July 23rd, 2009
03:28 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama says health care delay is OK 'to get it right'

President Obama said Thursday that he would accept a delay in the passage of health care reform if it meant that a satisfactory bill would be passed.

President Obama said Thursday that he would accept a delay in the passage of health care reform if it meant that a satisfactory bill would be passed.

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Thursday that he is willing to accept a temporary delay in the passage of health care reform legislation if Congress ultimately approves a satisfactory bill.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid indicated earlier in the day that the full Senate will not vote on health care reform legislation before the August congressional recess.

Obama had been pushing for both the House and Senate to pass health care legislation before going on their summer break - a goal that has appeared increasingly unlikely due to fierce Republican opposition and cost concerns cited by fiscally conservative Democrats.

"My attitude is I want to get it right, but I also want to get it done promptly," Obama told a packed town hall audience in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

Obama said he could accept a longer timeline "as long as I see folks working diligently and consistently."

If legislators "are legitimately working out tough problems ... I have no problem," he said. But "I don't want a delay just because of politics ... (or) delay for the sake of delay."

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soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. Active Duty Democrat

    Hopefully they get it right then, they work for us it is high time that they remember that...

    July 23, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. phoenix86

    Lowering expectations. Change to failure. That you can believe in.

    Four and the door. Bet the dems wish Hillary had won.

    July 23, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. Christian

    Thanks goodness for sensibility. I'm sure we can all agree as taxpayers that we don't need another very expensive and rushed bill crammed through the system and down our throats before we know the details and impacts to our lives.

    July 23, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. fellow from Chicago

    Yeah right, admit it Barack you have no say so in the matter. The kitchen has got to hot for you Senator, er..Mr. President. Why don't you come back to Chicago. On second thought; don't.

    July 23, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. Matthew Maggiorini

    Obama needs to shut his mouth about the harvard professor and the GOP. He is doing nothing except spending taxpayer's money incorrectly.

    July 23, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  6. TCM

    haha...like he had a choice! The people are speaking out against this socialist, ego-maniac....they don't want your BS hope and change, Obama...Why? Because it's all a facade just to gain you power and control.....you've lied about transparency and virtually most other issues....in fact, you leveraged so much emotion from the desperate people of this country that it's going to be hell to pay next election, and rightfully so.

    July 23, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. Lois

    Delay, delay, delay. I have great healthcare; I certaintly don't want to pay for 20,000,000 illegals to have the same benefits as I do. I work very hard for what I have and Obama wants to take it from me to give the the people that doesn't even work for a living....He is Stupid!!!!!!

    July 23, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. JoeCool

    The only reason Obozo wanted a rush job was that he hoped noboby would have time to read the bill before it was passed. No need to rush now. The cat is out of the bag and the Dumbocrats are taking a beating.

    July 23, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. Bpin

    And it will not add a dime to our national debt. Anyone in the US that is buying this is just plain stupid. I wonder where that magical money that is going to pay for it is going to come from. Medical care costs going diwn? Right. It is Bush's fault anyway. You would think Bush was still in office. You would think that Obama thinks that we all just loved Bush. Bush Bush Bush Bush Bush...I heard some poll say he has said it publically over 12,000 times since taking office. Geez

    July 23, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  10. Willa

    OK...but get it done this year!
    What he said last night was correct, about getting several tests done by being sent from one specialist to another. I know some-one where she was prescribed high blood pressure pills by three different doctors who did not know she was beign seen by others. She took all prescriptions and became very sick...now, it is also up to the patients to tell their doctors they are seeing other doctors and about their prescriptions, but this happens and l people do not always understand the healthcare and insurance procedures...and it is dangerous and a waste of money...

    July 23, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  11. Marty, Grand Rapids Mi

    Make them work through August and earn their paycheck. Otherwise they will come back as fat cats with no incentive to get anything done.

    July 23, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  12. Obama Victim

    Common Sense 1 Obozo 0

    July 23, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  13. Ryan Indy

    Thats what a person says when they have been handed DEFEAT. Cant wait to hear his blind followers praise him for this.

    July 23, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  14. Randolph Carter

    Here's a fun idea: Kick all of the lobbyists out of DC and make all campaign contributions completely anonymous. Think it'll ever happen? Have a nice day!

    July 23, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  15. Kevin in Ohio

    Doing it right includes READING and UNDERSTANDING what is in this monster.

    July 23, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  16. Robin

    I have read some of it. Throw it out and start all over.

    First, we need to stop treating illegals for free.

    July 23, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  17. Alicia

    I disagree. Harry Reid is no doubt working in the hands of health care money. My opinion.

    I am tired of the Party of NO, Rethugs, doing all they can to win at any cost. The Rethugs don't care who is or is not covered. The Rethugs are so hypocritical, whether cheating politicians or they feel a man's home is his castle, if he is a White man!

    July 23, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  18. AndrewCPA

    So last night he wanted it pass before wnet home, but it is OK? Also, I learned nothing last night from his address about his plan except Congress needs to Hammer it out. Gee, I think most past presidents would send Congress what they wanted. Where is the plan Mr President?

    July 23, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  19. kishen c.rao

    As long as it is fixed, we are fine in America....God bless pres. obama...pres. obama, if you fix health care, you will be remembered in USA history....generations read in high schools............go for it...good lucks...Republicans, and bluedog dems don't play politics...ok...

    July 23, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  20. Rob Johnson

    I would have to agree that getting it done right is more important than getting it done quickly.

    As I said in another thread, one bad habit Obama has picked up from Bush is his tendency to say "If we don't fix this problem by next Tuesday, the world as we know it will come to an end."

    There is a fine line between urgency and hysteria, and it's important to stay on the right side of that line.

    July 23, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  21. Butch Dillon

    The U.S. Senate is the problem! The last thing they need is an August vacation during which they collect money from the lobbies that support them. The Senate's priority should be health care reform, not campaign fund collections. Reid is a coward not to force them to work through the month. Dhead Durbin is a big part of what's wrong too, and so is Maxie Baucus. They truly do not want health care reform

    July 23, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  22. joe m

    surprising change of position for the president who has been pushing for the last several weeks that this legislation 'needs to get done now'. but it may not be a bad choice as his willingness to allow for delay and debate and scrutiny can help improve the final product and ease concerns.

    July 23, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  23. Hugo

    I love it, fierce Republican opposition! What about your own party Obama? This is not a healthcare reform bill, this is an abomination! One more time: Regulate the lawyers and Insurance Companies, not the Physicians and we will get what we deserve, lower premiums!

    July 23, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  24. FL

    Glad to see that the president is starting to listen to reason, a little bit. They are waiting to deal with investigating interrogation procedures of terrorists in order to get it right, according to yesterday's news. So, it is a good thing they are also willing to slow down on the health care reform to get that right too.

    July 23, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  25. Grrr-awful-o

    It'll be okay if it disappears. For those who don't pay their own way it will be a better deal (and, by the way, those same people have a much higher incidence of smoking, drug abuse, not utilizing healthcare that is available and other risky (espensive to cover) behaviors). But for those of us who do pay their own way (directly or through employment benefits) it will be a worse deal. Obama did not deny that last night. He acknowledged that we will now need to have someone from the government approve our treatment plans and healthcare utilization (the government!). That's rationing. And he would not guarantee that the personal cost to us would not go up (that's a tax increase even if it's advertised under another name). And the elderly and very sick will be denied some coverage since it's not cost effective (they're going to die anyway so don't spend a lot of money on them). Sorry, but that is not Change I Can Believe In. Thanks for getting us into this mess, Dims!

    July 23, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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