November 7th, 2009
12:55 PM ET
9 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.

Filed under: Democrats • Health care • House • President Obama
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. The healthcare bill will.....

    die in the Senate.......

    Obama has no political capital left........

    With 10.2 % unemployment, it's all downhill from here....

    November 7, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. John Ca

    House Dems are keeping America great!!!

    November 7, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. Mike in VA

    Sad day for America if this passes and becomes law. It's not about health care. It is government power over American people.

    November 7, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Sorry boys, but.....

    just passing Pelosi's gang does not make it law.....

    The U.S. Senate will shred it and send it to Pelosi in her feed bag.....

    Can't wait....

    November 7, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    It is unconstitutional to force people to have health insurance.
    It's a freedom issue. Where in the world did anyone get the idea that the government has a Constitutional right to force supposedly free citizens to purchase anything?

    November 7, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  6. mark

    America, soon to become the land of the "fee".
    Government fees.

    November 7, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  7. Don

    As a doctor, I've been waiting 20 years for people to start getting the greed out of heath care, so good luck today, Congress!

    November 7, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  8. Mark

    On the way to bankrupting the nation!

    November 7, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  9. annie against biased news

    Is the above picture on a 'Wanted' poster? If not, it should be for the most evil corrupt politicians in the history of the USA!

    November 7, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  10. Gordon Shumway

    Is this just another nail in the coffin of what used to be America?

    November 7, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  11. S.B.

    I certainly hope the Dems will get their act together on this. So far I've been disappointed with this Congress. If they don't start getting some of these things done, I don't see much reason to vote them in again in 2010. I'm sure lots of people feel as I do. I think Nancy Pelosi is a good leader, but I have huge doubts about Harry Reid.

    November 7, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  12. richard

    Obama please don't do this health care stuff now we need jobs this will be the nail in our coffin come on!! Get with the program bro you need to get your head on straight what the mother u doing in the white house your a clown get your act 2geather don't make me feel even more sorry I voted for you ! (And to all those posting here obama in 2012 seriously get real my entire school voted for obama 900 students there is not one kid who would vote again seriously just give it up I'm not sure about the math but that pretty messed up ) bye you all

    November 7, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. Gerry

    So they are going to pass a health care bill again that no one has read, was not posted on the internet for 72 hours as promised and will probably break this country just to say they did it.

    November 7, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  14. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    The great and late Senator Teddy Kennedy, this one's for you.

    November 7, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  15. Eric

    I personally fully support this bill and I really hope that Congress and the Senate will see the importance of this bill and its effect on the future of this nation. The Republican party can resist and fight all they want against this bill but it will be nothing but political suicide for them in the end. Americans need health care reform and the future well being of this great nation depends on it !!!

    November 7, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  16. Pragmatic

    The issue of health care reform has been on the table since Harry Truman ... the republicans all decided the night President Obama was elected that they would, as a total "Stepford wives" group vote "no" on everything. This after 8 years of being the party of nothing done ... not on immigration – not on health care – not on SS or the tax code.

    The Democrats are moving forward, with the debate and discussion being held in their own party – the GOP just lies about death panels and killing grandma ... yelling 'stay the course" !!!

    November 7, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. Rosalyn Casson

    I'm so proud of you Mr. President!

    November 7, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  18. Dylan from MN

    I love my president.

    November 7, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  19. katiec

    It is time to get this crucial bill passed.
    There has been too much politics as usual, sacrificing the welfare of the American people.
    Too much support for the continuation of big business running and controlling our country.
    Too much creditibility given to a political party out to destroy our
    president, our country and us.

    November 7, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  20. JP

    This is a sad day for the country if the bill in it's present form passes.

    November 7, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  21. Kate in SW Fla

    With the Catholic Conference of Bishops signing on, the ONLY people left opposong this is the Insurance Industry and the Republicans in Washington DC. That's it. Just them. Here is who supports: doctors, nurses, hospitals, big pharma, medical device mfr, therapists, and the majority of citizens.

    November 7, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  22. Hannibal Lector

    I'm sure they're sure since they have the majority. But you people on medicare better be looking for some kind of welfare to pay for your plan.

    November 7, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  23. aa

    we will get what we want it and we will vote GOP out

    November 7, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  24. W Spivey

    Keep your eyes on that 177 member GOP Death Panel.

    November 7, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  25. Barbara - ATL

    Hopefully we're on our way!

    November 7, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
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