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September 9th, 2009
10:41 PM ET

Weigh In on the Health Care Debate!

On Thursday, we bring you some background and highlights from President Obama's speech and the Republican response regarding health care reform.  You can read the complete transcript of the president's address by clicking here, and you can see Rep. Charles Boustany's response by clicking here.

We'd love to get your take on this controversial issue, so please comment below!

Carl Azuz, Anchor


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  1. Brandi

    I think that we should have health care and people should be nice about the speach the president made. He made a point that we SHOULD stay in school. Education is inportant but, teachers inform us about that. I think we should talk about health care more no affence to anyone but we talk about school to much.!

    September 10, 2009 at 12:09 am |
  2. Alex.

    I think that the president should try to improve his health care plan becuse he won even put his own family on it so i dont think its that good for us

    September 10, 2009 at 1:18 am |
  3. Jeff

    I think that Obama shouldn't make a universal health care because he is decreasing the jobs for people in the health care area of work.

    September 10, 2009 at 7:05 am |
  4. Dave

    I believe the health care today is screwed up and only helps the rich. People are complaning we might become socalist because of the health care reform, I don't bellieve that will happen. This health care reform will help all and benifit us in the future.

    September 10, 2009 at 7:24 am |
  5. Ivan

    The govt wants to know where the money will come from to pay forhealthcare. I say start from not buying from the companies who sell to the govt for the prices they charge are outrageous. It would save millions and also Politicians can stop traveling around so much at our expense.And cut spending by having so amny committees checking on other commettees

    September 10, 2009 at 8:50 am |
  6. PLUS class

    The government is not responsible for giving out health care said one student. Others feel that everyone deserves health care because some young people cant afford to go to the hospital or buy medicine that they need. Others feel that if they had some kind of injury they couldn't afford to get it taken care of in the right way.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:39 am |
  7. jasmine

    I disagree with Obama's dabate on health care .His plan to help the country is unorginized .I dont believe his health care plan is going to work.

    September 10, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  8. Mrs.Spivey's class

    We like the fact that Obama knows our health care needs to be improved as soon as possible. We know he isn't the first to deal with this situation but we hope he will be the last. YOU CAN DO IT OBAMA!!!!!!!

    September 10, 2009 at 1:45 pm |
  9. PLUS

    One student says yah because some people do not have enough money to pay for health care themselves. Most feel that we should have universal health care because it will help a lot of people that may not have acess to health care, like homeless people. Another student said that if you have a job you should be responsible for your own health care. Another student said that if you qualilfy for welfare you should qualify for universal healthcare

    September 10, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  10. Austin

    Obama does need to reform health care and i didn't really understand his speech last night because i don't really understand political stuff but Obama is an incredible speaker that can captivate an audience. I think the real problem is that the republicans have the nerve to sit around and not listen to his ideas. If they think they have better ideas then they can go ahead and make their own policy. Otherwise, they should support Obama and not scrutinize his policies

    September 10, 2009 at 2:54 pm |
  11. Takerria

    I like the fact that Obama knows our health care needs to be improved as soon as possible. We know he isn’t the first to deal with this situation but we hope he will be the last. YOU CAN DO IT OBAMA!!

    September 10, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  12. Jestanie

    Im proud of Obama for trying to get this health care thing to work out. If he does then families who cant afford it now will be able to so i hope he gets the votes he needs for this law to pass

    September 10, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  13. Kirby

    I think that Public Health Care should be as much a right for every citzen as education and the ability to vote. The United States should use the health care system in Sweeden as a guide rather than the more socialist system in Canada.

    September 10, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  14. Lacy

    I think it is great that Obama is working for health care if he does get it than he would be one of the best presidents ever!

    September 10, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  15. Micah

    I think that we definitely need a reformed health care plan. Maybe the governement can tie together all of the main health care companies and support them with money but leave them as individual companies so that people won't lose their jobs. I guess. I don't really know much about economics. But what i do know is this: the Republicans should be more respectful of President Obama. He is the president, after all. Im not saying they have to agree with him all the time, but they should at least LISTEN and give his ideas a chance, not use the time in which he gives his speeches to come up with reasons of why his ideas are all wrong. That is not what listening means, and that is disrespectful. Plain and simple. End of story.

    September 10, 2009 at 6:44 pm |
  16. Simone

    we cant afford it and the goverment diciding with operations we can or can not have is not a good idea plus older people who have cancer will have to dye because of it.

    September 10, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  17. Jennifer

    obama is trying to fix the health care problem some people says it fine but others say its broken.obama wants to lower the health care for more people can have heath care.obama siad that hes knows he is not the only president that taked about health care but he wants to be the last to talk about it.

    September 10, 2009 at 7:00 pm |
  18. Kenzie

    some people won't know how to handle Obama's health care reform. he says that he is going to do all this stuff and it won't be tricky, but i just don't know after all he has promised it is getting kind of stupid.

