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New Move for Health Bill?

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

The White House is working hard to pass the health bill in its final crucial stage. President Obama has said Congress will give an up-or-down vote on the bill for medical insurance this week. However, Democrats are said to be about 11 votes shy of what is needed to pass the bill, and it’s unclear whether they will gain the votes from several apprehensive Democrats.

Another approach is taking form among lead Democrats that would allow the bill to take form without a vote. House Democrats would approve a package of changes to the Senate bill in a budget reconciliation bill. The Senate bill would be “deemed passed” if and when the House adopts rules for debate on the reconciliation bill — or perhaps when the House passes that reconciliation bill.

Republicans are speaking out against the move. GOP leaders believe it is a sneaky tactic to push the bill through without a vote. Representative Ted Poe said Democrats should stop avoiding a fair up-or-down vote.

White House officials believe Republicans are opposing the process to try and stop the bill that would make health insurance more affordable for Americans. Democrat leaders say they still expect to take full vote on the healthcare bill by this weekend.

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