In Cincinnati on Monday, President Obama said about health care reform: “Now’s the time to decide. Now’s the time to act.”
And I would add: “Now’s the time for him to take charge!”
In his speech to a Joint Session of Congress tonight, President Obama must be on fire and tell the American people what’s at stake.
We either deliver health insurance for every American – or we let insurance companies continue to reject anybody with a pre-existing condition.
We either cut costs of health care for families and small businesses – or we let insurance companies continue to jack up their premiums every year.
We either give consumers the option of a public plan to compete with private insurers – or we let insurance companies continue to drop anybody who comes down with a serious illness.
We either seize the moment – or the American people lose.
The good news is, we’re closer than ever before to universal health care.
The bad news is, we could miss this chance – unless President Obama himself takes charge, tells Congress what must be in a bill – and then fights like hell for it.
One speech tonight could make all the difference. Let’s hope it’s a real barn-burner.
That’s my parting shot for today.