December 5th, 2009
12:18 PM ET
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Obama to the Capitol Hill Sunday

President Barack Obama will go to Capitol Hill Sunday to meet with Senate Democrats.
President Barack Obama will go to Capitol Hill Sunday to meet with Senate Democrats.

Washington (CNN)– President Obama will go to Capitol Hill on Sunday to meet with Senate Democrats, as the health debate rages, a White House official and a senior Democratic source told CNN on Saturday.

The meeting is set for 2 p.m.

The Senate is in session both days this weekend to debate health care and vote on amendments.

Democratic leadership sources admitted that a major motivation for keeping the senators at the Capitol is to keep negotiations going and reach a compromise on a proposed public health care option.

Some Democratic senators have been complaining that the president must get more involved in this intra-party fight.

"I want to see more from the White House," Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said Friday. Brown, a strong supporter of a public option, also said that "the president needs to weigh in. I think that will make it a lot easier."


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  1. Jane White

    When I read about the distributed Republican playbook that gives pointers on how to OBSTRUCT this bill's passage , I get sick to my stomach.

    Is there a health care plan that covers being sickened by selfish obstructionism?

    The Rs had 8 years to do something about health care reform, and they just pushed the issue aside.

    Rs: Swallow your pride, and help the Senate come up with a compromise bill. Not everyone is going to be happy with it, but it's a start!

    We've got other pending issues, and this is taking up way too much time.

    December 5, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. robert

    public option , equels control of all of us, cant have it , this is the biggest tax hike we ever did see , reid is hideing the numbers , it will cost around 6 trillion dollars or more

    December 5, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. Gerald in Hoboken

    You know what erks me about healthcare coverage. $129 a month is taken out of my paycheck – and I dont think I have been to or needed a doctor – in 2 years. I think maybe getting away from the "insurance" way of health coverage and moving more into a savings account is the way to truly re work the industry.

    This of course will require cost regulation –

    The whole "insurance" model is a joke!

    December 5, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  4. pmh159

    I agree with Sherrod. I wish more people were like him.

    December 5, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. Bill

    President Obama is on the right t rack. Congress needs to get past their in-fighting and get a healthcare bill that helps regular Americans. Cost are out-of-hand, access is limited to those that have insurance except for emergency care. Insurance companies drop people that have paid premiums for years when the insurance company is going to have to start paying bills. All this needs FIXED!!

    As a Tennessean I want Senators Corker and Alexandar to get OFF the Republican "NO-BOAT" and work to fix these problems. Represenative Gordon also needs to follow the President and support the American people with a bill that FIXES this messed-up system.

    December 5, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  6. Beverly in NC

    We do need the power of President Obama to stand up for the American people on strong healthcare reform with a STRONG PUBLIC OPTION WITH NO COMPROMISES TO WEAKEN IT!

    We MUST stop the abuses of the insurance industry and the only way to do this is through strong solid competition – that comes from a strong public option.

    We need to stop the Republican obstructionism on passing healthcare reform. They are playing games with our lives and the more delays they cause the more Americans die each day!

    I hope all Americans remember the negative, hateful, fear-mongering lies told by Republicans because they were individually given millions of dollars by the insurance industry tp the reform we need.

    Republicans are traitors to America and we need to remove all these dishonorable people from their seats in 2010 and 2012. Republicans don't represent the People – they represent whoever pays the most for their votes. Hypocrites and traitors ALL!

    December 5, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. Troy

    Why would Dems want Obama to be more involved. His approval rate continues to fall and at the end of the day, Obama is going to cost these Dems their jobs in 2010. If I were a Senate Dem (before I killed myself) I would put as much distance between Obama and myself as possible.

    December 5, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  8. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    What! Obama actually show leadership? I'm afraid not. That doesn't fit with his vote 'present' mode of operation.

    December 5, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. Independent Lilarose, Bandon, Oregon

    First, Pres. Obama, I support you.

    Second, the majority of the American people want the public option in health care.

    If we don't get it, then we will be looking at 2010 to get rid of some folks who don't give a tinker's dame about us.

    December 5, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  10. jared

    There will be some arm twisting in this meeting. Democrats have the wrong plan, Republicans have no plan and far out liberals are living in a fantasy world if they think the government can create a solvent insurance company.

    December 5, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. JMac

    Hopefully he'll stop by church services on his way to the Hill – praying for open-mindedness on the part of senators who show up in the chamber.

    December 5, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  12. Greg, MN

    I wonder if the Dems will be smart enough not to hitch their wagon to his declining popularity? I doubt it. They will sign on to health care and end their terms by doing so. This administration has become the "Terminator" for liberals. Too bad 2010 is a year away.

    December 5, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. SocialismBad

    Just meeting with the Democrats Mr. President? What was all that talk about reaching out to the other side of the aisle? What was all that talk of bipartisanship? Just more more campaign lies from a professional campaigner and liar.

