Dems May Split Health Care Reform Bill In Two

09/19/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • By JONATHAN WEISMAN and NAFTALI BENDAVID wsj.com

The White House and Senate Democratic leaders, seeing little chance of bipartisan support for their health-care overhaul, are considering a strategy shift that would break the legislation into two parts and pass the most expensive provisions solely with Democratic votes.

The idea is the latest effort by Democrats to escape the morass caused by delays in Congress, as well as voter discontent crystallized in angry town-hall meetings. Polls suggest the public is losing support for the overhaul plans, giving Republicans less incentive to go along.

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