Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Obama to Highlight Cost in New Health Bill Push

From the New York Times:
President Obama this week will begin a climactic push to rally restive Congressional Democrats to pass major health care legislation by hammering the argument that the costs of failure will be higher insurance premiums and lost coverage for individuals and businesses.

While Mr. Obama prepared for a speech on Wednesday to outline “the way forward” and to flesh out the substance of his proposed compromise based on the bills passed by the House and Senate, the two parties on Monday stepped up their battle to define the Democrats’ legislative strategy [which is to pass health care reform using the process known as "reconciliation." It was framed as “a divisive trick” in Republicans’ telling and, in Democrats’ view, as a procedure regularly used and honed by Republicans.

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