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. Mike in MN

    Slick talking Obama is the master of double speak.
    One minuet he is telling us that people without health insurance can't afford to go to the doctor if they get sick. He implies not even once. The reason being one would have to assume because it costs too much for anyone to afford to do so. He talks about high medical costs bankrupting people without insurance. According to Obama medical costs are too high for anyone to be able to afford to pay for out of pocket, only people with insurance can afford to see a doctor.
    But then the next minuet he is telling us that the high cost of health care is becasue the insurance compainies charge too high of rates. Rates that a resonable person would assume would need to be high enough to cover the cost of seeing a doctor, which Obama has told us costs to much to do without insurance.
    Obama is a classic snake oil salesman. If there is a hall of fame for snake oil salesman, Obama deserves to be inducted.
    I've seen the bills for medical care for my family that amounts to tens of thousands for hospital fees, doctors fees and drug fees. All I have had to pay is affordable copays and deductibles, insurance has paid all the rest. I would have had to raid my retirement accounts without my insurance, they are not the bad guys. I am happy with my coverage and want Obama to leave it alone. I support help to get everyone covered that needs and wants to be and I support reform that prevents insurance compaines from denying coverage or dropping coverage. But don't screw up the good coverage I have. Don't force my insurance company out of business. Do something about the hospital fees, doctor fees and drug costs that I am told are the highest in the world.

    March 20, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  2. Jefe

    I don't want to have any taxpayer funding for abortion. I also don't want taxpayer funding for breast implants, hair transplants for bald men, dental veneers, etc. Nothing elective should be covered. Its bad enough we have to spend so much money on people who choose poor diets and lack of exercise.

    March 20, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. Chip Pudims

    /what a sad state we are in when the President has to beg, bribe and bully to get enough votes on the most importanlt legislationn we have ever seen!

    March 20, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  4. Yes on health Care Reform

    Great Speech Mr. President. I hope the bill passes, I am one of those people who will soon lose her current job and my medical insurance coverage with it. I have a condition that requires expensive medication. I will not be able to afford treatment unless I can find another job soon with good medical insurance. I know a lot of people in my situation and I hope dearly that it changes soon.

    March 20, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  5. Dial from SoCal

    I don't believe one word Nancy Pelosi utters. She is just about Nancy and the Dems and is clueless about the American people.

    March 20, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. R.B.

    Full steam ahead, Mr. President. This country needs health care reform. Without it, we will lag behind other nations. It's time for the young to convince the old to leave the past where it belongs: in the past.

    The WHITE and OLDER protesters of Tea party movement must realize America is much MUCH bigger than their constituency. Young people all across this nation, white, black, Asian, etc... want education reform, social reform, political reform, etc... the status quo is leading us to third world nation status.

    March 20, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  7. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    "This piece of historic legislation...runs straight down the center of American political thought,"

    Has this guy been on the bloody moon for a year? Hasn't he noticed the country is almost to the point of riots in the streets over this health care thing?

    But I guess, from Obama's point of view, it could look like his "soft socialism" is "right down the centre.". After all, when he says "bipartisan," what he means is with respect to the left and right extremes of the Democratic party–he doesn't even comprehend that there are people out here who aren't Democrats.

    So, "the centre of political thought," as far as Obama is concerned, is the centre of Democratic political thought, which is to say "political thought" that considers mere citizens too dumb to take responsibility for themselves and that it's okay to soak working Americans with taxes to support the indolent, irresponsible, and improvident, who won't take responsibility for themselves.

    March 20, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  8. gary

    This was one of Obama's best speaches. If this speech had been given a year ago, health care would already be law.

    March 20, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  9. Mike in MN

    Yesterday Biden admitted they are going to contol the insurance compaines with Oamacare.
    Obama is on video before he became president saying that you can't get to single payer Universal health care over night, you have to do it in steps.
    Now that Obamacare appears to be close to being passed, some Dems are openly talking about that this bill is just a beginning, there will be more to come to expand it.
    Obamacare has regulations in it that grants the government the power to force insurance compainies out of business.
    And then there is another video of Obama telling unions that it is his goal to have a single payer Universal health care system in place by the end of his first term.
    I have no doubt that Oamacare is just the first step for progressives to transform the health care system into a government singe payer Universal health care system
    Obama is a socialist pure and simple, but he is smart enough to know he can't take us to socialism overnight. He knows he has to do it in bits at a time. I trust the American people will never allow him to go that far.

    March 20, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  10. Siara

    I think Pelosi is making a stupid mistake by dragging the abortion debate into this. Abortion is a totally separate issue. From the point of view of people who believe that a fertilized egg is a baby she's saying, "No health care for anyone unless we allow baby killing." People who feel that way are never going to change and all Pelosi's doing is destroying the opportunity for health care in a million other situations.

    Why is she doing this? It's so stupid.

    March 20, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  11. stop the nonsense

    Republican arguments have all but evaporated over the last year leaving this bill a better or nothing reform.
    It's not perfect but it does offer some relief for those who need it.

    March 20, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  12. An 8 year old ELEPHANT dung heap, does not transform into compost in just 1 year!

    Thank you President Obama for taking both the right and Christian approach for starting 31 million Americans on the pathway to health care. You may be a one term President, but you have done the right thing in this case and I applaud you for it.

