Health Care Reform Address Reaction

Response in North Carolina to President Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress didn't appear to eliminate the sharp divisions on the most vocal sides of the health care issue.

A crowd of more than 1,000 people listening to him Wednesday night at a Raleigh event put on by a conservative watchdog group booed at times and laughed at some of Obama's comments.

Ralph Dean of Raleigh said the president again failed to provide specifics about the plan he wants Congress to pass.

Democrats who heard his speech praised Obama. State Democratic Party Chairman David Young said he made a compelling case about the need to pass health insurance reform this year. Young said Republicans are only opposed to reform to hurt the president.
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Democratic Senator Kay Hagan released this statement:
“Tonight President Obama addressed Congress and the nation about his vision for health care reform. He said we need to provide security and stability to people who have insurance, expand access to health insurance to those who do not, and slow down the exploding costs of health care.

“The President is dedicated, as I am, to strengthening our existing, employer-based system. We agree the reform package must stabilize costs, expand coverage and ensure that a preexisting condition does not prevent anyone from obtaining health insurance. As I have said all along and the President just confirmed – people who like their current insurance and doctors will keep them. The President also wants to create more competition in the insurance market and help small businesses provide health insurance coverage, which I believe are critical components for inclusion in the final bill.

“The President was adamant that health care reform will not add to our federal deficit now or in the future. He specifically said he would not sign a bill that adds one dime to our deficit, which has been a requirement of mine all along.

“I agree with President Obama that our country needs health care reform that stabilizes costs and provides security to our families. A medical condition should never cause a family to declare bankruptcy.”

Republican Senator Richard Burr released this statement:
“I applaud the president’s call for action on health care reform, and agree that we must do something. Whatever we do, however, we must get it right. Any plan we consider must promote wellness, prevention, and chronic disease management while expanding access to quality care for all Americans. Further, any health care reform legislation must be financially sustainable over the long term.

“Recently, I have heard from many North Carolinians who are adamant that health care reform not be rushed through Congress. I am hopeful that my colleagues will realize the need to pass responsible health care reform on a bipartisan basis, not just push legislation through without proper debate and consideration of the consequences for all Americans.”

