September 17th, 2009
09:07 AM ET
11 years ago

President Obama's full court press on health care

Obama is stepping up his efforts to push health care reform.

Obama is stepping up his efforts to push health care reform.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - It appears President Barack Obama is keeping up the full court press on health care reform. The president headlines a rally later this morning at the University of Maryland in suburban Washington.

The president was the main attraction at another health care rally at the Target Center in Minneapolis Minnesota, Saturday, discussed health care reform in an interview that aired Sunday night on CBS' "60 Minutes," and spoke out in favor of reform when he addressed the AFL-CIO annual convention Tuesday in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

It's all part of a push by the White House to build momentum out of Obama's prime-time health care address last week to a joint-session of Congress.

That push will continue this weekend when Obama appears on five Sunday morning talk shows. The president will sit down with CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, and Univision. White House officials say the president will not be appearing on FOX. The president's interview with CNN will appear on State of the Union with John King at 9 a.m. ET this Sunday.

The White House says the president is not getting over exposed.

"I think the american people clearly get their information from many different news sources these days and the president believes, and has for quite some time, that people deserve to hear the reason he is making certain decisions and why he wants to do the things he does," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said. "I think he believes that people get a greater understanding from those discussions.

"I think gone are the days where one outlet is where everyone gets their news, or one medium is where everybody gets their news," Gibbs added. And I think this is just an attempt by the president to speak to as many different people as he can on an issue that is as important as something like health care reform."

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soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The President has played ball with UNC Tarheels and I'm sure he knows how to apply a full court press. The way the president tackles issues is similar to how a coach coaches a game.

    September 17, 2009 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  2. Post always rejected by CNN

    With the republicans jumping from mike to mike with lies and hate trips I suppose it is about time Obama got a chance to tell the real side of issues.

    September 17, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  3. Nothing 'Stand Up' about Sen. John Ensign (R-NV)

    The Baucus Proposal, "Insurance Industry Profit Preservation and Enhancement Act," was a total dud.

    Keep fighting for what you know is right, Mr. President!

    We need the PUBLIC OPTION, or something better to create real competition and get costs down.

    September 17, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  4. Tim

    Keep talking. THe more you do, the lower your approval ratings become. See, he is like Brittany Spears. He loves to hear his own voice so much that he's blinded to the over-exposure.

    September 17, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  5. eolufemi

    I appreciate it.

    The American people should know what the president is thinking on domestic matters.

    September 17, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  6. Sam Sixpack

    The plan is to take 500 billion Medicare dollars that, otherwise, would have bypassed private insurance companies (and gone to fat, greedy pharmaceutical execs) and divert it to fat, greedy insurance execs. Another $350 billion or so are about to come out of your tax dollars and go straight to fat, greedy insurance execs.

    Furthermore, millions of Americans are going to be required, by this new law, to give their hard-earned money to – you guessed it – fat, greedy insurance execs.

    Once the $500 billion is stolen from Medicare there will be no choice but to pull the plug on your grandma (unless, of course, you're a fat, greedy insurance exec).

    You are being scammed – again.

    September 17, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  7. gypsydaveywithablowtorch

    This last bill to come out of the Senate is a total disgrace, exactly what the insurance companies want. If Obama supports this, he is going to lose the vast majority of his supporters and give Congress back to the Republicans-and then we're really in trouble. Any way to remove Baucus from this committee?

    September 17, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  8. Jessie

    The reason the President has to blitz the media like this is because the lies about reform are running so rampant and Democratic leaders in Congress wimp out and allow the claims to go unchecked.

    Republicans opposing reform? Their job is easy. They all memorize the same lines and then project and deflect. I find it hard to believe sometimes that the GOP constituency is so frakin' stupid, but then again, they fell for the Southern Strategy.

    September 17, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  9. Rumsfeld

    The man is doing the job he was elected to do. Thank god he is in his younger years so that he has the ability to hang in there. I support him.

    September 17, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  10. Kevin in Ohio

    Not exactly a full court press..... he's missing half the viewership by refusing to go on Fox. I wonder what he is afraid of. The truth, maybe?

    September 17, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  11. Create Jobs

    If he spent as much time concentrating on reducing unemployment and creating jobs as he does speeches and interviews, we would have no unemployment and a robust economy.

    September 17, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  12. Kitchen Police

    This president cares about the American people. He is an excellent teacher. So its good that he periodically makes the network talk shows to explain policy. There is no such thing as too much exposure when it comes to being President of the United States.

    September 17, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  13. Stella

    Great, go ahead president Obama, don't pay attention to critics, we need the reform and we support you! You should go ahead without the Republicans, the "NO- MACHINE", they won't ever vote for the people, waste of time and energy!

    September 17, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  14. inofritzn

    Wants to speak to many different people, why not go on FOX? Seems like their audience would be the ones he would want to talk to directly. weird

    September 17, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  15. Jason

    Obama's non-stop speeches are really ge tting on everyone's nerv es.
    When will this egomanic get off "the stage"?

    September 17, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  16. Rush Goebbels

    Get it done and screw the republican facists.

    September 17, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  17. walleye

    After Al Qaeda killed nearly 3,000 Americans, on Sept 11, we went to war and spent hundreds of billions of dollars ensuring that this would not happen again. Yet every two months, that many people die because of our failure to provide universal insurance — and yet many members of Congress want us to do nothing?

    September 17, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  18. Jason

    Obama will not appear on Fox?
    What's the matter with this cry-baby?
    Doesn't he get it that not everyone approves of him and his policies and that includes segments of the media.
    He'd better start acting presidential.
    Be a big boy and have dialog with those who disagree with you.
    Shunning the Fox network will only result in increased numbers of people shunning Obama.

    September 17, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  19. Sam Sixpack

    Unless Obama comes up with a bill that nationalizes all health insurance and all pharmaceuticals, you will pay more and get less.

    By the way, how are you going to pay for your children's health care when you will already be giving all you can "afford" to fat, greedy insurance execs for a policy with a sky-high deductible?

    September 17, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  20. Kevin Tudish

    I hope Obama maintains this full-court press until there is real health-care reform. He went silent for a little while and the Republicans stepped into that silence with all kinds of nonsense. So, Mr. President, please don't let the clowns on the right take over the conversation.

    September 17, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  21. Brian

    Not on FOX? Someone afraid of the tough questions? Someone throwing themselves a tantrum? Step up and be a president BHO. If you want to get the word out, don't be a baby and avoid the most watched news channel!

    September 17, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  22. precious

    I can't give up on FOX! Sorry.

    September 17, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  23. jinxie

    Read the Baucus plan. That's the President's idea of reform.
    Tax and criminalize the poor to enhance consumer protection for those already covered and increase profits for the insurance industry.
    Bad legislation is worse than no legislation.

    September 17, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  24. Brain Dead in Ohio

    Hopefully this "full court pressure" will include calling out players who are being lees than honest with their criticisms. Healthy critcism is a good thing, but distorting the facts in order to demonize the other side is border-line treeason if executed by our elected officials.

    To cater to the incredibly wealthy Health Insurance industry and not the American people is almost as big a travesty as the way we handled New Orleans after Katrina.

    The 200-year honeymoon is over, it's obvioussome in Washington don't care about the American people.

    BTW, disagreeing with the President isn't racism... calling hims a monkey because you're upset about health care, however, is.

    September 17, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  25. Cecilia

    Good Luck Mr. President – this is why we elected you and it is what we expect – Health Care Reform with a public option or else the insurance companies will continue to rob people, deny coverage and rake in outlandish profits –

    You know, the good news is that regardless of how this plays out – you will be the only President who has made a change in health care

    September 17, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
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