Health Care Bill on Life Support in Senate

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WASHINGTON -- As time ticks towards Christmas Day, the clock is running out for Senate Democrats who have pledged to pass a health care reform bill before heading home for the holidays.

In addition, a new battleground poll shows the push to pass health care may be dragging the Democratic Party down.

Sixty-eight percent of those polled say they strongly disapprove of the job Congress is doing while just 24 percent say they approve.

The same poll shows President Barack Obama's approval rating has fallen to 49 percent.

An NBC - Wall Street Journal poll shows 47 percent say healthcare reform is a bad idea. Only 32 percent of respondents think it's a good idea.

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GOP Employs Stall Tactics

Knowing time may be their greatest ally, Republicans are vowing to use all vote-delaying tactics at their disposal.

It's a promise they demonstrated Wednesday by demanding the clerk read aloud a 767-page amendment that would have guaranteed health insurance for all Americans through a Medicare-type plan.

Finally 139 pages and three hours later, the amendment's sponsor withdrew it.

"The best the Republicans can do is try to bring the United States government to a halt by reading a 700 page amendment. That is an outrage!" Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., charged.

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said, "Americans oppose the Democratic bill, because they know the final product is a colossal legislative mistake."

But it's infighting among Democrats that still threatens to derail the bill.

Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., has yet to endorse the bill, citing concerns the bill doesn't do enough to drive down the cost of health care.

Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., is still insisting stronger language guaranteeing no tax dollars will be used to fund abortions be inserted into the bill.

Meanwhile, doctor and former Democratic chairman Howard Dean hit the airwaves urging senators to kill the bill.

"The fine print in this bill allows that insurance companies charge you three-times as much if you're older than they do if you're younger," Dean said. "This is an insurance company's dream this bill. And I think it's gone too far.

Christians Hold Prayer Webcast

Christians at churches across the country joined a webcast Wednesday night to pray against the possibility of taxpayer funded abortions; healthcare rationing and higher taxes under healthcare reform.

"We want there to be reform, we want there to be the availability of access for the poorest of poor to health care but that has always been the calling of the church," Bishop Harry Jackson, pastor of Hope Christian Church, said.

Senate leaders are holding on to their December 25 deadline as they work to cobble together a plan that satisfies the 60 votes they need to avoid a Republican filibuster.

Meanwhile, expect Republicans to request more amendments be read aloud as they buy time and public support continues to erode.

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Jennifer Wishon

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