January 31st, 2010
02:00 PM ET
13 years ago

Focus of health care bill may be changing, officials signal

Washington (CNN) - Democratic efforts to pass a health care bill have stalled a bit, and the immediate focus may be shifting toward health insurance reform instead of quickly trying to pass a comprehensive bill, White House officials signaled Sunday.

Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, told CNN's "State of the Union" that passing a health care bill was "still inside the five-yard line." His comment pulled back the assessment several weeks ago by David Axelrod, the senior adviser to President Obama, that the bill was on the one-yard line, which in football would mean it was close to passing.

On the NBC program "Meet the Press" on Sunday, Axelrod referred to the issue as health insurance reform when talking about next steps.

"The American people aren't saying let's walk away from health insurance reform," Axelrod said, citing problems such as rising costs, people denied health coverage for pre-existing conditions, and people losing coverage when they become seriously ill.

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  1. Dean

    Health care costs need to be controlled. Fraud thru Medicare and Medicaid needs to be controlled. We need to be able to purchase health insurance in any state. In Alabama about 90% of the people are insured thru Blue Cross with no competition from anyone else.
    Why does each state need an insurance commissioner?

    Health care in this country is great, the insurance industry is not.

    January 31, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  2. B

    They have to have the time to- compromise away- what is left that would actually benefit working Americans.

    January 31, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  3. Keith in Austin

    Why all the vicious attacks on the GOP for resisting Obozo's progressive liberal agenda?

    Please stop the Party of NO comments OK!

    Question: How many of you left wing loons agree to meet an arsonist halfway to burn a National Forest? Not many I hope!

    January 31, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  4. key

    If tobacco killed as many people as having no insurance killed there would be something done.

    January 31, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |