It was a delicious inside bit of politics: Bill Clinton and Congressman Paul Ryan having a private, backstage chat about Medicare, captured by an ABC News camera.
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President Obama’s speech to Congress on Wednesday on health care reform will probably be one of the high-noon moments of his presidency. Surrounded by liberals demanding a government-run public option and centrist Democrats — along with Republicans — who want to dump the option, Obama just might have his finger on something that can get him through this health care showdown: the “trigger” option
Since he took office in January, President Barack Obama has made clear that he views this year as the best opportunity in decades to overhaul the nation’s ailing health-care system; more recently he has stressed that he wants the House and Senate to pass their respective bills before their month-long August recess.
On the eve of his fourth prime-time news conference, President Obama was working the phones, calling lawmakers involved in the health care talks to push them to embrace reform, White House Communications Director Anita Dunn said Wednesday. It follows the president’s Tuesday meeting with Democrats at the White House, dubbed a “serious working session” where “major progress” was made, Dunn said. Senior administration officials said the president will not meet with lawmakers Wednesday but was temporarily shifting focus to the discussions with visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki, the joint news conference with him, and then the prime-time news conference Wednesday
Even as Congress struggles with how to pay for health-care reform, the White House keeps doing it its best to accentuate the positive. Last week, Vice President Joe Biden hosted the country’s three largest hospital trade groups as they announced they will accept $155 billion in Medicare and Medicaid cuts over the next 10 years
The budget that just passed both houses of Congress has given the prospects for health-care reform this year a big boost. With the inclusion of procedural language that would make it impossible for opponents to filibuster, it will now take a simple majority to pass the Senate, rather than 60 votes, simplifying the political arithmetic considerably. But that is only the beginning
In the midst of a celebrated career that has taken place almost entirely behind the political curtain, Nancy-Ann DeParle was introduced to a microphone Monday by the President of the United States on live television, and she almost turned it down. “Nancy, do you want to say a little something?” Obama asked her at the end of a ceremony in the East Room