July 22, 2009 / 4:28 PM / in 10 years

Congress making "great progress" on healthcare: Pelosi

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi gestures during a news conference on the America’s Affordable Health Choices Act on Capitol Hill in Washington July 22, 2009. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Wednesday lawmakers were making great progress on a healthcare overhaul and there was “no question” there were enough House votes to pass the bill.

“It takes some time, but we’re going to do it right,” Pelosi told reporters of the healthcare plan, which has become besieged by critics as the House and Senate prepare separate versions.

President Barack Obama will hold a prime-time news conference to push for the healthcare overhaul, which he hopes will drive down costs and extend healthcare coverage to most of the 46 million uninsured Americans.

Editing by Mohammad Zargham

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