March 19th, 2010
11:37 AM ET

Obama pushes 'historic vote,' GOP leader vows to prevent it

President Barack Obama said Friday that the health care debate is about whether the United States will accept a system "that works better for the insurance companies than it does for the American people."

Obama was making one of his final pushes for health care at George Mason University Friday, days ahead of an expected House vote on the health care overhaul plan.

The "time for reform is right now," Obama said.

Obama said he doesn't know how the health care bill, which has been the topic of staunch debate and fighting on Capitol Hill, "plays politically," but it will be "enormously important for America's future."

"We are going to do something historic this weekend," Obama said of the expected vote.

On Thursday House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also spoke out on the importance of passing the health care reform.

Pelosi said that when her members go to vote, they will have "all of the assurance they need" that the reconciliation package will be passed in the Senate.

"When we bring the bill to the floor, we will have a significant victory for the American people," Pelosi said.

House Minority Leader John Boehner, however, said the vote is "pretty tight."

Boehner said the revised health care bill is worse than the original legislation.

"The American people are going to hear about every pay off, every kickback and every sweetheart deal that comes out," he said.

Boehner reiterated his pledge to do everything he can to prevent the bill from becoming law.

"Republicans can't beat this bill, but the American people can," he said.

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  1. Norm

    Well let's hear about all of these kickbacks and sweetheart deals and then let the people vote individually instead of the votes coming from all the paid off politicians.
    We are no longer represented by these people.

    March 19, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. David Spatz

    This bill needs to pass. It has to be good for the people of America. If it wasn't the drug companies would not be spending millions trying to make sure it is not passed. I personally feel that this bill is a necessity for the US

    March 19, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. rj

    the drug companies are fighting this because they will be taxed on any new drug research as well as for medical devices.
    If they get taxed – who do you think the charge will filter down to ?

    March 21, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |