September 24th, 2009
02:02 PM ET
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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. Mississippi Miss

    She speaks, we worry. I bet she is a very kind person, genuinely sweet and sensitive, but somehow she has lost her way. So many times lately, she has given statements which were quickly contradicted by President Obama's administration. I wish her well when she leaves office, but it cannot be soon enough for our country's sake. We really can't believe what the insider Democrats have to say.
    Put on your sherlock hat America, and see if you can figure out what in the heck is really going on with those amazing people who are supposedly in charge right now. 2010 .... we can overcome!

    September 24, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  2. Jimmy

    Does anyone actually listen to this woman?

    September 24, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  3. katiec

    Why should insurance companies be given time to get their act together. They have had total control and are raping the American people. They give bonuses to people who deny claims. They have cancelled heath care policies with pre existing conditions such
    as acne and toe fungus. They are leeches who have profit, greed
    and power as their goals.
    Public Option will make the insurance companies become accountable, competitive and perhaps bring back some integrity
    to the health care entities. Public Option is the only true plan that will benefit middle class, less fortunate, senior citizens and disabled.
    Please, contact every politician you can and demand Public Option.
    Go to and e mail them or phone. We must be
    heard and we must take America back.

    September 24, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    The Dems won't ageree to a 72 hour waiting period. Heaven forbid that we see what's actually there before it becomes law. They want another pork filled disaster like the stimulus which no one read before the vote.

    September 24, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. Allen

    Oh boy! Wonder how much this is going to cost the taxpayers? Seeing that obama continues to lie, about the FACT that the taxpayers are still going to have to pay for illegal un-documented people FREE healthcare. obama I have a question for you? If illegal people in this country can get FREE healthcare. Why can us taxpayers get FREE healthcare then? Here's an idea obama. Why don't you pay for all of the illegals that are using the big LOOPHOLE in our system, out of your own pocket?

    September 24, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  6. give Puerto Ricans health care parity

    don't forget the families and neighbors of servicement, in the territories. Don't forget us.

    September 24, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. T

    Keep your fingers out of my health care! Why don't you spend your time fixing social security and medicare funding? Maybe if the illegals were forbid from using out health care systems, school systems, etc. there would be ample money left over to fund some of the desired items on the slate. Anyone in this country illegally should: 1) have ALL assests siezed for sale to pay of the debt and their return to port of entry, 2) as their family now has nothing left they can leave too, no one wants to make them stay here and suck the small pool of welfare/etc. money dry, 3) be forever forbidden entry into the United States of America. I believe this would allieviate approximate 1/2 of the uninsured in this country, and many choose to not be insured for their own reasoning and should not be FORCED to have medical insurance. I agreed that anyone operating a motor vehicle should have the mandatory insurance, and if they fail to carry it, or drive without a license, should be charged with manslaughter as that seems to be their intention of not caring.

    September 24, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. Dave

    Question is – Will Speaker Pelosi provide an opportunity to House members to READ the legislation before voting on it? This is a joke and EVERY American should be outraged that the House will actual vote on a major piece of legislation without providing an opportunity for the members to read the bill. But as we know, it's an outrage if Rep's do it and just fine & dandy if Dem's do it.

    September 24, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  9. A Democrat of 51 years who has finally got smart to their follishness.

    Pelosi why don't you wise up. your the most unpopular woman ever in politics.

    September 24, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  10. Sam Sixpack

    What will happen when Pelosi & friends take $500 billion from your grandmother's health care and gives it to fat, greedy insurance execs.

    When your children are sick, how are you going to take them to a doctor when you already gave, as required by law, all you could "afford" to fat, greedy insurance execs? Whereas you've already paid all you could afford, how will you have any money left to meet your deductable and co-pay?

    September 24, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  11. Terry, Lakeland Florida

    wait I thought Obama already had all of the answers and his bill was the best thing the world had ever seen....why are we still debating this?

    September 24, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |


    Nothing less will fix huge problems in our health care system.

    September 24, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
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