President Obama addressed Congress on health care

Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 3:47pm

President Obama appealed to Congress and the nation last night in hopes for creating affordable health care for everyone.

Mr. Obama made a case for why he still believes a public insurance plan is the best way to introduce greater competition into the system.

He also insists a government-run plan would not impact the 180 million Americans who get their insurance through their employers, or those covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or the Veterans' Administration.

The President criticized conservatives and liberals for attacking each other, and refusing to reach across the aisle.

"But what we have also seen in these last months is the same partisan spectacle that only hardens the disdain many Americans have toward their own government," the President said.

"Instead of honest debate, we have seen scare tactics. Some have dug into unyielding ideological camps that offer no hope of compromise"

A new poll finds the President has a lot of work to do.

Public disapproval of the President's handling of health care has jumped to 52% from 43% in July.

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