East Texans put health care under the microscope

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The president's health care plan has met with vocal opposition, which begged the question for us: What would the president have to say in Wednesday night's speech to change people's minds?

While speech details haven't been released, the president told ABC News his intent.

"'A.' Make sure the American people are clear [as to] exactly what it is that we are proposing," said Obama. "'B.' To make sure that Democrats and Republicans understand that I'm open to new ideas, that we're not trying to be rigid and ideological about this thing, but we do intend to get something done this year."

The president will lay out direct details of his health care plan, and, while the speech may make it or break it for some East Texans, many have already made up their minds.

"There is no way it can change my mind," said Larry White. "Government controlled anything in the private sector doesn't work. FedEx is making money. Ups is making money. The post office isn't doing well. The government doesn't run business well."

"I don't think there is anything he can say that would change my mind," said Debbie Kanekeberg. "I have done so much research, and so far, he has gone back on everything he has said."

Others anticipate an explanation and remain confident his plan will cut costs and provide coverage for the millions of Americans who have none.

"As long as we get the healthcare we need, I don't care who runs it," said Fredrick Williams.

"We have so many people that need healthcare," said Kelvin Harris. "Something has to be done. The worst thing we can do now is do nothing."

President Obama hopes to unite the country with his words.

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