President take health care message south

(NBC) - The health care deal struck among house democrats seemed to re-energize President Obama as he made his pitch in Raleigh, North Carolina and went after republican critics.

"If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan. These folks need to stop scaring everybody!" said Obama.

What scared the president was 50 conservative 'blue dog' democrats like Mike Ross who had blocked health care votes in the house. On Wednesday Ross said he got what he demanded.

"A very significant and huge victory on not only on our part for the blue dogs but on behalf of every member of Congress," said Arkansas democratic Congressman Mike Ross.

Ross says 86% of small businesses will be exempt from having to buy health insurance for employees. The uninsured will be able to choose either a public option or private insurance from a co-op pool.

Meanwhile, on the Senate side, key democrats said their bill now hits the Obama targets on coverage and cost.

"Below $900 billion in ten years, covers 95% of all Americans by 2015, and is fully offset," said Democratic Senator Max Baucus of Montana, meaning the bill was paid for.

It's all good news for the president who's selling his plan to the skeptical who have coverage.

He promised:

* no discrimination for pre-existing conditions
* no annual or lifetime caps on coverage
* guaranteed insurance renewal

"Whether or not you have health insurance right now, the reforms we seek will bring stability and security that you don't have today," said President Obama.

Now, the Obama plan is more politically secure on Capitol Hill.