March 3rd, 2010
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Obama on health care reform: 'I know it's right'

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Remarks of President Barack Obama on Health Insurance Reform
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Washington, DC

Good afternoon. We began our push to reform health insurance last March with the doctors and nurses who know the system best, and so it is fitting to be joined by all of you as we bring this journey to a close.

Last Thursday, I spent seven hours at a summit where Democrats and Republicans engaged in a public and substantive discussion about health care. This meeting capped off a debate that began with a similar summit nearly one year ago. Since then, every idea has been put on the table. Every argument has been made. Everything there is to say about health care has been said and just about everyone has said it. So now is the time to make a decision about how to finally reform health care so that it works, not just for the insurance companies, but for America’s families and businesses.

Where both sides say they agree is that the status quo is not working for the American people. Health insurance is becoming more expensive by the day. Families can’t afford it. Businesses can’t afford it. The federal government can’t afford it. Smaller businesses and individuals who don’t get coverage at work are squeezed especially hard. And insurance companies freely ration health care based on who’s sick and who’s healthy; who can pay and who can’t.

Democrats and Republicans agree that this is a serious problem for America. And we agree that if we do nothing – if we throw up our hands and walk away – it’s a problem that will only grow worse. More Americans will lose their family’s health insurance if they switch jobs or lose their job. More small businesses will be forced to choose between health care and hiring. More insurance companies will deny people coverage who have preexisting conditions, or drop people’s coverage when they get sick and need it most. And the rising cost of Medicare and Medicaid will sink our government deeper and deeper into debt. On all of this we agree.

So the question is, what do we do about it?

On one end of the spectrum, there are some who have suggested scrapping our system of private insurance and replacing it with government-run health care. Though many other countries have such a system, in America it would be neither practical nor realistic.

On the other end of the spectrum, there are those, including most Republicans in Congress, who believe the answer is to loosen regulations on the insurance industry – whether it’s state consumer protections or minimum standards for the kind of insurance they can sell. I disagree with that approach. I’m concerned that this would only give the insurance industry even freer rein to raise premiums and deny care.

I don’t believe we should give government bureaucrats or insurance company bureaucrats more control over health care in America. I believe it’s time to give the American people more control over their own health insurance. I don’t believe we can afford to leave life-and-death decisions about health care to the discretion of insurance company executives alone. I believe that doctors and nurses like the ones in this room should be free to decide what’s best for their patients.

The proposal I’ve put forward gives Americans more control over their health care by holding insurance companies more accountable. It builds on the current system where most Americans get their health insurance from their employer. If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Because I can tell you that as the father of two young girls, I wouldn’t want any plan that interferes with the relationship between a family and their doctor.

Essentially, my proposal would change three things about the current health care system:

First, it would end the worst practices of insurance companies. No longer would they be able to deny your coverage because of a pre-existing condition. No longer would they be able to drop your coverage because you got sick. No longer would they be able to force you to pay unlimited amounts of money out of your own pocket. No longer would they be able to arbitrarily and massively raise premiums like Anthem Blue Cross recently tried to do in California. Those practices would end.

Second, my proposal would give uninsured individuals and small business owners the same kind of choice of private health insurance that Members of Congress get for themselves. Because if it’s good enough for Members of Congress, it’s good enough for the people who pay their salaries. The reason federal employees get a good deal on health insurance is that we all participate in an insurance marketplace where insurance companies give better rates and coverage because we give them more customers. This is an idea that many Republicans have embraced in the past. And my proposal says that if you still can’t afford the insurance in this new marketplace, we will offer you tax credits to do so – tax credits that add up to the largest middle class tax cut for health care in history. After all, the wealthiest among us can already buy the best insurance there is, and the least well-off are able to get coverage through Medicaid. But it’s the middle-class that gets squeezed, and that’s who we have to help.

Now, it’s true that all of this will cost money – about $100 billion per year. But most of this comes from the nearly $2 trillion a year that America already spends on health care. It’s just that right now, a lot of that money is being wasted or spent badly. With this plan, we’re going to make sure the dollars we spend go toward making insurance more affordable and more secure. We’re also going to eliminate wasteful taxpayer subsidies that currently go to insurance and pharmaceutical companies, set a new fee on insurance companies that stand to gain as millions of Americans are able to buy insurance, and make sure the wealthiest Americans pay their fair share of Medicare.

