WASHINGTON -- Seeking to rally support for sweeping health care legislation, President Barack Obama is vowing to reject any measure that's "primarily funded through taxing middle class families."
At a prime-time news conference, Obama defended his midsummer deadline for the House and Senate action. He says he's in a rush because he gets letters every day from families that are, in his words, "being clobbered by health care costs."
Obama says without a deadline, a recent proposal to curtail the growth in Medicare costs would not have come together. And he says leaders in both houses have agreed to incorporate it.
Obama began his news confernece by talking about the economy, saying since he took office, his administration has managed to pull it back from the brink. From there, he launched into his health care pitch.
Regarding suggestions that the issue could sink his presidency, Obama again said "This isn't about me," adding "I have great health insurance and so does every member of Congress."