Health Care Quotes from the DNC Speeches

To read the larger contexts, go to the full speeches through the links.

From Joe Biden’s speech:

Barack Obama will bring down health care costs by $2,500 for the typical family, and, at long last, deliver affordable, accessible health care for all Americans. That’s the change we need.

From Bill Clinton’s speech:

Look at the example the Republicans have set: American workers have given us consistently rising productivity. They’ve worked harder and produced more. What did they get in return? Declining wages, less than ¼ as many new jobs as in the previous eight years, smaller health care and pension benefits, rising poverty and the biggest increase in income inequality since the 1920s. American families by the millions are struggling with soaring health care costs and declining coverage. I will never forget the parents of children with autism and other severe conditions who told me on the campaign trail that they couldn’t afford health care and couldn’t qualify their kids for Medicaid unless they quit work or got a divorce. Are these the family values the Republicans are so proud of?

From Hillary Clinton’s speech:

I ran for President to renew the promise of America. To rebuild the middle class and sustain the American Dream, to provide the opportunity to work hard and have that work rewarded, to save for college, a home and retirement, to afford the gas and groceries and still have a little left over each month.

To promote a clean energy economy that will create millions of green collar jobs.To create a health care system that is universal, high quality, and affordable so that parents no longer have to choose between care for themselves or their children or be stuck in dead end jobs simply to keep their insurance. . . . Those are the reasons I ran for President. Those are the reasons I support Barack Obama. And those are the reasons you should too.

Last but never least, Ted Kennedy’s speech:

this is the cause of my life – new hope that we will break the old gridlock and guarantee that every American – north, south, east, west, young, old – will have decent, quality health care as a fundamental right and not a privilege.

9 responses to “Health Care Quotes from the DNC Speeches”

  1. Asthmagirl says:

    I feel all weepy. I have high hopes. These are the tough issues.

  2. Amy says:

    Yeah, I’m right there with you on the high hopes—I’m trying very, very hard to temper them with a dose of reality and not do the hero-worship thing because it’s such a tough issue.

  3. Michelle says:

    Here! Here! Let’s stop ignoring the throngs of sick people who are refused care because they “make too much money” to qualify for medicare/medicaid. If they make so much money, why can’t they afford to buy health insurance? I’m sure they would if they could, folks. Time to get real.

  4. Amy says:


    A girl after my own heart—you know I can relate, what with the no-insurance pregnancy debacle and all. . . .

    I’m both very happy and insanely jealous of Jackson’s healthy lungs, btw.

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