Obama Calls for Final Health Care Vote

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

President Barack Obama unveiled a revised health care reform package at the White House on Wednesday and called on Congress to give it an "up-or-down vote."

The president says following last week's bipartisan summit, all sides have had their say, and now is the time to make a decision. He says Congress owes the American people a final vote on health care reform after a long and wrenching debate.

The president also seemed to use the forum to respond to critics in his own party who believe he's given Congress too much leeway in shaping the debate. He called on Congress to act quickly and vote on the proposal in the next few weeks.

"From now until then, I will do everything in my power to make the case for reform,” the president said.

He also rejected Republican calls to start from scratch, saying insurance companies aren't starting over on their plans to raise premiums.

"The American people want to know if it’s still possible for Washington to look out for their interests and their future," Obama said. "I don’t know how this plays politically, but I know it’s right. And so I ask Congress to finish its work, and I look forward to signing this reform into law.”

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