Health Care

President to Host Dem Holdouts

It's meet-and-greet time in the Obama White House, where Barack Obama will host on Tuesday the Democratic members on the House Energy and Commerce Committee—the only one of three House committees weighing health-care legislation that has yet to pass anything. Monday night, the committee worked past midnight, discussing numerous amendments and turning back Republican attempts to alter the bill. The biggest challenge for Committee Chairman Henry Waxman seems not to be Republican recalcitrance but conservative members of his own party who oppose the legislation. Obama continues to make his case in front of the public as well. Appearing on PBS's NewsHour last night he said, "I want this done now. Now, if there are no deadlines, nothing gets done in this town."