March 12th, 2010
07:45 AM ET
4 years ago

Democrats' legislative push for health care reform begins Monday

House Democrats are set to begin what they hope is the final phase of the health care reform debate.
House Democrats are set to begin what they hope is the final phase of the health care reform debate.

Washington (CNN) – Democrats have set a date to begin what they hope is the final phase of health care debate in Congress.

A Democratic leadership source told CNN Radio that the legislative push begins Monday when the House Budget Committee is expected to vote on a key procedural piece of the health care package.

That measure will not contain new policy language, but it ignites the process, known as reconciliation, that Democrats are using to pass and change the Senate health care bill.

The reconciliation vote would open the door to a possible final-passage vote on the Senate health care bill next week.

Full story


Filed under: Health care
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Liberalism is a Mental Disorder

    The "push" begins monday??? Who are they trying to kid...they have been trying to ram this down our throats for over a year now and the public as rejected it at 75% clip....and yet they keep pushing this horrible bill instead of passing a common sense (but I guess that would be a silly expectations because ibs and common sense are like oil and water) bill that will actually accomplish something other than a gov't take over.

    SO MUCH for that "laser focus on jobs" BHO promised – another lie to add to the list – CHECK!

    March 12, 2010 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  2. jane

    Passage of the bill will not be a moment too soon for those who need it so desperately.

    March 12, 2010 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  3. Fed Up

    Keep pushing. Keep shoving. What goes down must come up. Election day should be very interesting this year. This could actually be a fun election, as long as I don't have to listen to the commercials. Politicians tend to talk out of both sides of their mouth during an election year.

    March 12, 2010 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  4. Andy

    They do not have nor will they get the votes or this would have already been done.Quit wasting time and work on jobs,then start the HC bill over void of the back room closed door deals to pass a bill of crap.

    March 12, 2010 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  5. Jake

    Bill is a disaster,back room deals,closed door deals,take what we have and change small sections @ a time vs. mass overhaul into unknown,and PUT EVERYONE ON IT TO INCLUDE ALL OF WASHINGTON/LABOR UNIONS.

    March 12, 2010 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  6. sam, LITTLETON.CO

    GET IT PASSED!!!! I WANT ALL AMERICAN'S TO HAVE AS GOOD HEALTH CARE AS I HAVE. I HAVE FEDERAL GOV HEALTH INS. IF YOU NEED TO RAISE MY TAXES A BIT, SO BE IT. I'M WILLING TO PAY A LITTLE MORE TO INSURE MY FELLOW AMERICANS.

    March 12, 2010 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  7. jane

    When the Republicans were in majority, they never seemed to have so much difficulty passing anything they wanted, despite the fact that their legislation was rarely in the best interest of the citizenry! Of course, I doubt if the Democratics use threat to the degree that Republicans probably threatened their own, but still ... pass the bill !

    March 12, 2010 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  8. ran

    Good grief vote already Democrats. Then onto jobs,immigration,energy etc.

    There is no need to try and compromise with the fear/hate/obstructionist/purity Republicans until after 2010 election and maybe not even then when they lose big time for their actions of the last year.

    we want our elected officials to solve problems not play games to keep or regain power.

    March 12, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  9. Dave

    After a year how do thiey not get it yet:

    WE DO NOT WANT THE GOVERNMENT RUNNING HEALTH CARE!!!!!!!!!!!

    Vote for it and lose your job!!

    March 12, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  10. Kevin in Ohio

    And now Obama is postponing his trip so the full force of his Chicago style political machine can ram this through. Sorry, mr President, we just cannot afford this kind of health reform, and WE DON'T WANT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The liberals really must be afraid of what they will hear in Town Hall meetings if they are still hell-bent on shoving this down our throats before recess.

    March 12, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  11. TK

    It's about time they got some backboan and get it dine.

    March 12, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  12. Minnesotan

    We want a Public Option! The lies and misinformation from the right is disgusting. They don't want Americans to have the same quality of health care that every other civilized country in the world has. They just want to keep the broken machine pouring our money into their pockets. Disgusting.

    March 12, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  13. WeThePeopleofVirginia

    If this is such a great piece of legislation . . . why has Congress excluded themselves from its provisions . . . why do Unions need to be exempt . . . why all the “Backdoor Deals” to gain approval?

    March 12, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  14. Thank you Massachusetts

    Scrap the plan! Do they STILL not know that most AMERICANS don't want this plan??? Oh, I see, they could care less what most Americans want. This is all about the transfer of tax dollars to their pockets in order to keep them as overseers of the taxpayers (slaves).

    March 12, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |