Amid Labor Day, Health Care Push Continues

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President Obama made a special push for health care reform at a Labor Day union picnic, Monday, telling workers "we have never been this close" to changing America's health care system.

"We have never had this broad an agreement on what needs to be done," he said.

Obama traveled to Cincinnati to speak at the state AFL-CIO gathering, mainly to calm concerns surrounding the economy and labor union debates stirring in Congress.

Workers, however, made clear they want to see some change in medical benefits, holding union-circulated signs proclaiming "Health Care Can't Wait" on them

The Obama Administration isn't giving up on a health care reform bill that includes a government option.

The White House says the president is, "not walking away" from a public plan."

But there's no guarantee he will veto a bill that does not include it. Liberals say a public option is essential for any health care bill. Republicans say it's unacceptable.
The president will try to reach out to both sides in his speech Wednesday night.

Obama is scheduled to speak at the annual AFL-CIO labor day picnic Monday afternoon in Cincinnati, Ohio.

he is expected to give some clues ahead of his wednesday night addreSS as to what he might say in his upcoming speech to Congress.


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