House Opens Debate on Health Care Bill
Final vote is expected sometime tonight
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2009 9:11 AM CST
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. gestures during her weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009.   (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

(Newser) – It's crunch time in the House for health care reform. Representatives opened debate this morning on the monumental plan to provide universal coverage to Americans for the first time. A final vote is expected to take place tonight, maybe in the wee hours, and Nancy Pelosi continues to wheel and deal to reach her goal of 218 votes, notes the Hill. President Obama is scheduled to make a late-morning visit to help persuade fence-sitters.