Health Reform Hit Partisan 'Buzz Saw': Obama

President says he won't quit trying 'just because it's hard'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 22, 2010 1:20 PM CST
President Barack Obama visits a wind turbine manufacturing and fabrication lab today at Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – President Obama says his health care overhaul has "run into a bit of a buzz saw" and acknowledges the process is looking ugly. Nonetheless he says he'll keep working to finish sweeping legislation. In comments prepared for a town hall meeting in Ohio today, Obama said, "I am not going to walk away just because it's hard."

The president said the GOP victory in Tuesday's Senate election in Massachusetts has thrown Washington into something of a frenzy. Republican Scott Brown's victory denied Democrats the 60-vote filibuster-proof majority needed to advance the health care bill. Obama also said the health effort ran into the "buzz saw" of partisan politics and special interest opposition.

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