September 17th, 2009
09:07 AM ET
10 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. Sniffit

    "White House officials say the president will not be appearing on FOX."

    Shocker. Why go where you're not wanted or respected? The over-exposure blabber is just silliness btw. He's using every tool at his disposal to communicate with the American people and that's precisely what he SHOULD be doing. That it's unprecedented or more than any president before is more telling regarding the agendas and mindsets of past presidents, not him.

    September 17, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  2. Dot

    President Obama and Congress need this Health Care bill to impact them not those on Medicare and Medicaid. The Federal employees health care plan is a GOLD package. The American taxpayers could find savings in reductions of 5 billion in the Federal Health Care plan . Since Obama can do this without impacting benefits, why wouldn't Congress and the President agree that it's a great idea?? They want this Health Care reform, just as long as they maintain a GOLD plan, but cut the very basic plan of Medicare. It's my taxpayer dollars funding these, so I vote we find the savings to insure the uninsured from the Federal Health Care program, rather than Medicare. If Health Insurance reform is at the top of Congress and President Obama's agenda, this would be a wonderful idea to get it passed.

    September 17, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  3. mlittle107

    Why have they waited so long if these savings are available? Surly they were available in January, 2009.

    "When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty." Thomas Jefferson"

    September 17, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  4. JP

    Obama said, "defensive medicine that maybe contributing to unnecessary costs" there is no maybe YOU LIE. Let me give you the maybe number Mr. President lawyer and chief its 150 billion a year. So why do YOU LIE about this because, the trial lawyer compaign contributions dollars you receive are more important to you than my tax dollars. Your window dressing only tort reform statement is a joke. I am sure putting Kathleen Sebelius former head of the Kansas trial bar in charge of looking at the issue will yield nothing. Putting her in charge of this important reform is like making Jack the ripper your sergeon general. To get the truth on this issue check out Howard Dean video statement on the trial lawyers.

    September 17, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  5. John Connelly

    Why is CNN and the other news outlets not asking President Obama where the cuts are going to come from if health care does not pay for itself? He continues to insist on this but never pinpoints exactly what would be cut and how much he would be willing to cut. Why not ask him, not that he would say?

    September 17, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  6. annie s

    The President needs to be this involved in this debate. Perhaps if he'd taken the reins initially, rather than leaving it to Congress, the Republicans and their special interest groups would not have been able to frighten the American people with their lies and histrionics. If people hear the truth, I have a hard time believing that any American can be so selfish, mean spirited and ignorant as to deny access to affordable care to all citizens.

    September 17, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  7. Claudette Siar

    President Obama we elected you for your vision . We need strong healthcare reform with a public option. Your speaking to the American people helps those who do not understand (and truly care) to see the need for reform.

    Insurance companies are fighting to continue making billions in profit, by attemping to kill healthcare reform at the cost of the American health, economy and lives. Keep fighing for us. We are counting on you.

    September 17, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  8. Adalbert

    Keep on pushing Mr. President. Most of us sincerely appreciate your hard work in our behalf.

    September 17, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  9. RobK

    I'm glad to hear Obama say that no taxes would be used to provide health care to those who do not pay for it. Here are a couple more ideas: if the government is going to restrict what doctors can charge, they should also restrict what lawyers can charge in malpractice suits. And everyone getting government health care should be required to stop smoking, eat healthy foods, get exercise, and maintain a healthy weight.

    September 17, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  10. Emad Ahmed

    media and money control everything but this time they cant" control health care. It is American life care .Healh is for the people.of the people by the people.THANK You Emad

    September 17, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |

    What's the matter he can't face the truth and go on fox, what is he hiding.

    September 17, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  12. David from WI

    So he will not appear on the new network that HAS gotten things right lately?

    Oh sure not go on the network with the highest cable rantings that makes 'perfect' sense.

    Not really but then why should the administration start making sense now.

    September 17, 2009 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  13. The President is open, down to earth and sooooooooo wise

    Thank you Mr. Obama. You are the only President that have tried so hard to reach out to the public. Most other President after they reach the Whitehouse just become pompous, and proud. They seldom ever see or hear from them. They seldom talk to the Media and go back to the meeting Place to talk to their people. After all we are the onces that put them there they should reach out to us. Mr. Obama you are a class act. Keep up the good work and do what is right in your heart. We are behind you 100 percent.

    September 17, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  14. Alaeryn

    I think the President is right on with this move. The American people are being scared and coaxed into completely false ideas about the President and his intentions. Since we are bombarded every day with conflicting information from a slew of different sources, it only makes sense that, to get the record straight, the President try to explain himself as clearly and as often as possible. Also, I miss the guy. XD

    September 17, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  15. Pete

    Obama needs to do everything possible to counter the onslaught of noise, misinformation, disinformation and outright baloney launched by those desperate to maintain the status quo in health care. The GOP has never been in favor of health care reform–and they've now had, since the inception of Medicare, more than 40 years to "study" the situation.

    September 17, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  16. jaye

    Our president is working to get healthcare for all – while the republicans continue with their lies and rants and racist signs.
    Shame on the republicans....they're a disgrace.

    September 17, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  17. rl

    I still don't what health care reform means and what supposed to happen.

    No one wants to give free hc to illegals who don't even pay taxes.

    May God have mercy on each one of us.

    September 17, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  18. sharon

    The Pres. is very correct.
    Communication is the very tool needed.

    Without this people will continue to get the wrong sided info from those who intend to undo,stop, or in their words "kill" the health care reform bill.

    I was very happy to hear he will NOT be on fox......

    September 17, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  19. Ramon

    He would have done Fox new if they were fair and balanced

    September 17, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  20. quoc

    I love to see teh President to explain how he can keep the cost neutral for healthcare reform..or he will drill into tax payer pockets

    September 17, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  21. JH

    Well I guess I won't be watching since I watch FOX News now, I have watched ABC, NBC and CNN for many many, longer, at all.

    September 17, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  22. stevegee

    Talk all you want Obama - we're not buying government healthcare.

    Every major government-run program is inept and insolvent - Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid - so why should we believe Washington can do any better this time?

    Government didn't make this country great, the people did. So get out of the way and let the free market work. Our economy would be a lot healthier, and so would the people.

    September 17, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  23. Susan

    I sincerely hope that he rejects the plan out yesterday...and I support reform. This plan is a boon for the insurance companies, period. In an effort to buy Republican support, the Baucus plan is a slap in the face at middle class people who would be forced to buy expensive insurance from companies, or be fined (taxed.) The intent of this was to cover people at reasonable cost, not to make things more advantageous for companies who have us by the throat already. Stop Baucus...and come up with a fair, economical plan, or you will begin to hear from Dems as well: start over!

    September 17, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  24. therealmarie

    The President should not be appearing on Fox or FoxLite (CNN). John King is an unprofessional jerk.

    September 17, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  25. Rich (Charleston, SC)

    He just doesn't get it, as doesn't the liberal's in Congress. The people do not want a healthcare fix as they have defined it, and every day it becomes more and more unpopular. Fix healthcare.. YES. Completely overhual it and install a government run system .. NO. If they insist on ramming this down our throats, there is a very real possibility there will be at least one chamber in Congress next year that will be Republican. No matter what, the Democrats majority will be reduced.

    September 17, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
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