Obama: Health Reform = Better Wages

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At his speech to workers at the GM plant in Warren, Ohio today, President Obama gave an argument for health reform that sounds pretty good: getting paid more. From the White House transcript:

Think about it.  If you're a member of the union right now, you're spending all your time negotiating about health care.  You need to be spending some time negotiating about wages -- but you can't do it -- (applause) -- but I want to make sure that you understand - you've got to understand Fritz's position here.  He's trying to build this company back up.  And if health care costs are going up 30 percent or 20 percent every year, it's very tough for him.  So we all have an interest in reforming the health care system so that the cost for employers don't go up; that means the cost for you don't go up, and that means you can actually start bringing home a little more take-home pay.  That's what this is all about if you've already got health insurance.  (Applause.)

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Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

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