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Obama Brings It

I knew something was up in the opening moments of President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress. When he said, "I am not the first president to take up this cause, but I am determined to be the last," there was a snap in his voice that told me that this wasn't going to be the snoozerific wonkfest of a health care press conference like the one he held at the White House in July -- an effort that was overshadowed by his comments about a controversial arrest near Harvard. Like a dad who'd grown tired of the rowdy kids in the backseat, Obama was feisty, direct and unwavering about the need to reform the health insurance system that has crushed too many Americans for too long.

From that moment on, Obama did something he hasn't done during an entire summer of unhinged debate: he took ownership.

"The plan I’m announcing tonight would meet three basic goals...."

"So I am proposing that we move forward on a range of ideas about how to put patient safety first and let doctors focus on practicing medicine...."

"It’s worth noting that a strong majority of Americans still favor a public insurance option of the sort I’ve proposed tonight...."

"It is only one part of my plan, and should not be used as a handy excuse for the usual Washington ideological battles...."

"Now, I have no interest in putting insurance companies out of business...."

"That’s why under my plan, individuals will be required to carry basic health insurance...."

"I have insisted that like any private insurance company, the public insurance option would have to be self-sufficient and rely on the premiums it collects...."

And then Obama challenged the Republicans and the progressive wing of his party to put aside their ideological flame throwers and rigid stances, "to stand in other people’s shoes," to propose, debate and pass a bill that he could sign.

We'll find out in the coming weeks if the folks on Capitol Hill can or are willing to compromise now that they are really this close to agreement on an issue that has vexed the federal government for nearly a century.

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 9, 2009; 10:08 PM ET
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Yup. Twenty GOPers from the old confederacy. 20 from mostly the western states. All red ... faced.

Posted by: deepthroat21 | September 9, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

We spend almost twice as much per person than is spent by many countries that get better results. Health care reform shouldn't cost money — it should save money. Unfortunately Obama isn't willing to stand up to the insurance industry.

Posted by: klm681 | September 9, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Substance comment: A shrewd and much-needed move toward the center of this debate. Some very good ideas plucked from the center-left and the center-right. He probably did himself a lot of good toward stopping the bleeding of his support from independents. He is not going to lose the far left in Congress because they have no where else to go. He may have gained some support among the blue dog dems and moderates republicans--maybe enough to get something meaningful passed.

Style comment: He seemed nervous and more strident than usual. He came across as someone who realized that a lot of people have seen him as weak and indecisive and therefore needed to establish his toughness and decisiveness. At times it came across as forced and artificial.--a non-tough guy trying to come across as a tough guy. Also, at times he seemed a little rushed, another sign of anxiety.

Posted by: jemaddux | September 9, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

It is sickening that we went to two wars -and still at war when people who do not care about us killed 3,000 Americans. Yet we shout at one another, disrespect one another and the Presidency while we allow 18,000 Americans to die each year from lack of healthcare.

What a country! And, yes, we are supposed to be the leader of the world.

Posted by: fdwyer | September 9, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

He OWNED it tonight. He basically said, "Summer is over, time to kick some azz." He's baaaaack!

Posted by: Victoria27 | September 9, 2009 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Impressive speech. Both of the Republican friends I spoke to after the speech said they support the President's plans. 'Nuff said.

Posted by: tjshire | September 9, 2009 11:43 PM | Report abuse

A brittle performance from a petty little tyrant who will stamp his foot if he doesn't get to control 1/6 of the economy.

Yes, I'm sure all of you kool-aid drinkers look forward to the compassion of the IRS, the competence of the Post Office and the fiscal responsibility of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

You folks are totally misreading what is happening.

Suggestion, grab a barf bag, you are in for a bumpy flight....

Posted by: CounterJihad | September 10, 2009 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Capehart, We didn't see you say that Obama's White House press conference was a failure at the time. You need to be less partisan and more unbiased reporter. You are too in love with the President. Obama has a House and Senate controlled by his party. He just needs to get Pelosi and Reid. He doesn't need to convince Republicans or get "feisty".

Posted by: harvardrepublican | September 10, 2009 12:14 AM | Report abuse

Only 900 Billion...yeah right..

I defy any of you to point to a government entitlement that has remained within its original cost estimates.

