Here is the Obama Ohio speech video from Mon. March 15, 2010 on health care reform. President Barack Obama addresses an audience in Strongsville (suburban Cleveland) at Walter F. Ehrnfelt Recreation and Senior Center. The speech time is 1:05 p.m. ET and can be watched on the live stream video embedded below. Thereafter come back for the full video and transcript text.
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The President picked Strongsville to deliver the address to highlight the story of Natoma Canfield of Medina, Ohio. The self-employed cleaning woman is a cancer survivor who wrote to him, telling him she dropped her Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance when it no longer was affordable. He then read the letter during a meeting with health insurance executives. The Dec. 29, 2009 letter reads in part:
“Incredibly, I have been notified that my premium for the next year, 2010, has been increased over 40 percent, to $8,496.24. This is the same insurance company I’ve been with for 11 cancer-free years. I need your health reform bill to help me. I simply can no longer afford to pay for my health-care costs.
“Thanks to this incredible premium increase demanded by my insurance company, January will be my last month of insurance. I live in the house my mother and father built in 1958, and I am so afraid of the possibility I might lose this family heirloom as a result of being forced to drop my health-care insurance.”
The full story, plus a video can be seen here: President Obama Makes Final Health Care Push, With One Woman’s Story See also: Medina’s Natoma Canfield won’t be with Obama when he visits today (Photo).
For more on the trip to Strongsville, Ohio, which is part of the White House to Main Street tour, and the proposed health care insurance reform legislation, see:
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