Live blog tonight. comment away.
Notice the red, white and blue — Biden in blue, Pelosi in red, Obama in blue suit and red tie. Planned?
Well, you can sure tell where the Democrats are sitting in the audience.
“No one should be treated that way in the United States of America.” Amen.
1. No change for people who have insurance now. Repeat.
2. Insurance cannot be denied for preexisting condition.
3. Insurance companies cannot drop or reduce coverage people are paying for.
4. No annual or lifetime caps.
5. Limit on patients’ out of pocket expenses.
6. Checkups and preventive care will be covered.
Quality, affordable choice:
1. Insurance exchange. I’m not excited about the exchange. Tell me about the public option. Repubs are applauding the exchange.
2. Tax credits for low income insurance purchasers.
3. OK, I’m lost with the McCain thing. I’ll have to check that.
Oh, those risk-taking young folks who don’t buy insurance. Mandatory health insurance. I think that’s the only way any of this can work.
Key controversies. Death panels. Lie, plain and simple. Republicans not applauding. Look at those meatheads.
Who is yelling about the illegal immigrants?
Paying for abortion — under the bus. Sad.
PUBLIC OPTION. He finally mentions it.
Stress competition. Good point.
Not for profit public option. Must have. Less than 5 percent of Americans would sign up? Hmmm. Taxpayers not subsidizing. Option self-sufficient? Compare to public and private colleges. Good comparison.
Yeah, we’re open to other ideas, but the public option is a minimum.
“If Americans can’t find affordable coverage, we will provide you with a choice.”
“No government bureaucrat or insurance company bureaucrat will get between you and the coverage you need.”
Not one dime to deficit. OK.
Waste, fraud, abuse. Talk to seniors. Demagoguery and distortion. History of Medicare.
“Reducing the waste and inefficiency in Medicare and Medicaid will pay for most of this plan.” I’m skeptical, but maybe it’s possible
“I don’t believe malpractice reform is a silver bullet, but I have talked to enough doctors to know that defensive medicine may be contributing to unnecessary costs.” It isn’t, but even doctors believe it is. He’s throwing a bone to the Right.
Add it all up, and the plan I’m proposing will cost around $900 billion over ten years â€“ less than we have spent on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and less than the tax cuts for the wealthiest few Americans that Congress passed at the beginning of the previous administration.
Let’s put that on a T-shirt.
Most of these costs will be paid for with money already being spent â€“ but spent badly â€“ in the existing health care system.
But know this: I will not waste time with those who have made the calculation that it’s better politics to kill this plan than improve it.
The NY Times has the full transcript. Ted Kennedy comin’ up.
Obama is pulling the guilt strings. All you Republicans knew Ted Kennedy. Heh.
And they knew that when any government measure, no matter how carefully crafted or beneficial, is subject to scorn; when any efforts to help people in need are attacked as un-American; when facts and reason are thrown overboard and only timidity passes for wisdom, and we can no longer even engage in a civil conversation with each other over the things that truly matter â€“ that at that point we don’t merely lose our capacity to solve big challenges. We lose something essential about ourselves.
He’s getting emotional.
What was true then remains true today. I understand how difficult this health care debate has been. I know that many in this country are deeply skeptical that government is looking out for them. I understand that the politically safe move would be to kick the can further down the road â€“ to defer reform one more year, or one more election, or one more term.
But that’s not what the moment calls for. That’s not what we came here to do. We did not come to fear the future. We came here to shape it. I still believe we can act even when it’s hard.
OK, that was the speech. I still don’t know what the yelling was about with the immigrants.
Rachel Maddow thinks we liberals will be happy with the latter part of the speech.
First impression: Charles Boustany is less of a dork than Bobby Jindal.
Summary: Lies, lies, lies, lies, lies.
No insurance across state lines. It’s a scam.
Olbermann: Dr. Boustany has been sued for malpractice three times.
The yeller was Congressman Joe Wilson of South Carolina, who yelled “You lie!” when the President said there would be no coverage for illegal aliens.