While White House spokesman Robert Gibbs today refrained from telling reporters whether President Obama in his speech Wednesday night will set a deadline for passing health care reform, sources tell ABC News that in his private meeting with Democratic congressional leaders this afternoon the key word was urgency.
The president told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., that it is important for them to pass health care reform bills soon, the sources said.
Both leaders told the president that despite the difficult rough and tumble of the legislative process in the last few weeks, they are optimistic that both the House and Senate can pass health care reform legislation.
What will be in the bill remains an open question, though after the meeting, Reid told reporters that “we’re going to do our very best to have a public option or something like a public option before we finish this work.” [Emphasis mine - CM]
Health care is soooooo broken that liberals have gotta pass something and fast! They don’t know what’s in the bill, but they have got to get it passed and into the President’s hands as soon as possible
to save their political bacon to save health care in America.
Is health care in trouble? Certainly! But the problems in our health care is almost all of our government’s making. Every time health care has had a problem, government stepped in and fixed it. And when their meddling inevitably caused more problems, government stepped in to fix it again, and on and on, as I’ve already written about. The current massive push by the Democrats is just the latest of the government meddling in health care, and it will fix it just like all the previous fixes did.
Albert Einstein is credited with defining insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Every time our government has messed with health care, the government has succeeded in making it worse. Every time a nation has established socialized medicine, the quality of care has gone down, the waiting time has gone up, and the increased cost has been paid by the people.
We don’t actually have a finished health care bill that we can look over and debate, but we need to pass it, and pass it now. And though it has never worked before, the Democrats are sure it will work this time.