OMG Obama! Obamacare's Latest Strategy: Threats
President Obama warned on Saturday that nearly half of all Americans under age 65 could lose their health coverage at some point in the next decade, as he prepared to take his case for health reform on the road with a public rally in Minneapolis in the afternoon.
While the Census Bureau reports that 46.3 million people living in the United States currently lack health insurance, Mr. Obama cited a new Treasury Department analysis that aims to buttress his case that Americans are in danger of losing their coverage — whether they know it or not.
The Treasury study, based on data collected by the University of Michigan, found that 47.7 percent had lost coverage at some point, for one month or longer, during the 10 years from 1997 to 2006. Mr. Obama, using those figures to project what might happen over the next 10 years, says they amount to a dire forecast for the already insured.
“I refuse to allow that future to happen,” Mr. Obama said. “In the United States of America, no one should have to worry that they’ll go without health insurance — not for one year, not for one month, not for one day. And once I sign my health reform plan into law, they won’t.”
The president is expected to make that same argument later on Saturday in Minneapolis, in the first of a series of rallies intended to whip up public support for his health care bill. The second is planned for Thursday, at the University of Maryland, College Park.
The White House hopes the rallies will provide a powerful visual — thousands of boisterous Americans cheering in support of a health care overhaul — to counter the negative images that emerged this summer at Congressional town hall meetings, at which critics of Mr. Obama turned out in force. With antitax groups who oppose Mr. Obama’s policies staging their own rally in Washington on Saturday, the president can ill afford to cede the airwaves to his opponents.
Wait a minute, this is a rally. Are you kidding me?
Psst, NYT, your Socialist is showing, you might want to tuck that in, kthnx.