Archive: September, 2009

Obama’s Health Care Speech

★ I thought that Pres. Obama killed it in his Health Care speech to congress last night. A lot of his address simply called out the right-wing on their misleading rhetoric and all around childish behavior. I only caught pieces of the speech, because I was watching it while coding away at an application I’m building, but here are some of the highlights that stuck out to me.

Fiscal Conservatives -
Obama delivered a blow to the argument of some of the self-professed fiscal conservatives. He decried how the Bush tax cuts, the Bush war in Iraq and the Bush prescription drug plan helped explode the deficit, squandering the Clinton surplus and plunging us deep in debt. No one who voted for that unholy trinity can credibly oppose Obama’s health reforms on fiscal grounds.

Public Options -
He explained why the competition that a public option would create is a good thing because it would keep pressure on private insurers to keep their prices affordable and treat their customers better. I like the example he chose to use:

“Public colleges and universities provide additional choice and competition to students without in anyway inhibiting a vibrant system of private colleges and universities.”