Negotiators aim to dispatch health bill Friday

Published: Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 10:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 10:01 a.m.

WASHINGTON— House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel says negotiators on the health care overhaul bill hope to reach agreement on the core of the legislation by Friday.

He says the hope is that the bill could be sent to the Congressional Budget Office by that time Friday for a cost analysis, a necessary step before Congress can act. While CBO is doing its calculations, lawmakers could work to resolve issues that don't affect cost, like abortion and immigration.

President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders from the House and Senate spent all day Wednesday working intensively to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions of the sweeping legislation. They will meet again later Thursday and hope to finalize details on a compromise measure and schedule a vote soon.

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