White House confident Senate, House can compromise

AP News
Posted: Dec 20, 2009 8:58 AM

A top presidential adviser says the White House is confident Congress will pass a health care overhaul despite big differences in the House and Senate versions.

Democrats in the Senate have now lined up 60 votes, the minimum needed to overcome Republican opposition and move toward passing a bill on Christmas Eve. Even then, tough compromise talks will be needed with the House, which passed its own bill in November.

Some lawmakers in both chambers say they won't vote for final health care legislation if their version is changed too much.

White House official David Axelrod said Sunday: "This whole process has been like that." But he said Congress has the will to get a health care deal done.

Axelrod spoke on ABC's "This Week."