Obama In Raleigh For Health Care Event

President Barack Obama says he doesn't want future generations to look back on the health care debate and say lawmakers focused on "petty politics" when they had a chance to help millions.

Nor does he want them to say Washington preserved the status quo for special interests or wasted the chance to get health care right.

As he urged Congress to send him a bill, Obama said he wants future generations to say lawmakers seized the moment and met the challenge to extend health insurance to millions of uninsured people and reduce costs for all.

Obama addressed a town hall meeting in Raleigh, N.C., about his plan to overhaul the U.S. health care system.

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  • by BMW on Dec 14, 2009 at 05:45 PM
    Watch Fox News???? I'm better off watching Entertainment Tonight. www.foxnewsboycott.com
  • by Wow Location: Greenville on Aug 6, 2009 at 06:00 AM
    Are you seriously trying to use welfare as an example of a program that offers no benefit?? Just because it doesn't benefit YOU doesn't mean the program shouldn't exist. You would be glad to have it if disaster struck and you couldn't make ends meet for a while. Yes, there are lazy leeches out there milking the system for all they can, but generalizing everyone utilizing welfare as "lazy" is wrong. Not everyone can pull themselves up by the "bootstraps" which seems to be a commonly conceived idea among many people fortunate enough to be healthy and employed.
  • by Tim W Location: Wilmar on Aug 5, 2009 at 09:00 PM
    hey jaded the problem isn't the doctors and not totally the insurance companies. Its lawyers and our crooked @$$ judicial system handing out cash to the free loaders. You know what happens to a lawyer that takes viagra..He gets taller. Keep running and crying to the lawyers that is the primary reason we cannot afford anything. they are almost single handedly the reason we cannot afford groceries, medical care, utilities, vehicles and everything else.
  • by me Location: whereever on Aug 5, 2009 at 08:57 PM
    Wow....Wow programs with no benefit, like ummm welfare? How about when those state employees got paycuts. did the entitlement recipients get paycuts to sit on their duff? I think not. Did the paycut state employee have to pay less to buy koolaid for the entitlement recipient? I think not. Get off you tail and go to work. There ARE jobs out there, just not ones they WANT.
  • by Wow Location: Greenville on Aug 5, 2009 at 12:42 PM
    Raider, health insurance is optional, yes. But to say that "people aren't denied health care due to not having health insurance" is a fallacy. There are plenty of doctor's offices that refuse to see you as a patient if you are not covered by an insurance plan or able to pay significant up-front cost. What makes more sense and would cost less - John Doe goes to see the regular doctor and get his nagging cough checked out OR him waiting since he can't pay till finally he goes to the E.R. and has to have a 2 week hospital stay and medical treatment for pneumonia? Would it be cheaper to go get your cholesterol checked out early and then regulate it with drugs or wait till you have a massive heart attack and either die or have to get a $100,000 bypass surgery? And the 30% of your check they take? I think we could agree that we could spend less on some things (war, programs with little or no benefit, etc) to be able to give a little more to everyone else.
  • by jaded on Aug 5, 2009 at 12:02 PM
    i don't understand why they can't just regulate the insurance companies.. they are the ones that are raising the costs and lowering the benefits... also if the lawyers would quit the stupid lawsuits, the doctors wouldn't have to charge so much for care.... i understand if someone is really hurt or killed due to the doctor not paying attention, but please half of the lawsuites are because know the can get money... people realize the doctor's are just practicing medicine,. they are not miracle workers. yeah there needs to be an overhaul of the insurance areas, but this is not the way to do it.. there needs to be an insurance war(like a gas war) then maybe they will lower some costs... Not very many individuals are happy about this issue, but name calling is not the answer... seems like obama should listen to what america's thoughts are and not his personal opinion... take polls, even post one on here or something, but do what is right...
  • by Raider Location: Winterville on Aug 5, 2009 at 11:07 AM
    So lavon, it appears that you are a proponent of Comunist/Socialist beliefs, and not those of Capitalism correct? You agree with their ideas and principals no? So what you are telling us is that you currently are uninsured because you disagree with the type of services that private insures provide right? I just want to make sure we are on the same page.
  • by Raider Location: Winterville on Aug 5, 2009 at 11:01 AM
    To WOW, if 10% of what I earn is good enough for Jesus, it should be more then enough for Uncle Sam. I'm tired of paying more and more in taxes to support government programs, PERIOD!! If you want to give them your yearly earning, feel free…I don’t. They need to make better use of the 30% of my check they currently take. For the record, people aren't denied health care due to not having health insurance; it just costs more out of pocket after they receive care. Thus, once again having health insurance is an OPTION not a REQUIRMENT!! People have insurance "just in case" something goes wrong. No one forces anyone to have health insurance.
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Aug 5, 2009 at 10:19 AM
    Aww Mary your so negative, stop being a pessimist. LOL!! Hey Raider- I hope and pray that private insurance bites the dust. Good enough for them.
  • by Wow Location: Greenville on Aug 5, 2009 at 10:13 AM
    Oh yeah, cause just look how in England and Canada all those old folks are just left dying out in the streets. Not a day goes by that the headlines are not just blowing up with stories of that happening. I will tell you a headline you won't see from any other modern, first world country - "Man forced to declare bankruptcy due to staggering medical bills even though he was insured!" Seriously, look at the real facts and decide for yourself. These neo-cons push agendas that they think are 'american' or 'christian values', but in reality are just most of the same - the status quo - padding the insurance companies pockets so their CEOs can go out and buy a new yacht just by denying a few people that "experimental" bone marrow transplant! Saying you don't want to help insure people that "don't deserve it" is really just another way to say that your money means more to you than other people's lives.
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