Obama: Delay on Health Bill 'OK,' But Keep Working

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 23, 2009 3:23 PM CDT
President Barack Obama speaks during a town hall on health care today.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – President Barack Obama stepped up his pitch for overhauling health care today, saying the American people need it and must overcome resistance from opponents in Washington, whom he described vaguely as naysayers and skeptics. "Reform may be coming too soon for some in Washington," the president told a town-hall meeting in a Cleveland suburb. "But it's not soon enough for the American people."

The president took a few swipes at Republican critics. But his biggest obstacles are fellow Democrats who control the House and Senate and are moving slowly on his call for widespread changes. "We just heard today that, well, we may not be able to get the bill out of the Senate by the end of August, or the beginning of August," Obama said. "That's OK. I just want people to keep on working. Just keep working."