Is Medicare And Tricare For Life Enough?
means the average monthly cost of prescription drugs.
this plan will end that and make medicare part d even better.
fantastico! >> schieffer: it's not fantastico, it's true.
the plan will make medicare part d better.
it also will save the country $1 trillion.
and it will cover people with a pre-existing condition.
and it offers the choice of a public option that will give people a choice of health care insurance plans.
in states that opt out, that means you will have a choice of more than one plan, and you won't have to pay higher premiums because of a pre-existing condition.
all the people who say that you can't do all of this, that it's not possible, are just dead wrong.
because the plan is already done.
i've put it out there.
and we can pass it immediately.
but i need your help.
make your phone calls.
send an email.
and help me spread the word.
because if we don't act, we will be the only people in the world with a health care system based on need.
instead of the ability to pay.
and that is not what american stands for.
it's time to pass the affordable care act.
>> schieffer: the president of the united states, the president of the united states is asking you to help him get this passed, to help him get this health care bill through the congress.
and here he is.
>> schieffer: no, he's not asking you to call your congress person.
he's asking you to call the people who make the decisions.
the senators and congress people who will decide this thing.
we're going to talk about it with lynn sweet and susan page.
and we'll talk with our panel about it.
but let's start with the president.
lynn sweet, the president says this is everybody's responsibility.
not just his.
>> lynn: that's right.
one thing he said was yes, i'm asking you to help me.
but he's also saying, you need to help yourself.
this is your problem, the american people.
you need to help yourself.
number one, there was a little bit of that in here, but there was also a lot of him trying to get his message out.
i think he knows that the public wants to hear it.
it was an interesting dynamic.
let's see if he was able to get it across.
we'll see how people responded.
he was trying to get across three points.
one, this is going to save money.
that's what he wants to get across.
that's what the american people are after.
that's what we need to get across to them.
it's going to save money.
you don't need to be afraid of the concept of "socialized medicine," so to speak.
this will save money.
it will save the government money.
it will save the american people money.
number two, and this is a big one, this plan will cover people with pre-existing conditions.
a lot of people were asking this, i think, in the wake of the supreme court decision.
how will this affect me?
what is going to happen?
i have a pre-existing condition, or my family does.
and number three, this plan will save money, and it will not be socialized medicine.
it will be socialized in the sense that it will be a public option.
this public option will put pressure on the insurance companies to keep prices down.
if they don't, they will lose business to the public option.
>> schieffer: but it will be a public option.
>> lynn: it will be a public option.
and it will be devised by states that choose it.
but it will not be socialized medicine, as he said.
it will be a public option.
it will be a plan that will be devised by the states.
if the states don't want it, then they won't have it.
if they do want it, they will be able to have it.
>> schieffer: susan page, you've been listening to this and you've been following this story for some time.
you know what the president's up against here.
how tough is this going to be for him?
>> susan: it's hard to know when you're looking at the president's speech exactly how much of it is just political theater and how much of it is real legislative strategy.
this is one of the most important speeches he has made in his presidency.
we'll find out how much of it was just political theater.
but a lot of it was healthy political theater.
i think the president did a good job of outlining what the problems are, the problems of the american health care system.
he said we should start from a common ground with the republicans.
that everybody agrees that we have a system in america that is not working well.
we have to make it better.
we need to make it work better for everybody.
and he was outlining his plan, and saying that he wants to turn the page on the old debates.
he said it's time to make the tough decisions and stand up for what you believe in.
he took a shot at the republican budget that was passed in the house, saying this is going to hurt the economy, it's going to hurt jobs.
he said he wants to change the dynamic.
i thought this was a very good speech, in part because it didn't really offer anything new.
it didn't offer any new proposals.
but it outlined the basic differences between the democrats and the republicans.
i think it was a good speech.
i thought the president did a good job of saying what he needed to say.
but what the republicans say is, wait a minute, the government already spends too much money on health care.
do we really want the government spending more money on health care?
i don't think we do.
i don't think we're going to be able to get republican votes with what we've been hearing so far.
>> schieffer: dana bash, you've been talking.