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Question: (2010-03-04)

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Do you think Congress will pass Obama's health reform bill? Do you think Obama's health reform summit will lead to a bipartisan reform bill? Do you think the federal stimulus has significantly helped the economy over the past year? What was your reaction to Obama's State of the Union speech? Do you think Obama has been devoting enough attention to environmental issues? What should Obama's Afghanistan troop strategy be? Are you concerned the U.S. is becoming too involved in military operations in Pakistan? Did Obama deserve to win the Nobel Peace Prize? Do you think Obama should send more troops to Afghanistan? Twinkies? Soda? Cigarettes? What items would you pay higher taxes on to ensure health care for all? Do you agree with Obama's decision to continue the practice of sending terrorism suspects to third countries for detention and interrogation? Should President Obama be tackling both the economy and health care at the same time? Some gay rights activists say Obama is not taking their concerns seriously enough. Are they right? How should Obama prioritize the battles he takes to Congress? Will Obama's speech in Egypt improve America's image in the Muslim world? Who should Obama nominate as the next Supreme Court justice and why? Has the press been too lenient on Obama in his first 100 days? What do you think of Obama's performance on his debut trip abroad as president? Do you think Obama's budget plan is too ambitious? How do you think Obama has done in his first 50 days in office? Do you blame Obama for not living up to his no-earmark pledge?

Commenter: Leeann
Yes, because those that want to vote no are being either bribed or threatened and none of them have the guts to say NO. The majority of the people don't want it and Obama and his followers don't care about the people of this country.

Commenter: mark karason
Yes I do; we have a social reponsibility to provide for all americans an opportunity for a healthful life. It is good citizenship and good economic sence to do so and now is the last time in my life time that we will have the chance to begin the real healing of our country.

Commenter: Donald Luke
I hope, very much, it passes. If this fails the election of Obama meant nothing but his being our first black president.

Commenter: Shari
I sure hope not. What makes people think they are intitled to health care? This country has the best health care system in the world. Its not perfect, but it doesn't need to be totally destroyed.

I don't have health insurance and I do not wish to be forced to purchase it. When I need to see a doctor I call one and we negoiate a price. There are medications that I currently need and I have found a way to get those as well.

If this bill was so good, it was be posted for all to see in laymen terms so you could read it. Right now they want you to take a pig in a blanket. Would you sign a contract without reading it? Would you buy a house or car without seeing it?

They don't want you to know what's in the bill. Have you over looked the fact that you will start paying for it now, but services won't be availble for four to seven years.

Anything that government touches is a total mess. Look at Medicaid, welfare, taxes, social security.

If we arfe to speak on moral convictions lets start with having the moral conviction to live within your means, take care of your body and being mindful of what you put in it, being SELF RELIANT and stop depending on someone else to GIVE YOU SOMETHING FOR FREE. Doing those things may help your moral convictions.

Commenter: Samantha Boyce
I hope that there is a bill that can be passed; everything I keep hearing about the healthcare bill seems to be talking about what it will do and what it won't do, but for the naysayers who assert that nothing good will come from this bill, what is your solution? I haven't heard anything about imporving Medicare and Medicaid and stopping Medicare fraud; I haven't heard anything about allowing those who are on Medicare and cannot take generic strength prescritions to have the brand names covered; and had anyone ever stopped to consider when exactly is any of this going to be in place? Is this going to be like the credit card bill that President Obama didn't want to put into place until 2013 (was it?) and as a result, credit card companies took the opportunity to create a huge Kobayashi Meru for credit card account holders, and may still make it worse even after an earlier implementation? Is anyone even thinking about the consequences of delaying the action of improving healthcare once this bill is or is not passed? I wish someone in the U.S. Government had their head screwed on straight and do the one thing that no one seems to realize is causing the majority of the debt that is accumulating: Instigate a line-item veto to keep these dumb ass government members from alloting valuable funding to these god awful pork belly projects for crap like studying the migratory patterns of grasshoppers and cockroaches (I'm not entirely sure someone has a project like this, this is an example of wastefulness and stupidity behind some of these porkers, but I wouldn't put it past them!) Someone, an ordinary citizen, should be allowed to come an address the whole body of the government and ask them why do they think that this as well as other forms of wasteful spending is so much more important than putting ALL of the money set for thing s like a much better health insurance system, be it public (Medicare/Medicaid) or private (Blue Cross/Blue Shield). I am one who has not been able to see the doctors I know I need to because every time I've gone to a different doctor for treatment or a more thorough checkup than my current primary care physician is willing to do, I receive astronomical bills for these treatments for that which Medicare/Medicaid will not pay for! How's that for ill will?
I thank you for your time in reading this, and although I have so much more I wish I could say on this, I will leave it at that for now and maybe put together a direct letter to the president with all the missing elements. I look forward to more broadcasts from NOW and other special programs regarding the passage of the healthcare bill and I hope you have a good day.

