Health Care Push
POSTED: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 4:10pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:24pm
President and liberal dems continue health care push...
On Capitol Hill, in the fight over health care reform, compromise plans are emerging that are sure to upset the President.
He could lose some of the very changes he's campaigning for.
The talk is of compromise on both the controversial public option and employer mandates.
On the 44th anniversary of Medicare, President Obama went to the powerful AARP, that's now joined him in lobbying for universal coverage.
"With the AARP's standing on the side of the American people, I'm confident we can do the right thing once again, pass health insurance reform."
But members of key Congressional committees are reported close to eliminating two parts of reform the president had demanded.
One is killing the public insurance option, that would compete with private insurers.
Now, private insurance co-ops look more likely.
Secondly, killing the so-called employer mandate that would have forced the 40 percent of companies who don't do it now to insure their employees.
Conservatives say no.
"Provide for health insurance on an individual basis, so we don't ruin particularly small business by an employer mandate. It'd be a job killer," says Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa).
House Republicans hammered the Democrats.
"You'll probably lose your health insurance, and you might just lose your job," claimed Rep. Mike Pence (R-Indiana).
Republican leaders, who then held a photo-op with small business owners, speak, in a sense, for roughly 50 conservative Democrats who are holding up the votes on health care.
President Obama signaled that he'll buy insurance co-ops.
"So that anybody who wants insurance but can't get it on their job right now, they can go to this exchange. They can select a plan that works for them or their families." the President added.
It's time to make deals.
"Everybody has to compromise on every side," says Sen. John Kerry (D-Massachussetts).
Even President Obama, on changes to our health system he still feels are essential.