Obama fielded questions from members across the caucus, and when members emerged they were overwhelmingly positive about the progress, particularly regarding a deal reached between unions and the White House over the extent to which reform will be paid for by taxing employer-provided health care benefits.
"We haven't seen all the specifics but I think we're very, very encouraged by it," said Education and Labor Chairman George Miller (D-CA).
"The main thing is to get rid of the [Senate's] excise tax, because the level in the Senate bill was just going to impact too many people," noted Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), who strongly opposed the tax on so-called Cadillac insurance plans. "The most important thing was to eliminate the negative impact it was going to have on so many people."
Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA) said "the President outlined how he is prepared to help us this coming year, to let America know what this Congress, working with this president has been able to achieve."
Obama won't just be spending the next year selling the bill to the country, though. He'll also be contrasting the Democrats' accomplishments on health care with the Republican record.
"I'm also going to contrast what the other side has done," he told the caucus.