U.S. President Barack Obama is continuing his push for support of health care reforms Thursday, a day after appealing to lawmakers in a speech before a joint session of the U.S. Congress.
Mr. Obama is scheduled to deliver remarks on health insurance reform Thursday and meet with his cabinet. On Wednesday, Mr. Obama gave details of his $900 billion proposal that could include a government-run insurance option to provide competition to private companies.
The so-called public option is strongly supported by liberal House Democrats, but has been harshly criticized by Republican lawmakers as a government takeover of the health care system. However, in comments Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden said he expected health reform legislation to be finished by the Thanksgiving holiday in late November. Biden said the president had managed to "recenter" the debate on health care.
In the Republican response Wednesday, Representative Charles Boustany, a heart surgeon from the southern state of Louisiana, said government-run health care is not the answer.