Obama: Congress focused on politics, not the middle class
September 20th, 2013
02:35 PM ET
7 months ago

Obama: Congress focused on politics, not the middle class

(CNN) - President Barack Obama said Friday that Congress was not focused on the middle class in the current budget debate, telling workers at a Ford Motor Co. plant in Liberty, Missouri, that legislators were "focused on politics, they're focused on trying to mess with me, they're not focused on you."


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  1. fed up

    the middle class are the ones going to get stuck paying for this mess

    September 20, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  2. sonny chapman

    40,000 Americans die each year because they lack health insurance. Why are all of these Repubs. so happy ? Need some Spiritual guidance ? Listen to what Pope Francis says about caring about each other rather than being focused on the minutia & rigid ideology.

    September 20, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. freedom

    What?? Obama is gutting the middle class! And all he is about is politics!! What a fraud.

    September 20, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. Tampa Tim

    If dems give into shutting down the government or defunding, it will be a matter of time before they go after other laws of the land: Medicare, social security, veteran's benefits. Tell the domestic terrorists, "No!"

    September 20, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  5. just saying

    unions to obama, reid & pelosi about obamacare: "destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class."

    sure sounds like the republications are trying desperately to help save the middle class from your obamacare nightmare. how out of touch can obama possibly be?!! scary.

    September 20, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Tampa Tim

    If dems give into shutting down the government or defunding, it will be a matter of time before they go after other laws of the land: Medicare, social security, veteran's benefits. Tell the domestic terrorists, "No!"
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    Bad news. The Republicans have been gong after those for years and years. The Bush administration had the gall to cut the VA budget, which closed some facilities, during a time of two wars. Medicare and Social Security taxes are capped at certain income level, which means that the middle class pay a higher percentage than the wealthy.

    Furthermore, Republicans have lowered the cap over the years, which further shifts the burden onto the middle class. When SSI was introduced, there was roughly 5 contributors for every recipient of Social Security. Today, that ration has dropped to just barely over 3, and it's still dropping mainly because of tax law changes. When the ratio hits 2.5 or lower, then SSI will be losing money.

    Try a web search for this phrase " starve the beast ".

    September 20, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. Fair is Fair

    sonny chapman

    40,000 Americans die each year because they lack health insurance.
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    Sonny, that's just not true. It is true that 40,000 Americans that happen to not have health insuranc die each year, not BECAUSE they have no health insurance. How many of those 40,000 would still have dies if they had health insurance?

    September 20, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. Thomas

    @sonny chapman
    40,000 Americans die each year because they lack health insurance.

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    It's the American way ! The Pope has a very low deductible .
    You want my brother in law to give up his three homes , four Porsche's , wine cellar , golf game and weed buy the pound so others can have affordable health insurance ?

    Your asking way to much !

    Insurance companies know more about medicine , and quality care then any Doctor ever will.

    September 20, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    President Obama is right. They are trying "to mess" with him and they apparently will not give up for three more years.
    They are so blatantly obvious and hypocritical it makes me sick. Cheering today after what they perceived a 'win'
    over Obamacare was ridiculously childish.
    Warren Buffett said, if the Republicans and President don't reach an agreement on the debt ceiling, "that is
    pretty damn dumb". Right again.
    "Dumb" is the new label for Teapublicans. Rep Phil Gingsy, GA, who complained that he is "stuck here making
    $172,000" pretty much sums up what is important to Republicans, and it isn't us or US.

    September 20, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. Me

    Oh that takes the cake, Obama is NOT for the middle class, the one class that will be hurt the worst by Obamacare is the middle class!!! I am middleclass and I make way to much for the govenment to help me but am no where near rich so I just get screwed with my premiums going up!!! I can't hardly afford the premiums prior to Obamacare, last 2 year they skyrocketed and I am affraid to see next year. One question, please tell me HOW does Obamacare help the middleclass???? I thought Obamacare was suppose to give ALL people affordable care, no happening so far, I can only hope in the future year it does I guess.

    September 20, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    tom l. wrote:

    Nahp. That's a historical re-write. The ACA was passed with 60 votes in the Senate. Remember all of that hullabaloo about buying the vote of certain Senator from the state of Nebraska? You're either lying or misinformed.

    "Nice try, but we gotcha."

    Lol. That certain senator was from Nebraska was Ben Nelson. He is a democrat and you can search for the Cornhusker kickback if you would like to know more about how he was bought off. It's ok. I won't harrass you. We all make mistakes on this board from time to time. I know that I said that Pelosi called Bush a loser when it was actually Reid that called him a loser. Pelosi said the Bush adninistration was a "total failure".
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    I suggest that you practice what you preach. In the end, Republicans made so much noise that the "kickback" was removed and Nelson still voted for the bill. Nelson was the 60th vote need to pass the ACA ... not the reconcilliation that you lied about.

