December 15th, 2009
03:28 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama: Congress on verge of passing health care bill

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Tuesday that "it's clear" Congress is "on the precipice" of passing a sweeping health care reform bill.

"There are some differences that still have to be worked on," he said at the White House. But "there is broad consensus around reforms."

The president said Congress "simply cannot let differences" over specific elements of the plan prevent passage of a bill. "There's too much at stake," he warned.

"Any fair reading of this bill" meets the administration's criteria of lowering costs and expanding coverage while not adding to the federal deficit, he claimed.

"I'm feeling cautiously optimistic we can get this done," he said.

Obama made his remarks shortly after meeting with Senate Democrats.

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soundoff (75 Responses)
  1. Reny

    This bill is crap. The insurance companies are going to continue to mess us over. Thanks Repubs and LIEberman for screwing over a nation.

    December 15, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |

    More lies from the lier-in-chief. HCR in it's current form will neither lower cost or expand coverage. It will simply accelerate the bankruptcy of America.

    December 15, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. Kevin in Ohio

    Obama is lying through his teeth in his desperation to get this bil passed. It will be IRREVERSIBLE and cost us and future generations our freedom and prosperity.START OVER. And do things a little at a time that truly address the problem. If this bill is passed, there is no going back.

    December 15, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. Proud to be a Republican

    Our health care will be like Canada and England.....CRAPPY

    December 15, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  5. WIlly Brown

    No they are not.

    December 15, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  6. Jefe

    Any healthcare reform which doesn't drastically reduce costs is a waste of time. I don't know why 300+ Million of us should be more concerned with getting 30 Million covered by insurance when the super-profitable insurance industry is what has driven costs so far out of line in the first place. I'm not sure how many years health insurance has been around, but with all the profits they've made, they have not once added value to the process.

    December 15, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  7. ran

    No mandate without a public option either a true non-profit or buy-in to medicare.

    December 15, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. David

    I want all out warfare on liberman. He is just proved that he is all about Joe and his ego . What has he done for the Dem ? Nothing let him go. Casucus with the GOP lets see how much lobbist money you get. Its not like 60 votes is doing us any good.

    December 15, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. sonny chapman

    Maybe this won't be his "Waterloo" as hoped for by Republican Sen. Demint of that progressive state, South Carolina.

    December 15, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. Bedtime for Obonzo

    "On the precipice" - you can say that again, on the edge of the abyss. I'll bet anyone ten bucks that the Beloved Leader has not read either of the two incomprehensible, incompatible bills in the House and Senate. Kill this monstrosity and start over in small steps, where there is wide agreement.

    December 15, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. m jeff

    It's about time for America to catch up with the rest of the the world.

    December 15, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  12. Christian Values

    It's watered down, i'm not entirely happy with it. Unfortunately, due to dirt bags that seek the slaughter of their constituents, such as Lieberman, compromises allowing people to die was necessary. It is a first step though, and for that I am thankful.

    We must keep at it, we must disregard the genocide advocating citizens who support the wholesale manslaughter that the current insurance industry profits from. We are on the verge of a moral majority, conservative policies are coming to light as to what they truely are, demonic and satanic. We can only hope that this vile species of putrid becomes extinct, thus ending their immoral rituals and affecting our country in the purely negative way they have.

    December 15, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  13. Gary

    I hope that the arguing is finished and that the bill can finally r each the floor for a vote! I wonder though if certain parties of the GOP will still claim that "death squads" will start roaming the streets looking for grandma and disabled veterans and radio talk show folks will say the "end of America" is now in sight......

    December 15, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  14. Rickster

    "Fifty-six percent (56%) of U.S. voters now oppose the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats. That’s the highest level of opposition found in six months of polling.

    Perhaps more significantly, 46% now Strongly Oppose the plan, compared to 19% who Strongly Favor it."

    So there you have it. Obama and the democrats don't represent the people and they don't care what the people think. The 2010 and 2012 elections are going to be a bloodbath for the democrats.

    December 15, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  15. Hammerer

    Obama and the Dems are willing to agree to anything to pass a bill. There is no concern for people or cost, just pass a bill at any cost.
    That is all they care, get a bill anybill passed before Christmas.
    The new way that Obama promised to govern.

    December 15, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. Steph

    Great! Get it done!

    December 15, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  17. barbara

    what does obama care? what do any of the dems care? they will always have the best available care and will be the ones who will "control" the masses. of course they will pass anything that gets them closer to controlling my life and yours. its not about money its about controlling every aspect of our lives. one step closer to enslavement and thats just what the dems have planned all along. watch and see. watch and see.....

    December 15, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  18. Mike1952

    If they strip out the government control options of any kind and kill the porvision to gut medicare I'd be okay with it. As it is it doesn't control costs, isn't deficit neutral, and robs old folks of medicare coverage when it's too late for them to plan for it. That's shameful.

    December 15, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  19. nancy

    Does everyone understand what this is. This doesnt reflect real reform. Its not the bill America should have, its more spending that congress wants to push on us.

    Do you realize that those of us that get health care through our employeer will see our out of pocket expenses go up and the services that are now offered drop because of this bill. Did anyone stop to read the 2000 page document.

    First they wanted a public option, then they wanted people over 55 to be able to get medicare. Now that they see that none of this could get passed they are willing to accept anything just to say that reform was passed.
    This is just another joke on the American people and we deserve better. We demand better. NO one is listening to us anymore.

    December 15, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. mjm

    What's left after the public option and Medicare expansion got dumped?

    "There's too much at stake," he warned. " Save the drama for your mama...Obama. Everything is always an emergency with this guy.

    It's just another massive spending bill after that. They need to scrap it.

    December 15, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  21. Alan

    I quit caring when I heard there won't be a public option.

    Sorry - this is not about "health care" reform. It's about "health insurance" reform. And it needs to have teeth or it will have little effect and might actually enhance the profits of the already-fat-and-happy insurance industry as it is.

    Our health care is fine. "Insurance" that refuses to cover you after you've already paid isn't insurance. And for the most part, that's what we are already paying too much for and trying to stop.

    December 15, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  22. Obama Victim

    no public medicare expansion....and a mandate that people buy insurance from private companies.....those companies only get richer......fine with me...I own a lot of insurance stock......but the libs lose big is that hope and change workin' out for ya??

    December 15, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  23. R.B.

    The president should be lauded for his efforts to pass health care reform against all odds. With its passage into law, his success will signal a new era where seemingly impossible obstacles can be overcome by, in his own words, "the audacity of hope.".

    December 15, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  24. shmeckel

    I wonder, if Lieberman gets what he wants, and they drop the public option, will the republicans vote for the bill if the language against abortion is added. I know it sounds crazy, but what else are they against. Obama might fulfill his first promise with bipartisanship on healthcare.

    December 15, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  25. TCM

    I doubt that Obama, just using CNN again as a propaganda conduit.....the libs want the public option, the sensible folks do not; and you want votes for popularity...just how are WE going to pay for this fiasco, Barry?

    December 15, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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