Healthcare: Closed Meetings And The Link To Immigration

Healthcare: Closed Meetings And The Link To Immigration

Recently I posted an article stating that the conference between the House and the Senate over healthcare would likely happen behind closed doors between the respective leaderships instead of appointing members to a public conference.  I was only wrong about one thing; the West Wing is going to be there too.

From The Washington Times:

Dems look to skip formality on health bills

Democratic leaders are looking to forgo a formal, public conference to merge the House and Senate’s health care overhaul bills, giving Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the White House free rein to hammer out the final measure behind closed doors and thwart Republican efforts to stymie it.

The maneuver gives Democratic leaders the ability to quickly work through hundreds of differences between the 2,000-page bills and to keep control over the deals they will need to make on politically touchy topics such as abortion, taxes and Medicare cuts.

“A true conference could take longer than it seems leaders in the Senate want to spend on this,” said a Senate Democratic aide.

Democratic aides say the final decision hasn’t been made, but the party’s congressional leaders will talk with the president this week. Democrats are pursuing a final vote in both chambers on the president’s top agenda item in time for his first State of the Union address later this month.

Now this is where the Democrats ‘eating their young’ is added to the mix, and remember, this traitorous congress is going to pass this POS, the Pretender is going to sign it, and then we are going to have to walk it back later this year.  Mark my words.

Democrats Considering Health Care-Immigration Deal To Overcome Key Sticking Point

Lawmakers who want to extend health coverage to illegal immigrants will not block the passage of the final health care reform bill so long as the White House offers a substantive promise to start pushing comprehensive immigration legislation this year. (emphasis mine)

Democrats who want a comprehensive bill that reforms immigration law but also offers a pathway to citizenship have threatened to vote against health care if illegals aren’t included in the new system, making immigration one of the sticking points as Democratic leaders negotiate the final details.

Democratic leadership aides believe that a firm White House promise of a comprehensive immigration bill will be enough to quell any House dissent.

TPMDC sources have been telling us that members won’t admit it publicly but they are ready to concede on immigration in the health care bill. Political aides in the White House have told key parties in Congress that President Obama wants to see a bill this year, and negotiations are under way for how it would be written.

Go here to understand how the Dems can just merrily continue to piss on the majority of the country without a care in the world.

SHOCK! Senate Passes Health Care Bill 60-39

Senate Health Care Bill H.R.3590 – Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passes 60-39 on a party line vote as “Gaffe” Biden ‘historically’ presides in his role as Senate President and mispronounces the bill’s name.

WHAT?  Like you were expecting something absolutely miraculous to happen on the anniversary Eve of Christ’s birth besides Harry Reid quoting the Founding Fathers?   What?  Like maybe one democrat voting in sync with the American people?  What? Like maybe one democrat switching sides to republican before the vote this morning and making sure that the Progressive Socialist Caucus doesn’t turn America into the United Socialist States Of America?


We live in the late, great, United States with a guy in the White House who spent twenty years listening to Black Liberation Theology, and who is now partying like it’s 1999 along with his marxist and communist czars, a Senate full of liberal socialists lacking a moral and Constitutional compass who don’t give a sh*t about how the bill gets passed unless the payola is going a different direction, and a House run by a ball-busting, botox infused freakazoid that is pretty darn happy they changed that tax in the Senate bill.

Angst?  You say you have angst?  Can you tell that I have been sick to death watching the monetary mating calls of the senators these past few weeks?  How is your nausea level?

Join the club and join the resolution.


For Their Next Trick . . .

The latest example of violating principles of transparency and accountability in the single-minded pursuit of legislative victory.

Look for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to try to circumvent the traditional conference committee process by which the different versions of health care reform passed by each house will be reconciled. If so, it will be the latest example of violating principles of transparency and accountability in the single-minded pursuit of legislative victory.

When Democrats took over Congress in 2007, they increasingly did not send bills through the regular conference process. “We have to defer to the bigger picture,” explained Rep. Henry Waxman of California. So the children’s health insurance bill passed by the House that year was largely dumped in favor of the Senate’s version. House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel and other Democrats complained the House had been “cut off at the knees” but ultimately supported the bill. Legislation on lobbying reform and the 2007 energy bill were handled the same way — without appointing an actual conference.

