The number of uninsured due to an inability to pay has been overstated badly and during these economic times, healthcare is way down the list of necessities. Democrats totally controlled Congress and no Republican idea was even considered.Objective Voice;1058715429]I watched the health care summit and read the transcript and was very concerned about the numbers as well. But here's what outraged me more on that matter:
That even while Rep. Ryan uttered the words I was angered that Senate Republicans sat on their hands the entire time throughout the health care debate and did little to nothing to help bring those cost estimates down. So, while you are sitting there blaming Democrats for passing a health care bill that may very well be bloated with "false" cost-saving measures, I blame the Republicans more for working harder to bring discredit a sitting President than to actually accomplish meaningful reform. That to me is a far bigger disappointment than any financial "gimmick" the Democrats could pull.
Obama is discrediting himself not the Republicans. Look I don't care for either party but what Obama is doing isn't in the best interest of the people but is in his own best interest.
Republicans never had a filibuster proof Congress and the first year in office we had 9/11. healthcare today is not even at the top of the list of concerns in this country. 85-90% of the people in this country have healthcare thus it isn't a concern to them. Why is it such a concern to you? Please don't tell me you care about those who don't have healthcare.Do I care about the overall cost? Yes, absolutely! But I care more that the health care system gets closer and closer to being the very best system it can be. IMO, this health care reform legistlation is a good first-step. It's not the best, but it moves this nation in the right direction which is a far cry better than I give Republicans credit for when they held power. For, if health care reform was so important to them as they said even originally under former Pres. Clinton, why then didn't they make it part of their Republican mandate and do something about it when they held power? And don't give me this notion that Sen. Reid and company thrawrted former Pres. GW Bush's attempts to change the system when he was in office because the Republicans had control during his first few years in office. If Pres. Obama can enact health care reform in just over his first year in office certainly GW Bush could have done the same during his first 2-years if it were truly a priority for his party. But it was not. And yet they knew Medicare was eating away at this nation's budget; but they passed an unfunded Medicare, Part-D entitlement anyway.
You claim this is a good first step? When the govt. spends this amount of money it better be more than a good first step. That comment just goes to show you have no concept as to how much money a trillion dollars is.
Medicare and SS are supposed to be self funding but Congress put those funds into the General Fund where the money has been spent. That would be the case any program implemented by the govt. They are looking for funds to spend and healthcare funding is just another govt. slush fund.