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U.S. President Barack Obama says the U.S. is "moving in the right
direction," with the first reports of economic growth in a year.
his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday, Mr. Obama noted the
country's gross domestic product was up this month. He said there will
still be "ups and downs," but that the U.S. "has come a long way."
Obama played down high unemployment figures, saying his stimulus plan
created or saved more than a million jobs. Unemployment reached a
26-year-high in September, and is likely to increase.
Meanwhile, in their weekly address, U.S. Republicans criticized plans for health care reform championed by Mr. Obama.
of Representatives minority leader John Boehner said a proposal to be
debated by Congress next week raises health care costs, cuts government
benefits to seniors and kills jobs.
He suggested an
alternative plan, including allowing individuals to buy health
insurance across state lines and pooled together as groups. He also
called for limiting malpractice suits.