In his State of the Union address on Wednesday night, President Obama made clear that current healthcare reform efforts won't become a distant memory.
He urged Congress to "not walk away from reform—not now ... when we are so close," he said. Instead, now is the time to "let us find a way to come together and finish the job for the American people."
To accomplish this goal, both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) have been saying over the past week that rather than rush to pass a healthcare reform bill care, they have been deliberately slowing the process.
In an interview on Wednesday with the journal Politico, Pelosi provided some insight of how the House at least will pursue healthcare reform: Promote a two-track approach in Congress in which easier-to-pass incremental changes would be made now and comprehensive reform would come later.
Pelosi added she thought it was "possible to have comprehensive healthcare reform as we go forward." However, she suggested at the same time, that it could be on another track "where some things can just be passed outside of that legislation," Pelosi said in the interview. "We'll be doing both."
If the two-track approach is taken, the provisions that closely mirror provisions both in the House and the Senate bills would go first.
These provisions could include: