Obama on Fox: Health Care Reform Will Pass
This is about reform, not 'procedural rules,' he says
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 17, 2010 5:07 PM CDT
President Obama speaks to reporters Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – President Obama tells Fox News he isn't worried about the legislative acrobatics under way to pass health care reform—and voters shouldn't be, either. "I don't spend a lot of time worrying about what the procedural rules are in the House or Senate,'' Obama said in a rare interview with the network. "What I can tell you is that the vote that's taken in the House will be a vote for health care reform. And if people vote yes, whatever form that takes, that is going to be a vote for health care reform." He later predicted it would pass.

Voters shouldn't get caught up in the back-and-forth over the rules, he says. What matters is that lawmakers who vote no are "going to be voting against health care reform and they're going to be voting in favor of the status quo." The interview was a bit testy at times, with Obama complaining to Bret Baier about getting interrupted too much, but it ended on a cordial tone. The Chicago Tribune has excerpts, and Fox has the transcript here.