I’m going to try something new for me and do a live blog of the President’s speech to Congress. Feel free to join me in the comments section.
This post will be updated as the show progresses. Right now I have to suffer through a few more minutes of “Entertainment Tonight.”
7:00 Ooooh… to blog the Republican response or not? Hmm…
7:02 First Lady looking great!
7:06 ABC announcers talking about why Massachusetts reform didn’t work, and I am prone to agree.
7:10 If I hear the word “trigger” one more time, I’m gonna scream.
7:13 45 minutes estimated… hmm. More pot roast is called for (thanks, Sarah!).
7:16 Oooh yeah let’s do this!
7:18 “back from the brink.” I sure hope so.
7:19 “I am not the first President to take up this cause, but I am determined to be the last.” Hell yeah!
7:21 Hitting all salient points of the problem, and reminding us that we are the ONLY modern democracy / wealthy nation without national health care.
7:24 “Our healthcare problem IS our deficit problem.” YES.
7:25 President Obama is going for the gradual, measured approach rather than a huge shift. Interesting.
7:27 It sure doesn’t FEEL like we’re “closer to reform than we have ever been,” but I suppose that’s correct.
7:28 3 goals: Security and Stability
Insurance for those who don’t
slow the growth of health care costs
7:30 No more preexisting condition denials of coverage. Right on.
7:32 Through security and stability. Keep your insurance. Individual insurance. “Insurance exchange” makes a market-based approach sound good, but I am suspicious.
7:35 Uh oh. Individuals required to carry basic health insurance. But without a public option…?
7:37 Were those few clapping FOR or AGAINST misinformation?
7:38 Still gotta confront the lie of death panels, even at this late stage in the debate. So sad.
7:39 A fascinating little interchange starting when someone yelled out…
7:41 Holding insurance companies accountable is going to be a daunting task without a public option!
7:42 Oh finally, he brought up the public option. The meat of the issue. The analogy with public universities is a good one.
7:45 At least he’s insisting on a choice of insurance, whether it’s a “strong” public option or a weak one. Hmm.
7:46 No deficit spending to make health reform happen. Good. Not like that last guy.
7:48 Careful seniors, he might be brainwashing you through the teevee! (((((.))))) (((((.)))))
7:49 Hell yeah, those claiming that medicare is going away were the same ones trying to kill it all along!
7:51 Tort reform. Here we go.
7:53 An initiative to study tort reform. Hmm.
7:53 Putting the cost of health care in perspective — less than tax cuts for the wealthy OR the Iraq War! And, mostly paid for by money we are already spending.
7:54 So basically, Obama and Michelle Bachmann won’t be talking any more. :P
7:56 Health reform is both an individual and a social issue. And here comes the Ted Kennedy letter.
7:58 Health care IS a moral issue. Thank you, ghost of Ted Kennedy.
7:59 Empathy 101. Pay attention, America. Empathy and liberty are NOT mutually exclusive!
8:00 Oh yeah, we’ve been through this ideological argument before with Medicare, and we made the right choice.
8:01 This is the meat of the speech right here.
8:02 “We did not come here to fear the future; we came here to shape it.”
8:04 All done. ABC commentators calling it his most emotional speech, and I think there’s something to that.
8:06 Oh boy, here comes the Republican response.
8:07 Huh, where do you think our increased spending and economic woes came from? Hmm…
8:08 OK, is the official GOP response really going to be to misrepresent the CBO estimate again? He may as well show that crazy GOP health care chart.
8:09 So, it sounds like they’re down with 50% of the 80% that is consensus. Yippie.
8:10 NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT RATIONING CARE. Ughhh. And he’s done. And here come ridiculous stats about who applauded and when and how many times. Thank you TV media for ruining our national discourse.
Next up on the teevee: Australians falling into mud. (((((.))))) (((((.)))))
See you in the comments section