March 25th, 2010
08:44 AM ET
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Obama heads to Iowa to sell health care overhaul

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Washington (CNN) - It's the state that launched him towards the White House. Thursday, Barack Obama returns to Iowa for the second time since his inauguration as president, to tout the health care reform bill that he signed into law on Tuesday.

Obama is scheduled to speak at the University of Iowa in Iowa City Thursday afternoon. The speech is part of a White House plan to begin aggressively selling the benefits of the health care overhaul and give some political cover to Democratic lawmakers jittery about their political futures, according to Democratic officials familiar with the plans.

Iowa seems to be the natural location for the speech. In May 2007, then-presidential candidate and senator from Illinois Barack Obama first announced his health care plan "launching a grassroots campaign for reform that led directly to the legislation passed this week," Thursday's daily White House schedule states.

Obama's victory in January 2008 in his party's Iowa caucuses boosted Obama into front-runner status along with Hillary Clinton in the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination, a fight he ultimately won when Clinton dropped out in June of that year. Obama ended up winning the state by 10 points, a switch in fortunes for the Democrats, as President George W. Bush narrowly won Iowa four years earlier.

President Obama made his first trip to Iowa on April 22 of last year. Obama marked Earth Day in Newton, Iowa by announcing a new initiative to lease federal waters for the purpose of generating electricity from wind and ocean currents.

Now the president returns to Iowa again to tout his biggest legislative victory yet in his young presidency.

CNN Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry contributed to this report

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soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. cindy-FL

    This byline makes it sound as if Obama has to "sell" his health reform bill to folks, he does not.

    Health Reform is LAW now, what our President is doing, is explaining what the Bill means to folks.

    March 25, 2010 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  2. JES

    If this bill has been approved why is he still trying to sell it to all of us we can't do anything about it now.

    March 25, 2010 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  3. CONNIE

    If this healthplan is so great then why do you have to sell it. What Obama needs to do is stay in Washington and work on the economy and jobs. And quit worrying about taking over the banks, big companies because this country will not go socialism because Americans will not let it if you don't like the American constitutions then live this great country.

    March 25, 2010 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  4. Greg Pottstown PA

    The bill has already passed. Why is he selling it now? What if the American people don't want it as we clearly don't?

    This is nothing more than pls don't throw all of us out of office.

    March 25, 2010 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  5. Robert

    God I hope they have sufficient security for him. With all the right wing looney tunes out there I fear for his safety..

    March 25, 2010 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  6. The Voice of Reason

    Great idea to get the TRUTH brought home to the people - in their home town! I can't believe the horrendous lies which the opposition is spreading. Fear mongering, hate and selfishness are their mantra, where the side of truth and justice, the Democrats, stand for helping their fellow man and forgiving the Republicans time and time again by offering them their willingness to work with them and the Repubs just rebuff them every time. Let's vote for the party of adults, the party that cares, the party of TRUE democracy, the Democrats in 2010!!!!

    March 25, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  7. Charlie in Maine

    They should not need "cover" for doing the right thing. But since they do I am glad they will be getting it.

    March 25, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  8. Lachelle

    People please wake up and remember we have to learn to help one another. What example are we showing to our children, we all speak of upholding the law of the land but we cannot disagree or debate with dignity and respect? A couple of years ago, some of us had successful careers and would have never dreamed that a few years down the road we would be broke, homeless, unemployed and helpless. Don't look at your situation as it is now, think of how it could be in the future.
    We have a president that is actually in the White House rolling his sleeves and doing some work. Pray for him and Support our nation. The Republican Party really trips me out, they talk about Christian values but they do not want to help those that need help, people wake up!!

    March 25, 2010 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Keep up the good work Mr. President, we love you.

    March 25, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  10. Igor

    Comrades, now you will have the health care we have had for decades.

    March 25, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  11. phoenix86

    The Snake Oil Salesman is back on the road.

    March 25, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  12. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Wouldn't it be nice if he actually told the truth about it. I know that he is a chronic liar and their is not a chance of that happening, but it sure would be nice.

    March 25, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  13. jenn, philadelphia

    Stop going on the road to sell something you already passed and forced us to buy. Stay in Washington and work on creating jobs and improving things for every one.

    March 25, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  14. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Obama has truth on his side, while the GOP has Fox lies.

    March 25, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  15. jane

    We wish him Godspeed.

    March 25, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  16. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Iowa Sen. Grassley is now taking credit for writing the health reform bill even though he voted against it. He and rep. King are about as nutty as any republican could get.

    March 25, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  17. Mike

    Yeah, like it really matters. The place will be filled with hand picked supporters and they will keep all protesters at bay.
    Nothing but another Obama pep rally really. Just to show the nation approves of his signing of treasonous legislation when in fact the overwhelming majority of Americans disapprove of his actions not only on this but on the stimulus, his efforts to create jobs, his mortgage assistance, etc. etc. etc. The list goes on and on.
    This President continues to break each and every campaign promise he has made. He promised bi-partisanship and has, in his first year alone, become the single most partisan President in U.S. history.
    Congrats Mr. President on your one term.

    March 25, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  18. Josh

    Way to go President Obama, go out and let the people know what this bill will do for them especially this year. There are so many people who listen to the talk radio and fox news and they believe what these lying people tell them. Now it is your time to go out and tell them the truth whether they believe you are not. Mr President don't ever stop facing the American people and telling what you are doing for them. These Republicans keep saying that they are going to sweep the democrats out of office in November, but the silent majority will make them eat their words come November. Your base, which is the 54% of Americans like what you are doing and we will stick by you all the way. I will be donating and campaigning you and all the true democrats who are running for office.

    March 25, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  19. Bubble of Sanity

    Why is he trying to defend something he's already signed into law? His time would probably be more well spent talking to some legal firms about the modifications of the bill that will have to be made when the Supreme Court reviews the blatant violations of the US constitution regarding state sovereignty.

    March 25, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  20. Dar

    How about selling jobs odumbo, please please please

    March 25, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  21. Blake

    You don't need to put lipstick on that PIG and sell it as you already crammed it down our throat.

    March 25, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  22. MARLA WILLIAMS

    YOU GO President Obama!! we got'cha BACK!! DO something good for America and all Americans GOD Knows we need it the LAST 8 years with BUSH we didnt get anything from the Republican Party they just sat there and collected there paychecks every month.

    March 25, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  23. Andy

    Kinda like calling the fire department after the fire,if it is so great why is there a need to sale,hey BAMIE DO LIKE OTHERS AND GIVE THEM 15-20 BILLION TO AGREE WITH YOU and your power driven egotistical march to socialism.

    March 25, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  24. Jason

    If this bill is so great, why waste the fuel and contributions to green house gasses to sell it?

    March 25, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  25. Where It All Started

    I think the President's base is more enthusiastic now that this bill has been passed. In the words of Jay-Z: "On to the next one"

    March 25, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
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