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Local Reaction to President Obama's Health Reform Speech

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Across Texoma, people are reacting President Obama's speech on health care reform Wednesday night. Deeda Payton sat down with a local lunch crowd to hear their thoughts.

To find opinions on the President's health care reform, we looked no farther than Loose Wheels Restaurant in Denison. It is important to note that none of these four men saw the President's speech, but all follow the controversial issue. So, I read them excerpts from the speech as they ate their lunch, so we could all get on the same page.

"I think there's a lot of truth in that. We're talking about the health care costing 900 billion dollars. I think we have to come to the realization that we can't afford everything we want." Buck Buchanan believes the government has already spent too much money. Carl Bizzell agrees.  "I don't understand where he's coming from on any of this stuff." They say the President should have thought about the cost to reform health care when he was bailing out the automakers.

And, Marcus Rogers thinks it's not only the money that's an issue, but how fast the president is trying to push this plan through. "It takes him six months to decide the name of his dog and he has to rush through the health care deal in about three and a half months. That's his plan to try to get this thing going."    

In the speech, the President spouted off statistics to illustrate the need for reform now...more than 30 million American citizens can't get coverage...every day, 14,000 Americans lose their coverage...but no one at this table believes the answer is "government to the rescue."

"I think we need to get more people insured, but I don't think the government has a role in that. I think you would have the compassion of the IRS with the efficiency of the post office. I just can't see the government playing a big big role in that." "I agree. It needs to be privatized. Keep the government out of it. They've messed up everything they tried so far."

Buchanan says it is unrealistic to require all Americans to carry basic health insurance, just as most states require you to carry auto insurance. Which is what President Obama says his plan would entail. "I was just in a wreck the other day, a gal hit me, she had no insurance."

The comments we heard were a bit skeptical of the reform, but that is exactly why the President made his address Wednesday night.

Vice President Joe Biden has said "I believe we will have a bill before Thanksgiving."

Deeda Payton, KTEN News.