Obama Criticizes `Scare Tactics' In Health Debate

President Barack Obama on Saturday criticized what he termed as the "scare tactics" of opponents to health care reform. He told a town hall meeting "what is truly scary is if we do nothing" to solve the nation's health care problems.

Obama said Americans no longer should be "held hostage by health insurance companies" that deny coverage for various reasons.

And he attempted to deflect some of the sharpest criticism of the health care bill before Congress from those who say it would mean government control over health care system.

"I don't want government bureaucrats meddling in our health care - but the point is I don't want insurance companies' bureaucrats meddling in our health care either," Obama declared, unleashing a cheer from the audience.

Obama's focus on insurance companies, a theme of earlier town hall meetings in Montana and New Hampshire as well in recent days, was an attempted to regain the upper hand in the health care debate and deflect the impact of increasing vocal and organized critics.

The president said the current health care system and the policies of insurance companies are "hurting too many families and businesses." And he vowed to change that, predicting health care reform legislation will be passed by Congress this year.

"Because we're getting close, the fight is getting fierce" critics are fighting back with by trying "to scare the American people. "Because of all the scare tactics out there, what is truly scary is if we do nothing," he said.

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  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Aug 17, 2009 at 05:04 PM
    FACT, VA broke, FACT, Medicare broke, FACT, the stimulus package has paid out less than 25% and no great out come, FACT, the US Government is broke. Obama says the health care reform will be paid for by saving money from else where. Where? When you have a mortgage or rent due you know from where that money is to come. Why can't Obama tell us where these savings are to come? I do agree that we need health care reform. But this is too big to rush through congress, it needs to be correct, no band aids. We need our congress to do the best job possible, and that alone scares me.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Aug 17, 2009 at 10:59 AM
    JP, as you know, there are changes coming to the bill that would be OK by most of us. Most of us want people to have care. We don't want a plan so expensive, your childrens children will still be paying it back. Secondly, this isn't about Bush, its about Obama. Don't lay that 8 year term, as anywhere near, as bad as what is going on "now". Obama spent more money in 6 months than W did in 8 years, get it? Now he wants to do this? Trying to push this through both houses without read it? Nope, you man will be a one term. You don't anger "senior" citizens, they are far more powerfull voters than both parties voting.
  • by JP Location: G'ville on Aug 17, 2009 at 08:29 AM
    It really sad to see people who don't care about the next man. I am a African american and i do not agree with all the provisions in the healthcare reform but do agree that something has to be done. There are people dying due to not having healthcare and some feel that is ok. I have a four year degre with a fulltime job and still can't afford health insurance. I feel there should be a way to make both sides happy. Also to whoever said that oboma is ruining the country, what do you think president bush has done for the 8 years, and if you don't call that ruining a country then nothing is. "OBAMA 2012"
  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Aug 17, 2009 at 07:56 AM
    The Hollywood movie called, "John Q" publicized the health crisis. The health companies really do not want you to know the truth. In this movie, Denezel Washington protrayed his character John Q. Archiebald as a HERO for the mire fact he took a STAND against the health care SYSTEM. So, before you cast down Mr. Obama's health reform...go rent the movie and then revisit the heath reform with a change of heart. Mr. Obama is helping those who can not afford to help themselves and with that I SUPPORT the Obama's TEAM!!!!!! For those I know, who will send your comment this message is for you...I am convinced that Mr. Obama wants POSITIVE CHANGE and we all know that the average person doesn't like CHANGE, so keep your comment for the birds. GOOOOOOOO BARRACK OBAMA and his ADMINSTRATION!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Aug 16, 2009 at 04:16 PM
    Obama family on mini vacation in the west, Obama attends town hall meetings as side agenda.
  • by usa Location: home on Aug 16, 2009 at 03:45 PM
    we all know what to do ,2010 vote these clowns out 2012 vote NO-OBAMA OUT ,, if the plan is so simple WHY IS IT 1000 PAGES ? VOTE PEOPLE ---VOTE .
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Aug 16, 2009 at 02:10 PM
    Barlow, please refrain from not telling the truth please. That panel was removed from the recent bill as it existed and was very ambiguous. If you choose to think and percieve the president of telling truth, fine, the rest of us know better. Now, go get some more koolaide, you will feel better.
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity on Aug 16, 2009 at 02:08 PM
    Here is the scarey part. All you have to do is have a disease that the government says. It's just not worth paying for. You could have advanced heart disease be 24 years old and our government they could say no treatment you are going to die. It cost to much $$$$$ to keep you alive. Then where do you go? Your own Government said no treatment,and they run healthcare & the hospitals? He wants the White House, he wants the the Obama government to be making determinations of who lives and who dies. I did not know Obama was a god over life & death was that also an election promise?
  • by Anonymous on Aug 16, 2009 at 11:13 AM
    How about the crisis speech he gave when he was pushing the stimulous package garbage. He used the word crisis like 20 times in his teleprompted speech. Even Bill Clinton publicly said he needed to stop scaring everyone.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Aug 16, 2009 at 08:22 AM
    The thought of a Socialist, Muslim wanna be dictator as our President is scare tactic enough.I hope the health care plan fails, and I hope Barack is voted out in 4 years, if not impeached sooner.
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