PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - Trying to put new energy behind his health care plan, President Barack Obama on Tuesday took direct aim at the health insurance industry, promising Americans that "meddling" bureaucrats should not be determining anyone's care.
"Your health insurance will be there for you when it counts, not just when you're paying premiums," Obama said to applause at a local high school.
With his poll numbers slipping and the public growing more skeptical, Obama retooled his message to the tens of millions of people who already have health insurance. That's a notable change from his typical audience of the roughly 46 million who are uninsured.
"I don't think government bureaucrats should be meddling. But I also don't think insurance company bureaucrats should be meddling," Obama said.