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Time has come for Obama to walk the walk

Business Times - 15 Sep 2009


Time has come for Obama to walk the walk

His ability to make hard choices on issues will have major impact on US' position globally

By LEON HADAR
WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT

US PRESIDENT Barack Obama's dramatic address to a joint session of Congress last week, during which he implored lawmakers to back his sweeping healthcare overhaul, was clearly an attempt to seize control of healthcare debate.

He wants it to create a political momentum that could drive forward one of the most important changes in America's social-economic policy since the Great Society legislation of the 1960s.

Indeed, if Mr Obama's speech helps him win over a sceptical public and persuade wavering Democratic and Republican lawmakers to come up with far-reaching healthcare legislation which would cut health costs and expand coverage to million of non-insured Americans, he would be following in the footsteps of presidents such as Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson who had …