September 17th, 2009
01:16 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama hits the road with health care reform message

Obama hits the road with health care reform message.
Obama hits the road with health care reform message.

COLLEGE PARK, Maryland (CNN) – President Barack Obama took his health care reform message back on the road again Thursday, promising a raucous crowd of college students that Congress will pass legislation this year.

"We will get this done," he said at a campaign-style rally at the University of Maryland. "In the United States, nobody should go broke because
they get sick."

The president slammed GOP critics for attacking his reform plan to "score short-term political points." Some Republicans "want to kill Obama care," he said, but their solutions "amount to the same old, same old. ... I will not accept the status quo as a solution."

This "is when the special interests gear up" and spread distortions, he warned.


The president has increasingly tapped the "bully pulpit" power of the presidency in recent weeks to spark new momentum for his number one domestic priority.

Obama's latest remarks came a day after the powerful chairman of the Senate Finance Committee unveiled his long-awaited compromise health care plan.

Montana Sen. Max Baucus' proposal would cost $774 billion over 10 years while reducing the federal deficit by $49 billion, according to the
non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.

The plan would require all Americans to have health insurance, but lacks a government-run public health insurance option favored by Obama and most Democrats. The budget office review estimated the proposal would leave 25 million people uninsured by 2019 - about a third of them illegal immigrants - compared to 46 million people currently without health-care coverage.

The plan came under immediate criticism from Republicans, including three members of Baucus' Finance Committee who participated in months of negotiations with him and two other committee Democrats. Some liberal Democrats also dislike it for dropping the public insurance option.

The White House, however, welcomed the plan as a step forward in the health care debate. Baucus called it a pragmatic proposal with a realistic chance of passing the Senate and noted its similarity to a framework for health care legislation laid out by Obama during his speech to Congress last week.

The Senate Finance Committee is the last of five congressional committees needed to approve health care proposals before the topic can be taken up by both the full Senate and the full House of Representatives.

Various forms of the legislation proposed by Democrats have already cleared three House committees, as well as the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.


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soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. casper

    i wander if the so-called gang of 6 , is nothing but [6] gangsters only sen. backus steps out w/ that joke of an health care plan. makes me believe that this president is being duped while in office like 'congress' did herbert hoover.. by tipping off the right wing fanatics that this health care bill hinges on socialism.. first this bill is telling people that they [families] will be fined if they don't get insurance, and if they don't do this or that and they must do this and etc. is the prez putting his presidency in the hands of this finance commitee and nancy pelosi to come up w/ a health care bill? you can see why rush and hannity is having a field day with this bill... even move on.org says this is nothing but another windfall for the insurance comp. like medicare part d . bush's gift to the pharmaceutical companies. this is so sad.... history is in the hands of 2 faced serpents[grassley,snowe, bacus] and the other congressional crooks. no wander the republicans are sitting back laughing.

    September 17, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. pc

    Come on American people. Surely you can read between Republican lines. Republicans have shown that they don't care about Americans, they just care about politics and getting elected! SUPPORT PRESIDENT OBAMA! YES WE CAN!!!

    September 17, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. Scott, Tucson

    Imagine how many uninsured could be covered by the taxpayer money if Obama stayed put in the White House for a few days instead of embarking on yet another road trip.

    September 17, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  4. Proud American

    Get' er done Mr. President!!!

    September 17, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  5. Mark

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama, seeking to make a case for health-insurance regulation, told a poignant story to a joint session of Congress last week. An Illinois man getting chemotherapy was dropped from his insurance plan when his insurer discovered an unreported gallstone the patient hadn't known about.

    "They delayed his treatment, and he died because of it," the president said in the nationally televised address.

    In fact, the man, Otto S. Raddatz, didn't die because the insurance company rescinded his coverage once he became ill, an act known as recission. The efforts of his sister and the office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan got Raddatz's policy reinstated within three weeks of his April 2005 rescission and secured a life-extending stem-cell transplant for him. Raddatz died this year, nearly four years after the insurance showdown.

    September 17, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. Sam Sixpack

    Obamacare: Pullin' the plug one Grandma at a time.

    September 17, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  7. Travelin' Man

    Yes this is one of the most important issues of our time and yes I agree we need reform, but what we really need is a lot less noise. This whole discussion is like the "Man Who Came to Dinner", fell on his you know what and stayed for an eternity. Sit down, come up with a plan, stop name calling and present it.

    Oh, and also Mr. President, you don't get frequent flyer mileage from Air Force One. Stay in the White House or Camp David for a while, please!

    September 17, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  8. neil

    This won't increase the deficit by one dollar?????? We are not that stupid, canadian health care costs are taking more than 40% of their provincial budgets.

    September 17, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. Tyler Dunn

    It was a good speech. I was there. Go Obama!

    September 17, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  10. Joe B in DC

    Heat the road Jack, no more, no more, no more, hit the road Jack and don't come back.

    September 17, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  11. Mississippi Miss

    It is amazing that President Obama is calling it 'Obama Care'.

    Maybe someone should tell him, that it is not a compliment to him.

