October 13th, 2009
05:41 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama on health care: 'We're not there yet'


WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama expressed satisfaction Tuesday with the Senate Finance Committee's passage of a health care bill, but said more work remains.

"We are now closer than ever before to passing health reform, but we're not there yet," he told reporters in the Rose Garden. "Now's not the time to pat ourselves on the back."

Instead, he said, it is time to "dig in and work even harder to get this done."


Filed under: Health care • President Obama
soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. ICARE

    Yes, let's part ways with GREED...

    October 13, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  2. Gary's Opinion

    Serious malpractice reform!
    Eliminate pre-existing exclusions!
    Insure all children!
    Let insurance companies compete across state lines!
    Preventitive education and vaccinations!
    Implement a computer record!

    No new taxes!
    No more deficit spending!
    No new mandates!
    No government panels!
    No public options!
    No tricks to move us towards socialized medicine!

    October 13, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. Susan in NC

    The job will be done when the congress adds the public option. It's our only salvation from the greed of the health care insurance companies!

    October 13, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  4. Ethan

    We are getting there. This was historic today. Simply stated, we NEED the Public Option to reduce costs. Period. We CANNOT reduce costs to consumers without a public option. It is the ONLY way to hold the corporate insurance companies accountable. It is the ONLY way to reduce COSTS to consumers on Main Street America.

    October 13, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  5. Steph

    We are one step closer, and I'm hopeful that soon every American will have affordable health insurance he/she can depend on! Keep up the great work President Obama and Congress! This is exactly why we voted for you.

    October 13, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. JOBLESS IN IOWA

    Private Agenda Accomplished for Obama, JUST MORE LIES.

    WHERE ARE THE JOBS Obama,

    LIES, MORE LIES and ALL LIES.

    October 13, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  7. wait a minute

    President Obama is very right.
    Without a strong Public Option, there is no health care reform.

    October 13, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  8. B

    Getting a Public Option included that most Americans want will be the test !

    October 13, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. Rob Johnson

    What, no pose on an aircraft carrier with a "Mission Accomplished" banner behind him? Doesn't this man know anything about publicity?

    Seriously, one of the things I like about Obama is that he doesn't get too high when thing are good, or too low when things are bad. He has the perfect temperament for President, and I admire his level-headed approach.

    October 13, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  10. Four and The Door

    How about time to "dig in and figure out something that lowers costs instead in increasing them."? Otherwise, this $900 billion boondoggle will just be a dinosaur dropped on future generations of Americans that will bury them financially. That's not what we need and it's not what they need.

    October 13, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  11. Please, Mr.President!

    It is not Reform....

    Its not Reform

    Its not REFORM!

    without a strong PUBLIC OPTION...

    Please sir, just call it a new dealer for the corner shell game until then.

    October 13, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  12. ran

    Wish they would do the right thing here and give us single payer non-profit universal health care. Or at least a public/non-profit option.

    No reason not to because the republicans will never vote for any bill any way.

    If we do not get the bill with either a public or non-profit option then I hope we find ourselves with a truly viable 3rd party.

    October 13, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  13. annie s

    And we'll never be there without a public option. The Baucus bill is a handout to the private insurers, who've decided to thank him by putting out cheap and misleading data. They want to scare us by saying premiums will go up? Then give us the real tools to fight them and make them competitive – a public option. Free choice.

    October 13, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  14. Z

    One step closer...

    Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine...
    Distinguished Woman of the month...

    October 13, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  15. randy s

    YES!!...
    Now that the health insurance providers have threatened us with raising rates we should demand an alternative source. Beware all you scoundrel politicians that are on their payroll. We will find out who you are we will take care of you on election day!

    October 13, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  16. yuri

    Obviously not. We do know, however, that the GOPgoons have lotsa aces up their sleeves.

    October 13, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    Pat on the back? I'd like to cave in Baucus' head with a shovel. The bill he proposed is a bloody miscarriage.

    October 13, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  18. LacrosseMom

    PLEASE CONTACT YOUR CONGRESSIONAL REP. AND ASK THEM TO SUPPORT HEALTHCARE WITH PUBLIC OPTION AND HEALTHCARE REFORM! (excuse the yelling)

    45,000 Americans die every year because they lack healthcare.

    IF 45,000 Americans were dying each year from terrorist attacks, everyone would be in the streets rioting!

    The Republicans want to deny Americans healthcare and healthcare reform, because Big Pharma and Big Insurance's PROFITS are more important than WE, the People!

    WHO IS ON YOUR SIDE AMERICA?

    October 13, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  19. Stu- SW Florida

    Thanks Olympia..
    The Snowe has started falling in DC
    We need someone who voted for her vote and not just for the party!
    Maybe some other GOP will come out of the closet and be AMERICAN!!

    October 13, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  20. kyra

    I am hoping for the public option...

    October 13, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  21. JES

    We just need to spend a few more trillion first before you can make it work for the 14% of the people.

    You go Obama keep spending our money.

    October 13, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  22. Christian Values

    Right on Obama! We still have to get the Public Option in as well. This is a good first step though.

    Shove it down the throats of those americans who still support the senseless slaughter of 45000 americans (that's fifteen 9/11's) PER YEAR.

    Republicans will never understand. Our health care system is purposely killing people each and every year. This is only tolerated by the satanic cult following that doesn't want the public option.

    October 13, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  23. Rob

    That's right Barry, ya still got a ways to go before you ruin the country.

    Can't wait til 2010, when we can vote your co-conspirators out. Then start counting you days, cuz you're gonna be looking for a new job come January 2013. Maybe one of those know-nothings over on the Nobel prize board can find something for you, allow you to keep up your anti-American ways?

    October 13, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  24. Tom, NC

    ...and hopefully we will NEVER be there.... with a higher deficit and a free-falling currency....

    October 13, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  25. Lila

    We want a public option. Period.

    October 13, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
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