Bill Clinton to Rally Senators on Health Care Reform

By Lindsey Ellerson

Nov 9, 2009 9:38pm

ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf reports: Former President Bill Clinton will travel to Capitol Hill Tuesday to rally Democratic senators on health reform.

The House passed its sweeping health reform package on Saturday, but efforts have stalled in the Senate.

A cost assessment process has delayed introduction of a bill in the Senate and internal Democratic squabbles of whether to include a public option have brought into question whether Democratic leaders can cobble together the 60 votes they will need to bypass a Republican filibuster.

Clinton, whose own attempt to pass a health reform package fifteen years ago did not pass either House of Congress, was asked by White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to make the pep talk, according to an aide familiar with the discussion. Clinton is expected to speak to Democratic senators at a closed caucus meeting, urging them to see past differences to pass compromise legislation, according to Democratic staffers.

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