September 9th, 2009
09:08 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama warns anyone who would 'misrepresent' plan

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Wednesday he would call out anyone who misrepresents what's in his health care plan.

The president told a joint session of Congress that he would listen to a "serious set of proposals" from Democrats or Republicans, but would not "waste time with those who have made the calculation that it's better politics to kill this plan than improve it."

"I will not stand by while the special interests use the same old tactics to keep things exactly the way they are," he said. "If you misrepresent what's in the plan, we will call you out. And I will not accept the status quo as a solution. Not this time. Not now."

Obama said his proposal contained elements from both sides of the aisle and that he would "continue to seek common ground in the weeks ahead."

"If you come to me with a serious set of proposals, I will be there to listen," he said. "My door is always open."


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soundoff (105 Responses)
  1. Constitution believer

    The President:
    "I will not stand by while the special interests use the same old tactics to keep things exactly the way they are," he said. "If you misrepresent what's in the plan, we will call you out. And I will not accept the status quo as a solution. Not this time. Not now."

    me: Amen

    September 9, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  2. charlie in Maine

    Now, finally, that's the guy I hired to get this jpob done.

    September 9, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  3. Myrtle, Alabama

    I guess he meant the republicans.

    September 9, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  4. andrewstl

    get em.start with the foll from alaska!!

    September 9, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  5. Jackson

    good they should call out the sarah palins of the world who don't have a clue

    September 9, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  6. charles in MI

    Dr. Charles Bustani gave the same old rhetoric about how Obama's plan would increase the deficit and ration care right after the president addressed these issues. Is he calling the president a liar or is he just narrow-minded? I think the president gave much to the gop as compromise. What's wrong with them?

    September 9, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Put them on blast Mr. President. I loved the way he took that swipe at Failin' Palin and didn't deny it.

    September 9, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  8. Janene Whitney

    Thank God President Obama called out members of Congress who deal is lies rather than facts, greed rather than serving America, and partisan politics rather than moral conscience. No thinking human being could listen to his speech and NOT support his health care initiative.

    My question is "When was the last time an "alternative view" representing only the opposition was broadcast by the media after a Presidential speech? This makes me wonder if the media is a mirror of the Republican party: greed over facts.

    September 9, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  9. BOOTSTOMPER

    And so he should.

    September 9, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  10. ABDobrusin

    Good, many conservatives will do what they can to defeat health care for political reasons. Stop trying to appease them, it wont work

    September 9, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  11. Karen

    Do you think Sara Palin is capable of comprehending this?

    September 9, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  12. Dave

    The only people he listens to are Pelosi and Reed. Anything anyone else says is considered irrelevant and obstructionist.

    September 9, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  13. MWM

    He should call them out. The lies they are circulating are despicable. Just proves that the right wing is more interested in protecting the insurance companies than helping average Americans.

    September 9, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  14. Dave

    Its about time that President Obama called the republicans out on their
    lies. BRAVO.

    September 9, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  15. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    Hardly a single clap from the republican side of the aisle. WAY TO GO, GUYS AND GALS OF THE RIGHT! We're counting on you to stop the marxist takeover of America! Midterm 2010 can't come soon enough!

    September 9, 2009 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  16. Joan Rich Golden, PHD

    President Obama's speech was brillant. I hope that he has now set the record straight for those on the very right that just make up stories , lies and in turn cause our country harm. Once again, he demonstarted that he is above the fray, the noise of untruths.

    September 9, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  17. Penn Voter

    I don't trust this plan.

    September 9, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  18. Nevada dude

    I hope that guy that yelled 'YOU LIE" steps forward. stand up and be counted, dont cower in the shadows throwing noise around

    September 9, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  19. Marissa

    Good for you Mr . President. I work in the health care field and know what you say is true ! Thanks for showing some resolve and showing frankly some testeronees

    September 9, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  20. pc

    The Republican response to President Obama's speech is sick! His response was the complete opposite of what President Obama said. They continue to try to poison the minds of the American people and it doesn't matter President Obama does or try to accomplish, there are those who will lie and try to destroy it! Come on Americans, Please read between the lines and see that our great President is for us. He is not the enemy! Those who don't the public option healthcare to pass is the option. They don't have healthcare needs and they don't care! Our great President cares and he is trying to help us! Work with him! Don't believe the critics! They lie and they deceive and they want President Obama to fail and they want the American people to suffer! President Obama will fund this plan by eliminating the waste, not by adding to the deficit. AMERICANS, PAY ATTENTION!!! Come on Americans, YES WE CAN!!!

    September 9, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  21. SS

    Who was the guy who yelled LIAR?

    Best speech EVER! Way to know that one out of the park President Obama!!

    Call those people out... so happy to see someone do it for the rest of us that suffer and listen to the lies...

    Civil conversations work miracles.

    AWESOME!

    September 9, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  22. KK

    I ccouldn't believe what I heard and saw by the Republicans during the Presidents speech-totally disrespectful and immature. Thought I was watching a bunch of college students during rush.

    September 9, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  23. fedupwiththe repubs in Texas

    Good for him. You only had to glance to the republican side to see they were not thrilled with this.

    September 9, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  24. Marty, FL

    Congressman Wilson from SC is a disgrace to the office of public service. The disrespect he showed tonight shouting an unruly outburst & lie across the Chamber was not worthy of the position he holds in Congress. Shame on you, Wilson!

    September 9, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  25. Rob Stumpf

    We are going to protest his socialistic plans to the end. Go ahead, Barry, call us out.

    Who cares? What you want is irrelevant to us.

    September 9, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
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