    September 10, 2009 at 7:15 pm |
  19. Gabriela

    I didn't really see his speach about health care. But i know for a fact that he doesn't need to change it. It's fine the way it is Obama doesn't need to give health care to millions of illegal immigrants around the United States. Also if people don't have enough money for health care then get a better job an actually do somthing. I mean for real Obama THINK for once! He is probablly the MOST UNORGINIZED president the Unithed States has ever had. Our econmy is going down because he doesn't know how to run his country!

    September 10, 2009 at 7:21 pm |
  20. kristopher

    I agree with Austin he should reform health care so people that don't have it can be able to get it. And i don't think the Republicans can come up with some speech that could be better than the speech that Obama came up with that was a great speech that he did. Also come on people you need to stop saying lies about Obama it is getting really annoying.

    September 10, 2009 at 7:30 pm |
  21. Damien

    At this point i think OBAMA really doesn't know what to do because he's just putting things aside and i mean what good has he done so far for this country since he became president.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:38 pm |
  22. Damien

    I think that we really need him to pass the health care reform because the people with low money or senior citizen's would really need the help and maybe Obama can actually do somthing good for our country.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:43 pm |
  23. Ebony

    Senior citizens have a lot to worry about. After they reach a certain age I think they should have the health isurance they need. Your supposed to be ensured things at a certain age such as health care. Everday people are dying because they cannot afford health care. I think what President Obama is doing will be great for everyone.

    September 10, 2009 at 8:55 pm |
  24. Jaker

    The healthcare issue is a big deal but it represents an even bigger deal: America moving from being capitalist to being socialist so whether or not you care about your healthcare you still need to pay attention because this is going to be a big deal, its a change in the way we govern the country.

    September 10, 2009 at 9:05 pm |
  25. Alyssa

    On the subject of Obama’s speech, I think that he did a wonderful job captivating the House and he has a natural way of relating to his viewers. I personally believe that the idea of a Health Care Reform is imperative to helping our country get out of its current slump. While many may not agree with Obama’s plans and strategies on how to reform Health Care, as so rudely displayed by Republic Representative Joe Wilson, it seems as though it could be a turning point and could be the change that Americans need to resolve this pressing issue. His plan to give health insurance to those who cannot afford it is extremely generous and will be the first step in the reform. Aside from the obvious, Obama also stated that current health insurance holders will not have to change their health care once this plan is initiated, therefore causing fewer problems and troubles, I also believe that this was a good idea. If one already has current health insurance, they should not be forced to change it. President Obama also goes on to state that everyone will be required to have some form of basic health care. While some may view this as unfair, it’s important to realize that for everyone who does not have health care and is sent to the hospital, the prices for those of us who do go up. This is not only unfair, but it’s unjust, and I am glad that he can realize this and put an end to it. President Obama has many strategies for this new reform, and I for one am glad that he has decided to address Congress with his plans and within those plans, put us citizens first.

    September 10, 2009 at 9:11 pm |
  26. Diana

    I didn't listen to the speech because I was sick, but if I was there I would probably think that Obama is going to far with this because, even though he is the president, he isn't proving that he can be a good president.

    September 10, 2009 at 9:31 pm |
  27. Wesley

    Obama is ruining this country because they are basicly saying that senior medical care won't be worth paying for and he will let them live with it.

    September 10, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  28. J.J.

    In South Korea, there already is a health care insurance program... from a long time ago! Everything is going well with the health care insurance. I don't see why the U.S. can't form a healthcare insurance program- the public's health is much more important thatn businesses, and it's not like they're going to fail.

    September 11, 2009 at 3:35 am |
  29. Alisskay

    I agree with president obama.

    why do republicans act like snotty school boys at the "class president"democrats

    September 11, 2009 at 3:38 am |
  30. Olivia

    I believe that Obama's speech did a good job of expressing what he wants to reform in health care and the new ideas that he would contribute to health care. However, I don't think he illustrated how he would do all of the things he is proposing. I felt that there was a lot that was left unknown and clearly his call to end the bickering was not achieved in the least. Personally, I think that Obama's health care reform plan sounds like something that would be a great idea for Americans but it may be too risky economically. I like the idea that all Americans will have health care that is affordable but illegal immigrants cannot have insurance. In my opinion, there needs to be a compromise between the Republicans and the Democrats that Obama would support as well. Some sacrifices would have to be made on both sides in order to determine some potentially successful alternatives.

    September 11, 2009 at 10:12 am |
  31. Joey

    Healthcare seems like a vital issue in our country, and it seems the majority of the country agree with President Obama, personally, i am not a huge fan of the president. Nevertheless, healthcare is very important.

    September 11, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  32. Cam and Cammi

    One way we can keep kids in school is,making school more entertaining.We can do more activities at school.We can make a program for kids so they can just do school on the computer so they don't have to come to school.

