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
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
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
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
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
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
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