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July 22nd, 2009
04:25 PM ET

A steep climb for Obama

David Gergen | Bio
AC360° Contributor
CNN Senior Political Analyst

Heading toward a showdown on his top domestic priority - and possibly the linchpin to his presidency - Barack Obama carries two handicaps into his prime time press conference tonight.

First, he does not yet have a fully formed health care plan to "sell" to the country. Ordinarily, a president trying to persuade the public on a contentious issue has a firm plan to present in prime time. But the nature of the process in health care has meant that five different Congressional committees are working on ideas - and two of the most influential have not even reported yet on their recommendations.

As a result, the President is left to rail against the status quo - and he does this with great persuasiveness - but he is unable to bring his much respected oratorical power to bear on convincing people exactly what to do to fix things.

Second, the President is taking to the airwaves at a time when he no longer seems to have as big a welcome mat as in the past. Not only are his high poll numbers slipping a bit but so are his audience numbers. For his first prime time press conference in February, some 49.5 million people - a whopping number - tuned in. For his second, in March, 40.4 million watched. And in his third, in April, the total dropped to 28.8 million. Observers will closely watch the returns tonight.

He may be testing the outer limits of media presence. Tonight will mark his fifth major prime time appearance in his first six months. Even FDR, a legendary communicator, had only three fireside chats in the same time frame. (George W. Bush held four prime time press conferences in his whole eight years).

Obama's lieutenants will tell you he has a history of rising to the occasion and that already he has advanced health care reform farther than any of his Democratic predecessors. They are right on both arguments. But they know as well this will be one of the steepest, most important climbs of his young presidency.

soundoff (159 Responses)
  1. Joan

    Americans have always been pretty good bullsh... spotters.

    July 22, 2009 at 7:39 pm |
  2. Carolyn

    In his campaign Obama said he had a health care plan. So far we have seen nothing and we are "waiting to see" what Congress comes up with? Did Obama lie when he said he had a plan? People cannot, will not, and should not support an abstract idea, especially about health care. You or I wouldn't sign a contract without reading AND UNDERSTANDING ITand we should not expect

    July 22, 2009 at 7:37 pm |
  3. Patricia

    I salute President Obama for taking on the Republican "no plan" people. I am 100% in favor of Health Care Reform with a gov't option plan. I would encourage CNN to stop the negative reporting and look for something positive to say tonight as you can influence the direction of this health care plan. You're all beginning to sound like a bunch of Republican's these days.

    David Gergen: I have always admired your fair and unbiased reporting... don't go Republican on us now!

    July 22, 2009 at 7:35 pm |
  4. Debbe Shore

    I think Obama has fell and hit his head! The big problem is BIG government wants to rule the world but has no idea how to accomplish this! He has not addressed illegal's, overseeing, and who is going to make the decisions of who is going to live and who is going to die!!! Socialized healthcare is a very sad story in Canada, English and France. Would Obama sign up his family and relatives for this healthcare program?! I doubt not. VOTE a BIG NO on this healthcare bill that makes NO sense!

    July 22, 2009 at 7:33 pm |
  5. Frederick Louis May Sr

    There are 535 poeple in Washington DC that represent the citizens of the U.S.A. How many times have any of them contacted any citizen and ask their opinion on any given subject. Today we have the health care debate going on. Over 40 years ago Medicare came into being. For the last 9 years I have had my health problems. Heart surgery and Cancer surgery. I pay $ 250 a month to cover my medical needs. Out of pocket cost are also paid by me. All this out of $1200 S.S.A. check.
    Why can't a program like Medicare be started for everybody? Employed people pay a premium like medicare. S.S.A. and S.S.I people pay a premium just like they are paying now. I f the politicians in Washington D.C. would do more for the citizens who put them in office and stop trying to impress the insurance industry and fatten their wallets this whole country would be better off.

    July 22, 2009 at 7:31 pm |
  6. Marilyn

    You know, I am really tired of all this bickering about health care. I wonder if the ones who are fighting it have ever sat down & talked with the people who have no job & no health care, the people who are making $800 to $1000 a month & have no health care, those who are below, at or just above povery level. In some areas there are free clinics where numbers & time are limited as most of the staff are volunteers & sliding scale clinics where numbers are limited. Then there is medication. Some non-generics can be obtained through application to pharmaceutical company assistance programs, otherwise it's samples until they run out. The other choice is the hospital emergency room and the hospital has to write off the cost. If hospitalization or surgery is needed-well, the doctor & hospital have to write off the cost. I guess, what I feel is maybe they should walk in the shoes of these people or work with these people for a week & they might understand how hard it is for them & how hard they try. I have worked in an inner-city health system & have some knowledge of what I have written, but I have not have to live it.

