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. Dru-dozer

    I'm concerned that our government is looking for a quick fix and will ignore the true complexities of the situation. Government-run health care does not seem economically sustainable over time in this country. Look at social security...

    June 6, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  2. markens

    Why don't all of you run for president?. I can see you guys can stand against the president in anything he wants to accomplish for the american people including you. maybe, none of you has a degree to run for president.

    June 6, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. Jen

    Obama gives boon to health insurance lobby! That's change we can believe in! I cannot believe he has the nerve to use the term healthcare as those of us already being profited off of by the insurance industry by denying health care will only see things get worse as we pay tax on our benefit (or lack of) so that the insurance industry can now profit off of poor people by now giving them insurance they cannot afford and will not use and NONE of us have health care and the Obama fan club is naive enough to think that this is anything close to a single payer system. Yes, I voted for change, but I got more of the same. I'm not ashamed to say I was duped and start fighting for the change we did not and will not get with him. The rich and the privileged never had a better friend.

    June 6, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. Says Cession

    Time to deliver...your birth certificate!

    June 6, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. Alan

    Doesn't it just make you feel so warm and fuzzy to know that Obama wants to provide "free" medical care to all of the "poor" people in America.

    First of all the United States is in a economic meltdown, just in case you haven't seen the news in the last two years. The price tag for this "reform" is at about one trillion dollars give or take a hundred billion or so. Now we have just borrowed another one trillion for Obama's social agenda IE stimulus package that is not working. So the reality is how are we going to pay for all of this "free" medical care.

    Taxes is how. Now I know that all of you non taxpayers (50% of you) could care less about higher taxes. But, your buddy Obama is looking at a new national sales tax of about 25% on everything from groceries, to your rent. No exceptions!! Think about another 25% on top of everything you spend money on.

    Don't look at this with emotions, look at it with some common sense.
    There is no such thing as FREE medical care!!!!!!!!!!

    June 6, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  6. Bill in Indiana

    I have worked in a government run health system- the military. Get ready for long waits, regulations. Those who have no care now will certainly see a huge improvement. For the 250 million other who have coverage- get ready to have less access, longer waits, and lower quality.
    I am so happy we are becoming the United States of Mediocrity. Lets strive to bring up the few at the bottom while we hold back all the rest.

    June 6, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  7. Failure is a Republican

    Other countries that have government run health care are just as good as what we have in the US. Unfortunately some people are either too lazy or don't want to have their opinions proven wrong so they don't do any research so they make unfounded statements like it fails in other countries.

    The main reason our health care is so expensive is BECAUSE of Health Insurance companies and HMO's. The RED TAPE and Bureaucracy of those companies makes anything the US Government has for Medicare look streamlined and cost efficient.

    Most of the money for Health Insurance goes to pay EXECUTIVE SALARIES and PAPERWORK and not to pay for medical care. If the government took it over, even with the sometimes wasteful methods they can use, we would SAVE MONEY.

    But then again the people saying the government shouldn't do this don't want to know the facts because it shoots a hole in their argument.

    If you want affordable health care you NEVER let an HMO or Health Insurance company manage it.

    June 6, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. rayshir

    gosh is somebody talking again . why did you people vote this civil rights con man into office . alright i understand you were conned . but what about the rest of us we have to pay for your mistakes huh ?

    June 6, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. Anna, Missouri

    It really saddens me to read some of these posts. Most of the comments against healthcare reform show that people are listening to the Limbaugh and Hanity and have not even taken the time to actually do your homework to find out what is really happening in Congress. You think that the government is going to take the profits from the Insurance companies to pay for the rest, or you think that it will be a single payor plan and everyone that has employee based health care will lose their care. If you really want to do something about what is happening, then research it and get active. The idiotic, stupid, uninformed comments on this site show that you are too lazy to do that. You would rather spew hatred than actually get involved to help this country.

    June 6, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. GWT III

    Once again the government wants to attempt to implement "Socialized" health care for all. Leave us alone for the love of Christ please! We still thankfully live in a capitalistic society but if we do not voice are concerns we will become a socialist nation. Look back to the Bill of Rights and the Constitution for reference if you are confused. We cannot afford to pay for healthcare for illegal immigrants and those that leach off of our government. If you are able to work then get a job but stop blaming those that have something. If you want health care get a job, choose the policy but do not let our government do it for you. And by the way it is no longer General Motors but now " Governmental Motors". This country is supposed to be for us by us not by those in control that want to determine everything that we will or will not do. We must retake our country, stand up America and stop listening to the liberal media and the corrupt politicians.

    June 6, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  11. Dee

    Yes, we need healthcare reform now.

    But I don't believe the health care industries' "promises" that they will reduce costs. That is not reform – that is just kowtowing to the lies of the same people who are responsible for the health care mess.

    What about the Pres' campaign promises, to make the same health care plan that's available to Congress available to people who do not currently have health care? Why is he no longer talking about that? What about his promise to subsidize individual health care so everyone has access to health care? Why is he not talking about that?

    June 6, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  12. Sox Pox

    Thank you, Mr. Obama. We've been waiting for this a long long long time. And we're ready to roll. On your marks and get set...

