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Obama visiting Raleigh to discuss health care plans

Posted July 25, 2009
Updated July 28, 2009

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— The heated debate over health care reform will take center stage in Raleigh Wednesday as President Barack Obama visits the Capital City to tout his controversial health care reform plan.

Obama will hold a town hall meeting about health care beginning at 11:45 a.m. at Broughton High School's gymnasium at 723 Saint Mary's St.

WRAL-TV and WRAL.com will carry the president's visit LIVE. Watch the video online, and interact with others via a live chat.

School officials said the secret service did a security sweep of the school Tuesday, and will not be allowing anyone inside the building until shortly before Obama arrives.

Tickets were available free to the public, but the deadline for requesting one has passed.

Obama holds town hall meeting in Raleigh

A new government insurance program would compete with private insurers, and insurance companies would be barred from excluding people with pre-existing conditions. The goals are to hold down costs and extend coverage to most of the 50 million uninsured Americans. The price tag: $1 trillion-plus over a decade.

Obama has called on Congress to approve the plan before it recesses the first week in August. Both House and Senate leaders have said that likely won't happen.

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  • Professor Jul 29, 2009

    President Obama knows what he is doing. He is a very smart and intelligent man. That's why He is president and YOU are not. Matter of fact, you would not be qualified. lol lol lol

  • ncblue2 Jul 29, 2009

    "How would the President actually find any meaningful cost savings without capping malpractise awards and eliminating abuse/fraud by illegal immigrants?"

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    Good luck to ask this question !!!

  • 2muchdrama4me Jul 29, 2009

    This is just something else for the ones already abusing the system!!!

  • NeverSurrender Jul 29, 2009

    "I am one of the fortunate ones who has a ticket to go tomorrow morning. I'm curious for those who have read the bill what specific concerns you have. I really hope to get to ask a question and want to be well-prepared to do so in the event I do. jet2rdu, I believe you said you read it and it is scary - can you provide any specifics? Or anyone else?"

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    Here is the one question I'd love for someone to ask but they'd never be allowed to:

    "How is it possible for private insurers to compete on a level playing field with an entity that can print/borrow all of the money it wishes, undercut any insurer on premiums, and already enforces a reimbursement model in Medicare/Medicaid that doesn't cover the actual cost of procedures/services?"

    Another one:

    "How would the President actually find any meaningful cost savings without capping malpractise awards and eliminating abuse/fraud by illegal immigrants?"

    I'd love those answers...won't ever get them, though.

  • prn13norm Jul 28, 2009

    Of the 50 or 60 people I have met from countries with government ran Health Care Programs not one of them thought their care could touch the Health Care Program we already have in place in America.

  • Pandoras Box Jul 28, 2009

    As the late Adlai Stevenson said, "It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness."

    Ahh, but when that candle turns out to be dynamite and out system explodes you will wish you had the comfort of the darkness. My suggestion is buy a flashlight and make your neighbor pay for it, their kids buy the batteries, and the grandkids buy the bulbs because under Obama's plan our great great grandchildren will be paying for the debt Obama creates today.

  • henry1 Jul 28, 2009

    The posts show the Obama haters and the do nothing group are alive and well. The Repubs and the neocons had 8 years and they never mentioned health care reform much less attempted it. Their only contribution was the prescription drug plan for seniors which was actually payola for big pharma as it prohibited the gov,t. from negotiating discounts as the VA does. If we wait until all objections to reform are met, there will never be meaningful reform. As the late Adlai Stevenson said, "It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness."

  • colliedave Jul 28, 2009

    Take your "trash talk" else where, because millions of people without jobs because of layoff have no health insurance. Something is better than nothing, honeybear

    And nothing is being done to help these individuals to find jobs and requiring small business to provide health insurance will keep business from adding staff. If they truely are indigent Medicare will provide coverage.

    Barry wishes to take away the charitable contributions from the wealthy who have the funds to create private orgs to provide care for the poor.

  • colliedave Jul 28, 2009

    I'm curious for those who have read the bill what specific concerns you have. I really hope to get to ask a question

    Must be a dem...sorry, the only questions Barry will take are the ones already entered into Mr. Teleprompter.

  • mrsmom Jul 28, 2009

    I don't think the taxpayers should have to pay for these trips for politicians to promote their agendas. The networks give the president the State of the Union and press conference coverage to explain his position.

    I felt the same way about Perdue bouncing around the state to promote herself and her newly refound support of education a few weeks ago.

    State employees are restricted from non-essential travel...she should be too. And the president should be too.

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