October 3rd, 2009
08:48 AM ET
13 years ago

Obama reacts to 'sobering' unemployment numbers

WASHINGTON (CNN)– Following a bruising loss of the 2016 Summer Olympics and a "sobering" September unemployment report, President Obama turned his focus back to job creation and health care reform Saturday in his weekly radio and internet address.

Obama suggested reforming America's health care system will have the beneficial side effect of stopping the hemorrhage of U.S. job losses.

"Rising health care costs are undermining our businesses, exploding our deficits, and costing our nation more jobs with each passing month," the President said. "So we know that reforming our health insurance system will be a critical step in rebuilding our economy so that our entrepreneurs can pursue the American Dream again, and our small businesses can grow and expand and create new jobs again."

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  1. Hammerer

    Obama who told you that?

    October 3, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. pmunro

    Why are the "health providers" being blamed over and over? My experience is a health insurer that puts significant limits on reimbursements to my medical providers. Many times I am astonished at how LITTLE my doctors and labs get for their services and how much they are required to write off.

    It seems that the gov plans for health care will amount to shifting and increasing the costs to us through our taxes. Health care costs themselves will not decrease. Instead the costs will be MANAGED by the federal gov. That should not be their business, and they will not do it well. The management costs will be significant!!

    October 3, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  3. Disappointed Moderate

    I want to believe that President Obama is the same person as candidate Obama (who I supported), but it becomes more difficult to do so by the day. People are suffering right now. I'm scared for my job/mortgage, because heaven knows if you are unfortunate enough to lose your employment it's a struggle to find something right now. When I voted for Obama, I expected a "surgical" approach to the problems we are facing nationally – tight, focused, and driven toward resolving the task at hand. Instead, we've seen the White House take a "shotgun" approach – unfocused, seemingly random and without direction. Mr. President, I know healthcare is important to you and millions of Americans, but right now we need to focus on JOBS. We need to stop the flood of IT/tech jobs to India, we need to find a replacement or jolt for our manufacturing sector. What we don't need is another pie in the sky policy wonkish speech, which is exactly what this is.

    October 3, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  4. Brian - Milwaukee

    Obama can't blame rising health costs for everything!! He is absurd!!! His last excuse for being able to deliver sound decisions was due to the war on terrorism in Iraq. His solution – pull all our troops out as soon as elected. As of right now – he is sending IN more troops!!!

    A complete lack of experience in anything is his demise. Find solutions and quit blaming everything!!! Blame yourself Obama!!!

    He should not have run for president with zero experience.

    October 3, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  5. Hugo


    This Administration and the las have been an exercise in an economic exercise of futility that anyone with any business sense could see coming from a mile away. How can a dumb old southern boy predict every turn of events coming down the pipe while the so called experts in DC are blind to it until the bus has run over them and is half a mile down the road? Get rid of the freaking liberal lawyers that have overtaken the common sense that our founding established within the Constitution! States run their own show, the Fed has out grown its usefulness...

    October 3, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  6. Paola

    I would like to know how many people have taken a course call How To Rate Your President? If you haven't taken that class, then you are not qualified to tell the man in the White House how to do his job.
    It seems to me everyone is ready to blast Obama for attempting to correct the wreckage Bush left. We all need to support our President and stop trying to make him our enemy.By working together we will become a better people and the world will trust and follow us. Don't throw this chance away. This man loves his country and will fight for the whole world to become a better place. Don't you want a world that is rule for everyone to be the best they can be. Help this man!!!!

    October 3, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. Kyle C. Dunham

    The President will have to focus on getting a few things done. He's been doing to many things @ the same time. The 2010 elections will let everyone know if he is a 4 and out president.

    October 3, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  8. just say no more

    Hey Obama, be a man and take responsibility for something! I am a democrat that voted for and supported your campaign and even I am sick of the excuses and political angles to every answer!

    October 3, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  9. Preston kath

    Preston kathy why not take the home less put them in a big camp live in tents and make them work to keep the camp clean

    October 3, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  10. Jon Krieger

    Obama is getting quite desperate!Now he's saying that government run healthcare will create more jobs?Why doesn't he get his A.C.O.R.N buddies to create more jobs by promoting more prostitution!

    October 3, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  11. PSK

    Let's be very clear: its completely confusing about how whatever plan the Administration is backing will lower health cost, be affordable by this country and not constitute a "tax" on all Americans. What is patently clear, however, is that its a giant step towards the plainly desired goal of bigger government and Uncle Sam arbitrating who gets what kind of health care. Lost in the shuffle, because few in this Administration have ever held a real job or had to meet a payroll, is how we will retain existing doctors and incent potential new ones. Because here's a bulletin for you: kill the free enterprise upside and you'll soon see that smart, qualified people will look elsewhere for their professional goals

    October 4, 2009 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
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