(CBS Evening News Anchor Katie Couric interviewed President Obama at the White House on July 21, 2009).
Published on CBStv, by Katie Couric, July 22, 2009.
… President Obama: We did. And they acknowledged that we made progress. You know, my working principle has been, number one, let’s make sure that this package provides more choices to the American people, gives them more security, if they’ve got a preexisting condition, or they lose their job, or they’re changing jobs.
It’s got to be deficit neutral. It can’t add to our deficits. And it’s got to bring long term costs down. And I think, rightly, a number of these so called Blue Dog Democrats – more conservative Democrats – were concerned that not enough had been done on reducing costs.
It’s the same concern that I shared. And we talked today with Henry Waxman, the chairman of the committee that was relevant. And I think that we’re moving in the direction where, at the end of the day, by the time we have a bill on the floor, we will be able to say, unequivocally, that this is going to bend to the cost curve so that health care inflation is reduced. That’s going to be good for American families. That’s going to reduce their costs and make the system work better for everybody … (full text).