Obama at GMU
The big event at George Mason University today was Obama's health-care speech, attended by something like 8,500 people at the Patriot Center. Others watched on televisions at the student center.
One of those inside the Patriot Center, Ayesha Rahmanyar, 23, said afterward that she understood the stories Obama told about people having problems getting and keeping insurance. And she hoped the bill that's expected to come to a vote this weekend will allow college students to stay on their parents' health insurance until they are 26.
Rahmanyar, who is a senior biology major, said she was dropped off her parents health insurance when she turned 22. She signed up for student health insurance on campus, but hardly used it because the coverage is limited.
"It's almost like not having" insurance, Rahmanyar said. "It didn't cover anything."
Recently, her parents' plan changed and she was added back on to the policy. "I use it every week before I lose it again."
Among the surprises at George Mason was the smattering of empty seats inside the event. Many students had kept at least a vague eye on the progress of the bill, but perhaps the dazzling spring weather kept some away.
"We should care because it's affecting the whole country. It's our future. It's about us," said student David Schneider, 18. "Its disappointing there aren't more students here."
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