Obama: Procedures Aren't Important; Vote Is 'For' Or 'Against' Reform

President Barack Obama, in an interview due to be broadcast at 6 p.m. ET on Fox News Channel's Special Report with Bret Baier:

"I don't spend a lot of time worrying about what the procedural rules are in the House or Senate. What I can tell you is that the vote that's taken in the House will be a vote for health care reform. And if people vote yes, whatever form that takes, that is going to be a vote for health care reform. And I don't think we should pretend otherwise.

"And if they don't — if they vote against it — then they're going to be voting against health care reform and they're going to be voting in favor of the status quo.

"So Washington gets very concerned with these procedures in Congress, whether Republicans are in charge or Democrats are in charge."

(Excerpts provided by Fox.)

The procedures the president is speaking about involve "deeming" — the process by which the House may "deem" the Senate version of health care overhaul legislation to have been passed, even as it votes on changes to that legislation.

The prospect of that process being used hasn't pleased Republicans.

The NPR health blog, Shots, is following the health care debate here.



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