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President Barack Obama addresses a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009. At back are Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. (AP)
President Barack Obama addresses a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009. At back are Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. (AP)

Wherever you stand on health care reform, it was clear where Barack Obama stood last night.
Not in a quiet Oval Office or on a cloud of inaugural adulation, but right down in the arena. In the ring. A president toe-to-toe with critics, even when they shouted back at the head of state.
He said the time for games is over. He chided those who would run up debt for war and the rich but turn their back on health. He told insured Americans they’d be safe, and all Americans they face a test of character.
Will it work? This hour, On Point: The president's big speech on health care reform — and whether he can now get it done.
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Guests:

Gerald Seib, executive Washington editor and "Capital Journal" columnist for The Wall Street Journal. He's co-author of "Pennsylvania Avenue: Profiles in Backroom Power."

Noam Levey, health policy reporter for the Los Angeles Times. His analysis piece in today's paper is headlined "Obama avoids the details on divisive issues to keep his healthcare goals on track."

Drew Westen, professor of psychology and psychiatry at Emory University and author of "The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation."  In a recent piece for the Huffington Post he analyzed President Obama's communication strategy on health care.

Rep. Anthony Weiner, Democrat of New York. He has been a strong supporter of the public option.

Rep. Adam Schiff, Democrat of California. He is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition.

This program aired on September 10, 2009.

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