The debate over health care reform is coming down to the wire, with a first vote in the House likely scheduled for Sunday.
Final plea: President Obama plans to address the House Democratic caucus on Saturday to make his final case for health care reform, according to four Democratic officials familiar with the plans.
One of the officials said the House Democrats are expected to come to the White House at 4 p.m. Saturday. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because of final details still being discussed between the White House and congressional officials.
Obama planned to meet with and call Congress members Friday afternoon, as he has been doing throughout the week.
Obama's push: President Obama took his health care message to George Mason University on Friday, telling the crowd, "We are going to do something historic this weekend."
The president framed the vote as a choice between a victory for the insurers or "victory for the American people."
Cost of the health care bill
There's been widespread discussion about health care, how much it will cost and where the money will come from. On Thursday, politicians got a key number: the price tag.
According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the health care reform bill will cost $940 billion. GOP leaders said the new CBO estimates had not changed their opinion of the bill, which they vehemently oppose. But the number, which was touted by Pelosi as better than she expected, could help push fiscal conservatives and the "Blue Dog" Democrats toward voting yes.
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. But the money has to come from somewhere, right? Here's a breakdown of some of the ways the latest health reform bill would be paid for and where the legislation differs notably from the Senate bill.
Our partners at Time magazine also take a look at how Democrats got the scores and number estimates they wanted on health care reform.
Discussions on health care reform span years. It's been one of President Obama's biggest legislative measures and one of the most hotly contested ones. There have been widespread and differing bills up for discussion the House and Senate, but it had been unclear how to the two would ever come together.
Thursday, three months after the passage of a Senate bill, we finally got our answer when the House Rules Committee issued its 153-page reconciliation proposal (PDF). It contains "legislative fixes" to the Senate measure.
Chasing the votes
Democratic leadership is trying to muster the 216 votes needed to get the bill passed.
Multiple Democratic leadership sources told CNN that Democrats have more than 200 "yes" votes, although it was not clear Friday night how close Democrats were to securing the 216 votes they need.
Twenty-nine House Democrats have indicated to CNN they will join Republicans in opposing the Senate plan. That leaves opponents of reform nine votes shy of defeating the measure.
Reform: What it means for Americans and politics
And with poll numbers changing, what do most Americans think of health care reform? Time spoke with Obama's top pollster, who thinks those numbers don't exactly matter because they don't necessarily reflect accurate views on health care but more broad discontent with politics in Washington.
If a vote does come Sunday, it still won't be the end of a bitter battle between Democrats and Republicans. Experts say the results could affect midterm elections. So Time.com asked, who's winning the war on health care, the Democrats or the Republicans?
And with parties on both sides holding steadfast in their beliefs, what happens if the health care reform push fails?