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Obama Pushes Back Against Talk of Health Care as His 'Waterloo'

President Obama delivers remarks about health care following his meeting with health care providers at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, July 20, 2009. (Jason Reed/Reuters)

By Perry Bacon Jr.
Continuing his push to get Congress to pass health care reform in the next few weeks, President Obama attacked a recent remark by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), who told conservative activists the GOP would make health care Obama's "Waterloo."

"Just the other day, one Republican senator said -- and I'm quoting him -- 'If you're able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him,'" the president recounted at an event at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington. "Think about that. This isn't about me. This isn't about politics. This is about a health care system that is breaking up American families, breaking America's businesses and breaking America's economy."

Speaking with a group of doctors and other medical professionals at a roundtable, President Obama did not name DeMint, but criticized "the status quo," "powerful special interests," and "inertia in this town" for making his reform effort more difficult.

Imploring Congress to send him a fiscally responsible bill, he said, "We can -- and we must -- make all these reforms, and we can do it in a way that does not add to our deficits over the next decade. I've said this before. Let me repeat: The bill I sign must reflect my commitment and the commitment of Congress to slow the growth of health care costs over the long run."

Posted at 2:51 PM ET on Jul 20, 2009  | Category:  Health Care
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What is Obama doing ordering the CBO chief To The once wHITE hOUSE. To threaten him as he has used the policies of destruction against any and all of his enemies. The Plumber, Sarah Palen, to name a couple of the hundreds they work at knee capping. But wait the teleprompter reader,
has who writing what he reads???? RAHM EMANUEL.... WIKPEDIA THIS EVIL PERSON.

Posted by: MNGilbt | July 23, 2009 4:27 AM

Posted by: JohnQuimby | July 20, 2009 9:30 PM Wrote...Too bad Mr. McConnel learned nothing from the first kick.
hey, Hey, HEY, Quimby to bad the socialistic left has not learned that socialism then Marxism then Tyranny never makes, in thousands of years of history, a succcesful civilization. How well did Precident Johnson's and FDR's, and Carter's great society programs really work in the last 60 years? IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER CONGRESS MAKES AND WRITES THE LAWS OF THE LAND. THE PRESIDENT CAN ONLY SUGGEST, VETO OR SIGN CONGRESSIONAL LEGISLATION. The worst economic times in our country was when we had the worst congresses.
Of course if your plan is to take over and destroy the USA you can have 35 CZARS.

Posted by: MNGilbt | July 23, 2009 4:23 AM

ACORN = Hitler returned in 1919. He took part in "national thinking" courses organised by the Education and Propaganda
Department (Dept Ib/P) of the Bavarian Reichswehr Group, Headquarters 4 under Captain Mayr,

Posted by: MNGilbt | July 23, 2009 4:07 AM

I like the picture how appropriate Mickey Mouse!

Posted by: MNGilbt | July 23, 2009 4:05 AM

Mr. Obama,
Maybe we will trust you with healthcare when you show us your birth certificate.

Posted by: jumary | July 22, 2009 12:24 AM

My "Barack";

what BIG Ears you have!

"Barry Hussein Mouse"!

The Anti-Christ version of "Mickey" Mouse! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | July 20, 2009 9:40 PM

There is no fix for the economy until health care and energy are on the table and dealt with for the next hundred years.

There is no quick fix.

After that there are food and water security and global climate change issues that aren't going to go away.

The president is correct. Standing pat is not a choice.

Mitch McConnel said, "There's no education in the second kick of a mule."

Too bad Mr. McConnel learned nothing from the first kick.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | July 20, 2009 9:30 PM

The only persons to suffer at this "Waterloo" are the American people. Obama will always have health care-- as he said bluntly, its not about him.

Congress -- what seem to be obscuring the message? Does the words "a greater good for a greater number, still have some meaning?

