WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says his health care effort "will be hugely important" for blacks.
In an interview with American Urban Radio Networks, Obama brushed off criticism that he isn't showing enough compassion toward black America, saying the notion that his administration has been neglectful is "factually not accurate."
He said his health care effort will benefit blacks, noting that one in five doesn't have health insurance - almost double the general population.
Black members of Congress are pressing Obama to do more forminorities hit by the recession. Obama says with a 15.6 unemployment rate among African Americans, the grumbling is justified. But, he says, polls suggest overwhelming support among blacks for his administration's efforts.
Obama says he's optimistic about the future of black America, but he says it's going to take work. He says it was never going to be done just because he was elected.