March 20th, 2010
05:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama rallies Dems on the Hill

Washington (CNN) - President Obama said Saturday that after a year of debate, Congress is on the threshold of passing health care reform legislation.

"This piece of historic legislation is built on the private insurance system that we have now and runs straight down the center of American political thought," he told lawmakers Saturday.

"We are making sure that the system of private insurance works for ordinary families," he said, calling the legislation a "patient's bill of rights on steroids" and "the toughest insurance reform in history."

The bill is expected to go up for a House vote on Sunday.

"If you agree that the system is not working for ordinary families, if you've heard the same stories that I've heard everywhere, all across the country, then help us fix the system," Obama said in urging lawmakers to pass the bill. "

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  1. Capt Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Obama I am with you Mr. President keep fighting and we will make it.

    March 20, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. willard bullock

    No vote
    Thanks you

    March 20, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. GJ

    Get it done!!

    March 20, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  4. onceproud2

    When I was younger I used to think that Politicans were something. Now as I get older I realize that "something" smells.

    March 20, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. victor0803


    March 20, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. Abdirahaman

    I request all noble Dems to pass the bill for American ppeople and the future generation .Reps get it not ,they want Americans to perish without medicare .thank u for surporting h"!care.

    March 20, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. Jason

    I love it when President Obama debunks all of the year long Republican, Foxnews, Beck, etc. lies about healthcare reform in one speech.

    March 20, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. Mike in MN

    Both my family and my neighbor's family accross the street are ordinary families. We both have had a lot of Medical needs this past year. We both have insurance. The medical costs for both our families has been in the tens of thousands. Excepet for some copays and deductibles that both our families can afford, the insurance companies have paid all the rest. Without insurance both our families would have had to run up credit cards or raid our retirement funds. Insurance is working for us and we are ordinary families. I can see the need for everyone who wants to be coverd to be covered. But for both my family and my neighbors family having insurance has saved the day and we are both afraid Obamacare is going to screw that up for us. Looking at all the bills it is easy to see why insurance premimus are as high as they are. Hospital, doctor and drug fees are out of this world. Insurance premiums have to cover them. Insurance needs to be reformed so that people can not be denied coveage or have their coverage dropped. But from my experience insurance companies are not the reason for the high costs, that would be the hospitals, doctors and drug companines. Obamacare will not lower the costs. It might force the insurance company that has been a life saver to my family out of business.

    March 20, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  9. Jerry - Florida

    Meet the Chief Bully, Liar and Hypocrite. Oh, and don't forget the cronies that he has so capably trained!

    March 20, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  10. barry

    Nobody, wants your health care bill,
    quit giving our tax dollars away first to the banks, then to Fannie Mae, then to the Car companies

    Stop worrying about creating some kind of legacy and start worrying about the tax payers and getting some of the jobless jobs.
    Airport security and bringing our troops home should tops on your list.

    March 20, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  11. klgirl

    I am so disappointed with the press and their coverage of the Health Care Reform issue. Immediately after the President's address to the House, your coverage was primarily on the protesters who oppose the bill. During the last administration, the coverage of protesters was minimal at best. What changed? I was opposed to our country entering into two wars during the past administration, but I often thought I was in the minority.

    However in the press coverage of the health insurance reform process, I have seen minimal coverage of those in favor of the bill and I don't believe it is because there are not many, many individuals out there who support this bill.

    Shame, shame on the press for providing such a narrow view of this important, history-making process. What has happened to unbiased, factual coverage? I don't think a day goes by that reporters, newscasters, or media executives don't share their political and personal views with the American public as though it is the Gospel. During the day of Cronkite, you might wonder his political views; however now with Couric, Brokaw, Lauer, King, Campbell and Whitfield, you never have to wonder.

    March 20, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  12. MrCarl

    Have you noticed that "President" Obama just not seem to care about how many people don't want this bill? IF he was to act like a president he would start over and maybe even learn what is in a bill that he wants to claim as his. God forbid he actually listens to the other side and not just complain about having to hear (i.e. not really listen to) stuff he does not like.

    March 20, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  13. Snowy

    There is no honor in how this health bill is being brought to the signing desk of Mr. Obama. There is no honor in the shell game being played with the costs. We will remember this 'process' done by the Democrats and this President when the chance to vote comes again.

    March 20, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  14. nate

    The bush adm.held this country down with it conservitive views;I don't want a free ride I'm willing to pay higher taxes to support health care

    March 20, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  15. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    When I worked I made it clear to those around me, I'm not here for a popularity contest, I'm here to do the job I was hired to do and I did it despite all the obstacles put in my way. President Obama works for all the American people and will continue to do so no matter what the polls say, it's his job to do so.

