Obama to Press Congress to Pass His Health Proposal

Posted March 2, 2010 at 10:07pm

President Barack Obama will urge Congress to “move swiftly” in passing his health care reform proposal during a Wednesday afternoon speech at the White House, according to an administration official.

Obama will speak at 1:45 p.m. about why reform is crucial and how his $950 billion proposal — which is based on Senate-passed legislation — will give families more control over their health care, lower costs and end insurance company abuses. He will also highlight that his plan represents “the best ideas from both parties” and why he prefers a comprehensive bill that ends discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions, said the official.

The president will surround himself with health care professionals from around the country when he delivers his speech, which represents a final push to Congress to get the job done. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will also attend the event.