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. tcaudilllg

    Let's finish this up: reconcile the bugger.

    November 8, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. Grrr-awful-o

    And the Senate won't pass it – at least not with a public option. Enough democratic have already gone on the news shows today saying they won't vote for that, that you can see it won't pass. But Obama and Pelosi already knew that. Obama's statements in this article are merely paving the way to throw those Senator's under the bus. Nasty Nancy will do that too. If she didn't intend to do that she wouldn't have produced a bill that she knows Harry Reid can't get through the Senate. What's latin for "Throw 'em under the bus"? That's the Obama administrations motto. It's definitely not "The buck stops here"! It's always somebody else's fault. Like little kids.

    November 8, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  3. No Hillary = No Obama

    Notice that Obama emphasized the word "historic" – this guy is so full of himself it really makes you wonder how humanitarian he really is under all that arrogance. Maybe the Senate will find their spine and stop this Obama-Pelosi Pony Show in it's tracks.

    November 8, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  4. Nadeem

    Couragous indeed, Washington has finally aced against the corporate greed of lobbying reform.

    Joe 'i'm beholden to insurance companies' Lieberman better smarten up.

    The party of 'no' is fast becomming the party of 'nobody'

    November 8, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. m jeff

    Most Republicans talk about our founding fathers, two hundred years ago, and the future 2010. they have nothing to offer for the present.

    November 8, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  6. Nea

    If this President do too much he gets criticized if he dont do enough he gets critcized a year gone and the whole year the President needs to do this but not that he have to go here but not there all year long thats all we heard. Please let him be the president ok!

    November 8, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. Matt

    Obama is an ideological idiot. How smart is it to create legislation that you pay for over 10 years for 5 years of service.

    Everyone with a quarter brain (obviously not the democrats) knows that government programs are NOT self sustaining (translation for democrats: IT DOESN"T PAY FOR ITSELF). There is examples even in the healthcare industry (Medicare, Medicaid, VA hospitals...).

    Obama promised not to raise taxes. Yet he has guarenteed that premiums will go up, he is taxing the rich (sounds like Lenin and Stalin) and forcing companies to pay more (sounds like manufacturing/business will move overseas.

    Pelosi, Obama and the rest are cheating the American People in the name of power, greed, and irrational/dishonest thinking. There were better, easier to incorporate plans to ACTUALLY BRING THE COSTS DOWN (instead of subsidizing them with taxpayer funds).

    November 8, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. Willy Brown

    The bill will die in the senate along with the democrat party.

    November 8, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  9. Tommygunn

    GREAT JOB CONGRESS!!!

    Now it is time the SENATE to PASS their bill!

    If it doesn't positively change the HEALTH system in this country, we can MODIFY it accordingly. So REPUBLICANs, quit all the UGLY and NEGATIVE hypobolic statements and get with the program to make this bill a sound one for AMERICA.

    If all REPUBLICANs truly believe in this being a bad deal, my thoughts are how comfortable are you with MEDICARE OR SOCIAL SECURITY oppose to WALL STREET. There are risk in anything, but it a safer investment when the government is in control of monitoring it and making the necessary changes to improve it.

    November 8, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  10. lilwind

    House did your vote and we the people will have ansourwer in 2010.

    November 8, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  11. annie s

    Health care reform seems now to come down to the fact that one man – Joe Lieberman – is holding the Senate hostage. Hope you guys in Connecticut are proud you elected this bozo.

    November 8, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  12. patrick88

    come on senate its your turn!

    November 8, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  13. B

    Please- just do it , as they say!

    November 8, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  14. normajean

    Thirty nine Democrats in the house voted to oppose the health care bill.All 39 of those people and their families are well covered by government health insurance. I'd like to know just who they are and what their justification was for their vote. Thank you to the majority of Democrats who realized that this issue is life and death to a lot of Americas families and not to be taken lightly.

    November 8, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  15. Mickey

    The Dems should just vote on this with or without the Republican's support...you know...like Bush said..."You are either with us, or against us.

    Just vote on it and cram it right down the GOP's pie hole.

    November 8, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  16. Ridgeway

    220 to 215? Now there's a resounding win. Crap. ACORN could have stuck those 5 votes in. Better check and make sure some dead congressmen from Illinois didn't vote, or live ones didn't vote twice.
    This is a joke. But then so is the current administration.
    I hope Ronald Reagan haunt's Hussein's lame butt.

    November 8, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  17. Obozo Needs a "W"

    Poor Obozo. Nothing seems to work. He has the media eating out of his hand, and a majority in Congress, and TV and newspaper commentators shilling for his every move, blaming every failure on Bush. But, nothing seems to work ! Obozo needs a W, badly.

    November 8, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  18. neil

    Wheres the money, taxpayers have none left!

    November 8, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  19. Obama care dies.....

    in the Senate....absolutely no chance of passing...the votes are NOT there......

    November 8, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  20. sandy

    Oh I;m sure the jerks in the Senate will mess around with this bill too. I personally think every politician in the House and Senate should be run out of Washington. they are truly worthless.

    November 8, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  21. Carnell From The Motor City!

    I Personally Want To Thank The Lone Republican Vote By Congressman Cao R-Louisiana. Now All That Has To Be Done Is Call Out The Sellout Democrats Who Voted Against Health Care, And Make Them Pay.

    November 8, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  22. Keith in Austin

    The pious giddyness expoused by liberal spenders and those expecting something else FREE from Mother Government will cease when the US Senate crushes this pathetic Healthcare Bill. Enjoy your temporary victory today and the remaining days of those that voted in favor of Obummercare against the will of their constituants! Yesterday marked the true colors of the Democrat Party and will add to it's certain demise in 2010 and 2012!

    November 8, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  23. Keith in Austin

    I look forward to watching Pelosi's attrocity crash and burn in the Senate!

    November 8, 2009 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  24. Kim

    Senator Reid the ball is in your court. Pelois pulled off an upset and won. Now it's your job to finish it off with 2 seconds left to slam dunk a win against the Republicans!!!

    November 9, 2009 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  25. Lisa

    The Republicans supported George W. Bush who destroyed this country...you cannot trust their judgement!! Vote for healthcare reform with the Public Option!!!

    November 9, 2009 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
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