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. Former Republican

    To George:
    If 50% of the country says they do not want healthcare reform it is because they do not even know what it is about. They have only listened to all the lies and distortions thrown out by the GOP, Fox and Limbaugh, Boehner, McConnell and on and on. Those polls you see are worthless. How can you poll people who have listened to lies and get accuracy? Don't you find it suspicious that most who are working to destroy reform are Republicans and the Dems who are in the pockets of the insurance companies and need their money to get re-elected? Don't you find it alarming that the money spent to destroy reform comes from the insurance industry? They stand to benefit millions more than their costs of fighting this? Think for yourself, analyze what has gone on here instead of being brainwashed by the right.

    One of the main reasons Pres. Obama was elected was to implement healthcare reform. When the time comes for you to collect Social Security or Medicare – you turn in your cards and do not take either since they are gov't programs. Forget the Supreme Court – they are obviously pawns for the GOP now considering their latest decision. The country was put on the verge of collapse by the last administration who didn't care one bit about being fiscally conservative. The money for both wars and the stimulus check you received was all borrowed money, mostly from China. Now we must spend money to try and save where possible, as well as pay back Bush's irresponsible borrowing.

    March 20, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. historian

    I would really like to know how this will effect the people in the state of Arizona. Providing insurance for poor children was signed into law last year yet our appointed governor has eliminated the program. This bill is moving forward but our appointed governor is entering a lawsuit. How can this happen???????

    March 20, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. Preston kathy

    the problem is dem care for all the people rupubs only care for the people who can help the gop

    March 20, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  4. Bill

    Go, Mr. President.

    1) You are a leader who has the interest of the citizens at heart and understand the issues.
    2) We need health reform. Else this country is finished.
    3) This is not a government takeover. Not government run. This is basic reform. Not a perfect bill. It doesn't matter if they don't get re-elected. We need to do the right thing, always.

    March 20, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  5. John

    Go Obama Go

    Republican Party's ideology is totally defunct and redundant.

    Republicans are negatively charged people with a negative attitude.

    G.W. Bush ruined and bankrupted America in 8 years of failed administration.


    Gas @ $150 a Barrel and @ $4.50 a Gallon during Bush's Presidency.

    G.W.Bush is the Greatest Oil Greedy President of America.

    Oil Prices went up to $150 a Barrel in July 2008.

    It was a Scam Created by G.W.Bush.

    This must be investigated.

    Stocks Tanked below 7000 points.

    Real Estate Tanked the Lowest in 50 years.

    Industries all Gone in 100 Years.

    4300 US Troops Died for No Reason or Threat from Iraq.

    Permanent Injuries to 25000 US Troops.

    Mission was never accomplished.

    Torture was enforced.

    Bin Laden was let go.

    Iraq is now a friend of Russia.

    No Healthcare for Millions.

    No Regulated Banking, Predatory Lending to Millions.

    $ 2 Trillion spent on Iraq War, even though no 9/11 terrorist was from Iraq.

    Jobs Lost in Millions and the RIPPLING EFFECT is still felt in 2010.

    Lied to the American People that Iraq has WMDs.

    8 Years of Bush were the Worst in US History in 200 Years.



    March 20, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. Han

    He is working tirelessly to make the system better. The bill isn't perfect, but it's a good start.

    Why are some people so against it?!!! Anti-Abortion folks are thinking there's federal funding for abortions when that's not true. So even if it was true, they're so set on their anti-abortion cloud that they can't see the millions of people and children denied health coverage due to pre-existing conditions, and millions dying each year, lives ruined because of the this corrupt Health System we have. They just want to win their argument and that's it.

    Republicans are always saying "American people don't want this"....well, why are there millions in support of the bill? Why are doctors and nurses, union workers, millions of families, struggling businesses, why are they all for this? Are they not American or something?

    And on spending. The bill actually reduces our deficit by a trillion over two decades. Sure, it'll cost money...but to make any changes, you need to make an initial big investment! What's so hard to believe about that? If you're running a business and want new changes and equipment, you need to put into it the cash needed, and reap the benefits in the long run. If you want a house, you gotta put a down payment. Aren't these the things Republicans speak about all the time?

    I'm just sad how some Democrats are make this political and can't stand up against these attacks. It's just sad. If we can't get this done, they are almost useless. They have control of the Congress, but can't even agree on something that has so many positives for the country and its people.

    March 20, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  7. Andrew

    IF the deficit neutral Medicare public option (all who enroll pay premium that covers M-Care cost of insuring them) goes through in reconciliation, it's a major winner. Would be just like M-Care for the elderly where those that can afford have supplemental insurance for even broader coverage. End medical caused bankruptcies & forecloseures – get US more competive globally by lowering its 2x med costs over foreign competition.

