July 21st, 2009
01:06 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama criticizes political motives of health care reform opponents

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Tuesday that political motives are behind Republican efforts to block health care reform in Congress.

In a Rose Garden statement, Obama said Republicans "who openly announce their intentions to block this reform" would "rather score political points" than confront an ailing health care system that is draining the federal budget while leaving 46 million Americans uninsured.

"Time and again we've heard excuses to delay and defeat reform," Obama said a day after the chairman of the Republican National Committee and a leading conservative columnist both called for blocking health care legislation being debated in Congress.

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The president said such tactics "play the politics of the moment instead of putting the interests of the people first."

"Some will try to delay action so that special interests can kill it," Obama said. "We can choose to follow that playbook again, or we can come together and insist this time will be different."

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soundoff (132 Responses)
  1. Mrs.BetsyRoss

    No Mr. President, it isn't political, it's common sense. We just can't afford it right now and we are refusing to be pushed into total destruction of this country.

    July 21, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. Charles

    Controlling the cost is the key for the success of a universal health systems. Unfortunately the entire supply chain are for profit – from insurance company, pharmaceutical companies, health care/ diagnosis facilities, doctors, pharmacies, lawyers. It just makes it impossible to make any change.

    July 21, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  3. Rob Johnson

    If you think Obama's health care policy would be bad for America, then it is your duty as a citizen to oppose it, and even if I disagree with you, I respect your right to voice your opinion.

    However, if you just want to see it fail because it will "break" Obama then you are exactly what is wrong with politics in this country.

    This is not a football game, it's our country, and we're all on the same "team." It's amazing to me how many people don't get that.

    July 21, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |

    The President is absolutely right. How can those of us who pay too much for healthcare, or those who don't have it, or those of us who are turned down for healthcare, accept that these ridiculous congress people who are being paid by the gougers in the healthcare industry, are not playing politics? It is in the best interest of all of us financially that the congress pass the reform of the healthcare system in this country now. It only takes people with functioning brains to be able see that we all will win. Why should we want to feed an industry with our hard-earned dollars, that is taking the food off of our own tables? JUST THINK PEOPLE!

    July 21, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. jdquest

    Thank you President Obama for your continued drive for health care reform. This has been a real struggle for me and my family for twenty years and though some have made attempts to solve the problem, no one has followed through. I hope and pray that President Obama will not finally give in to the uncaring, filthy hearted, politically motivated politicians who can not see beyond their own desires. I know I am not the only person out there who has a need in this area and some of the excuses that are made from the opposition are so weak. I have heard some say that the numbers of uninsured are inflated but that is not even a valid reason to vote this down. When thousands are in danger in one city due to disasters, people go out of their way to give money and assistance even without regard to the athenticity of the charity involved. There are obviously thousands of us in danger due to this poor health care system. America, I am losing faith in you. Please show me that you care.

    July 21, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. Steve (the real one)

    Obama criticizes political motives of health care reform opponents?
    Is it politcal motives or common sense? Exactly what are the "political motives" of the blue Dog dems? Nothing political about those who support this, right? New poll: 44% for, 50% against. So only those polls that are pro-Obama are good and those against can't be trusted, right? Make up your minds, libs!

    July 21, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  7. Barbara Independent in NY

    Too many Americans are without healthcare. If health care reform fails, I will blame Republicans and the Blue Dog Democrats equally.

    July 21, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
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