Bay Area folks who watched President Barack Obama’s press conference this morning on healthcare reform saw a familiar face standing directly behind the president’s right shoulder, that of Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez. (I pasted a link to an MSNBC video of the press conference below.)
Miller, chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, is among the top House leaders involved in negotiations over changes in the nation’s healthcare system. Miller also appears in this New York Times blog piece today. The Times wrote, in part:
For the third straight day, the public focus of the White House was health care on Wednesday. A private meeting with the president and House leaders was intended to culminate the discussions among business leaders and health care providers about the urgent need to make changes to the system.
Mr. Obama said bringing down the cost of health care was critical to controlling the country’s debt. He sought to preempt Republican criticism of the cost of his health care plan – and how he would pay for it – by calling it an essential step in reducing lowering the deficit.