June 6th, 2009
01:28 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama: 'Time to deliver' on health care

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama, in the weekly address, discussed his plan to reform the "broken health care system" in the country.

"Fixing what’s wrong with our health care system is no longer a luxury we hope to achieve – it’s a necessity we cannot postpone any longer," he said in the address, which was taped during his trip overseas.



Filed under: Health care • President Obama
soundoff (221 Responses)
  1. bk

    Spend some more money we don't have. How many times does China have to tell you, your spending is out of control before you stop? Obama wants to be a dictator and control everything. When Chavez says your to the left of him and Castro you know you are a dictator. Obama runs the car companies, the banks, the insurance companies and now he has appointed another czar to police the internet. Don't any of you see he is trying to control everything? The czars are appointed to by pass congress and only answer to Obama. This is wrong and Obama needs to be stopped now! We are a free country and the dictator will not change that. We the people won't allow him to take over.

    June 6, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. Kathy in Florida

    Thank-you Mr. President. This is the reason I voted for you. Please make good on your promise to the american citizens. DON'T HALF STEP like Clinton did with "DON'T ASK DON'T TELL".

    June 6, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  3. greenluv1322

    Boo! Obama is a self-serving politician who real agenda has to do with his mother dying of cancer while fighting with insurance aompanies and he wasn't there. So sorry Mr. Pres we are not paying for your guilt!

    June 6, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  4. LacrosseMom

    @ "mother and sister of a soldier"........ Thank your son & brother for their service. And please, do some research about healthcare. If you are a Christian, how can you deny your own American citizens healthcare?

    There is a way to have national healthcare, and for those who have private insurance we can keep it. Right, now, dear lady, we the Taxpayers ARE paying for all those without healthcare.

    I hope you will do some research, and not be fooled by the fear-mongers who ALSO manipulate you, with their lies and misinformation.

    God bless you & your family.

    June 6, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. Unreal

    This is unbeliveable!!!! Can't people see that the government ruins everything they touch? SS is almost bankrupt!!! Ford should sue the Fedral goverment for trying to put them out of business using monoply of GM (government motors).

    I wish CNN (the clinton news network) would be honest with America and the world insted of selling us out for their own intrests. What a joke!!!!

    June 6, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  6. Unreal

    Of course CNN will screen out my comments (awaiting moderation). My point is made.

    June 6, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. bsmith171

    what Obama doesn't say and AXELROD has told him not to say is this:

    as multi-millionaires they will NOT have to be concerned.

    everyday citizens will pay more and have health care rationed.
    that's the dirty litlle secret of the 'PLAN'.

    87% of the people will pay more.
    13% will get a great deal.

    OBAMA. AXELROD, EMANUEL and BIDEN as elite politicians will be exempt.

    watch and see. this is a first class scam.

    June 6, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  8. Carl

    Just remember America. Coverage for all is great, but you won't be treated as well, and, in major cities, I can't imagine how long you will have to wait; especially in a new system working out "kinks."

    Finally, when you get old enough to where you are too much of a burden to take care of, well what do you think will happen then?

    June 6, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. Bill

    I would like a single payer system for health care. This country already has it with Medicare. I am on COBRA insurance now and my monthly premium is over $620.00 a month. The job market is horrible and my COBRA is almost up. Then what I will not have insurance at any price.

    I need help now no more broken promises!

    June 6, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  10. Susan

    Stop giving speeches and work for it............
    Health care costs are killing us...........

    June 6, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  11. ThinkAboutIt

    To liberals are idiots: Medicare's administrative overhead is approximately 5 cents on every dollar; private health insurance spends 20-60 cents of every dollar on administration costs (with the average medical insurance CEO's salary at $14 million, there's no mystery where all the money is going).

    For-profit health care benefits these CEOs and not the consumer. Fine if what we're talking about is rubber duckies, but we're talking about health care here.

