September 24th, 2009
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Pelosi: House Democrats still drafting final health-care bill

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said House Democrats need further negotiations before bringing a final version of a health care bill to debate.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said House Democrats need further negotiations before bringing a final version of a health care bill to debate.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday House Democrats need further negotiations before bringing a final version of a health care bill to debate before the full chamber.

At her weekly news conference, the California Democrat said she expects a final version soon that would have the support of the full Democratic caucus, which holds a majority in the House.

"We're on course to be ready soon" to put out a bill to the full House, she told reporters after meeting with the House Democratic caucus.

Three House committees have passed their versions of a Democratic proposal, and Democratic leaders are now trying to merge the three into one proposal for floor debate.

The discussions are in large part to inform members about the decisions under consideration and the impact on the health care debate, Pelosi said.

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  1. Bluebonnet

    I can hardly wait to see what this "itch" has as a "healthcare bill". She's so stupid – all of us seniors are in big trouble!!

    September 24, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  2. Kentucky

    I hope so. We need healthcare reform badly in this country. The GOP are no help at all. All they want to do is detroy anything Obama attempts. They have no vision for this country whatsoever

    September 24, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  3. Denis - Toronto On.

    U.S. NEWS media gives all the attention to healthcare reform opponents, but ignores a Harvard study, reported last week in the American Journal of Public Health, that found nearly 45,000 people die in the U.S. each year largely because they lack health insurance. Resistance to U.S. healthcare reform continues on with vicious and even racist overtones.

    Harvard's Dr. David Himmelstein wrote recently in the New England Journal of Medicine “The only real solution is public healthcare for all. A Canadian-style plan could save Americans $400 billion a year.” Americans are so uninformed about the rest of the world that few even seem aware any Canadian can spend several weeks in hospital receiving state-of-the-art medical treatment and then leave without owing anything.

    September 24, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. Willy Brown

    Will not pass!

    September 24, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. Four and The Door

    "One thing I know for sure at the end of the day, the public option is the strongest lever to get the best outcome for America's working families," Pelosi said. ____________________________________________________
    But this is the lever that puts insurance companies out of the health care business. This is how the Public Option kills competition. If this is not the intent then how does she suggest this does not happen?

    She was the same expert that said the Stimulus was about jobs. How can she have credibility with anybody after that?

    September 24, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  6. Kelby In Houston, Texas

    Forget about any bipartisan efforts.
    WE WANT A PUBLIC OPTION
    Forget about the Blue Dog Democrats
    They will be voted out and replaced with someone who will provide the people witha a public option.
    You say the House is still drafting a final bill? Well that bill had better include a public option. Why?
    BECAUSE WE WANT A PUBLIC OPTION
    This is the mantra of the people who voted Obama and the Dems into power. This is why we sent you to Washington.
    WE WANT A PUBLIC OPTION.
    If you agree with me, sing along with me.
    WE WANT A PUBLIC OPTION
    For what ever reason you can think of, say it with me now.
    WE WANT A PUBLIC OPTION
    Tell your local politician,
    WE WANT A PUBLIC OPTION

    September 24, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. R in Maine

    Status quo just means that the GOP is able to steal money for another year. They should pass it and stomp Boehner's but. GOP never undermines my trust, I am always sure that they will steal all they can from the gitgo.

    September 24, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. www.ActBlue.com

    After decades of letting private sector interests create huge problems in our health care system, we need real reform. THIS REFORM – OR FAILURE OF REFORM – WILL AFFECT US FOR DECADES TO COME.

    Americans want the Public Option!

    Speaker Pelosi and the Democratic Congress:

    I STAND WITH YOU!

    September 24, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  9. DJ

    Please make sure that the lobbyists are NOT writing the legislation

    September 24, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. Mark

    Someone needs to send the left wing troll back to CA where she belongs.

    September 24, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  11. Ryan, Council Bluffs

    Maybe it won't have a big budget cut for Medicare! The Congressional Budget Office reports the Senate bill calls for reductions of more than $400 billion over 10 years to the growth of spending in Medicare and other federal health programs. That should make SENIORS uneasy.

    September 24, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  12. wait a minute

    Medicare Part D also has a trigger, but private insurers have tricks to avoid the trigger. Any trigger is only doing private insurers more good at the expense of American people.

