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. Jack

    If the bill passes it will be the saddest day in modern America history.

    March 20, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  2. Willy Brown

    True leadership stays out of the way and lets the troops work it out . In-experience gets in the way, Barry.

    March 20, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. Jason

    Come on Democrats! Let's git 'er done!!

    March 20, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. Sue

    Do your job CNN!!!!!

    There are now at "least" 25 thousand tea party members in Washington right now protesting against Obamacare (with more and more coming every minute)...........Yet, no coverage by CNN.

    However, they did report on the 200 who showed up at the "coffee party" last week.

    March 20, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  5. Charles

    Its time for the Democrats to move forward with this. The American people deserve protection from denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions and cancelations of insurance due to sickness. Americans who have lost their jobs deserve access to medical services and not just when it becomes an emergency.

    March 20, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  6. Mike

    Why do people continue to post that 50% of America does not want this bill. I want it, and everyone I know wants it, but then again we can read and we dont listen to Rush and Glenn Beck.

    March 20, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  7. Leonore Dvorkin

    Go, President Obama! Go, Dems! Let's get this DONE.
    Check out INTRADE, everyone. They are quite confident that this will pass.
    My prediction is that this will pass, most people will like it and benefit from it (or they will benefit from it and then like it), and then the Republicans and conservative Democrats will look like the obstructionist, backward idiots that they are. Then, eventually, they will be backtracking like mad, trying to pretend that they were in favor of a popular, helpful program all along.
    Ah, politics. It's endlessly diverting.
    Leonore Dvorkin, Denver, CO

    March 20, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. chris

    The President should not in any way have influence in the passing or writing of legislation other than signing or vetoing a bill when it comes to his desk. Has America forgotten about the separation of powers? The founders would be ashamed at what we've become.

    March 20, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. joanne

    It is utterly amazing to me that any person could be against providing health care to the 30 million people who do not have it in this country. People are dying every day who could have lived because they don't have access. People are going bankrupt losing there houses because of health care bills. This is a sin. No country that is supposed to have judeo/christian value–or indeed the values of any of the world's religions could possibly let this continue.
    We always find money to kill people –we need to pass this bill that will actually save money to make people well.

    March 20, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  10. JD

    How many "final pushes" can this guy make?

    Smell the desperation, people. 0bama is finally coming to terms with the fact that the American people don't want his national socialist agenda shoved down their throats.

    I'm looking forward to this misnamed "reform" bill going down in flames.

    If 0bama had put even half as much effort into getting America back to work, we wouldn't have this nonsense going on. Everyone would have jobs with health care benefits!!

    March 20, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. Mr Moderation

    This legislation has not seen the light of day for the voters to see for themselves. It's been a huge waste of the taxpayer's money. The President, Congress and Senate have wasted time, money, and millions of dollars in bribes / payoffs, etc.

    The perfect example of a waste is Rep. Dennis Cucinich of Ohio. He voted against it several times, then he got a ride on Air Force One with
    Obama and now he is for it.Cucinich doesn't need a medal, he needs a chest to pin something on.

    March 20, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    Keep up the good work, Mr. President! Lead the American people in passing meaningful health care reform!

    We want this legislation – we need this legislation.

    Just like with Social Security, Medicare, Voting Rights, Child Labor laws, the Clean Air Act, and myriad other legislation that Democrats have championed and passed, the Republicans are against it.

    And history has shown over and over and over again the benefits – both economic and social – of providing for the "general welfare" of the American people – as it is stated in Article I, Section 8, Clause 1 of the United States Constitution.

    Be on the right side of history – PASS HEALTH CARE REFORM!

    March 20, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. Jon Krieger

    I hate how obozo always tries to fool the public into the thinking that this is going to be a good thing by calling it "Historic"!As if that's supposed to mean it's a good thing!The Hindenberg crash was "Historic"!Pearl Harbor was "Historic"!9/11 was "Historic" too!And believe me,if this thing gets passed it will be the same kind of "Historic" as those other disasters were if not more so!

    March 20, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  14. todd

    Remember when, will be what we say to our grandchildren. Remember when America was great...Remember when!

