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President Obama: Congress Must "Seize This Opportunity" On Health Care (VIDEO)


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"This is what the debate in Congress is all about: whether we'll keep talking and tinkering and letting this problem fester as more families and businesses go under and more Americans lose their coverage," Obama said Saturday in his weekly radio address



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Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday July 18, 2009, 9:39 am
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Saturday defended his broad health care overhaul, calling it fiscally sound and urging Congress not to squander its moment to pass reform. Stepping up their criticism, Republicans cast the plan as a financial burden that shouldn't be rushed.

Adopting an aggressive tone, Obama spent a sixth consecutive day pushing for his top domestic priority. Growing resistance on Capitol Hill – including from conservative Democrats – has left White House officials worried they face a tougher route to legislation than they had anticipated.

"This is what the debate in Congress is all about: whether we'll keep talking and tinkering and letting this problem fester as more families and businesses go under and more Americans lose their coverage," Obama said Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address. "Or whether we'll seize this opportunity – one we might not have again for generations – and finally pass health insurance reform this year, in 2009."


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First Posted: 07-18-09 09:02 AM | Updated: 07-18-09 10:42 AM
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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Saturday defended his broad health care overhaul, calling it fiscally sound and urging Congress not to squander its moment to pass reform. Stepping up their criticism, Republicans cast the plan as a financial burden that shouldn't be rushed.

Adopting an aggressive tone, Obama spent a sixth consecutive day pushing for his top domestic priority. Growing resistance on Capitol Hill – including from conservative Democrats – has left White House officials worried they face a tougher route to legislation than they had anticipated.

"This is what the debate in Congress is all about: whether we'll keep talking and tinkering and letting this problem fester as more families and businesses go under and more Americans lose their coverage," Obama said Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address. "Or whether we'll seize this opportunity – one we might not have again for generations – and finally pass health insurance reform this year, in 2009."

The president's comments come at the end of a week of tumult for the legislation.

All week, Obama tried to project confidence on a subject that has dominated his schedule. During a closed-door meeting with Jewish leaders on Monday, he joked that the only thing more difficult than passing health care legislation might be negotiating peace in the Middle East.

And on Friday, he added a last-minute White House appearance to exhort lawmakers not to "lose heart" and urged deeper cost cuts to calm concern over the huge expense of covering millions of uninsured Americans.

He continued that push Saturday as Republicans kept up their criticism.

"The president and some Democrats insist we must rush this plan through," said Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz. "Why? Because the more Americans know about it, the more they oppose it. Something this important needs to be done right, rather than done quickly."


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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Saturday defended his broad health care overhaul, calling it fiscally sound and urging Congress not to squander its moment to pass reform. Stepping up their criticism, Republicans cast the plan as a financial burden that shouldn't be rushed.

Adopting an aggressive tone, Obama spent a sixth consecutive day pushing for his top domestic priority. Growing resistance on Capitol Hill – including from conservative Democrats – has left White House officials worried they face a tougher route to legislation than they had anticipated.

"This is what the debate in Congress is all about: whether we'll keep talking and tinkering and letting this problem fester as more families and businesses go under and more Americans lose their coverage," Obama said Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address. "Or whether we'll seize this opportunity – one we might not have again for generations – and finally pass health insurance reform this year, in 2009."

The president's comments come at the end of a week of tumult for the legislation.

All week, Obama tried to project confidence on a subject that has dominated his schedule. During a closed-door meeting with Jewish leaders on Monday, he joked that the only thing more difficult than passing health care legislation might be negotiating peace in the Middle East.

And on Friday, he added a last-minute White House appearance to exhort lawmakers not to "lose heart" and urged deeper cost cuts to calm concern over the huge expense of covering millions of uninsured Americans.

He continued that push Saturday as Republicans kept up their criticism.

"The president and some Democrats insist we must rush this plan through," said Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz. "Why? Because the more Americans know about it, the more they oppose it. Something this important needs to be done right, rather than done quickly."
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On Friday, two House committees approved their portions of the sweeping health care bill over Republican objections. That left one more panel to act, but Democrats facing tough re-election bids or representing conservative districts demanded additional measures to hold down costs.

Given the complexities, as well as fresh calls for delay in the Senate, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., opened the door to pushing off a vote past the early August timeline she and Obama laid out weeks ago. While Pelosi has long said the House will vote on legislation by the time lawmakers leave on vacation at the end of July, she hedged for the first time.

"We have to see what the Senate will do," she said, before suggesting that changing the bill to produce more savings might require additional time.

It likely won't be enough to convince Republicans, who are in near-unison in opposing the Democrats' plan.

"It would empower Washington – not doctors and patients – to make health care decisions and would impose a new tax on working families during a recession," Kyl said in the GOP's weekly address. "They propose to pay for this new Washington-run health care system by dramatically raising taxes on small business owners."

Kyl, the Senate's No. 2 Republican, said his party's proposed amendments should be considered.

