Health Reform: Can the Democrats Cross the Finish Line?

Can President Obama and the Democrats pull off their latest plan of using reconciliation to pass a health care reform bill?

Alex Brandon / AP

In a White House speech, Obama declares it is time for Congress to take a final vote on health reform.

After months of uncertainty, a road map for passing comprehensive health care reform is finally at hand, one that could send a bill to Barack Obama's desk by the end of March. But it is going to require House and Senate Democrats to put aside their mutual suspicions, join hands and take a political leap worthy of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Obama finally laid down his demand for action in a speech on March 3 at the White House. "No matter which approach you favor, I believe the United States Congress owes the American people a...

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