Clock is ticking toward health care vote

President Barack Obama is bringing Democratic lawmakers to the White House on Saturday - the eve of a crucial vote on his health care overhaul. The President wants to make a last push for his top domestic priority after more than one year of debate.

(AP) President Barack Obama is bringing Democratic lawmakers to the White House on Saturday - the eve of a crucial vote on his health care overhaul.

 

The President wants to make a last push for his top domestic priority after more than one year of debate.

 

The meeting is scheduled for 4pm Saturday. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid also is expected be there.

 

House lawmakers plan to vote Sunday on the sweeping health care bill.

President Obama sounded optimistic during a rally in Fairfax, Virginia.  

 

"We are going to make history.  We are going to fix health care in America with your help."

 

There are now at least four House Democrats who have switched from "no" votes to "yes" on health care overhaul -- but the momentum isn't all in the right direction for Democratic leaders as a likely Sunday vote approaches

 

Some Democrats who backed health care legislation when it passed the House in November are showing signs of defecting.

 

Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts, a former union activist, says he's still not convinced that the legislation does enough to reform the health system and rein-in insurers and drug companies. Even a one-on-one meeting with President Barack Obama yesterday didn't win him over.

 

But he says Obama asked him to "think about it." And he says Obama told him to let him know if there's "some type of measure" that might help change his mind.

 

There's also a group of a dozen anti-abortion Democrats who are still opposed because they don't think the language on federal funding of abortions is strict enough.

 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been seeking out lawmakers individually or in small groups on the House floor to try to win them over.

Democratic leaders say they will have the votes to pass it, despite united Republican opposition and last-minute disagreements among Democrats.

 

Today Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made a last minute plea to Democrats still on the fence.

 

"This bill isn't an excuse to vote in favor of the Democrat plan for health care. It's a reason to vote against it. Anyone who votes for this bill is clearly less concerned about responding to their constituents than responding to the pressure tactics of Democrat leaders in Congress."

 

 

 

Here is the text of Senator McConnell’s speech.

Americans Counting on Holdouts to Vote With, Not Against Them

"Well, it's come down to a few wavering votes.

"That's what this year-long debate has come to: a handful of Democrats had been holding out to see the final bill.

"Now we have it.

"And anyone who was waiting to see what the final bill meant for government spending should vote no, because this bill spends even more.

"Anyone waiting to see what the final bill meant for Medicare should vote no, because the Medicare cuts in this bill are even deeper than the Senate bill that Speaker Pelosi said Democrats didn't want to vote on.

"Anyone waiting to see what the final bill meant for taxes should vote no, because the tax increases in this bill are even higher than the Senate bill.

"Anyone waiting to see what the final bill did to the cost curve should vote against this bill, because this bill is likely to bend the cost curve up even further than the Senate bill, not down.

"If you were waiting for a bill without the CLASS Act in it - a provision that even top Democrats describe as a Ponzi scheme, then you'll vote against this bill, because it's still in there.

"If you were waiting to see if they'd cut out the sweetheart deals that have outraged the nation and soured the public on the entire legislative process, then you have to vote against this bill, because there are even more of them in there now.

"If you were waiting for a bill that costs less, then you'll vote against this bill, because it costs even more than the last one.

"Americans are outraged at what's going on here: a bill that aims to shift a major segment of our economy into the hands of the government, and which accomplishes that goal by imposing crushing burdens on already-struggling seniors, middle class families, and small businesses, is being rammed through Congress against the clear will of the public.

"No amount of spin will change the fact that Medicare will be deeply cut, insurance premiums and taxes will go up, the federal bureaucracy will grow, and as demand increases, the quality of care in this country will get worse and worse.

"Taking a bill that House Democrats are too embarrassed to vote on, adding more than $50 billion in new taxes and slashing $60 billion more from our seniors' Medicare and keeping sweetheart deals may make some Washington Democrats 'giddy,' but it's not reform.

"This bill isn't an excuse to vote in favor of the Democrat plan for health care. It's a reason to vote against it.

"Anyone who votes for this bill is clearly less concerned about responding to their constituents than responding to the pressure tactics of Democrat leaders in Congress.

"Some may have concluded that there's more merit in following the cajoling voices in Washington than the clear voices of their constituents back home, more merit in choosing to side with Democrat leaders in their quest to ram this bill through over the wishes of the American people.

"Some may argue that the details we've seen since yesterday are reason to support it. But if anything is clear in this debate, it's that yesterday's CBO score is conclusive proof that this health care bill is unsalvageable.

"This is something the American people realized a long time ago, and now they're counting on the final holdouts to vote on their behalf this weekend. Now that they've seen the final bill, they can't understand why anyone would do otherwise."

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Click here to see the proposed changes to the bill as well as the original Senate version.

Click here to read the CBO Director’s preliminary cost estimate for pending health care legislation.

 

 

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