WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama took his health care message to talk radio Thursday, telling listeners of Philadelphia-based host Michael Smerconish that he wants to overhaul the nation's ailing health care system out of necessity rather than politics.
Appearing with Smerconish for 30 minutes on a broadcast from the White House, Obama faced some of the persistent questions of conservative Americans and others concerned that overhauling the nation's health care system will unnecessarily expand government authority and drive up the deficit.
The questions from Smerconish and the callers were offered with calm and respect, in contrast to some town hall meetings where opponents of Obama and health care legislation have angrily disrupted proceedings.
Smerconish asked about a popular conservative accusation that the government is trying to "be in everything" by pushing for a health care overhaul after effectively taking over some banks and automakers and passing the $787 billion economic stimulus package.
Dump healthcare reform, dump obama (in lower case on purpose) and bring back that incompetent George Bush who is now starting to look gold plated..