After accepting the Democratic Partys nomination with profound gratitude and great humility, Sen. Barack Obama offered a speech to tens of thousands at Denvers Invesco Field at Mile High that focused primarily on the nations economy and paid little attention to healthcare.
Obama told the crowd that now is the time to finally keep the promise of affordable, accessible healthcare for every single American, and said his health plan will lower premiums for those who have health insurance. For those who do not, they will receive the same coverage that Members of Congress have.
And as someone who watched my mother argue with insurance companies while she lay in bed dying of cancer, Obama said, I will make certain those companies stop discriminating against those who are sick and need care the most.
Mostly, though, Obamas speech concentrated on the economy and the results of the past eight years of the Bush administration, which he linked closely to his opponent, Sen. John McCain of Arizona. For all of the healthcare talk at lunches, roundtable discussions and forums throughout the week, the issue was certainly not at the forefront of Obamas remarks. Proof of this is that healthcare was not included in excerpts of Obamas remarks that the Democratic National Committee gave the media hours before he spoke. The economy, the war in Iraq, education, taxes and energy were all mentioned, but healthcare did not make the cut.
Jackie Rowles, president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, said she was disappointed that Obamas speech repeated what had been said earlier in the week and didnt offer more details on how to fix the nations healthcare system. While I fully agree and love the comments about getting every American covered and access to quality healthcare, its difficult to sit back without any other information, Rowles said. Where are the plans to get this done? Not that I expect anything different out of the Republicans next week, either. -- by Jessica Zigmond
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