    We need the Public Option now.

    How many more families do we have to bankrupt before any trigger kicks in? Medical bankruptcies are shame on us collectively in this 21st century.

    September 24, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. Idiot_Pelosi

    PELOSI is one of the worst politicians in the US Government.

    She is an embarrassment.

    It's time for this "BOTOX" politician to retire and go away.

    To quote OBUMMER, "It's time for a change!!!"

    September 24, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  14. Mike in MN

    Maybe this will be the Obama dream bill he is givng speech after speech about. So far there is no bill in the House or Senate that supports all of Obama's promises on what reform will and will not do. Maybe this will be the bill that makes his fantasy a reality. Of course it will have to pass the scrunity of voters who will be reading it and it will have to be scored by the CBO. To measue up to Obama's promises the CBO will have to say it will reduces the deficit, not add to it. Obama has made the wild claim at least twice now that reform will reduce the deficit by $4 trillion. I won't hold Obama to that if the CBO comes back with say $2 trillion in deficit reduction. Any bets that will happen.

    September 24, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  15. YOU NEVER POST MY COMMENTS... HMMM WONDER WHY

    shut up, nancy.

    you're a moron.

    September 24, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  16. Dan is very much alive and well in Louisville, KY

    So What!

    We all know very well that the Democrats will cram this down our throats no matter what!!

    Meanwhile The so called smartest man to ever be President (but hopelessly Naive) makes promises to the world as if he will be President for longer than 4-8 years.

    The Democratic Party is becoming the laughing stock of the entire world.

    Hopefully, the idiots who voted for this nest of fools will begin to realize how dumb that decision was and begin to vote sensibly again.

    It's not too late (yet) to save our country.

    September 24, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  17. Rose

    Good luck Pelosi, I don't think you have the votes especially if you include the public option aka Government run health care. Too much government now, we don't need anymore. I hope it falls flat, it would serve her right, she thinks she runs this country.

    September 24, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  18. Lisa P

    Rep. John Boehner, the House minority leader, criticized Democrats for continuing what he characterized as hurried efforts to force through their legislative proposals.

    I guess any pace is "hurried" when you want nothing to happen. The only trust that has been undermined as far as I'm concerned is that the "Party of No" ever had any interest in reforming health care in the first place.

    The only thing the GOP stands for these days is bad government. With "leaders" like Boehner I don't see that changing anytime soon.

    September 24, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. aaron B.

    I am not a Pelosi fan,
    but if she keeps in a public option, and unifies the Dems enough to prop up the Dems without any spine to actually pass some health care reform that has meaning. . . I (and my family) will be eternally grateful.

    September 24, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. victim of republican greed

    According to Boehner, it seems like it was yesterday when Teddy Roosevelt tried to get this done. Or maybe last night when President Kennedy proposed it. What's the rush?

    September 24, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  21. Kevin in Ohio

    "Debate"? This woman has no clue as to waht that word means. She will ram this government takeover down our throats despite the fact that a majority of Americans are against it.

    September 24, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  22. SallySue

    Hang on America – the "WICKED WITCH" is out to have her way with your wallets.

    September 24, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  23. TCM

    Her weekly news conference.....where? In Disney Land? She's dreaming if she thinks the true Americans are going to stand for ANOTHER tax increase, and furthering the entitlement offerings to her voter base. I guess "crying that there's going to be violence..." wasn't working out to well, huh, Nancy? She's one of the most phony people ever to be in the public eye. She's lied about the CIA, she's lied about the Milk assassination, and now she's trying to support such crazy legislation as this....she needs to be put away....far, far away....

    September 24, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  24. victim of republican greed

    Keep up the good work, Nancy. As for republicans, it appears that Spence, (R-IN), has not had time to read the constitution.

    If we put everything on the republican timeline, we would still be debating whether we should get involved in World War II.

    September 24, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  25. Dar

    My My My, Rush Rush Rush, when will she learn that the bill has to be right and for a bill to be good for the American people we all have to agree with it. This wont happen over night like BO wanted it to.If the Dems do push a bad bill through and of course the President will sign it, so he can say I told you so. I only hope and pray that if this is a bad bill that BO acts like a president and send's it back with a big fat VETO on it.Our country will be broken in half if he doesnt.
    God Bless All

    September 24, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
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