The bottom line is, our proposal is paid for. And all new money generated in this plan would go back to small businesses and middle-class families who can’t afford health insurance. It would lower prescription drug prices for seniors. And it would help train new doctors and nurses to provide care for American families.

Finally, my proposal would bring down the cost of health care for millions – families, businesses, and the federal government. We have now incorporated most of the serious ideas from across the political spectrum about how to contain the rising cost of health care – ideas that go after the waste and abuse in our system, especially in programs like Medicare. But we do this while protecting Medicare benefits, and extending the financial stability of the program by nearly a decade.

Our cost-cutting measures mirror most of the proposals in the current Senate bill, which reduces most people’s premiums and brings down our deficit by up to $1 trillion over the next two decades. And those aren’t my numbers – they are the savings determined by the CBO, which is the Washington acronym for the nonpartisan, independent referee of Congress.

So this is our proposal. This is where we’ve ended up. It’s an approach that has been debated and changed and I believe improved over the last year. It incorporates the best ideas from Democrats and Republicans – including some of the ideas that Republicans offered during the health care summit, like funding state grants on medical malpractice reform and curbing waste, fraud, and abuse in the health care system. My proposal also gets rid of many of the provisions that had no place in health care reform – provisions that were more about winning individual votes in Congress than improving health care for all Americans.

Now, despite all that we agree on and all the Republican ideas we’ve incorporated, many Republicans in Congress just have a fundamental disagreement over whether we should have more or less oversight of insurance companies. And if they truly believe that less regulation would lead to higher quality, more affordable health insurance, then they should vote against the proposal I’ve put forward.

Some also believe that we should instead pursue a piecemeal approach to health insurance reform, where we just tinker around the edges of this challenge for the next few years. Even those who acknowledge the problem of the uninsured say that we can’t afford to help them – which is why the Republican proposal only covers three million uninsured Americans while we cover over 31 million. But the problem with that approach is that unless everyone has access to affordable coverage, you can’t prevent insurance companies from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions; you can’t limit the amount families are forced to pay out of their own pockets; and you don’t do anything about the fact that taxpayers end up subsidizing the uninsured when they’re forced to go to the Emergency Room for care. The fact is, health reform only works if you take care of all these problems at once.

Both during and after last week’s summit, Republicans in Congress insisted that the only acceptable course on health care reform is to start over. But given these honest and substantial differences between the parties about the need to regulate the insurance industry and the need to help millions of middle-class families get insurance, I do not see how another year of negotiations would help. Moreover, the insurance companies aren’t starting over. They are continuing to raise premiums and deny coverage as we speak. For us to start over now could simply lead to delay that could last for another decade or even more. The American people, and the U.S. economy, just can’t wait that long.

So, no matter which approach you favor, I believe the United States Congress owes the American people a final vote on health care reform. We have debated this issue thoroughly, not just for a year, but for decades. Reform has already passed the House with a majority. It has already passed the Senate with a supermajority of sixty votes. And now it deserves the same kind of up-or-down vote that was cast on welfare reform, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, COBRA health coverage for the unemployed, and both Bush tax cuts – all of which had to pass Congress with nothing more than a simple majority.

I have therefore asked leaders in both of Houses of Congress to finish their work and schedule a vote in the next few weeks. From now until then, I will do everything in my power to make the case for reform. And I urge every American who wants this reform to make their voice heard as well – every family, every business owner, every patient, every doctor, every nurse.

This has been a long and wrenching debate. It has stoked great passions among the American people and their representatives. And that is because health care is a difficult issue. It is a complicated issue. As all of you know from experience, health care can literally be an issue of life or death. As a result, it easily lends itself to demagoguery and political gamesmanship; misrepresentation and misunderstanding.

But that’s not an excuse for those of us who were sent here to lead to just walk away. We can’t just give up because the politics are hard. I know there’s a fascination, bordering on obsession, in the media and in this town about what passing health insurance reform would mean for the next election and the one after that. Well, I’ll leave others to sift through the politics. Because that’s not what this is about. That’s not why we’re here.

