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Obama on Health Care: 'This Is Going to Happen'

By Michael D. Shear
President Obama vowed again today to push through health-care reform, saying that critics who bet against Democratic success on the issue are "badly mistaken" this time.

In late-afternoon remarks from the Diplomatic Room, Obama cited what he said was a level of consensus around health-care reform "that we've never seen before in this country." He expressed renewed confidence that the massive reform effort would pass this year.

"I believe that members of Congress are prepared to work as hard as it's going to take to make this happen," he said. "We're going to be putting in a lot more hours and there are going to be a lot more sleepless nights, but eventually this is going to happen."

But Obama's last-minute decision to speak publicly -- and the White House's announcement today that Obama would hold a prime-time news conference Wednesday night -- reflected the impact of a week in which his signature policy goal took steps forward and back at the same time. Bills passed out of committees in both houses even as questions about how to pay for the reforms grew more dire.

Reacting to an assessment by the Congressional Budget Office that the congressional plans actually add to costs rather than diminishing them, Obama insisted that his proposal will in fact rein in costs over the long run.

The president clearly recognizes the financial concerns surrounding the issue, repeating twice that any reform bill he signs would not add to the long-term imbalance in the country's budget.

"[This] cannot add to our deficit over the next decade. And I mean it," he repeated twice.

But Obama also sought to reassure advocates that he does not intend to abandon either the issue or the aggressive timetable to complete the reform effort by the end of the year.

"Now, I realize that the last few miles of any race are the hardest to run," he said. "But I have to say, now is not the time to slow down. ... We're gonna have to get this done."

A transcript of Obama's remarks is here.

By Post Editor  |  July 17, 2009; 4:45 PM ET
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obama is to be as feared at hitler was. He is destroying this country so fast, and I cannot believe his "sheep" cannot see it. What is in it for him to be in such a frenzy and hatefulness to get this healthcare reform (as he calls it) passed so quickly? There's something we do not know about. He says it won't add to the deficit - it may not because he will have taxed everybody to death to try to pay for it. He is "re-distributing the wealth". People ridiculed Joe the Plumber, but he was absolutely correct. obama is taking from the hard-working citizens who pay taxes to pay the White House salaries and giving to the illegals and undeserving. It's all about power and control. Oh, why does everything happen in Chicago???? Like the terrorists conference at the Hilton in Chicago so they can recruit members from here in our United States!!! Nothing good comes out of Chicago, especially the president and his cronies, all crooks, don't pay taxes, it won't affect them. Before it's over, we will have no money, will all live in small houses, begging for food,because he is stripping us of every right that we have. We will be living as a 3rd world country, no freedom of worship. I hope the scales over your eyes will be lifted before it's too late.

Posted by: patandbob | July 20, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

You want the REAL TRUTH??? Visit: Patientsunitednow.com
Everything is right there!

Posted by: tazsigray | July 18, 2009 11:40 PM | Report abuse

GOOD GOD!!!! THIS PRESIDENT IS AS MAD AS HITLER!!!! ALL HE WANTS IS MORE POWER OVER US!! America must wake up! We CANNOT let him take away our freedoms. How can the government possibly put something of this magnitude together in 7 MONTHS and make it work??? NO AGENCY OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS EVER RUN EFFICIENTLY. WHY, then do so many "sheeople" follow this lunacy?? Its simply not logical!!! WAKE UP, AMERICA BEFORE ITS TOO LATE!!!

Posted by: tazsigray | July 18, 2009 11:35 PM | Report abuse

darrmy said:

"Remember it is our money not the government's."

Right. And we voted to hire the government to use "our money" to buy health care.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | July 18, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Remember when we watched movies about outer space and now we are in outer space. Well they also had movies on governments controlling their people in varies ways such as:
1. Gene control
2. Who lives and who dies.
3. The ones who die were not allowed to see their proper doctors. The ones who die were the ones who cost the government the most.
4. Unless you were born with a gold spoon in your mouth you are doomed to die unless you keep thin ,made money and got your own gold spoon.
5. Then of course We must not forget all the pork our nice respectable people put in bills so they will vote on them, that's the American way in congress.
Just make sure that the government who is using our tax dollars for these health programs does not dictate who we will go to or what we will do. Remember it is our money not the government's.

Posted by: darrmy | July 18, 2009 7:01 AM | Report abuse

THIS IS IT!

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!

It should also be noted that Ron Wyden's "Free Choice Proposal" in the senate is a highly intriguing proposal and possibly a brilliant idea. And an Idea that should be strongly looked into as a way of increasing consumer choice, and consumer access to a government-run public option.

SPREAD THE WORD

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSM8t_cLZgk&feature=player_embedded)

God Bless You

Jack Smith — Working Class

Posted by: JackSmith1 | July 18, 2009 3:10 AM | Report abuse

The House Health Care Bill, 1,018-page document, released this week (July 14th, 2009) reveals some concerns as noted by http://www.benefitsmanager.net and http://www.dentalinsuranceutah.net. Mike Oliphant serves as health care consultant with these two popular websites in Utah. He also is a serving board member with Utah Association of Health Underwriters. A provision within this bill would indeed outlaw individual private coverage. Under the Orwellian header of "Protecting The Choice To Keep Current Coverage," the "Limitation On New Enrollment" section of the bill clearly states:

"Except as provided in this paragraph, the individual health insurance issuer offering such coverage does not enroll any individual in such coverage if the first effective date of coverage is on or after the first day" of the year the legislation becomes law.
This translates into those who currently have private individual coverage won't be able to change it. It is likely that those same people will suffer abnormally high rate increases over time which would force them out of coverage. Nor will those who leave a company to work for themselves be free to buy individual plans from private carriers.
From the beginning, www.benefitsmanager.net and www.dentalinsuranceutah.net warned that if the government gets into the business of offering subsidized health insurance coverage, the private insurance market will wither. Drawn by a public option that will be 30% to 40% cheaper than their current premiums because taxpayers will be funding it, employers will gladly scrap their private plans and go with Washington's coverage. The nonpartisan Lewin Group estimated in April that 120 million or more Americans could lose their group coverage at work and end up in such a program. That would leave private carriers with 50 million or fewer customers. This could cause the market to, as Lewin Vice President John Sheils put it, "fizzle out altogether."
What wasn't known until now is that the bill itself will kill the market for private individual coverage by not letting any new policies be written after the public option becomes law. The legislation is also likely to finish off health savings accounts, a goal that Democrats have had for years. They want to crush that alternative because nothing gives individuals more control over their medical care, and the government less, than HSAs. With HSAs out of the way, a key obstacle to the left's expansion of the welfare state will be removed.
http://www.SelectHealth.biz states that the public option won't be an option for many, but rather a mandate for buying government care. A free people should be outraged at this advance of soft tyranny. Washington does not have the constitutional or moral authority to outlaw private markets in which parties voluntarily participate. It shouldn't be killing business opportunities, or limiting choices, or legislating major changes in Americans' lives.

Posted by: mikeoliphant1 | July 17, 2009 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Correction: You're

Posted by: JRM2 | July 17, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

@Bitter Bill
Your on the wrong thread, the tin-foil hat thread is on Fox

Posted by: JRM2 | July 17, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

1 to 1.5 Trillion over ten years
or
35 Trillion over ten years

Take your pick

Posted by: JRM2 | July 17, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Among the documentation not yet available for Obama includes his kindergarten records, his Punahou school records, his Occidental College records, his Columbia University records, his Columbia thesis, his Harvard Law School records, his Harvard Law Review articles, his scholarly articles from the University of Chicago, his passport, his medical records, his files from his years as an Illinois state senator, his Illinois State Bar Association records, any baptism records, and his adoption records.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | July 17, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

