Politics + Video

14 Sep

Clip of Larry King Live Kathy Griffin (video does NOT belong to me)

Obama Pledges to ‘Own’ Health-Care Bill

Copied directly from Wall Street Journal

Written By: Susan Davis

President Barack Obama, continuing his push to secure support for a health-care overhaul, reiterated his willingness to address the issue of medical malpractice suits, a Republican priority.

But the president suggested that his desire for a bipartisan bill wouldn’t trump his ultimate goal of passing legislation this year.

“We’re not going to get a better opportunity to solve our health-care issues than we have right now,” he said in an interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes.

Mr. Obama first made the overture on tort reform in an address to a joint session of Congress last Wednesday, saying he had directed Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to restart a pilot program working with states to use mediation to address medical malpractice lawsuits.

“I specifically said that I think we can work together on a bipartisan basis to do something to reduce defensive medicine, where doctors are worrying about lawsuits instead of worrying about patient care,” Mr. Obama said in the interview, which aired Sunday.

Republicans had suggested after Mr. Obama’s address last week that the president’s overture didn’t go far enough. Many Republicans believe that limiting medical professionals’ liability in malpractice suits is key to bringing down health-care costs.

A central issue in the debate is whether to impose caps on monetary payments awarded in medical malpractice suits. There is broad support among Republicans for such caps, but Democrats have long opposed them.

Signaling that he is only willing to compromise so much on the issue, Mr. Obama on Sunday said he didn’t support caps on payments. “So far the evidence I’ve seen is that caps will not” reduce costs, he said.

Mr. Obama also said he wouldn’t be affected by what he described as the efforts of some Republicans to recreate the dynamics under the Clinton administration, when President Bill Clinton’s failure to enact a health-care plan helped sweep Republicans into power in Congress.

“I think there’re some who see this as a replay of 1993-94. You know, young president comes in, proposes healthcare. It crashes and burns and then the Republicans use that to win back the House in the subsequent election,” he said, “And I think there are some people who are dusting off that play book.”

Mr. Obama said he would take responsibility for any health-care legislation passed. “You know, I intend to be president for a while and once this bill passes, I own it,” he said. “And if people look and say, ‘You know what? This hasn’t reduced my costs. My premiums are still going up 25%, insurance companies are still jerkin’ me around,’ I’m the one who’s going to be held responsible.”

Sorry normally I would write an article but this think this one was written to well for me to reword and I was short on time.

Thanks for reading,


Posted by: Lili


One Response to “Politics + Video”

  1. lililately September 14, 2009 at 3:14 am #

    I have to say I am posting democratic and republican articles because I wan each audience to be happy

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