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September 3rd, 2009
06:00 PM ET

What should president say in health care speech to Congress?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

President Obama will try to re-gain the upper hand in the debate over health care reform by addressing a joint session of Congress next Wednesday.

The White House and the Democrats endured a brutal month of August - with rowdy town hall meetings and lots of Republican criticism. Anti-reform forces spent millions trying to defeat the legislation.

President Obama will reportedly use his speech to lay out more specifics for his plan. Specifics have been sorely missing from the president on this from the beginning, and he's come under a lot of fire for only outlining broad principles for what he wants... and leaving most of the details to Congress. Big mistake.

Republicans are already saying the president's speech will be too little, too late... they say the real problem is the substance... and that the American people aren't buying what he's trying to sell. But Democrats are hoping that a more forceful pitch from the president will help move this thing along.

In fact, the Vice President is promising success when it comes to health care. Joe Biden says: "We're going to get something substantial... but there's going to be an awful lot of screaming and hollering before we get there."

Meanwhile - polls show Americans are evenly split on whether to support the president's health care plan... six in 10 younger Americans support it - while six in 10 senior citizens oppose it. It might be worth remembering that it's the seniors who vote in large numbers.

Here’s my question to you: What should Pres. Obama say about health care reform in his address to Congress next week?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Susan from Tuscaloosa, Alabama writes:
It really doesn't matter what he says to Congress, which is already bought and paid for, but what he says to the public. He's got to lay out the plan with specifics on both coverage and costs… I hope he takes the offensive and hits hard at the critics. Or maybe he should just take Bill Maher's suggestion and tell them he had a vision and Jesus told him to do this. Whatever works.

Ralph from Chicago writes:
The American people have to be given a choice: they have to be told that 14 percent of our G.D.P goes to our health care. In Europe, where no one is left out, they pay 8 percent of their G.D.P. In Europe, they live longer; our birth rate is that of a third world country. The insurance industry has a bottom line; our health is not part of it.

Christopher writes:
The president needs to fight. He needs to put conservatives on their heels by reminding them that this is a moral issue, not just an economic one. These are the same people who wave their Bibles around over gay marriage and abortion. Now that we want to take care of the poor and sick, they put their Bibles down and clutch their checkbooks. He needs to remind Americans that love, not fear, makes us a great country.

Vinny writes:
He should apologize for trying to socialize and bankrupt the country, and say he's taking a couple days off to read the story of why America was founded. Maybe he will understand that America was founded on a limited federal government.

Andy from Cleveland, Ohio writes:
Jack, my man, he should give one of those pre-election speeches. Remember those? Give Congress the details on what exactly he wants. Work the crowd. Show that confidence he once had. Or, maybe he should just grin and say "How about those Browns?"

Brian writes:
He should say, "Members of Congress, fellow citizens, I come before you tonight to confess I used health care as a ploy to get elected. I don't have a clue what to do. There is no plan. When I said if anyone has a better idea put it on the table, I really meant it. Hey, anyone got any ideas?"


Filed under: Congress • Health care • President Barack Obama
soundoff (283 Responses)
  1. Susan Frost

    It really doesn't matter what he says to Congress, which is already bought and paid for, but what he says to the public. He's got to lay out the plan with specifics both as to coverage and costs, and he's got to point out the dire consequences of inaction – the fact that rates are going to continue rising astronomically while coverage is decreased and many employers are forced to drop coverage altogether under the current system. He's basically got to an "infomercial"and I hope he takes the offensive and hits hard at the critics. Or maybe he should just take Bill Maher's suggestion and tell them he had a vision and Jesus told him to do this. Whatever works.

    Susan
    Tuscaloosa AL

    September 3, 2009 at 1:14 pm |
  2. Conor in Chicago

    The American people will continue to receive terrible health care because all of you make your living defending Big Pharma in Congress, the people are too gullible to know what is true and what is not, and I am too much of a wimp to take on the opposition party because I want to hold on to this insane notion of "bi-partisanship" in 21st Century America. Thank you.

    September 3, 2009 at 1:18 pm |
  3. Kevin in Dallas, TX

    He should talk about health care reform, and not health insurance reform. My last trip to the doctor was $350. They took an x ray, then five minutes later the doctor gave me a prescription and a brace that looked like two shin guards Velcro-ed together. According to my itemized bill, the x ray was $100, the doctors time was $50. They charged $50 for the brace and $150 for emergency care. Maybe it's emergency care when you get into an exam room within 2 hours of your scheduled appointment?

    September 3, 2009 at 1:20 pm |
  4. gordon

    With America 36th in health care, according to the World Health Organization and paying twice as much per person for it as other first world countries, Congress can fix health care now or let the global economy overcome our neglect of Americans in the marketplace.

    Which do we prefer?

    Las Cruces, New Mexico

    September 3, 2009 at 1:30 pm |
  5. Chuck in warren, Ohio

    Jack: Just tell them to do their jobs. No politics, No BULL, and Do the job or get out of office!!

    September 3, 2009 at 1:30 pm |
  6. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    He should say that he intends to use every ounce of his political capital to get the reform bill onto his desk in an acceptable form. An acceptable from would absolutely include the public option. In fact the only thing that needs to be in the bill is the public option – that is the active ingredient that will hold the private sector’s attention and force them to provide care at reasonable cost – the free ride is over. And if anyone thinks that is unfair, too bad. They have been unfair to their captive customers for decades. It’s time for a change and any Democrat who doesn’t enable the passage of this bill will pay the price. Can you hear me now?

    September 3, 2009 at 1:32 pm |
  7. Texas Pioneer

    He needs to tell us that his backbone is now healed and that he finally remembered who elected him.

    September 3, 2009 at 1:35 pm |
  8. Rob of Brooklyn

    Now he has to be string. Be a leader. Don't worry about being bipartisan–there's no such thing. Pass the health care , but get of of those 2 wars. we'll never get out of a recession until we're out of them.

    September 3, 2009 at 1:36 pm |
  9. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    Everyone know someone who doesn't have health coverage, there's a good change a relative isn't covered. Republican's have been saying no to health care reform. Republicans don't care about health care, since 1980 they had the presidency for all by Clinton's 8 years and they broached the subject. If not now, when? How many will have to die before reason returns to some in Congress?

    September 3, 2009 at 1:37 pm |
  10. Don (Ottawa)

    First of all he should give some facts and figure on what would happen if nothing is done. Then he should show the cost of his plan (and call it his plan) and where the money will come from to pay for it. Then how he plans to cut costs to make health care more affordable. Finally, he should address all the accusations and rumors that have been promoted by the opposition and put them to rest once and for all. What people don't seem to understand or want to understand is that in terms of costs and benefits access to adequate health care makes for a more productive society, less down time due to sick leave and lower long-term costs due to prevention. Also, it must be understood that there is "no free lunch." Taxpayers will have to pay something, but piece of mind in knowing that you won't be financially wiped out if struck by a catastrophic illness is worth it. I live in Canada, I know.

    September 3, 2009 at 1:38 pm |
  11. Jim/NC

    Give back, let me be clear, health care for all, tax the rich, must make sacrifices, help the poor among us, 46 – 50 million without heath care, endorsed by AMA, AARP, AFLCIO, public option, blah, blah, blah! At no time in his speech will he, truthfully, tell us how his plan will work or where the money is coming from to pay for it.

    September 3, 2009 at 1:40 pm |
  12. Jayne

    He needs to remind the Republicans that he and his fellow Democrats won the election by an overwhelming majority and that majority voted for health care reform. The old ideas of the GOP are not enough to solve the problem and they've got to rethink their notion of bipartisanship. It doesn't mean the majority party cedes everything to the minority party.

    September 3, 2009 at 1:41 pm |
  13. Russ in PA

    What Obama should say: "Gee, people, I was wrong to push a government-run system on you. It's obvious that a true free market is the way to go, so let's end the monopolies, and cut out the government red tap. Then let's all go have a beer..."

    What he will say: " We have to spend money on another government-run program that will cost you all a bunch of money. I'll go have a beer..."

    September 3, 2009 at 1:42 pm |
  14. Carl D.

    Jack,
    I don't know what more he could say. If we as a country ,really want healthcare for everyone, then in my opinoin, we need to take away all of the government politicians healthcare, then just see how fast these Leeches come up with a plan to cover every legal citizen in the United States.
    Carl in Illinois

    September 3, 2009 at 1:46 pm |
  15. Jackie in Dallas

    I don't know, Jack. He's a talented orator, and an inspiring writer, so I hope that it is good. More than anything else, he needs to outline, in words of three-syllables or less, each salient point of the reform. Unambiguous language, Jack, or he'll lose the audience all together since most of our lawmakers, and most of the population of the country, can't seem to understand simple concepts well.

    As one who is intimately aware of the need for reform, a taxpayer for over 40 years and who is uninsured because of pre-existing conditions, I'm willing to do this in installments. Bring the uncontrolled insurance companies back under control, control the amount that insurance companies and pharmacological companies can spend on lobbyists, and limit the advertising of drugs to the general public. That would be a good start. I'd still be uninsured, and it won't help me much personally, but it could make a world of difference to a lot of people. And each step forward is just that, a step in the right direction.

    September 3, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  16. Randy from Salt Lake City

    "Since I've taken so much money from the health care industry, universal health care is not an option. I will do exactly what they tell me to do so they can make even more money. In return for scrapping any health care reform, I'll receive millions of dollars from insurance companies and Big Pharma for my campaign in 2012."

    September 3, 2009 at 1:48 pm |
  17. Alex in Seattle

    Tell the Obstructionist Party to get out of the way of progress! Oh, yeah, Jack, and tell the blue dogs to rejoin the party.

    September 3, 2009 at 1:49 pm |
  18. Vincent OBrien

    I don't think anything will help it. The Republicans will not support any bill that might help The president. There are enough of the socalled Bluedog Democrats bought and paid for by the Insurance and pharmacuetical companies. So with everything else we need fixed, the 2 wars, the crumbling infrastucture, and the lack of jobs he doesn't have enough bullets in his gun. We will not see any reform, or it will be so watered down, it won't be any good. Woe is us !!

    September 3, 2009 at 1:49 pm |
  19. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    To make American business competitive in the global economy we must get the monkey off our back of drug companies and insurance companies. Without a level playing field China will continue to become the money spinner of the future. Single payer health care will save us trillions and put us back in the game.

    September 3, 2009 at 1:51 pm |
  20. John from Alabama

    Jack: This will be one of the most important speeches President Obama will give. He must outline point by point what will be in the health care reform act. There should be some mentioning of how this nation will pay for this new health care system. President Obama does not have to get Republicans on board, but the Democrats must stand behind the president's plan for health care reform. What ever happens cancellation of health when one gets sick and pre-existing health problems are terms in the past. If this happens it is truly health care reform.

    September 3, 2009 at 1:53 pm |
  21. el

    hi Jack

    President Obama should say "okay ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. We are going to pass this bill with or without the support of everyone. The citizens of the US need this Bill NOW!
    He needs to be firm and direct, let the people know, he is the one calling the shots. The sooner people realize he is only trying to help..the better

    September 3, 2009 at 1:54 pm |
  22. Jenna

    What should Pres. Obama say about health care reform in his address to Congress next week?

    What I expect to hear from President Obama is this:

    We WILL have a strong Public Option that will go into effect Jan. 1, 2010

    He will NOT sign a Bill without the Public Option

    He will NOT allow Congress to sit on this – that it is too IMPORTANT for Americans – he will expect a bill on his desk by November 1st, 2009

    There will be NO MORE Denial of Coverage for Pre-Exiting Conditions

    Insurance Companies can NO Longer have Exclusive rights to a State or Area

    Insurance Companies can no longer GOUGE Customers

    There will be NO Trigger Options

    He has tried to get Republicans to work in a Bi-Partisan manner and they can either work FOR Americans or AGAINST Americans – He would like them to be engaged but that the Democrats Can and WILL do this without them!

    This will be what I am looking for..

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    September 3, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  23. Evan

    President Obama should not only outline his desires for the health care bill, but he should literally lock Congress in the House Chamber with him and not allow anyone to leave until they produce and pass a bill. Plus, Congress trying to break down the doors instead of working will make for better TV than a girl in a bikini eating worms.

    September 3, 2009 at 1:56 pm |
  24. Nelson, Somerdale, NJ

    He should identify each member of congress and how much money they get from the health and insurance companies. Then he should tell us that is the reason health care reform is not going to happen in our or our childrens' lifetime.

    September 3, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  25. Rick from Murfreesboro, TN

    That we need the public option to get health care to the millions of Americans (including me and my family) who can't afford it and/or have preexisting conditions.

    September 3, 2009 at 2:02 pm |
  26. Paul Austin, Texas

    He should tell them to remember what their jobs are that is to work for the citizens of the United States. Also that they should get moving on getting things done and stop all the games that they all know how to play and act like they care when they really do not. Health care reform is needed in some form and the government is not out to shut down the health care or drug industries or the insurance companies. The government is also not out to bend peoples arms to die either the insurance companies already ask you are you sure you want all this care what about your quality of life so if any has a death panel it is the insurance industry. The more competitors in the health care, drug, and insurance industries the better and if it takes a government opion to get a good health care industry then so be it.

    September 3, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  27. Emden (Deep in the Heart of Hurst Texas)

    Jack,

    I think he should announce that until a comprehensive
    national healh care reform bill is enacted.

    ALL Federal Government employee Health & Welafre Benefits
    (excluding Armed Forces)
    will be suspended.

    September 3, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  28. Joe CE

    All insures offer an identical basic plan – as many add on as they want. This would create real competition.

    Insurance Companies become the Group, same rates for al – the cost of treatment has nothing to do with existing groups.l.

    No exclusion of pre-existing condirions.

    Government to insure any who cannot afford the private basic coverage – establoish criteria to determine. Individual to pay what they can afford but at least $1./month – at present those of us wit insurance are paying for thos w/o insurance and those unable to pay. This cost is significant, fully coverage should reduce the cost of insurance. These unisured have higher cots because of lack of prevenative care,.

    September 3, 2009 at 2:09 pm |
  29. Kim in mpls

    Hi jack he ought to tell all of those morally bunkrupt and ethically corrupt congress men that we are going to scrub health care reform for now and instead reform lobbying. Only then will "the people" get this country back.
    I mean it, it is un American for these congressmen to sell out their people for their own good and not get true health reform. Only through competition can we keep costs down and they know it. Rremember though, these insurance companies are like tobacco companies.

    September 3, 2009 at 2:09 pm |
  30. Jim S

    Jack, he needs to clarify each and every point in the proposed legislation and point out the lies and misrepresenations that have been made by the Republican right wing and it wouldn't hurt to point out those senators who are receiving large amounts of money from lobbyists to defeat health care reform. He needs to shame the blue dog democrats as well and chide them for their lack of support and cooperation. None of this will happen of course. The Republicans and the l obbyists have won once again. Disgusting!

    September 3, 2009 at 2:09 pm |
  31. Mark from Dallas

    Bi-partisianship means you focus on a bill that most can agree upon. It is time for Obama to push healthcare specifics that middle America wants. Yes, He will anger the far left and the far right. He needs to focus on people not being dropped or denied for pre-existing conditons, making sure the poor have affordable healthcare, and cost saving measures. He must focus on making the current system better. If the government can run healthcare so well, then why does medicare and medicaid have 39 trillion dollars in unfunded liabilites. Most Americans don't want to be on government healthcare.

    September 3, 2009 at 2:09 pm |
  32. Sandra in Arkansas

    A strong America depends on a healthy America...physically and economically. We have to find a way to provide equal health coverage to every American at an affordable price. There are no second class Americans but companies, doctors, and insurance companies don't seem to realize that, or they don't care. Do you the distinguished members of Congress care? If so give all Americans the opportunity to have what you have. It is only right.

    Sandy
    Arkansas

    September 3, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  33. Carrie Snider

    Jack,
    Obama should George W. Bush it up. Stand in front of a 'Healthcare accomplished" banner in a cowboy outfit. Tell us "if your not with us your against us." Adding "the terrorists win if we don't push this through." And finally that we will probably all die of Swine flu if healthcare plan is denied" Obama should then push it through regardless of anyones opinion. Ta-da, THAT'S how you republicanize your policies.
    Carrie Snider
    Charlotte,NC

    September 3, 2009 at 2:12 pm |
  34. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    Get off your dead a__ and do the right thing instead of lining your pockets with money from the lobbyists.

    September 3, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  35. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    I would like to hear him say "OK, RepubliCAN'T's, I gave you every opportunity to work in a bi-partizan manner on health care BUT you. the health insurance lobbyists and the right wing haters turned it into a circus. so NOW we are going to use or Democratic majority in the House and Senate to pass what over 70% of the American people people wanted in the first place which is "Medicare for All" with the option of keeping your current health insurance.

    and for those in my own party that oppose this, I recommend you read the stated Democratic principle of "Affordable Healthcare for ALL Americans" in our platform. you have the choice of either passing this bill and doing something positivefor the average American citizen like Medicare did for seniors OR being damned by history.

    September 3, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  36. Dennis

    As Bill Maher said it so eloquently, " I am looking for LESS Audacity of Hope, and Hoping for a bit more AUDACITY!" The President needs to MAN UP and follow through with the promises he was elected upon.

    September 3, 2009 at 2:21 pm |
  37. John P

    He should tell the Republicans to get onboard with Public option OR he will push Single Payer through reconciliation with Democrat only support! He should have used this strategy all along. Single Payer is gaining steam in the grassroots again.

    It is time to give up the Politics, the greed, the prejudice, and elitism, and realize we are all in this together.

    September 3, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  38. ken jefferson city mo

    Jack, first he should get rid of the tv prompter and tell it straight and be
    specific on the details and also tell us why we should do this and one more thing how are we going to pay for this when we are in so much
    debt.

    September 3, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  39. Kerry Florida

    Unlike the total "lies" we are fed in the right-wing media and the people with no brains we hear at these so-called town hall meetings yelling their repulsive and vile ignorance, President Obama has to simply lay out his plan to keep this country from going bankrupt in the healthcare market.

    And for those dumb people who talk about socialism, we have had socialized programs since we had social security and medicare and medicaid so just keep your mouth shut when you have no idea what you're talking about. History is supposed to teach us, people and the same ignorance and paranoia was heard by the government before those programs were started so unless you think they were wrong, then scream on fools....

    September 3, 2009 at 2:26 pm |
  40. John in Fairfax, VA

    Bring back the Draft...
    Then everyone can have VA Health benefits.

    September 3, 2009 at 2:28 pm |
  41. Lou from North Carolina

    Have one plan, describe it, tell Congress we are coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan and we will then have money to pay for health care for all who WANT it plus finish the stimulus obligations. His ratings will hit 80% favorable because he will do part of what he said he would do while running for office.

    September 3, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  42. Mike from Denver

    The man needs to outline the path forward, and what exacly needs to be in the plan – once and for all. Unless he is brining syrup, he needs to stop waffling.

    September 3, 2009 at 2:30 pm |
  43. Amber - Austin, TX

    I think he should say that they need to develop a comprehensive and meaningful plan that covers all American citizens. Otherwise, they will lose their own health care for good.

    September 3, 2009 at 2:30 pm |
  44. Tim Orlando - California

    President Obama needs to make it crystal clear that this nation must offer a public option for health care. It's the only way to assure coverage for every American and to drive down costs in the private sector. Unless he gets tough and stands strong on his plan for health care reform, the right wing of the Republican Party and the Democrat's Blue Dogs will eat him alive.

    September 3, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  45. Pablo in Arlington Texas

    Jack,
    The President should tell the as yet untold truth, which is that employer based health care is a hidden tax on US business and a massive drag on the national economic recovery.
    We cannot compete in the global market on equal terms against businesses whose employee health care costs are covered by their governments. The only way for free trade to be fair trade is for the United States to offer a public option health care insurance plan that will free American employers from the costs of providing health care plans for American workers.

    Pablo
    Arlington Texas

    September 3, 2009 at 2:31 pm |
  46. Peg from NY

    He needs to genuinely quell fears, explain it all in plain english and make certain that all Americans understand EXACTLY what is involved and what is at stake. Until all understand this, he is going to have problems progressing with healthcare reform.

    September 3, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  47. pat in lexington, Ky.

    He should let Congress know he will NOT take "no" for an answer.
    He should inform them that there must be something equivalent to this "public option" – there MUST be something that will force competition within the healthcare industry/monopoly.
    Ane then, after the speech, he should drag the Bluedogs and progressives into a room and not let them out until they've signed a pledge to support him on this bill!

    September 3, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  48. Darren

    That he is firmly behind the 'public option' and not letting the party thrown out of office last year to kill the bill to protect their lobbyist donor's interests.

    September 3, 2009 at 2:36 pm |
  49. Val

    Give all americans healthcare, or give them death!

    Clinton, MD

    September 3, 2009 at 2:37 pm |
  50. Simonsays/Orlando

    He should say that he has finally changed his position on tort reform.
    We're all going to become poorer because of the mass spending and tax increases with national healh care. Why should the attorneys be the only ones getting rich on this massive government program?

    September 3, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  51. Al, Lawrence KS

    Why speculate. Obama is the elected President of the United States, and I'm almost sure he doesn't need my advice. I'm sure all of the TV pundits will have a field day telling us what he has to say, or should say, or what he is going to say, or not going to say...but, for me at least, I can wait to find out what he actually does say.

    September 3, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  52. Heath Missoula, Montana

    It seems everybody says he should lay out clear terms for Congress outlining what he wants Reform to look like. Clearly, letting them "figure it out," has been disasterous. Some direction for the Democrats, and perhaps some angle that might attract a Republican or two might be the ticket.

    September 3, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  53. Bob in Concord, NC

    Jack,

    The president should speak in specifics, clearly highlighting DETAILS of the plan emphasizing changes and what wouldn't be changing as well. He should also rebut each and every ridiculous charge against the plan and not in a light way but in an angry, concerned way, explaining how such stupidity is holding America back from doing what most of the rest of the developed free world has done. Use graphs and pictures if necessary. Whatever it takes to get through to the vast moronic American population.

    September 3, 2009 at 2:42 pm |
  54. Alveta, Maryland

    Give the people who pays your salary "health care" or come home.
    Their suppose to work for, us not against us, I've never seen such incompetent people in my life. Give or go home.

    September 3, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  55. Molly B

    Tama, IA

    At the risk of boring the masses, he needs to lay it all out His
    detractors constantly say he doesn't show how things might
    be. I am so sick of people saying "I have good health insurance
    and am very happy with things as is", Well so am I – I am retired –
    don't pay rent or buy groceries. If the situation should change –
    I would be a bag lady – unable to pay for insurance or meds.
    The only people who can be complacent nowadays are the drug
    and insurance companies and they must not be too complacent,
    otherwise they wouldn't have all the lobbyists in Washington.

    September 3, 2009 at 2:46 pm |
  56. Richard McKinney, Texas

    What the president should do to sell this health care plan is to be honest with the American people. He knows what is going on so don't let him try and fool you. He is in close contact with congress and has a finger on their pulse trying to revive the health care reform. He needs to explain what the government is going to do to reduce medical costs first and foremost. He needs to define what kind of care people will get and not just leave it up to one of the Health Tzars to decide later on. This current bill is ambiguous at best. It simply says the government will decide later on what they will do and that is not acceptable.

    September 3, 2009 at 2:49 pm |
  57. Mickey

    i am a concerned indepedent from Springfield, Mo. and the president should remind congress that a public "option" is simply that, another option to private health care,and if the Conservatives/Republicans think the "government" can't run programs efficiently, they should be reminded that they are a part of that government and therefore a part of the problem...are they saying that there shouldn't be public and private school program, if they are against socialistic programs do they want to get rid of Medicare, the VA, highway and infrastructure programs also..

    September 3, 2009 at 2:50 pm |
  58. Kelli Rapini

    I'm cutting everyone's TAXES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 3, 2009 at 2:59 pm |
  59. Don Druker

    He should say: there have been too many lies, too many appeals to the lowest instincts of the public, too much noise and not nearly enough calm discussion. Now, here are the facts . . .

    September 3, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  60. Ed from California

    The complete truth, with no B/S. Tell us how much in HR 3200 for example, the, Basic, Middle, Highest plan, their costs and it's coverages (What is our expected cost for coverage). Which plan covers Dental, Prescription, Vision. Is there a possibility of buying Long Term Care Coverage, cheaply.
    Explain the strengthening of Medicare (3200 does that). Do the old codgers have to carry supplemental insurance for the "donut hole"? How is Medicare Advantage strengthened (3200 does that)?.
    He has to dispel the lies that the "wrong" have been telling our older Americans. They really don't understand. I hope he goes into what the "party of no" wanted to do with Medicare and Social Security. Remember, "Privatize" it, think of where our elderly would be, right now. If that had happened, with the Stock Market crash, they'd be broke.
    I'm just looking after you and Wolf! ;)

    September 3, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  61. Mike in Greenville, TX

    He should step up before the country and explain that he gave Congress a set of guidelines and requested that they do thier job to bring about a health care reform bill that all sides could provide to thier constitiuents. Now he needs to take charge and call the "negotiatiors" together. If we are on a ladder that will only reach 80% of the apple tree then let's pick those apples and make some sauce with them. Put in a provision to get a longer ladder down the road to get the other 20% (to make the cider with) and if that means we have to find a way to go forward without the public plan temporarily then let's do it and not give up what we have.

    He needs to be specific on his plan but also that he is willing to negotiate and ask the citizens to demand that thier elected officials step away from their election microphones and get us a bill that will enforce the across the board reform we need. I pay right at $4K for insurance for my wife and I. It's 80/20, 1200 deductible (combined) and about $9K out of pocket combined with a million dollar cap. I have a form of lukemia, headed for chemo round 7, she was just in an accident - you don't even need a calculator to do that math. What is very wrong is that according to a recent story, I think on your network, 30% of those costs go to providing indigent services and roughly 20% to insurance premiums, payouts/settlements and lawyers.

    He has to say this has to stop, that this is in his hands now and that he will be in Congress's house every week and have them in his house every week until they find a way to get a solid responsible bill completed. He should promise a list of those that he meets with every week and if those lists do not include Republican names who are willing to work on the reform they claim we need then the public will be aware and take action accordingly.

    September 3, 2009 at 3:02 pm |
  62. Pamela holt

    Pamela holt. Foley, al. President Obama should say that he is going to get a ,PUBLIC, health care reform, and then after it is passed,we,the people will watch and see whether there will be a majority of opposers, still throwing tantrums,or a majority of winners, celebrating and dancing in the streets!!!! I, for one, will be dancing!!!!!!

    September 3, 2009 at 3:02 pm |
  63. commonthinker Illinois

    The president should tell what exactly he wants and to prove he is serious about passing it this year: Tell them that they would have to pay for their health insurance completely out of their own pockets until a suitable and acceptable plan is made for the american people. Hit them in their own pockets where it really hurts and you'll have bypartisan solutions in record time. As long as they feel they are not threatened by lack of health insurance or high costs or being dropped they are not able to fully comprehend what is really going on right before their eyes. Wouldn't it be nice if congress had to go on unpaid vacations, take days off without pay or work without pay to help with the federal budget.
    I think that as representatives of the American People they should be the first to sacrafice for the good of all of us.

    September 3, 2009 at 3:04 pm |
  64. Jeff in Glen Carbon IL

    Given that it is before a joint session, he should be Presidential and resist the temptation to criticize the right for their many ridiculous false statements and exaggerations and state that this is about expanding coverage and cutting the deficit, and therefore, he would gladly sign a public option, but that it is the job of the Congress to determine if an Exchange is appropriate, and he would sign that as well. [He should invoke the memory of Ted Kennedy while he is at it].

