At the close of an address on health reform to Congress, President Obama reminds people: "I will not waste time with those who have made the calculation that it's better politics to kill this plan, than to improve it."
"If you misrepresent what's in this plan, we will call you out," he adds. "And I will not accept the status quo as a solution. Not this time. Not now."
He also talks about a letter he received from late Senator Ted Kennedy that was written in May, but delivered to Obama after Kennedy's death. In the letter, Ted called health reform "unfinished business" but was confident that "this is the year" that it would pass.
Obama also remarked on when it is necessary to government to step in.
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