March 5th, 2010
07:14 AM ET
12 years ago

Obama pushes health care bill with House Democrats

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/25/obama.0310.jpg caption="President Obama is hoping to sell Democrats and even Republicans on his health care plan."]Washington (CNN) - President Obama worked behind closed doors to win support among key House Democrats for his health care reform plan Thursday, one day after urging Congress to hold a final up or down vote on the measure.

The administration also ratcheted up its campaign against private health insurance companies, summoning a group of CEOs to the White House and asking them to justify recent rate increases.

Senior Democrats, meanwhile, continued to give optimistic predictions about the fate of the president's top domestic priority. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Congress is "on the brink of making very important history."

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said he thinks the House of Representatives is on schedule to pass the Senate health care bill before Obama leaves for an overseas trip March 18.

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soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. SD

    Democrats that do not vote for Obama's Health Care Bill should not get funding for there reelection. Why play ball with someone that will not play with you. Everyone in America deserves some kind of health care. This bill is not perfect, nothing from congress is. But democrats should stick together on this one. Go Obama

    March 5, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  2. Chipster

    Republicans warn that insurance companies will raise premiums IF the healthcare legislation goes through. So, how would that be any different. They raise the rates at every opportunity now.

    I'm shocked that we haven't seen anything about the American Petroleum Association commercials, warning not to increase taxes on energy or else. Or else? Or else, energy will cost more for consumers. Well, OK: here's the deal we need to make. We'll agree not to tax energy more if energy companies will agree not to increase their prices.

    These paid actors who recite how concerned they are will being paying $4/gal or more for gas come Memorial Day. I wonder how much sympathy the APA will get then.

    They're just like the insurance companies, arbitrarily raising rates simply because they know there is little or no alternative for consumers.

    March 5, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  3. Ken

    This liberal thug dictator is stil trying to shove this massive governement spending plan down our throats. November can not come soon enough!

    March 5, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  4. Ben

    Obama clearly doesn't get it. People don't want what he's peddling.

    March 5, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  5. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Push all you want, the bottom line is this policy is unconstitutional, this goes way beyond "Provide for the general welfare of the people". But when did the constitution ever become a contention to our two major parties?

    March 5, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  6. Seth

    bazza kaboodle dee doo... The Democratic Party has completely lost its collective mind. Give Nancy some crayons and put her in the corner. Let Joe out on Wednesday to play on the playground with Bozo Obama. Just try to keep them calm and happy, try adding a little Valium to their koolaid. Oh, and keep the straight jackets tied.

    March 5, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  7. Blimie Shackleford

    MOST OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE know better than you do, Pelosi and Obomber. Get outta there! We don't need your government control of how many pills we need to take.

    March 5, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  8. Independant

    More closed doors?
    The Presidents door is closed to the American Public. He thinks Goverment knows More than Private Citizens That have the Majority and Morality behind them. It truely is a no brainer and he just don't get it. Pass legislation on tort reform/ Drug company Unionizem/ and buy
    health insurance across state lines. Then work on the 2,000 pages of llawyer retoric and loop holes and condense it to 20 pages of important items and pass that. And so on! Keep it PURE & Simple.\
    Manditory is not the word we came to America for. The fact it was
    FREEDOM FROM GOVERMEMT AGRESSION.
    Katie BAR the DOOR If obama care gets the cram it down our throats with 51 Democrats"s who created it behind closed doors. I for one think we are still a freedom loving country.

    March 5, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. j

    Still need a public option, removal of the anti-abortion clauses and mandate forcing people to buy insurance, and the anti-trust laws for insurance companies need to be included.

    March 5, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  10. Sam Sixpack

    All this hoopla for a scam.

    Pharmaceutical companies and kick-back recipients are the only scheduled beneficiaries. After 1/2 trillion dollars is stolen from Medicare, they WILL pull the plug on your grandmother.

    As Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel, Obama's special advisor on health care, puts it, "services provided to individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens are not basic and should not be guaranteed. An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia."

    March 5, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  11. AndyBlue

    Go Obama!

    Thats all.

    March 5, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  12. Dad of a Diabetic

    I am praying that this bill passes so that children with deadly diseases to not have to spend their entire lives with the classification "Uninsurable". I heard some Republicans saying that sick children should be able to get health insurance. If Republicans belive that, then why didn't they try to help these sick children between 2001-2009??? It is easy for a party to say that it is for something when it is out of power. The real test of a party is what do they try to do when they are in power. Republicans in power meant do nothing to help the uninsurable. Democrats in power means trying to help uninsurable children.

