THE QUESTION

How would you assess President Obama's merged proposal?

In advance of Thursday's health-care summit, the White House released its plan for merging comprehensive bills passed last year by the House and Senate. How would you assess President Obama's proposal and what impact if any will it have on action in Congress?

Posted by Washington Post Editor on February 22, 2010 3:23 PM
FROM THE PANEL

Lights, camera, action: Health-care arguments on display

On Thursday, we listened to lawmakers from opposing camps articulate how best to achieve health-care reform. We heard philosophical differences from the right and left, some legitimate, others doused in party rhetoric and well-rehearsed talking points. We witnessed a deft...

Posted by Chris T. Pernell, on February 26, 2010 4:58 AM

A wake up call to Congress

Obama's bold proposal, upping penalty for those who don't sign up for insurance and on companies who don't insure employees is a wake up call to congress that he is serious about achieving universal coverage which is the absolutely first...

Posted by Mary O'Neil Mundinger, on February 25, 2010 11:09 AM

Bold but not Reform

This week's health-care summit is an opportunity for both parties to open dialog on one of the most significant issues that has ever faced America. President Obama's decision to merge the bills from the house and the senate is a...

Posted by Kathy-Ellen Kups, on February 25, 2010 12:16 AM

Peggy Lee sings health care

Reading the 11-page President's Proposal reminded me of lyrics that Peggy Lee sang: "Is that all there is? Is that all there is? If that's all there is, my friends, then let's keep dancing." Small business is not at all...

Posted by Robert F. Graboyes, on February 24, 2010 3:40 PM

The bill to be reconciled

It's interesting that the issue of reconciliation has been front and center in terms of how the final health bill may be passed. The irony is that what really needs to be reconciled is the math behind The President's bill....

Posted by Sreedhar Potarazu, on February 24, 2010 3:09 PM

Obama gets the big picture right

There is always room to argue with the specifics of a bill, but when it comes to the big questions at the heart of the health-care debate, President Obama's proposal gets the big picture right. The bill addresses the four...

Posted by Angela Glover Blackwell, on February 24, 2010 2:32 PM

The answer is no

Dear Mr. President, You can keep proposing but the answer is still no. Like an obsessed suitor you keep trying to get your way but frankly, this last feeble attempt is worse than the last. The debt, the cuts to...

Posted by Sue Falkner Wood, on February 23, 2010 12:32 PM

Listen to the American people

Monday's release by President Obama of his version of health care reform legislation is nearly identical to Senator Reid's bill that passed by Democrats on Christmas Eve--a bill that has been rejected by the American people. This latest proposal represents...

Posted by Newt Gingrich, on February 23, 2010 12:16 PM

The President's proposal

The President's proposal is complex and lengthy, so I am only going to comment on a few points: • Clearly, the proposal is focused on health insurance and access to pharmaceutical treatments. It has some provisions relating to Community Health...

Posted by Michael Critelli, on February 22, 2010 8:02 PM

FEATURED COMMENTS

swhy771510: To even address health care reform, cost in all areas must be driven down anyway possible. Since we cannot meet our obligations(Social Secu...

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