Tom Price and Barack Obama go at it over health care

U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell) was a large part of the extraordinary exchange between President Barack Obama and House Republican leaders this afternoon, captured by C-SPAN.

It’s a bit fuzzy, but here’s a YouTube clip that InsiderAdvantage’s Tom Baxter pointed us to:

The White House has the entire exchange on its Web site. Click here to see it.

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January 29th, 2010
5:37 pm

Price is a wacko! Ga.had tort reform what did consumers get?Nothing!

E. Joyce

January 29th, 2010
5:39 pm

Well said, President Obama. Love this without media spin.


January 29th, 2010
5:40 pm

let’s see the repubs have backed up their bills with unassailable numbers, sorta like the fair tax crowd? wish there was an unbiased arbiter of competing claims & numbers. in the future the corporates will probably flood the airways with their preferred side of the argument

Alabama Communist

January 29th, 2010
5:44 pm

Congressman Doctor Price than ask President Obama why he was supporting Communist policies from the former Soviet Union on Health issues. President Obama responsed by asking Congressman Price why his dues to the KKK had falled behind in Georgia and was it true that he was the team medical doctor for the new White only Basketball leaque in Georgia. After that , things simply got worst and the Secret Service was called to eject Congressman Price from the meeting.


January 29th, 2010
5:50 pm

you can find entire meeting on various websites…..

Aaron Burr V. Mexico

January 29th, 2010
5:53 pm

….Alabama Communist is on crack.

But Obama did indeed spank the Republicans.

Watch them run and hide. They want OPENness?

Sounds like we should have british ‘question time’ none of the craptastic debates that we have for presidential elections. No media spin, no slanted platforms.

Sometimes OBama will like stupid, but then again I think I know whose going to look more stupid.

Watch them try to avoid more sessions like this. Watch them run and hide!


January 29th, 2010
5:58 pm

Obama is such a liar! What a moron! Go Price! You rule!


January 29th, 2010
6:18 pm

Do you liberal idiots understand that in the President’s plan if you do not buy insurance you will
go to jail and pay a fine. It’s written right in there. Oh, but wait, they made an exception–for
Amish. Why do these lucky people get exempted. It is, of course, blatantly unconstituional and
the whole scam\scheme will put mom and pop companies out of business. But you dumb Obama
worshipers could care less. Welcome to the U.S.S.A. United Socialistic States of America!


January 29th, 2010
6:28 pm

Tom Price is nothing but a grandstanding moron ala Glen Beck ilk trying to score political brownie points w/ his base. He and his cronies just want to maintain the status quo. I wonder how much cash he’s getting from the insurance industry to keep fighting a national health care plan? Plenty I’d bet. The healthcare bill as I’ve read it isn’t very good, I admit. It should at least be rewritten, but this time it should be a 1 payer system financed w/ a national 1 cent retail sales tax on every good/service sold in this country or it’s territories.


January 29th, 2010
6:45 pm

Frank (6:28) accuses Rep Price of getting money from insurance companies to oppose the health care bill. Frank should read it. The bill REQUIRES everyone to buy health insurance. With no government plan, the only place we can buy it is from….. insurance companies. The bill passed by the Senate and now before the House would mean millions of new customers for insurance companies. They love it.


January 29th, 2010
6:46 pm

Garth, the system in Massachusetts, which Republican Mitt Romney established, and Scott Brown voted for and still supports, also has a mandate for everyone to have health insurance


January 29th, 2010
6:56 pm

Forget the health care debate for a moment; Rep. Price makes Bob Barr seem like Captain Kangaroo. Price brings out the worse in people; he is hateful, spiteful and has no concept of leadership or his obligation to provide leadershp. More than any other politician in Georgia, he has placed his warped sense of his role in American politics ahead of his responsibilities to his district and to the country he claims he loves. He is the worst example of what our society defines as leaders and he is no patriot.


January 29th, 2010
6:59 pm

The reason for the mandate is: BOTH PARTIES favor ending discrimination over pre-existing conditions. If you do that then everyone must get insurance; otherwise it doesn’t work. Think about it: suppose we required car insurers to cover all regardless of pre-existing condition of the car, but did not require all to get insured. Then the incentive would be to wait till you have an accident, and say “my car is totaled – here’s the basic premium – cover my loss”. It makes no sense.
Same for health insurance. A ban on refusal for pre-existing conditions, without a mandate that all carry insurance, would give an incentive to just wait until one gets ill, then demand an insurance policy. But insurance policies are designed to be purchased before a potential risk becomes actual. If you are opposed to requiring everyone to have insurance (as Scott Brown did), then you are also opposed to restrictions on insurance companies refusing to cover people due to pre-existing conditions.


January 29th, 2010
7:03 pm

Please Mr. President…if you could just answer the question! Anyone? Anyone? BHO rambling on a long answer doesn’t mean he has addressed specifically what was asked of him by Price. The fact is the Administration has refused to let the GOP participate and ignored any input they have received from them and then blab to the public that they aren’t offering any help or solutions.


January 29th, 2010
7:12 pm

The moron Obozo is in panic mode now that even the most liberal state did not vote for his DemoRat. Only three more years of this disgrace of a President. Mr. Price please do not so easy on this clown next time.


January 29th, 2010
7:18 pm

Usually, Presidents go to these type of meetings to generate good will to be used later on. Obama went to beat the Republicans up. I don’t think that was a good idea because politicians have long memories.

my f150 gets 16mpg and my .45 holds 14 rounds

January 29th, 2010
7:18 pm

That was some good TV- I don’t care who you are. Should happen more often-daytime tv, to minimize showboating- it was great. Obama did well. I would not vote for him if he rose from the dead, but he held his own-then some-which as the Prez he should.

Nice back and forth-LOVED IT.


January 29th, 2010
7:44 pm

I have long associated the GOP with uneducated, ignorant, white males. The way they’ve acted over the last year have only confirmed my thoughts. I’m embarrassed by them.


January 29th, 2010
7:45 pm

ha ha! Price unfriended me on facebook when I asked specific questions about healthcare! He is a spiteful angry partisan jerk! Do I support the current bill? No. I don’t agree with anything other than single payer or a not for profit insurance industry heavily regulated by Congress. 98% of the rest of the world has it working for them. Why can’t we? But the current bill is a nod to republicans and special interests and that is the fault of both parties!


January 29th, 2010
8:06 pm

The legendary hero of the Texas Air National Guard, George W. Bush, would never in a million years have managed to work up the cojones to do what Obama did today.


January 29th, 2010
8:29 pm

Could you imagine Reagan doing this? So much for Obama being wedded to his teleprompter. The Republicans offered nothing but talking points. Obama spoke off the cuff, and actually thought before he spoke. Could you imagine Bush Jr. doing that?

the smartestone

January 29th, 2010
8:52 pm

Duh, I guess you aren’t smart enuff to understand the answer the President gave so I’ll explain it to you. What do we tell your constituents…blah blah blah?

Tell them the plan you submitted would not work so the Democrats said you haven’t submitted a plan.

That’s basically the answer the President gave him, without being rude or nasty.


January 29th, 2010
8:52 pm

Tom Price is right. If your insurance company was not mandated by the state to pay for mammograms, colon tests, prostate exams, physicals, etc. your insurance coverage would cost less. Of course, a lot of folks would die. Would you pay for a mammogram or other tests if you needed to put food on the table for your children? Would you think well I’m healthy, I can do it next year? Of course, insurance would cost less if it actually did not cover much.


January 29th, 2010
8:53 pm

It sickens me to see our President wallowing in the mud with this guy. It is beneath him to be dealing this this loser directly. Doesn’t he have a press sec to handle these goons?

