Why the rush?

Shouldn’t getting it right be a little more important than getting it done?

President Obama hailed the Senate health committee’s action, but reiterated his insistence that each chamber of Congress approve a health care bill before the August recess. His comments increased pressure on the chairman of the Finance Committee, Senator Max Baucus, Democrat of Montana, who has been struggling for months to get a bipartisan bill.

“The HELP committee’s success should give us hope, but it should not give us pause,” Mr. Obama said. “It should instead provide the urgency for both the House and Senate to finish their critical work on health reform before the August recess.”

Senators said the White House had been sending mixed signals. For months, they said, it emphasized the need for a bipartisan bill. But in the last 10 days, one Democrat said, the message has been: “Hurry up. If you have to go without Republicans, it’s not the end of the world.”

Will this be another bill that lawmakers fail to read before voting for it? Why the rush?


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