Can Pelosi Deliver on Health?
As the health care debate rages on Capitol Hill, it also rages among our Readers Who Comment, who are as fully engaged in this subject as they were on the presidential election or the war in Iraq. Today's chapter finds House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promising that she can deliver a House vote for reform. Readers find that positive or alarming, and in many cases aregue more about Pelosi, who tends to be a lightning rod, than the legislation itself.
Three House committees have roles and differences in the legislation, but Shailagh Murray and Paul Kane write that "Democratic leaders are newly confident that these differences can be resolved..."
Many readers want a public option or a single payer plan to compete or eliminate the influence of insurance companies; they complain about illegals receiving health care, they rail against insurers' profits, they worry that government involvement means socialism, and they debate whether employer-paid insurance is slowing disappearing. And there's concern that well-insured Democrats who voted for President Obama aren't really all this keen for change.
We'll start with MPatalinjug, who wrote, "Speaker Nancy Pelosi must know whereof she speaks. If she now vows passage of the Obama Universal Health Care Reform initative, she must be sure that she can make those diffident "Blue Dog" Democrats overcome their fears and toe the line... And the Congress need not be reminded that the present health care system, besides not covering some 50 million Americans, is financially unsustainable. Sooner rather than later it is bound to collapse of its own weight."
But mr986 wonders "...if the Dems had even considered the possibility that some of their Kool-aid drinkers might say no thanks to the prospect to Obama actually implementing some of the things he ran on during his campaign. I suspect this administration is going to find out very shortly that while his supporters may be with him philosophically, there will be a parting [of the] ways if they are asked to fork over too much of their earnings."
weidenhof4 added, "Mrs. Pelosi promises the House will pass Health Care legislation. She has the numbers, but the greed of her party prevents passage."
hill_marty asked, "Why do Pelosi and the liberals believe that such complex legislation needs to be rushed through Congress? There is only one possible answer: The more people know about this plan, the less likely they are to vote for it. Pelosi's vow is simply reaffirming that she wants to ram this down our throats..."
tsapp77 said, "... California is precariously close to insolvency because it over extended itself by providing social program benefits to illegals. Now [Pelosi] is proposing this same disaster for the U.S. We are doomed if she doesn't go back to San Francisco."
But anitapreer wrote, "So many loonies on tis site. Illegal immigrants will not covered! Pelosi said this on CNN today. With new restrictions on insurance, no one can be turned away for a pre-existing condition, they cannot refuse to pay when a person gets sick, they cannot charge more for women than for men... It is a good bill. It needs some more work. But more good than bad in this bill, believe me. do your research."
binckeslaw said, "...Unfortunately the disappearance of employer paid healthcare is as inevitable as the elimination of employer provided pensions... It's going to continue to happen with or without current healthcare reform. It's now more important than ever for American workers to establish a fall back option...Single payer or a strong affordable public option now with tax credits equaling 100% of the cost for participation for everyone who purchases it..."
About which veritas7 wrote, "...Nothing like injecting fear into the equation. Some emplyers will, may, could take away the health care benefit from their package. Just because there has been an increase in employees contributions to pay for their insurance doesn't mean that the trend will continue... No basis for your position other than pure conjecture."
fwc01 asked, "Where in the plan is "personal responsibility." If you want to be obese, do drugs, smoke, abuse alcohol, not practice preventive care, not take your meds, avoid exercise, etc., you should pay more. Ask a doctor if these are adding to our health care costs. If yes, why shouldn't we pay more for coverage if we do these things."
RealTexan1 wrote, "NO to ANY Healthcare Reform Bill that does not have tort reform. What this Democrat bill would mean is that you pay more to wait in line behind another person who would not be there without you forking out his or her expenses out of your own pocket. And all the while, lawyers continue to sue doctors out of business."
sashab1 said, "Congress should remember that the American consumer is sick and tired of the deplorable state of health care in this country. We want reform sooner rather than later. Quit whining and pass health care reform with a good public option."
oldguy1 wrote, "the problem is we have "THREE house panels with jurisdiction over healthcare." None of which will willingly give up any power. this struggle to pass healthcare reform has nothing to do with healthcare reform....I doubt anything will get accomplished until we vote out the incumbent and start anew."
linda_521 said, "If you cut back on the outrageous profits to the insurance/health care industry; you have money for the uninsured. If you don't put forth, a government plan option; just go home. It is a waste of time."
postfan1 wrote, "Why does all the Post coverage about this focus on the politics, and not on what's included in the bills? We need reform that works for all of us. NOT just 47 million people who don't currently have insurance...Pelosi wants blind followers. But she's thinking only of politics, not of a solution that improves health care for all Americans."
We'll close with john88, who said, "At this point in time I think that reading the bill is more important than passing it. We should all contact our representatives and provide encouragement and support for them actually reading the bill before they vote on it."
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