Commenter: Bruce VT
I have been very disturbed how the Democrats with such a large majority originally could not find a way to stick with the single payer and not reconcile with the Ostrich Party who offer nothing but negativity not solutions.

Commenter: Aaron
Hello, I am a huge fan of NOW. First of all, I am flabbergasted that this appealing, wonderful program is being cancelled! Yes, I believe Congress will pass President Obama's health reform bill. And, I forcefully believe they should! The healthcare issue is but one of several key situations which must be attended to. SOMETHING HAS TO GET DONE!! Mr. Obama and the Democratic Majority are in the driver's seat at this moment in time for an important reason. I personally feel this president is right for the times, and I trust him and trust that his ideas will benefit the future. And, if anyone in Congress, Republican or Democrat, believes that they will look really good come midterm elections...BY GETTING NOTHING DONE...they need to pull their heads out of their butts! PEOPLE IN CONGRESS...COMPROMISE, GET SOMETHING DONE!!

Commenter: Joan Manning
Democrats know that failure to pass a health care plan in this election year will cost them at the polls. Probably no one is entirely happy with the present plan, but failure to pass a bill this important is to hand the Republicans the next election. Yes, I think the Democrats will see that the present health care plan is passed.

Commenter: Sharon
I am disappointed to see all the pessimistic comments from others. My criticism of the far left is their lack of pragmatism. The path to change is step by step in the right direction. Perfection is a goal. Maturity is the ability to remain focused on your goals and the tenacity to keep making progress toward them. Pessimism results in disillusion drop-out and failure.

Commenter: Bill Beers
I sincerely hope the bill does NOT pass. It is a piece of garbage now, designed to please and enrich the Health Care Industry. When the proposal was not for a Single Payer system with real teeth and controls on the cost of drugs and services that was a huge mistake. Then the next big blunder was dropping the Public Option to please the Republicans and the right wing Democrats and most of all the generous financial supporters of the Congress, that is of course the Health Care Insurance folks.

We need to just throw the whole thing away and start over, later. And start with the Single Payer concept and make it work. If we can't do that we need to replace all our corrupt legislators before we proceed. It CAN be done, you just watch.

Commenter: Polly Boyajian
I hope the health care bill passes and I think it will pass.--for Obama's presidency. . However, it should have had the public option.

Commenter: Ramón
Subject: Re: The Real Threat to America's Health Care
Hippocratic Oath has yet to be practiced, instead Hypocritical oath is.
Show me how much you care, and not how much you know.
The biggest threat is the incompetent medical system.
Surgeons leaving you in worst shape after the surgery.
"There are no guarantees!" That's how they protect themselves.
Make as much money from the insurance companies with no concern to the patient's well being.
Drugs with dire side effects, creating dependency, and not getting you well.
Good people have died because of the medical system's inadequacy, adamant-apathetic behavior.
Was left waiting 3 hrs in the ER with chronic urine retention. Could have had kidney-liver shutdown, total apathetic behavior.
Stay overnight at any hospital with pain, and press the nurse call button numerous times, don't be surprised if no one responds.
Actors, Athletes, Sports spoke persons; get paid for endorsing medical institutions, drug companies. Are they being held accountable for complications derived from their endorsements?
And how about Disease Prevention vs. Disease Treatment?
There's no money in Disease Prevention, that's why it's not being encouraged.
The medical system is not designed to make you well, but to extract maximum profit.
We can make our medical system the best in the world, and we're not.
Will be favorably impressed if I get one honest-sincere response instead of boiler plate rhetoric