You remind me of Lucy snatching the football away fron Linus every Fall as he desperately tries to kick it.

I guess that Linus is just toooo stooooped to to figure it out.

What's your excuse?

Posted by: CounterJihad | September 10, 2009 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Jihad,

Fyi. Lucy snatched the ball away from Charlie Brown every fall. I'm surprised you didn't know this.

Good grief!

Posted by: RobertaHigginbotham | September 10, 2009 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Dude just got up there and lied, lied, lied...anything can sound good when you make it all up.

Not surprised the pansy Capehart likes it. What a girly man you are!

Posted by: DaMan2 | September 10, 2009 12:47 AM | Report abuse

Jihad, it's YOU folks who don't know what is happening. We are DONE with you. We are DONE with the bullying, the shouting, the screaming, the intimidation of carrying guns to town hall meetings solely for the purpose of hijacking the democratic process, we are DONE with those of you who greet our President with guns strapped to your legs or slung over your shoulders.

There WILL be health care coverage reform in this country, and we will NOT allow you to derail it with your lies and your hysteria.

There was more than ample opportunity for Republicans to participate in formulating a program but you don't want to participate, you want to kill it...solely for the purpose of handing Obama his Waterloo as one notable Republican "leader" boasted.

Most Americans KNOW that it is way past time that the US joins the rest of the civilized world in making sure its citizens have access to health care that promotes wellness and prevents more serious health problems by treating them early.

Most Americans KNOW that it is time that America ranks last instead of 19th among nations in infant mortality, and only health care coverage reform can accomplish that.

Most Americans KNOW that insurance companies unrestricted by regulation or morality and ethics are strangling the health of this country at horrific cost: social, emotional, and financial.

If YOU folks want to crawl back into the 18th century while the rest of US move forward in the 21st, then fine. Just stay the hell out of our way.

Posted by: windrider2 | September 10, 2009 1:37 AM | Report abuse

DaMan2, it takes more than boys' locker room insults to make a point. The only point you made is that you've got your brains in your pants, and it's a little difficult to try to solve even a small problem, much less a massive one, with that kind of juvenile attitude. Grow up!

Posted by: windrider2 | September 10, 2009 1:40 AM | Report abuse

J.Capehart,s column was dead on! Yes,our President did bring it! Now, we all need to help him maintain it.

Posted by: buckqd | September 10, 2009 4:14 AM | Report abuse

"And then Obama challenged the Republicans and the progressive wing of his party to put aside their ideological flame throwers and rigid stances, "to stand in other people’s shoes," to propose, debate and pass a bill that he could sign."

"Standing in other people's shoes" is the key not only to passing this bill, but fixing what is ailing this country.

Posted by: Jeff-for-progress | September 10, 2009 4:56 AM | Report abuse

Obama's speech showed once again that he is a mensch. His non-loyal opposition merely proved the adage that scum is as scum thinks, says and does.

Posted by: markomd | September 10, 2009 7:01 AM | Report abuse

There's no question but that the President gave an effective speech. I only hope it wasn't too late. Perhaps the Administration, occupied with other problems, felt that the abuses of the medical insurers were so well known and so despised, that health care reform would not become contentious. Clearly that was a serious error and those concerned with preserving an unworkable status quo have done well with their program of misinformation.

However, there seems to be a real question of whether the reform proposal, as presented, can really control costs. Major cost savings can be realized by eliminating some of the administrative costs associated with private insurance. There would still be issues of eligibility and coordination of benefits to consider. Each insurer would still be able to create its own formularly, or require prior approval for tests. Where universal single-payer would roll back costs and improve care through adoption of scientifically developed treatment guidelines, this plan at best would reduce the rate of cos. increases. It's probably politically necessary to compromise in order to achieve any sort of improvement, but at a time when we need every reasonable economy, we're still giving the insurers more than their due/

