Minneapolis, Minnesota

The president spoke at Target Center in Minneapolis, Sept. 12, to rally support for health care reform.

The robust debate about health care reform touches everything throughout the land: the definition of freedom vs. coercion, capitalism vs. socialism, nice vs. not-nice, and anything else we don’t much cotton to. All of it possibly is an excuse to acknowledge how little we really like each other – and we aren’t going to pretend otherwise anymore – regardless of what we might say in church.

We pride ourselves on being Americans who can do anything. Yet, we lag every other major democracy and capitalist society in dealing with health care.

I have run three small businesses and helped manage others. None of us can afford to kill health care reform and do nothing. Nor can we afford to let the free market solve our health care challenges.

The time to act is now.

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