    September 11, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  33. Richie

    To the people who say we can't afford to have either the public option or whatever else Obama proposes as health reform: I say that we can't afford our current health care system. When we spend so much money and health care and get so little out if it (and have so many people NOT covered), then clearly something is wrong. This problem requires sweeping reform, not little fixes like malpractice suits or being able to buy insurance across state lines.

    September 11, 2009 at 10:37 am |
  34. Heidi

    I think Obama is doing a good job. He's trying to help people that cant get healthcare. He's doing something that most other presidents haven't done. Although I do think it's a good idea it is getting a little overboard with all the press.

    September 11, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  35. Natalie

    I think this whole health care reform is how do you say it; unfair. Since when I was little my dad broke his back and we had to pay out of our pockets. Now they are thinking about handing out health care like a free sample at a grocery store. I am a very sympathetic person towards the job-less society. Although we have been living this way for awhile now and why change?!

    September 11, 2009 at 10:47 am |
  36. Anthony

    Healthcare is an important issue and I'm enthused that President Obama is actually attempting to fulfill his promises to us American people.

    September 11, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  37. Jake

    I believe that the Heath Care debate should be settled. People who don't want others to be healthy are either selfish or greedy. We should spend taxes on each other as a nation.

    September 11, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  38. Chantal

    I agree with Diana, but the president as always been a puppet for other people that sponsor him. He listens to their ideas first before citizens. I have another thought though. The representative that shouted out liar shouldn't have apologized. Being a democracy we are allowed to say our opinions, and he was simple giving his. We need more tension in the debate that way people get flustered. when people get flustered the really stories come out. Obama shouldn't have been offended. It's more a long the lines of its ok to agree to disagree.

    September 11, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  39. Brittany

    The government keeps saying, "Where will all the money come from?" If you think about it, the money will becoming out of people's taxes and in the end that means we're the ones paying for everybody else's health care. You think about it, that runs more people without jobs, money, and etc.

    September 11, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  40. Beki (=

    I think obama is doing really good and people should stop bagging on him. Race has nothing to do with this economy it's all from bad decisions. Obama should continue to do what he is doing and continue TRYING HIS BEST to make America better than it already is.

    September 11, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  41. takwazi

    i think obama is doing good with heathy care some other president did not make it but i think obama will

    September 11, 2009 at 5:55 pm |
  42. chris

    obama deffinetly made a great point in the speach my school did not show it. he still needs to improve our health care but im sure he will soon do that..

    September 11, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  43. Elizabeth

    I think that Obama hasn't been a very good president. His election was last October/November and the country has stayed pretty much the same. I mean, there isn't one thing I can name that he's done yet. So I'm not planning to watch the speech.

    September 11, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  44. Lauren

    i would say," dont drop out now even though you might want to because later in life you might want a future and you wont be able to get one because you dropped out."

    September 11, 2009 at 7:29 pm |
  45. Nicole

    The fact that Obama cares about our health care is wonderful, but taxing us, or our parents that is, isn't the best way to go about it in my opinion. There are people out there in the country that don't work and don't care if they have any health care. Making the hard-working, middle class people pay taxes to cover those people just isn't fair! People that are struggling to provide for their families, shouldn't pay their hard earned money for someone who won't get a job themselves! The concern Obama has is great, and so is the thought. Many people like the idea of helping others out that way, but some people just can't afford it.

    September 11, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  46. Kenzie

    Heath Care is a very important thing to think about!!! U don't want to die!!!

    September 12, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  47. Bridgette

    I do believe that President Obama's health care reform program is on the right track, however, I think more research needs to be done. I think everyone needs to understand the program fully and some changes will need to be made to accomdate everyone. If President Obama could have each state do a study on how the reform program would work for them and then get all the results that might help. Also maybe we could take a small group of people and test it out before putting it into effect. We can not afford to make any more costly mistakes here in the United States.

    September 12, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  48. Meadow

    @Austin...

    Well the president has the power to sign bills, so if the Republicans have ideas, but the president doesn't agree with it and thus doesn't sign it, then it's useless. And the Reps already said that they have ideas that the president doesn't agree. The Reps can't put up their own policies and make the people who like the policies to follow. The country can't be divided like that, because disunion would cause conflicts.

    September 12, 2009 at 7:11 pm |
  49. Nalinee

    As a president, every speech that he made became a controversy but as he said it might be the last time that we going to talk about how to reform health care system.

    September 13, 2009 at 12:48 am |
  50. Sean

    Health-care reform is perhaps not essential - but it will benefit America. First of all, the choice is not forced on anyone ... if some citizens fear that this government-ran health insurance program will cause them "wait lists, poor quality medication", etc., they can keep their current plan. No big deal.
    However, to those who cannot afford proper health insurance, they have a cheap alternative waiting for them. Sure, this health care program won't be as high-quality as those that are provided by private insurance companies (i.e. Kaiser), but to the uninsured and under-insured, it's better than no health care at all.
    Finally, economic advantages: with the government making it mandatory for everybody to have at least the basic form of health care (even if it's the cheapest plan), that means more money for the government. It is a common, simple concept: more consumers spending money = boost for the economy. Even if citizens pay very low prices for this program, the government is still making money. Along with the tax for the rich and cutting Medicare & Medicade costs, the government will easily cover the costs of the program with every user of this insurance program paying money to them.
    All in all, the health care reform is a great benefit to the US economy AND those who don't have health insurance, with only a few frivolous cons. I would strongly recommend it.

