Mark Halperin’s Three Things

1. Watch as President Obama makes a major push on health care today. He’ll deliver remarks from the Rose Garden at 1:05 pm ET and is set to give interviews to the major networks’ health correspondents that are set to air today and tomorrow. Watch to see if the president can frame the issue in a way that puts pressure on Congress and also gets the public more engaged on the issue than he’s been able to get them to be with his speeches and interviews over the past few weeks.

2. Watch for new developments from Democrats in Congress. Watch to see if there is more progress in figuring out how to pay for whatever health care plan is eventually approved. Also watch to see what kind of action there is on the Senate side with Ted Kennedy’s HELP Committee voting on its bill and the Finance Committee continuing to slog through to complete a plan by the end of the week.

3. Watch to how those outside the inner circle of the White House and Hill Democrats try to make their voices heard in the ongoing debate on health care. House Republicans are preparing their own alternative plans for health care, so watch to see what that proposal looks like and whether they seem at all able to work together with Democrats. Also watch to see if business and lobbying interest come out in support or in opposition to what’s happening on health care in Washington.

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