While President Obama hit the road with a campaign-style sales pitch for his health care overhaul, House Democratic leaders continued their behind-the-scenes arm-twisting and wooing. The goal: to persuade at least 216 of their 253-member caucus to back the bill.
Democrats can’t use reconciliation to pass a bill until they end disputes within their own ranks.
Outrage is growing among Democratic activists over new and far-reaching abortion restrictions contained in the health care bill passed by the House. Some warn that Democrats may face trouble at the polls in 2010 if the restrictions survive a final bill. This story comes from our partner NPR News.
As Senate Democrats begin to merge the chamber’s two health care overhaul bills, fundamental questions remain – such as whether to include a public option and individual mandate. This story comes from our partner NPR News.
Republican Sen. Charles Grassley’s evolution – from legislator once complimented by President Obama for his willingness to work across the aisle to one of the president’s critics on health care – is a sign that the chances for passing a bipartisan health care bill have all but disintegrated. This story comes from our partner NPR News
Many voters agree the current system is broken, but the “confusing babble” from D.C. sounds worse.