June 9th, 2009
10:53 AM ET
9 years ago

Obama health care czar briefs Democrats on WH strategy

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Obama deployed his health czar Monday to brief state Democratic Party leaders, operatives and activists on the White House's strategy to pass health care reform this year, a party source tells CNN.

Nancy-Ann DeParle's conference call with Democratic state party chairs, senior state political aides and health care activists follows Organizing for America's campaign-style house parties, held this past weekend to help build support for health care reform from the grassroots level. DeParle serves as counselor to the president and director of the White House Office of Health Reform.

Obama himself called on Congress this past weekend to send him a health care bill by October.

"We are building off of the 50-state strategy and making sure we are able to use the state parties as an effective tool, in addition to President Obama's grassroots network, Organizing for America, to advance the president's agenda," said a source familiar with the details of the call, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

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  1. Jim

    I just wish all you liberals would quit calling health insurance a benefit. It's not. It's part of my compensation. I work for it. Why do you want to take away from me what I earn?

    June 9, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  2. Mississippi Mike

    We need honest, practical answers to the following questions before this legislation should even be considered:

    How much will this cost?
    How are we going to pay for it?
    What will the tax rates look like after we start paying for it?
    What will keep it from being as expensive as Medicare?
    What kinds of services will be rationed?
    Who will have access to my medical records?
    Why would anyone want to spend half of their life becoming a doctor under this system?
    Will illegal immigrants be given the same opportunities for health care as tax paying citizens?

    June 9, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  3. Have no fear Rev. Wright is here

    The real question is how much money are you willing to live without, that is only for the people who pay taxes…..not to the leaches in society who soak off the government?

    June 9, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  4. Bill in California

    HOW MANY LEMMINGS MUST FALL TO THEIR DEATHS before they wake up and stop their march to the cliffs and the sea below? YES the U.S. has needs, it always has and it always will. We don't live in Utopia, nor is there manna from heaven to sustain us when the food runs out. The MONEY DRUNK SAILORS put in charge of this congress and the PIED PIPER leading them have hypnotized their followers into believing that MONEY GROWS ON TREES and never has to be replenished. Wake up Dimrats, your leaders have lots of plans, but no sustainable solutions.

    June 9, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  5. Koz

    In Canada you have free healthcare? Really? So, doctors volunteer their time? Hospitals don't have to pay their power bills? Please rethink your statement, healthcare in any system is not free.

    I prefer to take my money home and decide which health coverage is best for my family. I surely don't want the government to take my money and make decisions for me. They definitely do a horrible job at making decsions.

    June 9, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. Scott (Will I ever be posted?)

    So does it scare anyone that the Obama administration continues to appoint czars over aspects of the economy. Considering in Russia the czar was seen as a dictator and the word czar basically means Caesar. I do not want gov't bureaucrats running certain sectors of the economy as czars some of which will have the power to regulate pay or other aspects. Is no one else concerned that in the first 100 days we have spent more then the Iraq war on a stimulus package that so far isnt working. By the time it starts working, it will have raised our inflation rate so high we will see another dip possibly another recession. Seriously everyone, get over the dates on Broadway or Paris and hold him accountable.

    June 9, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  7. Tate

    The guy has screwed up everthing he has touched so far. He has to lie dailey about jobs. The world has told him to go jump in a lake. NK, Iran etc gave him the finger. Please take our prisoners no!. What has the goverment ever done well. They just annouced last month that SS and Medicare are broke!

    June 9, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  8. Inthefield

    I have talked to several from Canada. I met them at the Kirkland Clinic at UAB, thats Birmingham, AL USA. One woman blamed the healthcare for her brother and sister dying of cancer. They did not get the proper treatment up front due to the "system" therefore, their cancer was missed. The last few weeks of her sisters life, she took her to the emergency room and her dying sister asked her not to even put her purse on the floor because the place was so filthy. She said that was actually at one of the newer nicest hospitals. Sit in a facility like that for weeks and you will meet people from all over with the same horror stories.

    June 9, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  9. Bryan

    Who is gonna pay for this? All the people on here who are whining about how nationalizing the health care system is gonna cover 50 million more people and not answering the rear question Who is going to foot the bill for this? If you can't pay for your own health care maybe you should get a better job if you can't insure your children...1) maybe you should have thought about that before you started having them and 2) your children are your responsibility NOT MINE!!!

    Maybe when you start blaming the insurence companies or no its the health care industry thats jacking up the cost... How about this its the people who walk in to a hospital or doctors office and know they have no way to pay for the treatment they are about to recieve, take the traetment anyway and then don't ever pay the bill... way to thieves!

    You liberals better find a way to fund this little jem without me because Im not paying your medical bills!

    June 9, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  10. Limbaugh is a Liberal

    Jay Lern, about the government's "failures..."
    Government run water sanitation – success
    Government run highway construction and maintenance – success
    Government run military – success
    Government run police force – success
    Government run fire department – success
    Or are you going to just rely on your own garden hose to protect your house from wild fires?
    The government is very successful in most things it does, thank you very much.

