“I know there’s been a lot of misinformation in this debate, and there are some folks out there who are frankly bearing false witness,” Obama told a group of supportive religious leaders during a conference call.
Hope for a bipartisan bill is fading although Obama still wants an all-out effort in persuading Republicans to come aboard. According to Washington insiders though, Democrats are willing to push ahead even without bipartisan support.
Obama fired back at conservative critics who have characterized his health reform plan as "socialism."
“These struggles always boil down to a contest between hope and fear,” he said. “That was true in the debate over Social Security, when F.D.R. was accused of being a socialist. That was true when J.F.K. and Lyndon Johnson tried to pass Medicare. And it’s true in this debate today.”