Obama’s Health Care Pitch Takes a Shot at Insurers, Drug Makers

Posted July 21, 2009 at 12:28pm

President Barack Obama on Tuesday put in another pitch for health care reform, repeatedly decrying those he said would delay the bill in order to benefit politically.

“I understand that some will try to delay action until the special interests can kill it, while some will focus on trying to score political points,— Obama said during a Rose Garden appearance. He accused opponents of seeking to maintain “a system that worked for the insurance and the drug companies.—

While complaining about delaying tactics, the president made no effort to press Congress to finish bills in the House and Senate by the August recess, his earlier deadline.

Republicans counter that they are not against reform, but that they oppose the type of reform advocated by Obama.

“Americans are eager for health care reforms that lower costs and increase access,— Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said. “This is why many of us are proposing reforms that should be easy for everyone to agree on, such as reforming our medical liability laws, strengthening wellness and prevention programs that would encourage people to make healthy choices like quitting smoking and losing weight, and addressing the needs of small businesses without imposing new taxes that kill jobs.—