Obama: Health Care Opponents Waiting For Special Interests To Kill Reform

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July 21, 2009 9:59 a.m.

In remarks in the Rose Garden this afternoon, President Obama again pegged opponents to his health care reform push as politicians who don’t care about the average American.

“I know that there are those in this town who openly declare their intention to block reform. It’s a familiar Washington script that we’ve seen many times before. These opponents of reform would rather score political points than offer relief to Americans who’ve seen premiums double and costs grow three times faster than wages,” Obama said.

“I understand that some will try to delay action until the special interests can kill it, while others will simply focus on scoring political points.”

Obama began his remarks about half an hour late, apparently waiting until after the Senate approved an amendment that removed additional funding for F-22 fighter jets from the defense budget.

He said adding $1.75 billion to buy more jets would have been “an inexcusable waste of money.”

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