March 18th, 2010
01:06 PM ET
8 years ago

What happens if health care reform dies?

Washington (CNN) - President Obama has repeatedly said that failure to pass a health care reform bill is simply not an option.

But Democratic leaders are facing an uphill battle in convincing some of their own members to push the legislation forward - and hoping history doesn't repeat itself.

There's a lot at stake for Obama's future, political observers say, including the ability to get other key pieces of his legislative agenda passed and signed into law: banking regulation, climate change, economic measures and immigration.

Republicans have marched nearly lockstep against Obama's policy proposals, especially on financial matters, and indicate that they will continue to do so.

The bill's failure could also spell trouble for Democrats facing tough election battles this year. Whether or not the bill is passed, Republicans have threatened to use it against Democratic opponents, noting its cost and effect on the deficit.

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As for the costs, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that the Democrats' revised health care bill will cost $940 billion over the next 10 years, a House Democratic source said Thursday. The bill cuts the deficit by $130 billion during that period, according to the source.

The president has stepped up his efforts to sway worried Americans. He put his name on a health care reform proposal last month and then went on a campaign-like barnstorm across the country to warn Americans what will happen if reform isn't passed.

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soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. U.S. Common Sense

    You really didn't answer your own question in the title.

    March 18, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  2. Monkey wrench

    I do not understand why they don't send the Bill back to the Senate and make the GOP and the Dems come to the table in a bi-partisan way and produce something that America wants. We all know we need reform, we all know we just don't need this monster of sweeping deformity to healthcare. By the way, where are the JOBS?

    March 18, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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