September 14th, 2009
03:51 PM ET
5 years ago

President Obama taking health care message on the road

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama is taking his health care message back on the road this week.

The White House says that the president will hold a rally on health care Thursday at the University of Maryland. The school is located in College Park, Maryland, about ten miles from the White House.

The president headlined a similar rally at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota Saturday, and discussed health care reform in an interview that aired Sunday night on "60 Minutes" on CBS, part of a push by the White House to build momentum out of Obama's health care address last Wednesday night to a joint-session of Congress.

The president is also likely to raise the issue when he travels to Pittsburgh and speaks in front of the AFL-CIO annual convention Tuesday.

–CNN White House Producer Erika Dimmler contributed to this report


Filed under: Health care • President Obama
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. AXH

    Dear Mr. President:
    We do NOT want this health care reform. There are so many other programs related to the current health care system in America that need fixing. Government involvement in this is no good; government as you well know can't even run itself much less make decisions on its citizens health.

    Please so ramming this down our throats!
    Wilson is not the only one who's peeved about what the Dems are trying to do!

    September 14, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. FL

    How about he stays put in Washington DC and gets something done instead of continuing to campaign constantly? The biggest problem with Obama is that he is a talker and not a do-er. The country doesn't need a liberal mouth piece. God knows we have more than enough of those. What we need is someone who is moderate and who can actually do something. Ya'll got it wrong when you voted for him. McCain wasn't my favorite candidate ever, but he would have been a whole lot better than Obama. Obama had no experience and it is really showing.

    September 14, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. geecee

    Mr. President. We are behind you. Fire It Up! Ready to Go! Health Care Insurance Reform will pass – with a public option hopefully. You just need to get people back to work and everything will turn out okay. It's tough, but you can do.

    September 14, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. William in San Jose

    Health care for all, anything less is a national disgrace.

    September 14, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. katiec

    Our president needs to speak out as much as possible, as so many misinformed, unthinking, radical right, racists are out there to destroy anything he tries to do, regardless of the benefits to country.
    Just cannot understand where these "concerned citizens" were these last eight years when Bush and the republicans almost destroyed
    our country.

    September 14, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  6. Right Leaning Independent

    Well at least making these speeches to his supporters will make him feel like he is making headway with his unpopular health care ideas!

    September 14, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  7. Jenn, Philadelphia

    Didn't they have something like this in the old west? Dr. Love's magical health elixir to cure all your ills? Maybe we should get him a covered wagon and a horse team for his travels.

    September 14, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. FIERCE URGENCY OF NOW!

    Enough said.

    September 14, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. Idiot_Pelosi

    Another speech in a PRO-UNION town hall where all the union workers are looking for more hand outs.

    Boycott Union based companies and products.

    Will never buy a GM car again.

    September 14, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. Shawn - GA

    Where is the story of the Anti-Abortion activist being shot down?

    Where is the story about the White house telling ACORN thanks but no thanks on helping with the Census?

    Where is the story about now 3 ACORN cities all willing to help the Pimp/Prostitute?

    Why is there STILL no investigation into ACORN and what they are doing with all of OUR money??

    This list goes on

    September 14, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  11. Mike in MN

    He can talk all he wants and make claims about what will be or not be in the bill.
    At the end of the day once congress actually has a bill ready for a vote, voters will demand a period of time for them to vet and understand what is in it.
    It does not matter what Obama or Pelosi or Republicians are going to say what it does or does not do. The proof will be what is actually in the written bill, what is actually says.
    No more rushing a bill to vote and into law before voters have a chance to understand what is really says and to express their views to the House members and Senators. That has happened for the last time.
    So Obama can talk all he wants, all I care about is what will be written in the actual bill.

    September 14, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  12. What a joke

    Is he coming to SC. Though he lost our state he still did well, doesn't that count for anything???

    September 14, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. Stuffit

    Give it a rest. He gives so many of these campaign speeches that they eventually lose their impact.

    Over and over the same old, same old. Choice and competition, choice and competition, keep your doctor if you like him, more efficiency, deficit neutral, more efficient, keep your doctor, deficit neutral. My plan will ...

    But, he doesn't have a plan that we can see, it's all still in the ether. It can be anything you want it to be. He is simply projecting it without specifics, you fill in the blanks and then argue passionately about that which you imagine.

    Wait until the facts are available and then we'll talk.

    September 14, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  14. Pee Wee

    President Obama taking health care message on the road

    Maybe we'll be lucky, and a semi will corss paths with it,

    ... only to make it roadkill.

    September 14, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  15. tom

    This is starting to get old, how many times do we have to listen to another long winded speech that doesn't tell us any facts. All I hear is the presidents beliefs and wants, and I do not share those beliefs and wants. If healthcare reform is passed there is no law stopping businesses from dropping coverage, only a fine that is actually less than what the business owner is paying in health insurance for his/her employees. So every business owner is going to drop their coverage because it is cheaper, and the 170 million workers who have coverage will lose it, and be forced on to a terrible government plan or pay a fine. What are we doing?

    September 14, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  16. HonestMistake

    Does the campaigning ever stop.

    September 14, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  17. shmeckel

    You are kidding right? Campaign is over get to work. Public option is dead; the only ones, who like it, still think it will be free. Open up the market nation wide, there, you have competition. Now you just have to figure out what to do about preexisting conditions.

    I can’t believe this guy is willing to give the pharmaceutical companies the same no haggle deal for $80 billion.

    The government is the reason for the problem, they are not the solutions.

    September 14, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  18. Sam Sixpack

    Will Obama be telling us what Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, his Special Advisor for Health Policy, meant when he wrote, "services provided to individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens are not basic and should not be guaranteed. An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia."?

    September 14, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  19. Sam Sixpack

    Will Obama tell me how I will get health care when, after having paid all I can "afford" to fat, greedy insurance execs for health insurance, I don't have any money left to pay the huge deductable?

    September 14, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  20. VGal

    He'll get more supporters at that one event than the entire tea party got at Washington. Just b/c the tea partiers yell the loudest, does NOT mean that they are the majority. The loudest are usually just the most obnoxious and intimidating.

    September 14, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  21. Robert

    Good for the President. It is time to grab the bull by the horns. And also to stop those who are making rallies to stop reform.
    The question I have is. Why Republicans cannot have a positive attitude and join democrats to work or improve the health care reform?
    Please Republicans, show the U.S that you can work together for america and not for the Insurance companies, lobbyst, lawyers, etc.

    September 14, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  22. Arlene Kilroy

    ...he's still running for office.

    September 14, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  23. vic nashville , Tn

    When Obama or Bill Clinton speak people listen

    Both has to use their ability now to get support for health care reform

    September 14, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  24. J.P.

    Uh, weren't you hired to be a president? You know, like, sit in an office and sign papers and stuff? If we wanted a perpetual campaigner, we'd have voted for Ralph Nader. Get to work, slacker.

    Health Care "reform" = Fort Sumpter

    September 14, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  25. Shibumi

    On the road, through the mud, over the river, up your backside........... It doesn't matter where Dingle Barry takes this plan.......It still stinks.
    At least, the AFL-CIO thugs will give him an audience.

    September 14, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
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