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In the Crossfire: Can Congress fix Obamacare?
November 13th, 2013
05:56 PM ET

In the Crossfire: Can Congress fix Obamacare?

The numbers everyone's been waiting for are out: Just over 106,000 signed up for Obamacare in its first month, fewer than 27,000 coming from the healthcare.gov site.

Plus, horror stories from Obamacare website insiders were told at a Congressional hearing today. But was the hearing fair?

Tonight in the Crossfire: Rep. James Lankford and Rep. Loretta Sanchez join Newt Gingrich and Stephanie Cutter to debate Obamacare.

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We want you to weigh in: Do you think Congress can improve Obamacare?

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  1. Leftcoastrocky

    Teapublicans have absolutely no desire to "fix" Obamacare. What they want to do is destroy it. What do they want to replace it with? They don't know. They don't care. Just as long as Obamacare is destroyed.

    November 15, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Reply
  2. How come

    How come the republicans that post here just complain without suggesting a GOP solution? It's because the GOP doesn't and never has had a solution to the health care crisis.

    November 14, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Reply
    • Leftcoastrocky

      you are correct

      November 15, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Reply
  3. INSURANCE is the PROBLEM

    Insurance is the PROBLEM!!! Insurance wastes 25% or more of your health care dollars for NO VALUE ADDED to your health care. Insurance CAN NOT, WILL NOT, and NEVER HAS been able to control health care prices. A single payer system is the ONLY system that will allow us, as an entire nation, to negotiate better health care prices (the REAL problem).

    November 14, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Reply
    • davecu

      It's going to be harder to get to recruit doctors to med school.
      The minds we lose will go to more lucrative careers.
      Hmmmm

      November 14, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Reply
      • gustifer53

        I guess the old saying about Doctors do their jobs to help people, apparently no longer applies??? ummmmmmmm

        November 14, 2013 at 7:12 pm |
      • INSURANCE is the PROBLEM

        Another No Solution post. How about we allow Med School tuituion free if the students sign a contract to practice medicine in the US for 20 years or they have to pay the tuituion back?

        November 15, 2013 at 9:55 am |
  4. Fred Griswold

    Congress can't fix Obamacare because that's the administration's responsibility, and anything Congress did would need Obama's signature. Keep in mind that there are three years left in Obama's administration. That means he can get it fixed on the very last day and still claim a successful presidency.

    November 13, 2013 at 7:47 pm | Reply
  5. Rcrhashope

    Stephanie needs to quit interrupting and speaking over others on the show. All present should be able to contribute to the conversation.
    Also, the crossfire questions need to be more clear. The question about obama's apology was answered "yes" and "no" even though both answers meant the same thing. Example:
    YES. Obama needed to apologize . He lied.
    NO: I do not believe the president's apology was sincere.

    Same for tonight. Do you mean fix vs nixed? How EXACTLY do you mean "fix"?

    November 13, 2013 at 7:30 pm | Reply
  6. Rcrhashope

    There are fundamental problems that I'll not allow a "fix" to the bill. Not the website. That sucks,too,but will be fixed someday.

    November 13, 2013 at 7:23 pm | Reply
  7. Jay Cook

    The Democrats in the dead of the night, behind closed doors,after giving carve outs to their friends and themselves,
    without any consideration of Republican input, gave birth to a turd called Obamacare. Now the Democrats want the Republicans to help them polish the turd. Will polish help? Or should it be flushed and start anew?

    Health care insurance is not equal to health care.

    November 13, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Reply
    • INSURANCE is the PROBLEM

      Insurance is the PROBLEM!!! Insurance wastes 25% or more of your health care dollars for NO VALUE ADDED to your health care. Insurance CAN NOT, WILL NOT, and NEVER HAS been able to control health care prices. A single payer system is the ONLY system that will allow us, as an entire nation, to negotiate better health care prices (the REAL problem).

      What's your solution Jay Cook? Oh that's right. You don't have one.

      November 14, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Reply
  8. kaneda

    mm.. They tried to, but your Messiah didn't want to negotiate...

