Jan 28, 2010 9:33 AM by Associated Press

Obama tries to buck up Democrats on health care

Some congressional Democrats are seizing on President Barack Obama's latest appeal for a sweeping health care overhaul as a call to get the legislation passed.

But doubters remain.

The legislation is stalled in Congress after Democrats lost a Massachusetts Senate seat last week and, at the same time, their filibuster-proof majority.

Some Democrats, particularly moderates, are gloomy about the health care bill's chances, even after hearing Obama ask them not to walk away from reform when they're "so close."

Pennsylvania Democrat Rep. Jason Altmire thinks the president's comments have brought the bill "back to life." But Altmire doesn't think Congress has the appetite for the fight.

Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana says there are too many complexities involved in reconciling the House and Senate bills. In his words, "No speech can untie that Gordian knot."

Obama's address gave lawmakers no specific guidance on how to move forward on the bill. Some say they would have welcomed more details.


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