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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  1. et


    May God have mercy on each one of us !!!

    July 21, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. Jon

    Hm. But Obama doesn't even know what's in House plan?

    July 21, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. sherron

    This is nothing more than the Republicans trying their best to make President Obama fail. I have never in my life seen a gropu of HATERS such as them. They have dogged him from the very beginning with name calling and not trying to help. Everything this man does in their eye sight is wrong. I would just like to know why is it that they think that they are the only ones with the answers? Why can't they sit down with the president and work together for the good of the country and come up with a good bill? All this infighting is not helping anyone.

    PS I know the real reason they don't want Obama to succeed, but I won't write in this blog.

    July 21, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  4. Steph

    I expect every single elected official to stop the political stunts and get to work to reform health care! I would like to thank Senator Demint for clearly, and publicly, stating the GOP's strategy for "health care reform". They ARE following Rush Limpbaugh's lead in wanting Obama to fail for their own political gain.

    Obviously, they could care less about working folks who are paying out the nose for health care costs (even after we pay for "good" insurance through our employers) or people who have been laid off or people who have been denied coverage because of a preexisting condition. They won't even do anything to help the small business owners they say they support.

    I'm glad everyone now sees the GOP for what they really are...self-serving hypocrites.

    July 21, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. Kevin in Ohio

    Dear Chairman Obama..... it is not health care that is draining the system...its corrupt lawyers who sue at the drop of a hat, along with countless thousands of blind kool-aid drinkers who totally lack any degree of personal responsibility. We are against this plan because it is NOT good for America....it will bankrupt us completely and irrevocably.

    July 21, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  6. CF

    The President is absolutely right. The Republicans dont care about anything but bringing Obama down. They would automaticallly be against anything he says and does, regardless of what it is. They want to "break him", to see him fail. The people of America dont matter to them. Republicans are selfish children and anyone who aligns themselves with that party politically should be ashamed. "Party first, country second!" the rally of the GOP.

    July 21, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. Larry

    We appreciate your hard work in this matter Mr. President.

    We realize the politics behind this and the fact that the opposers of health care reform (the status quo people) are also on the take from the insurance companies. They'll be remembered the next time we go to the polls. If you liked the turnout at the polls for your election wait till you see 2010 and 2012.

    The financial collapse we just went thru has gotten a lot of people interested in what's going on in Washington.

    July 21, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. Stuffit

    Kettle, meet pot. Pot, this is kettle.

    The president is simply playing politics. I would hope by now he realizes that the Congress is so stacked with Democrats that the Republicans are powerless to "delay, defeat, or block" anything.

    I would actually INSIST that this time will be different. I hope these bums actually READ the bill before they vote. That WOULD be different.

    I don't think that 'special interests' will kill the bill. I think the contents of the bill itself make great strides toward that end.

    July 21, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. Bob in Pa

    If Obama wants to rule over a colony of mindless Ants, he needs to find himself an Ant hill. Hear, at least the last time I checked, still have free minds and free will.

    July 21, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. John K.

    Please just go away, President Obama. Let your ego rest!

    July 21, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  11. LisaSterls

    to fast we need to do this with baby steps. Do like what they are trying to do.

    July 21, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  12. Angus McDugan

    You can find this kind of entry in every libs' and reporter's diary: "Dear Diary, today I met the neatest guy. His name is Barack Obama. I know it is too soon, but ... I love him. Yes I said it and I want the world to know. I don't know why, but I just do. I know nothing about him but I just love him and want him to know it too. I only wish that he would tell me that he love me." You guys need to get over Obama and focus on America and not Oboma.

    July 21, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  13. Judy

    And may I ask Mr. President, why is it so important to pass legislation on something so personal to all of us that you can't afford to go slowly and get it right? Why is it when someone doesn't fall into line on what you think, the oposition suddenly must have "motives"? You say you want to get this done before congress recesses for summer break. Maybe it is time our congress men and women start listening to those they represent. Obama took more time deciding on the dog for his family then he does on something so important as our health care. We the people must speak up before it's too late.

    July 21, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  14. iupg

    It's time for change in healthcare. I know change can be scary, but it is usually for the best. Republicans, please stop blocking change and try working toward a new future for American citizens. We're not happy with the status quo. Put aside your fear. If you can't stomach working with the Obama, then please just step aside.

