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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  1. West Coast Conserv

    The United States of America has always been victorious over foreign invaders. The same will happen to Hussein and his progressive socialist party.

    March 20, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. Frank the Tank

    I hope he fails

    March 20, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. Common Sense

    Hey George, Senate and Congress are passing bills for the people they work for. It is called an election and they were elected with the promise of fixing healthcare. There are people like you who don't want it, doesn't mean it shouldn't pass it and they are not working for the people.. Go bother your congressman and senator and if he doesn't do what you like, don't vote for him. I for one will NOT vote for my congressman and senator if he/she doesn"t vote for this healthcare reform. that is how people tell congress what to do. It is called an election. Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, polls and a few hundred tea party activities don't speak for the majority of this country. if this country doesn't like it what dems are doing, vote them out. I say lets call your bluff. Lets pass healthcare and lets see who wins in Nov.

    March 20, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  4. cec

    I appreciate President Obama and fellow democrats great efforts in passing this bill. I will be a huge victory for the american people.

    March 20, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  5. Kevin in Ohio

    More bribes. More Lies.

    What won't this president do to bring us down?

    March 20, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  6. Indy

    64% (Real Percentage not Republican) of the people want this passed, so not hard to believe the hard working Obama would be working to get the job done.

    March 20, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  7. Not health care reform

    This is a broken monstrosity of a bill that does not correct the problems of health care, if you look inside and see what it is NOT saying you see the reality of this power grab and takeover of your liberties.
    Yet the passive MSM follows and spreads the half-truths and outright deception that comes out of Washington daily.
    If this passes THEY WILL PAY. We will not rest, we will disrupt , block, and if necessary perform civil disobedience to break this unlawful bill into pieces worse than humpty dumpty.
    The methods and corruption of this administration has doomed them they have no ethics or moral standing and will go down as the liars and con men they are. OBAMA will be on record as the far left Marxist he is, not the centrist he tried to make us believe he was.

    March 20, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  8. T'SAH from Virginia

    @George – You Quoted:
    "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."

    First of all, 50% of the country 'does not' pay taxes, therefore, make that clear. Also, half of the taxpayers are NOT against this bill, so that makes your number even smaller.

    You must also remember that the unemployment rate is at 9.7% – do they have health insurance?? Please also keep in mind that this would 'cover' the other half of the country you are talking about that most likely do not have health care insurance; may have pre-existing illnesses and are paying a 'cow and a calf' for insurance.

    By you stating that “all citizens aren't included in it and they should..” – then you are telling the Americans who are 'satisfied' with their health insurance that they have to give it up too!! YOU and the right argue about that too!!! You cannot have it all!

    March 20, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  9. Steve

    Kill the Bill!

    March 20, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  10. Kat

    This idiot needs to just go away. We do not want this Bill. All he's really concerned with is his legacy. STOP tromping on the American people. Start over... Get it right.

    March 20, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. Chuck, Tennessee

    Since this country began, one unwavering rule in congress (see the Constitution) was that a bill must be passed by both the House and the Senate. I keep reading that certain House members have changed their votes after changes to the Senate bill. That means thebill is different and it is unconstitutional for Obama to then sign it and call it the law. The Dems are hoodwinking us. This bill is a disaster for this country. We need health care reform that makes sense, not a 2,000 page bill that gives the government so much power

    March 20, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  12. Bob (Illinois)

    It's time to really turn up the heat and get that bill passed!

    March 20, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  13. Johnny DC

    So much for the checks and balances of our great system of government.

    March 20, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  14. Paul H

    I keep reading, and hearing the President wail on Insurance companies, pushing this out of control Health Care bill. But I never hear him talk about the pharmaceutical industry, or people it the Psychologist field. Between these two fields they have come up with an ailment within ailments and a pill to take care of it. There is an over abundance of medications in this country, and an all to eager establishment to push them down our throats. And Insurance companies have to cover these things.
    Or how about the Doctor that has one price for a patient with insurance, and a higher price for the patient with insurance?
    I these same standards are applied to our Auto Insurance as well. So these villainous Insurance companies have to contend with this kind of conduct while trying to sell a product, and keep it manageable as well.
    I'm not a fan of Insurance Companies by any means, but there is more to the story than these companies just taking it to the people.
    If we are going to have reform we need to address all of these issues as well, and I don't think our politicians have that broad of a brush.

    March 20, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  15. David

    My fellow Republicans seem to forget that President Obama won this election. All I here is lie, lie, and more lies from Republicans. GET OVER IT!

    March 20, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  16. toad

    Obama is gathering his sheep. This will be a historic event in helping destroy this country. The United States will become a nanny state! And another Greece!! People will look back in history and see that this is the president that really damaged the country to the point of no return. It's downhill from here! I'm lucky enough and old enough to have seen this country in it's great days and watched it go downhill from the late 60's on to the point it is now. I'm glad I wasn't born today!!!!

    March 20, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  17. verlie

    I do hope each of these people, President, Congressmen, Representatives, etc remember they are ELECTED people who are there to represent the people who put them in office. There will be another election and some of these are going to run again and will probably not be voted back in. Thanks George, for what you have put on this comment page. This is so true.

    March 20, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  18. leonardofru

    I would like to thank CNN for it diligence and hard work and pushing the healthcare bill. Your unflaging support for Obama and Pelosi have earned the gratitude of many.: )

    March 20, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  19. Telly

    President Obama has been the most engaged president that this country has seen in a long time. Even if you disagree with his views, I hope he is setting the trend for "Visual Leadership" for future leaders.

    He has been the hardest working president I have ever seen.

    March 20, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  20. call me crazy

    Good luck Mr. President.


    It is not perfect, but it is better than the status quo. Something must be done to slow down the rising cost of health insurance. The medical industry should also be listening and figure out they are charging too much. Profits are nice, but health care should not be such a burden on the population.

    March 20, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. TimK

    How bout when support for Mr. Bush was in the twenties and he declared that he followed his conscience and it didn't matter what public opinion polls had to say? Well then his supporters said "well, he must be touched by the hand of God. He has my vote! He stands up for what he believes!"

    So does this president. Go Obama!

    March 20, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  22. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    Where's Brutus when we need him?

    March 20, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  23. Rose Fugits

    The last thing a black dude EVER wants to do is get outta bed on a Sat. morning after a HARD NIGHT'S STROKIN'!!!

    March 20, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  24. SurferGuy

    Mr. President, THANK YOU. Let's keep the ball rolling!

    March 20, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  25. Four and The Door

    The oddest thing about Obama's final push is that he is claiming this health care bill as reigning in greedy health insurance companies.

    This health care "reform" bill will be the best thing to happen to health insurance companies since company-provided benefits. Think about it. They will have many valid new reasons because of this increased regulation for raising rates. They will have to. Somebody tell me how they will not have to raise rates big and quickly to comply with these new federal government requirements.

    Health Insurance Companies will be the new sexy stocks to buy. If ObamaCare comes into play they will make billions more. Really. It makes sense. Obama's argument is worse than his argument that the stimulus bill would have created 4 million jobs. Where are they?

    March 20, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
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