May 14th, 2009
04:50 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama: Public will force Republicans to compromise

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="President Obama spoke in a town hall-style meeting today in Albuquerque, New Mexico."]ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (CNN) - Public pressure eventually will force congressional Republicans to cut deals with the Obama administration on big issues such as health care, President Barack Obama predicted Thursday.

Speaking at a town hall-style meeting in New Mexico, Obama noted many Republicans have basic philosophical differences with some of what he has proposed since taking office. But he said his administration has had extensive talks with Republican leaders in Congress and would welcome their help.

"I think that we'll see more and more agreement over time as the Republican Party starts to realize that the American people want results right now," Obama said. "They don't want bickering. And when they realize that, they'll have an open, outstretched hand from me."

The Republican Party largely has resisted Obama's agenda in Congress. No Republicans in the House of Representatives and only three in the Senate supported his economic stimulus program, while filibuster threats have slowed down other measures or nominees.

But Obama said about 100 Republicans voted with House Democrats to support the overhaul of credit-card regulations now pending in the Senate, and several others voted to support an expansion of state children's health insurance programs.

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soundoff (246 Responses)
  1. Cynthia - Arkansas

    I want all of the people who oppose this to give up their medicare. It's the same freaking thing. Socialism I tell you! Ha What a bunch of idiots. The party of "NO" is getting old really fast. Even some of them are starting to realize you can't fight President Obama on every singe issue and nomination. They lost the election for a reason. No one cares what they think anyway. All they do is obstruct and whine. Just a bunch of two year olds in dire need of a nap.

    May 14, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  2. BJ

    Coming from the mouth of the most partisan politician we have. He does nothing but lie and play games with us. It's a good thing the Office of the President of the United States is bigger than him. He does not speak for Republicans, never has and never will. Many Americans, like myself, do not agree with his policies. The Republican party only lost an election not their ideals and what they stand for, as much as the Dems would love to think they have.

    May 14, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  3. GuyInVA

    Americans do want results now. I wonder if those desired results are tripling (conservative estimate) the federal deficit, reduction in defense spending, and socialized healthcare.

    May 14, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  4. Jim in Florida

    Lock step with Obama. Only Obama is right. The Cult of Obama.

    This member of the "Public" isn't going to pressure anyone to go along with Obama's spending frenzy. Due to Obama's misguided spending frenzy, for the next decade we will experience deficits in excess of a trillion dollars each year (Source:Kiplinger Forecast).

    Won't be able to lay that debt at Bush's feet, Dimwitcrats.

    Obama is a jack booted socialist thug.

    May 14, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  5. RWE

    sorry libs, republicans are going to oppose you on bad policy, and support you on good policy. unfortunately there is not much that is good. call us back when you have something.

    i want to know examples where democrats have compromised with republicans over the past 8 years?

    May 14, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  6. The Truth

    Unfortunatly that out-stretched hand will be for "collecting" more tax money.

    May 14, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  7. Joe Whiteman

    Since I am a rich, old white Republican, I have decided to go ahead and pay for everyones healthcare. Yep...thats right. All the rest of you young, hip democrats can go ahead and quit your jobs.

    Relax and smoke a joint...I got this...

    May 14, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  8. annie s

    You have a job so you earned your health coverage, Robin? What world of entitlement do you live in? My husband and I are self employed and each work 12 – 15 hours a day. Because we are over 50 very few insurers will even come near us, so, we pay $15,000 per year for premiums for a plan with a $5000 deductible for each of us. Try that on for size, all of you who think everything is just hunky dory because you have employer paid health coverage. Americans like me understand and back oue President 100% in his efforts to bring affordable and accessible healthcare to ALL Americans.

    May 14, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  9. CAW in MD

    @ Bob in PA:

    You're not into getting taxed 45-50%? You must have not liked the Bush years then. Because if you add up the taxes that you pay - Federal, State, Local, Sales, Payroll, Property, etc., you were getting taxed in that range for the past 8 years (and probably closer to the last 40 years). Taxes are not an invention of Barack Obama. What he is saying is that he wants to use your tax dollars for different purposes than Bush. Whether those things are what we should be spending on is a debate worth having. But saying that Obama raised your taxes sky high is just false - there's no basis for that statement. It's just a fantasy talking point for the Republicans who anticipate needing to raise taxes (which they would have to have done anyway, regardless of whether a Republican or a Democrat is in the White House).

    May 14, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  10. CAW in MD

    @Mississippi Mike,

    Since you blog, one can assume that you can read. Therefore, if you go back and read what the article actually said as opposed to what you want it to say, you will find that he wants "compromise" not "my way or the highway". There is a difference. I'm sure you can find a dictionary and figure out what that difference is...

