President Obama traveled to Portland, Maine today. He talked about health care reform, the newest law of the land. He had a message for some of the pundits and naysayers…
The Associated Press report:
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Facing a public still wary of his massive health care overhaul, President Barack Obama urged Americans not to judge the nearly $1 trillion legislation he signed into law last week until the reforms take hold.
During an enthusiastic, campaign-style appearance in Maine’s largest city, Obama mocked the pundits and pollsters who say he isn’t getting a boost from his yearlong campaign to pass the sweeping reform.
“Every single day since I signed the reform law, there’s been another poll or headline that said, ‘Nation still divided on health care reform. Polls haven’t changed yet.’ Well, yes. It just happened last week,” Obama said to laughter.
He continued: “Can you imagine if some of these reporters were working on a farm and you planted some seeds, and they came out the next day and they looked and – ‘Nothing’s happened. There’s no crop. We’re going to starve. Oh, no! It’s a disaster!’ It’s been a week, folks. So, before we find out if people like health care reform, we should wait to see what happens when we actually put it into place. Just a thought.”
He was probably addressing people who start articles like this: “Facing a public still wary of his massive health care overhaul…”
A full transcript of the President’s remarks is available at this link.
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