WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is inviting Senate Democrats to the White House today to discuss ways to pass a health care overhaul by Christmas.
As it stands, the bill lacks the government-run insurance program that liberals have long sought. It may also have to do without a proposed expansion of Medicare. That provision has drawn opposition from Sen. Joe Lieberman, among others.
Disputes over abortion funding and importing prescription drugs are also among simmering issues.
Still, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is promising to deliver a final measure that "saves lives, saves money and saves Medicare."
The Senate is in its third week of debate on the nearly $1 trillion bill.