These quotes do a pretty good job of summing up the interesting points of the speech. Obama also says the things that he’s been saying about how his plan won’t help illegals, no one will have to change their insurance if they like it, and that there will be no death panels. Another thing to note is that I’m decently sure I heard a Republican shout that Obama was lying during the speech, around the time when he was talking about benefits to illegals. I’m sure more about this will some up in the news tomorrow, but if you have a guess as to who said it, please comment.
If you’d rather take the time to read the transcript of the speech, it’s here, done by the Anchorage Daily News. I will post analysis of these quotes later tomorrow.
“it will be against the law for insurance companies to deny you coverage because of a pre-existing condition”
“And insurance companies will be required to cover, with no extra charge, routine checkups and preventive care”
“Now, even if we provide these affordable options, there may be those – particularly the young and healthy – who still want to take the risk and go without coverage…such irresponsible behavior costs all the rest of us money.”
“Insurance executives don’t do this because they are bad people. They do it because it’s profitable”
“the public insurance option would have to be self-sufficient and rely on the premiums it collects…But by avoiding some of the overhead that gets eaten up at private companies by profits…it could provide a good deal for consumers”
“I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits – either now or in the future. Period.”
“Part of the reason I faced a trillion dollar deficit when I walked in the door of the White House is because too many initiatives over the last decade were not paid for – from the Iraq War to tax breaks for the wealthy.”
“we’ve estimated that most of this plan can be paid for by finding savings within the existing health care system – a system that is currently full of waste and abuse…Reducing the waste and inefficiency in Medicare and Medicaid will pay for most of this plan. Much of the rest would be paid for with revenues from the very same drug and insurance companies that stand to benefit from tens of millions of new customers”
“So don’t pay attention to those scary stories about how your benefits will be cut – especially since some of the same folks who are spreading these tall tales have fought against Medicare in the past”
“Add it all up, and the plan I’m proposing will cost around $900 billion over ten years”
“I don’t believe malpractice reform is a silver bullet, but I have talked to enough doctors to know that defensive medicine may be contributing to unnecessary costs”