March 23, 2010


Posted: 07:00 PM ET

Mitt Romney wants landmark health care legislation repealed, calling it "an unconscionable abuse of power". He tells Larry why.


Secretary Kathleen Sebelius!  She was with Obama today at the historic signing of the health care bill.  Now, she tells Larry why Americans will embrace health reform! 

Do YOU think the health care bill is a victory for America?

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A. Smith, Oregon   March 23rd, 2010 7:10 pm ET

Who is calling the kettle Black? Republican Mitt Romney that's WHO.

The portion that was suggested by the Republican Party and directly brought from Mitt Romeny's own Health Care legislation he CRAFTED in his OWN STATE is the mandatory purchase of Health Insurance which Mitt Romney and his fellow Republican's added to remove those they felt were free-loafers!

NOW, Mitt Romeny and his Republican Cronies are attempting to rally support AGAINST their own legislation!

America's Health Care Bill is the largest deficit reduction law ever mandated into law, saving 1 Trillion taxpayer dollars or more over the next two decades.

With all the Republican bluster over the need for deficit reduction, not a single Republican was present for the Signing Ceremony today at the White House!

And completely overlooked by the Health Care Bill was the sweeping overhaul of College Education Grants giving ANOTHER 10 Billion taxpayer dollar defict savings which ALL Republicans Voted Against!

Let's forget the Sweeping Overhaul of Pell Grants for America's students that was passed when the Health Care bill was approved and instead focus entirely on the Health Care provisions.

Republican Mitt Romney which of these provisions do you want to repeal and deny the American people from having?

· Repeal the small business tax credits that will make employee coverage more affordable?

· Or the $250 rebate to America's seniors who have fallen into the Medicare Part D donut hole pay for prescription drug coverage?

· Repeal the ban on insurance companies dropping people from coverage when they get sick?

· Or the prohibition on insurance companies denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions?

· Repeal the ban on insurance companies placing lifetime caps on coverage or the ban on restrictive annual limits on coverage?

· Or the new, independent appeals process that ensures consumers have an avenue to appeal decisions by their health insurance plan?

· Repeal the temporary high-risk pool that will provide immediate access to Americans who are uninsured because of a pre-existing condition?

Or will they repeal the requirement that health plans allow young people to remain on their parents' health insurance plan up to their 26th birthday?

K fincher Indiana   March 23rd, 2010 7:26 pm ET

I feel sorry for the Republican Party. The party is on a self destructive course. Something has been finally done. I hated the rhetoric that was going on between the parties. I am so happy now. There is work to be done on Health Care Reform but, this is a start. Hooray!!!

colbt smith   March 23rd, 2010 7:30 pm ET

Even though I don't live in the US,and am Canadian I feel the American people needed this for many years.
The poor,those who couldn't get insurance,must be elated and I salute the President on thier behalf,three cheers for Mr. Oboma. This step was tried by other presidents,but to no avail,therefore one must congradulate Mr. Oboma on his and all the needy of the US for a job well done!!

Joe G. (Illinois)   March 23rd, 2010 7:48 pm ET

It don’t matter what bills Obama signs..
What matters are the tangible facts and actions “Such as” :

“Such as” the historic election of Obama for “Change in Washington;” the withdrawing of troops, etc, etc.

“Such as” the historic bill that Obama signed for the closing of Guantanamo.

“Such as” the historic bill that Obama signed for creation of jobs.

“Such as” the historic bill that Obama signed for Universal Health Care.

Obama signes bill "Such as"
Always "Such as" with Obama.. Never something good or tangible.

J.Ross   March 23rd, 2010 8:01 pm ET

I live in Canada and I wanted to say congrats to America for catching up with the rest of the world. I keep hearing people say that they are afraid of the health care costing more in taxes. That may be, but a little off your check every week sure beats $50,000 all at once I would think.

John C.   March 23rd, 2010 8:27 pm ET

The Republicans want to repeal the bill so that:
1) Life time caps can be re-instituded
2) Businesses give up their tax credits for insuring employees
3) Children will be dropped from their coverage
4) In a time of high unemployment older kids trying to get a job will be kicked off teh coverage

so that a person will have the right to refuse to buy health insurance but will be covered by public funds if they have an emergency like a heart attack, car accident,...

It is a wonder that they will take back congress with a deal like that

Shawn Crisp   March 23rd, 2010 8:30 pm ET

I'd like to ask Mitt:

when he repeals this bill, will he also force my 25 year old daughter off of my insurance plan?

Andrea Bodo   March 23rd, 2010 8:31 pm ET

Gov Romney is the voice of the Republican Party waging war on the Middle Class. That is an abuse of power.

Larry   March 23rd, 2010 8:58 pm ET

Who I there rite mind would think "The King" of out sourseing American jobs could be president...? Do people know what he does for a Job. His claim to fame is sending well paying american jobs to other nations,,,DOES ANYBODY KNOW THIS...???

Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   March 23rd, 2010 9:03 pm ET

@A Smith and everyone

I learn more from you than reading the papers and on TV.
Why is the President's approval rating still low despite his victory on the health care reform?
i thought it will shot up since it's a milestone achievement which President Bill Clinton failed.
i pray Americans will give him a second term.

Ms. Leon   March 23rd, 2010 9:04 pm ET

Mr. Romney, Do you have healthcare? Of course you do! When Republicans used RECONCILIATION, was THAT ILLEGAL TOO?

aliou Florida   March 23rd, 2010 9:05 pm ET

The party of no has no other business than obstruction. What would have surprised me would have been to actually work for the people who elected them.

Well, time for dems to move on with the people's business. Now Dems should tackle jobs.

Pres. Obama has proven to all of us, that shouting doesn't ruffle him or his resolve one bit. Shouldn't republicans take a clue?

Republicans forced their ideas into the bill, yet didn't vote for it. That's a sign of cowardice and irresponsibility.

Linda   March 23rd, 2010 9:05 pm ET

This is a great day for the U.S. with th egreatest of thanks to the Obama administrataion! Finally, we have a humane and intelligent President. A man with integrity and guts! Go Obama!

By the way, who cares what the VP uttered...get over it. It is a Big Deal that we finally got health care reform!! Go Biden!

VLF   March 23rd, 2010 9:06 pm ET

Why doesn't she pay for coverage for her sons? I do...I am a single parent...small business.

My dad is 93....the $250 rebate will not fill in his 'donut hole'

AGOODAMERICAN   March 23rd, 2010 9:06 pm ET

Dear President Obama,

I would like to thank you and your staff for the hard work you have done to pass this historic Health Care Legislation for the people of the United States of America. Words cannot express the admiration and the honor I feel for so many men and women in the House of Representatives that stood with you against the naysayers and had the courage to say Yes We Can on Sunday night.

Passing Health Care reform for my family and so many families across America matters! “I have Health Care Coverage”. “My children have Health Care Coverage”. So I know first hand what it’s like to walk in any doctors office and be seen for whatever ills me. I also have a 3 yr old daughter who was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anemia at birth. Supposed I did not have health care coverage when she was born. What would I have done? I have asked myself that question a lot over the past three years. And yet this is a reality for so many families suffering. No- Insurance Company will accept them because of their tragedy. Well their tragedy is my tragedy, their pain is my pain, it’s our pain, and Washington is finally listening to the people’s cries for help…

President Obama I am a faithful believer in God and what is right. I believe in Justice for all, The Pursuit of Happiness and that We are All Created Equal. Those beliefs are the driving force in my life and my family’s life. So I could never rationalize people who bleed just like me, who go threw this life’s ups and downs like I do not having access to the Health Care they need for themselves and their families. With all the diseases, (Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity plaguing our youth etc.) we need reform. So now with all this said I urge the Senate to pass the revisions made by the House of Representatives and to keep this Bill alive. Please do not let this Bill get gummed with unnecessary antics.

President Obama I promise that every member in the House and Senate will be fine in November… You might think, “How could you be so sure with this being such a controversial issue”? I know because just like there are people against something there are always people for something and believe me when I say you have the support of the American people on your side. God is on your side. The American people stood for change when we put you in office… We knew that you would make us proud! That you would stand tall and tackle the hard issues that we face everyday. That is why we came out in unbelievable numbers on Election Day and stood in line for hours to make history not just for one day but for the next eight years… I encourage you to press on and keep fighting the good fight for all of us… God bless you… God bless The United States of America…

George from NJ   March 23rd, 2010 9:06 pm ET

The Reps have repeatedly talked about the November elections. Now, they want to tell 31 million voters that they can't get the insurance that they need. It makes me wonder.

Judith   March 23rd, 2010 9:07 pm ET

Time for Mitt and the other GOPs to shut up.We made a change when Obama became our President.If ones love the years of Bush then vote GOPs in.Mitt-McCain and many others don't even know what gas prices are or had been when Bush was in.

The GOPs stand for greed

The GOPs stand for love of Wars and tax cuts not thinking when taking the tax cuts how to pay for the 2 Wars that them and Bush threw America into.

GOPs will Never work with the Demos or President Obama to get issues done.They have over 200 bills that were pass in the House and will lay in the Senate as long as possible.

Tea Marchers are going after the wrong President and Party.All this mess just didn't start when Obama took office.
They should have gone after Bush and the GOPs when we found out it was a scam that there were no mass weapons and Bush admitted.

Denmark loves their health care along with when a woman has a baby she gets 1 year off with pay
Everyone gets 6 weeks paid vacation
Everyone gets free college

It seems that the GOPs want America behind while the other Countries have been going forward for years.

Mitt go home and take a powder–and please Larry all these so call experts you put on pls put on real American middle class people who are living the times of the last 9 yrs.

Bottom Line when the GOPs say the America people do not want this or that they are not speaking for all Americans.Time for the GOPs to stop putting Fear into the elderly and ones that think they know and know nothing

todd   March 23rd, 2010 9:07 pm ET

why isit that republicans won,t do anything to help the president
I want the same health care mitt romney has

George from NJ   March 23rd, 2010 9:08 pm ET

Mr. Romney,

Show us that you're made of the "right stuff." Go without medical insurance for five years and require that your family join you.

D. Christopher   March 23rd, 2010 9:09 pm ET

How can ANY member of Congress state that we taxpayers cannot afford a nationwide health care plan (through this new health care reform) for ourselves and most of the general public, yet we can afford to pay for the BEST healthcare of those same Congress members and other government officials? Why deny taxpayers, who fund a majority of Congress’ premiums, to participate in a program similar to Congress?

Larry   March 23rd, 2010 9:09 pm ET

Mit Romney The King of job protection, hahahahahahahahaha just friggin insane he would think he had a snowballs chance ...

carol ann   March 23rd, 2010 9:10 pm ET

When this so called health reform hits the mandatory thing in 2014..I will be one short year of retirement......thus no medicare......I refuse to have to buy health insurance.........I will leave this country If possible..........I dont need a tax cut .. who is going to pay for the health insurance.............Nobody wins on this bull.............only the insurance companies. .............we will have have the equal sharing of misery.....except the rich and the politicians...........the cuts in medicare and medicaide..............are insane.........I know people on medicade now.......disabled people......who cant find a doctor that will see a medicade patient........havent seen a doctor in 5 years.........ask the people ...............this is very say the least..

George from NJ   March 23rd, 2010 9:10 pm ET

Never again will a single Republican at any level of government receive my vote.

robert   March 23rd, 2010 9:10 pm ET

If as the Republicans claim the government does not have the right to require people to pay for health insurance

Where does the government get the right to mandate everyone get auto insurance

If they win this suit does this mean that we no linger have to carry car insurance

Or is it just that our cars are more important than our children

sheilamills   March 23rd, 2010 9:11 pm ET

Somebody give Governor Romney a real job so that he can stop lusting after the Presidency. He will say and do anything to try to get into the Whitehouse. He and his fellow Republicans remind me of Televangelists. Lots of furvor intertwined with lots of smoke and mirrors to confuse the American people.

Kenny Wall   March 23rd, 2010 9:11 pm ET

The GOP's resent demeanor leading up to the enactment of a national health care plan. I feel was nothing less than despicable. And if a GOP members were to actually serve there office in a 100% non-cooperative fasion "boycot" for the next 9 months? As Sen. McCain has proclamed. One should be excused from office or even prosecuted. If thy except there goverments office salery, within the period of ones volentary work boycot?

mary ca   March 23rd, 2010 9:11 pm ET

Rethugs party is and will be always the same, the party of NO for middle class, so Mr. Romney if you ask your wife to pay for your next attempt for the presidency bid I hope she will say NO

Kathryn   March 23rd, 2010 9:11 pm ET

It is not a matter of victory Larry. It is about what America needed!

Why did they not file lawsuits to stop the Iraq war which is costing America billions in $$ and many innocent lives?
Why were they not suing that America could not afford the war?

For 8 years all they did was spend Americans money on war instead of healthcare.

This white party just hate president Obama.

Anthony from detroit   March 23rd, 2010 9:12 pm ET

Mr Romney how is the signing of the bill an abuse act of presidental power where in the constitution is it read or indicates that nowhere. How does this constitute for Obama to be impeached?

Steve Ploeger   March 23rd, 2010 9:12 pm ET

The Secretary stated "affordable care for everyone". What ensures affordability? Who defines affordable? How is pricing of healthcare governed?

Casual Observer   March 23rd, 2010 9:12 pm ET

Where was MR. Romney when the guys that almost bankrupted the whole country were only mildly scolded for it???? Now he knows the good parts of this bill , which 99% of it is great, and he knows that, his opposition to it now will not get him ever any closer to the republican nomination for president. we all know its just a ruse, so why now be concerned over money?

charlene   March 23rd, 2010 9:13 pm ET

I think Joe Biden should be impeached for the language he used today. A leader of the United States should be ashamed of using such language. I think the American people will be heavily taxed to pay for the health care bill.

aliou Florida   March 23rd, 2010 9:13 pm ET

You see, Republicans are so irresponsible!!! Mitt who created the mandatory insurance for his state is now talking about impeaching Pres. Obama? Who is he kidding?

Let's start by impeaching the republican party and Mr. Cheney, Pres. Bush, who all conspired to declare war on a country that didn't attack us, knowing full well the desastrous consequences on our country"s financial resources, lives of our young soldiers and our international stand.

Now israel can slap us in the face and we have no way of telling them off, because arabs resent Iraq attack.

Let's impeach Bush/cheney and haliburton, then we can come back and impeach the banks, and so on, but not the people who are trying to give hope to millions of americans taken hostage by insurance co.

sheilamills   March 23rd, 2010 9:13 pm ET

How dare Mitt Romney try to pretend that the Republicans were willing to work with the President. The Republicans made a risky decision to follow Rush Limbaugh's instruction not to work with the President. This is typical of the smoke and mirrors and downright lies that the Republicans insist upon perpetrating. Liars!!!!

vic nashville tn   March 23rd, 2010 9:13 pm ET

Mitt Romeny should tell his advise to republicans party of No

And Mitt Romneny is rich he doesn’t what we go through

mary   March 23rd, 2010 9:13 pm ET

This ia a great day for america. Finally A leader that stands up to the bullies . we need this health care reform.

Mirta   March 23rd, 2010 9:14 pm ET

I think the bill was forced through. I am in support of reform, but the way this was done was reprehensible. My husband's company employs 150 people. It will be much cheaper for them to pay the penalty on the first 120 (remember, the first 30 are exempt) and we will dumped into the system to buy our own coverage. We "make too much money" and will not receive any subsidy. I estimate that our insurance will cost upwards of 11K annually. So much for educating yourself and working hard...this is what we got because we were repsonsible???? Of course, I agree that pre-exsisting conditions should be covered, caps should be eliminated, etc, but not in one HUGE bill that was forced through. The President told me that "I could keep my insurance and my doctor". I am not so sure at this point. BTW, can anyone tell me what prevents a company from dropping insurance as a benefit immediately? And, when will the penalty start for companies who choose to eliminate insurance as a benefit? Why bother going to school and working hard anymore??

Linda in Arizona   March 23rd, 2010 9:14 pm ET

You certainly WERE hinting that President Obama should be impeached. So glad Larry called you on it!!!

Cindy   March 23rd, 2010 9:14 pm ET

Mr. Romney,
Thanks for being on LKL live tonight. It is really refreshing to hear from someone who knows something about business.

vic nashville tn   March 23rd, 2010 9:15 pm ET

Gov Mitt Romneny Dick Cheney is the one Abuse of Power

don bastian   March 23rd, 2010 9:15 pm ET

viewing the healthcare issue from another country, Mitt Romney sounds like he needs a WHAAAAAmbulance...sour grapes

john   March 23rd, 2010 9:15 pm ET

Mitt Romeny ,Sarah palin,Rush limbaugh...The face of the Republican Party..why would they care?..they have soo much money..why care for the poor and middle class people..who cares they have really good insurance how about you and me ?

Vanessa   March 23rd, 2010 9:15 pm ET

I am soooo sick of the Repubilcan's and their cry baby ways. Everytime they don't like simething or don't win they make a big crybaby stink which includes pooping, snot, and temper tantrums. Enough!. You are all liars and full of propaganda. They had this bill from August 2009 and the Senate bill since Dec. 2009 and did not want to come to the table. Did you think the Dems would just kep begging you to come to the table??? I for one wrote and would have left my party for independence if they did not pass this.
Republicans....stop trying to ruin the middle class. We are the workers and support of this country., I will never vote for you all in any way, shape, or form....never! LIARS!

Dr Robert K   March 23rd, 2010 9:16 pm ET

Gov. Romney, Why didn't the GOP take care of this health care mess when they had the chance. Regan, Bush #1, Bush #2? At least the last 2 Democratic administrations have tried. This time they prevailed! If you intend on being a leader some day, why not give credit to this accomplishment and join in and help to improve it even more? Or are your insurance friends behind you?

Michael   March 23rd, 2010 9:16 pm ET

What stops the insurance company's for stopping coverage on existing people with conditions and forcing them to get High risk coverage? I see nothing in this bill that stops this action!

Kathryn   March 23rd, 2010 9:16 pm ET

Ask the "nit" Romney whose tax dollar and tax paying time they he and his hateful cronies will be using to file suits and spend showing Americans that they are the party of "do nothing?"

Enough is bloody enough!

Get to work for once for the American people. This party works for their mistresses more than they do for Americans!

Chaney. La.   March 23rd, 2010 9:16 pm ET

I am always astounded when I hear people like Mitt Romney talk about President Obama and bi-partisanship ha, ha ha. Republicans refused to work with him, when you have 7 Republicans co sponsor a bill then refuse to vote on their own bill.... What is that? OBstructionism, thats what that Gov. Romney, I dont believe you.

todd   March 23rd, 2010 9:16 pm ET

to all republicans I WANT THE SAME HEALTH INSURANCE YOU HAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! can I get some??????

VLF   March 23rd, 2010 9:17 pm ET

Unconscionable...I agree with Romney. I am totally discouraged by what Obama did. I am small business....just in the middle....and my taxes and insurance premiums will go up. Maybe I should just go on the government dole and forget about it al. I was a moderate...not so much now. I admired Obama and supported him...not so much now.

Rosanne   March 23rd, 2010 9:17 pm ET

Here we go again... with the South trying to secede from the Union, not having learned its lesson in 1864.

Not only wasn't this Obama's Waterloo, it was the GOP's Battle of Franklin, the final battle of the Civil War that laid six Confederate generals out on the porches of antebellum homes and brought the South to its knees. All of their threats, misuses of the Bible to avoid taking care of people have been foiled; their public antics (via "teabagging") have been laid low: tried, tested and found utterly wanting.

They shout "don't tread on ME," but on YOU... eagerly steamroll with two wars, wiretapping, torture that exacerbates violence against the US, checking on what you read at the library, and endless infractions against the Constitution. Too many are faux Christians through and through, worried about one thing: Money. They can somehow reduce a person's life to a finite amount of money. Somewhere they say, that's in the Bible. The caring and social justice part, they leap over and say is "optional."

No, this was a historic day for the American people and a final death knell for the GOP. They have been "laid out on the porch" (once again) in the Second Battle of Franklin. LOOK OVER YONDER, and their lies Pence, Cantor, Boehner, RYAN, Gohmert, Foxx, Gingrey, and my least favorite–"I'm not a woman so I don't want to give you maternity care,"– Senator KYL.

Long live the UNION of the UNITED States of America.

MB   March 23rd, 2010 9:17 pm ET

What is he talking about? How can you make 9 million one year and pay 10 million in taxes the next year. That does not sound right. Explain!!!???? That does not make sense!!!!

