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Bush Says He Looks Forward to Bipartisan Work on Energy, Healthcare

President Bush says he looks forward to working with both political parties to reform America's healthcare system and increase the nation's security.

In his weekly radio address Saturday, Mr. Bush said the country's dependence on oil leaves the U.S. vulnerable to hostile regimes and terrorists who can disrupt the nation's oil supply.

As he did in this State of the Union address to the U.S. Congress Tuesday, the president asked lawmakers to significantly increase the supply of renewable and alternative fuels in 2017.

He also called on Congress to work with him to ensure all Americans have accessible and affordable health care. Earlier this week, Mr. Bush called for changing the U.S. tax code to provide a standard deduction for health insurance.

Some members of the Democratic Party say Mr. Bush's health care plan does little to bring down health care costs or guarantee medical coverage.

Democratic Senator Barack Obama says the country has the resources and ideas to make health care affordable for every American within the next six years.

The potential 2008 presidential candidate says he is "absolutely determined" to make sure the United States has universal health care by the end of the next president's term in 2012.