June 22nd, 2010
02:07 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama touts health care reform successes

(CNN) – Health care reform was "a long overdue victory for America's consumers and patients" and Americans are "already seeing a wave of change," President Barack Obama said Tuesday as he touted the success of his signature domestic policy initiative.






But health insurers must not use health care reform as an excuse to raise rates, and the government will make sure they don't, Obama said.

He was speaking 90 days after the passage of the Affordable Care Act and patients' bill of rights.

The departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury issued new regulations Tuesday "that will put an end to some of the worst practices in the insurance industry," Obama said.

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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. SLM

    Victory......who is he fooling. They rammed this lousy bill down our throats and we will have to live with it. Just wait until this actually kicks in to see just how bad it actually is.

    June 22, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  2. Golfambama

    If you think that hard working people paying for a bunch of dirt ball crack heads sitting on the porch smoking menthals while we go and work 10-12 hrs a day yeah then success. If you believe in the constitution then you must wonder why he is not charged with treason. George Washington would have thrown away the key for this little girlyman as mccrystal and the military call him.

    June 22, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  3. thor

    I have a clue as to what Obama is talking about as far as insurance companies not raising their rates .Earth to Obama they already have and your administration has stood by while they've done this!!!!

    June 22, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. Dean

    But health insurers must not use health care reform as an excuse to raise rates, and the government will make sure they don't, Obama said.

    Someone should tell this to Blue Cross. I just received a 50% rate increase last month.

    This health care of Obama's will kill us.

    June 22, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    Thank you, President Obama, and all those in Congress who voted to make this possible.

    June 22, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  6. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    I STILL think that single payer health care takes the profit motive out of the equation.

    I'll grant that even a fully Government run health care system will be "managed" in a way that will ration some forms of care for some people, but there are two significant differences between for profit and single payer systems, assuming the same amount of money is payed in/allocated:
    1) Money that would go to profits could/should/would go to patient care, allowing for more and/or less expensive care for ALL.
    2) Decisions about who will get care, how much and why, will be based on patient needs rather than on corporate profits.

    June 22, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. Monrob

    Thank you, President Obama, thank you, Nancy Pelosi and Senator Reid. You all did the right thing for the majority of citizens.

    June 22, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. Peter E

    You think insurers need an excuse to raise rates?

    June 22, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. Bob

    The government telling private business what to charge ?
    Forcing private businesses to lose money?
    Clearly Obama wants the private sector to fail, which will lead to a total government takeover.

    June 22, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Universal/government sponsored health care works in virtually every modern western nation. But oh no! If it's somebody else's idea it must be wrong! We have to do it our way! Despite all evidence that our way is hurting the economy, hurting jobs, hurting families, hurting children just so health insurance corporations can give another multi-million dollar bonus to their execs for the billions of dollars in profit they think they're entitled to.

    June 22, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  11. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Where are all the death squads the ignorant Republicans kept lying about? Where are the people sent to jail for not buying healthcare? The birds are still singing, the sky is still blue and America has not become a Communist or Nazi state. As if the ignorant people in the Tea Klux Klan even know anything about what Communism or Fascism even is in the first place.

    June 22, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. Yea right

    We shall see how successful it is,when care is rationed due to the overload of the system. It will get abused just like all the other give away programs( food stamps, welfare, ssi, medicaid, wic) have been over the years. people will run to the doctor when they have a hang nail, because now they have insurance and the taxpayers will pay for it. The whole idea behind all this is to eventually have government run healthcare,(socialism) which has been proven to be a disaster. When has the government ever run anything in a efficient manner without corruption, waste, fraud or mismanagement?

    June 22, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. phoenix86

    Wait until EVERYONE'S taxes begin to increase THIS YEAR. Then we'll all see that Obama's success means higher taxes, higher unemployment, increased medical costs, lower quality medical care, and health care rationing.

    June 22, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. barbara

    i will do my part in ensuring that the house and senate come to the republicans come November. Then we will get a republican president and the very tfirts thing he/she will do is repeal this law. I cant wait!

    June 22, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  15. Carol McLeod

    As a small business owner, if it is true Insurance Companies cannot raise rates, why did I receive a call from my agent saying in September my rates will go up by 46% due to the new Health Reform.

    Can someone please enlighten me on how to stop this increase?

    Will someone please tell me where do I go from here, I have been a good employer providing great benefits to my employees?

    Thank You!!!!!!!!!!

    June 22, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  16. Stacie

    I work with college students (undergrad and grad), and to say that they are happy about health care reform is an understatement! They are now able to stay on their parent's insurance while they complete internships and search for jobs after graduation without having to worry about one illness or accident ruining their financial future.

    June 22, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. Ex-Republican since McCain picked Palin

    Thank you Mr. President!!! I feel those that speak out against you do not know all the facts to the matters they blab about. They listen to people who lie, twists facts, and are like them-they hate you. I am grateful that even with the fight from the right over everything and every promise you try to keep, you are still improving life for so many. Thank you for helping us on the Gulf Coast also. Wasn't McCain and Bush at a B-day party when we were underwater for Katrina? Oh, and one more thing, I read a comment from someone that said with Obama even though he is not perfect, we are sooooo much better off than if we had a McCain/Palin. Oh horrors!!!! The next few years will show how really great you are President Obama.

    June 22, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  18. Seth

    Toot your hown horn BLOW-HARD!!!!

    We are not stupid. We get it.

    You are not loved anymore Barry. Au Contraire!

    June 22, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  19. Slick William

    Surely neglected to address the newest CBO costs as associated with this Ob-enema of a health care plan he and Nasty Pelosi decided to give the American public against their wishes.. November is coming and can't get her quick enough.

    June 22, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. Pkm

    4o million voters for the dem hojt dog

    June 22, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  21. Republicans just dont get it!

    Thank you Mr. President! Keep up the good work!

    June 22, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  22. Eric

    Americans are "already seeing a wave of change."

    Yep, me too... the first health insurance company to go out of business due to Obamacare will shut its doors in Virginia by the end of the year.

    ...doctors across the country in large volumes are refusing to see medicaid/medicare patients because the providers lose money on every medicaid/medicare patient seen.

    ...medical schools are reporting reduced enrollment. On a related note, law schools and business schools are reporting a surge of enrollment. Coincidence? Think again.

    ...boomer age physicians are closing practices and retiring in droves, lest they be told by government bean counters how to practice medicine.

    ...companies have already begun dumping their employer-provided coverage.

    The end result?
    More patients.
    Fewer dollars to pay for them.
    Fewer employers offering insurance benefits.
    Fewer insurers.
    Less competition in insurance.
    Less choice in insurance.
    Fewer experienced medical providers.
    Fewer new providers in the med school pipeline.
    ...meaning less access to care in many markets.
    More regulation.
    More redtape.
    More lawsuits.
    Increased cost of provider malpractice insurance.
    Less incentive to enter medicine.
    And the best part of all, higher taxes on EVERYONE to pay for it all.

    The party of unintended consequences strikes again.
    Doin' a heck of a job, Barry.

    With this track record, please don't offer to do me any favors, bud.

    June 22, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  23. ajax

    Whatever happened to Obama pledge that if you like your insurance plan you"ll be able to keep it? Another broken promise.!!

    June 22, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  24. snow

    nobummer and the demorats are still trying to spin the health care deformity law they passed. Sorry that dog does not hunt.

    June 22, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  25. ehwilson429

    more lies.
    making stuff up fed to him by his boss AXELROD.

    June 22, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
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