Obama: 'The Time for Bickering Is Over'

President Barack Obama made his most forceful appeal yet for overhauling the nation's health-care system in a speech before a joint session of Congress on Sept. 9. It was a determined attempt to win the public—and wavering Democrats—over to his side, more so than the Republican lawmakers who have so far opposed reform efforts. Over boos and shouts from some Republicans, Obama cast many of his opponents as cynical, called some of the criticisms of reform proposals lies, pledged to keep reforms from adding to the deficit, and attempted to reassure a worried and confused public with his own determination. "I will not accept the status quo as a solution. Not this time. Not now."

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