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. alvino

    I am sure the right wing nuts do not need affordable health care. When the elderly have to choose between medicine or eating, you begin to realize that something needs to be done.

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

    We have the worst health care of the top 19 developed nations. That means we pay twice as much and in almost all statistical catagories we are 19th (ie death rate with chronic disease, life expectancy). The health insurance industry is a parasite that sucks billions of dollars out of our economy, while adding nothing to the patient-health care provider equation. Our present health care system is just another way to make a few very very rich at the expense of most of us.

    June 6, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. agiman

    If the new system can remove the corruption and collusion of the doctors, drug companies and the insurance companies it would be worth it to have.

    June 6, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  4. Brian

    WOOOOHOOOOOO and it wont cost us a penny!!!!! Oh wait i forgot about JUST the down payment 684 billion. Oh then the 25% sales tax. Lines out the door at the doctors because the governemnt will only allow a certain number of doctors to keep their job so once again the unemployment rate will go way up! Oh dont forget, you get to deliver your baby without any privacy and share a room with 10- 20 other people!. What a great idea Obama!!!!!!!!

    June 6, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. alvino

    Proud DHS radical-

    You really have to cut down on your intake of Limbaugh, Beck and Hannity. It is affecting your thinking.

    June 6, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. sensible Cape Coral FL

    Isn't it strange that those most opposed to health care reform are those who already have adequate care for themselves?

    June 6, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. Child @Play

    @Paula June 6th, 2009 12:02 pm ET
    Just shut up already......OK!!!

    June 6, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. P Alfonso

    The government planned health care is one more way to put free enterprise out of business. By the time they are finished they will charge us more and give us less and spend the rest to finance another war.

    June 6, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. Steve Lyons

    A very simple way to expand health care coverage to everyone it to open the health care plan that Congress enjoys to ALL US Citizens and let us pay no more than members of Congress pay. Done. Simple as that. We all get the same coverage at the same cost.

    As for saving Social Security, let's all be granted the same benefit that members of Congress get right now. Done. Why is your Congressional representative getting so much better deal that you do with Social Security. It's OUR tax money, not theirs.

    June 6, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  10. John in WV

    Conservatives never seem to amaze me. With 50 million people without health care and the #1 cause of bankruptcy being caused by people who can't pay their medical costs, they continue to insist that our system is the best in the world. Conservatives with health care, STOP being part of the problem and become part of the solution.

    June 6, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. Mike TX

    The transfer of wealth from those who make the economy go to those who are nothing but a drain on it continues...

    June 6, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    "Fixing what’s wrong with our health care system" is easy: get the idiot government out of the health care system, and keep it out.

    Already, the government itself is saying the US needs to ration health care. That means long waits for even necessary health care, let alone elective health care. Further, judging from the fact that lots of docs refuse to deal with the Medicaid and Medicare bureaucracy, getting government further involved will be a big disincentive for people to go into medicine, making the shortage worse.

    Government screws up everything it touches. We really don't need government screwing up health care.

    June 6, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  13. Kevin in Long Beach, CA

    Let's face it; National Health Care is a must. But some people say we (as taxpayers) can't afford it. They're wrong.

    Right now, each of us pay a portion (out of pocket) for our health care and the companies we work for pay an even larger sum just to be able to offer their employees health care benefits. This leaves companies less profitable and the worker with less money in their pocket.

    I'm not suggesting the government supply the nation with health care at the expense of the taxpayer. I am suggesting the companies and businesses continue to contribute to the cost but at a substantially reduced rate.

    With a National plan, the cost of health care coverage per person would be greatly reduced thereby, considerably reducing corporate contributions resulting in a more profitable company with no employee out of pocket expense [resulting in a larger paycheck]. It's a win-win situation.

    Of course, the employee could still contribute toward an added plan with greater benefits.

    June 6, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  14. Brian

    The day this happens is the day I stop paying my taxes. Why on earth would we go for socialized medicene when we cant even afford to pay attention. WE ARE BROKE- lets not add to our piles of debt.

    June 6, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  15. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    "Fixing what’s wrong with our health care system" is easy: get the idiot government out of the health care system, and keep it out.

    Already, the government itself is saying the US needs to ration health care. That means long waits for even necessary health care, let alone elective health care. Further, judging from the fact that lots of docs refuse to deal with the Medicaid and Medicare bureaucracy, getting government further involved will be a big disincentive for people to go into medicine, making the shortage worse.

    Government screws up everything it touches. We really don't need government screwing up health care.

    June 6, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. Paul C

    Matt ..I do have an idea how the health care system works....Badly.. and we live with failure every day.
    The U.S. faces several gigantic challenges in trying to join the industrialized nations of the world in providing universal health care.
    .The U.S. cannot afford the more than $10 billion dollars a month spent on our little military adventure in Iraq.
    .The U.S, cannot afford to be the world's policeman requiring the multi billion dollar aircraft carriers, $220 million dollar aircraft, etc.
    .The U.S. cannot afford the more than 20 million illegal aliens waiting to jump on the health care bandwagon and the tens of millions more that will flood the country if we have universal health care.

