Obama's right: No one is creating death panels
"The claim ... that we plan to set up panels of bureaucrats with the power to kill off senior citizens ... is a lie, plain and simple."
Plan will not force immediate changes
If you "already have health insurance through your job, or Medicare, or Medicaid, or the VA, nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have."
Janitors, Senators - everyone's treated the same under federal health care
The health care plan for members of Congress "is no better than the janitor who cleans their offices."
Early returns have paid off
"In the first round of repayments" from financial institutions that received TARP money, "the government has actually turned a profit."
Obama gets it right on prison escapes
"Nobody has ever escaped from one of our federal 'supermax' prisons."
Wash your hands!
Washing your hands and covering your mouth when you cough "makes a huge difference" in reducing transmission of the flu.
Civilian deaths and bombings are down
In Iraq, "civilian deaths, incidents of bombings, etc., remain very low relative to what was going on last year."
An unfortunate truth about the other war
"2008 was the deadliest year of the war (in Afghanistan) for American forces."
World's most powerful man touts the support of one of the world's richest
"Warren (Buffett) still does support me."
He spoke softly and carried a big idea
"Teddy Roosevelt first called for (health care) reform nearly a century ago."
Obama touts enormous new spending on education
"We are making the largest investment in education in our nation’s history."
UPDATE: It was right when he said it, but...
"Putting three Republicans in my Cabinet...is unprecedented."
That's a fair estimate
Medicare spends "$15-billion a year on subsidies to insurance companies."
Most small businesses won't be subject to Obama's tax increases
"98 percent of small businesses make less than $250,000" and would not see a tax increase under Barack Obama's plan.
Obama's plan expands existing system
Under Barack Obama's health care proposal, "if you've got a health care plan that you like, you can keep it."
Obama sounded the alarm on subprimes
"Two years ago...I wrote to Secretary Paulson, I wrote to Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke, and told them [subprime lending] is something we have to deal with."
Obama's earmark number is correct
"Senator McCain has been talking tough about earmarks, and that's good, but earmarks account for about $18-billion of our budget."
Seniors get a special break
Says that under his tax plan, seniors making less than $50,000 per year won't pay any income taxes.
Better context for a once-questionable tax claim
John McCain wants to "give oil companies another $4-billion" in tax breaks.
McCain did get money from Bermuda-connected sources
"Grateful insurance company executives and their lobbyists" from Bermuda gave McCain $50,000.
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