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Speaking to Congress, Obama promises comprehensive health reform

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Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2009-10-11

As part of the healthcare plan that US President Barack Obama described to a joint session of congress Wednesday, strongly supported a public option and said he would "not back down" from offering healthcare choice.

U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday high healthcare costs are at the root of the U.S. budget deficit and called for a healthcare reform plan that would include a public insurance option for those without coverage.

 

In a speech to Congress, Obama said under his plan all Americans would be required to purchase health insurance and tax credits would help those who cannot afford it. Employers would be required to provide insurance to workers, but small businesses would see some exemptions.

 

He said the $900 billion cost over 10 years would be paid for by savings within the health system and fees on the most expensive plans offered by insurers.

 

Date created : 2009-09-10

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