July 13th, 2009
03:23 PM ET
9 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.

Filed under: Health care • President Obama
soundoff (118 Responses)
  1. Denna

    @ Enough July 13th, 2009 3:31 pm ET - Punish those who work hard to get ahead and reward those who choose to be so called poor and on welfare…………….yes it is their choice. Nobody in this country has to be poor, we all have the same opportunities in life and they don't all require a college degree…………….just hard work, and that is where the problem is, nobody wants to work hard anymore.
    Wow Enough. You are really, really smug and self-satisfied aren't you? I wonder how long you could hold out after a series of life-changing bad breaks that could put you in the category of the people you say want to be poor and on welfare. Karma is a b!tch, so you had better hope you don't get what you really deserve – a dose of reality.

    July 13, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  2. Stuffit


    Here's an idea, you start paying 90% of YOUR salary in taxes and the rest of us, seeing how well you're doing and impressed at the example you've set for us, will follow your lead. That way we can ALL have the government provide our health care, green energy, plasma screen, transportation, and just about everything we need. And, we'll have a whopping 10% of the fruits of our labor left for discretionary spending.

    I think you've found the way to Utopia, c'mon everyone, hop on board the Jefe express! Yes We Can!

    July 13, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  3. Fed UP

    Finally some real thinking. Taxing the rich more will not work. Skyhawkdriver said it the best. This is not about giving the hard working american insurance. This is about giving the illegal alliens and the welfare crowd an insurance plan paid for by the hard working people of this country. Stop all welfare programs or make them earn the money by doing community service. And make them have to take random drug test like I have to before they get any money. Get rid of the illegals PERIOD.............. Oh and I really do not care if you people holding your hand out like this or not.

    July 13, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  4. Tom Bachman

    The only thing I've learned from reading these posts is that the LANGUAGE IS DYING!!! Liberals like to paint a picture of intellect and education......but these clowns are illiterate. Go back to school, get a better job, pay the taxes....and Press ONE for English.

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

    TCM – July 13th, 2009 3:24 pm ET
    'let's see….I believe it's either 3 or 4 plans that the republicans have presented as healthcare options.' And none of them were worth a second look, and you know why?
    What is in discussion is how to reform the healthcare system that puts the richest nation of the world in a very humble 37th position among the best healthcare system. 37th! This according to the most neutral source since they use both official data and reliable unofficial ones.
    A reform is needed in the whole system, but what were the Republicans propositions? 'More of the same' and 'Tax cuts', as if it can be called a proposition of a REFORM.
    WHEN, 'when' and not 'if', the Republicans present a REFORM propposal then the Dems will have to check on it and study it and see what they can and what they can't agree with, or your criticism will be THEN right.

    July 13, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  6. colorado

    Don't work- don't succeed- stay on welfare.
    King Obama will give you free health care, housing, cars etc..
    Rich folks will pay for it. Ha ha

    July 13, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. Doug

    The people at the meeting from Congress already and always had FREE HEALTH CARE. Now if you can only find a way for them to PAY for it everyone would be equal. Whay happened to your pledge Mr. President that we would all have Congressional Health Care, I heard you pledge this.

    July 13, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  8. Vic of New York

    Wow! This is a man who can multi-task!

    He makes the Repugnicans look like slugs!

    Jody: there is no such thing as "bipartisonship" - get over it. The people voted this man in because we WANTED change from the "do nothing" Bush administration. Go give Dick or George a call if you're looking for bipartisonship – see what they can do for you. Otherwise get on the bus or get left behind.

    July 13, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  9. Stuffit

    mike,texas July 13th, 2009 3:35 pm ET

    Easy solution Tax The Rich,Show me a rich person who went broke paying more taxes and I'll show you a liar.

    Ask GM and Chrysler how they're doing. Increased costs (analogous to taxes) served them quite well, don't you agree?

    July 13, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  10. m

    I had a patient in today who told me he couldn't afford health care because he worked part time and his hours were getting cut.

    He then told me he had a $397 car payment on a used Lexus.

    The guy was 20 years old.

    He was thinking about applying for public aid.

    Please increase my taxes and let me pay for his health care so that he can keep his used Lexus....I beg you

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

    @ tedious: If Bush spent money like a "drunken sailor" then Bo Bo is spends it like a "drunken sailor with stolen credit cards (read: my tax dollars).
    I guess Bo Bo's secret meeting with only Democraps in attendance is his idea of "transparency".
    We are so screwed, but you "Hope and Change" nut cases keep singing to the Messiah. He'll make all your problems go away.

    July 13, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. The Party of NO stood calmly by for 8 year while the shrub raped and pillaged America, so, why would we listen to you now?

