"Rising health care costs are undermining our businesses, exploding our deficits, and costing our nation more jobs with each passing month," Obama said in his weekly radio address.
"So we know that reforming our health insurance system will be a critical step in rebuilding our economy so that our entrepreneurs can pursue the American Dream again, and our small businesses can grow and expand and create new jobs again," he pointed out.
The president wants Congress to approve his health care reform proposals by the end of the year in order to fulfill one of his key campaign promises -- providing health care to the 47 million Americans, some 15 percent of the population, who currently do not have any medical coverage.
Obama has been advocating for a government insurance option as a key element of his plan, but his proposals have been fiercely criticized by Republicans who are determined to prevent ANY healthcare reform bill from passing.
SOURCE: RAW STORY
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