Health Care

Dems Say They'll Have the Votes

Is health care almost here? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and an aide to President Obama said separately Sunday that congressional Democrats will have the votes to pass the health-care overhaul. Acknowledging that the vote could risk the political careers of some House Democrats, Pelosi said she’s confident she can pass a bill based on the version the Senate passed in December. “The American people need it. Why are we here? We’re not here just to self-perpetuate our service in Congress. We’re here to do the job for the American people,” Pelosi said. Nancy-Ann DeParle, director of the White House Office of Health Reform, also said the measure would have enough votes to pass in "simple up-or-down vote.”