September 10th, 2010
12:30 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama: Skyrocketing medical costs will ultimately decline

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(CNN) - President Barack Obama insisted Friday that skyrocketing medical costs will ultimately decline as more people are covered due to his administration's health care reform initiative.


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soundoff (80 Responses)
  1. J. Richter

    Doesnt matter what Obama says. For now the misinformation machine has WON on this one. Doesnt matter that health care costs were going up 16% to 40 yearly before the new plan any cost increase now will be attributed to him (even if smaller than would have been). A majority in this country is not terribly intelligent and keep kicking agaisnt policies for their own good and advocate for what's not (tax cuts to the rich that get saved or used to created overseas jobs or invest in emerging markets).

    September 10, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Most doctors and for-profit medical systems like Americans to keep spending more and more $. It is very profitable for people to keep getting terminally ill so they can make a fortune on surgeries or treatments that only delay NOT prevent death.

    September 10, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. Silence DoGood

    Oh yeah, right. After all the exaggeration and preppy lawyer-speak and back peddling, why should we start believing him now?

    How about stop CONTINUING to push the US MILITARY campaigns Mr.President. That just might save a few bucks (and lives).

    September 10, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. Naqib

    ROFLMAO.... I can't think of anything that became less expensive with high demand/less providers!

    September 10, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  5. XWngLady

    A. Healthcare costs were already skyrocketing before Pres. Obama even stepped foot in the Oval Office.

    B. Once the Insurance Companies realized that reform was imminent, they moved to raise costs on Americans, so that they can get as much profit out the system as-is before all of the changes start to take effect and they have to stop gauging people, dropping sick people, and denying pro-conditioned people.

    C. Before Healthcare reform, millions of Americans were not able to get and/or afford healthcare. After it, millions, including children, will be able to get affordable healthcare. THIS ALONE IS WORTH ANY EXTRA COSTS WHICH MAY BE INCURRED in the short term!

    D. BOTTOM LINE: Insurance companies are in business to MAKE MONEY...they do not care about anyone's heath. They will do whatever they can to squeeze as much money out of Americans as they can. Period.

    E. The "Summer of Prosperity" wasn't as effective because the Republicans whined and cried so loudly and convinced Republicans, Independents and Clinton Democrats that the world would come to an end if the stimulus was over 1 trillion. Therefore, it was crafted in a way that it ended up NOT BEING LARGE ENOUGH TO GET THE JOB DONE IN ONE PUSH...I hate to say it, but .....I told you so!

    September 10, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. Renea

    Im just glad he got this passed like it or not it will benefit in some way one day.

    September 10, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  7. Susan in Wisconsin

    Well, gosh, as a small business owner I must be dreaming, because our company premiums just went up 34%, and we still provide full coverage for all employees. Should I increase my prices to my customers just to stay in business or just close the doors, take 2 years unemployment insurance, free medical care paid by "the wealthy" (what a joke), and wait for the next handout? The costs associated with this legislation goes far beyond just the premium increases – it will take money out of the economy in ways that never get calculated by the CBO, Repubs, or Dems....can someone tell me what in the world this administration and folks who voted for this is thinking as to the implementation and sustainability of this public welfare program? Please tell me where is my incentive to keep working like a dog to keep a small business up and running, and a few really good people employed? Why?

    September 10, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  8. Rob

    Hahaha....funniest thing Obama's said in a while. The health care bill was horrible and will not lower costs. Now the taxpayers will have to pay more too. We're getting hit from both ends.

    September 10, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. Uncle Sam

    My premiums are skyrocketing because of his health care reform - Dumbacrats just do not understand economics. Anyone else get an interim premium hike. I can't wait until the renewal date.

    September 10, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    Obama is the most INCREDIBLE liar!

    He drives up medical costs to unheard of levels, with ObamaCare, and then wants to lie to us, and tell us it will come back down!

    When.......exactly when......did ANYTHING ever, come back down????

    Never.

    September 10, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. alex

    I don't trust what obozo say at all. He just bla-bla-bla. Where is 8% unp.,where is change?. I want my vote back.

    September 10, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. Uncle Sam

    Randolph Carter is no expert - at all. Have you seen the budget numbers? The last 20 months of spending on "economic recovery" has surpassed the last 9 years of military spending.

    September 10, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  13. mike

    I guess he didn't see the CBO memo on this subject this week.

    September 10, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  14. LouisianaProud

    What an IDIOT Obama is for thinking he can fool us again especially on a bill none of the dems who passed it, read it.....especially him!!!!! I don't know who programs winds him up in the morning and sends him out to speak in public, but they need to re-program him...he is useless the way he is.

    September 10, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  15. Dyan, Minnesota

    As long as we have a for-profit health care system, costs will NEVEr come down. They will only rise to meet the demands of larger and larger profit margins, and individuals will bear a greater burden as employers cut back of health insurance costs.

    Expand Medicare for all and give us a real single-payer system that doesn't depend on making a profit, THEN costs will go down and quality of healh care will rise.

    September 10, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. j

    Fine with me. I`m tired of footing the bill every time some uninsured visits the ER. ----– I once worked for an insurance company and believe me, they are using Obamacare as an excuse to skyrocket your rates.

    September 10, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  17. Kris

    Awaiting Liberalization: Please read the report and then I would love for you to comment again. I also think it's amazing that you know the drug habits of 31 million people. You should be the drug czar!

    September 10, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. derrick

    You people are ignorant and don't listen to reason. 32 million people will have health insurance......at a marginal increase. Just admit skyrocketing health cost added tremendously to the deficit and even the experts say Obama's Obamacare will reduce it. Give the man credit where it is due people and stop the foolish partisan attacks on lies

    September 10, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. BB

    There is no better man for the job than our President Barack Obama!
    God gave us the best he had!
    EVERYONE should embrace him dearly,
    we are very lucky!!!

    GO OBAMA 2012
    GO DEMS 2010 and 2012!!!!

    September 10, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  20. derrick

    It was not Obama who got us into this economic meltdown...his actions saved another depression and that is a FACT people. Had he done nothing like the republicans you probably would be out of work looking for help too. Stop the selfishness people. You claim to love america but your stupidity is what is dividing us

    September 10, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. Tj

    People lets wait and see.....you already nail him to the Cross........what a shame...........anything that is negetive about the President people just hold on to it. Not to smart. The man is doing a great job. Stop listening to those bone heads Rup............they dont give a shit about you and never will. Wait unit you have an issue with the insurance co.,
    you will understand. They are no one who started this madness about Health Care and you are jumping on the ban wagon. Think for yourself.

    September 10, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  22. Diane

    The insurance company I work for love it because what the other companies doesn't accept, our company does. It makes us larger, more powerful and also getting a nice size pay raise.

    September 10, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  23. Scott in Utah

    Wait until people do their annual enrollment in flex pay accounts before the November elections and learn the amount you can use has been cut in half and you will not be allowed to buy over the counter drugs anymore this will cause many to vote Republican which is a vote against Obama care.

    September 10, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  24. kat

    Where does this clown get his information? What an idiot!

    September 10, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  25. ehwilson429

    how would Obama know what is going to happen with healthcare costs?

    was he ever a doctor, work in healthcare, hospital or any medical business.
    no he's a domestic retail politician.

    September 10, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
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