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March 22nd, 2010
05:00 PM ET

What will passing health care mean for Pres. Obama?

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Pres. Obama delivers a statement to the nation following the vote in the House of Representatives on health care reform from the East Room of the White House. (PHOTO CREDIT: JIM WATSON/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Perhaps gloating just a little, in the wake of the passage of health care reform yesterday, President Obama said, "This is what change looks like."

There were serious doubts that he could pull it off... but after more than a year of an often bitter debate, the health care sausage is made.

Whether you support it or not - this bill is a big deal... with some likening it to the passage of Social Security and Medicare.

David Sanger stated in the New York Times, "Mr. Obama proved he was willing to fight for something that moved him to his core... he showed that when he was finally committed to throwing all his political capital onto the table, he could win, if by the narrowest of margins."

The president succeeded where many others failed... but the real question is, at what cost?

For starters - the president has likely lost for good, his campaign promises of a post-partisan Washington.

Consider that for the first time in modern history a major bill passed without one single Republican vote. Even LBJ got almost half of House Republicans to sign on to Medicare in 1965.

Some top Republicans are already calling for a repeal of health care reform. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says the legislation "will not stand"... and that this is only the "beginning of the fight."

Gingrich insists the 2010 and 2012 elections will be an opportunity to "save America from a left-wing machine of unparalleled corruption, arrogance and cynicism."

If you think it's ugly now - and it is - just wait.

For his part, the president acknowledges he doesn't know what the political future will bring - but insists the legislation is "a victory for common sense."

Here’s my question to you: What will passing health care reform mean for President Obama?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Phil from Long Beach, California writes:
It means that he will go down in history as the president that presided over the financial collapse and ultimate destruction of America. With the stroke of a pen, our credit rating drops, our debt goes up, our liberty erodes, our taxes pile even higher and we ensure yet another dependent underclass.

Jack writes:
Passing health care reform means Obama will be a two-term president. Once the dust settles, the enormity of this accomplishment will be clear, and Obama will be perceived as one who stood up for the little guy against the carnivorous insurance companies and their Republican water-carriers.

Phil writes:
He will be returning home four years earlier than he originally planned.

L.B. writes:
This is a bad bill the majority of the people did not want that was passed in a sleazy way. Do you really feel that is what change should look like? This president may be the most divisive president of my lifetime. The anger between people has come from him pushing his agenda down our throat in a deplorable way.

Omar in Iowa writes:
This passing is a moral victory for this entire country. For too long, this country's policies have pitted the haves versus the have-nots. The poor, the degraded, the desperate, the demoralized, the victimized have for too long not had a "majority" of Congress who would willingly and openly fight for their rights and freedoms, those both obligated and protected by our Constitution.

Chuck writes:
It means that the patients I see, who that insurance companies refuse, will be cared for. It is funny, not one Republican had a friend or family member bankrupted by illness. I think insurance companies line too many of their pockets to see clearly.

Rob writes:
It means that my 2 sons will have to live with a little less, so that I can support someone else's family as well as my own. When they are old enough to understand, I will explain to them why that makes me bitter.


Filed under: Health care • President Barack Obama
soundoff (305 Responses)
  1. Bill from Maryland

    Jack, It means the President won and Rush lost. What else is there to say?

    March 22, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  2. Chris LeForge

    Big surprise... Democrats own a huge majority in Congress and a Democrat in the Whitehouse.. yet the biggest struggle was to see this flaw plan to their own members. It simply means that when members of congress refuse to listen to the people they represent, that its time to have real change.... In November!

    March 22, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  3. Larry,Springfield,Ohio

    Hopefully,his defeat!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 22, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  4. Sam

    President was dishonest last night in his speech when he said that this was a bipartisan healthcare reform bill. The whole world saw yesterday on TV this was not a bipartisan bill. Common Mr. President, give us regular independent folks some credit. You are giving us a reason to make you one term president.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  5. Gilbert West

    Jack,

    Passing of the Healthcare Bill means that millions of Americans will now have affordable healthcare. It means a serious decline in the huge costs of the "A La Carte" Emergency Room treatment that we have been paying for to cover those without coverage. The republicans keep revealing their true colors. They are a party of hate-mongers, bigots, and loathesome trash. Which Americans are they talking about? The "Americans" voted President Obama into office to bring about this kind of change. A majority of Americans, I might add. It seems that republicans are actually representing "low-life" Americans, who thankfully are still in the minority. Imagine putting constituents up to calling Congresmmen "niggers!" Are those people really "Americans?" I don't think so. They represent the most hateful, hideous, inhuman, racist, low-life trash ever to walk American soil. Paying for the newly reformed Healthcare program will not be difficult, "IF" we can prevent thieves from looting the trust-fund that should be set-up to provide the program revenue. Of course, ignorant, low-life trash would not be aware of this. They wouldn't know how to finance their next pouch of tobacco. We need perspective. Their is a profound difference between borrowing-to-spend and borrowing-to-invest! The Healthcare reform is an Investment!!! President Obama is heaven-sent. We should be grateful to have him in the driver's seat. Red-faced Boehner and his coterie of nay-sayers had 8 years under a dictator, George Bush, who threatened to invoke the War Powers Act at every turn, yet they accomplished nothing but ruin and bankrupt institutions and government! Only an ignorant fool would believe we would be better off with these guys back in power. When they talk you can see the strings moving, just like at a puppet show. They are speaking the words of the lobbyists who purchased their souls. Purchased their souls at a discount!

    March 22, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  6. Gregory Tripp, Mechanicsburg

    It means that, for now, Obama has still won the 2008 election and we citizens have won the first step in our long overdue health care reform. And it is time that obstructionist Republicans get over it. After all, it's not like the Supreme Court overruled the people of Florida and the rest of the United States and appointed George Bush President. The fight for civil justice and equitable treatment of our citizens will never be over as long as the likes of Newt Gingrich and Senator John Boehner are out there trying to hand our lives and livelihood over to the nation's health insurers. And for what? So they can line their greedy pockets with lobbyist slush.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  7. Phil in Long Beach, California

    It's means that he will go down in history as the president that presided over the financial collapse and ultimate destruction of America. With the stroke of a pen, our credit rating drops, our debt goes up, our liberty erodes, our taxes pile even higher and we ensure yet another dependent underclass.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  8. Mark

    It will take time but once Americans start seeing the effects there will be regret.

    Reform should have taken place without the massive gov't takeover.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  9. Carl

    Jack,
    For me , it was great seeing congress actually work on a sunday, now they will need about 6 weeks vacation time to recover, they are all worthless, Rep. and Demo.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  10. Mark

    It's difficult to overstate the the historic significance that passing this bill represents. For decades many Presidents have failed where Mr. Obama has apparently succeeded. This speaks volumes of this mans political savvy. But I fear that President Obama may have fired off all of his big guns, so-to-speak. Because he expended such a huge amount of political capital, will this be the high point of this young President? I also fear that there are many out there including the so called Tea Partier's that may not see the greater good that can come from this bill. In fact, instead of seeing the passage of this bill for all of it's historic and important implications, they may very well continue to bash this potentially great President.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  11. Eugenia Havis

    Thank God our President has taken his job seriously. Remember what Bush and his cronies did for us? Not a D++++ thing. They made sure they got all the tax breaks, loop holes and profits off the poor and hard workers of America. They wanted to keep their boots on our throats as long as they could. Put our boys out in a phoney made-up reason for war. WAKE UP America. If you are poor or middle class, don't believe as they do, they want you to die all the while you serve them and grovel.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  12. Homeless D in Atlanta

    The Republicans AND some Democrats who would oppose ANY legislation the President endorsed, regardless of who intruduced it or how much it would be good for the country. And based solely on what I have heard from people through casual contacts, it is really because the President is black. I think much of the opposition, if the truth be told, is only due to the color of the President's skin, and not anything to do with the bill itself.

    And I believe that anyone who says it cannot be a racial issue is living in a dream world. There is a LOT of hate out there, and much of it is covered by a thin layer of false niceness.

    I think that HISTORY will say that this bill was a good thing for the country, but in the short term it may be bad for the President.

    It's amazing that so many people are opposed to legislation that will SAVE lives, and totally in favor of the war funding, which has no redeeming features and which is bankrupting our country.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  13. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, NY

    Jack,

    It means that there will be Democratic majorities for generations to come. Selflessness is a rare act in politics and the health care legislation proved that you don't need to approach Capitol Hill with a checkbook in hand to have your voice heard. Partisanship is inevitable when only one side is willing to particpate. Let Republicans obfuscate at their own peril.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  14. Barry Bressler

    I believe the American people will show President Obama and his Democratic partisans what real change looks like in the upcoming elections.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  15. Ray in Nashville

    Jack, it gives President Obama a chance at re-election in 2012. Face it, bi-partisanship was always a pipedream; he isn't going to win over any Republican voters, no matter what he does. He can now move on to other much needed legislation; re-regulating the financial industry, environmental controls, rolling back the Bush tax cuts and other issues that will piss off the small, vocal Republican base.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  16. Jim Bartlett

    While the bill is not perfect, passage of a health care bill is a bold new step. Once some of the immediate benefits begin to take hold, I do not think the Republicans will be able to repeal it. The process issues will fade and Americans will come to see that the first steps in reforming health care are positive ones.

    The job is not done. I wonder if the Republicans will continue to just say no. How can they claim to have been shut out of the process when the evidence shows all they were doing was following Mitch McConnell's request, made before the start of President Obama's term, to just say no all the time. What makes anyone think the Repubicans had any interest in working on a bipartisan bill? Their plan all along was to try and make President Obama fail.

    York, Maine

    March 22, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  17. Richard McKinney, Texas

    Jack when a president ignores the will of the people he doesn't get reelected. This bill is a long way from becoming law and each day it progresses more will be discovered about how it came to be. Which lobbyists bought which politicians and what sweet heart deals were done to get the signatures required to ram it through the house. All these amendments have to be accepted as well and there are a whole lot of them that will be challenged along the way. Once America sees the crap Obama and his colleges pulled to shove this bill down our collective throats the democrats are going to start dropping like fly's come election time.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  18. Randy Handy

    Looks like for once the have-nots have reason to hope for something in a nation dominated by the haves.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  19. MJ

    It means he is a man of his word anda strong leader.. Everyone knew when they voted for him that this was his most passionate goal, that every American would have good quality health care. He worked tirelessly and steadfastly to achieve this goal.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  20. Greg

    It means the change he promised is happening. Change pushes our comfort level and requires us to adjust. This also means being at times taken in new directions. It will forever change our country, hopefully for the positive. Those that lost the election must get over it and embrace the future and in this case a future where anyone can go to the doctor.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  21. tom Trapani

    Standing up for what truly believes and fighting for it until the end is an example of true statesmanship.

    Tom Trapani, Quito, Ecuador.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  22. Dennis

    I think ultimately it will cost Obama a re-election, which is a real shame. Finally we have a president who's more concerned about doing his job as opposed to most who please everyone they can trying to keep it.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  23. anita

    Yes I sick of the Republican saying, the people don't want this bill.
    What people are they talking to because We The People needed to
    see a change in Washington. And the President and this party did that
    Also the Republican only proved they don't care about middle class
    america that are having a hard time. Will they change place with
    someone that don't have healthcare. Because people are having to
    make a choice to pay rent or to get medical coverage.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  24. Priscilla in California

    He has just cemented the fact that he will be a one term president.. The man does not listen

    March 22, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  25. ken from jefferson city

    Jack, he finally got something done and to do it in washington that's amazing as for partisianship it takes two for that just ask tiger woods.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  26. Ed in Virginia

    It will take years for us to understand all of the implications and impacts of the 2,000 plus pages. That'll be $1 trillion later. If only our representatives had read even a portion of this monstrosity.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  27. Carl

    Fixing health care will ultimately most affect Obama's legacy.

    Years from now, hard-working Americans, who can finally get affordable health insurance, our country having finally joined the rest of the free world in building a health care system where the insurance industry can no longer ration care away from the unemployed, the sick, and the working classes, will look back at this bill, and make the GOP pay for it, election after election.

    Stonewalling health care reform may hurt the GOP even more than the Iraq War.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  28. Gregory H. from Los Angeles, CA

    This is a major victory for the Obama Administration. Now, let get on to job growth and development for another victory for the American people!

    Yes We Can!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 22, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  29. Noah

    1 term and a footnote in the large book "Arrogance, self-centeredness, and complete disregard for the wishes of your fellow man: A Political History".

    March 22, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  30. Betty Wiggs

    I love this President and I love everything he has done. I think the dems will win more in 2010. Keep it up dems. The republicans are acting like 2 yr olds. They lost and just cannot handle it.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  31. James Simon

    Jack –

    Passing healthcare reform means someone finally has the guts to stand up for the majority of Americans who chose not to engage in uncivil discourse. While the clack has been ignored, the little guy asked for help and finally got it. Cudos to the Pres.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  32. Coronda

    Jack,

    It means a milestone has been reach. Pres Obama has achieved a lot, since taking the Presidency but no one give him credit for the achievements, always criticism. It's okay, believe me, we see the whole picture. Now maybe my son with Cystic Fibrosis can get the medical attention he needs and deserve. Will live in a country that is rich, and no one should be sick and can't seek medical attention without going to the poor house or living a sub-standard quality of life.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  33. michael paterson

    it means that change has come, and that those who criticized mr obama as a man of words not deeds will be silenced.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  34. frankie

    It means I will be forever grateful to him.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  35. Neatha from Kansas City

    It means that regardless of how evil the attacks, or how outragous the lies from the opposition, this man stuck by his belief. We voted him in to make changes which included healthcare, and he stood by that campaign promise.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  36. Warren in Ohio

    Obama is now indisputably the "leader of the pack", which may be good news for him but certainly is bad news for the country which desperately needs a president of all the people. This nearly 100% partisan vote reveals that our political system is even sicker than the health care one.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  37. Gary

    Jack, this isn't about Obama. But I think it shows that's he is a true leader and the fact that no republicans voted for it means NOTHING. They had many chances to be involved.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  38. Terry Hampton

    I don't understand the Republican mantra of "Pro Life", yet they screamed and shouted against something that would allow 'life' for many Americans that are truly dying because of lack of health care. Either they can't afford the astronomical premiums, or they were denied because of a pre-existing conditon. That's Health Insurance speak for 'you're going to cost us way too much money'! We experienced this first hand recently when our son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Not one major company would take him...not at any price!
    This should not be...not in a country that prides itself on being 'the greatest nation on earth'. I think we've lost that title, after seeing the fight over health care.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  39. Norman Autrey

    The immediate reaction will be more of what we've heard from the right wing scare machine. My hope is that it will be the start of reform and a change in the way insurance and health care works in our country. We've already heard about repealing the bill, about how it's nothing but socialism, about how Americans are scared of the government. I can tell you that I don't know any one who is scared, they may be fed up with politicians, but they aren't scared. I challenge Republicans to come up with a plan if they don't like this, and then when we are resoundingly kicked out of office in 2012(their prediction) they can do their thing. I personally think that the GOP will retake some offices in the mid-terms, but in the long run, President Obama will win reelection because the GOP has no one to really compete. And Palin, Gingrich, et al don't count. Norm from New Mexico

    March 22, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  40. John Widgren

    Being a 24 year old college student with a health care plan that borders on the ridiculous, I think the passage of this bill is the best thing for America right now. For too long we have stood by while other countries flaunt their Health Care systems. To tell you how bad it was for me a few years ago, I had my health plan for a few months and I had some tests done for high blood pressure. My insurance provider placed my claim on hold for 6 months due to the "maybe theres a chance" idea that I had a pre-existing condition. I must have recieved over 30 letters from my doctors office wanting their money. After many phone calls and emails, my claim was finally paid in full. But I forever lost any credibility with my doctor. Thank god this type of trouble will never be placed on an American citizen again.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  41. Becker

    I did not vote for Obama but he is my President. I had a open mind about him at first but this whole healthcare is vile. God Bless the President but I feel nothing but disgust for the man and will not vote for him or anyone associated with him. I am with Gingrich that I find Obama to be arrogant, corrupt and totally untruthful.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  42. odysseus14

    110 years and 17 previous presidents could not get it done. The pace of Obama's achievements will pick up, and we're in for a good several years.

    The GOP lost – plain and simple. The tea baggers are noisy, but a flash in the pan. There is a new Silent Majority – and it is on Obama's side.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  43. Carol Trice, Kansas City

    It will mean that he took a stand for something that he believes is in the best interest of the American people while not worrying about being liked in Washington. It also means that he didn't fight this battle with concern as to whether or not he wll be re-elected but he fought this battle because it was well overdue for the American people.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  44. Roy

    It means that those nay sayers can no longer claim that he did not deliver change. (Whether they like the change really doesn't matter). It means that his legacy is secured not only as the first African-American President but as the president who did what so many other presidents could not. It means that even if he is ultimately a one-term president he was able to usher in a much needed reform that inexplicably evaded us for near a century. Thus, he will be remembered as an effective president who delivered on exactly what he promised. More importantly, this victory allows me to laugh even louder at Tea Baggers. Not only are they morons. Now they are loser morons. How do you like them apples?? I happen to like them a lot!!

    March 22, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  45. Bradley

    It means only that he accomplished one of his goals. As for his true legacy we will have to wait 10 years.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  46. Joe

    A rising tide of resentment and hate.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  47. W Short

    This was just another example of GOOD (Pres Obama) prevailing over EVIL (Repubs). GOOD will always prevail over EVIL in the long run.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  48. James

    It means the sky is STILL not falling.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  49. Patrick Meyer

    It is something where we had nothing. The Republicans want nothing where something is needed. It means to me that Obama is a man of character far beyond what we've seen in a president in a long time that he is willing to put his own presidency and his parties hold on congress on the line to solve the problem that no other politician had the courage to do.

    Hopefully, once the mistruths about this bill settle and what it really is comes to light, he will come out shining brighter compared to the dim bulbs we've had in decades.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  50. victor hugo gonzalez

    When the chips are down he's standing there and waiting for a good fight. Hurrah for him.
    An admirer from Lima, Peru

    March 22, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  51. Agnes from Scottsdale, AZ

    Jack: It means that he is a formidable leader who fultills campaign promises in the interest of the people of the US. People have taken him as an inexperienced newcomer. The impact of what he achieved last night trumped 50 years of talking about it. He is likely to be the man of the century.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  52. Dave in Albuquerque

    Obama proved he can get things done in spite of the "just say no to everything Obama wants" republicans. When people see the benefits his support will rebound. Now if the oposition would stop with the rhetoric, lies, misrepresentation etc. maybe Congress can move this country forward.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  53. Bill

    Passing healthcare reform by such a narrow margin in such a charged political climate means the end of bipartisanship, the country I fear will be even more divided on this issue for decades to come than on abortion, and in all of the bickering we all lose, we have already all lost...

    March 22, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  54. jose head

    This was more about the personal agendas of Obama, Pelosi and Reid in creating their legacy than it was about doing the right thing for the American Public.

    Jose, Naples Florida

    March 22, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  55. Gord Reynolds

    It is about time that all Americans have health care as we have in Canada i would be lost without it.Maybe you should start looking after your own people rather than spend money fighting wars.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  56. Josh

    I think it means he succeeded, at least in appearance, in accomplishing his primary agenda. And I think even he knows that getting a second term in these economic conditions may not be that likely. The dream of post-partisanship is just that, a dream.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  57. victor hugo gonzalez

    When the chips are down, he's stantding there and waiting for a good fight. Hurrarh for him!!!
    An admirer from Lima, Peru

    March 22, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  58. Connie

    Relief – for myself and others with a chronic condition who live in fear of not only bad health, but a healthcare system that has been broken over the years. I have no doubt that those who opposed health care changes will change their view when they or their loved-ones need serious health care caused by an accident or illness that surprises them.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  59. Rick Means

    It will mean that there is still Hope and Change did come to America, despite the antics of the other party. It shows the leadership that Obama has and that he was not afraid to get behind something he truly believes in and something that the country should have had a long, long time ago. It is laughable to listen to the Republican leadership talk about this bill – what was their alternative? I never heard their ideas! It is great to see a leader get elected with a vision, and work hard to make that vision a reality – even though the opposition only wanted to vote no to make him look bad. Passing this bill will make Obama stronger and enable him to pursue other legistation that he wants - and was elected to enact.

    Landenberg, PA

    March 22, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  60. Gordo, NJ

    President Obama will no doubt face continuing hysterical opposition, but how long can Republicans remain relevant when they contribute nothing positive to to the national debate. They had 16 years to implement Republican health-care solutions and they did nothing. Despite all their fear mongering, the sun came up this morning, the sky didn't fall, and the stock market did okay too.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  61. Jack Scott

    Passing health care reform means Obama will be a two-term president. Once the dust settles, the enormity of this accomplishment will be clear, and Obama will be perceived as one who stood up for the little guy against the carnivorous insurance companies and their Republican water-carriers.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  62. Dino

    Passing health care of course helps President Obama. It demonstrates that he CAN deliver and it will despite all these scare tacticks, the health care reform bill will help this country.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  63. Don

    What it means is he can finaly move on to other matters that need fixing in the country and maybe help with getting the spoiled children out of the house and senate

    March 22, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  64. Lee

    Only time will tell.

    Lee, San Diego.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  65. sadieloo

    I don't know what it will mean for Obama but it means my husband will get prescription drug help through the donut hole which we needed badly. I just hope all the 65 years age group protesting and calling him a socialist are going to give up their medicare and social security so it will last the rest of us longer .

    March 22, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  66. Rev. Dale Robison

    Dear Jack,

    I'm 76 tears old and retired. My wife works at a state university
    and does some outside consulting. It means we both are going to have to pay more for our healthy care coverage. And we are both delighted.
    We are glad to vote against our pocketbooks to help those who cannot
    afford health care.

    Las Cruces, NM

    March 22, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  67. Stephanie

    Jack,

    For the many uninsured Americans out there, this legislation means better quality of life. We can look at the glass as half empty of half full. Bottom lie however, this bill is a start to a process that America has been in desperate need of for decades. Reform isn't easy, but it is no less necessary. If the Democrats market this bill just right, highlighting the positives, I don't think they'll have a problem in November. This is their opportunity to excel.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  68. Edward Fambles111

    when the dust settle and the talking no brainers sit down,i think we can all understand after musing over the contents ,we'll be satified with what this country needed for a long time.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  69. Maria

    This means that he delivered what he had promised. This means that even those who are mad now, spitting on members of Congress, will have health care when they need it. They shouted and yelled and screamed when Medicare passed, and Social Secutity, but when the dust settled-who even remembers thier names?

    March 22, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  70. Sue

    President Obama sacrificed much to get this bill passed, but when all is said and done, the people will know that he will persist and that he is not the pushover that he has been portrayed as by some. History will cast him as taking on the opposition and winning.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  71. sajjad nasir

    Well It would have been better if it was a single payer or had a public option im glad to know that pre existing conditions are eliminated I do not kno why these conservatives a crying about a governement take over this is far from a government take over it more of a free market take over with the assistance of the government.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  72. jean2009

    Finally in America people cannot be denied insurance coverage due to preexisting conditions; they cannot be dropped when they need the insurance their premiums paid. I think a great many people who lived through 1962-1965 and remember the Republican scare tactics of the era will know they will say anything, do anything and will lie! lie! lie!
    Thank you Mr. President!

    March 22, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  73. George in NYC

    It means that Republicans have something tangible to be against. Once the fear that the bill will destroy civilization as we know it subsides, and people realize it actually is something positive, that could backfire on them.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  74. Amy P

    That when it comes to re-election, he won't be getting re-elected. He has dug himself a hole that 75% of Americans want to put him in after "forcing" this bill down our throats. My favorite thing is how EVERYTIME when asked about the bill, the president and others give the same ole answer which is their own sugar coating of it and not giving us the REAL answers to the outcome of this bill.
    How about this, ANSWER THE DAMN QUESTIONS and quit hiding under others.
    SInce Obama is making a "law" to have healthcare, how about we have a "law" that americans can overthrow the president by allowing us to vote on our furtures.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  75. Jack

    It means his legacy won't be a tyrst with an intern in the butler's pantry. It will a billion dollar mismanaged, government bankrupting entitlement program given Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Veterens Healthcare systems demonstrated track record. I guess he should be happy, he can always blame his Democratic Congress.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  76. Chris T.

