November 8th, 2009
01:32 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama: Now up to Senate to complete work on health care bill


Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Sunday praised the "historic" House vote to pass a bill overhauling the nation's ailing health care system, and said now it is time for the Senate to "take the baton" and complete its work.

The House passed its health care bill late Saturday night by a 220-215 vote, with 39 Democrats in opposition and one Republican supporting it. Senate approval is considered less certain due to opposition by all Republicans and some moderate Democrats.

Obama called the support by many House members "courageous" in the face of what he called "the heated and often misleading rhetoric around this legislation."

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  1. Orange Curtain, CA

    Wimpy Democrats go home...grow a spine and support the President

    November 8, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  2. Arms a' twisting

    Good luck with that.

    November 8, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. F. AZARRE

    I am glad to see the bill passed eventhough I don't know how much I will pay. My Insurance company already eliminate the HMO in its plan so that means everyone is forcing to buy the expensive plan PPO or else. Better the government plan than the profitor's plan.

    November 8, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  4. phoenix86

    Let's see:

    Obama's policies are detrimental to the economy and contribute to rising unemployment.

    Pelosi and her democrat followers pass a bill to further increase taxes, thereby ensuring that economic recovery will not occur in 2010.

    Obama's right, it is the Senates turn.

    I hope all these elected officials remember that they will also most likely be unemployed come January 2011.

    November 8, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  5. Tony in Maine

    Uh Oh

    Is that Mitch McConnell attaching a claymore to the hull of ANY health care reform not approved by his corporate masters?

    November 8, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    And the march to socialism, tyranny, and economic devastation continues. Good work democrats! Good work american voters!

    November 8, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. Susie

    "Heated and misleading." I heard Boehner in front of the whole House last night say that his Republican bill ends discrimination due to a pre-existing condition, which was a flat-out lie, corrected by the TV host when someone called in about supporting him. I have no idea why people still believe everything out of his, Palin's, Rush's, Beck's, and Hannity's mouths, when they are shown to be liars again and again. I am so proud of
    Speaker Pelosi and the committees who worked and worked on this and even those who agreed with Stupak's amendment, which WAS a bi-partisan vote. No one LIKES abortion, but it is legal, and I hope that the circumstances covered by the bill are broad enough to help the women in need.

    November 8, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  8. Aspen Professor

    I have always found it fascinating that the right-wing extremists and the bought and paid for Teabaggers would consider themselves more intelligent than the Doctors (of the AMA) and the senior citizens (of the AARP) whose knowledge has been built and sharpened over several decades.

    Both groups have come out in favor of the Dems Health Care Plan. Good for them!

    The Repub 240 page Health Care Non-Plan enables the Insurance Companies to exclude those with pre-existing medical conditions.

    November 8, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. Pat F

    What a liar. After the Dems have misled the public about need, cost, effect, goal, etc. etc, of this Bill, he has the GUTS to accuse the oposition of misleading rhetoric.

    Power grab for the Socialist President – Hugo Chavez is SO proud!

    November 8, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  10. Camille Smith

    Please tell me how mental health issues will addressed in the new health care bill.

    How will illegal immigrants be treated in this bill?

    November 8, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. greenfish

    What are the republicans going to do now? If this gets through the Senate, is reconciled and becomes law, the wall of NO will collapse around them. One can only hope....

    November 8, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    President Obama called the support by many House members "courageous" in the face of what he called "the heated and often misleading rhetoric around this legislation."

    Due respect Mr President, but those who voted FOR this bill were only representing their local and National constituency... It's what ALL politicians SHOULD be doing, especially in light of the "misleading rhetoric" being used by the pawns and supplicants of the Pharma and "Insurance" industries.

    November 8, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  13. Black Viper

    I beleive reform has to start with Hospitals in this country Because only in America a Doctor can be a Multi Millionnaire.
    They are charging outreageous amout of money for little services. It's insane.You go to the emergency room and get a Tylenol the bill comes to be $600 to $700. You do a simple X-ray they charge you more than $3300 for just simply using the X-ray Machine.
    The hospitals kills you and the Insurance companies finishes you by denying you coverage or paying very little and left you with the rest of the bill.
    I wonder why the AMA was first to endorse the bill because it doesn't reduce Doctors Salaries.

    November 8, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  14. Debby

    I hope the Senate isn't as stupid as the House was.

    November 8, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  15. Black Viper

    In other countries you can make a descent salary and a nice life being a doctor or a nurse.
    In America you become a doctor to become rich and be a millionnaire.
    Only in America you can go to the Emmergency room, wait 30 mn and have a doctor see you for 5 mn, get a tylenol and have a bill of $600 or $700 to pay.
    Simple MRI X-Ray $3300 Minimum you have to pay.
    I've leaved in Europe and I have never seen a bill of that much spending that little time with X-rays or Emmergency rooms.
    The insurance companies are to be blamed as well for denying care to people paying their premiums but the main target has to be Hospitals.

    November 8, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  16. Barry In Las Vegas

    Once all of the provisions that were hidden in this bill become public knowledge the Senate will change it so much it will not be recongnizable to the House – which hopeully will then doom this national disaster to the ash heap.

    The fact is, Obama and the Democrats have been the ones misleading the American people about what is really in this bill – but we are all about to find out – then there will be no place for them to hide.

    November 8, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  17. Carole

    First on the list to check off, Joe LIEberman.

    Joe LIEberman only believes in spending money on killing Mideaster peoples and war.

    GOP Healthcare Budget = $0.00(Let them eat cake so they get sicker and die.)

    GOP War Budget = $10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (Money is 'no' object)

    November 8, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  18. Hammerer

    Isaiah 10:1-2;
    Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless.
    Exodus 22:22-24;
    Do not take advantage of a widow or an orphan.If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainaly hear their cry. My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword. Your wives will become widows and your children fatherless.

    November 8, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  19. JES

    When will his family start using the tax bill that passed and give up what they have now. Why they have a much better paln than all of Americans have.

    November 8, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  20. historian

    Hopefully, insurance coverage will change for Medicare Advantage seniors Some Medicare Advantage plans are like just being on Medicare without the supplement insurance coverage. For one plan, the 2010 hospital deductible is $1680 for seven days in the hospital and 20% for medical devices, etc. Only 10 days coverage for skilled nursing. Medicare pays for 20 days. Prescriptions that fall under Part B of Medicare have a 20% co-pay and some of these drugs cost over a $1,000. Seniors can't afford it. President Obama said Advantage plans don't work, but what will replace them??????

    November 8, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  21. John

    This year my small company had it's health care premiums raised 26.4%. So again this year we switched to a lesser plan, at only a 6% increase. I don't know if this new plan will help. What I do know is that continuing on the current course is the definition of insanity. What is different about today? Today there is a little bit of hope I can continue to provide my employees high quality health care.

    November 8, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  22. Nat, NYC

    I have just one suggestion: the Congressmen have to enroll in the health care they propose. Would you?

    November 8, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  23. D. Tree

    Any Democrat who thinks that voting against this bill protects them from GOP attacks is sorely mistaken – the GOP will go after Dems no matter what they do. Better to just pass this needed legislation and get on with the business of solving America's problems.

    November 8, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  24. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    No, it's up to the Senate to put a stop to this fiscal insanity.

    November 8, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. nathan smith ga

    i am very proud of those who voted yes. you showed courage may God bless you!

    November 8, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
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