Friday, February 19, 2010

Obama to release health reform plan Monday prior to televised summit

In conjunction with Obama’s call for a televised bipartisan summit on health care reform, the President announced he would post his own bill online prior to the event. Recent reports indicate the President’s plan will be on the Internet as early as Monday morning. While a combination of the current Congressional bills may be expected, Roll Call reports that “a senior Democratic aide said Thursday evening that the bill was assembled without any input from House and Senate Democratic leaders, and cautioned that it should not be viewed as an agreement to reconcile the two chambers' bills.”

The half-day meeting will be held at Blair House and will be broadcast live at 10:00 a.m. ET on February 25th. While health reform talks have been at a near standstill since Brown’s Massachusetts Senate victory nearly a month ago, Thursday’s summit will play a key role in determining whether comprehensive health care reform passes this year.

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