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White House Holds to End-of-Year ‘Deadline’ for Health Care Bill

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday that the “deadline— for Congress to pass health care legislation is the end of the year.But Gibbs did not say what the consequences would be if Congress failed to pass legislation by Dec. 31. President Barack Obama has repeatedly called for Congress to get the legislation done by then, and Gibbs gave no indication that the president would abandon his quest for health care reform if the debate extended into next year.“I’m not going to get into hypotheticals of what happens next year,— Gibbs said. “The president believes … we can get this done this year.—Gibbs indicated House and Senate leaders are on the same page as the president. “I think the House and the Senate believe we can get this done this year,— he said.

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