Mark Halperin’s three things to watch for in politics for Tuesday, July 21.
1. Watch as President Obama continues to try to push for health care reform on the national stage. He’s scheduled to make a statement on health care early this afternoon and continues to sit down for interviews focused on selling the urgency and necessity of health care and, of course, has a primetime presser scheduled for Wednesday night. Watch to see if he brings up any new ideas or makes commitments on details he’s been hesitant to provide, especially as recent polls suggest declining support for how he’s handling health care. More broadly, watch to see how the White House tries to frame progress and setbacks in pushing forward on bolstering public opinion.
2. Watch for clues of what the president’s doing on health care behind closed doors. He’s meeting with the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Democratic members this afternoon and is likely to continue his outreach to congressional moderates, as well as the Senate Finance Committee, which is still marking up its health care bill. Watch to see if the president and his team can bridge the divide today and in the coming days.
3. Watch the talks on health care in the Senate Finance Committee. It’s the one place where there are flickers of possible bipartisanship, so watch to see if there are any developments there, particularly from Chairman Baucus.