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President Barack Obama will address a joint session of Congress on health care reform in prime time on Wednesday, Sept. 9, a senior official tells POLITICO.
Obama plans to give lawmakers a more specific prescription
for health care legislation than he has in the past, aides said.
Congress technically returns to Washington on Sept. 8, the day after Labor Day. But many members had planned Sept. 9 as their first workday, so Obama is seizing the first moment when he will have max impact.
Bill Moyers appeared on "Real Time with Bill Maher" Friday night for a long conversation, much of which focused on health care. When asked by Maher what would be a metaphor that could change the current thinking on health care, Moyers answered "we're all in the same boat." He went on to talk about the moral message that health care reform would send, which is that "we are in this together."
"I don't want to live in a country where I am on a hospital floor getting an operation that costs $25,000, and two floors above me someone is being denied that same surgery because he or she has no money. What kind of a civilization is that?" Moyers said.
Originally posted by jam321
I got to give credit to the man. Remember this is a conspiracy site.
Obama goes in front of Congress pleading the case that both parties must work together on healthcare and do what is right for America. He will relate some healthcare horror stories to show why healthcare is needed.
He will then walk away with a load of publicity of how he is trying to get the two parties to work together. How he is trying to get the Republicans involved.
Then about a week later, maybe less, the Democrat members of Congress will begin to complain that the Reps are not willing to budge, are uncooperative, are holding healthcare back, don't care about America, etc. and load and behold they will pass it without the Republicans participation.
Obama gets his healthcare and walks away smelling like a rose because he tried to get the Republicans involved.
Originally posted by Mak Manto
I think we're going to see Obama tell it as it is.
The time for games is over.
Whether you're on the side of reform or not, debate time is over. Town hall meetings are over.
I think it's clear to see that both sides are clearly divided on this, except for a few people.
I think there are a few Republicans who are on the side of reform, while there are a few Democrats on the side of no reform.
I'm a strong and proud liberal, and it's time for reform.
If the GOP is against us, so be it.
We tried bipartisanship! We tried to work with them, but many of them refused to do so! You can't force bipartisanship, so if they don't want it, fine.
If they want to continue calling Obama a socialist, fine.
If they want to continue calling Obama a Marxist, fine.
I'm done with name calling, and I'm done with members of Congress who are backed by insurance lobbyists saying that health care reform is a bad thing.
I'm ESPECIALLY DONE with the whole crap that "Fox News is the bringer of truth on health care and Obama."
Fair and balanced... Yeah, right...