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. Dont blame me

    Proove to us that the government can do something right.

    First FIX Mediciare, Medicaid, and the VA hospitals!!!!

    Those are PRIME examples of government FAILURES.

    WAKE UP AMERICA !!! Before it is too late.

    July 21, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. Zero.

    And to think only yesterday it was "Pink on the Moon"...

    July 21, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. Ray

    The President is trying to sell us a bill of goods.

    While we need health care reform, the current bill is not the answer.

    Tort reform would be a good start, followed by making one set of rules for the insurance companies and states.

    Federal control is not the answer. No Federal program has ever run as efficiently as private business. Get the government out of my healthcare.

    July 21, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. dominican mama 4 Obama

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

    Tell them Mr. President!! I could've used stronger language but CNN won't post it. This is how the Republicans are coming across during YOUR administration: delusional, lying, obstructionists. I have voted Republican in the past. Never regretted it. But the Republican party of yore is GONE! Who are these people who just hate you Mr. President? It is not so much a color issue as it is you deciding not to play ball in D.C. the way they are used to having the ball played in D. C.
    You're thumbing your nose up at big business, you actually care about the average person; they can't seem to dig up (and they have'nt stopped digging) any dirt that will stick to you; you're a family man, loving husband; AND you won't choose big business over us.

    I pray for you. I really do. And I thank you, sir. for putting your citizen's concerns FIRST. Admirable.

    July 21, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. J

    Right On!

    Those who appose a public health insurance option are bought and paid for by the insurance lobby.

    July 21, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  6. European-American

    We have got to do this now! Time is of the essence to avoid catostrophic consequences. If we do not rush this legislation through, mountains may fall into the sea, earthquakes of biblical proportion could wreak havoc on the entire world.
    The public could find out what is really in it and decide it's not worth selling out their grandchildren again. WE MUST ACT NOW, before the sheep start thinking again.

    July 21, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. rob c

    Obama is right. We do need to fix healthcare. Last time they said it couldn't b done was 15 years ago and look how bad it has gotten. Shoulda been done when we had trillions in surplus, but republican rule meant we onlyspent money on fighting wars and a prescription entitlement that added to our current healthcare crisis. I also think that the republicans are trying to scare middle and older age white folks into thinking obama wants to take their money and give it to minority groups(blacks and hispanics) when healthcare reform would b good for all. And the rationing argument is a bad one too. The insurance companies already do it. They deny coverage if you are to sick, find a way to drop coverage if you get too sick, and charge way too much when they have incomes in the millions profits probably in the billions and care for noone but their wallet size.

    July 21, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. Take it from an Expat

    Despite my enthusiasm for President Obama's success, take it from me, an Expat residing in Europe – – – socialized health care only works for some (not those who are employed). The payments are absurd and the services are all marginalized.

    This topic supercedes political party, socialized health care simply sucks for those who appreciate autonomy and quality when seeking medical attention.

    July 21, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. beth

    their motives are clear.....we won't support anything this administration does....

    it's all about control for their party and the best interests of American citizens don't come into play for the GOP at all

    also, when will the GOP take credit for the fact that 'THEIR PRESIDENT' was responsible for the financial crisis....Obama has been in office only 6 months, he hasn't bankrupted the country, the first stimulus was signed during the Bush administration....

    aren't elephant's supposed to have really good memories?

    July 21, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  10. SLM

    What a cop out! Disagree with the great Obama and your motives are political. Baloney, this plan is garbage and should be treated as such. What an arrogant leader we have chosen.

    July 21, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. dominican mama 4 Obama

    JUDGES 4:14.

    Hang tough Mr. President, you're not alone.

    JUDGES 4:14

    July 21, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. D. Tree

    For example: Chuck Grassley (R, Iowa) enjoys a Public Option for his own insurance, and he seems to like his plan!

    The question voters are going to ask politicians like Mr. Grassley is this: why are you trying to keep us from having the same choice that you enjoy yourself ???

    July 21, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  13. emma

    dont worry B.O., their sinister motives will be exposed and they will be roundly defeated when the bill, which will be beneficial to the nation, is eventually passed. these men who clailm to fear God are outright evil. they demonstrate the traits of pharisees of old. they will fail. just dont give up the fight.

    July 21, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  14. Audrey in Georgia

    Health Care Reform Now! Make it happen!

