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President Obama Sets the Record Straight Over Healthcare

"They will not be able to drop your coverage if you get sick. They will not be able to water down your coverage when you need it." - President Obama

President Barack Obama official photo
President Barack Obama official photo

(WASHINGTON D.C.) - President Barack Obama says that if we want this country to succeed in the 21st century then we're going to have to take the steps necessary to lay a new foundation for economic growth.

"We need to build an economy that works for everybody, and not just some people," Obama said today on Health Insurance Reform in Portsmouth, New Hampshireā€¸.

Speaking at a high school there, the President took his critics straight on and laid out the plan that he says will be a great benefit for Americans, while removing ridiculous restrictions and mandates that render insurance almost unusable in some cases.

"Now, health insurance reform is one of those pillars that we need to build up that new foundation. I don't have to explain to you that nearly 46 million Americans don't have health insurance coverage today."

The figures border on astounding, according to the President.

"In the wealthiest nation on earth, 46 million of our fellow citizens have no coverage. They are just vulnerable. If something happens, they go bankrupt, or they don't get the care they need."

He says it is just as important that we accomplish health insurance reform for the Americans who do have health insurance

"...because right now we have a health care system that too often works better for the insurance industry than it does for the American people. And we've got to change that."

The crowd roared with applause as Obama continued, "Now, let me just start by setting the record straight on a few things I've been hearing out here about reform. Under the reform we're proposing, if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan."

"You will not be waiting in any lines. This is not about putting the government in charge of your health insurance. I don't believe anyone should be in charge of your health insurance decisions but you and your doctor. I don't think government bureaucrats should be meddling, but I also don't think insurance company bureaucrats should be meddling. That's the health care system I believe in."

The conversation turned almost sadly humorous when the President illustrated what some Americans actually have to worry about.

Obama said, "One woman testified that an insurance company would not cover her internal organs because of an accident she had when she was five years old. Think about that -- that covers a lot of stuff. They're only going to cover your skin. (Laughter.) Dermatology, that's covered; nothing else."

"Another lost his coverage in the middle of chemotherapy because the insurance company discovered he had gall stones that he hadn't known about when he applied for insurance. Now, that is wrong, and that will change when we pass health care reform. That is going to be a priority."

The President says that under the reform that is proposed by his Administration, insurance companies will be prohibited from denying coverage because of a person's medical history. Period.

"They will not be able to drop your coverage if you get sick. They will not be able to water down your coverage when you need it. Your health insurance should be there for you when it counts -- not just when you're paying premiums, but when you actually get sick. And it will be when we pass this plan."

Under the new health insurance reform package, insurance companies will no longer be able to place some arbitrary cap on the amount of coverage you can receive in a given year or a lifetime.

"And we will place a limit on how much you can be charged for out-of-pocket expenses, because no one in America should go broke because they get sick."

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Anonymous August 12, 2009 7:48 pm (Pacific time)

my post before the double grrr. did not get posted..basically it said.. republican and democrats please quit fighting with one another. it makes me cry

Anonymous August 12, 2009 1:45 pm (Pacific time)

double grrrrrrr!!!! :-) I always forget to add the gosh darn link!! :-)

Henry Ruark August 11, 2009 5:27 pm (Pacific time)

To all: It is true that "Truth will set you free" --but YOU must be able to recognize it when encountered --and appreciate it when recognized.

Anonymous August 11, 2009 4:36 pm (Pacific time)

I learn, I research, I love people, I love our country, and I pray for our military. I consider myself a good husband and father, and all I try to do is express my voice because I like the Constitution. Thats it. Simple as that. Keith Olbermann now is comparing me to hamas and hezbollah. Glen beck thinks I need to be arrested, Mr Matthews says I am racist. pelosi says I am un-american. etc. things are getting quite strange these days.

Anonymous August 11, 2009 3:54 pm (Pacific time)

1. dont read the thousand pages, just vote for it. 2. how many things has obama promised, then went back on his promises. Pretty much every word out of his mouth. 3. This bill wreaks of eugenics. 4. The insurance industries are overloaded with worthless derivatives. This bill will bail them out, so this bill is about another bailout, now for the insurance agencies. Who, by the way, gave millions to the obama campaign. 5. Why is obama pushing so hard on cap and trade and health care bill? Answer: bush lost popularity, so a new face had to come into play. The new face is losing popularity quickly, so get the control before its too late. Stop this health care bill, and stop the cap and trade bill. Take a breath and lets deal with this stuff in a slower more intelligent, and transparent manner.

dude August 11, 2009 3:52 pm (Pacific time)

Sorry mr. president I don't trust anything you say anymore. Too many lies from this warmonger already so far. The only reason people want this is they think they're getting something free. I have a buddy who's 25 and his health
insurance rates are $2000 a month, no surprise he'd back this because he thinks it's better than nothing I'm sure plus he's been a loyal obama-ist from day one anyways. Medical expenses are the #1 cause of bankruptcy in america. Obama really knows how to tell you what you want to hear, which any good pimp in the game does. Gotta make sure you really look into the fine print.

Editor: Well Chris, you know I don't agree with you but I am going to publish your opinion on this.   I just shake my head as I read you charge of "warmonger" and I think most people won't ever take it seriously.  Besides, all you have done is complain about Obama since it started, while you make it sound like you're just abandoning the American ship.  I think that sounds like pure closet republican stuff.  Plus, your pimp comment is clearly some kind of a not-so-clever racial jab but that's OK.  I think you do your cause far more harm than good when you write this stuff.

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