Obama Jumps Into Health Care Fray
Posted on Aug 11, 2009
So far, we’ve had the angry protests, the scuffles at suddenly volatile town hall meetings, and no resolution of the health care reform argument from our elected leaders, but President Barack Obama is now embarking on a campaign to try to sway public opinion on the issue using ... a series of town hall meetings across the country.
Update: Obama pointed out on Tuesday that his proposed overhauls of the American health care system will not include government “death panels.”
The Christian Science Monitor:
Polls show that a majority of the US public tends to be skeptical about whether the administration’s healthcare reform efforts personally would help them. So this week Mr. Obama is retaking center stage with a series of town hall meetings partly intended to reinforce the administration’s contention that the healthcare status quo isn’t as solid as it appears.
Insurance premiums are skyrocketing, while people with preexisting medical conditions today are routinely denied coverage, Obama said Tuesday in Portsmouth, N.H.
“What is truly scary, what is truly risky, is if we do nothing,” he said.
AP / Alex Brandon
Step right up: President Barack Obama speaks at a town hall meeting about health care on Tuesday at Portsmouth High School in Portsmouth, N.H.