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Now Is the Season For Action

September 10, 2009

Many have stated that last night’s special address to the joint session of Congress was the greatest of its kind in America’s history. I won’t go that far, but I certainly believe it was a phenomenal message to us all. Here’s a few things that particularly grabbed my attention.

“I am not the first President to take up this cause, but I am determined to be the last.”

He then clearly outlined his three basic goals which the reform bill must meet:

“It will provide more security and stability to those who have health insurance. It will provide insurance to those who don’t. And it will slow the growth of health care costs for our families, our businesses, and our government.”

How to achieve these goals? He further explained:

1) “As soon as I sign this bill, it will be against the law for insurance companies to drop your coverage when you get sick or water it down when you need it most.”

2) “We will do this by creating a new insurance exchange – a marketplace where individuals and small businesses will be able to shop for health insurance at competitive prices.”

And as to the dollars-and-cents aspect:

3) My guiding principle is, and always has been, that consumers do better when there is choice and competition.”

Moreover, “Now, I have no interest in putting insurance companies out of business. They provide a legitimate service, and employ a lot of our friends and neighbors. I just want to hold them accountable.”

Also, “I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits – either now or in the future. Period. And to prove that I’m serious, there will be a provision in this plan that requires us to come forward with more spending cuts if the savings we promised don’t materialize. Part of the reason I faced a trillion dollar deficit when I walked in the door of the White House is because too many initiatives over the last decade were not paid for – from the Iraq War to tax breaks for the wealthy. I will not make that same mistake with health care.”

The President then went on an emotional journey with real life examples of how our current system has failed, he spoke of the character of our country, and brought up remembrances of his fallen hero, Ted Kennedy.

He crystalized the issue plainly and soberly:

“Everyone in this room knows what will happen if we do nothing. Our deficit will grow. More families will go bankrupt. More businesses will close. More Americans will lose their coverage when they are sick and need it most. And more will die as a result. We know these things to be true. That is why we cannot fail.”

APTOPIX Obama Health Care

So please, support the President’s efforts. Contact your congressmen and senators. Talk to your friends and neighbors. Spread the word. Because now is the season for action.

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25 Comments leave one →
  1. September 10, 2009 10:21 am

    It was well-spoken but far-too-often repeated bullshit. Then again, there wasn’t much Obama could really say that could justify the abomination being drafted in the House.

    Now, if the Liberals would back off from their attempts to destroy America, the nation they live within and upon, and think about it they just might realize that stripping 900 pages worth of destructive crap out of their “omnibus” bill and sticking with just the points you cited here might just do it.

    Of course this idea was broached several times by Republicans, but the Liberals wouldn’t listen since they had the majority…

    • September 10, 2009 5:55 pm

      jonolan…. do you have health care coverage and if you do, does the government pay for your health care coverage? Or do you work for a corporation that pays for your health care coverage and will someday ship your job overseas because US health care costs will be too high for your employer to keep paying?

      • September 10, 2009 7:05 pm

        I pay for my own healthcare, have for years.

  2. September 10, 2009 10:28 am

    I understand your point of view, but you don’t really think liberals WANT to destroy America, right? You just disagree with the ways they want to improve the country.

    • September 10, 2009 10:55 am

      Since Liberals want to change America into something that is totally antithetical to its principles and culture, I stand by my assertion that they want to destroy America.

      • September 10, 2009 5:58 pm

        Cough, cough… you are projecting your own ideology onto others. Come back here with proof before you open your mouth. Your opinion is like, you know, a-holes… everyone has one.

      • September 10, 2009 7:10 pm

        What proof could an American offer you? You obvious discount anything that matters to anyone who loves this country? But please, tell me what proof you desire.

  3. September 10, 2009 12:52 pm

    Hey Kurt — I know for a fact that ‘liberals’ don’t want to “destroy America”. I always laugh when I hear statements like that because it is so out there…somewhere.

    I also know for a fact that we (liberals) want America to be the greatest nation it can be. We want America to live up to all her promises even if some people don’t like the idea of equality, freedom and justice for all.

    I don’t understand the opposition to ‘a healthier and fairer America’ but I don’t want to be able to understand the kind of thinking that goes against looking out for each other in a humanistic way.

    Loved your post — you took all the beautiful notes from last night’s speech and expressed them clearly.

    I still believe America’s destiny is to become a living testament to what free human beings can accomplish by acting in unity.

    Cheers!

  4. September 10, 2009 1:56 pm

    “I still believe America’s destiny is to become a living testament to what free human beings can accomplish by acting in unity.” Well put!

    • September 11, 2009 11:51 am

      Alas I can’t take credit for that quote. John Kerry said that when he was running for President. It is what I believe so I use it often.

      xo!

  5. September 10, 2009 2:18 pm

    Sure, now try doing it within an American framework instead of trying to reduce personal liberty and it’s attendant responsibilities or applying political-social-economic constructs that were never intended to be used here in America.

    We are not necessarily at odds over the general goals. We made enemies by the choices of methodologies.

    • September 10, 2009 6:03 pm

      Responsibilities… now that is a new word for Republicans and Beck worshipers. If only they would understand the meaning of the word and act like responsible people instead of always pointing fingers and saying… “They made me do it”.

