"Madam Speaker! The President of the United States!"
7:11 p.m. Mr. President is being Mr. Rockstar, with five full minutes of crowd surfing and high fiving.
7:12 p.m. BO hands JB and NP secret manila envelopes.
7:14 p.m. Full-on Democratic orgasm.
7:20 p.m. History lesson.
7:23 p.m. Heartstring tugging. Guilt tripping. Why, oh, why do I swoon when he condescends to me?
7:25 p.m. Fuck you, insurance giants!
7:27 p.m. Fuck you, Canada!
7:28 p.m. "Build on what works and fix what doesn't." (This will lead nearly every single article you read about this speech.)
7:28: The time for bickering is over. ... Now is the season for action.
Okay, this actually got really good. Here's the rundown of his plan:
If you have health insurance, nothing in this plan will require you to change your plan or the doctor you have. "Let me repeat this [Republicans]."
* It will be against the law to be denied insurance for a pre-existing condition.
* It will be against the law for insurance companies to drop you when you get sick or water it down when you need it the most.
* There will be no arbitrary cap on the amount of coverage you can receive in a year, or in a lifetime.
* It will place a limit on how much you can be charged for out of pocket expenses.
For people who don't have health insurance, he's creating a health care mega mall, a "new insurance exchange" where individuals and small businesses will be able to shop for health insurance at affordable prices. For people that still can't afford it, the government will assign tax credit based on need.
Essentially, people will be required to have health insurance, just like people are required to have car insurance.
7:36 p.m. "While there are still significant details that need to be ironed out" ... (audience laughs)
7:38 p.m. Sticking it to Sarah Palin regarding death panels. He calls it cynical and irresponsible. And gets a standing ovation.
7:39 p.m. Boooooo'd for saying the plan won't cover illegal aliens.
7:41 p.m. Boooooo'd from me for saying no federal dollars used to fund abortions.
7:42 p.m. "I don't want to put insurance companies out of business, I just want to hold them accountable." I can't believe how easy it is to watch this guy. Even when I was watching GWB to make fun it was seriously boring. This is like eating candy. Ba-rock candy.
7:46 p.m. His "no new taxes" is called "not one dime to the deficit."
7:48 p.m. Sticking it to Dubya on Iraq and tax breaks for the wealthy.
7:51 p.m. "I want to speak directly to the seniors for a minute. I SAID, I WANT TO TALK TO THE SENIORS ABOUT MEDICARE FOR A MINUTE!"
7:53 p.m. Health care pricetag = $900 billion over a decade.
7:56 p.m. "If you misrepresent what's in this plan, we will call you out." Damn, B.
7:58 p.m. Ted Kennedy's ghost can mail letters. Spooooooky.
8:01 p.m. Hope montage.
8:03 p.m. Crowd surfing round two. This time it's more like paddle-boarding.
8:06 p.m. JB and NP open their secret envelopes. It's a picture of GWB's face superimposed with, "What, Me Worry?"
8:07 p.m. Barack has left the building.
I'm posting this without Michelle's permission. She'll either get a kick out of it or will be really pissed. If this post disappears, you'll know which.