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article imagePresident Obama makes health care push about people

By Matthew Moran     Jul 18, 2009 in Politics
In his weekly radio address, U.S. President Barack Obama pushed personal stories while touting his health care plan. A bill introduced in Congress this week is meeting heavy opposition.
Universal health care, the issue at hand before the U.S. Congress, is about "every-single American."
That Saturday from U.S. President Barack Obama who, in his weekly radio address, pushed personal stories in an effort to win over support for his health care plan.
A bill to create a public health insurance option and guarantee every American health insurance was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives this week and is undergoing committee revisions.
The hefty price tag, somewhere around $1 trillion over 10 years, has garnered a lot of the spotlight. President Obama did his best Saturday to persuade Americans that the debate is about people.
"It’s about every family unable to keep up with soaring out of pocket costs and premiums rising three times faster than wages. Every worker afraid of losing health insurance if they lose their job, or change jobs. Everyone who’s worried that they may not be able to get insurance or change insurance if someone in their family has a pre-existing condition," said President Obama.
He went on to describe personal stories from around the country.
"It’s about a woman in Colorado who told us that when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, her insurance company – the one she’d paid over $700 a month to – refused to pay for her treatment. She had to use up her retirement funds to save her own life.
"It’s about a man from Maryland who sent us his story – a middle class college graduate whose health insurance expired when he changed jobs," reads the official transcript, which can be read here. "During that time, he needed emergency surgery, and woke up $10,000 in debt – debt that has left him unable to save, buy a home, or make a career change."
President Obama will continue to devote time to the issue, undoubtedly, over the next several weeks. Polls show the country has mixed feelings on the universal health care and many are questioning the sheer size of the plan.
Polling done by Rasmussen Reports shows that 49 percent of the country is opposed to universal reform, while 46 percent support it.
The most important issue, however, to Americans is cost. Sixty-one percent say cost is more important than coverage.
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