ANNANDALE, Va. - President Obama, pledging to overhaul healthcare this
year despite divisions in Congress and the public, took on his skeptics
directly yesterday, seeking to assure patients that their costs would not
increase and that they would not be victims of a government takeover.
Theres no doubt that we have to preserve whats best in the healthcare
system, such as allowing Americans to choose their own doctors, but we
also have to fix whats broken in the healthcare system, Obama told a
pre-selected audience of about 200 at Northern Virginia Community College.
While some critics have complained about the high cost of healthcare
overhaul - more than $1 trillion over the next decade, according to some
congressional estimates - the costs of inaction, of not doing anything,
are even greater. Theyre unacceptable, Obama said.
A cancer patient from Appalachia, Va., added an emotional plea to Obamas
policy defense. Unable to work because of her kidney cancer and ineligible
for Medicaid or other government health benefits, Debby Smith told the
president, she had no way of paying for treatments.
I get food stamps, but thats it. And Im just trying to figure out how Im
going to make it in nine years until Im qualified to get my regular Social
Security - now that I have a new tumor and I have nowhere to turn, the
53-year-old Smith, told the president, weeping softly. Obama hugged her
and said his office would see what it could do to help her.
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