    September 3, 2009 at 3:08 pm |
  65. James Lenon - Chuckey TN

    The President should remind the members of Congress that they are employed by the citizens of this nation and history will record their refusal to work in the best interests of the populace.

    Then he should remind them that the Citizens don't get automatic income increases and that anyone hoping for re-election had better work towards stopping the automatic raises Congress has rigged for itself but does not deserve.

    September 3, 2009 at 3:12 pm |
  66. Charles

    Obama should say he was WRONG. He should say his socialist agenda is WRONG. He should say he is unqualified for office, and has lack of qualifications and ability show more and more each day. Obama should resign...one could ONLY hope (and pray)!

    September 3, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  67. concern denver Co

    As long as Obama sticks to his guns he will be fine .. instead of runing like he did with the stupily thing and then later find out he was correct just stand his ground

    September 3, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  68. Terence

    Tell them they are all going on the same plan that your all voting for and pass for everyone else. See how fast it goes through when their on it also. It will surely be voted down then Jack.
    Terence, NJ

    September 3, 2009 at 3:15 pm |
  69. RJ from Lake,MI

    If you want enter into the public option then you must agree to give up your cell phones, suv payments, fast speed internet, Direct TV, manicures and tanning sessions, and nights on end at the bar! You must give up these things in order to help you pay for your health insurance! Here lie`s the problem with most people for the public option, they dont feel they should have to give up anything to acquire health insurance! I say to them your NOT entitled to health insurance you must pay if at all possible!

    September 3, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  70. Roy

    He should tell Americans that the rest of the industrialized world is able to insure all of their citizens at half the cost while doing better in measures of preventable deaths, life expectancy, and infant mortality.

    Roy E. Reed

    September 3, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  71. RJ from Lake,MI

    One must ask themselves the question is keeping up with the Jones`s more important than your health care? If you have these things, car payments, Direct TV, high speed internet, credit cards, riding lawn mowers, recreation vehicles, boats, campers, ect. and feel compelled to not give them up in order to purchase health insurance then you shouldn`t qualify for the public option. These are ALL things you buy after you have bought the necessary things first. I bet you would see support for this health reform drop off like a bad habit if this were part of the bill!

    September 3, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  72. Donald in CA

    He should tell America that he is going to do the reform that he promised his supporters that he would do. I would rather he do what he promised his voters and be a one term President then continue to try and satisfy the haters who didnt vote for him and hope he fails.

    September 3, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  73. Jack Martin in Florida

    Jack

    He can't or won't say the obvious. He should tell them to do something for the people instead of themselves and their corporate friends in the insurance and healthcare monopolies. The congress has done nothing for the people since Medicare became the law in 1965. No wonder they lhave such a low approval rating.

    September 3, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  74. Rory Murray

    Jack,
    He should pledge to all Americans that his Health Care Plan:

    *Will not bankrupt the country
    *Will save American taxpayers money
    *Works to Lower Cost and eliminate WASTE and GREED in the Insurance & Pharmacutical Industries
    *Covers ONLY those that can verify their American Citizenship or Legal Status in this country.

    Then, he must be prepared to PROVE IT!

    Rory Murray
    San Bernardino, CA

    September 3, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  75. Jay in Texas

    He should say he's scrapping his current plan and endorsing the real health care reform plan of Congressman Dennis Kucinich that would provide Single Payer, not-for-profit health care for us all.
    Brownwood, Texas

    September 3, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  76. Sherri-Illinois

    To little too late Jack! Its like a car dealership trying to sell a 2010 car sight unseen BUT telling the propspective buyer all the features it MAY have if they buy it BUT wait a minute, the dealership doesn't have a price set yet????. Thats how stupid the President & Congress has handled this Healthcare Reform fiasco, WHEN what he should have done is continued to make the Economy & Jobs his #1 Priority and when there were signs of significant recovery THEN picked up the baton for Healhcare Reform with a plan in play & COST. I think if anyone ask those 6.23 MILLION jobless Americans whats important to them, it would not be Healthcare Reform but JOBS JOBS JOBS!.

    September 3, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  77. Vinny Lavecc

    He should apologize for trying to socialize and bankrupt the country, and say he's taking a couple days off to read the story of why America was founded. Maybe he will understand that America was founded on a limited federal government.

    September 3, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  78. george

    He should tell the joint session that he is now going to take the health care issue a bit furthur, take it as his own, own it, and go about getting it passed. It is the only way that America can go into the next decade knowing that we have done something that is great for all whether they all know it or not. All he has to say is that it is his obligation to do this, and I will...

    September 3, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  79. rlandschoot

    Oh, my what a spred of opines. will anything get done, probably not, and Congress will continue passing legislation that helps them, notcommon man. nuff sed

    bobl pine city ny

    September 3, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  80. Sam New Castle, PA

    He should demand that Now is the best opportunity to give the American people a fair shake! Then he, himself should step up to the plate and outline a plan that would do just that.

    September 3, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  81. Nuwan Samaranayake

    He can go into details and explain it. But I wonder whether cynics and ignorants would get anything out of that. It is simply amazing to observe the magnitude of ignorace and resulted fear many Americans has shown on this issue. I still can not figure out whether it is wilful ignorance, malicious intentions or throwing out fustration of the current economic condition on health care. So I am really not sure how Obama would overcome this plague of cynicism. But I hope he has a strategy.

    Nuwan from Houston, TX

    September 3, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  82. BILL, WI

    He could start out by highlighting the similarities between the Dems and Repubs. Then focus on the differences and what compromises could be done or if there should be no compromise. After that get rid of the extra BS bills and work off of one set of legislation not the 5 or 6 bills now in Congress. I think that could clean up the debate and lessen some of the confusion the public has.

    September 3, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  83. Dan from Alliance, OH

    You can not tax and force the employer to fund health care. There needs to be a very inexpensive alternative that really covers alot. Not only health care but dental and eye care as well. A person with rotten teeth can't get a job because they look so bad.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  84. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    It should be down to common sense of what can be done now...because no lobbyist will be leaving this town...!

    September 3, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  85. LW in AZ

    He really needs to address the American people, and walk through every lie that's been perpetuated about the one proposal that has everyone in a tizzy. He needs to debunk each lie, and clearly articulate the truth. Way too many people in this country don't use critical thinking skills; they believe the lies and scare tactics as fact. Perhaps if the President himself walks through each one, SOME people will get it.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  86. Jane (Minnesota)

    Let's do what is right for the country. Congress – you MUST leave all the false information at the door and actually deal with the facts. We HAVE to get costs under control or the American people will not be able to afford health care if we don't! That won't happen if there isn't a public option. Actually single payer is looking better and better to me after watching the ridiculous displays at the town hall meetings.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  87. Linda in Charleston, SC

    I can see him now, standing in front of the mirror practicing and I'm sure all that practicing will cause a kudos from those that suffer and die off because of the issue and then he will turn his back and leave the podium and Congress will sink back into it's hole with the lobbyists.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  88. Lloyd

    He needs to tell us that he is not caving in to the Republicans.

    We elected him because we wanted change. Passing health care
    without a public option is not going to change anything. I fear that President Obama is a little short on intestinal fortitude.

    I can see that he is a one term president. I would never support
    a president that gives up the mid-battle.

    Lloyd
    Great Falls Montana

    September 3, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  89. Mary Jo

    You tell us there are six lobbyists per lawmaker who have already made their imprint on Congress, none of whom are representing you and me. While the American public does not appear to be influenced by the children who misbehaved in August, we can expect those sitting in Congress to have no more sense than to listen to both the lobbyists and the minority squeaky wheels. President Obama has assembled some of the brightest minds in the country around him, and now is the time for him to have them write the legislation which meets his criteria that he has so clearly laid out, take that legislation to Congress, and hand it to Pelosi and Reid and say, "Now, I did your work for you. Finish up the job for the American people." He is all we have got. Let those members of both houses of Congress who refuse to listen to their constituents, the majority of whom want change, reap their just rewards in the next election. Meanwhile, may God bless the Democrats, we should finally have health reform that bring a smile to Teddy Kennedy's face.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  90. Dan p Mills Jr

    I would tell them whats wrong with a public option in healthcare?After all republicains are all for competion in business.Dont you love how these republicains sing a diffrent tune when it might affect the money they receive.I say ram the bill threw with or without them.Let the insurance companys compete against the goverment care.Either swim or drown insurance companys.
    Dan In Pa

    September 3, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  91. Bob White, Kansas

    President Obama needs to say first, that most citizens agree reform of healthcare in the US is needed. Next, he needs to say that congress has been given its opportunity to create five separate proposed bills. And, now the majority must develop and pass one bill that the President can sign. In the end, voters need to remember specifically which legislators messed it all up and defeat those who obstructed the legislative effort.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  92. Jeff

    The President should draw on his previous successes in public speaking to help his cause when he delivers his speech to Congress. Although he will be addressing the House and the Senate, I'm sure the speech will be broadcast on national television, and the subsequent polling will have an effect on what happens next. If he remains resolute, and mentions something like, "there is not a black America nor a white America, nor is there a red America nor a blue America, so there should not be an insured America and an uninsured America. Our government has historically acted to ensure the equality and liberty of its citizens, and it should not fail in that most important duty at this most critical time," he will get everything he wants. The President hasn't given a tearjerker in too long, and it was in part his moving speeches that handed him the presidency.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  93. Bill in Sacramento, CA

    Jack, President Obama must define in specific terms what his expectations are for health reform and put to rest the outragous misinformation that the Republicans are spouting. The President must also tell the American people what compromises were made to the Republicans and how they refuse to compromise with the Democrats on specific key issues of the health care bill.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  94. Ken in NC

    He should say to Republicans that he will mark the side of the road to indicate where the Administration left them so rescue teams can come and collect their remains. He should tell "BLUE DOGS" they are not dogs but their eyes can be blackened like Bo's if they forget that they are democrats and if they forget why they were elected and if they want to be re-elected.

    We are also not the greatest nation on the earth either. If we were then we would not have so many stupid people here fighting this reform. Pardon me. I meant "so many Republicans here".

    September 3, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  95. Chuck in Sheboygan, WI.

    President Obama should remind the Congress that the majority of people in this country demand reform, and that they also want a public option. He should forcefully remind them in no uncertain terms that we, the majority, voted for change in the past election, and that if we don't get it, there are going to be a lot of unemployed Senators and Congressmen in the coming elections.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  96. Karen, Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Hi Jack,

    President Obama should present his own plan to the American people–the one he campaigned to support. Health care for ALL Americans not just those already covered by insurance. He should tell Congress what he supports and not back down because of Republican opposition. We elected him to act for us–it is time for him to take charge.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  97. Steve

    He should say it's time to rally the country around the best interest of the country relative health care and what is good for America and that Congress should place the interest of the American people ahead of their own agenda's and the interest and agenda's of lobbyist for the medical/pharmaceutical industries. It's time for corporate America to take their place behind the best interest of our U.S citizens health NEEDS!!!!

    Steve
    Clifton, VA

    September 3, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  98. Dan from Alabama

    He has to offer up three things and he would probably get his Public Option. First he has to offer tort reform so doctors do not feel pressure to order up every test imaginable and drive up costs. Second he has to offer up some sort of insurance reform that allows coverage for pre-existing conditions and no termination of benefits if something catastrophic happens. And Third the Public option can only cover those that are working, whatever that job might be, or at least offer the public option for as long as unemployment benefits are allowed. Even if you are doing menial work such as sweeping floors or contributing somehow to make society better (ie. Volunteer work) you would be covered. And all children must be covered. That was his original campaign pledge before being forced into this coverage for everyone position by Hillary Clinton. People will always be glad to offer a helping hand to anyone who is trying to help themselves but no to those who just want a handout.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  99. Bruce St Paul MN

    He should describe the current environment of denials, cancellations, recission, bankruptcy, foreclosure, and a death every thirty minutes. Remind everyone how this affects all of our finances, our employers, and our neighbors.Call out the lobbyists, the insurance industry and the Republicans for trying to derail the process. The show us what a reformed system could look like, what would change, what would not change. Then challenge us to have the courage to change, to make things work as they should, to be a moral nation.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  100. Ray in Nashville

    He's tried to let congress do their job by asking for some type of health care reform, but al that has gotten him is typical political bs. Now he needs to step forward with details of a plan of his own. Give us, and congress, a health care plan and let them work from there.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  101. Michael in Albuquerque,NM

    The president should ask members of congress if they are really comfortable going back home to their constituents and announcing that they obstructed and denied them healthcare. Really...?

    September 3, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  102. Kay, TX

    i don't think there's anything else to be said. time to break the emergency glass on the bush administrations executive order pen.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  103. Ron from SF

    He should lay out what a Public Option is and what it isn’t and put to rest all the industry lies we’ve endured. Americans should realize that the left already compromised, by leaving the Insurance Companies in the Game and the only way to get real competition is a Public Option. He could say that in a free market we wouldn’t need change, but we have Cronyism, instead of Capitalism and collusion is only going to continue unless there’s a Public Option. He should site the banking bill as something that was well intended, but without real competition, is absolutely useless. Jack, as you’ve reminded us, there are 6 lobbyists for every Congressman and Obama must remind the Blue Cross Dogs, that they work for us and not the Insurance Companies.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  104. Ted,Pa.

    Jack..He should put all the congress on the very same health system he is going to push on us, and cancell the one they have now. Then I will beleive him. If not then all he is doing is making sure that all his ACORN people get FREE health care for putting him in office. Remember he said " I want all americans to have the same health care that I have" If not then we should tell him to shove this health care bill ... ... ... period

    September 3, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  105. Talitha

    He should ask them if it was your family who needed health care, "would you say no"? Then remind them that if they say no to the "needy", one day God will say no to them, depart from me, I never knew you(paraphrased).

    Talitha
    Walnut, Ca.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  106. Jim

    Jack,

    He should say, "I'm vetoing your health care plan until you come up with one just as good for the American people – ALL of the American people."

