Today's Question: How do you feel about Obama's health care reform plan?

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 | 5:13 p.m. CDT; updated 11:19 a.m. CDT, Thursday, September 3, 2009

Universal health care sounds great and limitless, but opponents of President Barack Obama's proposal to revamp the system are viewing it as another government takeover. The plan could level the playing field and provide millions of Americans with an opportunity to receive direct care, but it would mean those people who are satisfied with their existing plan will likely have to change. How it's paid for is another concern..

In his most recent health care speech in Chicago to the American Medical Association, Obama encouraged doctors to stop being bureaucrats and to start caring for their patients directly, insurance companies aside. He said naysayers and people who think the plan is a Trojan horse for complete government control of health care are guilty of wrongful thinking. He said that a failure to act would result in higher premiums and the further erosion of benefits.

With a plan that would cost close to $1 trillion over a decade, Obama needs all of the support he can muster in order to get it passed, and he likely won't receive that from the Republican side of the aisle.

How do you feel about Obama's health care reform plan?

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Charles Dudley Jr June 26, 2009 | 9:21 p.m.

It definitely needs to be over hauled but it will take alot of work and a total bipartisan effort to do so that will make it fair for all effected.

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John Schultz June 26, 2009 | 11:01 p.m.

I would love for President Obama and others in favor of government-run health care to show me where that, along with about 95% of other government expenditures, are authorized by the US Constitution.

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Charles Dudley Jr June 27, 2009 | 5:04 a.m.

John Schultz how about in the instances of public health and safety which is a major issue in the over all care of the citizens of this nation.

A issue that privatizing has proven too many times that it fails miserably at taking care of.

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John Schultz June 27, 2009 | 4:33 p.m.

Well Chuck, if you want to use that logic, why shouldn't the government pay for my car, feed my family, and pay my mortgage as well? Maybe you can answer my question about where the federal government is authorized to spend money on the so-called public option?

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Carol McGill July 23, 2009 | 10:21 a.m.

we have to pass health care reform. we need a single payer system.please support reform.

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John Schultz July 23, 2009 | 12:13 p.m.

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office says that there will still be 17 million nonelderly people (roughly half illegal immigrants) not covered by the so-called public option in 2019. The public option is a wedge to get the US to single-payer, yet it can't even cover everyone? Sounds like another typical Washington solution.

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