This is about what reform would mean for the mother with breast cancer whose insurance company will finally have to pay for her chemotherapy. This is about what reform would mean for the small business owner who will no longer have to choose between hiring more workers or offering coverage to the employees she has. This is about what reform would mean for the middle-class family who will be able to afford health insurance for the very first time in their lives.

And this is about what reform would mean for all those men and women I’ve met over the last few years who’ve been brave enough to share their stories. When we started our push for reform last year, I talked about a young mother in Wisconsin named Laura Klitzka [KLITZ kah]. She has two young children. She thought she had beaten her breast cancer but then later discovered it spread to her bones. She and her husband were working – and had insurance – but their medical bills still landed them in debt. And now she spends time worrying about that debt when all she wants to do is spend time with her children and focus on getting well.

This should not happen in the United States of America. And it doesn’t have to. In the end, that’s what this debate is about – it’s about the kind of country we want to be. It’s about the millions of lives that would be touched and in some cases saved by making private health insurance more secure and more affordable.

At stake right now is not just our ability to solve this problem, but our ability to solve any problem. The American people want to know if it’s still possible for Washington to look out for their interests and their future. They are waiting for us to act. They are waiting for us to lead. And as long as I hold this office, I intend to provide that leadership. I don’t know how this plays politically, but I know it’s right. And so I ask Congress to finish its work, and I look forward to signing this reform into law. Thank you.

soundoff (110 Responses)
  1. Mike in MN

    As always Obama gave an impressive fine sounding speech.
    But is does not change the fact that Obama care is a big government, tax and spend, liberal/progressive bill.
    And right behind the trillion dollar Obamacare on Obama's agenda will be passing his new budget, which if passed will bring the general budget spending level to 600 billion more than the last Bush budget. And then Obama and the Democrats will move to cap and trade which is a tax on just about all the energy every voter uses on a daily basis. And from there he says he has grand plans for education, which is certain to be billions more in new spending. And no one believes he will stop there.
    Meantime deficits that average a trillion a year all the way out to 2020 are forecasted. These forecasts assume Obamacare and cap and trade are passed and the Bush tax cuts for the rich are expired.
    But Obama has created a commision to find ways to bring down the deficits. Does anyone really believe Obama will accept any ideas that involve any kind of significant spending cuts when every policy Obama puts out there is a big government spending policy. So the only alternative will be massive tax increases or do nothing.
    So Republicans should stand firm and oppose all of this spending. Even if Obama can manage to get a majority of voters to decide they like Obamacare, it is just a matter of time before voters realize beyond a doubt we can't afford Obama as President. His price is way beyond what the American tax payers can afford.

    March 3, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. Wake Up

    Lies, Lies, Lies. CBO graded what congress told them....all full of mistruths, and number hiding. This will forever make America poorer, and give us WORSE health care. Vote this bill down, or you WILL be voted out.

    March 3, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. Leon

    This is amazing rhetoric, and I applaud my president for taking the reins and really getting the truth to everyone. This is a tough issue, but everybody now knows everything on it - and at this point, Washington needs to show everyone that they can complete something that actually benefits the suffering Americans.

    No, it will not please everyone - nothing ever does. But, if we can help people who are in need, that is the nature of man, and our gov't. I'm a young adult who has been lucky enough to keep my job and have insurance. I see my friends/family who have been less fortunate, and i've seen the rates go up. This needs an end, and it CAN BE done.

    March 3, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. Nancy

    Thought CNN should know. Shortly after the President's health care speech today started, CNN on my TV went blank – NO PICTURE and NO SOUND. ALL other TV channels (I checked) were normal. Then, just as the President was finishing, the picture returned, showing him saying something and then leaving the podium - but STILL NO SOUND. Then Wolf Blitzer held afterspeech discussions with other pundits - with PICTURE, but NO SOUND. All other channels on my TV were still normal!
    Finally, at 2:32 PM CNN's SOUND returned - after the subject had changed away from health care!
    Seemed suspicious to me. I wonder how many others experienced the same thing ? Is it possible that the programming was sabatoged?

