Obama Hears Concerns about Health Care Law, Immigration Reform

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has been looking to reassure Democrats in Congress who are nervous about the impact of his health care law and the prospects for immigration legislation. They say he told them that they are on "the right side of history" on both of those issues.

Obama met first with House Democrats, before going to the Senate side to meet with Democrats there.

In the first meeting, he focused on financial gains as the economy emerges from the worst downturn since the Depression. And he faced questions about his health care law -- with some lawmakers complaining that three years after its passage, the law still baffles many Americans. Uninsured people are able to start shopping for a health plan in October.

Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter of New Hampshire says she told Obama that there isn't enough competition in her state, because only one company has entered into the health care exchange. Obama told Democrats that it was a problem in several states, but that the administration is working to address the problem.

Obama said after that meeting that his message was about "jobs, middle class, growth."

One lawmaker at the meeting says Democrats asked Obama for his help in next year's midterm elections, traditionally a tough ride for the party controlling the White House.

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