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Weekly Addresses: Syria, Obamacare [VIDEO]

Republicans are using their weekly radio and Internet address to focus on health insurance costs under President Barack Obama’s health overhaul while the President continues his push for military action against Syria.

GOP Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming, who was an orthopedic surgeon before coming to Congress, says many families “are going to have real sticker shock when they see their new insurance rates.”

He says Republicans want to help people get the medical care they need, from the doctor they want, at a lower cost — and that they only way to accomplish that is by repealing the health law.

Starting Oct. 1, people who don’t have health care coverage on their job can go to new online insurance markets in their states to shop for a private plan and find out if they qualify for a tax credit.

Obama says the United States “cannot turn a blind eye” to the grim images out of Syria of children allegedly killed in a chemical weapons attack by the Assad government. He believes that in the long run it poses a threat to national security.

“That’s why we can’t ignore chemical weapons attacks like this one – even if they happen halfway around the world,” said Obama, who returned yesterday from a week long trip to Russia for the G20 Summit.  “And that’s why I call on Members of Congress, from both parties, to come together and stand up for the kind of world we want to live in; the kind of world we want to leave our children and future generations. 

Recent polls show intense skepticism among Americans about military intervention in Syria.

Obama will speak to the nation about intervention in Syria in an address on Tuesday night.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved)

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