Report: White House working on its own healthcare bill

So far, the administration has left reform legislation up to Congress; that may be changing

Published September 4, 2009 11:30PM (EDT)

It appears the White House might be preparing some real substance to back up President Obama's joint address to Congress about healthcare next week.

CNN reports that the administration is now working on its own version of reform legislation. So far, that job had been left to Congress, which has resulted in gridlock. But, the network says, the White House is "preparing for the possibility they could deliver their own legislation to Capitol Hill sometime after" Obama's speech.

Details on what would be in that bill, such as whether it would merely supplement current proposals or supplant it somehow, have not been immediately forthcoming. And as of this post, a White House spokeswoman had not responded to a request for comment from Salon.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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