Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) on Thursday said that Democrats have 60 votes for cloture on a healthcare bill with a national public health insurance option.
By Jordan Fabian
Whip count shows Democrats lack votes on 'robust' public option
By Mike Soraghan
Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) drive for a public option in healthcare reform ran into turbulence Thursday when a survey of her caucus showed she needs more votes to pass such a bill.
Healthcare for Christmas: Reid under pressure to go slow
By Alexander Bolton
The healthcare reform debate will be pushed deep into December and possibly beyond by a lengthy floor debate, several senators predicted Thursday.