December 21st, 2009
11:37 AM ET
11 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. Raja

    Republican people just cant accept anything even if it is good for american people, they are just all ignorant people. Thanks God for giving us the best President ever, this country would be so deep in the alley of darkness if Republican president controlled it. Let us all pray that we will have wonderful holiday with Healthcare Victory in the Christmas Eve.

    Happy Holiday everyone

    December 21, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. Fed Up

    A victory for the American people. Right. It is a victory for Obama so he can take 75% of you income for taxes. Don't be fooled into thinking this won't cost you a cent. It does not protect unborn Americans either.

    December 21, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. Ted D

    As always, history will show demonstrate that the Republican naysayers posting here are wrong. Do you never grow weary of being on the wrong side of history?

    December 21, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. Rob

    Sure it is Obumbles. You keep telling yourself that.

    In the mean time, I hope Senators like Reid, Nelson, Dodd, Landreiu, and whomever she is from Arkansas enjoy their last Christmas as a senator, because they have assured that they will lose big time come November. Gotta wonder how long it will take for Nelson to realize he got tricked (guess what pal, govt.'s still gonna fund abortions under this plan).

    It was bad enough when they wanted this "public option" which would have raised unemployment by forcing private insurers out of business, but when you have to buy off senators just to get enough votes to close debate? How bad must this disaster really be?

    Hopefully in January 2011, when the Republicans take over Congress, this joke of a bill can be wiped out. And Reid, Nelson, etc. will be watching and crying from their homes.

    December 21, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. unemployed by Obama and cannot find work

    you think its a victory TILL you try to get us to pay the STUPID fines that you have imposed for not buying the obamacare package. Understanmd this, the revolution although only voice now has already started and people are tired of the democratic lies and real change is coming and obama and his cohorts will not like it.

    December 21, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. Chudi

    If anyone here has read the 2000 page bill then make comments otherwise shut your mouths up people for real. Liberals call him a traitor and Conservatives call him Hitler.. Childish Americans shut up and that is why China is buying our beans.

    Mark my words the President has more than surprised me as an independent. I never knew he could play the middle ground so well but I think we Americans just like to fight each other so be it crab brains.

    December 21, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  7. Liberal wingnut

    The polls show majority of Americans don't want it. They had to twist moderate arms into signing on with it.

    Liberals have gotten into the habit of saying "we"

    December 21, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. John D.

    Obama and his DEMOCRUTS do not care what the people say. They are going to do what they want no matter what. I cannot wait until the next election. They think the lies that they are telling is going to save them and hurt the GOP. Just watch the jobs we lose. Just watch your paycheck shrink. Oh they are going to do it slowly but just take note and check it out down the road next year. They Democrats are squirming and coming in their panties with the prospect of more taxpayer dollars to squander.

    December 21, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Robin actually wrote this:

    Not only that, we will be fined and arrested if we do not purchase this coverage. I don't know, sounds a little 1930s Germany to me.
    ------------------------------–

    Robin, you're off your meds again. Thanks for the chuckle!

    December 21, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. marcia

    No,Mr.Obama...it's your agenda...and it's your victory!
    We have no choice.
    And you certainly won't be using the "Health Care Plan"!!!

    December 21, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. The Republican't Party is the Biggest Loser

    This bill's not perfect, but it IS a huge step forward for this country. Keep working to make it better!

    And all of you neo-can'ts . . . keep those Obama's a socialist", "Obama's a facist", Obama's a marxist" comments coming. Obviously they are totally ignorant comments, but it's what the rest of us have come to expect from the right-wing fringe. Obstructionism and ignarance. No matter . . . . we're moving ahead without your help.

    December 21, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. dnick47

    Let's wait and see. O.K.? At present there is so much smoke and mirrors surrounding this legislation (which is not even in its final form yet) no one knows exactly who it will come down. If it is like 99.99999% of what come down the pike from Warshington, we all know there will be revision upon revision upon revision in the next few years. Also, if there is a "public option" it will be good because the free spending, free charging rip-off insurance companies will have to compete and justify their increases: I would expect those ranks to become considerably thinned because the gouging will no longer be possible under this bill and the thieves will move into another industry to wantonly steal as they are in the health insurance industry.