    July 21, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  15. Tatianna

    Mr. President, Please stop blamming reps. You fail to comprehend majority of Americans do not support your reform health care plan. Its time you take accountability for the office you were elected into. Your popularity remains high but your dropping on issues. Your mode of goverance to denigrate the opposition, engage in adhominem attacks and refuse to comprise on substantive policy – bespeaks someone supremely confident in his ideological views and undaunted by fears of having overshot mandate.

    July 21, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  16. stormerF

    Why are they trying to force this bill through,with out letting anyone read it? what are they hiding?,,16 years ago Hillary published her Health care bill and let the American people read it and it died Quickly.Maybe the Democrats are afraid to let the American people read it,before it is up for a vote???????

    July 21, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  17. Dee, 1 Vote

    Big "O", The RNC Sen and Rep are nut's. You are the Pres of the USA. They will never work for you! Health Care is your fight and I'm your voter!

    July 21, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  18. John from California

    President Obama it's time to play hardball with the republicans before you lose the momentum from the last election. The republicans are only talking compromise as a stall tactic to eventually defeat health care reform as the next election cycle approaches.

    It's time to use the power of the majority party to realign federal contracts from the states and districts of the obstructionist and time to repeal the tax breaks for the rich. There is no compromise with the republicans as evidenced the past eight years when democrats only got to read legislation when it hit the open press.

    The republicans lost and now is the time for change before their propaganda operation gets in full motion again with the next barrage of lies and distortions. After all, the republicans love things the way they are right now with the middle class going broke and people desperate for jobs at "any wage". That is the republican dream, low taxes for the rich and desperate job seekers for the rich business owners and bankers.

    July 21, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. S.B.

    There is an awful lot of misinformation regarding health care reform being passed around especially via e-mails. I suspect Republicans are behind much of it, but some of it's most likely coming from the health care industry. Why people don't want to improve on the present broken system, I don't understand. For a lot of people I think it's just a fear of trying something new and different so I've heard rumors that everybody over 80 who becomes ill will be left to die, etc. Many of the people I've heard from are currently on Medicare. Why they're so fearful of government health care I don't understand when they're already beneficiaries of it.

    July 21, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  20. Julia Byrd- Hayden Idaho

    President Obama needs to get tough with these immoral republicans that are trying to deny health care to our children and others without insurance. Their lousy commerical, showing that stupid Canadian, (the corrupt insurance companies probably paid for this) saying, "don't let the government stand between you and your health, " well Money should not stand between a human being and their LIFE! Mr. President, send each republican a hand-basket, and I'll write the note for you to tell them how to get in it and where to go.

    July 21, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. ric in NY

    I can't believe this CON! The PEOPLE are against this horrific health plan and we want this maniac in office stopped! The economy is in shambles, unemployment is going up, the $787 billion stimulus was a flop and the libs are talking now about TARP2. On top of Obama weakening our national security and traveling all over getting nothing accomplished, Iran and NK are laughing at us. Oh and lets not forget cap and Trade that will cost an estimated 3 million jobs and increase taxes and costs 25% to 50% or more from a carton of eggs to hiring a lawyer!

    So here comes Barry with a health " plan " that rewards those who are addicted to drugs and in the country illegally while killing small businesses and destroying the GOOD coverage millions of American work for. Again, we need to get this maniac out of office!

    July 21, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  22. Hugo

    Does anyone know where I can buy one of those Obama bobble head Messiah dolls for my dashboard?

    July 21, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. Kevin B

    If Americans are buffalo'ed into voting against their own interest regarding health care, then the US is done as a nation fiscally as well as morally.

    The GOP has always put politics and power over the interest of the people.

    Americans do not be so easily manipulated by special interest ad's into throwing away the opportunity to put america on a sound fiscal footing for the future based on fear.

    July 21, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  24. Joshua

    I am not a special interst and I have called my Congressman and Senator to voice my disapproval of this healthcare legislation. That is creative using the word "Reform" but this legislation written by liberal activists would not improve healthcare. We have already been told it will raise costs and create more government entanglement.

    July 21, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  25. Shawn - GA

    This President is trying very hard to make it seem like if you do not follow his push on this that you are a bad person.

    I am scared by his tactics and I am even more scared that there is so many people getting behind this and have no idea of the details....

    I want details and then I will make up my mind.... where are the detail?

    July 21, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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