July 20th, 2009
03:32 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama, GOP trade barbs in health care fight

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The charged battle over health care reform intensified Monday as President Barack Obama accused GOP critics with putting politics ahead of policy.

A top Republican, in turn, accused Obama of ramming through an ill-conceived plan that will undermine the country's economic future.

The latest rhetorical volleys were traded as Democrats struggled to regain much-needed political momentum on the high priority issue before the August congressional recess.

The president seized on recent remarks by Sen. Jim DeMint, R-South Carolina, who said in reference to the health care debate that "if we're able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him."

"Think about that. This isn't about me. This isn't about politics," Obama said during a visit to Children's National Medical Center in Washington.

"This is about a health care system that is breaking America's families, breaking America's businesses, and breaking America's economy. And we can't afford the politics of delay and defeat when it comes to health care. Not this time. Not now."

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Filed under: Health care • Michael Steele • President Obama
soundoff (253 Responses)
  1. Addison

    Republicans are not interested in Heathcare Reform, their only interested in making $$$ for themselves. Facts are facts, it's the GOP way!!

    July 20, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  2. tom

    Wanna bet Steele has healthcare for him and his family and doesn't pay a penny for it?

    July 20, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  3. notfooledtx

    Like anything the doofus Steele says has any merit.

    Give him an hour and he'll take it all back.

    The hip-hop head of the rnc is as much of a joke as Palin is.

    July 20, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. Deke

    Did anyone expect anything else from this bozo???

    July 20, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. People Stand Up For New Leadership

    What else is new. This man has ana ego the size of Texas. I wish he would go away and represent another minority. As an African American, he makes me cringe with his jealousy of Barack Obama.

    July 20, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  6. Mike Vaughn

    Does the Chief of GOT 0 PLans have a Solution for Health Care?????? if not shut up

    July 20, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. political junkie

    Does anyone really care what THE PARTY OF NO thinks?

    July 20, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  8. Kyle

    Steele is a complete follower. I'm sure he was coached by Karl Rove and edited by Rush Limbaugh. Idiots!!

    July 20, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |

    Ask Mr. Steele why his Young Republican Group Leader supports racist comments. Ask him why he backed away from condemning those comments in his CNN interview. Ask him how this new Republican party is anything different from the last?

    Ask him why a conservative-leaning independent can no longer consider the republican party?

    July 20, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  10. they go up no matter what, Shaft you argument is dumb

    when have health care costs not gone up

    Shaft why does it cost 26,000$ from only one of the five bills to have a normal with out complications baby

    we need a new system, you are not helping

    July 20, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  11. Shellie

    Republicans are good at "ripping" but they are always short on answers. Same ole GOP crap!!

    July 20, 2009 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  12. LlillieBelle

    And the Republicans wonder why no one likes em anymore?! Morons.

    July 20, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  13. Obama 2.0

    Steele = Penutt butter cookie 😉 Limbogs cookie!

    July 20, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  14. Wolves 4 Palin Charlotte, NC

    So, what does he offer in return.... leeches and blood-letting. I have never seen anything like these people. They offer nothing; do nothing; and criticize everything.

    July 20, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  15. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Now is not the time for the back and forth bickering. I really like to see what alternative the republicans have. They are always quick to criticize but never bring anything to the table. Healthcare is the #1 reason why people are going bankrupt in this country. All I hear is that this is going to cost too much and add to a growing deficit. First off, the deficit is as huge as it is because of #43, not #44. Once this trillion dollar Iraq war is over, healthcare reform will be able to pay for itself.

    July 20, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  16. Phat Elvis

    Oh what a line of Hooey. 8 years in power and no health care reform from Bush, so what makes anyone think republicans would want to overhaul the system any time in the future? right now they are just stonewalling

    July 20, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. lostinny

    We need to let these representatives know we won't accept another bill rammed thru and unread. Stop this insanity.

    July 20, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  18. Sam in Houston

    i agree with Steele, why is the president trying to rush this through? is there something in this that he doesnt want the american people to know about?

    July 20, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. Marla FL

    It appears Michael Steele is unaware of the amount added to nat'l debt during the Bush years. Seems to think it's all Obama's

    July 20, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. Ernesto

    "GOP chief rips Obama plan" headline sounds like someone is surprised. Steele is nothing more than another NOpublican doing his best to sell fear when they have no ideas. Obama may or may not succeed on health care reform. To think any any individual with a brain would oppose health care reform leaves a question: Where is this mega-billion dollar lobbying effort being spent and by whom? I bet Steele has his hand out! Go insurance companies! Go Pharmacuetical manufacturers! Go hospitals! Go HMO's! Go fear not getting health care reform.

    July 20, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  21. Reformed Republican

    Just like Bohner, McConnell and the rest of the obstructionist, fear mongering rethuglicants Steele is having a premature ejaculation on the costs of health care reform.
    They are running around trying to scare the bejeezuz out of people about costs and the plan isn't even out of the Senate Finance Committe yet.
    At least wait till it has a firm cost estimate you morons before starting the standard fear talking point that it will mortage our childrens future.
    GOP, village idiots all...

    July 20, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  22. lostinny

    What you don't get is that they won't have to participate in the monster they create. Just like they don't have to participate in Social Security. They are ALL SET with free health care and fully funded retirement and they don't care what happens to the rest of us.

    July 20, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  23. b franklin

    Steele is right!!..Please, someone name something that the government does better than the private sector...anything?
    Obamas answer to everything is to spend more money. It doesn't work that way.

    July 20, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. Rick W

    He disgraces the state of Maryland more and more
    every time he opens his mouth, talk about a joke.

    July 20, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
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