Posted: Mar 20, 2010 6:41 AM by Associated Press
President Barack Obama is making a final push for the health care overhaul as he heads to Capitol Hill to meet with rank and file House Democrats ahead of tomorrow's scheduled vote.
Democratic leaders and Obama are focusing last-minute lobbying efforts on two groups of Democrats. They include 37 who voted against an earlier bill, and 40 who voted for it only after first making sure it would include strict abortion limits.
Obama claims the momentum is there, but the divisive issue of how to keep federal funds from being used to pay for abortions emerged once again as a potential last-minute obstacle.
In the weekly Republican radio and Internet address, House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio says the bill "requires 10 years of tax increases and 10 years of Medicare cuts just to pay for six years of supposed benefits."