The president wanted health care reform, and he wanted it fast. By the August recess, he told Congress. So momentum doesn’t fade.
Now that August deadline seems to be moving back to September. But the president is still pushing hard for an American health care overhaul.
Last night in a prime-time news conference, he pounded on the need for change — for individual American families and for the health of the U.S. economy.
This hour, On Point: The great debate in Washington on health care reform. Is it too much, too little — or the best chance right now to take on an epic challenge?
You can join the conversation. Tell us what you think — here on this page, on Twitter, and on Facebook.Guests:
Joining us from Washington is Ceci Connolly, reporter for The Washington Post covering the national health care issue.
Also from Washington, we're joined by Rep. Michael Burgess, Republican congressman from the 26th District of Texas, which includes parts of Dallas and Cooke Counties. An obstetrician, he joined Congress in 2003, is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and is founder and chairman of the Congressional Health Care Caucus.
Joining us from New York is Jonathan Oberlander, associate professor of social medicine and health policy & management at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York, and author of "The Political Life of Medicare" (2003).
This program aired on July 23, 2009.