Well, I'm impressed. I thought it was a good speech. I didn't think there was anything he could do to make me feel better about his intentions, but he did.
He really smacked down Republicans. In my opinion he made them look very small. I don't think Obama can do half of what he says he wants to do. However, considering I don't think Congress is going to change monetary policy. Considering I don't think Congress is going to change foreign policy or drastically cut spending in all areas. This may be as good as it gets.
These things are most important to me:
It must be law that health care reform be budget neutral. If it ends up not being budget neutral. It must be discontinued or spending cuts make up the difference.
It must be law that any public option or health insurance exchange must be self-sufficient. No taxpayer funds what so ever. If it can't survive on its own. It must die or spending cuts used to make up the difference.
Insurance companies should be required to pay when people get sick. This is just common sense. Why buy insurance if they can just drop you when you actually need it.
Everyone should be required to carry some type of health insurance. As Obama said, this helps insurance companies cope with actually fulfilling their obligations. Everyone should pay something.
I would prefer that government not dictate the type of coverage that insurance companies must provide. Not everyone needs the same amount of coverage. The only thing government should mandate is that all citizens must have health insurance and that insurance companies actually PAY OUT INSURANCE. I know, it is a novel idea.
If Repubs can be assured that by law. This bill is budget neutral and that any government exchange or insurance must be self-sufficient. I don't see why they can't vote for it. If they aren't willing to reform monetary policy or drastically reduce government spending. They really don't have a viable alternative.
Last edited by AndrewC; 09-09-09 at 08:42 PM.
Last edited by F107HyperSabr; 09-09-09 at 08:50 PM.
“I do not recall the Viet Cong asking me if I was a natural born or Naturalized American before they shot at me, they just shot at all of us “ f107HyperSabr
Obama is basically saying that if someone misrepresents the plan through lies, he will call them to debate and fight them, not shut them up.