March 10th, 2010
06:56 PM ET
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Obama seeks to rally support for health plan

'The time for talk is over. It's time to vote,' President Obama said Wednesday in Missouri.
'The time for talk is over. It's time to vote,' President Obama said Wednesday in Missouri.

St. Charles, Missouri (CNN) - President Obama took his increasingly populist health care overhaul pitch to the political battleground state of Missouri Wednesday, turning up the heat on private health insurers in a speech.

"What we're proposing is a common-sense approach to protecting you from insurance company abuses, and saving you money," said Obama, his shirtsleeves rolled up in the 75-degree heat. "That's the proposal and it's paid for. I believe Congress owes the American people a final up-or-down vote on health care reform."

He added, "The time for talk is over. It's time to vote."

Obama said many of the changes would be paid for by cutting waste in health care, which he said is estimated to have cost taxpayers almost $100 billion last year.

He likened the national debate about proposed changes to the current system to previous debates that swirled around the topic, including the passage of Medicare in 1965, and before.

"We've been debating it for 70 years," he said.

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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. The Divided States of America

    obama needs to focus on getting jobs in America again and stop with the fear mongering and attacking those who oppose him.

    Send obama (and rahm) that Chicago politics have no place in America.

    Long live the USA. Vote obama out!

    March 10, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  2. JLM

    The Insurance Companies deny people coverage, they don't cover pre exsisting conditions, and they don't pay for most procedures. If anyone thinks that this is the right thing to do is sick.

    March 10, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  3. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    Obama said many of the changes would be paid for by cutting waste in health care...

    Does this guy expect anyone to believe that?

    Politicians have been using that line forever, and it's never true!

    Yes, the time for talk is over, but it's not time for Congress to vote. The American people have already made it very clear that they don't want what what the Democrats are pushing. If Congress votes and does what they're supposed to do and represent the will of the American people, there's no need to vote; if Congress votes and defies the will of the people, it's tyranny and they should not have voted.

    March 10, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  4. diridi

    it is a nation's interest and health care reform needs to be passed....it is a must....GOP is stupid to block...be wise and pass this needed reform...health care is a must...

    March 10, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  5. Charlie in Maine

    Yes we can. We can but just in case we can't take the names of those standing in our way (regardless of party) toss em out in November and get an even better bill passed with a new congress.

    March 10, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  6. jojo

    We need health care reform passed ,we tired of our congress playing minds with us voters.Obama should come out and tell pple why we voted for him? its because he promised health care reform,he won election and so majority of citizen needs the reform,except the tea party pple who never even voted for him and they lost elections anyways.Its time we ready to go even to the streets to protest so that the politician will know we tired of there game and it time we citizens need reform.Go obama we all behind you no matter what...we ready to hit the streets

    March 10, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  7. Jenn, Philadelphia

    I wish the man who keeps saying "the time for talk is over" would stop talking already. If this bill is so great, why do you have to travel all over the country to convince people and promise the House that if they vote for the Senate version, you promise to fix it later?

    March 10, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  8. D.

    enough with this campaigning, we need a leader not a populist puppet that has just social liberal agenda issues in mind and otherwise lets the country go down the drain.

    March 10, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  9. J.C. - Independent 4 Public Option

    Health care reform isn't over till we adopt universal health care. Thanks to President Obama for leading the long overdue reform!

    March 10, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
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