CLOSING ARGUMENT

Obama Makes Patriotic Health-Care Pitch

With the final vote on health-care reform presumably on Sunday, every member of the House Democratic Caucus has been invited to a meeting with President Obama on the Hill on Saturday in a final effort to secure the necessary votes. On Friday, Obama spoke in Virginia about the importance of the bill and said that the issue is "about the character of our country" and that without reform, insurance companies "will continue to run amok." Obama also addressed the longstanding tension surrounding the bill, saying that it may not “play politically” and that advocates for the insurance industry are “doing everything they can to kill this bill." Earlier on Friday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer declared: “We’ll have the votes when the roll is called.”