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Obama takes on "health insurance reform" in State of the Union

Everyone's weighing in on the State of the Union address last night in which President Obama chose his words very carefully when discussing health care.

He called it "health insurance reform"-- not health care reform. And he was candid about the political drama that has unfolded since he championed overhauling the nation's health care system: "And by now it should be fairly obvious that I didn't take on health care because it was good politics," he said.

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While the president didn't mention health care until 40 minutes into the speech, he made an impassioned plea to his party not to abandon the issue and practically begged lawmakers to try to see past their differences and get a bill passed, explains this AP story. He even pressed Republicans and other naysayers who don't like the bill, to come up with a plan of their own.

He admitted that he didn't do the best job selling reform to the public, but argued that without it, things will only get worse.

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You can find the President's full remarks here.

The Politico's take: Jobs, not health care is now the administration's No. 1 focus. Overall, the outlook on health reform is grim, says another story in the Politico. The speech may have been his last ditch effort to try to get a health overhaul passed.

Even if lawmakers accept the President's charge, put aside their political fears, and attempt to iron out their differences, they would need to compromise in key areas as well as agree to a parliamentary procedure to try to get a bill passed in the Senate, the WSJ explains. In other words, it could be a long road ahead.

What did you think of the president's remarks on health reform?

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