Sucker Demorats

January 29th, 2010
9:02 pm

Love the end of the video. Obama clearly shows he is more full of crap than a sewer rat.
He nor his leftist friends has the manhood or backbone to at least try for a year or two
to see how it would work to let all insurance companies sell in all 50 states.
NOW THINK, why do the REGRESSIVE LEFTISTS not want this?

chef polo

January 29th, 2010
9:02 pm

Price is a pompous ass, I heard him present his healthcare proposal at a conference. It was the standard far right rhetoric; reduce oversight of insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, medical device companies, and put all the onus on the individual consumer who has little protection and no leverage whatsoever. In other words, caveat emptor.

the smartestone

January 29th, 2010
9:05 pm

Mr. Galloway, this a misleading title of the post. Price asked a question, the Prez answered it, but it wasn’t a battle. After reading the whole transcript I’d say the Prez handled the Repubs fairly easily. The idiot with the talking point question about tripling the budget in one year got made to look like the fool he obviously is.

the smartestone

January 29th, 2010
9:15 pm

So uh Sucker, how does he show he’s full of crap at the end of the video? This is what he said:

THE PRESIDENT: Well, Mike — well, hold on, hold on a second. No, no, no, no. Hold on a second, guys. (Applause.)

You know, Mike, I’ve read your legislation. I mean, I take a look at this stuff — and the good ideas we take. But here’s — here’s the thing — here’s the thing that I guess all of us have to be mindful of, it can’t be all or nothing, one way or the other. And what I mean by that is this: If we put together a stimulus package in which a third of it are tax cuts that normally you guys would support, and support for states and the unemployed, and helping people stay on COBRA that your governors certainly would support — Democrat or a Republican; and then you’ve got some infrastructure, and maybe there’s some things in there that you don’t like in terms of infrastructure, or you think the bill should have been $500 billion instead of $700 billion or there’s this provision or that provision that you don’t like. If there’s uniform opposition because the Republican caucus doesn’t get 100 percent or 80 percent of what you want, then it’s going to be hard to get a deal done. That’s because that’s not how democracy works.

So my hope would be that we can look at some of these component parts of what we’re doing and maybe we break some of them up on different policy issues. So if the good congressman from Utah has a particular issue on lobbying reform that he wants to work with us on, we may not able to agree on a comprehensive package on everything but there may be some component parts that we can work on.

You may not support our overall jobs package, but if you look at the tax credit that we’re proposing for small businesses right now, it is consistent with a lot of what you guys have said in the past. And just the fact that it’s my administration that’s proposing it shouldn’t prevent you from supporting it. That’s my point.

Just moronic postings from the moronic right.


January 29th, 2010
9:21 pm

Tom Prince is an dolt, and proved his ignorance. Georgia had tort reform and did costs go down? Buy your insurance Blue Cross of Alabama, Aetna of CT, think it’ll somehow be cheaper? Yeah right.


January 29th, 2010
9:27 pm

So…let me explain what happen…
Republicans – We have a bill that will accomplish all of the goals and with will cost nothing.
President – My bill (Democratic Bill) is better…
Reality…The Democratic bill is understood by no body and it will bankrupt America. The Republican’s bill … well I don’t know, I have not read it. However, I know it has to have a very high cost to cover everyone.

Democratic Hack

January 29th, 2010
9:28 pm

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Democratic Hack

January 29th, 2010
9:31 pm

Well, it looks like the Democratic hacks have taken over this blog.

schooled republicans

January 29th, 2010
9:38 pm

It’s no wonder fox ?news pulled the plug halfway through the broadcast. Obama made them look like the partisan idiots they are.


January 29th, 2010
9:57 pm

I have to say that I admire our President for having the gonads to defend himself. We have heard everyone dissect and dismantle the healthcare bill for what it is not but no alternative options. We have all heard the cliche bring solutions not problems to the table.

d nice

January 29th, 2010
10:20 pm

I am glad the president went to meet with those Republican clowns for a change. If I would have met with them, I would have handed their balls to them and made their mother’s cry. Yes, they are the party of N//o! There is no reason to stop calling them that. Price doesn’t represent me in Georgia because I don’t believe in what he represents and I am African American in which I don’t believe in anything the old GOP says or represents. Now maybe Michael Steele??


January 29th, 2010
10:46 pm

Here’s the best analysis I’ve seen of the problems with the Republican proposals:

Read it carefully and think about it.


January 29th, 2010
10:47 pm

Tom Price showed up to a gunfight with a set of rubber knuckles. What a Mental Midget.

Tom Price's Nurse

January 29th, 2010
11:02 pm

Tom Price is a loser extraordianaire. He made millions bilking Medicare and then took his bulls**t to Washington to steal more money from the American people under the guise of conservatism. He gives wackos a bad name. Please spare us your sanctimonious comments Tom and STFU…you bring dishonor to our state and honor is in short supply around here!


January 29th, 2010
11:45 pm

tom and samuel,
Not to disturb your prejudices and ignorance, but Bush Jr. did in fact meet with the opposition (in that case Democratic) Caucus just as Obama did – twice at least (2001 and 2007). The major difference was that those meetings were not televised. I think it was wise for Obama to continue this tradition and I hope future presidents (hopefully the 45th will be elected in 2012) will do so as well.


January 29th, 2010
11:47 pm

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Chris Mathews is covered in his own spittle because he is drinking, again.

January 29th, 2010
11:56 pm

Price is Right. Obama is wrong. That is why his bill couldn’t even garner the total support of his party. You libs blaming the GOP for stopping Obama is delusional. If the bill and his plan were so great, then the bill could have passed on democrat support, alone and ya’ll know it. Keep the delusions going. Momentum is on our side and if you don’t know it, Obama sure does.


January 30th, 2010
12:13 am

I think obama’s point is you can’t argue lies. There are so many lies created by Republican croonies and people believe them. They claim” Snopes supports it and says it is true. ” I go to snopes, and they say” It isn’t true.” I can say anything, repeatit to someone else, and withint about 10 people, it is totaly false. The same goes for emails. All you have to do is paste, copy and change what you don’t like. Obama stated, ” I will argue facts, but I can’t argue lies. ” How can we say we have a health care bill, when the senate and house are still meeting to rewrite it? Give me a break. I think Americans have zapped their brain power out. There is so much hatred now, Why?


January 30th, 2010
12:28 am

POTUS was clear and the opposition finally had to defend the lies they have peddled for years. They couldn’t do so and were crushed in the process. Question is: will it make any difference to the people who continue to elect and support their unamerican, destructive agenda?


January 30th, 2010
12:49 am

Obama was GREAT! Next, I’d like to see him take on those re-THUG-LIE-CON right wing, hate, talk radio idots of Boortz, Hannity, and Limbaugh! He’d expose them for the liars they are! Obama Rocks!


January 30th, 2010
12:55 am

Doesn’t a physician’s oath require that they shall do no harm? Well, Dr. Price, didn’t you take that oath?


January 30th, 2010
1:00 am


Bitter EX democrackkk

January 30th, 2010
6:43 am

‘I forgot he was black for about an hour’ …

STRIVE to be SMARTER than the EVIL controlling party of SLAVERY wants you to be!

Boiler Plate dude

January 30th, 2010
8:06 am

I am in Representative Price’s district- a physician who doesnt’t get it.

Thanks to Price and Bush – AMEdicaid Drug bill awarded accerated financial catastrophe – now nothing but boiler plates with no net substance

A bunch of bills is not a plan – total delusion

Peter Mokhiber

January 30th, 2010
8:37 am

It is unfortunate that many of the responses below attack personally each side. That approach effectively eliminates any real debate on any issue specifics. If you review the strategies and tactics of many camps, they first attack the speaker rather than the their policies. It is simpiler, less complicated and provides a forum for vitriolic personal attacks eliminating any real meaningful discussions on important issues. Additionally, it removes the attacker from having to have any substanitive information or valuable input on the topic. Unfortunate, but I think true.

I would have liked that when the Utah Freshman asked the President if the negotiations we on CSPAN, if could he quote him. To me as an observer, they didn’t seem to be there.


Da Bard

January 30th, 2010
9:09 am

The GOP wants to maintain the status quo — their only proposal is to make it impossible to sue for medical malpractice. We did that Georgia — medmal cases have dropped significantly. Have insurance companies dropped rates for Doctors? D’uh, NO freaking way. They never drop rates.

And the GOP does not like ending the insurance companies ability to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions. Gee, we cannot restrain the freedom to contract. But the GOP also opposes creating a govt backed insurance to cover those who cannot now get insurance.

If you like the status quo on health care, keep supporting the GOP. Until you lose your job and health coverage, then the GOP wants you to die.