March 15th, 2010
02:26 PM ET
4 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. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    President Obama works for the American people, the GOP works for big insurance and the GOP will continue to work for big insurance because big insurance pays them millions more than tax payers. The GOP can't live off tax payers measley $250,000/year and you can't blame them because they have families and a luxury life to support just like the rest of us.

    March 15, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. S Callahan

    Being a voter and looking at common sense...I think it's best to pass the ideas that are agreeable (and there are many) for both sides of representation....then move forward with the hard stuff.....this HAS gone on too long...but it's for no other reason that strategy....or one that needs to be revised.

    The best any of us can do at this point is pray...at least God hears (and he has shown the world lately that he DOES respond)...better than our elected reps have been doing for sure!

    March 15, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    I know right wingnuts will not accept the reduction of deficit in the CBO report, because it negates the crap they hear on Fox. This is not a government takeover of health care, it is an opportunity for Americans to take over their own health care. It also will end the insurance company's 'death panels.'

    March 15, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. DH Mid MI

    Just heard on the radio that the special deals to FL, NO and NB remained in the reconciliation bill.

    This just proves its not about health care and what is best for America but what Obama needs to do to not lose.

    And I thought we couldn't do worse than Jimmy Carter...ugh!

    March 15, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. Monrob

    You're so hot... I'd be ashamed to say that and be her age.

    The Mistress, the wife and the "stud", GO AWAY!

    March 15, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. Sam Sixpack

    Obama is trying to help steal 1/2 trillion dollars from Medicare.

    And then, as Dr. Ezekiel Emanual (Obama's special advisor on health care policy) puts it (in writing – no less) "services should not be guaranteed to individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens. An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia."

    These folks plan to pull the plug on your grandmother so they can steal your money.

    March 15, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. Four and The Door

    If you think insurance companies charge a lot right now, wait 'till you see what it will cost if this bumbling bureaucracy is passed. Insurance costs will go up faster and stay there longer.

    Remember, these are the same financial wizards in Washington that were going to keep unemployment from going above 8% by spending $1 trillion.

    March 15, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. Stallion

    Yuckka...............Obama=Disgusting Windbag........I cannot figure out which end is up though.

    March 15, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. William

    Hey you conservative Republicans and Tempest-in-teapot Tea Partyers, if you are so against this kind of thing give up your Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, as well as public highways, police and the military. The US Constitution speaks of "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." Isn't good health the same as life? Right now health care means money/profit for the have's and sickness for the havenot's. What kind of Christianity is that? It's the Devil's Christianity.

    March 15, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  10. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    "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."

    Do they really think Americans are so stupid as to believe that these two statements can both be true at the same time?

    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.

    If enacted, the "reform" proposal would constitute the biggest expansion of federal power and federal intrusion into the lives of Americans since the enactment of Medicare and Medicaid more than four decades ago.

    This is Democratic arrogance at its worst. The Dems just don't care that a majority of Americans don't want the government ruining health care, and ruining what's left of the American economy at the same time.

    March 15, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  11. Chrissy, TX

    This pathetic man just needs to shut up and concentrate on creating jobs! All this man knows how to do is blow steam out of his mouth. All talk and no action. This country is so messed up. Please God save us from this hell hole with this president!

    March 15, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  12. Dar

    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.

    Yup, and the federal goverment has run both of these two plans very well, haven't they.........................................What, no one agrees with that statement.....................anyone...................NOPE because it is a lie.

    "I don't know about the politics, but I know what's the right thing to do," Obama said at the conclusion of his remarks Monday.

    Odumbo said It's the right thing to do and I agree that we need HC Reform but not this pig of a bill, NO WAY
    And I love that he told the truth : "I Don't Know About The Politics", Thats a for sure statement.

    NOT THE AMERICA I BELEIVE IN, What????????? Then go home to your Muslim buddy's you jack off.

    2010/2012 REAL Change is coming

    March 15, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  13. Daniel

    Someone explain to me how this actually helps with health care costs. This plan is like putting more people into a toyota with a stuck accelerotor. All we are doing is forcing people into a broke system without addressing what is wrong. Costs, costs, costs. You people can say it's the cost of insurance but insurance companies only make 2% profit. It just doesn't add up at all. You have to actually address what is wrong and of course, we in America, are relying on the idiots of Washington to do it.

    March 15, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. Brigitte R Petitte

    Obama's health care plan is a good example of the ignorant leading vulnerable followers, Surely our children will suffer from a debt they will not easily be able to recover from. Obama as the puppet of Chicago leadership and will surely turn our democracy into a dictatorship of destitute American Citizens before we know it. He's already spent us to death.

    March 15, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  15. wait a minute

    With the current IT technology, why do we still need an insurance company to administer our premiums with 30% of profits and expenses? We should fire these private insurers and use premiums for medical care, not marketing, lobbying and denying our claims.

