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Here’s a quick wrap-up of today’s health care news. Most of the health care headlines today center on the reactions to President Obama’s speech to

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*Here’s a quick wrap-up of today’s health care news. *

Most of the health care headlines today center on the reactions to President Obama’s speech to Congress last night. Thirteen percent of American households tuned in, and among those who watched, support for Obama’s health care plan jumped 14 percent. Most congressional Democrats responded favorably, with the key centrist Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) calling it a “game-changer.” But Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), an equally important swing vote, expressed concern over the president’s inclusion of the public option in his message. “I would have preferred that the issue were taken off the table,” she said. Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele criticized Obama’s invocation of a letter from the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), calling it “bad form” due to his recent passing.

Meanwhile, Rep. Joe Wilson’s (R-S.C.) “you lie” outburst has been nothing but a boon to Democrats. The Democratic National Committee has raised more than $1 million in the aftermath, and ActBlue notes in an email that Wilson’s 2010 opponent has brought in more than $400,000 — or $200,000 a word. Nonetheless, House leaders are considering a formal censure of Wilson.

The prospects for passage of health reform remain murky. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) predicts that no Republican senators will support Obama’s plan. In an op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal, Karl Rove warns that red-state Democrats would risk their seats if they supported reform legislation. And House progressives are reiterating their demand for a meeting with the president to insist on a public option. Despite the attacks from all sides, Obama could get a boost from a new report showing the nation’s highest poverty rate in 11 years — and 46.3 million people without health insurance.

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