Obama to Talk Health Care With Conrad, Bayh

Posted July 17, 2009 at 11:32am

President Barack Obama will meet at the White House on Friday with Sens. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) and Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), two key moderates he hopes to have in his corner during negotiations over health care reform. Conrad has been a thorn in Obama’s side on health care, raising concerns about the House legislation and the measure passed by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, both of which Obama supports. Conrad believes the cost savings in the bills are inadequate, and he has also questioned whether passing a public insurance option is feasible. Conrad is also a member of the Finance Committee, whose members are seeking to craft a bipartisan deal.White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is meeting with a bipartisan group of House freshmen. It is unclear whether Obama will do a “drop by— on the session.