President Obama stated adamantly that he is unwilling to sign a health care bill that will increase the deficit. For example, at his July 23 Shaker Heights press conference he explained:
I pledged that I will not sign health insurance reform — as badly as I think it’s necessary, I won’t sign it if that reform adds even one dime to our deficit over the next decade — and I mean what I say.
He means what he says. And in case what he said wasn’t clear enough, he repeated the promise at his August 11 town hall in New Hampshire:
I won’t sign a bill that adds to the deficit or the national debt.
If any bill shall not be returned by the President within ten days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the same shall be a law, in like manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their adjournment prevent its return, in which case it shall not be a law.