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Both agreements, in the long term, will strengthen an economy experiencing its worst days since the Great Depression, Mr. Obama said.

The climate bill will help create millions of jobs producing wind turbines and solar panels and developing alternative fuels with the goal of reducing U.S. reliance on foreign energy sources, he said. Controlling health care costs will make businesses more competitive and give families more money to save or spend.

Republicans said they agree with Mr. Obama that the health care system needs an overhaul.

But they warned against offering consumers an option for health insurance that would be run by the government and replace employer-based coverage, saying it could have “devastating consequences” that include limits on care and higher taxes.

“A government takeover of health care will put bureaucrats in charge of health care decisions that should be made by families and doctors,” Rep. Charles Boustany Jr. of Louisiana said in the Republican radio and Internet message.

“It will limit treatment options and lead to rationed care. And to pay for government health care, your taxes will be raised,” said Mr. Boustany, a cardiovascular surgeon and member of the House Republican Health Care Solutions Group. “That is something we cannot support, and frankly, it would clearly violate some of the principles the president himself has endorsed.”

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