Daley says Obama ready to revise health care
January 30th, 2011
04:24 PM ET
12 years ago

Daley says Obama ready to revise health care

(CNN) - New White House Chief of Staff William Daley said President Barack Obama is willing to tweak parts of the health care law.

"The president has said he's open to changes to this," Daley said Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation." "But he's not in favor of refighting this fight."

The former commerce secretary under President Bill Clinton also clarified his earlier criticism of the president's handling of the health care law. Last year he told The New York Times that the administration "miscalculated on health care."

"The election of '08 sent a message that after 30 years of center-right governing, we had moved to center left – not left," he told the Times.

But Daley said those comments were not directed at the law, and instead at the politics of the moment.

"I thought it was a very difficult climate to try to accomplish what they tried to," Daley said. "I think the results, because of the misinterpretation of health care by many people, had a negative impact on Democrats."

However, he was quick to say how important reform is for the business community.

When asked about Republican plans to cut $55 billion from this year's budget, Daley responded, "Well, you know, it's the old saying, 'Where's the beef?' Let's see exactly the cuts they're talking about."

Although he said both parties agree the county needs to make cuts, investment is also important.

"What the president has talked about is investing," Daley said. "That's what companies do, and that's what the government has got to do."

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soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. GOP = Greed Over People

    I wish President Obama would stop paying lip service to HCR, just repeal the whole thing like your new BFF's want, and be done with this posturing, that you want to help the average American.

    You proved you did not care about the average Joe, when you signed on to add 858 billion to the deficit, instead of "investing" that 858 billion in America!

    The tax revenue is back to what it was in 1950, so let us take the spending to that level as well!

    January 30, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    Investment in our country is key; China and India are spending billions and if we want to compete, we need to retain and strengthen our technological and innovation edge with targeted spending on infrastructure, education and creating new, sustainable industry here at home.

    How to pay for this? By raising the top rate on individual income from the current 36% to 39% (what it was under Reagan). Closing special-interest tax loopholes will also help. And the FICA cap of $106,000 should be raised to $250,000.

    Are these "taxes on the rich"? You bet – and asking them to pay their fair share in our country's time of need is the least they can do for the nation that gave them the opportunity to make their wealth in the first place!

    January 30, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. Give-in...and...Give-up....!

    Obama will do anything to be re-elected come 2012....Is this Leadership?...Really...????????

    January 30, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  4. annie s

    I support our President, really I do – because ANY Republican is wrong for our nation in the 21st Century. But couldn't he just once get behind something – and stay there? Compromise is one thing, but it helps to at least look like you have a back bone.

    January 30, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. Sue

    The majority of Obamacare will be repealed/replaced/stopped, because the majority in the country want it done.

    Obama is going to throw the loony left under the bus along with Rev Wright.

    January 30, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  6. John G

    Obamacare is truly destined to fail from the beginning. Backroom deals, bribes to the hundreds of exemptions to not being able to sustain itself because the mandate is unconstitutional.

    January 30, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  7. Nadeem

    Mend it don't end it

    January 30, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. Michael

    We the people of the USA demand access to quality health care without being bled dry by greedy private corporations for whom the first priority will ALWAYS be profit, not healing the sick or saving lives.
    If access to medical attention is not a human right, neither is getting rich on the pain and death of the American people.

    January 30, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  9. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    As a bookkeeper for a company...the only thing I want to see changed is the 1099 form that must accompany the tax returns at the end of the year....EVERYTHING else I am good with.

    January 30, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  10. ingrid

    I am with Annie S. I support Obama. As president sometimes, there has to be compromise but that being said Obama needs to remind the GOP that we elected him and NOT their party. Obama must remain strong and NOT compromise on principles.

    January 30, 2011 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  11. Monster Zero

    What fight? I believe what transpired was more of a Congressional conspiracy by Nasty Pelousy and Horrible Harry. The existing legislation is crap, it is like everything big government tries to do, well intentioned without any forethought of what the law will impose upon the populous that pays for it. How can you call it "insurance", a hedge on risk based analysis if they are mandated to pay? It is more like mandated payment of someone's medical expenses, end of story. Blind pools, close the individuals health care information door and make the insurance companies compete, oh yeah, and get rid of the ambulance chasing lawyers that comprise the largest Democratic lobbyist contribution group!

