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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 11:28 AM
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President Obama Dispells "Outlandish Rumors" On Health Care Reform
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Prepared Remarks of President Barack Obama

Weekly Address


Saturday, August 8th, 2009

On Friday, we received better news than we expected about the state of our economy. We learned that we lost 247,000 jobs in July some 200,000 fewer jobs lost than in June, and far fewer than the nearly 700,000 a month we were losing at the beginning of the year. Of course, this is little comfort to anyone who saw their job disappear in July, and to the millions of Americans who are looking for work. And I will not rest until anyone whos looking for work can find a job.

Still, this months jobs numbers are a sign that weve begun to put the brakes on this recession and that the worst may be behind us. But we must do more than rescue our economy from this immediate crisis; we must rebuild it stronger than before. We must lay a new foundation for future growth and prosperity, and a key pillar of a new foundation is health insurance reform reform that we are now closer to achieving than ever before.

There are still details to be hammered out. There are still differences to be reconciled. But we are moving toward a broad consensus on reform. Four committees in Congress have produced legislation an unprecedented level of agreement on a difficult and complex challenge. In addition to the ongoing work in Congress, providers have agreed to bring down costs. Drug companies have agreed to make prescription drugs more affordable for seniors. The AARP supports reform because of the better care it will offer seniors. And the American Nurses Association and the American Medical Association, which represent the millions of nurses and doctors who know our health care system best, support reform, as well.

As we draw close to finalizing and passing real health insurance reform, the defenders of the status quo and political point-scorers in Washington are growing fiercer in their opposition. In recent days and weeks, some have been using misleading information to defeat what they know is the best chance of reform we have ever had. That is why it is important, especially now, as Senators and Representatives head home and meet with their constituents, for you, the American people, to have all the facts.

So, let me explain what reform will mean for you. And let me start by dispelling the outlandish rumors that reform will promote euthanasia, cut Medicaid, or bring about a government takeover of health care. Thats simply not true. This isnt about putting government in charge of your health insurance; its about putting you in charge of your health insurance. Under the reforms we seek, if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.

And while reform is obviously essential for the 46 million Americans who dont have health insurance, it will also provide more stability and security to the hundreds of millions who do. Right now, we have a system that works well for the insurance industry, but that doesnt always work well for you. What we need, and what we will have when we pass health insurance reform, are consumer protections to make sure that those who have insurance are treated fairly and that insurance companies are held accountable.


We will require insurance companies to cover routine checkups and preventive care, like mammograms, colonoscopies, or eye and foot exams for diabetics, so we can avoid chronic illnesses that cost too many lives and too much money.

We will stop insurance companies from denying coverage because of a persons medical history. I will never forget watching my own mother, as she fought cancer in her final days, worrying about whether her insurer would claim her illness was a preexisting condition. I have met so many Americans who worry about the same thing. Thats why, under these reforms, insurance companies will no longer be able to deny coverage because of a previous illness or injury. And insurance companies will no longer be allowed to drop or water down coverage for someone who has become seriously ill. Your health insurance ought to be there for you when it counts and reform will make sure it is.

With reform, insurance companies will also have to limit how much you can be charged for out-of-pocket expenses. And we will stop insurance companies from placing arbitrary caps on the amount of coverage you can receive in a given year or a lifetime because no one in America should go broke because of illness.

In the end, the debate about health insurance reform boils down to a choice between two approaches. The first is almost guaranteed to double health costs over the next decade, make millions more Americans uninsured, leave those with insurance vulnerable to arbitrary denials of coverage, and bankrupt state and federal governments. Thats the status quo. Thats the health care system we have right now.

So, we can either continue this approach, or we can choose another one one that will protect people against unfair insurance practices; provide quality, affordable insurance to every American; and bring down rising costs that are swamping families, businesses, and our budgets. Thats the health care system we can bring about with reform.

There are those who are focused on the so-called politics of health care; who are trying to exploit differences or concerns for political gain. Thats to be expected. Thats Washington. But lets never forget that this isnt about politics. This is about peoples lives. This is about peoples businesses. This is about Americas future. Thats what is at stake. Thats why health insurance reform is so important. And thats why we must get this done and why we will get this done by the end of this year.

Thank's so much.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Weekly-Addre... /

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Amos Moses Donating Member (551 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 11:46 AM
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1. If this was about people's lives,
he wouldn't have dismissed the idea of single payer from the get go. This is about maintaining as much of the status quo as possible and getting the people to believe that their best interest has been at the forefront of the debate.
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raystorm7 Donating Member (944 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 12:01 PM
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2. Well said.
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 12:10 PM
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3. You think he doesn't care about people's lives? Is that what you're saying?
Edited on Sat Aug-08-09 12:25 PM by Turborama
Do you realize how hard it is to do his job? Do you think he's compromised?

