WASHINGTON (AP) - A veteran of the last major push for health-care reform heads to Capitol Hill today to meet with lawmakers.
Officials say former President Bill Clinton will discuss the proposed health care overhaul during a meeting with Senate Democrats. Clinton can offer insight into his unsuccessful health reform effort. That failure contributed to the Republican takeover of the House and Senate in 1994.
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama says he want to sign a health-care bill into law by the end of the year. A version has passed the House, but the issue of abortion is looming large in the Senate. Abortion opponents want a measure with tough restrictions, a move that could roil the shaky Democratic effort.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is among lawmakers opposed to abortion. He'll have to confront the issue directly as he tries to put together a final bill.