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Obama on health reform: ‘This is not a game’
“Reform is about every American who has ever feared that they may lose their coverage if they become too sick or lose their job or change their job,” Mr. Obama said at a prime time news conference from the East Room of the White House. “It’s about every small business that has been forced to lay off employees or cut back on their coverage, because it became too expensive. It’s about the fact that the biggest driving force behind our federal deficit is the skyrocketing cost of Medicare and Medicaid.”
Mr. Obama used the event, the fifth full-scale White House news conference of his six-month-old presidency, to try to reclaim a debate that has been slipping away from him in recent days.
With Republicans and some moderate Democrats on Capitol Hill balking at both the specifics of the legislation and Mr. Obama’s timetable for House and Senate passage of the bills, the White House is now trying to rally legislative support and public opinion by linking health care to the nation’s economic health and offering the promise of tangible benefits to Americans.
“If we do not control these costs, we will not be able to control our deficit,” he said. “If we do not reform health care, your premiums and out-of-pocket costs will continue to skyrocket.” He acknowledged that Americans were anxious, saying, “Folks are skeptical, and that is entirely legitimate.”
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Source: The New York Times Online
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