WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate is moving toward approval of a
companion measure to the health care bill -- one that would make
the changes demanded by the House.
And its approval is virtually assured, since Democrats are using
rules that allow passage with a simple majority.
But Republicans have been using the floor debate to repeat their
criticisms of the health care package -- that it raises taxes and
slashes Medicare, and that its requirement for Americans to carry
health insurance may not be constitutional.
Meanwhile, a top Senate Democrat says the message to voters is
going to be, "It's time to govern." Dick Durbin tells NBC that
Republicans are still engaging in a "political exercise" over
health care overhaul.
But on the same program, Republian Sen. Jim DeMint said
Americans are "very angry" over the health care bill and the
process used by Democrats to move it through Congress.