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Under pressure, Obama defends healthcare plan

Wall Street Journal, August 13, 2009

During a town hall meeting in New Hampshire, President Barack Obama slammed talk of euthanasia "death panels" and Medicare cuts, urging supporters to confront the opposition. At President Obama's first town-hall meeting since opponents began roiling such gatherings, questioners worried that a government-sponsored option would overwhelm the private healthcare market, and one participant said he was pushed off his name-brand high-cholesterol medication by Medicaid officials.