Obama flexible on health care law
February 28th, 2011
01:45 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama flexible on health care law

Washington (CNN) - Responding to fierce criticism of his new health care law, President Obama is now supporting an amendment that would allow states to opt out of key requirements sooner if they can match or come up with a better plan.

"If your state can create a plan that covers as many people as affordably and comprehensively as the Affordable Care Act does without increasing the deficit," Obama said, "you can implement that plan and we'll work with you to do it."


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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Mark

    Kill the Healthcare Law! End Obamacare!

    February 28, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    In order to save the $230 billion on our debt, the mandate should stay in. Republicans know that we taxpayers will have to pay for the uninsured baggers who show up at the emergency room if there is no mandate.

    February 28, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. gt

    why didnt he say that before....oh yea ... nancy was in charge of the house and ram rod the helath care down everyones throat...

    February 28, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I think the republicans have ruined it enough already, thank you.

    February 28, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. ConservaFascists

    There you have it Red states. If you choose to opt out, fine. I doubt if you'll be able not to increase the deficit however. As long as there are uninsured people arriving in emergency rooms, the cost will be shifted onto the insured.

    February 28, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. Four and The Door

    Progress. This is huge progress for the American people and the health care industry. States can do much better than ObamaCare.

    February 28, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. Fair is Fair

    Yeah, I can agree with Obama on this. Healthcare legislation does NOT belong at the federal level.

    February 28, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. T'sah from Virginia

    Oh wow, so now the STATES do not have to complain!!
    Romney claims it "works for his state" – now others can do the same!!
    So what is left for RepubliCAN'Ts to complain about NOW?
    "That means we’ll have to COMPROMISE – no way – no HOW!!!"

    February 28, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    Screw that. You hand health care reform and what-not over to states and the GOP governors will eviscerate to the point where every poerson in their state who can't simply afford their health care and insurance outright will be in a worse position than where they started. Guaranteed. The GOP wants nothing more than to allow corporate america to continue acting as our death panels using profit margins to determine whether you live, die or can even obtain insurance or health care in the first place. STOP BACKING DOWN OBAMA!!!! Chr-st almighty.

    Keep in mind people...he and the Dems back down like this for two reasons: (a) yes, they have corporate connections and donors to worry about too and (b) YOU'RE NOT BEING LOUD AND ANGRY ENOUGH. THEY WON'T CUT IT OUT UNLESS YOU MAKE THEM. Take a page out of the Teatards book if you have to...ring phones off the hook, organize, DO SOMETHING TO MAKE YOURSELF HEARD INSTEAD OF PRETENDING THAT SURFING THE WEB AND POSTING COMMENTS IS ANYTHING MORE THAN INTELLECTUAL MASTURBATION!!!! TAKE TO THE STREETS AND COMMONS!!! SHOUT, HOLD UP SIGNS (and for the love of god skip the swastikas), GATHER IN LARGE NUMBERS. If you don't realize you're under attack, then you might as well curl up and die now and stop complaining about the way things are.

    February 28, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  10. diridi

    This is where our nation is hurting. President needs to be very clear, and vivid on these issues. Insurance companies are cheating on premiums. We need to establish "State Run Exchanges" for the people who want to buy insurance if they are not happy with these insurance greedy companies and corporate monsters. O.k. Be very strict in these issues. o.k. This law that is promulgated is good and better for the nation. Implement it...Wait till 2014. GOP idiots are playing drama again...watch these nation's messing thugs...

    February 28, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. Charlie in Maine

    Big challenge to the deepest of red states they can't even provide decent working conditions for their people how are they gonna come up with a healthcare plan? Of course he did say "if".

    February 28, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |