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.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.