    September 13, 2009 at 1:06 am |
  51. jen

    Even though the health care plan seems like a good idea, it has more problems than solutions. People do need health care, however, who is going to pay for the all of those insurances? He states that it’s supposed to help the economy get better, but it might even make the economy worse than it already is, and at this point in the game, we can not afford to worsen our economy even more because it’s already in terrible shape. I do not think the plan is a good idea just yet for the reason that the economy should be the main priority for the president. I think Obama should try and fix the insurance problem in the future when the economy is stable again.

    September 13, 2009 at 1:30 am |
  52. Elena

    In my opinion, doctors should pay more attention to the quality of servise they provide to their clients, instead of the quantity of cases they have per day. Money making should not be the priority for doctors. The most important thing they need to do is take the best care of the patients.

    September 13, 2009 at 9:22 am |
  53. Chrissy

    I say it's about time President Obama faced the nation head on with the health care problem. With his strong words and straight to the facts attitude, Obama appears to be determinate more then ever to fix our country's heath care issue. With his words “I also want to thank the American people for their patience and resolve during this trying time for our nation.” he tells the nation he understands we must act now and that we want our economy resolved. It's awful that over 30 million Americans go without coverage. This is America! We're one of the richest countries in the world yet we have millions who can't afford the medicine they need to live. One of my favorite lines in the speech is “We will place a limit on how much you can be charged for out-of- pocket expenses, because in the United States of America, no one should go broke because they get sick.” I can only hope this will be true. I am concerned where all this money is going to come from for all these changes Obama promises. Aren't we in enough debt?

    September 13, 2009 at 1:54 pm |
  54. Marlea

    Healthcare today is a touchy issue. Different views on the situation make it hard for people to choose what’s right and what’s wrong with the new healthcare system. Fixing the healthcare system would both benefit and detriment people’s lives. I believe President Obama’s health care reform is doing what the people want and what the people of America need. I like that Obama’s determined and wants to face this issue head on but people need to realize that it’s going to take time and money so this healthcare reform can take off. “The time for bickering is over! The time for games has passed. Now is the season for action. Now is when we must bring the best ideas of both parties together.” Bringing both parties together is going to cause debate but hearing what others have to say will hopefully come to a consensus.

    September 13, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  55. Mike

    Healthcare has a been a big issue for many years now and i think it is a good thing that we are trying to take care of it now instead of just putting it off. It's going to be interesting to see how President Obama does with fixing healthcare the way it is now. It's going to be a large challenge to come up with the kind of money that is needed but Obama seems very confident in his plans. Both sides seem very torn apart still but the only way anything is going to get done is if they can come up with some sort of an agreement and hopefully Obama is successful in doing so.

    September 13, 2009 at 8:43 pm |
  56. Mike

    I believe that everyone deserves healthcare even if they have a pre-existing medical issue. I dont think that people should have to pay more money that would insure someone that they dont even know. Its redicioulous to make others pay for others in horrible economic times like this where people dont have as much money as before.

    September 13, 2009 at 8:48 pm |
  57. Alex

    In this day and age, most people need health care, no matter what age. From toddlers to senior citizens, everyone needs and should have the opportunity to be insured and know that the proper health benefits are available for them. With President Obama's Health Care Plan, he stated that he wants all American's to buy health insurance. However, even though this is what he wants from all American's, there are a select few that do not wish to have health benefits for themselves, which is their own personal opinion. In my belief, I do not think it is the President's right to basically force a U.S. citizen into buying health insurance if they do not wish to have it. Although, I understand where Pres. Obama is coming from when he says that all Americans should have health insurance, because it is in their best interest that if something happens to them, they will have the benefits there to help the injured or ill person. Along with that, I do not quite understand how Pres. Obama sees to have enough doctors in this country to help millions of Americans. If every person in this country needed to see a doctor, a number of them might have to wait a significant amount of time before they actually had their chance to see their doctor, due to all of the patients that one doctor is responsible for. Overall, however, Pres. Obama's Health Care Plan seems promising. I just hope he carries out with what he promises, and gives the American people what they need and deserve.

    September 13, 2009 at 8:51 pm |
  58. Val

    I agree that the country needs a health care reform. However, providing health care to every US citizen sounds like it would be very expensive. It would be wrong if middle-class citizens (who work hard & already pay for their own health care) have to provide this money for everyone else.

