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Did President Obama convince you that it's time for 'action' on health care reform?



Obama President Barack Obama summoned Congress to enact sweeping health care legislation Wednesday night, declaring the "time for bickering is over" and the moment has arrived to protect millions who have unreliable insurance or no coverage at all.

Obama said the changes he has in mind would cost about $900 billion over decade, "less than we have spent on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and less than the tax cuts for the wealthiest few Americans" passed during the Bush administration.

In a televised speech to a joint session of Congress, Obama spoke in favor of an option for the federal government to sell insurance in competition with private industry. But he said he was open to alternatives that create choices for consumers - a declaration sure to displease its liberal supporters.

"Well, the time for bickering is over," he said. "The time for games has passed. Now is the season for action."

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We'd like to hear from you: Did Obama convince you to support his plan or are you opposed to it?

[Last modified: Monday, May 24, 2010 3:57pm]


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