June 22nd, 2009
01:45 PM ET
5 years ago

Cafferty: Why is health care reform in danger of not happening?

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President Obama's plan to push through health care reform this year is very much in danger of being dead.

Top Democratic advisers are urging the president to get even more involved in the debate before it's too late. The Congressional Budget office last week put the price tag at more than $1 trillion over the next decade; and said it would still leave millions of Americans uninsured.

Republicans have seized on this, insisting that health care reform may be too expensive at a time when we're already facing huge deficits. Senator Lindsey Graham called the CBO estimates a "death blow" to a government-run health care plan.

Some in the GOP suggest an overhaul of the nation's health care system just might have to wait for a while. They're also accusing the White House and Democrats of trying to rush through what they see as flawed legislation this year, before the mid-term elections in 2010.

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