      Somehow, the “Obama plan” doesn’t make me feeling like I’m losing any liberties. Actually, it makes me feel quite the opposite. Without worrying about the burden of expensive and unaffordable health care costs, I am free to explore my skills and abilities in my own business. Now that is freedom from corporation dominance and insurance company bondage. Sounds like a good American principle to me.

      • September 10, 2009 7:01 pm

        You falsely claim that Responsibility isn’t one of the cornerstones of Republican rhetoric and then claim liberty is the freedom from worry over having to pay for yourself? Do you even read what you type? LOL

  6. September 10, 2009 2:28 pm

    Don’t you think this fits in quite nicely with Alexander Hamilton’s constructs? Please remember that there were liberals and conservatives back in 1776 too.

  7. September 10, 2009 3:23 pm

    No, actually I don’t think it – the current proposed legislation in the House or Obama’s “plan” – fits well with Hamilton’s constructs. Hamilton may have been one of the more Liberal / Statist Founders but he wouldn’t have gone as far as this away from the ideals that forged this country.

    • September 10, 2009 3:29 pm

      I should also add that there was no way that Hamilton would have endorsed these healthcare ideas and it’s rather laughable to use a egoist and narcissist like Hamilton in an argument in favor of anything perceived as good for the “common man.”

      Now, if you want to cite Hamilton in regards to defending any of the bail-outs that would be a whole different matter. 😉

      • September 10, 2009 6:07 pm

        Unless you spoke with Hamilton himself, you really don’t know if he would endorse “Obama’s plan” or not. All you have and anyone else has is what we read about Hamilton in history books and over the Internet. If you didn’t have a conversation with him, then you don’t know what he was thinking and why he made the decisions that he did when he was alive. We can only guess.

  8. sleepyeagle permalink
    September 10, 2009 4:34 pm

    The idiots shouting “Liberals want to destroy America!” are losing their grip on reality. They want to keep things where they are, progress is bad. Our current system is NOT worth saving, and the ignorant bastards who are trying to stop reform will be looked at by historians the same way they look at herpes.

    That’s right, jonolan, you are a bad case of herpes. Tell us WHY health care reform is evil…and be specific, because “Liberals are trying to destroy America” is not an argument, it’s an ill informed, paranoid personal delusion.

    • September 10, 2009 5:32 pm

      Firstly, sleepyeagle, you’ve proved my point with your own jabbering such as it was.

      Secondly, healthcare reform is neither evil or un-American. The Statist and Socialist methods that the Liberals are attempting to use are so.

      America was not founded so that the people could be beholden to State for their every need. It certainly wasn’t founded so that the productive could be enslaved to provide for the less so.

      • sleepyeagle permalink
        September 10, 2009 5:42 pm

        How do you figure that health care regulation is Socialism? Are you sure? Have you ever been to a Socialist country? That’s what is happening here, regulation, something that does not exist in ANY form as of now. Why does health insurance get to be the only game in town without rules?

        When America was founded, it had very different needs and goals. We are a little further along the timeline now, but our founders knew that change would be inevitable, so their design permits and encourages growth.

        So don’t call my reply “jabbering” when you clearly have no logical point to make yourself.

      • September 10, 2009 6:13 pm

        “Beholden to the state”… now that’s interesting. Where do you want to start? What do you want to eliminate first? Military? Police? Fire department? Roads? Just to name a few. How about we eliminate Medicare, Medicaid, Disability Insurance? Here’s a novel idea… lets eliminate a common currency. We can go back to the days of the original Patriots and each State can have it’s own currency and make its own trade agreements. That didn’t work out too well back in the late 1700’s. Maybe it would be different now.

        So far, jonolan. You have come up with any facts. Just speculations.

  9. September 10, 2009 6:14 pm

    Opps… meant to type… so far, jonolan. You have NOT come up with any facts. Just speculations.

    (bad fingers… need to type as faster… keep up with my thoughts)

    • September 11, 2009 12:14 pm

      Cats — this gibberish by Jonolan is all gibberish. Does anyone of these ignoramuses really believe that America will become a socialist state? Do they believe that our 100 Senators 435 US Representatives are going to vote to make America a socialist state??? Ridiculous. Their ‘fear’ doesn’t even make sense.

      What is wrong with having some government programs that ‘may resemble’ some socialist programs but are simply government programs that benefit the majority of Americans? What is wrong with that???

      And all this talk about founding fathers (God rest their souls) you mean to tell me that these ignoramuses believe that these brilliant men would want to see America be exactly the way it was 400 years ago without any room for social or moral growth??? PUHLEESE!

      The founding fathers envisioned an America that was the greatest country in the world. America’s structure was progressive and conservative at the same time. That’s what Obama is trying to attain.

      He wants a country that allows its people the freedom to be creative and capitalistic but with some safe guards, some safety nets in place from the government to make it easier to go out and start businesses or whatever and achieve their personal goals and dreams. That’s it. What wrong with that???

      These ignoramuses are simply ignorant and have their heads buried in the sand by choice.

      Kurt thanks for allowing me to speak. 🙂

      • September 11, 2009 1:00 pm

        Hey, I would even if I didn’t agree with you, which I certainly do!

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