    July 21, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  15. jeremy.....Dallas...Texas

    Very true. Republicans are out to score political points than serve American people. Why delay Judge Sotomayor confirmation vote? Why is universal healthcare socialism and not public schools,National defence,Medicaid or Medicare? They say lie that we are better than UK. UK is rated 14 in quality and coverage. We are 37 in both but 1st in cost. Republicans are broken lot. No one gonna take away any current insurance policy and the president assured us that day in day out. So why all these republican lies of rationing and government control? Who is better. The government we can vote out or insurance company out to make profits?

    July 21, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  16. renea

    Say whatever this president is putting his presidency on the line to at least try to fix this country if he fails he knows thats then of his presidency with trying to fix the ecnomy, healthcare etc.The republicans donot like it they say it cost too much but this president knows that he have alot to lose but do he care when it comes to helping the american people get back on track.All the naysayers can say what they want do whatever the Republicans is all about polictics trying to come up with ways to win in 2010 and 2012 thats why they are fighting against the presidents agenda.

    July 21, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  17. Dave

    Critize yourself as YOU Mr. President is the one behind the nasty politics of this debate. PLEASE tell us WHY we MUST pass Health Coverage legislation NOW when it will NOT go into effect until 2013 but the new taxes go into effect in 2011?

    PLEASE Mr. President, live by your own words and put the people first and do NOT let the Dem's in congress write the legislation. Your words and the legislation coming out of Congress are two very different plans. Republicans do not want to block Health Coverage reform, but will block the disaster coming out of Congress that will KILL jobs in America.

    July 21, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    why should the republicans worry they are insured , their family are ok. ONLY FOR THE PREVILEGE. COME ON LETS PASS THIS HEALTH CARE REFORM FOREVER ONE

    July 21, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  19. Nobama

    "Those who openly announce their intentions to block this reform,would rather score political points than confront the current health care crisis" whined baby Obama as he stamped his foot,threw down his rattle and demanded someone change his diaper!Rather than admit that he's wrong about something (again!) Baby Obama would rather throw a hissy fit!Hey Obama!when it comes to this trillion $ gamble,we nevered you a "Rose Garden"!

    July 21, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |

    Congress knows very well what's on the docket....or not, it seems. The President is correct that these delayings tactics are geared towards killing the healthcare reform agenda. It's a shame that a country like ours, the most prosperous country on planet earth, does not have health care for all. What are the insurance companies scared of? Profits. That's it. And the dumb Republicans? All they have left is scare tactics and they are playing right into some weasel democratic hands. Let's have a single payer system passes. If anyone does not want to join it, stay with your curent provider, pure and simple.

    July 21, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  21. WeThePeopleOfVA

    The political motives are apparent on both sides of the aisle and the average American taxpayer is left in the middle holding the bag. I doubt Congress will have the same healthcare coverage as the average Joe. For once the only ones the American Public trusts is themselves.

    July 21, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  22. barry in las vegas

    This President and his Democat controlled House and Senate continue to play hide the ball. They want another vote on another bill that no one has read.

    Asking for a delay so the bill can be printed and shown to everyone is not a delay tactic.

    If the Democrats have such a great bill that is so good for the country – why can't we see it?

    Obama even conceded he does not know what's in the bill. One thing is in there that he doens't want to talk about – government paid abortions.

    So much for transparency.

    July 21, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  23. Libertarian

    Can we have a president that actually works with both sides to reach the best possible conclusion? Isn't that what's best for America?

    Not this my plan is the best and all other plans aren't even going to be considered.

    It didn't work under Bush and it won't work under Obama. Just because the two have a different agenda doesn't mean the tactics will result in a better conclusion.

    July 21, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  24. Ron In California

    Poliitical motives...well! Duh! Look in the mirror sir.

    July 21, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  25. Fla.

    President Obama has the interests of the American people at heart, especially on this much-needed healthcare reform.

    In contrast, Sen. DeMint & Steele only have their corporate interests at heart–party first. How sad.

    I'll take a true leader looking out for the well-being of average Americans any day. Godspeed, Mr. President.

    July 21, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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