Obama's health care reform put on hold

As a result of which the opposition Republican party are in a position to block the sweeping health care reform bill in the US Senate; the echoes of which were felt both at the White House and the Capitol Hill on Friday.

“Obviously Tuesday (Senate election in Massachusetts) resulted in new political circumstances. The President believes that the Speaker and the Majority Leader are doing the right thing in giving this some time and figuring out the best way forward,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters.

Gibbs remarks came within a few hours after the House of Representative Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she does not have the majority to get the health bill through the House.
“I don’t see the votes for it at this time,” Pelosi told reporters during her weekly press conference. “The members have been very clear,” she added.

Though denying that the health care is on “back burner” Gibbs said: “The President believes it is the exact right thing to do by giving this some time, by letting the dust settle, if you will, and looking for the best path forward.

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