What's Your Take On Obama's Speech?

What did you think of President Barack Obama's Sept. 9 speech to a joint session of Congress? Was it effective? Did it "move the needle?"

Posted by Rachel Saslow on September 10, 2009 6:28 AM

Keep Quality in the Debate

I'll leave it to the political pundits to analyze the effectiveness of the speech, but as a business leader in the health care industry, I believe the high-level themes around improving access and affordability are worthy goals for our country.

Posted by George Barrett, on September 15, 2009 3:23 PM

Disappointing in Tone and Content

His oratory was as well honed as ever but the added blustering and threatening tone was counter-productive.

Posted by Sue Falkner Wood, on September 13, 2009 12:42 PM

Leaders Keeping Health Reform Moving Forward

Like the President, we at AstraZeneca believe all sides in the debate must come together to advance solutions that build on the strengths of the U.S. health-care system and address its weaknesses. Because our most important contribution to the health system is the medicines we make, we will continue to advocate for the protection of America's lead in the search for new medical cures and treatments.

Posted by David Brennan, on September 11, 2009 12:24 PM

In Health Reform Recipe, the Missing Ingredient Is the Consumer

I applaud the administration for shining a bright light on health reform. The government -- as buyer, regulator and leader -- must be a part of any solution.

Posted by Peter Neupert, on September 11, 2009 12:07 PM

The Davids and Goliaths

Though he emerged on the Washington scene a long shot, a virtual David in a crowded room of Goliaths, President Obama quickly out-lapped veteran opponents. But then came the summer of partisan bickering, outlandish hyperbole, and sneakily Goliath regained stature and bravado.

Posted by Chris T. Pernell, on September 11, 2009 2:18 AM

Great Vision. Now We Need Details.

Even the president acknowledged that there are many details to be worked out. That comment drew nervous laughter from the members of Congress--and for good reason.

Posted by Mark Kelley, on September 10, 2009 4:36 PM

President's Speech Missing Some Details

To focus the debate, Obama needed to deliver a speech that answered the distractions raised by his opponents. He did that. He also needed to define what he was proposing as the solution to our health care problems. He also did that fairly well. Except for those pesky details.

Posted by Linda Leckman, on September 10, 2009 4:12 PM

"You Lie!"

Why are so many people so quick to insist that our president is not telling the truth? For eight years, President George W. Bush misled us, yet in all of those years I don't think he was "called out" as often as this president has been in the last few months.

Posted by Maggie Mahar, on September 10, 2009 3:04 PM

A Test of Character

The time is now for real change. It's up to our elected leaders to decide whether they want to play a constructive role -- or merely hurl invective from the sidelines.

Posted by Angela Glover Blackwell, on September 10, 2009 11:50 AM

Time to Move Forward

Obama spoke to the America we could be, clearly describing the need for us to face the economic and moral challenge of our broken health-care system.

Posted by DeAnn Friedholm, on September 10, 2009 9:53 AM

Cancer: A Prism for Healthcare

Cancer care is a model of the success, excess and major gaps in U.S. health care.

Posted by Doug Ulman, on September 10, 2009 9:35 AM

The Ballad of President Obama, Inspired by The Beatles

Indulge me in my recap of President Obama's speech through the lens of The Beatles, remastered.

Posted by Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, on September 10, 2009 8:48 AM

Obama Promises Improvement, Not Change

In this speech, in fact, Obama needed to do the precise opposite of what he's best at. He needed to bring health-care reform down to earth rather than launch it into orbit.

Posted by Ezra Klein, on September 10, 2009 7:06 AM

Meeting the Challenge

President Obama's challenge tonight was to explain how health-care reform would help America's families and businesses. He succeeded in meeting this challenge and, as a result, the president substantially improved the likelihood that meaningful health-care reform will be adopted this year.

Posted by Ron Pollack, on September 10, 2009 7:02 AM

Use the Brain Before the Prescription Pad

If what we read in the United Kingdom is true, the general population of the U.S. has no stomach for major reforms which might in any way threaten the current delivery of health care.

Posted by Philip Dommett, on September 10, 2009 3:25 AM

A Lot of Passion But Little Action

Without question, President Obama showed passion and commitment in his speech on health-care reform this evening.

Posted by Kathy-Ellen Kups, on September 9, 2009 11:17 PM

Highs and Lows

Only time will tell whether his speech succeeded, but it was well-crafted and well-delivered.

Posted by Michael Critelli, on September 9, 2009 10:29 PM

A Grand Slam

Obama demonstrated strong leadership tonight that reached across the political isle. It sets the stage to reach compromise to get health reform done. It is now up to the members of Congress to not squander the moment.

Posted by Georges Benjamin, on September 9, 2009 9:45 PM

Deficit Neutral? No Way

The President's plan cannot be deficit neutral and the cost to implement the proposed commissions and exchanges to improve cost and choice is not factored in to the price of any plan.

Posted by Sreedhar Potarazu, on September 9, 2009 9:06 PM


JustinOhio: I thought Obama nailed it. He made a clear case for why large-scale reform is necessary and why it must be passed now. He also offered the ...

rdwm3: Everyone in this country has missed the boat. The problem isn't health care it's the legal system. The reason health care is so high is be...

OhYeahBabe: The President's speech was still way too short on substance. His assertions about what will or will not happen under the "plan" simply don't...

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