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Obama turns up the volume in healthcare bid

New York Times, March 9, 2010

President Obama challenged wavering members of his party not to give in to political fears about supporting healthcare legislation, asserting that the urgency of getting a bill through Congress should trump any concern about the consequences for Democrats in November's elections, the New York Times reports. Citing big rate increases for buyers of individual insurance policies in some states, President Obama sought to focus attention on provisions in the health reform legislation that he said would protect consumers from the worst excesses of insurers, give people more choice among insurance policies, insure most people who do not have coverage, and put downward pressure on healthcare costs.