TOPICS > Health

Reform Plans Face Uncertainty in August Recess

BY Dave Gustafson   July 31, 2009 at 5:49 PM EST

President Obama addresses AMA; file photo

Polls show that the public is wary of the cost and scope of President Barack Obama’s reform plans, and Democrats said they needed the president to keep up the pressure as they try to sell his plan to their constituents, many of whom are concerned about costs, maintaining quality of care and covering most of the 46 million uninsured Americans.

The Republican National Committee will spend nearly $1 million on television and radio ads in 33 states targeting Senate leaders and House fiscal conservatives.

In 2010, many of the conservative Democrats could be vulnerable in the midterm election — one reason the president and his fellow Democrats are eager to put the ongoing reform debate behind them by the end of the year.

NewsHour Health Unit Producer Bridget DeSimone speaks with Health Correspondent Betty Ann Bowser about the week’s legislative developments and what to expect in the month of August.