December 5th, 2009
12:18 PM ET
8 years ago

Obama to the Capitol Hill Sunday

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Washington (CNN)– President Obama will go to Capitol Hill on Sunday to meet with Senate Democrats, as the health debate rages, a White House official and a senior Democratic source told CNN on Saturday.

The meeting is set for 2 p.m.

The Senate is in session both days this weekend to debate health care and vote on amendments.

Democratic leadership sources admitted that a major motivation for keeping the senators at the Capitol is to keep negotiations going and reach a compromise on a proposed public health care option.

Some Democratic senators have been complaining that the president must get more involved in this intra-party fight.

"I want to see more from the White House," Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said Friday. Brown, a strong supporter of a public option, also said that "the president needs to weigh in. I think that will make it a lot easier."

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soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. katiec

    Am glad to see President Obama get involved in this very important issue. The political games, personal gains, showboating, unrelated and irresponsible amendments have to be put to a stop and the American people put first.
    A true health care reform is vital for us and our country, as is a strong Public Option.
    We can no longer allow or tolerate big business running, controlling our country, making crucial decisions on our behalf or accept those politicians who support them.
    It is time to take our country back and a good Health Care Reform with a strong Public Option is a great start.

    December 5, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  2. Leah, MD

    I wish I could be there. I want to shake the president's hand.

    December 5, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  3. Randall from Detroit now in Torrance, CA

    Yes, get this done and passed. Cram it down the GOPs throats if we must. The entire world hates the GOP because they are rich, prick bastards, who only get laid when they cheat on their wives. The they wind up living at C Street House with the secretive "Family" out of the public's eye. It is high time we kicked their asses to kingdom come. I hope the entire Republican coalition rots in hell where they truly belong. They hate the middle-class, the U.S. Constitution, the truth, President Obama and Rachel Maddow. Helath Care here we come and they are helpless to prevent it. Then we are going to pressure Obama to get the hell out of Iraq and Trashcanistan ASAP!!

    December 5, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. Why cant the antichrist be a woman

    Its time for President Obama to get his hands dirty and grab a few foot draggers by the neck.

    December 5, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. Houff

    The democrat leadership cannot afford to let Senators get back home and hear from their constituents, because they OPPOSE this health care government takeover.

    December 5, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  6. ran

    A simple solution to this is the 51 vote option and give us single payer non-profit universal health care now.

    The Republicans will never vote for any bill and neither will the blue dogs or Lieberman so why waist time or give us a bill that will not fix the problem: For profit insurance.

    My health is not for profit. Until we do away with health care for profit we will never be able to compete globally.

    December 5, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. Jim

    I would like to see a public option and as a small business owner would like to have the choice to use it. I am very angry at Senator Lieberman (whose wife works for Aetna) for trying to stop this. Anyone who claims to be a fiscal;y conservative Democrat and simultaneously opposing it is being disingenuous. A public option will put downward pressure on health insurance which as gone up for my company 40%, 50%, 3%, 30% and 7% in the last five years.

    December 5, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  8. howie

    Why do they feel it necessary to have the president there. Are they not qualified to do the job, this is nonsense

    December 5, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    Weigh in, Mr. President, weigh in!

    Americans want and need meaningful health care reform NOW!!!

    Including a robust public option, no exclusions for pre-existing conditions, no opt-out option for the states and certainly no "trigger" for the insurance companies!

    December 5, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. Mountainjack

    I think our President needs to 'weigh in' on this and many more issues. While I still suport Mr. Obama in his ultimate goals as expressed when he ran for president, I am feeling he is not actively working to acheive all of them. I need to see him working diligently on more of his stated goals soon or I'm afraid I will be joining the 50% of the American public who no longer support him fully.

    December 5, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  11. Barack the Casba

    What, so he can strongarm votes?? Please Barry, stay home and decorate.

    December 5, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  12. Mike1952

    More of that promised bipartisanship. Go BO go......straight to the liars hall of shame.

    December 5, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  13. David in Houston

    Love the President but have never understood his passive stance throughout the entire process. I would have been over to "the Hill" a lot sooner!

    December 5, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  14. aware

    You are going to apply Chicago thuggery on the Lord's day? 🙁

    God is America's only hope Obama, and you are not in his pay grade!

    December 5, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  15. Fitz in Texas

    "I want to see more from the White House," Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said Friday. Brown, a strong supporter of a public option, also said that "the president needs to weigh in. I think that will make it a lot easier."

    Translated......we need more help with the bribes and blackmailing.

    December 5, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  16. German,Irish American

    He will only be there 10 minutes though, since he has a tee time at 2:30.

    December 5, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |

    What about Joe Lieberman? How to get past this tree trunk in the middle of the road?

    December 5, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  18. linda glenn

    yes! obama needs to put some fire under Democratic butt !!!!!!! and maybe they can get something done for GOD SAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 5, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  19. billy123

    President Obama please put the pressure on Senate to pass the House bill. If any Dem Senator vote no to fillerbuster then they will lose the Chairman ships.

    December 5, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  20. kimby

    Dear President Obama; I voted for you, PLEASE get more involved, PLEASE don't let this just be Politics as Usual , ie; you scratch my back I vote your way !!!! I voted for Change , I hoped you would be "different"

    December 5, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  21. Steve In Tampa

    He will say one thing, and do another, as usual... He cannot even organize the democratic community, and on a Sunday?

    December 5, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  22. Mick from Colorado

    Looks like this Obamacare is DOA – I know that the UN-ELECTED senator from Colorado is getting his pink slip come November 2010 if not sooner for voting for this health care "Ponzi Scheme".

    December 5, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  23. Let's end Coporate Socialism now !!!!

    The time has come for President Obama to "weigh" in on what we already know to be fact; our country needs to put Coporate Health Insurance interests ( the lobbyists and Senators on the Insurance payroll) aside. Statistics show 67% of the population within each Senatoral district wants the Public option. Those Senators who vote against it will be gone within the next two years. It's time to end Coporate Socialism now !!!

    December 5, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  24. Larry

    Can't sell the legislation on its merits; can't bribe enough Senators (eg Landreau); now we call in the Cheerleader-in-chief!

    December 5, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  25. strong

    That's nice, enjoy your Sunday Mr. Obama.

    And also enjoy your 1-term presidency too. Only 4 years for you.

    December 5, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
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