    September 13, 2009 at 9:12 pm |
  59. King Leonidas

    I don't want a Healthcare plan like medicare. If a plan is sponsored by the government that takes bussiness away from the private healthcare providers. If all of those companies go out of business then the government would have a legal monopoly. Our country would slowly drift into a state of communism. I think that healthcare providers should be held more accountable for the coverage. But I don't support a goverment run program of this caliber. The government should not have a hand in one of the fastest growing bussinesses in the country.

    September 13, 2009 at 9:55 pm |
  60. Shawn

    I think that the government should not force Americans to have healthcare if they do not want to invest in it. Although I think that it is a good idea for every American to have it, it should not be forced upon anyone. One reason is because many people can not afford it although the costs for everything will be much greater without it, if something does happen. One thing that I have a question about, is where the government is going to get all of this money to do this?

    September 13, 2009 at 9:58 pm |
  61. steve

    Health Care reform has become extremely important because of the recent economic downfall. Many Americans don't have the money to pay for good health insurance and insurance companies aren’t doing much to help. President Obama's address on Wednesday gave Americans an idea of how a government paid health plan could help alleviate the stress of dealing with insurance companies. He said that an insurance company dropping health coverage after a client becomes sick would be illegal. Having to worry about whether or not your insurance company will pay for medical bills while you are hurt or suffering from a disease is not an ideal way to live. Obama's speech was intended to end the confusion of previous statements on his health plan, and he was successful in doing this.

    September 13, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  62. jen

    On the situation of health care, I feel that it’s an interesting topic that may help many Americans. However, I feel at this time it’s best to not take risks since the economy was very bad this year. I think the idea of health care is good and may help many people, just do not think it is at the right time to launch a plan. I think if we focus on fixing the economy first, then we can try the health care plan. One of the main concerns about the health care plan is where all of the money is going to come to try and help the citizens. I think it is a good plan, but it’s also important to think it through whether it will actually work and help the economy as well as the people.

    September 13, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  63. Anonymous

    I thnk that it's okay that she switched her religon because it's her life and she can make her own decisions. She suld hav asked her parents before she made this decision so they culd hav a say in this though. I dont thnk her parents actually wanted to kill her though. They r probably just really mad at her.

    September 14, 2009 at 8:29 am |
  64. majed

    i believe that the presidents speech was great and people should not make such a fuss about it because it has nothing to do with the economy, or health care reforms, but only about their childs education

    September 14, 2009 at 10:33 am |
  65. Incho

    I think that healthcare system is as much complicated as US society. Different from other issues, because it is directly related with our lives it make a huge hot issues. I think it is a good time to give it a try. Healthcare reform, certainly a long shot, deserve it for us to improve together not only for us but also our children. If we once start it's not a biggie. Thanks God bless all.

    September 14, 2009 at 10:51 am |
  66. ozgul

    I am an International student here and I have been living in USA around two years.If I compare American health system with my countyr, then I believe that American health system is broken.We have goverment health insurance in Turkey even we have lots of economic problem!!! We do not have perfect service alltime but still it is better than having nothing.

    September 14, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  67. tiana

    Obama is a good leader so anything he has to say should be pkay

    September 14, 2009 at 1:13 pm |
  68. Samantha

    I think that the muslum girl had a good reason to run away, but she should do the meeting with her parents and a judge, so she can go home safely. I think her parents love her and respect her dicission to change religion, however they may not support her in it.

    September 14, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  69. Alejandra

    I think that the girl should be allowed to become christian because your religion is something personal you don't have to be a specific religion as long as she is serious about it.

    September 14, 2009 at 2:25 pm |
  70. Chad

    I think that the girl is lying. her parents wouldn't want to kill her no matter what she did, I mean she is their daughter.

    P.S. Carl please stop with the terrible puns!

    September 14, 2009 at 2:25 pm |
  71. Caitlin

    I think that the president has a right to do what he wants but needs to listen to the other great ideas out there if a majority does not agree change it to where they majority does because this deverce over it is just wrong. Were the United States Of America not The United States are, The United States is. Were all in it together not different groups and thats the way it needs to stay.

    September 14, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  72. dane

    this is the worst idea ever,the us is in debt and he wants to spend money that we don't have!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I thought america was smart but I guess I was wrong........... look who became president.The health care in america is the best in the world why change it? Him and his lefties are going to ruin the us. We are going to lose our freedom to the growing government. Remember the guy who call obama a lier?.......BOY DO I PRAISE HIM.

    September 14, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  73. Rebecca

    I think that it’s about time that Obama came out and faced the world with his plan for health care reform. Letting Congress fight it out was obviously not working, so hopefully his speech will give the debate some guidelines to follow so that progress towards passing a health care reform bill can be made. In response to the speech itself, I am happy with the ideas that he has presented. I truly hope that he can follow through with his promises. I am particularly interested in how he will pay for the reforms. If he can, as he says, pay for it with the money that is currently being wasted on the current health care system, then I think he has a wonderful plan. I hope that he will try to keep from raising taxes and adding to the already sky-high deficit.

