Obama to Address Joint Session about Healthcare
September 9, 2009
President Obama is asking lawmakers to set aside their partisan gamesmanship and in turn work on drafting legislation that would benefit millions who have insurance and many more without it, on his speech Wednesday night.
“I am not the first president to take up this cause, but I am determined to be the last,” Obama said in excerpts released by the White House in advance of a prime-time speech to Congress.
Obama said the legislation that he is pushing would guarantee insurance to consumers, regardless of pre-existing medical conditions, as well as other protections.
“As soon as I sign this bill, it will be against the law for insurance companies to drop your coverage when you get sick or water it down when you need it most,” he added in the excerpts.
Obama also assured those with insurance that “nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have.”
The president also wants the legislation to “slow the growth of health care costs for our families.”
Near the end of his remarks, the president warned that if lawmakers don’t act, Americans will suffer.
The president’s speech came after a summer of setbacks and at the heels of an autumn where Obama and his allies in Congress are preparing for a campaign to enact his top domestic priority.
While the Democrats command strong majorities in both the House and the Senate; neither has been able to act on the president’s top priority, missing deadlines leaders had set for themselves.
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