Health Care War: Can Democrats Pass Bill by White House Deadline

"It won't happen because pro-life members like me, I won't vote for it. So you have large numbers of pro-life members who will never vote for it," Coburn, a doctor, said.

Republicans have upped their battle cry as the health care debate enters its final phase.

Former Rep. Eric Massa's resignation briefly entered the fray this week when he alleged that he was being ousted because he had refused to vote for the House health care reform bill last year. Yet, after his appearance on a FOX News show earlier this week, his allegations have been largely dismissed by both sides.

"The fact is, this whole debate has devolved into a little bit of a farce, and it might actually be funny if the stakes weren't so high," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on the Senate floor Wednesday.

For one Democrat, the force driving that farce is the media, which earned the scorn of Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., Wednesday for focusing away from substance.

"If anyone wants to know where the cynicism is, there's two press people in this gallery," Kennedy yelled as the House debated a measure sponsored by Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, setting a timeline for withdrawing U.S. troops from Afghanistan. "We're talking about Eric Massa 24/7 on the TV. We're talking about war and peace -- $3 billion, 1,000 lives -- and no press, no press."

"It's despicable, the national press corps right now," he said.

ABC News' Huma Khan contibuted to this report.

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