September 22nd, 2010
07:54 AM ET
8 years ago

Obama to mark six-months of health care reform

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama is set to take a victory lap Wednesday on what is arguably the signature legislative accomplishment of his first two years in office: the enactment of comprehensive health care reform.

The president will travel to the home of an individual with a chronic ailment who, according senior administration officials, is benefiting from the new law's repeal of lifetime coverage limits.

Other men and women helped by various provisions in the new law will also be in attendance, the officials said.

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  1. barry

    Victory lap. Now that's funny. I bet the Democrats running wish he'd let that die down till after the election.

    September 22, 2010 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  2. Repeal Obamacare......

    no socialism for the USA......make it on your handouts.....

    September 22, 2010 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  3. Clwyd

    Once people will know the facts and forget the lies of Palin's Death Panels they should see the benefits of the Health Care Reform? However, since one third still believe the lies still coming out of FOX that Obama is not a citizen, and is a Moslim maybe we can get on with stopping all the No votes in mass by the party of No for everything that the admistration is trying to do to bring us out of the mess the republsive Republicans created for more than 8 years! Republicans are anti-American!

    September 22, 2010 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  4. Steve- Illinois

    "The White House is prepared to work with insurance companies on further implementation of the reforms, the officials said, but won't let them "use the law as an excuse to jack up rates."

    This is the problem with this administration. They just don't understand even the most basic aspects of business. Insurance is a product. When the goverment steps in and mandates additional requirements in the product, the cost goes up! These costs must then be passed along to the consumers. If not, the business goes broke!
    Let's say the base price for a new car is $18,000, but now the government steps in and requires the manufacturer to include all the additional options available for this particular model, in every vehicle of this type sold. How can the manufacturer be expected to sell the vehicle, at the same price it sold it before, without the options?
    Of course the costs will go up because of these mandates!

    Common Sense!!!

    September 22, 2010 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  5. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    "Victory lap?"

    Two thirds of the country want Obama's health-care welfare idiocy scrapped. Getting it passed may have been a personal "victory" for Obama, but it's an utter disaster for the country and even a lot of Dems–the ones who want to be re-elected–are repudiating it.

    September 22, 2010 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  6. pa mom

    An incomplete legislation more damaging than helpful whose ramifications have not been explained in layman terms nor understood by the masses who need this. The backlash is being felt throughout the business world and will only get worse when every company policy changes Jan 1. The backlash will be felt by our physicians and medical care. Did this fix our health care problem issues? Did this control medical costs? In my opinion no, it just created bigger problems which will be more widely felt. It is absolutley necessary to educate those who lack an understanding of what Obama has done with his "divide and conquer" attacks. No wonder Obama's economic staff is jumping can't work!

    September 22, 2010 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  7. stufit

    Great, Just as we are all getting the information about our annual renewals and seeing the cost go up. Looks to me like the speech where he said it would not cost one dime more was as much of a lie as the "summer of properity." I guess he is replacing that line with the "fall of falsehoods." Why is that communists and liberals alway adopt these weird names for their programs, kinda reminds me of something Obozo's little brother in Korea would do.

    September 22, 2010 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  8. wilddawg

    Translation: Obama 6 months closer to being removed from office.

    September 22, 2010 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  9. annie s

    Of course the Healthcare bill is far from perfect, but my sincere thanks go to President Obama and the Democrats for getting us this far. Thousands of American lives will be saved every year by this legislation and thousands more will no longer have to fear bankruptcy due to medical bills. Now lets continue the fight for a public option and to help the over 50 year old self employed Americans who no insurer wants at any cost.

    September 22, 2010 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  10. Dale

    The old status quo nearly killed my mom. She paid into insurance for 20 years, then when she got cancer, they dropped her coverage. She was told in essence– you are too expensive, so go home and die.

    The Republicans I have told this story to express their sympathy, but still support the status quo that nearly killed her. GOP– Christian words, but no Christ-like mercy. The GOP is fine with letting people die of treatable illnesses.

