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Obama giving speech on healthcarePresident Barack Obama’s push for healthcare reform is being stymied for some very different reasons.

“I happen to be a proponent of a single payer, universal healthcare plan.... That’s what I’d like to see, but as all of you know, we may not get there immediately.” — Barack Obama, June 2003. (Click here to see video.)

They’re back, and they’ve changed their tune. Harry and Louise, the fictional couple who starred in television commercials about healthcare reform about 15 years ago, have gone from being skeptical to enthusiastic.

Michael SteeleMichael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee, spoke on July 20 at the National Press Club. AP reported the same day that when Steele was asked if President Barack Obama’s plan for healthcare reform represented socialism, Steele answered: “Yes. Next question.”

healthcare costsNBC’s Meet the Press Host David Gregory must have been channeling the ghost of the late, great Tim Russert Sunday with his interview of Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius on Obama’s healthcare plan.

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