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July 23, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Now that the leadership in both the Senate and the House are pushing back their time lines until September for voting on health care, the period for public comment and review of the legislation on OpenCongres is extended too.

The House’s version of the health care bill has already been viewed by about 20,000 people and there have been some excellent dissections of crucial areas of the legislation (here’s an example). With more than a month before the votes take place, we have even more time to dig into this super important bill and, together, gain a better understanding of what’s in it and how it would work.

Below are a few of the public comments on the bill so far rated most useful by users of OpenCongress:

I have not read all 1,000 plus pages, but cannot support this bill as drafted. There are two items that stand out for me. The first is the definition of ‘employee’ which includes contract labor and the second is the small business credit phase-out amount with average salaries of $20,000. These two items may put an extreme burden on small start up companies and give an incentive to only hire part-time low wage employees. This seems to be a negative impact on economics as a whole (employer and employee). – dbritt28
It’s funny you should say “We the people” don’t count any more. We have become more of a divided nation because of both parties. Democrats are trying to take charge regardless of what the majority of “the people” think about issues and bills. The Republicans have been silent and seeking on the most part-their own best interests and not listening to what “We the people” want. We lost our Democracy after Kennedy was assassinated. I think things should be more out in the open and not done in secrecy. I question anything done in haste and secrecy. Is this really best for “the people.” – rjduf
We should strive for healthcare for all Americans but anything that has to be rushed through is suspect. Quite frankly, we can’t afford it. Sorry but I don’t trust politicians who make promises and I’m certain that if this gets rammed through, we will regret it. People need to remember that the federal government doesn’t make money, they are spending OUR money. Healthcare is important to be sure, but we have to get our finances in order first. This is just too expensive and government has a pretty poor track record when it comes to spending money wisely or creating effective program. – Andrea1318
This is insane! ANY public health care bill passed by this Congress should make it mandatory that all congressional members enroll. If it is good enough for WE THE PEOPLE, then it is certainly good enough for the public servants. – gstecker

If you haven’t left your comment on the health care bill, you can go to this link and do so now. While you’re at it, you can vote other people’s comments up or down in order to help make sure the most useful comments rise to the top.

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Displaying 1-30 of 43 total comments.

  • orestod 07/23/2009 10:42am
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    this in one more of president obama’s programs that will tax people and this great country of ours into bankruptcy. hr 3200 costs too much money for the ordinary citizen to pay for.

    this bill is socialism at its finest.

  • Anonymous 07/23/2009 12:13pm
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    This program will not only cost everyone a lot of money in new taxes or fines, but will also ration health care for the elderly and/or people who are chronically ill. President Obama does not care about this country or he would not be pushing all these socialist programs on us.

  • Anonymous 07/23/2009 12:20pm

    where is the tort reform for medical malpractice? This alone would reduce healthcare costs which would then be followed by lower premiums. Let the private sector handle this mess, the distrution and the pricing. In order to get all insured regardless of health, the govt. should subsidize a persons premium after the private carriers have established their surcharges etc.

  • Anonymous 07/23/2009 1:41pm

    Leaving Single Payer out of the solution was a mistake and the drop in approval rating reflects that. Single Payer was polling close to 60% favorable. Unfortunately opponents of reform see the drop as support for no public option. Sorry govt subsidies to private insurers is just more feed for the greed.

  • Anonymous 07/23/2009 3:02pm

    I have a 15 year old son (straight A’s) looking at choosing a career. His mother has 33 years experience as an RN. A medical Doctor was a logical choice, I have discouraged him from this field due to an extra 8 years of schooling with 400K in dept, all for government controlled wages. Additionally the tort risk are unbearable. We will need to outsource massive numbers of doctors from Pakistan, India, Nigeria just as the socialized European countries do now. VOTE NO to any government health care, save 100’s of millions of our grandchildren from suffering and early death. Keep capitalism, not communism! Hasn’t worked anywhere on the planet and caused massive suffering. NO to a Washington central power, listen to our founders!
    David Fletcher 830 9902252

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  • Anonymous 07/24/2009 5:05am
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    Vote NO to this plan. Reduce the cost of health insurance, YES.

    A government run plan, NO.
    Who asked for a government run system anyway?
    How can you approve this if you haven’t read it?
    What Obama says about the plan, and what is coming out of Congress about the plan, are hard to square up. Obama hasn’t even read it. He just wants the money now.

    Say NO to President Pusher-in-Chief !

  • Becca 07/24/2009 7:05am

    It seems to me that most of the Congressmen and Senators are totally out of touch with the vast majority of Americans, we DO NOT want a health care bill, I repeat we DO NOT want a health care bill! This is another bill designed so the new goverment that is currently in place can have COMPLETE control over all aspects of our life even our health. If the goverment was ACTUALLY concerned about the health of its citizens you would limit tort, right here billions would be saved, or you could of set aside a few billion in the TARP bill, why you even set aside $16 billion to study a marsh rat, why not people?? You need to go home and start talking to and listening to your constituants, they are ALL saying NO, NO, NO, NO, to this big goverment program, at least we are still sane, how about joining us for a change? Anyone Republican or Democrat who votes for this big pile of garbage will be voted out of office!

  • Euclid_543 07/24/2009 7:05am

    The people of this country have spoken several times in the last several decades on this issue. It is clear that this is not what the citizenry wants, yet it is constantly brought up and repeatedly forced down our throats.

    How do we drive a stake through this issue, once and for all? The ballot box is the only way.

  • quebecpq 07/24/2009 8:53am

    1 more thing obama wants to add to his socilist agenda. We need to call the white house and voice our opinion. I’m originally from Canada and my grand mother had a stroke in an old age home, they never brought her to the hospital, needless to say she is no longer with us. They won’t allow us to sue for neglegence because it’s part of the health care blah blah blah and not covered?? MY aunt had to wait 1 1/2yrs for a hip surgery. This Health care for all is NO GOOD. ENOUGH of the socialist crap IMPEACH OBAMA

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    Anonymous 07/27/2009 9:22am

    I’d vote for Obama’s impeachment in a second. He cares nothing about the people of this country. If they pass this Health Care we see many people die waiting to see a doctor. This should tell us that, “he could care less”, about us. We need to clean up in “our” White House, the Congress, and Senate. Some of them have forgotten (conveniently) what “Impeach” means.

  • quebecpq 07/24/2009 8:59am

    MR OBAMA, I have the full Bill right here and he says that he will NOT let the elders die??? Read it for yourselves, it’s 1/2 way down called “Advance Care Planning Consultation” All you liberals that want this are fools. The congress has put in writing in the bill that if they (The government ) decide you don’t deserve the care then you will be left to die. Go on read it yourself. Call them and do what we can to stop this before it’s too late.

  • Anonymous 07/24/2009 9:20am

    Just to let the “Blue Dogs” and everyone else know that if they let that witch Pelosi bully them into voting for this terrible bill,that her along with the rest who vote yes will definately loose their seats in the next election, that is unless Obama does seize ALL THE POWER, which is his ultime plan and become a dictator then he won’t need senators or congressmen and then you won’t have a job anyhow. This TERRIBLE MONSTROSITY of a bill needs to be buried and never heard from again!

  • Anonymous 07/24/2009 10:30am

    I thank God I’m 81+ with NO children. Obama is not only trying to kill our wonderful USA but by this Bill he is ready and willing to kill off all the elderly as they become ill. It is hard to believe there are real Democrats in and out of Congress that want this to happen…what are they thinking? Don’t they want re-election? Do they hate their voters? Don’t they believe that 2 + 2 still equals 4??!! T.E.Strunk

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  • Anonymous 07/24/2009 11:53am

    I think that the President and all members of Congress and the House should have the same health care as the rest of the nation.

  • Anonymous 07/24/2009 1:08pm

    Wouldn’t it be nice if the pinheads in goverment actually read what we the people are saying, I guess they are so busy spending our money and printing up more of it to take the time to care . Rest assured Obama isn’t, he’s too busy being on TV, he should just start his own channel so he wouldn’t interupt the shows we actually want to see.

  • gmelton 07/24/2009 7:10pm

    This is what happens when the second largest single Industry Lobby in the countries history is the “Insurance Lobby”. This Bill has nothing to to with providing Health Care for those who need it. It benifits no one but the Insurance Providers and is just an example of what you can buy if you put enough money in enough campain funds.

  • Bud9342 07/25/2009 2:46am

    A shame that unless the conservatives in congress step up and represent, the congressional lemmings will follow obama. Our congressmen should be ashamed of themselves for taking their pay without doing what they have been elected to do.

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  • mustardom 07/26/2009 7:35am

    I would hope people would read this H.R. 3200. I have read about 1/3 of the bill and it cause me a lot of caution. This bill has the biggest power grab of the Federal Government that I have ever seen. It has the ablity to take over State and Local governments like no other in history. It has also the ablity to take over business and insurance all in the name of health care. Remember how Obama kicked the CEO of GM out. Doctors and nurses need to read this too. The head of this program can force doctors and nurse to take pay cuts and work more hours for less in the name of quality of care or cost savings. Do not take any ones word including Congress or the President. READ IT FOR YOUR SELF H.R. 3200 LOOK IT UP.

  • eldosgatos 07/26/2009 5:10pm

    I have not read this PROPOSAL yet (over 1000 pgs.), but intend to.

    What I do KNOW is that H.R.3200 is far from the final bill.

  • Anonymous 07/27/2009 5:50am

    The only reason I see for providing health care for everyone (at a cost of a trillion $) is a feeling that it is moral obligation. It is preposterious to feel morally obligated to provide health care for the poor while at the same time condoning murder of the most helpless of our children.

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  • Anonymous 07/27/2009 4:40pm

    Until congress drops their congressional, lifetime provided and government paid for, health coverage, and they agree to be covered by the exact same public health plan they are proposing putting the rest of the country under, I cannot support any plan regardless of the administration. It is a bad idea to let leaders concoct a plan that they will never participate in.

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