Former Vice President Al Gore, who endorsed universal health care well before most other elected Democrats in 2002, told a meeting of Tennessee Democrats Sunday that the country has “a moral duty to pass health care reform this year.” Gore implore activists to mobilize to “give President Obama the victory our country needs”:
“We have a lot of talk about liberal and conservative, and left and right, but when there are tens of millions of people in our country who can’t get access to health care, we need to pass health care reform this year. Build support for it. Let’s give President Obama the victory our country needs,” he said to a standing ovation.
Gore was also joined by former President Bill Clinton, who noted that the U.S. pays nearly $900 billion dollars more in health care costs every year than most other industrialized nations. “That 800 to 900 billion is going somewhere. And the ‘somewhere’ doesn’t want to give it up,” he said. Watch a compilation of local news clips: