March 18th, 2010
09:25 PM ET

Health care roundup: A vote this weekend?

Democratic congressional leaders unveiled a long-awaited $940 billion compromise health care plan Thursday, setting the stage for a final legislative showdown on President Obama's domestic priority.

See highlights from the bill, read it in its entirety (PDF) or a section-by-section analysis (PDF)

The president had been set to depart Washington on Sunday, the same day that the House of Representatives is likely to vote on the measure.

The compromise plan would cut the nation's deficit by $138 billion over the next 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office. It would further reduce the deficit by more than $1 trillion in the following decade

Read the CBO estimate (PDF) or check out CNNMoney writer Jeanne Sahadi's analysis of how Democrats will pay for the bill.   

The Democratic leadership is trying to get the 216 votes needed to get the bill passed. Of the remaining Democrats, 34 are undecided and 29 have declined to respond or state a position after numerous inquiries from CNN.

See how Democrats plan to vote

Meanwhile, CNN.com’s Ed Hornick took a look at what happens if the health care reform push fails.

“There's a lot at stake for Obama's future, political observers say, including the ability to get other key pieces of his legislative agenda passed and signed into law: banking regulation, climate change, economic measures and immigration,” Hornick writes.

And, Time magazine's Michael Scherer has a piece on why Obama's team think it can win the health care fight.

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  1. Jamesrudybali

    Look, I want everybody to understand - the wealthiest among us can already buy the best insurance there is. The least well among us, the poorest among us, they get their health care through Medicaid. So it’s the middle class, it’s working people that are getting squeezed, and that’s who we have to help, and we can afford to do it.

    March 19, 2010 at 3:44 am | Report abuse | Reply

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