Or could he be intelligent enough to realize that doing what he wants to do can't be done overnight?

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Amos Moses Donating Member (551 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 12:37 PM
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4. Yeah, Bush told us how it's such "hard work".
I really don't give a fuck if it's hard. Lots of people work hard and they don't expect millions of Americans to make excuses for them when they make bad decisions.

To answer your question, I think he cares more about seeing to it that his corporate cronies are satisfied than he cares about health care.
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kwolf68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 12:55 PM
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6. Single Payer won't win
Edited on Sat Aug-08-09 12:56 PM by kwolf68
Just live with it.

Having the government pay for all health care is a boondoggle waiting to happen. Instead of $700 hammers, we'll have $700 bed pans. Obama is looking for a compromise...something that brings others into the system while still retaining incentive not to overuse a service/resource (which happens when it's free).

He also has to deal with the political reality that most people do not want a completely government funded system and the politicians don't want something like that. He still needs votes and there is only one Ted Kennedy.

Our nation IS NOT going to go for one extreme or the other. This nation will accept -as evidenced by the past- a mixed level of 'market' resources and 'state' resources, but when one or the other gains too much power it ultimately fails and is discarded. Maintaining the proper balance between market and government control/power is what Obama is trying to do.
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liberation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 01:00 PM
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8. If I wanted to read right wing talking points, I would got to free republic.
But thanks for saving me the time, and the subsequent showers I would have to endure to "cleanse" myself if I were to ever visit that hellhole.

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Amos Moses Donating Member (551 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 01:07 PM
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9. I didn't say it was likely to happen.
If the government couldn't possibly run a health care system, why are the insurance and pharmaceutical companies horrified at the notion of a government run plan that most Americans wouldn't even be eligible for, like the public option that has been proposed?
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grahamhgreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 01:30 PM
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13. 64% are for universal health insurance, 59% of doctors, we need a leader, not a corporate enabler.
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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 01:00 PM
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7. So, you think he doesn't care about people's lives.
Ok, got it. Thanks for clearing that one up.
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Amos Moses Donating Member (551 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 01:07 PM
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10. Glad I could help.
Let me know if you need anything else.
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grahamhgreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 01:33 PM
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14. Which is more important - profits or health care? Single payer not-for-profit health care. HR676.

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Turborama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 01:38 PM
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17. Re read the *whole* of post #3
Not just the headline.

Answer those questions 1st and I'll respond to yours.
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grahamhgreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 01:24 PM
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12. Do we still render people to countries where they are tortured?
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Amos Moses Donating Member (551 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 01:34 PM
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15. yes
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DallasNE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 05:04 PM
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18. No, This Is About Head Counts
We found out how not to do it in 1994. If we repeat those same mistakes again it will be another 15 years before it can be tried again. A compromise bill is far superior to no bill at all and if you can't get the votes without the compromise you end up with nothing.

The biggest complaint I have is the relationship between the problems we are seeing in getting a good bill here and the lack of public financing of Federal elections. With public financing of Federal elections we would not have a Senator from Mutual of Omaha but a Senator from Nebraska. That is the primary reason we are not getting a bill to our liking.
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dhpgetsit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 12:39 PM
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5. Thank you Mr. President.
Now if only there weren't so many people eager to believe any "outlandish" rumor about Obama and the health care reform bills in progress.
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grahamhgreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 01:22 PM
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11. What bill is he talking about? HR676?, HR3200?, House bill? Senate bill? Where can we see what
he's talking about written down?

We need comprehensive health care reform, not "health insurance" reform.

He says, "insurance companies will no longer be able to deny coverage because of a previous illness or injury. And insurance companies will no longer be allowed to drop or water down coverage for someone who has become seriously ill."

Where is this written?

I'll bet they'll deny coverage if we can no longer afford our co-pay or premium, or if they claim you filled out a form wrong (calling it 'Fraud' - see below). As you get very sick, you also get very poor.


Why can't he rally around single payer and ask a million of us to come to DC?

We ARE having a vote on single payer - how about one speech, nay, one sentence, oh dear God in Heaven - ONE WORD in support of HR676 - single-payer not-for-profit health care? It is an option, it will be voted on.


1) Section SEC. 162.

(f) RESCISSION.A health insurance issuer may rescind health insurance coverage only upon clear and convincing evidence of fraud...


Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane. --Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Amos Moses Donating Member (551 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 01:38 PM
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16. He won't say what he stands for.
He'll only say that he's for it. Whatever "it" is... :shrug:
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