    Some of you saying you do not want to "pay for others" should look beyond that narrow little limbaugh lemming nose. Who in the he!! do you think is paying for those "others" today? You are, you morons, and you are paying at the highest possible rate, the emergency room rates!

    Now for those same little weak minded lemmings that do not want healthcare "rationing", what do you think it is when the insurance company will pay for you PPO or HMO doctor but no other one. What do you call it when some insurance admin clerk making $9 dollars an hour denies you services because the insurance company and it's "experts" decide you do not need the procedure/medication YOUR doctor prescribed?

    Some of you are simply too stupid to understand an explanation of reality

    July 13, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. Kevin B

    It is amazing to read some of the simplistic, slogan spewing GOP/conservative or whatever you claim to be postings on this blog.

    I got give to you folks, you are certainly, absolutely sure you are right.. .............

    but deceptively you only use half of the facts in your analysis, so that makes most of your post disingenous at best and willfully un-informed at worst.

    July 13, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. Mike in MN

    I'm really tired of the health care is not a right argument. I'm guaranteed the life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, I don't exactly have any of those when I'm dead because I couldn't afford the operation that would have saved my life. I don't see what is so hard to understand about that fact that we pay double what anyone else does for health care and yet we rank 37th in the world. What needs to happen is we need a comparison between what businesses and individuals currently pay for health care vs. how much our taxes would go up. Also, why invite republicans? They through out bipartisanship along time ago.

    July 13, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. Hans Brecker RI

    Health care is NOT a big problem in the uS. The government running it IS!!!!

    When will you dim-bulbed dems realize that the Gov't can't run anything efficiently. Anyone ever heard of Social Security? Yeah, how's that runnin'??

    There can be a better way BUT not gov't-run healthcare.

    July 13, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  16. Jeff in Atlanta

    I would have thought we learned that getting government involved in anything relating to the economy has negative effects that they never contemplate.
    there are plenty of examples of this but the most blatent has to be when government, (clinton mainly, but with Dobbs helping), decided it would be great for people to own homes even when a bank feels they should not have a loan, and we all know where that got us.

    Now they decide everyone should have healthcare even if they cannot afford to buy it.

    Anyone have any ideas where this is going? Anyone believe if you are dumb enough to not listen to history, you are doomed to repeat it?

    July 13, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  17. aware

    Go ahead – make my day – ram it down our throats and you are finished BO!

    July 13, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  18. Joe in NJ

    "president obama, will succed in getting health care done this year. "

    And we'll be paying for it for years and years to come.

    July 13, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  19. Stacy from Leesburg, VA

    Sure, invite Eric Cantor and his ilk so they can later grandstand on Fox News and bellyache about the Democrats. When they put their "big boy" pants on and try to work in a bipartisan fashion, then they can come. Bravo to guys like Bachus and Greenley who are trying to come up with bipartisan solutions.

    July 13, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  20. aware

    I have lived under "National Health Care" and it was a disaster! But go ahead and prove the GOP's point! This Independent will enjoy the fiasco and the dem demise! 🙂

    July 13, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  21. MatthewDetroit

    Open Letter To Barack.

    Please move back to Kenya and stop screwing up the United States of America. By all reports and your own words you hate this country and always have.
    Please get out now.
    You are killing the economy. You are dragging us down further each day. You are now set to ruin healthcare. You are tearing apart the CIA and any form of National Security. You are stopping the police from arresting illegal immigrants. You are partial to destroying the constitution. Please just leave and go back to the country you love where there is So so much prosperity and freedom.

    July 13, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  22. phonix86

    I wonder how long it will take the democraps on this blog to realize that the government produces nothing, makes no profit, and therefore can only "pay" for something by taking money from individuals.

    Obamacare, Cap & Trade, Porkulus etc. will cost the US well over $1 trillion per year. If you declare anyone making over $100,000 a year "rich" and tax 100% of his / her gross income, you still don't have enough to pay for Obama's programs.

    Now if you liberals are so intelligent, how do you propose that Obama's programs get paid for?

    July 13, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  23. bearced

    Why do so many of you not seem to realize the poor already get free health care!!! It's the working people that do not have employer provided health plans that are suffering!. I have an idea how to pay for this as well, charge all participants a similar rate to private insurance and then charge federal employees the same 20% for there insurance that most of us pay.

    July 13, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  24. MatthewDetroit


    If they want to change health care than make it like dental care.
    You get so much and thats it. Everything else is out of pocket.
    If you are poor, we will send you a bill and you can pay it later.
    This FREE crap is not free.
    Someone has to pay for it and it is NOT right for someone else to have to pay MY bills. PERIOD.

    July 13, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  25. jt


    What's with the alliterations? Put down the pipe and get a job. Maybe then you'll have some healthcare.

    July 13, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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