August 22nd, 2009
03:55 PM ET
14 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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  1. Enough

    Better watch out for Obamas "outrageous myths".............Their is truth to the rumors!! Don't believe everything Obummer tells you. They need to reform the Health insurance companies and make healthcare available and affordable..........not socialize medicine and destroy the quality of our healthcare!

    August 22, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. Jim Welton

    My son was born in a National Health Service (NHS) hospital in England. Wonderful experience. No insurance forms to fill out, no bills to pay (other than through payroll taxes). The doctor recommended my wife have a C-section, and it was scheduled and performed without delay. I do not fear a government run health program. If it is anything like the NHS, it will be better for those who do not currently have health care which is driving up the cost of health care in the U.S.

    August 22, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  3. Belle1

    Unfortunately, President Obama must have not read HR 3200. Because what he says he wants for national health care, and what is in the bill are two different things.

    However, having said that, it is against the Constitution to MANDATE Health Insurance. Read the article in Washington Post which cites case law.

    The other nonsense? Many of us have READ HR 3200. THAT is why the anger at the Town Hall meetings.

    August 22, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. ran

    Single payer non-profit universal coverage is the only true way to go.

    If the "blue dogs" and the GOP do not want to help the President get the right thing for the People then I say Democrats/President go it alone.

    Just to let you know the facts about a co-op non-profit:
    1. I just received a refund from my utility co-op which could have just as easily been from an insurance non-profit co-op/public option.
    2. premiums go toward your health care not toward multimillion $ salaries/bonuses for insurance executives or for dividends for shareholders hoping to make a profit off your health, or for insurance companies' private jets.

    People. This is not all that hard, a single payer non-profit universal health care plan is the right thing for the people. The people win which is how it should be especially with our health care.

    August 22, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. Tom

    I'm watching all this from Canada...our healthcare is not as bad as you have all been it what all seem so gullible to believe all the lies being told....and u are supposed to be The Head of the Free

    August 22, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  6. Tom C

    Wait a minute. It is republican and conservative beliefs that capitalism will patrol itself and regulate itself and therefore all these large health care and drug producing companies will do the right thing because they are such a good group of people. Corporations run this country and they are using every dirty tactic they can to make health care reform fail. Why? Because one day they might not be able to charge $100 for a band aid and their profits will not be as large. How come we only here the bad side from the British health care program. You trying to help me that there are only bad situations over there. I am sure there are many successful treatments over there. We just don't here about them.

    August 22, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  7. hey Belle1

    You may have read it but certainly misinterpreted it. You may want to read it again without the Limbaugh slant. Maybe then you'll realize that what is being publicized by the GOP is complete garbage.

    August 22, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  8. jim

    so what is up with the banner with his campaign logo in the background? The election is over and yes, he won. But putting his campaign "brand" on specific issues, particularly those he claims to be seeking bipartisan support for...seems a little odd.

    August 22, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  9. catmom

    It is hard to believe as more and more information comes out how Republicans deceived the American people some people will continue to believe their lies and distortions. What is even more unbelievable and sad is this is supposedly about having health care for all of the American people. How selfish can people be to not want everyone to have equal access to health care. Or, is this really about health care? Health care reform is just a casualty for something else it seems.

    August 22, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  10. teddyo

    they would rather believe a lie then the truth

    August 22, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  11. Yair

    Of course the illegal immigrants are off the table; they are going to be legalized next year anyway!!!! The reason Obama wanted to have the health care reform passed fast was to hide the truth from the people!!!

    August 22, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  12. june

    Time for the CNN to do it's job. Stop chasing these wild stories that Foxs News and the Right Wingnuts put out. Remember these are the same nuts that pull the wool over your eyes and help them push a misguided Iraq war down the throats of the american people.

    Remember "Don't trust until confrimed"

    August 22, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  13. Dennis

    It really doesn't matter who's telling the story–It's their story, and they always tell it like they want to. Listening to Washington politicians (any) is like taking swimming lessons from an alligator. Once you're in the water–there's a reasonably good chance you're going to be the "free lunch."

    August 22, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  14. inuk of the north

    The elephant in the romm is being coveniently ignored by Obama and the Dems and that is 80% of one's healthcare expenses are incurred during the last two years of life.

    With the boomers aging, the stress on the healthcare system will be tremendous, and the cost beyond belief. When the cuts and rationing start happening, it will happen to those over 65 yrs old. At least with private insurance, you can always get treatment.

    Universal govt healthcare is a long-fuse cost bomb.

    August 22, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. Mike

    I’ve heard that every no vote on the health care bill, will force 1,000’s of people out of heath care coverage in our nation, every day. I believe this is immoral. This means people who would go to the doctor – will not go. It means people who could have a heart attack prevented – will die. It means that medicine that could save lives – will be withheld. I think anyone who would vote to harm so many U.S. citizens should be impeached.

    But really, what I want to know is: Does voting ‘no’ cause U.S. citizens to die? Doesn't it mean that every congressperson who votes 'no' wants these people to die?

    August 22, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  16. Dtex

    How many of you wonder if Obama and the rest of the democrats are really ticked that this time, one of their proposals is actually getting vetted by people who still believe in democracy (which is actually a fairly decent story about this on politico)? This guy wanted this thing done in 3 months before the recess. Cram it down, cram it down and cram it until we choke. Thank God it didn't happen this time. We did not get to vet TARP; the pork package; or cap and trade and who knows what else is coming down the pike.

    The press has also done a pitiful job at vetting any of the previous bills/ crap–until now. This is exactly what we need with this administration-vet everything this guy and his Chicago mobsters want. For heavens sake, this transparency should be something he would cheer about/ran on.

    The "mob" claims (which the press has not shown how the actual mob/unions came and beat people up/that a federally funded organization called ACORN is partisan/etc) would probably have not had the furor if Obama would have said: Here's an initial proposal, now go find out what people think and we'll shape it from there. Instead, he keeps giving one big lie: the republicans are to blame, But the democrats control the whole shootin' match.

    But this time, there has been time to go through this initial bill, lots of the myths have been debunked (and I must admit, I think CNN has actually done a credible job with this, especially working with and politifact); we're seeing politicians as they really are (Pelosi is much more un-american as any person she's ever accused/Obama can't give us any details, just pie-in-the-sky smooth rhetoric. I swear this guy would make millions of dollars at Amway conventions); and Obama's own misconceptions and/or myths.

    This needs to continue to happen. Press needs to quit the love affair, running the racism if you don't agree with Obama stories, and do with all the bills, including Cap and Trade, what they have been doing with healthcare reform: fact check it until we all know what we need to know to either demand it be voted for or against. For the time being, we still have a constitution and this is still America.

    August 22, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. Moe, NY

    I believe our President, and am looking forward for health care for ALL is the right thing to do! As for the lies and fear-mongering of the Republicans/Conservatives....come on people of can you possibly swallow their hateful made up lies and fear tactics?

    August 22, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  18. MJ

    Many illegal immigrants will not get health care?? Does that mean that most will? Guess to make this possible they just take from Medicare. We do not need socialized Health Care. Government has no place in business! They have proved it!

    August 22, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  19. Ruty

    American stop whinning! You have your priorities mixed up. Most people who don't have health care are too cheap to buy it. I have a neighbor who has her hair dyed and fixed each week. Gets her toe nails and finger nails done. Has a dog who gets groomed each month. Has insurance on her dog. Yet, she claims she cannot afford health insurance. When she gets sick she goes to the emergency room and guess who pays for it. You do. I am sick of hearing people say they cannot afford insurance. Stop going out to eat, lose weight and you might get healthy.

    August 22, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  20. Ruty

    Belle1 you have been watching too much foxnews.

    August 22, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  21. Danny J

    How about this myth: It's the republicans stalling health reform, and it has become a partisan issue.
    The fact: There is bipartisan support, dems and republicans versus the liberals.

    Myth: Americans want this kind of health reform. The protesters are a fringe group of wacky conservative loons.
    Fact: The clear majority don't approve of the health reform bill, and the clear majority disapprove the way Obama is handling health care reform.

    Myth: Our economy and our government can handle this, all the while, private insurance companies will do fine, just like the US Postal Service vs UPS, etc.
    Fact: Yes, the private sector should do OK, but our government can't handle it, and we will stand to lose money from it. Case in point: the US Postal Service. UPS does great, but USPS lost billions last year, and is shutting down locations, so why try to run something fifteen times greater?

    August 22, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  22. straight talker

    Obama is trying to do the right thing for America. Health care costs are spiraling out of control similiar to gas prices last year. We need Health care reform. Reality check is this America after George W. is very angry with all politicans due to many lies and failures of the Bush Administration. People are very skeptical are big changes, even if those changes are long overdue like Health Care Reform. Obama keep going!! , but make sure U fix what's wrong with Health Care and keep what's right in the Health care system.

    August 22, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  23. mike

    uhbumble is a pathetic liar.

    August 22, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  24. Hammer

    Everyone except Abomination is lying to you. That is the reason that he is now calling on the Religiose Left to come to his rescue.
    The plan is to make healthcare a moral issue and he wants his religiose followers to take up the cry. Although according to the Dear President America is no longer a Christian Nation.
    Maybe they will try to fake that also.

    August 22, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  25. Len

    For you Republicans and right wing conservatives. You are always correct:

    We do not want Government Controlled Health Care. So therefore, we need to end the following programs:
    1. Medicare
    2. Prescription Drugs for senior citizens (passed in the Bush Administration, never paid for, part of our debt). Check the facts.
    3. Eliminate Veterans Health Care
    4. Eliminate Medicaid and Medicaid for Children. (I am sure this would be okay with you Republicans and right wingers). This program helps poor families.
    5. AND FINALLY, Eliminate SOCIAL SECURITY> (I think Bush wanted to do something along those lines).

    I totally believe in the PARTY of NO......Only care about yourself! And please continue going to church and tell our lord how good you are.

    August 22, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
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