    Obama ran and was elected in large part on getting healthcare reform through congress. He got it – nuff said.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  77. Byron, Tucson

    I am astounded by the GOPs attitude that they are against ANYTHING Obama wants. My states McCain and Kyl have committed political suicide and good riddance!

    March 22, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  78. dessi4u

    If Obama could get enough votes to pass the health care bill, just watch what else he can do when it comes to the debt and other problems. Most cynics have never seen an honest dedicated and sincere man and team of good people in the White Hoiuse. This is year one, so it means hold on to your hats and tongues. We should feel proud instead of constantly looking for hairs to split.

    That said, can you please stop beating the heck out of Obama and American politics? How about covering other issues with the same verosity in the U.S and the world e.g. Isreal and Palistine?

    Media and corporaations haave not only contributed to making us the fattest, most bitter and divided people in the world, but also the least informed.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  79. Matt

    It means that 40 years from now people will look back at the passage of this bill and wonder what everyone was freaking out about, just as we do today with civil rights legislation and womens' right to vote.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  80. san jose

    A better question would be "What will passing health care reform mean for millions of uninsured Americans?"

    March 22, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  81. Ron in Ohio

    I believe that it will mean he will lose some of his Democratic support in the House and Senate in Nov. Also, if by some chance this bill is proven to be unconstitutional that will reflect very badly on Obama, it will be worse than not passing the bill at all.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  82. T Thomas in AbileneTexas

    It means he finally realizes he has to scrap the naive notion of bi-partisanship (these are not the Republicans of LBJ's day) if he wants to accomplish anything worthwhile for the American people.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  83. Kristin from Dallas

    It's a huge win for the President. It demonstrated his tenacity and patience and was further proof that political foes underestimate him at their peril. He looked calm, thoughtful and steady, in contrast to the screeching Republicans.

    It may hurt Democrats in the mid term, but not if they argue their case effectively. After all, most middle class Americans don't want their coverage dropped because of pre-existing conditions. They should highlight the more populist aspects of the bill and it will resonate.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  84. Mark

    It's the beginning of the end for this joker. Obama's hatred of America and his Socialist agenda are done for in 2012 and Congress will go Republican in November which will remder him powerless and our Government to a standstill as Obama will surely veto everything the Republican's present.

    American's lost freedom yesterday, a tremendous ammount of freedom. If we don't have freedom here what do we have? Thousands have died so people here could be free from oppressive Government rule......apparantly all for not.

    How's your "Change" feeling now? Sadly it was all so predictable but America drank the Obama Kool Aid anyway....o in a twisted way we are getting what we asked for.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  85. Rich - St. Louis

    Quite frankly, I don't see a "cost", I see a benefit. Once the public sees what's in it, they will like it. This will be the Republican's Waterloo. I believe this victory will give the Democrats the "spine" they have been lacking. They now see that they do not need any Republicans to pass legislation. Hopefully they will stop wasting their time trying to get Republican votes.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  86. John Hakkine

    Obama has just cooked the Democrat's and his own political future. When he knew that only 35% of the population supported this bill and 55% opposed it and pushed it through by hook or crook anyway, well,.......... the righting is on the wall. This change will produce more change and not what Obama had in mind. He and his minions will go down if flames. America is center right and he will pay dearlly for this.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  87. BC44

    This is MAJOR legislation, in the way FDR's New Deal was in his day. And the Opposition was VERY strong, as it is for Health Care Reform.

    LBJ, to a lesser extent, also had opposition to his New Society. It was muted somewhat because of JFK's assassination.

    This whole debate will quiet down over time and Obama will be fondly remembered in the future for sticking to his guns over Health Care Reform, the same way FDR and LBJ are today.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  88. carol in mn

    It means that President Obama will be remembered as one of the greatest presidents in history. Though this bill has is flaws, for example it doesn't go far enough to cover ALL Americans and it doesn't include a public option, it a significant and important start. Those who opposed this bill did so for selfish and short-sighted reasons and they are the one's who demonstrated unparalleled corruption, arrogance, and cynicism and an appalling ability to distort the truth.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  89. Jerry Blanton

    The passage of this bill alone already makes him more successful than either Presidents Bush or Bill Clinton. It puts him in a class with LBJ and Franklin Roosevelt for passing significant legislation for the average American.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  90. Paul-NY

    I am not sure what it means for the President but what I hope it means for us self employed and small business owners is better choice and more affordable health insurance. Surely it is more important that it means something for the American people rather then our politicians. Apart from I congratulate our President for seeing this through to the end.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  91. Ron

    This means a Victory to the President!!!! He promised a change to some of the most difficult issues facing this nation and he delivered it. Everyone can now see what the Republicans really wanted which is nothing at all changed because they are in bed with the big insurance companies.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  92. Matt

    t means that 40 years from now people will look back at the passage of this bill and wonder what everyone was freaking out about, just as we do today with civil rights legislation and womens' right to vote. (Durham, NC)

    March 22, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  93. jack mcgann

    President Obama's leadership has been proven to be very effective even under the major assault put forth by the Republicans. He can now move on to the many tasks that need fixing. Regulating the large financial corporations, helping small businesses create jobs and setting our energy policy on the right path would be important jobs for him to tackle this year. Americans will have great confidence in him from here on out.

    Jack McGann, St. Augustine, FL

    March 22, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  94. Jane Button

    I think the Republicans have finally shown their true colors – they don't care about the American people – they only care about themselves. They refused to participate in giving the American people health – and long term it's going to come back to haunt them.

    It's total nonsense that the people did not want this bill – who are these Republicans asking? They so twist and turn with the truth. It is embarassing that they claim to represent people – because the only interest groups they represent are themselves.

    They have clearly demonstrated their lack of willingness to get anything done. I

    March 22, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  95. Bill McMillan

    You know Jack, In November 2004, Canadians voted Tommy Douglas the Greatest Canadian of all time following a nationwide contest. Over 1.2 million votes were cast in a frenzy of voting that took place over six weeks. He was the politician responsible for bringing universal health care to all Canadians. Perhaps the same will be thought of Obama when people realize the benifits which we as Canadians take for granted every day. The most valuale card in my wallet is my health card. I can't believe it took so long for Ameica to adopt a universal health care policy.
    Bill from Toronto Canada

    March 22, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  96. Chris

    I wouldn't be surprised if what's being said on the internet starts being screamed out in protest lines. I'd rather not repeat it, because I might make you cry, Jack.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  97. Will Elliott

    Passing health care reform is an extraordinary accomplishment. At the end of the day, President Obama can know that he led the fight for a more just health care system. As a hospital chaplain, I encounter many patients who agonize over how they will pay for their care. Mr. Obama has been trying to usher in some relief. He has "fought the good fight," as bloody as it has been, and for that he may eventually be honored.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  98. Tricia

    It means that Rush Limbaugh must now leave the country as he promised to do so if this bill passed. And Rush, feel free to let the door do its job on your way out...

    March 22, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  99. Jennifer

    It will mean that Obama will go down as the first president to pass real reform for health care! Go Mr. President- Yes we can!!!

    Jen

    March 22, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  100. David Sisters OR

    Results Jack. He'll get a little boost to begin with, but if it doesnt work as well as we all hope he'll have trouble in 2012

    March 22, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  101. alaskalu

    From Wasilla, Alaska: As a former hospital chaplain, I have waited so long for decent health care for every person in this country. It is about time!! I have to agree with Canada that they are willing to forgo some benefits so that all people may be covered. I find it difficult to believe that the Republicans are so lacking in compassion and hope they get the message that this is best for everyone.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  102. J G

    It's just another sign that Obama doesn't care what the people in this country actually want. He just wanted a "legacy."

    March 22, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  103. Frank Schultz

    I think it will mean that he has to realize that the Republican Party has no intention of ever working with the Democrats or supporting anything that doesn't support their agenda. I hope it will mean that he should continue striving for for bipartisanship, but not let the Republicans use his goal as a tool to manipulate him.

    I hope the President has learned that he has to work from the very beginning legislative push to educate the population about his goals and the legislation rather than letting his opponents define the issues and make the "first strike" with lies and misrepresentations.

    I hope it means for the president that this is the first of many changes for the good that his administration initiates and gains passage of.

    I am thrilled and happy that this legislation passed.

    Frank

    March 22, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  104. Dan Fox

    If Wall Street thinks that health care reform is even half as bad as the GOP does, then you would have expected the markets to tumble today. Instead they are up.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  105. Spencer

    It means a great deal. Now he can focus on other things like jobs, energy, and immigration and reshape the debate prior to the upcoming elections. I love how Republicans say they are going to run on repealing this legislation. Good luck with that. I cant think of a better message for Dems going into November than "The Republicans are trying to give back the power to insurance comps." There are so many great things in this legislation, and running against them in November is the most ridiculous thing Republicans could do. Add to that the fact that no one is gonna pull the plug on Grandma, and the bottom doesn't drop out of America, and the truth about this landmark legislation will be easy to see. But hey, GOP, "go right ahead!" I say, cause that will help Dems mitigate their losses and remain in power.

    So again, Republicans, good luck with that!

    March 22, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  106. Radar55

    It's that he has given us the courage, to say status que no-more.

    When the party of No, say they are speaking for the American people.

    Please keep in mind they are not speaking for ALL the American people.

    There are millions and millions of us who stand behind President Obama, and trust me we will be there when he need us.

    Long lines again,Rain, sleet and snow.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  107. Adam A. from Bellevue, Nebraska

    Jack, after all of this insanity, I'm still very confident that President Obama will have a second term, mainly because his election is still two years away. The big question is Congress. If people, particularly Independents, feel so disenchanted with the Democrats now, they certainly shouldn't turn to the Republicans for answers! Does America have THAT short of a memory to not remember what kind of mess the GOP left us in? Instead of going back and forth on the seesaw of hopelessness, find a third party to rally around and support... it's the only way to bring even a little bit of sanity back to Washington!

    March 22, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  108. Ben from Boston

    Jack,

    It means a lot more Scott Brown's in Congress next year. The President likes to cite people losing their homes in order to pay for health care; now he will face people struggling not to lose their homes in order to pay for someone else's health care – and these folks aren't likely to be happy about this bill being jammed through.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  109. Yolonda

    Once all the fear mongering and hate tactics are used up, and the American people get a chance to see exactly what benefits are in the bill for all, the President's voice will be heard. He is on the right track.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  110. nikie

    Having been fortunate enough to have had health care thus far my entire life, I can not even begin to envision or understand what it would be like. Now, living in MA, it is doubly hard (compulsive health insurance mandate) to understand. BUT here's what I do know, if you've never had to NOT go without anything (outside of free will) how can you truly understand what the true issue is? No, wasn't a fan of the bill (bigger fan jobs, jobs, jobs) but I'm not so callous as to forget there is a bigger picture here than just me...oh, and ask the Sr Citizens that may benefit (doughnut hole) who have to budget for MEDICINE and see what THEY say...and as for the cost, well, like I said to a friend at work, "tell me how we're going to pay for much of anything anymore?" . Good on Obama, even if the process was flawed. Are there EVER any easy answers? Nope

    March 22, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  111. JM

    It means that we, finally, have a president who is concerned with actually getting things done that will benefit the nation. It means that we finally have something in place that should have been in place decades ago in, supposedly, the richest nation in the world: healthcare for all Americans. It means that we finally have an executive who acts like an executive rather than a buffoon.

    Unfortunately, we also, apparently, still are a country that sounds a lot like the south in the 60s: idiots screeching about socialism, using the N word, spitting on legislators, holding hate conventions (innocuously titled tea parties...Manchurian Candidate anyone?)...

    This bill won't last long; Republicans could care less if Americans die; they want the insurance companies to screw us: it lines their pockets.

    Still, it is a victory for Obama, the president, the individual; he showed us that the true "right" can still win. God bless him.

    I would like to throw Boehner's words back at him: shame on you! shame on you (creep)!! (for the unbelievably costly Iraq War: it cost untold billions & human lives)!

