Taking Control

Obama Writes Own Health Bill

Should he have done this months ago? Hoping to revive his health-care agenda, President Obama is writing his own comprehensive health-care legislation before next week’s meeting with Republicans. According to Democratic officials, Obama is writing it so that it could be passed through reconciliation and therefore skirt the threats of a Republican filibuster. “It will be a reconciliation bill,” one Democratic aide tells The New York Times. “If Republicans don’t come with any substantial offers, this is what we would do.” The White House will post Obama’s plan online by Monday morning.