POSTED: Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 8:39am
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:32am
Major health care reform appears to be on the fast track and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said her chamber will take up a bill by the end of July.
President Obama praised the urgency of the effort after meeting with the House Democratic leaders and saying the bill needs to be signed into law this year. Obama reiterated that any overhaul must allow Americans to choose their own doctors, while creating affordable health options for all. He took on his critics of the plan's potential cost arguing the current system leads to ballooning costs that are bloating federal and state budgets.