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. Mastern8

    Give america what it wants :) we want health care. If they don't pass this bill every goverment worker should loose there health care. Why should my taxes pay for a gov worker and not mine

    March 15, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. Paul from Phoenix

    Question: Who is the largest health care provider in the United States?

    Answer: The US Government.

    Marinate on that, and let me know if you want the government to be in charge of a larger piece of the health care pie.

    March 15, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  3. get real

    We need health insurance reform. The status quo will bankrupt the American people, bankrupt the American government and will continue to kill both the uninsured and insured. Keep fightin' for us President Obama!

    March 15, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    What does Boehner have to say about this. What would he do for that woman in Ohio ... one of his states citizens ?

    March 15, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  5. jenn, philadelphia

    Did he also mention how he's backed away from calling for the "sweetheart" deals to get cut? Probably not, it just proves how spineless he is. It's easy to slam insurance companies, no one likes them, but no way is he going to slam the unions and their deal, or any of the Senators that got bought off.

    March 15, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. Free america

    lIe lie lie
    CBO said my premiums will go up 13%.
    In this bill there is no regulation on insurance companies they can charge what ever they want.

    Just say no.

    March 15, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  7. General Sherman

    I know what we can do with the lobbyists for the industry.

    March 15, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. David

    Obama claims the senate bill will save 188 billion over 10 years. Tort reform could save 200 billion in less time, but Obama thinks we need lawyers, like John Edwards, to keep 100s of millions for themselves at injured patients and the public's expense.

    March 15, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. bess

    oh, I'm getting tired of this. 65% of American's don't want this bill. yes, we need health care reform, but NOT this bill. guess this guy really does want to be a one-termer.

    March 15, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  10. Marty, FL

    Outside interest$ (i.e. corporate insurance, Dick Armey lobbyists, etc.) are desperately trying to influence followers to work against health care for their fellow Americans. How sad.

    In contrast, many Americans choose the moral compassion of working hard to pass health care for our fellow neighbors in need. Let's get it done (with a public option)!

    March 15, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  11. Dean

    Mr Obama....there is nothing in your bill that controls the cost of medical care or my medical insurance. There is nothing in your bill that would allow me to purchase drugs at the cost of the same drugs in Canada or Mexico.
    Your health care bill is like buying more lifeboats for a sinking ship. You need to figure out how to keep the ship afloat.

    March 15, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  12. Shelly

    The Republicans are disgusting.....Senator Boehner said they will do everything to the Health care bill. Another words the Republicans DO NOT CARE FOR MOST AMERICANS AND IF YOU CANNOT GET OR AFFORD HEALTH INSURANCE, YOU CAN GO TO HELL!
    Remember folks....they have interest in the 2% of the upper class and NOT in the rest of the 98% of hard working and decent Americans!

    March 15, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. Mike in MN

    Obama and the Democrats are a real piece of work.
    The Senate wrote a health care bill that reeks with corruption, funds abortions and is so bad that House Democrats don't want to pass it. And if they do find enough votes, it will be only because they trust the Senate to pass changes to fix it. Sixty Democrat Senators actually voted for the bill, this may be one of the biggest instances of putting politics ahead of substance in history. House Democrats are so reluctant to be on record as voting for the Senate bill that they are talking about voting on a ruling that says it is assumed the Senate bill is passed into law. Sounds really strange, but supposedly they think they can trick voters into thinking a yes vote on the ruling is not the same as a yes vote on the rancid Senate bill. So they really believe voters can be fooled by this stupid gimmick? And to top it off, Pelosi is now telling us that health care reform has to be passed before we can know what is in it. What? So health care reform is now a trillion dollar box of Cracker Jacks with a prize inside that we can't see until we buy it? Problem is a majority of voters already know what the prize inside is, and it ain't worth a trillion dollars.
    And Obama is giving speeches just about every day telling us how great the bill is. Who does he think he is fooling? And Obama keeps telling us the Senate bill does not fund abortions, but a host of House Democrats keep going on TV and telling everyone the exact pages in the bill that does. House Democrats don't want to vote for it because of all the bribes that are in it that were required to get the Senate to 60 votes. And House Democrats don't like the tax on Cadillac plans anymore than the majority of American voters do. Many house Democrats can be found who say it costs too much and does not do enough to bring down costs. And many House Democrats are saying on TV that they don't really trust the Senate to pass the bills to fix it. Given the Senate actually passed a bill this bad in the first place, can you blame them?
    Maybe the House will still find a way to come up with enough votes to pass it. After all they are meeting behind closed doors everyday trying to find a way. Who knows what kinds of deals and bribes are being tossed around behind those closed doors. Closed doors that the Democrats are hiding from the American people behind as they desperately try to find a way to pass a bill they know is putrid and that the American people do not want. So much for any promise of transparency.

