Obama: no ‘Armageddon’ as healthcare becomes law

March 25, 2010

USA-HEALTHCARE/OBAMAPresident Barack Obama, campaigning in Iowa on Thursday to sell his landmark healthcare overhaul, couldn’t resist mocking Republicans for warning that the reform would provoke “Armageddon” and other tactics he rejects as alarmist scaremongering.

“I’m not exaggerating. Leaders of the Republican Party called the passage of this bill Armageddon. Armageddon! End of freedom as we know it,” he told a rally in Iowa City.

“So after I signed the bill, I looked around to see if there were any asteroids falling, some cracks opening up in the earth? Turned out it was a nice day. Birds were chirping. Folks were strolling down the Mall,” he said.

Opponents of the bill warn it will unleash another federal entitlement program that the American economy cannot afford that will inevitably lead to higher taxes and bigger deficits. USA/

Obama denies this complaint and said that the American people would be able to make their own minds up as they compared their own experience with the claims of his opponents.

“From this day forward, all the cynics, all the naysayers, they are going to have to confront the reality of what this reform is and what it isn’t. They will have to finally acknowledge this isn’t a government takeover of our healthcare system,” he said.

Photo credit: Reuters/Jason Reed (Obama in Iowa), Reuters/Jim Young (cherry blossoms in Washington)

For more Reuters political news, click here


We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/


Posted by novemberrain67 | Report as abusive

For God’s sake let sanity prevail. It was the right thing to do by the right man at the right time. And the right had nothing to do with it but scare old follks and demonize their progressive brethren. November will be interesting indeed!

Posted by TexDem | Report as abusive

I love my country. I respect the Presidency. I pray for our President and his family. But at this point in time, I must say, we have YET to experience such a arrogant, prideful man in that office. He knows no bounds, apparently. Imagine…an American president who actually taunts 55+ % of the American citizens. Scary. The gloves are coming off, Mr. Obama. You are certainly revealing your stripes, aren’t you?

Posted by famoffour | Report as abusive

[…] always smug, always arrogant. The placeholder at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue mocks half his country (link): President Barack Obama, campaigning in Iowa on Thursday to sell his landmark healthcare overhaul, […]

Posted by Target Rich Environment » Recording for Posterity: President Mocks Millions of Americans | Report as abusive