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. Chad

    They held a 1:00am vote for crying out loud, that tells me all I need to know about this horrible backroom deal healthcare bill. Bribes are illegal, except in Congress. Disgusting!

    December 21, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  2. Melissa

    This bill capitulates to the greedy corporations that got us into this mess. I like Obama but in this case, there is no victory for the people.

    December 21, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. Tom in Wheaton, Illinois

    It horrifies me to read the rantings of the right wing here. As someone once said the only two constants in life are change and the fear of change. It would seem that the current Republican party is much better at promoting the 'fear of change' than the Democrats are at promoting 'change'. That's too bad because the very people this bill will help the most are the ones in the (now) Republican base. The references to Hitler are particularly annoying. These people have no idea what they are talking about – if you look up Fascism, you will find an almost perfect description of the Bush/Cheney administration. And why Socialism strikes fear into the hearts of so many people (particularly the lower middle class) is beyond me. If it weren't for the socialist programs we have now (Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, Medicare, Federal Highways, etc. etc.) they would all suffer the most. This reform of our "health care system" is just a start and far from ideal, but it will allow an easier path in the future to make good health one of our "rights" as US citizens and not just another "perk" for the well-off.

    December 21, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  4. sensible Cape Coral FL

    Isn't wonderful to have a President that thinks of the PEOPLE and their concerns instead of the selfish rhetoric we are so used to hearing. The arguments used now are the same ones against Medicare. How many Republicans are prepared to give up their Medicare benefits?

    December 21, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. Indiana Voter

    @kyrianmege

    Funny how you call him the greatest President, but can't name anything that he has accomplished, other than to say that he has done much the same thing that former Presidents have done. So, what makes him "the best" if he is doing the same thing and you can't name an accomplishment? Stop drinking the kool-aid and start thinking for yourself.

    December 21, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. mjm

    2100 pages and $849 billion....and we might have to fix it later?

    Only libs can get something this wrong through the senate.

    With something as important as this, they should take a little more time to think it over. I mean what's the big rush? Are they afraid that the more time we have to review it the more we'll object? Because that's the way it looks.

    If the bill is worth 2100 pages and $849 billion it had better be a masterpiece worthy of review.

    If it's the big pile of crap we all think it is....then that explains the rush.

    December 21, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  7. BCrunner

    Oh my Goodness. The Republicans are goin nuts here. Especially that "some republican guy"... The end of the world must be at hand... You are all a disgrace to this country. For the past 8 years you took this country down to the bring of catastrophy.. never saying no to anything... took a huge surplus and squandered it, two wars that you never paid for, trampled over our individual rights (but of course it was for our safety) and now you have the audacity to say Obama is destroying the country. The huge percentages some of you are referring to of people who are against this bill are people who really want a public option to compete with insurance. This bill is not great, but it's a start... Let's hope we can improve it later...

    December 21, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  8. single mom

    Two questions –
    1. Could someone just state in simple, non-legalistic jingo terms exactly what is in this bill that the Democrats are so eager to pass? Most of them aren't sure what is in the bill!

    2. How are they going to pay for it? We've already mortgaged the country several times over to China! It'll take a millenium to pay off the debt as it is.

    (Yes, I know I've posted this on three blogs now. I'm still waiting for an answer!) Thanks for putting this up, CNN!
    I enjoy reading all the comments, even the ones I disagree with. We're all in this together.

    I hope EVERYONE has a safe, happy holidays!

    December 21, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  9. Jeff

    Why are the Dems so happy, it took bribes to get this passed, it does not matter how long it has been going on, it is wrong, but that is the way the Dems like it, make someone else pay for it. This thing is going to break the middle class, but that is what the POTUS wants, he wants to run everything. I have read that people think being against this bill means that you don't care for you fellow man, but what I don't care for is all the people who could care less about a job, and think that we owe them Health Care, I went to work to provide for my family, is it wrong to think that others should do the same thing. Stop playing the blame game, this has got to stop!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 21, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  10. mjm

    jeremy.....Dallas...Texas December 21st, 2009 11:53 am ET

    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.
    ___________________

    Seriously....what is going on in Texas these days? Every post from that state is flat out liberal crazy talk. They seem to have cornered the market on ignorance these days.

    Texas use to be a reat state.

    December 21, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  11. Vets4Obama

    As they used to say back in the Bush era: If you don't like it, you are free to leave. GO, Don't let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya. Get outta here, Scram, adios, vamoos! Stop whining and get on a plane and take your whiney complaining butt out of this country. It's OURS!

