Obama stumps for health care in NC
Cable news channels carried President Obama's town hall meeting in Raleigh live Wednesday afternoon in a calculated effort by the White House to rally support for the President's health care overhaul plan. WFAE's Julie Rose reports: If his health care plan is to pass, President Obama will need the support of moderate Democrats who worry about higher taxes. So it made sense for him to visit North Carolina, a state known for moderate and conservative Democrats who have traditionally voted for Republican presidential candidates. Of course, Obama won North Carolina in the election, and the first 30 minutes of his town hall meeting strongly resembled a campaign speech: "I want our children, our grandchildren to look back and say this is when we decided to take the politics out of it and start doing something for the future of this country," says President Obama. "I'm gonna need your help, Raleigh. Let's go do it!" Following his speech, President Obama took half a dozen questions from audience members. "What are you going to do differently?" asked one woman. "What do you believe the impact - the cost impact is - to the average person that needs health care?" another asked. And a doctor wanted to know what we can "do about the high cost of prescription drugs in America." The President's answers were lengthy at times. And he repeatedly asked the audience not to believe critics who claim his plan will cost taxpayers more and result in less choice. He also promised his proposal would limit the power of insurers to deny coverage.