Health Care

House to Miss Obama’s Deadline?

Once upon a time, health care was supposed to be President Obama’s Christmas gift to America; now, it’s possible it may not even be ready for Easter. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer cast doubt that the House could pass health-care reform by the March 18 deadline set by President Obama. "None of us have mentioned the 18th other than [Press Secretary Robert] Gibbs," Hoyer said "We are trying to do this as soon as possible. That continues to be our objective." Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi demurred when asked if she thought the House could pass health-care reform by Easter on April 4. “That would be my hope,” she said. Meanwhile, President Obama continued to tour the country on Tuesday to push for health-care reform. In Missouri, he said he’d use “bounty hunters” to root out health-care fraud.