December 21st, 2009
11:37 AM ET
4 years 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. RepublicanCommunismWorse

    If we had elected McCain, the seniors would be looking at a $1.3 Trillion cut in benefits, and we could spend more on war.

    December 21, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. adm

    It is so funny that the people here on this blog are sayijng things like they have all the answers or they can predict the future of what is going to happen. Are you guys economists? Do you guys have Advanced Degrees in Finance? Or do you guys have psychic abilities? It is so funny that people always seem to know more than the people who are actually doing the job. If you guys know so much then why won't you guys run in politics, become financial planners or psychics who can predict the future. Until then you should not comment on things you that you really don't have the answer. People love to complain about what the Presidents are doing but they won't run for President themselves and if you did people would complain about the choices you would make as President. The whole thing here is stupid.

    December 21, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. Ron in California

    Wait until the taxpayer find sout the true price of victory.

    December 21, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. Bettina

    No , Mr. President , it is a victory for corrupt politicians who paid millions of dollars to garner votes.
    Americans should be outraged .

    December 21, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    Very very few Americans come out "ahead" with this bill. Mostly we all lose with the increase in health care costs, the huge government expenditure and the hit our economy will take from this.

    December 21, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. southerncousin

    No. it is a victory for those who can't get a job because they can't pass a drug test. It is a victory for the NEA in their efforts to dumb down the education system in this country, so people can't get jobs. It is a victory for the gang bangers, so they now have even less responsibility. It is a victory for corrupt politicians who have sold their votes and our hard earned money to the highest bidder. It is not a victory for America. America will have victories in 2010 when we boot the lying, thieving, evil, corrupt politicians out of office. And if you don't think it will happen, check out the ratings of CNN (a liberal mouthpiece) against that of FOX. You have to remember, Obama's supporters are lazy and won't vote, Real Americans are mad and they will.

    December 21, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. Brice

    What is wrong with being a victory for Americans? Truly, we need a victory for health reform. When was the last time did victory for american? Since 1950s. Won Medicare by Republicans. Now Republicans are against it, huh? What's up with Republicans, are they looking for save money from lobbyists or corporates to keep thrives and winners for themselves? Some of you put on post here are a joke. You guys need to wake up.

    December 21, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. Tim E

    Is the President accusing the party that supports using phony torture "with water" of torturing Americans with phony arguments that don't hold water?

    December 21, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  9. mark

    A victory for Republicans, nobody wants your bill obama! You Fail!

    December 21, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  10. Cindy

    Thank you President Obama, for keeping your eye on the ball.

    December 21, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  11. Mason

    Obama is starting to make Carter and Nixon look good.

    December 21, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  12. Victory?

    A victory even though the majority of americans don't want it. Its a victory for the 30 mil who don't have health insurance at the expense of the 320 mil who have it. This is a 10 year bill with only 5 years of benefits.... That means we will pay more and not see any benefits for 5 years and after the 10th year it will start to add to the deficit... this is the beginning of the end for the US....

    December 21, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  13. Peter

    It's not a big victory, but its a small step towards the big victory...AKA: Public option..

    December 21, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  14. libs are funny little critters

    Oh Boy! More Taxes! Thanks barry!

    December 21, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  15. B

    At least it is better than the status quo. It will be a foundation to build something better- no thanks to the Republicans, the party of ZERO !!

    December 21, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |

    thanks to this smart articulate president,we finally have a health may not have all we one has been able to even push this legislation this is only a bill,it can be modified later,but it is a good start.thanks to mr.reid,pelosi leadership and this presidents vision.i work in a doctors office and my husband is a doctor,beleive me we need this health care so badly.

    December 21, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  17. All the news that is fit to omit

    Sheeple, the majority of Americans (that work for a living) are against this while the Dorito eating Obama voting mailbox watchers are for it, what a shock.

    In 2010 and 2012 the Dumocrats will be beaten over the head with this, who will more likely vote, the elderly, veterans and people who have EARNED everyhing in their lives and now are getting screwed OR the Obama sheeple that haven't done bleep in their lives but believe in Hopenchange?