    June 6, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  13. better not get sick,people

    I am not a fan of the health care insurance industry, because as an employee of the medical provider system I see the profit system that we have in place either deny benefits or break the patients that need them most. However, the only thing that is bigger, greedier, and very poorly managed is our government attempting to regulate health care. Medicare and Medicaid are a bloated disaster. Don't tell me that healthcare is being put on a singlepayer waiting list, or worse, a denial of benefits list.

    June 6, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  14. Dave from Jacksonville

    Anyone that does not see the need for national healthcare is either a liar, a plant for the insurance companies, an idiot, or all THREE!

    June 6, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. Jay T.

    Yes! The only people who will lose out here are the giant insurance companies who have siphoned off their fair share for far too long and at the expense of the American people.

    June 6, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. Cali

    Problem: Lawyers, HMO's, OBAMA!

    Solution: GET RID OF THEM!!!!

    June 6, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  17. CSchoot

    My girlfriend works at Burger King, it stinks but it's a living, and at least she is employed (she was laid off from her good job, and had to do something). They do not offer health care to regular crew members. Currently, even with the reductions that have gone into Cobra for laid off workers, she can not pay that kind of bill on Burger King Salary. Nor can she afford medical treatment if she needs it, also due to Burger King Salary.

    My mother is disabled, still has a slew of medical problems due to past surgeries, battles with cancer, etc. My father, who supplied the insurance through his work, has been released on disability after a massive heart attack. They currently pay over $800 a month for Cobra, they do not get the lower rate, because they were not laid off. Disability payment are not enough to cover that along with rent and food.

    Currently there are medications out there that we pay an arm and a leg for, and guess what, you can get the same type of medication for your dog from your vet, for a 5th of the price. How can the pharmaceutical companies do this you ask? Because a human being must spend the money they ask, for your dog, you can choose to let it rot and die, so they charge the human form of the meds at the higher price. Sick and wrong I say. Some others here seem to say, the current system works fine. You are either blind, in-experienced, dumb, or just plain greedy.

    The president is right,

    The time is now, I am proud to say I am the first to sign up for the grass roots meet in my area

    It's time for the Countries bail out......

    P.S. Hey mother of sister and soldier, just so you know, I have seen lot's of jobs created by Stimulus, and read about much more. I have seen and felt the begging effects of the stimulus on our education system as well. Realistically speaking, it has only been a few months since the bill past, if your expecting things to just happen like magic after the bill passed, you should re align your thinking. Maybe do some reading while on this site.

    June 6, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  18. GOBAMA

    He makes me more optimistic every day.
    I Support Our President – I Support America

    June 6, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  19. Bruce

    Steve said it all. Insurance costs are largely driven by ridiculous awards from lawsuits and the insurance premiums that providers have to pay to cover those ridiculous awards. The government won't address tort reform because government is largely comprised of lawyers and they look out after their own.

    Does anyone out there really believe that government can be trusted to run anything efficiently? Just name one governmment program that is universally acclaimed to be well run. Now imagine healthcare in the hands of these bozos.

    June 6, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  20. annie s

    I'm behind the President 100% and implore Congress to make sure a public health option is part of any health care reform. As a former medical practice administrator, I've seen firsthand how lives can be ruined by lack of insurance or lack of good insurance.

    June 6, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  21. Dave from Jacksonville

    To "Mother and Sister of a Soldier"....
    Yes, we need reform....
    Yes, we are a nation of "brainwashed sheep(at least since 2000!)....
    Yes, the Republicans like to keep you in a "scared" state, so they can control you!

    June 6, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  22. Dave in Tx

    Working in the medical field, with lots of experience with Medicare, ramming health care reform down our throats as fast as he can is politics by Obama and company, and stupidity by anyone who has common sense–not a political agenda. How many of you even realize that many doctor's offices no longer take medicare, and medicaid is essentially a no-go even to some degree with not-for-profit hospitals?

    There certainly is some need for some changes–but carefully, thought out, well planned, well put together. Not a couple of months. This is pure politics–and we all need to remember this every election–especially the next one.

    June 6, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  23. Phila, PA

    The only type of healthcare reform the insurance industry wants is an "enforceable" mandate to purchase their high-priced insurance policies from the private health insurance market, AND no public option. The result will be a "captive market" for their overpriced products, the elimination of any genuine competition (that would occur with a robust and less expensive public option available to all), and the continuation of their multimillion dollar compensation packages. THAT is what the insurance industry means by healthcare reform, and THAT is the only thing they'll embrace. THAT is why the Republicans and dead-set against a robust public option available to anyone who wants it.

    June 6, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  24. Larry from RI

    Simple – Make all health care non-profit and out of the hands of the investors and speculators on Wall St.
    Since when is our health a commodity to be traded and profited from by the likes of these people?

    When did you ever hear a Canadian or European wanting to change from their health care system to one like we have in the US?

    Health care in America is a failure and a national embarrassment!

    June 6, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  25. No Hillary = No Obama

    What has Obama done for me lately? Let's see, I still don't have health coverage; my taxes are sky high, but I do think I saw a pothole being filled in up the street. Instead of indulging himself with his Islam worship tour, in order to work out his own identity issues, why doesn't this "President" get off the stage, out of the lime light, stop making speeches and get to work???

    June 6, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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