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sheilamills   March 23rd, 2010 9:17 pm ET

Today Rush Limbaugh said wipe them out. Mr. Limbaugh I hope Americans wake up and wipe out the Republican party. Its stinks like foul fish! Repeal and replace the Republican Party.

Valeria T   March 23rd, 2010 9:18 pm ET

I applaud that this bill passed, and also applaud President Obama for signing it. It is a MAJOR step in the right direction. However, I also feel we (the US) still has a long way to go, a lot of work to do, before we really have a *proper* health care system. We will never have a really good, modern health care system in this country until and unless they get the insurance companies out of the loop altogether. They are only interested in their own profit, their own bottom line, and don't care about the people they're *supposed* to be providing for. Get rid of private insurance altogether, and make the government the single-payer, as it is in England, Canada, and a number of other countries. It's too bad the public option didn't make it into the final bill; we'd have *really* had progress if it had.

galvin   March 23rd, 2010 9:18 pm ET

Larry let Mitt talk and please listen to his answers

Mary Daily   March 23rd, 2010 9:18 pm ET

No, I do not fall for it for one minute. Romney is right. There's dirt under the cherries. Why did Larry King cut off Romney when he started to talk about Medicare?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ann-Virginia   March 23rd, 2010 9:18 pm ET

Mitt Romney should be ashamed of himself for even thinking that President Obama should be impeached.The President did not violate principles he laid out in the campaign.He reached out to the Republicans over & over & all they said to him was "NO.".I used to think he was smart,but I know now,he's just another Republican who lies to the American people.Most Americans,unlike what the Reps.would have you believe,did want HC reform & once they learn the truth,now that the bill is law,they will be glad it passed.The Republicans should be ashmed of the way they have conducted themselves throughout this entire process.Let them keep up their negative rant & they will pay dearly at the poles for a long time to come.Americans are sick & tired of their lies & negativity.They need to get over it & shutup.

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colleen   March 23rd, 2010 9:18 pm ET

it is hard to understand the people of united states that are against heathcare. we love our heathcare in canada. much better to have an increase in taxes than having to lose your home, and worse less, your life. mitt seems to be always trying to be president. he is the most unbelieveable politician i have ever seen

shirley   March 23rd, 2010 9:19 pm ET

Sen. Tom Harkin said today that the Republicans offerred 210
amendments and 160 were accepted. why then did they reject the bill?

Pat   March 23rd, 2010 9:19 pm ET

Please don't interrupt Mitt Romney. Finally, an intelligent who understands "the new HC law" and can explain it!

Cristian Saez   March 23rd, 2010 9:19 pm ET

I honestly feel disappointed with the republican party. Been the party of "Country First" I just do not understand such a behavior. Also the party of religious people; and therefore more confusing to me on how republicans have a hard time extending a hand for those who need it most. I'm politically independent and this is just my opinion.

sara field   March 23rd, 2010 9:19 pm ET

you go Larry!
I love your line of questioning of Mitt 'manikin' Romney...keep it up...hold his feet to the fire.

He should be flattered that our President seemed to model a plan so close to his own, but NO....everything Barack Obama does is wrong wrong wrong in the eyes of the Conservatives.

What a phoney...

love you Larry!

shirley   March 23rd, 2010 9:19 pm ET

when or ever are the american people ever going to try to work together.the health care bill has passed.cannot we all try to make a better life for all us and our childern and grandchildren cannot we TRY at least to love one another?

sheilamills   March 23rd, 2010 9:19 pm ET

If Republicans were in favor of Welfare Reform where the heck were they when the owned the House and the Senate and the Presidency for eight long harrowing years?

Lisa   March 23rd, 2010 9:20 pm ET

For months we've listened to lies about what the bill contains and back room conspiracy – mostly by Republicans who also proudly stated that they would not support the President and in fact would do whatever they could to stonewall him. How then can we give any credence to Mitt Romney's statement that President Obama would not work across partisan lines?! It's ridiculous!

Diana J Castro   March 23rd, 2010 9:20 pm ET

President Obama tried for a year to reach across the table and work with the Republicans, but they would not even try. All they have done all year is try to stop everything he has been working for to try to ruin him (by their own admission). Now Mitt Romney has the audacity to come on your show and say he should have tried to work with them.

brad olson   March 23rd, 2010 9:20 pm ET

good evening larry,
I hope you can explain to your viewers the difference between are rights that we have in being american citizens and privileges.
RIGHTS ARE FREE/ NO CHARGE no one can make you pay for them
PRIVILEGES/ YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR drivers licenses, hunting and fishing. these are privileges
SO MAKE IT CLEAR TO ALL YOUR VIEWERS that this health care bill is not your right,but you as american citizens ,can not be forced to have to buy it. RIGHTS ARE FREE/PRIVILEGES COST MONEY
So make no mistake, this Health Care bill is Not A Right

Jessica   March 23rd, 2010 9:20 pm ET

I fully support President Obama and the Congress members who were brave enough to pass this bill. My parents were the 'working' poor. The only time I had health insurance as a child was when governement rules allowed my sister and I to be covered under medicaid. That ended when I was around eight. Until I was 21 I had no health insurance. I wish I could say that I was healthy, but I wasn't. I remember being 17 and having terrible stomach pains that literally had me on my knees and the ER doctor merely gave me pain medication and sent me home. I ended making multiple trips to the ER before a nice doctor said enough was enough and signed off for a test to find out what was wrong. I had gall stones, but they couldn't be removed before they had not ruptured and therefore were not life threatening. I eventually found a government program to pay for the operation (I didn't really qualify but the case worker sorry for me). After that experience I have chosen my jobs around healthcare benefits. I am currently having health issues that I know could have been prevented if I had received healthcare as a child. I have insurance know and will strive to always have it. I don't mind paying a little more to prevent another human being from going through what I went through.

vic nashville tn   March 23rd, 2010 9:20 pm ET

Gov Mitt Romneny look sad when he is watching Obama’s speech

colleen   March 23rd, 2010 9:21 pm ET

p.s. the current system of medicare will not mean that the elderly will not have their continued healthcare. why does not someone call these republicans out when they continue with the scare tactics. democrats are too civil, but i think they had better start by continual stating the lies that are spewed by the republicans

marie   March 23rd, 2010 9:21 pm ET

I can not belive that romnne and othersthis can get on tv and say how b the ad this health inc is for us- let give a he just said tell truty how about the lies he is says

Linda in Arizona   March 23rd, 2010 9:21 pm ET

You LIE, Mister Romney. This bill doesn't go nearly far enough, but nothing you obstructionist, hateful, regressive goopers object to about it is true.

Sabine   March 23rd, 2010 9:21 pm ET

It is very hard to listen to Mitt!
What is better? To spend trilions of dollars for 2 wars or for health care?
The Republicans should keep their mouth when talking about spending money wisely!!!
What did we get out of the Bush's government?? Something for the American people besides lots of news about war?

BOBBY ATKINSON   March 23rd, 2010 9:21 pm ET


Richard Llewellyn   March 23rd, 2010 9:21 pm ET

Hi Larry,
Mr. Romney needs to deal with substance and stop talking like a kindergartener. Stop talking about transparency and things like that. You were given the opportunity to add things to the bill why The Republicans sit on the sidelines, make no contribution and is now crying. I heard the President says over and over again to bring your idea, where were you then? Since you did not make your contribution then, maybe you need to be quiet.

Misty White (Florida)   March 23rd, 2010 9:21 pm ET

I think this bill is a bad idea. First off working class people cannot afford health care so then you are going to tax us which we cannot pay so what then we go to jail. Well congrats that means there will be more jobs open so I guess that solves that problem but then there will be more taxes for all the people that are in jail for this. Second off if you are Canadian your vote does not count so don't put your oppion in if you are not a registered U.S. citizen what happens here does not affect you. The working class people are already struggling and your going to make it worse. Thanks alot I might as well go to jail now because I don't believe that if you don't have the money for health insurance that you should be forced to do anything we live in the land of the free and now your telling me that I have to either come up with the money or try and pay a fine that I also do not have money for that is right we should not be forced to do anything. I have already purchased my burial plot so don't worry about me not paying my medical bills I will die first just like so many senior citizens that do not have the money. They stop eating for weeks just to afford their prescriptions and now what the hell are they going to do? They live in scum house people that served our country and now your telling them that they have to come up with more money!!!!! YOU KNOW WHAT BEND OVER WORKING CLASS PEOPLE HERE COMES OBAMA'S CHANGE!!!!!!

Samy from NY   March 23rd, 2010 9:21 pm ET

Hi Larry
please can you tell Mr Rommey that the deal is done ..and the Republican lost the First Round ..(Stop Crying) tell him to be ready to answer questions of those people who finally get help under Obama Presidency .
Can you ask him Does he care about the deficit or he cares about life of millions who"s dying every day because lock of health care ? where are those Comments when Republicans took us to free Iraqis ,which cost us more than a Trillion Dollar .where were those honest Republicans ..please.
Mr Rommey please stop been ignorant and Give Mr Obama a credit for what he achieve ..starting by pulling out our troop from Iraq and what he is doing in Afghanistan..catching alqaeda and taliban's members..........

Chuck   March 23rd, 2010 9:21 pm ET

Mr. Romney, please help us understand why this healthcare bill includes student aid.

VLF   March 23rd, 2010 9:22 pm ET

I have taught school...I have worked with FDIC mothers. Bureaucracy does not work....this is first hand experience. I am now small business....the health care bill will not help me.

sheilamills   March 23rd, 2010 9:22 pm ET

If Republicans were in favor of Health Reform, where the heck were they when they owned the House, the Senate and the Presidency under George W. Bush? They were rolling in the hay with Wall Street and helping our economy to collapse. Sad, sad, sad, sad, sad.

Tony   March 23rd, 2010 9:22 pm ET

If McCain ant the rest of the republicans do not want to do their jobs and work with the democrats please send his all the other republicans salary and money from their lobbyist back to the U.S citizens, and please send Palin, Beck and Rush Limbaugh to jail for inciting riots and putting government officials on their cross hairs on thier map.

Kathryn   March 23rd, 2010 9:22 pm ET

America is a brilliant giant that can only destroy itself. Fighting each othe rin such a hateful way against the president is giving America's enemies a good laugh and amunition.

America is rotting from within. Amtrak takes 4 days to get from NYC to Florida unlike China and Europe's train system.

The subway smells worst than a skank. Check out London's underground.

The HC System is in frazzles check out Canada, England and even Pakistan's HC system. Better than America!

Whose fault is it that the country have to be watching every penney it now spends? Publicans!
Whose fault is it why children are lsoing their dads, wives losing husbands and parents losing children or having them come home without limbs? The Publicans!

You all need to go and bury your heads like the ostrich. Bloody shame on the lot of you!

james Edgar   March 23rd, 2010 9:23 pm ET

the health care plan is needed but the cost will slow the economy and increase unemployment and the lines and waiting will be unbearable.

terrie   March 23rd, 2010 9:23 pm ET

This insurance bill is for the people..Not for the Insurance Companies!! For once WE are getting something that we or someone we love will need not Wallstreet fat cats!!!

John Bowman   March 23rd, 2010 9:23 pm ET

Mr. Romney,

If I were allowed on the air right now, I would say this to you:

I have been a straight party-line Republican voter every national election for 43 years. The lack of bipartisanship in Washington has been called gridlock in years past.

Yet, in recent years, it has escalated to new levels, or should I say, new lows, with vicious attacks in ads, lack of decorum among Congressional members, and opposing every element of the opposition.

While I do not agree that big government is best, nor that Obama is right about many things, I do agree with our President that bipartisanship is needed in this country. Why do you see opposition when there have been many clear calls for bipartisanship by our President?

Does anyone in Congress pay attention to public opinion polls about its effectiveness, or recent elections dumping incumbents? Is this because lobbyists and personal gain supercede a duty to the American people?

Current political tactics on both sides of the aisle fail Americans. What you call "deal-making" is an unfortunate outcome of a failed system of self-governance.

John D. Bowman

sil   March 23rd, 2010 9:23 pm ET

Al the republicans speaking out are Hypocrites. They keep saying lets start over to create health care reform. How long do they want us to wait? .I challenge the republicans to go to the sick children denied health care and tell them to wait for health care reform because of their political agendas. This watching should realize the Republicans are not interested in establishing healt care reform. There agenda is to make President Obama fail, regardless of life.Republicans had the will to start 2 wars. Where is the will to provide health care to American citizens. Did not hear outcry about paying for 2 wars.

Chuck   March 23rd, 2010 9:24 pm ET

You may want to check your facts about the Republicans owning the house, senate and Presidency for 8 years. What century are you talking about?

Henya, Ca   March 23rd, 2010 9:24 pm ET

Hello Larry,
I already here Mr. Romney saying that our President did not reach to the Republicans that is a lie because I watch it live they did not asked quotation they attack him the republicans do not wanted to help our President, it’s like we have 2 deferent Countries, I’m very happy for our country and for the President he made history today we are finally will get health care for all and the republicans had over 200 amendment but no one voted sham on them, They will loss big in November and 2012

Kathryn   March 23rd, 2010 9:25 pm ET

Ask the "nit" Romney whose tax dollar they, he and his hateful cronies will be using to file suits showing Americans that they are the party of "do nothing?"

Whose tax paying time will they be using to waste filing suits? Are these suits to ensure that Americans get the said healthcare that they have?

John Knott II   March 23rd, 2010 9:25 pm ET

I am a veteran soldier-medic who served my country and my state of Nevada in the NVARNG's 1-221 Cavalry during the high optempo mission of "Training the Force!" I am utilizing my post 9-11 GI Bill to gain a second degree in Nursing. Young men and women like me who are joining the ranks of our nation's health care industry are going to inherit a great problem worthy of my "Nintendo Generation's" undivided attention and human energy in solving. I know my generation isn't perfect... far from it... but neither is yours! Now my "Nintendo Generation" is unplugging from the self-absorption inherited from our parents and WE ready to serve in this endeavor so well as our mentorship provides the training. My Cavalry unit's motto was "Never Broken!" I hold that motto still as a cadence in my mind, heart, and sinew to help carry through when these times seem so difficult and dark. I choose hope not fear! IF WE CAN THAN WE MUST! IF WE MUST... THAN WE WILL!

I only speak for myself... but something tells me I am not alone on this.


John Knott SGT ret.
1-221 Cavalry
Operation Noble Eagle
Title 10 Presidential Orders
August 2004 – June 2006
"Never Broken!"

Fran Jefferson   March 23rd, 2010 9:25 pm ET

Mr. Romney how much money is it going to cost tax payers to sue the federal government or try to impeach him? It costed a fortune to try this with Bill Clinton & it was unsuccessful too.... this is wasteful spending on the republican side AGAIN.

Debby   March 23rd, 2010 9:25 pm ET

Mitt is right alot of doctors especially surgeons are really aganist this bill. I would advise seniors to ask their primary care doctors about medicare and where they stand down the road if they don't have a secondary insurance.

claryssa correa   March 23rd, 2010 9:25 pm ET

Right now, the Millionaire Matchmaker is more credible than the GOP

Leif   March 23rd, 2010 9:25 pm ET

Hey Larry, when Mitt was bragging about the "98%" insured in his state, why didn't you ask him "who" the thousands of uninsured were and was OK with it? He has thousands of uninsured under his watch and he is bragging? Put a face on it Mitt. The acceptable losses are Americans.

Mary   March 23rd, 2010 9:25 pm ET

If Romeny had a better solution... He has plenty of chances to convince us.... All I ever heard from the Repubs. was offensive talk against changing a bad system. They talked as if they had solutions....BUT NEVER EXPLAINED IT!

Troy Hall   March 23rd, 2010 9:25 pm ET

Ask him why didn't the Republicans do anything about healthcare from 2000 – 2008?

Kathryn   March 23rd, 2010 9:26 pm ET

Whose fault is it that the country have to be watching every penney it now spends? Publicans!

Whose fault is it why children are losing their dads, wives losing husbands and parents losing children or having them come home without limbs? The Publicans!

You all need to go and bury your heads like the ostrich. Bloody shame on the lot of you!

Linda in Arizona   March 23rd, 2010 9:26 pm ET

Thanks, Larry. You are actually holding his feet to the fire. I am so tired of listening to republicans LIE, unchallenged by anyone.

wayne McGibney   March 23rd, 2010 9:26 pm ET

Mitt romney should be full of apologies. As a businessman he knows that a company that makes 9.5 million one year will not be taxed over 10 million the next .This is just another drop of posion that Repubicans are feeding the American people. God help America.

sil   March 23rd, 2010 9:26 pm ET

Al the republicans speaking out are Hypocrites. They keep saying lets start over to create health care reform. How long do they want us to wait? .I challenge the republicans to go to the sick children denied health care and tell them to wait for health care reform because of their political agendas. Those watching should realize the Republicans are not interested in establishing health care reform. There agenda is to make President Obama fail, regardless of life.Republicans had the will to start 2 wars. Where is the will to provide health care to American citizens. Did not hear outcry about paying for 2 wars.

sheilamills   March 23rd, 2010 9:26 pm ET

Its tragic to watch the Republicans frothing at the mouth because their scheme fell apart. Are they really Americans or are they something else. They remind me of henchmen who lurk in dark alleys waiting to pummel unsuspecting pedestrians. I can't believe that the Republican party has deteriorated into this. It was once upon a time an honorable party but no more.

Janet   March 23rd, 2010 9:26 pm ET

Larry, since I am older than both you & Mr. Romney, so let me say, the" Civilian Conservation Corp was filled with criminals & delinquents", and yet we survived. Creating the" SEC to regulate the stock market will kill free enterprise in America",(wow what a concept) and yet we survived. "Social Security will absolutely be the ruination of our country", and yet we survived, "Medicare will create a welfare state", and yet we survived, The 1968 Civil Rights act will absolutely destroy the USA, and yet we survived. This too will pass gentlemen, time to move on to something more important, like a class action suit against BofA, WF & Chase for what they have done to the American Banking Consumer !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

James Henry   March 23rd, 2010 9:26 pm ET

I am a republican and supported Mit but the way my party has performed thorugh the health care process has turned my wife and me off. I am at the point of reregistering as independent. He has lost me tonight as supporter.

I am working again to defeat BB in California as finally the GOP has two ccanidates I can get behind but the first one that says the health care bill is bad will lose me.

The party of no with out getting into the process. Just cutting taxes is not the answer.

Selina in Arizona   March 23rd, 2010 9:26 pm ET

The health care reform is a victory for America. People are generally afraid of change even if it's for the better. What the average American doesn't know is that we're already paying taxes for those that are uninsured when they are admitted for emergency room care.

bryan   March 23rd, 2010 9:26 pm ET

These are just a few of my thoughts on the health insurance bill, yes that is right this is not a health care reform bill, but a health insurance reform bill. Let me also say that an executive order is not law and can be overturned by the current and future president(s) and also by the courts. America now has to be wary of voting not just for obama in 2012, but also any other pro abortion president in the future. The American people need to understand it has always been the IRS stance that you cannot just pay taxes on what you agree with, so if one penny of taxpayer dollars goes towards an abortion every single taxpayer in America has paid their share of that penny, and in doing so that would make every single American a baby killer. To take my point further by my religion will land my eternal soul in hell, and possibly yours depending on what you believe. I am sad to say this bill also means that no American is born free anymore, it is the only legislation that mandates an American buy a product... and that my friends is not freedom. Also what the heck is student loan legislation doing in a health bill, I am trying to remember the president in his '08 campaign saying that the health and student loans go hand in hand. i will leave you with this for now.

Pat   March 23rd, 2010 9:26 pm ET

I will never vote Democratic again....just reading the above comments verifies the I. Q. of the Democratic party and I'm done with it!

dianne in MN   March 23rd, 2010 9:27 pm ET

Those of us who work in health care know it needs reform now. Since you believe this bill is wrong, how would you reform healthcare with specifics? Don't want to hear the same responses. Want to hear what you would do (not what you wouldn't do) that would fix this.

Kathryn   March 23rd, 2010 9:27 pm ET

The wars and Republicans oversight has put the country in debt and not the current president! How much do we spend on the wars per day?

Oh, Larry, did we find ANY WMDs? These people have no shame!

Ed St. Clairsville, OH   March 23rd, 2010 9:28 pm ET


Where was the Republicans for the last 8 years under President Bush?
I did not hear of any ideas to fix the broken health care system.


