Saturday, December 19, 2009

Video: Obama's Weekly Address on Health Care Reform

During his weekly address, President Obama focused on health care reform. What is noticeable about this is that he is really going after the insurance companies and frames the debate as those companies being the enemies of real reform. This shouldn't be too much of a surprise to anyone who has been following the debate as the insurance companies don't want to lose the huge profits they receive from denying coverage to those who need cancer treatment or life saving prescriptions filled. As Obama points out, at the same time that they are denying this coverage to the general public, the insurance companies are still shelling out millions of dollars to make sure they don't lose their precious profits.
The insurance industry knows all this. That’s why they’re at it again, using their muscle in Washington to try to block a vote they know they will lose. They’re lobbying. They’re running ads. They’re spending millions of dollars to kill health insurance reform, just like they’ve done so many times before. They want to preserve a system that works better for the insurance industry than it does for the American people.
He also made sure to praise the bill that already made its way through the House and the one currently on the floor of the Senate. Directly taking on his critics on the left, Obama said that it would simply be foolish to claim that either bill doesn't do enough to make the reforms necessary.
Simply put, the protections currently included in both the health insurance reform bill passed by the House and the version currently on the Senate floor would represent the toughest measures we’ve ever taken to hold the insurance industry accountable. Anyone who says otherwise simply hasn’t read the bills. Just open these proposals at random and you’ll find on almost any page patient protections that dwarf any of those passed by Congress in at least a decade.
All of this rhetoric goes right along with what we've been hearing from the White House for the last few weeks. In a time when so many progressives worked hard for Obama on the assumption that he would fight hard for real health care reform, the Obama Administration here is basically saying that at least we got something -- even if it's far from the real reform that the American people actually wanted.

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