Speaking to enthusiastic supporters at a fundraiser here, President Obama on Thursday evening presented his clearest plan yet to move forward with comprehensive health care legislation, saying that he wanted to meet with Democrats, Republicans and independent experts, lay out the facts for the American people and then, he said, “I think that we have got to move forward on a vote.” In the House, Ms. Pelosi, too, now faces an uphill climb. Perhaps the toughest differences are those that separate Senate and House Democrats, disagreements that were in the process of being resolved when the election in Massachusetts upended the entire process. House Democrats, for instance, still fiercely oppose a proposed tax on high-cost, employer-sponsored insurance policies that Senate Democrats included in their bill and that Mr. Obama has said he supports.Howie P.S.: H/t to Booman. The WaPo has a shorter report from AP. Their headline quotes Obama as saying we should "'Take our time' on finalizing health care." Many would observe we already have. C-SPAN was there to bring us his remarks and his responses to questions @ the DNC last night. His new plan forward is outlined in the Q&A. Watching the whole video (44:59), will take some time, too. Aravosis and Sargent are dismayed that Obama actually acknowledged the possiblity that health reform may not happen.
Friday, February 05, 2010
Obama Charts New Health Care Course