Mark Halperin’s three things to watch for in politics for Monday, July 20.
1. Watch to see President Obama’s efforts to continue to push forward on getting a universal health care plan through Congress. He’s doing some TV interviews and has scheduled a primetime press conference for Wednesday. But he’s also facing the reality of an ABC News-Washington Post poll out today that shows support for his handling of health care has, for the first time, fallen below 50 percent. Watch to see how the White House tries to overcome that poll and other setbacks as the new week begins.
2. Watch to see what advocates of Obama-style universal health care in Congress and around the country do. They’re a little bit on the defensive after some developments late last week and over the weekend. Governors in Mississippi over the weekend for a meeting of the National Governors Association, for one, talked about their skepticism about the current direction of the legislation. Watch to see what the bill’s supporters do to try to get a sense of solidarity and momentum in the face of some setbacks.
3. Watch to see what opponents of Obama-style health care reform do. They’ve got momentum on their side and have had some positive developments. Watch to see how they move today to try to consolidate their gains of the past few days and set a course to build on them for the rest of the week.