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    September 3, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  107. Felicity Cantrella -NYC

    Obama should say "I under-estimated the intelligence of what I had thought of as the stupid masses of Americans who apparently don't like the idea of giving up freedoms to a Marxist government. I'm sorry! Please don't impeach me..."

    September 3, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  108. Vivian Fauntleroy, Largo MD

    Jack, he should say, if you lose your job tomorrow, and are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness a month later, will you be able to afford the treatment you will need to save your life.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  109. Susan (Midland, Michigan)

    He must tell Congress what he wants in the bill; what is acceptable and what is not. He must be able to tell them how the bill will be funded. It would be nice if he could get them to agree to disagree, and to stop lying and scaring the elderly. The GOP may not be great at governing, but they are sure good at trashing any idea that isn't theirs.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  110. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Jack,

    would have been nice to have these numbers before!

    September 3, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  111. Michael F

    I think Obama should tell congress that the country with the greatest economy the world has ever seen provides worse health to its citizens than Costa Rica, according to current international rankings. We should have a health care system-if you allow me to go off topic I would add public eduction system-that is the envy of the world. America isn't just the constitution, land, or landmarks. Above all, America is its people. Close to 50 million people out of about 300 million are uninsured; if we round up that is about 2 out of every 10. He really needs to address the "socialism" argument the so called patriotic folks make. That we are some how leading this country into socialism. The truth is, if you claim to love your country and the American way but don't give a care about your fellow Americans, you are a hypocrite. I don't care if you are a self styled, flag waving, chin-deep-in-yellow-ribbon patriot. If you aren't interested in helping your countrymen you are a pathetic, sniveling hypocrite.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  112. Ron in Tupelo

    Jack, it is time for Obama to state exactly what he wants, how he is going to pay for it, and then sell it to the American people. It is obvious that the dysfunctional Congress is incapable of doing anything without Obama holding its hand. The time for general principles, overarching objectives and brainstorming possible alternatives is over.
    We elected Obama because he is an intelligent and thoughtful man. But the time for thinking is over - the time for doing is at hand. I believe in him and know he is going to do great things for this Country. This will be his first great accomplishment, doing something that no president has been able to do before him - pass health care reform.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  113. Dee in Florida

    Sadly, I think no matter WHAT the President says it will take something more to move Congress of its collective butts!

    But, what he COULD say would be that Congress should be ASHAMED if it does not pass meaningful legislation!

    What he could also say would be that members of Congress and their backers should be ASHAMED for having used such "scare tactics" on the American People to try to block real reform!

    And what he could also say would be that he by himself cannot wake up the people to the reality of our health care situation, he cannot by himself tell the TRUTH about health care reform, but that eventually the people will wake up and when they do, it will not be pretty!

    September 3, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  114. Albert K.. L.A, CA

    Obama must worn Congress to beware any ploy requiring Americans to buy insurance but does not offer a U.S. public option setting an affordable price, and standard of care, the same way the U.S. Postal Service does with mail, and make clear that such tricks will not reform health care cost but only turn Uncle Sam into a sales quota cop for otherwise unbridled greedy corporations.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  115. Benjamin in D.C.

    It seems like most of the split over healthcare isn't concerning what it contains, but what it lacks. We want universal coverage, Jack, not a will-they/won't-they public option. I think Obama should go for broke since Republicans aren't willing to negotiate anyway. Rather than a lame bill that reaches across the aisle to a unwilling minority, let's force through a bill that Americans will appreciate within the decade. I hope Obama stands strong and cuts through the BS - enough of death panels and baseless "socialized medicine" fears. Let's stand on facts and not ideology.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  116. Bob Conrad Owosso, Michigan

    He should say that he'll do what he said he'd do during the campaign: Health care for all, regardless of ability to pay, regardless of pre-existing conditions, regardless of what the health insurance industry or its lobbyists scream loudly for, PERIOD. The time is right- Democratic majorities in Congress, Democrat in the White House- The true question should be, "Why hasn't this already taken place?" Grow some stones, Mr.President; get it done.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  117. Tony from Torrington

    He should talk about no tax increases (heh heh heh) for people who earn under $250,000, or $200,000 or $150,000 or $35,000. or what ever. He should say that his healthcare bill will save billions (heh heh heh) even though it will add billions to our debt... and it will give 50 million uninsured coverage (heh heh heh) even though it's closer to 15 million people uninsured, coverage. It will not take from medicare (heh heh heh) or social security (heh heh heh) and will not hurt those dispensible, I mean elderly folks. It's not socialized medicine, it's, it's, it's just better coverage from your government.... yeah, that's what it is(heh heh heh).

    I think he should lie. After all, that's what he does best.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  118. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Jack,

    when you look at all these numbers...maybe you need to ask people to better start praying like Kennedy did! Take care!

    September 3, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  119. Lisa in Shelton

    How can repulblicans continue to balk if everyone has options? He should clearly outline that we can start with all three – gov't run, non-profit co-ops, and for profit companies to deal with the enormous number of people who need coverage – then let the best plans win – phase out the least cost effective worst run plan in 5 yrs.

    Then admonishing the many liars and correcting the most egregiously misleading info would be nice.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  120. Peter/Alabama

    Obama should ask each American how much more are they willing to pay out of their checks and pockets in additionala taxes on a weekly basis to fund the health care bill. We can pass bills all day long, but how and from where will they be funded. I'm sure I would like to pay more taxes into a system that has spent my money so wisely in the past.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  121. Eric in Texas

    I want Obama to get rid of the public option. We already have Medicaid for the poor and Medicare for the old. Common sense regulations on health insurance can ensure access to health insurance and keep costs low.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  122. Pugas-AZ

    He should say "give it a breather for awhile." Let's go back to the drawingboard and rethink this thing. But start to hone in on the graft and corruption plaguing the healthcare industry. This includes eliminating the heavy lobbing of Congress and the out-and-out fraud that pervades medicare and other programs. Attack the money part of the equation first. Other aspects of healthcare redo can come later with less pressure on the longterm financials.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  123. Gretchen from Denver

    He should say-

    I will submit to the Congress of the United States tomorrow morning, healthcare bill that will lower Medicare eligibility to age 55 so we can get some younger healthier people into the system and help it financially. My health care bill will also regulate the activites of insurance compainies and pharmaceutical compainies so that their operations are consumer frinendly and it will cover all children under Medicaid with families with annual income over $50 paying consumer friendly premiums. I am requesting that this bill be passed through the house and the senate with no amendments and on my desk by October 31, 2009.

    AMEN!

    September 3, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  124. Carol Auburndale, Florida

    President Obama needs to lay out his plan. Tell the American people what his plan is and tell Congress, effective January 1, 2010 they have no government insurance. Let them go out and see if they can get private insurance with their pre- excisting conditions. Then and only then will something get done.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  125. Matt

    He should say "You had your chance to cooperate, but you blew it, GOPers, by engaging in the kind of demagoguery that threatens the very existence of democracy in this country, because we need the populace to be given the truth so it can make informed and educated decisions about what is in its best interests...not decisions based on lies, half-truth, misrepresentations and fear. Therefore, because all the facts and empirical evidence show that single-payer is the most effective means of providing health care for everyone...eh eh eh, sit down Boehner, you can cry to Fox News later...we're going to ram a single-payer health care system down your lying, fear-mongering throats. How you like them apples?"

    He won't, but it's still what he SHOULD say.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  126. Paul R

    Obama should stand up for the truth and stop being a wimp. The opposition is not making "mis-statements" they are flat out liars. Many are mouthpieces of the for-profit insurance industry. Much of the media (Fox News especially) profits from creating a false narrative of lies and slandering our President. They are destroying this country and killing those who cannot afford coverage. Children are dieing so shareholders and CEOs can buy a third home and yatch.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  127. Stephanie-Jersey City, NJ

    If President Obama doesn't fight for your right to have a basic Health Care Plan in this country, then who will. Ted Kennedy has gone on, Bill Clinton has done his best to see that each American has insurance. President Obama is willing to pick up were others have failed. He is willing to FIGHT for us, me you. He is willing to fight for the under-insure, the single Mom working to put food on the table, the middle-age couple that just lost a potion of their income. He will FIGHT a good fight. He is a caring man, He cares for this country like we all care for this country. We need to support his efforts.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  128. Linda in Arizona

    It's too late. It doesn't matter what he says to Congress now. He should have made this speech months ago instead of flitting all over the country wasting his time repeating himself in useless town hall meetings, which gained him nothing. Obama and his "shrewd" advisers have bungled health care reform from the first day. There is nothing he can do to save it now. What I expect to hear from him is more concessions, including dumping any meaningful public option. When he does that, he will lose the progressives in his own party. A lot of us are disgusted with his constant capitulation to conservatives. I never voted for a republican in my life until I voted for Obama.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  129. Scott Stodden

    He should say what he's been saying about healthcare reforn ever since he was campaigning for President and stop kissing the GOP's butts to make everything alright. He said even when he was running for President that in order to pay for healthcare reform we need to raise taxes on people making $250,000 or more a year, the rest would be paid by money all ready paid in the healthcare premiums, if you have a healthcare plan already you dont have to switch if your happy and no it wouldnt take private insurance companies out of business because if there being honest why would you want to switch. This is not complicated politics at all, some say this is goverment taking over healthcare, socialized medicine etc... Thats not what this is this is called competing with the private insurance companies which is what these private insurance companies have been doing for years. President Obama you have the Democrats in power to pass this thing stop kissing Republican's butts and just say we'll do this with or without you you choose, if you dont support what I campaigned and was voted in on then us Democrats will do the partisan thing and pass this bill without you, to bad some Democrats are not loyal to there President or there party.

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,IL)

    September 3, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  130. Matt in Minneapolis

    He doesn't need to say anything. If he couldn't get his message across in 2 press conferences, and any number of policy speaches or closed door meetings he really isn't going to be able to do anything with a joint adress to congress. If we think we're going to hear anything new we're delusional. 4 press conferences and a state of the union and a adress to congress, I think he's had his alloted prime time appearances, time to cut him off.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  131. Ruie - Brownstown, MI

    Dear Jack: Though it may cost him politically, he should lead by example and state the truth -

    1. We're screwed if we don't do anything.
    2. We're paying for everyone already – we may as well make it official and institute policies that will lower our costs.
    3. We will only see our own paychecks and benefits go down if we don't.
    4. And doggone it - it's just the right thing to do.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  132. DON IN WESTPORT, MASS.

    I say he should be tough, direct and watch out for flying shoes.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  133. Lisa in Shelton

    Jack – please help explain that tort reform seeks to reduce the payouts for malpractice lawsuits – it does not, as another responder suggested, try to keep MDs from ordering lots of tests.

    Practices like "unbundling" – charging for each part of a procedure serarately to drive up costs in an "ala carte" fashion are fraudulent and both the gov't Medicare/Medicaid and insurance companies look for and prosecute this abuse all the time.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  134. al pearis

    I am 60 years and unless I develope Altzheimer's, I don't think that I will suddenly get stupid at 65. Instead of believing the President when he says Medicare benefits will not be decreased, these old dumnbells would rather listen to all the insurance company and Republican lies about rationing, death panels, and the like. These people sit around all day listening to lunatics like Limbaugh and Glenn Beck and believe what they here. Obama needs to point out all the lies line by line and refudiate them. Then he has to say exactly what is proposed and and stand by it.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  135. Marion/Birmingham

    He should say He is throwing in the Towel on Health care and start Tort refom.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  136. Richard McKinney, Texas

    There is nothing Obama can say to this congress that will change a thing. He has no control over them and they do not fear him. His job is to set the agenda. It is Congresses job to pass legislation and forward a bill for him to sign. Congress members like the power they have and the only thing that trumps that power is the next election. Their constituets will decide their fates based upon their performance.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  137. Ken from Maryland

    Of course people are afraid of the healthcare proposals. Republican congressmen and talking heads are scaring everyone with lies about "death panels" and "pulling the plug on Grandma". They use terms like "government controlled healthcare" and "socialized medicine". The problem is they can't argue the facts, and their war chests are stuffed by insurance and pharma companies, so they have to spread lies as a way to fight a plan they know would help Americans. ALL Americans. And why are seniors against it? They already have a government health insurance plan – and a single payer one at that – that they love! Let's hope the President lays out the details and the facts, dispels the rumors, and gets the ball rolling again. Repubs in Congress can't really fight against the truth.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  138. Denny from Tacoma, WA

    If the democrats do not rally to get the public option, then the Republicans and their crony health insurance lobbyists will continue to win. This will most certainly make the Democrats look bad because they did promise serious health care reform to the American people. Bipartisanship is only an issue when the Republicans want something done.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  139. Rob in NC

    It won't matter! The lobbyists bought and paid for our government long before he got here and they will be here long after he is gone. Any change will be meaningless, and I assure you, will help the companies the lobbyists represent.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  140. chris

    your fired, pack your bags and leave, dont forget your letters of resignation, happy retirement, have fun being unemployed,welcome to reality!!!!!!!!

    September 3, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  141. Gretchen from Denver

    President Obama should say:

    I will submit to the Congress of the united States tomorrow morning, The Health Care Bill of 2009. This bill will lower Medicare eligibility to age 55, getting younger healthier people into the system and building its financial stability. This bill will also regulate the activities of health insurers and pharmaceutical compainies to insure that all of their activities are consumer protective. My bill will also cover all children under SCHIP or Medicare charging family friendly premiums on families with income of $50 or more. I am requesting trhat this bill be passed through the house and Senate with no amendments and on my desk by October 31, 2009

    Amen!

    September 3, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  142. Sandi from Arizona

    He should be clear about the Public Option. He should reference how when WalMart offered generic prescriptions for $4 how many pharmacies followed suit. The Public Option would do the same for Insurance. You can't have the Public Option unless your premiums exceeds 11% of your income. That would make the current insurance companies have to be at 11% or less to retain your business, making them competative instead of the current climate where they set the price and if you can't pay it, Oh well.

