Republican politicians in America say they will continue to oppose health care reform, despite President Obama’s calls for change. He defended his proposals to Congress, and to the nation on live television, and demanded urgent action.
“I understand that the politically-safe move would be to kick the can further down the road,” he said, “to defer reform one more year, or one more election, or one more term. But that’s not what this moment calls for. That’s not what we came here to do. We did not come here to fear the future; we came here to shape it. I still believe we can act even when it’s hard.” The plan has divided America, but its details have become obscured by claim and counter-claim. The Republicans lost no time in responding to the president’s speech, saying the plan is too expensive and won’t solve the problems. “I read the bill the Democrats passed through committee in July,” said Republican spokesman Charles Boustany. “It creates 53 new government bureaucracies, adds hundreds of billions to our national debt and raises taxes on job creators by 600 billion dollars and cuts Medicare by 500 billion dollars while doing virtually nothing to make the programme better for our senior citizens.” President Obama insists his plan will cut costs, improve care, regulate insurers and provide cover to the millions of Americans who have no protection. His opponents say it means a government takeover of health care, and they aren’t buying it.