Obama: 'Change is the health care reform we passed'
March 30th, 2012
04:06 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama: 'Change is the health care reform we passed'

(CNN) – President Barack Obama invoked his oft-used "change" mantra Friday to firmly stand behind the national health care law following three days of hearings over its constitutionality before the Supreme Court.

"Change is the health care reform we passed after over a century of trying," Obama told a crowd at the University of Vermont in Burlington. "Reform that will finally ensure that in the United States of America no one will go broke just because they get sick."

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The Supreme Court is expected to deliver a ruling on the law, which includes the controversial individual mandate, in June, after arguments from both sides were made throughout the last week.

Although he touted his administration's accomplishments during his first three years in office, including the auto bailout, the reversal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" military provision and the removal of troops from Iraq, he also asked his supporters to work harder than they did in 2008.

"Here's what I want to report, that in three years, because of what so many of you did in 2008, we've begun to see what change looks like," Obama said.

The Vermont address was among a string of events Friday, the day before the last day of the first fundraising quarter.

To continue on the path of job creation, the country cannot return to the Republican policies of the past, Obama said. He took aim at Republicans, who he said advocate for a strategy of "you are on your own."

"Their philosophy is simple, you are on your own," Obama said. "If you're out of work, can't find a job? Though luck, you're on your own. You don't have health care? That's your problem. You're on your own. If you're born into poverty, lift yourself up with your own boot straps, even if you don't have boots. You're on your own."

Instead, Obama said America advances when the principles of hard work take precedence.

"This is not your usual run of the mill political debate," Obama said. "This is the defining issue of our time. A make or break moment for the middle class, that's what we've got to fight for."

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  1. Sniffit

    That's right. Gonna be fun watching Obama perform the political equivalent of throwing Mittens on the ground in the middle of his tapdancing rendition of the Etch-A-Sketch Princess, then pull off Mittens clown shoes and beat him with them no-holds-barred angry-grandma style.

    March 30, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  2. Mikey

    Absolutely the best President of our lifetime. No question. Let GOP/Romney tell their story and the Obama camp tell theirs and I expect that our President will be reelected. What has the GOP shown they have to offer. Consider recent actions at the Federal and State level:

    Efforts to reduce and eliminate taxes for corporations and the very wealthy at the expense of our future
    Blocking qualified appointees for purely political reasons
    Protecting unfair and unproductive tax loopholes for big oil and other corporations
    Taking away bargaining rights from workers
    Reducing the minimum wage
    Watering down child labor laws
    Putting up voting restrictions that disenfranchise millions of voters to curb non-existent voter fraud
    Taking over local governments and self-determination from their residents
    Intrusive rules regarding women's health
    Trying to take away women's rights
    Drug testing of welfare recipients that only proved that the poor use drugs less than the general population
    'Stand your ground' gun laws that have led to vigilante violence
    Laws that encourage racial profiling and have led to violence against minorities in several states
    Reducing state taxes for the wealthy and corporations and then cut services due to the revenue shortages created

    March 30, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  3. Stephen Berg

    What's been lacking in Obama's health care plan and message about it, is how simply, and exactly it helps people right now and how it will keep costs lower in the future. The real overall problem with it (the plan) is that it does not go far enough. A group of misguided, frightened, uninformed and self-interested Republicans have made sure of this. A simple side by side,dispassionate, chart of what costs and coverage are under Obama's plan vs the Rublican "free market" system approach would go a long way in clarifying why the Obama plan is a better start than anything existing before it. For example, just wait untill real people whose children are now receiving coverage until age 26 will no longer be covered. And, if they have a pre-existing condition, they won't either be able to get or afford health insurance on their own. And that's not even beginning to mention the rate raising and cancellation policies of insurance companies. We all know that other nations are doing much better in providing quality health care, at lower costs with better results than the US. Let's incorporate their best of thier ideas! In the meantime if "Obamacare" is overturned a whole bunch of people will die while looking for the aforementioned boot straps.

    March 30, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. diridi

    What did capitalism do, shipped jobs to China, well, let me talk about socialism, your Medicare is Socialistic, Social Security is Socialistic, Unemployment benefit is Socialist, what nonsense you are talking. Yes, This nation needs Health Care Laws passed by Obama. You tell Republican idiots o.k, Millions of people are covered under Health Care Reform. Do not look like a fool yourself. Yes, Obama2012.
    PS: I am not black either.

