December 21st, 2009
11:37 AM ET
3 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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  1. capmorgs

    I never thought my fellow Americans were this dumb. Support this & support the end of America as we know it. WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!

    December 21, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. Marion/Birmingham,Al

    The CNN poll,says a majority of Americans are oppose to this bill,So what is wrong with the Democrats?If this bill does not take affect for (4) yeras,and 45,000 people die each year,are the Democrats forcing 180,000 people to die while waiting for this bill to kick in?... Mandating people to have insurance is better for the insurance companies and I still see no regulatory language in this bill to low the cost of insurance rates.

    December 21, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  3. Cris

    Well there goes more of my tax money to those who are too lazy to help themselves. When will America wake up and realize it's not the governments responsibility to take care of you. It is your responsibility. Just what American people this was a victory for? Those that will never pay taxes. Those who don't care about anything but waiting for that next government hand out. We are on a fast track to becoming just like Europe. A bunch of lazy non-producers that have sent their countries into a death spiral of apathy because government is giving them anything. The US is going to be the next in a long line fo countries to turn into "cheese eating surrender monkeys". Cheese provided my the Democrat Party.

    December 21, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Mr. President, the fact that you had the chutzpah to take this one on IS a victory. You cared about the 'least amongst us', you demonstrated true Christian principals in your quest. However, the watered-down version of the Bill as it currently stands does not honor your vision nor justify the precarious position you've put yourself in politically in your endeavor to provide for ALL Americans not just the priviledged few.

    I am very gainfully employed, with a great healthcare plan provided by my employer, but I too like many other Americans hoped to see us join the 21st century vis-a-vis affordable healthcare. Unfortunately the greed, and "me-ism" of a few is once again standing in the way of progress for many.

    December 21, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. Jason

    Another step towards a Social medicine. I can't believe they passed a bill that isn't supported by the people. It is a half hearted attempt to pass a bill that will do nothing more than ruin our current system. In case you haven't noticed, the majority of the public is not supporting this ridiculous bill. Once again, this senate fails to be in touch with America. You have begged and borrowed, promised money, been bought for your votes....way to go, guys. You are a credit to all politicians!

    December 21, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  6. JT the Show Me State College Freshman

    Here was the number one criticism against Social Security when it was first enacted:
    Social Security was controversial when originally proposed, with one point of opposition being that it would cause a loss of jobs. However, proponents argued that there was in fact an advantage: it would encourage older workers to retire, thereby creating opportunities for younger people to find jobs, which would lower the unemployment rate.

    December 21, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  7. Peter s

    Thats the way forward Mr. President!!

    December 21, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  8. gt

    well for nebraska,,,,and a few other states that were bought,,, this is ugly....

    December 21, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  9. The Artful Dodger

    The only debate on this bill has been between the center left and center of the Democratic party. Conservatives have offered no alternatives other than the word NO and their made up fictions about socialism, Hitler, and other tea party nonsense. Grow up and offer some valid debate RepubliKlans, or end up in the deadpool of former parties like the Whigs.

    December 21, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  10. Leo

    The AARP supports it, saying the Health Care Reform will improve senoir health.

    The AMA thinks it's good for the American people.

    The non-partisan CBO said it will reduce the federal deficit

    Huge win for the American people and the only loosers are the GOP and their masters at the big bad insurance companies. Go get them Mr. President.

    December 21, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. Texas Longhorn talks Truth

    Well if it is an alright bill I'll assure you Erkel had nothing to do with it.

    December 21, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  12. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    A victory for American people?

    Obama has got to be kidding! Over half of us oppose this bill, and the Dems are planning to pass it anyway?

    This isn't victory, this is tyranny!

    December 21, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  13. valwayne

    A vote held just after midnight on a Sunday night the week before Christmas so the American people couldn't see the final vote on the corruption. This bill will cost trillions and trillions of dollars. The costs and taxes may ruin our economy for generations. This is what Obama calls a "Victory"? This is Change we can believe in? Senators votes bought for hundreds of millions of dollars which will have to be borrowed? Obama has a strange idea of "Victory"? I wonder next year when the Iranians conduct their first nuclear bomb test if he'll declare that a Victory for his foreign policy of apology and appeasment? Probably!

    December 21, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  14. blutarski

    Even though 56% of you are opposed to this bill, we know what is best for you, so shut up and take your medicine.

    December 21, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  15. Biased

    Health care vote a victory???
    Yes....
    - for Obama to stand at his first State of the Union and brag how historic he is and better than the 7 Presidents before him.
    - for Nebraskans who just got a tax cut on their medicaid which 49 other states will have to pick up now and pay for them
    - for Sanders who got 10 billion for Vermont to build community health centers
    - for Chris Dodd who gets 100 million to build a hospital and seems to have covered up his opposition and vote purchase so well til now
    - to Landrieu who got 300 million for her medicaid program
    -for Carl Levin who got tax cuts for his insurance companies
    - for Florida who gets special exemptions for their medicaid advantage people while other states don't
    Losers:
    -Those poor people who die every 10 minutes without insurance as Harry Reid cried about last night during his speech on the Senate floor and why this had to be passed immediately but will have to wait 4 years to get coverage. How many deaths are now on the shoulders of Harry Reid as he cried about last night?
    - the American people who were so shown that Democrats really didn't care what this bill really contains as long as it has or gives enough away to buy the necessary 60 votes and to heck with everyone else.
    - Obama when he signs this into law eventually showing he is only a President who looks out for democrats and his party people and himself over all Americans and will go along with the bribes and buyouts detrimental for 49 states but favorable to 1 whose
    Senator sold out everyone.

    December 21, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  16. mary

    Why is everybody against this bill. Why don't you wait and see what happens first before you jump to conclusions.
    At least this president is willing to try anything to get this country on the right track.
    I am a small business owner and should be upset that I would need to supply health insurance for my employees.
    Well I already do that. If company wants to keep good employees they will find a way to get them insurance.
    I am all for this because I will get a tax credit for something I am already doing.
    I am also happy that people that are unemployed will get to have some coverage in case they get sick.
    You people that are against this are selfish

    December 21, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. Lachelle Brooks

    Who wouldn't want health care for our county? Come on people, get some common sense. I wonder how people would be feeling if it was a Replubican president who was trying to pass health care reform. Go President Obama!!!! Continue to clean up this country after the disaster it's been in for the last 8 years.

    December 21, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
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