December 24th, 2009
09:03 AM ET
7 months ago

Obama says country near end of health care reform battle

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama said Thursday that the country is close to the "end of a nearly century-long struggle to reform America's health care system."

The government is "finally poised to deliver on the promise of real, meaningful" reform, he said at the White House shortly after the Senate passed a sweeping $871 billion health care bill.

The president called the reform measure the most important piece of social legislation since the passage of Social Security in the 1930s.

He praised both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for passing bills through their respective chambers, and he called on Congress to "take up the last and most important step" of merging the two bills.


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soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. Watchdog

    he's right, the battle for healthcare is over. The will of the people has been ignored. Now the battle to restore the will of the people begins. Secessions, calls for a Constitutional convention! It's time for mainstream America to get a little radical in them! It's time for this beast of a federal government to be reined back within its constitutional limits!

    December 24, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  2. Gary

    Yuck! lets vote Obama, Pelosi and Reid out of office and get some new representatives who are fiscally responsible.

    December 24, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  3. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    Due Respect Mr President, but we are probably still at the starting line...

    This first bill MAY be a good start, but I think we should expect that it will need revision.
    I'm certain that as long as "Insurance" Companies still have Anti-Trust exemption, they will use that, like they have the letter of the law, their size and finances relative to their adversaries (sick people needing expensive care), lobbyists and death to keep their profits high.

    I think of this as a monumental OPPORTUNITY for Americans to eventually have affordable health care, I'm not convinced we are there yet.

    December 24, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  4. Scott, Tucson

    obama is not getting the health care plan he and the far left were hoping for last summer...as it is this is a boon to all the health care Insurers and the Pharmaceutical companies, of course the malpractice lawyers are also protected here. Let's see who else is going to get something when this bill is signed?? oh yeah the American people through higher taxes (jail time if you don't pay up) and higher medical payments and co-pays.

    December 24, 2009 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  5. Scotty from VA

    The Democrats better take a turn back toward the center.... or they will face massive losses in future elections.

    December 24, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  6. Bilbo

    Interesting that he should compare it with SS which we all know where that's heading. Good luck collecting SS in 20 years and good luck getting medical coverage. This money stolen from hard working Americans courtesy of the Democratic party. But hey, whatever will get them elected right? Mission accomplished. Every state has it's promised billions of worthless paper now too. What a pile of human waste in Congress. Most are either crooked or just plain stupid...or both.

    December 24, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    It's taken nearly a century to do this FOR US!! Not Roosevelt, not Kennedy, not Clinton but President Barack Hussein Obama first Black president of these great United States fulfilling the biggest promise of his campaign platform at the risk of political suicide but with the overwhelming impetus that comes from doing what is CHRISTIAN AND RIGHT for the people of this country! How proud I am!!

    December 24, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. Reggie

    and Obama is getting nearer the end of his only term in the White House.

    Hard to believe one man can do so much damage so quickly.

    WE NEED CHANGE!!!!

    December 24, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  9. Jordan

    I voted for Obama and am shocked that he can call this health care "reform" with a straight face. Dont get me wrong, I'd still take Obama over McCain and Sarah the Idiot any day of the week - I'm just disappointed in Obama about his utter lack of sincerity at this point.

    December 24, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  10. Loup Garou 782

    With the grace of God and a little luck these two trashy bills will never come together in a way that they will become law. and if the should survive, there is always the constitutional challenge.

    We do not need the "Geretest piece of Social" legislation since social security.

    Wise up people, you are about to get screwed.

    December 24, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  11. jacq

    Good job Dems at least you're trying

    December 24, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  12. Dont' blame me

    The president and all of his cronies that voted for this bill have betrayed the American people, by NOT representing us, should be put on trial for treason.

    They have lied, cheated, bullied, and bought their way into getting this bill passed.

    These people have stooped to a new low, even for a democRAT.

    December 24, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  13. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    No, the battle has only started–this bit of legislative tyranny will be at the top of the list of things to be repealed after the electoral slaughter of Democrats next November.

    December 24, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  14. Cincy RN

    Like my nursing counterparts, although this is "reform" from the status quo this goes no where near the lengths it needs to in order to change the health care landscape. I still can't believe that the Senate is okay with mandating insurance to 30 million people and still does not allow the American people the choice to buy a public option. Madness...and we call ourselves a democracy. Well, at least my stocks are rebounding and will be sure to go up and up even further in the weeks ahead. I know what real reform should look like....I have been advocating for member s for years from the inside. See, I work for the insurance industry. I guess I should be thankful that we own the american healthcare system. Thus, we own you, America! Thanks for the $$$$ landfall!

    December 24, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  15. Perusing-Through

    FINALLY, AFTER 77 YEARS . . . Hooray for the Democratic Party! :-)

    President Franklin Roosevelt and Democrats propose a better national health reform during his campaign in 1932. The Democrats continued to fight for health reform since the Great Depression.

    History will smile on the Democrats once more as the People's Party, the same party that brought the nation out of the Great Depression that was shuttled in by Republicans; and the same party ushered in a Social Security programs that allows seniors to have a little something when they retire from the work force.

    December 24, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  16. charlie in Maine

    Let's hope the same fate awaits those in Congress who voted against this that did those who voted against Social Security and Medicare.

    That would be the gift that keeps on giving.

    BTW do you have any way of measuring how many of the "majority" against this feel the way they do because this bill does not go far enough?

    December 24, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  17. JP

    I'm not sure why the President and everybody else associated keep saying repeatedly, "Victory for the American People".

    I think it would be correct to say "Victory for a very limited few American People and disaster for everybody else"

    December 24, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  18. Marry

    Bravo Mr. President!!! Thank you! Happy holidays!

    December 24, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  19. Last Dem Standing

    So...let me get this right. The country is close to the "end of a nearly century-long struggle to reform America's health care system." Hmm, I don't remember many problems with the heath care until early to mid 70's when government started to mandate coverages insurance companys MUST offer.
    This man I voted for makes everything sound like it's such a big struggle. Allowing company's to do business across state lines and customizing coverage for the age groups covered would have been a great first step. Instead, he gives the insurance company's a belly full of regulation & pork! I am sad for the people that truly could have benifited from true health care reform.
    ***NOBAMA2012***

    December 24, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
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