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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soundoff (221 Responses)
  1. 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 |
  2. Jim in Florida

    Obama has already run up a debt that even my children will not be able to pay off.

    While Obama was overseas consistently aplogizing at every turn for America's "misdeeds" he produces the weekly message before he leaves – subject – lets spend more.

    Obama isn't about leadership = he is all about spending other people's money – redistributing it – and he is bent on the destruction of our economy as we know it.

    Last week he is black, this week Muslim, taking care of the Latinas of the world....

    and screwing the taxpayer and small business people of the country.

    June 6, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  3. Fed up in SC

    Why does he not visit Canada and other countries and let them tell him how flawed their healkth care system is. WE do do want socialised health care. We want to pay for it as we have ben doing. Regardless of how he stresses it is fo everyone regardless of if they have money or not we the tax payers have to be overtaxed and burdned down by those who cannot pay. We of the middle cklasss, some who have no jobs due to Obmas misguided bails outs decision have not money to pay for all of his extreme plans. He needs to have his head examined nad we the people need to impeach him befoer he really destroyus our country.

    June 6, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  4. Dave from Jacksonville

    We are 28th in the world in healthcare....If national healthcare is so bad, why do all the countries in Eurpoe have a higher rating than us??? Hmmm.....(People in Europe are living longer than us, too!)

    June 6, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  5. Ex-RepublicanTX

    Good Luck President Obama on all you are trying to do to make the USA a better country, but as long as you have people like Rush, Cheny and Rumsfeld (the three axis of evil) it is going to be hard as they try to bait people to oppose everything that is decent for the USA. The GOP is the Group Opposing Progess and will try their best to egg on hate and terror to us. The Idiot Bush was the one who egged on terrorist to our country and no other president had had any group attack us as he did and still go around bragging as if he did something great. That happen on his watch and he was not doing his job. Now we are in the deepest hole as a result of him and they want to blame you. IT Is the grace of God working here because i Know in my heart they are the seed of the DEVIL.

    June 6, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. annie s

    I was a medical practice administrator for 15 years and I promise you that Medicare was better run and easier to deal with than any of the for- profit insurance companies. President Obama isn't trying to nationalize or "take over" health care – he's hoping, however, to offer a government plan as an alternative (if you want it) to private insurance. Knowing what I do, I'd opt for a government plan over any for profit plan.

    June 6, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  7. Ken in Albany

    Yes we are in DEBT, Yes the debt we are in started LONG BEFORE Obama became President. Yes the government is incurring more debt everyday it is still open. And YES congressional members have access to health care system that surpasses anything the average American has.

    Not only does congress have a doctor located in the capital building which they can see, they also have access to Walter Reed as well as a voucher system that affords them 5-10 different health care plans in each city they are based in. Basic health care premiums are paid largely by the taxpayers. They have to pay additional costs for coverage above and beyond the basic coverage they receive.

    All Obama is trying to do is expand that system provided to YOUR REPRESENTATIVES to YOU. BASIC HEALTH CARE SHOULD BE AVAILABLE TO ALL as part of our tax dollars.

    June 6, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  8. Jim in Florida

    For Gary below who wants Obama to "take the profits" of the insurance companies. Once that is done there won't be insurance companies (last time I checked people are in business to make a profit).

    Then, with no insurance companies, the government will be the last man standing – the government will tell you to get in line for that needed surgery and the government will tell you who will do your surgery.

    No insurance, no choice.

    That's what the left wing and Obama want – government run everything.

    Can't wait until GM turns out government autos. You won't be able to turn right, only left.

    June 6, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  9. To: Paula

    "Just shut up already!"

    who should shut up? So much shutting needs to happen, you need to be more specific

    June 6, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  10. mjm

    Everything seems to be urgent with this guy. This is how they do it here in Chicago. Everything must be done today to prevent disaster tomorrow.

    "..it’s a necessity we cannot postpone any longer.."

    Chicago's Mayor Daley uses the exact same langue. It's amazing to watch. It's as if they are all using the same play book.

    Illinois just increased the tax on a pack of cigarettes to $.63 to help pay for their S Chip program All kids. The program will have funding as long as people continue to smoke. Then they put a smoking band on restaurants.

    So if you support government health care and you live in Illinois, please start smoking. We need the tax revenue.

    June 6, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  11. RSR

    Are you going yo be happy after Obama runs this country into the ground, and Government controls EVERY aspect of your lives???
    ...America, no longer the land of oppertunity...just the land of entitlements. enjoy Comrades.

    June 6, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  12. Proud Liberal

    For all of you that say that government run healthcare is a mistake because government can't do anything right i point you to the police department... the fire department.... social security.... the post office.... medicare.... shall i continue? There are many many things the government does a good job at. The problem is when you get people in positions of power that want the government to be inept and they make it that way, so their buddies in the private sector will get rich. ..... But none of this even means much because as Obama has stated numerous times... you will not be forced to join any healthcare that you don't want. If you want to stay with your current rip off healthcare then by all means do it. If not then join the single payer/ public option/ government run/ whatever you want to all it.

    June 6, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  13. Arthur

    Mr Austerlitz– you state "...And bottom line, good health care = less profits."

    How so? It's the promise of a higher reward (i.e. profits) that incentivize hard work and ingenuity. That's why this country is so great and capitalism works. The idea is that you study hard in school and work hard so one day you can enjoy the fruits of your hard labor.

    Bottom line...take away the incentive and kiss quality goodbye!

    June 6, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  14. RealityKing

    Obama promised to fix our energy problems too.

    Gas prices above $2.60
    The average cost of a gallon of gas rose for the 39th straight day and is up more than 27% during that time.

