Let the endgames begin! The pieces of the process puzzle for finishing health care reform are falling into place. The votes are being whipped. And, after 14 months of national obsession with health care reform, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs' statement on Sunday that in one week the health care bill will be "the law of the land," actually seems plausible.
Here's the latest on what to expect this week -- both politically and procedurally -- and when to expect it.Read Full Article
Sources are telling The Hill that the Democrats have decided to add a bill to eliminate government subsidies to student loan companies to the budget reconciliation bill that will iron out the differences between the Senate and House health care bills.
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Senate Democratic leaders have decided to pair an overhaul of federal student lending with healthcare reform, according to a Democratic official familiar with negotiations.
"It's going in," said the Democratic source, in reference to the student lending measure.
The Senate health care bill already has language to let individual states opt out of the federal system and set up their own health care system. If a few changes were made to the language using the budget reconciliation sidecar, the provision could help shore up liberal votes in the House.Read Full Article