Barn-burner of a speech, with some House of Lords-style harrumphing thrown in for good measure. In a perfectly-timed dovetail today, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the number of uninsured Americans increased in 2008 to 46.3 million, compared to 45.7 million in 2007. From the Wall Street Journal:
“The data underscore the need to revamp the U.S. health-care system, President Barack Obama said, adding that more recent surveys show that the situation has grown worse since the recession deepened last September.
“‘Over the last 12 months, it’s estimated that the ranks of the uninsured have swelled by nearly six million. That’s 17,000 men and women every single day,’ the president said in remarks at the White House.”