Remarks of President Barack Obama Weekly Address February 20, 2010
The other week, men and women across California opened up their mailboxes to find a letter from Anthem Blue news inside was was alerting almost a million of its customers that it would be raising premiums by an average of 25 percent, with about a quarter of folks likely to see their rates go up by anywhere from 35 to 39 , after their announcement stirred public outcry, Anthem agreed to delay their rate hike until May 1st while the situation is reviewed by the state of it’s not just Californians who are being hit by rate Kansas, one insurance company raised premiums by 10 to 20 percent only after asking to raise them by 20 to 30 year, Michigan Blue Cross Blue Shield raised rates by 22 percent after asking to raise them by up to 56 in Maine, Anthem is asking to raise rates for some folks by about 23 bottom line is that the status quo is good for the insurance industry and bad for the past year, as families and small business owners have struggled to pay soaring health care costs, and as millions of Americans lost their coverage, the five largest insurers made record profits of over $12 as bad as things are today, they’ll only get worse if we fail to ’ll see more and more Americans go without the coverage they ’ll see exploding premiums and out-of-pocket costs burn through more and more family ’ll see more and more small businesses scale back benefits, drop coverage, or close down because they can’t keep up with rising in time, we’ll see these skyrocketing health care costs become the single largest driver of our federal ’s what the future is on track to look it’s not what the future has to look question, then, is whether we will do what it takes, all of us – Democrats and Republicans – to build a better future for ourselves, our children, and our ’s why, next week, I am inviting members of both parties to take part in a bipartisan health care meeting, and I hope they come in a spirit of good don’t want to see this meeting turn into political theater, with each side simply reciting talking points and trying to score political , I ask members of both parties to seek common ground in an effort to solve a problem that’s been with us for ’s in that spirit that I have sought out and supported Republican ideas on reform from the very Republicans want to allow Americans to purchase insurance from a company in another state to give people more choices and bring down Republicans have also suggested giving small businesses the power to pool together and offer health care at lower prices, just as big companies and labor unions think both of these are good ideas – so long as we pursue them in a way that protects benefits, protects patients, and protects the American hope Democrats and Republicans can come together next week around these and other members of Congress, I would simply say know the American people want us to reform our health insurance know where the broad areas of agreement we know where the sources of disagreement debating this issue exhaustively for a year, let’s move forward week is our chance to finally reform our health insurance system so it works for families and small ’s our chance to finally give Americans the peace of mind of knowing that they’ll be able to have affordable coverage when they need it ’s being tested here is not just our ability to solve this one problem, but our ability to solve any now, Americans are understandably despairing about whether partisanship and the undue influence of special interests in Washington will make it impossible for us to deal with the big challenges that face our want to see us focus not on scoring points, but on solving problems;not on the next election but on the next is what we can do, and that is what we must do when we come together for this bipartisan health care meeting next you, and have a great weekend.
Remarks of President Barack Obama Weekly Address The White House Saturday September 10, 2011
This weekend, we’re coming together, as one nation, to mark the 10th anniversary of the September 11th ’re remembering the lives we lost—nearly 3,000 innocent men, women and ’re reaffirming our commitment to always keep faith with their ’re honoring the heroism of first responders who risked their lives—and gave their lives—to save we’re giving thanks to all who serve on our behalf, especially our troops and military families—our extraordinary 9/11 the same time, even as we reflect on a difficult decade, we must look forward, to the future we will build includes staying strong and confident in the face of any thanks to the tireless efforts of our military personnel and our intelligence, law enforcement and homeland security professionals—there should be no , America is stronger and al Qaeda is on the path to ’ve taken the fight to al Qaeda like never the past two and a half years, more senior al Qaeda leaders have been eliminated than at any time since 9/ thanks to the remarkable courage and precision of our forces, we finally delivered justice to Osama bin ’ve strengthened the partnerships and tools we need to prevail in this war against al Qaeda—working closer with allies and partners;reforming intelligence to better detect and disrupt plots;investing in our Special Forces so terrorists have no safe ’re constantly working to improve the security of our homeland as well—at our airports, ports and borders;enhancing aviation security and screening;increasing support for our first responders;and working closer than ever with states, cities and decade after 9/11, it’s clear for all the world to see—the terrorists who attacked us that September morning are no match for the character of our people, the resilience of our nation, or the endurance of our wanted to terrorize us, but, as Americans, we refuse to live in we face a determined foe, and make no mistake—they will keep trying to hit us as we are showing again this weekend, we remain ’re doing everything in our power to protect our no matter what comes our way, as a resilient nation, we will carry wanted to draw us in to endless wars, sapping our strength and confidence as a even as we put relentless pressure on al Qaeda, we’re ending the war in Iraq and beginning to bring our troops home from after a hard decade of war, it is time for nation building here at wanted to deprive us of the unity that defines us as a we will not succumb to division or are Americans, and we are stronger and safer when we stay true to the values, freedoms and diversity that make us unique among they wanted to undermine our place in the a decade later, we’ve shown that America doesn’t hunker down and hide behind walls of ’ve forged new partnerships with nations around the world to meet the global challenges that no nation can face across the Middle East and North Africa a new generation of citizens is showing that the future belongs to those that want to build, not years ago, ordinary Americans showed us the true meaning of courage when they rushed up those stairwells, into those flames, into that the decade since, a new generation has stepped forward to serve and keep us their memory, in their name, we will never will protect the country we love and pass it safer, stronger and more prosperous to the next generation.
美國總統奧巴馬每周電臺演講 Remarks of President Barack Obama As prepared for delivery Saturday, September 18, 2010 Washington, DC
Back in January, in my State of the Union Address, I warned of the danger posed by a Supreme Court ruling called Citizens decision overturned decades of law and gave the special interests the power to spend without limit – and without public disclosure – to run ads in order to influence , as an election approaches, it’s not just a can see for ourselves how destructive to our democracy this can see it in the flood of deceptive attack ads sponsored by special interests using front groups with misleading don’t know who’s behind these ads or who’s paying for foreign-controlled corporations seeking to influence our democracy are able to spend freely in order to swing an election toward a candidate they ’ve tried to fix this with a new law – one that would simply require that you say who you are and who’s paying for your way, voters are able to make an informed judgment about a group’s running these ads would have to stand by their foreign-controlled corporations would be restricted from spending money to influence elections, just as they were before the Supreme Court opened up this is common fact, this is the kind of proposal that Democrats and Republicans have agreed on for , the Republican leaders in Congress have so far said “no.” They’ve blocked this bill from even coming up for a vote in the ’s politics at its it’s not hard to understand the past two years, we have fought back against the entrenched special interests – weakening their hold on the levers of power in have taken a stand against the worst abuses of the financial industry and health insurance ’ve rolled back tax breaks for companies that ship jobs we’ve restored enforcement of common sense rules to protect clean air and clean have refused to go along with business as , the special interests want to take Congress back, and return to the days when lobbyists wrote the a partisan minority in Congress is hoping their defense of these special interests and the status quo will be rewarded with a flood of negative ads against their ’s a power grab, pure and ’re hoping they can ride this wave of unchecked influence all the way to is clear is that Congress has a responsibility to the truth is, any law will come too late to prevent the damage that has already been done this election is why, any time you see an attack ad by one of these shadowy groups, you should ask yourself, who is paying for this ad? Is it the health insurance lobby? The oil industry? The credit card companies?
But more than that, you can make sure that the tens of millions of dollars spent on misleading ads do not drown out your no matter how many ads they run – no matter how many elections they try to buy – the power to determine the fate of this country doesn’t lie in their lies in ’s up to all of us to defend that most basic American principle of a government of, by, and for the ’s at stake is not just an ’s our democracy you.