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Obama Says Health-Care Reform "Must" Include Public Option

The president devoted this week's radio address -- which, as you can see above, is also a YouTube address -- to health-care reform. Most of it you know already, but as Brian Beutler points out, Obama added some strong language to his support for a public option:

[A]ny plan I sign must include an insurance exchange: a one-stop shopping marketplace where you can compare the benefits, cost and track records of a variety of plans - including a public option to increase competition and keep insurance companies honest - and choose what's best for your family.

I'd guess that this marks the beginning of Obama's efforts to rally the troops. Organizing for America -- the field activism arm of Obama's operation -- is set to activate its massive army of grassroots supporters this week, and it needs to give them something to organize for. That something, for better or worse, has become the public option. And Obama has to stand squarely behind it if his supporters are going to feel comfortable going to war for it.

By Ezra Klein  |  July 20, 2009; 11:30 AM ET
Categories:  Health Reform  
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If the Obama Youth can't do it no one can.

Doesn't anyone else think organizing large herds of ignorant fools to push for greater Governmental control over our lives is a little creepy?

Obama's healthcare rhetoric is starting to remind me of Bush's WMD rhetoric. They're resorting to shameless propaganda to increase their own power and no one seems to even care. The blue team wouldn't hurt us. They're on our side.

Posted by: fallsmeadjc | July 20, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

THIS IS IT!

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!

SPREAD THE WORD

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSM8t_cLZgk&feature=player_embedded)

God Bless You

Jack Smith — Working Class

Posted by: JackSmith1 | July 20, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Organizing for America (and associated movement efforts) are what you'd expect from a former community organizer, and nearly everything Obama has said since he became a candidate. It has been shown to work on winning left-centrist elections under O, but its mettle hasn't been demonstrated in passing legislation.

My guess is that the legislative arm-twisting that LBJ and GWB were so good at isn't visible in Obama, his team, or congressional leadership. It will take a healthy dose of this to prevail, and I'd say this tactic is about 30-40% probable. It just isn't in the Obama character. The House Blue Dog Dems and the gang of 6-8 Nelson is speaking for have to be corraled and brought aboard the bank wagon, and that seems doubtful. The Mo is with the nay-sayers and delayers.

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | July 20, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Organizing for America (and associated movement efforts) are what you'd expect from a former community organizer, and nearly everything Obama has said since he became a candidate. It has been shown to work on winning left-centrist elections under O, but its mettle hasn't been demonstrated in passing legislation.

My guess is that the legislative arm-twisting that LBJ and GWB were so good at isn't visible in Obama, his team, or congressional leadership. It will take a healthy dose of this to prevail, and I'd say this tactic is about 30-40% probable. It just isn't in the Obama character. The House Blue Dog Dems and the gang of 6-8 Nelson is speaking for have to be corraled and brought aboard the bank wagon, and that seems doubtful. The Mo is with the nay-sayers and delayers.

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | July 20, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

As a longtime observer (and supporter) of health reform, I'm heartened by these efforts to 'rally the troops.' I also worry, though, that this could very well be remembered as the day reform died. Why? For the first time, the administration *publicly* backed down from its pre-August recess deadline. Pundits had long declared this an impossible target, but as long as it remained in play, there was always a chance reformers could rustle up something before time ran out. Running out the clock is precisely what Kristol, Demint, and company aim to do--because they know delay is tantamount to defeat.

Posted by: dcehlk | July 20, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

By making insurance plans that don't participate in the HIE illegal, and by making the rules to participate in the HIE prohibitive to many rational plans, this bill has a serious flaw.

To revolutionize health care we need a way to drive provider costs down- which the market has proven very effective doing in cases where the consumer is actually informed of the costs of treatment and given a choice.

Posted by: staticvars | July 20, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

FINALLY, Obama has sent a clear signal on the public option.
I saw a report at the National Journal that the Republicans and Health Insurance Industries started running ads today against the public option.

Obama can win the fight on the Public Option, I believe. The argument that a PO can have a postive effect on cost control is reasonable. The Republicans are spreading lies that 120 million people will be thrown out of private insurance plans by the public option, but this distortin will be easiy debunked. The actual implementation is likely to only be open to individuals and small businesses.

Posted by: HuckFinn | July 20, 2009 8:43 PM | Report abuse

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