Healthcare Debate Doesn't take a Break
POSTED: Sunday, December 6, 2009 - 8:35pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 12:06pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Obama is trying to rally Senate Democrats as they work through the weekend in hopes of settling differences on the health care overhaul.
One vote at a time, Senate Democrats are getting closer to a health care reform bill.
Lawmakers spent much or their Saturday voting on amendments to a two-thousand page bill designed to expand health care to millions.
"Fourteen-thousand people lose their health insurance every day. The American people don't get weekends off from this injustice," Democratic Senator Harry Reid says.
Hoping to silence the fierce disagreements for a short time, President Obama sat in on a Senate Democratic caucus meeting Sunday.
This in response to appeals from several lawmakers wanting him to step in and help Senator Reid finish the job.
Some Republicans, including Senator John Cornyn, see Obama's closed-door visit with Democrats a little differently.
"Majority leaders believes if stay weekend somehow going to blink...We're not going to blink," explains Senator Mitch McConnell (R).
John Cornyn told Fox News that he believes the meeting is a sign that President Obama is going to pursue "a partisan approach to health care reform" and that Democrats have decided to "do it their way without accepting input from Republicans.
As the health care reform machine races on to finish by Christmas, insiders say Democrats should keep in mind that those 60-votes needed to pass the bill aren't guaranteed just yet.