House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) has indicated she would like to get a bill approved in the House by Thanksgiving.
On the bill just approved by the Senate Finance Committee, Hoyer said the crucial vote cast by Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) offers “a glimmer” of bipartisan progress in the overall negotiations. Snowe's decision to back the bill indicates “this issue was important enough to move forward,” said Hoyer, who hopes that Republicans in the House “will join (Snowe) in that effort” to pass healthcare reform.
House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) in the meantime criticized the Senate Finance Committee bill, claiming that “84% of Americans that have insurance will experience an increase in costs” if it's signed into law. Employers will also see costs and their taxes increase under this legislation, Cantor said at a briefing.
The legislation has been widely opposed by unions and other groups, he said, mentioning the full-page ad unions planned on running in newspapers to express opposition to the Finance bill. In particular, unions oppose a provision in the bill that would tax the types of high-cost insurance plans organized labor often provides.
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