BALTIMORE, October 30 – The United States Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Wednesday night reached out to the American voters across various television networks that focused on his economic plan.,
Mr Obama outlined his program of action in a multi million dollar 30 minutes infomercial presentation through real life stories of people in different states across the country. He emphasised on his commitment to kick off a rescue plan for the middle class to cut taxes on people earning less than $250,000 annually if elected president.
“I am worried about the couple that is trying to figure out how they are going to retire, the family that is trying to figure out how they will save for their child’s college education, the single mum who doesn’t have a health insurance, that’s what I am going to be fighting for and thinking about every single day that I will be in the White House,” he said.
Mr Obama said his tax cut would be for struggling families and he would do that while holding accountable those companies that take advantage of tax breaks “in order to send jobs offshore into other countries.”
The presidential hopeful told of his health plan through the experience of a retired couple that is now struggling to raise funds for medical bills and that of his mother who died of cancer.
“I take 12 different medications per day. When Larry (husband) was working all that was covered but when he retired I did not have a medical insurance and each year it just got worse, worse and worse,” narrated the elderly woman.
To meet their payments the couple took a loan on their house to which they are now losing equity. Mr Obama said it is the right of every American to access affordable health care.
“My health plan includes improving information technology in health facilities, requires coverage for preventive care and lowers health care cost to the typical family by $2500 per year and you can keep your cover and your doctor,” he explained.
“I am in this race because I am tired of talking of the average 47 million people without health insurance. I want to do something about it. My mother never saw her grandchildren and it breaks my heart, but what also broke my heart is the last months of her life, she was spending her time reading insurance forms because the insurance companies were saying may be there is a pre- existing condition and they don’t have to pay the medical bills.”
Mr Obama pledged to invest in early childhood education and increase teachers pay which would bring higher standards and moral accountability. He said his education plan would give tax credits to college students to cover their tuition in public institutions in exchange for serving their community or their country.
“No education policy can replace a parent who is involved in their child’s education from day one, who makes sure their children are in school all the time and helps them with their homework,” he challenged parents.
Notably, the infomercial dealt with issues and what he would do for the country without mentioning his rival John McCain or the incumbent President George W Bush.
On the issue of energy, which his rivals have accused him of not taking a keen interest he pledged that his government would invest $15 billion annually on alternative energy and clean coal technology.
This, he said would create five million clean energy jobs over the next 10 years that pay well and can never be outsourced. He urged Americans to join in conservation of energy.
“I will also help our auto companies so that the fuel efficient cars are built right here in America and I will make them affordable with a tax credit so that there are as many as possible on the road to reduce our demand of foreign oil outside our natural gas reserves,” he pointed out.
On the war on Iraq he said: “One of the biggest savings we can make is to change our policies on Iraq. We are currently spending $10 billion a month in Iraq when they have a $79 billion surplus it seems to me that if we are going to be strong at home as well as abroad we have to look at bringing that war to a close.”
“It is time to invest some of that money here in America,” he said. “As Commander in Chief I will never hesitate to protect our country. As president I will rebuild our militaries to meet the 21st century challenges.”
Senator Obama said he would renew the tough direct diplomacy that can prevent Iraq from attaining nuclear weapons and curb Russian aggression and refocus on finishing the fight against al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan.