September 2nd, 2009
03:30 PM ET
5 years ago

Cafferty: Congress pass health care reform after summer recess?

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President Obama is getting ready to shift his strategy when it comes to health care reform — after a brutal month of August that wounded and divided his party.

Mr. Obama is considering a major speech that lays out his health care demands as soon as next week, when Congress returns from its recess.

And despite pressure from his base, the president reportedly has no plans to insist on a public insurance option. This would likely anger many liberals, but could show the president is willing to take on members of his own party to get things done. Nancy Pelosi said no bill would pass the House without a public option.

One top Republican, Senator Lamar Alexander is warning that there will be a "minor revolution" if Democrats reform health care without GOP backing. He says the town hall meetings show Americans are "scared to death" of reform; and going it alone would "wreck our health care system and wreck the Democratic Party."

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