    He should be clear that in the current insurance climate the insurance companies deceid what they will cover and what they won't . Basically they ration. If you are really sick and you have met your lifetime coverage of 1million $ they won't pay for anything more even though you may be really sick still. Many prescription drugs are not covered within a health plan, even though it may be what is best for you.

    He needs to have in the audience those who insurance that have really let them down.

    He needs to explain that tort reform would only save about one half of one percent of the costs of Health Care so the Republicans could get off that point.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  143. Allen L Wenger

    I am sorry that so many of you have been scared, by your elected officials, into believing that I plan to destroy this country. We are not going assign you a govenment official who approves your doctor's requests, or limit the amount of health care you can have, or ask you to voluntarily end your life, or request all of your financial records, or publish your medical records for all to see, or pull the plug on Grandma. Remember the people who told you these things and never listen to or vote for them again. Now relax and have a good day.

    Mountain Home, Idaho

    September 3, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  144. david doherty

    He should talk about the real death panels out there, their called insurance companys, they are the ones that truly decide who lives and dies in this country. If a really sick person continues to live they lose money. The only people out there that are happy with their health care coverage are the people that had never had to file a big claim, if that happen's their in for a rude awakening. Why else would insurance companys be spending hundreds of millions to defeat this movement!

    Dave from NH.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  145. Bob In Florida

    What SHOULD Obama say on health care??? Obama SHOULD say "the insurance industry is spending more than 100 million dollars to MAKE SURE they make inhuman profits from healthcare. The Pharmaceutical industry is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to MAKE SURE they can monopolize and control drug prices and make obscene profits from health care. The Hospital industry is spending tens of millions of dollars to MAKE SURE they get a cut of the health care profits. The AMA is spending millions to MAKE SURE THEY CONTINUE TO CONTROL doctors, medicine, and health care raking in huge profits. IF, YOU, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DO NOT REVOT AGAINST THESE CORPORATE VAMPIRE MONSTERS, they will suck the money out of you, they will suck the health out of you, they will suck the life out of EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU!

    What Obama WILL SAY, "We have reached agreements with the Insurance industry (requirement for every person to buy health insurance without cost control), We have reached agreements with the Pharmaceutical Industry to cut prices (not really, but we will NOT negotiate prices downward), We have reached agreements with the Hospital industry to standardize health care (but will allow hospitals and the AMA to control prices and standardization and you will STILL not be able to read your healthcare bills or how you were treated), so the American people WILL SEE CHANGES within five years (but no savings, no improvement in health care, no improvement in standardization, no extended lifespan, no lower costs, no relief at all). WE DID IT, WE HAVE HELPED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WITH HEALTH CARE (But every health care program will become bankrupt within five years)

    September 3, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  146. Michael M Phoenix AZ

    Probably the only thing he can tell Congress is that they are NOT living in the real world, especially when at least 75% of their health premiums are paid for by our taxes, and that they don't have to worry about a waiting period or even pre-existing conditions like the majority of people do. I understand their health coverage extends beyond their immediate family to include parents and perhaps in-laws! Maybe the insurance lobbyists should just pay their premiums for them and get the monkey off the taxpayers backsides. We know McCain has no clue how much he pays as he doesn't even know how many or where his 7 houses are.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  147. Gigi

    Just give us the facts, please. Mr. President.

    There is so much false information on the internet by Republican propaganda. And those that don't want to or are to lazy to check it out pass it on as truth. I've made it my mission to check the facts and pass it back to them. If they don't like it or care if they look foolish to their friends so be it.

    Oregon

    September 3, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  148. Karl from SF, CA

    It should ionclude 3 things to make America better.
    1. Public option for everyone.
    2. Term limits for the Congressional leeches.
    3. Unemployment for the lobbyists.

    That's what I call reform.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  149. Jackie in Dallas

    RJ from Lake,

    So to get the public option, I, as a taxpayer for 40+ years need to give up what little luxury I have (of your list, I DO have DirecTV - it's the only entertainment I can afford) in order to qualify? I own a house (for now, as long as my mortgage company doesn't foreclose), a 10-year old un-airconditioned truck (in TX with no AC?), haven't had a real vacation in over 10 years, can't afford private insurance with my pre-existing conditions, and can't claim my VA health benefits because they aren't service-related and Bush canceled all the non-service related programs. But to qualify for the public option I have to give MORE up? Who died and made you God? Bet you are sitting there with full coverage for you and your family paid for by your company, or at least partially paid. That's as bad as the state of Texas saying that I make too much money on Unemployment Benefits to qualify for food stamps!

    September 3, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  150. Julie from Washington State

    I think he has to do something. As an Independant I am appalled at the Rebulican party and their smear campaign regarding this. I am checking the facts and waiting for all the facts before I decide. I refuse to believe conservative talk show hosts that state if it passes our elderly population is in danger of being killed off. How absurb but people are believing it. What it is, is people do not like this President so they will smear and embellish the truth. People need to think for themselves. Find out the truth not what someone tell you is the truth.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  151. Bill in Florida.

    Dear Jack- Maybe the President needs to put out a list of donors and recipients who are suppossed to be working for the people who put them in office and see where they stand in this battle for health care. The amount of money being spent by the insurance industry and others oppossed to Health care reform shows where the hearts and minds of these Public (sic) officials are located. The outright lies and actions of many of our leaders is sickening. We really need to show all Americans how "anti everything" the party of No has become. They are destroying our country. I'm sorry, but the party of NO must GO. It is obvious what their agenda of the last many years is all about.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  152. Tez Anderson

    The insurance can't handle competition from a government-run option? This is the industry that makes a profit denying care, by letting Americans die or go bankrupt to protect profits. Except for a Single-Payer Universal plan everything without a public option amounts to an insurance handout. Haven't they taken enough from us already? The idea that we have to "keep them honest." So we agree they are crooks. We don't need bandaids on a broken system. Reform means R E F O R M.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  153. Terry in Iowa

    First I apologize to all my fellow Americans. I had hoped that a bi-partisan solution was possible. I was wrong and for that I ask for your forgiveness.

    Short of surrender to all their demands, I’ve made every reasonable attempt to involve my Republican colleagues; they have chosen to treat your health and well being as a political football. Instead of working with us, they have fed into peoples fears and doubts with misinformation and flat lies.

    This reform is much more important than they or I. Without it, we risk our wealth and security and that is unacceptable.

    As always, we will listen to all ideas and incorporate those that make sense, but I’m no longer interested in a bi-partisan solution.

    For those who put country before party, let’s get to work.

    September 3, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  154. STAN - IL.

    He should just tell us how it is going to be and bring it up for a vote. Who cares if the Republicans/ lobbiest like it or not, which they are against everything. They can afford insurance, and to heck with all the rest. Nice Christian people? This is unlike what I was always taught at my Church. If they want to be anti everything, so be it. Vote it in.

    September 3, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  155. Tom in New Hope, MN

    The President needs to address each ridiculous myth the Republicans have thrown up in hopes of it sticking with the voters. Other than myths the Republicans are idea bankrupt. The President needs to say what he will sign and what he won't and then let the public decide which team has the better position. The President has a position to try and help the American medical system improve and the Republicans have a position of keeping as many dollars in their contributors pocket regardless of the impact to America.

    September 3, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  156. Vig

    Obama and his prime-time "major" speeches to get himself out of trouble is wearing thin. Had he put in the time needed to get specific about his health care grand plan then we wouldn't have to be subjected to another one of his performances.

    September 3, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  157. Rae, TX

    President Obama needs to remind the Democrats in Congress that the American people voted him and THEM into office because of the promise of healthcare reform, among other promises, for the good of ALL Americans. We MUST HAVE RELIEF NOW, not in 2 years on a "wait and see" basis!! That's ridiculous and totally unacceptable. He needs to remind the Republicans that Americans overwhelmingly voted them out of office in favor of the Democratic Party's platform. President Obama needs to stop appeasing these angry, irrational, self-absorbed, self-focused, selfish, nonsense-spewing obstructionists who are telling lies and scaring the daylights out of people who are already trying to figure it all out.

    September 3, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  158. Steve Canada

    He should do absolutely nothing...C.ancel the stimulus, call all the loans back in, and resign...You will end up exactly where you belong. You allow the lunatics to flash guns at him at public events, ridicule him daily on talk radio, and villify him for every sentence he utters..Let Rush and that clown Boehner and the like finish the job that Bush and Cheney started. You don't deserve the help of a good man..Sickening to watch

    September 3, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  159. Jackie in Dallas

    I like the idea of once he has them all in the same room, having the Capital security lock the doors, and force them to sit in their seats until they can come up with a decent bill that controls the unregulated insurance companies and pharmaceudical companies, give up every cent that they took from the lobbyists from those companies, and tell them that none of them will be covered for their health care until the average tax-paying citizen has health care! No food breaks, no bathroom breaks, definitely no publicity breaks or interviews, and absolutely no name calling!

    September 3, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  160. David Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    He should say we are starting over
    David

    September 3, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  161. P. Parkington

    That he should say, "I'm not going to listen to all lobbyist, politician's, the big Pharm and Insur. Corp., etc. and I'm going to do what is right for America....."

    Just a dream, just a dream.....

    P. Parkington
    CT

    September 3, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  162. dan mcnally

    Dear Jack,

    The country is confused and the president needs to make it easy to understand what's going on with this thing. He needs to say: " Look, Health Care Reform is not that complicated. All we're going to do is make that old reliable, beloved, effective system, Medicare, open to anyone who wants to join, regaredless of age." Period! If he were to say simply that, wouldn't it make it all clear?

    Dan NY

    September 3, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  163. GWTripp

    My first response was not fit for airing, so I will tone it down a bit. Obama is on the side of the every day American. He wants to see costs held down and give us working guys a fair deal. His opponents fall into one of three catagoroes: ignorant, yellow-bellied, or greedy. Those who are ignorant believe all the lies trashed out by the "No" party and are, simply put, not rational thinkers and no amount of discourse will change their mind. These "yellow-bellies," which includes some blue-dog Democrats and whimpish Republicans who are kow-towing to their idiot leaders are simply put, intimidated by their ignorant electorate. (Nobody says you have to be smart to vote–that is a shame.) Then there are the greedy. They have no excuse other than being in cahoots with the $50k suit guys, they're against health reform for the money they'd lose out of those $50 suit's pockets. There, I have said my piece without any profanity that is so rightfully earned by those standing against meaningful health insurance/care reform.

    September 3, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  164. john o. snonerger

    I think he is keeping America Great and holding up the WhiteHouse very well just like John Adams!!!

    September 3, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  165. Steve - Mich

    He should call out specific Republicans and Conservative Dems and tell the american people exactly how much each has gotten from HC industry.
    He should take each statement made by Republicans on their "Talking Points" GOP.Gov webpage, and Explain that they are lying out of their ***.
    He should state clearly what he wants in a bill.
    He should Stop Mincing words to be polite to these hooligans, state clearly that those false statements are outright lies because these people are looking for political, monetary, and power gains.

    He should tell the american people that he gives them his word as POTUS that there are no such provisions in the bill that the opponents have lied about being in there. PERIOD.

    He also should order that for the sake of the ignorant sheep that Congress state specifically in the bill that no such ridiculous items will ever be interpreted as this bill enacting.
    (such as death panels)

    September 3, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  166. John B. From New Hampshire

    Jack,
    I would say that he needs to speak with as much common sense and as succinctly as possible. Unfortunately the "Teat Baggers" wouldn't hear him if he said the sky was blue! I'm all for free speech but this is getting ridiculous! Don't give me gov't run health care but don't touch my medicare... what a load of crap!! And I must say the fact that the media is giving this vocal minority credence as a "majority" merely for ratings is borderline sickening! When did journalism stop being a quest for the truth and become a ratings gathering "Car accident". Tabloids look better and better every day! :(

    September 3, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  167. Ryan - Galesburg, IL

    He needs to tell us that only the voice of the people will make a difference, with our calls and our votes. Too many people are treating this as a spectator sport, rather than the future of our country. The crooks in congress can ignore our best interests, and the fact that most of America supports a public option, but they can't rip us off if they are voted out.

    September 3, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  168. John B. From New Hampshire

    Jack,
    I would say that he needs to speak with as much common sense and as succinctly as possible. Unfortunately the "Teat Baggers" wouldn't hear him if he said the sky was blue! I'm all for free speech but this is getting ridiculous! Don't give me gov't run health care but don't touch my medicare... what a load of B.S.!! And I must say the fact that the media is giving this vocal minority credence as a "majority" merely for ratings is borderline sickening! When did journalism stop being a quest for the truth and become a ratings gathering "Car accident". Tabloids look better and better every day! :(

    September 3, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  169. Jarrett Parrish new jersey

    I think that i agree with bill mahr and that obama needs to have more of a back bone in getting health care passed. I mean come on he really needs to stop carring what his critics and blame the republican party for all the trouble they caused with the economy and pretty much every else in this country, instead of asking for "bipartisainship".

    September 3, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  170. Lucy

    What should he say to Congress? He should definitely acknowledge the split between parties on this, and emphasize how he would like to resolve that rather than press for how "right" he is and how "wrong" the GOP is. If I were him, I would talk about how his reform plan would solve the current problems in healthcare; and yes, talk about with specific examples. We learned how to do this in college, prepare an argument...you never get an A without specifics. It's basic.
    Lucy
    SF, CA
    writing from: Garching, Germany

    September 3, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  171. Antonio from Washington D.C.

    President Barack Obama needs to assure the American people that all political parties are cooperating in order to combat the issue of lack of health care for those who are without it. He needs to say that even though our beloved senator Ted Kennedy has passed on, we can still get the health care reform bill passed. His death does not mean that all hope is lost and we shall not cease perservering. Obama's other neccesity is to remind the people that change will come, but it does not always come right way. He needs to tell them to be patient.