    September 14, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  74. Laura

    Obama said that he would wait until insurance companies created new affordable plans, and only if they fail to do so would the public option enter the picture. However he also said that he would not eliminate private insurance companies. The same legislation that creates this option would create parameters that would eventually destroy the private insurance companies. Will this plan cause insurance companies to fall under the new government mandates, in turn causing a multitude of Americans to lose their jobs? Does this sound like a government takeover of the health care system? I sincerely hope not…but if the shoe fits…

    September 14, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  75. Hayden

    President Obama is doing the best he can, regarding the healthcare plan. I believe that if nothing was to be done, then this country would be in great peril. There are millions of Americans who end up waiting tax payer’s money because people use the ER’s as their GP’s. Just because we are a large nation does not mean we cannot achieve something that Canada and most of Europe already have. Our society should not let hatred between parties dictate whether we make decisions about someone’s life or death.

    September 14, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  76. Samantha

    I believe that Obama was diligent in his speech. Obama plans to supply America with affordable health insurance which is also secure and stable. In my opinion, Obama's speech was very confident and persuasive. He used great presentation to get his message across. He wants to make sure that no one will be denied medical care and/or tests. I think a very good job executing his main points.

    September 14, 2009 at 7:37 pm |
  77. Hope

    i think that Barrack Obama is doing the best that he can. and he can only help so many. I believe that Obama is helping everyone that his power can allow him to. health care is a serious issue and the president is approaching it with power, determination, and belief.

    September 14, 2009 at 7:46 pm |
  78. Emily

    I believe that this country is in need of a health care reform. The problem is that we are going to need a decision before many jobs are lost nd prices raise even higher. The main points of Obama's speech claimed that his reform won't change the coverage or raise prices for anybody with existing health care, also it will not deny anyone health care for a having a previous condition. These are all big promises for someone to make without giving some strong detail behind his statements. This the one problem I have with Obama's speech. I am only learning about this health care problem recently and what we can do to save our country, but what he plans to do sounds expensive. I just would like to know HOW Obama plans to take these actions without raising taxes for citizens.

    September 14, 2009 at 8:09 pm |
  79. Moira

    I think President Obama is trying to condense the broad issue of health care so he can convince congress and the people of the United States that he is on his way to making impertinent changes to the health care system we have today. People are expecting changes to occur instantly but since health care hold so many difficult problems it may be a while until Obama’s plans take any action. I think he has good ideas for making changes to the health care though. In his speech he was clear and concise about what he is working on making happen. I believe making laws against denying coverage for people with pre-existing conditions is going to help save many people a lot of money. I also believe having a marketplace for people to shop for the best prices for insurance is a great idea because people will be able to look for the cheapest insurance rates.

    September 14, 2009 at 8:29 pm |
  80. Maiah

    Why does it matter so much that he is a democrat. Oh Yeah! A lot of people disagree purely because they wanted McCain to triumph. McCain lost, so can't we all try to help instead of doing the Groucho Marx thing,"What ever you say, I'm against it!!" (Look it up or ask your parents. [Don't be ashamed my told me])

    September 14, 2009 at 9:13 pm |
  81. Erin

    I think understanding what the purpose of our government is supposed to be is important in forming an opinion on this topic. The function of government is to protect our rights and it derives its power from the people. It is not the governments job to take care of people. It is people's job to take care of people. I am against nationalizing medical care because it violates my right to decide how to care for myself.

    p.s. It is really just a bailout for the insurance companies because it will make health insurance manditory and give insurance companies immunity from lawsuits.

    September 14, 2009 at 9:49 pm |
  82. Chelsea

    I believe in Obama’s Health Care proposal. After pointing out how many Americans lose their coverage every day (14,000 Americans) I agree that action is necessary in improving health insurance. However, I cannot imagine how much money would be required in order to accomplish this proposal. It seems ridiculous to think that the working middle class would possibly have to provide for other people’s health care as well because the cost to accomplish the reform is so high. Obama left out a lot of details about his plan, which makes the proposal seem unclear but still possible. I am predicting that the reform process will take longer than the estimated four year time period. I strongly support Obama’s belief that all Americans should be insured and have access to the health assistance that an American will require when injured or ill. Depriving any U.S. citizen of this access is a crime against humanity and displays severe neglect. However, as much as I support Obama and his proposal, I do not think it will work out as smoothly as it deceives. There are bound to be problems when trillions of dollars and all American citizens are involved. To think that Obama will be able to fill all gaps in this proposal seems unrealistic, but I have faith in Obama that the health care reform will over all result as a success. He seems determined and confident, and I find a lot of comfort and confidence from his bold approach.

    September 14, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  83. Erica

    It's about time President Obama addressed this issue. He's been promising and promising, but getting little done...yet, better late than never. I believe he's doing the best he can to reform health care and has some good points. People with preexisting medical issues wouldn't be denied coverage, there's no limit to how much a person can receive, and insurance is going to cover checkups. I find his strategies for healthcare reform to be potentially effective.