Rather than appoint members to a public conference committee, those measures were “ping-ponged” — i.e. changes to reconcile the two versions were transmitted by messenger between the two houses as the final product was crafted behind closed doors solely by the leadership. Many Democrats grumbled at the secrecy. “We need to get back to the point where we use conference committees . . . and have serious dialogue,” said Rep. Artur Davis of Alabama at the time.

God help them if we actually make it to November, 2010, as a free nation.

Harry Reid Subverts The Founding Fathers

Harry Reid Subverts The Founding Fathers

After everything we have been through with Obama and his radical czars, and the Democratic Party pushing the envelope with their re-distribution of America’s wealth through legislation, I still did not think I would live to see my son’s future to self-determination signed away by a weasel from Nevada.  I was wrong, and yes, George, Thomas, and John; there are fascists living and breathing in the house that you built.

Harry Reid has slid language into the ObamaDeathcare bill that would prohibit future congresses from repealing or changing a very particular section pertaining to the death panels. I am wondering why Harry did not just ‘go for the gold’ and write it for the entire bill so that we could state honestly that we are now a fascist state and not a democracy

ANY SENATOR that would now vote to pass this bill should be fired immediately (with extreme prejudice).

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Section 3403 of Senator Harry Reid’s amendment requires that “it shall not be in order in the Senate or the House of Representatives to consider any bill, resolution, amendment, or conference report that would repeal or otherwise change this subsection.” The good news is that this only applies to one section of the Obamacare legislation. The bad news is that it applies to regulations imposed on doctors and patients by the Independent Medicare Advisory Boards a/k/a the Death Panels.

From RedState:

We Are No Longer a Nation of Laws. Senate Sets Up Requirement for Super-Majority to Ever Repeal Obamacare

The Senate Democrats declare a super-majority of senators will be needed to overrule any regulation imposed by the Death Panels

If ever the people of the United States rise up and fight over passage of Obamacare, Harry Reid must be remembered as the man who sacrificed the dignity of his office for a few pieces of silver. The rules of fair play that have kept the basic integrity of the Republic alive have died with Harry Reid. Reid has slipped in a provision into the health care legislation prohibiting future Congresses from changing any regulations imposed on Americans by the Independent Medicare [note: originally referred to as “medical”] Advisory Boards, which are commonly called the “Death Panels.”

It was Reid leading the Democrats who ignored 200 years of Senate precedents to rule that Senator Sanders could withdraw his amendment while it was being read.

It was Reid leading the Democrats who has determined again and again over the past few days that hundreds of years of accumulated Senate parliamentary rulings have no bearing on the health care vote.

On December 21, 2009, however, Harry Reid sold out the Republic in toto.

Upon examination of Senator Harry Reid’s amendment to the health care legislation, Senators discovered section 3403. That section changes the rules of the United States Senate.

To change the rules of the United States Senate, there must be sixty-seven votes.

Section 3403 of Senator Harry Reid’s amendment requires that “it shall not be in order in the Senate or the House of Representatives to consider any bill, resolution, amendment, or conference report that would repeal or otherwise change this subsection.” The good news is that this only applies to one section of the Obamacare legislation. The bad news is that it applies to regulations imposed on doctors and patients by the Independent Medicare Advisory Boards a/k/a the Death Panels.

Section 3403 of Senator Reid’s legislation also states, “Notwithstanding rule XV of the Standing Rules of the Senate, a committee amendment described in subparagraph (A) may include matter not within the jurisdiction of the Committee on Finance if that matter is relevant to a proposal contained in the bill submitted under subsection (c)(3).” In short, it sets up a rule to ignore another Senate rule.

Senator Jim DeMint confronted the Democrats over Reid’s language. In the past, the Senate Parliamentarian has repeatedly determined that any legislation that also changes the internal standing rules of the Senate must have a two-thirds vote to pass because to change Senate rules, a two-thirds vote is required. Today, the Senate President, acting on the advice of the Senate Parliamentarian, ruled that these rules changes are actually just procedural changes and, despite what the actual words of the legislation say, are not rules changes. Therefore, a two-thirds vote is not needed in contravention to longstanding Senate precedent.

