STATEWIDE -- She made a push to revamp the US health care system as first lady. Now, 15 years later, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton believes the current Congress can work with President Barack Obama to pass a health care reform bill.
Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press", Clinton says the main reason she's so convinced is that unlike during the 1990s, more Americans recognize there is a problem.
"I think that the time has come. I think this president is committed to it. I think the leadership in Congress understands we have to do something and I think we'll get it done,” said Clinton.
The Democratic Chair of the Senate Budget Committee says his party doesn't have enough votes to pass a health care overhaul bill.
Senator Kent Conrad says he and other allies are working to drum up Republican support for the President's plan.
However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi disagrees. She says she has little doubt about achieving the necessary support to pass health care legislation in her chamber.
"When I take this bill to the floor it will win. But we will move forward, this will happen. Americans, again, with preexisting medical conditions or concerned about losing jobs or changing their jobs or what their healthcare that is available for children and families with a big dose of prevention and the rest can take heart and comfort in knowing that this bill will pass,” said Pelosi.
Senior White House Advisor David Axelrod says the process is moving forward, and while lawmakers are working out the final details on a bill, it's unlikely any legislation will pass before the August recess.