September 9th, 2009
09:08 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama warns anyone who would 'misrepresent' plan

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Wednesday he would call out anyone who misrepresents what's in his health care plan.

The president told a joint session of Congress that he would listen to a "serious set of proposals" from Democrats or Republicans, but would not "waste time with those who have made the calculation that it's better politics to kill this plan than improve it."

"I will not stand by while the special interests use the same old tactics to keep things exactly the way they are," he said. "If you misrepresent what's in the plan, we will call you out. And I will not accept the status quo as a solution. Not this time. Not now."

Obama said his proposal contained elements from both sides of the aisle and that he would "continue to seek common ground in the weeks ahead."

"If you come to me with a serious set of proposals, I will be there to listen," he said. "My door is always open."

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  1. once upon a horse

    it's about time..I just hope that it's not too late.

    September 9, 2009 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  2. T Mckinley

    I've always believed that our President has "a pair." I'm glad to see that he has FINALLY decided to show them.

    September 9, 2009 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  3. Moosehead

    Now we know why Sarah Paladin quit her job as governor,... she's become a hired mercenary for the insurance companies,..HAVE LIES.. WILL TRAVEL.

    September 10, 2009 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  4. sos

    President Obama accuses others of misrepresenting his plan and yet he has never subjected himself to honest debate with a worthy opponent. He simply declares something a misrepresentation and then takes softball questions from selected media types.

    He also says in his speech that there are those out there who are using scare tactics to defeat his plan. Immediately following that he goes on to say that if we don't pass his health care now we will all suffer unbelievable difficulties including blah blah blah. Whose the real scare master. I think it is Obama.

    September 10, 2009 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  5. jules sand-perkins

    A serious proposal would be to reform abuses by insurance companies and medical service providers but to avoid constructing yet another vote-producing piece of socialistic entitlement work to steal from the productive and hand out to the unproductive.
    The original American dream was that any person could work and become rich. It was not that any person could refuse to work and get a welfare check.

    September 10, 2009 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
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