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President Barack Obama, flanked by health care professionals Barbara Crane, left, and Stephen Hanson, speaks about health care reform on March 3, 2010, in the East Room of the White House. (AP)

Health care reform is about as big as it gets when it comes to systemic change in this country. Now the White House is throwing everything it’s got at passage.

But Republicans and Democrats are making sharply different claims about what the American people want. The President says the people want action, now. Republicans say the people want this reform killed.

You can read the polls a lot of ways. So today, we’re putting it straight to you. Open phone lines. Your questions. And ours, the big one: yea or nay on this reform?

This hour, On Point: open lines and your views on health care.

Tell us what you think — call 1-800-423-8255, or comment here on this page, on Twitter, or on Facebook.

Guests:

We have two deeply knowledgeable guests this hour to help answer your questions and add their perspective.

Joining us from New York is Laura Meckler, staff writer for The Wall Street Journal, where she’s covered health and health policy for many years.

And from Chapel Hill, N.C., we’re joined by Jonathan Oberlander, associate professor of social medicine and health policy and management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

During the show, Jonathan mentioned the Kaiser Foundation’s interactive online subsidy calculator.  You can check it out here.

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