July 22nd, 2009
08:13 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama says opponents reducing health care reform to 'politics'

President Obama said Wednesday that his opponents were playing politics with health care reform.
President Obama said Wednesday that his opponents were playing politics with health care reform.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday chided opponents of his health care reform push for making the issue purely political.

"I understand how easy it is for this town to become consumed in the game of politics - to turn every issue into running tally of who's up and who's down," Obama told a nationally televised news conference.

"I've heard that one Republican strategist told his party that even though they may want to compromise, it's better politics to 'go for the kill.' Another Republican senator said that defeating health reform is about 'breaking' me," he continued.

"Let me be clear: This isn't about me," Obama said, noting that he and every member of Congress - including those trying to scuttle health care reform legislation - "have great health insurance."

Instead, he said, the debate is about people lacking health insurance


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soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. RR

    The GOP doesn't have the votes to block anything, Mr. President. Stop using the straw man arguement that everone who disagrees with you is playing politics or out to get you.

    July 22, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  2. Raj

    Look at Obams eye lids, they are shining, he has put some eye shadow ...

    July 22, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  3. Tell the truth

    Well he is telling the truth. Some people are against your policy and I can understand that but most people are against him(skin color) Stop looking at skin color and focus on the facts.

    July 22, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  4. Danny J

    Yes, Republicans are against the plan, and it may be politics with them. BUT:

    Independents overwhelmingly oppose it.
    The majority of Americans oppose it.
    Many Democrats oppose it.

    President Obama, these are the people that voted for you, not your opponents, and they don't like it. It's not politics, it can't be. Nobody wants a half-baked plan to be forced down our throats with a potential for horrific consequences financially and medically.

    President Obama, for all things good, LISTEN to your supporters!

    July 22, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The POTUS is absolutely correct. They(GOP) ar eplaying politics. Now is not the time for that.

    July 22, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  6. Larry

    That's why Republicans are being voted out of office and their party is dying.

    This isn't about their jobs, it's about the welfare of every person in this country.

    Bush and Cheney made corruption stylish. Fortunately they didn't pull it off.

    Democrats and Republicans tired of being Republicans.....Vote! In 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016.

    July 22, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  7. Save America

    No, they're not playing politics liar.

    July 22, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  8. Isabel & Bob

    Too bad they are putting Politics first and the people that need Health care LAST.

    The Republicans have been putting the Middleclass and Poor LAST for the PAST EIGHT YEARS.

    Total Greed.....and indifferent to the desperate needs of the American People.

    They want votes....NO WAY..

    Thank you and I pray the Health Care goes through without a problem.
    Thank you for a fantastic job Mr. President

    Bob and Isabel Martin

    July 22, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  9. WIll 18E

    The Democrats and Doctors, The AMA are for the plan.
    The Insurance companies & the GOP, on the other.
    This is a no brainer, I'll side with the Doctors.

    July 22, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  10. Mark, VA

    It is no surprise that national healthcare is meeting resistance. It is a social program and we all know that any government program turns into an uncontrollable program that once it is started it cannot be stopped. Can you say Social Security? Can you say welfare? Can you say Medicare? If you can then you can say “I am going to pay more taxes” The veil is just now being pulled off of peoples’ eyes. President Obama is politics as usual.

    July 22, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  11. GI Joe

    The Grand ole Party of NO has made it politics instead of policy.

    That's what the insurance companies paid them to do.

    NEXT.

    July 22, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  12. Kim Valentine

    If there is such a problem with congress coming to a decision regarding health care reform, why not let the American people VOTE on this issue just the way we vote for president or any other election.

    July 22, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  13. brian and nancy

    He's selling a pig in a poke. He'll give medical benefits to 40-47 million people at no ( or far below actual) costs, but not to worry the federal deficit will be deficit neutral. This guy has no experience, no common sense, and no clue.

    July 22, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  14. Oliver

    Republicans only consentrate on agendas that will prosperous them. healthcare Reform isn't important to them now nor in the future....and we continue to vote for these idiots. Americans need to remember this when they enter a voting booth again.

    July 22, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  15. Paul H

    If he wants health care talk health care. Leave abortion out of these talks. it's another beast entirely.

    July 22, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  16. lacy

    The GOP has always been for the "Party". The average citizen comes in dead last with the Republican party.

    July 22, 2009 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  17. mjm

    "Let me be clear: This isn't about me," Obama

    Nobody said it was. This guy is so full of himself. He needs to listen more and grand stand less.

    The CBO said the health care reform was too expensive and did little to solve the problem. They crunch numbers, numbers can't tell one part from another.

    If Obama really cared about health care, he would start small and build reform slowly.

    July 22, 2009 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  18. Happy Lady

    You go, Mr. President. Most reasonable people want this health care reform. We are behind you.

    July 22, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  19. Rick

    So debate is good only when you're in the minority?

    July 22, 2009 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  20. Felicia

    Political? Why is it that whenever anyone questions any of Obama's policies, it is political? For me, it has nothing to do with politics. I have heard very few details on the proposed health plan. I haven't even heard a comprehensive plan on how this will be implemented or sustained. Except throwing money, good after bad, much like the stimulus plan. When will we learn?

    July 22, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  21. The power be with you

    It's a shame that Republicans are more interested in bringing a president down than working for what's best for the country.

    July 22, 2009 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  22. democrat no mas

    I never heard a man say so little so eloquently.

    July 22, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  23. Nate

    The problem is that hospitals charge outragious fees. That is the problem. Why does a pillow or blanket cost $200. How is the government going to solve that?

    July 22, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  24. Blue Dog

    Of course they are reducing health care reform to politics. The opponents are hooked on the most addictive drug of all, political power, which is dealt to them by Health Insurance, Pharmaceutical and AMA drug pushers in the easily ingested form of campaign contributions.

    Health care reform opponents don't give a rat's derriere about the average American citizen, they only care about getting more drugs from the merchants of suffering who lavishly fund their campaigns.

    July 22, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  25. 60's survivor

    this President is nobodies fool!! if we don't support him it's our fault. no more crying about how America doesn't take care of it's own. keep depending on hot dog sales to take care of an unfortunate neighbors cancer treatments

    July 22, 2009 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
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