Obama calls for Congress to face health care challenge

WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Obama on Wednesday made a passionate call for Congress to fix the nation’s ailing health care system in the same spirit that created Social Security and Medicare in difficult times.

In a joint speech to Congress heralded as vital to his push for a health care overhaul, Obama offered his most detailed outline for legislation while challenging Republican opponents to build on issues of agreement rather than play politics to exploit differences.

He called for serious proposals from Democrats and Republicans to address chronic health care problems and rising costs, but warned he would not “waste time with those who have made the calculation that it’s better politics to kill this plan than improve it.”

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