Senate, House Staking Out Positions On Health Care

January could bring some testy times on Capitol Hill again, but this time it may well be among Democrats as they craft a final version of health care reform.

House members -- still smarting from losing the public option in the Senate bill -- want assurances that costs will be bridled, more choices will be created and more competition will exist for insurance companies.

Congressman James Clyburn -- who had appealed to President Barack Obama not to yield on the public option -- says if all three are in the reconciliation, he won't care if the label "public option" is missing.

But Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey flatly predicts: "If we are going to have a final law, it will look a lot more like the Senate version than the House version."

As far as the White House is concerned, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs tells NBC's "Meet The Press" that President Barack Obama is optimistic and will help work out the differences.


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  • by Anonymous on Jan 2, 2010 at 12:43 PM
    I think this story should actually be in the entertainment section!
  • by Brandon Location: Greenville on Dec 29, 2009 at 08:01 AM
    If the public option is not in the bill anymore then why didn't the cost of the bill drop dramatically?
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Dec 28, 2009 at 02:31 PM
    dang Vance!!! I'm impressed. You've hit the big one. Witchcraft is manipulation & deceit. After that's been carried out, then corruption takes place and every evil thing thereof. Satan is having a field day in DC but only because God the father has allowed him to. I just hope some of these ignorant self seeking people who voted Obamination of Desolations in office would wake up a believe the truth instead of the lie. I have a heavy hunch that God will send them a strong delusion that they should believe the lie. Take care dude.
  • by Vance on Dec 28, 2009 at 01:09 PM
    I have to agree with U.S citizen for now.The report said craft a final version.They dont even know whats in the first,second,or third and so on versions.They crafted all these versions by brain washing americans.In other words witchCRAFT.
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Dec 28, 2009 at 12:20 PM
    "the man" puts the arm on them (or else). hmm that's what Obama has been doing since he sat in office. Forcing issues and his code of ethics down the American people's throat. Acts of true progressiveness and communism here. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs tells NBC's "Meet The Press" that President Barack Obama is optimistic and will help work out the differences. Help work out the differences....right, just as he has done all differences within the last year. He means Ignore the Republicans and anything else that stands for freedom, family values, marriage between man & woman, ignore the silent scream in the mother's womb during an abortion. Help work out the differences between knowing good and evil by viewing evil as good and good as evil. These people are being used by satan himself and I'm so glad that we have a great God who showed us these things would happen in these last days. The love of many will wax cold. Evil will be called good and good evil. Knowledge will increase abound.
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Dec 28, 2009 at 05:25 AM
    The House folks will come around as soon as "the man" puts the arm on them (or else).
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