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. Voted4HealthCare

    President Obama and Congress understand the importance of passing health care for the American people. Godspeed!

    March 20, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  2. Rose Fugits

    I'zz iz a common bloke and ain't gots not healtcar. I need to get free rubberz caue I hears AIDS is reely catchin on in da black'z communty....I hopez da FREE healthcare gits here soon!

    March 20, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  3. Aragorn

    George, anything over 50% is a majority and that's how things work in a democracy. Most elections are by margins very close to 50-50.

    March 20, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. Juan Suero

    How ironic it was a black man that had to show us how to run a country.

    Im not black but its incredibly uplifting to see a guy who was a regular guy like me, who had some of the same experiences i had. ( i wasnt born with a silver spoon and im successful )
    go through our society and reach the presidency and treat it like the one we see in the movies. The guy who thinks long and hard before sending young people to war. The guy who is looking out for the common man but also understands business drives part of our standard of living.

    This guy.

    He wont quit.

    He just wont quit.

    You go Obama fight baby

    March 20, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. darryn davis ll

    IF this bill pass he will fix have piece in place to make sweeping changes that this country need.

    March 20, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  6. patti

    Go Pres. Obama!!! We need health care reform. PASS IT NOW!!! There are opponents but I was also an opponent to the Bush wars, tax cuts, and the prescription drug plan. I had to suck it up and deal with it so Republicans can do the same with this. At least this bill helps 31 million Americans instead of getting them killed needlessly.

    March 20, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  7. Neither Democrat nor Republican

    The only reason why Obama is doing this is for more power to the govt. Duh.

    March 20, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  8. David

    Go Obama and Democrats!!! Get this bill passed!!! Healthcare for all!!!

    March 20, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  9. ib

    Obama doesn't care about us all he is interested in is making history. If he cared about us then a lot of crap that is in this bill would not be there. Wake up people; under hand dealings like the democrats have been doing is not for our good. I just hope in Nov. that enough people remember to vote them out of power. I know I will. It will be a pleasure to see Pelosi brought back down to earth and off her high horse.

    March 20, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  10. Subhash Durlabhji

    Hello? Since when have we started expecting our President to govern by public opinion polls? This ridiculous notion that "the majority of the American people don't want this bill" is simply that, some poll or the other. It has no validity in the argument. The REAL poll that took place was in 2008. Get over it.

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

    Tell Stupak and his cronies that it's a health care bill and not an abortion bill. If this crowd do not vote for the bill then DNc should not be a part of their reelection bid. Obama and the the party leaders should make it very clear to these opportunists, or should I call them parasites.

    March 20, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  12. MJ

    Final push ... Beware Seniors. Medicare is in serious trouble with this bill. Family Physician has already posted "No more Medicare Patients Excepted". Washington State – Pharmacy not excepting any more Medicare Prescriptions. Beginning of the end for Seniors.

    March 20, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  13. Nick San Diego

    The Conservatives were against Civil Rights legislation, Medicaire,Social Security and every other progressive steps we have taken in this country. They were wrong then and they are wrong now. .
    You Republicans who think that Obama is on the ropes and will be a one term President. watch out, he' s just beginning. Troops coming home,economy will turn around, Immigration reform, bank regulations.By 2012, even you will se accomplishments.

    March 20, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  14. DougJ

    Speaking Kenyan and Indonesian will sure talk them into becoming a third world congress; he might have a few records with him too, coming from Sycasus, one of the 57 States, with a 3,000% savings rates.

    March 20, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  15. minnie

    Victory for the people ... not for the insurance companies!!

    March 20, 2010 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  16. Josh

    Even if it passes, which is unlikely, it will not stand in the courts. When has it ever been constitutional to force people to buy anything, let alone insurance? NEVER.

    March 20, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    It will not destroy the country but enhance it. If you believe that president obama is trying to destroy us then i have to question you. It cant only be about healthcare. This plan does not affect me. I have my own insurance.

    March 20, 2010 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  18. chris l

    Obama is a doucebag. Should be impeached

    March 20, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  19. Dan

    To truly fix health care in a way that works for the entire Nation, and without all the bad, unintended consequences, a bipartisan, transparent approach must be used. This isn't a marginal or special interests bill. It will significantly change the fabric of the Nation and how we each live our lives. The process being used by the administration and Congress is a travesty given the importance of this bill.

    March 20, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  20. jmw

    Cuellar's district is 70% anti abortion – there is no way he can vote for this pro-abortion bill. Every Christian in SOuth Texas should be in front of his office(s) letting him know what the right thing to do is.

    March 20, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  21. Rick McDaniel

    You know it is a bad bill, when Obama has to work that hard to get his own party, to support it!!!!

    March 20, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  22. Little Tommy

    Good luck and best wishes for success – LET'S GET THIS THING PASSED AND MOVE ON!

    March 20, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  23. Rakesh

    I am really upset with all members of congress (democrat and republicans). They are more concerned about re-election than health of citizen and country. I will suggest that americans should vore against every incumbents and and send folks who care to serve, not to be served. This way our congressman are not concerned about re-election and rise above pitty politics. Health care and education is fundamental for healthy country.

    March 20, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. Melinda

    Some people are drinking the FOX News kool-aid. A lot more than 50% of the public want health care reform. How quickly those that support the GOP mantra forget the threatening Bush years when the American people were told they were not patriots if they didn't support the invasion of Iraq because the Administration said it was somehow connected to 9/11.

    Also, where were all these people when Bush and Cheney were spending millions/billions of dollars on the Iraqi war. The country could afford that but we can't improve a broken health care system because it will cost too much. Sure, we are experiencing an economic problem but who is partly to blame for that - oh that's right - the past 8 years of leadership or whatever you want to call it.

    Let's remember not all people have the incredible health care that the Congress and President has. It just angers me so much when the GOP congressional members and some DEMs come out against reform when they are sitting pretty and can go to any doctor and receive the care they need so they don't possibly die. Those that are against reform that would prevent the insurance companies from continuing to assault the public should be ashamed of themselves. If we don't get needed reform then the Congressmen opposed to it should give up their health insurance!!

    March 20, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  25. CONNIE

    the only people who want this health bill to pass are people who don't contribute to society. they are sitting around for a hand out from the people who do work and pay taxes. Yes we need health care reform but by bully, bribing people to pass it this is not what this country is about we the american people do not like chicago politcs and this is what obama is doing. I am not a Republican i am a independent and this health care bill will break this country, nothing will happen for 4 yrs and all the tax money he gets the first 4 yrs will help reduce the deficit and then when it is time to insure everyone there won't be any money and then he will have to raises taxes.Remember there is NOTHING FREE IN LIFE UNLESS YOU DON'T WORK AND LIVE OFF THE GOVERNMENT (I MEAN THE WORKING PEOPLE OF USA).

    March 20, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
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