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Words from California’s George Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Education and Labor

“We’re going to get it done this year. It would have been much easier to pass it in July. It would have been easier to pass it in November. But again, as the president said, it’s hard. We don’t give up just because things are hard in this country. And we shouldn’t give up – elected officials and leaders in the Congress should not give up just because it’s hard…There’s just a lot of technical questions, given the [reconciliation] process, that have to be answered. To get the little pieces to work you’ve got to have the main pieces of legislation that holds those together…We’ll go when we believe we have a bill that holds together and achieves the goals of reform and has the votes.”

Also watch this fascinating back-and-forth between the President and House Republicans (especially the Q&A) at the GOP Conference in Baltimore today, much of which harps on the health reform struggles (at 45:, 49:, and 80: ).

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