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President Obama's Press Conference on Health Care Plan and Other Issues

November 14, 2013
President Obama held a press conference to address criticism of the Affordable Care Act rollout as well as to address several international situations. Here are 25 words to help you follow the give and take between the President and the press. From The New York Times November 14, 2013. Transcript available here
implement
Today I want to update the American people on our efforts to implement and improve the Affordable Care Act.
wrought
Over the past few days, I think all of us have been shaken by the images of the devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan.
fragile
It’s a heartbreaking reminder of how fragile life is.
anxious
So our prayers are will the Filipino people and with Filipino-Americans across our country who are anxious about their family and friends back home.
vast
It’s gotten a lot better over the last few weeks than it was on the first day, but we’re working 24/7 to get it working for the vast majority of Americans in a smooth, consistent way.
consistent
It’s gotten a lot better over the last few weeks than it was on the first day, but we’re working 24/7 to get it working for the vast majority of Americans in a smooth, consistent way.
brazen
And that’s why I will not accept proposals that are just another brazen attempt to undermine or repeal the overall law and drag us back into a broken system.
undermine
And that’s why I will not accept proposals that are just another brazen attempt to undermine or repeal the overall law and drag us back into a broken system.
repeal
And that’s why I will not accept proposals that are just another brazen attempt to undermine or repeal the overall law and drag us back into a broken system.
credibility
And I think it’s legitimate for them to expect me to have to win back some credibility on this health care law in particular and on a whole range of these issues in general.
fumble
I mean, we fumbled the rollout on this health care law.
implemented
You said, after the law was implemented or signed, if you like your plan you can keep it.
patch
Even a week into it, the thinking was that these were some glitches that would be fixed with patches, as opposed to some broader systemic problems that took much longer to fix and we’re still working on them.
systemic
Even a week into it, the thinking was that these were some glitches that would be fixed with patches, as opposed to some broader systemic problems that took much longer to fix and we’re still working on them.
unequivocally
With respect to the pledge I made that if you like your plan you can keep it, I think -- you know, and I’ve said in interviews -- that there is no doubt that the way I put that forward unequivocally ended up not being accurate.
capitulate
And how do you respond to your critics on the Hill who say that it was only tough sanctions that got Iran to the table, and only tougher sanctions will make it capitulate?
vigorous
Point number two, the reason we’ve got such vigorous sanctions is because I and my administration put in place when I came into office the international structure to have the most effective sanctions ever.
assure
That’s my preference because any armed conflict has costs to it, but it’s also my preference because the best way to assure that a country does not have nuclear weapons is that they are making a decision not to have nuclear weapons and we are in a position to verify that they don’t have nuclear weapons.
verify
That’s my preference because any armed conflict has costs to it, but it’s also my preference because the best way to assure that a country does not have nuclear weapons is that they are making a decision not to have nuclear weapons and we are in a position to verify that they don’t have nuclear weapons.
dilute
What we have done is seen the possibility of an agreement in which Iran would halt advances on its program, that it would dilute some of the highly enriched uranium that makes it easier for them to potentially produce a weapon, that they are subjecting themselves to much more vigorous inspections so that we know exactly what they’re doing at all their various facilities, and that that would then provide time and space for us to test, over a certain period of months, whether or not they are prepa
infrastructure
And if that’s -- turns out to be the case, then not only is our entire sanctions infrastructure still in place, not only are they still losing money from the fact that they can’t sell their oil and get revenue from their oil as easily, even throughout these talks, but other options remain.
insular
Q: You hear criticism on the Hill that you and your White House team are too insular.
procurement
One of the things it does not do well is information technology procurement.
disruptive
And so what we did was we chose a path that was the least disruptive to try to finally make sure that health care is treated in this country like it is in every other advanced country, that it’s not some privilege that just a certain portion of people can have, but it’s something that everybody has some confidence about.
prominent
The things that go wrong get prominent attention; that’s how it’s always been.

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