If I were a Presidential speech-writer . . .

My fellow Americans: I became your president by promising to end the excessive partisan bickering that has gridlocked our politics. Looking at recent developments — yes, including yesterday’s Massachusetts senate election — it’s clear we’ve gotten off track. Remember that “re-set” button we proposed to press in our relations with Russia? It’s time for a re-set in Washington.

It was wrong trying to pass such a major policy initiative like health care reform with zero Republican support. It was wrong to claim we weren’t increasing the deficit, when the American people could see it actually would cost a trillion dollars. And — sorry, Speaker Pelosi — it would be wrong now to somehow bull ahead with this legislation when it’s clear that more Americans oppose it than support it, even in Massachusetts, and there are no longer enough Democratic legislators for it anyway.

Still, almost all of us agree that our health care system needs reform. I now call upon Congressional leaders to withdraw the currently pending bill, and start over. I propose to hold a meeting in the White House with the key leaders of both parties, to try to find a way forward. I think there are some basic reforms that most of us, both Democrats and Republicans, can agree upon.

One is certainly to end all this “pre-existing condition” nonsense so that everyone who can afford it can actually get health insurance, and then actually get the coverage they’ve paid for.

Another is to make at least some basic health coverage — maybe not comprehensive coverage for every possible treatment, but at least basic everyday medical care — available to Americans who can’t afford even that in today’s system.

And third, we’ve got to get serious about controlling costs. One simple, obvious reform is to allow insurance companies to compete across state lines. We also have to recognize that costs cannot be controlled when the consumers of health services, by and large, don’t have to care about the amounts billed. That has to change somehow. And members of my own party have to come to grips with the necessity for tort reform, because the cost of the existing system is not just in the big jury awards, not just in the malpractice insurance fees, but mainly in the way our whole practice of medicine is distorted. Republicans, to their credit, already understand this, and maybe if Democrats meet them halfway on this issue, some bipartisan horse-trading agreement can be reached. Frankly, it’s more important to have Republican support than to placate trial lawyers whose self-interest makes them opponents of tort reform. Fuck the trial lawyers.

Thank you, and God bless America.

5 Responses to “If I were a Presidential speech-writer . . .”

  1. Kurt Carson Says:

    I take it your were not a fan of Edwards.

    FSR reply: No.

  2. Anonymous Says:


    [FSR comment: as a believer in freedom of expression, it is my policy not to delete or edit anyone’s comments posted on this blog.]

  3. leAnne Says:

    sorry if people are rude i am geussing the people who say bad things for no reason are silly teenagers

  4. Anonymous Says:

    yes they are

  5. muhammadfaheem Says:

    please speeches give in urdu

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