TRANSCRIPT: 'Questions for the President: Prescription for America'

And the last point I would make is, we've got an aging population, so we

know that health care is still going to be a growth industry. And that's

not an entirely bad thing. As societies get older, we spend a certain

larger portion of our overall income on health care.

And that's OK. We just don't want to spend it badly and in a way that

bankrupts the entire economy. And that's why we need the changes that

I've discussed.

GIBSON: Mr. President, we want to thank for joining us this evening,

both for the earlier hour and for this half-hour of "Nightline." As we

mentioned at the beginning, I think this is a topic that is going to be

discussed in every living room over every kitchen table, not only in the

Congress, but mostly in the living rooms and in the kitchens of America,

and that probably is where the decisions overall will be made.

Can we support this? Are we for this? Are we certain that we'll have the

care we need? And are we certain that this country can pay for it in a

time when we don't have a lot of money?

OBAMA: The answers are "yes" to all of that. And if the American people

get behind this, this is going to happen.

GIBSON: All right, Mr. President, I thank you for being with us. Thanks

very much.

OBAMA: Thank you so much. Enjoyed it. Thank you.

(APPLAUSE)

GIBSON: And we thank you for being with us for this edition of

"Nightline." Take care, and good night.

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