December 21st, 2009
11:37 AM ET
8 months ago

Obama: Health care vote a victory for American people

President Barack Obama on Monday called the Senate vote to end its debate and move toward passing a health care bill 'a big victory for the American people.'
President Barack Obama on Monday called the Senate vote to end its debate and move toward passing a health care bill 'a big victory for the American people.'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Monday called the Senate vote to end its debate and move toward passing a health care bill "a big victory for the American people."

In remarks at the White House, Obama rejected arguments by Republican opponents of the bill that it will increase the federal deficit.

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office says the Senate bill will reduce the deficit by $132 billion in the first 10 years, Obama said.

"That argument that opponents are making against this bill does not hold water," Obama said.

The Senate will hold more procedural votes on the health care bill this week, with a final vote scheduled for Christmas Eve.


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soundoff (192 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I staill would like a public option. I don't see where the insurance company's competition will come from.

    December 21, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. Turthspeaker

    And yet the AMERICAN PEOPLE DON'T WANT THIS. Read the Polls instead of Smoking and lounging around like a rockstar...

    Unbelievable. Out in 3.

    December 21, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. LEWIS WALBURN

    we still hope" hitler obama" will lose on this health scam

    December 21, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. PK

    Polls show a vast majority oppose this bill. So when Obama says it's a "big victory for the American people," he's implicitly adding, "they're just too dumb to realize it."

    Also, while the CBO is non-partisan, it should be noted that they are also non-competent.

    December 21, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but..

    Actually, Mr. President, a single-payer system like the rest of the world has would be a victory for the American people. The current bill is more like a victory for the American insurance and pharmaceutical people. I can't wait to see how our congress critters butcher meaningful financial regulatory reform. Have a nice day!

    December 21, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. Pat F

    This is a huge defeat – Americans will rue this day, as will the Democrats.

    December 21, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. Jarhead

    Well, the Democommies did it. Of course, they had to slink around in the dark of night like a pack of egg sucking dogs headed toward the hen house. I have to wonder just who do they think they are fooling?
    The people of this nation know what they are doing, and there will be a day of reckoning such as this nation has never seen before.

    December 21, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  8. Jeff from Chicago

    61% of the people are against this bill but arrogance by pelosi, reid, and obummer win out.

    It doesn't matter to them if it's good or not, it's
    1

    December 21, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  9. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    The health care vote is a Victory for the Government and the Insurance industry, certainly has NOTHING to do with the people. Nobody in the Senate even knows what people are. The American people are nothing more to this Government then a taxpayer to be exploited for Corporate profit.

    December 21, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  10. Hugo

    President Barack Obama on Monday called the Senate vote to end its debate and move toward passing a health care bill "a big victory for the American people." Open wide, spread em' here it comes like it or not!

    What he really meant to say, is that it is a "big tax increase coming for the American people", it is Unconstitutional and it does nothing to curb in healthcare costs for middle America. This Administration has destroyed us with their spending and debt, don't worry America, the wake up call is coming. It is inevitable, the world cannot continue to finance our debt, anybody watching the correlation of collusion between North Korea, Venezuela and Iran?

    December 21, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  11. Jeff from Chicago

    61% of the people are against this bill but arrogance by pelosi, reid, and obummer win out.

    It doesn't matter to them if it's good or not, it's
    1 If they win
    2 can they blame it on Bush if it goes south?
    3 can they take credit if it turns out to be good?
    4 can they use the words, "unprecedented" to describe it?

    December 21, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  12. Liberla wingnut

    This bill is only for Obama to say that he passed health care. We will spend the next ten years cleaning the 2000 page bill up.

    December 21, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  13. wake up

    Chicago politics at it's best. Buyoffs, and pandering to political backers are going to make for decades of debt, high taxes and worst of all..........WORSE HEALTH CARE.
    America, we have been hoodwinked.

    December 21, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  14. true

    Not a victory for American people, it's one for Obama. This change will become a disaster for Americans. Obama needs votes for himself, but he will find out he has set up a trap for himself.

    December 21, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  15. Disgusted Democrat

    The President and Congress are not listening to the American people, we are against this bill. It only serves to help the Rich and make them richer. It forces and obligates us to buy Insurance yet, it does nothing to place caps on what we can be charged. It does nothing to help us obtain affordable prescriptions. It does nothing to help us obtain affordable insurance. It does NOTHING for us the average Democrat, Republican and Independent.

    We voted for the President and Congress so that they could do what was best for all of us......so that they could listen to us and help us. Sadly, they have shown us that they do not care about us and our needs. All they care about is their own personal gains and political games.

    If Congress pushes this bill through as is, we will be forced to show our anger at the polls. We will stop supporting and funding this type of arrogance and misuse of power.

    The White House and Congress should be ashamed of what they are doing to America.

    December 21, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  16. Laurie

    Yes it is!

    December 21, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  17. PREDICTA

    A Victory? If paying higher insurance premiums and getting less health care services is a victory for Americans, I can hardly wait to see cap and trade pass. Not to mention how many more jobs will be lost with this job killing legislation.

    December 21, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  18. Procstylee

    A victory for the American people, yet the majority of Americans don't view it as such.

    December 21, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  19. ICARE - countdown to 2011

    Go away.. you mislead the Founding Fathers

    December 21, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  20. jeremy.....Dallas...Texas

    Do republicans really value Americans? Shameless greed that in years everyone will be so fed up and this party will only be 5% of the general population. They only know how to vote for wars and spew human blood and not save lives.

    December 21, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  21. GI Joe

    Half a loaf is better than none.

    We can build on this – the republicans would never even START something to make changes to later. (Except for the wars they started).

    December 21, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  22. Some republican guy

    Goldangit!!!! Now we're going to be socialists just like Canada!!!! He's destroying America!!!!! Impeach him now!!!! I pray every day that my grandbabies don't have to grow up in a socialistic country ruled by Oprah watching union thugs, narcisstic obamabots and illeagle aliens from ACORN who wear Chay Guevarro t-shirts!!!!! They'll make us drive on public roads and go to public schools where they teach our grandbabies that we come from monkeys!!! MONKEYS!!!!!. They'll have socialist farm subsidies and research grants!!! They'll raise our taxes to pay for wasteful porkulusses like bridges and job training programs!!! The death panels will make all of our seniors commit suicide and then the implackible obamabots will grind them up to make school lunches for our grandbabies!!!! None of this is in the constitution!!!! Hopefully the real Americans will wise up and vote for capitalist/Christian candidates in 2010 and we'll put this country back the way it was a year ago!!! Have a nice day!

    December 21, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  23. ICARE - countdown to 2011

    Okay, all yah chicken brains out there!! We need to find ways to reduce cost.... cheaper tools and equipments? Reform FDA?

    December 21, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  24. Tom

    A victory for the American people? More like a victory for the insurance and drug companies who wrote the legislation.

    December 21, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  25. IKHAN

    What victory Mr.President?

    A Bill which offers no option for uninsured Americans to buy affordable insurance from sources other than big insurers? But they will be fined or perhaps jailed for not buying health insurance which they cannot afford?

    Which does not allow import of inexpensive medicines for Americans who go broke paying for them?

    Which pinches trillion dollars from Medicare for aging Americans?

    Which has no provisions for regulating skyrocketing health insurance costs & instead protects Insurance Cos?

    In short which does not offer affordable health insurance for all Americans.

    Mr.President what victory?

    December 21, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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