President Obama signed the healthcare reform bill Tuesday. Democrats will now work to sell the new law's benefits, while Republicans look to repeal it and emphasize their own plan.
In the end, Democrats may simply not have enough votes to pass healthcare reform. If that happens, the rest of Obama’s agenda would be cast into doubt, and the possibility of a tidal-wave election this fall would increase.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the vote on the healthcare reform bill may come next week, but House Democrats are waiting for assurances about what the Senate will do afterward.
For scores of lawmakers, approving the Senate healthcare reform bill and subsequent 'fixes' carries considerable political risk.
Some areas of agreement emerged over the six hours of televised talks, but Obama's healthcare summit ended Thursday with slim prospects of bipartisan accord.
Just back from their congressional districts, Democrats are nervous about riling voters on healthcare reform legislation. But Obama says once people know the details, they'll back it.
Bernanke warned Wednesday that federal debt as a share of GDP is approaching highest levels since the early 1950s, after the massive borrowing of World War II.
While President Obama's budget would expand the scope of government the House GOP alternative aims to return government spending to historical levels.
The president meets with skeptics in his own party to boost support for his $3.6 trillion plan.