    July 22, 2009 at 7:29 pm |
  7. Tracy

    I would like to hear the President of the United States tell the American citizens and taxpayers, that the health care that they are trying to "push" through for us – will also be the health care they will be using for their families. How about that? Can he say that with certainty?
    Also, can he guarantee the nation that the congress will actually read this legislation? I don't think so!

    July 22, 2009 at 7:27 pm |
  8. george - nj

    Regarding his 5th major prime time appearance I believe it's great that President Obama talk to the American people routinely about new policy and how it will affect their lives. Whereas Bush who hid behind closed doors for 8 years and screwed our economy; let 9/11 happen on his watch; started an ill-conceived war in Iraq; tapped our phone lines and computers in the name of national security; approved torture; gave tax cuts to the richest people in America; changed bankruptcy laws favoring banks and credit card companies; completely ignored health care reform; blew a federal surplus upon entering office; complicit with blowing cover of CIA operative; presided over the most arrogant and corrupt administration in U.S. history; spat on the U.S. Constitution; etc; etc; etc. What a disgrace he was!!!!!

    July 22, 2009 at 7:26 pm |
  9. Nancy & Brian

    What he's trying to sell is a pig in a poke. Obama wants to extend health care benefits to 40 to 47 million people at no or well below the actual cost of such benefits and wants us to believe that it will be deficit neutral. The smoke and mirrors about funding the increased expenses with the elimination of waste, fraud and corruption needs to be proven. Show us the savings over the next two years, and we'll support the expansion in 2012.

    July 22, 2009 at 7:23 pm |
  10. Guy

    My understanding as to why we elect a president is to make those steep climbs. To point the country in the right direction and give us the reasons to follow. How quikly we forget how we got here. We spent the last eight years being fat and happy and allowing the last president not only to wade us only in the shallow end of the pool, but rock and lull us to sleep with cheap money and buying things they knew we could not afford. As far as I am concerned it may be time for a steep climb, maybe we will lose some of the ugly fat we have gained over the last eight years.

    July 22, 2009 at 7:23 pm |
  11. Michael C. McHugh

    Maybe they should consider Tobin taxes, if they won't look at central bank financing. James Tobin proposed these many years ago, and it is time to start looking at the idea again to cover the expanded public option.

    July 22, 2009 at 7:23 pm |
  12. Montana Big Sky

    Despite the media attention, American citizens have seen the realities of bigger government and bigger spending. The continuing uncertainties of the housing market, the stagnant stock market despite the stimulus package, the rising unemployment rate, the non bipartisanship in reforming health care, and the enormous costs – both spent and planning to spend are very concerning. An overnight solution was never the answer, but the solutions brought so far have not effected significant strides for the average citizen. Walk the walk of the campaign; truly reach out for bipartisanship solutions, minimize lobbyist influence, and move the country truly forward. If the president demands changes now, then we citizens should demand results now. It seems only fair.

    July 22, 2009 at 7:20 pm |
  13. Subramanian

    When are we going to move from budget estimates for HEALTH to impact/Benefit to population health emanating from health care reform? In per capita HEALTH EXPENDITURE terms, USA tops the list of developed countries but in terms of population health- infant mortality, child mortality etc. and life expectancy, it is at the bottom ten! At least 30% of health care cost goes to administration unlike less than 10-15% in other healthier developed countries. It is the uncovered 10% of the population that pulls nation's health level. Unwarranted and mostly expensive diagnostic tests and interventions as well as multitherapy resulting in heavy drug resistance account for relatively large proportion of patients healthcare cost. Let hospitals move from being "body repair shops" to "positive health institutions". God bless America and save Obama's reform agenda.

