|08-14-2009, 07:10 PM||#1|
Angling in the Deep
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Texas Riviera, Southern Mountains
Obama Says Insurance Companies Holding U.S. Hostage
These words are very hard to dispute...
Obama says insurance companies holding U.S. hostage
By Jeff Mason and Matt Spetalnick Jeff Mason And Matt Spetalnick – Fri Aug 14, 4:54 pm ET
BELGRADE, Montana (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama, pushing for healthcare reform during a trip to the West, said on Friday the country was "held hostage" by insurance companies that deny coverage to sick people.
US President Barack Obama waves as he makes his way onto the stage for a town hall meeting on health insurance in a hangar at Gallatin Field Airport in Belgrade, Montana. Trying to recapture control of the ferocious debate, Obama turned fire on health insurance firms, who reform advocates accuse of exploiting gravely ill Americans.
Obama, on a multi-state swing to tamp down vociferous opposition to his top domestic priority, targeted insurance companies for dropping customers who become sick or forcing patients to cover huge costs.
"We are held hostage at any given moment by health insurance companies that deny coverage or drop coverage or charge fees that people can't afford," Obama told a crowd of some 1,000 people in Montana.
"It's wrong. It's bankrupting families. It's bankrupting businesses. And we are going to fix it when we pass health insurance reform this year," he said.
In a half-work, half-play trip with his family that will include stops at the Grand Canyon and other national parks, Obama, a Democrat, aims to emphasize the benefits of his nearly $1 trillion plan to overhaul the insurance industry, expand healthcare coverage and cut costs to consumers.
Protesters and supporters lined up outside the venue for his first town hall-style meeting in Montana, a traditionally conservative state, but the crowd inside was mostly supportive of the president.
|08-14-2009, 07:24 PM||#3|
Join Date: Jan 2003
no. that would be the banks. and investment houses.
can you spell GOLDMAN SACHS?