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In a move underscoring the Democratic push to pass a health care overhaul this year, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer issued a revised legislative calendar Wednesday scheduling possible roll call votes almost to Christmas Eve.
I guess that Mr. Hoyer is an eternal optimist. This schedule adjustment signals that he thinks the Senate will actually be able to get a bill voted on in the next few weeks. How likely this is to happen is unclear.
If a bill does make it out of the Senate, it would still have to be reconciled with the House bill and brought up for a final vote before sending it to President Obama to sign.
In the past, I would have thought this was a “Mission Impossible” situation, but the public option has made it into the bills despite decreasing popularity among voters, so it might not be impossible for a reconciled bill to be passed a few days before Christmas when very few are watching.
If so, President Obama will be able to meet his wish of passing health care reform by the end of the year.