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Poll: Do you agree with the healthcare reform vote?

By Reuters Staff
March 22, 2010

The House of Representatives approved a sweeping healthcare overhaul to create the biggest health policy changes in four decades, handing President Barack Obama a landmark victory.

Do you agree with the House of Representatives' vote to pass the healthcare reforms bill?

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How will the health reforms affect you overall, including the impact on your family and employment?

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How would you describe your understanding of the reforms?

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Will the passage of the reforms influence your vote?

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This president does not qualify to successfully run a neighborhood ” Lemonade Stand “, let alone to adminster our government !


Posted by NorCalRich | Report as abusive

So what you’re sayin is… it’s ok to spend trillions of dollars on wars, based on lies…that cause the Death of hundreds of thousands of people… including over 4000 of our own Military..

but spending money to keep our own people healthy..

get a grip Sheeple

Posted by redjb | Report as abusive

Remember something, folks. This is nothing more than greedy, selfish people who only care about themselves, not their fellow man. So when you say someone isn’t qualified (yet we had 8 years of completely unqualified) and you say this will break us, look at what is breaking us now. Medical insurance and medical bankruptcies. These people shout baby killer and yet when that child is born, they don’t give a damn anymore about the child by saying no to insurance coverage.

Not wanting to pay your fair share is simply being greedy and selfish. You want to buy more material items and fear you cannot buy them. You don’t need more junk, you need to take care of our country by being a contributing member, not a hating member.

Posted by NativeTX | Report as abusive

If 10 people like something, three will voice their opinion. If 10 people do not, seven will. This poll’s numbers don’t bother me one bit. Next stop, public option.

Posted by houseofd | Report as abusive

The Government doesn’t have any business dictating to us about healthcare. They completely disregarded what the Majortiy wants. But then again what do we expect from a Congress who only caters to the minority! Term Limits! Term Limits! TERM LIMITS!!!!! The Middle Class can’t afford anymore. And if the reform is so wonderful why has the Congress made themselves exempt from it?! What happened to the 28th Amendment?

Posted by MidClassDope | Report as abusive

I think it’s a marvelous decision to vote for a healthcare bill that only a small fraction of our lawmakers have read, the majority haven’t, that will
add 17,000 new employees to monitor you and I that will move us a large step closer to socialism, which has never worked for very long in any nation, and to go against the majority of the peoples will. I also think we should totally disregard the constitution because it is outdated and irrelvant to our world today. Forget that it has worked wonderfully for the past 300 years.

Posted by dive1time | Report as abusive

Nicely put redjb.

Posted by Neechie | Report as abusive

MidclassDope…”And if the reform is so wonderful why has the Congress made themselves exempt from it?!” see another LIE from your Leaders… 91

“Linda Douglass of the White House Office of Health Reform answers a question from outside the recent town hall in New Hampshire on why Congress voted to exempt themselves from reform. This is a myth: there is no exemption and there has not been any such vote. To the contrary, reform gives all Americans access to an insurance exchange much like the one Congress has enjoyed, and just like Congress, Americans will be free to make their own choices

Posted by redjb | Report as abusive

@redjb: No, the wars are treasonous TOO. Seems like people are left wing and only awake about the right wing, or right wing and asleep about the left. Too many people, including you, are still half asleep. The Constitution places LIMITS on government. Read the tenth amendment.

Posted by chriscanny | Report as abusive

@houseofd: You make a good point but… If asked, 9.7 out of 10 people will TELL you what they think whether they like it or not. The most recent Rassmussen poll says that the people are against the bill 60 to 40.

Posted by chriscanny | Report as abusive

@redjb: Regarding your reality check mythbusting, yes, Congress is not exempt. They’re still free to receive their Cadillac coverage on my dime.

Posted by chriscanny | Report as abusive

oh Please Oversight of the Insurance companies is a far cry of overstepping their powers…it’s exactly the kind of protections the Government should and does in many other industries……I’m happy for many of the Federal agencies..and Laws…not all of them , but nothing’s perfect..

Posted by redjb | Report as abusive

Hmmm some posts are not showing up I actually wanted some opinions about stuff

Posted by mr_large | Report as abusive

@redjb: Oversight? Yes. Forcing citizens to purchase a product simply because the citizen exists? I challenge you to find constitutional authority.

Posted by chriscanny | Report as abusive

The Constitution The Legislative Branch
Article 1 section 8 – Powers of Congress

“The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;”

I say Health Care is part of the GENERAL WELFARE OF THE PEOPLE OF THE USA

Posted by redjb | Report as abusive

TAXES…I have to pay for WAR….why not HEALTH

Posted by redjb | Report as abusive

When ANY bill, past or present, must misuse the powers given to our representatives in order to pass it no matter the cost, using thousands of pages, deception and bribes – It will NEVER be good for us. Even in the face of the majority they ignore the people who gave them those jobs, and we WILL return them to people of integrity. Yes, we are awake now!

Posted by kygater | Report as abusive

10 million more people voted for Obama..

he ran on Health Care….

most people want most of what the the bill has..

the Polls will show this very soon…

Posted by redjb | Report as abusive

@redjb: You may say that, but the authors of the constitution did not.

“They are not to do anything they please to provide for the general welfare, but only to lay taxes for that purpose. To consider the latter phrase not as describing the purpose of the first, but as giving a distinct and independent power to do any act they please which might be for the good of the Union, would render all the preceding and subsequent enumerations of power completely useless. It would reduce the whole instrument to a single phrase, that of instituting a Congress with power to do whatever would be for the good of the United States; and, as they would be the sole judges of the good or evil, it would be also a power to do whatever evil they please… Certainly no such universal power was meant to be given them. It was intended to lace them up straitly within the enumerated powers and those without which, as means, these powers could not be carried into effect.” –Thomas Jefferson

Posted by chriscanny | Report as abusive

62.1 percent of American bankruptcies are medically related and 75% of them have insurance…

How many Medical bankruptcies in, Canada, France, Costa Rica… or any of the socialized medicine counties


Easy/cheapest answer is Medicare for all…I think Thomas would see the wisdom of this..

Posted by redjb | Report as abusive


What about James?

“If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare, and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands;
they may appoint teachers in every State, county and parish and pay them out of their public treasury; they may take into their own hands the education of children, establishing in like manner schools throughout the Union;…”

Posted by chriscanny | Report as abusive

. Were the power of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for, it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute the very nature of the limited Government established by the people of America.” –James Madison

Posted by chriscanny | Report as abusive

This forum is conspiring against me making my point. Google the quote.

Then go read the founding fathers and get back to me when you’ve learned your history. Jefferson would NOT have seen any wisdom in your ridiculous statistical claim.

Population of Canada, 33,311,389. Personal bankruptcies in Canada last year, 116,381. 0.35%

Population of U.S., 307,006,550. Personal bankruptcies in U.S. last year, 1,202,503. 0.39% BUT that includes chapter 13 filings. Lets go apples to apples. U.S. chapter 7 filings were 819,362 making the rate 0.27%

So, it LOOKS like universal health care might just be so expensive to the citizens that it’s CAUSING bankruptcy.

Posted by chriscanny | Report as abusive

HURRAH, I am so glad it passed. I have worked for a big Defence Contractor on a technical level with good pay for 45 years and am getting ready for retirement. Even after working so many years for a big Defence Contractor it was going to cost me $700.00 a month to keep my insurance. I am unable to get other insurance because of pre-existing conditions. This will open up options for me that will save me money and take the burden of worry off that I can be denied insurance. It will make it easier for me to retire. The health Care System is badly broken and needed to be fixed. This is at least a start. It could not just stay the same forever.

Posted by lindal | Report as abusive

Canada is having economic problems…but people aren’t going broke because of medical costs..