    March 20, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    George, If you do not want health care fine I do the other 50% want it to. I have insurance I want it for the other people who do not have insurance

    March 20, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  9. Mary

    Pass health care now! For those of you who say you don't want reform it is most likely because you don't have to pay for your health care every month – you're lucky enough to have an employer who picks up your tab! Well if something isn't done soon you're employer won't be able to pick up the tab much longer and then when you're stuck paying for an ever increasing premium out of your own pocket you'll finally get what the rest of us are feeling.

    March 20, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  10. Claire

    Okay George......what about the 50% that do want it!!!!! Are we suppose to sit still and let people die unnecessarily just because half the people opposed to it don't need health care reform. The day is comiing where you or a family member will not get to complete their cancer treatment because of limitations on their insurance policy or one of your friends will not get to be treated at all because they had a maligment mole removed 10 years ago and now they are goiing to die from melanoma without being able to try and fight it because it is a pre-existing condition. Wake up – this bill is for the people!!!!!

    March 20, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  11. james

    what is this unusual move ,is he actually going to do something

    March 20, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. pat

    problems and common sense solutions; use our warships to blow pirates out of the water. Immigration, create work program for illegals wanting to enter the country that lead to citizenship and 30 days in jail for not reporting when entering country and charge employers as accomplices and give them choice of jail or pay a fine for each offense, give israel bunker buster bombs and simultaneously hit north korea and irans nuclear facilities, u,s, gets north korea and israel gets iran, give israel and the palestineans a deadline to agree on enforceable bordera and if they dont.. stop assistance of all kinds to both, get back as soon as possible all funds given to corporations and only use to pay down deficit, let the marketplace work and use minimum regulation to protect jobs, stay the course in afghanistan kill the bill and start over please

    March 20, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  13. james

    i called my congressman and requested him to vote no on this have you ????

    March 20, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  14. william

    It's about time you kicked some butt. These weak kneed Dems should be run out of town. A 68 majority in the House is suppose to mean something. The republicans never had those kind of numbers, yet they ruled the world. It doesn't matter which way these hold outs vote, they are one term anyway. People do not like weakness in their leaders.

    March 20, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  15. e.c.coleman

    As far as 'Capitol Hill" is concerned.........

    ...........just another boring obama speech.

    Everyone in the room has heard it over and over and over again.......

    obama has failed.

    obama needs to get over it.

    obama has ONLY his poor leadership, lack of experience, and inadequate qualifications .........and pelosi and BLAME!

    obama has destroyed everything he has touched in the last year.

    March 20, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  16. Hendrik

    We, those of us who want this passed, are on the right side of history. THIS MUST PASS.

    March 20, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  17. David

    Robin, you are absolutely illiterate!! Do you know how to form a sentence? What is "I personally wants President" It should be "want" not "wants". Also, is is "I am not a Republican" not "I am not Republican".
    Also, should be "don't work" not "doesn't work". There are two more, but I am just tired of correcting you. You disgust me!

    You are just a stupid person. It took people like you to elect this disaster!! God help the us with lazy stupid people like you voting!

    Please respond back in a intelligent manner... if you can.

    March 20, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  18. Daniel

    Please Congess ,don't vote for a Health Care Bill that uses the same tactics as Benard Madoff! This Is no more than a glorified Punzi sheme when you talk about saving the tax money (a total of 4 years) to float this program. Use Your God given brain and realize even this is not self sustaining if you have to resort to insanity such as this!

    March 20, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  19. Ridgeway

    Now if he tells the truth that will be an "unusual step"

    March 20, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  20. gcole

    Quit listening to the rep talking point that no one wants this bill. Just as many polls (or more) say we do want it. When you loose elections, you don't get what you want. I know, we dems had to watch the disaster unfold for the last eight years.

    March 20, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  21. Peggy Lucas

    Any Democrat who votes against health care needs defeated. I voted for change and change is what I want. We need health care and we need it now! I am ashamed of two Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania who will vote against health care. If any state needs health care for all, it is Pennsylvania.

    March 20, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  22. Jim

    Hey George,

    You said half the people don't want it, but there is also half that do want it. So what do you propose? Where are your answers, your solutions? Health care is a disaster, these companies make money off of denying people coverage. There needs to be some kind of change, lets hear your ideas......we are waiting?

    March 20, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  23. Don Montalvo

    We really need to get behind President Obama. For those who continue to stone wall the health care reform bill, I say let's work on getting you fired. We didn't hire you to sit there and get fat. We hired you to WORK. If you can't make things happen, get the heck out of the way. Retire already. Let's bring some youth into Congress.

    Don Montalvo, TX

    March 20, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  24. Linda Iowa

    I want him to use the bully pulpit!! Do whatever it takes to counteract the Republican lie machine. I am sick of their lies and fear tactics.

    March 20, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  25. Separation of Powers

    What is this Europe and we now have a King and a Parliament?

    The Separation of Powers devised by the framers of the Constitution was designed to do one primary thing: to prevent the majority from ruling with an Iron Fist.

    Congress answers to the People, not the President.

    March 20, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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