Obama Rejects Critics on Health Care Bill
President rejects notion that legislation has been neutered
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2009 3:48 PM CST
President Obama makes a statement in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, after meeting with chief executive officers of small and community banks.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – President Obama hit back today at critics who say he's compromised too much on health care legislation, charging that "every single criteria for reform I put forward is in this bill." In an interview with the Washington Post, he bemoaned how much the public option in particular had become such a "source of ideological contention," but added, "I didn't campaign on the public option."

Obama cited the coverage of 30 million additional Americans, projected savings of $1 trillion over two decades, and a patients' bill of rights among the reforms that will be in place. The Senate bill, he says, hits 95% of the goals he set forth in his campaign. "(I'm) not just grudgingly supporting the bill," he said. "I am very enthusiastic about what we have achieved."