Obama: Health Care This Year

Obama’s next priority? “President Barack Obama, meeting behind closed doors with congressional leaders of both parties today, stepped outside of the West Wing between sessions this morning to urge Congress to enact sweeping healthcare reforms by the end of this year,” reports the Los Angeles Times. "The stars are aligned," Obama said. “We've got to get it done this year. . . . We don't want any excuses." Nancy Pelosi then assured him that the House is ready to move. "Our goal is to have a healthier America," she said, promising that legislation "will be on the floor by the end of July—I am quite certain."