Obama's call to end bickering on health care spurs wrangling
President Obama told Congress last night "the time for bickering is over" on health reform.
But there was more of it than ever both during and after the Democrat's 50-minute speech on Capitol Hill.
Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Menomonee Falls, said Obama spread his own misinformation, while accusing the GOP of doing the same.
Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Janesville, said Obama offered nothing new and the president's plan breaks what's working instead of fixing what's broken.
But Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, said Obama was clear about what he wanted and she shares his commitment to ensure quality, affordable health coverage for all.
Obama promised those with insurance that they'll only see improvements.
And he said he was open to other options beside a government plan to create more competition for consumers.
Obama said he wanted to ban the denial of coverage to those with pre-existing conditions, make it illegal for insurers to drop those who get sick, put limits on out-of-pocket expenses, make everyone carry at least basic coverage, and give tax breaks to those who can't afford it.
Obama also reached out to Republicans by ordering limits on malpractice suits so doctors can "focus on practicing medicine."
He also promised that no Medicare funds would pay for his plan, and illegal immigrants would not be covered, to which Joe Wilson, R-S.C., yelled, "You lie!" He later apologized.