President Obama said he was “heartened” this week to see opposing sides working together on two issues important to the nation’s economic future: energy and health care.

In his weekly address, the president said progress is possible because of the “willingness of those with different points of view and disparate interests to come together around common goals.”

Health care companies that once opposed legislation now say they are willing to work with the Obama White House.

The president also praised Rep. Henry Waxman, a California Democrat, for bringing together “stakeholders from all corners of the country, and every sector of our economy, to reach an historic agreement on comprehensive energy legislation.”

Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee have agreed on a plan to cut U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions 17 percent by 2020.

Despite progress, Obama cautioned that there remains “a great deal of difficult work ahead” before legislation is passed on either issue.

Click here to watch Obama’s five-minute video.

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