    IT may bear his name, his logo, his signature and his grinning photo op, when signed. Yes, SOMETHING will pass. Will we recognize it
    as Health CARE? I think not, but it will be CHANGE, as promised.

    September 17, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  12. Liar, liar, the admins on fire

    Barry will not go on the NUMBER ONE BY A MILE Cable news network because the "wittle coward in chief doesn't wike tough qwestions"?

    You LIED about me keeping my Doctor, you LIED about me keeping my insurance, you LIED aboout illegals not getting healthcare, you LIED about abortions being prohibited.

    Polls out yesterday indicate 55 percent don't like your "wittle" plan while 42 percent of the flock are for it, game changer Barry, NOPE, more of the same lies and the more you lie the further the polls go down.

    How about the polls where 65 percent of the doctors ARE AGAINST THIS Barry and almost HALF of them will quit if you get your wish?

    Where are those polls CNN?

    Wow, lame duck before year two.

    Never ran a business, city or a state, only can "kind of" run his mouth.

    September 17, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  13. single mom

    He likes campaigning, doesn't he?

    Could someone please tell the President that the Democrats have the numbers to pass this if they got their collective acts together? Blaming the Republicans is getting old.
    The American public really do see through the smoke and mirrors.

    2010 – winds of change

    September 17, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  14. Chris

    People need to get a grip over the illegal immigrant healthcare thing. The last thing an emergency room doctor needs to worry about is the citizenship status of their patient. The doctors and nurses want to first and foremost treat the sick and injured.

    September 17, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  15. Willy Brown

    Health Bill is DOA Obummer.

    September 17, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. Debby

    What distortions???? Obama its right there for everyone to read. Parts of this bill has been on the net, youtube and you name it. Obama just wants this passed so he can say " I did it my way". Hillary Clinton is the one who pushed for this years ago and I haven't heard one remark out of Obama's mouth praising her for the idea. Its all about Barry O. This is why there is so much animosity towards Obama and his administration. Pelosi is another one the way she talks its like she is the one who thought of this all on her own vs. at the time First Lady Hillary Clinton.

    September 17, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  17. capnmike

    It will be WORSE if this Baucus Bill gets passed. If you can't afford insurance, you will become a criminal and be fined almost $1000, which you don't have anyway. Tax breaks are no good to anyone who doesn't have enough income to pay much taxes on. This thing is nothing but a criminal attempt to throw more money at the crooked insurance companies, who should be put out of business..

    September 17, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  18. Jeff

    As I have said, and will continue to say, What a Crock!!! if Obama is so set on passing health care bill, do it! The dems do not need republicans to get it done. They accuse the other side of policiticking, and wavering. Just pass your own bill, you have the majority and can not be stopped. I guess it is easier for Obama to complain about Repubs, than actually do his job. Nomination for worst president ever.

    September 17, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  19. Marty Meltz

    "The road to Socialism"?? Why aren't the pro-public-option people advising all those shrill know-nothings who shout socialism reminding them that Medicare, Medicaid. Social Security and Unemployment Comp are also government-run? All successful, all "Big Government." And why not also remind the hate-Obama crowd that almost all major countries that have the public option are democracies that can vote out such a system anytime they want. But apparently, they're by-and-large happy with the system.

    September 17, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  20. The Voice

    And the message is that Republicans and TEA Partiers will not allow this country to progress and move forward.

    They just want Bush back!!!

    September 17, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  21. Bedtime for Obonzo

    Is that direct quote in this article accurate? Is the Beloved Leader himself now referring to the Dems plan(s) as "Obama Care"? The arrogance of this guy never ceases to amaze me.

    September 17, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. Travis In Colorado

    Illegal immigrants won't be covered under Obama's plan? Does that include Obama's aunt who is here illegally and contributed to his campaign? The aunt that has not been deported yet? I'm just curious as to how Obama will spin this next.

    September 17, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  23. DAVE

    here we go again...... i am sure the lies are spewing from every orphus..... getting people back to work should be your president's focus...... if jobs returned to those who lost them they would have insurance..... but since every plan in the pipeline by this administration seems to be a job killer including his idea of health reform, which will cause the loss of more doctors who will retire much earlier....... welcome to Canada South if this fiasco passes.... we will go from 1 doctor to 420 citizens to triple this number....... americans will have to travel to other countries for what they deem better care......

    September 17, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  24. JT from Missouri

    From this Health care debate, I noticed that there are three types of people on this earth. The first are people who are uncritacal people. Those people usually have good hearts but are easily decieved. The second type of people are Self-Centered Critical people. Those individuals always think for themselves and usually do not care for others well being but there own. The third type of person is Fair Minded Critical people. Those type of people think for themselves, but they also have a good balance of helping others. They usually think situations through in a complex manner. Those people who are fair minded usually make the decisions in pulbic life. I think the people who are Uncritical is the Tea party individuals. I think the people who resemble the self center critical people are the insurance companies and the lobbyists who work in their favor. The few people that are fair minded is the President of the United States, President Obama. He thinks for himself, but he is not self centered. He thinks about helping others and the well being of them.

    CNN, please post this

    September 17, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. Steph

    We need health care reform!

    September 17, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
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