WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Tuesday that political motives are behind Republican efforts to block health care reform in Congress.
In a Rose Garden statement, Obama said Republicans "who openly announce their intentions to block this reform" would "rather score political points" than confront an ailing health care system that is draining the federal budget while leaving 46 million Americans uninsured.
"Time and again we've heard excuses to delay and defeat reform," Obama said a day after the chairman of the Republican National Committee and a leading conservative columnist both called for blocking health care legislation being debated in Congress.
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The president said such tactics "play the politics of the moment instead of putting the interests of the people first."
"Some will try to delay action so that special interests can kill it," Obama said. "We can choose to follow that playbook again, or we can come together and insist this time will be different."