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Little Progress As Dems Hash Out Health Care Plan


"There wasn't any more clarity on the tick tock of the process, which is obviously, you know, a deal breaker for some people," Weiner added.

The reconciliation bill itself, Weiner said, will likely bee less than 100 pages, and will be released at least a week before it comes to the floor for a vote. If that's correct, it means the House will not be able to act before March 18--the date the White House wants them to press ahead.

"I don't think we're gonna do it by the 18th," Weiner said. He was echoed by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD). "I think you've seen a lot of commentary that that's pushing it," Van Hollen told reporters.

The wait continues.

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