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Pelosi: Health Care This Year

Can Nancy Pelosi deliver the nation a Christmas gift? House Democrats “would do almost anything to pass a health-care bill,” Pelosi said Thursday, and she thinks they can do so this year: If the Senate passes its bill before next Thursday, then the House and Senate could confer over the weekend and pass the legislation before New Year’s Day. Pelosi dismissed reports, however, that the House will simply pass the Senate version of the bill, saying “we would like to see a full conference.” She also backed off earlier claims that the House would not pass a bill without a public option.