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Thoughts From Around the Blogosphere: Reactions to President Obama’s Healthcare Address

To read my full opinion on the speech, click here.

Hear’s what the blogosphere had to say about President Obama’s healthcare address:

The Conservative Republican Standard

This speech made by Obama was still riddled with holes, even though he did make some good points. Healthcare is broken, but this is not the way to fix it.

28th Amendment

Obama did a good job tonight of combating lies and explaining the truth behind this bill.  Let’s hope that some good will was generated on both sides of the aisle toward action on this issue.

The TV Swami

President Obama gets FIVE magic carpets out of FIVE.

Sourav Bhowmick 2.0

I believe, however, that his speech was not effective. Sadly, I think the American people are so jaded by Obama’s masterful rhetoric that his speeches don’t really mean anything anymore. I, perhaps because I’m a staunch supporter of his agenda, can laud the speech because its content was perfect, but it didn’t tell us anything new.

Deo Vindice

Watching the masterpiece political theater of a Presidential address to the joint Session of Congress, I was struck when I suddenly realized that the President and his two closest successors were sharing the TV frame.  President B. Hussein Obama, Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi shared one stage tonight for the whole healthcare show.   It was 3 Stooges on one stage.

Left on Lainer

If you have been reading this blog, I have been the most critical of the current healthcare reforms introduced in the House of Representatives; however, the President has made his case to this Bluedog Democrat

Thirteen O’Clock

So many things not to like, but the individual mandate is the most noxious of all. If the government can tax us simply for existing, there is nothing it cannot do.

Greg Scandlen, Heartland Institute

The President’s speech to a joint session of Congress failed to move the health reform ball closer to the goalposts.

Freedom Watch News

It was a pretty speech, but then, so are all of Obama’s speeches.  Pretty words can distract and subdue and that’s what we can’t afford right now.

Boudica BPI Weblog

His speech IMO was a huge waste of time shrouded in BS. Let them show us that they are capable of doing something right before they lead us into an even deeper chasm.

Spitfire Murphy

“Let me repeat this: nothing in our plan requires you to change what you have.”

Nothing requires you to change what you have.  But nothing is stopping your employer from dumping your plan and forcing you onto the public option.  Nothing but nuance, kids.

Everyone’s got an Opinion…

This is good, it’s about time that President Obama took the initiative to own the “choice” argument, when it comes to the public option.

Betsy’s Page

We’ll have to see. I’m not the audience for his speech. The audience was the Democrats in Congress. If he has convinced them, that’s game, set, and match.

jamilacrockett’s clarity for conversation (on Rep. Joe Wilson’s “That’s a lie!” outburst)

It’s disgraceful when any member of Congress shows dissension towards the President of the United States. That outburst was the most disrespectful and uneducated action ever.

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Poll of the Day: What Did You Think of Barack’s Healthcare Address?

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What did you think of Barack’s big speech?  Leave your comments below or send an e-mail to theconservativejournal@gmail.com.  Don’t forget to bookmark The Conservative Journal and sign up for the RSS Feed and the daily e-mail newsletter.

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Pros and Cons of Obama’s Healthcare Address to Congress: Yeah I’m Still Not For It.

Now that the healthcare bill has been passed, what does that mean for you?  Click HERE to read an updated post containing an overview of what did and did not make the bill.

Tonight was Barack’s big night to sell healthcare; some even called it his night to sell his next term as president.  With a speech that important, of course you’d expect it to be earthshattering.  Below is my take on the big healthcare pitch to America:

Pros:

  • Whether he was being truthful or not, he put in a good word about our nation’s economy.  Those positive little tidbits are a great change from last Spring when he couldn’t tell us enough that our economy was failing.
  • He did a good job at the beginning by saying single payer was too far left, everyone paying for their own is too far right and we should meet in the middle and act bipartisanly.  If they’ll actually carry out that statement it would be wonderful.
  • He used the common sense solutions to his advantage.  Clearly, no one is going to argue AGAINST laws restricting health insurance companies from denying or restricting coverage once the patient gets sick.
  • He used it as a time to dispell the rumors swirling around healthcare, like coverage for illegals.  Though the claim that illegals aren’t covered drew boos and a “THAT’S A LIE” from South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson, I’ll take his word on that one until it’s 100% fact that they are actually covered.
  • He surprised me and expressed support for Tort Reform, which is absolutely necessary with or without this bill.  We HAVE to have Tort Reform.
  • Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi didn’t disappoint (as always) in the background entertainment department.  Joe kept the same perplexed, thinking face the entire 45 minutes and Nancy’s perpetual grimace was in full force tonight.

Cons

  • Barack should be over making jabs at President Bush by this point.  The line about healthcare spending being “less than we have spent on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and less than the tax cuts for the wealthiest few Americans” under the previous administration did nothing but entertain a few liberals and further alienate conservatives.
  • The Ted Kennedy nostalgia was not needed.  That just fires up the opposition because Democrats are clearly using his death to further the cause.
  • There were a few outright lies; the bit about the majority of Americans supporting the healthcare reform bill comes to mind.  A simple trip to RealClear Politics dispells that.
  • The whole chapter about the deficit not increasing a penny should probably be let go until he can show us what and where he’s going to squeeze money from.  It’s hard to believe that we’ve got $900 billion we can just slide around to suit this new healthcare system.
  • The idle threats towards those that misinterperate the bill at the end of the speech could definitely have been cut.  It reminded me of when your in high school and that guy gets to be hall monitor and tries to write you citations for things off campus.
  • Some of the sketchier provisions are still in the bill: Public option and mandatory health insurance, to name a few.

Overall, I give the speech 7 out of 10 Elephants; 6 for substance and 8 for delivery.  He got the main points across and that was good for him, but as he said during the speech, there are still many details to iron out.  And until those details (i.e. where he’s pulling $900 billion from) are cleared up, I don’t expect to see any big change in the American people’s perspective on the reform bill.

Now that the healthcare bill has been passed, what does that mean for you?  Click HERE to read an updated post containing an overview of what did and did not make the bill.

Vote in today’s Poll of the Day regarding the Healthcare Address by clicking here.

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Poll of the Day: What Is Your Opinion of Al Franken?

Before watching this video, I dismissed Al Franken as a complete joke.  And though I still don’t agree with anything he has to say, I think I may have underestimated him as far as his competence.  If you missed the video, click the above link and then vote below in the Poll of the Day!

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Video of the Day: GASP! Maybe Al Franken Isn’t That Much of a Moron?

Alright, before everyone jumps on me and sends me scathing e-mails, hear me out and watch the video.  I don’t agree with Al Franken at all, and I still stand firm against this healthcare bill.  However, he does work well under pressure.  In the following video, Al is greeted by a group of protesters and he handles it wonderfully by shooting out facts, remaining calm, and just being honest.  In fact, he does the unthinkable by admitting our current path is unsustainable.  If all liberals/democrats handled protesters like this, maybe they’d get somewhere as far as increasing love for the reform bill.  Here’s the video:

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