May 8th, 2010
11:30 AM ET
8 years ago

Obama: Health care reform 'already delivering real benefits'

Washington (CNN) - President Obama wants you to know that the health care reform legislation, long fought over in Congress, is starting to deliver results.

"It has now been a little over a month since I signed health insurance reform into law. And while it will take some time to fully implement this law, reform is already delivering real benefits to millions of Americans," Obama said Saturday. "Already, we are seeing a health care system that holds insurance companies more accountable and gives consumers more control."

In the weekly White House address, Obama touts the closing of the prescription medication "donut hole" for seniors and a new provision that will allow young adults without their own insurance to stay on their parents' plan until the age of 26.

But Obama also emphasizes that not every provision of the new law has already been implemented.

"I've said before that implementing health insurance reform won't happen overnight, and it will require some tweaks and changes along the way. Ultimately, we'll have a system that provides more control for consumers, more accountability for insurance companies, and more affordable choices for uninsured Americans," Obama said.

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soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    And the bills haven't started coming in either. You know, those pesky things Obama lied about, telling everyone that wasting $2 trillion would somehow magically save money, and then only admitting the "miscalculation" after he'd betrayed the express intent of the American people by imposing Obamacare on them.

    May 8, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. Saunders

    I recently saw here in our newspaper here in Newfoundland, Canada a guy formerly from pennisylvannia in the US say he was ashamed to call himself an american because of all the negative attitudes towards health care that so many of the Americans were fighting over. That to me speaks for itself! It Seems like all those complaining here don't want whats of good benifit for them.Americans need to wake up!!

    May 8, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  3. one voice

    The LYING GOP bloggers are showing their true colors for what I can see. Who do you think your trying to kid? Thank You Mr. President

    May 8, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  4. mikeinGSO

    Yeah, all of you touting polls, lets take a poll of people in CA after Anthem BC ditched that 40% rate hike after they couldnt prove it was necessary because the healthcare law gives HHS the power to call out the insurance industry on bullcrap rate hikes and stop them from happening.

    The law has already stopped recission, and allows kids to stay on til 26 and no preexisting conditions for kids, and closing the donut hole for seniors and making it illegal to discriminate against women. These are all the immediate benefits. More states and insurance companies are backing off the rate hikes because of the law.

    When all the provisions are implemented this will be immsensely popular and the Republicans know this. Where are the repeal the law chanters? Oh yeah, they are like the ones chanting "drill baby drill", DUMBfounded, and I do mean DUMB.

    May 8, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. Mark

    So let me get this straight, your ok with spending 900 billion on invading and rebuilding a sovereign nation. But when it comes to providing fellow Americans insurance, you start complaining about the debt. This bill originally was almost verbatim from your beloved Bob Dole's one in the 90's. The Bush era tax cuts are another reason that the debt is increasing, we are at historic low levels of taxation. I am ok with paying for some fellow Americans to be insured. Whats hard for me to choke down is paying for Bush's war. Get the priorities right, the debt is just not Obama's doing.

    May 8, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    These hayseeds who are making these stupid comments on this issue are nothing more than republican plants. They get paid to make their vile statements to see if the rest of the country will agree with them. Sorry you hayseeds we don't buy it.

    May 8, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. FACT CHECK!!!!

    @Jim,Virginia May 8th, 2010 11:45 am ET
    This shows how out of touch with reality this man is.The polls show that most people don't like this healthcare legislation
    Most People??? Sorry Jim The Tea baggers are Animals !!!!

    May 8, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  8. Jeff

    Seriously. Just got news from Blue Cross that my premiums will be going up 27% next year. What happened to cost containment?

    May 8, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. Health care for everyone

    Thanks Mr. President for keeping your word and bringing us health care reform. While some may call it unpopular, we know that it's because people do not want to deal with details- even if the details benefit them directly. We look for sound bytes to stoke our fear.

    In several years, folks will realize the good you've done and the struggles you've had, all in the name of AMERICANS.

    It's too bad you probably won't receive any credit for the hard work you've done now.

    May 8, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. joey

    you ppl don't know what the heck you're talking about. You listen too much to right wing propeganda. Taxes need to exist to run a country. Get over it. This plan is going to add millions of customers to the insurance industry that were not there before. This means they're doing way more business. They have no reason to raise premiums. The rise in your premium is due to fear that's out there about this bill.
    @jim, you are out of touch with reality sir. The ppl who are against a healthcare bill are out of touch with reality of everyday healthcare issues that ppl deal with. He's already helped with unemployment. It's not going to turn over night. The stimulus bill accomplished all of those things. Running up the nations debt? Are you serious? This debt was caused by GWB in the last 8 years. When he came into office, he had to pass the stimulus or it would have caused another great depression. He's working on regulation on wall street. That is what caused this whole mess. They are really not regulated in the correct areas, and he's going to do that. In my opinion, any individual who comes up with those reasons to dislike a president is a biggot or racist or just plain ignorant. Open your eyes ppl

    May 8, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  11. Gerry NH

    Taking $556 billion dollars out of Medicare and adding millions of more people to medicare and not increasing the amount of doctors to cover these new people is not possible unless you are a democrat. This man is a fool.

