Barack Obama – Closing Remarks To Republicans
I’d like the republicans to do a little soul searching and find out are there some things that you’d be willing to embrace that get to this core problem of 30 million people without Health Insurance, dealing seriously with the pre-existing condition issue. Ah, I don’t know frankly, whether we can close that gap, and if we can’t close that gap then I suspect Addison Mitchell McConnell, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and John Banner are gonna have a lot of arguments, about procedures in Congress about moving forward. I will tell you this, that when I talk to the parents of children who don’t have health care because they got Diabetes or they got some chronic heart disease, when I talk to small business people who are laying people off because they just got their insurance premium. Ah, they don’t want us to wait, they can’t afford another five decades, ah, and the truth of the matter is, is that, politically speaking there might be any reason for Republicans to wanna do anything, I mean, we can debate what are various constituencies think, I know that, I, I, don’t need a poll, to know most of, ah, Republican voters, ah, are opposed to this Bill and might be opposed to the kind of compromise that we could craft. That would be very hard for you politically to do this, um, but, ah, I thought it was worth while for us to make this effort, we got a lot of other things to do, and I don’t think Tom we’re going to have another one of these because, we, people don’t have seven, eight hours a day to work some of these things through. What I do know is this, if we saw movement, significant movement, not, ah, not just gestures, ah, then, you wont need to start all over because, essentially everybody here knows what the issues are, and procedurally, it could get done fairly quickly, We can not have another year long debate about this, so the question that I’m gonna ask myself, I ask all of you, is, is there enough serious effort that in a months time, or a few weeks time, six weeks time, we could actually resolve something, and if we can’t I think we gotta go ahead and make some decisions and that’s what elections are for, ah, we have honest disagreements about the vision for the country and we’ll go ahead and test those out, ah, over the next several months till November, alright. But I very much appreciate everyone being here. Ah, thank you for being so thoughtful and ah, and hopefully we will all keep our constituencies in mind as we move forward. Thank you everybody.
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