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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

John Deeth Blog: Obama Health Care Live 5/29/07

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog
... This is today's national centerpiece - "biggest event since the announcement" says one staffer. ... Discusses Decorah small business owners who got hit with cancer. Now facing bankruptcy and spending 40% of income on health insurance. He's sticking close to prepared text. Calls the uninsured "a hidden tax." Talk of administrative costs, outdated technology. ... This feels very very different from the other times I've seen Obama. The relaxed feel was there in the introductory remarks, but this is all business, no casual asides. "Every American has the right to affordable health care" is the first applause line. ... Allow "temporary Bush tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans to expire" gets applause. He saves the more memorable description of info technology for himself: "moving from a 20th century health care industry based on pen and paper to a 21st century industry based on the latest technology."

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