    March 22, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  112. Michael MItchell

    Jack,
    I believe you will see a repeat of 1994. Republicans regain the house. But Americans sometimes have short memories. In the mid 90's when the economy was doing well, Clinton survived the Republican victory 2 years ealier. Same will happen in 2 years when the economy has made a turnaround and people have some money in their pockets. The right will find something to throw back at him. If George Bush can suvive a "made up" war for WMD, I'm sure Obama can survive this legislation.

    Mike, San Antonio, TX

    March 22, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  113. bernard dougherty

    from phoenix..the bill is not perfect but a start and the naysayers are just not contributing anything to the dialogue other than very partisan, at times vile, epithets..imn the current state of affairs in washington, not surprising that no GOP voted for it..times are much more acrid than in 1965 when medicare passed..

    March 22, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  114. Gerald (Chattanooga)

    Jack, it means the road gets harder nothing for this man is easy. If he were to say it were a raging electrical storm outside and there were a 100% chance they would be hit by deadly lightening republicans and tea partiers would go outside just to be against him. It is amazing we a network that is devoting 24 hours 7 days a week to defeating this president, a conservative radio base that saturated with loons, lug nuts, nazi's, racist, and christians leaders all claiming to know what America needs. What will this mean for President Obama? More ammunition for looney right a bigger pay day for Beck, O'Reilly, Hannity, Coulter, and LimBUTT!!!

    March 22, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  115. tony

    I hope this is the end of his political future. The majority of people dont want the federal goverment to control the most critical decision in our life which is health care. He forced this on us and now we all have to suffer to fund this most expensive bill for the benefits of some.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  116. Peter Lambie

    I think that once this bill is explained to the public it will be a huge victory for him.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  117. Guest

    I think it'll mean a hard time getting elected in 2012. He's pissed off alot of Americans by pushing through this health care bill. 170 million Americans don't want this. That's a heckuva lot of people to ignore. My guess come election time is that a whole bunch of those 170 million are gonna want to get back at him. His bid for re-election is in serious jeopardy.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  118. Kristin from Dallas

    This was indeed Obama's Waterloo. Except he was not Napoleon, he was Wellington for the win.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  119. Tom Washington DC

    Prez Obama has a long way to go...to bring health care costs down.
    I come to this debate from a different angle. After 36 years overseas, I see how Americans are getting ripped off. I'm now paying $1000/yr for the same medication $200/ yr in Germany...same drugs / same drug company!
    Two things have to be changed...
    1) Big Pharma has an absolute Embargo against all things competitive...including the drugs they sell (at great profit) overseas.
    We're perfectly OK with "free trade" to ship everyone else's jobs overseas...just not Big Pharmas!
    2) Both Big Pharma and Health Insurance enjoy anti-trust exemptions that no other industries would be allowed...
    Level the playing field for all of us and maybe we can get the cost down from 16% of GDP to 10% like the rest of the industrialized world!
    This is an unfair tax on everything we build and sell worldwide!

    Follow the money ...see who gets their fingers into the $1 million/day they're contributing to campaigns...now that corporations are considered people too!

    March 22, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  120. Joe

    Jack,
    It means we are breaking out of the Dark Bush Era.
    It means 20 years from now historians will look back and say, "President Obama did the right thing." Whether he can please those looking for immediate satisfaction remains to the next few elections, but in the long run ... it is about time we meet basic rights that many other first world countries enjoy.
    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    March 22, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  121. Cameron W.

    It means that he, along with all the others who thought this "bill" was a good idea, still believe he will serve another term as President of the United States...doubtful at best.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  122. Nana from Miami

    The passage of this bill defines Obama as the one that speaks softly and carries a big stick. He is definitely destined for the history books as the President who cared more for the people than for his own political future. When the right wing nuts ask how we are going to pay for this bill, please ask them why they did not ask the same of Bush when they voted to give tax breaks to the very rich and fund the war in Iraq. How about doing something for us ordinary Americans for a change? By the way Jack, don't forget to wish Blitzer a happy Birthday and while you are at it, please ask Fox News when they will begin sending out condolences to all the families affected by the death panel clause in this bill.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  123. Bill Shelley

    Short term, I'm really not sure. Long term, once the USA sees that the sky isn't falling and that we're not a socialist state, I think that Obama will be seen in a very positive light. More and more people will see Rs for what they really are-obstructionist, lying, jerks.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  124. Tim R.

    Obama is one and done in 2012. He has already earned the "worst US president in history" honor after only 14 months in office. How do you spell "bankrupt", Mr President?? Thank you for destroying what lille freedom and liberty were left in America.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  125. Paul In Dallas, TX

    It means the GOP will hate him even more. It means that this country will be even more divided between the rational and irrational. It means more hate, bigotry and backward thinking will continue as they cling to their guns and religion.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  126. Robert

    Considering Obama more than met Republicans halfway and they kept moving the line- it wasn't Obama that lost his promise of bipartisanship. The GOP asked Obama not to give them a plan (to slow things down) and Obama let both houses come up with their own plan. The GOP asked to get rid of the public option and that was thrown out. The GOP asked and asked and eventually it was painfully clear they would just keep asking and never give any thing in return. Now when the world doesn't come to an end before November, all the "collapse of the Western world" doomsayers are going to look pretty foolish. The Republicans are the boy who cried "Socialism" once too often. They've offered nothing but obstructionism. After the dust settles and people realize that none of what they said would come true, rational people will look away from the GOP until they are left with their core four B's: Birthers, Baggers, Bigots, and Billionaires.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  127. Donald Jay in Montana

    The funny thing about it is Jack that if all the unemployed and low income people like myself be sure to vote then I would say that Obama probably will fare alright. People with jobs yet who make enough to pay taxes on won't like it at all I would think for they and their employers which could mean more jobs lost it might find themselves with the bill and I mean the bill to pay and neither I would like to think will the fewer yet who make plenty and yet typically get out of paying their share come tax time. Wait! There a smaller group yet that will like it though they may not show it and that is anyone affiliated with the insurance companies.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  128. Anita Ohio

    He will go down in history as the President who finally passed a Health Care Bill since 100 years ago.
    And the GOP party will be noted as all nays.
    He will need our continued support, especially at election time so the Dems can keep the majority.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  129. DEBBIE MCCOY, MARTENSDALE, IA

    Jack,
    Passing health care reform proves that President Obama can work in a hostile environment and still get legislation passed. It restores our (his supporters) confidence.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  130. Bob Wilke

    I would liken President Obama's victory to that of President Clinton when he made Newt Gingrich back down after shutting down government over the budget in 1996. It will give him new momentum and new strength in dealing with both the GOP and his own party.

    I think the bigger question is, what will it mean for the Republicans? They have absented themselves from the most significant development in American social policy since Medicare was enacted solely because they didn't want to allow Obama a victory. Shame on them for devotion to politics over country.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  131. Vernis Robertson

    @Sam. With comment he will serve 2 terms . Get over it.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  132. Adam

    A victory is a victory, even with 1 vote. Republicans have to stop winning. remember George W. Bush's victory. I don't think the health care reform bill is going to cost Americans more than the victory of G.W.B.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  133. Kendra Riddick

    The president has maintained the stance that he always had. His mission was never about building a politcal career and secure future elections, it was more about the concern for the welfare of ordinary americans. The irony is that actions brought about by his lack of concern for securing another term will be the very things that will guarantee his re-election. People were yearning for that sense of human dignity in a leader. The effects will be felt in the long term.

    Kendra Riddick
    Richmond VA

    March 22, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  134. runnerinaugust

    It means he's a politician with a conscious.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  135. independentvoter

    ... Gingrich insists the 2010 and 2012 elections will be an opportunity to "save America from a left-wing machine of unparalleled corruption, arrogance and cynicism." ....

    Really? Does Gingrich really think we will go back to the corruption and incompetence of the previous administration.

    Frankly, the Democrats have nothing to fear. At least they have actually accomplished something. The republican party can only say "No".

    Here is one American with a pre-existing condition that will NEVER vote for another republican as long as he lives.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  136. Dorothy

    It means in a world of false promises and self-serving politicians, one has integrity. It means I continue to respect and support him and will vote for him as often as I get the opportunity.

    Republicans, go to hell. Hopefully they will have the kind of health care there that you deserve. Try none.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  137. Doreen in Atlanta Ga.

    It means he must not rely on bi-partisanship if he wants to accomplish anything . Today's GOP ( unlike in earlier times) has no interest in what is right for America.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  138. Harry Ramassar

    It may cost him his presidency but deep down in his heart he knows that it was the right thing to do. If the American people take the time to actually read the bill and see what's in it for them they'll actually embrace it. This will no doubt be the legacy of President Obama who has succeeded where many great presidents have failed before him.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  139. Lamar in Dallas, TX

    Jack,

    Who cares what it means for President Obama? What's important it what it means for the nation. This is a great day in America as it means we are finally waking up to realize that health care is a fundamental human right. It's about time!

    March 22, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  140. bradley

    It means that liberals are ready to fight. So bring on your empty threats, you loud mouthed obstructionist republicans. We will not go back. We will save America from YOU.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  141. pve006

    Republican members of congress have been working so hard to deny millions of Americans affordable healthcare coverage.
    I hope the truths and benefits in the bill that passed will come to light now and mean a surge in support for President Obama. He came into office promising "chainge," this is the right kind of change we've been needing for nearly 60 years!

    March 22, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  142. Edward Welch

    The majority of Americans agree that some form of health care reform needed to be adopted but this was not what the people had in mind. The liberals have shoved this bill down our throats and reminded us that the government knows what the people need better than the American people themselves. Campaign promises of bi-partisanship in Washington were clearly a lie. Angry moderates voted Obama and a Democratic majority into office, now angry moderates have turned their attention to take back the keys. There will be hell to pay come November.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  143. Lee - Houston

    First, the mid-term election isn't here yet and I think it’s arrogant on anyone to suggest that he or she knows what the outcome will be. What I do know is that on many occasions Obama was suppose to fail, whether it was contesting Hillary Clinton for the dem. nomination; debating and finally defeating John McCain for the presidency, or passing healthcare. Just maybe Obama and the Democratic Party really believed in healthcare and were willing to fight for it. If you will believe in an issue but then coward under pressure, ask yourself: At what cost?

    March 22, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  144. Andy, from Houston

    I think it means that the fight has just begun. I think there will be a ton of information that will come out about all the backroom deals that were made and his promise of tranperancy will be a joke like his promise of a post-partisan Washington. I see a new contract with America coming out soon.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  145. Scott

    This health care bill could be something great or something terrible. If it is truly about taking care of Americans then write it so the ordinary American can understand it. This bill has many flaws but it is pointing in the right directions. WIth this bill done lets start working together to fix the economy for all Americans or let your jobs be the true meaning of unemployment. So now let the politicians, that we the American people, come together and work as a single entity to ensure that America stands strong in all areas from health care to our economy.

    Scott

    March 22, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  146. Zack

    It may have taken 14 months but finally we're starting to see the change we voted for.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  147. Ron Antinori

    It means that Americans will see that the Republican Party, the self-proclaimed party of values, is a sham. Their supporters spate on congressmen, hurled racist slurs, and belittled a person with Parkinson's disease in Ohio by tossing one dollar bills at him. They were against Civil Rights legislation, against Social Security, against Medicare, and now against Health Care reform. Way to be consistent. Consistently on the wrong side of history that is!

    March 22, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  148. Greg, Ontario

    The country he leads has joined it's allies in the 21 century. Also it means he managed to get done what a century of Presidents could only attempt.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  149. Clay

    I think it more of a victory of the underprivileged of America than for the President. Many well to do people just have no compassion. They would rather spend money on a golf course, than helping to save a life. You won't see any poor people objecting. Once people realize, taxes will go down, because housing taxes will drop! Why? Because county and city hospital taxes will drop. They will no longer have a need to recoup the money for procedures, and hospital stays for the uninsured , or under insured. The reality is, most people really have no idea what's in the health care bill. Once the real information comes out, I believe you'll have close to a 70% to 85% approval rating for the bill. Openly by Democrats. and Independents. Privately by republicans. It's really time to move on to other issues. It's not about the President, Democrats, or republicans, it's about America!

