President Barack Obama, in public and private meetings Monday, used some of the strongest language yet to urge lawmakers to sidestep delays and deliver comprehensive health reform legislation in the next two weeks. Obama met with congressional leaders from both parties to express the administration's growing urgency over what has become its key singular domestic issue this year, according to lawmakers who attended the meeting.
“There's no question that the president is ready to use whatever political capital he has to make this work,” House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) said. Rangel told reporters that Obama sought assurances from Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), who also attended the meeting, that he would deliver a bill and have it completed next week.