    2010 and 2012, one bad, bad whipping for Lieocrats.

    December 21, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  18. Abe

    The Health care program is in the verge of passing which will be a victory for a lot of Americans. It also puts us that we are providing health coverage for the deserving people of the citizens of our country. I am dismayed by the character of the Republican party who do not want to see this president achieve his goal. In reality the Republicans are against the president the person instead of the health care reform bill. They know they do not have the vote so why not compromise instead of playing the scary tactic that our kids and there kids will pay for years. I guess these refom might be what we need to run an equitable, fair and everyone enjoying what our elected officals was given to them by the peole who voted for them. They ' Republicans" are supporters of big pharmaceuticals/ insurance companies who stuff there coffers and let them rip off the public. Shame on them for forgetting the people that do not have coverage who are proud citizens of this country as they are. Enough is enough, lets not play party politics it was there administration that put us in a hole for eight years and blew all the surplus that they gained from Clinton's administration. They really do not accept responsibility for the demise of our economy but trying hard to make the president look bad and blame him for the woes of the economy. This is a resilient nation, things will get better, hope is in the horizon and our economy will revive. The Health care reform bill will be a long awaited christmas gift for the poor, unpriveleged and the needy. Merry Christams and Happy New Year.

    December 21, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  19. Dominican Mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    @ wendell:
    What "pay day" are your referring to hon? Tone down the empty rhetoric, and realize that the Secret Service reads these blogs just as often as we do.

    Merry Christmas!!

    December 21, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  20. Independant Vet

    Obama Nomics , is like a runaway train . All sitting in there dining car , having there cocktails an smokes . AN when it crashes , Famous last words . We inherited this .

    Said it before , an will say it again . We have seen the best of American Era.

    Political , an Corprate greed. Are at the controlls. Illegals an terrorist are enjoying it Just more of Chicago Politics , embraced by Pelosi an Reid. .

    Yet I am proud to be an American , an I am still free, but I still wish I were a dog , and they were a tree.

    December 21, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  21. GG

    The administrations biggest argument for the bill is that it will supposedly reduce the federal deficit. This is a bald faced lie – in the first 10 years it "saves" $132 billion by collecting 10 years of taxes to pay for 7 years worth of benefits. Even in the 2nd decade the deficit reduction claims hinge entirely on cuts to programs such as medicare that are almost certainly not going to happen, if history is any guide in this.
    The simple truth is we can't subsidize health insurance for millions of people without either massive tax and premium increases, large cuts in services for people already in the system, or some mixture of both.

    December 21, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |

    Yes, sock it to the right wingnuts! 'til 2016, Obama rules!

    A win is a win!

    Sweet! 🙂

    - from someone who voted for Reagan twice & I'm not black or part of the union (not that they matter)!

    December 21, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  23. Bosah, MD

    I am a Republican who later became an Independent after my vote and confidence was abused by Bush/Cheney. I am also a self employed, Graduate degree holder, who understand what the stakes are.

    I think President Obama is doing a good job. He is not defering till tomorrow what today can accomplish. He is tackling problems that were since considered intractable.

    I am convinced that as the economy begins to turn the corner, he will begin to work on the deficit. The man goes to work everyday.

    December 21, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  24. SocialismBad

    Certain Senators weren't the only ones getting bought off in this process. What about all the back room deals cut with Big Pharma, AARP, hospitals, SEIU, etc? Will we EVER know what these corrput politicians sold the American people out for?

    Obama ran on "Change" and "transparency" and now you dummies that voted for this communist know exactly what that change was! Dirty corrupt Chicago politics done in closed back rooms in the middle of the night. No THAT'S Hope and Change you can believe in! BBBAAARRFFFF!!!

    December 21, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  25. Thomas5

    Funny, the majority of comments here are against this travesty of a bill. On any other article most of the comments would be strongly pro-Obama. Strange how the tide turns so quickly, eh?

    Looks like the New Messiah didn't turn the water into wine after all. He turned it into vinegar.

    December 21, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
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