Rahm Emanuel defends health-care maneuvering on '60 Minutes'
In the midst of Sunday night's House health-care debate, CBS aired a "60 Minutes" interview with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. Understandably, the bulk of his discussion with Katie Couric centered on the long reform fight.
Asked about reports that he had pushed for more piecemeal reform, Emanuel said he wanted whatever the president wanted. He argued that opposition to the bill and displeasure over parliamentary procedures would fade.
"The process does not trump the product. And if we get pre-existing conditions banned as discriminatory process, if we get people who are uninsured, health care that they never had, get senior citizens complete coverage of their prescription drugs... people will see the immediate benefit. Right now, it's kind of out there. It's not touching their lives."
Emanuel also rejected the idea that Washington is broken.
"Let me say this. You can get bipartisanship to get certain things done. Sometimes you will have differences, and that's not a negative," he said. "Just because there's politics or principle difference doesn't mean it's a negative. It means we have fundamental, philosophical policy differences. That's what elections are about. That's what governing's about."
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