"I do think that the president's speech tonight and the fact of the president's speech tonight has had a very positive affect in terms of moving the process along," the senior administration official said.
Administration officials hinted that the option of reconciliation is still very much on the table.
"I think getting something done is paramount here," said the senior administration official. "We want to bring along everyone who's willing to come with us, but the fact that not everyone is willing to come with us is not an excuse to fail in dealing with what is really a fundamental issue that has to be done."
In a private meeting with Pelosi, D-Calif., and Reid, D-Nev., Tuesday, the president's message was clear: He wants a health care bill passed soon.
But as the White House and the Democratic congressional leadership try and get to the finish line, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., wants to hit the brakes.
"I know the majority is impatient. They're anxious to jam this through. The American people are not impatient to have this done. They think we ought to take our time and get it right," McConnell said Tuesday.
The president may have offered more specifics, but some Republicans said that it is too late.
House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, called on the president to declare a do-over on the health care reform effort.
"I would hope that he'd come to the House tonight and hit the reset button and say, 'All right, listen, we've heard the American people. It's time to stop where we're going, and let's start over,'" he said on Capitol Hill Wednesday.