July 13th, 2009
03:23 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama, top Dems to tackle health reform alternatives

President Obama will meet with top congressional Democrats to discuss how to pay for health care.
President Obama will meet with top congressional Democrats to discuss how to pay for health care.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama will huddle with five top congressional Democrats on Monday afternoon to discuss how to pay for the health care reform bills that are stalled in Congress, largely over the issue of which taxes should be raised to cover the $1 trillion price tag, congressional aides told CNN.

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs confirmed the meeting during his daily press briefing.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada will join the chairs of the tax-writing committees in the House and Senate - Rep. Charlie Rangel of New York and Sen. Max Baucus of Montana - for the White House gathering. A Democratic aide told CNN that House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is also attending the meeting.

Obama invited the leaders to the 4:30 p.m. meeting in part to sift through the various proposals lawmakers are considering to raise hundreds of billions of dollars for health reform.

It's Obama's first health care reform meeting with congressional leaders since returning from an overseas trip.

On Capitol Hill, aides were reluctant to publicize the meeting. One said it was meant to be kept "secret."

Republicans and Democrats, meanwhile, sparred Sunday over how to pay for health care reform.

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Updated: 3:23 p.m.


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soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. Mike Syracuse,NY

    @Marc, you mean like when the Republicans offered ideas on the stimulus and were told by Obama 'we won'? Was that YOUR idea of studying, following up, and taking what can be used? Face it, Obama is about as bipartisan as Rush Limbaugh.

    July 13, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. Zion

    That's one thing I love about Democrats, they may have the power, but they don't feel the need to be lock step with their party.

    July 13, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. ED

    I have employer driven health care. For my wife and my self, I pay $800 per month out of my gross income. If I am hospitalized the first $5,000 of my bill falls on me. Forty dollars to see my doctor, $50 to see a specialist, and 20% on all imagining studies.
    Is this health care in America today?
    Obama, we voted for change, don't throw our votes away trying to garner R support. They will burry you.

    July 13, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    @ TCM, who said "Commericals? You mean like the ones sponsored by MOVE ON.org? or the DNC discrediting everything conservatives come up with…those commericals ? "

    Duh. We'd forgive the GOP's commercials too if criticizing and crying wasn't the ONLY thing they were doing. At least the Dems are trying by putting forth proposals that make sense...not regurgitating broken ideology that has (yes, it has) been disproven over the past several decades and has (yes, it has) been rejected by the majority of Americans.

    July 13, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. Peggy

    If we all got past the mentality of the government will take care of us and take care of our own families, we would not be in this mess. Quit crying because you lost your job. Go get a job that provides insurance or do whatever it takes to purchase some and live within your means. Suck it up and pay your own way. If you don't, then we are all going to live in a socialist state, with the government telling us where to live, what to drive, when to turn the lights on and off, they will tell us what to eat, when to exercise, when to have children, they will tell us when it's our turn for health care, they'll tell you when you are too old for health care. I know, you don't believe it can happen here in the USA, but what if it does.........Do something before it's too late. We are the only ones that can stop all this insanity. Be it Democrat or Republican or Independent or just plain American Citizen, don't let these crazy politicians completely ruin our country. Tell them "no more political correctness". Let our voices be heard in no uncertain terms. We want our freedoms back............NOW

    July 13, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  6. DawnL,CA

    Where is the health care Obama talked about during the campaign? Remember him saying "we should all have the same health care as Congress"? What happened to this argument? Slow it down, people. Let's get this right!

    July 13, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  7. Roger from CA

    Just please get SOMETHING in place that will result in REAL reform!

    The health care crisis is probably the single most important domestic issue. It is morally repugnant that there is anyone out there unable to get the best quality health care without suffering financial ruin, and that anyone has to fear financial collapse from ongoing health issues should one (a) lose a job, (b) move to a new company that doesn't provide decent group insurance or (c) stay at a company that drops its coverage.

