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d13fe18a143d8942e9e307f96ee481898d4835e9 Dartmouth 2K9 1 Healthcare Will Pass Support for Healthcare is solid. Passage will occur now Wyatt, 8-6 (Kristen , staff writer, Associated Press, Pelosi: Protests won't derail health care overhaul, http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hnuzbe-pa8NDx6jRnguztgwj2R7wD99TMOKG0) The Denver protest is part of what Republicans nationally are calling a strategy to derail the administration- 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 Pelosi's 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 among 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. "Do we have a diversity of opinion? Yes. We do not have a split," Pelosi said. Healthcare will pass, but it will be close AP 8-9 -9 ( http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jjo1f4e2HDTVBvFWmUZa4NnDtmxAD99UR0FG0 Andrew 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 prevailed upon House Speaker Nancy Pelosi , D-Calif., to postpone a full House vote until the fall . 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
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