Health care bill expected to pass: top Democrat

Session opens ahead of historic U.S. health care reform vote

President Barack Obama’s historic health care bill is expected to have enough votes to pass late Sunday, according to U.S. House of Representatives Democratic caucus chair Steny Hoyer. However, Florida Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz disagrees, saying that Democrats do not yet have the “hard” 216 votes needed to pass the bill. Republican House Leader John Boehner told NBC’s Meet the Press that Republicans will repeal the reforms, if they pass, if they secure a majority in Congress in November’s mid-term election. Republicans fault the plan with setting the U.S. on track to higher taxes and greater deficits.

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