    March 22, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  150. Mel Harty

    I have been a registered nurse for 42 years, I was a combat medic in Vietnam and have served my country with honor. I believe President Obahma has done the right thing. Health care is a mess, and too many Americans, go with out the advantages of good helathcare. I voted for Johm Mccain because he is a great american who has served his country. My next vote will be for President Obama, as he to is a great american willing to risk his political future to do the right thing for all americans.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  151. Roger

    What will it mean?? I think perhaps you are under the misunderstanding that American politics has anything to do with meaning or policy. In a sports game between two opposing factions there is never any such thing as "post-partisan": it is a competition to win. Us vs them is programed into the system, this has nothing to do with Obama, or any other "political" leader. I don't doubt Obama's sincerity to want a post-partisan political system, but even the train operator can't drive a train where there is no tracks.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  152. kel atlanta

    I think it is a huge boost for Obama. His speech to the Democrats the night before the vote, when he quoted Lincoln, was one of the best I've heard, and reminded me why I voted for him in the first place. I do not understand the hysterics from the other side. Many of their ideas were listened too, and included, just not all of them. If anyone had dared to act in the rude, unpatriotic way they are now during the last administration, that person would have been tarred and feathered. Yes elections have consequences and they need to stop being such huge babies about not getting things done their way. Grow up, and come to the party , and help keep us moving forward, not back to the way it was.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  153. Bob Zarobinski

    Jack,

    It means we will have only 1 term. But it also means this:

    1. He has guts.
    2. He is intelligent. (not just articulate)
    3. He is not thinking of his tomorrow, but the peoples tomorrow(s) for a healthier future.
    4. I believe he will be one of the most admired Presidents in our history and should be revered by not just African Americans but all Americans!

    This guy has more guts then the republican's would like to admit. He says when he done wrong and yet sticks to his core beliefs for the people.

    I honestly didn't think they could pull it off with the major propaganda campaign that reigned down on the American poeple. Their tactics were not unlike used by Heinrich Himmler of the Nazi party.

    Absolutely Shameful.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  154. Ronald Alele

    Its big face saver for America. How can American claim to be saving and helping the world yet its population can not get healthcare.
    Ronald. kampala, Uganda

    March 22, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  155. maracuda, phoenix, AZ

    I think passing health care means President Obama care for Americans, middle class Americans who consists of 95% of the population, not only the top rich 1% like some ohter presidents did.

    This also means, Republicans are only for making ugly noises, not doing something constructive like presenting an alternative...............not in three sentances: Tax Cuts; Free market; Privatizations.

    Passing health care also means, President Obama has kept his promise to work for regular people, and work hard.

    It also means, unlike other side of the party, President Obama has the real back bone to put his job in line for the right of people.

    In summary, it also shows he was the right candidate for Nobel Peace Prize as he cared human quality of life.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  156. Ann from Charleston, SC

    Passing health care reform may mean Obama will be a one term president. It certainly will mean even more headaches as the Republicans try even harder to bring him down. And I thought the Democrats were bad when Bush was president!

    I voted for Bush hoping he could bring Americans together. I voted for Obama for the same reason. With so much devisiveness perpeturated by the distortions and mistrpresentations of the health care bill, there seems to be little hope that is going to happen anytime soon. People have no understanding of perception, that their opinion is not fact, that in truth both sides are right, and that by working together we can do so much more than when we are divided.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  157. M. Carter

    It means that people won't have to lose everything because they got sick.
    It means that HMO's will have to find another way to stick it to hard working Americans.
    It means that the Democrats care more about the ordinary working American people than the Republicans do..

    March 22, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  158. Pat

    It will mean a lot more meanness from the Republicans who just can't stand not being in control. I mean what a political trick voting on a bill by a majority. How very undemocratic (or not Republican that is) ! Yes it will change the upcoming elections probably by quite a bit but it may not be the way the Republicans think. A lot of us who were counting on the health care bill to help us for a very long time and will remember very clearly who tried to sink it and vote them out of office. We weren't the ones screaming on the steps of Congress but we will be the ones in the voting booth come November. Out here Democrat Harry Teague (thank God not my congressman) voted against it and he will be now tossed aside by both the Republicans who no longer need him and the Democrats who are upset with him. And he will lose his new seat in spite of being a good man who could have done good things for his district.

    No, the bill is not perfect. It can and should get some tinkering done on it. But it is a step in the direction that we need to go. All the big landmark social legislation that we now know we really needed all along have over the years. Social legislation will always be a work in progress as society grows and changes. And we all know how upsetting change can be.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  159. Beth Calaveras County CA

    It will also mean like FDR with Social Security, LBJ with the Civil Rights Act and Medicare,and Ronald Reagan with Persons With Disability Act, that Americans wont have to worry about losing all they have because of a chronic or terminal illness. Cannot think of anything MORE pro life than helping Americans stay alive with dignity. Sadly the same people who were against this were the same type who were against Social Security, Medicare and civil rights for non whites. Yet, the same naysayers dont seem to mind that their elders are getting Social Security and Medicare. President Obama is a real man. A mature man. And a real leader.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  160. Peter from PA

    I'm a loyal GOPer, but I really don't see how you can say that passing this bill (which I hate) is the end of bipartisanship.

    My party (and I'm not proud of this) was completely opposed to working with Obama or Congress to do any kind of health reform. He really did everything possible to reach out to them, and they turned him down every time.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  161. Gabriel

    How can there be such differences in opinion between both parties when it comes to the health bill? Democrats say no federal money for abortions in the bill while Republicans are calling the Democrats baby killers. Who telling you the truth?
    This is where the media needs to step in for the normal everyday American who is faced with such confusion which is exactly where the politicians want us.
    Step up CNN, NBS, or Fox TV and help the citizens understand what this health bill is really about. I'm sure the media has people who can review this bill and answer the big questions that mean everything to the normal average Joe. Answer the important questions like, Will Federal dollars be used for abortions?
    Will my premiums go now because of this bill?
    As a small business owner, will this bill raise the cost of health care for my workers?
    Will this bill raise premiums for the elderly?

    Be truthful and answer these questions for the normal Americans citizen.

    Confused Canadian

    March 22, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  162. tim CA

    i dont think pres. obama has to worry about his reelection as far as i am concerned he is doing what he was elected to and now that the health care reform has passed the big insurance companies need to watch out and stop taking from the low income people in this country

    March 22, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  163. Rebecca from Surfside, FL

    It means that he is a President for the people, that cares about human decency and quality of life. The insurance companies have been getting away with murder long enough and I believe they have been lining the pockets of politicians long enough, it is time to stand up to them and it is past time for every single American to have health care coverage in this country.

    I don't know or care what others will think about President Obama but I think he is courageous President who stood up for what he wanted, he got this bill passed . What I don't understand is why so many people in this country are so reluctant to see others get the medical intervention they require but have been unable to obtain for so long due to a lack of insurance coverage. Where is the compassion that Americans are known for?

    March 22, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  164. Jason

    I just dont get it, I dont get how there can be so much hate centered around health care. Are we really surprised that Reublicans fought this tooth and nail? Who would want to be on the wrong side of the insurance industry on the Republican side. This is what they were paid to prevent. The insurance industry must be furious that they just wasted millions on what they were paying Republicans to prevent. To shout out baby killer is such a blatant act of disrespect, that it can only be out done by saying "I said its a baby killer". All politicians lie but its the ease in which Republicans and right wing pundits do it that is cause for concern.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  165. Robert

    To the GOP saying they will repeal it- knock yourself out. Good luck getting sixty votes for that. Good luck getting enough to override a Presidential veto. Good luck telling 30+ million people they can't have health insurance. Good luck telling the 45,000 that die every year from withheld health care they are "acceptable losses". Good luck telling millions of the already insured they've lost their coverage because they had the nerve to get sick while being covered by insurance they paid for themselves. Good luck with all that.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  166. cgrable0875

    It means the end of the dominant American financial industry that we have today. This country will be bankrupt within 10 years.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  167. Aamer Ravji

    I am from Dallas, Texas. The passing of the Healthcare reform legislation will mean a lot for his presidency. Although the full effect of the bill will not be recognized until several years from now, this will be his legacy as the President who delivered on his campaign promise. President Obama has already made history by being the first black US President. On Sunday, March 21, 2010, he made history again. Twenty years from now, the very people who opposed the bill today will be the one's who will be defending it vehemently. No doubt, President Obama will go down in history as one of the greatest presidents of all times.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  168. Joe

    The passage of this bill was vital to Obama's presidency. The house and Senate will lose seats in 2010, so Obama had to get this bill passed before November. It was his top domestic priority, and something that seemed impossible to pass six months ago. He has a major accomplishment in his presidency now, and he gets to say he did what was right even though it may tarnish him personally to some. He can now move onto new issues as this plays out. If the health care bill works for him, and he, say, brings all the troops home from Iraq by Nov 2012, he will be very hard to beat in his next re-election bid.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  169. lance

    Jack it confirms for me that congress will do nothing except what they want to do – our voices no longer mean a thing. We no longer live in a democracy – it's a socialist state, "do what I want, when I want it or else" is now the mantra. At 50, this is the first time I remember really being so disgusted with our elected officials that I will NOT vote for a single incumbent locally or nationally.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  170. Mark (Chicago)

    It's a great victory for Obama. He's delivered on one of his signature issues from the 2008 campaign. Though I can't help wondering if it would have been as difficult as it was if Obama had been more engaged earlier on. Much of the difficulty in passing healthcare reform arose from the constant delay, bickering and backroom bargaining among congressional Democrats. That gave Republicans just what they needed to obstruct the bill–time and ammunition. Of course, I also can't help but wonder how much BETTER this bill could have been if Republicans had decided to actually participate in its creation rather than just trying to obstruct (malpractice reform for starters...).

    March 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  171. Ross in Las Vegas

    It means he did the right thing. Whether he gets re-elected or not. Somebody stoop up for the betterment of the country. Republicans will be using it as something else that's great and that shouldn't be cut 50 years from now. Just like they did with Medicare this round.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  172. AJM - Canada

    I expect what Health Care Reform will mean for Obama personally is better sleep at night. What has impressed me so much about this man is that he is genuinely trying to fulfill his campaign promises. If he doesn't do any more than what he has already done, he will have had a successful presidency.
    Being Canadian, I can't believe that anyone would try to block reform, especially when I hear what Americans have had to deal with. When people are sick in this country, they get the care they need and don't lose their homes in the process. No one ever worries about health care in Canada, and trust me, you have much to thank President Obama for.
    By the way, I suspect Rush Limbaugh's promise to leave the country should the bill pass really energized the Democrats, so maybe people should thank Rush too.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  173. Peter Maguire

    What it will mean for the president is that he will spend the next three years trying to stay a step ahead of the fixes needed to make it work or at least appear that way. As far as his legacy, well, he's already Lincoln.

