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Obama says he's not trying to vilify insurers

BELGRADE, Mont. - President Barack Obama says he isn't trying to vilify the insurance companies. He says he's just trying to stop their practices that hurt people.

Obama was responding to an insurance salesman who asked about the president's change in terminology. Obama has switched from calling for "health reform" to "health insurance reform."

He's also complained about insurance companies' profits.

The president says his intent was not to vilify the big companies. He said some, like Aetna, are working with the administration on overhaul. But he said others are spending money to oppose his efforts to remake the system.

Obama kicked off a four-state swing in Montana to push for his top domestic priority and regain the initiative in the bitter debate.

Obama assails health insurance companies

President Barack Obama says Americans are being held hostage by health insurance companies that deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions or cancel coverage when people get sick.

The president kicked off his four-state push for a health care overhaul with a joke: He said Montana has bears, moose and elk, and "in Washington, you just mostly have bull."

Obama is trying to regain momentum for his top domestic priority as anger at town hall meetings across the country has undercut support for his health care agenda.

Obama said the current health care system is bankrupting companies and families, and he vowed, "We're going to fix it."

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