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.



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  1. 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 |
  2. Steve (the real one)

    Vermonter June 6th, 2009 12:01 pm ET
    Once the GOP gets through with this, the Christian Science Church could have a total revival. Seriously, why are we the only advanced nationa why health care is not a right?
    I would love to see everyone covered. What I don't want to see is healthcare being run by the government! The post office is so efficient, right? Let's have tort reform first so greedy lawyers can't cause skyhigh costs anymore. We can't because Congress is full of lawyers! John Edwards is/was one example!

    June 6, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    As if this country isn't broke enough already... Prepare for the downfall of the US, as no country will want to us the dollar as global currency anymore, and we will have hyper-inflation and massive unemployment.

    This is just Carter 2.0, bigger and badder.

    June 6, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. Greg

    Middle class people who resist universal healthcare drive me nuts. Preventative healthcare has been proven time and time again to save substantial sums in the long term, computerized medical records save substantial sums on administration and reduce chances of misdiagnoses, and collective buying on a nationwide scale would greatly reduce costs of medicine. And as a benefit, U.S. corporations would be more competitive on the world stage because profit margins would be more in line with other multinational firms whose countries provide healthcare. Please, before you denigrate change, find out the FACTS FIRST.
    Just an afterthought... do you have any idea how many procedures are denied so that insurance companies can squeeze out a few more pennies of profit? George Austerlitz is right-
    "bottom line, good health care = less profits."

    June 6, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. Patrick

    Since Ronald Reagan labeled "THE GOVERNMENT" as the problem it has become part of our national mythology that private industry is more efficient public industry.Why don't we for example compare Medicare with General Motors and see which has been more efficient? Did "THE GOVERNMENT" reduce my 401k?These organizations are made up of people who are no different in character or in ability.Some of them work hard,some of them don't.They are all dedicated to what they do along a spectrum from just picking up a paycheck to going the distance.If we all think that everyone should have heath care and that were all going to pay for it,doesn't it make sense that we have an organization accountable to the people that we elect running it?

    June 6, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. Randy Buckner

    You notice that the President and Congress never mention LAWYERS as a cause of high health care - they take care of their own. The U.S. has less than 10 percent of the world's population yet generates 90 percent of the world's lawsuits! The primary concern of Americans should be tort reform.

    I look at them trying to control health care as very dangerous, and is just another step towards socialism. Wake up America!

    June 6, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. munchmom

    Well, Obama can't make up his mind what "big" issue he wants to work on, can he??? I wish he would stick to one thing at a time, basically, and quit trying to show off all the things he thinks he can do. And our health care system is just fine-leave it alone, or better yet, Mr. Prez, move to Canada where you can have the kind of health care you are so vigorously campaigning for!

    June 6, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. Don of Iowa

    If you all want one program the US Government manages better than private sector industry think Flood insurance. Private secotr companies will not even insure flood prone places or people, they cannot make enough profit or guarantee no losses so they REFUSE to offer flood insurance, that is why the governement took it over so people could be insured for floods. They also do it at less than a fourth of the closest proposal by private sector companies. How do I know this? I work for insurance companies and if I had the chance I would take the government over my own company any day of the week because then I would be assured I would not be getting raped by another private sector insurance company, only people who trust private sector insurance comapnies are fools, take that from someone who works for a private sector insurance company, there is nothing less caring and more filled with greed than insurance companies, they are one of the most despicable elements of the greed of the business world of this country, if you think financial companies are full of greed, you have no true idea until you realize how bad insurance companies are, after all, remember AIg, that is the typical insurance company, need I say more?

    June 6, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. WIlly Brown

    Knowing that #44 and his stooges in the democratic controlled congress have till this fall to ram rod a huge tax burden disguised as Reformed Health Care Bill. After the holidays the bill will become a 3rd rail so no action will be taken and the democrats will also know that we are going to voted them out starting with the governors races this fall.

    June 6, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  10. Patriot

    No Steve, we do not have the best health care system in the world. When we spend more per capita than any country in the world and get less coverage, that means we have the worst health care system in the world.

    June 6, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  11. Scott

    This isn't a total government takeover, but everyone tells you it is. If they add a public option, it will provide competition for the insurance companies, which are essentially a monopoly at this point. In the coming months, you will hear incorrect information from both sides of the debate, because there are trillions of dollars at stake. I urge everyone to do your own homework and reach your own conclusions. Don't rely on the media on this topic.

    June 6, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  12. Peggy

    Please, everyone, educate yourselves before you fall for this so called government run health care. We don't need the government telling us when we should get care. If some of you think it's hard to get healthcare now, it may be impossible if Obama's plan goes into effect. The economy will pick back up and life will go on. Wake up before it's too late. The economy is bad for a lot of people, but it's still great for most people. Don't keep giving this Obama administration a free pass to turn us into a socialistic country..........It's happening right before our eyes..........Just take a real look at what is going on and quit expecting the government to take care of you. Get out and do whatever it takes to survive right now........If we really want our country back, it will take all of us.

