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Obama Wants Health Care Bill by Year's End

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2009 12:31 PM CDT
Obama Wants Health Care Bill by Year's End
President Barack Obama, accompanied by Rep. George Miller, D-Calif.   (AP Photo)

(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.

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“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.)

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