March 20th, 2010
02:03 PM ET
8 years ago

In unusual step, Obama heads to the hill Saturday


President Obama heads to Capitol Hill Saturday in a final push before the House votes on the latest version of the health care bill. (Getty Images)

Washington (CNN) - President Obama plans to address the House Democratic caucus Saturday to make a final plea for the health care overhaul, a day ahead of an expected House vote.

Four Democratic officials familiar with the plans told CNN on Friday that the president will speak Saturday to the lawmakers. The pitch will be made on Capitol Hill, White House aides said. No further details were immediately available.

The House of Representatives is set to vote Sunday on a sweeping $875 billion reform plan that cleared the Senate in December, as well as another $65 billion in compromise changes to the measure.

If the Senate bill passes the House, Obama will sign it into law. If the package of changes is passed, it will be taken up by the Senate.

Democratic leaders are trying to round up the 216 necessary votes to pass the bill. According to CNN's latest count, 29 Democrats plan to vote against the legislation. Thirty-eight Democratic "no" votes are needed to kill the bill.

Multiple Democratic leadership sources told CNN that Democrats have over 200 "yes" votes, though it was not clear Friday night how close Democrats were to securing the votes they need.

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soundoff (254 Responses)
  1. j

    Hurray for Obama! Go Dems Go! Lead us into the best recovery this country has ever seen!

    March 20, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. George

    I thought congress and the senate were suppose to work for the people and are suppose to pass the bills that the people want. If they pass a bill because the President is bribing, buling, and threatening them that is called a dictatorship not a democracy!! They are all cowards if they pass it when 50% of the country doesn't want it. We're talking about half the taxpayers, half the people of this country!! Not a mere 10% or a quarter of the people. Half is a huge number.
    Also,don't call it a NATIONAL HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IF ALL CITIZENS AREN'T INCLUDED IN IT, THAT MEANS THE PRESIDENT, CONGRESSMAN AND SENATORS AS WELL AS THE SUPREME COURT JUSTICES........ALL CITIZENS OR IT'S NOT NATIONAL...if that happens we can easily pay for this health care without putting the country on the verge of collapse!

    March 20, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  3. Robin

    I personally wants President Obama's last-ditch effort for health care reform bill passed. I am not Republican and doesn't work for the gov't, I am a common man want to improve health sector.

    March 20, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. Dewey

    That make's about a dozen times CNN has used "Obama to make FINAL push", in their title over the last week.

    March 20, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. John Adams

    This is a horrible Bill and should not pass. Think about what would happen if it does. 35 million more Americans would have access to health care. No longer would 40 thousand Americans die each year because of lack of health care. We would give up our rights to have Insrance Companies rape us with high premiums and then deny our claims. Our preciuos children would not have the privilege of having coverage denied for pre-existing conditions. It would even reduce our deficit.

    We have to find a way to stop this bill

    March 20, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  6. D. Tree

    When this bill goes into effect and the American people see first hand how much it helps them, we're all going to wonder how we listened to the Republicans and their scary talking points. We need to reign in the out-of-control insurance industry because its bankrupting America.

    March 20, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  7. Thamria

    Mr President...

    Please make all the insurace companies (Health, Life, Auto etc) non- profit organization and provide us an ability to buy insurance across states.

    This is not that complicated

    March 20, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. buckwheat

    They will, like all Democrats in the past, protect their elected president whether he is right or not. Harry Reid was right when he gave his first opinion of this president to be. Fear not, we will have something but I hesitate to call it health care for everyone.Do you remember when they said most Americans.No one has asked who they are that will not be covered in this plan that was sold as" health care for everyone." I will name three.The President and the Congress and all Federal employees.Care to argue or will this be censored also.

    March 20, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. Tom in Va

    GO DEMS!

    Show the GOP that we do NOT follow or subscribe to scare tactics and lies.

    Show the world that the USA isn't the stupidest country on the globe.

    Show FOX SPEWS that we don't buy their racist taunts and hypocrisy!

    Show our nation they we willdo right...because its right!

    NO FEAR!

    March 20, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  10. NC

    Kill obamaCARE.....this will destory socialist liberals who want your obamaCARE so bad will be crying when your taxes and insurance cost go sky out the socialist crooks in November 2010 and 2012......lets get America back on the right track.......

