October 13th, 2009
05:41 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama on health care: 'We're not there yet'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama expressed satisfaction Tuesday with the Senate Finance Committee's passage of a health care bill, but said more work remains.

"We are now closer than ever before to passing health reform, but we're not there yet," he told reporters in the Rose Garden. "Now's not the time to pat ourselves on the back."

Instead, he said, it is time to "dig in and work even harder to get this done."

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soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. Nini

    Thank god you are not done yet, I am afraid we will not be able to recognize America once you are done with it.

    October 13, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  2. floridian, again

    Why do you guys keep blaming the health insurance companies? Yes, they are in business to make a profit, as are all the small businesses you guys keep saying need to be protected from high health insurance costs. But, you know, household insurance companies are in business to make a profit also. And do you know who pays for the "greedy" homeowners who build and/or rebuild in risky areas (waterfronts in hurricane zones, muddy hills subject to fire and then mud slides, etc.) Guess what? There will be more greedy people who do not get or who cancel their health insurance under the current Baucus bill and guess who gets to pay for the necessarily increased premiums? Yep, you and me. The "punishment" for not having health insurance doesn't kick in until 2013, as does much of the other stuff, if I am not mistaken. THAT IS WHAT THE REPORT IS TRYING TO TELL YOU. Greedy people, shysters, scammers, crooks, and the like will continue to drive up your premiums.

    October 13, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  3. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Finally people can see what a boggy man the insurance industry has been all these years in their attempt to misinform all in the name of their greedy profit.

    October 13, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  4. Dale

    Good progress. And thank you to Olympia Snowe, one of the few sensible people in Washington DC.

    Don't let the Insurance companies and their puppets in the GOP stop health care reform.

    October 13, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  5. Simmy

    Without a viable public option there is no bill.....The Baucus bill is doa....We can do better than that for the caretakers of this great America......

    October 13, 2009 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  6. Michael

    When will someone with some common sense get a case going against American insurance companies for crimes against humanity?
    These scumbags should be doing time in federal prison, not dictating the terms by which they get to confiscate our hard-earned money without giving any value back.

    October 13, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  7. Liberal4Obama

    God bless you President Obama

    October 13, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  8. Laurie , New York City

    Thank you President Obama for the first step of many!

    We must not listen to the backward people who do not want health care reform. They are ignorant and want our country to fail. They are determined to make the country fail.

    Republicans only want the country to fail and they have said so many times.

    OBAMA in 2012!!!!!!!

    October 13, 2009 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  9. indiana voter

    It is so funny to hear democrats complain about greed in others when they display the same selfish characteristics in themselves.

    October 13, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  10. Dan

    By cutting any big spending into pieces, like this "one year only budget bill," we can have great small spending bills that are a smoke screen....
    The one who came up with this bill should get the "Nobel Piece Prize"...

    October 13, 2009 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  11. Bpin

    An official milestone? Wow. A bill squeaks through the committee, has provisions that BHO has said he is against, Queen Pelosi poo poos it, and we are celebrating? I guess BHO will now claim a major victory and announce a national holiday. He is really reaching though. The guy has broken so many campaign promises that he is looking for anything he can get. Wow, Mr. President. It don;t take much to make you happy.

    October 13, 2009 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  12. American Citizen

    This will fail just like all of his other policies. Stimulus, Guantanomo, Olympics, Afganistan, Iran, North Korea, Israel & Palenstine, Russia missle defense system, ACORN, just to name a few. If you allow the far left to run the show you will end up like California, bankrupt.

    October 13, 2009 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  13. Scott, Tucson

    So when do we get to read this new bill??

    Yes, let the IRS come after you if you decline coverage, Yes don't sign up for coverage and be fined or jailed. This is nothing but another money grabbing scheme from the democrats to raid our wallets. There's need to be reform but not the treat of prison time if an American freely choose not to enroll into a heath care plan.

    October 13, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  14. On the other hand...

    How about just a little bit of progress on the trillions of dollars blown by this administration and congress first before spending another? It hasn't happened with GM, Chrysler, the Stimulus Bill, Housing...
    No business would ever get this much leeway from its investors. But then again, no business would ever be able to throw you in jail to convince you to invest. It's their party and we get to pay the bills. What a scam.

    October 13, 2009 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  15. Mark

    Health care that raises the cost of middle class Americans. Good deal....

    October 13, 2009 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  16. They lost me at...

    They lost my support at: "Individuals would be required to purchase coverage or face a fine." This is America, people should not be penalized if they choose not to have health insurance. I have no problem with helping people that can't afford insurance to get insured if that is what they want, but making it mandatory is just taking another freedom away from the American people.

    October 13, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  17. jonnie gates

    wake up america..health care has become a municipality. goverment offers protection from living in society. if my house catches fire i get the same protection as the rich, why should i not be protected from contracting illness due to society? Illness is global now and spreads with more ease than ever. So, the defference between swine flu and mexico attacking the us border eludes me.

    October 13, 2009 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  18. Lola

    One of the biggest expenses for hospitals is nurses' salaries. With backing of greedy unions, nurses can command outrageous salaries even when Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements are shrinking! Yes, an RN can make up to 90K a year! I bet a lot of hospitals will be forced to cut back on staffing to curtail operational costs just to make up for the decreased Medicare rates....this will eventually compromise the quality of care provided in our hospitals. This legislation will dramatically decrease Medicare benefits and reimbursements particularly the Medicare Advantage plans...where else do you think hospitals are going to make up for decreasing government reimbursements? They will negotiate and force private insurers for higher reimbursement rates, of course! And where do you think the private insurers are going to make up for this? Ah....higher premiums! It goes in a full circle....

    October 13, 2009 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  19. A Proud American THIS TIME!!

    Thank you President Obama! I hope another person born with severe birth defects will not have to choose between having a job or receiving government healthcare ins because "pre-existing" conditions have always denied me to have both! May sooner than later "The Land of the Greed" actually set all of our people free in American when it comes to healthcare! I'm so surprised to see so many of our people so careless and clueless as they carry no shame when it comes to our own!

    October 13, 2009 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  20. Linda

    Go Mr. President!!!!

    October 13, 2009 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  21. demsrulz

    Its funny... Republicans don't even realize their party is dead.

    October 14, 2009 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  22. Ron in VA

    I have a public option for you, it's called a job! Try and take care of yourself for a change. The tax payer's are getting tired of providing for our own family's needs and having those who refuse to take care for themselves demand that we take care of them as well.

    October 14, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
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