I have embedded the video of President Obama’s speech last night at the end of this post. It was a very effective speech, in my view, but perhaps I am biased as someone who supports reform in the manner in which he has proposed it. I think he clearly laid out the “must-haves” of reform: an individual mandate, no arbitrary caps on coverage, no denying coverage for pre-existing conditions, and making insurance available to all. And it was a shrewd political move to appear as the moderate, reasonable, and dare I say lone adult in the room by calling both sides out on their absolutist ideals (public option for Progressive Democrats and getting rid of employer-provided coverage for Republicans); the outburst by Rep. Wilson helps on that front, too.
I have shared many links to various pundits offering their thoughts on the speech. You can judge for yourself by watching the speech below: