A powerful House Democrat said that President Barack Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress next week would be done under much different circumstances than a similar speech made by the last Democrat who tried to overhaul the healthcare system.
“I was here 16 years ago when we tried to do healthcare reform under President Clinton,” said Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), vice chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. “There is a big difference.”
From the start, Obama provided a framework for reform, but said he would let Congress fill in the blanks. Under the Clinton plan, legislation was drafted at the White House and then sent to lawmakers on Capitol Hill.