Democrats in Congress predicted this week that health care legislation will pass by the end of the year, riding a wave of support from President Obama's address about the future of health care reform.
"I'm confident the president will sign a bill this year," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said late Thursday, joining a bandwagon of Democratic politicians who've said Obama's speech cemented the passage of his proposed health care bill.
Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) agreed with Pelosi's praise of the speech but said Obama's public option could be satisfied instead with nonprofit cooperatives.
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The Senate health care panel will vote in two weeks to vote on legislation, Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said.
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