Presidential Health Care Address

President Obama outlined his plan for health care reform before a joint session of Congress. In his remarks he acknowledged the fierce… read more

President Obama outlined his plan for health care reform before a joint session of Congress. In his remarks he acknowledged the fierce debate that had ensued during the congressional August recess (which he termed a “partisan spectacle"), recognized that health care reform solutions need significant compromise and devotion of resources, and called for legislators to bring their serious ideas to the table and dispense with oppositional nay-saying. He outlined a health care reform solution that included transportable individual health insurance, did not deny coverage to anyone, created affordable options within the marketplace, and he admonished irresponsible businesses and individuals for poor decisions in the provision of health care. He also strongly criticized those who had been irresponsible in talking about health care reform, saying that "demagoguery and distortion” had no place in debate on improvement of heath care, and implored Congress to take up the challenge that President Theodore Roosevelt and subsequent presidents had made to the nation in decades past.  close

Javascript must be enabled in order to access C-SPAN videos.

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

More information about

Presidential Health Care Address

53,735 Views
Program ID:
288799-1
Category:
Joint Session of Congress
Format:
Address
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Sep 9, 2009
Last Aired:
Sep 13, 2009

Airing Details

  • Sep 09, 2009 | 8:14pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Sep 09, 2009 | 10:39pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Sep 10, 2009 | 5:58am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Sep 13, 2009 | 10:40am EDT | C-SPAN 1
Purchase a DVD or Download

Presidential Health Care Address

  • DVD
    Length:
    00:51:54
    Price:
    $29.95
    Add to Cart
  • MP4 video - Standard
    Request Download
  • MP4 video - Low
    Request Download
  • MP3 audio
    Length:
    00:51:54
    Price:
    $0.99
    Add to Cart

Clips from This Video