March 25th, 2010
03:11 AM ET

Obama hits the road to sell health care overhaul

Barack Obama's journey to reform America's health care system comes full circle Thursday as he returns to the place where he launched his ideas.

Three years ago, Obama began his crusade with a memorable speech focusing on health care that was delivered in Iowa City, Iowa, the state that holds the first presidential caucus in an election year.

The president will speak on the freshly signed law at the University of Iowa in the afternoon, his first event since the historic passage of the landmark legislation.

Obama's speech is part of a White House plan to begin aggressively selling the benefits of his health care overhaul and give some political cover to Democratic lawmakers jittery about their political futures, according to Democratic officials familiar with the plans.

Obama is expected to make many such trips in the weeks ahead, following up on promises to push back on Republican attacks in the months leading up to the November mid-term elections, the officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to publicly discuss the emerging White House strategy.

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  1. jon Smith

    I wish Obama would stop parading around like a high school class pres. an start acting like a president...I'm tired of him always speaking to the public every chance he gets.... he is the most acessible president ever which is terrible for this country and terrible for this healthcare bill.....I BELIEVE THAT THERE IS AN UNDERLYING OBJECTIVE TO THIS AN THAT IS TOO INSURE THE DEMS MORE TERMS BECAUSE OBAMA IS ONLY A 1 TERM PRESIDENT>>>>

    March 25, 2010 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. JewBracks

    ah, so the 'well, you can have anything u need. or need something else in it response, makes no sense.
    since again its u and the person connecting and deciding and wanting to give and receive and do it.
    again, i wouldn't be able to do it without the kings math, i am separating everything
    with its math , just as i already separate apart with my math and value it according to my math,
    now, with the currency concept, you are using math to than create a value in your head on it so a barrier
    or wrapping and , i cannot give this to this person because of the value for THAT math. so than
    creating more mess since , a chair for instance u tell the difference each one u have to value with
    that math, instead of just a chair u can give if somebody wants or not give just as u are with it lol
    hitler was double worse since it was one of their to point the finger at's, and a reason
    why we can't differentiate between militaries 'outer space in its bounds' lol

    the being able to tell past-present but u doing it with their math ouch, mr julius created this great currency/seal and what it does is, dilute your substance. since a living thing is a substance that needs subsistenence which has math tied to their need, so the king knows if people are separated and do my math for their math to get subsistence , and the one's who 'left that way' are MOCKING the king, since his reach can only go so far, spare with the don't look backs, for i have already created don't look backs with the currency in more than one sense. 1-60 than it takes off."creatures that see in daylight" only reason u know ur here is cause of math. for they cannot even be connected without me, but even know different. muahahha benj must have been their 'zeus' for they are creatures that use energy.. thjere's more in there hahah

    March 25, 2010 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. Peter Wolfe

    This is a good strategy and I would personally like for him to listen. The other thing is point out the shortcomings and be realistic with the american people as well. Show the real participation and the hesitations of each represenative because this wasn't an easy bill to sale. It's where the the cost was worth it to every american not to the few americans.

    March 25, 2010 at 3:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. christina firmin

    Why not let the senators and congressmen sell the bill to their constituants. The Presiident is wasting a great deal of taxpayers money by traveling all over the United States. I am sure there are quite a few people who feel this way. I would love to know how much money is spent on all of these trips he is making. I can bearly afford the gas to get to work, yet our President doesn't seem to worry about the expense of all of these trips he feels he needs to take. He won the election, yet he still feels the need to travel all over our country to campaign.

    March 25, 2010 at 4:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mr jeffrey welsch

    A grat president. thank for health car

    March 25, 2010 at 4:21 am | Report abuse |
  6. lisa in az

    Obama is the PEOPLE'S PRESIDENT. He has seven years and look how far we have come in spite of the Bush messes he inherited! Imagine what he can do for America after the swamp is completely drained and the Bush mess is cleared. I believe that the Democrats are going to increase their numbers in the House and Senate if they keep working like bold DEMOCRATS...with courage!

    March 25, 2010 at 5:42 am | Report abuse |
  7. eddie eff

    I think Obama should be given the needed support to do his job.Right from day one,he has been criticised for even sneezin.The republicans, should not see Obama as an opponent or enemy at this time.The country has been bad in terms of performances in the economy and Goodwill outside the country.
    If i remember correctly,Obama has invited the republicans to bring there own suggestions about better healthcare reforms but they instead brought criticizms of his.So since they dont have better ideas,they should rather support and work with the president for a better America and stop the hatings.Its unhealthy and it will only lead to more hatred among Americans.If Obama revives the economy,all Americans will be better for it and if he loses,...all Americans loses.

    so,its not a matter of who is the president but what the president can do to better the lives of its citizens.Plz lets work together as one and make this world a better place for all.

    March 25, 2010 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  8. Brent

    Evidently Lisa you must have been out of the country for many years, because Obama has messed up much more than Bush has. What we need is another Bush for President.

    March 25, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. Brent

    Obama is not the people's President. He is the President of the new socialism United States. If you don't believe me just wait.

    March 25, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |