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Conservative Democrats expect a health deal

New York Times, September 2, 2009

Despite recent obstacles, conservative Democrats indicate that many of the lawmakers still believe approval of some form of healthcare plan is achievable and far preferable to not acting at all. Obama administration officials said they found that most Democrats remained engaged and eager to explore ways to reach agreement. "For the lion's share of Democratic members of Congress, this isn't about looking for a way to make this disappear," said Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, about the healthcare issue. "This is about trying to find common ground for a yes vote."