August 22nd, 2009
03:55 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama slams 'outrageous myths' about health care

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" President Obama talks about health care reform Thursday in Washington."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Facing a recent erosion of public support for health-care overhaul, President Obama lashed out at his opponents Saturday for spreading "outrageous myths" on the Internet, television, and at town hall forums.

Republican leaders, in turn, said it was Obama who is guilty of playing "fast and loose with the facts."

They repeated their assertion that the president's proposed government-funded public health insurance option would destroy the current private insurance-based system.

"I'm glad that so many are engaged," Obama said in his weekly radio address. But it should "be an honest debate, not one dominated by willful misrepresentations and outright distortions, spread by the very folks who would benefit the most by keeping things exactly as they are."

Obama emphasized that, contrary to the assertions of many, illegal immigrants will not get health insurance under a reform plan.

"That idea has never even been on the table," he said.

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soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. J.C.

    I have heard nothing bad about government-run health care in Canada, France, Germany, England, Japan, and Taiwan, and most importantly, our own Medicare. I think it is just plain hard to let go of the existing profit for the medical-insurance complex. This is the best opportunity to find out which side our Congress is on.

    August 22, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  2. Ralph

    National Healthcare? I would not buy a used car from President Obama.

    The only thing the government should do is pay for voluntary sterilization. Perhaps that would help prevent so many women from killing their children because they are “inconvenient”.

    August 22, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Preston kathy mr obama maybe if you put your health care on paper maybe they will vote for it people worry you will take there health insurance away from them

    August 22, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  4. Preston kathy

    Put your plan on paper so we can judge for are selfs preston kathy

    August 22, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  5. Wanda

    yes other countries like canada great britain and france are all laughing at us. they have good health care plans. what is everyone worrying about ? ever heard of medicare ? it is a government run program. it works pretty good. people in this country are so stupid.

    August 22, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  6. 60's survivor

    our throats are being cut by the GOP for they worship the mighty dollar. and they speak with forked tongues. while so many go willingly to slaughter listening to all their lies or is it they hate this president so much they will do anything to see him fail. stocks are up. housing is correcting. can't say anything about that can you!

    August 22, 2009 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
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