The state of health care in the State of the Union?

Do you agree with what President Obama said about health-care reform during his State of the Union speech Jan. 27?

Posted by Ceci Connolly on January 28, 2010 6:03 AM

Communicator in Chief

One of the most important jobs of the president is to be the Communicator in Chief. This is who President Obama was on Wednesday night. More importantly, that is who he must continue to be in the weeks and months ahead.

Posted by Vivek Murthy, on January 29, 2010 7:02 PM

A 2,000 page bill disguised as reform

Instead of forcing through a flawed piece of legislation, President Obama and Congress should go back to the drawing board, start over, and work to craft smarter bipartisan policies that delivers better care at a lower cost for the American people.

Posted by Newt Gingrich, on January 29, 2010 11:39 AM

Hail to the Chief

The president's call to action was loud and clear. The only thing that I found disappointing as I watched the State of the Union was how totally disaffected the Republicans were.

Posted by Kathy-Ellen Kups, on January 28, 2010 9:50 PM

Listen to Mrs. Obama

The remark that caught my attention most-- because I think it could have a swift and powerful impact on rising costs and our nation's health--was that the First Lady, Michelle, will start a national initiative this year to reduce childhood obesity in the U.S.

Posted by Peter Neupert, on January 28, 2010 3:53 PM

We're ready to fight, too

There is a crew of fighters ready to push for the reforms that are achievable. But we need a target. I hope the president's next step is to plant a bulls-eye wherever we can make the biggest difference.

Posted by Angela Glover Blackwell, on January 28, 2010 11:16 AM

"I don't quit"

I hoped that, as he finished his speech, the president would return to the subject of health care and make it clear that if we want to save the economy, we must have health-care reform. He didn't do that.

Posted by Maggie Mahar, on January 28, 2010 9:19 AM

A boring rehash

Mr. President, if you want to impress the majority of the American public, you have to stop talking and try to listen. It's really very simple. It's not about you. It's about us.

Posted by Sue Falkner Wood, on January 28, 2010 7:16 AM

The genie is out of the bottle

What we hoped to hear tonight was a call for Congress to get back to work on an issue that literally determines life or death for many of us. And much to our relief, we did.

Posted by Doug Ulman, on January 28, 2010 7:13 AM

Telling it like it is

The President gave a coherent defense of the need for health reform.

Posted by Georges Benjamin, on January 28, 2010 6:54 AM

Critical condition

The President takes responsibility for not adequately communicating the health care agenda and that is at the fundamental root of why we have not succeeded to date. What is required now in the 11th hour is more than inspirational rhetoric but hard reliable facts that help chart a course of true success.

Posted by Sreedhar Potarazu, on January 28, 2010 6:49 AM

The wrong focus

This was a pro-business talk with a small, ineffective and poorly developed health focus.

Posted by Mary O'Neil Mundinger, on January 28, 2010 6:41 AM

The President needs our help

If you or a loved one has benefited from government help at a crucial life moment, make yourself heard. People need help.

Posted by Harold Pollack, on January 28, 2010 12:03 AM

Let's get it done

The President said, "Let's get it done." Please, just do so. The dots directly connect between health care costs, jobs and the economy today, and for the health of the national budget in the long run.

Posted by Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, on January 27, 2010 8:37 PM


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