CNN: White House preparing to push health care through without GOP support

Posted Aug 18, 2009, 7:28 PM PT by Jed Lewison • First broadcast: Aug 18, 2009

CNN’s Ed Henry and Dana Bash report that White House sources tell them Democrats and the Obama Administration will push health care reform through the Senate without Republican support unless a deal — an increasingly remote possibility — is reached by mid-September.

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The New York Times has a similar report up on its website:

WASHINGTON — Given hardening Republican opposition to Congressional health care proposals, Democrats now say they see little chance of the minority’s cooperation in approving any overhaul, and are increasingly focused on drawing support for a final plan from within their own ranks.

Top Democrats said Tuesday that their go-it-alone view was being shaped by what they saw as Republicans’ purposely strident tone against health care legislation during this month’s Congressional recess, as well as remarks by leading Republicans that current proposals were flawed beyond repair.