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President Obama on Health Reform: "I am not going to walk away just because it’s hard."

At a town hall meeting in Elyria, Ohio, President Obama makes it clear that he will continue to fight for the issues important to ordinary Americans, including health reform.

President Obama made it clear to an enthusiastic crowd in Ohio today that he is not giving up the fight for health reform that protects consumers from insurance company abuses, lowers costs and help businesses and families around this country.

I didn’t take up this issue to boost my poll numbers or score political points – believe me, if I were, I would have picked something a lot easier than this. No, I’m trying to solve the problems that folks here in Elyria and across this country face every day. And I am not going to walk away just because it’s hard. We’re going to keep on working to get this done with Democrats, Republicans – anyone who is willing to step up.  Because I am not going to watch more people get crushed by costs, or denied the care they need by insurance company bureaucrats, or partisan politics, or special interest power in Washington.

The President told the crowd that he is working closely with Congress to complete work on reform that will bring security and stability to Americans who have insurance and provide affordable options to those who don’t.  After 70 years of effort, we are closer than we have ever been to achieving these goals.  We will not stop now. 

Nancy-Ann DeParle is Director of the Office of Health Reform