President Obama Speaks at Rally on Health-Care Reform

Thousands of roaring supporters turned out Saturday to rally behind President Obama’s call to overhaul the nation’s health care system, packing a basketball arena here as the president warned that nearly half of all Americans under 65 could lose their insurance at some point over the next decade.

“It can happen to anyone,” Mr. Obama declared.

The rally at the Target Center — Mr. Obama’s fifth appearance this week to press for health care reform — was the first of several presidential events intended to whip up public support for the proposed overhaul.

President Barack Obama assailed critics of his health care initiative Saturday, seeking to grab the megaphone from his opponents and boost momentum in his drive for congressional passage of his chief domestic priority.

"I will not accept the status quo. Not this time. Not now," the president told an estimated 15,000 people during a rally that had every feel of a campaign event, right down to chants of "Fired up, ready to go!" and "Yes, we can!"