…0… Medically related Bankruptcies

Posted by redjb | Report as abusive

Where you born stupid or are you just working at it?
Out military budget is 16% of the total budget, social programs are 68%. Get a clue.
As to health insurance, answer me this. Why is it my responsibility to buy your insurance?
MAR 22, 2010
8:36 PM EDT
So what you’re sayin is… it’s ok to spend trillions of dollars on wars, based on lies…that cause the Death of hundreds of thousands of people… including over 4000 of our own Military..

but spending money to keep our own people healthy..

get a grip Sheeple

Posted by redjb | Report as abusive

Posted by CindyBP | Report as abusive

@redjb: Because you say health care is a part of the general welfare clause,does not make it so.

In 1994, when the Clinton administration attempted to push a health care reform plan through a Democratic Congress that also mandated every American buy health insurance, the Congressional Budget Office determined that the government had never ordered Americans to buy anything.

“The government has never required people to buy any good or service as a condition of lawful residence in the United States,” the CBO analysis said. “An individual mandate would have two features that, in combination, would make it unique. First, it would impose a duty on individuals as members of society. Second, it would require people to purchase a specific service that would be heavily regulated by the federal government.”

Posted by tapatio | Report as abusive

If government insists that I pay for healthcare for others, then listen up because I am going to tell you how you must live your life including what you will eat. Oh, and by the way, you also need to go get a job so you can take care of your own family. And to lindal – it is obvious that you worked for the govt – you never learned to spell. Since I have supported your “good pay for 45 years” with my tax payments, you should have saved some of your money so that you could provide for yourself. Enough is enough! It’s called personal responsibility – the implications of which apparently many of the people on here don’t understand.

Posted by GramsA | Report as abusive

@redjb: “…0… Medically related Bankruptcies.” Brilliant. Wonder how many of those people who declared bankruptcy suffered the financial burden of more than 42% of their income being eaten by TAXES? ALL OF THEM!

Posted by chriscanny | Report as abusive

@redjb: By the way, in the U.S. we pay an effective 28% of our income in taxes. Can you see what socializing things does to an economy?

Posted by chriscanny | Report as abusive

Refute This : html

U.S. Supreme Court
Linder v. United States, 268 U.S. 5 (1925)
Linder v. United States
No. 183

Submitted March 9, 1925
Decided April 13, 1925
268 U.S. 5



1. Any provision of an act of Congress ostensibly enacted under power granted by the Constitution, not naturally and reasonably adapted to the effective exercise of such power but solely to the achievement of something plainly within the power reserved to the states, is invalid and cannot be enforced. P. 268 U. S. 17.

2. Direct control of medical practice in the states is obviously beyond the power of Congress. P. 268 U. S. 18.

3. Incidental regulation of such practice by Congress through a taxing act, like the Narcotic Law, cannot extend to matters plainly inappropriate and unnecessary to reasonable enforcement of a revenue measure. P. 268 U. S. 18.

Posted by Visigoth | Report as abusive

Where is my post? If i don’t agree with the passing of this bill my post is censored?

Posted by soulsurvivor | Report as abusive

@Visigoth: Are you in Iowa? Would you like to be my campaign legal counsel?

@soulsurvivor: Probably not. I’ve had a lot of trouble making some posts show up. But eventually, I’ve been able to post them. I imagine it’s just a Reuters server issue. Change a word or add a period and try posting it again.

Posted by chriscanny | Report as abusive

When the Congress agrees to be covered by the new health care bill they just passed then I may reconsider my position against it. Our Senator Gregg ought to be commended for putting forth an amendment to do just this. The media ought to cover it bigtime and let’s see what these pious democrats agree to!

Posted by ruccip | Report as abusive

Let’s see. Medicare, Social Security, anything else the government runs, bankrupt. Nice.
And they did not listen when the majority of the people *screamed* we did not want this.

It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln – November 19, 1863

“Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth” is gone. Kind of ironic that this quote comes from the man Obama celebrated when he came into office. The dead have perished in vain.

Posted by Jackson7268 | Report as abusive

“The health Care System is badly broken and needed to be fixed. This is at least a start. It could not just stay the same forever.”

