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. jenny

    CNN news reporters need to try to get Congressman John Barrow from Georgia on TV for an interview ASAP. He's a Democrat voting against the healthcare bill and he'll tell you why.

    March 20, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  2. WoW

    This is turning into a 3rd world country thanks to this administration. What ever happened to providing jobs for all Americans? Providing the way for any and all Americans to get a career that they are happy with?

    This administration is ruining this country by giving out handouts. First it's welfare, then WIC, now free insurance. Why even go to work? No wonder why inner cities have high unemployment rates. The government pays for everything, and it's going to continue do that. That's not what America was founded on.

    We the taxes payers who work hard pay for all these handouts. I'm TIRED OF IT.

    March 20, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  3. Keith in Austin

    Gag me with a spoon!

    Bozo,Nancy and the Weasel Harry are about to make the biggest power-grab in American history.

    The Pathetic, spineless Democrat Congress is throwing their constitiants under Barry's bus all in the name of politics.

    March 20, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  4. leonardofru

    I counted at least 17 lies that he told. But Gupta was orgasiming over this.

    March 20, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  5. It's time for another change!

    It's impossible to trust anything that Obama says about Healthcare reform. From the looks of the current bill, Obama's promises are more of what we have seen so far... Empty Promises. Not only will this bill force people into Medicaid and fine those who refuse, it will do so at the state's expense. Lovely...

    March 20, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  6. rrock

    This does not fix the system. It is a band aid. This will not address spiraling costs and can only be economically justified by using voodoo economics. The big winners are the drug and health care insurance companies.

    March 20, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  7. Independent

    Please Democrats finish the job and help President Obama fulfill the promise of having health care reform. Don't give up on Us The American People now; we are desperate to have medical care available to everyone. End once and for all the discrimination against people from getting sick or having a pre-existing condition.

    March 20, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  8. Ain't life strange?

    If you or a loved one or friend have no health insurance you'll support this. The ones who are against it have health coverage and do not care about those who don't. It's like saying, "life is a privlage of the more fortunate." It's so sad to be in a country where people once cared about each other. Now, it's all about me. So sad.

    March 20, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  9. West Coast Conserv

    The United States of America has always been victorious over foreign invaders. We will be victorious over Hussein and his progressive socialist party as well.

    March 20, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  10. Tom in Delaware

    And he was greeted by 40,000 Tea Party protesters....guess CNN must've missed them....that's why they dropped Demon Pass.

    March 20, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  11. Nat, NYC

    The 70% taxpayers don't want your health care. Legal and illegal freeloaders have it anyway, and middle class is going to pay for them and for themselves more . You Mr. President calls it "social and economic justice" and it is wrong. Screwing Americans is wrong!

    March 20, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  12. Sandi

    Wonder what Obama is promising all the people who were going to vote NO and changed their vote to YES – What a disgrace! Shame on ALL OF THEM!

    March 20, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  13. Neik, Columbia SC

    That is why I support my President!!

    March 20, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  14. joe m

    the president is correct, passing this bill will be historic. however, much like everything that becomes part of history, it will be future generations that will judge if it can be considered a high point or low point in history. when we broke the secret of the atom it was historic, but history remains mixed in its judgement of that event. as much as i would like reform to take place, it disturbs me a bit that the president and his party seem as concerned about making history than simply doing the right thing. some of the most momentous moments in history, and the highest points of humanity, came when individuals or groups acted without being concered about history. it was simply the right thing to do.

    March 20, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  15. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    I passed a group of anti Health Care protesters today all waving signs and American flags. I wanted to ask them if waving the flag so vigorously would cure my colon cancer. They all obviously had Health Care. I wasn't able to ask my question as I was on a bus but can anyone out there answer it for me?

    March 20, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  16. Emmanuel

    I am seen the way Obama nd Pelosi are deceiving us, They are now above us that voted them in

    March 20, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  17. outragedinNJ

    Wake up all you pro lifers , and you Dr. murdering creeps!
    Abortion is the LAW.
    Nancy gets it right again!!
    GO NANCY!!!

    "Not on abortion, not on abortion, not on public option, not on single payer, not on anything," Pelosi told CNN.