    March 20, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. Ed Maryott

    I would like to know how many YES vote have Pork Barrel money attach to the Health Care Bill?

    March 20, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. GI Joe

    George – what part of 50% want it do you not get? Do you think the republican minority is to make rules for the entire country that elected President Obama by MORE than 50% to get this done? The republican lies and fear and hate don't count any more.

    March 20, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. Steve in DC

    Go Mr. President! We support you support you all the way!

    March 20, 2010 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. Brenda

    God bless America , and please help the President to pass the health care bill for the people ,by the people, of the people and even the Republicans AMEN.

    March 20, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  15. jen

    Keep fighting President Obama. We want health care now for all Americans!

    March 20, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  16. Seth

    I think President Obama is using this health Care push to get the Dems on one page and ready for the mid-terms, that's very smart, using the present situation to create momentum and cohesion in the Party.

    Mr Obama seems to always be planning beyond the present situations.
    I think the Republicans made a mistake allowing the Dems to take complete credit for an history making moment that they can never walk back from, no in the age of YouTube and Facebook. I can just see years from now the College kids of today will be telling a narrative to their kids and family that Obama was this brave historic figure fighting the Republicans for Health Care for all.

    March 20, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  17. Rob M in NY

    Republicans will be judged in time for their abject failure to support this bill.

    March 20, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. so2468

    To those Republicans who said NO and those Dems who said NO because of abortion reasons: BLOOD ON YOUR HANDS!!! People are dying and you are blind. We'll vote you out.

    March 20, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  19. Former Republican, now an Independent

    It's a sad day in the U.S. when a handful of politicians can convince a nation that the country doesn't want health care reform, when the statistic overwhelmingly show the opposite. I am refretfully beginning to believe the American public would fall for any lie, as long as the Fox News "Jihadist Journalists" said it was true.

    March 20, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  20. Wmscot

    Geter done Barry !!!!!!!!!!!

    March 20, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  21. Proud to be party of NO!

    I just have not yet figured out how you will all blame this on Bush when it goes BAD. break it, you buy it.

    So is Obama bringing his checkbook with him. I can see open bidding for votes. How much will this cost the American Tax Payer for you to see things my way? Funny how liberal the President is with my money!

    March 20, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  22. An 8 year old ELEPHANT dung heap, does not transform into compost in just 1 year!

    Reds like to cite polls about the “majority” of Americans are now against health care reform and “That One” is ignoring the will of the people.

    Those of course would be the same type of polls that cons stated were having a “love fest” with the “socialist” in 2008 when you racists could not believe that a black man was polling better than your loser McCrypt, a small, angry bitter old man.

    Well, as you like to say, the only poll that mattered took place in November of 2008 and a majority of voters sent the “Kenyan born” candidate to run “your country” over the tiresome “let me exploit my time as a POW one more time” candidate.

    The resulting “polling” was a win of 53% to 46% for the “Kenyan“.

    A clear majority and with no Supreme Court anointing.

    President “Obozo” ran his campaign on health reform and was voted to the office to do just that. President Obama is now only completely his promise that the 53% majority voted for him to do. It is also the Christian thing to do as well.

    So, to now quote those same polls as being the foundation to make statements that President Obama is “ramming” health care down our throats is very hypocritical at least. Seems, now that the “liberal MSM’ are “polling” your way, the results are cast in stone.

    So, I say ignore these “con” polls put out by the “big business” communication corporations to con the people with lies, and stick to the 53% poll that voted a great man into office to fix your 8 year debacle of “Voodoo economics“ of running 2 wars and giving out tax cuts to the rich.

    You and your “big business” corporations will get another chance to buy the Presidency in 2012, the only “poll that counts”. This all due to the courtesy of the Red stacked Supreme Court decision to allow corporations which are now “the voice of people” to buy public office holders.

    March 20, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  23. wally

    Thanks President Obama! Once the oppostion gets that the bill is an expansion of the private insurance industry, but with safeguards and expansion of coverage for the PEOPLE of the US, they will all go back into their snake holes.

    March 20, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  24. Josefina Brown

    Obama is going to beg the dems to save "the presidency" meaning him nd his leftists ideas

    March 20, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  25. Rick

    I'm rather pleased that this president is spending so much time and money trying to improve our country instead of using it to start wars against other countries.

    March 20, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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