Much as I am tempted to crow, “See, didn’t I say so?”, I will restrain myself, considering there is more work ahead. For now, I will satisfy myself reading the excerpts/analysis of President Obama’s speech and watching the “Maestro” work his magic at the joint session of congress…
- It will provide more security and stability to those who have health insurance.
- It will provide insurance to those who don’t.
- And it will slow the growth of health care costs for our families, our businesses, and our government.
- It’s a plan that asks everyone to take responsibility for meeting this challenge – not just government and insurance companies, but employers and individuals.
- And it’s a plan that incorporates ideas from Senators and Congressmen; from Democrats and Republicans – and yes, from some of my opponents in both the primary and general election.
Joan Walsh of The Salon:
I know some Democrats doubted whether President Obama’s healthcare speech to a Joint Session of Congress could be a so-called “game-changer.” , I heard from Obama supporters who were tired of inspiring speeches and who wanted action from the president instead. I sympathized.
But if ever a speech was a form of action, it was Obama’s Wednesday night.
……. The president must realize his party colleagues are the ones who can save or sabotage his presidency, and act accordingly. After Wednesday night’s speech, I have some faith that he will.
Todd Gitlin in Talking Points Memo:
I want to say only a small thing about a very large thing: his spirit.He sounded like a winner. Like all great preachers, he started methodically and built to crescendos.
Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo:
I found this a difficult speech to judge. Especially at the beginning,….It was only in the latter stages that it really began to build a cadence and rhetorical power that carried and elevated the moment, that the line items and hitting of particular points for different groups gave way to something broader and richer.
Taken together I thought President Obama did a solid job laying out the essential elements of his reform, rebuking the liars and laying out some beginnings of an elevating vision of just what this whole effort is about.
……I think Obama may have resumed a certain command over the debate. Because the contrast between him and the hucksters to whom the Republicans have ceded this debate, and the difference between the actual details of reform and whatever it is everyone has been talking about through August, is simply very difficult to ignore.
Matt Yglesias of Think Progess:
POTUS did a great job of breaking down what’s actually in the bill, and both making the case for the public option and also putting it in perspective.
Erza Klein in Washington Post:
……But if Obama hasn’t created the perfect plan, he’s created something arguably more impressive: a plan that actually might pass. That plan might not do enough to change the system, and it may not spend enough to protect everybody, but there is plenty in the proposal that will better the lives, health coverage, and financial security for millions of real people. It will insure around 30 million Americans and protect tens of millions more from insurer discrimination, medical bankruptcy and rescission. It will bring more evidence to medicine and more competition to the insurance market. That may not be perfection, but it is improvement. And it is achievable.
And finally Malkan from The Daily Ping Pong:
I rest my case…
My friend G3 shares her views on this speech:
Boy, he doesn’t miss a chance to take a jab at the left , with some false equivalences with repugs. We are only demanding what he promised on the campaign trail. And I don’t understand why he is hell-bent on preserving those insurance industry jobs (that is his excuse for not going the sibngle payer way) while he didn’t hesitate a bit to ruthlessly cut those auto industry jobs (who were one of the few groups making “real” things). He didn’t even demand that those companies keep all the remaining jobs here (GM might even move HQ to Mexico I understand).
He is forgetting that it is the left which put him on top over Hillary. And he is due for a royal smackdown sometime. I think he gave way too much credit for the lunatic repugs. Some people refuse to learn.