    July 22, 2009 at 7:19 pm |
  14. Silqworm

    David,
    Why do you gush for Obama? You claim that:
    1) Has a history of rising to the occasion.
    Huh? Blank, can't think of when he has risen to the occasion. Every single time he does anything he falls on his face. How many sane human beings would go all the way to Moscow and snub dinner with Putin for a play date with his daughter? Just watch tonight, as usual, he will not actually say ANYTHING substantive, consistent with his past performances over the past two years.
    2) Advanced health care reform more than others:
    I don't see anything constructive coming out of this, as nothing can, as with Billary around all policy is Clinton III. His plan is like Hillary's on drugs. How about some sane discussion, like no age discrimination in healthcare, i.e., Medicare for all. Cheaper, fairer, no new bureaucracy, single payer, save $400 billion on insurance. But Vilsack might say, but that $400 billion trickles down. Shows you that the whole crowd has no concept real economics.

    July 22, 2009 at 7:19 pm |
  15. chris

    I feel like I could give his speech for him right now...

    "The time has come to blah blah blah....inaction is not an option blah blah blah....affordable health care blah blah blah...."

    July 22, 2009 at 7:17 pm |
  16. Joe

    Gone from Pro Obama to Anti Obama – Why? Because he has lost focus on the ONE Important Issue – The ECONOMY. That's all that matters.

    July 22, 2009 at 7:16 pm |
  17. Glenn Martin

    He is unjustifiably arrogant. He is not a leader, My way or the highway is he style. Disagree with him and he calls us the party of obstruction=. Jam it down our throats on everything simululous, healtcare, cap and trade. He does not know the difference between important, urgent and panic. Everything is panic for him. He is bitterly partisan and incompetent not to seek compromise and hear others. He insults people by name.

    July 22, 2009 at 7:15 pm |
  18. Jon

    First, Obama's ideology far outweighs common sense and pragmatism so far in his presidency. The number one thing people care about year after year are jobs and providing for their families. The amount of spending that he has done and will continue to do with health care reform are absolute job killers. Bottom line, if Obama has his way, health care reform will pass, and every American will pay for it in the form of higher taxes. Small businesses will probably suffer the most and it will be years before healthy economic growth occurs in this country. For someone who the media claims is so intelligent, he doesn't have a lick of common sense when dealing with the economy. Its sad when ideology trumps common sense. Who will continue to pay for this for years to come? We will. Maybe in 10 or 15 years when the President looks back on what he has done to this nations economic health he will then realize that good judgement, common sense, and sound economic policy should always trump an ideology that only promises continued economic pain and suffering for so many Americans

    July 22, 2009 at 7:15 pm |
  19. julie ray

    The healthcare situation is urgent. It is also a political target for those who would bring down this presidency. No wonder President Obama is speaking forcefully and often, even before reform plans are complete. That is fine with me. We all know that the longer this surgery waits, the weaker the patient will become (and that's us).

    July 22, 2009 at 7:15 pm |
  20. Millie

    Obama talks a good game. He keeps saying he stands for change.

    I don't disagree change is needed but he needs to be a heck of a lot clearer on his actual plans including what it will cost the taxpayer.

    Indicating he supports health care for everyone is a lot different than showing us a comprehensively written program with funding sources.

    The government has no money – it gets funding from us!!!

    July 22, 2009 at 7:15 pm |
  21. MC, Austin, TX

    I'm more concerned with hearing more about how the bailout plans are going to be managed in the coming year. There are still some open-ended questions right now, like what to do if Freddie/Fannie need yet more cash to keep from melting down.

    Regarding the health insurance plan I personally think the likelihood of this happening has pushed below 50%. That might turn out to be a good thing since the plan seems to be incomplete (i.e. something this complex put together at the last minute could be a problem). Still I think there is momentum so something may still happen.

    July 22, 2009 at 7:13 pm |
  22. David

    David,

    I'm sorry to see that you struggle to find much objective critism for Mr. Obama. You seem to have become an apologist for Mr. Obama when what he needs now is a strong constructive critic who he can respect. You are simply shoring up the echo chamber.

    David
    Stevenson Ranch, CA

    July 22, 2009 at 7:13 pm |
  23. Jim from Denver

    I always appreciate Mr. Gergen's comments. I see the uphill climb for Obama, but I also see the lies being stated over and over again by people who are against health care reform. There must be some way to fight them other than having the President go on TV every day. I would appreciate the whole thing more if we could really dicuss the issues instead of turning everything into a fight for power.

    July 22, 2009 at 7:13 pm |
  24. Sarah Robinson

    I don't understand why those who don't want President's Obama's health plan to succeed continue to talk about how people who are already insured have to worry about their rates going up. I've heard President Obama say over and over again that those who have insurance through their employees will experience no changes to their insurance, that his plan is to provide coverage for those who don't have it.

