House Democrats know they're going to have to sacrifice many of their priorities when they amend and adopt the Senate health care bill in the coming weeks. And in the last couple days they've started taking off the gloves.
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"In my view, the House bill is so far superior to the Senate bill, that I would appreciate hearing [President Obama] say that," said House Rules Committee Chair Louise Slaughter (D-NY) this morning.
Yesterday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ribbed Obama for backtracking on campaign pledges as the health care debate has dragged on.
As much as the concessions sting, though, House leaders and health care principals continue to hash out just which issues they plan to press hardest for in negotiations with the Senate and the White House.