Obama Rallies College Kids

Sep 17, 2009 2:33pm

ABC News' Ann Compton reports: Welcomed by a thunderous college roar in a basketball arena packed to the rafters, President Obama reached out to tap the energy which helped win him the presidential election and inject it into his campaign for health care reform. “I need your voice,” he shouted, nearly drowned out by the chants of “We’re fired up, we’re ready to go” echoing his campaign. ”We will change the world with your voice. We need the voice of the young people to transform this nation.” There were, however, audible boo’s when the president mentioned the new Senate proposal from Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont. That plan does not include a government-run health insurance option. Some older women in the arena were holding green signs urging a public option. President Obama reminded students there is a reason the University of Maryland requires all students to have coverage or pay into a campus health insurance plan when they enroll. The president was introduced by college junior Rachel Peck, a tall vivacious student with long blonde hair who described her expensive year of treatment for cancer discovered last year.  “One in three young adults who don't have health insurance live one accident or one illness away from bankruptcy,” the president warned. His boisterous rally was streamed live on the White House Facebook page, in hopes of reaching thousands of other students on campuses nationwide.  — Ann Compton

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