Obama's Health Care Pitch To Democrats: Trust Me

WASHINGTON -- Here's what President Barack Obama is telling House Democrats in private pitches about health care legislation: He'll persuade Congress to pass it even if he has to ask deeply distrustful lawmakers to trust him on a promise the White House doesn't have the power to keep.

In fact, Obama can even joke that the political battle has contributed to the recent rise in his cholesterol.

Democratic Rep. Ron Kind of Wisconsin was one of several Democrats who met with Obama at the White House last week.

Kind says Obama made the case that a lot of hard work has been spent on health care over the past year and that now is the time for action.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 12, 2010 at 03:15 PM
    I thought I'd give it a try and trust you your first year but you have disappointed me and millions of other hardworking Americans.
  • by USCG Vet Location: ENC on Mar 12, 2010 at 01:43 PM
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Mar 12, 2010 at 05:39 AM
    Wow Location: Greenville, google "CEO Bonus for BC&BS". The CEO is just another liberal democrat you call the greedy CEOs with their big bonuses. You list the problems, granted, clean that up. The proposed bill is loaded with more pork. Even, Pelosi doesn't know what is in it, yet she still wants to push it through. Fix what is wrong, don't reinvent.
  • by Wow Location: Greenville on Mar 11, 2010 at 08:40 PM
    OSOC: How about this? Let's make this simple. I don't want America to be a socialist country. Nevermind that we are a socialist-capitalist country already. I just want single-payer health insurance to be available for everyone. If you are rich enough to also afford private insurance then you should be able to do that. Now, how does doing this, and only this, take away any of your liberty?
  • by Wow Location: Greenville on Mar 11, 2010 at 08:24 PM
    Anon, there's a pretty multi-layered answer to your question but here it is: Hospitals are constantly buying the newest, bestest machines available when the older machines work just fine. The increasing dependence of evidence-based practice has increased costs as well. Millions of people don't or can't pay their bills or insurance sometimes denies the claim. Americans on average are fat and don't exercise. Hospitals and Doctors spend millions on administrative costs chasing private insurers for payment. Inadequate preliminary care leads to life-threatening and more $$$ problems later. Defensive Medicine. Fraud. Greed. Drugs cost about 50% more here than other nations. Medicare/caid often pay under cost, raising costs for everyone else. Malpractice insurance is too expensive. Health care in this country is not a free market, nor is it a universal public system. It's the worst of both worlds, so we pay more than anyone else. Hope that answered your question.
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Mar 11, 2010 at 07:12 PM
    Wow, Snake man is right regarding EU & socialism. My parents are some what wealthy and worked by every bit and have traveled to Europe several times. Been there, seen it all and how people live under socialism. Many there are jealous of America and envy us, heck the rest of the world does also, and go without many luxuries we have here. Insurance companies make 3-6% profit on their clients. 3 to 6 percent on the average. Competition is tight and they aren't the ones making billions of dollars. It's mal practice suites, salaries hikes of doctors & pay rates trained staff which are throught the roof if you ask me compaired to the rest of the work force. These are the main contributing factors that need attention including drug costs. My suggestion is eat healthy, avoid fast foods and fried crap, excersise and hope for the best. Stay out of the hospital if possible. I'm 45 yr old male that only went to hospital when I had pneumatic fever when I was 8 and almost died, Since then been ok!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 11, 2010 at 05:28 PM
    Just like Obama and his cronnies are spending TRILLIONS and TRILLIONS of dollars (from your taxes) The banks used taxpayers money to give out bonuses, now Fannie and Freddie are asking for more money. My question is not why the insurance is so expensive but why healthcare period is so expensive? after so long those machines have to be paid for that cost you so much when you need an mri, or ct-scan.
  • by Wow Location: Greenville on Mar 11, 2010 at 04:30 PM
    How about because private insurance companies are morally repugnant and have unethical practices? Maybe it has something to do with their inefficient and wholly unnecessary nature? Maybe how they spend millions and millions of dollars (from your premiums) to lobby congress and buy senators and reps? Take your pick. You look at what other countries get vs. what they spend and it will make your head spin. We spend more than 3 times as much as some other countries with similar health outcomes. Private insurance is so expensive now that many cannot afford it, but can't get medicaid or medicare, being one ER trip away from financial ruin. 62% of bankruptcies are from medical expenses. Most people will be priced out of private insurance and employers will drop most policies within the next 10 years if the trend continues. It won't be worth having. Then they will either close up shop and count their money or wait for taxpayers to bail them out like the banks did.
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Mar 11, 2010 at 04:02 PM
    Again, Wow, you post no facts to support your case yet so many are posted on the internet. You do have access...right? You have been sold a bad bill of goods on socialism. You really should learn the truth. Its not about the working man or the poor, its about power and control. The countries of the EU are mostly socialist. They tax income at over 40%, tell you what you can and cannot do. They micromanage their people. Well, we have a constituition. People fought for and the right to have a "Government that works for the people". This is not what people want, get it? They wanted changes, but not this. Now, understand, why to those EU countries want to come here? Well, if you get you way, they won't, it won't be much different than what they have there. What you progressive liberals call "scare tactics from the 60s" is right out of you communist party handbook. So, enjoy your popularity of 8% of progressives thinking....you will be out of power in Nov.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 11, 2010 at 02:56 PM
    I dont understand why everyone blames the insurance companies. They have to raise their rates in order to meet the rising costs of healthcare. Should they have to go into debt in order to cover the cost?

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