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President Obama urges lawmakers to act on health reform

Washington Post, July 14, 2009

Despite President Obama's forceful urgings, congressional Democrats continued to struggle to finalize details of legislation aimed at overhauling the nation's healthcare system. House leaders wrangled with members over plans to pay for expanded insurance coverage by increasing taxes on the wealthiest Americans. And at a White House session, Senate leaders came under fire for a slipping timetable that may make it difficult to meet Obama's deadline for floor action by the August recess.