Congressional Democrats and Republicans discussed their health care ideas with President Obama for more than seven hours today at the White House. The president looked for common ground on ways to put American families and small business owners in the driver’s seat of their own health care.
Democrats made it clear that they are committed to continuing the fight to pass a comprehensive health care bill this year and hope that their Republican colleagues will join them. There is no time left to waste.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in a statement afterwards:
“Today’s meeting was an important exchange that allowed the American people to hear different ideas and I applaud the President for bringing us together. Health reform is not about process or sound bites; it’s about real people like Jesús Gutierrez in Reno who struggle with a health system that too often stands between them and the care they need and deserve. Ideological differences will always exist, but unless we act health care costs will continue to skyrocket and thousands of Americans will continue to lose their coverage or be denied treatment every day.”