President Barack Obama, facing renewed battles with congressional Republicans over fiscal policy and the debt ceiling, accused his political opponents of diverting attention from the task of boosting the U.S. economy.
“With an endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball,” Obama said Wednesday in an address at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. “I am here to say this needs to stop.”
US President Barack Obama will incorporate Republican suggestions for a health care overhaul when he lays out his plans on Wednesday to get the historic legislation passed by Congress.A White House official said Obama's remarks about "moving forward into the final stage of the health insurance reform debate" will strike a bipartisan tone suggesting at least some agreement between Democrats and Republicans on the most ambitious health care overhaul in decades, a senior official said.
US President Barack Obama's health care overhaul got a boost Wednesday ahead of a likely weekend vote as a Democrat once fiercely against the bill threw his support to the historic legislation.Democratic Representative Dennis Kucinich vowed to keep fighting for a nationalized health plan but worried he might be "the deciding vote" in a fight that could leave Obama's still-young presidency in shambles."We have to be very careful that the potential of president Obama's presidency not be destroyed by this debate," Kucinich, who represents a district in Ohio, told reporters.
US senators are set to begin debate on a massive health care reform bill that is a key priority for President Barack Obama but faces Republican opposition and has exposed Democratic divisions.Debate is to begin Monday morning on the measure to overhaul the US health care system, at an estimated cost of 848 billion dollars through 2019, but a final Senate vote on the bill is not expected for a month at the earliest.