    September 20, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  12. jinx9to88

    Like Obama said in his speech today, I beat the guy in 2012 that wanted to repeal Obamacare. GOP so get over it.

    September 20, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  13. sonny chapman

    So Fair, how many deaths per year is acceptable? Why is it necessary than anyone die or go hungry in this Land of Plenty ? Questions we will all answer if what Jesus said in Matthew 25,31 turns out yo be true.

    September 20, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  14. Stussit

    So says the person who decides to lambaste Republicans again while the Navy Yard shootings are happening. The same ome who said yesterday that raising the debt limit does not mean raising the debt. He is from the same party as hithe house minority leader who told us yesterday he is the most aplolitical president ever. Why do the democrat liberals, dope addicts and welfare frauds steal elections for these lying corrup incompetent people.

    September 20, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  15. Me

    Fair is Fair

    sonny chapman

    40,000 Americans die each year because they lack health insurance.
    --–
    Sonny, that's just not true. It is true that 40,000 Americans that happen to not have health insuranc die each year, not BECAUSE they have no health insurance. How many of those 40,000 would still have dies if they had health insurance?
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    I have to agree with fair on this one, name one hostpital that will deny someone service because they don't have insurance. Just as fair said, 40k individuals without insurance might have died but it is not because they don't have it!

    September 20, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    Personally, I would like to see how this program works before we as a Nation once again start tearing each others throats out on whether AffordableHealthCare should or should not be an option for all Americans.

    No lectures please. I've had enough. Let the program work or fail ... whichever comes first.

    September 20, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  17. sonny chapman

    Starve the Beast. It has such a benign ring to it.

    September 20, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  18. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    There is no middle class in the eyes of republicans Mr. President. Either you're rich or poor. No in between. The corporate welfare has to stop. But it doesn't bother me none because the people of this country who are getting screwed over and be left for broke to fend for themselves will eventually rise up and the 2nd American Revolution will be upon us. If you think those petty protests in the middle east are bad, they won't be nothing compared to what's on the horizon. The only way to break this fascism is to take it to the streets.

    September 20, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  19. Tampa Tim

    Fair is ? – ever wonder how many of those 40000 would not have died if they had access to health care? I didn't think so.

    September 20, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. Me

    Rudy NYC

    Tampa Tim

    If dems give into shutting down the government or defunding, it will be a matter of time before they go after other laws of the land: Medicare, social security, veteran's benefits. Tell the domestic terrorists, "No!"
    ---------–
    Bad news. The Republicans have been gong after those for years and years. The Bush administration had the gall to cut the VA budget, which closed some facilities, during a time of two wars. Medicare and Social Security taxes are capped at certain income level, which means that the middle class pay a higher percentage than the wealthy.

    Furthermore, Republicans have lowered the cap over the years, which further shifts the burden onto the middle class. When SSI was introduced, there was roughly 5 contributors for every recipient of Social Security. Today, that ration has dropped to just barely over 3, and it's still dropping mainly because of tax law changes. When the ratio hits 2.5 or lower, then SSI will be losing money.

    Try a web search for this phrase " starve the beast ".
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    So what has Obama done to change these laws??? NOTHING. He had the senate and house the first year and still did nothing but Obamacare. The past is the past and yes I would say mistakes were done how about living in the present, what about the past 5 years. And don't give me the house would not pass it bs cause Obama has not even tried!!!!!!!

    September 20, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  21. Marie MD

    The tea tards are only focused on themselves, their cushy job (government shut down, me worry? Congress is NOT affected) their nice medical insurance, large salary and perks (millionaires most of them).

    September 20, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  22. International Brotherhood of Teamsters, UFCW, UNITE-HERE support the repeal of Obamacare

    Three unions stand with the Republicans to stop the Obamacare train wreck. It will destroy the middle class and the 40 hour work week that built this country.

    No train wrecks. No 30 hour work weeks. NO OBAMACARE.

    September 20, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  23. Gurgyl

    GOP thugs in modern way.....

    September 20, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  24. jerrylax

    obama, your policies have decimated the middle class. Job loss, inflation, and higher taxes....all horrible for the working stiff. So, there are some of us who understand results and ignore the salesman rhetoric from this fool.

    September 20, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "sonny chapman

    40,000 Americans die each year because they lack health insurance.
    --–
    Sonny, that's just not true. It is true that 40,000 Americans that happen to not have health insuranc die each year, not BECAUSE they have no health insurance. How many of those 40,000 would still have dies if they had health insurance?"

    Someone doesn't understand that the studies take all of that into account. 40,000 die each year BECAUSE they don't have health insurance.

    September 20, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
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