Posted by: su10 | September 10, 2009 7:25 AM | Report abuse

hey long-winded rider.
no my friend, it is YOU we are done with see the lies you just posted here? who brought guns to a townhall meeting? go somewhere and eat oatmeal or something. you say you are tired of bullying, but we have been bullied by you radicals for close to thirty years, and you have pushed us too far.
its YOU and idiots like YOU who have been screaming for the pass 8 years, saying NOTHING, but now we say something of SUBSTANCE, you have a problem with it?
it is people like YOU who shouted down the ideas that have been proposed for years by conservatives that could have fixed this problem by now
it is people like YOU who don't know that EVERY other country that has tried it has learned that it fails miserably (see france, UK and canada) and dont know how to back out of this MORASS.
its people like YOU who hasnt asked the question "if it sooo important that it has to be done right now, why make this effective in 2013, AFTER we get Obamanation out of office???"
its people like YOU who dont realize that if insurance companies were unregulated, they would be making money hand over fist, and doing things to make them more money, like continuing coverage when someone moves to a different state.
its people like YOU who, if you want to live like the CANADIANS and Europeans, should realize that the borders are still open, those countries are still accepting visas, and you are more than welcome to move over there. they need more tax revenue anyway.
at least i have to say you have some brains in your pants too, windrider.
it must have been because you forgot to wipe. didnt want to kill any trees did you...

Posted by: uswarhead9 | September 10, 2009 7:33 AM | Report abuse

hey here's something else windy lips:
if Most AMERICANS know so much like you claim, why are 70% of Americans rating their coverage as EXCELLENT or GOOD. http://www.gallup.com/poll/122663/Private-Public-Health-Plan-Subscribers-Rate-Plans-Similarly.aspx
read it and scream on.

Posted by: uswarhead9 | September 10, 2009 7:42 AM | Report abuse

Hey Daman2 and CounterJihad- were you waving your birth certificates in ziplock bags during the speech?? Why don't you spend your time getting an education instead of being ignorant teabaggers?

Posted by: silverspring25 | September 10, 2009 7:55 AM | Report abuse

The president gave an effective speech, outlining his goals and issuing the call to democrats to fight. They will and we the citizens will benefit. The republicans will fail in their effort to keep the country firmly in the nineteenth century. Yay for us!!!!

Posted by: robertmerry | September 10, 2009 8:52 AM | Report abuse

obama spoke like a professional that never ran a business or worked in a real job. He needs to get serious about the funding problem.

Posted by: yokosuka1985 | September 10, 2009 9:00 AM | Report abuse

"...while we allow 18,000 Americans to die each year from lack of healthcare." Yeah sure. And I suppose that we have the extra $900,000,000,000 just laying there to pay for this.

And why do we need a "public option". What healthcare experts are gong to run this new option so much more effectively? Are they the same people that brought us the US Postal Service, the service that has declined so much in volume that they have forced "time-outs" while employees are now required to sit and do nothing each day for two hours? The same government that has $137,000,000,000 in Medicare waste but does nothing to eliminate it? The same government that has SSI that will go bankrupt in ten years and has no plan - or will - to fix it?

Are these the people that will give us this new breathtaking "Government Option"?

It could not be that the Left wants nationalized healthcare to get 30 million new unionized employees on its payroll (and instant Democrat votes). They would not be that devious, would they?

Posted by: GuyThompto1 | September 10, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

This will be paid for by cuts in fraud, abuse, and inefficiency? Do you really beleive that? Do you? He might as well have said, "trust me, I'm with the government and I'm here to help". There is some truth in what Rep. Wilson yelled.

Posted by: state82 | September 10, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

The greybeards, gripped by fear, greed and loathing, heard nothing from O'Bama to change their minds.

Posted by: ravitchn | September 10, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Sign me up to work on the death panels. I will start with Representative Joe Wilson from South Carolina. What an embarrassment to his state.

Posted by: wrw01011 | September 10, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

The GOP is owned by the health insurance industry. Representative Wilson's outburst probably ordered and scripted. Here are some of the facts you need to keep in mind.

a. Wendell Potter, former VP for Cigna, was on PBS five weeks ago and revealed that in 1996 the Health Insurance's portion of dollars spent on health care was 5%, today its 20%.

b. Yesterday I heard on Stephanopolous' show that health care costs 2.4 trillion dollars a year. We could save $360 billion a year just by driving down the Healthcare Insurance Industry's take back to 1996 levels.

c. We spend the most of any nation and yet WHO (the World Health Organization) ranks us 37 out of 191 nations with health care
systems.

