June 6th, 2009
01:28 PM ET
5 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.

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  1. Lori, Houston Texas

    J in LA says:"We are going to hand over the largest health care system in the world to the one of the most bureaucratic and inefficient organizations known to man..."?

    It's already in the hands of the "most bureaucratic and inefficient organizations known to man" – FOR PROFIT HMO's! It is their jobs to deny care in order to maximize their PROFITS.

    The problem isn't with our health care providers, it's with the greedy insurance companies who practice Murder by Spreadsheet and put Profits Before People.

    The only people making out with the current system are the for profit insurance companies, their lobbyists to Congress, and to Congress (staffers and all govt employees) who get taxpayer funded health care.

    I suggest we begin the change by removing Congress' health insurance as a taxpayer funded benefit, require all to research and find a current plan that works best for them and their families, then require them to live on $15/hr for 30 days while trying to buy that insurance package. Only then will I be willing to listen to the current ideas that DO NOT include single payer coverage.

    BTW, I noticed on CNN's front page that 60% of all bankrupties are because of medical problems. Hmmm...

    June 6, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. kr

    Another socialized program where the Middle Class will pay for it through HIGHER TAXES. Taxing the wealthy to pay for it is a pipe dream, they didn't get wealthy by being stupid. They will move their money to a point that their "taxable income" is below BO's target range. The democrats have a history of attacking the middle class to pay for "everyone's needs". ENOUGH! THE GOP AND INDEPENDENTS, WORKING HARD SO LIBERALS DON'T HAVE TO...

    June 6, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. Sam Sixpack

    This will be smoke and mirrors.

    Health insurance is BIG business in America. The ultra-rich recipients of your insurance dollars will never go quietly into the night.

    Insurance "reform" will not eliminate insurance companies. To the contrary, insurance "reform" will require EVERYBODY to give, give, give to big insurance companies.

    What do insurance companies bring to health care? NOTHING

    What do insurance companies take away from health care? TRILLIONS OF UNEARNED DOLLARS

    June 6, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  4. Hopeful Optimist

    Apparently Paula already has her health care problems taken care of. She wants Obama and the rest of us to 'Just shut up already'. What a commentary on some Americans. Its like 'I have mine already, the rest of you can just go to Hell'. I think that statement, in a nutshell, pretty much sums up the difference between Conservatives and Liberals. What would Jesus say about this???

    June 6, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. John

    If you want more affordable health care, you are going to have to accept a lower standard health care.

    You get what you pay for.

    June 6, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  6. John Daley

    Yes, reform is needed, but single payer (Medicare for All) is the only option that has a hope of covering everyone and lowering costs. I know this as a family physician who struggles every day to help patients get the care they need.

    June 6, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. ib

    Steve; you are right on this one. This is just another way for Obama and his goverment to take controll of our lives. I'm in my mid 60's and I don't agree with this at all. If we stop being a "sue for everything nation" then health care costs could come down. If Obama takes controll where's the money coming from?? Obama and his spending is destroying our country. Why can't people wake up and see this; you can't keep spending money you don't have!!!!!!!!

    June 6, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  8. Hal

    Once again the self -serving cowards and phoney christians on the right want to stop universal health-care!!

    These creeps have kept tens of millions of children without health-care and caused the bankruptcy of millions of American families with their greed.

    I wonder if they are going to once again appeal to the ignorant and self serving masses in the "bible" belt with the boogey man of "you won't get to chose your doctor". As if you can now. Or maybe they will pull out the 'it's too confusing for all you simple rednecks" and t"he government does not do a good job of running things" BS, like GM , Haliburton, Enron and AIG do!!!

    If you are still a GOPe and you think your choice of a doctor is more important than ANY child in this country not having access to regular healthcare you are an SOB not a Christian!!

    June 6, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. Joe

    Americans can't afford you anymore Obama! Just go away........forever!!

    June 6, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  10. The Independent

    When it comes to the Healthcare debate, I'm acquainted with three distinct factions:
    1. Those that are lucky to have access to adequate healthcare, and are not inclined to see any change to the system happen. In other words selfish human beings who can't muster a level of regard for those less fortunate.
    2. Those that have no access or next to no access to healthcare, and are desperate for change. Some of these folks suffer and die unecessarily because they have no health insurance.
    3. Those like me who have access to adequate healthcare, but realize that millions of our fellow citizen are not so lucky, and would like something done about it.
    Which category do you belong in?

    June 6, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  11. Jon in CA

    If you think Obama & Democrats are doing a GREAT job on our economy (9.5% unemployment, ballooning deficit, skyrocketing debt, crashing dollar, soon hyper-inflation).....

    then you'll LOVE his taxpayer-paid multi-trillion $$ social welfare healthcare plan!!

    "Never waste a good crisis".... ramming through Euro-socialism before the sheeple wake up!

    June 6, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  12. RR

    just like we rushed on the wall st bailout, rushed on the stimulus package that no one read, rushed the auto bailout that was supposed to prevent bankruptcy...

    lets rush through health care reform too!

    June 6, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  13. Greg

    Millions of people do not have access to healthcare. People get denied coverage everyday for "pre-existing conditions." People with insurance go bankrupt every day due to skyrocketing costs. We do not have the best healthcare system in the world!

    Where do you think people without insurance (including illegal immigrants) go to receive healthcare? They go to the few community clinics and public hospitals that, yes, we the public pay for with our tax dollars. Giving everyone adequate healthcare coverage will not only prevent conditions from worsening and getting more expensive to treat, but will create a healthier community.

