President Barack Obama on Tuesday held what the White House described as a productive meeting with Ways and Means Democrats on health care overhaul legislation, telling Members that he will soon lay out new savings in Medicare and Medicaid, according to a White House readout of the session.
During the White House session, Obama reiterated his support for his own revenue-raising proposal, a plan to reduce deductions for higher income earners that has so far been rejected by Congress.
Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) said he was satisfied with the meeting.
We could not ask for a better leader than President Obama to put America back on track for economic recovery and work to fix our broken health care system, Rangel said in a statement. Todays meeting underscored that we share the same principles and commitment to health reform and we look forward to President Obamas continued leadership to make this critical effort a reality.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with his cut-out head during the Hoops for Youth 16th annual charity basketball game held at George Washington University's Smith Center, September 8, 2014. The members of Congress team beat the lobbyist team 46-40. Buy photo here.