Obama Defends Health Care Legislation, Announces Plans To Overhaul Surveillance Programs

WASHINGTON – President Obama defended his controversial health care legislation Friday, calling Republican efforts to repeal it an “ideological fixation.”

The president made the comments during an hour-long White House press conference where he also said it was a mistake for the GOP to tie funding the government to the healthcare law.

“The idea that you would shut down the government unless you prevent 30 million people from getting health care is a bad idea,” Obama said. “What you should be thinking about is how can we advance and improve ways for middle class families to have some security so that if they work hard they can get ahead and their kids can get ahead.”

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