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Obama Fights 'Outlandish Rumors' On Health Care

President Obama is trying to correct what he calls "misleading information" about the government's effort to overhaul the nation's health care system.

Obama once again used his weekly address to tout the benefits that could come from changes in the health care system. He said those changes would help not only those who are searching for health insurance but also people who already have health coverage.

He said while there are still plenty of details of the health care plan to be worked out, policymakers are moving toward consensus on the kind of changes that must be made.

Obama accused opponents of using misinformation to beat back those changes, and he used his weekly address to target some of the stories lawmakers may be hearing as they meet with hometown voters.

"Let me start by dispelling the outlandish rumors that reform will promote euthanasia, cut Medicaid or bring about a government takeover of health care. That's simply not true. This isn't about putting government in charge of your health insurance; it's about putting you in charge of your health insurance."

Obama said America's future prosperity depends on fixing the health care system. He vowed to get a health care bill through Congress before the end of the year.



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