November 7th, 2009
12:55 PM ET
8 years ago

House Dem leaders seem confident health care bill will pass


The president paused for a photo after meeting with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn and other House Democrats on Capitol Hill Saturday. (Photo Credit: Matt Hoye/CNN)

Washington (CNN) - Emerging from a meeting with President Barack Obama, the House Democratic leadership appeared confident Saturday that their health care legislation would pass.

"Today we will make not only history, but progress for America's working families," Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters assembled outside the meeting room.

"We're on the cusp of making an historical decision on behalf of the American people," added House Majority Whip James Clyburn of South Carolina.

A senior Democratic aide quoted the president as saying during the meeting that he was "absolutely confident that you guys will get this done."

"Absolutely confident that when I sign this in the Rose Garden, each and every one of you will be able to look back and say 'this was my finest moment in politics,'" the aide quoted Obama as saying.

White House spokesman Bill Burton said the president made the case that Congress has a historic opportunity today to provide stability and security for those who have insurance, affordable coverage for those who don't and bring down the cost of health care for families, small businesses and the government.

Burton also reported that Obama told the Democratic lawmakers that they had made more progress on comprehensive reform than any administration and any Congress in the past 70 years, and that they should take this historic opportunity to pass health care reform so that he can sign a bill by the end of this year.

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Updated: 1:27 p.m.

–CNN's Elaine Quijano contributed to this report.

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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Jenn, Philadelphia

    This is a bill we will all be bound by, so they should take their time to get it right. The poor, who they claim to be helping, are the ones who are going to be hurt. Already they've removed abortion from the public option. I'm sure there are restrictions on birth control as well. The result is that the poor will not get the same medical benefits as the wealthy who can buy their own coverage. This Congress and this President want any bill just so they can say they did something, even if that bill isn't worth the 1,990 pages it's written on.

    November 7, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  2. dustbunny

    Go ahead and vote for it. Then start looking for a job after next Nov.

    November 7, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  3. sharong58

    I am one of the fortunate ones who has a fairly good health insurance plan. I am not worried about it changing! In fact, my company has kept down costs (they pay part and I pay part of my premiums) and I am only paying about $100 a month out of my check for a ppo policy that covers 90/10 after deductible. I don't think that healthcare reform will change my company's policies. They already comply with the law.
    And every company I have ever worked at offered healthcare benefits.
    But there are a lot of small companies out there who need an incentive to do so, and there are a lot of unemployed indiviguals out there who not only don't have jobs but don't have medical benefits.
    Case in point, my son, who is single and 28, can't find a job and doesn't even qualify for the public aid medical card (the public option that is government run, we pay taxes on, and has been around for years! . . . how about that!?) because he has no children. He doesn't qualify for any benefits program, so is really "up a creek"! These, and the family's whose main breadwinner just lost a job, are the ones who really need help!!!
    That's why I am all for health reform! If it means higher taxes, so be it!
    I would rather pay higher taxes for helping the economy is this country, than funding some insane war thousands of miles away that is draining this country of moeny and our sons!

    November 7, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  4. northwest

    Lets hope it passes this is what American wants and what people in this country need .
    This is our day in the sun.
    Let the winning votes go forward.

    Thanks President Obama we admire you.

    November 7, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. New Father

    Tax businesses big and small, cut medicare $500 billion, fine and jail time for those who don't buy in, 3 years ago unemployment was under 5% and than what happened? Pelosi and Obama became the majority in Congress followed by Obama becoming president. Since than what happened to all the jobs? Have no fear America FDR fixed the economy after only 10 years of a depression and than WWII. So only 7 more years of a jobless recovery and for his 3 term Obama will take us to war and than the jobs will come, so relax only 7 years left.

    November 7, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  6. mjm

    I think a lot of you dems are going to learn the hard way that this is NOT how it's done in America.

    We already have an insurance industry. Thousands of Americans work for them every single day. The democrat’s assault on this industry is a travesty.

    The Dems had their social medicine with Medicare. It's a failure. It will be unsustainable in 10 years.

    The only bright spot was Medicare Advantage where private meets public. Instead of making that their cornerstone, they decide to destroy it.

    My father has Medicare Advantage. He CHOSE that over Medicare for a reason. He wanted BETTER. Now, he'll have less health coverage.

    Then there is the price tag. $1.2 trillion at least. Generation will be ENSLAVED with taxes and debt for years to come.

    The very idea of taxing people over 40% of their income to pay for someone else’s insurance is as UNAMERICAN as it gets.

    Way to destroy a nation......Democrats.

    Republicans will be voted into office for the next 20 years with the promise to repeal HR 3200.

    November 7, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  7. Michelle

    I'm praying that this passes, and that it is a good bill, with opportunity for all Americans, and that the terrible things the other party has been saying are shown to be the lies they are.We are all Americans, and we have a responsibility to each other first, party second. Hate has no place in this discussion, and the fear-mongering from Palin on up has been atrocious. They should be ashamed of their support for the insurance companies.

    November 7, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. Jane

    Yep, be confident it will pass and see how many of you get voted out of office.

    November 7, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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