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.

CNN Radio: Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley on the health care battle

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. Sam

    So 50% of America disapprove of his plan ... but its Republican politics?
    Nice try,

    July 21, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  2. bozo the obama

    this clown is forcing his style of health care upon American taxpayers while 20 mil.illegals continue to get free services anytime and anywhere.

    July 21, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. dhicks24

    For the last time Obama, the Republican party is not saying reform isn't necessary, appropriate, urgent, etc. You need to listen to what the American people are telling you.

    They are saying that your version of reform is not in the best interest of the country and we should not be running full speed to blindly approve massive legislation (with massive cost implications...coming from the non-partisan CBO) just because you want to pass it before releasing the mid-year budget update (the content of which will almost certainly make your healthcare agenda even harder to pass).

    There is a huge difference in the two statements. Quit trying to mislead the public. We are smarter than you appear to believe; you fooled a lot of people on the campaign trail, but we are wising up. The more you talk, the less we are listening and the less we believe.

    In closing, what we are seeing is people (both Republican and Democrat) trying to slow the train enough to make good reform. The way you are characterizing the Republicans on this issue makes me wonder if you would have been equally as critical of people trying to stop Jim Jones from carrying out the Jonestown kool-aid party.

    July 21, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  4. Debby

    Oh come on the only points Republicans are trying to score is saving the taxpayers money. They are working for the people while the Dems. are working for themselves.

    July 21, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. JGB

    Is Obama and all of the politicians going to be on this great plan he is pushing? He promised us all we could be on his cadillac plan that we pay for. How can this man keep a straight face while trying to cram this garbage plan down our throats?

    Just say NO to this crappy plan.

    July 21, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  6. rachel

    Talk talk talk. Didnt he just have one of these pressers' last week and itsnt he having another one tomorrow. Looks like many aren't buying what your selling no matter how much you talk it up.

    July 21, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. Jenn, Philadelphia

    And what does the President think the motive is for the "blue-dog" Democrats who have come out against the bill? I thought he was going to reach across the aisle. Who knew it was to slap the opposition.

    July 21, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. lxm

    Looks like the cool Obama is not getting his way so he is now pouting... BOOHOOO

    July 21, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. gananut

    I hope all members of the GOP have terminal illness. Then let's see how they cope.

    July 21, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  10. Rick from Murfreesboro, TN

    We need a national health care system. Thanks to the Republicans destroying our economy more and more people are in need of health care and can't afford it. President Obama is doing all he can to undo the damage that the republican controlled government and media have caused over the last twenty-eight years (minus the eight when President Clinton was in) but it is going to take a long time for his policies to work. At least he is trying to help all Americans, not just the rich which is all the Greedy Old Party cares about. There are more and more citizens losing their healthcare everyday due to the mismanagement of the Republicans. Unless you are among the richest 5% there is absolutely no reason to support the Party of No!

    July 21, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  11. didi

    they are bunch of idiots and lobbyists...pres. obama you go ahead of it...fix health care...don't give hoot to these idiots...fix health care first...the guys oppose are robbers...legal robbers of the nation...fix health care...

    July 21, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. John

    Absolutely! I find it very suspicious that CNN doesn't report on the fact that lobbyists are spending millions a day lobbying the key players–in direct conflict with the will of the public, which supports a reform to the tune of 78% in favor. Instead, we get Sanjay Gupta pandering for Big Pharma. Just like he did when Michael Moore wrote an expose on the Health Care industry. Only Gupta had the mettle to stand up and spin for the industry. Thank god he didn't become the Surgeon General!!!!

    July 21, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |

    I will not stand here and take critizism from a muslim. Yes I am an aoopenent of socialised medicine. AND ALSO I AM IN FAVOR TOF THE SECOND AMMENDMANT.

    July 21, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. RLE

    I agree with you Mr. President, now is the time to get it done. There are 42 million Americans who do not have health care benefits or do not have access toit. The repub idiot said they can just go to ER of hospital, "...it's as if they take pride in being ignorant..."
    Oh one more stat 18,000 Americans die per year due to lack of healthcare benefits..
    Americans rally togeher to hep other countries during tragedies i.e. Tsunami but too many will not rally together for health care of Americans
    What if it was your mother, father, brother, sister, spouse, child, relative, friend; would you care then???????

    July 21, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. Stacy from Leesburg, VA

    In my humble opinion, it has been the special interests leading the assault on any sort of healthcare reform in this country because they don’t want their cash cow threatened. Name another country that lets pharmaceutical companies advertise the way these folks do. Name another country where a for-profit industry dictates the treatments you can and cannot receive and the doctors you can and cannot visit. Regulate these guys and ensure fair treatment for the American citizen. Let’s live up to the U.S. Constitution that says we will promote the general welfare of our union.

    July 21, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  16. Virginia

    What seems to be missing in the argument?

