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Health Care Reform: Game On

Obama on health care, moments ago:

...there will be many different opinions and ideas about how to achieve reform, and that is why I'm bringing together businesses and workers, doctors and health care providers, Democrats and Republicans to begin work on this issue next week.

I suffer no illusions that this will be an easy process. It will be hard. But I also know that nearly a century after Teddy Roosevelt first called for reform, the cost of our health care has weighed down our economy and the conscience of our nation long enough. So let there be no doubt: health care reform cannot wait, it must not wait, and it will not wait another year.   

(Emphasis mine.)

The first part, by the way, is a reference to the open meeting Obama has long promised--a summit at which all interested parties would come to the table and state their views in full public view. The White House hasn't announced the precise date yet. But if you care about health care, keep your calendars free for late in the week. 

--Jonathan Cohn

(Cross-posted at The Treatment)