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Obama Rebukes Critics, Calls Attacks 'Outlandish Rumors' While Setting Record Straight

The President calls health insurance reform critical to our nation's long-term economic strength and dispels the "outlandish rumors being promoted by those who are defending the status quo".

President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama

(WASHINGTON D.C.) - In his weekly address, President Barack Obama called health insurance reform critical to our nation’s long-term economic strength and dispelled the outlandish rumors being promoted by those who are defending the status quo.

The President has called for reform which 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. He says health insurance reform shouldn’t be about Washington politics.

"It’s about American lives, businesses and our future," the President said.

Here are the President's remarks:

"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 who’s looking for work can find a job."

"Still, this month’s jobs numbers are a sign that we’ve 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. That’s simply not true. This isn’t about putting government in charge of your health insurance; it’s 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 don’t 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 doesn’t 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."


Here is President Obama's Speech

"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 person’s 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. That’s 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. That’s the status quo. That’s 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. That’s 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. That’s to be expected. That’s Washington. But let’s never forget that this isn’t about politics. This is about people’s lives. This is about people’s businesses. This is about America’s future. That’s what is at stake. That’s why health insurance reform is so important. And that’s why we must get this done – and why we will get this done – by the end of this year."

"Thank you."

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Earl September 11, 2009 8:56 am (Pacific time)

Obama never made one mention of our troops in harm's way during the entire speech to Congress.

Anonymous September 9, 2009 7:10 pm (Pacific time)

To Tim: (not the editor) I know the feeling. Good help is hard to find isnt it? :-) Hang in there bro, we disagree about a group of elite people running our country, and all presidents are puppets to their agenda, but having Dr. Phil, and bringing up 911, and the israeli/palestinian issue is a good start. Thanks. But I will not debate whoever is the "editor" responding to this article. "acorn is non-issue" lmao. :-) I know your job is difficult Tim, and I know you have to keep a balance to keep all the time and energy you have put into this on a forward motion. For readers out there, you have no clue what hardships Tim must be going thru to keep this website going. And I believe Tim is open to suggestions, but having a very difficult time making a balancing act to keep everyone happy. Keep searching the truth brother.

Anonymous September 9, 2009 3:34 pm (Pacific time)

Editor: The names you mentioned? Lars, Limbaugh etc?
I would not waste a moment listening to them. I am neither democrat, nor republican, I just seek the truth. I suggest others do the same. As much as I do not like the people you mention, I think I like ACORN alot less. Get the point?

Editor: ACORN is a non-issue; the two SOB's I mentioned have soiled our nation with their hatred of the poor and underprivileged.  

ablaut September 9, 2009 12:12 pm (Pacific time)

Ok, Editor. Yes, Martin is trolling. But he brings up an important point. Yes, Obama is saying the right words. He sounds GOOD. But many, like myself, have seen no evidence that his actions will back his words. Look at the evidence: he is just a smooth talking politican.

Anonymous September 9, 2009 11:19 am (Pacific time)

I wish the president was spending all this time and energy on creating jobs. I have seen nothing in regards to bring productive PERMANENT not temporary jobs to this country. Nothing. This country needs JOBS!

Anonymous September 9, 2009 11:16 am (Pacific time)

I have over 30 hours researching this legislation. half those hours, reading documents from respectible doctors. Some of the rumors are a bit above the top, but many are dead on, and they are not good. I dont know what the president is doing, but its hard to think he is helping the people. The bailouts/cash for clunkers/expanded wars/expanded government are not good for the people, so why would I think the health care plan is? One thing he said that is true, to help long term economic strength. That is all this is, more tax money for less health care. pass this legislation, and China just MIGHT lend us a bit more money. This is all about a world government. They orchestrated the economic collapse to get their world bank, no this legislation, to move gradually into the WHO having complete control. They want to control EVERY aspect of our lives. EVERY aspect.

Editor: Do you realize what a massive contradiction your entire point is?  The only people really against Obama are an extremely loud and well financed, prejudice, shamlesss and ridiculous little pile of rich greedy millionaires and CEO's and insurance company executives.  They use Rush Limbaugh and that a** O'Reilly and even Lars Larsen here in the NW to brainwash you characters into fear mode.  After all this nation went through over the last two presidential terms, we now have a President who does care about people, only not so much the rich and greedy ones.   

Martin September 9, 2009 9:35 am (Pacific time)

Translation: "I have no clue what I am doing so I was hoping Nancy could just whip something, anything up and we could shove it through before anyone actually noticed. I still have no clue what the hell I am doing but I am good at the speech giving thing so I am hoping the American people are just too stupid or too busy trying to survive in this hellish economy I have created to realize I am going to present the same exact thing Congress has but I'm gonna dress up the language a bit more. Because in actuality, I still have no real ideas of my own."

Martin September 9, 2009 8:35 am (Pacific time)

Interesting speech, but it's "campaign speak", it is not grounded in fiscal reality. The below Iraq combat veteran from Vermont (far left Vermont!) has another take on the fantasy the democrats are pursuing: "Vermont State Auditor switches to GOP (Vermont?)  Rutland Herald ^ | 9/8/09  MONTPELIER — Democratic Vermont Auditor Tom Salmon is switching parties to the GOP.   Salmon announced his plans today, saying he is frustrated with the Democrats’ handling of the budget, and says the party has moved too far to the left.  Salmon says he’s been considering switching parties for some time and says the Republican party is the closest to accepting the realities of the times. He says when he returned from deployment in Iraq, he witnessed a budget process rife with deficiencies and dysfunction.

Editor: People are so sick of this kind of constant complaining and fist beating.  Nobody cares about all of this propaganda.  We have a President trying to help this nation and you are suggesting that the party that brought the U.S. to its knees is the way to go.  Well, after all the BS we have been through as a nation, I guess I shouldn't be surprised to read such nonsensical stuff.  You prove to me that the people of this country are not and probably have not ever EVER been who they claimed to be.  Land of the free, yeah right; more like land of the political nightmare.  That would be a lot closer to the truth.  

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