President Barack Obama addressing Congress. Sept. 9, 2009.

Making his case. (Jason Reed / Getty Images)

By Mark Memmott

The debate over health care ratcheted up even further this evening with the appearance of President Barack Obama before a joint session of Congress.

As's Liz Halloran writes, the president was expected to "forcefully take on critics of his effort to overhaul health care and push again for a plan that would create new competition in the insurance marketplace."

And he did.

We used this post to "live-blog" before, during and after the president's speech. Click the "play" button below and our updates should flow in automatically.

We did "play by play" and featured some thoughts and analysis from NPR's reporters. And you could comment too. We'll published as many as we could.

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8:00 - September 9, 2009