    New York City.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  174. David in Seattle

    Hopefully this will lead to true bipartisanship. When voters truly see the benefits of this "healthcare tune-up", as I call it, the Democrats will get a boost and the Republicans will learn that being the Party of No doesn't benefit anyone.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  175. Byron, Tucson

    Becker, You are the people I'm talking about. Vile? Arrogant? Untruthful? Pres. Obama is the most intelligent leader we have had since JFK.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  176. sheldon, Deloraine, Manitoba, Canada

    FInally a leader who places principle over re-election.
    Finally, a leader who believes that America is still capable of great things and gets them done.
    Finally, a leader who leader who has a bigger of his country, than him/herself.
    Finally, a leader like Reagan, who believes that America is still the shining beacon on the hill, not just an empty phrase to be used to capture applause.
    Yes, he may have done himself short term harm, but he has provided a long term benefit for his country.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  177. steve in florida

    Obama invited the Republicans to the party for a year. They declined for a year. He went ahead without them, and even incorporated some of their ideas. That's their loss, not his. As dark as everyone wants to paint this presidency, I see him as truly successful under the worst of conditions. Things are changing, and as always, it's an ugly process.
    Better gas up the whhhhaaaaaambulance.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  178. Decided Independent

    I'm an independent, but unfortunately, this episode makes me very disinclined to ever vote for a Republican. It wasn't thoughtful debate, it was foaming-at-the-mouth name-calling on the part of the minority.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  179. kathy

    Jack it is victory for obama but not for american people. and next election the answers will be given.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  180. Chris in Philadelphia

    The Republicans are angry about losing. I have yet to see their completed options for health care and there needs to be something done. Racial, or sexual slurs by protesters and screaming baby killer at colleagues is NOT a mature response to the bill and not helpful in any way to the process. Obama comes out looking pretty good and the Republicans look like sore losers and the protesters look like lunatics. Obama's true destiny lies with time and the way the bill works out. Could be a death nail in either party's coffin depending on how it pans out.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  181. Ron, Kansas City

    The darker the room, the brighter the light bulb shines!
    President Obama has a laser shining on our government and the processes. Special interests, big money, and power hungry career politicians beware. You are now being exposed and the majority will begin to have the governing power and influence once envisioned by our country's founders. This is a democracy and not a capitalistic monopoly run by the rich and famous. The straight faced lies, insistence, and excessive volume of the do nothing Republican party will be remembered much longer than anything that may not be considered perfect in this health bill. President Obama and the supporters of this bill deserve a metal for the risk of careers and subjection to all the crap in order to do the right thing by the people of this country.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  182. Shelly - Kalamazoo Michigan

    I am glad they have finally got something going on Health care. It needs to start somewhere and then keep building on it. I feel like the Republicans have no clue what normal middle class people are going thru. They have health insurance but don't want other Americans to have it???

    March 22, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  183. Tony

    So called Tea Party folks stepped up to the platform yesterday to spit on lawmakers and hurl racial insults at them. I think that's what it really cost. This bill showed the ugly underbelly of America and the reality that some things have not really changed at all.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  184. Paul from Illinois

    Now the media can spin off how the Republicans did nothing and the Democrats will increase their majorities in Congress in the 2010 Elections. It's going to take a miracle (or the Tea Party Movement) to get a Conservative in the White House – oh wait...that won't happen either because the Republicans and Conservatives will be fighting each other while the Democrats use that to their advantage.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  185. Chuy

    We did need health care reform, but not this way. It's tainted with too many backdoor deals. I voted for Obama because I wanted change in Washington, but I can now see how much we fall for lip service from politicians. You know our system is broken when these people brag about social security and medicare and compare this bill to them. Don't they know how much trouble those two systems are in? Eventually, president will come out of this as a hero because he will give us more lip service and we will fall for it.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  186. Gib

    I honestly believe no matter what happens President Obama will face critics. I truly believe those on the Hill, do not fight for the common worker who voted for them. So many people are confused and mis-guided by the Health Care debate, they only follow what the media says or does. This country was built on the character to fight for its people. This is not big deal for President Obama, it is a big deal for America. For those who disagree, they either have Health Care or don't understand what will happen if they lose their job and need to go to the doctor! History was made Sunday!

    March 22, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  187. Edward

    Probably cause for the Repubs to start another Civil War. Their rhetoric, slurs and spit seems like a lead-up to it anyways.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  188. Anna- Minneapolis, MN

    It helps but this is one promise among many. We still have more change that we need to see but it is a start. Democrats should be celebrating but only for a while, and then back to work.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  189. Jake from Denver

    Obama riled up the Republican base, but from all indications, they weren't willing to give an inch in the battle for health care, so what did he really lose? He's shown that Democrats won't simply be bullied on the issues.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  190. jim

    It means the President finally has an accomplishment after a year plus in office, that the only bipartisanship demonstrated in this process was in the opposition to this monstrosity and it shows that he cares more for the powergrab than elections.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  191. Dulal

    Dear Jack;

    Change management is a painful process but at the end of the day it will add value.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  192. Mike in TX

    Jack,

    In week one of his Presidency the united leaders of the Republican party declared that all efforts would be made to cause failure for this President regardless of the subject, and one would have to assume the impact on the country. Their premise of any success being unacceptable has led to the lack of partisianship we have seen. In spite of a major requested changes to the health care bill including over 200 requested amendments they refused to vote for their own partisan legislative package to make something good and inclusive for the country. Yet all we have and continue to hear is how they have not been included. What about the weeks of meetings with combined members of both parties?

    As for the impact on the President I think he will have battle after battle but I suspect they have just found out that they underestimated thier opponent and it may be to late. Rather than work across the aisle on fine tuning this bill, and working on the major needs of our country they have vowed a fight and campaign to exert all of their energies to repeal this package.

    We can only hope the door does not hurt them on their way out.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  193. Jason

    It means he is a truly great President.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  194. marilyn

    For so long we have been taught and told alot of wrong info about other races let's give things a chance then say oh he failed!!!

    March 22, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  195. Goldfinger

    Jack,

    Unfortunately, passing healthcare means 'everything' for President Obama and the Democrats, and this is the core of the problem. What good is health care reform if it is a "band-aid" job cobbled together for the sole purpose of obtaining enough votes to be passed by Congress. Loosing sight of the goal of creating meaningful health care reform for all Americans in a bipartisan fashion is self defeating and will only lead to failure.

    John Gardiner
    Denver, Colorado

    March 22, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  196. Joey from Ellenton, Fla

    It means he can get started on the next battle that the opposition will make ridiculous.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  197. George Brooks

    President Obama had a great policy for himself and his family prior to this, so it does means much for him personally. On the otherhand, it means betterment for more american middleclass, working class and the poor. It means everything for the vulnerable, the weak and those with pre-existing conditions. As President, I believe that history with judge him kindly, even if in the short term he loses some political capital.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  198. Arlene

    I hope health reform means not only historic positive change but will allow the President to get on with many of his and the countries goals..By the way, Rush said he was moving to Costa Rica if health care passed..Willing to send a goodbye gift..hope he enjoys their government run health program!

    March 22, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  199. Renee

    The only change the American people will see is the "change" left in their pockets. They will be left standing with "Hope" that they can make it from payday to payday. The only real hope for America now is to impeach this socialistic minded president.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  200. Weaver in Tampa

    It means he deserves some respect because he stayed in there and got it done. He weathered the first part of a horrible storm with integrity and decorum while other so-called leaders resorted to name calling, throwing tantrums, and shaking their fists and yelling... all on national television. He stayed cool during the process but several Republicans convinced me of the great need we have for mental health care, especially in Congress.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  201. Scott M Dubowsky

    The President has shown he can be a serious leader in Washington and can play tough when necessary. The Republicans were so afraid of giving him a victory on Capitol Hill that they waged a negative, no alternative campaign. Guess what, the President did get his victory and the Republicans and the citizens of this country lost valuable input.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  202. Sean in California

    He's not gloating, but if Rush Limbaugh follows through on his promise to move to Costa Rica, then President Obama will have earned the right to gloat.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  203. G, Joye

    Jack, Let the Republicans state that they are just beginning to fight after last nights vote. Hogwash, the fact is that the Democrats have just realized that there is no such thing as bipartisanship, and they have just put the gloves on. The Democrats must move forward and push legislation and lead and not be concerned about what Republican toe that they step on.
    G. Joye, Irmo, SC

    March 22, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  204. Kamal

    Jack,

    It means we have the BEST president in the WORLD... "Bring it on", Bush said, to kill innocent people. We now say "Bring it on", show me your country's president and I WILL show you, a true leader, now truly a change we can believe... Please another Nobel Prize!!!

    Kamal, Texas.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  205. Paulet

    It is more than Obama, it is good for the American people and the Democratic Party can say they have accomplished something. What isn't is the smell from the GOP and the hatred they incite with some tea partiers.
    It is quite ironic that John Boehner's speech was so Freudian, yes he should be ashamed of how he and his party members have acted throughout this whole process.
    Long after the ugly words the bill still stands as passed.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  206. Chuck Sanders

    It means that the patient's I see that insurance companies refuse will be cared for. It is funny, not one Republican had a friend or family member bankrupted by illness. I think insurance companies line too many of their pockets to see clearly. Suppression and repression at our expense while the country goes to a fake war that we started? Wake up GOP and smell the reality of your take no action policies. Welcome to the 21st century America. It is about time we caught up with the rest of the "civilized" world.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  207. Fatima

    Thank you, I can finally receive Healthcare.

    ________D E M O C R A T S___________________
    FOR THE WIN

    March 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  208. LB

    This is a bad bill the majority of the people did not want that was passed in a sleazy way. Do you really feel that is what change should look like?

    This president may be the most divisive president of my lifetime. The anger between people has come from his pushing his agenda down our throat in a deplorable way.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  209. mark & Felice, GA

    Jack,
    Pres. Obama should be re-elected considering the fact that he has the compassion and understanding for the suffering of 30+mil people. The Republicans/conservatives have little compassion for anyone, and go through life hating.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  210. Tom, from Denver

    This makes Obama one of the best Presidents in our history.
    It will shape our economy for the better for generations to come.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  211. Dan Therrien

    The Republican lies and fear tactics cost them big in the last election. They haven't changed a bit. The lying fear tactics about health care will again backfire and Democrats will add to their numbers in the next election. Good on Obama for not overlooking those in need. That was the Christian thing to do.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  212. dick

    We have a "white" night to fight the evil party of the rich and "NO"! Time to give America back to the people!

    March 22, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  213. Angelica from Birmingham

    It is my hope that it will mean a recovery for Obama. However, I'm still reeling with laughter at the idea that Gingrich called ANYONE arrogant or corrupt.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  214. Jimbol55

    What will it mean?...6 more years.....Oh, yes he did, and yes, he shows America, "he can", by any means necessary !!!

    March 22, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  215. Flyingwolf, Manchester NH

    Four more years! Four more years!

    March 22, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  216. SherrieGG in Camarillo, CA

    What does it mean?

    For starters, it means Obama has finally woken up to the fact that no matter what he does, GOIP (grand old irrelevant party) will go to any outrageous lengths they feel necessary to stop him, so he will no longer waste time catering to them.

    Let's see how they feel the first Wednesday in November. Might be a little less noisy and, with any luck, a lot less numerous.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  217. Jim

    There were no candidates yesterday in the ranks of Republican Congressmen for an update of John F. Kennedy's "Profiles in Courage."

    March 22, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  218. Cameron S.

    Obama has basically sacrificed his presidency to pass such an important bill. It is doubtful he will be elected again, but at least he got something done, beneficial or not. There will be plenty of backlash on the details of the bill, but he pushed through the basic fact that health care needs reform, and that is an accomplishment.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  219. Judy Murray

    This president has walked the walk! He has stayed the course and has won a victory for the middle class as well as millions of Americans! We can be very proud that we have a strong and intelligent leader such as Barack Obama. Shame on the Republicans! Keep up the great work, Mr. President!

    March 22, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  220. Alberta Dobbe

    Can you tell me if all of the districts that the Republicans represent are against the health care bill? Are the Rebulican Representatives voting to represent their constituents or are they just voting no to make sure that President Obama fails?
    From Hilo, Hawaii

    March 22, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  221. J shultz Memphis, Tn

    Jack,
    It means that this young President...inspite of huge obsticles and rather negative press in the last 9 or 10 months has lived up to his campaign promise (unlike so many that get elected and deliver NOTHING) President Obama has delivered. He told the American voter what he intended to do during his campaign...we voted him in based on what he said he would do......and he gave us what we wanted. Pretty cool...huh ???

    March 22, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  222. Leandro-Los Angeles

    The passing of this bill means that we the people have (finally) someone working for us, not for the Corporations.
    This bill is not perfect, but something needed to CHANGE in the health system. Change begets change.
    Nothing is more difficult to conquer than ignorance.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  223. SteveinFL

    Jack, Jack, Jack. What it means for Obama is that he has acheived a historic reform that will help the country for decades to come and will literally save countless American lives. The question you should ask is "what does this mean for Republicans?" The answer is that they have disgraced themselves and destroyed whatever credibility they had left after the Bush fiasco. What was once a great political party is now a marginal fringe movement reduced to name-calling and empty threats. Truly pitiful.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  224. richard kornhauser

    It means my vote for him paid off

    March 22, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  225. Michael n Seattle

    It has added fire to his base you'll see a bigger turn out in November to keep a democratic majority it's now the republicans water loo

    March 22, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  226. Malcolm B. Smith

    President Obama will be remembered as the President who heard the needs of average Americans and produced results to benefit citizens despite criticism from the greedy, financially strong opposition.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  227. Lester from Brisbane CA

    Probably means little for Obama. Congress is exhausted & isn't going to pass any more major legislation in an election year. By 2012, health care will be old news for the Presidents reelection bid.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  228. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Jack,

    I appreciate and share the sentiment from Mr. Gergen's realistic comments!

