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DDI-CJ-Health-Care-Updates - A Bipartisan bill will pass in...

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A Bipartisan bill will pass in the senate. CNN, 8-5 -09, http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/08/04/health.care/ After a "pep talk" from President Obama, Senate Democrats said Tuesday that they think Congress will pass a bipartisan health care bill this year. "We're going to do, if there's any way humanly possible, a bipartisan bill," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said after a luncheon meeting of all the chamber's Democrats with Obama. "We'll continue to work with them as long as we have to." Reid likened the meeting to "a coach giving a pep talk," saying the Democratic senators now were ready to "take on the world." Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus of Montana, who is heading negotiations among six members of his panel on what would be the only bipartisan health care proposal so far, said he expected the process to succeed. "We're going to get health care reform passed this year working together, " Baucus said. Congressional action on a health-care overhaul has slowed because of strong Republican opposition. Neither chamber met Obama's desired goal of passing a bill before their August recess. In particular, the Republicans and some Democrats reject a government-funded public health insurance option, which they think will lead to a government takeover of the health care system. Democrats want a public option to ensure that coverage is available to virtually all Americans and provide competition to private insurers. The negotiations involving three Democrats and three Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee have ruled out a public option, instead focusing on nonprofit health insurance cooperatives that would negotiate collective policies for their members.
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Obama is giving his all to pass health care although it could easily fail. The Globe and Mail, 8-3 -09 http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/at-the-half- year-mark-obamas-gambling-everything-on-health-care/article1240193/ Six months into his presidency, Barack Obama is all in. The 44th President of the United States has gambled his administration on getting health-care reform legislation through Congress . If the various bills before the House and Senate synthesize into one coherent and substantial set of successfully passed reforms, then Mr. Obama will have achieved something that has eluded presidents since Harry Truman. But inter- and intra-party wrangling have wreaked havoc with the timeline. The bill could fail. Health care isn't just health care. Health care is environment, health care is energy, health care is immigration, health care is education. If this legislation passes, the administration will have an open lane to drive through the rest of its agenda .
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