    November 13, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Reply
    • Rcrhashope

      Agree

      November 13, 2013 at 7:30 pm | Reply
    • INSURANCE is the PROBLEM

      Insurance is the PROBLEM!!! Insurance wastes 25% or more of your health care dollars for NO VALUE ADDED to your health care. Insurance CAN NOT, WILL NOT, and NEVER HAS been able to control health care prices. A single payer system is the ONLY system that will allow us, as an entire nation, to negotiate better health care prices (the REAL problem).

      What's your solution kaneda? Oh that's right. You don't have one.

      November 14, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Reply
  9. Conscious Observer

    Several things the public needs to realize about the "Affordable Care Act.". First off, the political/corporate bureaucrats never never never never do anything unless it first benefits themselves and their club of political/corporate bureaucrats (which they all belong to). Second, everyone I know who is affected by this scam has lost their current insurance and will be paying more and more for this "affordable" program. Third, the ACA is neither affordable nor caring and is a perfect example of how the inhuman economic structure works. Everyone is still paying inhumane health costs to people who are totally egocentric and Spiritually unconscious or they'd be trying to find out how to lower the inhumane health care costs rather than figuring out how to make more money out of every human need and frailty. The public has been duped again by the political/corporate bureaucrats who are enabling the inhumane economic structure. When will the general public wake-up to the deception and stop believing in any of these scam artists.

    November 13, 2013 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  10. George Parks

    Where is the 600 million coming from.

    November 13, 2013 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  11. Big_D

    Congress is incompetent or they would have done a better job for the six years this law has been out there.

    November 13, 2013 at 6:52 pm | Reply
  12. Sure

    Congress can fix it but will the republicans allow it to be fixed?

    November 13, 2013 at 6:48 pm | Reply
    • Rcrhashope

      It is too late and too far gone now. Republicans were not allowed input in the process of making the law, and their later suggestions were not considered. I can't believe the dems ask for help NOW, since they won't listen now anymore than they did before.

      November 13, 2013 at 7:34 pm | Reply
  13. gustifer53

    The Republicans and Tea Party DON'T want to fix the ACA, they have been out to destroy it since day one. I find it insulting how those two party's continually keep stabbing the American citizens in the back at every opportunity they get. I find them a Terrorist group and you know what we do to Terrorists. In this case I guess we can't send in the drones, but we sure as hell can vote their Terrorist A$$E$ out of politics!!!

    November 13, 2013 at 6:48 pm | Reply
    • Jay Cook

      The Republicans do not have to try to destroy the ACA. It is in the process of self destruction.

      November 13, 2013 at 8:38 pm | Reply
      • gustifer53

        Jay Cook, If the ACA is destine to self destruct so be it. I just am saying the Republicans and Teabags are anything but Americans for not working with the Democrats to fix the problem. Just Like the Democrats worked with GW Bush when the Republicans attempted to implement Medicare D and it had just as many problems. All I am saying is the Teapublicans are not Americans for what they are doing!!!!!!!

        November 13, 2013 at 9:34 pm |
  14. Smellferd

    You cant polish a turd. Roll it back and drive on. The answer is to replace the elected officials who got us here in the first place... then think about next steps. We can start with Senator Hagan (NC) and the rest of the senators who had a chance to save us from this with a single vote, but instead chose partisan politics over common sense.

    November 13, 2013 at 6:44 pm | Reply
  15. Mark

    The Affordable Care Act implementing system(s) will need to allow for the challenges associated with implementing a policy of this magnitude in an efficient but also thoughtful, compassionate way. The website challenges will need to be addressed, but is a very basic misrepresentation to equate the implementing processes and tools (i.e. a website) with the Affordable Care Act itself, or its long term efficacy. THE ACT IS NOT THE WEBSITE.

    November 13, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Reply
    • Rcrhashope

      You are right. The web site is bad. The bill itself is horrendous! Did u , or any dems ever read it?

      November 14, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Reply
      • INSURANCE is the PROBLEM

        Insurance is the PROBLEM!!! Insurance wastes 25% or more of your health care dollars for NO VALUE ADDED to your health care. Insurance CAN NOT, WILL NOT, and NEVER HAS been able to control health care prices. A single payer system is the ONLY system that will allow us, as an entire nation, to negotiate better health care prices (the REAL problem).

        What's your solution Rcrhasdope? Oh that's right. You don't have one.

        November 14, 2013 at 5:13 pm |

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