Obama Guests On Smerconish Show
August 20, 2009 at 2:53 PM (PT)
President BARACK OBAMA made his appearance on MICHAEL SMERCONISH's DIAL GLOBAL syndicated talk show TODAY, stressing that the controversial "public option" in his health care proposal would be only an option for those unable to find private insurance rather than a replacement. "The American people have a long tradition of being suspicious of government," OBAMA told SMERCONISH. "My attitude has always been, let's see if we can get this done with some consensus."
OBAMA said that the health care plan must be "deficit-neutral," address growing health care costs, protect consumers from abusive insurance company practices, and provide affordable coverage. He expressed confidence that the bill will pass, saying "passing a big bill like this is always messy. I'm confident that we're going to get it done."