    September 14, 2009 at 10:16 pm |
  84. Deniz

    As Ataturk (Founder and The First President of Republic of Turkey) said “Healthy mind is found on healthy body”, being and thinking healthy is the most important issue. If new generation and healthy minds are important for this country, the health care problem must be solved as soon as possible.

    September 14, 2009 at 11:54 pm |
  85. Hiro

    Some people contravened President Obama's speech. But as he mentioned, "The time for bickering is over". I believe that he is trying to put best effort on this helth care problem. It will not succeed without people's coorperation.

    September 15, 2009 at 7:10 am |
  86. George

    i think that being healthy is good because if your not than you will not live long <)

    September 15, 2009 at 9:12 am |
  87. Jessica

    The current health care system of the United States does not function properly. There are many individuals who cannot afford insurance and in effect do not receive necessary medical attention. Those who go to an emergency room cannot be turned away by the staff even if they don’t have insurance, but when the patient has no way of covering the payment, the hospital loses money. In effect members of Congress believe that reform of the health care system is required, but none of them can decide on how to change health care. Obama believes that there should be a government-run health care system, but this could actually cause problems. If this type of reform was set in place there could be many side effects including a lowered quality of health care. When Obama spoke he claimed that his plan would solve the problems that occur in the health system and that there would be no added cost to the government, yet he never explained how this would be possible.
    I do not believe that individuals should be forced to have health insurance, but that an affordable option should be provided. The idea of a government-run health care plan worries me because the quality of health care could diminish and hospitals could become overwhelmed. Those who are critically ill could be forced to go on waiting lists as in Canada. This type of plan has many problems even on the small level in Canada, but America would, if a bill is pass, have the largest united health care system. I hope that if a health care system is passed that it does not financially support abortions. When Obama spoke he made his plan sound as if there would not be any consequences, but even some individuals in Congress foresee that providing a government-run would actually cost more money than the current system.

    September 15, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  88. Tessa

    I think that President Obama did a good job in his speech. I think it’s good that everyone will have some health care. I mean, even if the ones that some already have are better than the public option, but we’ll still be able to have our coverage. This will only help us. It’s helping those that get sick and don’t have any coverage.

    September 15, 2009 at 10:03 am |
  89. Kristen

    I really like President Obama’s ideas for health care reform. There are so many people who need and want health care, but can’t afford it and their places of work won’t cover them. My friend’s mom has cancer and lost her job, and with it her health care. Now because of the economy, no one will hire her, and she is not receiving treatment. That is awful and should not happen in the United States of America. I especially like that people with existing coverage will not have to change their coverage and that there will be a limit for out-of-pocket expenses. I think that a marketplace for insurance will help keep the rates competitive, and that there will be tax credits available for those who can’t afford health care. Everyone should have access to medical care.

    September 15, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  90. William

    I am an international student who feel the health insurance is unreasonably high. Also, the health insurance system in USA is ridiculous and does not show that America is an industrialized country. I am glad that President Obama decided to change current situation. Insurance system should not be the purpose of making money and it had better be a government–run system.

    In my country, main insurance system is operated by the government and it works well. One of the best policy is that wealthy people shoud pay relatively high based on their incomes and properties. This policy helps the needy to have the same quality of medical care. Moreover, it reduces the disparity between the rich and the poor.

    In America, health insurance companies seem to be bloodsuckers. People do not receive well medical guarantee they deserve. Unfortunatly, citizens still have to pay big bucks. Some people said this system worked well but it does not look that way to me. Anway, I strongly support Obama’s reform plan.

    September 15, 2009 at 12:48 pm |
  91. Aryn

    Okay, maybe I'm not the best to comment, not fully understanding all of this. But what I can say is this: If this is going to cost all of us in turn, and send this nation farther into debt, if I have to watch my dad mention moving to Arizona from sweet homely Nebraska, I don't want this to suceed. Yes I'm a kid, but I don't want to be able to tell my grand kids one day that I watched our nation fall. No, no I will not say that. Please think about this. This is not some easy peasy bill to pass, it's well over a hundred pages, and could either save our nation or send to tumble among the ruins that are forming more and more everyday in other countries, states, and cities. Please dwell on every word you hear and understand about this "reform"
    Thank you.

    September 15, 2009 at 6:38 pm |
  92. Jacob

    Hi i believe that universal healthcare is wrong. Look at the other countries that have it they hate it it taints there counrty with a huge debt and food cus and many other harmful things for the countries. so i believe Obama should leavehealth care alone.

    September 15, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  93. Tori

    Right now America has the best healthcare in the world. While it may be expensive it could have been not as expensive if congress would have passed the law that let Americans buy out of state insurance which would increase competition and drive prices down majorly. Unfortunately if we have a government run plan it is not free. We dont have enough doctors and the new taxes on everyone will make the economy worse then ever and the quality of care will be poor.