    March 30, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  5. Gerry

    @ bullock w
    " Isaid kick out of presdient obama cause people have trouble recive fraud check scan. From afrcian amercian if people get cash from fraud check scan then people would like vote support for presdient obama"


    March 30, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  6. cuffy_meigs

    O'bamma 2008: Hope and change

    O'bamma 2012: Hoax and chains

    March 30, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. Robert Gerard from CROATIA

    Wake up Americans. Your fight for causes of selfishness, greed and glut. America is a great country with many different sub-cultures. We all need each other. It is a world of many cultures not just the OLD SCHOOL. That's gone! If we use "GOD" in our prayers and say "GOD BLESS AMERICA" at the end of our speeches, we need to understand that GOD SERVES EVERYONE EQUALLY. Unfortunately most republican ideas have brought financial misery to America. Most businesses with Republican ownership SENT your jobs overseas, created lies in our medical and health industries to gain their profits. It's not helping the poor or middle class, if ridding America of LIES and DECEITS. Politics from all sides needs to get the "SPIN" out and the Facts and Truths "IN". Yes, we need checks and balances, but we don't need to shot ourselves in the foot, or others in their wallet. Bring the facts back into politics. Get rid of Hate in politics, and bring back some civility to the ears and hearts of all Americans.

    March 30, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  8. Larry L


    "This man may be intelligent but clueless. He knows healthcare is bad and yet just dumb hard headed"
    Healthcare is bad? You might want to be more careful when you're insulting somebody for being "clueless" and "dumb".

    March 30, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  9. Ancient Texan

    Maybe" no one will go broke if they're sick", but the Nation will go bankrupt with the $1.79 trillion burden of this debacle.

    March 30, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  10. Myviewis

    @ Stephen Berg – you do realize that Obama's health care plan is the same as Mitt Romney's health care plan. You do realize that Obama used Mitt Romney's health care plan and the only difference is that Romney's is State and Obama's is Federal. As for other countries health care, obviously you have never left the USA and have never lived in other countries using their health care plans, if you had, you would be running home to the USA seeking medical care.

    March 30, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  11. Four and The Door

    Robert Gerard from CROATIA
    ...Unfortunately most republican ideas have brought financial misery to America.
    Really? How about the Democratic strategy of buying our economy back to life in 2009 with Obama's $800 billion spending bill masqueraded as a jobs bill? All this did was accelerate the increase in both unemployment and national debt. And Obama paraded out many more "jobs" bills with the same result. That is, until 2010 elections when unemployment peaked over 10%. By that time the American voter had seen enough and called in the Republicans. In a big way. Obama called it a shellacking. Republicans came in with promises to cut spending and bring unemployment down.

    Guess what they did. They cut spending and unemployment has come down every month since then. So who gets the credit for all of this improvement? I would say the American voter.

    Romney 2012!

    March 30, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  12. Larry L


    "Mr. President,
    You can keep the change."
    I find it quite cynical that conservatives brag about being against change. Still, George W. Bush brought us great changes – two wars with over 4,500 dead and 40,000 wounded Soldiers, a deep recession, over 8 million jobs lost before the President took office, and the first bailout package for the banking industry. Is it only changes that help the middle class that you dislike?


    March 30, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  13. The REAL Truth

    I challenge Truth, Fair and others that are anti-Obama to follow their own advice and be on their own with healthcare. Walk into an ER, Doctors, Dentist, Imaging or other medical facility and tell them you don't have health insurance. See what it will cost you to see the doc, dentist or get a CT Scan. You might be VERY surprised at what you are charged.
    Your $20 (or whatever) co-pay amt will be a drop in the bucket.

    ACA isn't perfect nor 100%, but I SINCERELY wish that the do-nothing GOP would (for once) quit mud slinging and pick some leadership that will WORK with the other side to provide some form of workable plan. I'm not holding my breath since I firmly believe that the GOP is beholden to its Pharma-care donors and they expect something in return for their check. If the individual mandate is struck down (5-4 is my guess given the ridiculous broccoli analogy), I can't wait for all the lawsuits looking to remove taxes, auto insurance and all the other stuff we are mandated to purchase.
    We have seriously broken healthcare system – rankled 29th in the world, but the MOST EXPENSIVE system !!
    FOR PROFIT facilities should be available for those that want to pay extra, but basic needs should be covered.

    March 30, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
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