In a major push to try to pass health care reform, President Obama, Monday, unveiled a compromise.
It's a new plan that eliminates controversial pork and drops the public option.
Republicans still aren't buying.
But democratic leaders believe this can unify wavering democrats behind the president.
He says he's re-focused on jobs and the economy, but President Obama told the nation's governors Monday, that means taming runaway medical costs.
On the White House website is the new, simpler, obama plan
It calls for higher taxes on the rich, less tax on union plans, no deals for Nebraska and Louisiana, no public option and federal regulation of health insurance.
It’s a plan that worries some governors.
“Traditionally, insurance premiums have been set at the state level and states regard their prerogatives as important in that area,” said republican Governor Jim Douglas of Vermont.
The White House says the new plan is bi partisan.
Still some republicans Monday attacked the President.
“His message to the American people, at least coming out from the White House today is: forget what you say, you're not smart enough to figure this out,” said republican Congressman Dan Lungren of California.
But to win on the less-ambitious Obama health care compromise, the White House might not need the GOP.
“This is mostly a plan designed to unify democrats in the House and Senate behind the strategy of adopting the Senate bill and moving changes to that bill through the reconciliation process,” said CNBC political analyst John Harwood.
To win that way, Barack Obama needs democrats not to waver.
Thursday is a televised summit on health care.
That’s where the President hopes democrats come across positive and unified.