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In Ohio, Obama Presses for Health-Care Reform Bill

President Obama reacts as Brandon Patterson asks him a question from the audience during a town hall meeting on health care at Shaker Heights High School near Cleveland, Ohio, July 23, 2009. (Jason Reed/Reuters)

By Michael A. Fletcher
SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio -- Continuing his campaign to win support for an overhaul of the nation's health care system, President Obama came to the is wealthy Cleveland suburb to again make his case that reform is an urgent national priority.

Obama used the appearance to tout his administration's accomplishment, saying stimulus spending and other programs had stemmed job losses and stopped the nation's economic slide.

And he praised the "citizens who defied the cynics and the skeptics who went to the polls to demand real and lasting change. This change was the cause of my campaign, and it is the cause of my presidency."

His comments echoed the presidential news conference Obama held the previous night, targeting middle-class Americans and seeking to calm their fears about the impact of the sweeping health reform legislation he is pushing for.

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Posted at 4:13 PM ET on Jul 23, 2009  | Category:  Health Care
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Thank you Jack Smith for going out on a limb to 'praise' what you think is a perfect bill. I also believe this is the right time to move on this..but still not sure what will happen from the Finance Committee, which has the power to make it easy/hard for the president.

I am getting some energy from your enthusiasm and will help in spreading the word.

Posted by: Victoria5 | July 24, 2009 2:01 AM

Jack Smith (for the last time):

I realize that's how you "understand" it, but have you actually READ the bill?

Posted by: JakeD | July 23, 2009 5:05 PM


The healthcare reform bill released by the House Of Representatives is an excellent bill as I understand it. It's a bill with a strong, robust, government-run public option, and an intelligent, reasonable initial funding plan to cover almost all of the American people. It is carefully written, and thoughtfully constructed, informed, prudent and wise. This bill will save trillions of dollars, and millions of your lives. It is also now supported by the AMA.

This is the type of bill that all Americans can feel good about. And this is the type of bill that has the potential to dramatically improve the quality of healthcare for all Americans. Rich, middle class and poor a like. Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and all other party affiliations. This bill has the potential to dramatically improve the quality of life of every American.

The house healthcare bill should be viewed as the minimum GOLD STANDARD by which all other proposed healthcare legislation should be judged. All supporters of true high quality healthcare reform should now place all your support behind this healthcare reform bill released by the United States House Of Representatives, as the minimum Gold standard for healthcare reform in America.

You should all now support this bill with all your might, and all of your unrelenting tenacity. This healthcare bill is a VERY, VERY GOOD! bill for all of the American people. Fight tooth, and nail for every bit of this bill if you have too. Be aggressive, creative, and relentless for this bill.

From this time forward, go BIGGER and DEEPER with the American people every day until passage of healthcare reform with a robust, government-run public option.

FIGHT!! like your life and the lives of your loved ones depends on it. BECAUSE IT DOES!


Senator Bernie Sanders on healthcare (

God Bless You

Jack Smith — Working Class

Posted by: JackSmith1 | July 23, 2009 4:54 PM

Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) already announced that there will NOT be a vote on healthcare before the August recess!!!

Posted by: JakeD | July 23, 2009 4:23 PM

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