Obama In Ohio: Says He Will Never Stop Fighting for Health Reform
U.S. President Barack Obama is in Elyria, Ohio today as part of his "White House to Main Street Tour," which is aimed at getting him out of the White House and talking to ordinary Americans who are growing increasingly frustrated with his Presidency. Giving a speech in Elyria's town hall, Obama emphasized he was going to fight for many of the things Americans want to see changed. In fact, his entire speech was themed around"fighting" -- against potential health care reform stall, against financial sector, against the lack of transparency, and against waste and abuse in Washington.
Obama also touched on the job-creation bill in Ohio, a state where the unemployment is higher than the national average at 10.9%. The President defended his bailout package for the financial industry and talked about his Presidency with its challenges and people expecting him to fail.
Of course, everyone anticipated Obama talking about the health care reform. Obama admitted that the overhaul ran into "a little bit of a buzz saw," referring to the victory of Republican Scott Brown in traditionally Democratic Massachusetts. Brown's victorty was a tough blow for the Obama administration and will likely become a major hurdle for the health care bill. Obama defended the health care reform, saying he was not going to just walk away because it is hard. He said he would never stop fighting for the health care reform. "I want you to understand, this is not about me. This is about you," said the President.
I’m trying to solve the problems that folks here in Elyria and across this country face every day. And I am not going to walk away just because it’s hard. We’re going to keep on working to get this done with Democrats, Republicans – anyone who is willing to step up. Because I am not going to watch more people get crushed by costs, or denied the care they need by insurance company bureaucrats, or partisan politics, or special interest power in Washington.
Obama is set to tour local businesses, plants and factories in Ohio. The U.S. President started his White House to Main Street Tour last month when he talked to constituents in Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania.