December 6th, 2009
04:40 PM ET
9 months ago

Obama gives pep talk to Senate Democrats on health care

President Obama came to Capitol Hill Sunday to meet with Senate Democrats.
President Obama came to Capitol Hill Sunday to meet with Senate Democrats.

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama met Sunday with Senate Democrats to try to rally support for a sweeping health care bill undergoing a heated debate in the chamber.

The gathering with the Democratic caucus lasted about 50 minutes, with Obama encouraging passage of the health care bill without talking specifically about all the outstanding issues, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said afterward.

One of those major issues - abortion - will come up Monday when the chamber votes on an amendment to tighten restrictions on federal funding for abortion by adding language included in the House version of the bill.

Obama's visit came amid a rare Sunday session for the Senate as it considers the Democratic proposal that so far is unanimously opposed by Republicans.

White House spokesman Bill Burton said Obama "thanked members of the Senate for their hard work so far and encouraged them to continue forward on this historic opportunity" to pass health care reform legislation.

"The question now is whether or not we're going to get it done," Obama told the senators, according to Burton.

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  1. southern cousin

    A lot more money promised to some of these democrats to soften the blows they will feel when the steal the hard working taxpayers money to give to the lazy dope smokers that constitute Obama backsers

    December 6, 2009 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  2. Tony T

    If a bill needs a "pep talk" to pass a Democrat controlled Senate, it is probably a really, really bad bill. In this case, we already know its a bad bill chock full of liberal special interest Christmas gifts that keep giving and giving. KILL THE BILL!!!! Wait until the american people throw these libs out then do something that doesn't drive the country into bankruptcy and doesn't lead to socialism. This "change is horrible, Obama may be the worst pres ever, lower than Carter. His approval ratings will be lower than Bush's before spring. Stop the lunatics NOW!!!!

    December 6, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  3. kathy

    The dems that do not support healthcare reform will suffer in the next election when they get kicked out by the democrats and the republicans because they refused to take a stand for the people they are supose to represent. The dems will want them out and the republicans will help show them to the door!

    December 6, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  4. Joe M

    He will do it the old Chicago way...Break both of their legs who don't comply with his command....This is how it is done in his home city and he knows how to have it done..

    December 6, 2009 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  5. April in Texas

    We need and deserve health care reform. For some such as my family, who has put into the system for 25 plus years and having a health issue slap us in the face, this is needed.. Diagnosed with cancer which ANYONE can get then to be dropped and have to pray to keep it in check until medicare kicks in could be anyones issue. For us it is real and when it spreads from the lungs to your brain it makes it even more evident that proper testing is a must. Sadly now that we have no insurance it is now costing those that do have insurance even more. I see the charges and the subtractions on my bills now that we dont have insurance. True fact is we all pay for health care weather we have any or not. The insurance companies only make money off the healthy. It is also a fact that making less than 2000.00 a month you can't get assistance and yet you cant even afford your monthly bills either. It may be too late for us but I pray no other family will have to go through what we are currently. We needed health care reform years ago but I would say better late than never.

    December 6, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  6. Fitz in Texas

    On with the bribes and blackmailing, right Democrats?

    December 6, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  7. Joe Birt

    Heres wher I have an issue, I do not want to give one penny of my tax dollar to someont that pustts and end to a life.

    Some get the deth penatly for such an action.

    December 6, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  8. Leticia Flores

    The plan should only be for those that need it.

    December 6, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  9. nathan smith ga

    abortion is a moral issue and the goverment has no right to lesgislate morality. Americans need healthcare please just pass this bill. If the gop is soooo christian why dont they have mercy on the poor?

    December 6, 2009 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  10. Donkey Party

    Extremely well put Party Purity. Very eloquent.

    December 7, 2009 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  11. chris l

    so happy that after 2010 and 2012 the Radical Fringe anti-American marxist party disguised as "democrats" will no longer be part of the political landscape. Cant come soon enough.

    December 7, 2009 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
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