    September 3, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  172. Katiec Pekin, IL

    President Obama needs to explain what he expects politicians to present for Health Care Reform. Enough of the political games, putting big business first and unworkable ideas.
    Our country desperately needs Health Care Reform and Public Option or something to make insurance companies become competitive, health care entities control costs and bring integrity and honor back to the providers.
    Jack, we can no longer allow or tolerate big business, lobbyists, special interest run and control our welfare. Their bottom line is
    greed and power and will continue to rape the American people
    if our government does not put a stop to it.

    September 3, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  173. Glenton from LA

    Jack, he should outline the cities and states with the worst healthcare, starting with the most conservative. Maybe after some of these politicians get called out by the President (and then their constituents) they'll finally get down to business.

    September 3, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  174. John Ca

    Will Congress.org pass the heathcare bills? It is going too cost a lot of Money!!!

    John from Ca.

    September 3, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  175. Agnes from Scottsdale, AZ

    Jack: The President needs to point out that the Health Care Reform measure WITH a government sponsored component will actually be good for small businesses and remind the citizens that althought they may have healthcare now, what would they do if they lost their jobs and had no access to healthcare. The facts speak for themselves: the main reason for bankruptcy in the US is due to inabilit to pay for medical costs. We are lagging the rest of the world on our mortality rates. Health insurance costs are catastrophic for most people if they have to self fund. Bottom line: we have insurance for pets, can we please have a reasonable plan for our humans?

    September 3, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  176. Antonio from Washington D.C.

    Obama needs to convince Congress that his plan is worth considering over. Obama also should say to other groups of politicians, let's stop fighting each other and become a team to use our respective strengths to get our needs met for our citizens.

    September 3, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  177. Harry

    Do it the Ross Perot way! Use simple charts to show:

    1. How many people die every day because of the lack of affordable healthcare
    2. How much money special interest groups and lobbyist spend to block healthcare reform
    3. How many senators and congressional people get kickbacks from companies to support the status quo
    4. How many Americans have lost thier jobs that cannot get affordable healthcare due to pre-exsisting conditions
    5. How many lies have been false lies about healthcare reform have been spread from fox news
    How much money has been lost due to ineffective records and fraud

    September 3, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  178. Marilyn - Florida

    Jack, it is too bad that Americans aren't better educated. He's been telling them from Day 1 that the new bill won't change the health care you have, if you have it, like it, you can keep it. He needs to emphasis that healthcare for ALL Americans is a major NATIONAL SECURITY issue. He should just say he's going to treat it as such and do it by executive order because without it we are weaker as a nation.

    September 3, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  179. kd toney

    Obama should state he is doing an executive order to reform insurance.

    September 3, 2009 at 5:23 pm |
  180. Lucy

    Wait, I take what I said in my earlier comment back: we learned how to outline an argument with specific, supporting examples in HIGH SCHOOL, not college. I never would have made it through high school otherwise.
    Lucy

    September 3, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  181. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    Jack, he needs to tell the American people what's in it for them – that they will be saving HUNDREDS or THOUSANDS of dollars on health insurance premiums per year, that they won't go bankrupt in the event of an illness, and that unless they are very wealthy, their taxes will not go up.

    September 3, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  182. Jim S

    The widely anticipated failure of this nation to adopt health care reform will result in our nation becoming non-competetive on the world market in the near future. Those idiots who are sucking up to the special interest groups who would keep things as they are, are unknowingly planning the destruction of this nation and an economic disaster. Why the Republicans are hell bent and determined to destroy this effort is totally beyond me unless they are receiving so much money from the pharma and health insurance industries that they place their personal gain above that of the welfare of the nation. It's time for americans to wake up and stop listening to the lies and untruths.

    September 3, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  183. pb

    "I promise that I will uphold the Constitution of the United States of America, of which I am bound by. Since I have lied and reneged on every campaign promise, assigned advisors that no nothing for which they have been hired to do, I will fire them all and do what the will of the majority of the American people want, which is put a STAY on all Government spending until we are not owned nor owe the Chinese"

    September 3, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  184. Flyingwolf, Manchester NH

    That's he's fixed the problem and there will be a public option with affordable health care for all.

    September 3, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  185. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    President Obama should tell us insurance companies raise their rates whenever they chose and it's not called taxes because we can't claim it and that the proposed healthcare reform will require a tax increase which we can claim.

    September 3, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  186. Steve in Mississippi

    The president should admit that he accepted plenty of money from insurance and medical lobbies during his election, but that he has decided to follow the will of those who voted for him and get real government run healthcare for all. The only solution that will lower costs and can improve quality.

    September 3, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  187. Delia

    President Obama should stress the fact that health care reform is the moral and ethical approach for the US. Health care is a social service, just like having a police department or a fire department. Our society should not discriminate on who gets health care (based on wealth) any more than we discriminate on whose house fire can be put out. A single-payer, universal health care system is what this country needs to compete with other industrialized nations. PERIOD.

    September 3, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  188. Jason

    How about something simple:

    "All memebers of Congress, as well as myself, are now covered by Universal Health Care. Which is to say, we are currently NOT COVERED AT ALL. You and I now have a vested interest in getting this passed."

    That might get the ball rolling.

    September 3, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  189. John

    He could begin by saying, "I lied to you when I told you my plan will save money, I lied to you when I told you could keep your current insurance and doctors, I lied to you when I said my bill won't cover illegal immigrants and fund abortion, I've lied to you about "voluntary" end of life counseling (we'll be paying doctors to sign people up, I lied to you about TARP, it really was a democratic pork fest, and I've lied to you about my political motivation and agenda, it really isn't about you, it's about trying to jam as much far left legislation through as I can, while I have the votes. Tonight, I've decided to tell you the truth.

    September 3, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  190. Obed Cole

    All though there does not exist a constitutional right to health.....I must share that Our nation was founded by those that lived in small towns, where those that were sick were not left in the roadside to die.....as I see weekly on the streets of Los Angeles with the homeless. The leaders and Doctors at that time thought it was common since to help those that were ill.....why put it into the constitution....No health insurers existed back then.....Obama should place this Idea in his talking points.

    Now we live in a nation where our polictions are paid to oppose and not come up with Ideas to help 40 or more million Americans....Our nation is sick......Cnn is sick for it only seeks news for those that are oppessed.....where are the town hall meeting containing minority Americans that suffer......In the end all will have health care should the reform succeed ....yet our media supports the choice of the status que...unbelievable .....because everyone will utilize medicare should they live long enough.......even the wealthy.....

    September 3, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  191. Sandra

    I think he should say that he's surprised at the ignorance in this nation, but that that those of us who actually graduated from High School need to set an example. We need to act like adults.

    September 3, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  192. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Jack,

    doing nothing is not an option and people do want something done and it will be done with common sense for better protection and stability, period!

    September 3, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  193. John

    Marilyn, we are educated. Most people with private insurance will be dumped into the public plan. It is the President's strategy in his own words. Do you really think a Corporation will pay Health Care costs for it's employees when the government is going to pick up the tab? Absurd.

    September 3, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  194. lynne from NC

    He needs to say, I've been in office nearly 9 months. I've bent over backwards for bipartisanship. But we see how well that worked. But no more, I'm done. I'm done dealing with folk who grin in my face and then get on camera and lie about death panels, cutting off care and using fear to keep people confused.

    People priced out of healthcare is a disgrace and a sin to us as country. People are dying of it literally. The world looks to us for an example of how to treat others. All that they've seen is our greed, want and hypocritical self interests.

    And I will not sign a bill without a public option. The insurance companies have to be kept honest.

    It hasn't hurt the banks against the credit unions nor Fed Ex and UPS against the United Postal Service.

    From now on, those who don't want to sign on to the bill, fine. Just get out of the way and let the adults work for our employers, The People, which is something that hasn't happened in eight years.

    September 3, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  195. Bob

    He should emphasize the increase costs in private insurance over the past years and the fact that these costs will continue to increase at an alarming rate in the future if a health care plan isn't enacted..

    He should point out that when people, who are covered by empoyer provided health insurance, lose their insurance when they lose their jobs unless they can afford to purchase private insurance which most people who become unemployed cannot afford.

    He should emphasize that government provided health insurance will have no exclusions for "pre-existing" conditions.

    He should emphasize that medicare coverage will not be affected.

    He should tell all those ignorant senior citizen "goons",who acted like fools interrupting the "town meetings" while protesting government provided health insurance", that if they will withdraw from medicare the govenment will pay the contributions they made to medicare over the years to the private insuance company they chose to provide for their health care needs.

    Bob
    Louisville, Ky

    September 3, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  196. Mark in Arkansas

    The President needs to tell Congress what's important. When unemployment is at 10%, an all time high, and in many areas above 20%, what's important to voters changes.
    The budget isn't important, because you're not working, or paying taxes.
    Who pays for health care isn't important again, it will come from taxes you're not paying.
    When you're out of work, and lose your house, there IS ONLY one thing that's important.
    Dinner.

    September 3, 2009 at 5:44 pm |
  197. Lloyd

    Jack, in my opinion, a screen as large as the wall behind President Obama, should serve as a backdrop to his speech to the joint session. It should detail all the money each member of Congress has received from the health care industry or lobbying groups supported by the insurance industry. It's time for the American people to educate themselves as to the modivation behind their representative's "independent opinion"

    September 3, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  198. Cora - Hot Springs Ark

    He should let them no it's his way or no way, he's the PRESIDENT, he's giving the republicans the impression that he's weak, and I no better than that he going to have to let the lion out..

    September 3, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  199. Kim in Dodge City, KS

    He should say that he has written a new executive order outlawing lobbyist, price gouging by Big Pharma and new lower premium ceilings for insurance companies. He needs to act like the President "for the people" and kick some Congressional butt.

    September 3, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  200. Eric LaMotte

    That he's scrapping his plan and that he's going to push through Anthony Weiner's substitution amendment to turn HR 3200 into HR 676, a single-payer bill that will actually and affordably cover all Americans. He'll do it with full Democratic support, even the Blue Dogs who will support it because its fiscally responsible and deficit neutral, and maintains a private marketplace of health care providers.

    September 3, 2009 at 5:50 pm |
  201. Dan

    He should lay out the essential principles that must be in the bill: a public option to compete with private insurance, sound regulation of the industry so it will stop it's gross negligence, reveal the costs and how it will be paid for. He should also be more forceful in calling out those who are spreading false rumors and be very direct and say: Right now medical decisions are not made by you and your doctor, they are made by insurance companies. Most importantly however his job is to make healthcare a moral issue and remind Congress and the public of the high number of people who go bankrupt because their medical costs are way too high.
    Dan
    St. Louis, MO

    September 3, 2009 at 5:50 pm |
  202. andy

    Jack my man,
    He should give one of those pre-election speaches. Remember those? Give congress the details on what exactly he wants. Work the crowd. Show that confidence he once had. Maybe he should just grin and say "how about those Browns?"

    Cleveland, oh

    September 3, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  203. Sharon, Rockford, IL

    I hope he says he's done! Done with trying to work with a party that only wants to bring him down. He's trying to do what is good for average Americans and the republicans are only doing what they think is good for their party. I think it is time that President Obama says no more Mr. nice guy. Now let's get to work and get this done. Hop aboard or try to explain later why you didn't. They will be hard pressed to get support when Americans find they like what they got without the republicans.

    September 3, 2009 at 5:53 pm |
  204. Arthur

    He should say that all who opposed the public option should reject medicare.

    September 3, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  205. Antonio from Washington D.C.

    He needs to let people know that they need to stop being gullable and listen to people who don't lie to them

    September 3, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  206. Mary

    I have health insurance, my daughters, who are single parents have health insurance. The problem is the cost of the insurance and the deductible. I pay for the deductible for my children because they can't on their current salaries. We need health insurance reform so that all of the grandparents all over the world can catch a break. If they raised my taxes to pay for affordable health insurance, I would probable come out better.

    September 3, 2009 at 5:58 pm |
  207. John in Santa Barbara

    Everyone agrees that health care is broken. The people who broke it are making big money off it and they will never fix it. Time to take profit out of health care, the party is over, time to fix it once and for all.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  208. Ralph Spyer chicago Il

    The American people have to be given a choice,they have to be told that 14% of our G.D.P goes to our health care. In Europe were no one is left out they pay 8% of their G.D.P. In Europe they live longer,our birth rate is that of a third world country. The insurance industry have a bottom line, our health is not part of it.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  209. Antonio from Washington D.C.

    Jack, in my opinion, he should inspire people by letting them know that he is on their side and he isn't the enemy here. The real enemy is their suffering, Jack and not having health care.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  210. Buster in Poughkeepsie, NY

    President Obama is in a real pickle. If his healthcare bill fails to pass, he's pretty much toast. So, if the President decides to reiterate what he has already said in the past, trust me, his message will no doubt fall on deaf ears. Instead, during the middle of what could be the speech of his life, the President should smash his teleprompters, throw himself on the floor kicking and screaming, and threaten to hold his breath until he's blue unless Congress passes his precious Healthcare Bill. A bit childish perhaps, but an extremely effective political strategy.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  211. Chris in Philadelphia

    How about telling the country exactly what is going to be in the bill, how we are going to pay for it and what it means to every American. You know all the details that have been lacking from all the chatter about the bill so far.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  212. malclave

    The President should admit that his whole push for "health care reform" is just an attempt to seize power, and that he has come to his senses and will stop.

    Of course, being a Democrat, such honesty is impossible.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  213. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    He needs to start defining his vision for the plan. All along he has said we need to use "common sense" to create change and "if you like your plan you keep it", but the garbage spewing forth from Congress is exactly the opposite. It pays lip-service to the problem with illegals but does nothing meaningful. It forces enormous costs onto the middle class and small business owners, which means they will have no choice but to cut their employees' plans. And with teh rising costs of labor, good luck to all you unemployed and newly minted college grads. No one will be able to afford to hire you. No one, even the petulant townhall protester, says they do not want healthcare reform, but there is bad change and change the better. What we have seen so far has only been the former, and we need the latter. Assuming Obama has a clear vision of anything, he needs to show us what he has NOW.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  214. Kathy Rayford

    Tell all those death panel idiots where to get off and continue telling the truth. The truth always wins in the end and those dems who are shaking in their boots need to get some GUTS and do the right thing for the country. IT'S TIME FOR THEM TO BECOME THEIR BROTHERS KEEPER and see to it that health care gets done now!!!

