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. Mary

    It was absolutely outrageous how the republicans conducted themselves
    at the address.

    And we expect more from the heathen like behavior exhibited at the
    town halls?

    September 9, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  2. A Democrat of 51 years who has finally got smart to their follishness.

    McCain right off the bat misrepresented what you said.

    September 9, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  3. Christina

    What were the republicans holding up during the speech?

    September 9, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  4. Lindie

    I agree and he needs to start with Palin.......A great speech and I am more behind him now than I was. It's time to get something done......and these republicans need to stop their trying to make this President fail.....or they will be the ones looking for new jobs......

    September 9, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  5. Juge

    YESSSSSS Go Get'em. Those Republicans that sat there with their sour faces have no sense or sensibility!

    September 9, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  6. T'SAH from Virginia

    That means YOU Sarah Palin!!!
    And YOU Greer!!!
    And YOU Pawlenty!!
    And YOU Fox News – Well, there is no reason to call out FOX NEWS because they're all STUPID and not worth calling out – they make themselves look like ASHES on their own!!!

    September 9, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  7. ANGY

    Thank you President Obama. call those hate mongers out.

    September 9, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  8. lori

    I don't understand how the Republicans can lie so terribly to the American people. Just like diring elections they lie because they think that we are dumb!

    September 9, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  9. Justin -NC

    Joe Wilson the heckler. You silly, dumb man. Obama glared at you like he was ready to gank him. HR32000 Section 246 states NO FEDERAL PAYMENT FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS and Wilson yells out "LIE!" Well, we'll get him out of office in 2010. I'm sending donations to anyone willing to challenge this DISRESPECTFUL NUTCASE. See the hypocrisy in Republicans? No Democrat ever heckled Bush during an address to Congress. This is all about racism with Wilson. They hate that Obama is in the White House, hate that their Dixie South is going extinct, hate that health care reform is going to get passed, and they he hates that he can't do anything to stop it.

    September 9, 2009 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  10. Joe

    I like Bill Clinton's idea best: Ignore the republicans.

    September 9, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  11. Justin

    I'm a moderate Democrat, and I would welcome constructive criticism from the GOP to improve this bill. Unfortunately, there's been painfully little of that from Republican leaders.

    Though they agree with the great majority of what Obama proposes, they still insist that all the work that's been done until now should be thrown out. All of it.

    Why? Why not work to improve an already great approach?

    Still, Obama has listened to them – tort reform, taxes on Cadillac insurance – these are all proposals the GOP brought to the table.

    Now, it's time for them to take a few steps toward Obama. If not, leave them behind!

    September 9, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  12. Yea right!!

    Republicans are NUTS! We all know that it doesnt matter what Pres Obama does or says, IT'S WRONG & THEY WILL BE AGAINST IT!!!!The party of NO has no intention of passing anything that Mr. Obama tries to put forth. The Dems will have to do it while they can. And even some of them are scared to death about re-elections. That's all that's important right now to them. The uninsured Americans and those struggling with health care affordability are certainly not important over going back to Washington and living it up!!!! This is CRAZY!!!

    September 9, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  13. m jeff

    Congressman Wilson of SC still thinks he can install his scare tactics. It's time for him to work for the people and not for the insurance companies.

    September 9, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  14. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    It's IRRESPONSIBLE to lie to the people about death panels Sarah Palin when the INSURANCE COMPANY IS ALREADY THE DEATH PANEL..

    September 9, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  15. Melissa

    Good. Thats exactly what should happen.

    September 9, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  16. Brian-Pa

    Finally, Enough of the bickering and partasian attacks. We will move forward, we will prevail as Americans of all ideology's, from the middle. So refreshing.

    September 9, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  17. Brian-Pa

    Finally, Enough of the bickering and partisan attacks. We will move forward, we will prevail as Americans of all ideology's, from the middle. So refreshing.

    September 9, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  18. Danny J

    Will he call himself out as well? Please!

    September 9, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  19. KLJ

    I am glad to see the President forcefully address those extremists who will not deal with facts and prefer to misrepresent the facts. While I would have like more details on his plan, I take comfort in that he clearly articulated what he will and will not accept. I also thought he made another attempt at bi-partisanship by acknowledging some of the Republican ideas. Overall, good job by the President. The ball is the court of Congress and the Senate to complete the play!

    September 9, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  20. Zion

    Republicans..You have race baited. You have misrepresented. You have screamed, you have hollered, you have been caught texting during the speech... Can you say, down for the count.

    September 9, 2009 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  21. Rick

    WOW great speech by Obama tonight. I 'm glad he put the Republicans on the hot seat tonight.

    September 9, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  22. Cynthia

    Congressman Joe Wilson from South Carolina you showed the world tonight how IGNORANT you are.
    I have never seen a Congressman or Senator Democrat or Republican Ever disrespect the President of the US in chamber.
    You need to resign and go somewhere and learn some ETIQUETTE immediately.

    September 9, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  23. Change in American

    Vote Republicans out the office they dont care about poor American without insurance

    September 9, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  24. vic nashville , Tn

    Some time we have to tough

    September 9, 2009 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  25. vic nashville , Tn

    They are showing the blank papers for the camera

    September 9, 2009 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
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