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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:

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.



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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March 24: Obama’s Second Primetime News Conference (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post/AP |   March 18, 2009 02:36 PM


President Barack Obama said Tuesday night his attempts to lead the nation out of economic turmoil are beginning to yield results, and toned down his criticism of bonuses to executives at bailed-out AIG.

At the second prime-time news conference of his presidency, Obama also cast his budget — now under review in Congress — as essential if the economy is to recover. The tax and spending plan “is inseparable from this recovery because it is what lays the foundation for a secure and lasting prosperity,” he said.


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