September 17th, 2009
09:07 AM ET
5 years ago

President Obama's full court press on health care

Obama is stepping up his efforts to push health care reform.
Obama is stepping up his efforts to push health care reform.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - It appears President Barack Obama is keeping up the full court press on health care reform. The president headlines a rally later this morning at the University of Maryland in suburban Washington.

The president was the main attraction at another health care rally at the Target Center in Minneapolis Minnesota, Saturday, discussed health care reform in an interview that aired Sunday night on CBS' "60 Minutes," and spoke out in favor of reform when he addressed the AFL-CIO annual convention Tuesday in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

It's all part of a push by the White House to build momentum out of Obama's prime-time health care address last week to a joint-session of Congress.

That push will continue this weekend when Obama appears on five Sunday morning talk shows. The president will sit down with CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, and Univision. White House officials say the president will not be appearing on FOX. The president's interview with CNN will appear on State of the Union with John King at 9 a.m. ET this Sunday.

The White House says the president is not getting over exposed.

"I think the american people clearly get their information from many different news sources these days and the president believes, and has for quite some time, that people deserve to hear the reason he is making certain decisions and why he wants to do the things he does," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said. "I think he believes that people get a greater understanding from those discussions.

"I think gone are the days where one outlet is where everyone gets their news, or one medium is where everybody gets their news," Gibbs added. And I think this is just an attempt by the president to speak to as many different people as he can on an issue that is as important as something like health care reform."


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soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. Patriot

    I'm glad the President will not be appearing on Fox "News." To do so would only legitimize it as a credible news source, which it is not.

    Fox has helped to organize the Tea Baggers and the Town Hall Crazies, and allows nuts like Beck, Hannity, and O'Reilly to spread fear and lies that divide the country.

    The President is right not to waste his time appearing on a "news" channel that has done everything in its power to delegitimize him.

    September 17, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  2. Sam Sixpack

    if I can only find a minimum wage job, I'll have to give all Nancy Pelosi decides I can "afford" to some fat, greedy insurance exec, but if I just quit working (and sell illegal drugs), I will get FREE health care.

    Oh, wait, will I be required by law to take the minimum wage job?

    What a scam.

    September 17, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  3. joe m

    at this point i'm inclined to agree with observations by some commentators ( left and right), the president is now over exposed. sometimes it is helpful to get him out there, but at a certain point people start to tune out, and it appears that the president has gone past that point. by not scheduling to appear on the network which has been his loudest critic in the media, the president also gives those opposed to his policies a gift in that they can argue that he only talks to people who agree, or at least will not disagree, with him. i thought he did a great job when he appeared with bill o'rieley. he should do it again, b/c standing up to a critic carries more weight than appearing with a supporter.

    September 17, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. Bj

    Over exposed???
    Every time I log onto a website on turn on a news channel I see his face. I'm so sick of seeing this bag of wind, it seems like he's been in office for 10 years. Will he never go away or shut up??

    September 17, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. debra

    Show up on Fox you coward! All you can do is preach to choirs of devoted fans and pandering networks.....let us get some real concrete answers from you.......and wear a jacket when you appear in publis as POTUS...at least show us you have SOME respect for the job.

    September 17, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. mark in atlanta

    No one has ever gotten us this close to the meaningful healthcare reform we have needed for years. As a small business owner, I am fully behind the President's efforts to get our crazy, profit driven system on a more economically and morally acceptable footing.

    September 17, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. Sam Sixpack

    This bill takes $500 billion away from your grandma's health care (Medicare) and gives it to fat, greedy insurance execs.

    They're pulling the plug on your Grandma! Is this the change you wanted?

    September 17, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  8. Sian Rose

    I don't feel the President is at risk of over exposure though I do wonder who writes his speeches. I am surprised that he is still as evasive, in his presentations, as when he campaigned for office. This is the #1 reason he is v iewed with suspicion by Americans. He is not required to read a book everytime he appears in public but, some concrete information would be nice from time to time.

