Health and Science

Democrats Near Accord on Health Care Bill


The White House and congressional leaders are preparing a detailed health care proposal designed to win passage without Republican support if GOP lawmakers fail to embrace bipartisan compromises at next week's summit.

A senior White House official said Thursday that Democratic negotiators are resolving final differences in House and Senate health bills that passed last year. The official said the White House will post the proposals online by Monday morning.

The official said it will be the opening bid for two-party talks to be hosted by President Barack Obama on Feb. 25.

The negotiations are to determine what changes must be made to the Senate bill for House Democrats to accept it. The official said the goal is to pass the reconciled measure under Senate rules that would bar GOP filibusters unless Republicans offer acceptable changes. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private negotiations.