President Bush got a chance to talk up his health care proposal during a visit Thursday to the Midwest.
In Missouri, the president listened to a waitress and a software
service engineer who told him they can't get insurance at work and
can't afford it on their own.
Bush also used the occasion to accuse majority Democrats in
Congress of criticizing his ideas because of what he called "pure
One of the signature items from the president's State of the
Union address is a complex proposal aimed at encouraging more
individual purchasing of basic health insurance plans.
In a departure from the president's usual practice, there was no
audience for the discussion, held in a small room at a hospital in
Lee's Summit. There was space only for the participants' U-shaped
table and a modest contingent of local and national media.