d. The straw dog the GOP attacks is Canada, the prime example of 'socialized medicine' - never mind the fact that Canadian doctors make almost as much as ours.

e. Canada is rated # 33 (by WHO) out of 191.

f. Watch that neither France nor Italy will come up in the conversation - France is rated # 1 and Italy # 2.

g. When you talk about the health care system you have to make a distinction between the group and the individual. For those with health care coverage the US has the best system in the world according to Time Magazine. However, if that is true it's not due to the Insurance companies but the investments in R & D made by the US government from 1945 to 1965 when no other nation was making any.

h. But as far as group totals France's are almost three times as good as ours. And we are all both individuals and parts of groups. God help you if you lose your coverage under the current system and get sick. You either go bankrupt or die.

i. A study by the Toronto newspaper showed that if the US adopted the Canadian system we could cover everyone and save 1 trillion dollars. But if we adopted France or Italy's system we would still save money and have a much better system - maybe the best due to our superior technology.

j. France's and Italy's systems are mixed - single payer and healthcare insurance - sounds strange but it works.

Posted by: agapn9 | September 10, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Here's Obama's speech in a nutshell: "What the hell is wrong with you people? Don't YOU know that I know what's best for you. You're a bunch of idiots. Thank you and goodnight."

After that bomb, the current number of Americans against ObamaCare (52%) should increase.

Posted by: Jarbo1 | September 10, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

When I looked at the smirking faces surrounding Congressman Joe Wilson (R - SC) I could see our health care reform problem with a clarity that a million words could not provide. These people really are tasteless, dangerous and useless.

Posted by: maxfli68 | September 10, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

A brittle performance from a petty little tyrant who will stamp his foot if he doesn't get to control 1/6 of the economy.
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Posted by: CounterJihad
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To me, this poster sounds like a petty child throwing a tantrum. But don't let facts and reason get in the way of a good rant...

Posted by: jayjordan | September 10, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans know that if Obama and the Democrats can take credit for sensible reform, the Republican Party will be the minority party for a generation, which is what happened when FDR and the Democrats enacted The New Deal. That's why the Republicans have no interest in compromising or making a deal. Obama needs to get tough with the moderate/conservative Democrats and keep them from aligning with the Republicans to kill reform, which would be political suicide for those Democrats in marginal districts. You would think the Blue Dogs would know better, but they seem to be self-destructive.

Posted by: fugitivenyc | September 10, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

It's interesting to me how hateful and disrespectful the comments are from those who oppose health care reform. Add to that the childish behavior of Joe Wilson. To those who are opposed to reform: present ideas as to how we will manage in the near future when healthcare will be 30% of our GDP without reform. If you have opinions, they should be informed opinions. These empty attacks on Barack Obama are useless drivel that adds nothing to the solution. So, take a deep breath, read the bills, read Obama's speech (by the way, can we please quit refering to the proposed marketplace of insurance providers from which to choose as the "public option?- it's only one small part of the marketplace and it will be supported by the subscribers)and let our congressman do the job they have been elected to do.

Posted by: nicgrac1 | September 10, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

The title should be renamed "Odumbo Lies".

Hopefully next year the Congress will be full of "old confederacy" and "western" folks, to replace the leftist sellouts.

Posted by: tjhall1 | September 10, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Now I know why the US has over 100 military invasions into Latin America whenever Chiquita Banana, ATT, and Anaconda Aluminum flexed their muscles. CONTEMPT AND BULLING IS THE AMERICAN WAY.

Posted by: papito2you | September 10, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Hahahaha.

TJHALL1: The "old confederacy" and "western" folks are done. You better learn some Spanish so you can beg money to fix your trailer from you your next congressman: RobeRto RodRiguez RiveRa. Humm, too back you treated us like cockroaches for so long... no moni forrrr yu.