Gretchen   March 23rd, 2010 9:28 pm ET

Mitt Romney is lying. He and the other republicans are lying and scaring senior citizens about their medicare.Now reform is law and everyone who can read will read the truth,not only that we will experience the truth.The republicans will then have to answer to why they don't want millions of americans who can vote,that their health care is not important.They will still be in the loser column in november.

Chere   March 23rd, 2010 9:28 pm ET

Thanks, Mr. Romney, for being on LKL live tonight. As you know Larry himself is quite liberal as are the bloggers here. So do not me dismayed that most comments are negative. Many are watching who think you are very intelligent and make a lot of sense.

Larry   March 23rd, 2010 9:28 pm ET

Do you people understand what MItt has done to American JOBs does anyboby know what his claim to fame is....?

Connie   March 23rd, 2010 9:28 pm ET

Companys are using employment agencies to avoid paying hard workers the benefits they deserve,such as health insurance and vacation.With unemployment so high workers have no other choice than to go through these agencies...More and more companies are going through these agencies to avoid giving benefits...its not right!!!

Kathryn   March 23rd, 2010 9:28 pm ET

@Pat happy Vote for wars and more wars over better healthcare. Go ahead...

Margaret   March 23rd, 2010 9:29 pm ET

Gov. Romney,
I am a family physician and I strongly support the health care bill that passed Sunday night and was signed by the President. I have served the uninsured for 13 years and would be thrilled if this bill puts my clinic out of business. I have seen far too many people die because they didn't have health insurance and got to us too late.
Margaret Meyers, MD

Patricia Evans   March 23rd, 2010 9:29 pm ET

I think that health care reform is a great victory for America. It is a great step toward a more just and compassionate society and I have been a strong supporter of this legislation.

Steve   March 23rd, 2010 9:29 pm ET

I think it will bring this country to its knees.

Natasha Zapata   March 23rd, 2010 9:29 pm ET

Absolutely it is about time we had this bill. Shame on Republicans for telling the uninsured they don't matter. They are going to fight this...get to work on other things..we have goverment to help do it, instead of only helping yourselves and special interest groups, who by the way are ones with money!! I know how to save lots of money..send you all home. The REps don't raise taxes..they just let every big corporation charge us to death.. and they close libraries, hospitals, schools, senior centers, etc., by the way my republican friends are not happy about that...explain to them its your doing!!! Shame on Republicans for saying they won't cooperate with the President...get to work!!! stop acting like babies who didn't get their way! Do your jobs..seriously you want us to believe that half of all Americans are wrong and your half are right?? we are not stupid. Yeah tell the truth for once!

aliou Florida   March 23rd, 2010 9:29 pm ET

McCain would n't cooperate with the ruling party? Then he would be forgotten.

Kathryn   March 23rd, 2010 9:30 pm ET

America is rotting from within.

Amtrak takes 4 days to get from NYC to Florida unlike China and Europe's train system.

The subway smells worst than a skank. Check out London's underground.

The HC System is in frazzles check out Canada, England and even Pakistan's HC system. Better than America!

All the monies spent on wars could have been used to fix HC and infrastructure.

Chuck   March 23rd, 2010 9:30 pm ET

Larry, do you really think Mitt Romney cares what Rush says or thinks.

bryan   March 23rd, 2010 9:30 pm ET

ASK MITT.. am I right in saying that if one penny of federal money goes toward abortion every taxpaying american has paid their share of that penny? If that is the case that is against my religion and can that be challenged under constitutional law?

MB   March 23rd, 2010 9:30 pm ET

Now Mr Romney knows the President tried to get the two parties together, and no one wanted to work together. Give it a rest.

Nancy - Loveland CO   March 23rd, 2010 9:31 pm ET

Larry – Outstanding job of asking Mr. Romney the right questions and holding him accountable. Some of his replies were pretty vague, and the one on reduction of Medicare coverage misleading... but you did good! The republicans are acting like spoiled brats who didn't get their way and are having a tantrum.

Few people realize what Medicare Advantage is - it is one form of Medicare coverage that the Government has subsidized Insurance Companies so that participants do not pay any additional insurance payments (no Medigap) and is usually a form of HMO. Persons like myself pay a separate Medigap insurance policy. This bill will change how only Medicare Advantage is dealt with...probably they will quit subsidizing insurance companies and charge those who can afford to pay a monthly fee for coverage not paid by Medicare (so would be a form of Medigap insurance).

Roger   March 23rd, 2010 9:31 pm ET

What former Governor Romney omits from his description of the Massachusetts health care plan is that the federal government subsidizes the plan with matching funds. That's why Mass. didn't raise taxes for its universal coverage. All Americans are taxed for the health care in Massachusetts.

Michael   March 23rd, 2010 9:31 pm ET

Please ask Mr. Romney where in the bill stops insurance companies from stopping coverage on people with existing conditions and forcing them in to a high risk plan.. and next why will no one answer this question for me?

kelly   March 23rd, 2010 9:31 pm ET

Mitt and the rest of the Republicans are dillusional! They have lied so much that they actually expect everyone to believe that Obama didn't extend a hand! We saw that he did and we also saw that instead of working with the Democrats on what they thought was good their solution has been scrap it and start over! They would have never worked with them, and it's more obvious than ever that they just want this President to fail. It is always their way is good everything else is bad! That is not bi-partison that is childish!!

Misty White (Florida)   March 23rd, 2010 9:32 pm ET

Also if you are trying to make our health care like Canada no thanks. Does anyone know that if you try to get surgery in Canada that you are put on a waiting list because each Doctor is only alowed so many surgeries per year so if your Doctor fills his quota in Just a couple of months you are done. My friend that lives up there had to wait three years for a knee surgery,. This is not what America wants trust me. I'm sorry but if I have to wait that long for a surgery I will just go out back with my gun and shoot myself oh wait he is trying to take that away too. Thanks Obama why don't you pay for my insurance oh yeah and I want the same plan you get!!!!!!!!!!!

Lily Oseki   March 23rd, 2010 9:32 pm ET

Mitt Romney needs to read about the AMA because most American Doctors are very pleased with the new healthcare bill. I work in the hospital as a therapist, and my husband is physician. We are in support because we are tired of people using the Emergency room as their only source of medical care. Doctors want patients to be able to get preventive care.
Thanks larry, Lily.

Tosin O   March 23rd, 2010 9:32 pm ET

Please ask Romney why the Polls have shifted in favor of the bill since its passage? Does that mean that Americans are stupid of Republicans are smarter? The proof is in the puddling...Gallup, Rasmussen, USA today poll and so on

Velma Dixon   March 23rd, 2010 9:32 pm ET

Mr Romney i wish you would get on the train if there is somethings in the health care bill you like and some you dislike why did you not try to chang what you dislike instead of trying to kill it
me myself i need health insurance and i am glad to see it pass

Samy from NY   March 23rd, 2010 9:32 pm ET

Mr Rommey .
if Republicans Knows all fixes and you people know what to do in Health care reform where were you last Decade ? if you have a Plan why you didn't do anything in Bush both Terms?now its Democratic Terms and Obama is Our President and we (Americans) choose him to run The country so Stop Crying .and be ready in November you will Grilled by Voters.

Cindy   March 23rd, 2010 9:32 pm ET

It is sad to think the ridiculous comments posted here on LKL are primarily from Democrats. And yes they could drive one to vote for the other party.

Laura   March 23rd, 2010 9:32 pm ET

Mass. is a wealthy state... what may work there will not work in larger states such as MI. Stop pitching for your presidency and work with the bill to be part of a change in the right direction. Romney is sounding similar to a school yard bully who didnt get his part of the solution not a negative component just trying to set a platform for your own goals.

Steve   March 23rd, 2010 9:33 pm ET

You go Mitt!

This health care bill is going to be the biggest mistake our government has ever made.

It will bring this struggling economy to its knees!

sheilamills   March 23rd, 2010 9:33 pm ET

The Republicans used the nuclear option again and again and again during their tenure under G. W.'s leadership. The majority party had no choice but to use it when it became clear that the Republicans colluded to ensure that no Republican would vote for this bill. The Republicans are essentially unAmerican. They are much more interested in power than they are in the well being of the American people.

J. Wright   March 23rd, 2010 9:33 pm ET

Being a Canadian citizen and hearing on our news constantly that our doctors are heading to the U.S because they are able to make so much more money there. How is this new American health reform going to change this or will it? Are doctors in the U.S still going to be making the same wages as they have been for years now that there are going to be more regulations?

newman   March 23rd, 2010 9:33 pm ET

Romney, can you inform us on what the Mormon doctrines are on the black race?

frankie   March 23rd, 2010 9:33 pm ET

Is it Sarah Palin who thought up the term "nuclear option"?

colleen   March 23rd, 2010 9:33 pm ET

nice interview larry. you have really held his feet to the fire. someone needs to call these guys out. normally you are to gentle but i like the way you are conducting this interview.

scott   March 23rd, 2010 9:33 pm ET

Mitt Romney seems to have all the answers now,, where was all this input when the disscusion was on the table. I never heard a plan from a single republican thru all this, but now they all have a comment

Chris from PA   March 23rd, 2010 9:33 pm ET

Two questions for Mr. Romney. 1 in the previous eight years where the Republicans were in office what did they do to fix the health care issue and why didn't they propose changes or pass legislation?

2. Isn't it true that the Republicans in the previous administration exercised the Nuclear option three times yet when the Democrats did it to pass Health Care reform its seen as undemocratic.

Kathryn   March 23rd, 2010 9:33 pm ET

America is a brilliant giant that can only destroy itself. Fighting in such a hateful way against the president is giving America's enemies a good laugh and amunition.

Scott Nance   March 23rd, 2010 9:34 pm ET

Why is ok to require auto insurance across the board but you think health care insurance is off limits? The republican party had its chance to get a bill done for 8 years under bush and fAILED. Good god do you think we are stupid??? This is good!!!

Gary   March 23rd, 2010 9:34 pm ET

Obviously most Americans are a lot richer than me. Where I work insurance premiums go up every year and coverage goes down. I have no control over my own health care as I have to get approval from the health insurance company before I can get treatment of any kind. Under the new healthcare plan my doctor and I will be able to discuss treatment options without fear of having the Health Insurance company turning down a treatment option that might save my life.

Adults under the age of 30 cannot get coverage even if they are well because of insurance companies not wanting to take the risk of covering even healthy young people.

The best option for abortion opponents is this bill. It will cover immediately pre natal and post natal care for the mother and provide full coverage for babies even if they are born with birth defects. People will be able to afford to have a baby.

Yes Sarah Palin and the Republican party this bill finally stops the death panels called Insurance Companies. Now maybe people can live without the fear of becoming ill and losing their healthcare. In fact with this worry gone maybe we all will be healthier and live longer after all.

maria   March 23rd, 2010 9:34 pm ET

Larry I like to know how much money the tax payers paid dealing with the replublican tactics. By having health care people will be able to go to the doctor instead of the emergercy ward. The main thing is pre-exciting illness,cap of insurance and preminum expenses. After that the replublican party should work after that. The replublicans should work for the people not just their party. Or the tax payers should only pay for their own party and see who pays Romney.

bob   March 23rd, 2010 9:34 pm ET

its a victory i just wish ted kennedy was here to see it,,, mitt romney

should not be so critical of the president saying, he's only talking about the cherries on top,, the FORMER gov was not as truthful when in office either in our state, (mass) he said many things he NEVER did, like many politicians,, he saying what he thinks we want to hear to get into office,, which mr.romney will try again,,unforunatley, lets remember 1 thing pres obama was left with many messes made by republicans, obama has been there a little over a year,, and mr romney has no idea what its like to be the average family in the counrty struggling and deciding what bills to pay each month,, how could he even imagine it being a multi millionaire,, he should go spend his money and not be in politics, please the thought of him saying he knows how we struggle is pathetic

sheilamills   March 23rd, 2010 9:34 pm ET

Although I don't agree with everything Ron Paul says, he is the only decent and pricipled person in the Republican party

Ceci   March 23rd, 2010 9:34 pm ET

Mr. Romney looks different...his is obviously coloring his hair and his brows and he looks as if he has also undergone plastic surgery.

Connie   March 23rd, 2010 9:34 pm ET

Republican leadership loves spending taxpayer money to wield military power. No cost too much for the newest and most destructive military weapons! Health care,however, no!

Fran Jefferson   March 23rd, 2010 9:35 pm ET

What is the point of mentioning that the bill is 2700 pages long? So what? It is very detailed and specific. What's the problem with the number of pages? Can't they read? This is a silly arguement. I've read 1960 of those pages so far & I am not getting paid for it – so what's the problem?

Christopher   March 23rd, 2010 9:35 pm ET

Mitt, you said before on David Letterman that you don't believe America is 37th in the world regarding health care because "all the wealthiest people come to America for medical treatment." But the issue is not if America has the best equipment or doctors. It's the current price for those services that's breaking us.

Question: How do you justify repealing the health care bill when the Congressional Budget Office states that it will cut the deficit by $138 Billion over 10 years?

Vanessa   March 23rd, 2010 9:35 pm ET

Run Mitt run, if I were you it would be away from the Tea Baggers, Birthers, and racist. You will never be President or Vice President

Vivien Wolsk, NYC   March 23rd, 2010 9:35 pm ET

Romney says healthcare for 30 mill costs alot. What's his plan ? What's the repub plan? Saying no is easy but I haven't hear a real alternate plan that insures everyone.

Haveall   March 23rd, 2010 9:35 pm ET

GET OVER IT ALL READY – We have a Black president for 33 more months, and WOW – What might happen within that time frame...more historic Bills signed!

ANTHONY T. GRAY   March 23rd, 2010 9:36 pm ET

mitt is a radical mormon...forget him...70 pages times 50 states is 3500 pages...sore losers

mary ca   March 23rd, 2010 9:36 pm ET

Rethugs can't read

Diane Brooks   March 23rd, 2010 9:36 pm ET

I am a registered Republican who has Kaiser Senior Advantage Health Care Insurance. I am well aware of the changes that will take place regarding Health Care in America. I may have to pay slightly more for my care and I am happy to do that. I would like to ask Mitt Romney why the Republicans are not listening to me? I do not attend "Tea Parties." but I do want, and expect, the Republican leadership to listen to me as well. Perhaps the Washington politicians do not realize that all Republicans
do not protest and call our dignitaries names. I am so disappointed in the Republicans in congress. I am happy though that our country has finally addressed a pressing problem for the American people, all of us.

Cindy   March 23rd, 2010 9:36 pm ET

Apparently you did not watch the session the Dems and Repubs had on healthcare that was televised. The Repubs set forth a lot of good ideas and even some of your most intelligent CNN political contributors said the President seemed irritated. Everyone is so blinded by the fact that they are a Democrat come hell or high water that they can't be objective about anything.

Kathryn   March 23rd, 2010 9:36 pm ET

It matters not which party a person is. We are ALL Americans and when a president does something helpful for Americans, Americans should support him.

The only time that there was so much tirany was when they tried to sign the bill for the abolishion of slavery.

It only tells us black people that it is because the president is black they are fighting him tooth and nail!

leonard   March 23rd, 2010 9:36 pm ET

What will happen to somebody that refuses to get health insurance and refuses to pay the fine the government will give them?

James Colasante   March 23rd, 2010 9:36 pm ET

I have voted Republican for more than thirty-five years.

Mitt Romney made me angry during the Presidential Campaign with his Pro War, let’s kill more position. Tonight is the icing on the cake.

He is a devious, disingenuous and deceitful man and not only will I never vote Republican again. My family is leaving the Mormon Church effective this moment.

Jesus said “You will recognize them by their actions.” I do.

John S Barclay   March 23rd, 2010 9:36 pm ET

Question for Mitt Romney – Where were the Republicans during the eight years of the Bush Administration on the healthcare reform issue. I didn't see the Republicans pushing this issue then with their solutions, but they have all sorts of suggestions and mostly complaints once the Democrats push the issue of healthcare reform

Pam Partee   March 23rd, 2010 9:36 pm ET

President Bush and the republican party were in control for 8 years. Why did they not pass the type of health care the republicans wanted?

Sara Williams   March 23rd, 2010 9:36 pm ET

Mr. Romney–Now that the state of Massachusetts has universal health care reform, do you and other governors bringing suit to ban health care wish to deny health coverage to the rest of the nation?

Ann-Virginia   March 23rd, 2010 9:37 pm ET

Overstating is one thing,being blatent racists like the tea party is,is quite a different thing.The GOP is allined with the tea party racists & everybody knows it.This will hurt the GOP even more than all the antics the Reps.have come up with on their own.

Donald   March 23rd, 2010 9:37 pm ET

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them..

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don't propose a federal budget. The president does.

You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does.

cnote77   March 23rd, 2010 9:37 pm ET

The Republican party is only effective in the face of some Enemy. It is a party that used post 9/11 fear to institute some of the most counter-productive policies in the history of the American nation. Now Republicans have the gall to feign disdain at a health bill that serves only to better the lives of those in need. They have never shown any interest in reforming healthcare. Only when the Democrats rose to the occassion and propose a bill did the Republican hate machine role into action. They seem to have no trouble instigating unfounded wars, at immense cost , in third world countries to no effect. Rich, white men protecting a rich white world.

jim   March 23rd, 2010 9:37 pm ET

Let's assume all the experts and the President are wrong and the new healthcare bill will raise taxes. WHAT'S WRONG WITH SAVING AMERICAN LIVES?????????
Please ask Mr Romney to tell me why the Republicans can start an unjust war and almost bankrupt the USA with a Trillion (and counting) price tag and countless American lives lost? Why is it ok to increase the deficit and taxes to save American lives in Iraq and not American lives at home???


scott   March 23rd, 2010 9:38 pm ET

I agree with your comment Sheila, but I wouldn't limit it to just the republicans.All our poloticians are out for there own personal gain and NOT for the american people

carole morrow   March 23rd, 2010 9:38 pm ET

Four months ago, my 23 year old daughter developed epilepsy. From the ambulancier ride to her release 18 hours later, she incrued a bill of over $17000.00! She cannot drive until she is free from seizures for one year. She has had to move back home, switch to an online university while trying to get a grip on the reality of having epilepsy.

She does not qualify for Medicade or disability. She can't be on my insurance until Sept, and her meds are $285 per month.


Romney can pay my daughter's bills if he would care to.

Carole Morrow

marylou   March 23rd, 2010 9:38 pm ET

It is obvious he has not read the bill he is not even familiar with the number of pages it is 1017 pages not 2000.. If you would of read it you would know that small fact...

talk about misleading/ misinformation

Why not challenge people to make up their own minds by attempting to read it... The only ones who should criticize it are those who take the time to read it for themselves and not let some one tell them how to think

Kathryn   March 23rd, 2010 9:38 pm ET

America only ever saw this level of tirany when the bill to abolishion slavery was to be signed.

It only tells us black people that it is because the president is black they are fighting him tooth and nail!

Donald   March 23rd, 2010 9:39 pm ET

You know they alway have money for wasr and death, but cry broke when it come to health and caring for people, SOS

Kathryn   March 23rd, 2010 9:39 pm ET

It matters not which party a person is. We are ALL Americans and when a president does something helpful for Americans, Americans should support him.

Linda in Arizona   March 23rd, 2010 9:39 pm ET

For the last year, the republicans have done nothing but obstruct the Democrats and particularly the president. As long as they can make him fail, they are content. They care nothing for the country, only themselves, and their selfish self-interested agendas. They encourage hate speech and lies from the rabble who make up the most vocal party of their party of no. They should be ashamed to show their regressive, hate-mongering faces. People keep pointing to the absence of any republican support for ANYTHING the president proposes as some kind of failure of the Democrats to arrive at consensus. There is no consensus possible with those dedicated to bringing about the failure of the opposition no matter WHAT the cost to the country.

"ALL people" do NOT "go a little too far" either, as romney just said about the teabagger rabble. Democrats have NEVER spit on representatives or called them N's and F's. Democrats don' t behave that way. Find me ONE instance of it happening EVER!!

Please give mittens a maraschino cherry. This is the 10th time he's mentioned them.

"I'm a conservative, let poor people die in the streets!"

