September 21st, 2009
08:04 AM ET
5 years ago

King: Busy week for the president

President Obama discusses the economy and other topics with CNN's John King.
President Obama discusses the economy and other topics with CNN's John King.

(CNN) - A remarkably diverse issues portfolio in the week ahead, and if you prefer a neat theme to lump it all together, try this: Follow the leader - or leaders if you want a week with international flavor.

President Obama will explore the world, and many of its problems and crises, over the course of the week without traveling all that far. Two major international gatherings the United Nations General Assembly in New York and a G-20 economic summit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, will bring a host of international dignitaries to the United States.

But back to the world stage in a moment.

The president begins the week looking to bolster public confidence in the strength of the U.S. economy - and in his handling of economic issues.

More confident is a good way to describe the president's mood when it comes to the overall economic outlook; extraordinarily cautious - his choice of words when looking at the economy from the perspective the matters most of everyday Americans.

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September 21st, 2009
08:01 AM ET
5 years ago

Cost-shifting of uninsured is debated by the experts

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President Obama in an interview on ''This Week'' with George Stephanopoulos.
President Obama in an interview on ''This Week'' with George Stephanopoulos.

President Barack Obama went on the Sunday news shows to make the case for health reform.

This Week host George Stephanopolous questioned Obama on his support for an individual mandate, which requires everyone who can find affordable coverage to purchase health insurance.

Obama defended the matter as a fairness issue to people who now have coverage.

"Here's what's happening," Obama said. "You and I are both paying 900 bucks on average - our families - in higher premiums because of uncompensated care. Now, what I've said is that, if you can't afford health insurance, you certainly shouldn't be punished for that. That's just piling on.

"If, on the other hand, we're giving tax credits, we've set up an exchange, you are now part of a big pool. We've driven down the costs, we've done everything we can, and you actually can afford health insurance. But you've just decided, 'You know what? I want to take my chances,' and then you get hit by a bus, (then) you and I have to pay for the emergency room care."

The Truth-O-Meter says: HALF TRUE

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September 21st, 2009
04:58 AM ET
5 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: September 21, 2009

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CNN: King: Busy week for the president
A remarkably diverse issues portfolio in the week ahead, and if you prefer a neat theme to lump it all together, try this: Follow the leader - or leaders if you want a week with international flavor.

CNN: President Obama to host Israeli-Palestinian talks
President Obama will host meetings Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, the White House announced Saturday.

CNN: Obama: Economy probably won't produce enough jobs until 2010
President Obama says that despite signs of economic recovery, the country will not see large-scale job growth until next year.

CNN: Obama: Requiring health insurance is not a tax increase
President Obama insists that requiring Americans to get health insurance does not amount to a tax increase.

CNN: Romney defends record as Huckabee wins straw poll
A day after former Baptist minister and likely presidential rival Mike Huckabee offered a withering critique of Mitt Romney's record, the former Massachusetts governor made his pitch to the same group of religious conservatives.

CNN: Obama: Taped ACORN misdeeds should be investigated
President Barack Obama says ACORN misdeeds captured on secretly taped videos should be investigated, but that the controversy over the community service group was not occupying much of his time.

CNN: NY Gov. Paterson vows to run despite White House 'concern'
New York Gov. David A. Paterson said Sunday he will run for election to hold onto his office next year, despite a New York Times report that said the White House is "urging" him to withdraw.

CNN: Obama: Afghanistan strategy is still a work in progress
Eight months after Inauguration Day, the Obama administration is still working out its strategy for continued U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan, the president said in an interview that airs Sunday on CNN's State of the Union.

CNN: Levin takes on McCain over Afghanistan strategy
The chairman of the Senate Armed Forces Committee responded Sunday to recent criticism from former White House hopeful Sen. John McCain, the ranking Republican on the committee.

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