A Christian Science perspective
The government spent $9,184 per person last year. But the money was not distributed evenly among the 50 states.
The House's caucus of conservative Democrats has long threatened its party's leadership only to fall in line. But Blue Dogs are taking a harder line on healthcare.
Independents now make up 34 percent of the electorate. Polls suggest they're worried about the cost of reform, but are not averse to a public option.
In public speeches and back-room arm-twisting, the president is still pushing to have a bill done as soon as possible. But his real deadline is the end of the year.
Obama launched a campaign on health reform Monday, but opposition is building on both sides of the aisle.
It doesn't rein in the government's runaway costs for Medicare and Medicaid,says the director of the Congressional Budget Office.