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Obama Blasts Health Care Opponents in Op-Ed for NYT

By AGrandmother - Posted on 17 August 2009

I tried to copy and paste the last few papragraphs of his Op-Ed, but my commands are not working. Anyway, I appalud the President's effort and hope everyone reads this, especially the vocal opponents. I sense a great confidence in his words that we will get needed reform, despite all the lies spread and fear-tactics. The truth will prevail.

I don't know how much of this you wanted to copy...let me know if you want more. From the President's op-ed:

Despite what we’ve seen on television, I believe that serious debate is taking place at kitchen tables all across America. In the past few years, I’ve received countless letters and questions about health care. Some people are in favor of reform, and others have concerns. But almost everyone understands that something must be done. Almost everyone knows that we must start holding insurance companies accountable and give Americans a greater sense of stability and security when it comes to their health care.

I am confident that when all is said and done, we can forge the consensus we need to achieve this goal. We are already closer to achieving health-insurance reform than we have ever been. We have the American Nurses Association and the American Medical Association on board, because our nation’s nurses and doctors know firsthand how badly we need reform. We have broad agreement in Congress on about 80 percent of what we’re trying to do. And we have an agreement from the drug companies to make prescription drugs more affordable for seniors. The AARP supports this policy, and agrees with us that reform must happen this year.

In the coming weeks, the cynics and the naysayers will continue to exploit fear and concerns for political gain. But for all the scare tactics out there, what’s truly scary — truly risky — is the prospect of doing nothing. If we maintain the status quo, we will continue to see 14,000 Americans lose their health insurance every day. Premiums will continue to skyrocket. Our deficit will continue to grow. And insurance companies will continue to profit by discriminating against sick people.

That is not a future I want for my children, or for yours. And that is not a future I want for the United States of America.

In the end, this isn’t about politics. This is about people’s lives and livelihoods. This is about people’s businesses. This is about America’s future, and whether we will be able to look back years from now and say that this was the moment when we made the changes we needed, and gave our children a better life. I believe we can, and I believe we will.

Thanks, Suzi. That's a perfect excerpt to support my previous post!


Someone just called in on Hartmann's show I don't know where they were, but they said that it was 20 to 1 (them/teapartyers 1) and he gave this website. Too funny.


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