Full Text: President Obama Speech on Health Care – Joint Session of Congress – September 9, 2009

September 9, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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(Source: NYT)

Madame Speaker, Vice President Biden, Members of Congress, and the American people:

When I spoke here last winter, this nation was facing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. We were losing an average of 700,000 jobs per month. Credit was frozen. And our financial system was on the verge of collapse.

As any American who is still looking for work or a way to pay their bills will tell you, we are by no means out of the woods. A full and vibrant recovery is many months away. And I will not let up until those Americans who seek jobs can find them; until those businesses that seek capital and credit can thrive; until all responsible homeowners can stay in their homes. That is our ultimate goal. But thanks to the bold and decisive action we have taken since January, I can stand here with confidence and say that we have pulled this economy back from the brink.

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Video: Obama Weekly Address – Health Care Reform

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Text: Obama Weekly Address – Health Care Reform

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(Source: White House Press Office)
Over the past few days, I’ve been traveling through the Middle East and Europe working to renew our alliances, enhance our common security, and propose a new partnership between the United States and the Muslim world.

But even as I’m abroad, I’m firmly focused on the other pressing challenges we face – including the urgent need to reform our health care system. Even as we speak, Congress is preparing to introduce and debate health reform legislation that is the product of many months of effort and deliberation. And if you’re like any of the Americans I’ve met across this country who know all too well that the soaring costs of health care make our current course unsustainable, I imagine you’ll be watching their progress closely.

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Should We Be Paying More Attention to This Whole Swine Flu Thing?

May 26, 2009 by · 1 Comment
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From Bloomberg:

Swine flu is spreading more widely than official figures indicate, with outbreaks in Europe and Asia showing it’s gained a foothold in at least three regions.

One in 20 cases is being officially reported in the U.S., meaning more than 100,000 people have probably been infected nationwide with the new H1N1 flu strain, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the U.K., the virus may be 300 times more widespread than health authorities have said, the Independent on Sunday reported yesterday.

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Daily Graphic: Percent of Those Who Smoke In U.S. – 1965-2008 | Men, Women, High School Students, Pregnant Women

May 23, 2009 by · 2 Comments
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(Source: Health, United States 2008 – Centers for Disease Control)

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Daily Graphic: Life Expectancy in U.S. By Gender, Race

May 22, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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