The White House is beginning its final push on health care this week, with senior adviser David Axelrod and press secretary Robert Gibbs making the rounds of the Sunday talk shows to express confidence that the bill will pass.
"We'll have the votes when the House votes, I think, within the next week," Gibbs said on "Fox News Sunday." "Whoever sits here at this time next week, I think will not be talking about health care as a proposal, but as the law of the land."
Republicans also took to the airwaves to express opposition to the healthcare bill. "We're going to do everything we can to make it difficult for them, if not impossible, to pass the bill" John Boehner said on CNN's "State of the Union."
Karl Rove warned on Fox News: "If they pass this thing, I think they lose the House of Representatives this fall".
Asked by Tom Brokaw on "Meet The Press" whether Republicans would be able to run against health care in the 2010 elections, Axelrod told Republicans to bring it on.
If the Republican Party wants to go out and say to that child who now has insurance or say to that small business that will get tax credits this year if he signs the bill to help their employees get health care. If they want to say to them, "You know what? We're actually gonna take that away from you. We don't think that's such a good idea." I say, let's have that fight. Make my day. I'm ready to have that. And every member of Congress ought to be willing to have that debate as well.
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