July 20th, 2009
03:32 PM ET
5 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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Filed under: Health care • Michael Steele • President Obama
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  1. Liberal hypocrites

    Wow a bunch of liberal comments and not an intelligent arguement to speak of. Wow guys...really?

    July 20, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. Randolph Carter

    Must be a slow news day. Nobody has slammed anything yet. Maybe both sides are out of slammunition. Nyuk nyuk nyuk! Have a nice day!

    July 20, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. CHUCK

    Michael Steele will be replaced by Sarah Palin which simply means , one idiot is replacing another . Only time will tell.

    July 20, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  4. Simpliticus

    The Man Of Steele isn't the same action hero of the tabloids. He is marginally far more comedic in his lack of efforts to try to assuage any kind of reasonable argument rather than the current Party of No ascribes to: NO! Steel is the Counterfeit of Connundrums, the Master of Mayhem, the Profligate Son of chicanery and more, but he isn't a reliable doubter of profound preambles but more of discontent. A mannequin does a better job of selling than this man. There will be some sort of compromise, one way or the other, and this involves the top 1 and a half percenters which will give up some of their ill-gotten gains. Like pirates of the past, Republicans have obtained "ill-gotten swag" from the Bush tax cuts which were nothing but a shift of taxes off the backs of the wealthy! Changes is happening and Steele cannot resist the winds of change for these are a blowin" poorly for all pritaes alike, be they political or otherwise!

    July 20, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. IS IT 2012 YET ??

    2010 cannot get here fast enough.

    July 20, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. Patriot from ATL GA

    Unless you have a better idea, no ones cares what you think.

    July 20, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. Vic of New York

    Micheal Steele - the black equivalent of Moron George Bush has an opinion? Oops, my mistake. Your're right his problem is that he has a cokamamie oppinion on EVERYTHING.

    Like George Bush and the Republican Party – They're all hot air!

    July 20, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  8. Terry from West Texas

    Well, what is the GOP plan to solve the nation's medical problems? Let them eat cake, I suppose.

    Conservatives, of course say "Let every American work hard, earn plenty of money, and live well."

    Unemployement is now 10%. There are millions of workers who cannot find jobs and they have zero income.

    There are millions more who are working crappy jobs because they lost a better job, and they have no benefits and limited income. We would be asking people to choose between medical treatment for the baby's sinus infection or the four-year-old's measles.

    There are millions more who don't have strong job skills or a high school education. They are working crappy jobs which do not provide enough income for medical care and the local community college.

    Of course, from the Conservative point of view, the purpose of America's health care delivery system is to enrich America's health care corporations.

    The Conservative idea of a safety net is "Let them die and go to Heaven, where they will be happy and healthy."

    July 20, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. yves anthony

    It seems like everyone isagainst president obama'shealth care program. The fact of thematter is 46 millions american are no health care insurance. In a country like America, what is the solution for those uninsured 46 millions. It is not enough to criticize the government plan without presenting an alternative. Definitely we a change on the health care insurance premium.

    July 20, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. Bedtime for Obonzo

    Steele's right.

    July 20, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  11. Stuffit

    Mike Vaughn July 20th, 2009 12:18 pm ET

    Does the Chief of GOT 0 PLans have a Solution for Health Care?????? if not shut up
    ====================================

    Actually Mike, there have been 30 health care related bills introduced thus far in the 2009 legislative session. Of those, 13 have been sponsored by Republicans. If you and so many like you would wean yourselves from the spoon fed ticker-type news, you might change your assessment of the party of 0 plans.

    So, I guess your advice to "shut up" falls on deaf ears.

    In a related note, HR 1018 passed the House on Friday. 700 million of your hard earned dollars to count wild horses and provide "enhanced contraception" for them. You could make 14 families per state worth 1 million dollars. That would def improve thie financial standing! That money would basically pay the mortgage for every family in my county for the next 7 or 8 years. What would you do without a mortgage payment?

    Have a nice day and open your eyes to what's going on around you.

    July 20, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. LacrosseMom

    What else is NEW???? The GOP will continue to offer nothing new except....... obstruction, fear, lies, hate and division!

