Mark Halperin’s three things to watch for in politics for Thursday, July 16.
1. Watch President Obama’s health care push today. He’ll be in the New York area later today to campaign for New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine and to address the NAACP’s 100th anniversary convention. His speeches are sure to include some mention of health care as he tries to consistently drive his health care message. Watch to see how he uses those platforms to try to rally Congress and the country in support of his plan.
2. Watch for new developments on health care coming from Democrats on the Hill today. A few House committees are expected to vote on Democrats’ $1.5 trillion plan today, so watch to see the the outcome of the debates and votes there. Watch to see if there’s any progress coming from the Senate Finance Committee, which is slogging along to finalize a plan to vote on. Also watch to see if Democrats to bring Republicans into the fold, particularly in the Senate.
3. Watch to see what Republicans and major health care industry groups do on health care today. Watch to see if Republicans try to contribute to a bipartisan effort or if potential compromisers are deciding that they can’t get on board with a more moderate Democratic plan. Watch to see what signals are sent, particularly as some Republicans start talking to business groups.