Healthcare Will Pass
Support for Healthcare is solid. Passage will occur now
(Kristen , staff writer, Associated Press, Pelosi: Protests won't derail health care overhaul,
The Denver protest is part of
what Republicans nationally are calling a strategy to derail the
backed health overhaul. In reaction
, left-leaning groups are trying to turn out picketers who like the plan. Several
people interviewed outside the Denver clinic said they received e-mails urging them to protest
appearance, or they read about it on blog.
Pelosi didn't speak with protesters, and only reporters and clinic staffers were
allowed inside to hear her remarks. The speaker said Democrats welcome the protesters, though.
"We all see the interest in
it on one side or the other, and that's healthy in a democracy," she said.
In Washington on Thursday, Senate Democratic
Leader Harry Reid of Nevada accused protesters of trying to "sabotage" health improvements.
"These are nothing more
than destructive efforts to interrupt a debate that we should have, and are having," Reid said.
But Pelosi, DeGette and
Polis said they're confident the overhaul will pass this year, and they downplayed disagreement
Democrats. Polis was instrumental in leading a small revolt of freshmen Democrats
on the funding of the
overhaul, but he said he supports the current plan
, and he stood smiling by Pelosi at the clinic visit Thursday.
we have a diversity of opinion? Yes. We do not have a split," Pelosi said.
Healthcare will pass, but it will be close
Talyor covers Congress and budget policies for The Associated Press
Democrats remain confident that a massive overhaul of the U.S. health care system will win passage
by the end of the year. The initiative, however, has lost the aura of inevitability that surrounded it in
the spring. It squeaked through a key House committee only after moderate "Blue Dog" Democrats
House Speaker Nancy
to postpone a full House vote until the
. Many of
them felt stung by their politically scorching votes to combat global warming by raising Americans' electric bills, a top
Pelosi priority, despite mounting evidence the Senate probably won't vote on it this year. Appropriations Committee
Chairman David Obey, D-Wis., a top Pelosi ally, acknowledged recently the early vote on global warming made it more
difficult to keep pace on health care reform. Polls show that voters are losing faith in Obama's $787 billion economic
recovery bill and are increasingly worried about the government's mushrooming debt. The president's overall
approval rating is still solid, in the mid-50s in most polls
including a 55 percent rating in an AP-Gfk poll
conducted July 16-20. But it has slipped from the levels that for a time kept Republicans from criticizing