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. FL

    The end of America. The one thing that set us apart from the world was the drive to work hard and succeed. Now it is a mentality of give me stuff so I can sit on my ass. The only problem is eventually there will be no one willing to work. Good job dumboma and party of idiots. Thanks for forcing your ideology on the true majority, which by the way foots the bill in this country. I perdict your run on the nation will soon end. I think NANCY needs to have her and her husband's company's taken over by the government. It would be best for everyone.

    March 20, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  2. Mark Bittner


    Why doesn't this bill address the COST of healthcare, and moreover, how do you expect us to pay for it without overloading the country in more DEBT? Explain.

    March 20, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. Gary P.

    I'm getting very tired of seeing Obama's face. He doesn't care what's in the health care bill, what it costs, or who it helps or hurts. He just wants to get something passed so he can say he did it.
    We asked for change, and we got it.

    March 20, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  4. Steve(the uncle tom)

    Lets make the rich pay the total bill.

    March 20, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  5. JM

    George: "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!!"

    So that means half wants it!

    March 20, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. Lee in Oregon

    Anytime a positive historic decision is made in this country for the good of the people you can count on the Democrats to do just that.

    The Republicans never take the moral high ground when it comes to helping the middle class but instead always the rich and well to do. They are proving it once again. They weren't there for Social Security....they weren't there for Civil Rights......they weren't there for Medicare......... and now Healthcare Reform. Once again they are proving they are on the WRONG side of history.

    Congrats to all those brave and courageous Dems for voting yes for this historic bill that will save countless thousands of lives and ease the minds of millions of Americans.

    Thank you President Obama for doing the right and just thing for our country.

    March 20, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. John

    I was brought up to believe that our government was too keep our country sovereign and protect its citizens from enemies within and outside our borders. (Note the word "citizen". This does not include illegal aliens of any nationality)
    I don't recall anywhere in the Constitution that we were guaranteed handouts in the form of food, medical, retirement, etc. We already have too many social programs that are broken and broke and we now want to add another trillion dollar leach to our wallets in the form of Health Care Reform? And then is our Government going to drive it into the ground like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the Post Office and the dozen or more I have forgotten?
    It might be a better idea to take what we have in place and fix it before creating something else we can screw-up.
    And for God's sake, reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act.

    March 20, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. jon krieger

    Obozo likes to say that this will be a "historic" vote,to try and fool the public into thinking that's a good thing.But there's BAD history as well as good.The Hindenberg landing was "Historic"!Pearl harbor was "Historic"!9/11 was "historic"!And believe me if the Demoncrats get this thing rammed through,tomorrow it'll be everybit as "historic" as those other disasters,if not more so!!!So which kind of "historic" are we talking aqbout Mr President?

    March 20, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. Jeff

    Unusual steps.. that's good. Usual steps would not be change. And to the critics: Start doing your own research and not puking up what CNN, MSNBC, or that televised version of the national enquirer FOX news tell you. Republican and Democratic Presidents have been telling us for decades that there is no way to correct the U.S. economy without fixing this.

    March 20, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. utah Republican for obama

    this is for american people, every mom that has sick kid and cant get healt care insurance

    if u love america please support this bill its just star

    March 20, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. Debbie

    If this health care is so good for Americans, how come the people voting for it will not have it themselves? This is a sad day for our country. I am all for giving health care to the poor, just leave mine alone! By the way I live in the new Louisiana Purchase state.

    March 20, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. speechmom

    Hey George, a lot of those who "don't want it" don't want it because it isn't liberal enough and doesn't give us the public OPTION we wanted.

    We need this reform whether Fox News likes it or not.

    March 20, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. Obamalism

    Your blind and naive if you think this will improve healthcare at any level.

    It does nothing to control costs. NOTHING. It robs funding from a nearly bankrupt program to fund a more costly one. It will actually reduce competition in the private sector and will reduce your choices.

    Oh, and enjoy the hundreds of billions in tax increases during this lovely economic period.

    Besides, it's going to be challenged on multiple items that clearly violate the constitution.

    March 20, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  14. Darrell Burks

    Please vote for this bill tomorrow

    March 20, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  15. Jeff Johnson

    May God in heaven defend us from tax funded abortions.

    No country that kills its own children has a future.

    March 20, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  16. Don

    jeeez george relax before you need some health care.

    On the point of what the country wants, I have not yet seen any poll which compares just the country's current health care with the senate bill. Yes there are plenty of critics who want it to go farther, and many who just wnat Obama to fail, but if given just the choice between what we have now and the Senate bill (which is the question today) I would bet that a healthy majority would want the new bill.

    And yes George it can be called a National Health Care System, butr only after it passes.

    March 20, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. Richard Asleson

    We continually hear how the health care bill will affect the deficit. I would instead like to hear how much it will cost compared the present system. Deficit is only a measure of how much more is spent then is taken in. If you assess enough taxes to pay for something, there will be no increase in the deficit, not matter how much it costs. With or without a deficit or not, our economy must still eventually pay the cost either directly in the form of taxes or indirectly in the form of higher prices for products when businesses are taxed.

    We can argue about whether this increased cost is justified and worthwhile for health care but whether justified or not, the cost will still be there and will have to be paid. I would like to hear what that cost will be.

    March 20, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. Cindy Acton

    I think it is unbelievable that we are so close to passing this. America cannot afford it, doesn't that matter anymore? Is it true that the middle class will have a 25% tax increase if it goes through? What happened to "The middle class will not have any tax increases, not one dime"?

    March 20, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. Tim

    I hate to break this to you George, this is not a democracy, it is a republic, you go back to school.

    March 20, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  20. SocialismBad

    Are they all getting together to bid each other GOOD BYE to their political future??? That's exactly what will happen. November will be pure destruction of a Democratic Party that disreagrds the will of a majority of the American people. And then this financial fiasco will be REPEALED. SO they will have followed their socialist leader into losing their office FOR NOTHING.

    Democrats, wake up and think logically. You are NOT there to follow your leftist leader blindly, at the expense of the people that you are supposed to be representing. Betray the American people at your your peril.

    March 20, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  21. Jerry from Ohio

    George fifty percent of americans don"t want it because they are simpletons who have been "scared" into being against it<<>>if it doesnt pass i hope you enjoy your ever increasing premiums!

    March 20, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  22. CitizenJP

    Mr. President, I wish you victory in this very worthy fight! In your victory, there will be victory of all Americans except the scammers of the health care system. The ignorant Americans brain-washed by the representatives of the insurance industry and the system scammers, will probably benefit the most from your victory. For the record, I am currently covered by the employer and fervently support you in this fight for America's birth right – health care!

    March 20, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  23. johnnie w

    Cnn , when the this BILL PASSES , tomorow and the COUNTRY FINALLY gets a VICTORY, For the People, and BY THE PEOPLE, does CNN or will your NETWORK , Finally give CREDIT to our President Obama , for Putting AMERICA FIRST. These Morons with these STUPID , Hannity, Limbash , Beck Fool , comments are the REASON , the President will be not Only RELECTED in 2012, but will CLEAN the GOP CLOCKS in the MIDTREMS.Cnn has been on A CRUSADE with the GOP to try and STOP , President Obama because your SO CALLED NETWORK is TOOL of the GOP. And these COMMENTS against the President comes from ONLY THE LAND OF CLOWN MORONS, it AMAZES ME, how DUMB certain PEOPLE are to not know they are APART of the RISKY PARTY ,the GOP, and President Obama ,is not a OUITTER, ask Sara Palin who QUITS. This COUNTRY was ALMOST IN THE ABYSS,because of BUSH and CHENEY, and the GOP was a HUGE PROMOTER of this ALMOST FATE. President Obama , was Given the BIGGEST MOP,since the GREAT DEPRESSION,to CLEAN UP THIS MEES,and it is going to take YEARS to FIX, PresIdent Obama ,we SALUTE YOU , and may GOD ALWAYS STAND BY YOUR SIDE. We are WITH YOU those NAYSAYERS , are FULL OF TEA.......

    March 20, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  24. Jerry

    Who voted for this type of change, only unions and special interest are going to get anything, all of the rest of us will pay, pay, pay

    March 20, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  25. Oh Really

    George, I didn't want the 2 Bush tax cuts, nor did I want the war in Iraq, but what what the republican response.......... SO.

    It's a president's job to do what they were elected to do. President Obama ran on health care and is doing what he was elected to do. And you're right, half is a huge number....... half of the country wants the bill.

    March 20, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
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