PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HEALTH CARE REFORM ON THE EVE OF THE VOTE

According to Mark Knoller of CBS

“On no other issue has President Obama put in as much effort and displayed as much passion as on health care. Since launching his campaign for health care reform with a White House forum on March 5th of last year, Mr. Obama has delivered 54 speeches and statements on the issue. He has done health care events in 12 states, some of them more than once. He’s done 9 Town Hall Meetings on health care and made it the focus of 13 of his Saturday radio and Internet addresses. … Obama has made 471 speeches, remarks and comments on every issue under the sun since taking office 423 days ago.”

 

 
Knoller points out echoes in the president’s first and latest speeches on health care — March 5, 2009: “There are those who say we should defer health care reform once again — that at a time of economic crisis, we simply can’t afford to fix our health care system, as well.” March 19, 2010: “You’ve got a whole bunch of opponents of this bill saying, well, we can’t afford this; we’re fiscal conservatives. / Not only can we afford to do this, we can’t afford not to do this.”

 


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