Ernestine perkins   March 23rd, 2010 9:39 pm ET

Why is universal (government funded) education accepted by Republicans (I'm sure most of them availed themselves of the American school system), but somehow, they are so frightened of universal healthcare? Which is more important? If a U.S. citizen has a good solid high school education, but is in very poor health, he or she is unable to hold down a job, or take care of their family, or contribute to the economic health of their country. Conversely, at least if a person is hale and healthy, even if he or she does not have a good education, he or she can still work and contribute. I'm not trying to in any way belittle the necessity of universal education, I am just trying to show that of the two, good health should come first, because without it, even a University educated person, with poor health, is not in a position to contribute either to his or her own welfare, the family's welfare, or the welfare of his or her country. So why the discussion at all? It is self-evident that all civilized countries should ensure that ALL their citizens, not just those who can afford it, should have adequate health care, after all, it universally accepted that all civilized governments provide education for all.

Kathryn   March 23rd, 2010 9:40 pm ET

It matters not which party a person choose to vote for. We are ALL Americans and when a president does something helpful for Americans, Americans should support him regardless of party.

Carole   March 23rd, 2010 9:40 pm ET

I am astonished that Mitt Romney is making such statements. I thought the man had a mind (somewhat) of his own, but I should have known better. Republicans are walking in lockstep, trying to deny the right of the party in power to govern by prevaricating, rumor mongering, and just plain lying. Elections have consequences. They
did when your party was in power and they do when the current party
is in power. Get over yourselves and better yet, grow up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have watched this debate closely, and I'm sorry, Mr. Romney,
you are not telling the truth. Many Republican ideas are in this bill
and you know it. Whole ideas were dropped to try to appease the
Republicans. David Brooks recently wrote a column outlining in
detail how the Democratic leadership and President Obama tried to
engage and meet the needs of Republicans, but they maintained
their policy of not engaging in problem-solving. Strong words coming
from a conservative columnist.

As a former Republican (I became an independent in 2001), I can
tell you that you are doing your party no good by being so obviously
concerned about getting your own way. I think you
folks are so stuck in this mire that you don't know how really, really
dirty your party is looking. Foolish, stubborn-stuck and only wanting
to do one thing: destroy our current president.

Ann-Virginia   March 23rd, 2010 9:40 pm ET

Joe G,you prove my point about conservatives with every comment you make.

Jim   March 23rd, 2010 9:40 pm ET

Larry, please ask Mr Romney, why during the past 25yrs the Republican party has not passed Health Reform, if they have a better plan?

Bonnie   March 23rd, 2010 9:40 pm ET

March 23, 2010

Mitt Romney (as a preacher) should desire health care for all Americans. Covertly, it bothers me that he is always knocking Obama. He's no different than the rest of the hidden racists in this country. I have a problem with a preacher promoting States' rights when during the pre-Civil War era, those who supported States' rights were staunch racists and did not want to abolish slavery. And for Mr. Romney to support the Tea Klux Klan is appalling!!!!! His support of a name-calling political party when they can't have their way makes me disrespect him totally. I thought a preacher would be above such company.

Kathryn   March 23rd, 2010 9:40 pm ET

America only ever saw this level of tirany when the bill to abolishion slavery was to be signed.

It only tells us black people that it is because the president is black they are fighting him tooth and nail!

Cindy   March 23rd, 2010 9:40 pm ET

@Bill, because he's so biased he can't help himself. The program has changed in recent years. At one time he had a great audience. I really believe when they realized a more conservative network was gaining market share, they decided to try to niche the far left just to ensure some market share, and that being a share they assumed would not go to more conservative networks.

DixieLee   March 23rd, 2010 9:40 pm ET

I am a registered Republican but voted for President Obama because I agree that there needed to be many changes in this country. However, this is still a country where people have the right to their opinions and ideas. This country has become a country of intolerance for different views. I was watching Larry King Live tonight because I wanted to hear what Mitt Romney had to say, but Mr King would not give him time to answer the questions. This country is taking a very bad turn when we no longer have the opportunity for freedom of speech.

Olajuwon   March 23rd, 2010 9:41 pm ET

If it's unconstitutional to buy health insurance as a human being, then why is it a criminal offense to drive a car without an auto insurance? I don't get it.

Mimimo   March 23rd, 2010 9:41 pm ET

I think the Republicans are sore losers. They are the ones who missed the opportunity to be a part of Healthcare Reform because they hate President Obama. It's really sad when people can put aside their hatred to be a part of helping our country. Yet, these same people will call you unpatriotic, communist, etc. when you do. Congress needs to grow up, stop the bickering and put our nation back together for the good of all.

VLF   March 23rd, 2010 9:41 pm ET

Work...job... that is the question. Who is willing to work and achieve and who doesn't. My American dream is on the line with unreasonable taxes and higher insurance premiums. I am unnerved.

V Dixon   March 23rd, 2010 9:41 pm ET

I think what john mccain said is awful it is all because President Obama is black GET OVER IT

Kathryn   March 23rd, 2010 9:41 pm ET

We only ever saw this level of tirany when the bill to abolishion slavery was to be signed.

It only tells us black people that it is because the president is black they are fighting him tooth and nail!

colleen   March 23rd, 2010 9:41 pm ET

I am from Canada, and it is not true that doctors are limited in the number of surgeries that they can do in a year. get your facts straight. if a knee surgery is necessary, it will be done in a timely fashion. of course the more critical surgeries take place first. i have been diagnosed with cateracts. not bad yet, but i will get replacement lens within 3 months. i can certainly wait, and it will not cost me a penny. i love our healthcare. as far as i am concerned, give me one user system anyday.

bob   March 23rd, 2010 9:42 pm ET

this guy is something would he be so concerned of gays in the military ,, good lord its 2010 who cares gay straight its pathetic
if someone is brave enough to defend this great land there orientation has no bearing,,,,, wake up and grow up mitt

Tony   March 23rd, 2010 9:42 pm ET

Inform Romney that if any thing was unconscionable that it may have been the 8 years of Bush with the Patriot act, the fake war and weapons of mas destruction which where never in found, the first bail out of big corporations with no stipulations how they could use the bail out money. What was the last thing that the republicans have done for the middle class.

pat   March 23rd, 2010 9:42 pm ET

Yall republicans have gone to a new level of stupid. Just face it ,yall have lost your control and I am glad of it. I can give you a word from above, THE BOTTOM RAIL IS RISING TO THE TOP. gOD bLESS AMERICA!

Rose   March 23rd, 2010 9:42 pm ET

Thank goodness we now have health care reform. It is about time. How long did the American people have to wait? The Republicans certainly did nothing while Bush was in office. They could have stopped some of the suffering but they did not. Thank goodness for President Obama and the Democrats. I will continue to vote for them. People do not have to live in fear now of not being covered. It is too bad we all can't be rich. It is a happy time for America. Too bad there is still so much to do after 8 years of the party of NO!

Kathryn   March 23rd, 2010 9:42 pm ET

@Colleen, it is the usual non existent boogey men that The Publicans create..

Stephen   March 23rd, 2010 9:42 pm ET


Ask Mr. Romney why he didn't put a "good" plan on the agenda? The Republicans are criticizing this Health Care Plan, but for a whole year they have not produced any plan. I will take a "weak" plan than no plan.

CHM   March 23rd, 2010 9:42 pm ET

Oh good grief, it's Marc Lamont again; the expert on everything.

Andrew Cattaneo   March 23rd, 2010 9:43 pm ET

Hi Larry,

Please ask Governor Romney about his belief in the Mormon religion. Does he believe the book of Mormon is true? Does he think that Joseph Smith was the prophet of god? Does he believe in that Celestial marriage thing? Does he wear magic underpants?

Adam   March 23rd, 2010 9:43 pm ET

Larry, Why don't you ask Mitt Romney about the almost trillion dollars that the U.S. has spent on 2 Bush wars since 2000. Where were all these conservatives when that war was decided rather unilaterally. If you go to the counter on-line, you can see by how many millions it goes up very day. Where was Mitt then to stop outrageous spending? That's all about killing babies, too. Isn't life precious there? Despite the need there, isn't it better to help our own citizens? Why didn't you challenge him when he says that Obama wouldn't work across the line like his majesty did in Mass.? He didn't because they wouldn't. Of course this bill is bigger in size than his was....this is 50 states versus his one. People are going to turn on guys like him....mark my word. He'd better start cooperating instead of working on his own campaign.
Thank you.

Kathryn   March 23rd, 2010 9:44 pm ET

We only ever saw this level of tirany and hate when the bill to abolish slavery was to be signed.

It only tells us black people that it is because the president is black they are fighting him tooth and nail! Yet, blacks have always supported white presidents.

michelle---san antonio   March 23rd, 2010 9:44 pm ET


Doug Foland   March 23rd, 2010 9:44 pm ET

Another arrogant politician... Romney...........What does he mean no apology? THERE ISN'T A FLAD LARGE ENOUGH TO COVER THE SHAME OUR COUNTRY HAS DONE AROUND THE WORLD.

Harold Way   March 23rd, 2010 9:44 pm ET

Isn't the real difference between the factions supporting and opposed to health care reform a question of "health is a right" vs. "health is a privilege"?

Rosanne   March 23rd, 2010 9:44 pm ET

Southern white males have been taken down more than a few notches by this intelligent black man called Barack Obama, and it's about time.
Oh, yes Lord, it is about time!

aliou Florida   March 23rd, 2010 9:44 pm ET

I wonder what Pro-life means when you put insurance companies in charge of rationing health care to the highest bidder.

Republicans should say they are against women choice. Not pro-life.

Those who die because of lack of insurance or live a miserable life because of healthcare bills are just grown up, as in babies that have grown up.

The hypocrisy most stop: Pro-gun, Pro-death penalty, Against health insurance for all americans? I wonder what kind of life you are pro!!1

MB   March 23rd, 2010 9:44 pm ET

Mr Baldwin do you remember what you did yesterday? OMG

David Lyman   March 23rd, 2010 9:45 pm ET

I am the medicam marijuana Dad who appeared on Campbell Brown a few weeks ago. Im also a Mormon. Im also an American...not a Republican. I wonder what Mitt Romney's stand is on Med pot...pres. Obama has called off the DEA on med pot people...wpold Mit or John McCain or Sarah Palin have done that?

LEN JINDRA   March 23rd, 2010 9:45 pm ET


D Wojcik   March 23rd, 2010 9:45 pm ET

As the old saying careful what you wish for, because you just GOT IT! Let's see what happens in the next decade...God help us all.

Leif   March 23rd, 2010 9:45 pm ET

Awsome, Larry.... Baldwin was speechless!

Kathryn   March 23rd, 2010 9:45 pm ET

Larry tell the publicans did not vote not because the bill is not good but because they are hateful and wanted to block any Obama success. Then, if they win the next term, they would try to do the same thing and take credit. Obama shows that he is not a bully like the rest of them.

California K   March 23rd, 2010 9:46 pm ET

Yes, the health care bill is a Victory, as it is easy to notice the parallel to the Victory when Social Security began. ANY thing is better than the health care legacy system.

Tracy Brown   March 23rd, 2010 9:46 pm ET

Mr. Romney spoke about how the Republicans are actually in favour of health care reform and they didn't vote for it because the bill was so bad and they could do it better. It seems to me that they were in power for eight years and didn't do anything about health care reform at all.

Irene Dornan   March 23rd, 2010 9:46 pm ET

I am disappointed in the Republicans. They are acting like spoiled
brats. They could have done this while they were in the majority. I believe that there is still racial discrimination in this country regardless of the law. Some people don't lose gracefully and the Republicans are the ones. They didn't win the Presidency so now we are going to get even. We all have differences of opinion but we need to be working together not against each other. The bill may not be perfect but it is a start in the right direction.

Jordana   March 23rd, 2010 9:47 pm ET

why is stephen baldwin a even a guest? what does he contribute to these issues?

skg111   March 23rd, 2010 9:47 pm ET

Its amazing to see rich republicans in congress not worry about health care that I pay for. Yet they have a problem with going against the insurance companies. As you can tell the Republicans only want the president to fail. This will not happen!!!!!!!!!!! Why can't people see republicans can save and unborn but are ok to kill the living.

Kathryn   March 23rd, 2010 9:47 pm ET

Larry, we only ever saw this level of tirany and hate when the bill to abolish slavery was to be signed.

It only tells us black people that it is because the president is black they are fighting him tooth and nail! Yet, blacks have always supported white presidents.

scott   March 23rd, 2010 9:47 pm ET

our politicians need to go back to the basics of why they are there. there has been no government legislation that has ever been successful. they pass legislation, then move on to the next ? whatever and don't follow up on anything they have done.

Myron   March 23rd, 2010 9:47 pm ET

Romney, like the other republicans, are racist, two-faced, think everyone is stupid except them and think white Americans are the only real Americans. The truth is they don't want government because the less govt. the more power the foxes have guarding the hen house, and we all know what happens to the chickens. The constitution was written in the spirit of protecting the people. Less govt doesn't protect the people. less govt enables abuse of the people.

Carol   March 23rd, 2010 9:47 pm ET

34 million Americans are very happy today.
Lawyers will be happy – GOP will be making them tons of $.
I am Canadian and yes, there are some problems here but I never pay for surgery or Doctors, No one in Canada would go bankrupt because of health care – ever.

sil   March 23rd, 2010 9:47 pm ET

Lets be honest, Please. The republicans did not genuinely want health care reform. If they did, they would have worked with the President. The Republicans are upset they did not win and now they are whining and attacking by name calling Just like children. I am embarrassed to see Baldwin picking up that gauntlet and continuing the name calling. Grow up.!! Think about the people instead of your own political agenda. We are smarter than you celebrities, journalist, and politicians think. We see what is happening.

Linda in Arizona   March 23rd, 2010 9:47 pm ET

Stephen Baldwin should be kept from polite society. Why are you having him on your show? What qualifications does he have to speak on ANYTHING?? "Pottymouth"? OH for God's sake, GROW UP! People talk like that. I agree it was stupid of Biden to do it when he did. I can't stand Biden myself, and I'm not happy with Obama either. This bill doesn't go far enough. I'm disappointed. We need a public option. Rahm and Obama took single payer off the table in a secret deal. ALL of that is true. Are they better than any republican living. BY A FACTOR OF 100!!

Rick from Vermont   March 23rd, 2010 9:48 pm ET

Fine interview with Mitt Romney
... but why on earth are you giving air-time to Stephen Baldwin?!? C'mon that's beneath you AND more importantly, beneath your viewers!!!!

colleen   March 23rd, 2010 9:48 pm ET

This is really terrible when your guest, or i guess i would not call him a guest, calls the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES a LIAR.. That is totally disgraceful. This is why people are turning against the Republicans. They do not know how to have a debate. Their retoric is hateful. UNBELIEVABLE!!

VLF   March 23rd, 2010 9:48 pm ET

Joe Biden had no decorum when he remarked to President Obama today during the official and solemn signing of the Health Care Bill. He was a poor choice as vp as was the health care bill. Yes, the republicans have had OPPS....but please on the podium introducing the President of the United that what they are whispering? I was totally uncalled for.

Dodie   March 23rd, 2010 9:48 pm ET

Mitt Romney, Mitt Romney
He is just a comedy

So biased is he
when he speaks, I flee

He thinks he is so wise
He is just full of lies

He has definitely been bought
I hope this man gets caught

Insurance & pharms are his god
I certainly think this is odd

Now Give me a break
And throw him in the lake!!!

terrie   March 23rd, 2010 9:48 pm ET

why is baldwin on this show, isnt there a baldwin in rehab somewhere?

Feronia   March 23rd, 2010 9:49 pm ET

Steve Baldwin is the best one can get for a "political analyst"? Seriously? Don't the experienced analysts take exception to keeping company with an out-of-work actor seeking attention?

For pete's sake, if we're going for this caliber, lets invite Roseann Barr.

CHM   March 23rd, 2010 9:49 pm ET

@Linda in Arizona,
And Michael Moore is an expert on what?

charlie   March 23rd, 2010 9:49 pm ET

hello Larry,
question. why bother putting a person like stephen baldwin on your show? he is nothing but a b-movie actor born into a rich family with a silver spoon. you think he is reflective of ordinary Americans? do your show a favor and put real Americans on your show rather than him.

Barbara M   March 23rd, 2010 9:49 pm ET

I don't understand how Republicans can still claim the mantle of "fiscal conservative." They wasted all the money in the last administration. When the health bill was being built for the last year what did they say? "Start OVER?!" What a waste of taxpayer money that was spent to support the legislators for the year that the bill was being built to just "start over."

NOW they are wasting even more money with this challenge to the bill through the courts. Does anyone even have an idea of how much money is going to be wasted through these court cases?

Does anyone remember the last time we had this huge argument about states' rights and the outcome? This is a collosal waste of time and money - fighting something that is so morally right because of a financial ideology.

Judy McCrimmon   March 23rd, 2010 9:50 pm ET

So, not one republican voted for the health care bill, but mark my words, there won't be a single one of them who won't benefit from its passage. And they'll greedily take advantage of each and everyone of the changes that Mr. Obama outlined in his speech today.

What a bunch of hypocrites.

Judy Pentedemos   March 23rd, 2010 9:50 pm ET

I don't know why Romney would object the Obama plan when it is almost a carbon copy of the Romney plan here in MA. Romney made law that residents have health insurance, it cost MA financially and now Governor Patrick has had to clean up the Romney mess as the state is in financial demise due to the Romney plan.

peter ihm   March 23rd, 2010 9:51 pm ET

why is stephen baldwin even on this show today. what does he even offer in this debate about health care??

Junella Taber-Simpson   March 23rd, 2010 9:51 pm ET

I have never been more proud of our President. It is a wonderful VICTORY for all of us who care about our nation and our future. My vote will always be with those who care enough about our well being that they put their lives (and careers, political offices, etc) on the line. I am ashamed of every Rebublican who voted no because they are Republican (everyone knows who you are). I respect the Democrates and Rebublicans who really voted their true beliefs even though I disagree with them. As for Stephan Baldwin, what a waste of air time. And to Joe Biden, never loose your enthusiasm.

Beth   March 23rd, 2010 9:51 pm ET

Larry, I am amazed that the Republicans are allowed to blantantly LIE and use scare tactics on the elderly, the small business owners, etc. PLEASE tell the senior citizens their benefits will not be reduced. Please tell the small business owners their overall costs to provide health care for their employers will likley be LESS. Finally, PLEASE stop inviting the Republicans to be on your show UNLESS they are willing to submit to a lie detector test after answering each questions and show the results to the public.

Henya, Ca   March 23rd, 2010 9:51 pm ET

Larry Please Stephan Baldwin you clouding get a better gust he is a descries calling our President Names I do not appreciate that I'm changing the cannel

Kary   March 23rd, 2010 9:51 pm ET

which person doesn't fit in this picture...................BALDWIN

Carol   March 23rd, 2010 9:52 pm ET

Michael Moore is an expert on COMMON SENSE!

sil   March 23rd, 2010 9:52 pm ET

Again. Grow up Baldwin. You speak with forked-tongue.

Catherine Regehr   March 23rd, 2010 9:52 pm ET


Elaine   March 23rd, 2010 9:52 pm ET

This health care plan is a disaster....Americans need to wake up and realize that we have a Pres. that does not care about America. He has very low morals and in no way repects what it means to be Pres. of the United States.....I know liar is a strong word but am glad Stephen Baldwin stood up for the truth. Read the Bible and you will find the answers in there and if you don't believe that – then suffer the consequences.

Lisa   March 23rd, 2010 9:53 pm ET

It is far from the universal healthcare system that this country needs, but it the first step in the right direction. The real victory will come when working class Americans stop allowing themselves to be brainwashed by wealthy politicians who care nothing for the average working family, but only for their own political careers. I lived for many years in England, and therefore have first-hand experience of both healthcare systems. While the British system is not perfect, it has never driven anyone to bankruptcy. Under our system, however, my husband and I acquired almost $100,000 of debt due to medical expenses incurred following the birth of our daughter. At least now I have the peace of mind of knowing that she cannot be refused insurance due to a preexisting condition.

skg111   March 23rd, 2010 9:53 pm ET

Simply put republicans believe save the unborn kill the born since they have no health care.

Debby   March 23rd, 2010 9:54 pm ET

The baldwin that is in rehab is Alex the liberal one. LOL

Devon   March 23rd, 2010 9:54 pm ET

Stephan Baldwin is fill with anger and hate. He is not contributing intellectually to this debate. Maybe he should be excused.

Jayanta Das   March 23rd, 2010 9:54 pm ET

I am tired of hearing last couple of days.... since not a single republican voted in the house vote... it can not be bi-partisan.

Precisely that is my question... how can a party not have a single independant thinker. Demoracts had at least ~32 of them....!!!!

At the end of the day that is democracy... is it not!