    Thanks to Mr. President to speak and fight for the people!

    In all other industrial countries, their private health insurance companies are not allowed to make any profit out of basic coverage. We not only give this unproductive industry profits, but an anti-trust exempt. GOP even came out with a straight face defending for the survival and profits of this insurance industry.

    Enough is enough. We should learn from other developed countries how to treat our citizens right and stop this gravy train for insurers.

    March 15, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. JP

    But most of insured feel OK with their insurance companies, how about that?

    March 15, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  17. Brigham

    I am sooo sick of Obama and his endless healthcare quest. Its like he is unaware of our staggering unemployment rate and all that is important is his agenda to tax us more for government run healthcare. Keep running down the insurers to as if they don't employ anyone. I can't wait to make him a one-term president.

    March 15, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. snood

    Slams insurance and then forces you to buy it at the same time this is washington double speech at its fullest (sounds more like a insurance comp Bailout to me) . 5th trip this week wonder how his carbon footpriint is going that he told all of us we have to cut down. what a joke this guy is

    March 15, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  19. stop the nonsense

    CALL YOUR REPRESENTITVE TODAY!
    THIS BILL WILL AFFECT YOU- IF NOT TODAY- TOMORROW.
    The rates on private insurance coud rise 40% this year alone if the insurance industry has its way.
    If this does not pass, they will know Americans will do NOTHING to stop them from adding more fees, cutting more services and excluding more people.
    DO NOT BE FOOLED by the those saying this will cost you more and is government take-over.
    YOU WILL LOSE IF THIS FAILS

    March 15, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  20. Liz

    Pass, Pass, Pass!!!!!!

    Please so my husband's employees can finally have a chance at getting some health care. AND by the way-Rush or Sean-He is a SMALL BUSINESS OWNER (a doctor of all people!) WHO CANNOT AFFORD INSURANCE FOR HIS EMPLOYEES BECAUSE THERE ARE NO SMALL BUSINESS OPTIONS FOR HIM!

    We are already paying the extra money in taxes (they just go right to the ER right now), I would rather they allocate those funds for health insurance public option...so not everyone without insurance has to run to the ER and pay 1K for a pill.

    PLLLEAAASSEE PASS THIS.

    March 15, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  21. Liberalism is a Mental Disorder

    "The Senate bill would reduce federal deficits by about $118 billion over 10 years, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office." right 10 years of taxes, decreases in medicare coverage, and ONLY 6 years of Service...wait until you have 10 years of service and 10 years of revenue...trillions in additional debt....

    This buy is so arrogant and full of lies (and full of himself) it is disgusting and all you fools that think this is going to make you better off you are cluless – higher premiums, higher taxes, decreased quality of care (less access to Dr;s) and long waiting lines....BRILLIANT!

    March 15, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  22. U.S. Common Sense

    He is in no position to "demand" anything.

    March 15, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. NYCitizen

    Nobody but nobody should have to pay a fine for not having health insurance, for whatever reason they do not have health insurance. Nobody but nobody should have to pay out more in insurance premium costs than they already do – and it seems, as usual, single people earning $55,000 + get hid hard. Nobody but nobody should be penalized for being able to afford a "cadillac" insurance plan. I am 51 years old, worked hard all my life to be able to buy an insurance policy that doesn't require authorizations from primary MD to go see anbody else, and I should not have to be taxed extra for finally reaching that goal in my life, nor should anybody else. The worst of it, none of this really would take effect until, at minimum 2013/2014!

    March 15, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  24. gertrude lang

    HIP 55 Water Street NYC 1004 has just increased their insurance rate by $150% fir senior citizens. This seems to be contrary to the wishes of the\proposed health care overhaul;.
    Can anyone investigate? It is outrageous. And moreover sr.citizens do not deserve an increase cost of living according to Alicia Munne who wrote in the NYTImes March 1 that sr. should adjust to reality.Very soon we wil be left to eat dog food if at all.

    March 15, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  25. rob

    "Public opinion polls show a majority of Americans have turned against the administration's health care reform plan, though individual elements of the proposal remain widely popular."

    Majority of Americans are against the bill !!!!!!!!! But Obama and the Dems don't care. This is the # one problem with this whole thing. Individual elements are popular, but as the Republicans have said over and over, we can vote on these elements individually in a much smaller scale and have wide Bi-Partisan support.

    The victims of the "Evil Insurance Co's" that the Dems highlight won't have any help at all for years as they ramp up taxes to pay for this monstrosity in the first 3 to four years. The demagoguery they use is stunning, including the stat about the 70 people per day who die because we don't have the health bill passed. I guess the dems are ok with 70 people a day dieing for another 4 years untill the benefits start to kick in.

    This bill will collapse under its own weight or certainly be repealled after next Nov's elections. Either way its a no win for the Dems or the American people.

    We need to stop this thing now and get on to Jobs and the Economy.

    March 15, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
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