How is that constitutional? It is just like the filibuster. Only 51 votes are needed to pass the amendments, but internally, the Senate is deciding that it will not consider certain business. The Supreme Court is quite clear that it won’t meddle with the internal operations of the House and Senate. To get around the prohibition on considering amendments to that particular subsection of the health care legislation, the Senate must get two-thirds of the Senate to agree to waive the rule. In other words, it will take a super-majority of the people the citizens of our Republican elected to overrule a regulation imposed by a group of faceless bureaucrats and bean counters.

RedState has the entire transcript of Senator Jim DeMint’s remarks here.

Senate Floor Speeches; McConnell vs. Reid (Video)

From midnight to 1 am, floor speeches were made for and against the senate healthcare bill and the addition of Harry Reid’s manager’s amendment.  Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid were the last to speak as is the ritual for the minority majority leaders.  McConnell knocked this one right out of the ballpark, while Harry went so far overboard on the whining and melodramatic stories and phrasing, that it went past the point of  nausea to the ridiculous.

I am posting these floor speeches as Americans that are now fully awake and paying attention to the 111th Congress and the current White House know that history is being made; just not the history that the Democrats wanted exactly.  Please pass these videos on, and wake up your neighbors to the un-Constitutional mandate that this bill places on every single American.

Mitch McConnell (Part 1):

Mitch McConnell (Part 2):

All it takes is one, just one.  All it takes is one.

One can stop it.

One can stop it, or every one will own it.

One can stop it, or every single one will own it.

Harry Reid (Part 1):

Harry Reid (Part 2):

Harry Reid Going For INSANE Healthcare Cloture Vote At 1 A.M. Monday Morning!!! Can You Smell The Desperation?

Harry Reid Going For INSANE Healthcare Cloture Vote At 1 A.M. Monday Morning!!! Can You Smell The Desperation?




Definition of desperationRecklessness arising from despair.

Harry Reid is so desperate to pass some version of healthcare that he will not stop no matter how insane it makes him and his cronies look.  I wonder how many of the senators are going to be able to read Harry manager’s amendment before they vote for cloture at 1 AM on Monday morning?

Let’s start here:

Reid to unveil final offer on healthcare bill on Saturday morning

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will make his final offer on healthcare legislation on Saturday morning, unveiling a highly-anticipated amendment to the Senate healthcare bill.

Reid will unveil his amendment with a cost analysis from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) shortly after the Senate votes at around 7:30 Saturday morning to clear a Defense spending bill.

“That’s the plan, soon after that vote because we want to file cloture on that quickly,” said Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).

Reid’s amendment will include all the changes he has proposed to secure the votes of 60 Democratic senators for the healthcare bill. The amendment may include a compromise on abortion language, a sticking point for centrist Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.).

Durbin said it was necessary to unveil Reid’s amendment and file a motion to cut of a GOP filibuster on Saturday morning to set up a preliminary vote at 1 a.m. Monday.

Lawmakers must vote early Monday to cut off debate on Reid’s amendment if they are to stick to a timeline that would set a final vote on the healthcare bill after 7 pm on Christmas Eve.

Republicans may demand that Senate clerks read aloud Reid’s amendment, which could total several hundred pages. But Democrats say a reading could be completed within the same day and would not disrupt the schedule.


From FreedomWorks:

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Issue: Health Care Bill

The Senate recently inched a little closer to passing ObamaCare, but the fight is far from over.

The vote right before Thanksgiving was a “motion to proceed” that simply begins debate on the Left’s proposed takeover of America’s health care system, and the Democrats’ Majority Leader Harry Reid barely got the 60 votes he needed.  Becasue of procedural rules in the Senate, he will need to get those same 60 again in order to shut off debate and actually pass this massive legislation that is over 2,000 pages, costs $2.5 TRILLION from 2014 to 2024, and will be paid for with huge tax hikes.

Our sources tell us to expect at least 3 to 4 weeks of debate and mabye more before there is a final vote to invoke cloture and actually pass the bill…if during this time we can peel off just one of the 60 that voted in favor of the motion to proceed, we will WIN and stop Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and the others on the Left in their quest to socialize our health care.

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The Smoke And Mirrors Of “No Public Option”

The Smoke And Mirrors Of “No Public Option”

smokeNo time to be celebrating the demise of the public option with the agreement reached by Senate dems. No time to be fighting over the abortion amendment; it’s all smoke and mirrors.  This is a pure case of not noticing the right hand holding a large sledgehammer while they are fervently waving a big fat carrot with the left hand hoping to keep the sheeples mesmerized.

Here’s the left hand:

Democrats reach deal on health bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senate Democratic healthcare negotiators said they agreed on Tuesday to replace a government-run insurance option with a scaled-back non-profit plan and would seek cost estimates on the deal.

“We have a broad agreement,” Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid told reporters, refusing to provide details of the healthcare proposals to be sent to the Congressional Budget Office.

A team of 10 Senate Democrats — five liberals and five moderates — had worked for days to find a substitute to the government-run “public” insurance option included in the Senate healthcare bill after moderates voiced concerns about it.

The government-run plan has been one of the biggest hurdles for the healthcare overhaul, which is President Barack Obama’s top domestic priority.

Democratic Senate sources said the substitute would create a non-profit plan operated by private insurers but administered by the Office of Personnel Management, which supervises health coverage for federal workers.

One of the liberal negotiators, Democratic Senator Russ Feingold, said he had concerns about the direction of the talks on the public insurance option, which was designed to create more choice for consumers and competition for insurers.

“I do not support proposals that would replace the public option in the bill with a purely private approach,” Feingold said. “We need to have some competition for the insurance industry to keep rates down and save taxpayer dollars.”

The negotiators also sought cost estimates on an expansion of the Medicare health program for the elderly, which is now available at age 65, to Americans as young as 55 who could “buy-in” to the coverage, a Democratic source said.

That proposal, designed to create more affordable insurance options for older workers, had been pushed by liberal Democrats in exchange for dropping their support for the public option.

“I’ve got a smile on my face,” Democratic Senator John Rockefeller, who has been advocating the Medicare expansion since 2001, told reporters after the talks broke up.

I realize that these bastards can sleep at night because they really do believe in their agenda of turning Americans into either serfs or corpses for “our own good”.  Senator John Rockefeller being one of the biggest traitors to the Republic.


“Insurance companies will certainly have more competition,” Reid said of the deal, which he said would be enough to bring the bill to final passage. “The American people will certainly have more choices.”

The Democrats met in Reid’s office late into Tuesday, their fourth consecutive day of negotiating, and afterward Reid said the deal could lead to final passage of the bill.

Democratic Senator Tom Carper said once the cost estimates were received from CBO “then we’ll take it up and decide what we can afford.”

That is a particularily scary statement, “…what we can afford.”  Scares the bejesus out of me considering we can no longer afford any of the policy initiatives being shoved through the legislative branch.  Here is your reminder.

The other potential hurdle to the healthcare overhaul was abortion, and the Senate on Tuesday rejected an attempt to tighten restrictions on abortion coverage — a vote that could threaten a crucial Democrat’s support for passage of the bill.

Democratic Senator Ben Nelson’s amendment to tighten the bill’s restrictions on the use of federal funds for abortions, identical to a provision approved by the House of Representatives last month, was killed on a 54-45 vote.

Without the abortion language, Nelson had threatened he would not back the final healthcare bill when it came to a vote. If he followed through, Democrats would be one vote short of the 60 they need to pass the measure.

But after his amendment failed, Nelson softened his stance slightly. “It makes it harder to be supportive. We’ll see what happens,” he told reporters.

Reid said he was willing to keep working with Nelson to add language to the bill that would resolve the concerns on both sides of the divisive issue.

“If in fact he doesn’t succeed here, we’ll try something else,” Reid said of Nelson before the vote. Nelson said he was not looking to negotiate a compromise.

The amendment would have blocked people who receive federal subsidies from buying insurance plans that cover abortions and prohibited a proposed government insurance plan from offering abortion coverage in most circumstances.

Abortion is the red herring in this game because it forces millions of conservatives and liberals to pay attention to what Harry Reid is doing; meanwhile, here is the sledgehammer in the right hand that relatively few see coming.

From Big Government, (and I did go over and read the bills – it’s in there.)

A White House Power Grab That Congress And America Doesn’t See

To achieve the goal of a universal, single-payer health system, the White House must secure the power it needs by amending the Social Security Act to transfer pivotal controls from Congress to the executive branch.  This transfer of power would ultimately give the President and the majority party, in this case the radical left Obama White House and Pelosi-Reid led progressive Democrats, the authority to frame and manipulate new policy, coverage options, and reimbursements, ultimately reshaping the future US health care system into a something unrecognizable in this country.

The deliberate setup for the White House power grab is built into the each of the health care bills and, if they fail, little-known twin bills called “MedPAC Reform of 2009” are waiting in the wings.  The bills, S.B. 1110 and H.R. 2718, craftily amend the Social Security Act and transfer the Medicare guideline and rule setting processes, from the legislative branch to the executive branch. These bills offer cover to one another in case one doesn’t pass the House or Senate, respectively.  Remember, Democrats need to gain executive branch authority by amending the Social Security Act over Medicare regulations and physician fee schedules to transform the health care system in a single-payer, socialized system. (emphasis mine)

More importantly, Medicare’s regulations and physician fee schedules are the keystone to developing payer systems and reimbursement models across the entire health care industry.  And where Medicare goes, insurers follow.

To underscore the far-reaching power, a bulk of the states already reference or utilize the Medicare guidelines and fee schedules in determining policy, coverage, and payment, which impacts certain state-specific plans, including, but not limited to, self-funded plans, automobile insurance payers, and state workers’ compensation funds and plans – affecting even Big Labor.   For the executive branch to have such authority over Medicare regulations with little oversight is alarming.  This raises further issues of the powerful impact these federal mandates could potentially have on the states in stripping them of their own management of their respective insurance industries.

Specifically, the language in the Reid bill intentionally places unlimited power directly in the hands of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, including the ability to designate covered services, or rationing.  The Pelosi bill creates a Health Choices Commission and its “commissioner” is empowered to make the same decisions.  More alarming, both will have to take direction from the White House–and its unconfirmed czars–due to their executive branch affiliation.

In retrospect, Obama’s pick of Sebelius as HHS Secretary is obvious.  Aside from being a governor, Sebelius is the former Kansas insurance commissioner and has the ability to identify the strongest and weakest links–navigating her way quite expeditiously throughout the health care system.  And she’ll never disavow one of her first career choices — executive director and chief lobbyist for the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association.  That explains the blatant omission of tort reform, in addition to the fact that the trial lawyers are the biggest Democrat donors.

Another disturbing Obama appointee is health care czar Nancy Ann DeParle, who remains unconfirmed, and was the administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), now known as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  In short, she “owns” Medicare.  And if you put Sebelius and DeParle together in a room for a few hours, you’ll get a formula for a single-payer government-run health care system – with Obama’s wish list met.

These designed appointees make sense of the intentions at hand to frame a universal or single-payer health care system.  Everything in this administration makes sense when you look at the overall agenda.  Even the branding makes sense.  The urgency, caring for the uninsured, taking advantage of the uninsurable, proclaiming it’s paid for,  packaging it as deficit-neutral, and amplifying that people are ‘dying’ in the streets.

Go over, read the rest, and then send the link to your representative’s office right after you call their offices to let them know they are falling into a trap that puts even more power into the executive branch.  One little sneaky bill at a time, and the balance of the powers is being eroded to the point where congress is becoming irrelevant.  Dozens and dozens of czars and a “for show” congress equals one thing; dictatorship.

