .. Why cant they just sit and work together instead of saying "no" to everything that the present administration proposes? Good luck to Obama!!

    November 4, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  168. d goble

    yes he shoved it down our throats, time to shove it down his!

    November 4, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  169. elane

    Health care legislation should not be repealed. I have been retired for the
    last six years and my medical insurance have increased for five of these years. I have not received an increase in my income for the last two. It seems that the only thing I can count on is my Health Insurance to increase. The only thing I don't agree with was the lack of having another government plan with the option to pay a lower cost.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  170. gordon

    No. When Americans start to understand it's better than its critics say, they will want it improved. Consider these facts:

    1) 49,000 Americans without health care died last year.
    2) 800,000 Americans declared personal bankruptcy due to unpayable medical bills.
    3) American health care consumes 16% of our GDP, 50% more than other modern countries.

    We're all alone here and better improve the situation. Ignoring this problem is bad for our health, both physical and economic.

    Las Cruces, NM

    November 4, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  171. Jan

    No they should not repeal it. They should try to improve and expand it.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  172. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    This is just to please their base! The President has said it in the past : it is in the implementation of healthcare bill that they will finetune it if they see it is needed in some areas just as he has made the suggestion to look at one of the form that would add bureaucracy to businesses to no longer be part of if it burdens businesses!

    November 4, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  173. Sarah

    I hope they repeal it – give the power back to the health insurance companies so they can once again start dropping people when they find out that people are sick, and give back power to the insurance companies so they can once again start denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions (that includes denying coverage to women who are pregnant – since that is considered a pre-existing condition)
    And yes, they should repeal healthcare reform, so that children who are born with a heart defect, or develop a health conditions can NO LONGER get health insurance.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  174. Allen in Hartwell GA

    November 4th, 2010 4:27 pm ET
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    Not only should this batch of Republicans repeal the health care law, they should repeal everything that goes to entitlement programs. This is what they've been clamoring to do, and I say they should do it. I'm sick and tired of hearing them crow about saving money, paying off the debt, creating jobs, etc. I think the country can get through the next two years with them in charge of the House, and if we do maybe the voting electorate will see the GOP of today for what they are.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  175. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    It would be better if we could repeal Obama .

    November 4, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  176. Yellow Rose of Texas

    The people did not elect the Republicans to be squabbling with the President and to undo what has already been done. They were elected to help improve the economy. And now the first thing Mitch Mcconnell said was that he is going to do everything in his power to repeal the Health bill. Is that the way they (the Republicans) are going to use their time? They will stop at nothing just to see President Obama fail.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  177. Vinny

    Repeal Obamacare – no closed door deals. Do what the American want, and that is: No govt intrusion on health care. Health care reforms are needed where the patient and the doctor are in control and the costs are affordable to all. The free market across state lines should be allowed for better choices and costs. No socialized health care for America – it doesn't work. The United Kingdom is a great example of this. Obamacare is unconstitutional and represents an abomination to the freedoms of all Americans.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  178. George

    The President should be clear and get tough by stating, "the health care law may be worked with to make it better but will NOT by any stretch of the imagnation be repealed." The republicans shouild turn their attention to something importatnt like, replacing a retirement system that the Bush administration helped destroy, providing jobs for Americans that the Bush administration helped big business send overseas and hold the republican party responsible for 8 years of destruction and chaos. The Republicans shold admit that it was impossible to fix their mess in 2 years.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  179. James R.

    I think Republicans should put forth all their focus, and effort towards repealing health care. Particularly because they don't have the toolbox to get it done, and maybe that will keep them from indulging in other forms of mischief during the next 2yrs! CNN keep up the great work!

    November 4, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  180. Beverly Jackson

    No, the Republicans should not try to repeal the healthcare reform legislation. Of course that will be the Republicans agenda because they do not care if the AMERICAN PEOPLE have health insurance or not, nor do they care if the American People can afford the high premiums that the insurance companies make us pay. The Republicans do not care about the AMERICAN PEOPLE. They only care about themselves and large corporations. And I wish The Republicans that speak on CNN and the news will stop referring to The American People as if they know what ALL of the people in America want. They are not speaking for me. They should say Republican Americans want this or that. Republicans suck!!!

    November 4, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
  181. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    What a mockery elections and politics are.

    It is near impossible to repeal the health care, just as it is impossible to eliminate the debt without raising taxes.

    These people know this yet promise something else, we either accept living in denial or we accept the lies of politicians for comfort. Either way until we can live in the now, in the reality of our times, we will never move forward as a Nation or as a people. How sad we've become.

    November 4, 2010 at 6:51 pm |