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Obama endorses Wyden's health care bill

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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

President Barack Obama announced that he supports legislation offered by Sen. Ron Wyden that gives states freedom on health care.

“I think that’s a reasonable proposal.  I support it,” Obama told governors meeting in Washington. “It will give you flexibility more quickly, while still guaranteeing the American people reform.  If your state can create a plan that covers as many people as affordably and comprehensively as the Affordable Care Act does -- without increasing the deficit  -- you can implement that plan.  And we’ll work with you to do it.”

Under Wyden’s bill, which is co-sponsored by Republican Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, states would be free to design health care programs that fit local needs and political standards as long as the result provides care to the same number - or more - people, contains costs and offers services that are equal to or better than those required in the 2010 law.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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