President Obama Hits 'Fear-Mongering' On Health Care Changes

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Pushing again to get the health care system overhauled, President Barack Obama is arguing that people must beware of "scare tactics and fear-mongering" that have killed such efforts in the past.

The president said "we know there are those who will try to scuttle" the program no matter what. He said that "because these fear tactics have worked, things have kept getting worse."

One such "scare tactic" the president cited Monday was an assertion that he favors socialized medicine. President Obama again denied that, although he did say he thought that a "public option" should be available as a choice for those who currently have no insurance coverage.

The president said "we know the moment is right," citing the passage of legislation giving the government unprecedented control of the marketing and sale of cigarettes.

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