Monday, February 8, 2010

no "reset button" on health care reform

in a brief, pre-super bowl interview yesterday, president obama announced he was hoping to hold a televised, bi-partisan summit on health care reform, which sent republicans scrambling for a way out, and caused some democrats and progressives to worry the president was heading back to the drawing board, starting from scratch.

not so, say hhs secretary kathleen sebelius:
Sebelius said on Monday that President Obama is willing to "add various elements" to health care legislation suggested by Republican lawmakers during an upcoming bipartisan meeting on the topic. But he won't change the entire plan and he is "absolutely not" hitting the reset button on the legislative process, the former Kansas governor insisted.

"I think he sees this as a step to actually accelerating the process forward. He wants to move forward. He wants a bill at his desk and he sees this as kind of closing the loop and let's go."

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