Posted by: Victoria5 | July 20, 2009 7:08 PM

Steele and DeMint try to score political points and are just a distraction. The Republicans and Democrats need to work on it and get a healthcare plan in place. There is a related post at

Posted by: carlyt | July 20, 2009 6:20 PM

This is nothing more than another attempt to buy votes on the part of DimoCRAPS. BTW, the last one was the regulations beginning in the mid 90's that required Freddie Man and Fannie Mae to take on increasingly higher percentages of subprime loans and look where that attempt at buying votes from low life's got the rest of us.

What they fail to mention is HOW this plan will reduce cost. If you buy the "buying in bulk" crap, you obviously were stupid enough to vote for this clown in the first place and won't believe what I am about to say.

The reality is - 90% of what a person receives in health care services is received in their last 3 months of life by way of more intensive and longer stays in the hospital. That has been an industry norm for more than 50 years. Assuming the average age at death is somewhere in the 70's; those people are already covered by either medicare or medicaid. This means relatively speaking, THERE IS NO MORE "BULK" TO BUY that medicare, medicaid, or the for profit insurance industry is not already buying.

All this plan will do is give those too irresponsible to provide for themselves and their kids an insurance card to go along with their food stamp card which of course the rest of us will pay for.

Posted by: Bcamp55 | July 20, 2009 4:11 PM

It didn't take long to run into an "uh-oh" moment when reading the House's "health care for all Americans" bill. Right there on Page 16 is a provision making individual private medical insurance illegal.

Posted by: tdl62 | July 20, 2009 3:53 PM

Why is Obama Hiding the Budget Report. The release of the budget update is usually scheduled for mid-July but the white house has put off releasing the report until the middle of August.

Maybe that's why it is important for Obama to pass Healthcare, and Cap-and-Trade?

Posted by: tdl62 | July 20, 2009 3:52 PM

President Obama should never criticize any politician for catering to special interest groups...

Posted by: newbeeboy | July 20, 2009 3:48 PM

Reports today indicate the debt from the bail-out and other spending may exceed 20 trillion dollars. The tab to repay that has not hit yet and Obama wants to keep running up the tab. It has to stop.

Fix the economy, balance the budget and find a way to pay for the debt that has already been created and then get back to us. No more spending, no more debt, no more too big to fail.

This health care bill will end up costing trillions more. Notice that the Governors have come out against it because it passes off costs to the States to raise to fund it. Where is that money going to come from?

This is not Waterloo, it is more like Custer.

Posted by: Bubbette1 | July 20, 2009 3:38 PM


The healthcare reform bill released by the House Of Representatives is an excellent bill as I understand it. It's a bill with a strong, robust, government-run public option, and an intelligent, reasonable initial funding plan to cover almost all of the American people. It is carefully written, and thoughtfully constructed, informed, prudent and wise. This bill will save trillions of dollars, and millions of your lives. It is also now supported by the AMA.

This is the type of bill that all Americans can feel good about. And this is the type of bill that has the potential to dramatically improve the quality of healthcare for all Americans. Rich, middle class and poor a like. Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and all other party affiliations. This bill has the potential to dramatically improve the quality of life of every American.

The house healthcare bill should be viewed as the minimum GOLD STANDARD by which all other proposed healthcare legislation should be judged. All supporters of true high quality healthcare reform should now place all your support behind this healthcare reform bill released by the United States House Of Representatives, as the minimum Gold standard for healthcare reform in America.

You should all now support this bill with all your might, and all of your unrelenting tenacity. This healthcare bill is a VERY, VERY GOOD! bill for all of the American people. Fight tooth, and nail for every bit of this bill if you have too. Be aggressive, creative, and relentless for this bill.

From this time forward, go BIGGER and DEEPER with the American people every day until passage of healthcare reform with a robust, government-run public option.

FIGHT!! like your life and the lives of your loved ones depends on it. BECAUSE IT DOES!


Senator Bernie Sanders on healthcare (

God Bless You

Jack Smith — Working Class

Posted by: JackSmith1 | July 20, 2009 3:28 PM

What DeMint did not say is that if health care is Obama's Waterloo it will also be America's. We need health care reform to help us be competitive in international markets. It is exports, not consumers that will drive our economy in the next couple of years.

Posted by: Gator-ron | July 20, 2009 3:02 PM

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