CALL TO ARMS
President Barack Obama rallied a skeptical Congress and a conflicted country to support a health care plan that would cover most of the uninsured, as Republicans continued to show strong opposition.
"I am not the first President to take up this cause, but I am determined to be the last," said the president.
*WATCH THE NOTEBOOK VIDEO MISHMASH ABOVE*
(Includes reaction from Young Democrat Stephen Eisele and Missouri State College Republican Nate Gueltzau)
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PLUS: OFFICIAL REACTION (IN ORDER OF RECEPTION):
Billy Long, 7th District Congressional Candidate: "I was disappointed to watch President Obama continue to promote his misleading health care plan, which will not improve access to quality health care for people in southwest Missouri. Instead of a government takeover of health care filled with mandates, we should be promoting policies that can work such as issuing tax credits to allow people to purchase health care, allowing small businesses to pool together to purchase insurance at lower rates, reforming medical malpractice laws, making it easier for people to transfer their health insurance when leaving a job or moving to another state, and ensuring that patients and doctors are in charge of their health care."
Sen. Kit Bond: "The American people want health care reform that lowers costs, increases access and improves care, not a government takeover of health care that will increase costs, force millions of Americans off their current health care plan, raise taxes, increase the deficit and put medical decisions in the hands of a government bureaucrat. In short, they do not want government to over-reach, over-manage, over-spend."
Donn Sorensen, Executive Vice President, St. John's Hospital: "Whatever the federal government does for reform, they should look closely at the demonstration projects already underway to increase quality while reducing costs. St. John's has been participating in the national Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services Physician Group Practice Demonstration (PGP) project and in the last three years, documented better Medicare patient care measures while lowering costs. As a result of improved efficiency by better medically managing patients St. John’s was one of five participants to share performance payments as part of savings generated for the Medicare Trust Fund. Patients in this project consistently followed treatments in a coordinated manner proven to give the best outcomes, which improved care and decreased costs. Whatever takes place in the weeks ahead, Congress should not lose sight of the fact that these types of activities have already been demonstrated and could be replicated across the country."
Sen. Claire McCaskill: "After hosting town halls throughout Missouri, I think the President did a good job correcting all the misinformation that has been spread. Now with the stakes made clear, it’s time to work on reasonable health insurance reform that will bring down the cost of health care, improve the way care is provided, and do it in a way that doesn’t saddle our grandchildren with our debt. He did a great job of explaining that the price of doing nothing is much too steep and those who are blocking health care reform are engaged in very risky behavior."
Lloyd Smith, Mo. Republican Party: "Attempting to salvage his fading hopes for radical health care reform and reverse his plummeting approval ratings, President Obama has resorted to yet another prime-time televised address. But instead of using the opportunity to present new ideas, Obama simply rehashed his discredited arguments and platitudes about bipartisanship without adding anything substantive to the debate. President Obama’s ubiquity is quickly wearing thin with the American people, who have made it clear that a government takeover of our health care system is unacceptable. It is time for President Obama and Democrats to scrap their current bloated, costly, and burdensome legislation and start from scratch—because the American people are demanding a new plan, not a new speech."