June 6th, 2009
01:28 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama: 'Time to deliver' on health care

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama, in the weekly address, discussed his plan to reform the "broken health care system" in the country.

"Fixing what’s wrong with our health care system is no longer a luxury we hope to achieve – it’s a necessity we cannot postpone any longer," he said in the address, which was taped during his trip overseas.



Filed under: Health care • President Obama
soundoff (221 Responses)
  1. tjaman

    Steve, I don't think my insurer and I were charged $100 for a 10-minute consult with a student doctor to refill a prescription because people are spilling coffee on themselves.

    I don't think anyone is worth $600 an hour. Yes, I know he's not making anything like that, I know there are legitimate clinic fees etc., but c'mon, people, seriously? $100 to refill a prescription? It shouldn't be free, but it shouldn't be _that_, either.

    Seems to me private industry and a gummed up free market model got us into the mess we're in now. Whatever the case, it seems clear to me that something is seriously screwed up somewhere, it needs to be stopped and it needs to be fixed. And if not by the government, sir, then _who?_

    June 6, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  2. Justin in Massachusetts

    To Steve:

    "name anything that the government manages well!"

    How about the Army? The Post Office? Police and Fire Departments? Schools? Transportation?

    Republicans are so fervently for the war and our soldiers and trust the government to run an overseas war, but we can't trust them to run health care? THIS is why the party of "No" is on its last legs!

    June 6, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. Pat, CA

    Dawn in Pa - you must not work in healthcare. OF COURSE patients with Medicaid get to see a doctor and access other health care services - that's the VERY reason for Medicaid! However, you might be surprised how many people lie and cheat to try to become Medicaid eligible!

    June 6, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. Larry S

    How stupid can this jerk get???? The liberals and media talked about Bush's lack of intelligence . . . now comparoing the two, Bush was so much more intelligent about what is best for America than this stupid liberal will ever hope to be.

    June 6, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  5. Tre

    I love Republicans... Government run health care! It's unthinkable!!! The again, the world's best military has and utilizes a government run health care system available to all soldiers and dependents. Yeah, impressive fail. Seriously, are people afraid of everything?

    June 6, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  6. Sally C.

    There is a difference between our quality of health care providers and the health care system. The System is that thing that refuses to sell me insurance at any affordable cost because I have a pre-existing condition. The Health Care Provider is the doctor, nurse, pharmacy, and hospital that provides excellent health care but that I have no access to. What good is a great health care provider if I can't have access to it. Just tell insurance companies that if they want to sell insurance, they have to sell it to everyone... that would fix the system. If they want to sell health care in GA then you have to accept anyone that applies or your can't sell it to anyone at all!!! Same thing with home owner's insurance. It's time we tell the insurance companies they can't just take the healthy and safe and then cancel them if they file a claim...

    June 6, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  7. skyhawkdriver

    We don't have socialized healthcare because we don't want it..this is not canada or england..just like we don't want the government telling us what to drive..josef stalin and lenin have been dead a long time..we don't need someone in the white house trying to bring them back..

    June 6, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  8. Charlie

    Our health care system is not the best in the world but it is without a doubt the most expensive. The fat cat insurance companies have managed to squeeze every dollar out of people needing health care. In the end unless one is wealthy all that is affordable are up front deductable amount policies. It's no better than rolling the dice at Los Vegas. The cost has gotten out of the reach of the largest percentage of Americans. So much so that companies are cutting back on supplying health care for employees. It needs to be a system where everyone is required to have health care insurance instead of a sliding scale where the ones that have insurance are charged a larger fee to cover costs of people that have no insurance. People on Medicare are required to pay and most hae supplimental policies to cover expenses not paid by part A and B. If one doesn't have supplimental insurance then they pay out of their pocket.

    June 6, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  9. Larry S

    Please, please, please tell me what the goverment has run that is better than the private industry. What one country is happy with the goverment run health care. Before this could happen, there needs to be a major cut in spending . . . where will it come from??????

