Debate Begins Over Obama's Health Care Reform

Foes of President Barack Obama's health care reform plans are again voicing their concerns, even as he dismisses them as "naysayers."

In a pre-emptive strike before the president's speech to the American Medical Association today in Chicago, Republican Congressman Tom Price said the president is seeking a government takeover of health care.

Speaking to reporters on a conference call organized by the
Republican National Committee, the former orthopedic surgeon said a
committee that the administration has formed to study the effectiveness of treatments would turn into a "rationing board" to overrule doctors and deny care.

Republicans have introduced legislation to ban such rationing.

In Obama's speech, which was interrupted several times by cheers
and applause, he did earn a smattering of boos when he said he
opposes limits on malpractice awards.

The president said for the first time publicly that health care reform, including covering the almost 50 million Americans who have no insurance, would cost about $1 trillion over 10 years.

He says the cost of a status quo system that doesn't work would
cost even more.

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  • by NPAlliance Location: USA on Jun 16, 2009 at 09:04 PM
    Are you a healthcare professional who is committed to a robust public health plan option? Please join us in petitioning Congress! We are a diverse group of healthcare professionals and students of the health professions that support the choice of a public health insurance plan as an essential component of comprehensive health care reform this year.
  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Jun 16, 2009 at 07:38 AM
    Mitch, I agree with your philosophy if we were talking about a '56 chevy that we were going to fix, but unfortunately this is going to be a 2 billion dollar experiment that even most of the democrats get a lump in thier throat about. they are prepared to vote for this while holding thier noses because this has to happen to bring the next level of socialism. Doctors will not be running the system either, it will be managed by a committee who gets to decide what services will be authorized. Buzz-
  • by etan Location: Los Angeles on Jun 16, 2009 at 06:26 AM
    Once again people are falling for the scare tactics of insurance co. Turn medicine back over to the doctors who will once again care for you when they don't have to see 100 people a day and spend multiple hours on paperwork that just gets denied to make a buck. Don't allow the greedy to fool you.
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Jun 16, 2009 at 06:14 AM
    He just wants to be like Hillary. Socialism, Marxism, stupidism and the list gets longer. Tax the already working hard man and give it too the one who won't work or is in the country illegal. What is the incentive to work if you get free health care? Let's see HHR secretary is an abortion nut, Treasury Secretary is a tax cheat, Homeland Security Director is more concerned with going green than protecting our citizens, the man put in charge of Gov.Motors knows nothing about car companies. We are entering another time and dimention. This administration is like a bad episode of Twilight Zone.
  • by CCC Location: Greenville on Jun 16, 2009 at 04:44 AM
    Seems he did not mention(obviously intentionally) the fact that reducing doctor's insurance costs due to outrageous non-economical payouts would reduce healthcare costs tremedously. Here again is another COMMON SENSE fix that gets brushed under the rug. Oh I forgot, seems most liberals don't have, or refuse to use common sense.
  • by Lisa Location: NC on Jun 15, 2009 at 09:08 PM
    If I and my Children go on Welfare,and get food stamps. Can I get Obamas free medical care also? Sorry about you people who work very,very hard, and pay taxes for my free medical care? Thanks Obama.
  • by Mitch Location: Greenville on Jun 15, 2009 at 08:28 PM
    I didn't vote for the current president, yet we are now all in the same boat under his leadership. It takes only the most ignorant among us not to recognize that our healthcare system is critically in need of reform. Two wise men come to mind at this time... One said "Not to decide, is to decide." The other said "Anyone can point out a problem, but it takes a leader to find a solution and apply it." Having said this, If you don't have a solution, Shut up and let someone who wants to fix it try. Maybe it will work. Maybe it won't. But in our efforts to succeed, perhaps we will find the answer. One thing is for sure, ignoring it because we don't have the courage to address it definitely doesn't work. We know that by the number of people who are currently uninsured, don't we?
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Jun 15, 2009 at 08:11 PM
    Obama siad in one of his election promises. He would not tax Health Insurance like McCain would? Well looks like Obama lied to us Americans again. He is going to tax wort removal by your Dr.
  • by Hilary Location: Chocowinity,NC on Jun 15, 2009 at 07:59 PM
    From meet the press Sunday - Vice President Biden doesn't rule out his own presidential aspirations on "Meet the Press" Sunday Biden: Said the Stimulus didn't stimulate anything. Biden admits that his Administration threw away 800 billion dollars. Biden tries to say everyone was wrong, but he also said it would do virtually nothing to help the economy and would greatly hurt the economy when it came time to pay for the joke of a stimulus plan. Biden tells "Meet the Press" today that "everyone guessed wrong" on the impact of the stimulus, economy was worse off than anyone thought. Backs away from the estimate that the funds could create or save 3.5 million jobs, instead promises 600,000 by the end of the summer. Looks like Biden wants to distance himself from Obama. He does not want to get caught in Obama's flip flopping, and not sticking to his election promises. Biden For President?
  • by Tubby Location: NC on Jun 15, 2009 at 07:51 PM
    Why is it everytime Obama gets on TV. The Stock Market goes down? The charts prove it?
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