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Rahm huddles with Pelosi, Reid as Obama makes another health care push Wednesday

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WASHINGTON--White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel huddled with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the Capitol on Tuesday afternoon, I've learned. Emanuel met with congressional leaders in advance of President Obama on Wednesday unveiling his latest health care push, to come at 1:45 p.m. eastern time in the East Room of the White House. Emanuel also met with Pelosi in her office on Friday.

Obama on Tuesday sent a letter to GOP and Democratic House and Senate leaders telling them he will back four GOP ideas offered at the bipartisan summit he organized last week at the Blair House. Obama and the Democrats are moving forward without GOP backing, but do want to be in the position of saying they are folding Republican concepts in the bill-which has not yet been finalized.

Here's guidance from the White House on the Wednesday event:

Tomorrow afternoon at the White House, the President will deliver remarks about moving forward into the final stage of the health insurance reform debate. He'll reiterate why reform is so crucial and what it will mean for American families and businesses: they'll have more control over their own health care, they'll see lower costs , and they'll see an end to insurance company abuses. He'll note that his proposal includes the best ideas from both parties, and he'll restate his preference for a comprehensive bill that will reduce premiums and end discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions. He'll urge Congress to move swiftly toward votes on this legislation.

In the East Room, Obama will be joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will attend and a group of health professionals.



On background, attributable to a White House official, please:

Tomorrow afternoon at the White House, the President will deliver remarks about moving forward into the final stage of the health insurance reform debate. He'll reiterate why reform is so crucial and what it will mean for American families and businesses: they'll have more control over their own health care, they'll see lower costs , and they'll see an end to insurance company abuses. He'll note that his proposal includes the best ideas from both parties, and he'll restate his preference for a comprehensive bill that will reduce premiums and end discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions. He'll urge Congress to move swiftly toward votes on this legislation.

More on the event:

-- The President will speak at 1:45 pm in the East Room

-- He will be joined by health care professionals from around the country

-- Secretary Sebelius will attend as well

-- The remarks will be open press


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