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President Barack Obama faces skepticism on his latest revised health care plan not only from Republicans but also from Democrats who have one eye on polls and the other on a tough re-election campaign in 2010.
Obama Wednesday called on Congress to put aside a year of partisanship and bitter divisions over his faltering health care “reform” program and pass the measure in a simple, up-or-down vote by the Easter recess at the end of March.
“At stake now if not just our ability to solve this problem, but our ability to solve any problem and I ask Congress to finish its work,” Obama said. “I look forward to singing this reform into law.”
Democrats aren’t so sure his latest ploy will work.
“I think he has succeeded in prying open a window of opportunity but it’s a very narrow window,” Democratic Virginia Congressman Gerry Donnolly told The Associated Press. “He and the leadership had better clamber through that narrow window while they can.”
Democratic Rep. Joe Courtney of Connecticut has his doubts too.
“It’s fragile,” Courtney said of the bill’s chances. “It’s getting close to the election.”
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is working to win over some of the 39 Democrats who voted against the reform bill the first time around in the House. She will need those votes.