    June 6, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  13. Lori

    We desperately need a change to our health care system. There are some poor and others in this nation that cannot afford health care and a country like ours should not have some people covered and others not. Health care in America is a right not a privilege. Trust me, people in Canada and Europe don't envy our health care system at all. I am with the President on this.

    June 6, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  14. Momtaz A. Akhand

    I am really convinced about Obama's health care plan, and i think he will able to do it . If it would come into being that would be my dream. As i lost my job first thing iwas thinking how i will afford to pay my health care for my three children and my wife and myself.
    Obama really care about average american people.
    I remember during campain when Oboma was telling to the public that he would make health care affordable, most people thought it was just empty words, slogan. Thanks to Obama.

    June 6, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |

    The urgency of NOW, and The aducity of HOPE... I find it so unique that I can be inspired by our President, I want for my children and grandchildren the same chance that was given to me by my forebearers. President Obama is such a breath of fresh air for us
    Americans, he has started to put back piece by piece the shattered
    integreity of the American people. I am inspired by a person that can
    walk the walk and talk the talk, without resorting to hate and fear mongering, a person that tells it as it is, and doesn't spend time in
    PYA mode or unduly chastizing others. When it is time to talk he talks,
    when it is time to walk, he walks, but he seldom talks of his walks.
    The news comes out but its not spouted by his administration.

    Yup, its that old (69yrs) retired white man from Ma. former Republican

    June 6, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  16. pointless

    Obama already spent all his allowance on fluff and now he wants more? How about instead of bailing out the insurance industry, automotive industry, the state of california, and all the money he is earmarking for "foreign policy spending" – whatever the hell THATS gonna be- why didnt he START OFF with the medical reforms that he promised in his stump speeches that got him elected?

    And what about Gitmo?

    And what about pulling out of Iraq?

    and what about and what about and what about...?

    We dont have any money left Obama- you spent it all in your first 100 days!!!


    June 6, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  17. Dawn in Pa

    @ Proud DH S radical, the Government will be good to their workers

    I just love when people here are so arrogant, illegals, trust me, your ancestors were once upon a time were equally illegals.

    I have two parts Native American, and you foreigners intruded. So before you truly open your arrogant mouth, remember NONE of us carry American blood, not even me.

    June 6, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  18. Hannah Stevens

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

    So you think for profit, cost escalating health care is better? Actually the government does just fine with Social Security and Medicare, if only they didn't raid the funds. Single pay, with private hospitals and doctors is the way to go. Get the greedy HMO insurance companies out of this.

    June 6, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  19. Tanja Carroll

    It is nice that our government is now working for the people and NOT for big business.

    There was a time in America when employers offered medical insurance and retirement funds for all of their employees and companies did not go broke doing so. But, in those day's CEO's only made 2 to 4 times as much as the workers.

    Then greed set in at the top, CEO's now make millions a month while workers only make a few thousand a month and have little or no insurance and retirement.

    It is not the pay and benefits of the average worker that is making companies go under, it is the GREED at the top.

    June 6, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  20. Bev

    Government control of our health care system would be the biggest mistake of our life times. We CAN NOT allow the government to nationalize health care. Our quality of life would go down substantionally and it will ruin the healthcare industry in this country. There are plenty of ways to provide affordable healthcare without the government being in control.

    GOVERNMENT control is NOT the answer.

    June 6, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  21. Scott

    It would be hard to believe years ago, reading some of this comments about people fighting over health care, but not anymore. I mean people trying their hardest to fight , to keep people from having healthcare. I believe we should give this President a chance on it. Heatlh insurance dont seem important to some ( only gives them something to fight about between Republicans and Democrats), but just think that if those people came down with a chronic disease and the big bankers was going to take their home and everything they got because they ran out of money, what would they do then? Its easy to fight when your healthy then when yours sick. Folks like John McCain, Joe Bohener, Rush Limbo, George W Bush, and majority of Republicans ( i didnt say all) would like to see their insurance buddies continue to get rich. We need to take a look at this from a indepedant perspective.

    June 6, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  22. JJ in Chula Vista, CA

    J in LA June 6th, 2009 11:56 am ET

    Wow. Another government takeover? No thank you. 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 (the US Congress, etc.)? I don't think so. The American people aren't that naive, President Obama.

    And our health care system as it is has been working wonders...for the insurance companies... The American people aren't that naive, J in LA.

    June 6, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  23. megan


    Unites States has around the 30th best health care in the world.

    June 6, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  24. JJ in Chula Vista, CA

    liberals are idiots June 6th, 2009 12:00 pm ET

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

    If other countries can guarrantee great, affordable health care, then so can the US. Cynicism will get you nowhere.

    June 6, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  25. Had It

    Just like getting a college degree first requires grade school, middle and high school and the ENROLLING in college, the health care of this nation must be STARTED.

    If it isn't perfect at first, work on what's wrong. We can't go from no health care to perfect health care overnight. Too bad, but realistic.

    The first step is cutting out the horrendous profits the Insurance Companies make. Look at all the TV ads, and the biggest buildings in any town or city – ALL PAID FOR BY INS. CO. PROFITS.

    June 6, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
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