Obama Rips Into 'Dishonest' Insurers

Calls them out for 'deceptive' advertising in weekly address
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2009 7:23 AM CDT
If you're an insurer, Obama would like to give you a piece of his mind.   (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

(Newser) – President Obama ripped into insurers today, admonishing them for attempting to derail his health care initiative with "deceptive and dishonest" advertising. “The insurance industry is rolling out the big guns and breaking open their massive war chest to marshal their forces for one last fight to save the status quo,” he said in his weekly radio address. But Obama also pointed to widespread support, giving an air of inevitability to reform, notes Roll Call.

“A broad and growing coalition of doctors and nurses, workers and businesses, hospitals and even drug companies—folks who represent different parties and perspectives, including leading Democrats and many leading Republicans—recognize the urgency of action,” Obama said. Still, he cautioned supporters to not grow overly confident. “This is not the time to pat ourselves on the back. This is not the time to grow complacent. There are still significant details and disagreements to be worked out in the coming weeks.”