Nightly News   |  August 20, 2009

Obama takes health reform pitch to talk radio

Aug. 20: President Barack Obama was asked about the back-and-forth over a government-run public option for health care on Thursday, after the White House appeared to back away from that component of the reform plan. NBC’s Ann Curry reports.

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ANN CURRY, anchor: President Obama was pitching health care reform again today, including an appearance on a conservative radio talk show . He was asked about the back and forth this week over government -run public option component which White House officials seem to backed away from earlier in the week.

President BARACK OBAMA: The press got a little excited and some folks on the left got a little excited about this. Our position hasn't changed. We think that the key is cost, control, competition, making sure that people have good quality options. If we're able to achieve that, that's the end that we're seeking.

CURRY: The president went on to say he believes that no matter how it's achieved, change has to happen, calling the status quo unsustainable.