March 1st, 2010
05:26 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama likely to announce new health care strategy Wednesday

The president is likely to announce a new strategy for passing health care reform legislation on Wednesday, according to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.
The president is likely to announce a new strategy for passing health care reform legislation on Wednesday, according to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama is likely to lay out a political road map Wednesday for passage of sweeping health care legislation, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday.

Gibbs said the president will talk about "the way forward" to pass a bill. Among other things, Obama is expected to advocate for an "up or down vote" in Congress if necessary, Gibbs added.

Multiple Democratic sources have told CNN that the emerging consensus plan is for the House of Representatives to pass the Senate bill and send it to Obama. A package of changes that mirror the president's plan would then be passed through both chambers under reconciliation rules, which require only 51 votes in the Senate.

Democrats lost their 60-vote, filibuster-proof Senate majority in January, when GOP Sen. Scott Brown won the Massachusetts Senate seat previously held by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, a Democrat.

Observers note, however, that it remains unclear exactly which health care provisions can be approved under reconciliation, which is reserved for legislation pertaining to the budget. Republicans have angrily criticized the Democrats' potential use of reconciliation, arguing that the maneuver was never intended to be used for major policy overhauls along the lines of the health care bill.

Obama's mid-week remarks will also deal with the "substance" of health care reform, Gibbs added. White House aides say the president's speech will largely mirror the nearly $1 trillion compromise package Obama laid out one week ago. It may, however, be scaled back in some aspects, they added.

soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. Jim Spangler

    Um, I thought the focus was on CREATING JOBS?????

    March 1, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  2. dennis

    Why shouldn't Obama and the Democrats use Reconciliation?
    They've already taken over these basic American Independent Organizations:

    Automobile Manufacturing (Except for Ford)
    The Nations Banking Systems
    The Nations Financial Insurance Systems

    Heck, why not let Obama put one of his Socialist Czar's in charge of the whole dang Healthcare System?

    I don't see any problems with it. Can we make Obama Comrade Presidentski for life while they're at it? Go For it, I say!

    March 1, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  3. Carmelle

    This has been done BY THE BOOK

    – House passed its bill with 220 votes on Nov 7 2009

    – Senate passed its bill with 60 votes on Dec 24 2009

    Now in order for the bill to be law, the house needs to pass the Senate version of the bill, but they want promises from the 50 Senators that they will pass some of the changes thru reconciliation, since some shady deals had to be made to get the 60 votes. The plan that Obama offered last Monday took them out and offered other changes.

    A whole comprehensive bill WOULD NEVER pass thru reconciliation, don't let the repubs lie about this!

    Let's go Mr. President. YES WE CAN!!!

    March 1, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  4. jules sand-perkins

    President Obama is not going to stop, no matter what the people want. Americans' wishes were resoundingly voiced in Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts recently.
    The President's wishes are to secure his feat of passing something–anything–about health care for his legacy in history books, and to have the bill expanded in the future.

    March 1, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  5. d artist

    Way to go Mr President we are with you 100%
    Go Obama Go !

    March 1, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  6. annie against biased news

    How many so-called 'new' health bills are floating around out there? How about the so-called president listen to WE THE PEOPLE who do NOT want a government takeover of health care just simply a repair of the current system. How ignorant is this man? We already know how deaf he is!

    March 1, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  7. Cynthia - Arkansas

    We have got to stop the Republican shut down of government. They DO NOT CARE about the American people, unless you're rich that is. What the greedy insurance industry has already shown their hand. Increases of 39 to 52% increases in premiums. Soon, the only people who will be able to afford insurance will be the rich. Since the Republicans are owned by them, maybe that is the GOP plan. If the rest of us die off early, then they can rule the world. They are scary, but these tea bag people are even more scary!

    Just like the lovely Republican from Kentucky who was mad that he missed a BALLGAME and caused people to lose their unemployment, layoffs of Federal employees. THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT YOU! That is the Republican mindset people. WAKE UP!