Yes.. we will wait for the November... to hear how can anyone argue against:

1. No pre-existing condition for reason for denial of insurance coverage.
2. Why it is a bad idea to have your adult-chile who is still in college for higher education.
3. Why it is bad to make medicare efficient and give the seniors more coverage.

Yes ... it will cost money. Ofcourse it will .... and we are not the country to do the right things for the fear of cost... we are innovators... we can solve that as well.

My dear republicans (obstructionists)... what did you do since 2000 to 2008... whwn you had a chance to address the health-care... if you are so emotional right now. Be truthful... and be honest.... no election is worth fighting this momentous bill .. as you guys are doing! Shame on you!.

Gary Pavlosky   March 23rd, 2010 9:54 pm ET

I have 2 questions 1. I have a 17 year old son with a brain tumor. He had brain surgery on Monday, and stable and recovering. He has had this since 6 months. We are working parents, ER Nurses. We have 5 children. The two oldest just turned 21& 19 on Monday, in collage and living at home and commuting to school. We have insurance through work and he has medical assistance for medical only. We are financially broke, behind in mortgage and some other bills. What will this do for our future and his? The second question deals with our financial situation. The seventeen years of Ben's problems took us out of state several times, tens of thousands of miles within our state, missed work, hotel stay, parking, eatiing, flights etc and it is mainly due to the secondary expenses related to medical aide. We have used up everything that is of value. We have aggressively attempted to find aide, disability social security, and others that we could locate. They and nearly 95% of other placed make him inelegable because we work and have an income. Most government agencies will actually say"if you stopped working and didn't have an income you would be elligable for a lot more benifits". We have a large family, work, assist with his homework because of his blindness, and take care of his medical issues. Time is limited. What help is availabe for us if any. He alsohas had a stoke, limited use of left side. Thank you for you or anybody else that might be able to help.

Maureen O'Hara   March 23rd, 2010 9:55 pm ET

Over 200 amendments were accepted in this bill from the Republicans. They had plenty to say. What is this 'really' about?

rado   March 23rd, 2010 9:55 pm ET

Question for mr. Romney.
You are complaining about how much money is going to cost health insurance to HELP 30 mil American people get health insurance, while your republican party spent bilions of dollars from AMERICAN people's taxes on wars in Iraq and Afganisthan.
Your party should be responsible for getting money spend on wars to get back to AMERICAN people so they can afford to pay for decent health insurance.
I am asking you Mr.Romney and republican party, Are you kidding americans by saying what you saying?
American people deserve to have health insurance at least like people in third world countries, we are most democratic state with worst health care system, so why republicans are so much for not to change it?
there must be something behind it.
thanks and please explain Mr. Romney

Linda in Arizona   March 23rd, 2010 9:55 pm ET

Oh, let's all gang up on Alicia, but not the outrageous, baldwin. I actually missed what she said. Did she say conservatives hate children? That's not the absolute truth. Conservatives could care less about children unless they're their own children. Conservatives DO hate poor people, and would rather see them die in droves than pay one penny to help them, but by all means, let's keep funding illegal wars in the ME. People can make MONEY off of those!

mike   March 23rd, 2010 9:56 pm ET

Why do you have Steven Baldwin on your show. He is not a rational person. He is just like the folks yelling baby killer.

Kathryn   March 23rd, 2010 9:56 pm ET

Why aren't people demonstrating that these time wasters will be using even more money and more tax paying time to waste filing suits?

Where's the pee party at??

Ann-Virginia   March 23rd, 2010 9:56 pm ET

Carol Ann,Stop listening to the Republicans & insurance cos. & listen to the facts,then you will change your mind about the HC bill.I'm a 64 yr.old retiree who is delighted the bill passed & I'm not the least bit worried about medicare because I DIDN'T listen to the falsehoods,lies & misinformation coming from the right.Learn the facts & you will change your mind.Don't worry.

VLF   March 23rd, 2010 9:56 pm ET

What is the differncene in 'baby killer' and 'This is a F... Big Deal...Mr. President? They were both so totally offensive.

John   March 23rd, 2010 9:56 pm ET

People like Stephen Baldwin are part of the problem; smug and obviously an underlying "racist." Calling the president a "gangster,' poor choice of words!
The legislation may not be perfect, but if we don't start some where; things might never get done.
And by the way, a large majority of people in the U.S. didn't agree with the Civil Rights law when it was enacted, but it was the right thing to do.

meaganusedtobapub   March 23rd, 2010 9:57 pm ET

I think Steven Baldwin is another racist hiding in the republican "You protest Christianity" you shouldn't just put on your white robes and go hang out with the other racist teapartiers...To call "Our" President a Liar yes he is yours too – SHAME ON YOU!

KATE   March 23rd, 2010 9:57 pm ET


Kathryn   March 23rd, 2010 9:57 pm ET

We only ever saw this level of tirany and hate when the bill to abolish slavery was to be signed.

It only tells us black people that it is because the president is black they are fighting him tooth and nail!

Calvin   March 23rd, 2010 9:57 pm ET

Is this health care bill going to allow the illegle alians have free health care in the united states at the expense of the hard working americans thru our taxes? Why was a lot of the bargaining done behind closed doors:

Lady A   March 23rd, 2010 9:57 pm ET

I'd rather see a South Park character on your panel verses a Baldwin!

Ed Santiago   March 23rd, 2010 9:57 pm ET

Larry, I believe that I have seen every show that you have hosted. Why are you giving this Baldwin a voice, unbelievable.

bob   March 23rd, 2010 9:57 pm ET

I have to agree with others larry steve baldwin,, why instead of all rich people on your panel, go out and get some that are stuggling and had no insurance,, i agree with others im changing the channel ASK THE NORMAL AMERICAN not those with millions in there pocket no one including you have no idea what its like not to have ,,,very very dissappointing

Norma Lorenzana, South Texas   March 23rd, 2010 9:57 pm ET

President Bush and his republican congress had eight years to reform
health care; they had the majority; but this was not their interest; so what do the repbulicans have to say about this????????

Teri   March 23rd, 2010 9:57 pm ET

Republicans need to give it a rest already. They had 8 years and did NOTHING. Now President Obama comes in and tries to make change for the better, that the Republicans will resist his every move just because they didn't have the brains to fix anything in this country. Ridiculous.

Alex Baldwin = Disgusting
Biden drops a "f-bomb" because he's human, and somehow that means President Obama is "the biggest gangster out of Chicago"?
Not only is that an ignorant and senseless comment, Baldwin, but it sounds racist.

I think I'll start praying right now that Obama is re-elected, because if Republicans get back in office, this country is going to H-E-Double Hockey Sticks.

Linda in Arizona   March 23rd, 2010 9:58 pm ET

@CHM March 23rd, 2010 9:49 pm ET

@Linda in Arizona,
And Michael Moore is an expert on what?

Health care for one thing. Watch Sicko!

Kathy Schultze   March 23rd, 2010 9:58 pm ET

I have always enjoyed your program and listen every night. this is the first time I just had to leave a comment...

I fail to understand why you have a person on your show who just calls the president a liar, and does not seem to contribute anything educational or informative to your program. I'm am referring to Mr. Balwin, whom I don't give a darn about his opinions of President Obama . Why is his opinion important?

VLF   March 23rd, 2010 9:58 pm ET

Steven is right...I didn't get what I voted for.

MB   March 23rd, 2010 9:58 pm ET

Mr. King you would have done better having Homer Simpson on your show. Mr Baldwin is... weill you know.

Lady A   March 23rd, 2010 9:58 pm ET

Stephan Baldwin can't count 'half'!

What is he talking about change....I love President Obama and he IS bringing forth Change...uuuhhhh...LOL Got this bill passed!!!

mike   March 23rd, 2010 9:59 pm ET

Kevin indicated that the Repubicans are for health care. Could you elaborate on that comment. What kind of Health Care? Where we you folks ove the last decade.

CHM   March 23rd, 2010 9:59 pm ET

@Kathryn, yes, it's because he's black that people don't like the bill. That's the same reason white people voted him in office I guess. You should show some respect for yourself and leave race out this; it has nothing to do with the healthcare bill.

Leif   March 23rd, 2010 9:59 pm ET

Baldwin would do fine on Rush Limbaugh's show.......

Cookie   March 23rd, 2010 9:59 pm ET

Baldwin called President Obama the "biggest gangster out of Chicago".
Coming from a so-called "recovered" drug user, now a bible banging fanatic who is going to believe anything he says?

michael armstrong sr.   March 23rd, 2010 9:59 pm ET

Dont pick on Larry Steve but your right .

Lisa   March 23rd, 2010 9:59 pm ET

Larry, Why is the Baldwin guy on your show tonight? He said during the presidential election that if Barack Obama won he was moving to Canada. What happened?

Denise   March 23rd, 2010 9:59 pm ET

the legislation signed today will help many americans. shame on romney and baldwin for caring so little about everyday americans. health care reform was a major step in the right direction for america.

Robo316   March 23rd, 2010 9:59 pm ET

I'm listening to Mitt Romney say that his Health Care Bill was much better than the Bill that was signed into historical presence today. If this is true why didn't the GOP adopt it and try to implement it when Pres. Bush was in office.

Sharon   March 23rd, 2010 10:00 pm ET

We at the water cooler today, D's, R's & I's all celebrated with the passage of the health care reform bill!! Many sad medical/insurance stories(including sad children stories).We do not go on message boards or have the time to take polls and want to say our voice is not on the radar, until election day.There is one thing we have all noticed Dem's of lower, middle. upper & wealthy are all willing to pay more in taxes to make our country a place where we care for the well being and health of all our citizens. On the other hand, we all agree the Republicans do not want to give up a dime, even though the citizens of the USA are the very ones responsible for their success and wealth. We would all like to work together to fx this bill and improve it. But, as you can see by your show tonight it might be impossible.
We hope not!

Dodie   March 23rd, 2010 10:00 pm ET

Steven Baldwin.

You do not care about children or life after birth! You are only fetus obsessed.


Larry: Why on earth are you having Steven Baldwin on the show. Where are his credentials!

kesner Fleurant   March 23rd, 2010 10:00 pm ET

Hi Larry,
I like your show I have a comment for Steven Baldwin
As a chretian man you are a hater I can read it in your eye throught the tv.

sil   March 23rd, 2010 10:00 pm ET

Now Baldwin talks about Jobs. Where happened 2 to 3 years ago. He is so smart why did he not see the financial crisis coming. The average American saw it coming. Why is it he is so concerned now. POLITICAL AGENDA

Cookie   March 23rd, 2010 10:00 pm ET

Shame on "Republicans eight years in power and what do they do for reform health care? Not a freaking thing!

terrie   March 23rd, 2010 10:00 pm ET

I think alot of Repulicans, need a course in anger mangement. Why are they so angry, its not because you are fighting for the american people , Larry, i don;t know why u are even including Stephen in this debate. WE support President Obama!! I don't know who these phantom people they poll but i wish someone would call me and my friends for at least one poll.. No we don't have a trillion dollars because we gave it to the 2 wars, and wall street. How about US

Roger   March 23rd, 2010 10:00 pm ET


Please ask Mr. Madden why, if Mr. Romney is for a smaller federal government, my federal tax dollars go towards providing benefits for Massachusetts residents and yet I, as a Maryland resident, see none of these benefits. Didn't Mr.Romney, through the Mass. health care plan, essentially expand the role of the federal government and increase federal taxes for all Americans, just to avoid raising Massachusett's residents' taxes?

Lady A   March 23rd, 2010 10:00 pm ET

I agree with MB!!!! Next time invite HOmer Simpson...he'll probably be FOR the bill!!!

barbara   March 23rd, 2010 10:00 pm ET

Larry let's not forget thatJoseph Cao’s vote for the legislation makes the bill nominally bipartisan.

CHM   March 23rd, 2010 10:01 pm ET

i spent 25 years working in healthcare. I have a feeling even I know a little more about it than Mr. Moore. Glad you're watching his movies, however. He loves capitalism and appreciates your business.

Rasheed Shabazz   March 23rd, 2010 10:01 pm ET

It is simple:
Republicans (with no tea party) was fine with spending for the war. Over 700 billion dollars since 2003 for war in Iraq alone, but are against a Health Care bill that will not, i say will not cost that much in 7 years. Think about it.

Ed Santiago   March 23rd, 2010 10:01 pm ET

Great show!

becky   March 23rd, 2010 10:01 pm ET

Stephen Baldwin's comments about Biden's comment to Obama seem as if the kettle is calling the pot black. What about his brother, Aleck's comment to his own daughter several months ago. He acts as is if he's never heard such language. Go figure!!!!!!!!!

Vicki   March 23rd, 2010 10:02 pm ET

Larry-wake up. People do not support this so called reform and Obama has lied repeatedly. Why do you ingore facts? Baldwin is right.
You are so biased you can't admit when you are wrong.

Jean   March 23rd, 2010 10:02 pm ET


Freedom of speech can go too far. This man mentioned Holy Scripture and then states that President Obama is a greatest gangster from Chicago and also called him a liar. He is not even speaking the truth and defaming the good character of the President of the United States. Shame on him. Some Christian this man is who appears to have forgotten what Our Lord Jesus Christ said: " udge not that you may not be judged accordingly and two-fold."
Approximately 32 million American people are without health care coverage. If they get sick which some of them will sooner than they expect, they will be denied medical care which could result in much suffering and death. How could a country allow its nationals to go without medical care and attention for so long? It was high time that the US, such a progressive and rich country in the entire world have health care coverage for its nationals.
This is only the beginning of HCR for the US. As with newly established systems, I visualize that there will be more changes to come which will benefit everyone in the US in the long run.
I am happy for you Americans. Be happy for yourselves that you and your fellow Americans now have a health care system be it in the early stages and that should you, family members, friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc. fall sick and need medical care you will not have to worry and while you are sick, how you are going to pay for it and if you will lose your homes because you have to pay for health care.
President Obama did a good thing for America. Support him in all his endeavors and efforts to make the US a better, happier, healthier and peaceful place to live.
God bless America!
Toronto, Canada

James   March 23rd, 2010 10:03 pm ET

Why should we have a federal government if every time there is tough work to be done, I hear a republican say let the state government handle it!!

Luchies   March 23rd, 2010 10:03 pm ET

I am very please of the passing of the Health Care Bill. I have the GREATEST respect for those politicians that openly supported this legislation.

The leadership of the Republican Party have instructed their members not to support anything President Obama's support or introduces. The leadership of the Repuublican Party would rather HURT the American people, then support President Obama. Mr. McCain, you lost the presidential election – it is time to remove the anger from your heart. Help America! It is time for all Republicans to remove the anger so that they can move on with helping reshape America and support President Obama.

Mitt Romey needs to speak the facts.

Lady A   March 23rd, 2010 10:03 pm ET

I wonder why nobody complained when the Bush Administration wasted SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much money and now they hollerin' and squawlin about using monies for a USEFUL purpose!

david sanders   March 23rd, 2010 10:03 pm ET


Barbara Drake   March 23rd, 2010 10:03 pm ET

Why do you have so many people on your show that give angry vague comments or generalizations, instead of stating facts and then defending their positions. I turn it off when they screams, call the President a liar, or just lie. I am referring to Romney with the vague comments and to that Baldwin guy with the hatred.

I really like you program when it teaches me something. I don't want to waste my time with the other.

Delora Pate   March 23rd, 2010 10:04 pm ET

I don't know. It is huge. I don't want TO SEE CUTS IN MEDICARE!
It needed IMPUT from both parties. Comment on your show tonight.

The Vice President is outstanding. His generation called the F...word gutter talk. He is educated and should have a better choice of words. You are dressed clean up your mouth.!
The President changes his words in many conversation. Call it what you may. Changing his mind,etc.


American   March 23rd, 2010 10:04 pm ET

As a republican, I am proud to say that our President did the right thing. See, I'm not a politician, and I'm not running for office, so I'm not afraid to say that our Democrat President did what my cowardly constituents didn't do.

My fellow democrats, etc, all republicans are NOT against our President. I for one am very happy with this Bill, and from where I live here in Georgia, the only republicans here are ignorant, monkey see/say, monkey do/say and rich/wealth investors who hate on President Obama because he's a man of color. I'm white and yep I said it. Racism is still very alive.

As a republican, I will vote conservative, but I will not vote for my own party's rhetoric and BS simply to hate on President Obama. I can't believe that not one republican voted for the bill WHEN IT INCLUDED our own ideas!!! Wow, can't you republicans see what I see??? Am I the only republican here to actually read ALL the facts of the bill and ADMIT that the bill is a great start??? Wow, nothing is perfect, but change is best for all americans.

My fellow republicans: SHAME ON YOU!

Karina   March 23rd, 2010 10:05 pm ET

Stephen Baldwin???? What are his credentials other than being the youngest Baldwin brother and living beyond his means forcing him into Chapter 11 last year? Another example of the me-me-me Republicans.

Bruce Ross   March 23rd, 2010 10:06 pm ET

Larry, thanx for bringing Mitt Romney to your program. It gave us an opportunity to see him in a real situation. I think he failed to make any points on substance... I am disappointed. He is going through the motions, on behalf of the GOP, and has nothing to add to the debate.

The healthcare debate is not over; the legislation can be made better with time... everything can be improved with 20/20 hindsight. But finally we are looking toward allowing our country to enter the humane world... that cares about the haves and the have-nots.

On the other hand, one can hope that the many other things on the agenda, to ensure another melt down of the monetary system does not happen. We should be very concerned that we don't get into the same situation we had in the late 80's and then the dump in the early 90's. We seem to be headed toward deja vous, all over again!

Margaret Mary Burton   March 23rd, 2010 10:06 pm ET

I've watched your program tonight as I have done for many nights. This was a very emotional day for millions of Americans. But I've got to tell you, while I appreciate the debate on both sides that I've opened my mind to for the past year, I can't believe that an intelligent man such as yourself has 'invited' Stephen Baldwin to insult your viewers with his hatred. He has a short memory, especially as a Baldwin brother, and a very questionable past. How dare he speaks that way about the greatest president since dare him. So uneducated...etc. But I forgive you because I saw your frustration right before the break when you threw down your pencil in disgust. I know you have a job to do and there were probably some viewers that thought that Baldwin was their hero. To each his own....

KATE   March 23rd, 2010 10:09 pm ET

Larry, I hope you comment on the overwhelming support for the health care bill that I see in you blog. It is quite remarkable. Every person I know is in favor of the bill, independents, and yes, even some Republicans. Maybe all the Republicans in the Senate and Congress should volunteer to forgo their "Government-run Health Care", and go get their own private insurance coverage.

Steve   March 23rd, 2010 10:11 pm ET

This health care bill is an enormous scam on the american people!

The Liberals and liberal media have done everything they can to keep people from knowing exactly what is in this horrible Bill because they know how angry it will make them.


Shawn From Minnesota   March 23rd, 2010 10:12 pm ET

Larry, I'd like to ask Mitt Romney what he thinks about Senator John McCain's comment about "not cooperating" with democrats for the rest of they year because hie hasn't gotten his way with health care and if he shares this sentiment of bipartisanship where the American taxpayers pay a senator to do nothing?

Does Mitt Romney plan to work for the people or do what Senator John McCain has said his going to do? So basically sit on his butt doing nothing and collect a paycheck from the American taxpayers.

George   March 23rd, 2010 10:13 pm ET

Larry you can do better for your show to have quests with credentials that are intelligent and know how to tell the truth. and you really should mention on your show to all republican quests as to why they never made any attempts to do heath reform all the time they were in power and how come they make wars every time they are in power and why do they say to every reform that helps the average Americans’ and the poor that the time is not now and the funny thing is Romney said on your show that in time of war we should not let gay's in the military come out and wants to wait till peace time when we have no peace time every time they are in power. And please do not invite this Baldwin guy on your show since he is not suited for national TV program like yours that many people watch and like and it’s a turn off when some one like this Baldwin person comes on. You can do better Larry.

victor watson   March 23rd, 2010 10:14 pm ET

larry king the rep. party is only upset about the health care reform bill that was passed is because the first black president came to washington, and beat them at there own game, in there own town. but thank God that He allow the american people to be able to get the health care that is truely needed for all of us.

Cy   March 23rd, 2010 10:19 pm ET

Obama Is sure of thirty million votes in the next election.
Mitt Romney ruined any chance of becoming president.

