Health Care Legislation Back On Track

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Courthouse News reports that disagreements between House Democrats that stalled the progress of health-care reform legislation were bridged Wednesday with a White House-orchestrated compromise that cuts the cost of the bill and delays the vote.

"I'm especially grateful that so many members, including some Blue Dogs on the Energy and Commerce Committee, are working so hard to find common ground," President Barack Obama said.

Of the five committees charged with working on health-care reform, the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Senate Finance Committee are the only ones that have not yet agreed to legislation.

The energy committee, after a 10-day impasse, has returned to marking up the bill, and is expected to agree to a bill by the end of the week after Democratic leaders compromised with more conservative Democrats.

The agreement would shrink the overall cost of health-care reform, and it would also push a floor vote on the legislation until after the August recess.

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