Some Dems Concerned About Health Reform Cost

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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is pledging his healthcare overhaul will not add to the federal deficit. However, even some members of his own party do not seem to be buying that pledge.

Molly Secours is a cancer survivor who nearly lost everything while fighting for her life.

"It shouldn't take an act of Congress for someone who has cancer to keep their house," she said.

She joined Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., at a news conference to push for reform.

It is becoming a regular scene as Democratic leaders work to rally support behind their 1,000-page bill that could drastically overhaul the way Americans receive health care.

"I have no question that we have the votes on the floor of the House to pass this legislation," Pelosi said.

However, Rep. Mike Ross, D-Ark., said he thinks the speaker is mistaken. He is one of several moderate blue dog Democrats who have flexed their muscles in recent weeks by stalling progress on the bill.

"There's about 10 issues we're concerned with, obviously cost cutting is first on that list," Ross said.

Republicans are criticizing the plan every chance they get, taking advantage of an unpopular national deficit that tops more than $1 trillion. It is a number they argue will explode if the House healthcare bill becomes law.

"I don't know how you can spend $1.6 trillion over the next 10 years and say that we're going to spend less on health care," said Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, House minority leader.

With the aftermath of the complex stimulus bill still stinging some lawmakers who rushed to approve it before reading it, some are urging caution.

"We saw with the stimulus, the effort to rush and spend," said Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Senate minority leader. "(We saw) what can happen if you jam major legislation through before people have an opportunity to understand what's in it."

Polls in recent days show public support for healthcare reform is softening and Republicans plan to use the August recess as healthcare bill education month in an effort to further sway public opinion.

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