BIG SKY, Mont. -- President Barack Obama is asking Americans to lower the volume of the rhetoric over his health care proposal while acknowledging "legitimate differences" worthy of discussion.
In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says he knows "the idea of change can be unsettling" in harsh economic times.
He also says he realizes that some people believe "that government should have no role at all in solving our problems."
The president seeks legislation that would provide coverage for millions of uninsured people while controlling skyrocketing costs, and the debate over it has turned increasingly noisy and partisan.
Critics say proposals in Congress would lead to too much money spent and too much government intrusion.
Obama takes the health care campaign to a town hall meeting today in Colorado.