    These factors make it extremely unlikely that the U.S. will ever have a universal health care system that is enjoyed by Canada, England, Australia, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, and Switzerland. No one in those countries every went bankrupt to pay their medical biils. They may have to wait for some care but the poor in the U.S. wait forever unless some charity steps in.
    The current system DOES NOT work. We have more than 40 million Americans with no health care that receive minimal free medical care through the emergency room. So the poor and uninsured get no medical care and the rest fight the insurance company to pay the bill.
    Put it to the test...Go see a doctor and tell them you have no job and no insurance.

    June 6, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  17. A.P. Fremont, Calif.

    The principle for understanding why we don't already have universal health care is simple my friends. The ultimate goal of Conservative ideology is to bankrupt the Federal Government budget. This way, Conservatives can assert the complete privitization of America and implement a "serf" system squashing the middle class. The tools of deliverance for this bankrupt economy goal are Insurance companies, Banks, and investors from Wall Street who know how to avoid proper ethics for personal proper off the "back" of our nation. This is why all attempts at Universal health have failed. The GOP has blocked all attempts. but as Mr. Obama has said, "this time will be different."

    June 6, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  18. A.P. Fremont, Calif.

    The principle for understanding why we don't already have universal health care is simple my friends. The ultimate goal of Conservative ideology is to bankrupt the Federal Government budget. This way, Conservatives can assert the complete privitization of America and implement a "serf" system squashing the middle class. The tools of deliverance for this bankrupt economy goal are Insurance companies, Banks, and investors from Wall Street who know how to avoid proper ethics for personal profit off the "back" of our nation. This is why all attempts at Universal health have failed. The GOP has blocked all attempts. but as Mr. Obama has said, "this time will be different."

    June 6, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. arithmetic is liberal

    mother and sister of a soldier June 6th, 2009 11:41 am ET

    I am begging people NOT to be steam rolled by another Obama agenda until thoroughly investigated. This dem "grass roots" movement starting at the top (they start with the people) is just another grand manipulation used by our Chief Community Organizer.

    millions in contributions and it isn't a "grass roots" effort? This is a classic case of projection. The tea partys in April were "astroturf", generated by Dick Armey's focus group and propogated by Fox News.


    Yes, we need health care reform but we cannot run into reform like we did with the stimulus package which has not added jobs and increased our debt to an all new high.

    Here's the problem: the healthcare industry, having nothing to do with the welfare of patients and everything to do with the welfare of the shareholder, will not magically regulate itself.
    The AMA and insurance providers have their hooks in almost every member of Congress, so regulation is impossible due to government corruption. Therefor, we need to circumvent their fudging around with solid laws governing the way healthcare gets done in this country.

    I would quote the rest, but why bother? It's just a load of fear mongering and "what if"-ing about a president not of your party.

    But out of curiosity's sake, since you are in favor of some reforms, what reforms would you propose?

    June 6, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  20. bimmer

    Would his health care over his big brother Osama?

    June 6, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  21. blackswordsman

    hey db,
    If you researched it even slightly you would quickly realize our country is spending significantly more money on health care than any other industrialized nation in the world- and it is not because our care is top notch. In fact, our standard of care is much lower compared to nations that have a national health care system. The idea here is to redirect the money we are already spending, or wasting more accurately, where it counts; not on things like useless paperwork. Get informed!

    June 6, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  22. Claudia in Houson

    Let's get it done this year, we've already paid big insurance companies more than their share. People that say Government is trying to control our lives well guess what, big insurance companies have always controlled Government. Think about it.

    June 6, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  23. Carl Justus

    The republicans and the drug companies, the AMA, and the insurance companies will not go along with reforming health or even discuss the possibility of reforming health care in a meaniful way so ALL Americans can receive proper medical attention.

    The insurance companies and hospitals like it the way it is now so when someone without insurance goes to the emergency room for treatment with a cold they can cbarge some 2000 to 2500 dollars and medicaid has to pay the bill with our tax dollars.

    June 6, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  24. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Wait times in Mass. to see a doctor have skyrocketed due to the state mandating that nearly everyone have health care. Socialized medicine has failed everywhere it's been tried. Besides, with trillion dollar deficits forecast for the next tens years (Thanks Dems) how do we pay for it. Just like closing GITMO, another bright Obama idea with no plan on how to make it work.

    June 6, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  25. moms4freedom

    It is the ECONOMY STUPID!! and you Prez O not Bush have saddled this country with massive debt (2Trillion in one month) that is immoral to future generations. I have nodoubt you and our complicit congress will cram this bill through without reading it as well. Who will pay – my children and theirs because they will no longer be able to live a prosperous life due to this massive burden being placed on future generations.

    Steve got it right. It is not the medical costs -it is insurance and lawyers driving up medical costs. We so trust what the wonderful gov can do in running things – take a look at medicare and medicaid and social security. Oh and by the way we do have a single payer system it is the medical coverage for Veterans and it stinks. Those of you desparate for change will get it - and you will be sorry. It is unfortunate that those of you clamoring for Universal Health Care (Kelly and steve from above) don't bother to read about how terrible the Social Univ Health Care system is in Britian and Canada. 1000's die every year waiting for coverage. Why do you think they come here for treatment? When you wake up and others like you it will sadly be too late.

    June 6, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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