Obama wants 'up-or-down' vote on health care reform

President Obama urged Congress to put the health care reforms that have been debated for several months to an "up-or-down vote" within the next few weeks.

An 'up-or-down' vote would require the use of the Senate procedural rule known as reconciliation now that Democrats not longer have a supermajority and would otherwise face Republican filibuster, the Boston Globe said.

Though Obama did not specifically mention the use of reconciliation, the Boston Globe says, he indicated support. "I do not know how this plays politically, but I know it's right," Obama said.

Many Democrats remain skittish of the proposed changes to the health care system, but the New York Times reports that Obama expects them to support the bill regardless.

"The American people want to know if it's still possible for Washington to look out for their interests and their future," Obama said. "They are waiting for us to act. They are waiting for us to lead."

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