Tough Talk: Obama on Iran, Health Care

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The American press questioned President Obama on two tough topics Tuesday -- Iran and health care

During a televised news conference, the world heard a lot of tough talk from President Obama. But is it enough?

Speaking in front of an audience of reporters at the White House, Obama toughened his stance on the violence in the Islamic Republic of Iran and denied claims by the Iranian authorities that the West is to blame for the clashes between the government and protesters on the streets of Tehran.

Is the honeymoon over between the press and the Obama administration?  Regent University's Dr. Charles Dunn appeared on CBN News Morning program to give his analysis.  Click play to watch the interview following CBN News' Carolyn Castleberry's report.

"The United States and the international community have been appalled and outraged by the threats, beating and imprisonments of the last few days," Obama said.

When questioned by reporters on what the U.S. would do to hold Iran accountable, the president refused to give details.  He said he will take a wait and see approach.

On the subject of health care, the president is again pushing for his government-run plan to compete with private insurance health care. Some believe it could carry a trillion dollar price-tag or more.

The president explained how Americans would pay for it.

"It's going to be largely funded through reallocating dollars that are already in the health care system, but aren't being spent well," Obama said.

The president said while he still wants a health overhaul, all of the players have to reach a compromise, including the government, insurance companies and the public. 

"We are still early in this process," Obama explained. "So you know, we have not drawn lines in the sand."

Some of those lines may be drawn Wednesday as the president will continue to tackle health care with a bipartisan group of governors. They are trying to find common ground on this issue that continues to divide Washington.

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