    December 21, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  13. Chad

    This bill is not a victory for me and I'm an American. This administration is in it's own little political bubble and needs to get into reality. Our Government is 12 trillion in debt and wants to spend another Trillion on a bill the majority of Americans don't support. I never thought I'd see this country go in this direction against the people's will, pretty scary.

    December 21, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. The Democratic Party, hating America since 1828

    Are Americans really in favor of this passing?

    Rasmussen Poll (18 Dec 09) : Favor 41%, Oppose 55%
    Gallup Poll (16 Dec 09) : Favor 46%, Oppose 48%

    Not sure the numbers support that this is something that "All American" want, or "the American People" want...not even a "majority of Americans" want.

    December 21, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  15. AJ

    This healtcare vote is a victory for insurance companies to the tune of $900 billion.

    December 21, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. Edward

    For those saying that most Americans oppose this bill perhaps it's funny because most Americans opposed the war in Iraq. What did Cheney say when he was told that most Americans oppose the war? So.

    December 21, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. Read the polls.....

    Americans do not want this piece of crap legislation.....we do not want socialism.....

    Obama is ONE and DONE. Deal with it.

    December 21, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. Tracy

    This bill is going to destory Obama's core group of liberals who saw the Public Option as an absolute must.

    My fiance is as left-wing as you can get and she's now wishing McCain would have won. First time in my entire life I've ever heard her support the GOP and it's all due to Obama.

    December 21, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  19. Chad

    I do not consider paying higher taxes a victory for me, but a victory for BIG GOVERNMENT. The next 3 years are gonna suck!

    December 21, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  20. Whiz Kid

    See, this is what happens when everyone gets a trophy just for participating and no scores are kept. We get a president that can't differentiate between a win and a loss.

    I'm surprised not to see LaCrosse Mom's daily post of "45,000 people a year die because of not having insurance." Well, since this thing (if it makes it the rest of the way through conference and final passage) doesn't kick in until 2014, will she lambaste Reid and Pelosi for being responsible for having those 180,000 people's blood on their hands?

    Not having such important legislation kick in right away makes them complicit in the deaths of more people than we've lost in all armed conflict since World War Two.

    These Congressional Democrats are mean. ;)

    December 21, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  21. mjm

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

    __________________

    Not for $849 Billion. You don't just "START" something with money we can't afford to spend and then somehow think it's fixable down the road. We have been trying to fix Medicare and SS for years....how's that working?

    THis bill, like the dems, is a disaster.

    December 21, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  22. AJ

    Its interesting to read the posts of conservatives. While Americans are sick and suffering, they are whining. Healthcare is one thing that should not be compromised for anyone. We now have healthcare rationed depending on ability to pay. The poor are covered, the rich are covered, the middle class are screwed. Conservatives try and pass themselves off as Christians. Yeah, they're Christians all right, as long as it doesn't cost them anything.

    December 21, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  23. jane

    A pulbic option and medicare buy-in for younger seniors would have been a victory for the American people. This feeble advancement is hardly something a Democratic majority can boast about.

    December 21, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  24. Gerry NH

    This is not a victory for Americans. This is another obama loss for America. obama would sign anthing that comes accross his desk before Christmas. This will weaken America and put more people out of work. The democratic party is destroying America.

    December 21, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  25. Independent

    What some of you are saying about HCR is the same that was said about Social Security and Medicare when they were passed. How many of you are willing to give up Social Security and medicare for yourselves, or your parents, or grandparents. I support this bill but I am one of the people that has never been polled. Please pollsters poll more than a few hundred people. Poll a cross section of Americans so your numbers will be sciencetific based and not group think based.

    December 21, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
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