Obama asks Congress “to finish its work” on health reform

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 08 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1320
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    President Barack Obama has pushed forward on US health reform, calling on Congress to finish the work it had almost completed after more than a year of debate.

    He expressed the hope of getting a final bill passed within weeks and indicated that he would use a complicated procedure called reconciliation to do it.

    Americans are divided on health reform, with many fearing a government takeover of health care. The president’s prestige and the fate of the Democrats in the November 2010 elections may hang on health reform. All seats in the House of Representatives are up for election in November, as are a third of Senate seats.

    “I believe the United States Congress owes the American people a final vote on healthcare reform . . . Reform has already passed the House with a majority. It has already passed the Senate with a super-majority of 60 votes,” said President Obama. Now was the time for Congress to vote yes or no.

    Standing among white coated medical professionals at a White House meeting, he said, “Every idea …

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