Obama Visits Grand Junction, Colrado to push health care agenda

President Obama visited Grand Junction, Colorado on August 15, 2009 in an attempt to swing the pendulum in his direction on the health care debate.

On the outside of the high school in which he was speaking it protesters on both sides of the debate gathered on opposite sides of the street shouting slogans in support of, and in opposition to the health care plan.

The supporters yelled slogans like “yes we can” and “we’ve got the votes” while the detractors yelled phrases like freedom not freebees!” And “no more ACORN.” While the back and forth banter was in progress a bus full of left wing supporters joined them as the police tried to do crowd control.

It was soon realized that the president had already been in the school while the protests were in progress. As a result of that event, the crowd marched toward where his motorcade would exit and continued their routine.

There was an audio feed of the town hall meeting outside. A University of Colorado student challenged him on the validity of the public option. In the president’s response, he said ““I think there are ways that we can address those competitive issues, and you’re absolutely right, if they’re not entirely addressed, then that raises a set of legitimate problems. But the only point I wanted to make was the notion that somehow just by having a public option you have the entire private marketplace destroyed is just not borne out by the facts.” Yet the President did not elaborate in terms of specifics about the virtues of the public option.

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