Obama Weighs Shift in Health Plan, Seeking G.O.P. Backing

Posted by Kendall Harmon

With Democrats reeling from the Republican victory in the Massachusetts special Senate election, President Obama on Wednesday signaled that he might be willing to set aside his goal of achieving near-universal health coverage for all Americans in favor of a stripped-down measure with bipartisan support.

“It is very important to look at the substance of this package and for the American people to understand that a lot of the fear-mongering around this bill isn’t true,” Mr. Obama said in an interview on ABC News. “I would advise that we try to move quickly to coalesce around those elements of the package that people agree on.”

He continued: “We know that we need insurance reform, that the health insurance companies are taking advantage of people. We know that we have to have some form of cost containment because if we don’t, then our budgets are going to blow up and we know that small businesses are going to need help so that they can provide health insurance to their families. Those are the core, some of the core elements of, to this bill.”

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Filed under: * Culture-WatchHealth & Medicine--The 2009 American Health Care Reform Debate* Economics, PoliticsPolitics in GeneralHouse of RepresentativesOffice of the PresidentPresident Barack ObamaSenate

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