President Barack Obama described the stakes of this weekend’s health care vote before a large crowd at George Mason University. With Sunday’s expected vote hanging on the support of just a handful of undecided Democrats, the President delivered a closing argument for the goal to which he has devoted much of his presidency.
During his speech he emphasized the bill’s provisions that would go into effect this year, including those banning insurers from denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions, dropping coverage when a person becomes ill or imposing annual or lifetime limits on care, and requiring free preventive care and allowing children to stay on parents’ policies into their 20s. He said “the insurance industry will continue to run amok” if the vote fails.
Obama urged lawmakers to reach beyond today’s disputes and grasp the history-making aspect of the effort. “It’s a debate that is not only about the cost of our health care but the character of our country, about whether we can still meet the challenges of our time, about whether we’re still a nation that gives its citizens a chance to reach their dreams,” Obama said. What do you think?