    March 20, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  16. Layla

    Tomorrow they pass/takeover healthcare, next week they vote on amnesty and then CAP and Trade. The following week USA Triple AAA bond rating is reduced to single A. Hope and Change! Hope and Change! Hope and Change!

    March 20, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  17. Layla

    November 2 cannot arrive soon enough. It "won't be a perfect" election, but we'll vote them out anyway.

    March 20, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  18. Veronica M.

    For the first time in my life, I feel as though I'm an American living in a foreign land.

    It's saddening and frustrating that the White House and Capitol Hill are bullying, not only their own party, but the everyday American into accepting this health care bill.

    The backdoor deals, arrogance and heavy-handed tactics to control the direction of this legislation certainly aren't representative of a government and political process that I recognize or feel represents our Founding Fathers' intent.

    How can these tactics be considered a legitimate example of democracy?

    March 20, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  19. Angela Savage Austin

    Sojourner Truth
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    Sojourner Truth

    An albumen silver print from approximately 1870 by Randall Studios
    Born Isabella Baumfree
    c. 1797
    Swartekill, New York
    Died November 26, 1883 (aged 86)
    Battle Creek, Michigan
    Occupation Domestic servant, Abolitionist, Author
    Parents James and Elizabeth Baumfree

    "Sojourner Truth (1797 – November 26, 1883) was the self-given name, from 1843, of Isabella Baumfree, an African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist. Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, New York. Her best-known speech, Ain't I a Woman?, was delivered in 1851 at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio".
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    Was called to TRUTH for a cause that reflected the human rights of white woman. Yet her duty to stand for the truth, her responsibility to stand for what was right, even though she herself or other Afro-Americans woman or men, would not benefit from that movement...her courage and wisdom was a beacon for the rights of all mankind in years to come. It was the right thing to do. Today, America finds itself having to take an inventory of their hidden agendas and answer themselves, what is the right thing to do regarding the human right for all Americans to have affordable health care? Can we take the same risks as she to do the right thing. Will we be a beacon to a better day for all Americans? Are we going to be courageous in the valley of death and fear no evil? Her speech proclaimed her right as a woman should be sufficient. Our rights as human beings should be sufficient. The truth calls us as it did her.

    March 20, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  20. Obama's conscience

    This bill is wrong.
    And you know it.

    March 20, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  21. Truth

    Thank God I voted for Sarah Palin and not this weak loser that had to go before the Congress and plea for votes.

    Thank you, LSM for putting this man in the WH.

    March 20, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  22. The battle against Obamacare begins Monday.....

    The states are on their way to suing the gov't over Obamacare and guess what? When the case reaches the SCOTUS they will remember what Obama did to them at the State of the Union.

    Obama and his buddies are persona non gratis at the SCOTUS.

    At the same time the effort for repeal will begin. The Dems will be ousted in November and Pelosi will be gone as Speaker.....Obama will be ousted in 2012 and Obamacare will be repealed in 2013 before it even gets started....Hallelujah!

    March 20, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  23. Annie, Atlanta

    As he's doing that, teabaggers at a protest called Rep. Barney Frank by the f-word (a gay slur) and Rep. John Lewis the n-word. One carried a sign threatening gun violence if health care is passed (all according to Think Progress on the internet). Lovely. True patriots, that. This is what the right wing propaganda tools such as fox and talk radio are doing to this country – terrorizing it. Are they looking for an armed uprising, because it certainly looks that way from my vantage point?

    And the Republicans want this group to join them? Shocking – not! Is there anyone on the right side of the aisle left who isn't siding with hate groups.

    March 20, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  24. ThinkAgain

    Thank you, Mr. President, for all your hard work on behalf of Americans!

    My spouse was laid off last April, and without the COBRA subsidy, we would have been hard-pressed to pay the $1100/month premium for our family of 5. It would have come down to a choice between that and paying our mortgage – and with three young children, that's a very tough call to make.

    With the subsidy, our premium was $465/month. And fortunately, my spouse found work in August. Our health insurance isn't as good as it was, but at least we have health insurance. My heart goes out to families less fortunate than ours.

    President Obama understands what people are going through – and he is right in saying this health care reform bill must be passed, for the benefit of Americans.


    March 20, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  25. Liz

    If dems explain the bill like O just did the pols that opposed the bill will have a tough time in November.

    March 20, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
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