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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washinton on Sep 17, 2009 at 04:46 PM
    Food, I think Southern Liberal gets to good point and a bad one. Yes, we want reform, we don't want government reform because most doctors offices don't take all medicare patients and you should know that. Why, you know why, its the federal government and they regulate what a doctor can do. You also know that most seniors have "supplement" policies. Why, I don't have to tell you again if you are in the practice. I thank you for what you do and admire your career, however, you are good at it, compassionate at it but politcally don't understand the objection here. We have no competition across states, no pulls for groups due to politics. It would be cheaper to subsidize people than to create a gov system. Fix what we have, don't create another failure. Obama is trying to push a government option is now acceptable with me. I am still out on Co ops. You are a southerner, you know we fought the union for freedom from it, not just slavery but laws/trade they wanted on NC. Thanks for reading.
  • by The flood Location: Winterville on Sep 17, 2009 at 09:47 AM
    So southern liberal by your logic if you haven't fought in a war you have no credibility inyhat discussion. Heck if you haven't been president you have no credibility there either. Get it straight the healthcare legislation will make it worse for everyone forced to be a part of it. I have yet to meet a true healthcare professional (most of the people I know; mostly nurses) that likes this legislation or thinks it will work like it is advertised. This is more about creating government dependants than healthcare "reform". The government is simply not able to handle a program of this magnitude. They have failed at every one they have tried.
  • by Matt Location: NC on Sep 16, 2009 at 08:50 PM
    ACORN is the real story right now. WITN can hide it, NBC can hide it, ABC can hide it, CBS can hide it but, IT HAPPENED. Inform yourselves America. Stop for one second. Stop enjoying you SUV, your big house, your dining out, your reality shows and realize that your freedoms are being taken away, your earnings are being taxed to death to support groups like ACORN. A group that will help a pimp and a prositute get a home on YOUR MONEY to support a prostitution ring with 12-17 year old girls. You should all be outraged or ashamed. It's up to you.
  • by southern liberal Location: eastern NC on Sep 16, 2009 at 01:57 PM
    I've been busy working in health care the past few days,,,,,the real front lines, where I see what happens when people cannot afford medications, treatments..etc..I have been nice, now I will get serious, unless you have actually wiped a butt, started an IV on an elderly person who has made the choice not to take meds so they can eat, or care for a child whose family cannot afford to go the doctor because of "payment accepted at time of service" THEN you have no credibility in any of the health care debate...if there is a public option for those (not talking medicaid/ medicare) but those who fall in the cracks, then our health care will improve...Snake oil, flod, etc,,,you people are selfish...and unfortunately, I will be involved in your care one day..but I will deliver it, professionally, compassoinately, competently and put your prejudice and ignorance where they belong..and do no harm...
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Sep 15, 2009 at 04:06 PM
    Sorry southern liberal, as a democrat I can tell you the liberals are robbing you of you freedom. If you smoke, you will do it outside in NC, pay more taxes for it and loose your right to choose. It will be made by our houses and the president. Where you got this as a republican thing, well, pay attention to Purdue. Political correctness is owned by the left, not the democrats, but they dominate the party and views. The flood has it right, where have you been? Real people, get real, we don't want a government run health care, we want one regulated one. Someone just got off the bus. This is about your freedom, you know, what America fought so hard to have...If you do not think the poor get medical attention, go to an ER anywhere. Stop drinking that koolaid, its time to grow up.
  • by Real people Location: easter nc on Sep 15, 2009 at 03:00 PM
    Everyone has a comment on Pres. Obama health care plan. If you don't like what the man is doing, why don't you people get off of the computer criticing and put your fingers to work to offer concrete solutions on how to help all american, not the rich, the poor or the needy but all. If you put as much thought into trying to tear down what the President is doing, maybe you will come up with a plan that will bring back prosperity to all people. Hmm, picture that!
  • by The flood Location: Winterville on Sep 14, 2009 at 10:43 AM
    Gee southern liberal I think you got your parties mixed up because that sounds like what the dems are trying to do. I am sorry that you can only deal in hyperbole and stereotypes. I would like to know what exact language I used to make you think I wished for Obama's death. Quite the opposite. I wish for him a long life where he can see the results of the damage he is doing. You have the playbook down though because making us defend against your baseless accusations takes away from the real debate. Saul Aulinsky in full display.
  • by southern liberal Location: eastern nc on Sep 14, 2009 at 09:33 AM
    conservatives are those who would STIFLE my FREEDOM of thought, religion, free speech, what I choose to read, how to pray, how and when to carry a gun (as long as it meets with your worthless agenda), what to watch on TV or a movie...and make sure you monitor all of my e-mail, etc...and to anon, it already takes months to get an appointment, then and many times you can get that appointment, only if your insurance will approve the visit...if health care reform is not enacted, people will die needlessly, and the "blood"(figure of speech) will be on those who through cold hearts, small minds, and no souls, fought it....and God said, I see you stood aginst caring for my children,,,,get away, I knew you not.... and to "the flood" sure seems that way
  • by Anonymous on Sep 14, 2009 at 09:03 AM
    So, because I am against what Obama is doing I am a racist? I dont have the right to stand up for my Constitutional rights? The Constitution was founded on christian beleifs, yet the President claims we are not a christian nation. “ I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. ” Is he not in violation of his oath of office?
  • by The flood Location: Winterville on Sep 14, 2009 at 08:14 AM
    So southern liberal my hatred for Obama's policies is equal to me desiring his death? Is that what you are trying to say? That is even a step beyond calling me a racist. I guess you forget the plays and songs and protest signs your side had calling for Bush's assassination. Libs are like a cheating spouse who always accuses their spouse of cheating. You have become so accoustomed to spewing hate that you automaticaly assume the other side must be doing it as well.

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