    September 3, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  215. Antonio from Washington D.C.

    That's an awesome question!!!! All Barack has to do is to tell people what America truly means. He needs to exciting, convincing and simple and plain when he is presenting his speech.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  216. Josh from Chicago

    Obama should tell republicans that they can't lead, they will not follow, so they should get the heck out of the way!

    September 3, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  217. Joel

    "Stop the partisan bickering and get this done!"

    September 3, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  218. Jay Hochberg

    The President should tell senior citizens to shut-up. They already get a public plan, a single payer health care system named Medicare. Younger folks need help, desperately, and need it now. I say, "Medicare For All"!!!

    September 3, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  219. Henrie - Ithaca NY

    As a senior who wants health care reform he should ask the seniors if they want to give up Social Security or Medicare as these are well-run government programs. As for cost where were anti-cost people when we took on an illegal war.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  220. Annie, Atlanta

    I’d like him to ask these clowns how they like their health care, and for those against such an abomination, to give it up, along with all the other evil government benefits, including their salaries and pensions. If government is so bad, what are they doing there, anyway?

    September 3, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  221. Eva

    How about get one bill out there for the people to see instead of all this kinda stuff. I have no idea what is in the bill as there is three of them and get some guts and tell them to get it together and quit kissing everyone's you know what. Pass the thing, that is one reason he got voted in. Let the republicans yell and holler all they want.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  222. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    He should get up and call a spade a spade, that being the worthless members of congress who are stuffing their pockets with money from the drug, insurance and wall street lobbyist. It is a damn shame that these worthless bums we elected and sent to Washington to take care of the peoples business spend all their time seeing how much money they can milk out of the lobbyist.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  223. Ricardo

    Jack,
    He should begin by telling the truth, that's what he should say. Tell Americans that everybody has to pay for health reform not just the rich. Does anybody really believe that there is such a thing as a "free lunch". That is what he should say but he probably won't because that won't be so popular. But most Americans can add and Better care+more people covered=more expensive. By just stating that there will be savings does not make it so. You have to realize savings before you can insert them in a formula.
    Just tell the truth, don't hard sell us. We don't need a snake oil salesman...

    September 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  224. Laura, London, ON Canada

    President Obama needs to "ball up", tell the Democrats to either get on board or get railroaded out of office in the primary rounds for the midterms next year. However, while doing that, whatever plans the House and Senate have come up with should be immediately scrapped to clear passage for full, Universal Health Care. And as to the Republicans, either stand up and support something that will be good for all Americans, or be left icrying n the dust.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  225. Katalin G

    President Obama need to tell us that cogress will fix the problems written in to the health care reform. These are the two major problems:
    • The present bill is full of additional spending for policies and studies that will not improve our healthcare. Best medical outcomes should be practiced by health care professionals, NOT studied by the government.
    • Although we need a public plan, the way it is written in the proposal will eliminate employer plans. The proposed 8% corporation penalty is a less costly option than providing healthcare to employees. The corporate penalty should be calculated on the basis cost plus. Eight percent is below that number.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  226. Sue Duffy

    I think the President needs to provide the definition of "option." Should he have to? unfortunately, yes. Mostly for the benefit of those watching and reporting, that public "option" means just that. That option means you have a choice! Yikes, is the opposition really that ignorant or are they playing to an overly-vocal undereducated? I think the latter.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  227. Saylor White

    He should take a deep breath and speak the truth whatever he perceives it to be. Be as specific as possible about the details and last but not least offer this. Let the Republicans present a plan.
    Let the Democrats present a plan. Then, tell Congress they do not get to vote because there are too many hooks in thier skin. Have a national referendum and which ever plan gets the majority wins.
    Let Democracy work.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  228. Gina Russo, Naples, FL

    What President Obama should say during his address to Congress is that he will not accept or sign a healthcare reform bill without a strong public option, because that is the only reasonable way to reduce costs. What's the proof of that? The health insurance companies, big pharma, medical device makers–in short, all the ususal suspects–have been spending hundreds of millions of dollars trying to buy off our legislators votes against such reform. That fact alone should clearly demonstrate to ordinary citizens that what they don't want is exactly what the doctor should be ordering.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  229. Christopher

    The President needs to fight. He needs to put conservatives on their heels by reminding them that this is a moral issue, not just an economic one. These are the same people who wave their Bibles around over gay marriage and abortion. Now that we want to take care of the poor and sick, they put their bibles down and clutch their checkbooks. He needs to remind Americans that love, not fear, makes us a great country.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  230. Harvey Spencer

    Single payer – Not for profit – Mandated coverage for all & pay for it with a VAT tax

    September 3, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  231. Michael Kansas City

    Jack – The President should start using the tactics the Republicans, drug companies and insurance companies have been using for some time now. He should show the people the lies, half truths and cynicism of these health care opponents. For example: how many people know that insurance companies own huge shares of the tobacco and cigarette companies? It's in their interest for us to stay sick.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  232. bill

    Older Americans get to use the benefits of Medicare, those Americans are living longer, but in order to get more older americans we need to help keep the rest of america healthy and help them afford it.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  233. Lorenzo Brown

    Will he give "a more forceful pitch" or more flowery rhetoric?

    Probably the latter.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  234. Ron Williams

    President Obama should relent to the "prevailing message" of the town halls; that government should stay out of health care. As a result, he will ask Congress to terminate Medicare effective Jan 1, 2010. (wink... give the senior demographic what they really want.)

    September 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  235. John, Fort Collins, CO

    President Obama should tell Congress that he is now at the controls, that they should put their lobbying buddies on a leash, then step back and watch as he implements health care reform just like he ran the campain - with a heads-up, informative, full court press.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  236. Ann from Hampton, New Jersey

    That he has read the whole thing and understands it all. Also, if this health care plan is going to be so great for us, why is Congress exempt? Why shouldn't they also be included?

    September 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  237. David in Raleigh, NC

    The President should say that I'm sorry. I was mistaken. Please don't pass a government run single payer system with or without a public option. Seeing that 80% of Americans are happy with their healthcare, I don't want to turn the country upside down to make the unhappy 20% happy while making the happy 80% unhappy.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  238. Cap Lee

    Maybe it's time for the white house to develop a plan since the congress and senate aren't doing well. (Why do you keep referring to the Presidents plan when there isn't one?)

    September 3, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  239. Bobby

    Jack,
    He should be saying the reform will give you a "plan just like we have in the Congress. Anything less would be unacceptable. The greatest nation in the world should have the best health care in the world or working toward it. Lets roll". Thats what he should say.
    Bobby
    Stockton, CA

    September 3, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  240. Karen in Newark NJ

    I am not sure that health care reform isn't already" done for" in any meaningful sense .It may not make much difference what he says(too little, too late?). One thing that we should learn from all this mess is that lobbyists' wings must be clipped if America is to continue as a democracy.You know:" gov't of the people, for the people and by the people"?.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  241. Henry Roko Jr

    If President Obama wants a bipartisan agreement that, at least, forges forward in reinventing the health coverage in the US, he needs to, for the time being, take the government-run option off the table. It can always be revisited at a later date.

    I am concerned that current employers who cover their employees and, in some cases, their retirees, would opt out of paying insurance premiums for one or both. An example: My mother, now 83, worked for 37 years for a US subsidiary of a Canadian company, and retired in 1980 at the age of 54 with full pension and health insurance benefits. The US subsidiary no longer is in operation and the coverage is maintained by the Canadian parent. Under Obama's government-run plan, the Canadian company could opt out of paying insurance premiums for its retirees with no recourse by the US government to assess any penalty in the company.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  242. James Chaney

    What should he say Jack?
    He needs to clearly state two options for congress and then demand action.
    Its obvious the republicans are draging there feet with this.
    And all the lobbiest are just complicating what should be a quick desicion for some sort of action.
    It is said "a nation divided will fall"
    Well now let it be said "A congress divided will fail".

    For with all the talk and argument over one bill people are loosing health care as we speak.

    Whatever Obama decides to say lets hope it bring results.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  243. Anthony-MTL

    President Obama should be straight forward, America is a country based on freedom and the freedom to choose what you do. People can open businesses and profit from this as long as you follow the law. But laws can be re-written and when it comes to human lives, those law should not be altered in order to suit the profit motive of individuals and shareholders. In Canada we have medicare since birth, so when you go to the hospital you only have to worry about getting better and not if you will be coverd, or how much you will have to pay as a deductable we are not objects, we are humans. Not having universal health care as a 1 first world nation is not only embarrasing but immoral.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  244. Rita from Erie,PA

    President Obama, go for the government option. Nothing else will let the insurance companies, the pharmaceutical companies and others getting rich off the present system, that we seniors and others are with you. We get it. I am 82 and worked in the health care system 50 years. Go for it! The ordinary people get it and are behind you.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  245. Mike Gentile

    Dear Jack,
    I would say where the richest country in the world but the only westernized country that dosen't have health care for all. We can spend trillions of dollars to bail out the great guys at the banks and on Wall street. We can spend Trillions of dollars on Foreign aid and spend billions to have 52 military basses open around the world to be the worlds police man. But give health care to the poor and middle class in this country. The repulicans say absoultely not, go work another job. Offcourse, Americans work more hours and get less vacation time than any other country in the world. Boy that's real family friendly.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  246. whisenhunt, henry

    listen i am not some yale graduate ok but this president came into an office with so many problems any thing he does is not going to work right away we may not feel the effects of his work for some time his helth care issue is not perfect but there will never be a perfect system. people are so ready to judge so ready to tear him apart what the hell is wrong with america jesus. every one has there owne idea on how this should be done but there is no right way to solve i think. this country has so many problems right now that americans need to relax give this man a chance that is not the easiest job. instead of the medis discrediting him, instead of trying to make him look like a fool why are we not trying to support him we need to get behind him not stand in the way we cause more harm than good

    September 3, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  247. Dan In Japan

    Our new president just speaks too well. Obama should present the facts as simply and honestly. Americans pay double and triple what other countries' citizens pay, have health stats that put us below almost all industrialized nations.
    He should point out the costs of private insurance: profit, advertising and other costs that a gov't program doesn't have.
    And Jack, why don't presidents use visual aids? He could throw some graphs and charts up there to help our fellow Americans. (most of whom are stupid enough to beleive in all this hooey like death panels)

    September 3, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  248. Mark

    Jack,

    If we REALLY want reform the President could start with the following.

    1. No such thing as a pre-existing condition. Companies will either sell policies or not.

    2. Tear down ALL of the artificial boundaries. Allow capitalism to take hold

    3. Tear down more artificial boundaries ... allow ad-hoc groups to form in order to dive down costs

    4. Implement the same reform that exists in GB ... in terms of Malpractice the looser pays.

    This will allow competition to take hold and drive the costs down based on capitalism. And ... we still haven't spent a $1.

    THis may take a few years and may ultimately lead to a public option, however, it will not be a flash cut with billions/trillions to waste.

    He could be a hero to conservatives and liberals at the same time.

    Mark

    September 3, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  249. Ricardo

    Tell the truth...Medicare is bankrupt, medicaid is bankrupt, social security is bankrupt and the USA is bankrupt. So just give healthcare to everybody and keep the printing presses running 24/7

    September 3, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  250. Mike Gentile

    Dear Jack,
    I would say where the richest country in the world but the only westernized country that dosen't have health care for all. We can spend trillions of dollars to bail out the great guys at the banks and on Wall street. We can spend Trillions of dollars on Foreign aid and spend billions to have 52 military basses open around the world to be the worlds police man. But give health care to the poor and middle class in this country. The repulicans say absoultely not, go work another job. Offcourse, Americans work more hours and get less vacation time than any other country in the world. Boy that's real family friendly.

    Mike Gentile
    Sarasota Florida

    September 3, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  251. Ruth

    The president should be frank and remind everyone that the Clintons lost their health care initiatives because they were too specific. They delivered a 1000+ bill to Congress which went down to easy defeat. In an honest effort to try the opposite approach, he tried outlining in broad strokes and letting the Congress write the legislation. This isn't working either. I wish him luck with his new effort, but I think the country is schizophrenic,

    Baltimore, MD

    September 3, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  252. carl

    Jack,
    The president should talk about the great American way the rich gets richer and poor has no health care.

    He should also talk about whenever there is a decision to be made by the WH about poor and mostly people of color it has to be long and drawn out but when a decision is highly concerning those who already have pleanty there is no problem.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  253. Tommie Gibbons

    He should tell them that until health care reform is passed, their health insurance will be suspended.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  254. Althea

    President Obama should re-confirm that he has the interest of ALL american people in the heart of healthcare reform. He should emphasize twhat we've been experiencing with this debate comes with the territory of trying to institute change. He should also emphasise that healthcare it is the absolute number priority, above popularity polls, above politics and mid-term elections and above all. above the partisan demolition machine that works tirelessly to try to ensure failures of the President rather than to secure a better tomorrow for EVERYONE in America.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  255. Donald A. Berry

    The President should say that he is going to lower Medicare to age 50. It works and people like it. But maybe that;s too easy for those advisors (boobs) to think of.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  256. Nick

    The president needs to remind congress and the public that this isn't "his" health care plan, this is "our" health care plan. I don't really care what the president wants, I know what I want in a bill and I'm going to let my representative know so he can do his best to have it included. The ball is in our court and the bottom line is we need a health care plan.

    There's a lot of fear being spread, most of which is simply that – fear. The president needs to remind us that this is what we want, in some form. He just got the ball started. We (our representatives) need to get it together to get something passed that at least sets a standard. We can fine-tune and improve details in the years to come (like all other substantial legislation).