    September 16, 2009 at 1:26 pm |
  94. Sally

    I think his ideas are ridiculous and are going to put all of the debt from this bill not only on our generation but on the middle class. The last thing we need is to be paying for other people's health when we have ourselves to worry about. We work hard for our money and shouldn't b forced to pay for people that can't afford it. I like to help people but i think if we go ahead with this health care plan My family will have to cut down on even more spending while the lower class people take advantage of all the free money cuming to them through health care.

    September 16, 2009 at 8:59 pm |
  95. Laura

    Heath care needs to be reformed there is no question on that. Its how we reform it thats the question. A lot of people say that they dont like what Obama has proposed becasue of the government run heathcare option. They say they dont what their money going to pay for other people. They say they dont want to pay for people who they claim dont care about heath insurance. What about the people like me who when they finish high school they dont have heath insurance and need it? The thing is with the pre-existing condtion I have there is no chance of me finding any affordable heath coverage. As its been said time and time again the people with out insurace cost the government more money in the long run. What other alternatives do I have? I go with out and cost the government more that it would to jsut cover me. OR I go into debt trying to get the things I need and end up spending the rest of my life trying to get out of it, just becasue of things I had to being with, which is next to inpossable to do. there is so much ignerance when this comes up. and sorry for any spelling.

    September 17, 2009 at 1:59 pm |
  96. Kalina

    I say, we should have healthcare. I know that our econmy isn't all great right now but, we are the future and the future must stay alive threrfore, so must we. Perhaps President Obama can pull a few strings and let docters and anything else that invloves health be more cheaper.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  97. angelagh

    I think President Obama should lower the taxes and also he should lower the health care so we dont have to pay so much money for health care. It makes me mad that my parents have insurance and they still have very high medical bills. It is not fair because their are people thereare people that get free insurance that dont have to pay for any of their medications.

    September 17, 2009 at 7:40 pm |
  98. Brittany

    I think that President Obama's health care plan isn't a good idea. Taking money out of everybody else's pocket just for others not wanting to get health care. they have a lot of different options out there and low income plans for some. Yes i do think that everybody should have healthcare but there is a line to where how much is taken out of your paycheck.

    September 18, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  99. cody

    why would we want to have universal health care. i think that it will reck it for a lot of people even thow with the taxes we have to pay for people anyway its just gona make it worse because people that cant pay for things get in for free and thats not right when tons of people have had to pay so much for health care already. we need lower prices and a better system.

    September 18, 2009 at 1:39 pm |
  100. Madilyn

    First of all the middle-class Americans will be taking the beat here. They will haft to be paying more taxes. And you can look at our government right now. Look at all of the things they have been doing. We have a huge debt, and were in a recession. I don't know if we can trust the government to hold our health care in their hands.

    September 18, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  101. Seth

    A healthcare program like his focuses on the majority, not the individual. It's a communist style system. People who need surgery and have payed their taxes, will be refused care because everyone and their second cousin will be at the doctor. Giving the government the responsibility of deciding who recieves care is downright scary. A free market system is the only one that will work.

    September 20, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
  102. Joe

    thats really crazy

    September 21, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  103. Keltsey

    In my opinion people should not get free health care. Why? The reason is that were giving free benefits to people who do not usualy deserve it. One of my friends at school has a bigger house than me,and has a flat screen tv , going out to eat every day and still gets free and reduced lunch. I DONT!!!!! So why can she? You see the only people we are mostly giving free health care to are not living to there means,and its the hard workers that are paying for it!!! While Obama wants to charge more on the higher class that gives peole jobs to EARN money. Is that fair??? YOU decide.

    September 21, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  104. Quintin

    I believe that health care should be available to everyone when needed. Because when people get ill or get hurt an they don't have health care insurance. Usually the patients sit up in a emergency room for hours sometimes days if there illness or injury is not that serious. Also when the patients that do have a serious problem and do get treatment right away after the patients get out the hospital and back on their feet they are hit up with these thousands of dollars because they don't have health insurance and can't afford the bills. Then they are harassed by creditors that have got their files that the hospital has sent to them. I just don't think that's right because no human being should be treated like that by no means necessary.

    September 21, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  105. Ryan

    Obama does need to reform health care and i didn’t really understand his speech last night because i don’t really understand political stuff but Obama is an incredible speaker that can captivate an audience. I think the real problem is that the republicans have the nerve to sit around and not listen to his ideas.

    September 22, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  106. ani

    yea i think health is important in ways

    September 23, 2009 at 9:09 am |
  107. Daisy

    My parents were nervous at first but why anyone would think that his speech was about politics did not vote for Obama in the first place and is trying to make him look bad.
    KEEP GOING OBAMA!!!!!!

    September 29, 2009 at 1:30 am |
  108. Jenna

    This is so late, but health care is another issue we need to be worried about. I don't know much about it but someone needs to find a solution soon!

    September 30, 2009 at 11:08 am |