    July 13, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  8. Four and The Door

    I hope they do better than they did when they fixed the auto business. That didn't go well...but they only wasted $50 billion on that one. They are ready for the big time with health care. ( Anybody want to bet they end up owning Blue Cross, too? )

    July 13, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. Give the people what they want

    It doesn't matter about the GOP, they don't need to be in this meeting because all they are gonna do is whine(party of wine) if they don't get their way or suggestion. They've done this for years and they are the one's that want to be partisan and secretive on issues so they can all agree on one answer. They have made their suggestions, but time and time again, their solutions or suggestions don't have substance or clear details. I think they are trying to set up Democrats so we all need to just ignore them as normal.

    July 13, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. Susan, Nebraska

    We need comprehensive healthcare reform. Doctors, hospitals, insurance companies, tort reform, and drug companies are all part of the problem. Healthcare consumers also need to take responsibility for their own personal health. Obesity leads to numerous health risks/problems that involve a lot of medical care. Heart disease, stroke and diabetes are the biggest risks to the obese. The biggest reform needs to be in Washington D.C. where all of the special interest groups and lobbyist have our Senators and Representatives in their back pocket. Cramming an expensive, rushed, and ineffective healthcare plan down our throats isn't the answer. This is a huge undertaking, not something you can do in a few months.

    July 13, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  11. Bill

    Do you all remember the person who said no new taxes and then bam here comes the new taxes. George bush senior and bam he was a one term president. Obama the second.

    July 13, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. Larry from RI

    End "for profit health care" in the US!

    "Family values" dictate that our health should not be treated as no more than a commodity like soy beans and pork bellies for Wall St. to profit by!

    July 13, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  13. Roger from CA

    Oh, and to all you wingnuts out there whining about taxes and the cost of health care reform.... I don't know about you, but I'm already paying through my employer a pretty big chunk of change towards my insurance premiums (let alone deductibles and co-pays).

    Stop your apoplexy about paying taxes. What, precisely, is the difference between paying a tax and paying a premium.

    It really would be so much better if we had a single-payor system. No more premiums. No business will be disadvantaged by being forced to pay for health coverage when others are exempt. Sure, there may be a slightly longer wait period for non-emergency procedures, and some elective procedures may not be covered. There is no evidence, that the major western industrialized countries with single payor systems have worse health care than the US or that the general health and life expectancies are any worse than here (in fact, they generally are better).

    But, the GOP nutjobs have made single payor untenable. A shame. BUT WE MUST GET SOME REAL HEALTH CARE REFORM.... AND SOON!!!!

    July 13, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  14. Dean

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada will join the chairs of the tax-writing committees in the House and Senate — Rep. Charlie Rangel of New York and Sen. Max Baucus of Montana — for the White House gathering. A Democratic aide told CNN that House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is also attending the meeting.

    Where's Larry, Moe and Curly?

    July 13, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  15. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    What new about this this country has always been debt. It trulty amazing how in six month the world came to a END when President Obama became President.Housing vaule fail.bank fail, car dealship fail, unempolyment high over10%, war in Iraq who know how much but now it on the books, America remember all this started only six month ago. If you believe this you are two can short of a six pack

    July 13, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  16. Chris

    It's easy to add a program IF all you're going to do is raise taxes on the American taxpayers. The hard part would be to add a program where everyone who gets a piece of the pie pay his/her way equally. Now that's a fresh idea for any politician -– cut out some of these free programs and help those who think they need never lift a finger to help themselves to help themselves.

    July 13, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  17. John

    That's what I call bipartisanship. Why to lie your way to the top obama. Thank the lord I didn't drink the koolaid like the rest of the idiots

    July 13, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  18. Dean

    Roger from Ca
    It really would be so much better if we had a single-payor system. No more premiums. No business will be disadvantaged by being forced to pay for health coverage when others are exempt. Sure, there may be a slightly longer wait period for non-emergency procedures, and some elective procedures may not be covered. There is no evidence, that the major western industrialized countries with single payor systems have worse health care than the US or that the general health and life expectancies are any worse than here (in fact, they generally are better).

    You want evidence, talk to someone from Canada or Great Britian or Cuba.

    Or just compare existing government agencies to public sector companies like the U. S Post Office compared to FedEx or UPS.

    July 13, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
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