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Obama Makes Rose Garden Pitch for Bill

President Barack Obama appeared in the Rose Garden on Saturday to urge House Members to answer “the call of history— and pass the health care reform bill.

“I just came from the Hill where I talked to the Members of Congress and I reminded them that opportunities like this come around maybe once in a generation,— Obama said. “This is their moment, and this is our moment to live up to the trust that the American people have placed in us.—

Obama listed the major groups that support passage of the legislation, pointing to the American Medical Association, AARP, the American Nurses Association and the National Farmers Union.

Obama said the bill would provide “stability— for those with insurance while providing coverage for those who don’t have it. He said it is “fully paid for.—

Obama asserted that “no bill cold contain everything that everyone wants,— but he said that the legislation is necessary to help those who have lost their insurance and those who die because they lack coverage.