President Barack Obama hit the road Thursday to sell the merits of the newly enacted health care law, telling an enthusiastic Iowa crowd that the measure will lead to greater economic security for most Americans.
"This is your victory," Obama told an enthusiastic crowd at the University of Iowa. Health care reform "was about the future of our country.
And today ... that future looks stronger and more hopeful and brighter than it has in some time."
The crowd, in turn, repeatedly chanted Obama's campaign theme: "Yes, we can."
Obama made his remarks as the Senate passed a package of changes to the health care law. Congressional Democrats have promised to approve the changes before the end of the week.
Obama held the campaign-style rally as the Senate passed a package ofÂ changes to the health care law. Congressional Democrats have promised to approve the changes before the end of the week. Top Republicans, meanwhile, are promising to push for a repeal of the measure.
In the "years to come, health care inflation, which has been rising about three times as fast as people's wages, will start slowing," Obama said. "We'll start reducing the waste in the system, from unnecessary tests to unwarranted insurance subsidies. So over time, Americans will save money."
The reform plan is a "common sense" law that politically is the "middle of the road," Obama asserted.
"It finally tells the insurance companies that in exchange for all the new customers they're about to get, they have to start playing by a new set of rules that treat everyone fairly and honestly. The days of the insurance industry running roughshod over the American people are over."
The president threw down the political gauntlet to Republicans, daring them to run in the midterm elections on a promise of rescinding the new law.
"They're actually going to run on a platform of repeal in November," he said. "Well, I say go for it. ... If they want to have that fight, I welcome that fight. Because I don't believe the American people are going to put the insurance industry back in the driver's seat. We've been there already, and we're not going back. This country's moving forward."