- The Hill -
President Barack Obama rallied House Democrats Thursday around the healthcare bill and an economy he said will improve as they head into a midterm election campaign.
Obama said that the legislation Congress passed since he became president is moving the economy forward and that Republican opposition to the healthcare bill will buoy Democrats in November.
"Let me tell you something, if Republicans want to campaign against something by standing up for the status quo and for insurance companies over families and businesses, that is a fight I want to have," Obama said.
"If their best idea is to return to the bad policies and the bad ideas of yesterday, they are going to lose that argument," he added.
Obama spoke before the entire House Democratic Caucus in the Capitol as part of the Democrats' jobs summit. The president and the caucus's leaders said Thursday that the economy is in better shape than it was when Obama took office almost exactly a year ago, and that they'll take more steps to create jobs with the unemployment rate still at 10 percent.
"Thanks to what you did, we can say now what we could not say a year ago," Obama said. "America is moving forward again."