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Obama: It's Time to "Buck Up" on Health Care Reform

When the White House signaled that the president would spend this week investing time and attention on health care reform, officials weren't kidding.

OBAMA SAYS IT'S TIME TO 'BUCK UP' ON REFORM.... When the White House signaled that the president would spend this week investing time and attention on health care reform, officials weren't kidding. With the pressure on, the president and his team are clearly stepping up. Whether that's enough remains to be seen, but I don't imagine anyone will be accusing Obama of watching from the sidelines.

Earlier, Obama hosted a brief event in the Rose Garden, ostensibly to tout the endorsement of the American Nurses' Association of the reform campaign. The president's remarks, however, while thanking the ANA for the valuable support, turned once again to an aggressive public push for Congress to pass a good bill.

"I just want to be clear: We are going to get this done," Obama said. "Becky and I were talking in the Oval Office. Becky just pointed out, 'We need to buck up people a little bit here.' And that's what nurses do all the time -- they buck up patients, sometimes they buck up some young resident who doesn't quite know what they're doing. You look at Becky, you can tell she knows what she's doing. And what she's saying is it's time for us to buck up -- Congress, this administration, the entire federal government -- to be clear that we've got to get this done.

 

Steve Benen is "blogger in chief" of the popular Washington Monthly online blog, Political Animal. His background includes publishing The Carpetbagger Report, and writing for a variety of publications, including Talking Points Memo, The American Prospect, the Huffington Post, and The Guardian. He has also appeared on NPR's "Talk of the Nation," MSNBC's "Rachel Maddow Show," Air America Radio's "Sam Seder Show," and XM Radio's "POTUS '08."