    June 6, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  15. Ancient River

    The BIGGEST issue on our plate. I totally support a Public Choice Plan built on the insurance model. This will provide a government backed but consumer financed plan and instead of paying insurance CEO's 14 million dollar salaries (the average), the money goes to a publc plan, administered by public servants who make a good but reasonable wage, and is responsive to voters and public pressures. It would provide an insurance more affordable for small business and private citizens and at considerably less overhead. It would inevitably force insurance companies to contain costs to compete and keep them to the promise, which they have made but will not otherwise keep, to lower costs. Write your congress people. The insurance companies are spending millions to fight this. Only YOU can stop them.

    June 6, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. Dr. John

    I have news for anyone who thinks that government run healthcare will be "rationed". Your healthcare is ALREADY rationed by your insurance company who doesn't care about anything but turning a profit this quarter. Your health is NOT their primary concern. I say this both as a provider and a consumer. The insurance companies are FOR PROFIT organizations whose primary edict is to turn a profit.

    Medicare on the other hand is excellent insurance on both the provider and the consumer end. It is in financial trouble right now because only elderly people who need the most healthcare get it. If we balance the system to include younger people who don't access services as much it will remain solvent forever.

    Oh and anyone who thinks that government run healthcare is "Socialism" needs to take a basic political science course before they speak and sound really dumb. It is not socialized unless all the doctors work for the government (as they do in Canada). That's not going to happen here.

    June 6, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. Will appease anyone for theatre tickets

    Take the lawyers out of the equation, leave my insurance alone as unlike many of you Obama voters, I actually get up every morning and go to an actual job, no hand outs like you people expect.

    The "gubment" can't run nothing correctly and now this fraud wants to control this as well, absolute power corrupts absolutely and this is a sham and nothing else.

    They will over power YOUR INSURANCE now, and when you Mommy or Daddy is too long into illness they will be put to the bottom of the list as it makes more sense to "save" a healthy person, need surgey but are a riskm, again bottom of the list as it won't be cost effective to the bean counters that will run this.

    Remember someone way more intelligent than you Obama sheep warned you of this and if you want to quit bleating the stupid liberal talking points, GOOGLE – Managed care – surgery and medicine quotas IT IS HAPPENING ALL AROUND THE WORLD.

    Great line by the fraud in chief "America is the greatest Country, help me fix it".


    June 6, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  18. Ken

    I know there's a bunch of arguments about how to pay for healthcare, but the reality is that right now, healthcare costs account for the overwhelming amount of personal bankruptcies and health insurance is nearing payroll as a leading cost for businesses. There are many out there who (rightly) doubt how we can afford to undertake a healthcare overhaul, but there are also many of us out here wondering how we could afford not to.

    I mean, we look at bankruptcies like GMs... what's their number one non-payroll cost... healthcare. We look at the costs, both in terms of dollars and of vectoring, of having the poor go without care until their conditions become emergent, and it becomes apparent that regardless of whether or not universal insurance is part of the solution, universal access must be.

    June 6, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. jon

    Single payor means medicare for all. Do you know what medicare pays physicians? In my specialty it is 30% of other payors. Do you believe I will still work for a 60+ % decrease in compensation? Dream on socialists! Every physician over the age of 55 who can afford to will instantly retire. It will be like Mass. where everyone is "covered" by insurance, yet providers can not afford to see these patients.
    I guarantee there will be no legal reform to go along with the Obama plan. The cost of CYA medicine is staggering. Almost every surgery patient in America gets extra blood tests and EKG studies because of defensive practice.
    If you truly want to save money on healthcare, examine how much we are wasting on end of life care. It accounts for at least 40% of all medicare dollars.....

    June 6, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  20. German,Irish American

    At the pace that Obama and the lunitic liberals are spending money we don't have, we will be a third world nation before the next Presidential election. But then again, maybe that is the plan, because history proves that when people are so broke, and beaten down with no hope, that is when sosialism and dictatorships are formed. It is time for people to wake up to what is going on in this administration, like, who is voting on, or overlooking, all these czars that Obama is creating to "overlook and regulate private industries'. Very scary practices for a "free" country.

    June 6, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  21. Cesar

    Good! Im tired of having to go to Mexico for affordable medication and medical care. By the way (Its better than what we have here and way cheaper).

    June 6, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  22. John Bayner

    I love how wingnut leaders and supporters criticize yet offer NO alternatives. Still shaking their fists in the air from the November election.

    June 6, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  23. gary

    people i am 56 year old male who has lived half his life in canada and the last half here in the united states please trust me do not followthe canada system thetaxes are astronomical high i had cancer and had to have my voice box removed if i was in canada i would have waited 3 months to see a doctor over there my relatives tell me how long they have to wait to see a doctor here i can call my doctor and probably see her that day if not o ne of her associates would see me there is also a scandal now about how they have mixed up mammagrams for women telling woman with cancer they do not have it and vice versa also when a high ranking politicians wife develpoed cancer in canada he came to the states when paul mccartney wife had breast cancer he di not have her treated in england but at sloan kettering in new york trust me the best system is here

    June 6, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  24. alvino

    Git 'r done. It is time to move our health care system into the 21st century.

    June 6, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  25. Dave in Nevada

    Absolutely pass health care reform. Even if rationed it's better than having an insurance company bean counter make decisions on medical care. Do you want your doctor to determine what care is best for you? It's not up to him now, he calls your insurance company for procedure and prescription approval and provides the best care they allow him to. These are the same insurance companies that charge you astronomical ever increasing premiums. In true capitalistic form the insurance companies need competition. Don't let them write the healthcare reform bill the way Bush and the Republicans allowed them to write the prescription drug bill. That was way corrupt.

    June 6, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
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