Obama to Nurses: Statistics Show Need for Overhauling Health
(Source; Associated Press)
Associated Press / AP Online
September 10, 2009
WASHINGTON – Trumpeting nurses’ support for health care reform and a grimmer accounting of the nation’s uninsured, President Barack Obama kept up the pressure for congressional action on Thursday.
“We don’t need more partisan distractions,” Obama said in remarks at the White House, speaking again on the issue just 14 hours after his Wednesday night address to Congress and a television-watching public. “We have talked this issue to death. … The time for talk is winding down.”
The White House event was organized with the American Nurses Association, to showcase the group’s backing for Obama’s drive to overhaul the nation’s health care system. Obama says his plan would give people who have health insurance greater security, set up a marketplace for affordable access to coverage for those without and reduce health care costs for all.
Seeking to sweep away a summer of gridlock on his top domestic priority, Obama plans to remain in the spotlight on health care repeatedly over the coming days. He is appearing at a rally on Saturday in Minnesota and scheduled a health care speech for next Tuesday.
Before a crowd of cheering nurses, Obama said too many people are being cut off from coverage.
“It is heartbreaking and it is wrong and nobody should be treated that way in the United States of America. Nobdoy,” the president said.
He also cited new Census statistics, released Thursday, showing that the number of uninsured has risen to 46.3 million from 45.7 million in 2007. Obama also said that over the last 12 months, 6 million Americans have lost health care coverage since the economy plunged into recession, making the picture significantly worse than reflected in the Census report.
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