WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is using the full political weight of the White House to push for health care reform. But so far, that has not done the trick to get Washington lawmakers on board. Many Americans are also skeptical about the president's plan.
House lawmakers have a little more than a week before they leave Washington and return to their home districts for summer recess. With time winding down, President Obama is turning up the heat.
He is trying to get the last of three House committees to wrap up work on his signature issue -- health care.
"The need for reform is urgent and it is indisputable," Obama said. "No one denies that we're on an unsustainable path."
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But reform has met resistance from all sides. Republicans are against the president's call for a public insurance option, and they especially oppose the plan's overall price tag. It is an issue that even has Democrats deadlocked with fiscally-conservative members of their own party.
"The Barack Obama experiment is one that the country can not afford to take," said Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele.
Republicans, hoping to exploit a potential weak spot of a popular president, are ready to pounce. But the White House is geared up for a fight, executing plans to take his case to the public and challenge his critics head-on.
During a speech at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., President Obama rejected Sen. Jim DeMint's recent claim that health care will spell his defeat.
"And I'm quoting him now -- 'If we're able to stop Obama on this, it will be his Waterloo. It will break him,'" Obama said as he quoted Sen. DeMint, R-S.C. "This isn't about me," he added. "This isn't about politics. This is about a health care system that is breaking America's families."
But six months into his first term, American families have started to see the president through a different lens. Not only has his overall job approval taken a hit, 59 percent of Americans approve of President Obama's job performance -- that is down nearly 10 points since he took office.
Public support for his health care policies is also slipping. Forty-nine percent of Americans approve of it, down from a high of 57 percent.
Despite the numbers, the White House said the president is his own best public relations tool, for the time being. The more exposure Obama receives, the better his numbers.
The president will be highly visible over the next few weeks as he continues to the promote health care reforms and push Congress to pass them by early August.