Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., left, holds up the gavel he used as speaker pro tempore when Medicare passed in 1965, during a news conference on seniors and health care reform with Speaker of the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Sep 30, 6:26 PM EDT
Health bill survives attacks-vote by week’s end?
By DAVID ESPO
WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House-backed overhaul of the nation’s health care system weathered repeated challenges from Republican critics over taxes, abortion and more on Wednesday, and the bill’s architect claimed enough votes to push it through the Senate Finance Committee as early as week’s end.
“We’re coming to closure,” said Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., the committee chairman, as President Barack Obama lobbied at least one wavering Democrat by phone to swing behind the measure.