    Also I used to work in long-term care and I think Obama is on the right track in implementing a plan to save money by cutting back on the wasted money caused by overcharging of medical equipment when billed to medicare. People who've worked in long-term know that equipment, such as wheelchairs, orthopedic shoes etc. are ridiculously overpriced. Of course the companies that are profiting from this overcharging are lobbying against changes in policy.

    SR

    July 22, 2009 at 7:12 pm |
  25. hap stephens

    Part of the slip in prime time numbers is a result of all the punditry that any of these addresses generate. The Republicans will rail against any proposal, the media will examine the points ad nauseum and congress will have to debate this issue for the next six months. In the end we should have some universal health care program because it is the right thing to do and because it is desperately needed. Tonights adress will set a stage, but if only 20 million of us decide to watch the rest of the nation and the world will be aware of the end results and hopefully applaud the United States for coming out of the health care dark ages.

    July 22, 2009 at 7:11 pm |
  26. Meltem

    He never really says anything of substance when he speaks. He won't commit to any program so we can't be for or against. He will come out and say that the satus quo is unacceptable, we need reform, blah, blah, blah. I want to hear how he want's to reform. What he would change? I want specifics. Please, reporters, ask him specific questions....

    July 22, 2009 at 7:10 pm |
  27. Andrew

    I thoroughly hope he fails. It is not my job or any other tax payers to pay for the healthcare of others. Now, to add insult to that initial insult that it is our jobs to pay for it, he wants to tax us all more. He is more concerned with his political career then cutting costs or ensuring a quality bill is the result. It's the stimulus all over again. Well worded and rhetoric filled speeches do not a good President make. It's too bad people didn't realize this last November. 3.5 more years.....yuck.

    July 22, 2009 at 7:09 pm |
  28. kcstock

    He must first regain credibility over the failed stimulus bill. He has proven haste does make waste and he has squandered a historic opportunity to move this nation forward.

    July 22, 2009 at 7:08 pm |
  29. Carol in Calif.

    He is trying and he is fighting for our health care. I am very glad he is our president.

    July 22, 2009 at 7:06 pm |
  30. Roger from CA

    All this cacophony about how hard Obama's job is and all the "reporting" out there that nearly gleefully says or implies that Obama's health care push (and his presidency??) are dead really show the excesses and negatives of the 24-hour news cycle that the great Walter Cronkheit so vigorously condemned.

    If health care reform fails, it will be, in no small part, due to the 24-hour news cycle's insistence on fomenting controversy and conflict for the self-serving purpose of increasing ratings. Fox is the most shameless, but CNN is nearly as bad.

    And that will be a tragedy among tragedies. Nothing is more important in politics right now than fixing our country's badly broken health care system.

    July 22, 2009 at 7:05 pm |
  31. Erik

    I have always liked David's reliable logical and sane opinions. I think he has hit the nail right one he head.

    July 22, 2009 at 7:04 pm |
  32. Roger Overland Park

    Stop comparing our current president to the last guy who sat in his office. Bush failed at leadership and failed at building a national consensus. He was an embarrassment to our national pride. Who wants to listen to somebody who can't even tell you the capital city of Nigeria far less, pronounce the word nuclear?

    July 22, 2009 at 7:00 pm |
  33. Cindy Valdez

    I will be interested to see what kind of questions the media will ask the president tonight. It's time for some tough questions and Americans want answers.

    July 22, 2009 at 6:59 pm |
  34. Katie from Pittsburgh

    The points in this article are well taken. Obama has a tough fight and I think that is a shame. He is trying to advance our country in ways that no other leader has had the intelligence or guts to do. Maybe for once people collectively should stop thinking about themselves and start thinking about what is better for our country as a whole and more importantly our next generation. As a mother of two young boys I hope that people will wise up and start realizing that if we don't fix this broken system we will all be in trouble. Thank goodness we finally have a President with enough confidence to have a forward thinking agenda...Go Barack!

    July 22, 2009 at 6:58 pm |
  35. kelley

    Obama scares me to death. I am terrified of his health plans. He is rushing things through not even allowing Congress to read anything. This is not the way to run the country. He wants complete control of everything. The people are beginning to wake up and see what's going on. He wants to run the banks, the auto industry, the health care industry. What program has anyone ever seen that the government can run more efficiently that the private sector? You haven't. I disagree vehemently with giving illegals free health care. This is simply bringing more of them to this country and of course it's giving the Democrats votes lined up for the next election. This is the only reason the democrats keep the poor downtrodden with all the dumb programs that never work. Give the people jobs not handouts. Let them feel success instead of giving out food stamps and welfare checks.