If they truly wanted to fix healthcare (which I agree needs to be fixed), then they would have started with tort reform and opening the state’s borders to true competition. That would have gone a long way towards fixing this.

Instead, I hope you enjoy the remaining few years of this country. The Mayans were just a few years off in their prediction. The true end began Monday and officially ends in 2014.

Posted by Jackson7268 | Report as abusive

what a web has been weaved!
the beginning of something the majority didn’t want,won’t believe happened nor can we afford.
Ah…..representation by the people, for the people = NOT!
But we shall overcome tyranny with our most powerful weapon; the right to vote!
Heed the change about to come.

Posted by saveusohLord | Report as abusive

well this sucks thanks to the dem they didnt listen to the people who put them into office, now we will end up paying more in taxes to give 32 million people who dont have health insurance. way to go dem im glad they have money to throw away, go obama. not

Posted by rayray33 | Report as abusive

This monstrosity is being mostly paid for by huge cuts in Medicare. So, we are taking money away from the old and infirm, who are actually sick, and insuring mostly the young and healthy who have chosen not to buy insurance until a later date when they think they’ll need it. How is this compassionate? This is such a big win for the insurance companies, forcing the healthy in and cutting coverage for the the old and unhealthy. The politicians just wanted campaign contributions from the health insurance companies, who have been the big winners in all this. Health insurance stocks have soared.

Posted by chilly | Report as abusive

As a middle class American, I believe this bill is a great initial step! I would have preferred a more aggressive bill with Universal Health-care, just like all 1ST world nations have.
Seriously, where were all the complaints when the past government was giving tax cuts to the wealthy? Where were all the complaints when corporate America was given special treatment so that they don’t have to obey natural conservation acts?
Seriously America…we need to try something new…! I am a student, and the only reason I have healthcare is because I have a student loan and my school includes the insurance cost in the tuition cost. Once am out of school…and have a $13/hour job to sustain myself I won’t be able to pay for healthcare or qualify for Medicare!

Posted by AleLi | Report as abusive

Thanks God for those who put their political popularity and viability on the line and voted yes on this bill anyway. It takes little thought to realize that for the few well-represented ill persons of this Country there are numerous, voiceless and helpless ill people out there. Neither this poll, nor any other poll will begin to accurately reflect the incredible number of physically ill people (not to mention mentally ill people of this country). Clearly the people in most dire need of health care tend to not even be reflected/represented. And if the decision was left to the polls alone, millions would remain in a state of degraded and denied health, often in miserable, sometime in hopeless conditions. So do not be so confident of responses from people who tend to be sufficiently healthy to respond. Certainly Americans with pending illnesses or health needs (eventually all of us) do not want to be a burden to anyone, but naysayers are essentially playing Russian roulette individually and w/ our country. Keeping a system which will and can “out-you” based on any loophole as simple as unreported acne, is unconscionable. Inspite of empathic responents to polls, they still will basically have the tendency to be in denial of rampant ignored and terminal problems. Also how many nonrespondents to polls include those people who do not have phone, internet access or a residence or hospital for that matter. I suggest that these and other polls like it barely show the tip of the iceberg of a woefully inadequate status-quo health care system that needs to be regulated. Again God bless those who put their political popularity and viability on the line and voted yes on this bill anyway.