    May 8, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  12. ronalde

    one thing i can now insure my children until they get to the age of 26, and if this reform wasn't enacted just think of how much higher the premiums would have rose and how many people would have been denied. This is what is wrong with this country greed and people only thinking about themselves,you can still vote repugs becaues they didn't get anything done for 8 years except raise the defict out of site.

    May 8, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  13. Stymie

    Is this guy serious?

    May 8, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  14. Charlie in Maine

    Good job Mr. President.

    It feels good to be able to say that. After 8 llong years of George W Bush screwing things up we are finally starting to get things right.

    For those of you waiting for a miracle....get off your butts and get to work. The only miracle here is that we still have a chance at the end of the Bush Error to get things right.

    May 8, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  15. CRob

    And when some of this countries largest corporations are debating on whether to just pay the fine and save billions or keep their current coverage this is going to backfire. The "public" plan will be flooded with people the government never expected and costs will be so far beyond predicted that we will soon be joining Greece in bankruptcy.

    May 8, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  16. Rick Of PA

    Give him a Break!!! Healthcare costs have been on the rise for many, many years. Yes, we do need to get them under control but let us atleast give something he does a chance of success. The Republican Party of NO has been fighting him (with a lot of untruths) from the very beginning. If it isn't healthcare, its financial reform to how to handle the terrorist threat to our dependence on foreign oil. When are our elected officials (both Republican and Democrats) going to learn that our nation is at stake!!!

    May 8, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  17. haren

    jay1975 May 8th, 2010 11:46 am ET

    Let's see, medical device producers are to be taxed, drug producers are to be taxed and high end insurance plans are to be taxed. Who do you think will really pay these taxes? Employers face fines of lesser costs than the actual insurance for not providing their employees with insurance, so why wouldn't the employer go for the lesser cost through the fine? However, I have seen some of the benefits, almost immediately after the bill was insurance cost went up 5% in April.
    Your premium would have gone up by 20%
    thank god that at last we have health care reform, you will benefit in long run with healthy people in your pool to take care of you.
    Stop watching fox channel, all western democracy has free health care, free education, six week vacation and worry free life.

    May 8, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  18. Really?

    As long as he believes it – it's true! Keep telling yourself that you're doing a great job but in the meantime unemployment keeps going up (great stimulus plan keeping unemployment under 8%) great healthcare plan (insurance premiums going up BUT the meat of the plan doesn't even start for 4 years. That's when we will see real change. When the country collapses under the massive debt this plan will cause). Our border as porous as ever (getting former Arizona governor as Secretary of Homeland Security was a real catch. She did NOTHING to secure our borders and protect the people of Arizona. She said it was a federal issue. Now that she is federal, what has she done? NOTHING!) This guy is doing a wonderful job – don't you all agree? NOT!

    May 8, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  19. Ancient Texan

    Totally delusional! My wife's Doctor mentioned he just took a 21.5% cut in income as a result of this garbage bill and is considering either retiring, or stop taking medicare patients. Good going Socialist Government.

    May 8, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  20. Marie (Portland, Oregon)

    The fact that premiums have gone higher in the past month has little or nothing to do with health care reform. Insurance companies have been taking their pound of flesh throughout the recession. They started increasing premiums as soon as they knew Congress was working on regulating their industry. In other words they jumped ahead of the law because they knew they couldn't do it after the law was signed. Its time people stop blaming the Obama for everything that is going on in the private sector. Big business has been raping consumers for the past decade and it seems like everyone wants to blame it on this administration. They also want Obama to fix the mistakes of previous administrations. Last time I looked I didn't see Obama walking on water despite the GOP alluding to his being The One. Its time most Americans get a grip and realize that the recession was not Obama's fault and that we have started to see recovery in many areas. Some areas will take longer than others because they were already in trouble before the recession. As for the health care bill...time will tell if it can pay for itself. If it can't you know they will make cuts to services. After working in health care for 20 years I'm willing to wait and see before I start complaining about this bill.

    May 8, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  21. b. o. stinks

    he is spending and taxing us into socialism slowly but surely

    May 8, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain

    Not all of the reforms are yet in effect, but as they are implemented, folks will begin to see the benefits of health care reform.

    And to those posting who keep parroting the Fox/GOP line of "most Americans don't like the reform bill," survey after survey has found that when people find out what is actually in the bill, the majority DO like it.

    May 8, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain

    Over 200,000 new jobs were created last month, the majority of which (over 144,000) were in the private sector. The unemployment rate is still just below 10%, but that is because more people re-entered the job market, looking for work, because they are feeling optomistic about their future prospects.

    President Obama IS doing something about unemployment in our country.

    If the GOP had their way, all they'd be doing is cutting taxes further for the rich, who would take that money and invest it in overseas factories, resulting in more American jobs being lost.

    May 8, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  24. jilli

    To mimic the posters above, in short WAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!! We didn't get our way.

    May 8, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. p

    I'm glad it passed.
    It will make my life and my family's better.

    May 8, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
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