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. Tina

    So far the Democrats have failed in all of its attempt to save jobs while politicians pile up their pork barrel. All these billions and trillions will be taken from my almost empty paycheck. They are sucking my blood and my family's life. Will these policitians be reachable when my payroll taxes go up to my neck? Will they save me? No, instead they will add more taxes to my hard earned income plus endowed me with long-term debt of this country.
    Look at their example going to Coppenhagen? They flew with jets and stayed in hotels? How much does it cost to poor Americans $10 million dollars. These administration is worst than dictatorship because they are sucking our blood right on our face and we just let them.

    December 21, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. victim of the false prophet OBAMA

    Another lie from the liar in chief.

    December 21, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. RichP the Pocono's

    Lets see what those college students who put Obama in office have to say in 8 years when they get their paychecks, thats if they can find jobs.

    December 21, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  4. Obama 2.0

    Thank you POTUS and all those that worked hard to get us to a starting point. The obstructionist lose and are on the wrong side of history.

    December 21, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  5. Mark

    Maybe it's good for the unions, their cadillac insurance plans won't be taxed like the rest of Americans, I guess the 30 million dollars they gave obama for his campaign worked, everyone knows that obama is for sale to the highest bidder.

    December 21, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  6. kyrianmege

    President Obama deserves alot of credit for what he has accomplished in less than a year in office.. Many critics against Obama are as a result of hatred,jealousy and not mainly because of his policies... His policies are almost the same with past democratic Presidents, just that Obama is unique because he is an intelligent and higly articulate man with a great charisma... President Obama will be one of the greatest President in modern history..... And to the unemployed, Obama is not the cause of your problems. So you have to be optimistic and also be patient while Obama fix the mess he inherited. Things re gonna be alright next year.... Happy Xmass and New year.

    December 21, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. Let's be Hasty

    How are you going to pay for it? How? How? How much more debt are YOU going to allow your Dumb-o-CRAPS to pile on this country? Oh wait. you need all that for the closed door under the table shady deals.

    December 21, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. PJ

    The only victory in this sad display of arrogance and underhanded political dealings is that it will ensure Republican takeover of Congress and the Presidency in upcoming elections. Hope we still have a country by the time next elections roll around.

    December 21, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. Enough

    This is NO victory, it is a disaster that will raise the cost of health care for most of us. We do NOT want it, yet the dithering Obama had this shoved through. I hope we can survive 3 more years of this distaster in chief.

    December 21, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. SocialismBad

    "a big victory for the American people." ???

    Half a trillion dollars in cuts to medicare is a big victory for our senior citizens?

    Half a trillion dollars in new taxes is a big victory for over taxed Americans??

    Government messing with our healthcare is a big victory for Americans???

    Expanding an already bloated and onerous federal government is a big victory for Americans????

    It is clear that Obama and the Democrats don't understand the first thing about what the American people consider "a victory".

    It IS interesting he uses the word "victory" in this case but has refused to use it when discussing Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. I was beginning to think he didn't know the word existed!

    December 21, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. Dennis

    A majority of the American people don't think this is a victory. A majority of doctors are against this plan. Who really will benefit? The unemployed, I guess, but in the long run there's going to be a lot of unhappy people. I'm sure this is the first step toward nationalization of health care. What industry will be next?

    December 21, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Its more like a Christmas present for the insurance company scumbags.The Corporations and banks that run the country win again.

    December 21, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. Steve in Kentucky

    To the Chicken-Little Rethugicans:

    Oh the humanity! It's just soooo horrible!

    You are on the wrong side of history just like the Rethuglicans were in the 1930s.

    December 21, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. demmie2

    he should explain why the benefits dont kick in until 2013...

    December 21, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. Joe Fattal

    I like victories. Now what's in it?.

    December 21, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  16. Fair is Fair

    Hey Dutch – there's 1300 companies that underwrite health insurance. What makes you think the government being number 1301 means competition?

    December 21, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  17. Dean

    The people voted for a change they could believe in. What they got was a group of self-serving people who do not care anything about what the people want.
    Goodbye Mr Obama. You will be know as the president who went against the people and put the country in debt forever. You will make Carter look like a great president.

    December 21, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  18. Brenda

    I guess it's better than not having any thing at all ... but what happened to the PUBLIC OPTION?

    December 21, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. Kristen

    Which people????? I'm confused, I thought the majority of Americans OPPOSED this bill? Is it Obummer's people whom this is a victory for?

    December 21, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. Unemployed by Burger King, but blames Obama

    I don't want 45,000,000 uninsured people standing between me and the free clinic.

    December 21, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  21. WoW

    What this bill is going to do is limit the amount of care each one of us can receive. If your doctor and you decide on a treatment option that is not on the "checklist" created by politicians and lobbyists, then you will not receive coverage for it. This is disgusting. I can't believe people are supporting a bill that enables the quality and kind of care you will receive to be determined by politicians and lobbyists. Wake up people. Educate yourselves. Don't follow the liberal media all the time.

    December 21, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  22. Paris

    Public option would have been the real victory !!! Not this.

    December 21, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. Barbara in PA

    Just kill the bill.

    If it doesn't allow for a Public Option or a Medicare buy-in, then I'd rather nothing changes. Because the only thing that is going to happen is the insurance companies get richer, we get poorer and have the crappiest healthcare system of any country of our wealth.

    It's a DISGRACE!!!

    December 21, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  24. JMikey54

    Keep our fingers crossed. It looks like we have reform :)

    December 21, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  25. Bill or Vin from Philly

    A big Victory for the insurance & pharmaceutical industry, the working stiff gets to bend over again

    December 21, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
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