President Obama’s Inaugural Address Praises Healthcare

Four years ago, history was made when Barack Obama took the oath of office to become President of the United States, and yesterday he took that oath for the second time.  The President also gave a speech that many pundits say was unapologetically liberal in its endorsement of health insurance and its combative tone toward Republicans. 

When Obama was first elected, he promised change and offered hope to millions of Americans who had become disillusioned with the country’s political, financial, and medical systems.  That optimism faded over time as the political reality of Washington became apparent, however, the President still received thunderous applause from hundreds of thousands of Americans in attendance at his second inauguration.  In his address he promised to preserve the newly established Obamacare legislation and other Social Security programs.
 
“The commitments we make to each other through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security, these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us.”

Obamacare will begin next January, and will expand health insurance to support over 30 million Americans who currently live without coverage.  Obamacare immediately became a partisan issue, as Democrats lauded the President’s signature policy while Republicans refused to support the program.
 
It is this partisanship that has kept Washington gridlocked over the last few years as the rise of the Tea Party all but eliminated the word compromise.  At his second inauguration, Obama spoke as a man willing to stand up against his enemies.
 
“We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit.  But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future.”
 
As Obama begins his second term, the battle lines have been drawn.