December 21st, 2009
11:37 AM ET
6 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. chubby

    I have another upcoming victory for you in 2010 and 2012 when nobama and the liberal demorats will be sent packing back to their home states.

    December 21, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  2. Tony

    Another LIE from this guy. Railroad ramming and buying votes is the "change" he was talking about. This is by far the worst administration ever. This stunt by the Dems will impact future legislation as the ramrod, corrupt, secret methods this POS was passed, will only make the other side do the same thing when they regain the majority this coming November.

    December 21, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. JES

    The victory for the American people will be when all of you are voted out of office for raming this and all of your oter bills down our throats.

    None of you will be arount when we will have pay the debt that all of your bills are causing us the tax payers.

    If you are going to pass a bill make sure that you have the majority of Americans behind it not like this one or others.

    I hope the American will wake up in 2010 and 2012 and vote everyone you out of office.

    Thanks for nothing except making our children and their children go deeper in debt.

    You all should be ashamed of your shelf.

    December 21, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. Liz

    I'm hoping it'll be better than nothing. It would've been a real victory for the American people if it had contained a strong public option and no more restrictions on women's health care. shame on all the obstructionists and blackmailers who are responsible for this bill being nowhere near as much of a solution to this country's health care situation as it could have been.

    December 21, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  5. Marshall

    It just puts me one step closer to being taxed to death.

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

    I would rather believe CBO's number for deficit reduction than FOX news and REPUBLICAN.
    To get further improvement in this bill vote democrats next november so that we can close any loop hole left in this bill.
    But no more blue dog or corrupt democrats and definitely no republican.

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

    RememberL The Republicans are the DEATH PANELS.

    December 21, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. CTer

    How can we call it a victory when no ones really knows what's in it!?!?

    December 21, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. Oompa Loompa

    The bribes for votes are downright criminal. No elected official should be extorted into voting in favor of a bill that isn't good for their constituents. The "stimulus package" is nothing more than a democrat slush fund to buy votes. It will be interesting to see how much back paddling and document shredding occurs when the real investigations begin into Obama's administration after he is booted in 2012. Maybe the investigation will start sooner if we can get rid of the incumbents on both sides in 2010. They are a bunch of crooks breaking the law and bankrupting America in the process.

    December 21, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans can help decrease the Federal budget by putting in the bribery money they received from big insurance lobbyist.

    December 21, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. david, CA

    count on the GOP to do everything they can to prove how dysfunctional the Fed Gov is, even though the dysfunction is a product of their own making.

    December 21, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. Silence Dogoode

    Funny...I thought it was considered TREASON to go against the U.S. Constitution....isn't it time for the Martians to come like in that movie? The one with Jack Nichelson......

    December 21, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  13. Eric, Ann Arbor, Michigan

    What a liar Obama is.

    This will take down the Country from a cost standpoint.

    December 21, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. Amazing

    Nobody likes this bill. It will do NOTHING to reduce or control the costs of our health insurance, cutting billions from medicare helps no one. What is good about it? Rush this crap through and declare victory, when in reality it is a disaster.

    December 21, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. haren

    I fill sorry for the people who criticize Nancy Pelosi.
    She is the one who has concern and compassionate for middle class.
    when did republican ever say that they are worried for poor people?
    In Tort Reform also they are siding with doctors who has million dollar practice and insurance co. to help and reduce punitive damage.
    A poor person incapacitated for no fault of his denied to sue and get reasonable awards because of mistake of doctors.

    December 21, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. joe kiloz

    My Komrades, I will do whatever I want while I can, I could care less about anyone who disagrees with me. I won the last election.
    By the way, the next President can do it the same way.

    December 21, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  17. Jane/Seattle

    Yes, it's a WIN If These People are Health Insurance employees or Executives! We get very little except being forced to buy from the for-profit market! This is a giveaway to Big Bidness! Watch them set the income trhesholds much like welfare so working poor, some families, and some middle class won't be able to afford it, but will be further robbed of taxes without getting anything! I'll bet you!

    December 21, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  18. sifto77

    Who does this man think he is fooling? Certainly not anyone in the nursing or medical profession! hope 2012 comes early–Never again will I support a democrat–not even Hilary–she will , unfortunately be painted with Obama's brush. That man speaking for the AMA must be as old as a dinosaur–what a fake–he no more stands for doctors than the man in the moon!