Mary   March 23rd, 2010 10:22 pm ET


Wanda Foster   March 23rd, 2010 10:23 pm ET

While I will always be respectful of our President, i have to say Stephen Balwin rocks for speaking out.He spoke out tonite on behalf of many,many Americans who feel like our rights have been taken away from usThe America we have known all of our lives is going away.I "m not speaking of progress.I am talking about our rights, our liberty,our honor. Thank you Mr. Balwin for speaking out.

Lady A   March 23rd, 2010 10:24 pm ET

LOL!!! Stephan Baldwin needed the Government to bail him out but don't wanna extend the assistance to others...Isn't that a blimp!

Robert Jaeger   March 23rd, 2010 10:24 pm ET

I guess Mitt does not plan on being a national candidate. Because when the American people find out the truth about health Care Reform, and find out why Insurance CEO's and Republican legislators do not want reform, I an afraid they, the American People will turn on the Republican Party. I guess thats why the Republicans are so desperate to delay the bill.

R Taylor   March 23rd, 2010 10:26 pm ET

Stephen Baldwin had the guts to say what others won't because he's honest...something lacking in every "leader" we have today in the White House. How can the h/c bill be good for America when they trample all over the Constitution which is heralded the world over for making it possible, for those who have the courage, to pursue their success through effort, not welfare? Making insurance companies public utilities, which is what they're doing, will create even more corruption incl payoffs and cover-ups. They lie when they say they can take $500 bill from medicare to pay for the 32 mil they're adding to it and have no money to back it up. While everyone is lost in the details, a big cloud has fallen over America. If you want to see the big picture, take a look at every society that has gone down this road. Govt can't fix squat. Should've taken the Repub's advice given since last March, many, many times without response from the WH.

pearl milner wagstaff-garff   March 23rd, 2010 10:27 pm ET

Thank you Larry for nailing Mitt Romney to the wall...Your questions were not answered in the TRUTH of this issue. Mitt Romney answered your very REAL and WONDERFUL QUESTIONS with political, "REPULICAN" jargon...the words do not match the TRUTH....OH!!!
My husband and I sit here in Utah screaming at this man to get off his
hypnotized goal to become President and give support to HEALTH CARE INSURANCE TO AMERICA!!! Thank you Barack Obama's Promises and Congress, and Supporters...We will be glad to pay taxes for this bill, should it need to happen. Nothing is free! We provide Health and Life Care to the WORLD...WHY NOT TO AMERICANS?
Thank you LARRY KING for this scintillating interview...Great Work!!!

James Hartline   March 23rd, 2010 10:28 pm ET

Doesn't Larry King have to disclose his wife's ties to the Mormon Church when he hosting is Mormon Church member and bishop Mitt Romney?

Richard Libman   March 23rd, 2010 10:29 pm ET

(Please forward to Mr King)

Mr King

I was the person who said hello to you this morning outside and you were kind enough to take a picture with me . I was the person from Arizona.

I want to say thank you for doing that. I also want tosay that meeting you in person, as opposed to watching your show on my TV every night , will be a memorable moment.

I was not surprised that you were so nice to a complete stranger and I came away with a smile that you put there.

You are truly a talented good human being. Your contribution to our society by your life's chosen work makes this a better world.

I hope to see you again

Richard Libman

Expat American   March 23rd, 2010 10:34 pm ET

A Bush-era Republican throwing around accusations of "an unconscionable abuse of power" is like Nazi-collaborators complaining of being mistreated after Liberation.

"Why are people beating us and shaving off all of our hair? We're human beings too, aren't we?"

R Taylor   March 23rd, 2010 10:38 pm ET

Everybody keeps arguing about the costs of insurance ignoring the fact that for hundreds of years society existed without insurance. For every life statistics can show you that's cut off today early because of a lack of insurance, I can show you a life lived long, decades ago, that didn't have insurance. It's a scam, it's a noose around your neck. Imagine living in a world where we had this wonderful technology and you could buy it through the expertise of your doctor by negotiating like you buy a car. Insurance is a stranglehold on our lives've become addicted to something you don't need. Life isn't about insurance. It's about taking responsibility for your actions, for your circumstances. Play the hand that's dealt you. So many are raised to believe they are entitled to welfare, insurance, jobs, a home. Don't you realize if someone can "give" you these things, someone can take them from you. You deserve the society you live in.

Rosanne   March 23rd, 2010 10:39 pm ET

For eight years, we had two cretins named BUSH dissecting the Constitution, section by section.This, GOP, is what you call PAYBACK TIME!

R Taylor   March 23rd, 2010 10:49 pm ET

Bush-haters: 2/3 of the Senate actually voted to go to war imbecile. You think what you have now is freedom? Just wait. All your arguments have to be about Bush. Sources on Jordanian television in 2004 reported that Iraq had large stockpiles of nerve gas they buried in Jordan, to be used on the Jordanian people, moved there by Hussein 10 wks before we went to war. King Abdullah II of Jordan quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle (April 17th) said it "would've decapitated the government." The truth is there if you want to find it. You'd rather be part of the crowd and believe lies. Enjoy your free healthcare and free education while you can.

elie7777   March 23rd, 2010 10:52 pm ET

All we hear from the GOP is absurd objections. All they do is complain and in reality wasting life withiout blinking an eye. Please care about us for a change. STOP YOUR GAMES.

Patrick from BâIe   March 23rd, 2010 10:52 pm ET

The world is full of, well, mostly men who are seasoned opportunists, marginal at best, but opportunists just the same. "Slick" is the word, preened for politics. Surface is good, let's run with it. They flood the airways with their self image which everyyear gets thinner. Their depth lies in a box with a cooling fan. Their strategies waft and wane on the dregs of complicated issues. They dine like bollweavils on the fleece, the stem is too forthright. Instinct tells them that the finished product is the "right thing to do" so they ravage the playing field. They revel in the dust. They weed the life out of integrity, truth and responsibility because they're self imposed on the benign, rather than redeemers. And the biggest problem is, they've burried the faculty for realizing it behind the rhythmic beat of their own self image. Let's go with the guy who is really interested in humanity and in doing the "the right thing." Even with flaws, it's far better than "thinsulate."

lucille   March 23rd, 2010 10:55 pm ET

repubicans had all the power the last four yrs why didn't they past a health care bill that they like also everything else went bad so why didn't theydo

anything they had all they power it's not about health care it's about a black president being over them, they act real unprofessional sunday night, no respect, and they are the leaders of the free world.

Chrys   March 23rd, 2010 10:59 pm ET

Shawn. your daughter is old enough to buy her own dang insurance.

kelly   March 23rd, 2010 11:09 pm ET

@ Lisa

Canadians would never let Baldwin up here! Sorry, but unless he goes south, he's all yours!:)

Frost   March 23rd, 2010 11:13 pm ET

Yes! The HCR is a victory for Americans. While, the legislation is not perfect by far, it is a huge improvement over the current system which benefits the insurance companies and the politicians whose pockets they line.

People need to find out about the details of the bill; and find out how much it will benefit the PEOPLE as opposed to listening to the increasingly hysterical tirades of the right. BTW: everyone in Congress and the Senate HAS gov't run do our military etc. Obama and Spkr. Pelosi accomplished what presidents since TR have tried. It's historic!

lucille   March 23rd, 2010 11:14 pm ET

repubicans had all the power for the last four yrs. why dind't they past a health car bill that they like also everything else went bab so why didn't they do anything they had all the power it's not about health care it's about a black president being over them they act very unprofessional sunday night and they are the leaders of the free world.

A. Smith, Oregon   March 23rd, 2010 11:17 pm ET

@ Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, you asked 'Why was President Obama's approval rate in America low as the Health Care Bill was on the way to approval'?

Huge American Medical Corporate interests poured over 400 Million dollars into their failed campaign to stop America's Health Care bill from passing. Among those hundreds of Millions poured into the corrupted Republican Senate and Congressman's pockets they also poured some of those Millions into a all out anti-health care bill 24/7 advertising blitz which also hammered President Obama.

Deluged by non-stop smear Ad's by these huge Medical Corporate giants, President Obama briefly slipped lower in the polls. The reason wasn't entirely obvious. The talking points of the ad's were often untruthful, and very distorted.

As the American public learned today more about what was actually in the Health Care Bill, what is offered to individuals and what cost savings to the Federal Govt. are going to occur, America's began seeing the Health Care law in a more positive fashion.

Polls out today indicate a distinct turn-around in how America is now viewing America's Health Care bill. As more and more American's learn more about this sweeping legislation, those approval ratings are going to rise.

Completely missed by the enormous shadow of the Health Care Bill was the Democratic led Congress passing a sweeping Educational Overhaul bill which greatly benefits American students entering into higher education AND also lowers the federal deficit by at least 10 Billion dollars.

As the American public becomes aware of these Democratic Victorys over the Republican party of NO, President Obama's ratings are going to rise higher and higher.

@ Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, In my opinion President Obama's passing of America's Health Care bill successfully places President Obama into his 2nd. term in Office which is very important to all Democrats and American's that want and need a brighter future.

Democrats now have momentum, I hope they fully use it to pass a great many pending laws and legislation this year.

Tman   March 23rd, 2010 11:17 pm ET

The VP today spoke what over 50% of Americans felt like saying! Kudo's to you Mr. Vice President! This is no comparison to the out burse doing the state of the union address, this was A bill signing and the VP whispered in the President's ear and the media's high tech audio equipment picked it up. Kudo's to them! In case you missed it allow me. About F-ING TIME! YOU'RE D-M RIGHT! NOW LETS REALLY GET TO WORK SO THAT THE POOR WORKING CLASS THAT THE FAT CATS DON'T WANT TO ENSURE, WHICH ARE SPILLING THEIR AMERICAN BLOOD ON FORGIEN SOIL DON'T GET TREATED LIKE 2ND CLASS CITIZENS WHEN THEY RETURN.

Bettina Zummo   March 23rd, 2010 11:17 pm ET

Please bear with me as I go off on a tangent….
My political views are that of an independent because I like to sit back and evaluate all of the information in a non-biased, objective manor and make an educated choice…..
With that said, as of yesterday, I am ashamed to call myself an American. My view of the health-care bill is that of indifference. But the reaction of the Republican Party is DISGUSTING! Above all else, I stand firm for the protection and proper education and upbringing of the children of this country. The example that is being set by the Republican Party is that, racial intolerance, hatred in general and above all else, VIOLENCE is acceptable behavior.
Children of our country are watching this unacceptable behavior that is being set by THE LEADERS of our country and learning that VIOLENCE, RACISM, and HATRED is how issues are solved! Look at what is being said by our politicians. For the first time, I have had to explain to my step children and my niece and nephew that the people (politicians) that run OUR country are WRONG and BAD PEOPLE!!!

Can you believe I actually had to say that?? The way these politicians are acting right now is like UNSUPERVISED CHILDREN WEARING LOBBYISTS AS BACK PACK FILLED WITH WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION! You think that is too harsh of a statement? Well look at it this way…. That weapon of mass destruction is the horrible lessons they are instilling in our children’s thought process!! The damage that the lessons these politicians are teaching (that violence and hatred is acceptable) will echo back for generations!
I am writing all of this to BEG parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, Godparents, and adults in general to TALK to children during this difficult time; and more importantly to instill in our children that the violence and disgusting behavior being concurrently done by our politicians on television, on the radio and in person is WRONG!!!!! Teach that it is wrong to use racial slurs!!! Teach that HATRED and INTOLERANCE is WRONG!! Teach that tyranny and oppression is wrong!!! Teach that we are all equal in the eyes of God!
All I am saying is that it is hard enough, in this violent world to bring children up in a good way.. to teach them morals and kindness, without this stupidity going on from those who are supposed to be setting the example for everyone.

If I want to protest something, the governments states that I must obtain a permit and conduct my protest in a peaceful and organized manor..... Politicians should grow up and practice what they preach!!

kelly   March 23rd, 2010 11:20 pm ET

Larry , I cannot for the life of me understand why you would have such a disrespectful person on your program. While I don't mind people not having the same opinion, his talking points were completely disrespectful to President Obama! Mr. Baldwin has no class, no decorum, and no business insulting your viewers.

john hutson   March 23rd, 2010 11:31 pm ET

we went to creel mexico via jureaz to ride the railroad to the pacific one of the greatest engineering feats in the world we were the only texas liscense plates we saw what a shame everyone in mexico was so polite and friendly our tom tom did not work jurarez and we were wandering around the city we did not see any of this stuff (a nice way to say b -jaloney) more americans die in any city in america we have.i ask were are we really safer? what a shame we are destroying all small towns and communities in mexico and many more because americans want drugs. Americans are not the target our drug policy is shame shame on our values as americans. am i cynical ? yes this is the first time i have ever sent a comment on any thing and you will not respond except with a generic email please do not responde if you are not interested oh who cares bidden used the f word i do not care for him anyway. is anyone on the sounds bits without health insurance? please provide the names just kidding

william   March 23rd, 2010 11:35 pm ET

Kelly is correct RE Mr class, no respect for our President. as for Mr Romney..oh so his wife, 5 sons & 5 daughters in law will decide if HE will run for the presidency /?/..he wants it so badly..because his Dad wanted it so badly & did not make it..wish these rich rich people would help the poor, go to shelters & bring food clothing haircuts,,,did Mr Romney spend 60 million of his OWN money running in the last election? so much money could have helped so many people,,he's so negative against our president..we did not like Pres Bush..we knew he was causing problems but there is always respect for the pres. Mr Romney is so negative against what the country stands for..

Idzan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   March 23rd, 2010 11:41 pm ET


Thanks. My thoughts are with you.
I wonder why Mr Baldwin is so hostile? He's like a Stromboli.

tommie   March 23rd, 2010 11:45 pm ET

McCain is Un/American ! he's a sore loser..7 houses & 14 cars ? not know IF the state of AZ will re/elect hm .

evan   March 23rd, 2010 11:48 pm ET

2 Baldwin brothers,,Steven a Repub,,Alec a Democrat ! interesting ..

Dodie   March 23rd, 2010 11:50 pm ET

This bill still has a long way to go and it looks as though the Republicans are backing the Democrats in the corner with the "sex offenders given Viagra" along with special deals for states. I suspect this will be getting very ugly in the next week or so...

barb   March 23rd, 2010 11:55 pm ET

We should all have Mitt Romney's health care.

It is time the United States has National Health Care, I know too many people with inherited diseases that need help.

How can the GOP say they are Christians and yet won't help sick or poverty stricken people. What kind of religion is that?

Republicans are greedy, selfish people who want everything for themselves.

What about Divine Mercy?

Feed the hungry
Clothe the naked
Shelter the homeless

keith   March 23rd, 2010 11:58 pm ET

Is current healthcare working? If not Mr. Romney...instead of complaining, what would you do to fix the problem. 2-Trillion spend on healthcare...and we are one of the sickest nations in the world! So put your ideas where the Republican's party mouth is!

Dan Panther   March 24th, 2010 12:09 am ET

Question to Mit Romney

Aren't the Repulicans concerns about how they will be charaterized in history for their strong suport of US war efforts that would take so many lives of US citizens and objecting so strongly for legistation to benefit so many US citizens.

Brenda   March 24th, 2010 12:09 am ET

No I don't. How did it help this Country. Back room deals, bribes for votes, nothing more then bribes. Look at the polls rating for Congress, NP & HR. Disappointing to me.

Barbara Cameron   March 24th, 2010 12:12 am ET

I am so thrilled with the Health Care Reform bill being passed. It is an historic moment in America's history, affirming that Americans have a right to health care, that if they do not have it they do not have the ability to pursue life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Susan Toman   March 24th, 2010 12:19 am ET

Larry, We waited patiently for the Republicans to play fair, they
gave opinions, re wrote the bill, added, subtracted, and then pretended
it wasn't bi partisan. Oh please Republican is all over this health care
plan, it's not what we as dems and independents wanted, it IS BI PARTISAN NO APOLOGY ITS THE TRUTH!

Sharon   March 24th, 2010 12:25 am ET

I'm a republican, but still wonder how the republicans can be so critical of the democrats. They had 8 years in office with the house and senate on their side, and what did they do to remedy this problem? Nothing. Maybe that's the problem. They know they blew it.

Desi   March 24th, 2010 12:25 am ET


I realize that I don't get to see you "live" but at midnight so you won't get this in time but please for God sake, please talk to these people about the 15 million single parents who are unemployed (10%) with no health care and now we actually have a chance. The sad part of this is that the money will come from grants for my child to go to college in 4 years, but guess what – she might BE ALIVE to go SOMEHOW.

We love you Larry King!!!!

Evan   March 24th, 2010 12:25 am ET

Mitt Romney started off by using typical Republican / Tea Party misleading tactics by saying that the "Nuclear Option" was used to pass the bill, and I'm disappointed that Larry didn't correct him. People should KNOW that Republicans used what Democrats REALLY used, Budget Reconciliation (which is NOT the Nuclear Option), plenty of times when bills were filibustered by Democrats.

Additionally he claimed that Obama and the Democrats just completely passed the bill in a partisan way, which is true, but the Republicans wouldn't LET them be bi-partisan about this! All they did in the Senate was delay, obstruct, and filibuster until the Democrats had to just say "fine, if you don't want to work with us, forget you!". What else did they expect?

The hypocritical, misleading, and frankly whiny rhetoric from Republicans is getting tiresome, and news anchors and interviewers who know the facts need to start CALLING them on these things instead of just letting it slide by. And when they outright LIE like Romney did, calling it the "Nuclear Option", which is actually changing the Senate rules to completely get rid of the filibuster, they need to tell the person that they are doing so.

Sarah   March 24th, 2010 12:28 am ET

Mutt Romney is a slime ball, just look at that smirk on his face. If he had it his way he would provide Health Insurance for the Latter Day Saint Mormons. Mutt is the best the Republicans have to offer??? Please!!

Susan Toman   March 24th, 2010 12:29 am ET

DUH! "I'm not sure what I'm calling the AMA" (Let me look – did I write
that on my hand?) Time for a commercial break! Thankfully we
have a strong majority going forward, in many areas not just health care,
so republicans grab your conservative seatbelt and buckle up. Oh yeah,
it's gonna cost, it'll cost the top 1% who have been making 70% of the
profits in this country over the Republican Presidential Years that led
to this horror of an economic mess,

Carole A Mangels   March 24th, 2010 12:32 am ET

Health care is absolutely a victory for America. And Mitt Romney should spend a little time in the state in which he introduced health care reform. Mass Health recipients pay nothing and have access to more services than I get with private insurance that cost me $8000 last year! And I am happy that it is available to them...I only wish I had the same option! And by the way, Mr. Romney, there has been an increase in taxes in Massachusetts and what isn't taxed is "fee'd). I am thrilled that we finally have a president who knows what we need in this country and if my taxes go up so that our sons, daughters, parents and friends can have health coverage than so be it. I'd rather have my tax money fund health insurance than never ending wars!

Tauqir Fillebeen   March 24th, 2010 12:32 am ET

If people like Mitt Romney think they can bring positive ideas to the healthcare bill, why did they not discussed with the president who tried to have a bipartisan solution.
Importance is to improve the American life rather than to be negative about every thing and all the time on every issue.
How much money has been wasted on useless war in Iraq?
It will be better served on improving all American health.

3RD Generation MD   March 24th, 2010 12:33 am ET

mit said Obama violated "the way things are done". in his book is titled..."no apologies" either....

Godbless   March 24th, 2010 12:33 am ET

Politicians like the ex-governor are the primary reason why our country have not been able to have a better health insurance for this long. A cup half full is better than an empty cup.

Eric Wyman   March 24th, 2010 12:34 am ET

This health care debacle is bankruptcy for America.

Deb Caliri   March 24th, 2010 12:34 am ET

I think the steps taken today are an important and realistic improvement on the health care system which exist in the USA. Perhap the republicans should rethink their actions. No one agrees..That is politics as usual. I may not agree with everyting in the bill, but I can stand back and see the long term value it has for our country. Shame on you in the republican party....You may think twice in November

keith justik   March 24th, 2010 12:37 am ET

Let me get this straight. The Democrats control the House and vote a bill through and this is considered an "unconsionable abuse of power"? I thought it was democracy? And if it is abuse, so then was/is the war in Iraq and think you Americans are better of with the health care.

Sarah   March 24th, 2010 12:39 am ET

Mutt Romney – "My party wants to provide Health Care Insurance to all American Citizens with Maraschino Cherries and not increase taxes". Mutt uses the "Maraschino Cherries" in every other sentence, must have been a favorite fruit of the great, "Joseph Smith".
How can you possibly provide Health Insurance to every American Citizen without raising Taxes Mutt?

