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President Obama Delivers Remarks on Health Care Reform at the American Medical Associations 158th Annual Meeting.

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Monday, June 15, 2009; 1:34 PM

SPEAKER: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

[*] OBAMA: Please, everybody, be seated. Thank you very much. You're very kind. Thank you.

(APPLAUSE)

Let me begin by thanking Nancy for the wonderful introduction. I want to thank Dr. Joseph Heyman, the chair of the board of the trustees, as well as Dr. Jeremy Lazarus, speaker of house of delegates. Thanks to all of you for bringing me home, even if it's just for a day.

(APPLAUSE)

You know, from the moment I took office as president, the central challenge we've confronted as a nation has been the need to lift ourselves out of the worst recession since World War II. And in recent months, we've taken a series of extraordinary steps, not just to repair the immediate damage to our economy, but to build a new foundation for lasting and sustained growth.


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