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Barbour Attacks Health Care Proposals as Obama Focuses on Fort Hood Shooting

Republicans this week enlisted Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a former Republican National Committee chairman and a potential candidate for president, to deliver the weekly address. Barbour used his moment on the national stage Saturday to tout GOP victories in the New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial contests and to slam the House Democratic health care reform bill. “This week … saw the first big elections since this administration and its Democrat majority in Congress took control of our federal government,— Barbour said. “The results made clear the American people don’t like where the Democrats are trying to take our country.— Barbour noted that voters who supported the GOP were concerned about the economy, and he charged that Obama has made “little progress— on creating jobs.Barbour asserted that the House’s health care legislation would exacerbate the economy’s problems. “This health care bill will cost another trillion-plus dollars,— he said. “The bill will increase your health insurance premiums. It will cut Medicare spending for seniors by $500 billion, and it will clobber small businesses, which creates most new jobs.— Barbour added that the legislation would be harmful to the states. “Governors, including many Democrats, also realize this Democrat plan will result in tens of billions of dollars of state tax increases because it would greatly expand Medicaid and make state governments pay more than $30 billion that our states don’t have,— he said. Switching from health care, Obama in his weekly address spoke about the killings that took place Thursday at Fort Hood in Texas.With the murders apparently committed by a Muslim, Obama appeared to try to diminish any potential anti-Islamic reaction. The soldiers who will be honored on Veterans Day “are Americans of every race, faith and station,— Obama said. “They are Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus and nonbelievers,— he continued. “They are descendents of immigrants and immigrants themselves. They reflect the diversity that makes this America. But what they share is a patriotism like no other.— Of the alleged assailant, he said, “We cannot fully know what leads a man to do such a thing.—