Crunch Time

Obama Calls for Health-Care Vote

President Obama urged Congress Wednesday that it was time to "finish its work" on health care and suggested that he was in favor of using reconciliation, the controversial legislative maneuver which would avoid a Republican filibuster in the Senate, to do it. The Republicans are likely to respond with weeks of legislative jujitsu of their own to slow the bill down. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she will follow Obama's lead. "The president's announcement is a call to action," she said Wednesday. "We will now move forward." Pelosi has a difficult task ahead of her, figuring out a way to get conservative and progressive Democrats to agree on what's in the Senate bill.