POLITICS
03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Health Care Delay Privately Planned For; Obama To Pivot To New Jobs Bill

The White House privately anticipates health care talks to slip into February -- past President Barack Obama's first State of the Union address -- and then plans to make a "very hard pivot" to a new jobs bill, according to senior administration officials.

Obama has been told that disputes over abortion and the tight schedule are highly likely to delay a final deal, a blow to the president, who had hoped to trumpet a health care victory in his big speech to the nation. But he has also been told that House Democratic leaders seem inclined, at least for now, to largely accept the compromise worked out in the Senate, virtually ensuring he will eventually get a deal.

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