Obama In Plea For Health Care: 'We Need Courage'

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Strongsville, Ohio (AP) -- President Barack Obama is delivering a new appeal to Congress on health care -- "we need courage."

Addressing a crowd in Ohio on Monday, Obama was briefly interrupted by a woman who shouted, "we need courage."

He quickly adopted the line and repeated it.

Obama had used his speech to try to reassure seniors that his health care plan will make medicare stronger.

Obama and congressional democratic leaders are scrambling to secure the support for his top domestic initiative, with votes possible later this week.

They are trying to persuade nervous democrats to back the legislation.

Obama's Ohio appearance was his third campaign-style event in a week.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by crystal Location: Spooner, WI on Mar 22, 2010 at 10:22 AM
    I am not here to pass blame on anyone. This bill may help lots of people. But, it wont be helping me. I am jobless and live with my mother and my brother. This makes me a leach on society as far as most are concerned. But I am not just a lazy person who refuses to work, although there are no jobs in this area. I am full time caretaker for my nephew. My brother pays me 40$ a week and I am with his son from the time he gets up in the morning to the time he goes to bed. He can't afford more. So when I get a fine I can't pay for not getting insurance I can't afford and go to jail, what happens to them. Does my brother have to quit his job to take care of his son and get on Welfare and Badger care? Will there still be insurance through Welfare for him to go on? Why is it that in England and Canada they seem to have a sucessful Health Care Plan that doesn't seem to put out the citizens of their respective countries, But ours has to be a do or die situation?
  • by Pburg resident on Mar 19, 2010 at 07:03 PM
    ko...I agree with your last sentence. I like a man who keeps his word, as well.
  • by no way on Mar 19, 2010 at 03:20 PM
    keep your head in the sand and ignore what that so called sorry excuse for a president is doing. he and his fellow democrats are trying to push a bill that will raise taxes. will force you to buy their insurance. will wipe out private health care. when they do their little trick of pretending to pass the bill and just saying it is passed more of your rights will be gone. forcing people to buy health insurance is unconstitutional. and will go down in flames.
  • by ko Location: Pburg on Mar 18, 2010 at 09:19 PM
    no way,know the facts,when clinton was president,republicans were the majority in congress,this is why clinton could not pass health care reform.Health care reform was no where near bush's agenda since some of his biggest donors was the health care industry.If you read the bill your comments are false.You can refuse their insurance and do like myself,i buy my own through my employer,or you can be like 40,000 people a year who have no insurance and die.In this bill there will be regulations to control what insurance companies can charge,this helps control costs.Deregulation(republicans) is one of the reasons the health insurance industry gets away with gouging consumers and canceling their policies when they get sick.One of Obama's platforms when he was campaigning for president was to pass health care reform and he will,like it or not.I like a man who keeps his word.
  • by no way on Mar 18, 2010 at 07:42 PM
    resident.have you not been watching the news. have you not read anything on the subject, other than the democrat propaganda machine. this bill does not lower the cost of insurance, it forces people to buy it, even if you cant afford it. that is not help. that is not the answer to the problem. if that sob obama passes this i for one will refuse to buy their insurance.
  • by Pburg Resident on Mar 17, 2010 at 07:29 PM
    no way, I believe you simply are incorrect in your statement that Americans would lose the right to choose their health insurance carrier. I haven't read the bill line by line, but I have read several overviews of the bill and non of those indicate what you are alluding to. Please point out the portion of the bill YOU read that states that Americans will lose their right to choose their own provider. Perhaps I've missed it, or perhaps you have misinterpreted the meaning.
  • by no way Location: n on Mar 17, 2010 at 05:59 AM
    bre. and so did the democrats under cinton . so dont just blame bush. the dems did nothing either. and what osama is planning will not help us, it will only help the insurance companies. they will jack their prices up when insurance becomes mandatory. that is his idea of fixing the problem. than we dont need his fix.
  • by ko Location: pburg on Mar 17, 2010 at 04:30 AM
    40,000 people a year die because of lack of health insurance,these numbers are unacceptable
  • by ko Location: pburg on Mar 17, 2010 at 04:28 AM
    any plan is better than no plan(republicans).insurance companies in ca. trying to raise premiums 39%,GREED.the insured are paying for the uninsured through rising premiums,hospitals are inflating costs of the insured to make up for losses treating the uninsured and then hospitals pass the inflated rates on to insurance companies,therefore insurance companies keep raising premiums every year.republicans did not want government run health insurance(medicare) either,ask seniors if they like their government run health insurance(medicare) and most would tell you,although not perfect, they are thankful to have it.it is not right for people who have worked their whole lives and have been productive members of society to get sick and have to file bankruptcy, some losing everything they have worked for their whole lives because of medical bills and costs.TIM, speaking of freedom,every american citizen should have the right and freedom to receive medical treatment when they are sick.
  • by no way on Mar 16, 2010 at 08:35 PM
    well said tim. this generation is all too willing to hand over the rights that our fathers fought and died for. i think it is that they want everything handed to them. and if they have to give up rights to get it, than so be it.. i for one do not want the gov telling me i have to buy their insurance which history has shown will be severely inflated. look what they did to car insurance when it was made mandatory . my 60 dollar a month bill went to 160 a month. imagine what they will do to health insurance.
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