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Obama on Smoking: '95 Percent Cured'

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By Mary Ann Akers
President Obama revealed today at his nationally televised news conference that he has fallen off the wagon but is "95 percent cured" of his tobacco addiction.

The president was asked about his smoking habit in light of his action on Monday signing into the law the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which brings tobacco products under federal control for the first time.

Obama said that "as a former smoker, I constantly struggle with it.... Have I fallen off the wagon? Yes."

But he said he doesn't exercise his bad habit on a daily basis, nor does he smoke in front of his impressionable young children, Malia and Sasha.

"I would say I am 95 percent cured," the president said, eliciting chuckles from the White House press corps.

The president said the new tobacco regulation law isn't about him. "It's about the next generation of kids coming up."

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Posted at 1:58 PM ET on Jun 23, 2009  | Category:  White House
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We spend over twice as much of our GDP on healthcare as any other country in the World. And Individual American spend about ten times as much out of pocket on healthcare as any other people in the World. All because of GREED! And the PRIVATE FOR PROFIT healthcare system in America.

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Progressive democrats and others should stand firm in their demand for a robust public option for all Americans, with all of the minimum requirements progressive democrats demanded. If congress can not pass a robust public option with at least 51 votes and all robust minimum requirements, congress should immediately move to scrap healthcare reform and demand that President Obama declare a state of NATIONAL HEALTHCARE EMERGENCY! Seizing and replacing all PRIVATE FOR PROFIT health insurance plans with the immediate implementation of National Healthcare for all Americans under the provisions of HR676 (A Single-payer National Healthcare Plan For All).

Coverage can begin immediately through our current medicare system. With immediate expansion through recruitment of displaced workers from the canceled private sector insurance industry. Funding can also begin immediately by substitution of payroll deductions for private insurance plans with payroll deductions for the national healthcare plan. This is what the vast majority of the American people want. And this is what all objective experts unanimously agree would be the best, and most cost effective for the American people and our economy.

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Contact congress and your representatives NOW! AND SPREAD THE WORD!

God Bless You


Posted by: JackSmith1 | June 23, 2009 6:46 PM

We now have a prez who signs a bill to condemn smoking while he is forced to admit that he smokes. This bright spot is so reminiscent of a quote from B.Clinton, minimizing the action w/"that woman," plus we all know that Bill "didn't inhale."In addition to Obama's sheepish admission that he has 95% kicked it, he could have used that line, or would that be too much even for the fans? Whoops, guess Obama got caught puffing away.

Anyway, isn't 95% not smoking like being a little bit pregnant? Ask an addict.
Will the healthcare proposal cover Obama's increased risk of laryngeal /oral cancer or COPD? Or just 5% of it?

Posted by: surfbum | June 23, 2009 6:15 PM

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