Here is the full Obama Democratic Congress speech video and transcript from Saturday, March 20, 2010. President Barack Obama addressed the House Democratic Caucus on the health care reform legislation. He delivered his remarks at the Capitol Visitor Center Auditorium at the Capitol Building, shortly before 4:00 p.m. ET on the eve of the House vote on the bill.
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Click here for the full text of the health care reform bill text online.
The President, in acknowledging the political risks for House members who will cast votes in favor of the historic bill, quoted the words of President Abraham Lincoln, “I am not bound to win, but I’m bound to be true. I’m not bound to succeed, but I’m bound to live up to what light I have.”
He went on to note, “Every single one of you at some point before you arrived in Congress and after you arrived in Congress have met constituents with heart-breaking stories. And you’ve looked them in the eye and you’ve said, we’re going to do something about it — that’s why I want to go to Congress. And now, we’re on the threshold of doing something about it. We’re a day away. After a year of debate, after every argument has been made, by just about everybody, we’re 24 hours away.”
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