July 17th, 2009
04:50 PM ET
13 years ago

Democrats splinter in contentious health care reform debate

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/07/17/health.care/art.obama.health.care.cnn.jpg caption="President Obama says health care is at the top of his domestic agenda."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - The fight over health care reform took center stage on Capitol Hill on Friday, as the House Democratic leadership stepped up its push for passage of a bill before the August congressional recess.

An influential group of Senate moderates, however, broke with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Obama by releasing a letter urging a slower timetable.

Obama, who has put health care reform at the top of his domestic agenda, pushed Congress to get the job done.

"Now is not the time to slow down, and now is certainly not the time to lose heart," the president said from the White House.

"Those who are betting against this happening this year are badly mistaken," he said. "It will happen this year."

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soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. Save America

    LIAR! The only thing you want to total control of the health care in this country.
    You need to be impeached.

    July 17, 2009 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  2. Jon in VA

    I hope they start taxing the living daylights out of us. I have my house and cars finally paid off, colleges funds set up for my kids. My wife and I are both very much employed and making decent money. Lets the liberals finally get what they wanted taxes and more taxes. I will love when the "poor" and are getting taxed finally. I put myself squarely in the "middle" class and well we always get screwed over anyways so I am use to it. Tax us, tax us all and big time. You voted for him you now get to deal with him!

    July 17, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  3. joe m

    the president may want to re-think his position... i agree with him, it is not the time to shrink from this enormous task. healthcare in this country needs to be addressed. it has to be more affordable for more. the practice of insurers of dropping long term policy holders at the onset of devastating illness in the name of faulty information provided by the patient should stop. cost needs to be brough down. the culture of healthcare should change not only from the treatment of desease, but the promotion of health. however, considering the fracturing within his own party, the concerns raised by outside sources, and the uncertainty expressed by the public, it may not be a bad idea to slow down a little. if he insist on pushing forward at his pace it only provides more ammunition for his critiques and does not appease those concerns from the public. slowing down does not mean giving up, but can express a willingness to listen and work things out. pushing forward relentlessly may end up being judge as recklessness, especially if the promise of this effort does not come to be.

    July 17, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  4. Observant

    JOBS SHOULD BE AT THE TOP OF PRESIDENT OBAMA DOMESTIC AGENDA, NOT HEALTHCARE. Create jobs, then we (the people can pay for healthcare.....as it is now, we can not afford to pay extra taxes to support healthcare for all.

    July 17, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  5. The power be with you

    You are right DA, the Republicans stick together even when they are DEAD WRONG, that's why the country is in the MESS it is nowadays!!!


    July 17, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  6. Ancient Texan

    This health care fiasco will finish bankrupting the nation. The government is incapable of running anything and making it work. AMTRAK, Medicare, Medicade, Social Security, are all a disaster run by the government. Waste and fraud have run the costs of the programs into deep trouble and so will the new health care boondoggle.

    July 17, 2009 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  7. GGG

    I can't even say into words what a great dissappointment this Obama is.. He uses threats and now scare tactics to get what he wants ... what a friggin idiot!!!!

    IMPEACH !!!!

    July 17, 2009 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  8. S Callahan

    Go VERY slow..I'm with the moderates on this.

    July 17, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  9. me

    Congress and senate must be forced into the same plan as the
    rest of Americans now!!
    Then you will see how good it can be. Untill that happens
    we go broke after working two or three jobs all our lives to
    spend all our money on health care.
    A cancer person'

    July 17, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  10. Kevin in Ohio

    I pray this bill is doomed...... but the Supreme Dictator Obama moves ahead, anyway. Government run health care will be a nightmare, especially for the elderly.

    July 17, 2009 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  11. lala

    You want universal helthcare the same one we have in poland?
    My aunt who was in her 70's needed surgery for her eye because she was loosing her eye sight she was waiting a year for it.
    Then she had heart problems. she was in hospital for a week got out of hospital and she died a week later thats universal health care for you. Out of no where you dead.

    July 17, 2009 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  12. Tatianna

    Obama healthcare reform, universal healthcare, nationalized -socialized healthcare or whatever you call it, is going to be a disaster on multiple levels. Trying to rush healthcare through the system with little debate and transparency will have the same fate as the stimulus, auto and bank bailouts. Reckless dem policies doing more harm than good. Once this crystalizes it is all over for the dems. As for Blue Dog and moderate dems opposing Obama and Pelosi rushing bill – stand by your convictions and do not let Obama bully you. Shouldnt dems chastize Blue Dogs and moderates saying NO.

    July 18, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  13. daypa

    government run health care what a joke. have any of you been to the DMV? post office? IRS? medcacade,care? why would anyone ever trust the government to run health care. come on people get a clue its not about helping the people its about power and control.

    July 18, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
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