Obama: Stop Screaming, Get Real

By Mat Probasco,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 16, 2009 5:38 AM CDT
James Newman protests against the health care reform plan supported by President Barack Obama during a rally yesterday in Atlanta.   (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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(Newser) – President Barack Obama hit the New York Times Op-Ed pages today, calling for "serious debate" on health-care-reform, "not wild misrepresentations that bear no resemblance to anything that anyone has actually proposed." Reforms will benefit the 46 million uninsured Americans as well as those with insurance by cutting rampant waste, he wrote.

"Much of the media attention has been focused on the loudest voices," the president notes. "Despite what we’ve seen on television, I believe that serious debate is taking place at kitchen tables all across America." Obama skewered insurers, saying they "profit by discriminating against sick people" while 14,000 Americans lose coverage daily.