March 15th, 2010
02:26 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama slams insurers, demands health care reform

Strongsville, Ohio (CNN) - The yearlong fight over health care reached a fever pitch Monday as President Barack Obama took his call for change to the political swing state of Ohio, slamming insurance companies and repeating his call for a final congressional vote on his sweeping reform plan.

The president's push came as the House of Representatives prepared for an expected vote this week on the roughly $875 billion bill passed by the Senate in December. Under the strategy adopted by congressional leaders, both chambers of Congress then would pass a series of changes designed in part to make the legislation more acceptable to House Democrats.

If enacted, the reform proposal would constitute the biggest expansion of federal health care guarantees since the enactment of Medicare and Medicaid more than four decades ago. The plan is expected to extend insurance coverage to 30 million-plus Americans.

The Senate bill would reduce federal deficits by about $118 billion over 10 years, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

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  1. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but....

    It'll be great when this cobbed together giveaway to industry fails to reform anything, the entire healthcare system collapses from the weight of the aging baby boomers (because the whole world revolves around them, doesn't it?), and we all get single-payer not-for-profit healthcare like every other country on the planet. Have a nice day!

    March 15, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  2. John D From NH

    Get you LIES straight Obama and Co.! You will not lower the deficit by one dime when it is all said and done. You will add another 2 trillion to the deficit!

    You have a real funny way with math. Must be that new form that all the Demo Rats are raving about. No wonder our kids are scoring so low. Now Obama wants to change the schools even more. I can't wait to see how stupid the kids get with his changes. Oh wait, he's just going to teach them more songs singing his own praise. Lord knows, the elementary grade students are the only ones dumb enough to fall for his bag of LIES!

    Wake the HELL UP AMERICA! SOON!

    March 15, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. Harry in Texas

    Until we fix our broken, corrupt system of funding elections through campaign contributions, we will never see reform in this country.

    Most Americans are like sheep, and will be led over the cliff of status quo on health care. They are too blind to see that it is the multi-million dollar lobbying campaigns funded by the health care special interests that are feeding them their daily dose of right-wing propaganda.

    By the way, how much better could our health care system be if the lobby money, which is paid for by the hard-earned premiums paid by Americans, was actually used to deliver health care?

    But I guess that it is more important to maintain the extravagant lifestyles of the insurance and pharmaceutical executives, than it is to ensure that Americans have good health care. Americans will continue to receive an ever decreasing share of the “crumbs” from the tables of the elites, while believing that they are preserving their illusion of democracy.

    March 15, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  4. Sam Sixpack

    How many lies does this guy have to tell before you stop believing him?

    March 15, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. Monkey wrench

    The Senate bill would reduce federal deficits by about $118 billion over 10 years, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
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    Enacting Tort law reform was anticipated by the Democrats to only equate to an approximated $50 billion a year savings in healthcare costs, and the Democrats went on the media stating that they considered it negligible. So they want to create the biggest boondoggle in history for a measley $118 billion over ten years, that is 1.18 billion a year? President Obama, how much cost gets by Mr. Henry "Cash Cow" Waxman's committee each year in Medicare and Medicaid claims and I would like to know the demographic make up of that 30 million people that are going to get free healthcare as well as those getting Medicaid?

    This Bill is a partial birth abortion from day one, get your votes, get your votes 2 for a dollar, get em' while they're hot!

    March 15, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. Lili, FL

    Dude, I don't have any money to support your government... leave me alone!

    March 15, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  7. gt

    all this does is make things worse ,,, start over,,please...

    March 15, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  8. JES

    The America I want doesn't include your stupid desisions to spend more money and put us deeper in debt because it's someting you wat by a certain time.

    If you want health care then do it once and not increase our debt.

    It seems all you want is a check in the box I did this with disreguard to what the majority of the people want.

    Why not jobs first then talk about term limits and cutting the pay for all elected government people. When that's completed then look at health care and see what we can all come up with and don't shove it down our throats.

    March 15, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  9. ran

    You tell them Mr. President. Give us back our country.

    Democrats vote vote vote. Get things done now and you well be rewarded in Nov. and the Republicans will be sent home.

    March 15, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. Gary

    Wake up Ohio, Boehner is the worst congressman serving. He is the Poster Boy of the Party of NO. He is a sad pathetic person.
    Ohio needs to shut this fool up. Boner, you are a hateful idiot and you are out of touch with Americans!!

    March 15, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
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