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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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By Washington Post editors  |  March 19, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
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That's great. I'm glad Obama held a rally today at George Mason to help young people and the Fairfax community understand why this healthcare bill is very beneficial for all of us, and why it must pass.

I think Obama is doing a magnificent job as President. I love him. For me, he is the ideal role model in so many ways. Finally, we all have a man we may look up to, and whose example we might strive to follow.

Posted by: andrew41 | March 19, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

I think it's great that Obama is holding a rally at George Mason. It is important to explain to students why this healthcare bill is very needed and beneficial. I give Obama a lot of credit for making this healthcare bill a reality.

Posted by: andrew41 | March 19, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Recently, her parents' plan changed and she was added back on to the policy. "I use it every week before I lose it again."

Now that's an intelligent statement--"let me go get some tests and medicine just so I can use the insurance." And the reason why the mess of a plan before Congress will only make things worse.

Posted by: capsfan77 | March 19, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Darned shame. My taxdollars at work wasting my future.

It's absolutely not news that Obama told students lies ~ that's what he does. The man doesn't have the slightest idea what this bill is about.

Those students who are graduating this Spring will discover that the Depression continues, and there are no jobs for them.

All the surplus pumped out by this society in its GDP will be going into the treasury to "save up" for something 4 years from now.

Posted by: muawiyah | March 19, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

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