Obama on Health Reform: 'I Own It'

Says he 'intends to be president for a while,' expects credit, blame
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2009 11:30 AM CDT
President Barack Obama walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009, for a day trip to Minneapolis.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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(Newser) – Voters can rest assured that Barack Obama is doing his best to get health care reform right, because his political future depends on it, the president tells 60 Minutes in an interview airing tomorrow. “You know, I intend to be president for a while, and once this bill passes, I own it,” he says in an excerpt released by CBS. “So I have every incentive to get this right.”

Adds Obama, who makes another speech on the subject later this afternoon: "If people look and say, 'You know what? This hasn't reduced my costs. My premiums are still going up 25%, insurance companies are still jerkin' me around,' I'm the one who's gonna be held responsible."