President Obama's Push for Health Care Reform

POSTED: Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 8:45am

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 11:03am

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Obama continues his push for health care reform Thursday in Ohio.

In a televised news conference Wednesday, the President said health care reform is essential to the nation's economic recovery.

Critics like Representative Ted Poe spent the day raising questions on cost and timing.

"Most americans don't even like this health care bill. They don't want it. It's going to raise taxes! So what's the rush!" said the republican representative from Texas.

The president said the rush is for relief.

"I get letters every day from families that are being clobbered by healthcare costs... Health care reform is not going to add to the deficit, it's designed to lower it. That's part of the reason why it's so important to do it and do it now," said the President.

As for bipartisan critics, the president praised most of them, saying they've improved measures now before congress. Thursday he'll point to the Cleveland clinic as proof that americans can get the best health care for less money.

NBC's Brooke Hart reports from Washington, D.C.

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