    March 3, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. Zorro. . .

    Thank you Mr. President. . . God bless you

    March 3, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  6. cbpds

    Mr Obama, you had pledged not to use reconcillation many times before your presidency, its hypcritical to do this now 🙂

    March 3, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. Read The Constitution

    When the constitution was signed and created, it clearly was designed for america to have a LIMITED FEDERAL GOVT. Here's an idea:
    Less Federal Taxes, and the states and localities can decide. Obama, we are in trillions in debt. Bush was bad, and you TRIPLED the debt in 1 year! No one can honestly believe this will not bankrupt us.

    March 3, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. Enough is Enough

    Regarding medical malpractice this is another you lie moment Obama recently said he would
    "commit $50 million to fund state initiatives designed to reduce medical malpractice costs"
    This is the same as spending money to determine why water freezes. We already know what works in states with medical malpractice reform and the trial lawyers hate it.
    As long as the trial lawyers are more important to Obama and the dems than taxpayers meaningful tort reform is not happening. Both of the current house and Senate bills punish states financially that implement tort reform that could limit attorney fees. Imagine that the bills make the reform environment worse for states. What they really need to do is throw the 2500 bill in the trash where it belongs and start over. The current proposals are much more about a new entitlement than reform. Has anyone figured out the future cost of adding 12 million illegals that Obama promised "a path to citizenship" to.

    March 3, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. worriedmom

    Yeah he knows it right, Right for SEIU, Health Insurance business, liberals who really dont give a hoot about the economy of this country and all the remaining Kool-aid drinkers.
    This man is going to destroy our country by completely breaking it. This is the change you morons voted for.
    Please lets hope we survive until 2012!!!

    March 3, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. Chad from Tampa

    So.... Obama knows best for me?? I cannot beleive I am about to be living in a country that will FORCE me to buy Health Insurance. Hello Socialism!!

    March 3, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  11. JT the MO college freshman

    I am 19 years old, and I know full well that healthcare reform is essential to our nation's future. Healthcare costs have gone up dramatically over the last few years. Take it from someone who's mother has been a GI Nurse for nearly 25 years now. I am normally in the middle of most issues, including this one. I do not understand why there are individuals who are refering this bill as a "government takeover" of our healthcare system; last time I checked, Socialism is when government controls most of the economic functions of the country. This healthcare bill actually gives people more economic freedom in what type of healthcare they can have to choose from. This healthcare bill is actually quite towards the center; this healthcare bill includes both Democratic and Republican ideas, and starting over will not, let me repeat, will not be an option. We have come much too far to quit now, and we must take the last step into passing a bill that will provide over 30 million people who work their fingers to the bone, the healthcare they deserve. To have a good understanding of what healthcare reform is, we must think about healthcare refrom in a logical, complex manner. Let me compare my personal belief in Evolution as the most logical theory of how we got here to healthcare reform:
    In biology, evolution is change in the inherited traits of a population of organisms through successive generations. When a population splits into smaller groups, these groups evolve independently and develop into new species. Anatomical similarities, geographical distribution of similar species and the fossil record indicate that all organisms are descended from a common ancestor through a long series of these divergence events, stretching back in a tree of life that has grown over the 3,500 million years of life on Earth.

    Evolution is the product of two opposing forces: processes that constantly introduce variation in traits, and processes that make particular variants become more common or rare. A trait is a particular characteristic such as eye color, height, or a behavior that is expressed when an organism's genes interact with its environment. Genes vary within populations, so organisms show heritable differences (variation) in their traits. The main cause of variation is mutation, which changes the sequence of a gene. Altered genes are then inherited by offspring. There can sometimes also be transfer of genes between species.

    Two main processes cause variants to become more common or rare in a population. One is natural selection, which causes traits that aid survival and reproduction to become more common, and traits that hinder survival and reproduction to become more rare. Natural selection occurs because only a few individuals in each generation will survive, since resources are limited and organisms produce many more offspring than their environment can support. Over many generations mutations produce successive, small, random changes in traits, which are then filtered by natural selection and the beneficial changes retained. This adjusts traits so they become suited to an organism's environment: these adjustments are called adaptations. Not every trait, however, is an adaptation. Another cause of evolution is genetic drift, an independent process that produces entirely random changes in how common traits are in a population. Genetic drift comes from the role that chance plays in whether a trait will be passed on to the next generation.

