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.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.