Obama Steps Up Push for Health Care Overhaul

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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama stepped up his push for overhauling the nation's health care system, Monday, as he marked his sixth month in office.

He plans to spend the next two weeks pushing his health care agenda. This week alone, Obama has an event in Cleveland, Ohio, and a primetime White House press conference.

Monday, the president met with healthcare providers at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

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"These health care professionals are doing heroic work each and every day to save the lives of America's children," Obama said. "But they're being forced to fight through a system that works better for drug companies and insurance companies than for the American people."

Still, the administration has a few problems on its hands.

Obama has made the case against America's current health care system, saying premiums have "doubled" and "out-of-pockets costs have shot up by a third."

However, the Congressional Budget Office said the legislation being discussed now do would add to those costs not take away, and that's a problem for fiscal conservative Democrats and Republicans.

"This bill as proposed or the bills as proposed would significantly aggravate the health care cost situation," said GOP Sen. Judd Gregg. "The cost of health care would go up significantly, and it would raise significantly the burden on the federal government as to what it had to pay."

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius called the health care plan a "work in progress."

"I think the House leaders and Senate leaders share the president's goal that costs will come down," she said.

Another problem Obama faces is how to pay for the plan.

Senators in both parties want to tax employee healthcare benefits to foot the bill-- something Obama campaigned against.

There is still a lot of work to be done and the president's original deadline for a plan before the Congressional break in August seems like a pipe dream.

"It would be analogous to a Hail Mary pass," said Stuart Rothenberg, editor of The Rothenberg Political Report. "It increasingly looks virtually impossible."

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