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Congress Returns, With Health Care #1 Priority
Congress returns to DC, some more committed to pass health care reform than ever. W. Post: “‘I think, if anything, the mood has changed to be more favorable to health-care reform,’ said Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy (D-Ohio), who won her Columbus-based seat in 2008 by less than 1 percent of the vote. ‘Personally, I’m probably more confident than when recess began,’ added Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper (D-Pa.), another freshman. She held 18 town hall meetings in her northwestern Pennsylvania district, which stretches from Pittsburgh’s suburbs to Erie, and found that three-quarters of her constituents support some form of health-care overhaul. ‘If I had just been listening to the media, I don’t think I would have been as confident,’ she said.”
The Treatment’s Jonathan Cohn says prospect for reform unchanged in August: “Somehow, though, health reform is not dead. Despite all of the setbacks and all of the missed opportunities–despite this train wreck of a month–the situation remains remarkably similar to what it was before the recess. Significant health care legislation is likely to pass, particularly if Obama manages to give a good speech on Wednesday night. And while the possibilities for what that legislation might accomplish have certainly diminished, mostly for worse, it’s not clear how much they have diminished–and to what extent progressives may yet have the power to change that fact.”