    December 21, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. JT the Show Me State College Freshman

    It is understandable that this is controversial right now, but remember, the bill still has to be compromised into one piece of legleslation.
    No bill is perfect when it first begins; take a look at history. Our consitution was written back in December 15, 1791, and it is still being added on to today. That is over 218 years of our constitution being added on to; the same will go with any major legleslation passed.
    History also shows that the same criticisms have been there for every social legleslation passed. For example, Medicare.
    Here is an example of the arguments they used against it back then:
    Conservative claims of socialism:
    Many conservatives strongly opposed the enactment of Medicare, warning that a government-run program would lead to socialism in America:
    • Ronald Reagan, at the time a registered Democrat and President of the Screen Actor's Guild, stated in 1961: If you don’t [stop Medicare] and I don’t do it, one of these days you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it once was like in America when men were free.”
    • George H. W. Bush, while a candidate for the US Senate in 1964, described Medicare as “socialized medicine.”
    • Barry Goldwater in 1964: “Having given our pensioners their medical care in kind, why not food baskets, why not public housing accommodations, why not vacation resorts, why not a ration of cigarettes for those who smoke and of beer for those who drink.”
    • In 1996, while running for the presidency, Bob Dole stated that he was one of 12 House members who voted against creating Medicare in 1965. “I was there, fighting the fight, voting against Medicare ... because we knew it wouldn’t work in 1965.” [1992]
    Here are some other social programs that got similiar criticism:
    Social Security (OASDI)
    Unemployment Insurance
    Temporary Disability Insurance
    Medicare
    Medicaid
    Medicare Prescription Drug Plan
    Only history can judge events that happen; not human beings.

    December 21, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    Aaaaand, reading these comments provides one with 100% proof that our school system is failing miserably in the areas of civics and government. The "victory" is that the bill gets to move forward to a vote and, potentially, get passed...then go through the process of being reconciled with the bill the House passed. Whining about particular aspects of the bill the Senate just VOTED TO VOTE ON is really just whizzing in the wind: there's no guarantee any particular provision will be in it at the end of the whole process or, even if it is, that it will survive without major retooling. Bark at the moon to your hearts' content tho...

    December 21, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  21. Paski

    I am a big Obama supporter. But totally disappointed in the senate version of the bill.

    What it does is mandate the people to buy insurance but does not provide genuine competition. We can buy insurance across state lines but I do not know if that is going to bring down the premium.

    I sincerely hope that the final bill will have a public option. Otherwise, Mr. President, I will be a very disappointed supporter and will reconsider my vote for the democrats and you in the coming elections.

    No kidding.

    December 21, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  22. Mike in MN

    Obama and the Democrats contiune to believe that they know better what is good for the American people than they do themselves. That is a core belief of liberal progressives who think the majority of voters are not smart enough to think or care for themselves and that a selelct few elite liberal progressive Democrats are superior and should make government based decisions for us. That is not the America way of government that is supposed to be of the people and for the people, not government of an elite minority that mandates to all. All polls including the most recent CNN poll show a majority of voters are opposed to Obama care. These same voters will not forget in 2010 and 2012 who it was that forced this unpopular health care reform bill along with a long list of other unpopular bills down the throats of voters who did not want them passed. Democrats are passing all these bills and Republicans are oppossing all these unpopular bills. Voters will not forget who is on their side in 2010 and 2012. Bye bye Democrats.

    December 21, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  23. Steve (the real one)

    I HOPE for massive CHANGE in the Congress in 2010 and in the White House in 2012. If this bill was worth the paper it was printed on, there would be no need to bribe and payoff anyone for votes! Pitiful! Ain't no victory for the people here! For the unions, yes! For the people, no! Just another goose step in the march towards socialism!

    December 21, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  24. Right Leaning Independent

    A victory for a MINORITY of Americans based on the poll in the CNN article above citing 54% AGAINST your health care bill and only 42% supporting it! Nothing like developing policy based on what the majority of Americans want!!

    December 21, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  25. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It is a start to give everyone a chance to have some access to health care without worring too much (but some) about paying for the bill. Doctor visits should bring dread because the bill will be overwhelming. It should only be dreaded if there is something wrong with you.

    December 21, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
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