Commenter: Debbie Lackowitz
I want to believe they will. But can they? They're "this close". But today I just read how the Republicans intend on "killing" health care. With arcane procedural votes! Yeah. That's what Judd Gregg from New Hampshire was quoted as saying. And through using "fear tactics" against wavering House Democrats. About how the Senate was not going to be able to use "reconciliation". So that's where we are. Tune in next week and see what happens. This is going to be a squeaker. Right down to the end. Is there the moral certitude here? I THINK President Obama has it. But the Congress? I don't know if they are going to be able to wrest themselves from the mire they are in to do the right thing. The moral choice. Health care is NOT a privilege, it's a RIGHT. For everyone!

Commenter: RA
The current HC Bill is a joke. It has no focus on true HC reform issues, and over steps federal authority. Basically many of the current HC Bill elements will not pass a judicial test in any courtroom. So why pass an intentionally flawed HC Reform Bill? All I can figure is a blend of hubris and arrogance by our leadership. (2400 pages of confused chaos is horrible, give me 40 pages of meaningful HC Reform regulatory sideboards with no earmarks, or any preferential treatment to unions, RX mfr, or HC industry suppliers.
Congressional Bill should focus on HC insurance interstate availability; international and interstate accessibility to fairly priced RX drugs; federal tort reform, fix Medicare and Medicaid program defects; streamline failures in both VA and Indian Health Service bureaucracy. The federal HC Bill language should be very precise and concise.
Each Individual State needs to address HC Reform providing for safety-net HC insurance coverage to residents unable to afford or obtain personal HC insurance. Most States already provide this (public option) coverage, but residents are uniformed of how to access their local safety-net HC program. Each State must also create or improve their HC insurance provider licensing and rate board. Most States have these oversight boards now, but they are grossly lacking in authority to provide meaningful HC regulatory control. This permits too few insurers for fair market competition, and allows unregulated rate increases by the insurance industry. (Remember access to HC and HC rates are State not federal issues.)
Government works best when issues are handled at the "lowest" practical level. Congress all to often forgets or ignores that fact, and tries to perform State level governance. Feds need to stay in their lane before they cause a wreck and damage our country.

Commenter: John Wade
If anything is passed, it will be a watered-down version of exactly what the healthe care industry is willing to live with. It will be a smoke and mirror set-up designed to give false reassurance to the public, a justified reason to raise premiums, and do next to nothing to get health care for most everyone.

Everyone involved has been bought off and paid for, the grass roots movements around the country mean almost nothing to the career politicians because they just go home, slam the iron gates to their estates closed, and go about what they want to do.

When they retire from politics, they do the same with their business contacts established, and their seats on insurance and pharmacy boards set up, and don't really care much about the population.

Do you really think they will risk their families lavish lifestyle to go against the drug and insuance monsters? Not a chance. There's no one in Washington with any fortitude and self esteem. Is there any meaningful health care reform coming up? Not a chance!

Commenter: Judy
I am very disappointed that the bill panders to insurance and pharmaceutical companies. I think health care reform is badly needed and that our nation should be ashamed of the fact that many people can't get needed health care. At present I have great coverage but I'm frightened that rates are going up so fast that at some point I won't be able to afford them. My own insurance is Anthem Blue Cross in California and I have read that the rates have been raised 39%. At the same time, I have noticed recently that my prescriptions were not being covered at the same rate that they were in the past. I support national health insurance. At the very least, I think a public option is an imperative.

Commenter: Elizabeth J. Kelly
No. Because this country does not have the moral conviction that every citizen is entitled to health care.

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