Obama faces US Congress on health 奥巴马医疗改革面临国会审核
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US President Barack Obama is making one of the most critical speeches of his presidency1, as he faces Congress over his plans for healthcare reform.


Mr Obama has said he will use the prime-time speech to clarify what changes he is proposing.

According to the White House, Mr Obama will say after 100 years of effort to reform healthcare, he wants to be the last president to deal with the issue.

He will say that if reforms are not produced, more Americans will die.

Members of Congress are preparing to fight over details of the reforms, as they return after the summer recess(休息,放假).

In an interview with ABC News broadcast earlier in the day, Mr Obama said the point of his speech would be to ensure that people understood exactly what was being proposed.

He said he also wanted to remain open to new ideas.

He told ABC he wanted to "make sure that Democrats2 and Republicans understand that I'm open to new ideas, that we're not being rigid3(僵硬的,刻板的) and ideological4(意识形态的) about this thing but we do intend to get something done this year".

Mr Obama said that when he initially5 raised the proposals he had "probably left too much ambiguity(含糊,暧昧)".

Now, he said, he now wanted to "dispel6(驱散) some of the myths and, frankly7, silliness that's been floating out there for quite some time".

'False notions'

Analysts8 say the speech is perhaps the most critical juncture9(接合,连接) of Mr Obama's presidency so far.

Healthcare reform has been the central issue of his change agenda but has divided both the US public and the country's political establishment.

One problem is that the issue is so complex many Americans say they do not fully10 understand the proposals.

Mr Obama said he wanted to address the "ridiculous idea" that the bill includes proposals for so-called death panels - doctors determining who should receive treatment.

He would also tackle "false notions" that the moved was aimed at providing health insurance to illegal immigrants and the broader notion(观念,想法) that the government was taking over health care.

The BBC's Kevin Connolly, in Washington, says the president will need all his oratory11(讲演术) skill to rescue his hopes for reform.

He is facing almost unanimous(全体一致的) opposition12 from Republicans, who are uneasy about the idea of government-run healthcare and who have accused Mr Obama of attempting to introduce a "socialist13" policy.

There are, in theory, enough Democrats in Congress to approve the changes.

But in practice, the party is deeply divided between those that want a publicly-run insurance scheme and those alarmed by the borrowing necessary to fund it, our correspondent says.


1 presidency J1HzD     
  • Roosevelt was elected four times to the presidency of the United States.罗斯福连续当选四届美国总统。
  • Two candidates are emerging as contestants for the presidency.两位候选人最终成为总统职位竞争者。
2 democrats 655beefefdcaf76097d489a3ff245f76     
n.民主主义者,民主人士( democrat的名词复数 )
  • The Democrats held a pep rally on Capitol Hill yesterday. 民主党昨天在国会山召开了竞选誓师大会。
  • The democrats organize a filibuster in the senate. 民主党党员组织了阻挠议事。 来自《简明英汉词典》
3 rigid jDPyf     
  • She became as rigid as adamant.她变得如顽石般的固执。
  • The examination was so rigid that nearly all aspirants were ruled out.考试很严,几乎所有的考生都被淘汰了。
4 ideological bq3zi8     
  • He always tries to link his study with his ideological problems. 他总是把学习和自己的思想问题联系起来。
  • He helped me enormously with advice on how to do ideological work. 他告诉我怎样做思想工作,对我有很大帮助。
5 initially 273xZ     
  • The ban was initially opposed by the US.这一禁令首先遭到美国的反对。
  • Feathers initially developed from insect scales.羽毛最初由昆虫的翅瓣演化而来。
6 dispel XtQx0     
  • I tried in vain to dispel her misgivings.我试图消除她的疑虑,但没有成功。
  • We hope the programme will dispel certain misconceptions about the disease.我们希望这个节目能消除对这种疾病的一些误解。
7 frankly fsXzcf     
  • To speak frankly, I don't like the idea at all.老实说,我一点也不赞成这个主意。
  • Frankly speaking, I'm not opposed to reform.坦率地说,我不反对改革。
8 analysts 167ff30c5034ca70abe2d60a6e760448     
分析家,化验员( analyst的名词复数 )
  • City analysts forecast huge profits this year. 伦敦金融分析家预测今年的利润非常丰厚。
  • I was impressed by the high calibre of the researchers and analysts. 研究人员和分析人员的高素质给我留下了深刻印象。
9 juncture e3exI     
  • The project is situated at the juncture of the new and old urban districts.该项目位于新老城区交界处。
  • It is very difficult at this juncture to predict the company's future.此时很难预料公司的前景。
10 fully Gfuzd     
  • The doctor asked me to breathe in,then to breathe out fully.医生让我先吸气,然后全部呼出。
  • They soon became fully integrated into the local community.他们很快就完全融入了当地人的圈子。
11 oratory HJ7xv     
  • I admire the oratory of some politicians.我佩服某些政治家的辩才。
  • He dazzled the crowd with his oratory.他的雄辩口才使听众赞叹不已。
12 opposition eIUxU     
  • The party leader is facing opposition in his own backyard.该党领袖在自己的党內遇到了反对。
  • The police tried to break down the prisoner's opposition.警察设法制住了那个囚犯的反抗。
13 socialist jwcws     
  • China is a socialist country,and a developing country as well.中国是一个社会主义国家,也是一个发展中国家。
  • His father was an ardent socialist.他父亲是一个热情的社会主义者。
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