In North Carolina, Obama stumps for health care plan

RALEIGH — President Barack Obama came to North Carolina to launch a vigorous defense of his health care proposal Wednesday, saying the option of doing nothing would result in insurance premiums doubling for most Americans over the next decade.

Saying that there has been a lot of misinformation about his proposal, Obama said keeping the current system was a prescripton for escalating health care costs, a lack of insurance for people with pre existing conditions and businesses struggling to provide health care to employees.

He said his plan was being deliberately distorted by his critics.

“Nobody is talking about some government takeover of health care,” Obama told a packed gymnasium at Broughton High School. “I’m tired of hearing that. I have been as clear as I can be. Under the reform I've proposed, if you like your doctor, you keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you keep your health care plan. These folks need to stop scaring everybody.”

Obama spoke for about an hour at what was billed as a town hall before a friendly audience of mainly supporters. About a third of his talk was a defense of his stimulus program, a third a defense of his health care plan, and a third questions from the audience.

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