    March 15, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  14. Mike in MN

    Even if Obamacare is eventually passed, the Republicans will simply make it a 2010 campaign promise to clean up Obama's mess and repeal all the junk in it that a majority of voters don't like about the bill. And how will the Republicans know what parts the majority of voters don't like? Simple, they are listening to what voters are saying. Something that is not too difficult to do unless you are Congressional Democrats who are willing to follow Obama and let him lead them in opposing the wishes of the American people. And is anyone out there listening to Obama's speeches anymore outside of his partisan, by invitation only audience? When I listen to Obama talk, all I hear anymore is a slick talking snake oil salesman using his gift of speech telling me a bunch of half truths, falsehoods, exaggerations and promises he won't or can't keep all delivered in a righteous tone designed to make me swoon and believe anything he says. I ain't buying it. What I am buying is that Congress can write a better bipartisan bill, as long as the writing of it is not railroaded by Obama and his progressive friends.

    March 15, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  15. Citizen !

    Don't be intimidated by his POINTING his finger at you! What a wus. He's trying to FORCE you to agree with him so he can say he got what he promised and then coerce you into voting for him again. Don't be sheep – led by the nose, THINK for yourself. DO YOU REALLY want to have the government dictate your health care ? DO YOU REALLY want to pay for ALL those that are TOO lazy or NOT ELEGIBLE for health care on their own ? They already qualify under WELFARE – no matter what! We are ALREADY paying for THEM. This is a ploy to regulate or "HITLERize" you LIFE and FREEDOMS. See it for what it really is ! TERM LIMITS will go a long way in STOPPING this TAXING us to DEATH. Your VOTE equals TERM LIMITS. Use it eisely – NOVEMBER SEND A MESSAGE to ALL politicians.

    March 15, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  16. John in WV

    Repubs used reconciliation to provide tax breaks to the rich twice. Now they say they will do everything they can to defeat a health care bill that provides middle class tax cuts. Repubs want to start over but exclude insurance companies from doing so allowing them to continue to raise premiums and exercise complete control over who they do or don't insure. Repubs allowed the Bush administration to destroy the economy and create record debt and unemployment but now they blame the dems for not concentrating on jobs, debt and the economy. Repubs are no more than puppets being controlled by corporate America and the rich and they prove this everytime they open their mouths.

    March 15, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  17. terry,va.

    The new bill hasn't been scored. When you give every state the same perks that Nebraska, LA, CN, etc got, the bill will explode in costs. The real cost wasn't exposed the first time around. The CBO can only scored based on assumptions they are given. It was all smoke and mirrors. Like do you really think they are going to save $500 billion in Medicare. What about the $200-300 billion dollars in Doctor fix that is always voted in and was stripped from this bill and was put in another bill. How about taxing people 4 years before the plan even takes effect? 10 years of taxing etc for 6 years of benefits. Obummie has sold one bucket of lies after another in this bill. If it was a good bill, it would have been passed many months ago. The dumbocraps don't need one Repub vote. They know it stinks as well. Medicare and Medicaid is broke. Social Security is broke. The Postal system is broke. Anything the government runs is inefficient.

    March 15, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  18. db

    Is this guy hellbent on destroying what's left of the U.S. economy, or what?

    March 15, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  19. Kevin St Pete FL

    It's about time that President Obama started expelling that fire that was brewing in that belly, because I am getting sick and tired of him and the rest of the Dems of trying to get the Republican to vote on ANY measure, and if you have to use Reconcilliation to get it done, DO IT!!!!

    I voted you in there to get things fixed in this country, NOT KISS UP TO THE RETHUGS!!!

    Continue doing the peoples business, and let November worry about itself!

    March 15, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  20. precious

    There is that finger again. I wonder what it means?

    March 15, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  21. Rick McDaniel

    Yup.....he is behaving like Chavez, now, attacking anyone who discredits him, on health care.

    March 15, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  22. Illinois 2

    Start regulating the insurance companies and hospitals, then stop the fraud in medicare and medicaid thus premiums go down to help the small companies and the unisured through a larger number of people buying into group plans.

    March 15, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. Ridgeway

    Idiot. I always think of Obama when I see the commercial, How do you like me now. Perfect.

    March 15, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  24. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    If the big liar is going to use anectdotal examples to push this theft of our tax money on us, then I think CNN or some other news organization should run anecdotal stories about the business that have been ruined to his inaction on the economy, uncertainty over how much they will have to pay in taxes in the future and how the retirements of so many have been ruined by his and the liberal led congress inaction in the name of screwing over the health insurance companies. This man is a corrupt liar and complete fraud.

    March 15, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  25. valwayne

    Funny isn't it how Obama tells us out of one side of his mouth that his massive corrupt healthcare bill will be paid for by eliminating tens even hundreds of billions in waste and fraud in Medicare, and then he attacks the insurance industry. If anybody doesn't have their act together its the Federal Government, but Obama wants them to run everything and spend trillions and trillions more. Its funny how politicians always find scapegoats to deflect attention from their own disasters.

    March 15, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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