As they await some sort of signal from President Obama on a path forward on health care during tonight’s State of the Union Address, Democrats appear to be divided not only on how to proceed, but how quickly to do so.
Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (who argued during last month’s Senate debate that urgent action was needed to prevent deaths), declared, “There is no rush.”
But today, according to the Politico, Sen. Bob Casey said that the clock was ticking:
“I think [the window] is maybe multiple weeks at the most,” Casey said at press conference touting new jobs initiatives. “[It] gets more and more difficult to convey a sense of an urgency on jobs when you’re talking about two or three different issues instead of one.”
My bet is that Casey’s statement is probably closer to the truth, but we’ll have a better sense of the health care politics based on Obama’s speech tonight, and how rank-and-file Democrats respond to it.