    As a “liberal socialist always waiting for a welfare hand out” is blessed with a job and it pays enough to more than meet my basic needs for food and shelter. This “heathen” was indeed taught that yes, I am my brother’s keeper, which means once my basic needs are met, I am to help others less fortunate and help to clothe, shelter and feed them. I am not only glad, but in my belief, I am obligated to pay taxes, and since I cannot possibly help all those in need in this country, the government will use those taxes to assist those in poverty to achieve their basic needs. It may not be a perfect system but instead of ending it, I want the corruption rooted out, not to “starve” the system into non-existence. I want sting operations like was done in FL and found 16 stores had defrauded the government food stamp program out of over 3 million dollars in 3 months. I want good stewardship of the system that delivers help to those less fortunate.

    It is not my place to judge, why the folks are in a different place in life than I. I do not recall any teachings that said help those less fortunate, but only if I deem they are worthy of my help.

    So, this “unwashed sinner” will continue to try and follow the lead of the original “liberal” while you “christian” cons are merely the 21st century version of the money changers He chased from the temple.

    One day we will be divided into two groups, one that tried to promote the “liberal

    March 20, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  13. Desmond in Canada

    Talking from a huge amount of personal experience on health care, this Health Care bill, though not perfect, is the best thing in the world for the USA or any country that really cares for its people.

    March 20, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  14. BS Bill Misleading Americans

    Obama is correct in making one statement. He said this will be a historic vote. Yes it will, He is correct. He is paving the way for Republicans to take over this Country again. His last days are near.

    March 20, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  15. Kevin in Ohio

    I hope they are happy with their imminent destruction of health care in America. My doctor has already informed his patients that he is leaving private practice. I expect my insurance to be non-renewed next.

    Thanks a hell of a lot!

    March 20, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  16. John

    The Health Insurance Industry with its billionaire CEO's and millionaire managers needs to be controlled. We do not need a rich peoples health care system where only the wealthiest of Americans get decent health care. All of us get taxed to support the current health care system where our tax dollars go to medical schools, medical research and insurance industry tax breaks. It's time the Federal Government took control of our investments and regulated the Health Industry for all citizens. Insurance executive salaries are too inflationary and are driving up costs in a non-competitive industry. We need a free market system regulated by the same Anti-Trust laws that protect us from the abusive and greedy.

    March 20, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  17. Cherring Spence

    I am praying that the healthcare bill passes I believe all the republicans not supporting this bill are shaming the nation before the entire world

    March 20, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    I have insurance coverage at work. Last month a was laid off for a week. Instead of getting a paycheck the next week I got a bill from my employer for $70 for insurance for that week. I know that I should be thankful that the bill wasn't higher because a lot of people pay more. But when you make $12 an hour that's high enough. If I get lose my job of 10 years I will have no insurance. I believe that if Congress doesn't vote for health-care reform they should have to pay for their own insurance. They also can take the 30% pay cut I took last spring. We will not even talk about the other cuts we took and was told to be glad we still had a job. Did I mention that our executives still got their bonuses, they earned them.

    March 20, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  19. Cherring Spence

    I am praying that
    the healthcare bill passes I believe all the republicans not supporting this bill are shaming the nation before the entire world

    March 20, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  20. michaela

    This bill is for the 45 year olds to 63 year olds that worked at Delphi or for Siemens or any other business that lost employment to Mexico or China we are the middle class we lost our jobs to Mexico and China one reason was what it cost the employers to provide health care talk to Honda whom is still here for how long? We need this HC to pass we are in an age group that will have a hard time finding a job and being secure as we once were, sorry this is a reality even though this age group was the best for reliability and for quality we will have given it up the younger generation that had a part of the destruction of manufacturing in the USA if it wasn't for HC costs it was also the 20 to 30 year olds that could not be relied upon for quality of production or to show up for work everyday,yet when they did show up could'nt be kept off their cell phones during production hours. This bill is for us the used to be middle class that had to put up with the next generation that didn't amount to much.

    March 20, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  21. Gerry NH

    This man has no idea what is in the health care bill, but he wants it passed. He has lied from day one. What a poor excuse for a president.

    March 20, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  22. TCM

    it's all about making a name for himself, this egotistical moron; either way he's screwed...if it doesn't pass...that's his legacy...if it does pass, it'll break the financial back of the country, and that will be his legacy. This guy, whose never worked a day in his life and is the ultimate product of Affirmative Action, deserves nothing less than the boulder rolling down the hill to crush him; push by TRUE Americans.....I'm just amazed at how many ignorant followers are still drinking the kool aid.

    March 20, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  23. Ryan

    The threats that Republicans are making are exactly the same ones they made in 1993 when they tried to shoot down Healthcare reform.

    And look what happened...our premiums sky rocketed – the insurance companies made record profits year after year, then they supported Republican candidates, and we went bankrupt or without care altogether because god help us if we ended up with a chronic illness or "pre existing condition" so we'd get dropped from our providers!


    Let's learn from history and pass it this time!!
    Otherwise what happened in the past 17 years will happen again and we'll be dying in the streets if this continues.


    March 20, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  24. Patrick

    30 million people uninsured; that means they have been born, are alive.

    Abortion is about the unborn, or yet to be conceived, numbers that we do not have.

    I am not saying that the unborn or yet to be conceived ,let alone born, should not be thought of; but what about the 30 million already born?


    March 20, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  25. MJ

    So I guess that all of those who are "for" this horrendous "Bill" have read it.... Medicare is being dismantled. Doctors are going to stop caring for Seniors by the groves. Nothing is going to happen to insure those without Insurance for 3-5 years. Guess what will occur ... Your taxes will go up! Maybe those who don't care have no tax liability and just enjoy the free ride.

    March 20, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
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