    June 6, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. gary davis Harbor Oregon

    ya Matt if you think I do then budy you don't have a clue
    most of our money private and public that goes into the health network . is used up by paper work and many people employed to make sure the cost stays high. and most everyone has had the letter denieing you of a claim to cover some illness or terminal illness.
    so Matt you just go ahead and believe that the money we spend just barley makes the system work ya budy you are the type the insurance companies like to hear from.
    the trickle down republican system doesn't work . the money gets gobbled up at the top.

    have a nice day

    June 6, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. Tone

    This is the GOP arguement

    "wow government run healthcare..cant wait..they do such a great job with everything else!!"

    Here are some Fed Govt run agencies you should know about.

    CIA
    FBI
    THE ENTIRE U.S MILITARY (guess these guys suck in your book)
    CDC
    USDOJ
    DOR
    CUSTOMS
    TSA
    FDA

    Obama understands that choice means a lot to Americans and that is exactly what he's fighting for. How about read a book before you gobble up everything Rush has to say. He's saying things that appeal to the worst in people.

    June 6, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  16. Hal

    GOPe idiots!!

    We have one of the best governments on the planet and we run many massive eneavors better than most private companies do. Private industry is not as good as the GOPes spout.

    Enron, AIG, Haliburton, the entire banking industry, GM, Chrysler private corporations DO NOT DO A BETTER JOB!!!

    The reason our healthcare system is so inefficient is because of the companies that control it now!! The reason the rate of inflation for healthcare is twice the rate in all other areas of the economy is the companies that run it now!!

    Once again the ignorant, greedy and self-serving will march lock step chanting dittos with the GOPes!

    June 6, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. Red Robin

    Why is that everything in BO's agenda is an emergency and has to get done right away? Oh, I get it, so nobody has time to read the documents pertaining to our stimulus, taxes, health etc.

    We are fast heading toward a Hitler regime. Socialism at it's best is coming. Control of car companies, banks, health care etc. God help us all.

    June 6, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  18. Fla.

    It is past time to reform our healthcare system. Insurance companies are making life & death decisions based on profits, instead of the best interests of patients. Enough.

    Godspeed President Obama! Let's get these much-needed reforms implemented now....Yes We Can!

    June 6, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  19. Carrie Warner

    My daugther was just recently in the hospital with "flu" like symptoms. She is only two years old and we had no choice to make sure that our child would be okay and make it through this to have her in the hospital. We have medical insurance which costs $700 a month out of our pocket. Now the bills are starting to roll in from this hospital visit stay. Although it might not sound like a lot compared to others but to me it is. Our plan covers 80% after our deductable has been met. Well her bills were over $10,000 which leaves us paying $2,000 out of pocket. Hospital's require at least a monthly payment of $100 which will take 20 months to pay off. This puts a loss on other things that need paid for during a month and is just unbelievable how much these things can cost. I am greatful for the care my daugther received and she is doing better now but while you are worrying about your child being sick, you then have to worry about how you are going to pay for it once you are back home. Obama, I really hope you can live up to your word and change our health care system. People have to worry enough about putting food on the table and not having a hospital turn you into collection because you can't afford to pay an outragious hospital bill. Thank you for your time!

    June 6, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. Don of Iowa

    For all you people who keep saying we have 'The Best Health Care System' in the world it is time to wake up to some real hard facts. We have the highest cost health system in the world but we are down to number 15 and below for how good our health system is. We DO NOT HAVE the best health care in the world, Europeans do, check the facts before you open your republican mouths, we lost first over 20 years ago, but we pay MORE than any other country in the world, far more, the next highest, which is number one pays about half of what we do. So where is the waste and cost going? Insurance companies and attorneys, that is where, not for our health care, that is for sure. The profit for Insurance companies is 4 times higher here than any other country that has insurance companies and they have comparable health care to us. Get your facts straight before you begin sounding off, the US does NOT HAVE THE BEST HEALTH CARE!! We are FAR from the BEST, we are so far down the list as to be laughable to the rest of the world, we are below most of the industrial west countries and we pay so much more that even they cannot understand where all of our money goes and for what.

    June 6, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  21. John

    Why do we:

    1. Import Doctors from India?
    2. Import Nurses from Phillippines?

    Can't we have enough Medical Professionals in our Country?

    June 6, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  22. Dan, TX

    This is biggest blunder of this new admninistration. It is a joke. Barack Obama wants to make money. H ehas 21 Czar's which are not confirmed by the Senate. Waste of tax-payer's money. More money will go for Health Care. Barack Obama is a disgrace for our country. He has no experience whatsoever. All the Czars are paid with our money.

    June 6, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  23. Larry

    A smart man ...

    That surrounds himself with equally smart people ...

    And then does the best job I've ever seen from the Oval office ...

    My eyes surely never thought I'd see this day ...

    Thank you America ... for the wisest electorate this country has ever known ...

    Peace

    June 6, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  24. matt

    It's easily understandabale as to why some people are opposed to this when you see quotes like, "we have the greatest healthcare in the world..." Honestly, if that's the case, why do milions of people in this country not have it? It's a chain reaction, health care turns into just another greedy business, leaves millions of people without it because they jack up prices, those millions of people flood the emergency rooms for headaches and sore backs, our health system (hospitals, doctors' offices) system is clogged due to lack of funds.

    Don't be jingoistic, just because it's America, doesn't mean it doesn't need some overhaul. Like every other country in the world, we have major problems that need to be fixed.

    June 6, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  25. health care system broken

    very true, front page of the news: 60% of bank ruptcies are health care related

    shame on you healthcare, most of those bankruptcies are middle class... doing your part to take out the middle class aren't you

    of course the GOP and haters (aren't they one in the same) will see this as a red meat opportunity for more hate

    nothing to do but not postpone any longer, and NOT listen to the hate, the hate does nothing, just like the haters and the GOP

    June 6, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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