Pres. Obama Delivers Defining Speech in Health Care DebatePublished by Tanu Henry on Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 9:25 pm.
By Pamela Gentry, Senior Political Analyst
Sept. 9, 2009 – President Obama may have used his strongest language to date outlining his plan for health care reform during his address to a joint session of Congress: but was it strong enough to get a bill that delivers true reform?
“But know this: I will not waste time with those who have made the calculation that it’s better politics to kill this plan than improve it,” he pronounced.
“I will not stand by while the special interests use the same old tactics to keep things exactly the way they are. If you misrepresent what’s in the plan, we will call you out. And I will not accept the status quo as a solution. Not this time. Not now.”
Those are some of the strongest words the president has used in this debate. But the stakes were high tonight and the president wanted to make sure to link the economy and the importance of reforming what he called the status-quo.
The president said his plan will deliver on three major points. He said security and those who have insurance, insurance for those who don’t and to slow the growth of health care cost.
The president called on Republicans and Democrats to work together. He told his Democratic colleagues, “I would remind you that for decades, the driving idea behind reform has been to end insurance company abuses and make coverage affordable for those without it.”
Adding the public option is “only a means to that end.” He also spoke directly to the Republicans saying, “That rather than making wild claims about a government takeover of health care, we should work together to address any legitimate concerns you may have.”
“Well the time for bickering is over,” he insisted. “The time for games has passed. Now is the season for action. Now is when we must bring the best ideas of both parties together, and show the American people that we can still do what we were sent here to do. Now is the time to deliver on health care.”
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