Article By: David Jackson
Posted By: Srividya Srinivasan
President Obama hailed today's Senate committee health care vote as a "critical milestone," but added that "the bill is not perfect and we have a lot of difficult work ahead of us."
"Now is not the time to pat ourselves on the back," Obama said, urging supporters to "dig in and work even harder to get this done."
That said, Obama praised the efforts of the Senate Finance Committee, particularly chairman Max Baucus, D-Montana. The president also saluted Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, the lone Republican to back the bill, for "both the political courage and the seriousness of purpose that she's demonstrated throughout this process."
"We are now closer than ever before to passing health reform," Obama said. "But we're not there yet."
He added: "There's still significant details and disagreements to be worked out over the next several weeks as the five separate bills from the Senate and the House are merged into one proposal," Obama said.
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