Obama asks Congress simple majority on healthcare reform - Does the common folk understand the dirty tricks of the RepublicansHealthcare has been a priority for Mr Obama but the legislation has been blocked by the Republican minority. Last week, a televised summit hosted by Mr Obama in Washington failed to break the deadlock between Democrats and ''large business and International Corporations support'' Republicans.The president wants Congress to back the latest version of his $950bn (£621bn) plan to cover uninsured Americans and lower premiums. Mr Obama said in a speech at the White House.
"I believe the United States Congress owes the American people a final vote on healthcare reform," He said the proposed reforms had incorporated the best ideas from the Democrats and the Republicans. "I ask Congress to finish its work, and I look forward to signing this reform into law" "At stake right now is not just our ability to solve this problem, but our ability to solve any problem," he added. "For us to start over now could simply lead to delay that could last for another decade or even more," Obama said.Health care legislation is currently stalled in Congress as the Senate Democrats no longer have the 60-seat majority required to defeat blocking tactics by Republicans. Both chambers need to pass a unified version of the legislation for the president to sign it into law.The Democrats can make use of a legislative technique called "reconciliation" to force the bill through Congress. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell reaffirmed his opposition to the president's plan."Americans don't want us to tack a few good ideas onto a bill that reshapes one-sixth of the economy, vastly expands the role of government and which raises taxes and cuts Medicare to pay for it all." [[[ How could Republicans block legislation that favours the poor and ignorant and beg for their votes ]]]The full BBC report is here