They may not like it, but many House liberals look ready to accept a compromise healthcare bill, putting Democratic leaders well on the way to delivering on President Barack Obama's call for overhaul.
After claiming for months they couldn't vote for a bill without the strongest possible government-run insurance option, liberals are putting aside their disappointment over the weaker version in the legislation for a historic chance to remake America's medical system. "The current language is far weaker than what I would have preferred, and I think that is also true of the Progressive Caucus," Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, said. "But because I did not come up here to participate in gridlock and acrimony, I have told leadership that I am willing to compromise."