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Barack Obama Addresses Health Care

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This series curates raw audio from Barack Obama discussing his health care proposal. It packages and organizes his public remarks as editable tape to be worked into call-in shows, reporter pieces, or any conceivable program. Health care is one of the few policy distinctions between Obama and Hillary Clinton. It is offered as a free download for public media programmers.

This series is a curated selection of raw tape on Barack Obama's health care proposals. It packages and organizes his public remarks as editable tape to be worked into call-in shows, reporter pieces, or any conceivable program. Health care is one of the few policy distinctions between Obama and Hillary Clinton and this series packages together Obama's public remarks as editable tape to allow news producers to take a critical look at his proposal. It is offered as a free download for public media programmers.

Tape cuts are organized into a number of subjects (2-5 minutes each). Most subjects also include an isolated 10-20 second sound bite ready for air.

The series is broken into 3 parts:

#1 (http://www.prx.org/pieces/23960)

Barack Obama gives an overview of his health plan. While he has been noticeably less forthcoming about his plan than Hillary Clinton, Obama lays out three key points: 1) all Americans who want health insurance will be able to buy at least a government-subsidized public plan that will offer the same benefits as congressional health coverage. 2) it will establish a new "watchdog" agency called the National Health Insurance Exchange which will mandate coverage, provide checks against insurance companies, and payout "sliding-scale" subsidies to make coverage more affordable. 3) be inclusive and amenable to all parties in the health care debate, from insurance companies to patient advocates.

#2 (http://www.prx.org/pieces/23963)

The most contentious point in the health care debate is over mandated coverage. Clinton's plan penalizes with fees anyone not carrying health insurance while Obama's plan will only fine parents not carrying coverage for their children. Here Obama outlines his arguments for a non-mandated health plan.

#3 (http://www.prx.org/pieces/23964)

A second key distinction Obama makes from Clinton's plan is to be inclusive of all stake holders in the health care debate. Here he criticizes Clinton for her failed health care reform effort in 93; he says she failed because she tried to exclude everyone but her own people.

Useful links for news producers:

PDF from Obam's webpage outlining his plan: http://www.barackobama.com/issues/pdf/HealthCareFullPlan.pdf

Here is an analysis of Obama's plan that Obama's campaign asked of three Harvard professors (all three have contributed to Democratic campaigns in the past, notably those pushing for health care reform). The academics offer reserved praise for the plan that they say will save the country money and make it healthier: http://www.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/politics/finalcostsmemo.pdf

Here is a good dose of skepticism of Obama's plan from a liberal perspective: http://www.prospect.org/csnc/blogs/ezraklein_archive?month=05&year=2007&base_name=the_obama_health_care_plan

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This series is a curated selection of raw tape on Barack Obama's health care proposals. It packages and organizes his public remarks as editable tape to be worked into call-in shows, reporter pieces, or any conceivable program. Health care is one of the few policy distinctions between Obama and Hillary Clinton and this series packages together Obama's public remarks as editable tape to allow news producers to take a critical look at his proposal. It is offered as a free download for public media programmers.

Tape cuts are organized into a number of subjects (2-5 minutes each). Most subjects also include an isolated 10-20 second sound bite ready for air.

The series is broken into 3 parts:

#1 (http://www.prx.org/pieces/23960)

Barack Obama gives an overview of his health plan. While... Show full description


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Obama says "Washington politics" resulted in failed health care reform

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Here Obama outlines his arguments for a non-mandated health plan.

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Barack Obama gives an overview of his health plan.

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