Ted Bzdega   March 24th, 2010 12:39 am ET

Should the citizens of the states bringing suit against the health care bill be allowed to become exempt from medicare and social security laws as well if they win?

LYDA YOUNG   March 24th, 2010 12:39 am ET

If the Republicans an fix health care they had 10 years to do it .
Why didn't they do it ?
Mitt Romney is just jealous because he lost to president Obama

Lottie Hines   March 24th, 2010 12:40 am ET

With the Republicans running bimbos like Sarah Palin on their ticket, they are not smart enough to help make Health Care Reform.

Myra U., FL   March 24th, 2010 12:40 am ET

Many people, especially politicians say that the federal government is violating the right of states to make their own decisions on health care. What about the right of every American to such basic necesity as well being and health care insurance for EVERYONE? Just like we are required to keep car insurance, with more reasons why we should ALL have health care available at any time, for any reason, especially for preventive care, not when we have no option to go to an emergency room because we have no choice.
For a long time states have had the chance to do more for their citizens so it is about time that the federal government steps in and straight things out for once, as imperfect as it might be. Enough pleaying politics and use politics for the reason it should exist: to protect the rights of every citizen and make sure this country progresses in every aspect. I am proud that President Obama kept his promise and I applaud every effort from every person that made this possible.

Tman   March 24th, 2010 12:41 am ET

Tell me that Gov. Romney is kidding. Taxes will go up 500 billion dollars! Taxes have been increasing for over 200 years. Stop the BS, this President went to for in my opinion trying to get Rep. to come to the table, to his fault gave up the one thing that most of his supporters wanted and that the public option! How can any Rep. say that this President didn't reach out to them? Because he didn't make it the Rep. healthcare bill, its all or nothing. Please the Republicans lost the election get over it! God the Congress and the President and a special blessing to the one Republican that voted for the Senate bill. If the Republican idea of bi-partizen voting is their way or the highway, then then Democrats should say bye, bye! See you in November 2010!

LYDA YOUNG   March 24th, 2010 12:41 am ET

yes I think this bill is a victory for all americans

John B   March 24th, 2010 12:41 am ET

Kudos to Larry for standing up to Mitt Romney who still appears to have sour grapes about losing a presidential nomination and now the Democratic Health Care bill passage. Mitt Romney should continue backing senator McCain, Sarah Palin and the Tea Baggers. He and his party are still on the correct course with no apologies.

jack   March 24th, 2010 12:41 am ET

Another Republican loud mouth singing the same old worn Reaganesque song: the government is here to serve the rich, let the other's take the back seat of the bus. Another uncaring , ego-inflated, GOP evil doer. The more people like Mitt talk , the more energized it gets people who are fed up with the uber wealthy plutocracy.

Godbless   March 24th, 2010 12:42 am ET

With the coverage of additional 32m of uninsured, common sense should tell us that not even the federal gov can do that for free it had to be paid for.

martha bermudez   March 24th, 2010 12:45 am ET

I understand that the health care reform isn't the best but what is. It is a start and finally someone has taken the courage to help the american people. Health care reform and jobs are two big concerns of the amercian people. I feel one of these has been taken into consideration and the president has not gone left and start some foolish war like it was done when bush was in office.he is cleaning up a mess that was made. President Obama is human and is doing what's right.I stand behind taxes being raised in order for those who are not able to have it. People please have a heart

Godbless   March 24th, 2010 12:47 am ET

If what people like Romney thinks or have to say about the health care is that it is 2000 pages then he disappoints the American people like me who elected him into a public office.

Sarah   March 24th, 2010 12:47 am ET

Baldwin – Looks like he's loaded on Cocaine and is judging people as if he were the great, "Joseph Smith" of the Latter Day Saints. Potty Mouth Baldwin has never spoken a a bad word in his lifetime and his brother is a Wife Beater. Republicans are just so much better than every other human being.

corey   March 24th, 2010 12:49 am ET

it amazes me that Romney tries to pretend he's some thing he's not ask some one who lives in mass about Romney care it very well is a give away to the insurance company you WILL buy health insurace or you WILL loose your tax rebate or be fined .as far as not raising taxes for health ins thats a lot of smoke and mirrors too take money from one place then raise taxes to on that area to cover difference as far as our regulations Mass has had heavy regulations on ins long before Romney came around .Romney is a joke if he's the best the GOP has the dems got nothing to worry about lies have ways of catching up to you on the national level and mister(I didnt Pay my income tax and property tax cause i wasnt sure what my resedent state is )will have fun covering all his .

Cameron   March 24th, 2010 12:50 am ET

I have my own health insurance that I pay for. So why should I have to pay for a government run insurance plan that I don't NEED OR WANT. There is a SMALL percentage of people that can't afford healthcare, who THEMSELVES should be the ones mandated for to purchase government this new health care plan. Why should I have to pay for something that I already have, that cost MORE?? America is NOT a welfare nation, as well as it is no longer a FREE AMERICA if the government controls what we can and cannot do. If their going to mandate anything, they need to mandate ALL of the major businesses to provide health insurance, not penalize the people.
What happened to our constitution, which states, "We the people, and for the people." Everyone knows that the government did NOT listen to the people, because 73% of Americans DID NOT want this Health Care Bill.

Susan Toman   March 24th, 2010 12:52 am ET

The Republicans really do believe American's are stupid
" Half of America didn't want the health care reform, why didn't any Republicans vote for it"?


Americans wanted more we had to have one arm tied behind our back
to get this passed, lucky it was tied, you all got your changes in and
then didn't play nicely, it is soooo obvious, what Republicans are
doing, it's a cheep shot and talk about speaking out of both sides of your mouth.

Nicholas Parker   March 24th, 2010 12:52 am ET

The republican party is for big bussiness and not for the american people all they do is try to spread fear into people

G.Graalum   March 24th, 2010 12:53 am ET

I think that Mitt Romney is right on...if anyone thinks that 30 million people can be added for nothing is missing some marbles. I was a bit curious, during the interview with Sec. Sebaleous about her comment that she was dissappointed that no Republican voted for the health care (sic) bill. It seems odd to me, that if the Democrat representatives have a mind of their own, that they ALL voted for the bill...non partisan...I think not. But, that's ok, the Republicans do have minds of their own...renegades to some degree.

I agree with the need to provide health care at a reasonable cost. The problem is only partly the insurance industry, the other factors are the medical care providers (hosp., doctors...), pharmacutical companies and medical equipment providers. I have no idea what the answer is, but going after the easy "fix" will either make things worse (an example is the health care in the UK) or prove to cost so much that no one can afford health care.

Myra U., FL   March 24th, 2010 12:53 am ET

Many people, especially politicians say that the federal government is violating the right of states to make their own decisions on health care. What about the right of every American to such basic necesity as it is the well being and health carecoverage for EVERYONE? Just like we are required to keep car insurance, with more reasons why we should ALL have health care available at any time, for any reason, especially for preventive care, not just when we have no option than to go to an emergency room.
For a long time states have had the chance to do more for their citizens so it is about time that the federal government steps in and straight things out for once, as imperfect as the bill might be. Enough playing politics and start using politics for the reason why it should exist: to protect the rights of every citizen and make sure this country progresses in every aspect and make a better place to live in. I am proud that President Obama kept his promise and signed this bill on his first year of presidency and I applaud every effort from every person that made this possible. Mr. President has proven that CHANGE can happen. For that, he still has my respect and support.

Tony   March 24th, 2010 12:54 am ET


Stephen Baldwin states that the president is a liar and that the people should not trust his healthcare policy. What does he have to say about how the republican party campaigned on several lies such as death panels and government paid abortion which were overwhelmingly disproven.

Sharon   March 24th, 2010 12:54 am ET

I understand Steven Balwin's rant about Biden's potty mouth. I'm sure Baldwin has never uttered the f bomb. Hah!

Godbless   March 24th, 2010 12:55 am ET

I have heard from this tv station for the past few days that this health care contains over 250 of republican's provisions, and yet not one vote from them.

Cheryl Holub   March 24th, 2010 12:56 am ET

Who cares what Steven Baldwin thinks? Somehow I think that someone in the Baldwin family has used the F-word. Get over it, it is just a word.

miguel   March 24th, 2010 12:56 am ET

Don't need to be an educated human being to figured out who is liying through their teeth, my 6 year old son can see the dishonesty when it comes to health reform. Here are the outline pOints republicans have fail in cooperation with Democrats.
Republicans wanted health reform dead from the begining.
Republicans gather around to critisize HR instead of improving HR
republicans talking uncredible lies stop disrespecting Americans
I have watched many republicans interviews, and just keep loosing credibility. WORDS SPOKEN FROM THE MOUTH WILL NEVER WIN WORDS SPOKEN FROM THE HEART

Sharon   March 24th, 2010 12:59 am ET

Several democrats voted against the health plan, and not a single republican voted for it. Not one! That definitely suggests that the republican's are game playing. When are our politicians going to grow up, and do what's best for this country? We're going to lose it if you can't stop thinking past your parties and our pocketbook. You're there to represent us!

Sarah   March 24th, 2010 12:59 am ET

What is Baldwin's Political Status? Why is this Whack Job even on Larry King? It's very obvious that he is totally loaded on dope, he can't even open his eyes. Get this Whack Job Druggy of the air, he's a total disgrace to the Republican Party and the American Citizens. Perhaps this new Health Care Reform can provide Baldwin with some much needed Drug Treatment.

John B   March 24th, 2010 1:00 am ET

Kudos to you Larry for not backing down with Mitt Romney. He still supports John McCain, Sarah Palin and the Tea Baggers with no apologies. Mitt Romney is the typical Republican politician who is out of touch with changing social dynamics of our nation.

Veronica   March 24th, 2010 1:00 am ET

I am so sick of hearing from these people that claim to be so upset about the passage of Healthcare Reform. They are never really able to articulate what their objections are to the bill other than it was not bi-partisan.....!!! Give me a break!! I doubt that any of them have a worry at all about how their healthcare will be paid. I worked for one of the insurance giants and lost my job and dont have health coverage. Cant afford to go onto my husbands plan cause his rates are ridicoulsy expensive. I went to college, both undergraduate and graduate, and my kids dont have insurance! Bottom line is no matter what President Obama does, they have no intention of supporting him. There were over 200 Republican ideas in the bill and they still never intended to suppport it. Just for the record they keep talking about these stupid polls that suggest over half of Americans don't like it and the reality is the folks that do support it dont have time to answer damn polls, they are working and trying to make ends meet and take care of their families. They are not sitting up somewhere trying to find ways to speak against the President. They dont believe in Healthcare cause if they did then they would have done something about it when they were in the majority. They are just a bunch of idiots not in touch with reality and the struggles of the majority of Americans. Go find something to do other than sit up and find ways to speak negatively about your President!!! I am sick of them!!!!!!! Get out of here with that bull crap......go get in touch with reality!! You just don't like him cause you are mean, hateful and refuse to take off your rose colored glasses!!!! Walk a mile in my shoes or the other 30 million plus Americans and then have an opinion!!

Brandon   March 24th, 2010 1:01 am ET

Thanks for your insight, Stephen Baldwin. You were great in Bio Dome!

Aman   March 24th, 2010 1:02 am ET


There were a couple of comments on which I did not see an adequate reasoning on your show. First, the comment from Mitt about how bad this bill was because no republican voted for it. Well, the reason no republican voted for it was because they wanted to oppose it as a bloc for political reasons. There were over 200 ideas from the republican side inserted into the bill – could not one republican whose idea was incorporated have said "well it may not be ideal but at least the bill agrees partly with what I wanted". No, not a single republican voted for it. I am just unhappy because if this is what the republicans were going to do, then the public option should have been included. That no republicans voted for such an important piece of legislation may come to hurt them in the fall elections and beyond. It also shows their lack of working together for the nation when their leadership says they will not participate on anything for the rest of the year – though that would not change much from the way it has been so far this year.

The second point was Mitt's comment about giving power to the states to do the same thing that the federal government is trying to do. Well, that was the status quo and the insurance companies and others have been taking advantage of it. Here is the truth – to effectively deal with the medical care system in this country, you need something big to step in to ensure these guys are playing by the rules.

robert Vega   March 24th, 2010 1:02 am ET

I honestly think the President signed a Bill on Health reform was long over due. A great Nation like ours deserves a Health Plan that can cover us all! I'm very proud and pleased of all who made it possible.

DEBORAH RICE   March 24th, 2010 1:02 am ET

hey larry,
i was shocked to see stephen balwin a so called christian on tv
calling our president of the united states a liar. what would JESUS
do, stephen baldwin.

jack   March 24th, 2010 1:02 am ET

GOP politicians who promote a select group of elites , while trying to take away the rights of regular folks share that same underlying sense of entitlement for the ultra wealthy.. People like Mitt are the slick , articulate face of the same nasty party of Rush,Palin , Beck, Coulter, Hannity, Bachman, Armey and their ilk. They are the supporters of the socilaism for the wealthiest Americans,and crumbs for the rest of us approach.

Godbless   March 24th, 2010 1:04 am ET

Larry if you keep inviting people like "actress"(this is not a mistake) Kevin who don't think before he talk.

Skippy Stone   March 24th, 2010 1:04 am ET

I just loved Larry King's show where we hear that, "conservatives oppose the bill because they hate children."

Ha. More brilliant rational for unsustainable debt.

Ricardo Cabrera   March 24th, 2010 1:06 am ET

Larry the passing of the Health Care bill is the best thing that could have happened in America, it may not be perfect, but then again what is perfect? no matter what what the bill, there is bound to be republican opposition, let's face it they are not in power, its natural for them not to agree with the bill...BTW is there a reason why the Baldwin is always on the show?

Fred Johnston   March 24th, 2010 1:08 am ET

Dear Mr. King,
I am amazed at the amount of whining from so many otherwise reasonable people. Here are some points I would like addressed;
1. What does it say about the American state of mind to hear such disrespectful and hateful remarks and no one takes exception to the lack of honorifics and titles when naming The President for example? We use them for former Presidents whether we agreed with them or not.
2.What makes it OK to fund a war we can't pay for nor can our children's,children's, children's, children?
3. In countries with universal health care there are less abortions per capita than here in the U.S.?
4. The list of Presidents who have used deceit as a tool of statecraft is a full roster, read the history.
5. I pose a math problem; add up all the debt incurred by all the Presidents before President Bush, compare the sum to the debt incurred by Mr. Bush. The answer will shock you. Mr, Bush outspent all of them by more than 3 to 1.
Thank you for your consideration.

Al Leong   March 24th, 2010 1:19 am ET

Larry. I saw your frustration with Stephen Baldwin's interview.

He is quite a detractor for the show. It harms CNN's credibility to have him speak so irrationally.... He is not the calibre of guest that I am accustomed to on your show.

He is not only offensive to me as a Christian, but his modus operandi was to clearly to offend and generate controversy in order to boost either popularity or conflict. He had a facial expression which approached 'snarky.' my best attempt to describe a combination of rudeness, arrogance, contempt and righteousness with, unfortunately, not enough information.

It lowered the quality of the show and at several points, I had to take a break and wanted to turn the show off becuase it was just simply painful to watch. In the future, please refrain from having Mr. Stephen Baldwin as your guest. He is truly offensive.

rick c 34   March 24th, 2010 1:21 am ET

I live in Massachusetts. Romney claims he did not raise taxes, yet my premiums have increased drastically every year to the point where I am forced to purchase low cost (294/month) which carries a 2,000.00 deductible. What the heck good is this insurance policy – who can afford that? Currently I am suffering with shoulder pain since last summers softball game.

Aman   March 24th, 2010 1:25 am ET

Just a thought that occurred to me regarding the comments made by Mitt Romney on the democrats being partisan.

A fine example of bipartisanship is when your opposing party does not agree with the public option and you drop it – you want it but say ok well we cannot all agree to it so we'll let go of some cherished pieces for the sake of bipartisanship.

A fine example of partisanship is when the other party incorporates over 200 ideas from your side and you still say no we will not vote for the bill. This is absolute proof that the republicans never intended to vote for the bill – they just wanted to oppose it.

jack   March 24th, 2010 1:29 am ET

The Republicans hanging together against reforms that are life and death issues for millions of Americans may well prove to be their Waterloo.

A. Smith, Oregon   March 24th, 2010 2:42 am ET

Republican led administrations lied to the American people and pushed America into a Seven year War against Iraq which cost over 1 Trillion dollars, over 4,000 American soldiers lives and devalued the American dollar.

The Republican administration of Bush-Cheney ordered the States time and again to give them their National Guard soldiers for multiple tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Republican administration of Bush-Cheney time and again raided, destroyed and arrested Medical Marijuana stores, providers and patients in the very States where that use was deemed lawful and legal.

And after burning America's economic bridges and infra-structure to the ground, the Republican party of NO's response to America's Health Care bill is to push States that are teetering on the brink of economic collapse to pony up Hundreds of Millions of their tax revenues meant for Public Schools, Police, Fire and Library's to pursue a failed effort with the US Supreme Courts to repeal the Health Care Bill?

And their cause is 'because people would be mandated to pay for health care'?

Everyone that is legally employed already pays Social Security and Medicare taxes. Yes, American citizens are already legally obligated to pay into the Medicare pool.

But wait, in my opinion ...Republican Corporate Texan bandits like KBR/Haliburton use offshore accounts to evade paying Social Security and Medicare taxes. Yep, many of those faux Tea Party Corporate sponsors haven't been paying those taxes. I'd be willing to state there is legislation in the Health Care Bill which forces those Republican Corporate sponsors to PAY their fair share into Social Security and Medicare revenues WHO WERE NOT PAYING A DIME BEFORE!

And that as it used to be said, 'Is the rest of the story'.

Yep, drop 1 Trillion dollars and 4,000 American lives into Iraq's economy but SUE America for providing Health Care which will save many more than 4,000 lives each year? That couldn't be their legal argument.

The Republican legal argument must be 'Can America's Health Care bill FORCE American corporations using offshore Shell Corporations to evade taxes to Pay their share of Medicare and Social Security taxes to the US Govt.?'

MT   March 24th, 2010 2:49 am ET

Watching the show tonight with guests Mit Romney, Stephen Baldwin and others, I was at first stunned at the vehement and myopic views of Stephen Baldwin in particular. At first, I thought it was a a put on, but I quickly realized that it was not. An overwhelming sadness blanketed me for a moment when I realized that people like this are actually in a position to try to interpret the will of the People. Ignoring portions of information for the convenience of proving the rightness of his (in this case) position. I am one of many, many, many people who objected to this healthcare bill. Not because I object to government provided healthcare (which in reality we all pay for via taxes). I object to the attempt at negotiating with people who have no intention of losing their cash cow – insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies – at the peril of EVERY American, but to the benefit to their corporations and stock holders. Healthcare is a human right and profit has no business in healthcare. That the industry has profited so well for so long is a point I personally think is cause for criminal action. Just because the law permits something, doesn't mean it is the right thing to do. Someone or many someone's were paid handsomely to make sure that such laws like the File and use Law remained legal (it's a real law – look it up!). It was this law that contributed to 30% increases annually with no policing or public hearings to the benefit of who? The executives at various insurance companies earning 6 and 7 figure salaries AND stock kickbacks. With profits over 70% annually, it is no wonder this was kept as quiet as possible for as long as possible. Mr. Baldwin and his top percentile earnings pay for all his needs. The majority do not live in that echelon. They just get to watch clowns like Baldwin spew righteous nonsense that belongs to the past, filling their minds with false ideas, while he goes home to luxury in his $1,000 suits while the rest of us wonder if we will have homes tomorrow. Good soldier, GOOD SOLDIER! But I digress. Look to the facts. Socialized healthcare works. Bringing socialized healthcare to this country doesn't make us a socialist nation. So for those of you who fear that bad word 'socialist'. Forget it. You fear the shadows! The troubles of this government were inherited. Let's not forget that. 8 years of tyranny under King George and his minions left us in two wars – one for oil (don't kid yourself if you think it is for something else!), huge deficits, crumbling economy and disenchantment throughout the world, let alone our country. There was no hope of instant gratification as we have all come so accustom to. O'bama said it himself during his campaign (paraphrased) I can't fix the problems left to me right away. It takes time. I can begin that process. And so he has. Now, if he would stop negotiating and lead, things might continue to improve. I do know one thing, we need guidance from somewhere through this mess... perhaps a bit of divine intervention or muzzles for the right? Either will do! Lastly, about the Biden f-bomb. C'mon. Are we all four years old and in the sandbox? It was a private comment that was picked up on the mic. GROW UP people!! so what! It's not like he said it to you!. I'll begt mlost the people making a stink about it use that same language all the time. "Judge not, lest ye be judged" A really smart person wrote that...

