July 23rd, 2009
03:28 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama says health care delay is OK 'to get it right'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/23/art.obama07238.gi.jpg caption="President Obama said Thursday that he would accept a delay in the passage of health care reform if it meant that a satisfactory bill would be passed."]SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Thursday that he is willing to accept a temporary delay in the passage of health care reform legislation if Congress ultimately approves a satisfactory bill.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid indicated earlier in the day that the full Senate will not vote on health care reform legislation before the August congressional recess.

Obama had been pushing for both the House and Senate to pass health care legislation before going on their summer break - a goal that has appeared increasingly unlikely due to fierce Republican opposition and cost concerns cited by fiscally conservative Democrats.

"My attitude is I want to get it right, but I also want to get it done promptly," Obama told a packed town hall audience in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

Obama said he could accept a longer timeline "as long as I see folks working diligently and consistently."

If legislators "are legitimately working out tough problems ... I have no problem," he said. But "I don't want a delay just because of politics ... (or) delay for the sake of delay."

Filed under: Health care • President Obama
soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. Paul from Kissimmee

    Health Care delay is ok, as long as it's done before August, or say goodbye to your recess.

    July 23, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    Then: Umbama will get it done right away by magic.

    Now: Um, I, ah, meant to have it delayed!

    Messiah meets Reality and shows he is just a lying Politician.

    July 23, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  3. vette gal

    Thank goodness. This was being pushed through way too fast and had a high chance of not being done propertly. Maybe now, we will get a health plan that works for everyone. The only problem I've had with President Obama is that he seems to want everything immediately (instant gratification which is what's wrong with the populace these days). It's always much better to take your time and make sure it's right before doing anything.

    July 23, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  4. gary

    thank god, this stupid idea will get shot down when democrats here from their constituents when they get home, they onlt care about being reelected, and will turn on obama

    July 23, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. Mississippi Mike

    I could be wrong but less than 24 hours ago I remember watching an infomercial or press conference or something along those lines where Obama emphasized that it was absolutely critical that we completely overhaul the entire health care system rght now. Now it's ok to wait a few months. This guy can't even keep his own lies straight.

    July 23, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    The Republicans do not care about America, they are only in this for political gain, shame on you hyprocrites.

    July 23, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. cedgar

    This is not a Repub. problem, but a Dem problem.
    The president needs to stop blaming Bush and get to
    leading the country!!
    The president needs to give clear direction of what he wants
    to Congress and let the American people deside if we want it!
    I have read most of the House Bill, to me that would be the first
    step for the President before backing it!

    I personally think the bill in the House needs to be thrown out
    and start all over!!!

    July 23, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  8. jj12345

    Alicia July 23rd, 2009 3:58 pm ET

    I disagree. Harry Reid is no doubt working in the hands of health care money. My opinion.

    I am tired of the Party of NO, Rethugs, doing all they can to win at any cost. The Rethugs don't care who is or is not covered. The Rethugs are so hypocritical, whether cheating politicians or they feel a man's home is his castle, if he is a White man!
    Except the dems have the votes, they dont need the republicians. Blame the dems.

    July 23, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. Val in MA

    That is a great victory for the opposition because it will give more time for people to learn and realize that this legislation is just awful for our country. Obama is the biggest loser in this.

    July 23, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  10. Ben

    So now a delay is OK? After he's spent weeks trying to ram this thing down our throats saying "We've gotta move on this. We can't wait"?

    Here's an idea: Why not let people actuallly read the the thing BEFORE they vote on it? I know, that makes too much sense for Dumbocrats. Thank God the Blue Dogs have some backbone.

    July 23, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  11. andy

    Obama wants nothing worked out. He wants it done his way or else. Obama is a bully and the bobble head dems follow him like sheep.. Remember these idiots in 2010.

    July 23, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. rich

    For all the people not wanting reform. One day you or somebody you know is going to get sick. Then you are going to have to deal with the insurance company trying to cancel your policy for pre-existing condition. Then will see if you want health reform. I encourage people to put there experiences with the insurance companies on the internet so people can get an image of what is going on with health insurance companies. People need to educate themselves instead of listening to Republican rich people tell them that we do not need reform. The reason rich people are worring about reform is because they know there is a potential they could have to pay higher taxes.

    July 23, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  13. Gator

    This guy is so wishy washy it's pitiful.Leans with the prevailing wind.

    July 23, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  14. Ancient Texan

    None of the pro-Obamacare folks posting on here seem to realize the Majority of the American People don't want their healthcare messed with. All the polls are now shifting to align with Gallop. People are afraid of this massive boondoggle.

    July 23, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  15. Ben

    Annette – "and to you haters of President Obama, your nasty behavior is very disrepectful to the President."

    What about the hatred he's showing towards the American people by trying to shove a horrible healthcare bill down our throats? Did that ever occur to you? Obviously not.

    Newsflash: Repubs aren't gonna sit there and take this mockery of a bill, or the President, and just say nothing. If you think otherwise, you're delusional.

    July 23, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  16. Some republican guy

    Chris wrote:
    The plan should be for those who are going to pay their way. For those who plan on living off of the government all of their lives the plan should be ……. well, let's just say the plan should be for them to join the working class and pay their own way. If the plan (as many people suspect) of Obama is to pay back those African Americans who do not work, but yet went to the polls to vote for what they call a black man (actually a 1/2 truth) then the plan will not work in the long run.

    Actually, Chris, more white people receive public assistance than black people. But don't let facts get in your way. Have a nice day!

    July 23, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  17. Obamalism

    Funny how the dems are berating the GOP when they don't need a single republican vote to pass the bill...

    Hmmm... i think someone actually read this one. It's amazing how dems can't rush bills through when they actually have time to read them.

    Barack needs to get it through his thick head that the majority of Americans DO NOT WANT A PUBLIC OPTION.

    Riegn in HMO beaurocracy, reign in waste, reign in corruption and things will be better. None of these requires socializing medicine.

    July 23, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  18. ib

    They will never get it right as long as the insist that the gov. controlls it. Senior citizens look out; we are doomed under King Obama

    July 23, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  19. Cindy-San Francisco

    And the Republicans ideas for healthcare reform are what again????
    It's simple U.S. companies cannot stay competitive in business in the world with these high costs of health, not when other countries offer healthcare to its citizens, which eliminates the cost for the companies.

    It took a while to get in this mess and it WILL take a while to get out. Obama has only been in office 6 months people. At least he has ideas and takes them to the public.

    July 23, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  20. Carl

    is illegal aliens going to be covered under this new health care plan?

    July 23, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  21. Randolph Carter

    Right on, Some republican guy. For once you make sense. Have a nice day!

    July 23, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  22. Obamalism

    Actually, Chris, more white people receive public assistance than black people. But don't let facts get in your way. Have a nice day!

    Maybe because there's like 5 times more whites in American than blacks....just a hunch.

    July 23, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  23. Steve (the real one)

    Congress needs to read EVERY word. No way to explain to us what's in it if they have no idea themselves. Right now NO ONE has explained the whats, whys and hows! NO ONE to include the president! I'm not from Missouri but somebody needs to SHOW ME! We all have been burned by BOTH parties before! Enough with the speeches! What's in this bill?

    July 23, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  24. tee

    More whites are on public assistance then blacks..........before you start spitting out garbage..........check your facts........don't believe the hype your parents told you.

    July 23, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
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