The "Certification of Live Birth" posted online and widely touted as "Obama's birth certificate" does not in any way prove he was born in Hawaii, since the same "short-form" document is easily obtainable for children not born in Hawaii. The true "long-form" birth certificate – which includes information such as the name of the birth hospital and attending physician – is the only document that can prove Obama was born in Hawaii, but to date he has not permitted its release for public or press scrutiny.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | July 17, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

I want to see Obama's birth certificate.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | July 17, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

What is the big rush? Let me answer that question to relieve you of the mental strain. Obama knows that when Americans start to understand just what a terrible Bill this is they will stop it in its tracks by calling their Congressmen/women and even Barbara Boxer (maam). It will be a disaster for this country; healthcare system here can be fixed; but not with this monstrosity. Let's never forget that we have the best health care in the world and let's remember that when we talk of those that are uninsured it does not mean that they do not receive health care. They do--who do you think provides health care to illegals, etc--our health care system. Stop this idiocy.

Posted by: Mindboggle | July 17, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

HalHorvath, you can't justify Obama's socialism by saying socialism is inevitable if we don't change direction. What's the difference?

This bill isn't anything to do with health reform or covering more people with health insurance. That's just cover. Medicaid is insolvent, and this, they believe, lets them raise taxes that can be applied to anything, including Medicaid. In a Ponzi scheme like this, they periodically need to add more money on the input side to pay off those on the output side.

Posted by: antisocialist | July 17, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

No, it won't happen. The more the American people know about the legislation the more their opposition to it grows. Medical rationing for the disabled and the elderly. Less help for young handicapped children who are on Medicaid and seniors will find it harder to find doctors who will be paid less than ever for Medicare patients.

Posted by: sperrico | July 17, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Reading Obama's full statement is interesting.

He is balanced, articulate as always, but best -- he talks of the most important parts in emphasis. Cost is a big part of what he talks on.

Note to those living in fear of "socialism" -- that's an outcome that happens when an economy goes too far into poverty. One of the dangers to the American economy is exactly the way our current health care system is eating more of our GDP every year.

Not just rising cost.

Costs rising faster than wages or even the national GDP.

That old system is a recipe for disaster, and then the outcomes of such.

Posted by: HalHorvath | July 17, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

The case to reform health care in this country is so compelling that it is beyond my understanding how anyone other than insurance companies could be against it. The GOP offers no alternative but more of the same. Their ideology has totally blinded them to reality. It is not possible for them to envision the government doing something positive after 8 years of toxic government under Bush. Keep the pressure on Mr. President!

Posted by: cdierd1944 | July 17, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Anecdote for GOPers to ponder: 2 sisters with lung problems visited me in Alberta. The Canadian had spent weeks this year in hospitals and had had expensive radiation. Her cancer proved incurable but treatment of 1/4 million dollars was covered 100%. Her sister from FL had been unable to afford a follow-up x-ray for months as she had lost insurance after her job evaporated. She got it 15 months later, too late to help. Emarrassed at her poverty, and in denial because she could afford to do a thing, she thought, this fine woman lost because of a normal fear of the cost of medical help.
As a result, she, who might have recovered, awaits death, along with first the loss of all her cash and credit, and the ever-present humiliating possibility of bankruptcy and exile to a charity cesspool of a hospital and a few days in a charity’s hospice. Sham, shame, shame, fat Ameica. You CAN do better.
Now the only question that matters:
Why do you feel you have to put up with the world’s most humiliating, unfair, expensive, paper-loaded, HMO-dominated system? Senators do NOT, why should you?
Is Mitch McConnell’s lung worth more than yours? Is Obama’s child more entitled than yours or a visitor’s or a legal immigrant’s or an illegal one’s suffering child — to breathe and think and love and to feel secure ? Yes? Tell me why.

Posted by: philm4 | July 17, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

If this bill becomes a reality the country will see an influx of illegals in unprecendented numbers.Then the whole country will suffer the same fate as California when it decided to offer free housing, medical care, food stamps and education to non-citizens. Ameica will meet its demise because Obama wanted a Marxist state to fulfill his socialist propensities.How sad!

Posted by: tsapp77 | July 17, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

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