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. Pam

    Healthcare? After the gov't gets thru with our SS check, there is no way we could even feed ourselves for a month. We just keep working. First there's the medicare deduction and then we have to get drug ins. and then let's not forget the medical supplement ins. (when it pays). Something has to be done about the healthcare costs in this country. I am so in fear that when Congress gets thru with a "new healthcare system" we will all be up a creek. Insurance companies and the trial Lawyers suck!

    June 6, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. mike

    This is the grade I have given to Presidents beginning 1900 to 2009,based on the Unemployment rate and also the Inflation rate.-– Roosavelt(A+) Taft(C-) Wilson(C+) Harding(D-) Coolidge(D-) Hoover(F-) Roosavelt(A+) Truman(C+) Eisenhower(F) Kennedy(C-) Johnson(A-) Nixson(F-) Ford(D-) Carter(D+) Reagan(A-) Bush(C-) Clinton(A) Bush(F-) , and so far for Obama(D-)

    June 6, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. Lynn

    Our President if correct! It is time for action on this issue NOW. I urge EVERYONE who supports health care reform to join up with Organizing For America. Thousands met around the country today about this topic. Get onboard! Call your Congressperson! Call your Senator and let your voices be heard!

    People who have health care and think that it is going to continue are being fed a line by the rich insurance companies. They are raising rates every month. Even the American Medical Association knows we are not headed for a train wreck – we are in one.

    The Repugs don't want to go forward because they need more time to make up more lies about how we will all suffer. The only one's who will suffer will be them – no more insurance money into Repug pockets while Americans choose between medication and their light bills!

    June 6, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. Jeanne

    Look at the big picture with health care. If it wasn't such a cash cow, why are there new medical facilities (hospitals, clinics, doctors offices) opening up all over the place?

    Why do people feel entitled to health care for what they think will be free? You pay for cell phones, IPods, Playstation, expensive sneakers, jeans etc, but you don't think you should have to pay to go to the doctor?

    How much of a payroll deduct do you think we'll have for our "free" health care? Do you think we'll even be able to get in to use our "free" health care? How much time will you have to take off work (if you actually work) to go stand in line to try to see a doctor?

    With this administration, pay attention to what they do, not what they say!

    June 6, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. Lee in Oregon

    For those who think we do not need healthcare reform are nuts. If we had such a great system then why are almost 50 million people without healthcare? We are the richest nation in the world and our healthcare system is a travesty. Reform is NEEDED.

    I'm with you all the way Mr. President. Something needs to be done. Keep pushing a PUBLIC OPTION PLAN. If Medicare has worked for the seniors all these years and that's a gov't run plan then why not a similar plan for the rest of us if we so choose it? And the operative words are IF WE CHOOSE IT! It won't be forced on anyone and it will reduce the costs for all of us. Sounds like a win win plan to me.

    Now this is real change!

    June 6, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. proud democrat

    To all conservatives who are so afraid of government run health insurance, please do the right thing and reject medicare when you turn 65. You do realize that medicare is a government run health insurance program. To all who are so afraid of govt. deciding health care. I know plenty of people on Medicare and they love it. They decide their own doctors and have no complaints from it. Likewise, I know people who have health insurance from corporations and they get denied treatment and their insurance company decides their doctor (in network vs. out of network). Right now, some joe blow with no medical knowledge is sitting behind a cubicle (yes, I know people who have the job) deciding what treatments you should get based soley on cost and not making you sure you get healthy. If the treatment you desperately need interferes with their profits, then you will get denied. Of course, you could pay for it yourself but it costs too much unless you are wealthy. We have to stop being a country where a person will go bankrupt or worse die simply because they are not rich. I still to not understand conservatives some times. You claim to be pro – life but have no problem with someone dying in America due to lack of healthcare.

    June 6, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. Cindy in VA

    What I'm reading are comments from a lot of frightened people. The best way to remedy this is to get educated on exactly what is being proposed.

    Our government is capable of running many things well...our military is one example.

    I cannot comprehend of anyone not wanting a comprehensive, reasonably priced governenment-run health care *option* for those people and businesses who are priced out of our current options.

    I think that only the most uncompassionate, survival-of-the-fittest types would think that no health care is better. There's only one indisputable fact you need know...without some sort of affordable insurance, medical and prescription costs will add up quickly. Unless you're a millionaire, your life savings will likely be drained after an accident or illness. Not fear mongering. Just the truth.

    June 6, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. Steve Lyons

    Where is the equal protection? Why can't I have the same policy at the same price as my Congressman? Why can't I have the same retirement plan as my Congressman?

    June 6, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. 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 Gary from below) 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 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. usnuzuluze

    Time for Obama to resign! He is bankrupting America and will make America and Americans to fall under foreign laws.

    June 6, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  11. arivera

    Years and years of deregulation have crushed the health care system just like everything else. Intelligent people are not afraid of the government anymore. They know all that rhetoric was just about the republicans, they are the only individuals to fear because they have shown they are incompetent at running government. Government can revitalize this country if done with thought and the American people in mind and not profits of corporations and hatred toward the American people at the forefront like the republicans do.

    June 6, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  12. Joe the Regulator

    obama care is nothing more than giving FREE healthcare to his irresponsible voter base. If you think your healthcare will cost less, think again. Your taxes will go sky-high to pay for others.

    June 6, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  13. Bill in Ct.

    For all you idiots out here who don't seem to have a problem with health care now, let me say this, how is it ok for the health system that we have now that denies people health care or even won't insure people who have health problems, which also cost people to go bankrupt if they or a love one gets sick, or just flat out deny people treatment b/c they have no insurance, you people think that is ok, WOW, we truly do live in a country were evil and greed exist. If some of you, out here call yourselves Christians ( DON'T ), b/c that's not what a real Christian is all about. You go Obama, do what you think is right for all Americans and don't let greedy corporation and the insurance companies and those, don't care for the average people, greedy business loving Republicans, who all they care about is keeping money in the pocket of the rich. Don't let the talking point Rethugs,with their fear and smear get you off your agenda.

    June 6, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. chicago guy

    It scares me that no one seems to look around the world and see the failure of every other single payor healthcare model. In Canada, they had to pass a law to force practitioners to accept the government insurance. Why? Because it beat them up no their rates so significantly that they weren't taking insurance at all, anymore. When we lose incentive for people to practice in medicine, we lose the soundness of care.

    Everyone seems to forget that healthcare is also more expensive because we have technologies and techniques that are new and costly. in 1980 if you had a heart attack, you only had a 60% chance of survival. Today, you have a 90% chance of surviving a heart attack. R&D costs money. I don't want 1980 care. In 2019, I won't want 2009 care. Single payor will freeze innovation.

    I won't even get into the concept of access. Research how many Canadians come to the U.S. for care their government won't pay for.

    June 6, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  15. Alfred E. Neumann

    If this country want someone "to deliver on healthcare" then they should have elected Hillary Clinton.

    Nothing at all remotely significant will be done on healthcare by the current administration – too many people (liberal and conservative) with their hands out stirring this pot!

    June 6, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. Ty

    Our elected officials are GUARENTEED the best health care in this country on behalf of the American Tax Payer. They should be working their asses off to GUARENTEE each tax payer this same type of health care. Health care should be a right...

    June 6, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. Steve in PA

    I guess the Economy is Fixed now then, since we can move on to Healthcare. The stimulus that was rushed through to create new jobs must have worked, since unemployment as at 1983 levels now and still rising. Thank goodness this Government knows how to fix things. I wonder if there will be any Transparency with this subject, like he promised on all other subjects and yet to see happen. This is NOT a Crisis and better not be rushed through Congress and the Senate. This is a HUGE undertaking and needs through examination before any steps are taken

    Lets face it, he has NO idea what he is doing and saying whatever that sounds good, just to make people like him. He does NOT have a doctors degree and doesn't know how the system works. He was a Constitutional Lawyer for Pete sakes. Yes, there are problems with Healthcare and most of it is the malpractice law suits, fraud and greed in the form of overcharging. Things do need to be changed, but not run by the Government.

    This is NOT the Country our Founding Fathers had designed for us. This is another step closer to Socialism if there ever was one. The Government telling someone they are too old to live, so they can be denied care is where this is going.

    We need Changes, not a complete re-write like he intends to do.