Dee   March 24th, 2010 3:10 am ET

MORE LIES!!!! Kathleen Sebelius sat there and lied like the rest of them....about the Donut Hole...It will not be completely closed until God knows when, if ever...they are thinking they can pacify with some help????? $250.00 help??? What is that??? When we get in the hole, usually by August, my husband has 3 meds that total around $500.00 a month....One of them is almost as much as the wonderful gift of $250.00....then whole thing is a joke and don't think we don't know they are lieing to seniors...

Bernie Maengen   March 24th, 2010 3:23 am ET

Why should anyone be interested in what Stephen Baldwin has to say? Why is he even on the show? I couldn't believe it when I saw him. I was disgusted at hearing what he had to say. Couldn't there have been someone else to offer discussion. I am a Democrat and very proud of my president, however, I am willing to listen to a dignified, well thought out debate.

Price is Right   March 24th, 2010 3:30 am ET

I was going to give my opion but, I ditto the comments made by Veronica on March 24th @ 1:00 ET.
I have a daughter in law school, that will turn 24 in October. We need this change. It's obvious the republicans don't hang around normal people, if so they would have voted "YES"

Republicans had EIGHT YEARS

Dee   March 24th, 2010 3:32 am ET

Larry, why don't you shut up and let Mitt Romney talk...You're obviously an Obama love, in fact, I've tried to watch your show, but I think I'm going to have to give it up...If you invite both sides to your show..shut up and let America hear the truth for a change....It's no wonder Fox News is running all over the rest of you...

jpimentel   March 24th, 2010 3:42 am ET

shame on you americans everyone thats talking bad about what a good president wants to do.
what is so bad about health care for everybody just like in canada.
all the people will have health care and cannot be refused.
when i ever go to us i have to buy extra heath inssurrance beacause i costs 10 times more what it costs here in canada.

SHAME on you REpublicans

KEVIN FROM OMAHA   March 24th, 2010 3:43 am ET


Price-Is-Right   March 24th, 2010 3:48 am ET

Republicans had EIGHT YEARS to do something aboout health care and did nothing, now they have all these so called "better Ideas," please stop the madness!

No one as called me to ask how I feel about the health care reform bill, so I'm not sure where the notion that the majority of americans are against health care reform is coming from.

KEVIN FROM OMAHA   March 24th, 2010 3:57 am ET


KEVIN FROM OMAHA   March 24th, 2010 4:11 am ET


Gary   March 24th, 2010 4:32 am ET

Was Alec Baldwin drunk or what?

Denise Pardini   March 24th, 2010 5:32 am ET

Mitt Romney talking about telling the truth?? Regarding Mitt Romney, I want people to ask themselves how they can trust a man who is from a religion that excludes people of color and women from participating in the running and managment of the Mormon religion and from participating in the spiritual management as well, the "Priesthood", a male , white collar only elite club.

I know about this because I was raised Mormon and was taught at church that blacks, latinos, asians and women were not equipped because of their color and gender to part of the inner workings. And I can tell you to this day, are still not allowed in ANY position of any importance in the Mormon church! And anyone in this day and age wants a man who has this as his core beliefs to be running the country???

A & M Hansen   March 24th, 2010 5:36 am ET

Why is taxing me such a bad thing, if it gives me and my family health insurance? I will GLADLY pay more taxes if it's going to something good like making sure my child can be helped if she gets sick – INSTEAD of paying for something like a WAR that is unjustified and based on lies, a 'Patriot Act' that strips me of my basic rights, or a BAILOUT for a company lead by morons and runs itself into the ground that WE ALL HAD TO PAY FOR ANYWAY.

Allen H   March 24th, 2010 5:37 am ET

Mitt Romney is a rich Mama´s Boy, stuttering Dummy, where´s his great health plan, the one his Mommy paid for?? the only "pile of Dirt´´as he call the Health Care Plan, is what nonsense that comes from his mouth whern he opens it..Mitt Romney s just too stingy to support our great country, by paying a little tax from Mommies Millions.Don´t our own people deserve
our help? Why should states pay for people who have no insurance to go to emergecy rooms for health services they can´t pay for?The government ends up paying in the end anyway. Hawaii has had State assisted healthcare for fouty years successfully.Mitt Romney didn´t care though when we were paying Billions to rebuild Iraq after the senseless war, or the Billions we are wasting to rebuild Afghanistan , and Pakistan..Senator John McCain& all Republican congressmen- Senators, have government health care if it´s good enough for them why not for everyone?

Jerry McKay   March 24th, 2010 5:49 am ET

Why do I not hear words like, "This bill is a work in progress"? No major bill could ever satisfy all of the people on the first try!

A & M Hansen   March 24th, 2010 5:50 am ET

Why in the world was Stephen Baldwin on this show? Please don't have him on any more. What a negative to your show.

Justin Beasley   March 24th, 2010 5:53 am ET

I am a soldier in the US Army stationed in Korea. I definitely do not think that this bill is a victory for the country. I think it's unconstitutional and against my rights as an american. One reason for this is because as an american i am entitled to earn a living and therefore i can spend those wages where i see fit. This bill is basically forcing me to spend money on something that should be my choice whether or not I want health insurance. The second major reason for this is that this will cost us 1.3 trillion dollars. And, where will this money come from? I mean, this country is already way in the hole financially. So, how is this multi-trillion dollar bill going to be funded? Out of my tax dollars! I don't appreciate being told by my president that i have to buy health insurance out of my pocket, then told that taxes will go up to fund this bill. If taxes are to be raised for this bill, then every american should have free healthcare! I do understand the fact that our country should spend money to support itself before we go trying to fix the rest of the world...after being deployed to Iraq twice, trust me I do get it! however, I believe that our leader should spend more time doing what he promised in his campaign..i.e. giving the american people what they need and what actually helps them; not what he wants for his own budget and his own personal gain. I feel confident that this president will not be re-elected because he has yet to do what is best for the american public and for that reason, this healthcare bill has aroused the attention of 45 out of 50 states. These 45 are now debating on whether or not to file suit against the federal government for passing an unconstitutional law. This doesn't happen for no reason. It only happens when a so-called leader of this nation puts himself in front of his nation's needs and well-being. I am a republican and I am proud to say that and I actually thought when Obama was elected, he might actually be decent. But, I guess I was wrong...this country is rapidly falling apart and I think our president is 85 percent of the problem.

Serge Borel, Geneva   March 24th, 2010 5:56 am ET

Unconscionable abuse of power? Lack of transparency? Backroom talks?
Is Mitt talking about the way the republicans had been manipulating their people and the whole world on the "reasons" for going to war with iraq? And of course this war didn't and doesn't cost the american tax payer a single dime... ?! (Thank you china... without your credits this land would be bankrupt since long).
And oh yeah.. this world has become a much safer place thanks to republican foresight..? Common gimme a break!
And these nutters have been in office often enough to fix the health care problem. It just didn't matter to them and if they were honest, for a change, they'd admitted it still doesn't bother them. What bothers them is the fact that this health (mini)reform has a democrat's signature.
The title of Mitt's book says it all, doesn't it? Disgusted by this bozo, I had to turn my tv off after not even 10 minutes of hypocracy and lies, lies, lies. God save the world from another republican president!

Geir Vinje   March 24th, 2010 5:57 am ET

those who are against the health care bill, are killers! USA went from beeing an undevelepment country, to a industrial country because of Obama. Health is in my opinion the fundamental ingreadians of an industrial country.

helyaty   March 24th, 2010 5:59 am ET

i support giving the disadvantaged and the uninsured a chance for more affordable healthcare... that's the principle behind the bill, right?
the kinks can be ironed out in due course...

James   March 24th, 2010 6:02 am ET

I'm a republican and I believe Alec is just uncivil. You can't call the president a lier. I don't like the health bill but I will disagree with anyone who disrespects the man who embodies what is American. Alec, I know you were brought up to be better than this come on man.

Gerry   March 24th, 2010 6:04 am ET

Steven Baldwin? Who is he? Who does he represent? He represents no one and claims to speak for everyone. Like Rush Limbaugh! All talk. Can't walk.

Eddie   March 24th, 2010 6:11 am ET

Nice to read that even "republicans" are asking why didn't they do something in the 8yrs they were in office. Its really sad.....some people are just trying to block the change this country needs.....They keep trying to bad mouth OBAMA in every step he takes.....So much from stupid....

FM   March 24th, 2010 6:36 am ET

It's about time the US joined the rest of the civilised world and began the process of health care. This bill is only a very small start and I hope for all American's that the process continues to true reform.

Mitt should really keep a low profile. He has not got a clue. I do find it surprising that the republican's would want someone such as Stephen Baldwin fighting their corner. He is a freak of monumental proportions. Anyone who saw the British version of Celeb Big Brother show came away believing he has a serious mental disorder and could only feel pity for him with his disorder.

Woody Dass   March 24th, 2010 6:48 am ET

As an ex-pat American now living in Australia I can't see what the big fuss is about healthcare reform bill in the USA. The healthcare has sucked in America forever... the government already spends more per capita than most other western countries and the average individual annual spend is also higher than other democratic countries.

England, Australia, New Zealand, France, and Germany all have what Americans would call socialist healthcare programs and quite honestly I feel we are much better off for it.

To give you an example, last week I split my head open while surfing. I went to the nearest 7-day clinic without an appointment and was treated within the hour. I received 10 stitches. My bill came to $25 including the aftercare removal of the stitches. No insurance claim was involved but the government Medicare plan, which everyone has, covered the extra $79 the clinic charged. Not only was my out of pocket expense minimal but so was the doctor's total charge of $104 for my treatment. How much would that same treatment have been in the USA?

I think Americans are totally over reacting to 'the socialist threat' in regard to improving their own healthcare program. I'm not defending Obama here, I'm just saying the American health care system stinks and everyone knows it, but people are freaking out about the socialist threat and not allowing the improvement to happen. The signs people are waving at anti-healthcare rallies look insane from this vantage point.

Kenneth Dunkley   March 24th, 2010 8:47 am ET


I am very disappointed with your last Guest, Mitt Romney and Steven Baldwin, they both profess religious believes however they preach hatered and division and calling the Pesident a lair was very disrespectful. The Bible tells us in Romans 13 to respect the governing authority. The Republican government had eight years to create health care reform for the American people however they use the time to defeat and kill Saddam. Mr Obama had one year and he did what he promised. He shows his focus is the American people. Please stop the court cases and allow the President to move to his next agenda where he can focus on job creation and immigration reform. I tell you this if the Republican choose not to support the job bill and immigration reform they can all start looking for new jobs or think about retirement.

broussca   March 24th, 2010 9:21 am ET

Romney is a mass of contradictions. I live in Massachusetts and know all about his health care initiative here. He's railing against Obama, when his own plan is little different. Don't get me wrong. I support the new health care bill and supported "socialized" health care in Massachusetts. What galls me is Romney who is grabbing at straws to appear legit when he slams the new bill. Idiot.

broussca   March 24th, 2010 9:25 am ET

to anything outside of his own personal little (with the emphasis on little) He is an actor! He isn't educated. He isn't knowledgeable about health care. He doesn't listen when others speak. He has a religious tape inside his head and he plays it over and over. Listening to him air his religious views is a massive waste of time. I found myself tuning into other channels to get away from him! I'd rather watch FoxNews for a few minutes here and there. Fox is biased, doesn't pretend it's not and I know I'm going to be entertained by the biased, small-minded talk show hosts and their guests. I don't expect the same from CNN.

AzLib   March 24th, 2010 9:57 am ET

Hi Larry,

I noted the night that our President is signing into law an Amereican changing Insurance regulation you bring on the opposition to call him names and challenge the bill. Is there a time you might want to bring on somebody from the Dems and talk about the bills positive points. Seems that you are leaning to the right here and you and Fox have to understand the you influence Amereica.... Try being in the middle.

A friend in Mesa AZ

jose   March 24th, 2010 9:58 am ET

except for the lady you had on your show last night, Mitt and the rest of the guest are mentally sick that steven guy has a problem with his mouth..calling BO names and all..guys like him will destroy my country and i will not allow this .please larry screen your guest and please do not allow quacks like Mitt et al destroy your program...if these republicans voted against their own stuff that they had put in the bills ..will we have to pay for their kids also..or should we deny republicans and teabaggers access to healthcare.
there must be some decent republicans but like the good germans they said nothing to prevent Hitler to take over..what a pity

Mutt   March 24th, 2010 10:59 am ET

Dear Larry,

I want to thank you for allowing me to be on your show last evening, as it allowed me to fool the American People into thinking that this Health Care Reform Bill is not good for our Country.
We, Republicans are just extremely upset that the Bill got passed because we all predicted that it would never get passed. This really has nothing whatsoever to do with what's best for the American people, but rather what's best for our Republican Party. I cringed every time I had to look at our President, Mr. Obama on your show as it reminded me each time that they were able to get the Bill passed through.
Honestly, I am very happy that all the members of my church, Latter Day Saints now have Health Care but please don't tell my fellow Republicans how I really feel.

Thank you,

MUTT Romney

Sheeratiger   March 24th, 2010 11:14 am ET

I think that it is the best change the American people can have after years of NO CARE for millions of people in the US.
I live in Europa and I could not believe that the leader of the free world the US and the leading Economi of the world, lets millions of peolpe with no medical care, it is shamefull and I have seen and heart the how the Republican party shamefully try to fight against this bill.
Mitt Romney and his Rep. party have a verry bad reputation, all over the world, the are called the " Christian Taliban" of the free world and I have seen how they can lead the world to distruction ,after 8 years of Republican rule , theUS and the free world live in a crisis .
I hope and pray for the Republican party that they find a way to let go of Fundamentalism within the party and try to see and find a way to use religion in a usefull way, like the Europeans do and I know that the Europeans are called Socialist or Communist by the Republican voters, that's verry funny ,it show's that because of fundamentalism in a Republican voters mind they are still speaking about Socialist and Communist they can' t move forword only backword .

Marlene W. Ross   March 24th, 2010 12:25 pm ET

Mitt Romney, as previous governor of the state of Massachusetts, passed a health care bill in Massachusetts mandating everyone, who could afford it, have health insurance or pay a penalty through their state income tax. Now Mr. Romney says it is unconstitutional for the federal government to do the same. Wow! What a short memory. Mr. Romney also stated on Larry King's show that he signed a health care bill in MA without raising taxes. Oh, Yeah....Mr. Romney signed that health care bill, then ran from the economic challenges he left behind. In order to implement the health care mandates Mr. Romney signed, severe cut backs had to be made that had a direct effect on townships around Massachusetts.Also, very hard hit were the elderly for elder care, lost jobs in the field of elder care, lost jobs for those who care for the disabled, overall care for the disabled in general was affected, as were the state agencies administering to the elderly and the disabled, etc. etc. etc. In other areas affected I'd say thank goodness for Obama's stimulus bill that helped to prop up Massachusetts in the wake of Mr. Romney's health care bill in which he boasts that his bill covers everyone in Massachusetts and he did not raise taxes. But, he didn't help lower insurance rates, in fact Mitt Romney's bill has helped the insurance industry by taking away from the most vulnerable in our state in order to implement his bill. Then, Mr. Romney cut and run shortly after signing his bill and now has a very short, albeit distorted, memory about its outcome. Mr. Romney's health care bill is very faulty. And he advocates the same on the federal level...for shame, Mr. Romney, for shame.

Kelly Dunn   March 24th, 2010 12:53 pm ET

Stephen Baldwin,who looked like a complete BOZO! on your show last night, was here in Syracuse,NY one or two years ago. His movie Fly Boys was being shown at the Palace Theater on James St. Before the showing,there was a big reception,complete with live pianist, across the street from the theater.Who was hosting this little bash? The Pomco Group Insurance Co.After what his mother went through I can't believe he had the audacity to carry on the way he did about the health care victory.

IKHAN   March 24th, 2010 1:00 pm ET


who is Baldwin? What was he doing on your show? Are you getting that desperate?
We who love to watch your show are disappointed.
The less said about Mitt Romney the better. To think that the destiny of this nation would now be guided by the like of these, sends shivers up my spine.Him & McCaines and Liebermans & the like of them sitting on the Hill playing gods with Americans.What has this country come to?
It also saddens me that we the American people are beginning to forget what the IRAQ DISASTER did to this nation & the people responsible.

After the passage of this historic bill the Congress should get down to taking steps to pull our troops out from all foreign battlefields & end this war mania. Diverting those billions spent everyday to better use at home.
Its time that they start listening to what Gen.Paetrius has to say about this country's security & national interests.

Tman   March 24th, 2010 1:14 pm ET

I don't agree with Gov. Romney or the Republican Party, but check this out. The Gov said his health care plan was only 72 pages compare to the Dem's 2000+ pages. How stupid is that? Consider this; font size, paper size. Lets say these things are equal. He has a plan for 1 state dem's have a plan for 50 states when multiplied it comes out to 3600 pages the Dem's saves about 1500 pages thats about 72% savings in pages or dollars or what ever you want it to be. It doesn't have to mean anything just make it sound bad. lol Please!

Mutt   March 24th, 2010 2:03 pm ET


Thank you again for allowing me to be on your show last eve! I feel very confident that I was able to FOOL the American People into believing that this Health Care Bill is not good for the American people. My amazing looks and charm have always allowed me to FOOL so many dumb Americans into believing everything but the truth.

Yours truly,
Latter Day Saint

David   March 24th, 2010 5:41 pm ET

I am a military family member living overseas. I would like to say that listening to the news and the right talking about the bill from over hear it sounds like the people are overwhelmingly against this health care bill, which to me seems like nothing more than common sense. The economy which was in shambles a couple years ago, can not fully recover unless small businesses and families have some control over health care costs. I am disgusted and embarrassed by the GOP, Sarah Palin and institutions such as the Tea Party. It is gratifying to see the vast majority of the comments on this blog also see the requirement for health care legislation and have a similar point of view as myself concerning the uncivilized uncouth uneducated reaction of the opposition. I can understand having different points of view. I can discuss and try to understand people who think differently than I do. That is what we are suppose to do in a democracy. However, I am embarrassed by the way those who oppose the bill are reacting. Regardless of my political affiliation, I will not vote for or endorse any candidate for public office who can not control their emtions, can not debate without giving or taking offense, who does not show respect for the office of the president. These are the people who are destroying our values. Not the people who have tried ro provide a basic need for all citizens of our country. I spent 22 years in the Navy, 11 years on sea duty. I served during the cold war and many of our contries scirmishes during that timeframe. What I was protecting was not the "right" to call the president names. It was not to send people to a congressman's house to talk to him about his vote (Tea Party), was not to put cross hairs on states of the union that I fought to protect (Palin). I wonder how many of those persons served overseas? I am deeply concerned and embarrassed.

Chere   March 24th, 2010 7:36 pm ET

I can't help but notice it is always the far left here all day long on LKL. Could it be that the conservatives are too busy paying their way in life to participate in the party here 24/7. The DemoncRATS should consider that as well.

Mary   March 24th, 2010 7:51 pm ET


Marlene W. Ross   March 24th, 2010 7:56 pm ET

Nah, Chere, conservatives aren't more busy paying their way than's just that conservatives are too busy listening to Rush Limbaugh to give anyone else's thoughts some consideration. But, soon Rush will be leaving for Costa Rica to get his health care there where they have socialized know, it's because he doesn't like the health care in the U.S. anymore since the health care reform bill passed. Oh well! Guess conservatives will have to go to Costa Rica with Rush so they can keep up with the mythical soundbites for their misinformation.

Desi   March 25th, 2010 12:07 am ET

Yes, Larry, it is an awesome victory even though it is not perfect (and I am a single mother of a child who will need a grant to go to college due to my financial status and the fact that she holds a 4.0 GPA) which will be affected by this. My child also has health problems but if she isn't alive than she cannot go to college at all can she.

claudio   March 25th, 2010 12:31 am ET

I am happy an action was put forth by a party. The most frustrating thing is when a our politicians do nothing, and if a party makes a mistake in legislation, at least we can learn from it. I understand the Republican arguement, but it seems that the Republicans judge and complain but never have another solution. How can we move forward?? Republicans are big on small government and aggresive when it comes to war. Why not work hard to ensure the pursuit of happiness for the American people.

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