House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday she did not think the Senate’s version of health care reform had enough support to pass the House of Representatives without changes.
“I don’t see the votes for it,” Pelosi told reporters, adding congressional leaders would take their time to find the right approach to passing a health care reform bill this year.
“In its present form, without any change, I don’t think it’s possible to pass the Senate bill in the House,” she said.
Pushing the Senate’s version of the health care bill through the House was an option considered by Democrats after Tuesday’s Republican victory in the Massachusetts Senate race cost them their crucial 60th Senate vote needed to pass the measure.
But some House Democrats have objected to several provisions in the Senate bill, including a tax on high-cost insurance plans that is opposed by labor unions and a less-restrictive policy on using federal funds to cover abortions.