    March 20, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  18. Liberal and Proud of It!

    God's blessings to you, Mr. President! Thank you for your courage to take on this issue–as well as take on the corrupt power structures in Washington and throughout the United States who wish to extract every dollar they can out of the hide of the American people.

    Shame on the Republicans (and Democrats) who put party and/or election over America's best interest.

    We have every evidence–if such were needed–on who largely runs this country: Corporate America.

    March 20, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  19. Jacq

    I wish someone from the Tea Party would spit on me like they did a congressman,I would slap fire from them,tea party is another form of the KKK

    March 20, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  20. michaela

    Reality hurts it hurts all parents of the now generation the generation that was not allowed to be spanked for whatever reason take it away generation take the toys the computer tv everything that your middle class employee that worked countless hours came home dead tired had a child that misbehaved that needed a butt whipping but no that was the worse thing we could do instead most of that generation but not all of this generation has been ruined not by the parents ,but the phsyicoligst and educational leaders that are drowning in their own pools. Yea education for a parent that works 12 hours a day finds a joy after sending their kid to school comes home and finds that it is their responsibility to teach their child or grand child how to read and write add and subtract yet teachers are being paid to do a job. If we are to pay teachers to do a job then they should do that job teach. If a parent has got to work three jobs to a teachers one job just to survive who should be accountable for the childs learning and apttitude the parent whos working three jobs or the teacher whom is working just one and was hired to teach children. When you can answer this question for me yet go back and look at the last 25 years if you were born in the 60's hey you were taught all the rights or at least most of them,but if you were born 1980 or after you have become used to live without tv nintendo phone just for a day so that you didn't drive your poor middle class over working mother or father crazy, it's not that we didn't love you we were just plain pooped from working 6 to 7 days a week so our jobs could move to other countries. Hey we were production workers we made things we weren't doctors or lawyers. Good luck to the future children and generation my thoughts are with them and the future.

    March 20, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  21. Rowe

    This guy is amazing.

    He's taken more pounding from the loonie right, the right-wing attack machine, the corporate propaganda machine, and from progressives in his own party (including labor unions) during his first year in office than Clinton did in all eight of his, and he's come through it with flying colors. If he's shown this much resilience and durability in his first year, before even the Senators from his own party took him seriously, and he manages to pass health care reform in his freshman year, something that has defeated every president since 1947, he's going to go down in history as one of the greatest presidents ever. And unlike a lot of his predecessors, this guy LEARNS from his mistakes and doesn't repeat them.

    Ted Kennedy said it himself when he said of the Democratic Senators in Congress "a year ago we would have been sending this guy out for coffee." Having come through this, and having done what NONE of those Democratic Senators could have done if they'd been in his place, he's earned everyone's respect. He's not a lightweight anymore, and regardless of what they say in public, even his worst enemies have to acknowledge it. In the beginning, there were Democratic Senators like Baucus and Nelson, or even Reid who thought they could send Obama out for coffee while they took the initiative on writing legislation. No more.

    In the last year Obama has EARNED more political capital than any president I've seen in my lifetime, and that goes all the way back to Kennedy.

    March 20, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  22. Perusing-through


    Nice that CNN report on President Obama’s inspirational speech to the House Democrats, , , but , , , .

    What I find objectionable is CNN purposely left out an interesting story that occurred just before the speech. As House Democrats were filing in, Tea Party protesters were shouting "N-word" epithets at African-American House members as they filed passed the protestors. Ask Ed Henry if he cares to report on that?

    March 20, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  23. polly

    I have a full-time job with health insurance and there are people who don't who are living better than me right now. Some are on disability and some are cheating the system. I've seen it and know it to be true. You're full of it.

    March 20, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  24. ib

    They are going to pass this stupid thing even though the people are telling them we don't want it. It will be nice to see Pelosi getting on her broom for the last time after the Nov. elections and riding off into the sunset along with her buddies that she sent down to defeat.

    March 20, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  25. CC Cole

    Every Democrat who votes no on the Health Care bill will be voted out of office in the next election. Americans are sick and tired of the abortion smoke screen. We want this Health Care bill to pass. Insurance Companies have sucked America dry.

    March 20, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
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