Posted by: papito2you | September 10, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

There is common ground here if everyone quit focusing 10 articles today on Rep Wilson!! I saw it there last night!! Obama needs to drop the public option; it worries many Americans who think its a step in the wrong direction and won't be paid for (if there is $500-600B in Medicare waste/fraud right now; let's get that today!! No need for a bill to get us started on that process) and needs to embrace interstate competition in its place to create a fairer marketplace (if 34 states only have 5 insurers; surely opening them up to the who industry would solve that, without creating a new government body or plan). And while this bill may not require anyone to change their insurance, most Americans have ZERO choice in their insurer, its the one mandated by their employer, who under the current plan has incentives potentially to scrap their plan or use the "public option" even though having my health care subject to the gov't scares the shi* out of me! Drop the public option, institute tort reform (real tort reform, not 10 pilot programs) and interstate competition, institute the remaining GOOD ideas of the Obama outline (a mandate for all people like auto insurance - which not coincidentally can be bought outside your home state, no exclusions for pre-existing conditions, no dropping those people current on their premiums, etc.) and I think you'd get a solid majority in both houses, even if not a majority of the GOP itself, but a solid 65-70 in the Senate and 280 in the House. That would be a cheaper, more common sense, truly bi-partisan solution to this issue that Americans would trust much more fully than a one-party left-wing only solution.

Mr. President, drop the public option and embrace interstate competition; let the market do its job..subject to the new regulations you rightly insist upon. This compromise would be something truly good, left or right, Dem or GOP.

Posted by: fredgrad2000 | September 10, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

I heard a republican claim as a scare tactic how employer's would replace their current employee health coverage plan with this new one, causing the elimination of preferred services.

I have news for that republican...Employer's already do that (reduce services) and change plans in search of lower rates which can change up services provided to employees.

That is capitalism true and blue.

Companies shop around already and increase the cost to their employees...so what you are using as a fear tactic should not work on anybody with a sliver of common sense.

Posted by: MyTwoCents4 | September 10, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Jonathon would be thrilled to have any rat party member redistribute wealth , but to have a half black man do it is especially yummy for him.

Posted by: borntoraisehogs | September 10, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I heard a republican claim as a scare tactic how employer's would replace their current employee health coverage plan with this new one, causing the elimination of preferred services.

I have news for that republican...Employer's already do that (reduce services) and change plans in search of lower rates which can change up services provided to employees.

That is capitalism true and blue.

Companies shop around already and increase the cost to their employees...so what you are using as a fear tactic should not work on anybody with a sliver of common sense.

Posted by: MyTwoCents4 | September 10, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

FROM ANOTHER POSTER - "So, take a deep breath, read the bills, read Obama's speech (by the way, can we please quit refering to the proposed marketplace of insurance providers from which to choose as the "public option?- it's only one small part of the marketplace and it will be supported by the subscribers"

No we cannot on this one point (read my last post as well please, you'll see I am for a reform bill, just not with the PO in it). The president indicates only 5% will end up in the PO; this will not be enough to support the overhead involved; and therefore, will either need gov't assistance to support it (increasing our deficit) OR will need additional subscribers, who will come to it, potentially, from employers who see it as cheaper for them to just pay their 8% penalty or use this public option than continue with the private plans they support now, sticking those of us in this unlucky scenario with the gov't controlling our healthcare whether we want to or not!! Many of us see the intransigence of the far left on this issue as proof of what we see as their ulterior motives here; that this public option will end up choking off the private marketplace and dump us into a de facto Canadian system - a system where taxes are over 40% and would need to be higher here because of our higher % of people who do not pay taxes (I do not want gov't involved in my healthcare and I do not think we should be paying 50% income taxes). Reform is needed, but the public option is just plain bad because it will either be a deficit problem or will drive people into it whether we want to be under the good graces of the US federal gov't or not. The health insurance exchanges the President discusses, can exist TOMORROW if interstate competition bans are simply lifted; there would be no need to add a public option because 40 new options would be available to everyone tomorrow and no need for a complex new exchange bureaucracy to manage it. The insurers would know how to get their message out to try to win their competitors' business just as would be done to them. Reform along 80% of the lines Obama indicated, hell yes!! Public Option - NO, its a liberal red herring to accomplish what they truly want. And a final note - the trial lawyers donating 90% of their money to Democrats is a poor reason for NOT moving quickly to institute meaningful tort reform that is, as the President acknowledged even, soaking up resources, time, and money from our system.

Posted by: fredgrad2000 | September 10, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Thank you agapn9!

It always amazes me that the rank of our health care system and the health of our people aren't exposed more often. Holding up the GOP's favorite strawman of Canada as a particularly poor example was well said.

