President Obama sought to win over small-business owners in his push for health care reform today, Politico reports. The president, whose planned overhaul has come under fire from the US Chamber of Commerce and other business organizations, cited a White House study showing that small businesses pay much more per worker than big ones, forcing many to drop coverage or even close down.
"This is unsustainable, it’s unacceptable, and it’s going to change when I sign health insurance reform into law,” Obama said in his weekly address, attacking Republican critics seeking to derail the reforms. "Some have even suggested that, regardless of its merits, health care reform should be stopped as a way to inflict political damage on my administration," he said. "I'll leave it to them to explain that to the American people."