July 20th, 2009
03:32 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama, GOP trade barbs in health care fight

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The charged battle over health care reform intensified Monday as President Barack Obama accused GOP critics with putting politics ahead of policy.

A top Republican, in turn, accused Obama of ramming through an ill-conceived plan that will undermine the country's economic future.

The latest rhetorical volleys were traded as Democrats struggled to regain much-needed political momentum on the high priority issue before the August congressional recess.

The president seized on recent remarks by Sen. Jim DeMint, R-South Carolina, who said in reference to the health care debate that "if we're able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him."

"Think about that. This isn't about me. This isn't about politics," Obama said during a visit to Children's National Medical Center in Washington.

"This is about a health care system that is breaking America's families, breaking America's businesses, and breaking America's economy. And we can't afford the politics of delay and defeat when it comes to health care. Not this time. Not now."

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soundoff (253 Responses)
  1. Slappy White

    "...dangerous experiment..."

    About a month ago you would have found all the wingnuts saying the same thing about Steele sitting at the top of the RNC.

    July 20, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  2. earl

    The GOP are angry because they don't want the rich to give up those tax breaks from the Bush administration. I applaud President Obama for caring for the American people. We are his only agenda, whereas the GOP are hell-bent on ruling with a rod iron and making the less fortunate pay for their personal wealth! Bah Hum Bug!

    July 20, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
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