Why aren't the GOP's base in the South and West, who are all devoted patriots, shamed by the reailzation that "We're NOT Number One" in a host of areas, not the least of which is the cost of health care? We're nowhere near number one in standard of living, obesity, child mortality, productivity, etc. Where is the pride? Where is the willingness to sacrifice for the greater good? How can anyone with a heart say 'I don't care if 46.3 million people don't have health insurance if it costs me $10 a month more?'

The GOP is owned by the health insurance industry, true, but it's only a share holder. The GOP is the slave of the rich and powerful first and foremost. And it controls its base by the media and the rapidly deteriorating religious right. Like the clergy in the Middle East, all are subservient tools to the plutocracy.

Whenever the outrage gets prominent, as during the meltdown of Bush during the last months of his presidency, the ones who scream "communist" and "socialist" are the first to start screaming "class warfare". The irony is hideous. It shows an idiocracy of morons willing to be hypnotized into shouting cliches by a GOP leadership of bought and sold employess on the Hill and hired screamers on cable and radio.

The health care "debate" is particularly wierd as it has the GOP base fired up to shoot itself in the foot. Millions of idiots fired up to defend the status quo that is crushing them. Never mind that it will get worse at an alarming rate if nothing is done, if the GOP wins the rate of growth will accelerate as the Health Care Industry is "emboldened". It real is an stunning example of mind control and the big lie.

Obama made a start, but in addition to rolling up the sleeves and directly confronting the lies, he has to follow John Kennedy's example of an appeal to patriotism and national pride. That connection is sorely missing.

BTW Joe Wilson should resign.

Posted by: joebanks | September 10, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Pinch me. A President who speaks good English with whole sentences!

The Republicans must have fired their media handlers, they all looked bad –– except The Maverick! He gave a thumbs up as he rode in from the wild, wild west to straighten those disrespectful southern boys out.

GOPers need to pace their rage. You lost, remember?

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-april-7-2009/baracknophobia---obey

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | September 10, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

The reason that the rest of the world can have affordable healthcare is simple: 1. There doctors get paid an average of about $50,000 per year U.S. (U.S. doctors average between $200,000 - $600,000 per year): 2. They have no need for malpractice insurance because they have descent tort rules and regulations: 3. They subsidize their pharmacudials with government tax money and do not have domestic pharmacudical companies (Germany an exception with a government subsidiazed industry): 4. They do not respond to every "911" emergency call, they "evaluate" your call (yep over the phone) and determine if you have a real emegerncy then if not (in their opinion) they tell you to drive to the hospital or go see your doctor: 5. They do not have over 300 million citizens and the largest is about the size of Texas (The US is big and had an enormous population when compared to France (Texas), Germany (Montana), and Switzerland (Ohio). So before you go saying the US should mirror these countries go do your research and you will find it difficult to compare apples to apples. No matter what Obama says his bill is not a reform bill, it is a bill buying more Democratic votes.

Posted by: staterighter | September 10, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

I don't agree with you. I think it was a waste of 47 minutes. No specifics, no substantial evidence of how all of this will be paid for. Mandating that insurance companies "HAVE TO" cover everyone?? Give me a break. There isn't an insurance company in the world who will cover everyone, no matter what their medical history contains WITHOUT EXHORBINANT PREMIUMS!

Then to state that they are going to save 100's of billions of dollars by cleaning up abuse/waste/graft/theft in the Medicare/Medicaid programs that is a laugh too and that is where I would have yelled, "liar!" The federal government runs those programs and they haven't cleaned them up in the psat 20 years how does Mr. O think they are going to do it in the next few?? Creat more big government to check things over???? No, thanks! I don't want any more big government, no more czars or any other of his double talk. Open up insurance across the country and let people buy it just like they do car insurance and that should level the playing field very quickly and it won't cost the government a dime!! Then go ahead and clean up Medicare/Medicaid and save that money too to pay down the deficit created by the wonderful stimulus package.

Posted by: nancycrichton | September 10, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

As a 70 year old African American, I am so proud of President Obama.

He stood tall like the true man he is against the slings and arrows of the ignorant, the hateful, and the self-interested, on behalf of all Americans.

He is a brave man, he is an intelligent man, and he is a good man.

