Obama is asking the Senate for an "up or down" vote on the health care bill that he is trying to move through Congras, USA Today reported.
Obama's $950 billion health care bill unveiled last week would extend coverage to 31 million Americans. It would require everyone to obtain health insurance, and would provide financial aid for those who could not afford the expense right away, USA Today said.
Republicans are united in their resistance of the new bill, but there are Democrats who are drafting different bills based on the one President Obama just unveiled, said The New York Times.
Nancy Pelosi, the House Speaker, tried to rally Democrats around the final bill, said USA Today.
Nancy-Ann DeParle, director of the White House Office on Health Reform said that Obama would be willing to use a legislative tactic in the Senate requiring only 51 votes to pass the bill, USA Today reported.
At a time when Democrats are worried about re-election, some Democrats don't think the bill does enough, Dennis Cardoza, Democrat of California said in The New York Times.