President Obama: Once Health Care Reform Passes, “I Own It”

Sep 13, 2009 1:21pm

"I have no interest in having a bill get passed that fails," President Obama says in an interview with CBS News' Steve Kroft taped Friday night.

"That doesn't work. You know, I intend to be president for a while and once this bill passes, I own it. And if people look and say, 'You know what? This hasn't reduced my costs. My premiums are still going up 25 percent, insurance companies are still jerking me around,' I'm the one who's going to be held responsible. So I have every incentive to get this right."

In another excerpt released today, the president says, “The truth of the matter is that there has been, I think, a coarsening of our political dialogue. I will also say that in the era of 24-hour cable news cycles, that the loudest, shrillest voices get the most attention. And so one of the things that I’m trying to figure out is: How can we make sure that civility is interesting?”

The full interview will air tonight on 60 Minutes.


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