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