WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday chided opponents of his health care reform push for making the issue purely political.
"I understand how easy it is for this town to become consumed in the game of politics - to turn every issue into running tally of who's up and who's down," Obama told a nationally televised news conference.
"I've heard that one Republican strategist told his party that even though they may want to compromise, it's better politics to 'go for the kill.' Another Republican senator said that defeating health reform is about 'breaking' me," he continued.
"Let me be clear: This isn't about me," Obama said, noting that he and every member of Congress - including those trying to scuttle health care reform legislation - "have great health insurance."
Instead, he said, the debate is about people lacking health insurance