    March 1, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  8. Janice

    NObama & Dumbocraps go away and stay there.The GOP rules,you dems can not run a kool-aid stand in the desert.You are just hot air/spin/smoke/and lies.1 year and NOTHING,I know it is Bush's fault or the GOP's fault. Forget it dems,1 and done morons.Take your idiot following sheep with you.

    March 1, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  9. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Can't wait for the GOP to lambast this plan when it passes. Then, were I the DNC Chairman, I would take those quotes and ram it down their throats at election time, clearly pointing out that the GOP has no interest in covering the very people they successfully scare the daylights out of for their votes.

    March 1, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  10. Ed

    Go for it, Dems! That's what we voted you in for, and what we pay you for. The Repubs would use reconciliation too if they wanted. They have in the past. Why not use it? It's a tool, not a weapon.

    March 1, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  11. eolufemi

    Get it done. The republicans are ridiculous.

    March 1, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  12. D.D.

    Does our President have to do it all in front of the cameras?
    We are 1 year late in all this. If this can't be done the Democratic Party has crashed and fouled out of the political game and the Tea Party and GOP will be the two standing parties with Palin and Tancredo.
    Scary!!!

    March 1, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  13. JJ

    Health care? What happened to a jobs bill and the economy? How about we get people to work first, and then worry about health care?

    March 1, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  14. Joe in Vega$

    And please let it include the Public Option. It's time to get tough and do what's right for Americans like you and I who are employed and cannot afford ANY type of health insurance.

    And forget about the republicans and their base. They don't know what they are doing. God help them.

    March 1, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  15. FRANK, LAS VEGAS

    Since the redumblicans are no longer involved (as if they ever were except to say no) lets pass a good health care bill that includes a strong public option! Why don't we just change the qualifying age on Medicare from 65 to 25, or better yet to one day old. Lets get what America really needs.

    March 1, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  16. Obama the Arrogant Liar

    Another day and defintely another lie coming from the liar-in-chief Wednesday

    March 1, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  17. How's this for a Plan ?

    Come Wednesday, do us all a favor and annouce your resignation.

    March 1, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  18. Just Wait You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet

    When everyone is happy their getting their FREE health care, don't be crying when you see what you're paying for! And, you might think yours will be FREE, wait until you have to start paying for procedures for your elderly parents and loved ones because Medicare was ROBBED to pay for YOUR "FREE" health care........most people know that NOTHING is FREE in life and if it is, the quality will stink! Wise up people before it's too late!

    March 1, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  19. Victim of GOP Taliban

    It would be an easier sell if a public option was added or at least make Medicare for ages 55+ instead of 65. The mandate with no public option makes people a little nervous about affordability.

    March 1, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  20. Jim

    America has waited 100 years for meaningful health care reform! Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, Nixon and Clinton all tried but failed to accomplish this goal. I'm looking forward to Obama's strategy to have an "up or down vote" where all senators and congressmen quit posturing and show where they stand on this vital issue.

    I agree completely with billionaire Warren Buffett who said today health care costs are a major drain on U.S. businesses and act like an "economic tape worm." America cannot continue on the Republicans' do-nothing path!

    March 1, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  21. j

    I'd just be really happy if the feds would concentrate on growing the economy and jobs. If the Dems could get those two things right, they'd have no problems with re-election, then they could tackle health care.

    March 1, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  22. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Start over Obozo. The House and Senate bills are both messes.

    March 1, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  23. Sam Sixpack

    Every morning, more people wake up realizing this health care "reform" is just another greedy scam.

    March 1, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  24. Andy

    What a bag of hot air.Such a fake.Just a phony.Please go home(Chicago NObama and stay),you are such a disgrace,A NEW HEALTHCARE STRATEGY,what a farce,do you believe in your bill or not??You so want to socialize America at any cost.

    March 1, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  25. call me crazy

    Just a suggestion. Put together a scaled back version of health care reform that will CUT health care costs, and then bring up for a vote. If the republicans block the reforms with a filibuster it will be political suicide. Call them on their bluff.

    March 1, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
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