    – If you truly support small business, support health care reform.
    – If you truly want our nation to stay competitive, support health care reform.
    – If you truly want to reduce the stress in your life (when you're one illness away from bankruptcy), support health care reform.

    June 6, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  12. joe m

    yes. healthcare in this country is broken. yes. changes need to be made. but no, government controled/ run/ managed/ or whatever other term that may be use, is not going to be the answer. there are so many problems with this solution, first of which is the cost. with the proposal to tax 'unhealthly things' the door opens for all sorts of dysfunction with this system. then there is the matter of the actual day to day implementation.

    healthcare needs to be addressed and fixed. it is broken and needs sensible remedy. still, the proposed idea can be like some therapies... more toxic to the patient than the actual desease.

    June 6, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  13. Rosanne

    There is so much abuse of publicly funded health care now; abuses that privately funded care would never tolerate. Clean up what we have now from public funds before expanding.

    June 6, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  14. Really!?

    I just hope it can be as successful, efficient, customer oriented, dependable, and economical as the US Postal System! I always hear people say the USPS is faster and more reliable than say FedEx. NOT! My sister has universal health care in Belgium. She says its comparable to America but, fewer choices, somewhat longer waits, and it only costs her 51% of her income in taxes.

    June 6, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  15. Leah

    Steve: Where are your facts on your claims? Actually America ranks 34th in the world for health care.

    How can anyone make claims like that when 45 million people are not covered, when people go bankrupt due to health care costs, and when people are denied coverage at the whim of Insurance Companies who decide whether they have preexisting diseases.

    Any Congress person who does not work for health care reform MUST relinquish their socialized medical plan and go out to the private market and purchase their own.

    June 6, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. ThinkAboutIt

    To those who parrot the GOP's line about health care reform = the government taking away your health care choices:

    Right, like the insurance companies don't do that? Ask around; you probably live in an area where:

    – there is no competition for health care, so you have only one insurance company to choose from
    – that insurance company sets the prices and demands that all health care providers contract to them
    – if you have pre-existing conditions, you are automatically excluded from coverage
    – more and more people are under-insured or have no coverage and therefore, end up costing us all more as they can't afford preventive care/use the emergency room as their only means of health care

    We need health care reform now! Of course, the big-money insurance companies are scared of competition and will do anything to try to stop reform.

    But the American people and American businesses have had it and are demanding change – NOW!

    June 6, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. Ajw

    Fix health care now! Its a big part of fixing our economy.

    June 6, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  18. JAY JOHN

    Obama is out of his mind , and out of touch with the american
    people. He has no plan for health care reform , just speeches.

    June 6, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  19. D. Tree

    We can't afford NOT to reform healthcare now. The insurance companies have a monopoly on our Health, and they need some healthy competition! They are bleeding our economy dry.

    A public option for those of us who can't afford the out of control premiums is the ONLY answer! We will save Trillions of dollars over the next decade by reforming Health care now!

    June 6, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  20. Jon

    Obama has already proven on many occasions that he knows nothing about economics and somehow I doubt that a crooked Chicago politician knows anything about health care. This is all sturm und drag, they may make some unimportant changes around the edges but major changes will not occur.

    June 6, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  21. TCM

    don't you just get a "warm and fuzzy," with this guy announcing he's going to fix health care? I mean, with the stellar cabinet picks: Tax cheats, dirty business dealings, backroom deal cutting...and then picking a racist judge....Couple that with the his current apologies to the muslim world, and we're really set for a good time! It's been proven that Americans are paying off debt and saving money versus spending it, as OBamnuts anticipated with his reckless gov't spending...well, not everyone's fiscally irresponsible as liberals. There's those of us that work, save, and tend to our lives without trying to rob others in the name of "fairness.." Go, ahead, Waffle, this will be the straw that breaks the financial back and cause market meltdowns...who knows? Perhaps it'll lead to riots in the streets! Oh, my bad, those folks are the very supporters of the messiah...this is like watching a trainwreck.

    June 6, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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