    How my explanation of Evolution relates to the subject of healthcare reform is that because to explain Evolution, it takes a logical, well thought out statement about what it means and how it came about. This is the same with healthcare reform; to understand healthcare reform, we have to think in a multiperspective angle of things. We need to think healthcare reform in a economic, scientific, psychological, mythological, political, cultural, historical, moral, and personal sense of things around us. Besides, think about what the generation after us will be subject to; what will they see; what will they think of us; what will history think of our generation? We need to think about this rhetorical questions to ourselves, and we need to answer them before nature or history does it for us. When history or nature does it for us, it is usually not a pleasant experience. To make this happen, we might have to sacrifice a little, but just think of where the sacrifice will be going. It will be going towards over 30 million middle and lower class Americans who are, right now, one illness away from bankruptcy or even losing their life. It will be going towards helping the less fortunate.

    “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
    Leo F. Buscaglia

    Where I live, most people are opposed to healthcare reform; I live in Cape County, Missouri. You can imagine that the majority of individuals in this area of the country do not agree with my take on how we came to be in this universe we all live in. That does not bother me too much because I know what is really important; helping out the less fortunate around you.

    March 3, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  12. Citizen

    Looks like we can credit Obama with a back bone along with being able to give a good speech.

    Great leadership.

    Republicans should put politics aside and do the right thing for America – Fix health care insurance.

    March 3, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  13. Angie

    I am, as always, impressed by the President's ability to summarize and address the opposition's arguments, and to make his own arguments for reform. I think he and other reform supporters are justified in worrying that if reform isn't passed now it might not be passed for years. I agree that we need comprehensive reform and believe that President Obama has made his case on this issue. I am very excited at the prospect of changing the rules to prohibit insurance companies from denying or dropping coverage due to pre-existing conditions. Isn't it time there was some effective check on the health insurance industry? It seems that many people are afraid of big government but not very afraid of big business, and that baffles me.

    Maybe some of us are idealists when we think that everyone in the country can have affordable healthcare and that with a greater base of participants insurance companies can absorb paying for both the increased volume of care and a greater range of care. At least I think it's worth making the proposed changes to find out how much more efficient doctors and insurance companies can become when they have to take on more people and provide more comprehensive coverage. From an economic standpoint I agree with the idea that the best way to lower costs is to get as many people participating in a plan as possible.

    I realize a lot of people have stakes in the healthcare industry and in the insurance industry as employees, and that they don't like the uncertainties that accompany major change, but I hope that at the end of the day we can all agree that everyone should have access to affordable care, and that under the current system, for whatever reasons, the costs keep rising, and less and less people and businesses can afford it.

    I think that the fear that the quality of care in the U.S. will diminish if we change the system is unfounded. I am familiar with the story of the Mayo family, whose contributions to the history of modern medicine are legendary. I don't think that we have the best doctors and medical technology in the world because we have a competitive market for health care, and certainly not because of the existence of insurance companies. I believe we have the best medical personnel and technology because people are free to pursue excellence in whatever field they choose to pursue. Although the cost of higher education is also rising too quickly, students here have access to loans, scholarships, and grants to pursue educational goals. Right now I see the health care insurance system as holding people back, because for most families whenever a wage-earning member of a family contemplates changing a job, or leaving a job to pursue a dream of starting a business, the issue of whether or not the family will be able to plan for healthcare emergencies (i.e. obtain insurance), affects that decision.

    I am willing to take the chance that the proposals made by the President will improve the situation for most of the people in this country.

    March 3, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. Mr. Man

    Thank you, President Obabma, for the leadership to finally put us in reach of this much needed health legislation.

