Obama Wants Health Care Bill by Year's End

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2009 12:31 PM CDT
President Barack Obama, accompanied by Rep. George Miller, D-Calif.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – President Obama today called on lawmakers to send him a health care reform bill before the end of the year, the Wall Street Journal reports. “We've got to get it done this year,” the president said in a meeting with House Democrats. “We don't have any excuses, the stars are aligned.” He also applauded Nancy Pelosi’s pledge that the House will introduce legislation before the August recess.

“Our health care system is broken,” Obama said. “It's unsustainable for families, for businesses. It is unsustainable for the federal government and state governments.” (Read more President Obama stories.)