Obama Makes Final Plea: 'We're 24 Hours Away'

Says it's the most important step since Medicare
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 20, 2010 4:04 PM CDT
President Obama with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi Saturday.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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(Newser) – Victory within reach, President Obama rallied House Democrats today for a final health care push. "After a year of debate ... we're 24 hours away," said the president during a visit to Capitol Hill. “Every once in a while a moment comes where you have a chance to vindicate all the best hopes you had," he said. "This is one of those moments.”

The president called the bill the "single most important step that we have taken on health care since Medicare" and tried to ease the fears of political repercussions. Once the bill goes into effect, people will see the benefits and realize that "lo and behold, nobody's pulling the plug on granny." The vote remains planned for tomorrow as last-minute negotiations continue to get 216 votes.

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