    June 9, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. Matt

    Let me guess how this will go:

    1. Obama racks up countless programs we can't pay for.

    2. In 2012, when Obama is sent back to Chicago, or Kenya, he whines about how he didn't do everything he wanted to do, and his blind followers blame the national debt on Republicans.

    Been there, done that. This is Clinton all over again. Clinton sold our country out to the Chinese just like Obama is doing.

    June 9, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  12. Hank

    As usual, the democrats create a government plan to make the rich richer and leave the working man to pay the bill.

    Thanks Obama!

    June 9, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. Jim

    At this rate even the US is broke. This guy has lied about everything he campaigned on. No new taxes. BS. Take-over of private business to pay-off voters. Now the whole country is seeing 1st hand what Chicago calls pay to play.

    June 9, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  14. Democrat in MD (CNN please post. Thank you!)

    I'm an RN & a member of Obama's "grass roots" organization. I see every day the need for universal health care.He wants to put in place a system where PEOPLE CAN CHOOSE their coverage & their doctors, but still have care available for ALL Americans!
    Get on board, people!

    June 9, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  15. Artie

    Other countries are laughing at us. Health care is provided outside the US without problems. Think your doctor will be worse? Guess what... you can still pay extra to see who you want.
    I want you Republican morons on here to describe how we can "choose" the best plan for a family of four when some have existing conditions? Yeah that's real affordable. If the health care companies will even take you!
    You selfish, bible thumping Republicans make me sick. But... uh oh! I don't have health care. Better try to stay well.

    June 9, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. Tina, NC

    For those that are complaining about the cost;

    How much do you think the system we have now is costing you? It's costing you and all other taxpayers more than any other country in the world. All those countries have a public plan. Don't you realize that every time a sick person without insurance goes to a hospital you end up footing the bill in premiums and deductibles. Somebody has to pay for the $10 band-aid. You really think the band-aid cost the hospitals that much. Nope. People like me, with health insurance, are paying for those that don't have it.

    If the Republicans have any ideas on how to fix health care I would LOVE to hear it.

    June 9, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Good move.

    June 9, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  18. Hill

    Another give away from Obama. He is on track to be the worst president ever. Run away spending and "FREE" healthcare. Wow isn't that great?

    June 9, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |

    We need some intelligence operatives to infiltrate the enemy camp and determine what their strategy is really going to be. How much emphasis is on flooding representatives with calls and letters from paid operatives and other such criminal acts. The FBI and the CIA need to actively watch these activities because if taxpayer funds are being used to lobby Congress then laws are being broken and some heads should roll.

    Democrats are hell bent to destroy the US trough socialism.

    June 9, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  20. Dave, the truth teller

    Its so funny to read Libs tirades over those evil insurance and drug companies. Those drug companies have developed incredible new medicines which do require a huge investment in R&D. Other countries put price controls in place and the drug companies make up their reduced profit margin here to pay for the R&D. Do you think our leaders will get other countries to eliminate price controls to spread the burden? If you think insurance is an evil thing, drop it. Then compare what your premiums used to cost to actual expenses. It turns out that insurance is a pretty good deal. How about eliminating some of the huge administrative overhead in the medical field with better technology and legal reform. Oh no, can't have that, what would the lawyers feed on then.

    June 9, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  21. Mark

    Since when did we become the USSR?

    The Czars are not elected officials. I want monthly to weekly progress reports from these people with congressional oversight or to terminate these Czar posistions.

    June 9, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  22. Casy

    One question

    Who is going to pay for this?

    June 9, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  23. DeborahKansas City

    We must have insurance for all and trading my health insurance like a for profit commodity has not worked. Only the insurance companies, CEO's of large health care corporations, and pharmeceutical companies profit from the current system. If, you take out the huge profits these people gain, from other people's health needs, the system could be profitable for itself and make things cheaper for us all. But, those who have an investment in keeping the rich rich and keeping the power where it now is; will make up all kinds of scary stories to tell. All those that do not want a public health care system, should give up their and their families right to ever have Medicare or Social Security Disability. It is due to the greediness of the for profit crowd, that Medicare is even in trouble, because they drive the cost up to make their profit. Medicare is not a free program, there are premiums, co payments, and limits on the amounts that Medicare will spend. Medicare negotiates rates for their customers, pays the providers claims, and participates in establishing quality of care standards. Medicare follows the same, written standards of care, that are agreed to by Dr's and hospitals, and applied to all patients, private insurance or public. Medicare does not interfere in anyway with what the Dr and the patient decide are the best actions. Medicare just pays their part of the bill. MEDICARE IS NOT FREE. There are premiums, copayments, and limits; after which the patient is responsible for payment. So, stop acting like it is a freebee program. I am a nurse and work with insurance for a living.

    June 9, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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