Posted by rclay | Report as abusive

Wow Quite a gamut of opinions. funny though that most of you are missing the real point. While yes health care in our country is and has been a serious problem for some time now and needed reform and issues addressed, This bill actually has very little to do with health care. And the health care issues it does address do not solve any of the problems but in fact make them worse. If you were paying attention you would have noticed that health care premiums started going up at an even faster rate than ever, (which was already a serious issue) as soon as the discussion of this bill got serious. Then we get to the real point. This bill was not nearly as much about health care as it was about any number of other things that were tacked onto it to get them passed when they never would have been passed on their own. This was mainly about advancing the agenda of socializing America. You explain to me how the socialization of the student loan (pell grants)has anything to do with health care. Yet it happened in this bill. The more I study the bill the more I see that it will not solve the problem of health care no one can afford but rather will exasperate it. Driving premium cost so high no one will be able to afford health care. Driving Doctors out of the business, almost 2/3 of the doctors polled before the bill passed said they would leave the profession if it passed. You have a hard time getting an appointment with a doctor now. Soon it will be just like in Canada and other places in Europe that have socialized medicine, where in many cases if you have a serious issue that needs to addressed by a specialist it takes as much as 3 years. We had the best health care system in the world. Why do you think people from all over the world come here if they have really serious problems and need help quickly. Yes it needed some refinement and controls of the insurance companies so that it was better but that is not what we got.

Posted by Rowdy | Report as abusive

WOW Again. I just posted explaining my views and then went back to read even more of the posts and am stunned. I see person after person, mainly the ones defending this bill stating that we live in a democracy. And even some of them raging about how others have learned nothing from American History. Wake up Go read that history book and learn something from it. We DO NOT live in a democracy we live in a REPUBLIC There is a large difference. How can you be so uninformed and yet be so vocal in expressing your political views. If you are going to demand of others that they understand your views please be sure that you understand them yourselves first. As a quick reference you can go to u-tube and search for a little video clip that will give you a quick lesson on governmental structures. It is called “What is Americas true form of Government” Once you have watched that it should spark your interest enough so that you can go to the library and do some studying and learn a little something about our country. If your going to live here and profess your opinions on others either learn about our country or go to one that fits your idea of what government should and should not be.

Posted by Rowdy | Report as abusive

I agree that the health care system needs to change. Having both worked in both the USA and Canadian health care systems, neither system is ideal.

Posted by KevinCampbell | Report as abusive

I was not pleased with Bush because he made a bad mistake with the bail outs. But let’s not forget who caused the bail outs. Remember Franklin Rains who toasted Fannie May and Freddie Mac? Franklin was backed up by Barney Frank (Democrat) who said there was nothing wrong with FM and FM.
This so called president we have is bad news for this country. If I even get the hint of incumbent during the next election then they are a done deal. We need a good old fashion house cleaning and trust me it is coming. I once thought this death squad deal was a big joke. No any more. I think it is right on. Good way to fix social security.

Posted by Independant1944 | Report as abusive

One last thing. I am not a rich person by no means. But I can rake up $40,000 and I will beat that $40,000 and give two to one odds that if this health care bill is left as is it will bankrupt this country. The people on here that are backing this mess should read it. You are not going to get a free lunch which is what you think. Insurance premiums will go through the roof. But wait my employer will now have to provide me with insurance. Yeah right! He will pay the fine hand your health insurance to you go up on his prices so he can pay the fine and then the government will pop you with a fine for not getting insurance. Next Obama jerks $500 billion from Medicare so the old will die faster. That is his fix for social security.

Posted by Independant1944 | Report as abusive

This health care bill has nothing to do with health care. It is a power grab pure and simple. It is unconstitutional and most law scholars agree with that. When it gets to the supreme court it will get toasted. But that will take eight years to come to pass in the mean time we go bankrupt. We best get off our cans and get this monster repealed. Lets face it we have no choice. The people who dreamed this thing up do not understand simple math. Better than that they did not care about the math. What they wanted was power. Remember this if they can force you to purchase health care then they can fore you to purchase anything. We will all look real good wearing pink shoes.

Posted by Independant1944 | Report as abusive

The illegals will still be receiving health care and dental benefits for gratis and we will still be charged…nothing new…skirt the issue 101.

Posted by tschoon | Report as abusive

I am all for helping others with healthcare but, I want nothing to do with helping their lawyers!

Health care reform should not be instituted until after sensible torte reform.

Why institutionalize a system that is going continue to make lawyers and insurance company CEO’s rich?!?!?

But why would a group of predominantly lawyers, try to impose limitations on other lawyers?

Posted by pamom1963 | Report as abusive

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