May God speed this young man's efforts, for all our sakes.

.

Posted by: Frank57 | September 10, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

I think President Obama needs to say how he is going to pay for the public option. Perhaps people would be a bit more amenable to it. Instead the insurance companies along with the politicians they have in their pocket have unfortunately perputrated lies which have been believed by some Americans.

I think Healthcare does need reform. These insurance companies are scared straight. That is why all the lies,and fear tactics are really coming from. Desperate people do desperate things.

President Obama was right for calling that out. You know if you have been saying it these lies or twisted truths( Can we say Sarah Palin? with her death panels talk. I loved how President Obama all but called her name by calling it irresponsible.)you should not be getting upset because you think President Obama was calling you a liar. He was not disrespecting you as some people have claimed. If he called you out by name and called you a liar. If it wasn't true you should not be getting so upset about it.

I think more of the politicians are worried about their own butts, worried about the insurance companies than the American people they are supposed to represent. Instead the represent the lobbyist interest.

I also think Eric Cantor doesn't know anything about numbers claiming only 10% of Americans don't have insurance. Oh Mr. Cantor Eric I think it is much higher than that.
Your party has no solution except to say No. Well you say no to drugs no to solutions that will help the American people. That is what you all are up there for.

It will be interesting to see. I think President Obama did a good job though. It is too bad that it fell on the closed minds and closed ears of the GOP. The only time they paid attention was when that Wilson called the President a liar. I am pleased to see that got called out by some GOP members. But if we could only hear what they were thinking. I wonder how many of them were applauding him. It is scary how many Americans are. Very scary.

Posted by: bjlopez1130 | September 10, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Empty thespianism? We shall see. Obama has been a man of many words and little leadership.

Posted by: seawolfR | September 10, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

The old "spend twice as much" and "they get better results" has been totally discredited so many times it's really not worth hashing over again.

However, if you must, if you control for ethnicity and/or national origin, Americans of the same background as those of a specific European country are in as good as health and live as long PLUS the Americans have a much better cancer survival rate.

A tremendous amount of our additional medical costs arise as a consequence of our War on Cancer. Only professional hard-core Nixon haters (he was the one who started this war) would want us to give up treating cancer and extending American lives.

Posted by: muawiyah | September 10, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Only 900 Billion...yeah right..

I defy any of you to point to a government entitlement that has remained within its original cost estimates.

You remind me of Lucy snatching the football away fron Linus every Fall as he desperately tries to kick it.

I guess that Linus is just toooo stooooped to to figure it out.

What's your excuse?

Posted by: CounterJihad
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What's my excuse? I could use the same one you used for the last eight years...apparently you didn't have a problem getting the Bush football pulled out from under you over and over and over again...

Posted by: arancia12 | September 10, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

sorry Jonathan, but the man is still Gumby. He kept talking about his "plan" but he still doesn't have one, wish he'd leave well enough alone at least for now.

Posted by: rufkd | September 10, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Johnathan Capeheart's article was right on the Money.
Obama laid it out last night for everyone to see. Weather you agree with Obama or not you have to agree that it was a MASTERFUL performance.
The "Bama" rose to the ocassion. Like Muhammed Ali in his prime he was on his toes punching and jabbing the Republicans into a bloddy mess. What a Performance. And by the time he got to the final sytansa and brought in Kennedy you could hear a pin drop in the chamber.
Then we had to put up with this crap from Wilson come on.
Its like a little kid on the playgroung getting beat at every turn and he starts to cry and swing wildly.
There will be some changes made for sure. The Question is where does the Republicans go from here?
They have put themselves into a box A box they can't get out of.
To resort to calling out " You Lie" only shows the degree of the Republicans frustration.
They Lost the House They Lost the Senate and they lost the White House.
Where do they go from here? Extinction.

Posted by: Carprin | September 10, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Empty thespianism? We shall see. Obama has been a man of many words and little leadership.

Posted by: seawolfR
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Lead, follow or get out of the way. You have the choice. Apparently you've chosen "none of the above."

Posted by: arancia12 | September 10, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

obama spoke like a professional that never ran a business or worked in a real job. He needs to get serious about the funding problem.