    September 3, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  257. Maria Santiago

    Most Seniors have Medi-Cal Insurance or Government run Health Insurance either through government work and/or the Veteran Admin from their spouse serving in the Military. All the folks I know with these government run programs receive great care. We should be in favor of Health Care of all Americans. The question should be: "how many of those Seniors opposing Health Care, carry private health insurance not somewhat connected to some government plan."

    September 3, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  258. Birddog in Mississippi

    He should say, "The republicans and the screaming people at the town halls have convinced me that Government run Health Care is a terrible thing; therefore, we will now end medicare and the government run program for congress."

    September 3, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  259. Fred Dean Weaver Oklahoma City

    Jack There nothing Obama can say about Healthcre because America and Senior en to Obama.want to belive lies from Republicans, BlueDog Democrates, insurance companys And Drug companies. Not untill its to late and America lose more and more Health care plans because Insuance keep increasing cost to consummers till they cant afford insurance will America wish they listen to Obama, Obama doing a great Job. If anybody interested Im whitemale 62 years old and ashame of USA.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  260. Bob

    Jack - During the 6:00 p.m. segment you mentioned that 6/10s of young people supported O'Bama's Health plan and 6/10s of the elderly oppose. First of all I don't know what ages you are using to define "younger" and "older" and more importantly you don't mention how many "younger" or "oolder" voters there are. Your comments don't mean anything unless you provide the raw numbers that were used in calculating your ratios. It would be more informative if you provided those numbers to know if there really is any significance to your ratios.

    Bob from Connecticut

    September 3, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  261. Andy

    Jack:

    In 1983 Congress brought everyone except themselves, the Supreme Court, President, VP and the Secret Service under the Medicare and Social Security Act. In simple words civil service and federal employees got screwed.

    I'd like to hear the President require Congress and the Secret Service to be included in this new reform as well as the Supreme Court. If it isn'ty good for them it isn't good for us.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  262. Brenda

    I am a senior citizen and I don't know what is going on. These people think they are entitled to health care at the expense of the rest of the country. I think the President should tell everyone we have medicare for everyone or no one!! I think we should have the same level of coverage for children and families as for the Senior Citizens.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  263. J. Hawkins New York, NY

    The president MUST address the fundamental isssue of the entire debate: is healthcare a fundamental right or a privilege? While some say that healthcare is a right, others believe its a privilege afforded to those who can work hard enough to afford it.

    He should compare healthcare to education and ask if public schooling hadn't been such a fundamental issue at the founding of our nation, would this congress afford basic education to every American?

    Furthermore, he should address the right and the concerns about abortion and the sanctity of life. You expect women to bear children, but won't afford them and subseqently their unborn children an affordable way to give birth and have neonatal care?

    Women, in this economy, regardless of their political leanings are confronting the issue of whether or not they can afford to give birth. In short, tell the right to put your money where your mouth is.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  264. Bill Fliris

    He should speak to the public and remind those who may already have health plans provided by their employers or unions that they cannot expect wage increases or other benefits from those sources when the cost of purchasing health care is out of control.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:28 pm |
  265. Kevin

    President Obama needs to get a back bone. I don't understand why some people find this health care debate something we should fight against. We all know we need health care reform. The price of health care versus the benefits are crazy. I think the people fighting against health care need to get sick so they can find out how much the current system sucks .....OH I forgot here comes swine flu....when they go to the hospital and have to wait for hours because people don't have insurance are waiting for basic care they may just change their minds. I did the other day.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  266. John Balog

    Jack,
    The President must outline what cuts will be made to Medicare to help finance the new program. Otherwise, seniors will not have enough information to know if they can support the changes.
    So far, we are told that medicare cuts will finance a third of the new program costs. Does that mean seniors will have more out of pocket Medicare costs?
    Remember, seniors will also pay for the new program through their income taxes and also if supplemental policy costs are increased because of those medicare cuts. That's a triple hit.
    John Balog
    Goose Creek,SC

    September 3, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  267. Jim Green, Seguin, TX, www.Inclusivism.org

    Jack, Obama should address:

    Our healthcare system in America is a disaster because it is based on two totally corrupt concepts:

    1)We allow our health insurance companies to “profit” from the healthcare of fellow Americans (a practice that unlawful virtually throughout the civilized world)....
    2) We treat healthcare as a “privilege”, and not a “right” in America—a concept opposed in every other major industrial country in the world.

    Chances are, he will address neither, directly....

    September 3, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  268. Joe Bishop

    The average American has no idea how our healthcare system works, or why it is so expensive. Before voters will support meaningful reform, we must first be educated why we have one of the industrialized nations' worse systems. That's the President's job; he hasn't done it, yet. Once we understand our system, we can then make intelligent decisions about what changes are needed.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:31 pm |
  269. Bonnie Budd

    Very simple...Tell Congress that millions of baby boomer couples
    like myself and my husband, born in 1957 abd 1946 respectively,
    will have a rude surprize for the wife when the husband retires and
    the younger wife finds out after 20 plus years of marriage she will
    not be covered by Medicare because she is not yet 65 ! Many, many
    Americans do not realize this !

    Signed, Bonnie of Syracuse, NY

    September 3, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  270. Judi from Frisco, Texas

    Jack, he can't say this but I wish he could-

    We cannot let the crazies decide what is good for this country; therefore, I promise you today that health care will be reformed whether you like it or not.

    Maybe we can get Barney Frank to say it.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  271. Aaron

    President Obama needs to tell Congress to stop bickering about the politics of health care and start working together to come up with a bill that will work for Americans. He needs to remind them that every day that goes by without healtcare that works for us, Americans are dying or going without care because so many of us can't afford to pay medical expenses. This shouldn't be a bill viewed as a "Democrat" bill or a "President Obama" bill but an "American" bill.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  272. Althea

    President Obama should tell the American people that he will continue to fight for them, and WIN. The President should reaffirm that he can withstand all of those partisan attacks, but will still prevail. It is sad when it is acceptable by the American people to "accept" rhetoric and practices which openly are aimed at 'ATTACKING' our President, regardless of who holds the title. It's a sad day when this is not only accepted, but encouraged. Aren't we on the same team. Aren't we ONE natation... The Republicans smell victory in breaking down our President. What does that say about patriotism and the pledge to allegiance?

    September 3, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  273. Holly

    The Pres. should tell the Congress about a man in Pennsylvania who was diagnosed with cancer 6 years ago, worked through countless chemo treatments to put his daughter through college became unable to work in Jan 2009, only has a health care provider who gives squat to people with pre-existing conditions, and at this time is fully disabled and cannot recieve health assistance on a local level. His family has been doing round the clock care for him and has health bills mounting daily, plus cannot recieve medicare for an additional two years. Which he probably will not live to recieve. There is something radically wrong with this country when a man who worked to put his daughter through college is being punished because he wanted to better his daughters education. By the way.. I thank my father everyday for the opportunities he gave me!

    September 3, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  274. Robert

    Obama should say that alternatives should be available and the truthful information on them should no longer be censored by the FDA, which supports the drug companies and not the U.S. people. If people really knew that there IS a cheaper, safer and more effective way to keep you healthy, that's scientifically proven, this country could save BILLIONS! Health care costs would be so low because people would stay healthy and not get sick as often. I used to get the flu almost every year when I used to get the flu shot. I stopped 8 years ago and switched to Vitamin D after reading uncensored scientific reports on its benefits and have since gotten the flu once. I work with kids who are always sick and I no longer get the flu and if I do get sick, it doesn't last long. If the U.S. would start looking at other ways to keep us healthy other than EXPENSIVE pharmaceutical drugs, our health care cost would help to bring the economy back. But pharmaceutical drugs are BIG BUSINESS and many politicians from both sides of the isle, will not want to rock that boat.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  275. Jatovi

    Here is what President Obama's speech should be:

    Hello members of congress and all of those watching across the world. Congress, health care reform must have a public option. Those here in congress who are against the public option and feel it is so bad, please raise your hand to have your name removed from the public option you are currently on. Those here in congress who feel that a government run plan is so bad, please raise your hand to have your name removed from accepting medicare and once again we will remove your name from the current public option you are on. I see no hands raised. Because no hands were raised we will move forward with the public option for everyone in health care reform. Thank you, god bless, good night.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  276. Dawn from Canada

    Hi Jack! As a Canadian who fights tooth and nail against "Americanized Health Care" creeping it's way into our system! I am TOTALLY and UTTERLY amazed and apauld at these fanatical people who are trying to stop EVERY American from being medically covered! I am dumbfounded, but not surprised, even up here we know that Congress, the Senate, The House are run and paid for by BIG companies, including Health Insurance and Pharmeceutical companies! There is one woman most of your stations show, she has long greyish hair and SCREAMS at the top of her lungs, something about her Grandma being killed!!!! I would love to know who is paying her travel tab! And I would also like to know if any of these HYSTERICAL people work for Insurance Companies! Obama was voted for CHANGE! Change for ALL of us! What is happening in the States, happened here too in the 60's when Public Health Care was brought in! Doctors fought tooth and nail against Publisizing health care! And Obama HAS to stand firm and tall, and put these greedy SOB's in their place! And I hope CNN will show EVERY Senator and Rep that takes funds from the Insurance Company and Pharmeceutical companies! THATS Where the truth lies!!! Go get them and wipe them off the map Obama! The world is watching and hoping! And to all my Neighbours to the South! I have cancer, I don't have to pay 1 cent for surgery!!!! Can you say the same!? God Bless America and PUBLIC HEALTHCARE!!!

    September 3, 2009 at 6:36 pm |
  277. sharon smith

    Let the seniors know the true state of Medicare and how Health Reform will improve it.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  278. Mike

    Jack, to those in Congress opposed to the "public option" and say that it would ruin our health care system, he should ask for a show of hands of those members that have opted out of using the plans available to them via the government as members of Congress, and use private providers instead. To all the seniors that oppose his plan, he should say that if they're so opposed to the "public option", perhaps they should consider cancelling their Medicare coverage, provided via the government, and choose a private option!

    September 3, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  279. Pat

    Obama should make one point to the general public that wants specifics from the president on new law. Go take a class in 5th grade Social Studies. The president (executive branch) does not write law.
    Congress (legislative branch) does. As an educator I don't know how so many people got out of 5th grade without this info. The whole address should be on improving the department of education to erase the ignorance of the masses. If that ignorance did not prevail, there would be less need for health care reform as most health problems are from the ignorant lifestyles of the masses and all the the hoopla at the town hall meetings was th manipulation of the masses who need a lesson in critical thinking for letting lobbyists convince them to protest against their best interests.
    The critical need is first a better education for all and better health care will be a given.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:40 pm |
  280. shelle larson

    Health care reform has been a pet peve of mine for years ! Let me tell you a story, I come from a family with a couple of doctors,my grandfather was A Johns Hopkins graduate,who even back then,supported health care for all Americans -I have paid for health care all of my working life.Back in November of 06...I left one job to take a better job(with better benifits!!!!)I kept my benifits from my old job thru November,there was a small space of time where I was uninsured,about two weeks,During that time,I woke up one morning with a golf ball size lump on my right rib cage..I was put in the hospital,had a biopsy(missed no work)I was told on Dec.22-06 that I had a rare form of non hodgkins lymphoma..I told my job, I planned on staying there and doing my best too work thru this..Two days before my benifits were about to start,I got a call telling me "you can come back when you get better!!"WEll, needless to say, that has pretty much destroyed my life..I lost pretty much everything I worked all my life for,so that I could get Treatment, now I can not get ANY health insurance..I have no promblem paying for health insurance(afodable)Talk about scare tactics!!!!! This is just moraly wrong! Do some reasearch America!!!!WAke Up..This could happen to you!!!

    September 3, 2009 at 6:41 pm |
  281. Alberto Pereira

    The running line against Obama by the republicans is sickening) because its about a horror show making money as the blood sucking republican vampires hog the cable and tv networks. Shame on tv and the commentators, all, except for the very few.There's money being made here, at the expense of the poor , the sick and the young, even while the republicans and the turn coat democrats laugh all the way to bank.with money for the corporate owners of the neworks.) Why in heavens name you, the media, have these sickening psycho repubs– perverse men and women attacking the Constitution, the President and by extension, the the 50 to 60 millon folks without healthe care,– even while those in congress have medicare, and more gravy the public pays for in taxers while hoping for something positive in terms of health care offered by the democrats. . Particularly the elderly will suffer; the younger voters,(in the minority) will probably turn away from the responsibility this voting season calls on them to patrticipate.
    There is so much racist foul mouthing insults in the tirades being hurled against President Obama it borders on treason. This is a repeat of the tactics used aginst other minorities tin the world. Senator Imhofes dangerous words suggesting that President Obama is dangerous to the lives of elderly citizens are dangerous and a filthy thing , far worse than swearwords,to hear on tv. Where is this out of touch Republican backward juggernaut headed? What happened to the grand old party of Lincoln?

    September 3, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  282. Bernie of Lowell, MA

    Reform must first focus on the "four R's": recission, refusal, records and reduction

    recission- insurance companies should be prohibited from denying coverage for 'existing conditions';

    refusal – under no terms can an insurance company refuse to cover a person, no matter how severe and costly it might be.;

    records – all health records must be computerized. This will be 'win-win' for all of us – less risk of missed symptoms, repetitive tests, malpractice law suits...

    redction – Medicare, especially must be entitled to negotiating the price of medicines.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  283. Dianne

    Jack, The country was very divided when Bush was in office. Yet, there wasn't this level of disagreement or hate. At least, those of us who did not vote for Bush never created this much disgust, hate, and unfairness. I believe it has more to do with the President of the USA being an African America. Everything this President does is critically critique by the media and which seems to be a large portion of America. I have never seen the media react this way. Where was the media during Bush's lies? The media was not out there investigating. In fact, the Bush Administration had clear sailing to put America in this mess. This President cannot sneeze and the report is out. It is as if the President is not trusted the way the media and public seem to have trusted white Presidents. I am sure this will not be printed but Jack, would you ask America this question in the near future?

    September 3, 2009 at 6:52 pm |