"These changes do not require government takeover of the health care system, or massive new spending, job-killing taxes or rationing of care," he said, seeking to string together the biggest fears of Obama's plan to challenge the popular president.

Obama, again, rejected the criticism out of hand.

"Now, we know there are those who will oppose reform no matter what," Obama said. "We know the same special interests and their agents in Congress will make the same old arguments and use the same scare tactics that have stopped reform before because they profit from this relentless escalation in health care costs."

Obama also repeated his pledge that his plan would not add to the federal deficit or deny patients' choices.

The president said he and his wife, Michelle, "don't want anyone telling us who our family's doctor should be – and no one should decide that for you, either.

"Under our proposals, if you like your doctor, you keep your doctor. If you like your current insurance, you keep that insurance. Period, end of story."

That's a pledge.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday July 18, 2009, 9:40 am
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Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday July 18, 2009, 9:42 am
What is so hard about using some logic here????

47 million un insured
20 million under insured
fast food companies and insurance companies making profits hand over fist. Bushes tax cuts for the rich still in effect

Subtract 10 million poor/indigent/mentally ill, etc, who are uninsured and will have to get free care = 37 mill un-insured who can pay.
18.5 million can pay $50/mo = 925,000,000
18.5 mill can pay $100 = $1,850,000,000
20 mill under insured will switch and can pay $100 = 2,000,000,000
That is a grand total of $47,750,000,000

That is FORTY SEVEN BILLION, SEVEN HUNDRED FIFTY MILLION DOLLARS IN PREMIUM PAYMENTS PER YEAR.

That does'nt count the millions who'll switch from private companies if they can pay $100 or 200 per month and have their entire family covered even with pre-existing conditions.

I've also been advocating a 1penny tax on the fastfoods, foods/beverages w/ high fructose cs, and every bottle/glass of alchohol, but in thinking about it more, we should have a 1 penny federal sales tax on EVERY purchase. I can hear the opponents shouting about making the poor poorer, but my statement is 1 cent on each purchase NOT on every dollar or hundred dollars. From candy bars to fruit to big screen tv's to your house. 1 cent on everything. I'm willing to pay $50.01 for my full tank of gas if I can get affordable health care. How about y'all?
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday July 18, 2009, 10:01 am

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Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday July 18, 2009, 10:17 am

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Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday July 18, 2009, 11:55 am
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Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday July 18, 2009, 4:43 pm
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Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday July 18, 2009, 5:13 pm
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Here's the tweet:

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Blue Bunting (855)
Tuesday July 21, 2009, 12:31 pm
NOTHING SECRET ABOUT IT.... The Huffington Post's Sam Stein obtained a copy of a private RNC memo, detailing the party's strategy for defeating President Obama's health care reform campaign. As Stein noted, "While documents like these commonly are passed around behind the scenes by like-minded partisans on both sides of the aisle they usually don't make their way into the public."

That's true. What I found interesting about the memo, though, was just how few surprises there were. The Republican strategy against health care reform is entirely transparent. It's like watching a football team that doesn't bother huddling to call a play in advance, but instead just tells the other team exactly what they're about to do.

Reading over the 12-page RNC memo, we learn that there are key phrases Republicans are supposed to use ...

Obama's plan for health care is deemed an "experiment" and a "risk" that could bankrupt the country and dangerously change the doctor-patient relationship.

... while trying to slow the reform process down so they can kill legislation ...

"The Republican National Committee will engage in every activity we can to slow down this mad rush while promoting sensible alternatives that address health care costs and preserve quality," the memo affirmatively declares.

... while resisting the very idea of reform itself.

As for a Republican alternative to the president's agenda, the RNC memo doesn't offer much in the way of details, save to make the argument that the status quo isn't as bad as it is being painted.

In other words, Republicans are saying the same things in private that they're saying in public -- and they're effectively daring the majority to overcome their opposition.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Friday July 24, 2009, 7:02 pm
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Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday August 1, 2009, 1:14 pm
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Blue Bunting (855)
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Blue Bunting (855)
Sunday August 16, 2009, 2:25 pm
The brutal truth about America's healthcare vs Stephen Hawking, who said, "I wouldn't be here today if it were not for the NHS. I have received a large amount of high-quality treatment without which I would not have survived.." And a student who suddenly found himself unable to move and had to be supported by his wife would not have been able to get that sort of care in the United States at all, let alone be kept alive and allowed the time to think that made it possible for him to become *the* Stephen Hawking.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
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Blue Bunting (855)
Saturday August 22, 2009, 11:08 am

"Many promoters of health-care reform believe that people have an intrinsic ethical right to health care—to equal access to doctors, medicines and hospitals. While all of us empathize with those who are sick, how can we say that all people have more of an intrinsic right to health care than they have to food or shelter? Health care is a service that we all need, but just like food and shelter it is best provided through voluntary and mutually beneficial market exchanges. A careful reading of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution will not reveal any intrinsic right to health care, food or shelter. That's because there isn't any. This "right" has never existed in America."

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Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday September 2, 2009, 10:34 am

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