    I truly do not want Obama in office any longer than he has to be. Even Biden wouldn't be as bad as Obama as been so far. Glad to see his polls slipping. American is finally taking the blinders off and seeing him for what he really is.

    July 22, 2009 at 6:57 pm |
  36. RICHARD MAYBRUCK

    I agree with you that the President has a steep cimb. I would like to suggest that the poll numbers are still very good. The decline in audience is more a reflection of the people being bored with all the politics not the President.

    July 22, 2009 at 6:56 pm |
  37. Chris

    God Bless this Presiedent. He seems to care about the people, and issues of America, and has dived into and grabbed the third rail of politics.........I respect that regardless of the outcome.

    July 22, 2009 at 6:53 pm |
  38. Phil Muse

    Congress needs to get moving on the health plan and not let it get bogged down in committees. Why the delay, unless the answer is just vile partisan politics as usual? What's so terribly rocket-science about a single payor plan? Opponents who cite fears about the longevity of present-day Americans raising costs sky-high need to look at the reality. FACT: The United States ranks no higher than No. 40 in the world in both average longevity and infant mortality. Part of the reason for our poor shgowing in these areas has to do with the lack of a comprehensive national healthcare plan such as other first-world nations have. Too many Americans still fall between the cracks where coverage is concerned.

    July 22, 2009 at 6:52 pm |
  39. ann

    let all congressmen put their own personal healthcare plans in suspension....bet we would see REAL health care reform quickly. so many just don't GET IT – they don't understand and/or care what average Americans go thru, even if they are lucky enough to have healthcare.

    July 22, 2009 at 6:52 pm |
  40. G.Reyes

    We need health care reform in this country. If he has to climb the steepest mountain, then Obama must do so. We need this. I'm tired of Republicans saying we'll end up with Canada's system. We should be so lucky.

    July 22, 2009 at 6:52 pm |
  41. laurah2215

    My name is Laura and I am a citizen of Ontario, Canada. I took great issue and offense to the recent ad by "Patients United Now" who portrayed the Canadian health care system as inadequate to handle her battle with cancer. I have been sick all my life and I can say that I would not be alive if I hadn't had the universal coverage offered by the Ontario government. I have grown up with congenital heart disease and neurological problems. Contrary to what the commercial asserts, had someone like myself grown up under the current American system, I would not have received most of the surgeries and medicine I required, and my parents would have been forced into bankrupcy had they had to pay for the costs themselves. We would certainly not be prospering the way we are now. While the Canadian system is not perfect (it is not as innovative as the American system), I would caution Americans to avoid criticizing a single-payer system without understanding all the potential benefits that could arise for the American public should they be offered a government-sponsored plan. And contrary to popular belief, in such a public plan there is NO government official that stands between a patient and his/her doctor. In Canada there is no government agency telling us what procedures/medication our doctor can not prescribe for us. I believe ads such as the one distributed by "Patients United Now" are blatant fear-mongering by those officials that reap enormous profits from the current insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies. There is nothing to fear from a government option, and the sooner the United States offers every citizen health care, the healthier and more productive the population will be.

    July 22, 2009 at 6:50 pm |
  42. TM

    Our current system is unsustainable. I commend him for not waiting for it to break to try and fix it. Pretty complicated issue though.

    July 22, 2009 at 6:50 pm |
  43. Cameron

    He will not overcome this. People, like myself, look at the price tag of reform and say "no way". It is so big, so massive, and his being unable to know the answer to questions like "will this cancel my insurance if I change my rate?" prove this health care "reform" to be a joke. It started out as being the fix to our problems, now it just looks like an IRS styled organization will control health care. If they do as good a job as they do with taxes, we are all doomed.

    He will not overcome this. Please, by the Grace of God, he will not overcome this.

    July 22, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  44. Margaret

    The pundits consistently underestimate this president, from the beginning of his candidancy. You would think they would have learned their lesson by now. This is just the typical drama that they create to boost their ratings. The Republicans are getting all of the air time to push their "agenda" (stop Obama they say) but in reality they have nothing to do with this debate. The "fight" in congress is between the two "wings" of the Democratic party. The party of "no" is irrelevant. Soon the traditional media will be too if they don't start reporting the news and asking important questions instead of the drivel they usually offer. .By the way, maybe that is why the pressers ratings are going down: its not the president, its the questions.

