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in health care negotiations, focused on affordability.

There is so much work to be done, and I am relieved to see a long meeting with the president helping to resolve differences and negotiate with stragglers.

I was a little concerned he'd send Rahm, with the national security issues looming so large

I found this tonight on the finance pages, and thought you might be interested.  I am not a regular diarist, I mainly comment on other peoples' work, and it's possible I missed the report.

At a White House meeting that stretched into Tuesday evening, the president and Democratic congressional leaders agreed on fast-track negotiations that would bypass the need for a formal conference to resolve differences between the House and Senate health care bills.

Obama "also stated his intention to work with leaders to strengthen affordability ... beyond what is in the Senate bill," said a House leadership aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting was private.

The president met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md. Joining the discussion by telephone were Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who were out of town.

I am fascinated at the many things I learn on the financial pages that help me to understand what is going on, have you found that too?

Anyway, this is good news, which though expected, just actually started.

Update:  Rec List?  Wow, thanks, surely never expected it, just a brief report.

Originally posted to Open Hearted Musings on Tue Jan 05, 2010 at 10:28 PM PST.

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