A pertinent section from GovTrack:


(b) Establishment as Executive Agency- Section 1805 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395b-6) is amended–

(1) in the heading, by striking ‘ADVISORY’;

(2) in subsection (a)–

(A) by striking ‘Advisory’; and

(B) by striking ‘agency of Congress’ and inserting ‘independent establishment (as defined in section 104 of title 5, United States Code)’;

(3) in subsection (c)–

(A) in paragraph (1)–

(i) by striking ‘APPOINTMENT- The Commission’ and inserting ‘APPOINTMENT-

‘(A) IN GENERAL- The Commission’;

(ii) in subparagraph (A), as inserted by clause (i)–

(I) by striking ‘17’ and inserting ‘11’;

(II) by inserting ‘the Secretary and the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, who shall each serve as non-voting members of the Commission, and’ after ‘composed of’; and

(III) by striking ‘Comptroller General’ and inserting ‘President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate’; and (emphasis mine)


Here Comes Harry! (Senate Healthcare Bill)

Here Comes Harry! (Senate Healthcare Bill)

the_shining1Have you been feeling like this while thinking about Harry Reid’s healthcare release in what is sure to be the next in a list of monstrosities coming from the Democrats and this administration?

Well here it is coming in at a whopping 2,074 pages.  I cannot wait to see how much it grows when combined with Nancy’s mutant demon POS from hell.

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) wants the entire bill read on the floor, with estimates coming in at more than 50 hours.  THAT could really screw with Nancy’s plan of ramming this through by Christmas as a “present” to the American people.   With leaders like this, who needs to worry about islamic jihadist terrorists?

Senator Coburn Raising Objections:

Are y’all still sleeping poorly, or have we become desensitized to the horror of such an un-Constitutional government?

Harry, You Ain’t All That

Harry Reid has a new campaign ad out touting him as “America’s Most Powerful Senator”.  I beg to differ considering how much Harry has to chase after the two republican senators from Maine, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, to get any of his anti-capitalist legislation passed in the Senate because he can’t keep his own democrats in line.  I wonder if Nancy is giving him pointers on arm-twisting and chicago style politics?

Harry, you ain’t all that.  Nevada?  Are you tired of this third of the Axis of Marxism, (Obama, Pelosi, Reid), threatening our freedom and pocketbooks?

Get Ready For Senate Healthcare 2.0 Coming Next Week (UPDATED: Congress Works Late)

…not like it really matters.  Once again, they hear us and could not be bothered with what we are saying. This would be the moment to put all emotions aside, step back, and watch closely.  I personally am tired of feeling like a greyhound chasing a sock.  How about you?

Reid puts House healthcare bill on Senate calendar

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) late Tuesday laid the groundwork for the Senate’s healthcare reform debate to start next Tuesday.

Reid filed a motion to introduce the bill on Monday, Nov. 16. Anticipating a Republican objection, the bill would be pushed onto the Senate calendar.

Reid’s action late Tuesday sets up a critical vote next week on a motion to proceed to the bill. Such a motion would require 60 votes to succeed — an important, early test of the Democratic caucus’s unity on procedural votes. Several senators who caucus as Democrats have expressed skepticism about the bill, while others have expressed a willingness to support procedural votes. Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) have both warned Democrats that they will target any senators who support procedural votes on the bill.


UPDATE: 11.11.09

The first thing that comes to mind is this question: Is there a real danger that if the socialists do not get this done this year it will not happen, or are they just trying to keep everybody amped up to such a level of hypervigilence that those that are fighting against total government takeover of our lives, at some point, physically, mentally, and emotionally just crash affording Obama’s crew free rein to pass whatever they want unchallenged?

Hoyer, Reid move to finish health reform legislation by December

The House could be in session until nearly Christmas Eve to try to win final passage on a healthcare bill.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) outlined the new schedule on Wednesday, saying he is prepared to keep the House working into late December in order to pass President Barack Obama’s keystone issue of his first year in office.

Hoyer’s move follows Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) decision late Tuesday night to file a motion that could allow the Senate to begin debate on healthcare next week.

The actions by Reid and Hoyer appear designed to meet a goal of sending a healthcare bill to Obama’s desk by the end of the year. White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Vice President Joe Biden and Obama himself have recently touted the year-end deadline.

Hoyer said the House would be in session for the first three weeks of December, but that could be extended to the week of Christmas.

“The House could also be in session on Monday, Dec. 21 and Tuesday, Dec. 22 if needed,” Hoyer said in a statement.

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