    March 3, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  15. Bruce Wright

    There has been enough debate. There has been too much compromise. It is time for the Congress to act and pass health care reform. The minority party cannot be allowed to prevent reform. Many of us would prefer a stronger law, including a strong public option, or even better, single payer health care. But the Congress has acted; it is time to vote on a final proposal. Reconciliation is simply majority rule. Minority tyranny is far worse than majority rule. We elect people to office, they should vote on the basis of what makes sense, not on opinion polls. If the Republicans want to run against health reform that is passed by a majority vote of Congress, let them do so. In the meantime the reform needs to be passed.

    March 3, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. Mark we go again, if his lips are moving he's lying!

    March 3, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  17. never mind

    america, do you know why health care is expensive in america? when you go to the doctor and pay $100; $ 11 goes to the pharmaceuticals, $ 15 goes to your doctor, $ 21 goes to hospital / clinic and the rest...get this, the rest goes to the insurance companies! i.e. $ 53 goes to the insurnace companies that does not give you any health service value. take that 53 $ away and your health expenses is cut by half which you can afford without being in a 'health insurance pool'. there is a trillion dollar health insurance industry which comes out from your medical bill. get rid of the health insurance system !

    Without the public option this bill is going to be more expensive. The public option will bring in genuine competition . without the public option you are still leaving the chicken with the jackel.

    March 3, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  18. Dave

    He say, now is the time to make a decision on health care...

    Maybe he hasn't looked at a poll or listened to his OWN party squabbling or listened to the Republicans or listened to the MILLIONS surging forward in a conservative movement or the millions saying NO.

    Everyone else has decided: We do not want government run health care. It is not the answer.

    -Let me choose my insurance company (get rid of the interstate commerce laws imposed on them so I can choose between 800 instead of 5)

    -Let me choose my coverage (stop mandating what has to be covered)

    -Enact tort reform

    These three things would drive costs WAAAAAAAY down and open up coverage to millions more.

    less spending
    less taxes
    less government


    March 3, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  19. bess

    and 65% of American's know it's WRONG.

    yes, healthcare reform is needed but this 2700-pg pile of trash is not the right reform.

    March 3, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  20. Yas

    Mr. President....You are absolutely right, enough is enough....The GOP only want to break your administration and will not compromise one inch on the health bill as they said a yr ago, "If we can stop this bill, Obama Administration will be broken"..That is their only Goal...not what is best for us, the people, their employers.

    Why can't we get the same coverage opportunity as Congress gets?? If we as a Country can't afford this health reform bill then we can't afford to pay for their health insurance and retirement benefits!!

    GO for it...get this over with...get it done...and let's move on...

    March 3, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  21. Adelita

    Finally!! Too bad it has to be so watered down, but it's a starting point.

    March 3, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  22. Dar

    Essentially, my proposal would change three things about the current health care system:

    Man O man can Odumbo spew BS, it takes a 2400 page bill to make three changes????????? BS

    There is a hell of alot more than three changes in the current bill that sits in congress and unless it is all explained to the common people of America I wont beleive it, how can I beleive Odumbo. He has lied to all of us to many times or he just simply doesnt know what he is taking about and just telling us what we want to hear.

    The three things he sopke about sounds good to me too but, who's going to pay for this when the goverment fails to run this enormous machine. Medicade, medicare, post office, social security, ALL Failures run by the goverment and you and I are paying for it.

    Why should I/we beleive Odumbo when he says this will work, hes sure of it. The only thing he is sure of is that if he doesnt get this pig of a bill shoved through that he is certainly a one term president.
    He is willing to cut the throats of his party members to get this put through. What a team player.

    Most of America dont want this and he just doesnt get it.
    Odumbo is not the answer, he is the cancer.

    2010/2012 REAL Change is coming

    March 3, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  23. Hammerer

    Look mom everyone is out of step except Obama.

    March 3, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  24. Bert B.

    I am as angry now, with the arrogance of the Democrats, over the Titanic Health Care Bill they are trying to force on everyone, as I was with George W. Bush over the arrogance he showed with the “Shock & Awe” campaign and his “Mission Accomplished” posturing during the Iraq war. I feel the Democrats are dead set on committing political suicide, only to be defeated next November, have every thing reversed and not really get anything lasting accomplished on Health Care!

    March 3, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  25. Andy

    Obama is going to drive this if it is the last thing he does,and it will be.

    March 3, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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