    March 5, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  13. Sam Sixpack

    Why are pharmaceutical companies exempt from any complaint about price gouging? No matter how many of your tax dollars are thrown at medical coverage and no matter how tightly insurance is regulated, pharmaceutical companies will just slurp up all available funds.

    This bill is a scam - and Obama, Pelosi and Reid know it.

    March 5, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  14. Who said the Mayans were wrong?

    Now we will see who the fearful cowards really are that vote against a bill for all Americans,as the rest of the world just looks on in total shock at how stupid we are.

    March 5, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  15. Monkey wrench

    Too bad he alienated Sen. Bunning from Kentucky, he could sure use some of Bunnings's KY to push his healthcare Bill a little harder up the House Democrats butts.

    March 5, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  16. Dar

    Anyone want to bet that Odumbo isnt cutting deals to gain votes behind those closed doors.....anyone? Hello

    March 5, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  17. and again

    Here we go again, back behind closed doors ... back to the underhand wheelings and dealings
    after all the big promises of openness and sharing and transparency

    When will Americans wake up to this wolf in sheeps clothing ?

    March 5, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  18. JR

    Behind closed doors, how surprising. Would this guy wake up!! What bribes is he offering now. He continues to show Americans over and over that he has no intentions of being transparent and he is willing to do anything to get his personal ideas pushed thru. Bring in CEOs of the healthcare companies to ask them why their rates are going up..... gee, maybe because healthcare costs are going up? It isnt the insurance companies fault for our costs. Its healthcare providers. Insurance companies are there to "help" us Americans pay for the sky rocketing healthcare provider's costs. This is all show-boating to keep blaming the insurance companies. They are just trying to cover their costs to cover us Americans against the rising providers expenses. Anyone notice that insurance companies stocks went way up after the House and Senate both passed their initial bills? Any fools would believe that providing free healthcare to 31 million more people in this country will "reduce" costs. It worked well for car insurances, didnt it. You seen your car insurances go down after the government mandating we all carry insurance?

    March 5, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  19. Rush is to far left

    I agree that we do need health care reform, but not this mess that Obama is trying to use to make a name for himself. It would make a lot more sense logically and fiscally to take it piece at a time and fix/improve what is in place already.

    It would save a lot of money if illegals were turned over to immigration officials when they go to the hospital and sent back to mexico or whereever they came from, for treatment. That would help the economy in a lot of ways, save medical costs for Americans, open job opportunities for Americans etc. Which part of the word "illegal" is not understood? Round them up and send them back, that and securing our borders would go a long way to helping the American economic situation. The bill in its current form is only going to make the economic situation in this country worse.

    March 5, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  20. You Are Either With Me Or Against Me

    Strategically, I hope that there are two bills that advance to President Barack Obama in parallel.

    Bill ONE ... that contains all of the republican backed ideas included with the bi-partisan elements that no one disputes.

    The other Bill TWO .... that strips out every concession granted to the Republican and "republican-like" so-called "Blue Dog Democrats".

    If the Republicans vote for Bill One, I hope President Obama signs it. If not I hope he vetos it.

    If the Republicans don't vote for Bill One, I know the MAJORITY will vote for Bill TWO and when it gets to the President's desk I know he will use his authority to sign it into LAW.

    This will teach the TREASONISTS (Obstructive Republicans) a lesson they'll not soon forget and our country will be better for it.

    March 5, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  21. Doraine Gordon

    I'm sure Health Care Reform will pass and be signed into law. After it is over the people won't care how it was passed. The average person doesn't keep up with politics anyway. The Republicans are raising cane about using reconciliation to pass it but they have used the same thing numerous times. Medicare and Social Security were passed using Reconciliation as were tax cuts for the wealthy. So it doesn't matter how the laws are passed, it just matters that they are passed. Health Care Reform is a good thing and our Nation will be all the better for it.

    March 5, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. bts

    May the favor of God be on this country for doing the right thing>

    March 5, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  23. NVa Native

    Push it hard Mr President – just like the Repubs did with both of their bills that provided tax subsidies for the top 1% of the wealthiest Americans (Bush/Cheney constituents as declared by Dubya) that cost us trillions of dollars and created the largest deficet in our histroy. Repubs used reconcilliation and the VP DICK who had the deciding 50th vote!

    Why do the Repubs and Fox feel they need to chose decieption to deal with their base instead of the truth as the Dems do?

    At least the Dem's efforts are for the benefit of the "working middle class" who deserve the health care.

    March 5, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
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