    December 21, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. Laura in KS

    Get over yourselves, people. Americans don't pay anywhere NEAR as much in taxes as any other "developed" country. We're not even close to being "over-taxed." And I don't know about everybody else posting here, but my taxes have actually decreased thanks to President Obama. But for the record, I would gladly take a tax increase to fund universal healthcare for the US. Take the burden of providing health benefits off of our employers, and let them put that $$ into our salaries instead.

    December 21, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  13. Fitz in Texas

    "a big victory for the American people."

    VICTORY....Perhaps Obama should look up the definition of victory. This is not a victory for the American people and we've made it known, but Obama, Reid, Pelosi and the rest don't care what the American people want. They prove that day in and day out.

    December 21, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  14. Dan in Santa Barbara

    I was supporting this idea in the beginning, but the longer it goes the more I see that the whole "shell game" element of this debate is not that we will all have access to HEALTH CARE, as is being claimed. It is in fact that we will all have access to health care INSURANCE! Great. Coming from the people who thought that a buy in to Medical of $6-700 a month per person would be accessible to the average household. Call it what you may I call it a shell game, and smoke and mirrors. Howard Dean was right!

    December 21, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. Christian Values

    Now it get's reconciled with the House bill, in pops a public option. Final vote only requires FIFTY ONE to pass. It will pass, and quite likely, a public option will be included in it. I imagine they might throw a bone to the Republicans who want incompetent doctors to save money and put in TORT reform (A retards version of reform, attacking 1/2 of 1% of the problem, and letting doctors get away with murder).

    That's my bet. And I'm THRILLED that we have politicians that want to SAVE lives like TRUE christians for a change. Thank goodness for democrats, who actually ACT on their faith rather then just talk about it one day a week (republicans).

    December 21, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  16. IBXER

    I am currently in Argentina getting my teeth cleaned, x-rayed and getting a cancer skin check with cash. all toll $187.00. this is less than my monthly blue cross-blue shield catastrophic insurance with a $5000. deductible.... all appointments in less than one week. top dermatologist in the country, trained in the good ol´ USA!

    December 21, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. Nat, NYC

    Shame on you, President Obama, because you don't know what is in this bill and you don't care. You and your family are not going to have what you push us to have. I want your health insurance.

    December 21, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  18. Dyan, Minnesota

    If by "the American people" Obama means the CEO's of the health insurance industry, then he's right and this is a victory. But for the rest of us? Not so much.

    December 21, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. Ray E.

    Well,
    Not sure what the final bill will look like but I believe, The Huge National Debt wii continue to rise, Unemployment will stay too high people that are working will have their Paychecks shrink with more taxes or no job. What needs to be done is return this healthcare to the states where the people in each state can decide what they want to do with it.

    December 21, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  20. GWB2012

    And YOU being out of office in 2012 will be a VICTORY for the American people, too. The middle class has taken hits by the banks you have bailed out with absurd spikes in interest rates and now those of us who still have a job will be nailed by our insurance companies. The MIDDLE CLASS is footing the bill while the rich get richer and the poor get freebies.

    December 21, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. Red by Choice

    If you think this bill will reduce the deficit you are just plain stupid. No government program or bill has EVER reduced spending and this one won't either. If you think increasing the deficit doesn't matter you are just plain stupid. The USA's credit is in question and China and others are going to stop buying our bonds. We are creating a mess that coming generations will not recover from. Welcome to the new France. More debt will not work.

    December 21, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. chelle

    Some republican guy – given the fact that Canada has had a smaller recession, our economy is now growing again, our banks and investment companies have much tighter regulations, are you trying to insult Canada by calling it socialist or is that a compliment?

    December 21, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. GuyInVA

    So "victory" is defined one of two ways. Either massive medicare cuts that will adversely affect senior citizens (shh... that does NOT mean death panels), or more likely, those massive cuts will never take place. Since almost all of the left's accounting tricks involve these mythical cuts as savings, we have a budget-breaking increase in our deficit. Rejoice people! Victory is ours!

    The victory goes to the same people who "won" with the housing / mortgage bailouts: the ones intelligent enough to NOT pay their bills. They have suckers like me to pay their bills for them.

    December 21, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  24. Matt

    Some victory.
    People will be forced to buy insurance companies' crappy products or get arrested.
    It's a sleazy thing to do to force people to choose between their homes or the health.

    December 21, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  25. Barbara Indpendent in NY

    I have always supported health care reform, but I'm having a hard time supporting this bill. Anything that forces Americans to get health insurance or be fined and does not provide a public option is not in the best interest of most of us.

    December 21, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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