    September 17, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  9. Enough

    The approval for his plan keeps on sinking, those that are against it are at 55%, while those who approve are only at 42%. We DON'T want this crappy plan so quit trying to shove it down our throats. The more Obama talks the more the approval drops............his words are no longer magic to everyones ears!

    September 17, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  10. Sam Sixpack

    I thought Obama was commander in chief. Why can't he go ahead and fix the fraud and waste instead of just standing around whining about it?

    What a scam.

    September 17, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  11. Pee Wee

    Mr. President,

    Why not just have Congress change the eligibility requirements of Medicare? The infrastructure is already there, the program already in place. Besides, isn't it age/economic discrimination to only allow retirees and the indigent to utilize the program?

    September 17, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  12. armymom1024

    could someone please let Obama know that he won the election last November and can stop campaigning and start working -

    September 17, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  13. Terry, TX

    I think American people....get their information pretty well.....that's why we know when this administration is "lying" and not being ....dare I use the word...."transparent". Ha....Ha....Ha.

    September 17, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. john

    It's kind of sad to see a president so frantic trying to save a sinking ship, 5 networks in one morning, it's sad. Health care reform is dead. If it was going good do you really think he would take over 5 networks in one morning. Everytime Obama gives a speech, the next day there numerous articles written stating facts that Obama was untrue in his speech. Now, I am not a fan of FOX news but they have higher ratings than all five of the networks combined that he is giving speeches on, and he won't go on their network, why? Probably because they will call him out on issues where he has been untrue. By only going on Obama friendly networks it kind of sounds like he is preaching to the choir, he needs to try and convince that majority who only watch FOX news.

    September 17, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. 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"?

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

    Wow, lame duck before year two.

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

    September 17, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. 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"?

    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 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  17. LacrosseMom(stuck in moderation)

    Good. THANK YOU President Obama for working hard for America!

    STOP THE HATE......... STOP THE LIES........ GOP!

    September 17, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  18. Arvid Billingsley

    Obama doesn't care at all that he will bankrupt American families that really cannot afford government run health care. He should not call it 'care' under any circumstances, because many people will lose their homes trying to fund their mandated insurance costs.

    September 17, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  19. Sam Sixpack

    The plan is to take 500 billion Medicare dollars and divert them to fat, greedy insurance execs.

    Another $350 billion or so are about to come out of your tax dollars and go straight to fat, greedy insurance execs.

    Millions of Americans are going to be required, by this new law, to give their hard-earned money to – you guessed it – fat, greedy insurance execs.

    Furthermore, once the $500 billion is stolen from Medicare there will be no choice but to pull the plug on your grandma (unless, of course, you're a fat, greedy insurance exec).

    You are being scammed – again.

    September 17, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  20. keith

    I think the real issue of cost that needs to be addressed is the 500% markup on medical items. This is stupid and for some reason no one is talking about this. Don't you think that would drastically reduce the overhead cost LOL. wow no one gets this but me lol

    September 17, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  21. Randolph Carter, a real American

    I dunno, from what I can gather, it looks like healthcare "reform" will just be a big expensive giveaway to insurance companies. We have the lobbyists and the reptiles who want Obama to fail no matter what the cost to thank. Nice job, guys. Say hi to your corporate masters for me, congress critters. Have a nice day!

    September 17, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  22. Sam Sixpack

    I don't care how stupid you are, I don't want my government pulling the plug on your Grandmother.

    September 17, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  23. stormerF

    Why can not Obama accept the fact that the majority of American Tax Payers do not want Government run Health care insurance? The Government can not run Social Security Or Medicare/Medicaid ,So why would anyone want them to ruin your health care insurance?..Biggest lie is ,It will not increase the Deficit. You can not have 30-40 million more people on the government free health care insurance,and not increase the deficit. It can not be done,just simple math.

    September 17, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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