    The republicans say the health care bill would cost $1 trillion over 10 years. OK, that's 100 billion a year.

    The Bush taxcuts end next year, which was $300 billion a year (for 10 years – thanks Republicans), so the gov't again will receive that $300 billion a year, three times what would be needed to support all the additional costs of health care.

    Also, noone is taking into account what the federal gov't pays out each year for health care for the uninsured who must go to emergency rooms after they get really, really sick. Those costs would be gone if those folks could afford to see a Doctor as soon as systems show up instead of waiting until they need weeks in the hospital to recover.

    I guess it's too simple to be understood!!!

    July 21, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  17. Rob


    Amazing how he stands there, all pompous and self-righteous, and just plays the blame game. He thinks because he is the Almighty Barrack that everyone should just pass every single thing he wants. At this rate we'll see the uniforms and internment of those who don't agree with him before too long.

    This man is RUINING our country. And all you libs and media nuts sit there are get all doe-eyed whenever he opens his mouth and spews more lies.

    At what point will enough people say ENOUGH

    July 21, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. A Citizen

    Could it possibly be that they are simply opposed to a government program that the CBO has said doesn't fix the problem? Could it be that they don't want to see trillions of taxpayer dollars spent to overhaul a system that simply needs to be tweaked? As with everything that Obama wants, he says that this must be done RIGHT NOW! Why? Perhaps he just doesn’t want to waste a good crisis.

    July 21, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  19. Doug Neumann

    Did you see the other story: "Poll: Half disapprove of Obama on Healthcare?" So maybe it is not "political motives", but maybe "listening to what people want"? People, you know, voters.

    I am not rich, and I already have heatlhcare. Good healthcare. I work for a good company, and my company provides it. So why do I want to either have to give it up and take a government plan that is not nearly as good, or pay 3 times more for it under Obama's plan? This is not political motives, its what people are saying. Those of us who are legal residents and have jobs, anyway.

    July 21, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. Tanya McKenzie

    Tactics just to bring about "Waterloo" for our president can't be talked about enough. It is totally what sours people on politics. The people of US suffer greatly. The Republics are truly am abnoxious bunch. Let's just throw out the two-party system if that is the only way these little boys can conduct business. We, the people, deserve more!

    July 21, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  21. RI Moderate

    You're losing so you start with thw ad hominem attacks.

    Why don't you fix this bill so that it actually saves money like you promised. If health care really did cost less it would totally undercut the arguments of the republicans. You have the power to fix this Mr president – just keep your promises.

    July 21, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  22. Roger from CA

    I CURSE DeMint, Steele, McConnell and all their fellow travellers, to whom it is better to KILL thousands and millions of innocent Americans by denying them health care than it is to let an opportunity for cheap political advantage to get away.

    I cry for this country. Why can't the Democrats ever get their act together?????

    July 21, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  23. Jerry from Indiana

    Why has the President not talked about the Blue Dog Dems and their standing on this out of control spending call the health care bill. CNN has been very quick to report the Presidents attacks on the GOP but, yet it takes more of his party to pass the bill so where is that report.

    As I have said before but, CNN does not post it, This bill does not take care of the problem it only gives us the Tax payers the chance to give more money to our Gov to spend on things other than health care. You say that cannot happen well take a look at social security, Medi-care, and Medi- caid . Why if they are only used for what they said they would are they broke?

    NO it is the fault of the American people that we have allowed this two party system to run this country into the ground, so wake up we need a real change and it starts with us the real America those who work and try their very best to make our country great, or just keep following the rest of the sheep and listen to the media because we cannot think for ourselves. Put your DEM and GOP crap to rest and awaken the sleeping American within your self or just give up and take the hand until it is over.

    July 21, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  24. Steve, NJ

    A) We don't know how we're paying for this yet...B) This will unfortunately have the government take control of health care. So that will mean the automobile industry, health care, salaries for business executives, and also Industry emissions will all be run by the government. That is just not American. C) This will just tax small businesses right out of business.

    Why the rush on this? If we are going to make the biggest overhaul in healthcare that our country has ever seen, shouldn't we make sure every single thing is done right? Why is this administration so adament about rushing this through? Is it because the American public is figuring out this isn't a good reform?

    The Republicans are right on this one. We need to make sure everything is done right before this is passed.

    July 21, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  25. Carol

    Please NOTICE – it's the AMERICAN PUBLIC that is AILING. We are suffering financially BIG TIME. We are in debt (put there by ? our Government) because the politicians are GREEDY. Do we really need this/ NO TO ADDITIONAL HEALTH CARE EXPENSE. We have Medi care and private insurance. That is enough. ENOUGH ALREADY. Let's get out of debt and get the rest of our house in order then we can tackle the problem of health care reform. Let's stop the special interests and the GREEDY politicians NOW.

    July 21, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
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