September 9th, 2009
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Obama's speech a health care 'game changer'?

President Obama will lay out health care reform specifics in a speech before Congress on Wednesday

President Obama will lay out health care reform specifics in a speech before Congress on Wednesday

WASHINGTON (CNN) - After months of criticism that he has failed to outline a specific health care reform plan, President Obama will address a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night in a speech aides say will be to the point.

At stake for the president: getting Democratic factions on board with his plan and convincing Americans of the need for health care reform.

CNN Senior Political Analyst Gloria Borger said Obama will likely take on a tone seen during the 2008 campaign.

"He's going into full campaign mode" with this speech, said Gloria Borger, CNN senior political analyst.

Some have even deemed it one of the key legislative speeches of his presidency to date.

"Wednesday night's health care speech may be one of the toughest he has faced," said CNN contributor David Gergen.

Obama, for the most part, has issued broad reform ideas, but he has left most of the specific legislative details to leaders in Congress, who have faced sometimes contentious negotiations.

GOP strategist and CNN contributor Ed Rollins said that Obama must be "clear and very honest" with Americans on the specifics.

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  1. katiec

    The GOP says President Obama must be clear and honest.
    Give me a break. The republicans do not know the meaning of honesty or integrity or honor.
    With their goal of destroying our president, party first, winning at any cost, totally disregarding the wants and needs of the American people, how can anyone support them or give them creditibility on
    anything they say.
    I have never seen politicans stoop to the level they have. I have
    never seen politics where one party totally supports big business,
    sacrificing us and our country.
    Americans, we need to demand politicans do what they are elected to do. We need to say NO on the continuation of sewer politics we
    are witnessing.

    September 9, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. Mary

    I am a 71, and 5ft. and I am ready to get started on a public option.
    I have Group Health Care of Washington, and as far as the service, I am o.k. with. But the price is getting out of sight. If it keeps going up, the next 5 Yrs. as it has in the pass, I will be without insurance. You are asking the wrong questions, about health care, ask people if the price is o.k. with them. You will get a different answer. The Republicans, do not want the middle class or poor to have insurance at all. They are living in a dream world, if they think the insurance company's will charge less,and what about the people who don't have a job, they still will have no insurance. The American people will still be paying for their health care, and we should. If Geo. Bush can start a war, that cost trillions, we can afford health care for everyone. The blue dogs Dems. should get on board, or not be in office the next go around.

    September 9, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. Hugo

    We all see wheat his campaign promises have gotten us so far, a 9-trillion dollar 10-yr deficit. A Cap and Trade Bill that is going to result in a 20 to 30 % increase in everything you purchase to consume so the corporations can pay the Government taxes instead of you, allowing them to state their claim of not increasing FEDERAL taxation. What a smoke and mirrors game of deception this guy plays and the Liberals just keep falling for it, over and over!

    Regulate the Lawyers, Insurance Companies and Politicians, NOT the AMERICAN PEOPLE!

    September 9, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  4. Nurselady

    The People of this country – the MAJORITY elected this President, in part, to implement a national healthcare system – WITH a public option or fully government run. Some in Congress are NOT doing what The People want them to do. We elected Democrats and this is what they do??? We brought in the people to represent us that we thought would FINALLY do the right thing for us and they are failing us. It is shameful that we went through 8 years of Bush and now we have Democrats in Congress doing exactly what Bush would have done: DENY THE PEOPLE of this country what is needed.

    I would personally like a list of the names of our supposed representatives who are standing in our President's way on healthcare reform. We need to VOTE THEM OUT as soon as is possible. They are NOT representing us! We then need to find representatives who will actually do what the American people – the majority – have asked them to do.

    September 9, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. Emmanuel Goldstein

    "GOP strategist and CNN contributor Ed Rollins said that Obama must be "clear and very honest" with Americans on the specifics."

    Are you kidding me? That's a recipe for disaster. If Obama continues to trot out the "deficit neutral" and "keep your plan" rhetoric, when it is abundantly clear that a strong public option will eviserate private insurance and raise the deficit, he is asking for a "read my lips" moment. There's a reason republicans are not signing on to this bill; the most important part in it is the Law of Unintended Consequences and no one in Congress wants their hands on the throttle when the train runs off the cliff.

    September 9, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  6. rhytonen

    There can be no Health Care Reform without a STRONG Public Option -no Trigger, no Co-ops.

    Nothing else will bring down costs, or keep Insurance Companies from simply raising premiums etc., to pay for any reforms – assuming they would even obey them.

    Private Profit has no place in Health Care. Our current unaffordable system proves its greed can not be kept in check. The "trigger point" was reached at least twenty years ago, and the "Compromise" IS a Public Option.

    As is true in all other countries, Single Payer is proven to cost HALF the per capita cost of America's corporate greed based system. This would be the greatest savings and should never have been unilaterally negotiated away in advance.

    September 9, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  7. rich

    Just some word of advise for everyone. You need to educate yourself about health refom. Stop listening to the scare tactics used by insurance companines. Look at the facts.

    September 9, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. Farrell in Houston

    President Obama has seized the moment to speak on healthcare reform after all the nay sayers have spoken and reacted so negative, now is the right time. President Obama has again proven he is a great thinker before reacting.

    September 9, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  9. g

    any- body who has employer pay health care should read the fine print they may not have what they think they have

    September 9, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  10. al in memphis

    Obama, for the most part, has issued broad reform ideas, but he has left most of the specific legislative details to leaders in Congress, who have faced sometimes contentious negotiations.


    This shoulf tell it all. Congress and Senate had the opportunity to bring something workable to the table. The end product has been "out of control" town hall meetings and more talk show material. Sounds like a script right out of Limbaugh and insurance lobbyist meetings.

    Conversely- Obama has acted like the CEO by reconizing the problem, setting a vision, and getting input from those who would make it happen. The same yahoos that are against this process, don't have a problem paying a CEO millions to do what Obama tried to do to fix this problem

    September 9, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  11. Julie

    Let;s hope he can change the nasty lieing game that the opposition has mounted so far. Their use of scare tactics and out and out misrepresentations of the facts have so confused people that I wonder if they can even straighten out their own lies to get something accomplished.

    September 9, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  12. mike

    it always amazed me that congress will act to go to war without taking time to discuss it but when it comes down to helping the american public lets take all the time in the world, we bailed out the rich with tax credits,we took care of the senior citizens with a drug program,we took care of our war vets with better programs, but when it comes down to the american tax payer where spending to much money well guess what its time to pay the pie piper

    September 9, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
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