At a town hall meeting this past week in Portsmouth, N.H., Obama said, ''If you don't have health insurance, you will finally have quality, affordable options once we pass reform. If you do have health insurance, we will make sure that no insurance company or government bureaucrat gets between you and the care that you need.''
He said people could keep their current doctors and health plans and not have to wait in lines. He promised his plan would help the economy without worsening the federal deficit. He denied it would encourage euthanasia of older people or cuts in their Medicare coverage.