TALKING POINTS

Health Care Battle Heats Up

President Obama's tone on health care took a noticeable shift today, as his usual conciliatory speeches gave way to a "sharper" and more direct demand for action. "We've talked this problem to death—year after year. Unless we act and act now, nothing will change. The need for reform is urgent and indisputable," Obama said. Obama's comments came at a discussion with health care workers in Washington, D.C. Many reports noted that he seemed to back away from the previous August deadline he had set, saying "Let's pass reform by the end of this year." However, press secretary Robert Gibbs said the deadline remained in place. Meanwhile, the GOP has amped up criticism of the "socialist" health plan on the heels of numerous governors from both sides of the aisle expressing their unease with how the plan is developing.