October 27th, 2010
05:50 PM ET
Note from pool – notes are not verbatim
Jon Stewart opens saying Obama just listed accomplishments but Democrats not running on it (even making a joking reference to Joe Manchins ad with the gun)
Obama says let me tell you about members of Congress
Jon Stewart says are you gonna swear?
Obama says no and that many members of Congress took tough votes, people like Tom Perriello, Betsy Markey and others who did what was right. He said he hopes that people who did what they thought was right and voted with integrity will be rewarded. He said that was tough because people are being pummeled with negative ads
Obama: Jon I love your show (Jon Stewart: but) I have a profound disagreement with you. Notion that health care was timid. 30 million gonna get health care because of this. Patients bill of rights. Young stay on parents health care til 26, cuts deficit..people would say this is one of most significant pieces of legislation in history. (Applause) that gets diminished because we didn't get everything
Jon Stewart: suggestion wasn't that it was insignificant
Obama: suggestion was that it was timid
Jon Stewart...I don't mean to lump you in with other president ..health care etc done in very political manner
Obama : that's fair. In an emergency situation..to get things done quicker, we worked with the process rather than transforming the process. I wish didn't have to have 60 votes.
Jon Stewart: are you inviting me to the White House
Obama: then wed have to disclose it
Jon Stewart: (talks about negotiating meds with Canada...says there's nothing in the bill that doesn't allow insurance companies to raise rates)
Obama; we've empowered state insurance commissioners...like in North Carolina
Jon Stewart: but isn't this only egregious raises..
Obama : if the pt is that overnight we did not transform the health care system that's true.