    May 14, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  11. Joe Whiteman

    So much for freedom of the press...My last 5 comments have died in committe....Is obama in a dark room reviewing these things?

    May 14, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  12. Insurance Companies = They are the boss, not you

    You guys are so funny. The insurance companies ARE RUNNING YOUR LIFE right now. So all is happening is that how health insurance is run will change and cost will lower. If you think you are controlling your own healthcare now, you are funny. Spare me the big brother stuff. You people are so funny. What happens if you loose your job have no insurance. Thanks to Obama, you can get a reduction on COBRA payments but what about when that is done. Some people worship their job like it will be there tomorrow and think they have healthcare related freedom with these big greedy insurance companies but they are sadly mistaken. I worked for insurance for nearly a decade doing IT work. You would vomit if you knew insurance company profit margins and what the insurance brokers make. Gross.

    May 14, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  13. David in CA

    I hope the Republicans stay with what they know is correct. By the way, these Republicans in congress represent the millions of Americans who voted them in. These Americans want representation and so far they have had that. Deal with it Obama and don't try to push a piece of garbage through just to say it got done. Health care is too important to do half-assed.

    May 14, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  14. obamamama

    Leesa you and your ilk lashed out from day 1 of Bush's Presidency. You didn't support a thing he did. Seems like the tables have simply turned.

    May 14, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  15. sky

    When all you listen to is Fox Snooze and Rush Limbow what else can you believe but the sky is falling. If the conservatives don't come around soon they will be left in the dust.

    May 14, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  16. mike

    Nice post Gerda. Numbers and facts tend to scare liberals

    May 14, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  17. malclave

    Obama's definition of "compromise" is that he'll let them spit instead of swallow.

    I hope that's okay here at CNN... I know MSNBC uses porn references in its news, and CNN is pretty much the same as MSNBC, politically.

    May 14, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  18. Robin in Tampa, FL

    We NEED health care reform. The problem with current health care system is it heavily favors large business, if an employee gets sick (meaning they have to draw on their medical for a long period of time) the increase in everyone's premiums are essentially non-existent.

    However this is not the case for people who are self employed or run a small business, if a workers gets sick either premiums immediately increase. In this situation small company are either forced to drop the person from the company's medical policy, or force everyone to pay the higher premium.

    Having the government partly pay for private insurance is a good thing, it will drastically reduce costs and will be much more fairer to smaller companies and self-employed workers.

    May 14, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  19. Em Hunt

    Obama, if ever empties Ft. Knox with more debts, more billions for war no change here, his advisers are the same breed with Bush only with a different collar, same old special interests groups with top priority of dovetailing policies towards preferential treatment for "them". Tthe only thing new in the White House is the sleeveless dress of his wife.

    May 14, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  20. John-Black Hills SD

    It's time for a better medical health care programs. I hear rep's in the House & Senate dog national health care programs in other nations like Canada, and the UK. They neglect to mention the other nations whose health systems work great. I know this because I've lived in both systems, and many Euro nations have great health care where a 85 year old with cancer is under the knife in weeks, you can't sue the doctor, because the individual is much more involved in the entire procedure. There are great models out there, the doctors don't aren't short changed because they don't have to pay out the nose for malpractice insurance. That's the only one's who lose are lawyers, and insurance companies. That's alright with me.

    May 14, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  21. No Incumbents 2010

    My bad ceasr chavez not the idiot dictator from Venezuela

    May 14, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  22. Gary

    Polls show America loves Obama. But the polls also show:

    We don't want socialized health care.
    We don't want terrorist prison pictures released.
    We want less bailout, less gov't ownship of banks and car companies
    We don't want higher taxes.
    We do want stem cells
    We want gay rights (split 50/50 on the marriage thing)
    We want to get Bin Ladin but we want out of the wars
    We want a balanced budget
    We want better education and education choice

    I think both sides need to compromise not just the Republicans.

    May 14, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  23. Sally

    The Republicans don't listen to the American people. They do as they please and hire Madison Ave. to spin it for them. It worked for a long time until the public wised up!

    May 14, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  24. Troy

    Do people not even educate themselves on what the proposed policies are? The healthcare plan is supposed to allow those that have insurance to keep it (even encourage it) and to provide health insurance for those that can't get it. While some will complain about tax payers paying for health insurance for others, we already do! We pay for the emergency care that these patients receive at hospitals. If we could get them healthcare, they could focus on preventative medicine (that's the president's plan) and in turn would cost the taxpayer LESS because fewer patients would need the expensive emergency care that the taxpayers have to pay for. Pay attention, people

    May 14, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  25. C Spurgeon

    term limits are the answer. 2 just like the president and we will have bi partisanship.

    May 14, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
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