    January 30, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  12. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    TWEAK not abandon. Supporters and detractors EACH need to keep that in mind.
    Starting over is not an option. It's not even logical unless Republicans can write a law is BETTER than what we have...

    You know, something like SINGLE PAYER.

    January 30, 2011 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  13. proud mother of soldier

    Believe this man...no way. His State of the Union address told us he still wants more government, more control, more spending! Does he not understand the devastating effects his health care and taxes are having on small companies? Does he not understand these small companies will freeze salaries again because of the burdon he has inflicted. Someone needs to explain to the democrats how company provided health coverage works and not solve the country problems by as written in time interview "we will encourage government workers to go on spouces health care when possible". Gee, put your burdon on companies struggling with the additional burdon of providing health coverage for adult children free. Maybe then they will see the truth. I totally understand why companies go overseas.

    January 30, 2011 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    By revise I hope you mean bring back the public option.

    January 30, 2011 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  15. John G

    The question remains: If Obamacare is such a great law, why does the White House keep protecting its best friends from it?

    January 30, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  16. Catie

    "In celebrating the Supreme Court's 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade, President Obama stated his support for the decision by declaring that government shouldn't intercede in private family matters. " Really? Hmmm, forced healthcare is staying out of my business? You, Mr President will condone the slaughtering of a baby in the third term, always can be delivered in order to save a mother, no excuses, because the government should stay out of my business? Mr President all I am hearing the last two years is how you are in my business!! You are a liar, you say pretty things on tv because you know your young voters dont go and fact check. I do, and you are a big fat liar !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 30, 2011 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  17. Catie

    If this new healthcare law is so incredible, why are over 700 of your 'buddies' being exempt from it? Uhmm, SEIU for example, How convenient that those who contributed most to your campaign are being given 'passes' on this healthcare legislation.

    January 30, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  18. LONG

    He betters to, American people do not want it (Obamacare), period.

    January 30, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  19. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    President Obama is doing everything avoid "apartheid" in this country because if there is no middle class you have apartheid, the exact same thing Nelson Mandela fought against. No middle class in America then we have an apartheid government and we cannot let the Republicans move us in that direction. Fight with our President even though some things he has done to avoid this total failure of the middle class cost money.

    January 30, 2011 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  20. Michelle

    Well – I agree with healthcare reform. And if the republicans hadn't spent all their time running around the country talking about death chambers,and grand ma, and government take overs and just worked on the darn thing, maybe we would be able to move on to other matters. Anyone who thinks repeal will solve anything is just fooling themselves because it will first of all cost a LOT to repeal and then while we argue over this for another 30 years health care cost for everyone will be through the roof and a whole lot of people will continue to get denied, people kicked off policies, college age student won't be about to stay on their parents policies and more people than ever will be buying their drugs from Canada.

    January 30, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  21. CaliforniaBC

    I would like to know why people are not talking about how job loss affected the reduction in government revenue which in turn significantly contributed to the debt. I'd wage it to say that this is as significant or more than jumping all over entitlement spending. Had we NOT lost all those 100's of millions of jobs would we be in the debt mess we're in now? We'd of course be in the same mess that Bush left us with due to all the legislation he and the GOP did without paying for it, including 2 wars but would we be dealing with the massive debt without the loss of revenue from job loss? Clinton's presidency had amazing job growth and we ended up with a surplus. SO there has to be SOMETHING to that.

    Stop concentrating and blaming so much of our problem on spending, since there are OTHER reasons.

    January 30, 2011 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  22. jenn, philadelphia

    exactly what is meant by "their fair share"? do the rich drive on different roads, use different bridges, have a different army protecting them? a "fair share" is every body paying the same amount regardless of income. let's at least start calling it what it is. you don't want them to pay their "fair share". you want them to pay their share and some of yours. i don't care either way. maybe my taxes will go down if theirs goes up, but stop calling it their fair share.

    January 30, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  23. kyle

    Do not repeal healthcare, if the GOP want something to repeal, repeal NAFTA.

    January 30, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  24. Jetty

    Please!!!!! let the GOP go get the JOBS for Middle Class Americans and leave the Health Care Act alone. The parties have spent 40 years debating about healthcare and nothing was done to control cost and increase coverage until Obama came.

    Give the president a chance for his effort to bear fruit.

    January 30, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  25. anthony

    As he should.... Revise, not repeal....

    January 30, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |