Halperin: 7 Reasons Not to Bet Against Health Reform

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2009 9:00 PM CDT
President Obama speaks on health care reform in the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, July 21, 2009, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
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(Newser) – President Obama's push for health care reform is hitting heavy turbulence, but Mark Halperin of Time lays out 7 reasons not to bet against him:

  • Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and all the committee chairs "are still on board."
  • Get a bill to conference committee, and the press will stop "obsessing over every setback" and looking toward the finish line.
  • "Rahm Emanuel knows what's possible."

  • GOP senators Chuck Grassley and Olympia Snowe "haven't given up" on the Finance Committee.
  • The health care industry and businesses "are still largely supportive."
  • Look for labor unions to give in at a critical moment.
  • Obama himself still isn't rattled.