Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is still scrambling to secure the 60 votes likely needed to pass health care reform.
On Tuesday, President Barack Obama called Senate Democrats to the White House to build support for a bill that even the Democrats are divided over.
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"We simply can't allow differences over individual elements of this plan to prevent us from meeting our responsibilities to solve a long-standing and urgent problem for the American people," Obama said.
It appears now that the public option plan is dead as does a Medicare buy-in scheme offered as a fallback. Political insiders theorize those concessions could be enough to bring independent Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., back onboard to vote with the Democrats.
Obama is still lobbying Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., for his support. Nelson has demanded a ban on federal abortion funding.