December 9th, 2009
10:13 AM ET
3 months ago

White House lauds Senate Democrats' health care deal

Washington (CNN) - The White House on Wednesday praised a deal reached by liberal and moderate Democrats on the public option portion of the Senate health care bill.

"Senators are making great progress and we're pleased that they're working together to find common ground toward options that increase choice and competition," said White House spokesman Reid Cherlin.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that the Democrats had reached a "broad agreement" on the public option portion of the bill, but at least one liberal senator who took part in the negotiations wasn't so sure.

"It goes without saying it's been kind of a long journey," Reid said. "Tonight we've overcome a real problem that we had. I think it's fair to say the debate at this stage has been portrayed as a very divisive one."

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  1. www.circleparkforum.com

    Ten Democratic members of the United States Senate, tasked by Democratic Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid (D-NV), to kill a public option while he sat in a corner, curled up, shaking and hugging his knees, in fact scuttle the last vestige of real health care reform AND THE WHITE HOUSE LAUDS WHAT THEY'VE DONE AS "PROGRESS"?

    And while real reform was being thrown out with the trash, Obama sent out this email last night asking for money from people who can’t afford to give it, asking them to trust him to help them, asking them to put all their hopes in him, at the very same time that he’s let them all down.

    December 9, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. tim

    Did this guy just wake up all the sudden? This is the most I've heard out of him for the last 9 years, what a dope.

    December 9, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  3. Cincy RN

    Although dropping the Medicare age to 55 is awesome, the deal busters will be the non for profit over seeing private insurance companies in order to keep premiums down. Yeah Right! That's not going to work. I am with those that won't vote for the reform until there is a choice for a public option for all Americans. I still don't understand why we aren't given the Choice. Madness still~

    December 9, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. Jeff from chicago

    so Medicare is going bankrupt, and we are modeling the health care program around Medicare.

    sounds good!?!?!

    Add to that a non-profit, (for those of you who do not understand the term it means the company's goal is to break even), just like all government run operations, (by the way all are going bankrupt but we can just raise taxes to compensate), to add competition.

    someone please tell me how a company that does not have to make a profit and losses will be funded through higher taxes spurns competition? no one can compete against a company that can set rates at a loss. America was built on capitalism which is fair competion, the strongest survive, etc. How does this meet those ideas of America????

    December 9, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. Bob in Pa

    Harry buddy, we can still see through you.
    This is still just a state/union bailout. Lots of early retiries will be removed from benifit plans much earlier if Medicare starts at 55. And above all else, it is way too expensive. Just give the people the money to purchase some low cost insurance. It would be much cheaper.

    December 9, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  6. Aunt Bea and Opie

    And to our right,in yellow page box,we have the biggest healthcare thieves running an ad here.I guess this is why our statement wont be printed.Thanks CNN.The corporate fascists just pulled of the biggest ponzi scheme on the American people ever seen,they just stole your healthcare.

    December 9, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  7. WoW

    Democrats should not be proud of themselves. This bill is horrible. If you do not believe me, read it yourselves.

    How can anyone support a bill that makes lobbyists and politicians the ones that determine what care you will and will not be covered for? If you are meeting with your physician and he or she recommends a specific treatment option and it is not on the "checklist" issued by politicians and lobbyists, then you cannot receive coverage for that treatment option.

    This is disgusting. How can anyone support this? This bill was rushed. Liberals need to educate themselves and understand this is not the way to go.

    December 9, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  8. Idiot_Pelosi

    This HC Bill is the biggest bunch of crap I've seen in a long time. It's got so many conditions, and exceptions, that it takes a Lawyer or CPA to understand.

    It reminds me of the Federal Tax Laws.

    No, these jokers couldn't come up with 5-10 pages of common sense stuff that everyone could agree on, NO.............

    They have to come up with crap.

    December 9, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  9. Ken from missouri

    The republicans better beware that if democrats get a decent bill on health care and jobs they will be on the wrong side of history.

    December 9, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. Edwin

    Democracy means finding a middle ground that no one is really happy with, but most people can tolerate. I think there is hope for the health care bill after all.

    December 9, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. Tom

    As long as the federal government has it's hand in health care, it's bound for disaster.

    December 9, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. chase

    Didn't Glen Beck predicted that the public option will be called under another name months ago as a way to disguised this governement build up frame work to take over healthcare?

    Listen folks who are supporting governement run healthcare...consider this. The first stimulus plan supposely created or saved 650k jobs averaging at 250k per job. these include part time and temp jobs. i don't know about you but i know very few part time, temp workers or full time workers making 250k year. this is another sign pointing to the wastefullness and inefficiently of governement. And we want this very same governement to run healthcare??????? what's worst? there is no money tree in the back of the WH lawn. $$$ funding this governement run system comes out of our pocket. If you want a doctor visit to average out to $5k per visit in 10 yrs then let the governement run healthcare. just some food for thought.

    December 9, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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