    July 20, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  13. Stuffit

    Marla FL July 20th, 2009 12:26 pm ET

    It appears Michael Steele is unaware of the amount added to nat'l debt during the Bush years. Seems to think it's all Obama's

    It's actually less than Obama's to date.

    At any rate, get ready for health care deform Pelosi style.

    July 20, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  14. djb

    How do people who say "NO NEW TAXES" think anything will ever get done? I would bet that they are the first ones to complain (and sue) when:
    1. the roads have potholes that damage their cars
    2. bridges collapse and kill people
    3. kids can't read but they vote down expanded school budgets
    4. crime goes up but they vote down monies for more police staff
    5. they have to wait in the emergency room or sue if an overworked health care staff makes a mistake.

    No new taxes means not only no more services, but actually, it means LESS service, LESS and more damaged infrastructure and greater costs later. What a myopic view! Save a penny now and pay a dollar later.

    This is truly an "I WANT" citizenry without the "I WILL PAY" attitude.

    July 20, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  15. HOLLY

    When is the GOP going to announce their Healthcare Reform Plan? Thought sooo, they don't have one. Duh.

    July 20, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  16. Andi

    Is Steele qualified to analyze any health plan? He may be, but I have never seen his resume (or birth certificate, but that's another issue). Is he just repeating the party line (sources suggest 'yes') or is he actually some kind of expert on heath care?

    July 20, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  17. true daughter of the american revolution

    Steele needs to go away. The character he plays – Obama, republican style, has not had the effect on the public like the GOPers thought it would.
    Note to the GOP – you need more than the color of the skin.

    July 20, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  18. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    If there are 46 million uninsured Americans then there are over 250 million who are insured. If you tax our company supplied health benefits to pay for universal coverage how is that not raising taxes on those making under $250,000 per year., an Obama promise? Face it, for 5 out of 6 Americans, there IS no health care crisis. The initiatives to cut health care costs are fine, and help both insured and uninsured alike. Providing 'free' health care to those withjout breaks the bank. Figure out what bloated federal programs to cut to pay for it first.

    July 20, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  19. rick DC

    Finally, honeymoon is over and reality sets in....and it will only get worst I would imagine. This administration relies on polls....what a joke

    July 20, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  20. Esco

    I really don't understand why the Republicans keep saying its going to dive up costs?! We already know it is..., the question is will it work properly to help everyone and balance the economy? The answer is maybe...personally i think its going to help those 25+ Million who dont have insurance or cannot afford it.; but the fact that the Republicans are not willing to work with Dems over this issue is blowing up in their faces. They look really bad for slamming Obama over and over again...yet they are not lifting a finger to give a help the President.

    What happened to their plan that they were so eager to tell people it would work? See how fast they dropped that pan?

    People need to avoid listening to losers like this...its shameful that he even shows his face and argues on a tough issue without a strong basis or even an explanation of what he is compliaing about...!!

    July 20, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  21. Greg in AR

    I am waiting for a headline that states: GOP chief unveils "THEIR" health care plan................until then...Michael Steele....SHUT YOUR PIE HOLE.

    July 20, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  22. Glenn; Bakersville, NC.

    This man should follow every outburst with "This has been a paid political announcement by ___________" Just fill in the blank with whatever the lobby is that is buying him for that week. Exxon-Mobil, Bear Sterns, AIG, Aetna, Merck Pharmaceuticals.... You get the idea. It's the Republican way, always has been and always will be!

    July 20, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  23. Lexia

    The GOP has no plan but they do have a campaign ad...it's the best they can do. Ha!

    July 20, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  24. Olumadunwa

    What else does Steele has to say? We already heard this from the republicans in the senate. Or was that just a reminder to observers that he still existed? Typical of figure heads.

    July 20, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  25. panem et circenses

    They are going to pay for reform out of savings from efficiencies?

    Ask yourself this: When has the government EVER been more cost-conscious than private industry? What business runs a trillion dollar deficit every year and stays in business? Not one. Every business that is IN business is ALWAYS looking for ways to save money. When has the government EVER been more concerned with efficencies than private industry? Ever drive through a construction zone where 4 guys stand around while 1 guy spreads tar? In my office, if you are standing around doing nothing then you are out the door before the next budget cycle begins.

    It boggles the mind that Obama and company can say these things with a straight face.

    July 20, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
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