March 17th, 2010
10:55 PM ET

A round-up of the latest on the health care fight

On Wednesday, Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 House Democrat, indicated a House vote on the health care bill passed by the Senate in December could come at some point this weekend.

Hoyer said the leadership is still waiting for final cost estimates from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on a package of changes to the measure.

In the meantime, House Democratic leaders are busy trying to woo party holdouts still wrestling with their decision. Democrats need 216 votes from their 253-member caucus to pass the Senate bill. No Republicans are expected to back it.

CNN contacted 100 House Democrats whose votes appeared to be in play. See where they stand on the health care bill.

Over at Time magazine, Jay Newton-Small and Kate Pickert take a look at the message war on health care.

“While Republicans are trying to focus on process, Democrats are striving mightily to steer the ship back toward substance and sympathy for those suffering under the current health care system,” they write.

Meanwhile, Michael Scherer, also of Time magazine, writes that the ads generated by the health care fight are a preview of things to come during the fall campaign.

And yesterday, CNN.com’s Ed Hornick took a look the health care changes that would be felt immediately if the bill were to pass.

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  1. Bill

    Universal Health care:
    I will not be rushed into another expensive decision that will burden me, my children, and grandchildren. Don't you dare try to pass this in the middle of the night without even reading it. Slow down! Fix only what is broken - we have the best health care system in the world - and test any new program in one or two states first.
    This has shown us how arrogant the president and members of both houses have gotten, the people have spoken over and over against this health care bill and yet they insist on moving forward.
    Listen to the people: vote NO. The only thing BIPARTISAN about this bill is the outcry against it.

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