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Obama takes healthcare deadline to Democrats

New York Times, March 5, 2010

President Obama met with insurance industry executives and House Democrats as party leaders on Capitol Hill struggled to figure out whether they could meet the president's timetable for enacting legislation within a few weeks. Obama's press secretary, Robert Gibbs, told reporters that the president expected the House to complete its work by March 18, when Obama is to leave for Australia and Indonesia. But the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, and other Congressional leaders outlined steps that would make it difficult to meet that timetable, the New York Times reports.