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. Ancient Texan

    This is a dishonest attack on the GOP by this president. It's the Blue Dog Democrats that have the leverage to stall this disaster. The GOP doesn't have the votes.

    July 22, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  2. phoenix86

    I guess opponents of the plan actually READ IT. Something Obama has not done.

    July 22, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  3. phoenix86

    Obama did say one truthful thing, he and Congress have great healthcare. What he didn't mention was that they will NOT opt into the government plan.

    Obama = Ivo Morales

    July 22, 2009 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  4. Simon/Orlando

    It's not reducing it to politics. It's just slowing down a little so everyone can understand what is involved with turning over one sixth of the economy to the government.

    July 22, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  5. cm

    To all the Congress People opposing to reform health care now, this is my message: Drop your top of the world health care coverage provided to you and your family by the taxpayers of our country and live without insurance to get a taste of what millions of people live every day in our country.
    If these politicians don’t want to provide health care coverage to everyone what we should continue paying for their health care-is our money anyway.
    This is how strong I feel about the need of reforming health care now, and by the way I have health insurance but I think all Americans deserve to have it also.

    July 22, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  6. Jon

    Is he kidding? He's the king of playing politics...in fact, that's all he's good at...govening certainly isn't...even when he's on the right side of an issue, such as health care, he still can't resist the urge to be the Washington political game player...change you can believe in.

    July 22, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  7. Glennis

    Oh yes, it IS about him. He's afraid someone will stand up to him and keep his foolhardy schemes from being thrust upon a helpless public. And yes, he and members of Congress do indeed have great insurance. That's precisely why they won't have to participate in the less than great crap he wants to force us into.

    July 22, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  8. annie for Palin

    Political to the fact that this plan will virtually kill off everyone over 60.
    All of the joke non-journalist didn't even have the gonads to ask him about that and about the fact it will pay for any and all abortions.

    IMPEACH THIS PRESIDENT AND FIRE ALL THE NON-JOURNALIST WHO ARE ALWAYS KISSING HIS (HAND)!

    July 22, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  9. Chris

    If Gov. health care passes I will be looking for any way to close my company and go cash under the table because I work for and income and health care now. If it is free or if I have to produce some small tax amount I could go cash with my trade and get free health care. The plan is never put out as to how it works, Do we pay in a tax or file with the system to get covered or do I just walk in the door to get treatment?
    It all sounds great but it has to be paid for from someone.... The rich are on the run and be certain the will not loose at this game! Thed more you make the more to divide into small incomes thus no way to show wealth. WOW! They could win again.

    July 22, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  10. katie

    Republicans reduce everything to politics...as long as it lines their pockets with $$$$. Republicans are worthless.

    July 22, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  11. Zoe

    Yes. He and all the other government officials have great healthcare. They also spend taxpayer money to go on lavish dates with their wives. They pay off their friends, buy fleets of new cars, and attract exceptional mortgage rates. Generally, they spend as much of other peoples' money as they wish.

    And these are the people we want running our healthcare system? Yea right. I don't even want them running my postal system.

    July 22, 2009 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  12. howie

    When Obama says "this isn't about me", he isn't telling the truth.

    July 22, 2009 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  13. Mandy in Denver

    I hope the people who have insurance now can afford it next year. With medical costs jumping higher and higher, no one will beable to afford it. If we don't pass it now, it will never pass, especially if we leave it to Republicans.

    July 22, 2009 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  14. Rebecca

    Amen to that. I can't believe how some of those cheating, lying congressmen can sit there so smugly and try to deny millions of Americans the opportunity to get health insurance when they themselves have the most socialized medical benefits of any people in the world–WE THE TAXPAYERS take care of 100% of their health care expenses, and most of them are rich anyway, so of course they don't understand what it's like to make minimum wages and fear that a single serious illness could bankrupt one's entire family.

    July 22, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  15. Only 21% of Americans trust republicans to lead them into the 21st century!

    Traitorous republiklans!

    They are all about the party, the country comes in a very distant second.

    July 22, 2009 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  16. speakeasy

    When you have Harvard and Princeton so called journalist taught by the 60's prof's we get dumbed down questions in powder puff form........Barry lectuered us tonight and the White House Press lets him get away with it....... No Details..........

    July 22, 2009 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  17. Steve, Columbia SC

    We're not reducing it to politics, Mr President. When we do not agree with what you're selling, then we speak up. It's called differing opinions, and you sit down and find the appropriate common ground. It is you who is reducing valid and appropriate differences in opinion to "politics". If that's your only game, take your ball home.

    July 22, 2009 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  18. Chani

    You go, guy! it's also about the millions of Americans one health crisis away from bankruptcy , one pink slip away from no health insurance for the rest of their lives.... in other words, most of us. It's also a fact that Americans pay far more per capita than nations with single-payer healthcare plans.

    This needs to be fixed. We are the only industrialized country in the world whose citizens do not have universal coverage and it's time for this nonsense of the Republicans to stop.

    July 22, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  19. Denna

    Forgive them President Obama. These fools you have to deal with have no interest in the public, only in the next election. One way to save money would be to have congressmen and senators pay for their own health care. That way the money wasted on keeping them healthy could go to health care for ordinary Americans. America, don't forget, don't lose sight of the fact that those of use who elected Barack Obama for president did so because we wanted what he had to offer, we needed to see change. He is trying to do this, inspite of the Republican and Blue Dog Democrats dragging their knuckles. If these people don't give President Obama a fair chance to succeed, then any failure will their THEIR FAULT, NOT HIS.

    July 22, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  20. Mark

    That's the Obama way... politics as usual. No different then any previous prez....

    July 22, 2009 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  21. Jason from Florida

    All i can say is Typical Republican Strategy. Let's be real and honest here about Healthcare, 90% of other countries in the world has two types of Health Coverage, 1) Private and 2) Government.

    I like the two choice option because, currently Health Care is being controlled with four organizations:

    1) Insurance Companies – Pay into larger shares/ corporate profits
    2) Doctors and Hospitals – Pay for their luxury salaries
    3) Phamacies – Pay regularily into millions of dollars for pills

    I understand that many Americans work for these organizations, however, start moving away from Healthcare and towards Green Energy Jobs. Healthcare shouldn't be run like a business or the game of Monopoly. In Monopoly, someone awaysgains and someone always sacrifices.

    July 22, 2009 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  22. Scott L

    Um, no you are by running DeMint attack ads. Exactly how much of taxpayer money is going to run those ads?

    July 22, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  23. J.P.

    Um... d'uh. Did this guy go to the George W. Bush school of metarsals in the oral cavity? Let's see, the definition of politics...

    "competition between competing interest groups or individuals for power and leadership (as in a government)."

    Imagine that... debating a sector of the economy that accounts for almost 20 percent of GDP is considered political! Armageddon must be upon us.

    4 more years of Bushisms.

    July 22, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  24. annie for Palin

    Okay so let's let all politicians and their families go on this government rationed hellth care plan for 3 or 4 yrs. and see how it works for them!

    July 22, 2009 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  25. M J

    For conservatives, it's all about defeating Obama. The strategists and keyboard commandos do not, and never have cared about this country. It's win at all costs for their side.

    July 22, 2009 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
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