    June 6, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  18. Jane

    Yep just what we need, the gov to run health care. The VA does a horrid job at running their health care and cannot get it together so now it is time to see how well the gov can screw us (i mean it) up. Everyone thinks that Canada and other countries have it great with "free" health care. I am here to tell you different. The current administration will limit what tests will be covered and thus done. So you may be eat up with cancer and dying before the symptoms are so bad you look like walking death. My father was denied tests because he was on a gov heath program and had rectal bleeding. They told him he had hemmies and to use over the counter medication. Well 8 months later he started coughing blood and rapidly loosing weight. Guess what he had colon cancer that had spread to his lungs (he had a softball size tumor) and his brain was littered with tumors. He died two months later. You can take this gov health system and stuff it.

    June 6, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  19. Hammer

    Obama has been wrong on every decision that he has made so far, whether it be the VP, cabinet members, bailouts, stimulus plan, unemployment,national security, Gitmo.,the auto mess, housing disaster, or everything he has had a hand in, is worse today than when he took office.
    Bush can be the blame only so long. Excuses do not correct problems and so far that is Obama's only message. Maybe he should get a new speech writer or a new teleprompter, about all he has going for him is talk and freeloaders.

    June 6, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  20. Chris

    The luxury we can no longer afford is to pay for all of those people who have grown up on welfare, receiving food stamps and medical coverage and never having to get off of the 'free' ride. Even people who draw unemployment have limits while those who've never worked get the very best treatment. Everyone who participates in this social medical care should contribute or be removed.

    June 6, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. Chipster

    "With what MONEY?"

    How about with the money taxpayers spend right now on healthcare for the uninsured ? We spend a fortune right now on emergency care for people who wouldn't have needed emergency care had they just received some primary preventive care and standard treatment of common ailments. By the time they go for care, they need a hospital, critical care, ICU, and sometimes the morgue. WE pay for all of that.

    Who paid for Octomom's millions of dollars in neonatal care? Maybe she'll pay for it now that she's cashing in but it's more likely that taxpayers picked up the tab. A national health program will cost us less in the long run.

    Our company insurance increased this year by 55% because we canceled the previous provider when they raised theirs by 84%! Don't try to blame that on tort either – lawsuits and awards have decreased but while insurance costs are spiraling out of control.

    June 6, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  22. Robert

    Socialism here we come! Goodness, the gov't can't run anything right, why trust them with health care? Here's an idea, get a job people, don't expect the gov't to take care of you from cradle to grave.

    June 6, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  23. LacrosseMom

    What money??? How can we NOT afford National Healthcare when.....

    62% of America (citizens) file for bankruptcy due to healthcare bills. For an average insured Family the cost that throws them into bankruptcy is:
    $17, 745 (source: suite101.com)

    And for the American citizens who have no insurance the cost is $26,971, which is the amount that causes them to file for bankruptcy.

    Our family is blessed to have good healthcare through jobs, however, millions of Americans are not so "lucky".

    And, to all the nay sayers whining about "cost" I say.... WE ARE ....... already paying for the uninsured! Look it up! When the uninsured fill our hospitals emergency rooms, guess who the hospitals bill????

    The American Taxpayer! We need to support President Obama. He will commission a committee of folks wise enough to come up with a good plan. In FACT, the program that will work best is the ...... one already enjoyed........ by....... the U.S. Government.

    In the world's wealthiest nation, to deny our own citizens healthcare is just morally wrong.

    Beware folks, of the cries of "socialism!" The GOP called Medicare...... Medicaid..... Social Security..... Unemployment Benefits........ Minimum wage, etc., socialism too!

    June 6, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  24. Peggy

    Just put the Congress on an HMO for a year and they will be
    more than ready to go for National Health Insurance. Why would they care about giving us good insurance when they have the
    "best in the world" and don't have to pay for it. I hope this is brought up when they are debating why we should not have it.
    Scum that they are.

    June 6, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  25. bk

    Spend some more money we don't have. How many times does China have to tell you, your spending is out of control before you stop? Obama wants to be a dictator and control everything. When Chavez says your to the left of him and Castro you know you are a dictator. Obama runs the car companies, the banks, the insurance companies and now he has appointed another czar to police the internet. Don't any of you see he is trying to control everything? The czars are appointed to by pass congress and only answer to Obama. This is wrong and Obama needs to be stopped now! We are a free country and the dictator will not change that. We the people won't allow him to take over.

    June 6, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
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