The president also committed to a two-bill process, meaning that the House would first pass the Senate's overhaul legislation and then quickly pass a second package of “fix-its” under the reconciliation process.
Over the past two weeks, Obama has ramped-up efforts to rally support from some wayward party members who are leery of voting for the Senate's bill. Obama administration officials have set a March 18 target date for passage of a bill.
On Thursday, the president met with progressives and other party caucuses to try to solidify their support.
Asked if the more liberal wing of the party—still upset about the lack of a public option in the bill—would vote for the reform packages, Grijalva said that they were inclined to do so.
“It's becoming that way,” he said.
Grijalva said that the lawmakers discussed what he called “building block” issues, such as a government-backed insurance option, greater attention to health disparities and the repeal of a tax on high-valued health insurance plans.
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