President Barack Obama called reinventing health care a "defining struggle of this generation" on Thursday, even as several Democrats criticized some of the fine print in a Senate proposal the president has praised.
Obama told about 15,000 college students at a campaign-style rally that Congress must resist scare tactics and false accusations to remake the nation's health care system.
Obama's rally in Maryland was part of a campaign-style blitz to keep the pressure on Congress. He's also planning to appear on five Sunday morning talk shows and visit David Letterman's late-night show Monday on CBS.
Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, said Thursday that party leaders would do all they could to line up votes for health care legislation. "We're not going to accept failure, we're going to find another way to bring real health care reform," he said.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
"Obama pitches health care at college campus" (with video)
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