    March 22, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  229. vilcor

    I think is a new beggining for middle class people ,but for president obama may be the end of his political carrer because republicans will end with his life.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  230. clement,irving, texas

    I really think this bill is good for everybody, now with that said lets start working on bring more jobs to the u.s

    March 22, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  231. Ruby Zimmerman

    Thank God we finally have a president who dares to follows his conscience! If it costs him an election, I can't wait to find what he does next. Whatever that is, it's sure to benefit our cou try.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  232. Keith

    When Johnson got GOP members to sign, there was the non exticnt creature called the "liberal republican" there were also moderate Republicans like Jerry Ford. Alas, that speice is almost extict now too. Now there are Democrats, Blue Dog Democrats, Repubicans, and Jake Flake & Ron Paul, libertarians, Bernie Sanders, Socialist. and Joe Liberman, whatever.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  233. Doris Lauter

    Obama was not gloating , because it isn't over yet. He was very serious. He will go down in history that he tried to help the people but that the Republicans kept putting up road blocks.
    The bill WAS bi-partisan because 200 amendments were in it by the Republicans. They must have slipped through that closed door somehow.
    The Republicans seem to think that nobody wants it, and they will vote the Democrats out. What if the people that DID want it will vote the Republicans out?????
    Doris
    Ojai, California

    March 22, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  234. Nancy Auth

    It means Pres. Obama is a hero and that congressman Boener can get back to his tanning bed!!!

    March 22, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  235. Ray C.

    It is a political victory for the Obama Administration. As for not having bi-partisan participation, the Republican'ts have only themselves to blame.

    I foresee rising poll numbers for Obama in particular, and Democrats in general. Many of us progressive, don't think this legislation goes far enough, especially in cost control. But it is a start, after 100 years of debate and delay.

    I do believe that if the Republican'ts had acted in good faith from the beginning we would have a better bill, but there's no use crying over spilled milk.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  236. Gini Worthen

    This will help Obama in 2012 (although it may hurt the Dems in 2010). Flawed as the bill is, and ugly as the process was, he did something that many other presidents have failed to do, and which needs doing. A good first step!

    Gini Worthen
    Westbrook, ME

    March 22, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  237. Charlie Hicks

    Jack,

    It means that the Dems a grown spines and not a moment too soon.

    I think my favorite part is hearing the GOP complain about the process. If the process was good enough to get Bush's tax cuts passed then it is good enough for healthcare. What a bunch of hypocrites. Furthermore if it was about the cost......... where the heck were they when GW thought it would be a great idea to spend 12 million dollars an hour occupying a country that never attacked us. Honestly it make me sick. Luckily I have insurance.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  238. ProudDem

    It means that President Obama continues the tradition of progressives dragging republicans kicking and screaming towards advancement.

    Elki
    Modesto, CA

    March 22, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  239. fbythesea

    Sam,
    President Obama didn't lie when he said it was the result of a "bi-partisan effort". He was being overly gracious and trying to not make the republicans look that the obstructionists that they are. This was a very elegant way on his part not to gloat and to actually give some credit to a mean-spirited, arrogant group which deserves none.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  240. Patrick

    It's a good thing these same Republicans weren't around in 1964, or we'd never have the Civil Rights act. All they can can do is say, "The people in my district don't want it." Can't they ever LEAD?

    March 22, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  241. steve - Iowa

    It means that President Obama and most dems will be alright in November 2010 and 2012. Repubs like to push the point that most americans were against this bill, true 59% were against, but 16% of those opposed were because it didn't go to a single payer plan. Those 16% are highly unlikely to vote for the party of NO.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  242. Steven Avnet

    Isn't it attention-getting how this country's first black president proved himself to be the most courageous president since Abraham Lincoln? For one I'm very grateful that one of the most troubling concerns I've had regarding the future has become a burden of the past. From a registered Republican for the past 39 years... I say "Thank you President Obama".

    March 22, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  243. Scott

    A solution. It may not be the best, it may not be the worst and it may not even be the same in a week, but it is a start. Republicans-along with every other political affiliation has not come up with any health care plans of their own. So, when you do NOT act as the Republicans and others have not, then you get what the ones who do get things done, poured over your heads. Live with it or make it better, your choice.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  244. Bill from Alabama

    I am retired and have a very good health plan but I believe we have a duty to help those in need. This plan doesn't go as far as I would like but it is a start and I believe that the President and the Democrats will improve it in the future. I support their effort and encourage them to work towards a more equitable system, We pay taxes for police protection for education the only logical next step is for our health protection.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  245. Sharon F. Sykes

    Jack,

    The passage of this bill is a wonderful thing for this country – and long overdue. I cannot understand how any sane person can fail to appreciate its value. It helps so many people in different and difficult situations. Kudos for President Obama. He did it.

    Sharon Sykes
    Macungie, PA 18062

    March 22, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  246. Leslee

    It means that if he loses his job he won't lose his health care!

    March 22, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  247. Michael, Smiths Station, Alabama

    It means that Obama has done what past presidents have failed to do, address the healthcare issue. Many people believe his re-election chances have just been shot to pieces by this, but I would vote to keep him in office. Better him than another Bush-style Republican or a Tea Party 'favorite'

    March 22, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  248. Kevin

    It means that come 2012, healthcare won't be the issue on voters minds. It will be 2 year old news by then.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  249. Randy Austin

    I notice that the ones yelling the loudest about health care, are the ones that have it. If Boyner and his cronies had to go out and get health care insurance, in the real world, this would have passed in a week.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  250. Louis Zoellar Bickett II

    I think the reall loosers will eventually be the GOP. When the sky does not fall because of the passage of this bill how will they explain their position? Next up–immigration–I can't wait to see their 'Red Baiting' on that issue.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  251. Udo

    This may finally bring Republicans to the table on other pieces of legislation, and end the 'do-nothing' label for Congress. Republicans gambled, and badly lost by staying unified in opposition. Instead of a more moderate bill, crafted with their input, they got a liberal one due to their stubborness. A unified democratic party may finally cause them to cooperate.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  252. Chris mullin

    Bush went after Afghanistan and promised to get Osama but failed so Bush invaded Iraq and got Sadam and much like Bush, Obama went to work fixing the unemployment and when he failed he went after heath care the day he signs will be the perfect parallel of when bush landed on the USS Abraham Lincoln.
    Chris Mullin Blacksburg Va.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  253. CJ from State College, PA

    Universal health care is an admirable goal, and one I would like to see one day accomplished. That said, this bill is terrible for America's future and could not have come at a worse time. The economy is just finally showing strong signs of coming out of the recession that has left so many jobless and still others struggling. We need that growth to continue, and throwing another $940 billion on top of our trillions of debt isn't going to help get us back on track and certainly isn't going to do anything to get us out of China's pocket. We're just going to have to keep borrowing all of this money from them and the rest of the world. If China ever decided to call in our debt we could have no hope of paying and the dollar would be destroyed in the international market.

    This doesn't have to be the political issue that Obama, the Democrats, the Republicans, and the media have made it. As I said, the goal is an admirable one. But we need to be realistic with what we are actually financially able to do right now. We've already spent so much that we have nothing close to a legitimate plan to pay it all back. This is like when you're way in over your head in debt and struggling to get by. Having that new car, television, or whatever it may be would be nice, but you just can't possibly afford it without irreparably damaging your future.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  254. Robin

    As President Obama has said, it matters not what health care reform will mean for his political career. It was the right thing to do for our nation.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  255. jay from ny

    it means he has my vote in 2012. i have never heard an replubican alternative healthcare plan. do they even care about americans without health insurance? so why should i ever give my vote to a bunch of looney republicans who can't even keep their composure during a debate.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  256. Tom from Vermilion, Ohio

    It means that I am going on a all out editorial attack on all right wing attackers to protect the President, Freedom and Liberty.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  257. Merv

    Jack it means that for the first time in my memory our elected representatives have flagrantly and totally disregarded the will of the people. Thank God, November is only 8 months away.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  258. Gail Craig, Plano, TX

    I cannot tell u Jack, how proud I am of President Obama with the passage of the health care reform bill. However, I would have supported him even if it didn't. The President is an honorable man and unfortunately for him no one realizes that we have the most knowledgable man on this earth as our leader. But alas, there is a fly in the ointment that keeps biting the GOP. His skin is of a different color. Weak, chicken like GOP are so twisted with hate for this very good man. Shame on them, and Jack, do u really think I care what that spineless Newt says? U know, he actually makes Shrek handsome!

    March 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  259. Michael

    It means that I can vote for him again if he runs in 2012. I have spent the day enjoying listening to the taliking heads on Talk radio wet their pants all day.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  260. Cherry

    What will it mean for Pres Obama... Only that he's succeeded where so many others had not; and that Sen Edward Kennedy may rest more peacefully now. Of course, not to mention the fact that he has enabled 30 million Americans to achieve health insurance – a fact that several other countries, less rich and certainly less powerful, take for granted.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  261. Jeff Lauffer

    What it means Jack is simply this. We have a president that carried through on his main fundamental campaign promise to lift this country from 100 years of greed and selfishness to one that cares for its citizens. That's the kind of change I voted for and I applaud his effiorts. The Republicans can twist this all they want to in the coming months, but as people slowly realize that many of them are better off with this plan, they will realize that the conservative movement in this country is irrelevant and deserves no further comment. If the Republicans want to turn the 2010 and 2012 elections into a referendum on health care, they may be in for an unpleasant surprise.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  262. Bruce T

    This reform will benefit the nation well beyond Obama's tenure. This far reaching health reform that so many industrialized nations enjoy adds to his many accomplishments. This also shows that he is not afraid to lead our country. His administration will shine as bright light compared with the darkness of the Bush administration.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  263. Alex

    This action to reform health care will forever cement the name of our president Obama into the hall of fame. Tell the repuplican party, oh I meant to say the scary party that all the screeming and shouting they did and all the insults they shouted in the so called Tea party rally's and in joint houses a few months ago as well as last night in Congress will only mean that their scaring tactics won't stop more real change still to come form the people's party my democratic party . I am so proud to belong to
    Alex

    March 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  264. Gary

    Great job by the President on much needed major reform of the US health care system. This is a win for the American public and the long-term future of America. I do wish we could drop the extreme name calling, over the top labels and get back to informed, lively but respectful debate and HONEST explanations by both sides. I'm an independent, senior, white male who now deeply believes in term limits for Congress. I will vote to remove anyone who has been in Congress for more than two terms regardless of party affiliation.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  265. Barbara Nesom

    It will mean President Obama is all we hoped he would be and more. He will go down in history as one of the bravest, brightest and best leaders America has ever had!

    A Senior Citizen and small business owner in Oklahoma City, OK

    March 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  266. Lu

    What does this mean for the President? Not so much; he already has insurance, I believe. Can you tell I don't?

    March 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  267. Anne from Wisconsin

    It will be his legacy. He will go down in history not so much for being the first Black president, but for having the courage to take on the entrenched business interests in health care. This will have a profound, positive impact on the American way of life (and business) going forward. I am so grateful.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  268. dfarwell

    It would be an astonishing revelation to the pathetic GOP if they suddenly had a pre-existing medical condition and could not acquire health insurance. Without doubt, the Republicans are the most dangerous domestic issue this country faces.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  269. Ann Perry Garland Tx

    A Men for the president.To bad the Republicans are so mean they can't act right without making nasty remarks rep Randy N-joe Wilson from S Carolina.They need to be sent home until they can act better. This is a start and they will work on it until they get it better.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  270. Paul

    Obama was elected by the people to get this job done. How is that raming anything down our throats? Maybe he's ramming it down YOUR throat because you don't like it. But guess what? That's life in a democracy. If you expect to always get your way, you're looking for a tyranny. You're in the wrong country, dude. So stop talking about tyranny as if it were something you don't like.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  271. Keith

    The Republicans are making so much noise about this bill and how much it will cost and how wrong it is for america ,they are the same people who helped Bush invade Iraq and to this day that war is costing us billions that we could have spent on health care.And did we need to invade Iraq,well we know the answer to that.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  272. Terry C. in Illinois

    Jack,

    Obama will be put into the same areana as FDR, LBJ for the Healthcare reform.
    Unfortunately, Republicans chose not to participate and the Democrats had to pass the bill in an all partisian vote.
    Today, Republicans still hate Social Security, they still hate Medicare, they still hate the Civil Rights, they still hate Family Medical Leave Act and they still hate the Minimum Wage that helps all Americans...

    March 22, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  273. dawn

    I believe it will help the president, if, and only if, respectable news outlets strive to uncover the truth and expose the fear-mongers, the racists and the liars for what they are–and refuse to let these people use the airwaves for their own selfish purposes. This country needs to move on. Some would rather we don't. The disgusting name calling after this vote seems to prove that. Shame on them, shame on anyone who supports them. I hope CNN leads the way to sane discussions and truth.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  274. Faye in Nevada

    It proves that he really has an understanding of what the American people want and need. Those Senators and Representatives that have fought this don't have a clue about what their constituents want and need. All the media hype against this was not the American people speaking, just the obstructionist Republicans. Take heed, as these folks who keep saying no to everything are going to be in the unemployment lines.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  275. drusilla77

    It means that I will do my best to see that the Republicans in my state are voted out for standing in the way of something that was needed by millions of people across the country, including myself. They "did as they were told" not their jobs. This legislation is not perfect (far from it) but it is a beginning. And sometimes a beginning is all you need.

    I love how it was a vocal group that was saying that everything was fine and that this wasn't needed. They must have good jobs with health insurance and have never had to face life without either one of those things.

    I am neither a Republican or Democrat. But I have no problem siding with the Democrats on this one. This is what is right for the people. I know that by the time I am eligible for Medicare, in 34 or so years, it won't exist–so something had to be done now so I can afford to live a long and healthy life.

    Thanks to all those who had the courage to stand by their convictions.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  276. joe kremsky

    Health Care is a big,big plus for the Democratic party and President Obama. After more than 40 years, the Congress has finally passed legislation for working Americans rather than the corporations and the financially privileged. Let's get on with the rest of the agenda especially jobs, mass transit, immigration, ending these wars, and stopping the criminal element in our society.
    I still can't understand why people would be against something that would help them personally, and be for those who would use them for their own purposes, be they politicians or corporations. Oh I forgot what Cassius said to Brutus about the mindless publicans.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  277. Sue from Redwood City

    Ooooh! Just listen to these snarling sore loser Republicans again. Such venomous sour grapes! Ha ha ha ha ha!

    March 22, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  278. Louis

    Jack, It shows that Obama is a tough and effective leader who can get the job done. Reason has triumphed over hysteria. Thankfully, the "grown-ups" are in charge.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  279. Scott

    This passage shows that the GOP is still the party of no and that failure of any initiative that Obama puts forth is their main objective. The 'party of Waterloo' has no clue what bipartisanship means.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  280. Desmond in Canada

    Whatever the fall-out, it was the RIGHT THING TO DO. I really cannot comprehend the callousness of those who would rather continue to rob the American people of a fundamental right. We hear in Canada know what that means!

    March 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  281. ess it was OK to throw billGoldie L.

    Of all the poisonous rhetoric I've heard spewed by Republicans, this has to be the worst. The venom toward the average wage earner and those struggling to make is in this battered economy including those least healthy is so apparent that it reduces the Republicans to enemies of humanity. When i saw a brief video of protestors outside the capital throwing dollar bills at a man aflicted with Parkinsons in favor of the bill's passage, I literally was sick to my stomach. I guess it was OK to throw billions into an unnecessary war but not OK to help our fellow human beings. Rush and his country club aspirashionists
    haven't got a clue. They will never see the light because they feed on fear and the darkness it represents.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  282. josh

    "A Nation Divided" it is now up the media and the people who control what we see on a daily basis. News programs and trash tv control more voters than c-span. The health care bill is now in the past the republican rep. will only use the argument as long as helps maintain there position. Politics as usual, a nation divided.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  283. Patriot

    I hope it means that Americans will start taking their voting privileges seriously and invest a little time in understanding just how political issues like health care reform are highly relevant and have serious implications in their everyday lives and futures.

    Is that too much to hope for? Fine. At a minimum, I hope it means Americans will not be so easily swayed by media-anointed messiahs with their (alleged) eloquence and handsomeness and look at things like experience, soundness of vision, voting record, and character.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  284. James Bigelow from Atlanta

    It means, that finally, a leader has been born, for better or worse, he made the tough choice that so many shied away from. The bill will be bitter tasting medicine to take (no pun intended). But in the end this will cause legislators and citizens alike to take notice and say, "it needed to happen, glad it did, now let's tweak it until it works." Ignoring and complaining about tough issues is the easy part, taking the first steps in resolving them is the hardest. Semper Fi.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  285. Dallas, Texas - About time

    I guess in my eyes, it's about time that someone stood up for something. I'm tired of the i'm right no your wrong. Get together, work together and get done what needs to get done to help our country. The people will show how they feel and I think alot of you will be suprised at the outcome. Most thing the democrats are going down, I don't think that is the case.

    Right now, at least he's fighting for something. Let's hope he puts the same drive into fighting for jobs for the American People. Because right now, that's what we need.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  286. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    President Obama's passage of healh care reform has proven that stick and stones may break his bones but words will never hurt him and that's a lesson we could all learn.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  287. Travis

    I have never seen such a big group of cry babies in congress. Not a single Republican voted for the healthcare bill but the same Republicans will send troops to a war on the assumption of weapons of mass destruction. Grow up and quit complaining because things are not going your way. For eight years you had an opportunity to come up with a plan but it seems that most of that time was spent searching for weapons that were never there in the first place. I guess the only plan you have as Republicans is a plan for those that are healthy.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  288. Eric McCollough

    It mean this president has the best interest of the people in mind when he's actually solving, not just talking about problems much like the republicans been repsonsible for over the last decade!!

    March 22, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  289. Sam Duke

    This bill will give President Obama and what millions of other American want and that is Hope!!! Remember this is what the Majority of the Americans wanted... and right now the Republicans have the Minority, so the democrats are just doing their job!!! Thank you President Obama, thank you all of our representatives and senators... Job well Done!!!

    March 22, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  290. Suzanne

    It means that the president backs up what he says! This shows his strength. I'm all for it.
    There are people I know that will benefit from this bill immensely. I am tired of seeing them get forgotten. Worse yet I am tired of seeing others putting their own selfish interests first at the cost of other peoples health or lives.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  291. Mark from Kentucky

    Jack, there are republicans as well as democrats who need health care. I find it hard to believe that there was not one republician congressman that would take a stance for their constituents who needs heath care and vote for the bill. Shame on the republician party. This Health care plan means that President Obama cares about the less fortunate whether they are democrate or republician.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  292. SAM from Delaware

    It means President Obama has triumph over the few people in this country who think they are the voice of America. What republicans and the Tea Party including the so called "Kill the Bill activists" have failed to realise is that there is a silent majority in this country who believe in President Obama and will always stand behind him and the democrates in any election no matter what.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  293. Nick Antonicello

    Barack Obama has a much needed political victory that will grow over time when people realize the benefits of the plan few people know or understand.

    The GOP has overplayed their hand on this issue and were led astray by Tea Party fanatics who do not represent the sentiment of America when you see the positive changes that will take place in terms of coverage for all, pre-existing condition and lower pharma prices.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  294. LB

    The fact there are this many comments thinking this bill is good for the country and that Obama is a leader instead of someone who misinforms is really scary

    March 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  295. Fran J

    My parents worked hard all their lives, but never had health insurance. It's too late for my dad, but I'm so happy that mom can get insurance & care she needs. For those republican leaders against it – let's trade places for a month; I bet that you'd run back to your cushy coverage lightening fast!

    March 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  296. Malcolm

    Finally; Obama showed his leadership like most of us knew he could. He tried to appeal and offer his hand across the isle but as expected, the fish wasn't biting. This health care bill will lift his stock as the leader of our country. We know know who has been holding back our country for so many years. Those right wing procrastinators should be ashamed for their lack of concern for all americans.
    Shame, Shame, Shame..........

    March 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  297. jp

    This is a glorious day...and I think President Obama will go down as the best President we have ever had....Amazing hard work and all his dedication and passion finally paid off. I am so thankful he kept "up" the fight for the American people.

    I am so embrassed by the Tea Party and all their horrible antics and abusive language and gesturs, etc. Why would anyone want to be a part of these inmature and childish group of people.

    We need to support our President and be proud be that he could accomplish passing this bill.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  298. Patricia/Georgia

    It means we have a president who is made of tuff stuff and is willing to work hard to get things done despite the pundents like LimbaughHannity, Beck and Boertz. Congratulations President Obama...you have been a gentleman inspite of the lies and misconceptions about your policies and your life. Proud of you.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  299. Kelli

    It means that he is a man who is willing to stand up for what is right and good and thank God he finally has some Democrats who are willing to stand with him. Republicans want to paint themselves as Christians and patriots. I really don't believe that there are any Christian Republicans. If they really believed that they might have to face Jesus Christ and explain to him why they were for spending endless amount of money on an unnecessary war in Iraq, or why they stood by and watched other Americans suffer in a devastating hurricane and in many cases even mocked them or blamed them, or why they are willing to allow many of their fellow citizens to suffer the inhumanity of having no health care, WOULD THEY REALLY EXPECT JESUS TO SAY THAT WAS OK? The eye of that needle is going to be hard to get through for all those hypocrites who shout the name of God while they bow down to money. Surely they don't believe they will ever meet him at all. They are certainly not patriots. They hate the American government so much. Why don't they move to a country where the government really doesn't do anything. There are several around the world that essentially have no government. Let them go there and live.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  300. Tom Adams

    President Obama gave the opposition abundant opportunity to put forward alternatives and he incorporated their constructive suggestions in the health reform legislation. He had the good sense to hold back to let the wave of emotional insanity from the far right to subside and be digested by the public and then go in to the fray and close the deal. This President is one tough guy, we can take pride that at last we have an intelligent fighter that can obtain results that are in the best interest of the citizens of our republic.

    Tom Adams
    Athens, Georgia

    March 22, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  301. Desroy

    Passing Health care means victory for Mr. Obama and most off the people with preexisting health conditons. But don't we all have some form of a preexeisting health condition of some kind,-whether it be catching the common cold of having an headache. Hurrah! for common sence.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  302. Jan - Lancaster, PA

    What it means is we finally have a politician in the White House who is doing his job & is making good on campaign promises.

    Have never seen the media micro manage a presidency like they have this one. This guy was elected because he was concerned about the track of our health care. Then the bottom fell out of the economy. We have two wars to support. And, the media has been complaining he isn't doing enough or he's doing too much.

    Glad to see this guy is his own man and continues to try to do the best he can for this country. He will be admired for his efforts.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  303. ro of la

    It means that he is the strong agent of change that he campaigned as. And he will only go up from here in the esteem of the American people. Especially after the American people see first hand the lies and misrepresentation of the facts by the opposite side that will be exposed. And, I am tired of hearing about how all the American people are against the healthcare bill and the president. These comments do not represent me or a huge host of people that do not care to go out and haul slurs at other people because they have a different political view. Go Obama and congratulations to the 30 million people who will now have healthcare because of the democratic party and the presidents valient efforts..

    March 22, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  304. Ellen S.

    On a personal note for Pres. Obama, I think it means knowing that he fought for others, who like his late mother, have had to fight the health insurance companies in the final months of their lives.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  305. Nick Corbett

    It means he will be credited for providing something for the American people that is tangible, and real. Eight years prior to Obama's arrival, we paid one-trillion dollars, (and counting) so we could see Iraqis dip their fingers in purple ink! This passage will mean that American's now have a more level playing field and no more 9 hour emergency room waits (even with insurance)! Do the math.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:34 pm |