    July 22, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  45. Dave

    President Obama and the congress think the answer to health care in the United States is to turn it over to the feveral government.

    Just maybe they should take a look at the Veterans Hospitals and the mess they have created and the poor medical care they provide!

    Is that really the kind of health care we want for all Americans? I think not!

    July 22, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  46. Ben

    The Democrats are overreaching.

    They're mistaking the country's disdain for Bush & Co. as a mandate for liberal ideology. By and large, the country did not vote for Democrats so that they would overhaul health insurance, but rather because they wanted to hold the Republican Party accountable for blatant and obvious incompetence.

    If Democrats don't govern from the center... If they govern from the left claiming a mandate that didn't exist, it's only a matter of time before they are handed their hats.

    An extreme overhaul of the health care system would be just that...

    Overreaching.

    Disclaimer: I'm a registered independent who voted for Obama.

    July 22, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  47. Tim

    Senator Pelosi has announced that she has the votes to pass sweeping healthcare reform. This is despite A MAJORITY of Americans that now oppose it. Here is what I have to say to Senator Pelosi-MAKE MY DAY.

    Pass this legislation against the will of the people who have made it increasingly clear that we are sick and tired of growing government spending and intrusion on our lives. Impose the will of a minority segment of liberal politicians on the will of the people, and she will see the consequences.

    I trust no politician completely, Repub, Democrat. I will judge a politician by their actions, and the actions of Senator Pelosi, President Obama, and the rest of the Democratic congress outrages me AN INDEPENDENT MINORITY VOTER.

    July 22, 2009 at 6:40 pm |
  48. nick

    so this blog isn't about the president. its about how everyone in the music industry is makin millions of dollars off of singing about how "detroit is shuttin down" and millions of people are out of jobs and losing their houses and everything but what are they doing to help everyone? nothing but "giving us morale boosting songs." what a load of garbage. and for everyone that is making millions off of singing about everyone in the military and how hard we have it, i am in the military and it is not motovating, or moral boosting, or anything. it just makes us think that they are making millions because they are singing about it, but we are actually doing the hard work and everything and getting paid a couple hundred a month...yea good trade. the singers deserve to get paid so much more than this. so all in all, as much as i love america, the pay system is fubar. thank you, i hope everyone gets my point and lots off people see's this

    July 22, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  49. J.W. Matt Hennessee

    I have a great deal of admiration for the President and while I also voted for him, I want to see every president succeed.

    I'm concerned about the lack of specifics on health care at this time and wonder what the President is planning to "convince" the American Public of. We're already agreed, for the most part, on a need to do "something". The question is, "What?"

    My greatest worry for him is he's becoming too over-exposed in his young presidency. Secretary Sebilus and others should be out front on this one until the details are worked out. This seems to be a theme running rampant in his presidency so far and that is that the only sales person within the Administration on all matters of import seem to be "him".

    This is a grave danger.

    We've marveled, for the most part, at the strength and diversity of the Cabinet level appointments he's made professionally, politically, and culturally. I wish he would demonstrate an appreciation for setting the direction, letting his leaders have a voice and lead, manage the issues behind the scenes in the Oval Office, and come out and let everyone, including Cabinet Secretaries and Congressional Democrats and Republicans be heroes and sheroes–not just him.

    I see this in foreign affairs where Secretary Clinton takes a back seat and certainly in health care–Secretary Sebilus has taken one.

    My prayers are that "change will come" in the way business is being conducted in Washington. Let the other stars rise and shine, Mr. President. In the meantime, please spare us another prime-time press conference until you can give us the roadmap with details in it.

    May God Bless you and this great land and people of ours.

    Sincerely,

    J.W. Matt Hennessee

    July 22, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
  50. Sandy Kasper

    Everybody has an opinion on health care reform but it will pass because failure is not an option. We'll have health care reform because our system is completely broken and the people demand it. A good percentage of the people who don't like the current plans are strong supporters of single-payer and are vocal that what is being proposed doesn't so far enough. Health care reform is a lock, and the Blue Cross Democrats and Insurance Lobby Republicans will just have to watch history speed past them if they don't get on the train.

    July 22, 2009 at 6:37 pm |
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