    March 20, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  15. stop the nonsense

    He is addressing the Democrats, I hope an invitation was extended to Republicans for two reasons.
    First- it's the proper thing to do,
    Second- they don't need another reason to say they were excluded- like any of them would show up.
    And the bonus- good politics. If asked and they didn;t show- it is a talking point on willingness to to participate..
    I'm sure the response is already writtne and the buzz phrases already in the hands of the media heads- the on the summit when a Senator commented on what took place in the chamber BEFORE it happend!

    March 20, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. Tom

    So, why is it that when polls showed 65% of Americans were against the war in Iraq, Bush delcared himself the Decider, and Republicans cheered, saying, "He's the president! He doesn't have to go by the polls!"

    And now suddenly, the polls are god. Now suddenly, Obama's a dictator for ignoring them.

    I'll tell the Republicans what they told me, when Bush was eating our country for lunch – Get over it, you lost. See you next election.

    March 20, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  17. Desmond

    I wondered if the medical insurance companies are so against the bill how many lobbyists such as the legal profession are for this bill. I always wondered if the medical insurance claims were restricted how much less the insurnace premiums would be. You now our President is a Law man and he would favor this bill for lawyersl. Why is Congress so against restricting medical claims?

    March 20, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  18. Mike

    Render obama the things that are obama's.

    March 20, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  19. william fitzwater

    I am glad there is action on this issue and the Democrats are finally colessing around a common purpose and they are living up the the mandate of the people. I am a america who has a high cost medical condition but I fall between the crack. My condition has bankrupted me . I am living litterly pay to paycheck . I am reaching a pojnt where I have to make a chjoice of keeping my health care or let it go and watch my condtion dererate. In which case I will have to go to the emergency room and get treatment @ every one elses expense. Why is it so illogical to refuse to give the tools necessary to protect & imporve my condition when we know it will save live money and improve to common good?
    I am for a insurance mandate . I don't like in some ways it isn't the best but guess what the state mandate you drive with minimum liability insurance on your Chevy in the driveway. Why doesn't make sense to protect other in case of my illness to do good for the common good ? I guess a Chevy is worth more than people's lives . It shows the skewed priories of some people in this country and their values on live in general.
    I commend the President showing some moxie ,grit , determination and real spirit.
    I hope the Congress as well as all people in this country realize we are Americians we are often a short sighted , greedy , impaitent , self asorbed people who only cares for themself. We have strayed far from "ask not what our country ca do,," . We have become conspicuous consumers only worry about our selfish lot. The conservatives have done a excellent job in perverting this debate to satisfy their lusts for power . However I would say it is premature to put the crown our your heads yet and assume the voters will flock to your cause in November just as I would say it for the Democrats.
    Most of the voters are pissed off right now at both parties inability to govern. I feel most sorry for the President having to do adult day for the whole bunch of the in Congress right now.
    Do the right then and pass health reform !

    March 20, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  20. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans have been cherry picking and misinterpreting this health reform bill from the beginning and then lie about what's in it.

    March 20, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  21. The Great Northwest

    Hurray for Obama we are behind you all the way lead us down the path to Health Care reform.
    Cheers to Obama
    Throw the teabaggers where used tea bags go .
    We were in the ditch with George and hot air Dick 8 years to long .

    March 20, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  22. Daniel

    It seems like everything that comes from the Federal level causes great a greater division in America lately.I meen lets be reasonable, if half the country are against this so called 'Health Care Bill' then use a little common sense and ask yourself if this is really right for everyone. Yes 'everyone' is the term I'm using because its 'everyone' that Congress is making this choice for. Not for Obama, the Democratic Party, and not just the other 50% that agree with you!

    March 20, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  23. Solo76

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    March 20, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  24. Peace Out!!

    @Dewey March 20th, 2010 11:08 am ET
    That make's about a dozen times CNN has used "Obama to make FINAL push", in their title over the last week.****Get A Life !!!

    March 20, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  25. Marta

    How lucky we are to have Barack Obama as our president. He's kept his promise of overhauling health care and he is fighting to the very end. I greatly admire his character..Thank you

    March 20, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
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