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What did you think of President Obama’s Health Care speech tonight?

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Obama Health Care Speech: FULL VIDEO, TEXT

The Huffington Post
First Posted: 09- 9-09 05:50 PM   |   Updated: 09- 9-09 09:34 PM

Video clips of various segments of the speech are available through the transcript below. Scroll down to the bottom to watch the speech in full.

Here’s the full text of President Obama’s address on health care to the Joint Session of Congress:
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Madame Speaker, Vice President Biden, Members of Congress, and the American people:

When I spoke here last winter, this nation was facing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. We were losing an average of 700,000 jobs per month. Credit was frozen. And our financial system was on the verge of collapse.

As any American who is still looking for work or a way to pay their bills will tell you, we are by no means out of the woods. A full and vibrant recovery is many months away. And I will not let up until those Americans who seek jobs can find them; until those businesses that seek capital and credit can thrive; until all responsible homeowners can stay in their homes. That is our ultimate goal. But thanks to the bold and decisive action we have taken since January, I can stand here with confidence and say that we have pulled this economy back from the brink.

I want to thank the members of this body for your efforts and your support in these last several months, and especially those who have taken the difficult votes that have put us on a path to recovery. I also want to thank the American people for their patience and resolve during this trying time for our nation.

But we did not come here just to clean up crises. We came to build a future. So tonight, I return to speak to all of you about an issue that is central to that future – and that is the issue of health care.

I am not the first President to take up this cause, but I am determined to be the last. It has now been nearly a century since Theodore Roosevelt first called for health care reform. And ever since, nearly every President and Congress, whether Democrat or Republican, has attempted to meet this challenge in some way. A bill for comprehensive health reform was first introduced by John Dingell Sr. in 1943. Sixty-five years later, his son continues to introduce that same bill at the beginning of each session.

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Obama Health Care Speech: Text Excerpts

The Huffington Post
First Posted: 09- 9-09 05:50 PM   |   Updated: 09- 9-09 06:44 PM

The White House has released advance excerpts from President Obama’s address to Congress tonight. In them, Obama proclaims that he is “determined to be the last” president to take up health care reform. “The time for bickering is over,” he plans to say. “The time for games has passed. Now is the season for action.”

The president will say that his plan will meet three goals: “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. It’s a plan that asks everyone to take responsibility for meeting this challenge – not just government and insurance companies, but employers and individuals. And it’s a plan that incorporates ideas from Senators and Congressmen; from Democrats and Republicans – and yes, from some of my opponents in both the primary and general election.”

After presenting the plan, Obama will say, “I will not waste time with those who have made the calculation that it’s better politics to kill this plan than improve it. I will not stand by while the special interests use the same old tactics to keep things exactly the way they are. If you misrepresent what’s in the plan, we will call you out. And I will not accept the status quo as a solution. Not this time. Not now.”

Obama will speak at 8 P.M. Eastern Time.

The full excerpts HERE

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Yesterday, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) finally released a proposal for his committee’s health care reform bill — the framework for the eventual Senate Finance Committee legislation.

Predictably, the Baucus Plan is totally nightmarish. Naked on the subway while being accosted by prostitutes that resemble Chuck Grassley nightmarish. I’ve been writing about the terrible possibility of such a bill for several weeks, but now it’s actually beginning to take shape.

But first, because he’s not the most famous or likely political villain, here’s some background.

Baucus controls the Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over any legislation that revolves around Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and health care in general. So the senator, as chairman, enjoys a remarkable degree of power considering that he only represents 960,000 people in Montana, one of the most sparsely populated states in the Union. And I’m fairly certain that if polled most Americans would say that Max Baucus is the guy who played Thurston Howell on Gilligan’s Island.

While the Baucus Plan would impose the usual syllabus of regulations on the health insurance industry, it also includes an individual mandate, making it compulsory for everyone to buy a health insurance plan. I get the idea: mandates are an important step to controlling costs and achieving a universal health care, but mandates should be accompanied by a public health insurance option in order to serve as an “option of good conscience” — an escape hatch for those of us who have moral objections to being forced under penalty of law to finance the corrupt insurance cartels.

And the Baucus Plan doesn’t offer a public insurance option.

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By Ramsey Clark, Information Clearing House, September 9, 2009

Throughout history, torture has always been an instrument of tyranny. The very purpose of the Grand Inquisitor was to compel absolute obedience to authority. Torture was the weapon he used in the struggle to force freedom to submit to authority.

Fear is the principal element in both public acceptance of torture and individual submission to it. The frightened public is persuaded that only torture can force confessions essential to prevent catastrophic acts—terrorism in the present context. The frightened victim is persuaded torture will be unbearable, or be his death.

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Howard Dean takes “Gin Grinch” to the wood shed

My humble apologies for the Faux news video, it’s all I can do to keep from gaggin, but John Dean and John Podesta do such a good job of decimating the Grinch I figured it might pass muster. I take no responsibility for any ill effects suffered from viewing it, such as Pelosi Syndrome or Hoyer Hump, and with great trepidation present it here with the Grinch, in his own territory, being taken to the wood shed by, non other than, Dr. Dean…G:

ThinkProgress Interview With John Podesta

John Podesta didn’t speak truth to power as well as John Dean, but as head of the Obama transition team and the President and CEO of the Center for American Progress Action Fund is a known advocate for single pay health care.

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All The President’s Men: SNL’s Commander-In-Chief Impressions From The 70’s To Today (VIDEO)

Huffington Post |  Alex Leo
First Posted: 09- 8-09 05:30 PM   |   Updated: 09- 8-09 09:01 PM

As we here at HuffPost await the September 26th return of “Saturday Night Live,” we take you back to the beginning when Chevy Chase made Ford look foolish, and Dan Aykroyd showed us the higher side of Jimmy Carter. Unfortunately, Aykroyd’s Nixon impression isn’t available online, please let us know if we missed others!

VIDEOS & MORE HERE

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