    Please meet in public, with media photographers, so they can all have their picture taken with you so the American people will know who to vote out in 2010/2012 as payback for this healthcare debacle. 15-20% unemployment and this fiasco is what you have focused on for a year!

    2010 can't come fast enough....

    December 5, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  14. Matt

    We have a virtual President, he'll be there.

    December 5, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. Tony

    The Pres has already shown that he has no guts and will allow his own party to run right over him. He's not strong and has lost the support of this Democrat. They will pass a bill that does nothing for the American people and does not include a public option. I'm guessing those against the public option are not aware that Aetna just announced they will be forcing over 600,000 of their customers to end their policies simply to meet profit expectations. Good job Republicans (and some Democrats).

    December 5, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  16. James Guthrie

    Lost in the reform discussion is the reality soon to be imposed by Medicare and Congress. This problem has been lost in the partisan reform battle. In a few short weeks, on January 1, Medicare reimbursement for all physicians and other Part B providers will decrease by 21.5%. This abrupt change will impact all specialties – primary care, specialists, surgeons – without regard to where physicians practice, rural and urban alike. Soon after the first of the year, medical practices, clinics and outpatient facilities will experience sudden cash flow problems. If a family practitioner's patients are 50% Medicare, the cash flow for the practice will be reduced substantially. Many commercial plans use the Medicare fee schedule as the basis for their payments to physicians, and the acute cash flow problems will be multiplied. Essentially, this issue is a volcano ready to blow – stay tuned for January 1.

    December 5, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  17. Rose

    I suppose Obama will go to the hill and strong arm who ever he can to get this bill passed so he won't fail.

    December 5, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  18. Rogerd

    All Senators should be more concerned as to what the American people have to say about this health care bill as it stands today, rather than what the president has to say about it. No disrepect, but this President has forgotten that he serves at the "will of the American people".... only his hand picked administration serves at the pleasure of the President.

    The majority of Americans feel this bill is over reaching beyond the uninsured; we can't afford the price or the growth of more government beuarcracy.

    Let's stop now, take a short break, then restart with the objective to cover the current uninsured...the rest of us with insurance can hold a little longer for some incremental improvements later in 2010...for the most part, our insurance is respectable....politians make it sound a lot worst than reality.

    December 5, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. Bill, Deep in the Heart of Texas

    Why just democrats? I thought that he was bipartisan, oh, I forgot, that was when he was running his campaign. Sure glad that he got all that experience running his campaign, that qualified him to be president.

    December 5, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  20. vicki

    I totally endorse Obama's willingness to allow the parties to work on the issues. However, in this instance, when so much is at stake for so many millions of uninsured individuals, he does need to become more directly involved.

    The Republican party is not about negotiations. We have seen repeated evidence of this over the past year. It is now time to let the Party of NO, know that health care reform is going to pass; and the US no longer will be the embarrassment of the industrialized world. The time for "big business" (e.g. insurance and pharmaceutical companies) driving our health care has come and gone.

    December 5, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  21. David in West Virgina

    It's time for the President and the Democratic lawmakers to pas the healthcare package with a public option. Nothing else will do, especially when a major health insurance company sends out letters denying coverage for 500,000 of its clients. It's all about profit and they care nothing about the health of the insured. Just cancel the policies, that how they operate. It's time Senate did what is right for the American people for a change and not the Insurance Industry and Healtch Care Industry.

    Do not count on Lie berman or the Party of NO! Pass the bill by reconciliation if necessary!!!!!!

    December 5, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  22. Michel Huyghues-Despointes

    The Insurance should be a bank who collect premium; they do not practice health medecine,surgeries. The only thing they supposed to do is pay up. American who does not approve of public option are only slave of the insurance co.Please tell like it is to the republicans and democrats who disaprove. Sincerely.

    December 5, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  23. Gerry NH

    It looks like some more Chicago gangster style politics

    December 5, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  24. jef

    Well we put our senators in office to work for us didn't we? Should the President get involved with them doing that. Clearly there are a number of issues with this bill and they need to work it out. It is about time they are actually working. The President keeps putting more things on the Americans plate so to speak that he thinks we will forget how much this will cost our country. This is a sad time in our country where most of the elected officials have forgotten who they work for to include the President and a significant number of them have forgotten why we broke from England.... They all need to look back at history and do what they were elected to do.

    December 5, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  25. reallylivin

    A Public Option is not my idea of health care. Its just another insurance company. It has already been reduced to a meaningless piece of crap.The people who are uninsured cannot even afford to buy insurance, whether it be from Uncle Sam or United Health Care. Mecicare needs to be turned into a single payer plan where anyone that needs care can be covered. Dismantle the Military Industrial Complex and pay for Education and Health Care with that money. Is this really the best the government can do.If you or your family were dying and needed costly expensive medical care, which you could not afford, would you want your tax dollars going to fight a senseless war or to save your life. The Government is making the wrong choices for America. Are you more afraid of dying from some injury or illness or getting killed by a terrorist an ocean away.

    December 5, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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