Hoyer: House Health Care Bill ‘In Flux’

By Gorman Gorman

Sep 29, 2009 12:47pm

ABC News' Dean Norland and Rick Klein report:

Don't look for a health care bill to reach the House floor this week. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., told reporters today that significant differences in three competing House health care bills still need to be worked out.

"The issue of what's going to be in or out [of a healthcare bill] is obviously in flux.  How we're going to pay for this is in flux," Hoyer told reporters at his weekly briefing with reporters.

"There's no deadline set.  The speaker and I are in lock-step on this," Hoyer said. "The fact of the matter is, that we're going to bring this bill to the floor when it is ready to come to the floor.  And not before that, and no later than that."

"That determination will be made when we decide the parameters of the bill, when we have the [cost] scoring on the bill. This bill is going to be paid for, not going to add to the deficit, and we want to bend the [cost] curve.  Those are all things that, as these discussions occur, we're going to have to get [the Congressional Budget Office's] advice. That's going to take some time. So there is no deadline."

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