    June 6, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  10. worriedmom

    This is not good. Another Govt run business and another CZAR. Granted the health industry needs to be fixed but not by the GOVT. that only spells diaster. People do your homework and see how other countries and most important their people like their GOVT run programs. My cousin in Belgium says it is terrible, the wait to see someone is unreal and to schedule surgeries that we take for granted these days, takes a long time. Don't be fooled.
    It is very scary to see how much private business is being taken over by the Govt, little by little. What fools we have become.

    June 6, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  11. Tyler med student

    The current system is inefficient and people are making profit at the cost of others health...these things need to be changed...

    But healthcare, like any other service, cannot be right

    June 6, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. Glennis

    I am not ready to accept another rushed, ill though out government boondoggle, especially when it involves our health and well being. I agree with Steve that we desperately need tort reform, among other things to get our health care system back on track. Another plus would be concise, common sense easy to understand and comply with regulation of health care. What we do NOT need is the government in charge of health care. It has proven time and again that it can't manage its way out of a paper bag! I don't trust them with my health care....or anyone else's for that matter.

    June 6, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  13. Chenna Benna

    The President is right. This has been something that has be dogging this country for years. Those of you who are against it need to ask yourself what are you going to do if you lose your job tomorrow and you or someone in you family gets hurt or falls ill. How will you pay for all the expenses? Helthcare cost continue to go up every year. It is part of the reason why big companies like GM have failed. Let's get single payer universal healthcare done once and for all.

    June 6, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  14. welches, oregon

    lots of scared people on this board.

    June 6, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  15. makesUwonder

    The government can't even run the U.S. Post Office and some folks want the government to run Health Care. Very very scary!

    June 6, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  16. welches, oregon

    people on welfare can get free health care but a working single mother can't afford it? Something is definitely wrong with this picture.

    June 6, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  17. Jon

    Who's paying for this? I can't take much more in taxes, or in ever increasing prices. I'm all for changing the system but socializing it won't work. I've seen that first hand and usually decided to pay for someone who knew what they were doing out of my own pocket, at great cost, instead of some low paid, bottom of their class doctor employed by this govt while in the military. Come up with something better.

    June 6, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  18. Haas

    To those of you who say single payer wont work,

    In '06 I cut my ankle. It was cut to the bone and needed stitches. I had insurance but my portion of the bill still came out to $1,000. The total bill was $2,500. It would have been cheaper to buy a ticket to Japan, get my leg stiched up and still get a nice vacation out of it. Oh, and it still would have been cheaper without having insurance in Japan. I could have paid cash. I know this to be true because I used to live in Japan.

    The proponnts against universal health care want you to believe you will never get seen by a doctor or you will get inadiquate care. Don't buy that crap! They're trying to mislead the public because most people really don't know that the grass, in this case, really is greener on the other side.

    June 6, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  19. dave

    fixing healtcare shouldn't equate forcing it on everyone. fix the healthcare industry, mr president. fix it the right way. talk out of only one side of your mouth on this one, mr president.

    June 6, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  20. Peoples Voice

    The best medical insurance I have ever had in my life and hope to never lose, is government provided and run.

    A test I had to have while with a HMO cost me $2,000. The same test by this new provider cost me zero.

    What is this wonderful provider? VA medical.

    June 6, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  21. AustHall

    Wow, I see the "right-wing" comments are in full effect. Bring your suggestions and actual plans to reform health care to the table so we can work on this important issue. Leave your paranoia and talking points because they do not constructively contribute to the process.

    Republicans should stand and constructively contribute their efforts for benefit of the entire country instead of saying "no" and whining about efforts of other

    In simple terms, PUT UP or SHUT UP!!!

    June 6, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  22. Leslie

    USA is BANCKRUPT, NO MONEY, NO DINERO! Only fools would trust a government to run healthcare. First failure of Hussein Obama and Democratic lead Congress and Senate, GENERAL MOTORS.

    June 6, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  23. john

    The country is broke and borrowing money and this clown wants to socialize health care what a joke.

    June 6, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  24. Texas T

    HMO's on steroids is not the answer to our problem.

    June 6, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  25. JC

    Hopefully fiscal sanity will return to the country in 3 years. By then the debt will be out of control and will probably take 50 years to pay off. But, we can always hope.

    June 6, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
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