Posted by: yokosuka1985
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Absolutely! George Bush ran an oil business and called himself the CEO of America. He said the Iraqis would fund the cost of the war there. Man, he sure used that experience to save us a bundle didn't he?

Posted by: arancia12 | September 10, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC: "Pinch me. A President who speaks good English with whole sentences!"

It is too bad you do not. You do things WELL. Things taste GOOD. Typical Dem.

Back to topic, the speech is more rhetoric by the POTUS. You sheep that support this can go ahead and believe what Washington SAYS. The rest of us want to see it all in writing.

Posted by: bigpapa_z | September 10, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

A brittle performance from a petty little tyrant who will stamp his foot if he doesn't get to control 1/6 of the economy.

Posted by: CounterJihad
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Oh, puh-leeze! At least he wasn't "spineless". You were looking forward so much to calling him that, weren't you? But now that you can't you resort to calling him "petty", a "tyrant" who'll "stamp his foot". Project, much?

Of course, Bush was never a tyrant. He was "strong", "forceful", "someone who stuck to his principles". But if a Democrat does it, he's a tyrant. Start applying your own standards to those who don't agree with you and vice versa. Otherwise, you've no right to expect anything you say to be given a scrap of credence.

Posted by: treetopflyer | September 10, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC: "Pinch me. A President who speaks good English with whole sentences!"

It is too bad you do not. You do things WELL. Things taste GOOD. Typical Dem.

Back to topic, the speech is more rhetoric by the POTUS. You sheep that support this can go ahead and believe what Washington SAYS. The rest of us want to see it all in writing.

Posted by: bigpapa_z
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Please reread both what you and the poster you quoted wrote. I'm sure if you do so carefully you won't need me to tell you where you made your mistake.

For the record, Democrats not only speak GOOD ENGLISH, they know how to read (and proofread) as WELL.

Posted by: treetopflyer | September 10, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I found this being pointed out on-line. Mr. Obama stated in his address last night:

"Unless everybody does their part, many of the insurance reforms we seek--especially requiring insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions--just can't be achieved. And that's why under my plan, individuals will be required to carry basic health insurance--just as most states require you to carry auto insurance."

No one is REQUIRED to carry auto insurance. Obviously it would be crazy to drive without it, but it is not "required" in any state. Nice analogy but doesn't work well.

Posted by: nancycrichton | September 10, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Crichton - Most states DO require you to carry at least liability insurance in order to operate a motor vehicle on public roads. Sorry, but you're just plain wrong on that score.

Posted by: treetopflyer | September 10, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the Party of No has plenty of representatives on this forum, making anti-Obama and anti-reform comments under various names.

Dear "nancycrichton", "arancia12", etc.: even 3 months ago, most Americans already preferred the "public option".

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/06/19/opinion/polls/main5098517.shtml

These numbers can only climb now, with this speech by the President.

Getting desperate, aren't we?

Reform is coming. Your only options are to join in to try to make it better, or continue to sit on your hands grumbling.

Posted by: MarkLai2 | September 10, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Another health-care infomercial from Barry? ---Yawn....

Posted by: jshay | September 10, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Nancycrichton - Please check your state laws. Most, if not all, states require a minimum of liability insurance.

Posted by: parisadon | September 10, 2009 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Parisadon: In response to your comment the following: "Nancycrichton - Please check your state laws. Most, if not all, states require a minimum of liability insurance."

Posted by: parisadon | September 10, 2009 11:53

You are right you have to have an insurance company and policy number to put on your license plate application here in Minnesota. However, many many many people do that and after they have their plates, they cancel the insurance. So it is quasi mandated at lest in Minnesota,but there are hundreds who ignore that and just drive anyway.

Posted by: nancycrichton | September 11, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

NancyCreighton has admitted that her state, Minnesota, requires auto insurance, although she believes that it is relatively easy to circumvent the law. Here in insolvent California, insurance is also required, the insurance companies are linked to the DMV by computer, and any change in your insurance can lead to cancellation of your registration, too. The point is that NC's assertion is plainly false, as is much of the Republican opposition to the health care overhaul.

They would do better to concentrate on the real weak points in the legislation, the most salient of which is how the proponents propose to pay for coverage for the millions of Americans who are not insured at the present time.

Posted by: distantliberal | September 11, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

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