    Thank you Obama for fighting the status quo of entrenched insurance company grim reapers and trying to make the world a better place.

    September 22, 2010 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  11. Liz the First

    As more becomes known and evident about this health reform, more and more people will come to realize it's a good thing. when the rethugs scream about repealing 'obamacare,' they're advocating letting people die for lack of health insurance. it's social darwinism at its worst!

    September 22, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  12. Hunter of the lib hunter

    On Thursday, the health reform starts kicking in. Some immediate effects: Children will be covered, and students will be allowed to stay on their parents plan. That should make the right wingnuts and the Christian coalition madder than hell.
    Any elected official who did not support health reform does not deserve to be sent back to Washington. Thank God 60 senators stood up for Americans.

    September 22, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  13. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    Take more than one victory lap. I got a statement from my health insurance provider last week, and the changes are remarkable! It's to the benefit of the individual.

    Thank you, President Obama! You gave the American people something we've desperately needed for ages and have been demanding from our public officials for decades. It's good to know we've got someone intelligent in the Oval Office who understands America and knows what Americans want and need.

    September 22, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  14. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    This is not health care reform! It is nothing more than another hidden tax on my employer and myself. This law is nothing more than a Health Inssurance industry bailout. This law is a job killer!
    This law needs to be repealed!
    And my vote will be for anyone willing to get this repealed.

    September 22, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  15. enactment of comprehensive health care reform

    goodness, I am keeping the faith, but I am a little scared of how this enactment of comprehensive health care reform will look like when it trickles down to my economic level

    September 22, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  16. Dem77

    Wow, our premiums have just shot right up there, just like the Repubs said. Wait, what? They didn't? And there were no death panels or rationing of care?

    September 22, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |

    So far the only change we have seen is for much higher premiums - something the president said the program was designed to PREVENT.

    Lesson: Whatever the president says, expect the exact OPPOSITE!

    September 22, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  18. Enough is Enough

    "President Barack Obama is set to take a victory lap" Is this a joke. CNN needs to stop calling Obama's new entitlement a reform. This new entitlement was another you lie Obama moment, not only will it not save money it will cost us more. How much will it cost to cover the 12 million illegals Obama wants to make citizens.

    September 22, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  19. Rick McDaniel

    Yes, and rapidly escalating insurance costs for those who have insurance. Mine has already renewed with almost a 50% rate increase.

    So much for "getting insurance costs down"!

    Obama is a blatant liar.

    September 22, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  20. Me love you long time John McCain

    Single Payer in 2020,the wingnuts wont be able to stop it now.

    September 22, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  21. jim

    I know from personel experience that what he said is untrue.He said"if you like your healthcare plan like it is now, you'll be able to keep it.We aren't going to change that" This legislation is a sham played on the American people.This business about insuring people with preexisting conditions does nothing right now to prevent insurance companies fom jacking up their prices so that these same people can't afford the coverage , so they are still in the same boat.

    September 22, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  22. Dave

    How about while he travels around wasting money he actually listens to the people and REPEALS this monstrosity that will, in the end, banckrupt us and make health care worse for all.

    Or how about, at the very least, he strip ALL government workers (all of congress and the senate in particular) of their health programs and put EVERYONE under this POS.

    September 22, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  23. Fair is Fair

    Victory lap???????????

    Oh man... this dude has no sense of the pulse of America whatsoever.

    September 22, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  24. diridi

    America direly needed this health care reform....well, it is by the grace of God passed. It actually kicks in to full effect in 2014 when state run provisions for health care kick in....way to is a solid good stuff....because of this, i could join my college kid into my insurance....thanks...Democrats...I vote for you....this time direct Democratic party we vote.....

    September 22, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  25. sharon

    He should take this VICTORY Lap.................

    and those "other" people that would try to undo this...................................
    shame, shame, shame..........................on them.

    They want people to suffer,and then die........................shame on them.
    They will have to answer to God for their stand against the poor...........................................and those that would have had nothing.

    September 22, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
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