WASHINGTON (AP) - There have been late nights and early mornings
for some House members working on President Barack Obama's
legislation to remake the health care system. They're trying to complete the package before lawmakers take off on their August break. Early this morning, the Ways and Means Committee approved a provision that would impose $544 billion in new taxes over the next decade on families making more than $350,000 a year. In the Senate, a small group of lawmakers continue to seek a deal that could win support from both political parties. But Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf says the Democrats' health-care bills won't meet the goal of slowing the ruinous rise of medical costs. White House officials call the budget director's assessment premature.