President Obama has described the congressional vote on health reform this weekend as “historic”; the culmination of a century-long struggle.
He was speaking to students at a rally in Virginia.
The reforms would deliver health cover to more than 30 million uninsured Americans.
The President dismissed criticism of the bill from Republicans and some Democrats. He said the current health care system worked better for the insurance companies than it did for the American people.
Barack Obama said:
“If this vote fails, the insurance industry will continue to run wild in America. They will continue to deny people coverage. They will continue to deny people care. They will continue to jack up premiums forty percent, fifty percent or sicty percent as they have in the last few weeks without any accountability whatsover.”
The Senate and the House of Representatives adopted different versions of the bill last year. The President said the best Democrat and Republican ideas had been included in a final proposal.
Congressional analysts say the reforms would significantly cut the US budget deficit. Barack Obama has put off a trip to Indonesia because of the vote’s importance.