The focus among House Democratic leaders is to convince the 37 lawmakers who voted against the health care bill the first time around. So far, 21 of those members of Congress haven't changed their mind, 16 are either undecided or won't say how they are going to vote, and none have said they would vote "Yes."
If they don't get the needed votes, House Democratic leaders are looking at employing a procedural maneuver that some Republicans charge is unconstitutional.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer today defended that procedure, arguing that it has been used before by both Democrats and Republicans, and that Americans don't care about how a bill is passed but the final result.
The procedure involves allowing the House to approve the Senate version of the legisltation without technically voting on the bill itself, instead agreeing that the Senate bill would be passed once changes are made by House members.
The first time the procedure was used was March 16, 1933, on a bill to raise the government's debt limit. The procedure has been used 20 times over the last 30 years by both Democrats and Republican, often on technical or unpopular measures like raising the debt limit, but never one as big as health care reform.
"We're playing it straight," Hoyer told reporters today. "We will vote on it in one form or another."
Republicans are accusing them of using procedural tricks to ram the bill through Congress.
"Last year, they [Democrats] thought they could pass a bill without having to read it. This year they want us to pass a bill without having to vote on it," Tom Price, R-Ga., charged at a rally with other Republican lawmakers.
Bachmann said the strategy is unlikely to hold up in the legal arena.
"There will be any number of groups taking this up because this won't stand. It's so blatant on its face unconstitutional -- it doesn't have a chance for standing," Bachmann said on ABC News' "Top Line" today. "It's the 'Slaughter of the House' rule that I'm referring to -- this will not be upheld in a court because it's patently unconstitutional."
Even former President Bill Clinton jumped into the fray today. Speaking at the 25th anniversary of The Policy Impact Forum, Clinton used the discussion of helping third world countries with health services to transition into talking about the health care reform debate in Congress.
"We're [United States] really good at some things. We're great at aggressively treating cancer and being creative about it," Clinton said. "We're great at aggressively treating heart problems, otherwise someone else would be giving this speech to you right now. But we insist on spending money nobody else in the world would even think of spending money on."
On Monday, President Obama told ABC News' Jake Tapper he is confident that there will be enough votes to pass health care legislation.
"I believe we are going to get the votes, we're going to make this happen," Obama said in the exclusive interview. Obama said Democrats continue to work to get a bill ready for a vote by the end of the week.
To members of Congress and Americans who may be afraid of this large bill, the president said there was a lot of "misinformation" about "death panels" and that this was going to be a government takeover of health care, which turned out to be false.