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Public Voices on Obama’s Health Care Address

Spencer Michels gets reactions from the public to President Obama's health care speech.

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  • SAN FRANCISCAN WOMAN:

    I thought that it was a good speech.

  • SPENCER MICHELS:

    Yes? Why? What did you like about it?

  • SAN FRANCISCAN WOMAN:

    Well, I liked that he basically asked people or basically told people that, "Enough with the bickering. You know, we have a job to do," and he's determined to get it done.

  • SPENCER MICHELS:

    What did you especially like about the speech?

  • SAN FRANCISCAN WOMAN:

    I liked that he, you know, just delivered a very positive message and very informed in, you know, addressing both parties' issues.

  • SPENCER MICHELS:

    There was also skepticism. We met Bill McHale outside Rochester, New York.

  • BILL MCHALE, Rochester, N.Y.:

    I think it was more of the same. I don't think they're really addressing the real critical parts of health care. We definitely need some changes, but I think the one big thing that they have not addressed is tort reform.

  • SPENCER MICHELS:

    And Fred Hackett in Chicago saw an ominous motive.

  • FRED HACKETT, Chicago, Ill.:

    They're trying to turn the country into a communist country. They're trying to take over everything in the country. People are going to become prisoners, or, well, they already are.

  • SPENCER MICHELS:

    Seniors in the Chicago area were particularly interested in what the president had to say.

  • BILL DECANIO, Chicago, Ill.:

    I wasn't impressed too much. I'm not crazy about the plan. But being a senior citizen, I like what I got, so it's hard to give it up.

  • SPENCER MICHELS:

    In San Francisco as well as in Seattle, we found a good number of people who had not watched the speech, possibly because it aired on the West Coast at 5 p.m.

    Excuse me. Did you watch Obama last night on health care?

  • SAN FRANCISCAN MAN:

    No. No.

  • SPENCER MICHELS:

    Did you watch Obama last night?

  • SAN FRANCISCAN WOMAN:

    I didn't get a chance.

  • SPENCER MICHELS:

    You didn't get a chance? OK.

  • SAN FRANCISCAN WOMAN:

    No, I didn't.

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