Monday, September 7, 2009

Obama's speech on health care is conflicting suggestions

President Barack Obama will not be a shortage of advice on what to say in his health care speech to Congress, and much of the conflict.
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, with daughters Malia and Sasha, left, return to the White House in Washington after five days at Camp David Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009.
Left wants him to play a call to action in his Wednesday address, clear and bold. Conservatives hope he comes back from his work for the radical changes this year and breaking the health care legislation in smaller chunks.

All are hungry for specific information about Obama's stand on the important elements of the package.

The biggest challenge he faces is to take ownership of the legislation, which until now has been shaped by political conflict in Congress. Legislator back this week from vacation, so that the forums on controversial issues in their areas and undermine public support for an overhaul.

Obama was displaying its new health care issue in a Labor Day speech Monday in Cincinnati in an AFL-CIO picnic.

The president, admired worldwide for his oratory, has been struggling to find the right message about health care. Opinion polls show Americans are losing confidence in his vision of a modernized system with guaranteed coverage and lower costs.

On Sunday public affairs shows, political luminaries lined up to give advice about Obama's speech.

"I hope wisdom Wednesday night, said Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. Appears on CNN's "State of the Union." Klobuchar said that some of the feelings in the August forums are dissipating, and voters are now focusing on how they will cost to rise if Congress does not act.

Former Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean said Obama must see the political reality, and acknowledges he will not get much support from Republicans. Instead, Obama use his prime-time address to unite the party, "he said.

"What people værdi more than anything andet in a president is strengthening, and there are, what we have achieved that look," Dean sawn "Fox News Sunday."

Senator Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. Said yesterday bread would lead the Democrats in a dead end.

He will say: 'I'm going to remove the tires. ... Here are the four or five things that we can get done, and we can do them in a nonpartisan way, "said Alexander, also on Fox.

At least one high-profile controversy, there was little clarity from Obama administration Sunday. The President's bottom line on a public insurance option remained unclear by the White House emphasized support, but stopped short to call it a must-have.

Obama believes it should be in the plan, and he expects to be in the plan and it is our position, "said political consultant David Axelrod.

Asked whether this means that Obama would only sign a bill with a public plan, Axelrod said: "I'm not going to deal with the hypothetical. ... He believes it is important."

The idea of an official plan has been a symbol of the government's reach.

Supporters say it will give people the security benefits as they grow older Americans through Medicare, while the medical decisions that doctors and patients. The plan will be offered along with private coverage through a new form for the purchase of pool is called an insurance exchange. At least initially will be open exchange for small employers and the people who buy their own coverage.

Insurance company said they could not compete with the government's pricing power. Employers claim that it would undermine job-based coverage.

While many House Democrats support a public plan, the Senate vote appears to be missing.
Source:Associated Press

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